|Sarah's first amulet with red thread protection|
Amulets in the form of triangles are ubiquitous.
Their power is boosted with the addition of coins or embroidered patterns.
Triangle amulets can hang from a belt or purse or be pinned to a blouse.
They can be carried in a pocket.
|Sarah's amulet embroidered with the Ukranian symbol for stamina and health, the branch of a fir tree|
|quilt back hand stitched by April|
|stripes and diamonds by April|
Star, tree of life, cross, hand, labyrinth, eye, and magic square.
|triangles and nine patches by zoe|
Pockets out of alignment or false, small irregular details, complicated dense patterning,
all these serve to perplex.
|hand stitched crosses by Sarah|
embroidery around pockets and over breasts are all used
to prevent disease-carrying spirits from reaching the body.
|chocoolate chip cookies by Emily|
Cream until fluffy 1 cup butter, 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar
Add 1 egg and 1 tsp vanilla and continue to beat until fluffy
Fold in 2 cup flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt
Fold in 1 or 2 cup chocolate chips
Drop on ungreased cooke sheet by teaspoon and bake 350 degree oven 12 minutes or so
Slightly under-bake - when removing from oven slam the cookie sheet on counter or stove top
Dough can be refrigerated.
|yellow cake by moi|
pre-heat oven to 375 degree and prepare cake pan (9"square) with butter and dust of flour
Sift 2 1/4 cup cake flour with 3 tsp baking powder into mixing bowl, add 1 cup sugar and 1 tsp salt
Cut 1/2 cup soft butter into the flour, then add 2/3 cup of milk and beat for 2 minutes with electric mixer. Scrape bowl often with rubber spatula.
Add 2 eggs and 1 tsp vanilla and 1/3 cup more milk. Beat 2 more minutes.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.
|star web by April|
|hand stitched amulets by sarah, stars and each stuffed with salt|
Sew the sides together but leave a small opening so that you can add garlic, salt or a written prayer.
However, the triangle by itself is powerful enough. It has sharp points.
Sheila Paine's book Amulets: Sacred Charms of Power and Protection
The images of sewing and cookies were sent to me by young women who are staying home this week.
Take care of yourselves dear ones.
(the recipe for chocolate icing is in the comments)