Tarot Bags


My latest project has been tarot bags. I love my cards, but wanted a better way to store, display, and use them.

The first attempts are now up on my Etsy shop , Pajari Girl. All these bags are titled Tarot Bags, but they are awesome for crystals, rocks, runes, etc., too! I started with a complicated design that included square bottomed cotton fabric bags with velvet and fleece linings, as well as little finishing touches on each bag like charms and pendants. I’m charging $30 for these because they were a total pain in the ass to make 😜.

Next up is a simpler bag with no lining, which will be a less expensive option.

Be sure to favorite my shop on Etsy, so you don’t miss any sales or new products.

Jewelry, Photography, and Tarot


Hey, y’all! I hope you had a safe and happy Halloween full of spells and candy. 🧙‍♀️🧙‍♂️🍬🍭

LOVE the Labyrinth deck and more about the Crow deck later.

I was obsessed with the movie Labyrinth the first time I saw it. It was the first movie I bought and I wore the VHS tape out 🙂 The deck’s major arcana did not disappoint. Ludo as the Hanged Man, Fireys as the Devil, and of course Jareth as the Magician and Sarah as the Fool. The foreword by Brian Froud, co-creator of the movie (the other was Jim Henson of the Muppets) reveals the story was based on the journey represented in tarot. Anyway, I’ve been using it in readings for myself and others and I love it.

I was so excited to hear last spring that there was a Labyrinth tarot deck coming out that I pre-ordered and waited. And waited. The shipping date was moved back so many times I lost count. I started seeing posts on Instagram and did a Google search. A bookstore called Blackwell’s in Oxford UK had them in stock, so I took a chance and cancelled the Amazon order. They shipped so fast, FREE.

I spent a lot of time making jewelry and suncatchers for the Cook Area Farmers’ Market this year. (Last year we did pre-orders only for market and people picked them up in the park.) It was great to visit with the other vendors and customers again.

Now the indoor shows are starting but I’ve opted out due to Covid. Instead, I’ve been concentrating on my Etsy shop. It’s a lot more work than selling in person, but I enjoy the challenge. Please go check it out, and ❤ my shop to keep updated on new listings. Free shipping over $35! Christmas is around the corner, and none of my goods will get stuck on a ship from China.

It means, “I love you,” in Minnesotan. 🤣https://www.etsy.com/listing/1113911563/watch-for-deer-keychain

Lanyards were requested by sister Jacqueline, and now I can’t stop. https://www.etsy.com/listing/1113916957/rainbow-lanyard
Glow in the dark beads for grownups! https://www.etsy.com/listing/1096461164/glow-in-the-dark-bracelets
Inspirational AF. Ask about custom colors or words. No extra charge, and at $10, excellent for stacking. https://www.etsy.com/listing/1095267384/keep-fucking-going-bracelet
https://www.etsy.com/listing/1109232293/let-that-shit-go-bracelet
I found a model and a mini studio to take kick-ass photos. https://www.etsy.com/listing/1095135682/tree-charm-bracelet
I love how this suncatcher came out.https://www.etsy.com/listing/961342797/horseshoe-suncatcher-mermaid-series-4
I’m working on head planters now.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/1096406040/witchy-earrings
I’m totally out of the broom closet now and have made a line of witchy jewelry. https://www.etsy.com/listing/1096406040/witchy-earrings

Tree of Life Pentagram necklace. https://www.etsy.com/listing/1074564277/tree-of-lifepentagram-necklace

I bought a new camera this spring and love having a longer lens. I’ll probably add photo prints to the Etsy shop, and I have several Suck Less and other inspirational AF photo greeting cards up already.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1053149144/crying-kids-card
https://www.etsy.com/listing/1053145754/enjoy-your-birthday-middle-finger-card
https://www.etsy.com/listing/1067118347/wolf-stare-card
My first Monarch caterpillars!! https://www.etsy.com/listing/1053161802/zen-monarch-caterpillar-card
https://www.etsy.com/listing/1053153016/sunflower-card
https://www.etsy.com/listing/1067105703/zen-gnome-card

Thank you for looking! If you favorite my shop and subscribe to this blog, you’ll be the first to see new shiny things.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/pajarigirls

Masks, masks, masks!


Hey folks, it’s been a while. I hope this finds you as well as can be, considering the shitshow of a year we’ve all had.

Because I’m in a high-risk group, I am still basically sheltering in place. However, our four adult children work in health care and Mr. Wonderful’s job is essential, so I have plenty of time and reasons to stress tf out. I needed to do something to feel less powerless, per my therapist, stat. I decided to sew masks.

Before this year my only sewing experience was a brief obsession in the sixth grade. I recieved a nice Singer that Christmas, and Aunt Martha taught me the basics. I made a nightgown and a quilt and that was about it. I loved flooring the pedal, but the meticulousness of patterns, pinning, and ironing was beyond me and my machine ended up rusting out in the basement.

My first masks were sewn entirely by hand, including the ties, which took hours.

Youngest Spawn, Danny., wearing one of the first masks I made. He works in a nursing home as a CNA.

Then my cousin Shanna in California added me to Facebook group called Stitched Together. They match mask needs with sewists, entirely free, all over the country. I’ve learned so much about sewing in general and masks in particular from those amazing sewists.

Unfortunately, one thing I learned quickly was that mask-making supplies were almost as hard to find as other PPE. It took months to get my first order of elastic. Same story with bias tape, which can be used to make ties in a pinch. Getting aluminum nose pieces took even longer, so for a while I used wire. Also, my sewing machine was dead, so a friend lent me hers.

My productivity increased steadily. After spending a day at our house,  Grandson Raiden told his mom, “Granny makes maskes. LOTS of maskes, really fast!! Buzzzzzzz!”

Chain stitching. Total life changer and one of many hacks from Stitched Together.

Now, over 900 masks in, I’ve decided to sell some masks to fund more donations.

If you would like to buy a cool mask and help fund more donations, here’s a link to my Etsy shop, Pajari Girls. All masks are 2 ply cotton with soft elastic ear loops and aluminum nose pieces. And of course, they are made with love. Most are $7 for adult size and $5 for child size, except the RBG tribute masks, which are $10 each since the lace is hand stitched on. And with every mask sold, we can donate even more to those who still need them. Thanks in advance, and stay safe out there.

Notorious RBG!!
So. Many. Fabrics. With skulls, my favorite!!

Hiking Vermilion Gorge


Hi again! The summer was pretty busy so Mr. Wonderful, Danny, and I took a Sunday off to make another hike up to Vermilion Gorge.  The leaves were still beautiful, and the high temp was 88!

People often mistake Vermilion Falls with Vermilion Gorge. The Falls are the really short hike that was shortened a few years ago. It’s right before Crane Lake. Here is the USFS sheet on that one. 

Vermilion Gorge is the 3 mile round-trip hike that takes about 3 hours “at a leisurely pace”, according to Vermilion Gorge USFS info sheet.  Drive all the way through Crane Lake and park in the private parking lot for Voyagaire Houseboats on the left. In the fall and early spring, the lot is full of said houseboats, but there will be signs pointing you to the trailhead.

The hike starts in a birch/aspen (popple) forest, and the sky was perfect this day. Most of the maple leaves were on the ground, but the vibrant yellows popped with the deep blue fall sky. We spent a lot of time looking straight up.

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As the trail climbed into the Norway pines, we noticed a million types of mushrooms.

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And writing this post, I noticed we got photobombed by a bald eagle!! Very top of the photo, left of center. 
The reflections were breathtaking. 

Some kind soul had left a walking stick at the trailhead, so the Boy happily used it, returning it for the next person.

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I could be wrong, but I think this is a glacial erratic. I didn’t get any good shots of it on this trip, so this pic is from last year.

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We sat for a break (for me, not them lol), and Paul noticed this birdnest in a birch tree overhanging the gorge.

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Yep, he has his device. But he got some awesome photos and is reading in this picture. No gaming.

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It was during this break that I noticed cairns farther upstream. Paul and Danny did some scouting, and were sure I could make it, with help. I’m so lucky to have these two; I wouldn’t have attempted this hike without backup. Not that it’s super-difficult; it’s just too much for me, with bum hips, knees, and ankles. They were such troopers, helping me up and down stairs and steep sections of trail.

Anyway, I remembered being on the other side of the monolith with a friend several years ago, and had pretty much given up the idea of making it there this time. Luckily the lure of getting photos with the sun hitting the gorge dead-on and a little encouragement from my family got me over the hump.

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Would you believe that not counting the canoeists, we only saw two people on the way in, and a group of four as we were almost back out??

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Hope you enjoyed the hike!

Why I Write


This was one of the prompts at our last Summer Writers’ Group, and it was a great one! Easy to write, and fun to listen to everyone else’s answers. Do you write? Why?

I write to make people laugh, and to help myself cry.

I write to educate, elucidate, enumerate and illuminate.

I write because in seventh grade, Mr. Durbin told me to never stop doing so.

Sometimes I write to reason things out for myself and others.

I’ve written a few moral inventories to save myself from myself.

Lately I’ve been writing to advertise, trying to build a dream and share it with the world.

When I was a child and young adult I wrote because I knew my brain would forget the important, terrible truths of life. Even at 5 I knew the inexorable nature of denial. It took many years to see denial differently; a tool the mind uses to protect itself.

Sometimes now I write for posterity–hoping future generations will be a fraction as grateful as I am toward previous generations efforts, to capture the present for the future’s past.

Solar Ice Candles


I’ve been experimenting with ice candles and ice suncatchers for a couple years now, so it wasn’t a huge jump to making solar-lighted ice candles.

First, I took all the molds outside and then filled them using pitchers of water. (This idea came to me last summer, so every time I saw a Bundt-shaped mold at the Thrift Shop, I snagged it. I’m happy to report that  even the plastic ones worked great, and have yet to crack.)

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Then I did it all again so there were two of each design.

To release them from the mold, I ran a little hot water in the kitchen sink. They pop out after a few seconds. Sometimes, if the water freezes too fast, there will be a bulge in the ice. You can chip it off carefully, use a warm cookie sheet to melt it flat, or if you’re not a perfectionist, just build up the other side with snow later when you put the two halves together.

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Now here is the genius part: Solar garden lights will work, depending on their size and the diameter of the hole in your mold, but this Halloween, I found these awesome solar-powered jack-o-lantern lights at K-mart for $5. They change color, so I didn’t have to add food coloring to the water to color the ice!

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Now, of course you could use a real wax candle, too; but dang, that’s a lot of candles. And, you’d have to go out and light it. Solar lights come on automatically! Even regular white garden solar lights work, but they aren’t as bright as the one above.

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Mr. Wonderful even admits this is one for the “Nailed It” File, so please Like, Share, & Pin away!

Another fast, cheap, and easy craft idea brought to you by the Pajari Girls. If you’d like a few more ideas, check this post out:

Bundt pan ice candle

http://pajarigirls.com/2013/01/22/playing-with-water-at-25f/

Sunflower Ghosts


Ok,  my hands are killing me, but I wanted this post done before Halloween’s over.  Here’s the Cliff Notes version:

Back in September, I covered my sunflowers with old white curtains to protect them from frost. My neighbor thought I was just decorating early for Halloween! Which was a great idea; I’d already tried coloring eyes and mouths with Sharpie but was a failure. I was muttering about the problem when Paul (aka Mr. Wonderful) suggested using fabric. “But it hurts to use scissors!” I whined. Then I remembered the cutting board and rotary cutter I invested in a few years when Cook got a quilt shop (Thanks again, Susan Covey of Cabin Quilting!)

Sewing hurts too, so Paul suggested fabric glue. Woohoo! We were business. I have almost no range of motion in my wrists lately, so he helped position the ghosts, too.  One of the best things about making Halloween decorations is that they don’t have to be perfect! Get a kid to help. Or someone with crappy range of motion. It could be therapeutic. 😀

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Another Halloween craft project that’s fast, cheap, and easy. Like my sister. Just kidding! Please Pin, Like, Share, or comment this project, or better yet, do it yourself!

Werewolf Costume


A couple of years ago, youngest spawn was unexpectedly at my house for Halloween (it wasn’t my turn), without a costume. My sister came to the rescue and we took a quick trip to the closest store with costumes, 30 miles away. The plus side of shopping for a costume on the last day is that everything was on clearance, which worked great on the low-child-support budget! It felt so cheesy just grabbing something last-second, that I wanted to do something creative to the whole thing.

He chose a creepy werewolf mask and hands set that freaked me out. The clothing part of the costume was pretty cheesy so I got to thinking.

I wanted it to look like he was bursting out of his clothes, so we grabbed some jeans and a white button-down shirt from before the last growth spurt that were ridiculously small on him. Then came the hard part—talking him out of a toy that had similar coloring to the hair on the gloves and mask. No go.

Lucky for him, he has two older sisters, so I was holding out hope that I could find something…some doll or ratty stuffed animal no one would miss. I tore through boxes and totes from the basement to the attic, and the only thing I could find happened to be mine. Remember Beanie Babies? When the bottom dropped out of that market (thank you Ty, for flooding the market and thus reducing demand), Ty Co. created a line called Beanie Kids. They were homely yet cute in a Cabbage Patch kind of way. We ended up stuck with hundreds of the damn things, so I had one of each stuffed in a box in the attic.

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When I got out the scissors, he bolted. When his sisters saw the remains they asked, “WTH happened here?”

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I TRY to be a good mother, honest I do.

 I scalped the dolls and sewed the pieces into holes we tore in his shirt and pants.

And he swears he wasn’t scarred from the experience since he didn’t have to watch me cut off the faces.

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Not bad for $10 and an hour of work!

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