How to Make Rag Paper by HEIDI A. REEVES

Before the advent of mechanized paper mills and wood sulfite pulps, people made paper from old clothing. Historically, the rags people used for papermaking were linen, but fabric made from cotton and hemp also make high-quality paper. You can find rag paper made from cotton and linen at office supply stores, but you can also make your own. Making paper is a time-consuming and messy process, but your efforts will yield sheets of paper unlike anything you can find in a store.

Things You’ll Need

  • Cotton, linen or hemp fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Paint bucket
  • Hollander beater or industrial strength blender
  • Plastic tub with high sides
  • Shallow plastic tub
  • Mould and deckle (wooden supports with a mesh screen stretched across the top and a removable wooden frame)
  • Wooden boards
  • Industrial polyester felt sheets
  • Weights (heavy books, doorstops, etc.)
  • Sheets of cotton blotter

Step 1

Cut the fabric into squares that measure approximately 1 inch, place the cut fabric into your paint bucket and fill it with enough water to cover the fabric scraps.

Step 2

Allow the scraps to soak for at least 24 hours; saturating the fibers with water will make them break down faster during the pulp-making process.

Step 3

Find the zero point of the Hollander beater, which is a piece of papermaking equipment with a moat-like tub and a rotating cylinder (beater roll) with macerating blades that break fabric into pulp. Open the beater’s top to reveal the beater roll. Move the roll back and forth with your hand as you turn the crank on the side of the beater counterclockwise. When the beater roll starts scraping against the metal plate that rests beneath it, stop turning the crank and set the counter

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.ehow.com/how_6132991_make-rag-paper.html

Garden Magic: Welcome to my magical garden BY RACHEL PATTERSON

Rachel Patterson is amazing!!  Have a peek…

rachel patterson magical garden

Whether you only have a window sill with a pot plant on, a small city terrace, a playing field or several acres, you can always work with the magic of your garden.  I think the kitchen extends into the garden anyway, so a Kitchen Witch will often be found pottering around in amongst the plants.

Being in regular contact with your garden and what you grow, even with your house plants or a few pots of herbs, can help you to connect with the spirit of nature and recognise the subtleties of the changing of the seasons and your garden can also provide you with food and magical ingredients.

Magical gardening does take time, focus and attention.  You can’t just plant something and leave it in the hope that several months later it will have grown, flourished and be covered in fruit or flowers (OK on the odd occasion it does happen but not often!).

My gardening memories date back to my childhood.  My dad is and always was a keen gardener, organic before it was fashionable to be so.  He has always had an allotment and a greenhouse which provide a bounty of wonderful fruit and vegetables.  Apparently even as a toddler I would disappear down the garden with him and come back covered in mud.

In my early teens I experienced food production on a large scale as I lived on a farm for a few years. Then in my late teens I had the opportunity of working for a specialist glasshouse company.  Both of those life events added to my love of the garden, food and nature’s bounty.

Once I owned by own house, the garden became key.  It is my sanctuary, a peaceful place to escape to and a space in which to create magic.

For the past twenty or so years we have lived in the same house; it is on the edge of a large city and only has a small walled garden, but it is ours and we have packed it full of as many plants, flowers and herbs as we can cram into it.  We even have a very small (i.e. teeny tiny) grow house just big enough to over winter a few pots and grow some seeds.

Even on my busy days I try to step out into the garden, if only just for a few minutes to relax and connect with Mother Earth.

Your garden, whatever size it is, opens up a whole new world of magic for you to delve in to.  Warning: Gardening is addictive and will improve your health, spirit and mental wellbeing.

Not only is a garden your direct line to a natural source of energy, it can also provide you with a whole shopping trolley full of free magical and often edible ingredients. Whether it is in the form of fruit and vegetables or flowers, petals and seeds.

Let’s open the magical box

You may imagine you need to have a beautiful picture box garden laid out in front of a thatched cottage to have a witch’s garden but really that isn’t the case.  You can style the garden in any way that suits your taste, size of garden and your budget.

Many hours and much money can be spent in garden centres and whilst they are brilliant sources for plant and design inspiration you can spend more money than you need to.  Oh…and a lot of them have a café…with cake.Plant nurseries often tend to be cheaper than garden centres but ask around.  Lots of family and friends will probably be willing to share cuttings and seeds with you.  And once your garden has a few plants in you can propagate more from those you already have.

Gardening does take time and effort.  You will need to dig, plant, weed, dead

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.patheos.com/blogs/beneaththemoon/2018/05/garden-magic/

Watch “FREE THIS WEEKEND: Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future (Full Documentary)” on YouTube

For those of us who really care about Mother Earth, PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO!

13 Easy Zero Waste Resolutions You Can Make For 2018

1. Take a “no new clothes” pledge.

The US alone throws away 25 billion pounds of clothing every. single. year. Fast-fashion items are poorly-made on purpose to get you running back for more tank tops once your old ones fall apart. It’s a vicious, wasteful cycle, and you have the power to not be a part of it.

Start 2018 off right bygoing through your wardrobe, donating or selling items you don’t wear or need anymore, and begin making new outfit combinations with what

READ MORE HERE:

http://trashisfortossers.com/13-easy-zero-waste-resolutions-you-can-make-for-2018/

Continue reading “13 Easy Zero Waste Resolutions You Can Make For 2018”

Plastic In The Ocean Facts – The World Counts

Please help clean the ocean AND Mother Earth.

Thanks for watching.

https://www.theworldcounts.com/counters/ocean_ecosystem_facts/plastic_in_the_ocean_facts

I’m on holiday/vacation. By The Silver Sage Witch

Hello hello! I hope you’re doing well and your week is going well, even though I wasn’t able to do your Angel Guidance this week.

Im on holiday in the Oswestry, England/Wales until th 20th of this month.

I will try to do the Witching Crossroads this Thursday, but please dont be disappointed if i can’t. We are almost non-stop with lots of driving and meeting with some of our English friends.

That being said, I WILL make sure to get the posts up on the Newfound-life.com website though! 😁

I’m glad that you all are reading, commenting and following my blog. Im also glad that you are SUBSCRIBING to my YouTube channel! 👍🏾💋 In case you haven’t already subscribed, I’ll put the link below for you. 😘

Bright Magickal Blessings to you and yours from,

The Silver Sage Witch

🌛🧙🏾‍♀️🌜

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCopeuk53MA1yZp32xlP_DQg