Saturday, July 28, 2007

Handfasting Yoeke and Jan

Broom Yoeke and Jan, originally uploaded by Tuttebel.

Yesterday my friends and coven members Yoeke and Jan had their handfasting ritual. I wish them lots of love.

It was a beautiful ritual, priestessed by Rosemary. And they jumped over the broom, for it I made a cover with all their personal luck symbols and names of family members. Drawn on hearts, because love is to me the most important thing in a relationship.
Love is all.

The weather was great, we had a very big circle with lots of family and friends. Very nice food and fun.
It was great to see all my coven friends again. We live spread out all over the Netherlands and I live in the far south part of the country, besides our coven meetings there is not much opportunity for meeting.
It gives me so much joy to be together.

Blessings for all the lovers of the world.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Off to Harry's world.

Off to Harry's world, originally uploaded by Tuttebel.

Cleaned the window at kunstencentrum Signe today. The acrylic paint was easy to remove, most came of as a thin skin. Lucky me!

And I bought a copy from the last Harry Potter, (and the Deathly Hallows ).At 11o'clock the bookstore had only four books left!

It's the first Harry Potter book I'm going to read in English,the other's in Dutch. Because I'm to curious to wait for the dutch translation, and it's good for improving my English skills.
Me blogging in English, it was always my worst language in high school, that's really an encouraging thing for me to do. Give praise for the spell check button!

My crochet turned out to be a witch hat, and now I'm off to Harry's world. Later on I'll be working on a special broom, hope to get some magic in it.

Bye, bye to all you Muggels.


Home, originally uploaded by Tuttebel.

I can't tell how much I love my home.

Never get bored in it,
always feel loved in it,
a shelter, a hiding place,
to love, laugh and cry.

It silently absorbs my emotions,
and through the old walls feeds them to my beloved Mother Earth.
Giving me space for new feelings with gratitude.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


crochet in melisse WIP, originally uploaded by Tuttebel.

Still working on my crochet skills.
Not knowing what this will be; a witchy hat, a sculpture, or a tree for next yule?

I love this kind of work, crafts work. It gives me time to think or even meditate while working. For me it's sometimes easier to do than just sit still.

I'm thinking about the border line between art- and crafts work.
The difference lies not in the materials or techniques the artist uses.

The difference between art and crafts can be found in the autonomy of the work, the purpose of the work, the artist who made it and the place where it is shown.

But under this all there is something more to me.

The English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge made an distinction between imagination and inventions.
Both free humans form daily experiences and perceptions, but imagination comes from spiritual truths, as inventions are the source of fantasies. The inventions may be exciting, they don't have real meaning. They come from the part of you, you call "I", your talking self, thinking self,shining body, your mind or however you may call it.
It means nothing on a deeper subconscious level.

That's the big challenge for me, to be able to make this distinction between fantasies and truths. Between good and bad art. I wonder if I can ever see this.

On the other hand, I remember a teacher say; "I'm not interested at the truth, I want to see a good image."
That's also very true, so a lot of skills come in the process of making art to.

There was also this teacher who said to me: " Elisa, don't think to much, just work."

And that's the advice I take for today; Frohes schaffen, Happy crafting!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Limburgs museum Venlo

Limburgs museum Venlo, originally uploaded by Tuttebel.

This is a photo from the outside of the museum we visited.
I like museums a lot, small or big, contemporary art or history.

There are always one or two things I keep in my mind and maybe one day I can use ideas, forms or ways of presentation.
It's one of my favorite ways to spend time, walking, looking, learning and have a lot of fun.
To see how things are made, what materials were used. See the paint stripes, the stitches, the fabrics, the decorative holes someone made in clay thousand of years ago makes me feel connected to the makers.

That's a very good feeling.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

I can fly

Witchy, originally uploaded by Tuttebel.

Visited the expo about witchcraft in the Limburgs Museum in Venlo. It was interactive, you could use you're magic wand to activate things and send a photo home dressed up as a witch. So I did. It was a nice expo about witches in books and movies, fear of witches in old times, burning 40 people accused of being a witch in Venlo and about witchcraft in modern times. It was nice but I like to go to Boscastle to visit a real witchcraft museum.

Blessed be and may no witch ever be burned again. So mote it be.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

First crochet thing I've made :-)

First crochet thing, originally uploaded by Tuttebel.

This is what I made yesterday. I'm just learning to crochet and dream of sculptures 2 meters high.
For now, all I could use it for was this 'bike saddle cover'.
I love to ride my bike. ( and hate to ride a car, I have my drivers license but never drive.)

I wish I could fly.


lamp at my front-door., originally uploaded by Tuttebel.

Sometimes it's easy; if it's dark, turn on the light.

Fill the light with hope, love and compassion.
Breath the light in, breath love out,
learn to crochet, do it for hours,
go to sleep and see the sun shine in the morning.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Raindrops on Roses

Madeleine, originally uploaded by Tuttebel.

Tears on Madeleine cupcake cookies.

I hear birds sing, and feel caged.

Friday, July 6, 2007


vogeltjes en stam, originally uploaded by Tuttebel.

No words to say what I want.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007


Hannah's Elephant, originally uploaded by Tuttebel.

Hannah send me a letter after she visited my studio. She enclosed some nice Oilily writing-paper, because I like Oilily. So sweet of her.

Today she came to make her own soft toy, and Tara made a shy penguin.
It was a great day, they draw their own designs. Chose some nice fabrics. And for Hannah it was her first time ever to work with a sewing machine. She was a natural talent with it, Oilily would be glad to have her as a designer.

To me, it's great to buy nice things, but it satisfies me more to make my own nice things. And help other people to feel this way to.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Killer Queen

Killer Queen, originally uploaded by Tuttebel.

Last Saturday I made my first public art work. In between exhibitions the gallery Signe. ( ) asks local artists to do a window piece. I've painted with black acrylic paint on the window. She was inspired by my flower bulb children. It took me all day, and in my head I heard Freddie Mercury sing; 'Just like Marie-Antoinette, she is a Killer Queen...
The masks are a bit to much like glasses, but I like the threefold Goddess aspect of her. Next time I'll do a Kali. :-)