Thursday, 31 October 2019

A little magical Halloween crochet project.

Pumpkin Time Garland
Pumpkin Time Garland by Karen Wiederhold    © Karen Wiederhold

Knowing loads of you enjoy some crochet on the side I thought you might have some fun with my little crochet gift to you this Halloween.

The pattern is one designed and published on my freelance design site in 2011 and has appeared on other yarn craft sites and here on the blog a few times since then.  It's proven to be a favourite.

The pumpkins can be strung together to make a garland or used separately as coasters.  If you like the idea but don't crochet, pop down to the bottom of the pattern page for some alternative options.

Wishing you loads of fun and please share your pics if you make them on my Instagram Kaleidoscope Wellbeing and Tarot with the tag #kaleidoscopetarotpumpkingarland 

The copyright for this design is held by the designer Karen Wiederhold, publishing here as Kaleidoscope Wellbeing and Tarot.  Under no circumstances is the pattern it to be republished or sold.  Links to this pattern page are welcome.

Pattern and items made for personal use only, not for sale, crochet class tutorials, public events etc without permission.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

First time at the U K Tarot Conference

It's safe to say that after this weekend at the UK Tarot Conference I'm basking in the pleasantly tired, elated, away-in-a-thoughtful-daze state of being at the moment. It's pyjamas today, all day, and then I'm going to unpack and enjoy reading.

What a weekend that was!  To catch up on all the goings on from that weekend head over to Facebook.

Monday, 7 October 2019


I've been up in Scotland for a week on a visit to my parents. A visit wouldn't be complete without going to one of my favourite haunts, Luss Village at Loch Lomond.  We also did a few touristy visits this time, visiting Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument among others.  Here's a few photos.

2 October 2019

My most favourite place in the whole world to be, standing on Luss pier looking across Loch Lomond to the Ben. It's good to be back to my roots each time i'm here. There's just something magical and familiar in my bones about this place that I've loved for as long as I can remember.

Me and the cards having a quiet and personal moment at the water's edge in Luss. The Ravens Prophecy is my favourite deck for the Autumn and Winter months.

4 October 2019

A special purchase in a wonderful little bookshop in Fort William. I've had such fun exploring this deck duo last night and this evening. It's a treasure for sure and so interesting.

5 October 2019

Today's adventures involved exploring Doune Castle or Winterfell as GOT fans will know it.

7 October 2019

For all you fellow lovers of Outlander here's a pic from this morning's adventures to Lallybroch (Midhope Castle, Linlithgow Scotland).

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Guidance for the month of October 2019

Surrender and release is the theme for the month of October.

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere surrender yourself to the colourful, spicy and creative energy of Autumn, the season for slowing down a bit after the full on activities of the Summer months and exploring our creative side. 

In the Southern Hemisphere, surrender the cozy coccoon you've nested within during the Winter months and prepare to stretch out and spread your Springtime wings. 🌷
October is often a month where we think about all that we still want to achieve for this year and can sometimes feel pressured, especially when diaries and calendars for the new year begin to make their appearance.

It's easy to be hard on ourselves when reviewing the goals we set ourselves at the start of the year and seeing that there are some we haven't even begun yet. 🧡
Take heart, for the are probably a great many things that we have achieved that weren't planned for originally but came about through the flow of dailylife and changing interests.  Now is the perfect time to evaluate the list and cross off those which no longer serve us and re-evaluate our plans and obligations. 

October is a great month to inject some fresh energy and release ourselves from outdated obligations.

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Friday, 30 August 2019

Unboxing the Tarot of the Golden Wheel

Tarot of the Golden Wheel by Mila Losenko     

Some of my earliest memories of Russian illustrations were from a collection of fairytales I had as a child, and to me they were some of the most beautiful images.  They still capture my imagination to this day. 

It was no surprise that when I came across this deck that i'd be absolutely delighted by it, especially since it has the same bright and colourful fairy tale book feel to it.  I also have a fondness for the Russian Laquer Art as seen in the Tarot of St Petersburg and shown here in these photographs in the form of my little brooch.  There are no images of that style in this deck, but I wasn't expecting there to be. 

If I were to be allowed one little wish it would be that this deck came with a nice chunky book with some of the fairytales that inspired the images.  That said,  the little book that does come with it is informative and beautifully written.

Tarot of the Golden Wheel by Mila Losenko
Working with the deck i've experienced a stirring of emotions through the combination of the imagery of the cards, their characters and the gentle voice that still gets to the heart of things - much like fairytales and folk stories tend to do.  They guide us through a story while encouraging us to listen for the nugget of wisdom within.

Tarot of the Golden Wheel by Mila Losenko 

The deck comes in the new sturdy style of box which U S Games have been using more recently, and for that i'm glad.

The cards measure 13cm x 7cm and the finish is a nice matt gloss making them easy to shuffle.

If you are looking for a Rider Waite style of deck with a Slavic folk art or fairytale feel, then this may be one for you.

The Tarot of the Golden Wheel is created by Mila Losenko and published by U S Games Systems Inc. 

Tarot of the Golden Wheel by Mila Losenko

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Tarot in a Tin: Radiant Rider Waite

Loving the smaller Radiant Rider Waite in its nifty tin that arrived yesterday.  Perfection and practicality in one for me. My old faithful deck and the one I read with the most for querents goes everywhere with me but  there's always the risk of it getting a bit bashed more than i'd like. Not any more 👍. Decks in tins are a fab idea especially when it's a favourite.
Radiant Rider Waite by USGames
Photo by Karen Wiederhold