Friday, September 23, 2011

Greenman and the Muse, Autumn and Apple Crisp!

A Project Comes to Fruition

I was contacted earlier this year by my friends from Indiana Cern and his lovely wife Anaan Sapphira to design cover art for their upcoming CD release "Magic Planet."  They send the concept of what they wanted mocked up on the computer, basically the planet earth in space with my Greenman art worked in there somehow and looking very magical.  After reading his description and seeing his concept rendering, I got a really cool idea to make the Greenman image smiling through the land-masses.

I really had fun working on this piece, and I was happy with the results too.  Cern and Anaan worked their butts off in the studio and I wanted this cover to be really special for them.  By the way Anaan celebrated her birthday yesterday!  Happy birthday dear songstress!

I just got the finished CD in the mail the other day, and I wanted to share it with you, been listening to it in my car!  These are wonderful original songs, performed by this magical duo.  Listening to their music makes you feel a very personal connection with them and the messages in their songs.  Here's a link to their facebook page where you can "like" them and ask about how to pick up a copy for yourself.  Lovely and inspiring music from Greenman and the Muse!

If you're interested in some Greenman magic to go with the music, make sure to get a copy of the 2012 Llewellyn's Magical Almanac, I have an article in there all about making prosperity and abundance magic with the Greenman, and who can't use some extra prosperity magic these days?!

Greenman Abundance article and illustrations in Llewellyns 2012 Magical Almanac

In Other News: Autumn in Thoughts, Pictures and Taste Buds

Happy Autumn Equinox/Mabon!  I woke up and found a mist had fallen over everything this morning.  We had orders going out at the studio, so I placed them on the porch in a clear plastic tote for protection and so the mail carrier could see them easily, then I made my way to the office.   I wanted to share a few photos of the beautiful foggy cornfield that I passed on my way to the office this morning and the meadow right outside my office window.  I love this time of year, the big second harvest of the wheel of the year! 
"Shrouded Harvest Awaits" 

"Mabon Road"

"Autumn Meadow Mist"

Tonight, I'll celebrate with a small feast with my family at home to give thanks for all the blessings that we have had throughout the year.  I know times are tough for everyone right now, but it's more important in difficult times than ever to make an effort to look for the good things and pay attention to them.  Magically, whatever you are giving your attention to is what the universe will give you, so don't focus on what you don't have, train your eye upon your blessings, and more blessings will follow.  Tonight when I turn the Wheel of the Year plaque to Mabon and change the items on our family altar, that will be my focus.  For desert I'm going to try making Weight Watchers Apple Crisp recipe!  I'll let you know how it turns out in the comments below.

Weight Watchers Apple Crisp

- 4 medium apples
- 1/2 cup unpacked brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cups uncooked old fashioned oats
- 3 tbsp reduced-calorie margarine

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Stir together apples, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice; pour into a 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
Cut flour, oatmeal, remaining brown sugar and margarine together with a pastry blender or fork in a medium bowl; sprinkle over apple mixture.
Bake until apples are tender and top is browned, about 45 minutes.
Serving size = 1/2 cup
Each serving = 3 Weight Watchers Points

Autumn Blessings!


  1. Love the cd cover! Also, happy Mabon and great pics!

  2. Autumn blessings to you. The CD cover is awesome. Beautiful pictures. I woke to a foggy morn as well.

  3. Thanks so much! Something so magical about the fog!

  4. The cover is so pretty. Happy Mabon to you and Thanks for the recipe.

  5. I ended up making little apple pies instead. I made my own apple pie filling and used won-ton skins for the crust, cooked them in one of those little sandwich makers. The were...ok. Dan ate them up. I probably should have made the Apple Crisp instead. LOL Maybe tomorrow night.

  6. Happy Mabon to you as well, Mickie. And thank you again for gracing our CD with your artwork. I have to tell you that at PPD in Indianapolis, people came up to our table and would just pick up the CD and just stared, looking at the cover in wonderment at its beauty. Thank you again for working with us. You are a delight. And Anaan says thank you for the birthday well-wishes. Take care and bright blessings.

    Cern and Anaan, aka The Greenman and the Muse

  7. You are one busy lady! Thank you for the inspiration. Your CD cover art was beautifully conceived. xo


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