My name is Tressa. I’m a native Arkansan, steeped in Ozarks culture and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I’ve been Pagan most of my life (since 1986) and a mom for over 25 years. I’ve been making crafts, crafting ritual, creating shrines, cooking vittles, and raisin’ youngins for ages. I started this blog in 2009 to share some of that journey with you.

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  1. great! i am too. someone recommended your blog on offbeatmama today, and of course the ozarks and “heathenry” caught my attention. haha glad to have found your blog. :]

  2. I love your Pagan Parenting posts! You have such a wealth of information to share 🙂 It’s very interesting reading. I have friends who are Druid, so this give me quite a bit of insight into their practice. We’re more eclectic, but I love learning about other paths. Thanks!!

  3. It’s good to see a pagan nearby. I live in south Missouri, and there doesn’t happen to be another pagan within a hundred miles, it seems.

  4. I just found this blog and noticed the comments about Arkansas, I am in Western Arkansas. My hubby and I are buying land and homesteading slowly, but we are getting the job done.

  5. Thanks so much for your site and posts. As someone new to Paganism, some of your posts have really struck home in terms of how to get out and connect with the Divine all around us, especially in nature. Sorry I’ve missed the last couple of group gatherings, but your posts are helping to fill that void and provide a quick recharge until I can get to another meet.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. You are helping me greatly on how to explain things to my daughter. Blessed Be. Sending Love & Magick on a Boomerang back to you.

  7. Hey Tressa! I’m an admin for One Witch’s Wonderland on Facebook. I would LOVE for you to be a guest adin with me for a few weeks! If that is something you would be interested in doing could you please get a hold of me and we can set you up! ❤ Eva

  8. Hey Tressa! Your stuff is so awesome and I love what I’ve seen so far. I have found a new read. ^^
    But I wanted to mention something to you! I have been reading your posts on salt dough (which are awesome btw!) and you say they don’t last forever. Something I wanted to share is that you can seal them with polyurethane, clear finishes and/or acrylic paints and they will really last practically forever. 🙂 I assume from your statements that you didn’t know this, but figure you could preserve your lovely, lovely works with this and you can share this info with your readers now when you write about salt dough. ^^ Thanks so much for sharing your salt dough creations. I only wish there were a big-sized picture gallery of them so I could admire them better. The details on your goddess statues are hard to see but they look so pretty. Thanks again!

    • Thanks Arsh, I do sometimes use a light coat of sealant on some of my salt dough projects- not wanting to overdo it with chemicals and such. All of the ones that are painted are painted with acrylic paint. A lot of my creations bit the dust this summer when we had extra high humidity; moisture permeated them and they fell off the wall. Most of them were saved with glue, however. I’ll consider using thicker layer of polyurethane for my favorites.

  9. tressabelle,
    I’m doing research for a novel based on druids. I am wondering if there was another way in which I could get in contact with you about some of the items you have posted here on this site?

    Any help would be great, even if it’s to show me where to look. My local library has little, and despite being in a highly Celtic region of Canada, there really isn’t much available.
    Are you able to see my email as I wrote it in the section below?

  10. Hi Tressa
    I was wondering if you would be interested in doing an article for me (with compensation)? If so, just contact me via the email I’ve used to make this post. Love reading your blog and the hands-on information.

  11. Is there an RSS feed to your blog or somewhere to get email alerts for new posts? I’ve looked but maybe overlooked it. Just found you today & love your blog.

    • I don’t think there is, sorry. I haven’t been posting much this year, and may be winding down to a farewell article by the end of the year. Enjoy the archives, though!

  12. Hi Tressa! I just found your blog. You’re doing a great job so don’t give up quite yet. I was reading about your parlay into Waincraft and it looks really interesting. How has it resonated with you spiritually? Have you found any difficulty integrating it with your ADF practice?
    Thanks so much and may the Kindreds bless you mightily!

    • Hi Scott! It has been more difficult for me to come up with articles this year than in years past, for a number of reasons. Waincraft seems to blend quite nicely with ADF,and there are some similarities. It helps that ADF is orthopraxic rather than orthodoxic. Waincraft doesn’t have it’s own official ritual style. For my own (solitary) rituals, I use an “ADF-lite” format (like in my article “semi-daily devotionals”) or at times, a simple blót. The fuller “core order” rituals we have for Ozark Druids resonates with me as well.

  13. Hi there, I found your weblog and wanted to say Merry Meet from Holland. Also a pagan mom here, trying to survive my sons toldler years 😉
    I think i will enjoy your upcoming articles as well as the ones a have already read.

    Blessings Súrion

  14. Hi, I’m curious if you’re familiar with the Northwest Arkansas Kindred (aka White Wolf Kindred)? I was a member there for many years before I moved away, but they are still going strong. They’ve been there in the Fayetteville-Springdale, AR area since the late 90’s. Let me know if you’d like to contact them and I’ll put you in touch. They’re a fun bunch of folks.

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