Sunday, October 1, 2017

Halloween Inspiration

My daughter Elizabeth and I watched Practical Magic
the other night, The Victorian/Gothic house in the movie
is so beautiful and inspiring, I try to emulate the rooms 
every year, 

My dinning room table will 
have to do for the "observatory"?

This is one of my spell bottles this year, 
I decorate them with antique lace and charms,

Here are my spell ingredients, herbs and powders

I found this old tin box this year at a neighborhood yard sale,
just love it for putting my Magick things in it!

I use this folder for my "Book of Shadows",
 I found this years ago when 
I was a teenager, and my mother and I went to an estate sale,
 I have always taken it 
for granted, never really examined it, 
now I think it might be leather, 

One of my antique velvet pumpkins, decorated with antique lace, 
antique silk toole, antique floral leaf, antique black jet buttons, 

Paper tissue ornament I made a couple years ago, 

Don't you love old silver?  
It seems to look great for any holiday!

I hope this inspires you also, 
Especially with Halloween Parties coming up,

See you then, 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mabon Celebration

The autumn equinox, or Mabon, is actually the time of the second harvest. The gardens are nearly empty. Mabon is the mid-harvest festival, changing seasons, time to celebrate the second harvest. the time of rich traditions, customs and folklore. Such as the

story of Demeter and Persephone. Demeter was a Goddess of Grain and of the harvest in ancient Greece. Her daughter, Persephone, caught the eye of Hades, god of the underworld, who then abducted Persephone and took her back to the underworld.

My Favorite Corn Bread



  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 cup Cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup White sugar                         Mix dry, blend together wet ingredients, sprinkle dry into wet until smooth, 
  • Pour into greased iron skillet, 
  • Bake 30 to 45 minutes at 350'

2 eggs

  • 3 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Butter,  melted
  • 1 cup Buttermilk

I am making a Mabon Harvest wreath 
this year to hang on a wall or door.
Harvest herbs, flowers, 
garden produce that will 
dry well on a wreath,
Make a wire form or purchase 
a metal form at any craft store,
(probably a styrofoam or 
grapevine form would work well too)


Lay out your items around the wreath, 
take some thin florist wire and wrap around
all of the stems or tie on each 
individual branch to the wreath,
Go in between the little sprigs 
from the stems to hide your wire,
Use a burlap, twine, 
or raffia ribbon to decorate,

After I had the base secured 
around the wreath I started 
tucking in all of the 
other herbs and flowers 
I wanted to use, 

After I had the base secured 
around the wreath I started 
tucking in all of the 
other herbs and flowers
 I wanted to use, 

The herbs and flowers easily 
tucked into the long Artemisea 
stems and the wire that I 
used to secure the Artemisea 
to the wire wreath,

I picked a stem from a  purple string bean
 and put the whole stem with the bean
and leaves in the wreath,  

Here is a yellow string bean stem, 
I would have put little red peppers 
in also however they are not on yet,
 our summer here has been quite cool, 
vegetables have been later then usual,

The herbs and flowers will dry on the 
frame as it hangs, you can even use the herbs
as they dry or just leave as a 
pretty decoration for your celebration!

Finally, I put a votive candle in the 
middle of the wreath for my altar,
Just be careful of the herbs 
touching the flame,
( keep a bowl of water handy)

Enjoy !!!

Next time,
Thinking of  our Witch's New Year,
Making plans for a  Fun Night ! 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Taking Time for Thyme

This is the name of my Gardens,
I painted this and it hangs above the shed door 
on the side of my carriage barn, 

One of my garden patches of Thyme,

Thyme Pesto:
2 cups of fresh Thyme leaves
1/2 cup of walnuts or pine nuts
2 cloves of minced garlic
Grated Parmesan cheese to taste
Salt to taste
Olive oil

Blend all in food processor, 
Freeze in ice cube trays for later use,
or use now in sauces, or spread on baguette

(I'm sure others have made Pesto from many other herbs,
however I did put this together myself, ) 

This is my scrapbook I made especially for my gardens 
from brown paper grocery bags, 
I will give instructions in another post,

My daughter,  Elizabeth made up this recipe,
I used it for one of my Summer Solstice party's, 

1 sprig of fresh thyme
1 sprig of Oregano
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
salt/pepper to taste
1 T of sugar
Shake all together in jar, can store at room temperature!

I hope you can take Time for Thyme in your busy schedule,

Blessings to All!