Wednesday, August 31, 2011

60 days to Halloween/Samhain

I've begun my Fall cleaning and Halloween decorating by straightening my family room bookcases so that I may have room for my jack o' lanterns , owls and black cats.

I've also been doing some research for ideas in creating my Practical Magic Party altered art book party favor. I finished rereading the book last week and now I plan on watching the movie tomorrow afternoon.
 October Farm blog has the original BOS used in the movie.  There are wonderful pictures of some of the pages form the book which I have poured over and studied. The ideas are percolating and I'm feeling my Muse tell me it's time to get working.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Completed Book of Spells Box

I've finished my Book of Spells box/book.  I decided to use  orange and black acrylic paints and create a Lady Full Moon on the back cover. I had saved a 2009 Halloween paper napkin of the witches stirring their pot. Using gel medium I glued the napkin with it's cool design on the bottom half of the back cover. I see it as Selene smiling down on this lovely pair of Crones brewing up something really fun in their cauldron on an Autumn eve.

I'm thinking I will store recipe cards for potions, lotions and herb mixtures in my box/book.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Getting in a Halloween Mood

I've been spending some time looking at all the lovely Halloween themed blogs and websites.
 I found myself thinking how much I like them and maybe I should begin a Halloween blog.  But then reason took over , I knew I wouldn't be able to spend time on one and really do it up right.
It dawned on me that I could freshen up this blogs look with some Halloween and Autumn decor which would carry me through to the December Holidays.  I started playing with the template designer feature on blogger.
I was doing fairly well started feeling a little cocky and I got out of my depth and managed to screw it up royally.
Thankfully Blogger thought to add a default feature for people like me.
So here is my new look and I'm hoping to add more Halloween fun as I go.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Walnut Leaves

There's something in the air lately. Can you feel it?
The Walnut trees in my small neighborhood have begun to shed a few leaves while their walnuts fall, thunk and plop on the ground. If you aren't use to hearing the walnuts fall it gives you a bit of a start when one thuds beside or behind you.  Sometimes I think the trees are playing a game of "See how many times you can make her jump"  and giggling with branches swaying.
Even though the temps are still warm, the sky looks different. It's a different sort of pale icy blue that whispers   "Fall" to me.
I picked up one of the fallen walnut leaves and drew it in my sketchbook.
My next goal is to figure out how to make walnut ink from the husks of the walnuts.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

2cd Annual Practical Magic Blog Party

Frosted Petunias is hosting their 2cd Annual Practical Magic Blog Party on September 24th.
 I came across the posting  of their Practical Magic Blog party last Fall and I was to late to participate.
However it did rekindle my interest about the movie and the book.  Right before Halloween last year I found the book and bought it. I also hurried to my local Block Buster movie rental store and discovered they had the movie in stock, which of course I rented.
  I really liked it, especially where the sisters get out the Aunts BOS. I wished there had been more time spent filming the book.
I've decided to create a Halloween Altered Art Book as my special Party favor with a Practical Magic theme.
So please drop by on Party night, leave a comment with your name and a way for me to contact you if you want a chance to win it.
I'll be posting photos of the book soon.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Halloween Fever

I've been haunting my local Michaels and Hobby Lobby stores searching for Fall and Halloween items. There isn't much out yet and  I leave feeling a little down.
 I'm in need of a big spirit booster, which looking at Halloween things seems to give me.

I'm also behind in PAJ. I stopped at Pet Peeves. I couldn't seem to find enough to write on that subject until yesterday when I realized while looking in a magazine at one more ugly green faced witch, how that gripes me so!! I need to start journaling on that subject.

 To help with my Fever , I've been pulling out my boxes of Halloween items and sorting things out. Next week the decorating begins, yeehaw!

I've also been working on a commissioned altered art journal. It's been keeping me busy and I haven't had the time to create some of the Halloween art that's on my to do list. But I'll get there.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I think I may have gotten my comment problem taken care of. I am still learning my way around my lap top. Every time I fool with the controls I'm just sure I've screwed the whole thing up. I keep my fingers crossed         ( does make it hard to type though).
 But I think I've emptied my cache and cookies correctly. And I signed up for Google Chrome and it seems to be helping. I  was finally able to leave a comment at Magpie Hallow. Hi Moncha, ( big hand wave here).

Thanks to all who offered advice. This old girl can still learn a few tricks.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


Saturday gets its name from the Latin Dies Saturni, or "Saturn's day". In Old English, it was Saeturnesdaeg. The Middle English version was Saterday. Saturn, a Roman god of agriculture was believed to have ruled the earth during an age of contentment and virtue. Saturn was a god who symbolized the passage of time and karma. He was not a harsh, judgemental god, either; he was a sower and a harvester.
There is no Norse god associated with this day, therefore it is the only Roman named day of the week.
Saturdays are traditionally days to work on protection, remove obstacles, bind troublesome or dangerous individuals and banish negativity.
Saturdays are like a magickal "let's clean house" day.
There is a Roman festival named for Saturn called the Saturnalia, which begins on December 17 and runs through the 23rd. This seven day midwinter festival was a time of gift giving, feasts and partying. Traditional gifts were candles, clay figurines of the gods and goddesses and silver. Decorations included wreathes and fresh garlands hung above the doorways.
Saturn has evolved into our Father Time, a popular image at New Year's Eve.  His sickle became the scythe and the hourglass symbolized the passing of time and Saturn's control over it.

In her book " Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences For Every Day of the Week" Ellen Dugan has chosen to assign Hecate to Saturday due to the kind of magick associated with her. Hecate is considered the oldest form of the Greek Triple Goddess as she presided over the heaven, the underworld and the earth. 
Crossroads where three roads met were especially sacred to Hecate, earning her the title of Hecate of the Three Ways.  As Hecate Trivia, her triple images were often displayed at these crossroads, where she was petitioned on the full moon for positive magick and on the dark of the moon for cursing and dark magick.
Hecate is known by many titles and is  a shape shifter. To some she may appear as an old crone, hunched over a smoking cauldron and draped in a midnight cape. To others she may appear as a dark beautiful mysterious and mature woman wearing a shimmering crown. To some she may be perceived as a maiden priestess. This Great Goddess of nature knows her way around the earth and underworld. All the powers of nature, life and death are at her command. Festivals for Hecate include August 13 and November 16, called the "Night of Hecate" in Greece, which begins at sundown.  Finally, there is Hecate's Day in Rome, celebrated on December 31.

 Flowers & Plants: Pansy, Morning glory, Mullein, Cypress, Mimosa

Metal: Lead
Colors: Black, Deep purple
Crystals & Stones Obsidian/ Apache tear, hematite, Jet, Black Tourmaline
Essential Oils: Cypress, Mimosa, Myrrh, Patchouli
Tarot cards: Temparance, Knight of Swords, Two of Swords
Foods, Herbs & Spices: Pomegranate, Beets, Thyme

There are more symbols and associations for Saturn and Hecate, these are but a few.
Much of this information was taken from E. Dugan's book.
The picture of Hecate I found on  Loveofthe goddess.

Since today is the 13th of August and a Full Moon, let us pay homage to Hecate this evening.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Spell Box- Halloween Count Down

Last Fall I purchased a wooden box/book. It was covered with  a ripped grayish colored  muslin and a label on the spine that reads Poems. Actually it was ugly but I could see it had potential and the price was right. It went into my shopping cart with the promise of a make over.

I retrieved it from storage a couple of weeks ago and began the process of recreating it into a snazzy Halloween decoration.
First I painted it with a bright orange acrylic paint and am painting black borders around the edges as I go. I completed the front cover yesterday.
Now I'm working on the spine and back cover.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Blocked Comments

I am still having trouble leaving comments. I click in my google account , type the security letters and I get stuck in this merry go round of typing passwords and security codes.
I don't understand why my comment comes up from anonymous when I've typed in my account.
It's so frustrating!!
Anyway, Moncha at Magpie Hollow, Hi and welcome to my blog. I've been wanting to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog and welcome your comments. I did a little revision of one of my posts the other day and I lost your nice comment. Just wanted to let you know.
Also Welcome to Whyte Feather, a fellow mixed media artist.
I read where Tereza over at I Heart the Goddess was having similar comment issues. Is everyone experiencing this and if so why doesn't Blogger fixing it!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Fortune Tellers Shrine

I found the perfect candle stick for Ruby's Shrine. I have spent time looking in all the stores at various candlesticks hoping to find one that would be the style I wanted and it also had to be a certain size so it would fit into the back cubby holes.
I auditioned several and they never seemed right.  Being an antique collector and at one time I had a small booth in an Antique shop where I sold quilts, antique sewing items and kitchen items from the 30's to the 50's, plus pottery; I had stored away some old wooden bobbins. I recalled I had a small one packed away in the basement so I went on a safari in those nether reaches and eureka I found it!
One of my small candles fit perfectly.
I also went through all the hankies I have collected and found one that had Autumn colors.  Ladies and young women always carried a hankie once upon a time.
I'm working on creating  Ruby's journal. I want this altered book to look like what a turn of the century young woman who's becoming a Fortune Teller would write plus period photos and memorabilia she might paste in it.