Friday, September 3, 2010

Heather Seems to Be a Theme!

Hi Dears!
Having just finished my Heather Fairy, I've added new fairy magic candles to my etsy store, see my etsy link on the right of the page.

I've been working on trying to finish up adding some additional text requested my my editor for the book that will accompany my upcoming deck "The Voice of the Trees." So that's keeping me tied up for a little bit, I'm grounding myself from art until I'm done. But I just had to drop in because it seems that heather is a plant that isn't finished with me quite yet!

Heather is one of the "trees" from my new deck, so naturally, I have an illustration of heather for the deck. In the deck based on the Celtic Ogham, heather stands for transition and partnership. It tells of either a business or romantic partnership, one with a good foundation to grow from. So that's pretty cool, because my husband Dan and I are both romantic and business partners! Gotta love that!
So it seems that the heather energy is swirling all around me right now, my horoscope even sounded similar to my dvininatory meaning for the heather card. So I ran up to the store this evening to pick up a couple of things I needed for dinner. I shop at my local Aldi a lot because it's close and I'm thrifty. As I grabbed the flier showing next weeks specials on my way out the door, right there on the front, they're going to have heather plants for fall starting Thursday Sept. 9! Wooo-hoo! So heads up all you Aldi shoppers, their heather plants are 3.99 each, just leave a few for me ok? It looks like Scottish Heather, (Calluna vulgaris) and yes, I looked it up, according to the Missouri Botanical Garden, grows well in zones 4-6. Now the bad news, it likes soil that drains well, doesn't tolerate clay, and guess what my garden is? You guessed it, my whole yard is clay. And, it also doesn't dig hot humid summers, and I'm in Missouri. So I may have to pick up a big pot to plant a little heather in. We'll see if it's Scottish Heather or Mexican Heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia) also knowna as false heather, yep, no relation. Mexican heather grows well in Missouri as an annual.

So I'll post on Thursday the 6th and let you know which one it is in case any of you want to pop into your local Aldi and pick some up. In the meantime, here is the art for the heather card from the Voice of the Trees deck.

This card shows heather blooming across the heath. In the foregroundwe see a couple whos hands are tied together with a scrap of tartan fabric in an old marriage rite known as handfasting, it's where the term "tying the knot" comes from. Beneath their hands is a Celtic cauldron full of heather blossoms. The cauldron in Celtic lore represents transition, rebirth, and also abundance. I modeled the cauldron after the famous and ancient Gundestrup Cauldron.

I mocked this up in Photoshop showing a border, when the deck is published it will have a different border, I can't wait to see what the art dept. at Llewellyn comes up with, they do really nice work!


  1. You should get a nice big pot to put it in and keep it in the studio when it's too hot, then you'll always have the heather energy around you while you work!

  2. I was thinking about that, I need a plant light too, those babies love the sun, but it would be pretty in the studio, wouldn't it?


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