Welcome to Jan's Eclectic-Mix Blog

Greetings, dear readers ~ I am excited to present my detailed Intuitive Forecasts (formerly known as CycleCasts) to this blog! Join me for a guided tour of our journey through life's subtle energies, and stay for my musings on arts and crafts, current events, a little of this and that ~

Thursday, June 12, 2014

New Moon Friday 13th Forecast: The Crown and The Knight

Call it wisdom or call it superstition, dear readers - but our human brains are wired to seek meaning in seemingly coincidental events. Tonight's Full Moon bumping against Friday the 13th of June is one such synchronistic pattern, one that won't be repeated for many years. So let's look at the energy patterns and archetypes for this celestial event, as revealed by my StarGate cards:

The Knight - image courtesy of MorgueFile

Where we are now is The Handle, which tells that this full moon's regenerative power energizes us and supports taking initiative. Coming up ahead is The Crown, a fulfillment of our quest for guidance. And as we take right guidance into our lives, we can in turn offer leadership to others. What should we pay attention to, but The Knight - the noble side of ourselves. Let us raise our sights to highest level of questing, always acting with honor and seeking to protect and rescue the weaker ones who depend upon our care.

The Star of Austerity is one of our helpers for this full moon cycle. It reminds us to step and take a cold, clear look at the events around you. Our second helper is The Wind (and as I type this, the wind is swirling around my Albuquerque home right now!). This Wind is the challenge of how we adapt to change. Better to be like the limber willow that sways in the wind, instead of a stiff old snag that breaks.

If you've been needing, seeking -- or resisting -- a change, this is the time to spread your sails and fly forward. By the time the next full moon comes around, you'll be able to see the results of your intentions for change that were activated under this Friday 13 Full Moon.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Spring Sweetness - new floral design at my P.O.D. sites

The weather in my part of the world got wintery again over the last few days, and being that I'm a fall & winter person I'm quite happy about that. But as much as I grieve a little bit when spring comes along, I am able to recognize signs of spring's beauty when I see them. One of the first is the wild Cranesbill flower (also known as wild geranium) that blooms in my yard. A few weeks ago I snapped this picture when the cranesbill was at its peak:

Pretty, but nothing special - until I zoomed in, cropped it and "painterized" it to make a new design for my Zazzle store. Like this ~


Don't those pink blossoms look gorgeous against that deep, leafy-green background? I'm having fun putting it on Zazzle's array of new products like lunch boxes, trays, and even wrapping paper! Of course it's also available on the usual P.O.D. stuff like posters, mugs, t-shirts, and so on at my Jan4insight* store. Here's a look at the new products I mentioned:




I've added more P.O.D. sites in the past year, and "spring sweetness" is flowering there, too. Check out my all-over floral designs (I particularly like the sweatshirt) at Print All Over Me/Jan4insight. For bigger, bolder home decor I have a spring sweetness rug and shower curtain in my store at Society6/Jan4insight.

In the time I've been writing this tribute to spring flowers, lol, the temperature has dropped enough that I need to go turn up the heat, put on a sweater, cuddle under an afghan and pretend that it's still my favorite season!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Journal Page with a Woven-Paper Background

Here's something I actually made after being inspired on Pinterest (the link is to my Pinterest profile, in case you want to follow me.) After seeing several posts on paper weaving and using strips as collage backgrounds, I remembered that I have a fair-sized collection of paper strips in my stash. I sorted through them and picked out the brightest, most random-looking assortment of strip colors and sizes I could find. Then I found a random, half-painted page spread and went to work.

The pic above shows the right-hand page with the weaving done - because that's when I remembered to start taking pictures! On the left page you can see the half-painted background over some old notes. 

Now for the steps:

Here's the left-hand page after I put a strip of double-sided tape across the top and stuck a collection of strips to the tape. Helpful hint: don't use repositionable tape like I did, because it didn't stick very well to the paper! Fortunately it was easy enough to work some glue stick under the tape to secure it to the paper, and then glue-stick another strip of paper on top of the woven strip ends. But it would be much easier to use permanent double-sided tape in the first place. Word to the wise!

The left-hand page with the weaving begun. I put some double-sided tape down the side of the page at the outer edge, to hold the horizontal. The coolest thing was when I discovered to use a ruler as a treadle (or whatever that weaving thing is called) to separate out the vertical strips that go "over." It makes that whole "over and under" thing much quicker and easier to do.

The weaving is finished on the left-hand page but not trimmed. Somehow I also meshed the left and right horizontal strips together ...

... and trimmed them up to get this woven beauty. Don't ask me how I did it, but somehow I meshed, trimmed and glued the strips where they met in the center. This spread is so fun and colorful, you'd think I would have left it alone. But I didn't. I'm so into backgrounds,  and I wanted to see what it would look like with gesso and/or iridescent medium over it and figures glued on ...

And here it is, in its final glorious state! I painted white gesso on the left page and iridescent medium on the right (so I could see which does what), then added a few figures cut from magazines. I definitely like the iridescent medium effects the best, because it gives a softer look and sparkle is always good. But it's nice to know what can be done with this technique if I ever want to try it again.

And that's my paper-weaving journal page! I'm happy with it :)

I'm Back, Thankfully, After a Glitch in the Intertubes!

I'm generally not interested in bloggers' explanation of why they haven't posted for a while, so I don't expect my readers to be interested in mine. But for those who saw a "this site is for sale" message over the last few weeks - that was glitch, my bad, and it's gone now.

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No, the glitch is not LOLcat-related; I just thought it was a cute picture :) It seems I let my domain registration expire in mid-March. That was my bad. So when I tried to renew it, I found myself tumbling down a rabbit hole of various hoops to jump through before I could get 'er done. Well, today it got done and I am so relieved. One less thing to pull my hair out for! lol

There's always the thing of how, for me, writing for income interferes with writing for blogging. I'll have to try to do better at that, I guess. I really don't mean to go for months without posting. So before this day is over I promise to get another actual interesting (I hope) on doing a journal spread with a paper-woven background. Won't that be fun :)


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