Thank you for visiting, I do hope you'll stay awhile.
This blog is a place that I hope to use to share with you all of the things I love the best, to share my joys (and sadness), and to record my day to day. I'm sure I wont keep up with it as frequently as I'd like. I'll regret having made posts, I'll wish I'd edited better, eaten breakfast first, waited until I wasn't angry/tired/sad - but I suppose that's life, and we don't really get do-overs on that either.
So bear with me, I think is what I'm saying. I'm new at this. Be gentle.
Since this is my life you 'll meet a revolving door of characters, and to save confusion later on I'll introduce some of them to you now. Rooster is my daughter. She's 12 at the moment and has a shock of red hair that earned her the nickname. I may or may not have that same color hiding under all my dark tresses.
Vandal is my fiance, we just got engaged in February, and are happily planning our future. Nazaire is a dear friend who's currently staying with us, and Donut, well... he's something. Mostly dog, not sure what else... but something.
A big part of my life right now is my home. Built in the 1940's while my Grandfather was away at war, this has been more a home to me than any other in my life. When I was a little girl, it was somewhere to slip off to and listen to my Grandmother tell me stories from her life, to bake biscuits and break beans, and to sit in the quiet air feeling at peace with the world. Now it is a place that I watch my daughter play, a place where I am building a life, and creating a little safe haven for myself and others - when I can. Grandma passed away in 2007, and I inherited it in 2013. In between those times, my father did quite a few renovations - some finished, some not - and unfortunately, the surrounding property fell into disrepair.
So much has changed since then.
What was once a home, became a shell of itself, and what was then a shell - is now a home again. I suppose that is the nature of alchemy, which gets me to the name of this page. Why Domestic Alchemy? Why a blog? I suppose the long and short of it is that my beloved Vandal suggested it as I was rambling on about how much I loved baking bread and how I wish I had somewhere to share the myriad things I love. But lets talk about the name, really. Alchemy is described as a "seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination" - Domestic as "relating to the running of a home or to family."
As a pagan, I am forever looking for meaning in the smallest of things. I suppose that is a thing that is important to me, seeking out those tiny threads of purpose in all aspects of life.
I wont sit here and try to convince you that I am one thing or another, I'm mutable in all things. One morning I might wake up a combat boot wearing, ass kicking, modern woman. That same afternoon you might find me in an apron pouring over "The Joy of Cooking" - by nightfall, perhaps a vixen wrapped in silk. But at the core of me, I am truly old fashioned. I love the domestic arts and I won't ever let anyone make me feel like that makes me less of a woman. I love making food, sewing, gardening... taking one mundane thing and crafting out of it something special.
A bolt of cotton into a summer dress...
A ham sandwich into a Croque Madame´...
A patch of hard earth into a flourishing garden...
Iron into Gold.
That, my friends, is Domestic Alchemy -
And I cannot wait to see what we can transform together.