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Sunday, October 26, 2014

It's time for the 7th annual Halloween Party!!!

Ah, my spooky darlings... It's that time of year where I once again run late to the party...

...Oh, wait... that's just about any time of year actually... I'm working on it.


At any rate, welcome to the seventh year of fabulous Halloween parties, hostessed by the even more fabulous Vanessa Valencia!!! =D

If you haven't visited her blog, A Fanciful Twist, you're in for a super treat... so get yourself over there and say hi!

For this year's Halloween party, I crafted a spell that's been needing crafting...

And this witch would love your help with something tonight (whether you consider yourself witchy or not), so without further ado...

Let's gather the supplies...

Then light the candles...

And lay out what we'll need tonight to make some extra special magic (for my godson, Sebastian.)

Some wee smudge sticks, made from dried herbs from my garden...

A feather found in the forest.

And a saint medal with St. Peregrine on one side and the Blessed Mother on the other side.

St. Peregrine is the patron saint of those fighting cancer. Sebastian (who turned 1 back in July), has just been diagnosed with leukemia... but that story is another post that I'll finish in the next few days.

Some witches have a ritual knife that they use... I have some nice, sharp embroidery scissors, re-purposed for kitchen use (and magic making). For me, they're more practical... and I'm less likely to accidentally cut off a finger. ^__~

Some melted wax from my kitchen candles hold tonight's spell candle steady. Toppling candles make a waxy mess (not to mention the fire hazard...)

Then into the mortar go the herbs, each chosen for their magical properties... 

Star Anise, Chamomile, Peppermint, Spearmint, Mullein, Red Clover, St. John's Wort and Valerian for protection...

Basil for strength...

Cinnamon for peaceful energy...

Cumin for good luck...

Dried Elderberries for blessings...

Ginger for good health...

Lavender and Tarragon for calmness and peace of mind...

Sage to banish negativity...

And Thyme for courage.

With the pestle, I grind everything up into as fine a mixture as I can get it. 

Not strictly necessary, but I've found that things mix better this way. ^_^

Lighting a smudge stick...

And letting the smoke waft around my work area.

I use my feather to fan the smoke from my smudge sticks in the directions I want it to go. I also use it to direct the smoke in my direction, to smudge myself. 

St. Peregrine sat in the herb mixture for a bit, soaking up the good vibes and magical properties of the herbs.

Then I poured the dry mix into a small jar and tied the medal around the neck.

The next ingredient is olive oil, to make this into candle anointing oil... since I do a lot of candle magic. ^_^

Once the oil has been added, it kind of just sits on top of the dried herbs...

So give it a good shake to mix all the goodness inside together.

Pouring the mixture onto his candle...

And then adding a little more...

There! Almost ready...

My last not-so-secret ingredient is glitter. Yup, glitter. A few shakes is all you need. 

As a side note, if you add the glitter after you light the candle, it sparks quite impressively... but this might upset your significant other, causing them to yell a bit... So don't do this while they're in the same room with you... ^_~

And now it's ready! 

Sometimes when doing candle spells, I'll use a thumbtack to inscribe words or phrases into the candle itself, sometimes I'll inscribe words or pictures and then add the oil/herb mixture or sometimes just the oil/herb mixture, which is what I did this time.

Sending my love, my thoughts, my hopes and wishes for Sebastian into the candle...

And now it's time to light it up!

I love candle light... it's always so cheery, even on the dreariest of days and nights...

The St. Peregrine medal will stay around the bottle of oil until the next time I go to Seattle to visit Sebastian. 

But for now, it's capped and sitting on the shelf that serves as part of my altar...

...Until I need to bring it down for another candle spell for him. ^_^

So, my lovelies, I mentioned that I'd love to have your help tonight... 

So if you would, for a minute, send a good thought my godson's way, I would be incredibly grateful. ^_^

Thank you all for stopping by for a spell

(I apologize, that was an awful pun... I just couldn't help myself though...)

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into some of my magic making... 

And I can't wait to see what everyone else has been up to! 

Remember to stop by Vanessa's blog!!!

See you all soooooon...


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Yep, I'm running late...

Eeks! Running a wee bit late because I had to work tonight! Boo! My face looks like Shock's...

But pretty please come back in a few hours to party with me for Vanessa Valencia's 7th annual Halloween Party!

Thank you! Love you! See you soon!!!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Witches in Fiction 2014... Crafting Blooming Howls

It's time my lovelies!!!

The fourth annual Witches in Fiction party has begun! And as per usual, I'm a little late to the party... but at least this year I'm getting my post in on the proper day! Ha! 

Ahem. Anyways...

If you haven't been over to Magaly's blog, Pagan Culture, click HERE and you'll find yourself there.

A wee story that's been kicking around in the back-most attic of my imagination... most notably every time I make coffee and my coffee pot steams and hisses and growls when it's just about done. I don't have a title yet, and I might write more, I don't know. But enjoy this little tidbit!


Written for Witches in Fiction 2014... Crafting Blooming Howls ^__^

Lightning forked through the sky, illuminating the room through the filmy curtains. It was followed a few seconds later by a long, deep roll of thunder. The cat sleeping on the back of the couch stretched, arching her back, then jumped down onto the belly of the woman sleeping on the couch, then onto the floor.

“Umph,” said the now-awake woman, as she turned a half-hearted glare at the cat, “Was that really necessary? You're not exactly light you know.”

The cat just looked at the woman with her large yellow-green eyes, yawned and walked the rest of the way to her food dish, before turning back and looking expectantly at her.

The woman sighed, “There's still kibble in there... finish those and I’ll give you more.”

The cat waited, staring... she almost looked as if she'd cocked an eyebrow.

“Fine, have it your way,” the woman said to her cat as she got up and poured more food into the dish. “Such a finicky cat...” and then she smiled as the cat wound around and through her legs in a 'Thank you' before heading back to her bowl to eat.

The woman, whose name was Maggie, looked at the green numbers glowing from the clock on the stove: 05:59. She groaned; it was way too early to be up since she had a full day of clients ahead of her. She flipped on the kitchen light and began rummaging through the cupboard filled with boxes and tins of tea.

She pulled out some chamomile, fully intent on going back to bed after a cup, and as she was reaching for her tea kettle, another bolt of lightning flashed in the sky, followed by another growl of thunder. This bolt, however, exploded spectacularly as it made contact with something a few miles away... and Maggie was plunged into darkness.

Maggie sighed again, “Oh well, guess I'll do it the old-fashioned way.”

She cupped her hands in front of her and called up a tiny ball of witchfire, just enough to see with. Then she walked around the kitchen lighting the candles. Soon the room was filled with soft, warm flickering light. She turned her attention back to the task at hand – making something warm to drink.

She decided that since she was up, and mostly awake now, she might as well get some work done. She could always take a nap later if she had to. She placed the tea back into the cupboard, having decided to make coffee instead.

Since boiling water on the electric stove was no longer an option, she went to Plan B. Still cupping the tiny ball of witchfire, she walked back over toward the cupboard filled with tea. This time, however, she opened the cupboard next to it and was greeted with the smell of good coffee beans and the tiny snores of the house's resident coffee maker – a small, kitten-sized dragon.

“Abelia,” Maggie said softly, “Abelia, I have a snack for you.”

Abelia opened one eye, then seeing the witchfire dancing on Maggie's hand, opened both eyes and stretched... quite similarly to the way the cat had stretched several minutes before. Abelia, however, didn't jump onto her mistress. Instead, she carefully rested her front claws on Maggie's hand and then delicately lapped at the witchfire until it was gone.

Then she began to purr, and a glow could be seen in her belly. Maggie smiled at the little dragon, “Will you make us some coffee, Abelia, pretty please?”

Abelia nodded then flew down from the shelf where she slept and landed next to the “other” coffee pot.

Maggie had a regular plug-into-the-wall kind of coffee pot that she used when she had guests, clients, customers, etc. over. She also had a coffee pot that had been passed down to her from her grandmother, who had created it with Abelia's help, to facilitate the making and drinking of coffee when electricity wasn't available – or when Abelia felt like making a pot for herself.

This coffee pot had been Abelia's idea, but she'd needed Maggie's Grandmother's opposable thumbs to bring it into existence.

Abelia loved coffee. It was her favorite thing to drink, and since all the women in Maggie's family, the ones since the invention of coffee anyways, had loved the brew as well, they were perfectly matched. Abelia figured out a way to brew a pot using her dragonfire, but since she was about the same size as a coffee pot, she really did need someone else to drink with. The witches of Maggie's family, and now Maggie herself, were the perfect drinking companions.

Also, coffee made by dragonfire gave back a bit of the energy to the witch that feeding the dragon witchfire had cost her... so it was a fairly equal exchange. Both giving and receiving each other's energies, deepening their bond and creating something that equaled out to much more than just the sum of its parts.

Abelia settled into her stone and cast-iron coffee maker and Maggie added the ground beans into their compartment, then added water into the compartment above the grounds. Then she stepped back.

Abelia's purr was louder now, almost a tiny roar. Then with as great a belch of flame as a small dragon could make, the water boiled and Abelia tipped the compartment so that it poured a little at a time into the ground coffee beans, then through the mesh bottom and into the pot below.

While Abelia was brewing the coffee, Maggie had collected her and Abelia's favorite mugs. She'd also cut the last of the bread she'd made two days before into slices along with some cheese and made up small plates for the two of them. Maggie cut some extra cheese for the cat, whose name was Crow, and then brought the plates to the kitchen table.

Abelia left her coffee maker and flew over to Maggie and perched on her shoulder. Maggie poured two cups of coffee and then added cream and honey to both before taking them back to the table and sitting down. Abelia flew to her seat across from Maggie and Crow jumped up to sit beside her.

After they'd finished breakfast, Maggie sat and sipped her second cup of coffee. Crow was curled in her lap and Abelia had draped herself about Maggie's neck and was snuggled beneath her thick, wavy hair, purring once again.

She visualized her day planner, which was in her bag in the living room, then called it to her along with a pen, a pencil and a notepad.

Maggie opened up the book and started going over her appointments for the day, making notes on the notepad about various things to do, gather, look up, etc. before each client would arrive.

The sky began to lighten as thunder continued to roll across it from one side to the other. Maggie continued sipping her coffee as she made out her To Do list for the morning, before her first client arrived at 10:30.

Since it was not quite 07:00 yet, she still had plenty of time. So she sat back in her chair to snuggle her dragon and cat, sip her coffee and watch the wind whip the Autumn leaves from the trees.

Today would be a good day, she could feel it in her bones. But then, any day that began with Abelia's coffee, followed by snuggles from both purring creatures was a good day.

She called the flickers of witchfire back from the candles and into her cupped palm, then closed her hand and absorbed the energy back into herself.

Crow yawned and stretched, then hopped down and padded across the floor to her water dish. Abelia snuggled deeper beneath Maggie's hair and smiled in her sleep.

Maggie got up from the table and crossed the kitchen to the dishwasher, where she placed their dirty dishes. She would run the thing tonight after dinner. Then she picked her To Do list up off of the table, scanned it one last time and then started getting ready for the rest of her day.

Click on the above pic to be taken to Magaly's blog and join in the partying! I hope you enjoyed my little tidbit here, and I can't wait to hop on my broom and visit the rest of Magaly's Wicked Darlings!!! See you sooooon!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Halloween Party with A Fanciful Twist

Hello lovelies!

It's almost time for the seventh (seventh!!!) annual Halloween party with the lovely Miss Vanessa Valencia over at her blog, A Fanciful Twist! Wheeeeee!!!

So grab your pointy hat and shoes, your broom, your cauldron and a black cat if you've got one... because it's once again time to party!

Make sure to visit her blog for all the details, and to sign yourself up!

And on the 25th come party with the other best pointy-hat-wearing group of people around! ^_~

I can't wait to see you then!


The Fourth Annual Witches in Fiction Blog Party!!!

It's almost tiiiiiiiiime...

For this year's Witches in Fiction party, over at Magaly Guerrero's blog, Pagan Culture!

Come join the party before the end of Wednesday, October 15th.

Then, finish a witchy project that's been patiently awaiting your attentions and post about it in your party post on October 17th. You'll find all the details on Magaly's blog.

Come party with the best pointy-hat-wearing group of people around! ^_~

And then go visit all the other participants and see what they've been up to as well. See you in a few days!!!

Oh, yes... she's also hosting quite a few give-aways in the days leading up to the party... so go check out her blog not just because she's fabulous, but also because several also-fabulous people have offered up goodies for her to give away, possibly to YOU. ^___^