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Imbolc Garland
The last of my Sabbat garlands. I still have lots of beads, so I'm probably not done with garlands altogether, but I have a complete set for the Sabbats now.

Imbolc is predominantly white/clear, representing the winter that still holds sway and the purity of the rejuvenated Maiden. But there is a strong element of red as well--grains of heat and candle flames. And small hints of light pink and green, like the buds of new leaves and flowers, hint at the Spring about to awaken.
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2017 Christmas Tree
The colors this year are blue, violet, gold, and bronze. I also have, for the first, time, a funny story! I was about 75% of the way through decorating the first time when, without warning, the whole shebang tipped over. I was certain all my glass ornaments would shatter, but as it turned out, the tree's branches were so soft and springy that they cushioned everything. Not a single one broke.

It turned out that I hadn't screwed the tree into the stand (which is new this year) tightly enough. I got it set back upright, made certain it was completely secure, and started over. And there have been no further mishaps!
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Holiday Minifigs
My collection of custom-assembled LEGO minifigs for the holiday season. Krampus (right end) was introduced a few days ago, and the Snowman, Snow Queen, and Baby New Year were originally posted last year (although the Snowman's scarf is new). The other two are Ebenezer Scrooge and a Classic/"Old World" Santa Claus.
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Krampus Minifig
The Christmas boogieman of the Alps, in LEGO form! He's got a birch rod for whoopin' butts, a (kid-)knapsack, and he's coming for the children on Santa's Naughty List!

I made him using the legs and hair/horns/ears of the Faun (a Collectible Minifig), the torso of the Minotaur (another CMF), and the head of Man-Bat from the Batman theme. The Bat Monster from the Monster Fighters line has a very similar face, but I chose this one for the visible tongue, since standard depictions of Krampus give him a long lashing tongue.
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Yule garland
Yule is next on the calendar, and while it may have the biggest garland tradition of all the Sabbats (thanks to tree-trimming), I decided to keep this one about the same size and complexity as the others. It's roughly six feet long.

The symbolism has things in common with Litha/Midsummer, which is of course opposite it on the Wheel of the Year. Green is much in evidence, but now we honor the evergreens that keep the spark of life through winter--the coniferous trees and holly shrubs and the like. The smaller red beads are for holly berries, the larger ones for the Sun, newly reborn amid the snow.
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Karalora
None of your business
Artist | Hobbyist | Artisan Crafts
United States
Current Residence: North Hollywood, CA
Shell of choice: Tiger cowrie
Skin of choice: Fair with freckles and a light tan
Favourite cartoon character: Sorcerer Mickey!
Personal Quote: "Any day in which you learn something new has not been a waste of time."
Interests
(No, not the Dickens novel. I may never touch Dickens again--I get that he's one of the Great Authors, but he's also a very clear illustration of the fact that Victorian writers were paid by the word.)

So I took some time off work and flew up to Seattle for a few days. I hadn't been there in about 15 years, and the most recent trip was just a day jaunt from Tacoma and...anyway. The point is, this was my first time really being aware of the culture in Seattle. I had always assumed it was pretty similar to L.A.

It's not.

We think we're liberal down here...wow. What we're really good at is talking the liberal talk. In Seattle they walk the walk. I saw flyers for activism events everywhere. Recycle bins, everywhere. (They also banned plastic shopping bags before we did.)

And it's not just in the political arena. Maybe the main difference between Seattle and L.A. (apart from the weather) is that Seattle's defining industries are practical and solid, while L.A.'s are superficial and ephemeral. This is the land of Hollywood and Disney; up there it's all Boeing and IBM and salmon fishing. And that attitude trickles down into everything. You can be kinda slobby in Seattle and no one cares, which is why they invented grunge. A guy who has lived in both cities told me "In L.A., if you earn $100,000 you drive a BMW. Up here, there are millionaires who ride the bus."

Of course, if the bus system here were as good as the one there, maybe our millionaires would ride it too. I was astounded by the sheer number of buses I saw, all with overlapping routes so if you miss one, odds are you can catch the next one and it will work just as well even if the route number is different. It's more expensive than L.A. Metro--$2.25 base fare compared to $1.50--but the first transfer is included, and it's worth it in any case. Plus there's the option of a monthly pass--I didn't look into it, but if it's anything like the one down here, it's more cost-effective than paying every fare on the spot for a regular bus rider.

Everyone knows how rainy Seattle is, right? It actually didn't rain much while I was there, but it was cool and partly cloudy the rest of the time. I didn't see many people carrying umbrellas, though. When the rain started, the locals all just put up the hoods on their hoodies. I thought that was kind of...amusing? Like they're so used to the rain they don't even go out of their way to avoid it; they just wear a lightly resistant garment and deal with whatever damp gets through. At times I wished I'd done the same, because my umbrella is big and flashy and doesn't telescope when closed up. It got in the way a lot.

Also on the nature front...being about a thousand miles north of L.A., Seattle is in an earlier phase of spring. I saw lots of trees covered in white or pink flowers. Others had leaves, but they were still small and pale. I mention that because it surprised me a little. It shouldn't have. The part that really messed with my perceptions is that it was cooler and earlier in spring...but the hours of daylight were longer. April on the calendar, March on the ground, May in the sky.

The diversity in the urban bird population seems to be lower there, or maybe it was just too chilly for some of them. I saw a few starlings, some pigeons, a fair number of gulls, and scads of crows. I mean, crows will live anywhere, but they seemed really in-your-face in Seattle, always showing up in pairs to collect nest-building material and not moving until I got right on top of them. Less cautious of people than they are here, in other words.

I think I'd like to move there...

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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
Merry christmas
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09alih Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! :iconrainbowbummiecakeplz:
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Kelseyalicia Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
:iconlocketplz:birthday cake fella Gift (Party) 
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
Happy new year
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
Merry chrisrmas
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ZoraCatone Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:airborne::party::cake: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :cake::party::airborne:
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GloomySis Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday, dear Karalora!  Party
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Kelseyalicia Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
:iconlocketplz:Cake happy DA B-day :3 
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Karalora Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)
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Kelseyalicia Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
welcome
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