Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Create a garden goddess for May Day!!!


When Ruby was about 3 yrs old, I began the yearly tradition of making a garden goddess.  The idea comes from a fantastic book "Celebrating the Great Mother" by Cait Johnson.  We do this craft together before every May Day, so our Goddess is ready to look over our garden and take care of the seeds we are sowing!

Here is a tutorial on how to make your own garden goddess...
you will need:
a stick
face of some sort, (you could craft your own from clay), I have a mould and use fimo bake clay
scraps of fabric, ribbon, yarn
gemstones, beads, wire
crystals, feathers...
whatever tickles your fancy!!
a eye hook, (for hanging her up)

To start, we put a bead of glue on our stick and then attach the ribbon or fabric scraps to the glue, start wrapping...there is no right or wrong way, just wrap...change fabrics, add ribbon...

  Ruby is wrapping some torn fabric around her soon to be Goddess!

This is what mine looked like when it was done...


Then add beads, wrap bits of yarn around, glue gems, wrap wire around...go to town!!!
Remember...there is no right or wrong way to do this!!

On the back of my face, I like to add some feathers...



Here is Ruby's finished Goddess, hanging up in our Oak tree, looking up the hill at our garden...
(mine is at the top of the post)



Alternately, you could also use a bigger stick and just "stick" it in your garden somewhere.  I love putting our goddess in the tree and letting the wind and rain and sunshine change her over the course of the season...when harvest time is over, we go out and take her apart, save what we can, and burn the stick, (thanking Mother Earth for a job well done!).  However, these goddesses are so pretty I've also had friends hang them in their porch, so they can savour them over the course of many seasons!

May Day is a day to celebrate Mother Earth in her time of flowering...make it a day to link with our ancestral past and honour Mother Earth in all her radiant glory!

9 comments:

  1. I seem to be having difficulty getting my comments to post...I double checked to see if it went through...and it didn't.
    I see a craft day coming where you get us all making garden goddesses....please? Please??

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  2. Oh I love, love this idea. I love the idea that it weathers and gradually changes. Another activity on my list. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. I second Stephanie's comment. I just know that a Garden Goddess wants to come live at our farm too.

    Love the face and feathers!

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  4. Wow! What a wonderful creation. I would like to check out that book.

    Thank you for coming by and commenting on my blog!

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  5. We made our garden goddesses today, following your tutorial. The girls had so much fun. I can see this becoming part of a new tradition for us. Thank you.

    http://www.timetocraft.co.uk/?p=1495

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  6. I've linked to this today from my blog:
    http://www.playingbythebook.net/2010/05/13/revelling-in-gardening-with-kids/
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. I've visited before but never really spent much time lokking arouns. Wow! I hope I remember to do this next year for May Day. What a fabulous way of celebrating mother earth and a new beginning. I love the idea that this cold be made fancy or not and with scraps, leftovers, and even more bits of nature. (An acorn top crown maybe). Thanks for the pretty tutorial.

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  8. What a wonderful idea! I see that I have discovered this post a bit late, but am wondering if you might still be able to point me in the direction of the face mold you have. Where did you find that? Thank you for a beautiful website and great craft ideas!

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