Saturday, December 21, 2013

Setting Up My Altar

I prefer a Northern/Earth position for my altar. Even though I am a Pisces and a water lover, I feel very close to Mother Earth. I've always been a barefoot type of woman.

Here in my new studio, I have a window that faces south, a repurposed dresser for storing my art supplies setting against a western wall and my sewing machine cabinet that sets against a northern wall.
The dresser has a good surface for all my altar items but I'm feeling drawn to the Northern wall and my sewing machine cabinet.
How do you decide where to place your altar?

Photo of My Altar In Our Previous Home

Happy Yule

Thursday, December 12, 2013

What Day Is This? Moving Time Warp......

We closed on Tuesday the 12th of November, moved in our new home on 13th and ever since we have been up to our armpits in boxes, boxes and more boxes.
We unpack and sort the piles of stuff till we're dropping from exhaustion , head off to bed , drop off to sleep like rocks and get up the next day and start the process all over again.

My new kitchen has 1/4th the amount of cabinet space that my previous house had. I get the cabinets arranged, unpack a few more boxes and have to rearrange the cabinets again. It's a constant puzzle.
 As I make decisions about what items stay and what items go, I've noticed I have  this really  good feeling of being lighter, being less encumbered and freer of having to care for and look after all these things.

Dec. 12th, 2013
It's been a month today since we moved into our" little doll house"( that's how hubby refers to it).
And after all the fits and starts , good things are happening.
Under this December's waxing moon, I  have blessed our new home and have visualized  my roots growing deep here.

As soon as I get a working camera, I'll be posting pics from my new neighborhood.

A Little Snow On The Path

Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Quick Hello From The Goddess

Now that our move is at it's halfway point, Athena decided to give me a quick Hello.
 A sign that she was looking out for me/us during our time of transition.
Driving back from the bank a day ago, I was saying internal goodbyes to the streets, trees and memories of this town, this place, where we have lived for the past 20 plus years and thinking with expectation of  the home and place where we will be heading off to tomorrow.
Suddenly a pink colored truck turned from a side street out in front of me. It was a home delivery truck from a bottled water company. In huge lettering on the side was Athena's name with a picture of a young woman with long flowing hair.
I have never seen a truck from this company before in my neighborhood!

I laughed out loud. This feeling of happiness, this feeling of great things to come washed over me.

The Lady/Ladies always seem to let me know they're a round just when I need that little bit of reassurance.

Do these messages from the Goddesses ever happen to you?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Here's Hoping a Little Magic Comes Your Way Tonight

Happy Halloween!!

I'm off to watch "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown"! and eat a few candied treats.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Checking In...Packing and Sorting

We've taken tons of books to Half Price Book Store, loads of things to our neighborhood Goodwill store and chucked a good amount of trash.

The stacks of packed moving boxes grow everyday and shelves, cabinets and drawers empty.

I've waited quite a while for this move to happen. There were so many starts and stops along the way that when it began to look like we had a true interested buyer for our house, I didn't get my hopes up as I've been on such a roller coaster of emotions for the last 15 months and couldn't stand to have them dashed one more time.

Now I'm beginning to feel it's really happening. Hubby and I have sat and figured were we will place furniture.
I'm planning my art studio and where I will set up my altar. I've packed and sorted my herbs, candles, books and oils.
I had my labeled sky water bottle of saved rain water sitting out on my desk the other day. Hubby asked me later , "What was sky water and where did I get it from?"
I had to laugh.
"It's rain water, I told him, for my plants." ( And what ever magical needs I may have for it)

I've only gotten out a few of my Halloween decorations as there are all mostly packed.
But I am very mindful of the Lady's hand in all this. She's been revealing signs for me.

I came a cross an invocation of thanks for Samhain, that I plan to chant on Halloween. I'll light some candles to honor the Lord and Lady.

I know that Hubby and I are entering a new chapter in our lives and I'm very excited!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

We are relocating. Our home finally sold and we are in the midst of packing all the things that go with moving.
My posting will be sporadic til mid November.
I'll be checking in now and again.

If you haven't yet go take a walk through the fallen leaves for me.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Sipping Cider

My First Ever Glass of Cider, Summer of 2012
After I had my first taste of cider last summer I wanted to try more kinds.
 My eldest son suggested I might like the Angry Orchard Brand.

Thus began my search. 
After I came across the cider at my local grocery store, I tried their Apple Ginger Cider and really liked it.

The Angry Orchard website is really great. I suggest you go and visit it.
While I was wandering around the orchard I came across their cocktail  list.
 They have a lot of great recipes I want to try.

I thought this one sounded great.

The President
  1. 1/2 oz. raspberry liqueur
  2.  1/2 oz. orange liqueur
  3. 2 orange slices
  4. 8 oz. Angry Orchard Apple Ginger
Muddle orange slices in pint glass.
Fill glass with ice. Add liqueurs and cider.
Pour in to mixing cup and back in to glass. Garnish with orange slice.

Serving Suggestion: 
Make a large batch to serve as punch.

p.s. I just love those labels with the wicked looking trees on their bottles.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thoughts on Autumn Poems

October gave a party,
The leaves by hundreds came,
The chestnuts, oaks and maples
And leaves of every name.

Sunshine spread a carpet
And everything was grand.
Miss Weather led the dancing;
Professor Wind the band.

George Cooper
I like this little poem and have often wondered if there was more to it.

     I found a book of  Autumn poems the other day while browsing through the books at my local Goodwill.
I had gone into see if I could locate some small books that I could alter for my mixed media art.
When I spied this book it was just the right size and looked fairly new and the subject content was autumn poems. I immediately decided I'd have to save this book  and find some other book to work with. A book of Autumn poems how perfect can you get, right.?

Once I was home I sat down and began reading some of the poetry. Every blasted poem in the book dealt with the "sorrow" and this "dying" time of the year.

Where's the colors?
Where's the beautiful light?
Where's the rich smell of ripe fruit and harvested vegetables?
Where's the fun of late afternoon walks and crunching leaves?
Where's the joy of carving a Jack O' Lantern, lighting the candle, turning out all the lights and watching it come to life and glow?
Where's the delicious fun of dressing up and going Trick or Treating on Halloween?
Good Grief!!

Like I said it was the right size for altering!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Goblins Galore!!

Captured Goblin Altered Art Book
Green Goblin Punch

  1. 3 cups apple juice
  2. 3 cups plain seltzer
  3. corn syrup
  4. colored sugar crystal
  5. 2 cups prepared green jello
Combine apple juice and seltzer in pitcher and chill
Dunk rims of glasses in corn syrup removing excess
Dredge rims in colored sugars
Place glasses upside down on wax paper in the refrigerator
To serve: Place spoonfuls of jello in decorated glasses and fill with apple/seltzer mix

 Now for a more Adult Beverage....

                                      GREEN GOBLIN COCKTAIL
  1.  1 oz. vodka
  2.  1 oz. peach schnapps
  3.  1 oz. Dekuper Sour Apple Pucker schnapps
  4.  1 oz. coconut rum
  5.  1 oz. sweet & sour mix
Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker half filled with ice cubes
Shake well and pour over ice cubes in an old fashioned glass

Serve with lime wedge...............................

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Welcome October

Welcome October, come in come in
Come with a flurry of leaves and  a gusty wind.

Bring the smell of fallen apples,  wood smoke and cinnamon spice,
All those things I find so nice.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

Boo..... 33 Days Til Halloween!! Hooray Yippee

Show Your Chapeau!!

I love witches hats! They're practical, keeps the sun out of your eyes and stylish too.
I've got a black and bright green lace job and as soon as I get my camera up and working again I'll post a photo.
What does your hat look Like?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Home Hunting......

I haven't been able to post as much Halloweeny fun as I intended to because we are in the process of relocating.
We have a buyer for our present home and we are traveling and negotiating for a new home in another state.
Moving is WORK, mentally, emotionally and physically.

But I'm determined to focus on the good that will come from this move.
I'm lighting candles and burning incense, looking for the Lady's guidance.
If you're inclined I'd appreciate a little good luck spell directed my way.

The leaves are beginning to change here.
I feel Autumn coming.....
It's in the air.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Good Book

Ray Bradbury is and was one of my favorite Mystery/Fantasy/Science Fiction writers.
The Halloween Tree is a story of a group of school boys who get taken on a journey through time by a mysterious man where they learn the history of Halloween and help save a friend.
You should definitely read this one!
p.s. I love this fly leaf illustration. There are other reprints with different covers but this is my favorite.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fall Foliage

Listen ! The wind is rising and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings
now for October eves!
 by Humbert Wolfe

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Gee Whizz!! @#$%! Stupid Camera and Pumpkin, Sage and Barley Soup

My camera died :(

Photos I wanted to take of various Halloween projects that I'm creating are on stand by.
Therefore I'll be posting some previous autumn and Halloween photos with my stories, poems, recipes and what not till I either fix the camera or buy a new one.

In the mean time:

Pumpkin, Sage and Barley Soup:

8 oz.cooked andouille or smoked sausage links
1 small onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. snipped fresh sage
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup quick-cooking barley
1 tsp. instant chicken bouillon granules
1 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar

In 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven cook sausage,onion, and sage in hot oil over medium heat
3 minutes stirring often. Add barley, 4 cups water and bouillon granules.
Bring to boiling. Reduce heat: simmer, covered, 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in pumpkin, maple syrup, and the vinegar; heat through.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Makes 4 servings

Top With: Green apple slices and additional fresh sage.

You can use bulk sausage which you precook, making sure there is no pink left in the sausage.
Hubby's and my stomach can't handle that much barley so you can substitute with a cup of oats.
Oats are a great soup thickener and they cook where you can't tell they are in the soup.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Working on a Halloween Library

I got out my Spell Book I created last year. Looked it over and decided I needed to rework it.This is its' updated look, front cover

Updated back cover.

Bat Book in progress and Dr. Dillman's Encyclopedia in progress.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pumpkins All Around

In the grocery store yesterday there was a huge box filled to the brim with dark orange pumpkins. Large bundles of dyed oak leaved branches wrapped in cellophane were stacked near by along with straw craft brooms scented with cinnamon.
The little girl in me was excited and skipped down the store aisles while I filled my grocery cart.
Oh those Halloween decorations of mine are definitely coming out now!!

Are you getting your pumpkins out too?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Munchable Mice For Halloween

Some chocolate chips, maraschino cherries, Hershey's Kisses and almond slices and you can have your own infestation of edible little critters.
Yum mm!
Visit gooseberry to get the recipe or stop by my To The Cauldron Pinterest board.

50 Days To Halloween

Only fifty days till Halloween!!
I can hardly wait!
The delicious anticipation of candied apples, cider, beautiful brilliantly colored Fall leaves  and all things Halloweeny feels me with longing and excitement.

So.....My plan is to post for the next fifty days Halloween decor, crafts, recipes, poems, stories, basically any and all things that strike me as Halloween worthy.

Are you ready?
Can you deal with the onslaught?
Are you quivering with shivers of delight???