The Ides of March

“Beware the Ides of March” a soothsayer told Julius Caesar according to Shakespeare. Caesar was in fact warned that he would be harmed no later than the Ides of March and it was on this date that Brutus and Longinus conspired and succeeded in killing him.

The word ‘Ides’ itself means ‘half division’ especially of a month. In March, May, July and October the Ides falls on the 15th. Every other month it falls on the 13th. The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and usually involved a military parade of some sort.

So, why am I going on and on about this day? Well, as a child I looked forward to this day with great excitement – not because we worshipped the Roman god Mars or because we celebrated the death of Julius Caesar but because it was my birthday!

I waited in agonizing anticipation until my birthday dinner, my cake and my presents. I’d have parties with all my neighbourhood friends and my Dad would put on a puppet show for us. It was always the best day of the year. Now that I’m ‘over the hill’ the birthdays can just stop. I don’t want to be reminded how much closer to a hundred I am!

Instead of getting presents this year, I thought I’d do something completely different and give something away. For every person who comments today, I will put their name in a pot and draw one lucky winner. That winner will receive a copy of my books, ‘Withershins’ and ‘Spirit Quest’. I will notify the winner to get their mailing address. Good luck, everyone!


Well, I finally was able to take pictures of some of the cards I made during my Scrappers Weekend. I was going to take the pictures much earlier, but the battery was dead so I had to wait until it finished recharging.










Here’s one for a cat lover. I used the Cool Cat stamp set by Stampin’ Up along with assorted other stamps. I used a Versa Mark stamp pad and black embossing powder, which was then heated to create raised glossy black images. I painted the cat’s eyes & ears.









I tried using a glittery gold stamp pad to stamp the swirling pattern, but it wasn’t as shiny as I thought it would be so I painted over it with paint and a gold gel pen. The stamp set I used was the Love Life set by Close To My Heart.










The Bee Happy stamp set is a really cute set by Close To My Heart. I used glitter paint to colour the bees and bee hive, cut each bee out and used pop-up tape to raise them off the card.










I decided to use a split front card and attached the embossed butterfly to one side. The flowers are rub-ons that I painted with my glitter paint. The lacy section inside the card is actually made with a clear acrylic stamp in a lace design. The flower pattern was stamped and then hand-painted.

That’s all I’ll show you tonight. There are some special ones that I’m giving as a gift and don’t want to spoil the surprise, so I will leave them for another time. Hope you all have a good night! 🙂