Friday, October 5, 2012

Day 5~ Happy Fall Y'all

Wow! We've made it through the first week and it's been so much fun we are coming back again next week! We hope you are still enjoying the things we have to share as much as we are bringing them to you. Today's entry is all about Fall...

Today's Blog

Today's blog comes from Heather over at I'm Not Hannah

I’ll be honest:  sometimes, I’m just not that spiritual.  In fact, I might venture to say that a good bit of the time, I’m so busy doing things like cleaning toilets, buying groceries, editing pictures, doing the whole “life as a work at home and occasionally outside the home, sometimes in a professional setting” thing that my spiritual side just sort of disappears into an occasional prayer or lit candle when a friend is in need.  This is especially true in the Spring and Summer.  We’re busy with the end of school and with vacation and visiting and then stupefied with the heat.  You would think that gardening would give me a “tied to Mother Earth and all of her abundance” vibe, but really, it’s more about getting the stuff in the ground so we can eat it. 

Autumn changes that.  The kids are back in school and I can get more time to myself.  Life slows down, even just a little bit.  And I can take a moment to pause and reflect on what IT all means.

Folks get all gaga about Spring:  the flowers, the births, the pollen, and bees, and the warmth.  We’re dizzy and excited with LIFE, eager to get out in the sun and feel the light on our faces.  Autumn is not about that.  Autumn is about…well, it’s about things dying, really.

But WHAT a death!  What a glorious, rich, sensuous slide into cold and dark.  The air is spicy with harvested pumpkins being baked into pies and peanuts and pig being boiled and barbecued for weekend fun..  The beautyberry glows like amethysts from the roadsides before becoming breakfast for migrating birds.  The leaves flame up their own funeral pyres.  The light is a golden blanket you wrap around yourself against the chill.

You know what’s coming:  the cold of winter, the blankness of sky and tree and ground.  And so you savor what is left to you.  And you marvel that you are gifted with such beauty and bounty.

That’s one of the reasons why I reconnect with my spirituality during the Autumn.  Because even more than the nutty aliveness of Spring, the Autumn teaches me about what it is to live—and to remember that life is transient and precious.  It reminds me that others have left this world before me and that they are just past my reach, close by and present.  It connects me to the idea that we must store up our treasures and prepare for having less. 

There’s also the idea of balance that comes with the equinox (and yes, I understand that it comes a week before October…work with me here.)  There is a time when we aren’t rushing toward dark or light:  we can just be still.  In between cold and heat, in between life and death, just…still and able to think of where you are in that place and what you need to move on to the next place.  I find it a comforting place to rest.

Of course, there’s college football…

What?

Y’all, I AM a Georgia Bulldog.  It’s pretty much a religion around here, with Vince Dooley being the patron saint and Mark Richt being the current prophet.  (Or demon, depending on the Tennessee score…)

The point of all this is that Autumn, and especially October, makes me think about the bigger picture and the smaller one at the same time.  It’s the time of year when I feel most whole and when I feel that anything is possible because almost everything has happened over the course of the year.

Happy Fall, y’all!  May this Autumn find you happy and blessed and well-pleased with the past year’s labors. 


Today's Giveaway



Our giveaway for today comes from Lorelei at Elegantly Enchanting


Samhain Mini Altar Besom / Broom - Black, Orange

Something  special for your Samhain Sabbat celebrations. Or, an elegant gift for your favorite Witch.

A natural wood and fiber besom has been embellished in the spirit of Samhain.

Satin ribbons in black, and orange are wound lattice-style around the handle of this lovely little Witch's besom / broom. At the top of the handle the ribbons are bow-tied, knotted three times, and festooned with a pair of glass and crystal beaded baubles (beads in the baubles may vary) in matching colors. A silver-pewter Pentacle charm is the finishing touch.

Besom / broom measures 9 inches in length.


Remember:

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Bonus entries:

Go to Elegantly Enchanting and peruse her wares. Come back and tell us what you like best there.

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The Recipe of the Day!

Picture Credit Fred and Friends

Voodoo ‘n’ Sugar Cookies

Adapted from The Coexist Cafe and Fred and Friends

Nothing’s better than sugar cookies, right? Well… what if they could have some dastardly devilish meaning behind them, like, oh… spiking a former lover in the eye? Or, better yet, just devouring him whole!

OH MY GOD AND THERE’S A LEGIT VOODOO DOLL COOKIE CUTTER!

I think I’m in love.

Ingredients

Cookies

* 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
* 2 cups white sugar
* 4 eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 5 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 teaspoon salt

Frosting

* confectioners sugar (about 2 cups)
* milk (by the Tbsp)
* splash of vanilla or almond extract
* food coloring for decorating

Method

1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. If your butter is too hard, leave it in the sun to soften a bit. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

2. Stir in the flour in 1-cup increments, mixing well. Add baking powder and salt, then blend until the dough starts to form into a ball.

3. Leave the dough to chill for at least an hour. Overnight is best.

4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Roll out the dough onto a floured surface about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into VOODOO shapes, then place cookies 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

5. Bake for 6 minutes in the preheated oven. You’ll want the cookies to come out with just a tiiiiiny bit of color on the bottom. Adjust the time and temperature as necessary — Matt and I had to eat the first batch as the bottoms were too browned. (No loss there!) Cool completely before frosting.

6. When the cookies are cool, make the frosting! Add 2 cups confectioners sugar to a bowl and add vanilla extract. Add milk in increments until the desired consistency is reached — you’ll want it so you can pipe the frosting and have it be a bit thick.

7. Once the consistency is reached, divide into different containers and add food coloring until the desired colors are reached. Frost the cookies with a toothpick or using a piping bag, then place them on a cooling rack to dry. Allow icing to dry overnight.

ETA: This recipe yields around 60-80 cookies. Just forewarning you!!

Craftiness for Friday

Picture credit All Kids Network

Samhain Spiders

1 cardboard egg carton, cups separated
1 jar, black paint
Scissors or a needle
1 box (or bag) black pipecleaners
1 bag small black pom poms
(optional, 1 bag of “eyes”)
glue

Separate the cups of an egg carton. Take one cup from the carton and paint it black, allow it to dry.  Repeat for each “spider” you wish to make.

After the egg carton cup has dried, use a pair of scissors or a needle to make 4 tiny legholes on both sides of the cup.

Insert pipe cleaners into each of these holes as legs.

Take a black pom pom and glue it onto the top of the cup as the spider's head. Afterwards, glue some eyes onto the spider's head and you will have yourself a lovely Samhain spider.

And the Winner Is:


The winner of the Herbal Home Cleansing Set from Jen at Three Cats and A Broom is Peppylady(Dora)!
Please email us your shipping information so Jen can get this mailed out to you!

Thursday's Video of the Day

I first heard this song on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer soundtrack years back (the whole soundtrack is actually quite good and worth a listen)


111 comments:

  1. I follow you on twitter. I love this besom, it's beautiful

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  2. Wonderful post today! I follow us here, on FB, and Twitter. @TheWitchWriter

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  3. I follow on FB (under jonquil alexia).

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  4. I 'heart' Elegantly Enchanting on Etsy.

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  5. My favorite item is the Hawthorn SpellCraft Collection and Chest.

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  6. Elegantly Enchanting has been favorited on Etsy! (KnitChaos)

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  7. I am absolutely in love with the Elemental altar box/cupboard. It's amazing and beautiful!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/74247098/elemental-elegance-altar-box-cupboard

    So much sparkly goodness! Love, love, love it!

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  8. Love, love, love everything that Lori makes! Especially the theban salt box (which I bought from her).

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  9. I favourited Elegantly Enchanting on Etsy :D XXX

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  10. I visited Eliora's shop...OMG that alter box is gobsmackingly gorgeous!!!...and the wands!!!! :D XXX

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  11. I blogged about it!

    http://bellafoxglove.blogspot.com/2012/10/room-with-broom.html

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  12. Forgot to say yesterday how much I enjoyed the blog posts...as with today, the words make me shiver with anticipation :D XXX

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  14. The Morrighan ear cuff is my favorite! That one is AMAZING!

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  15. I have followed y'all here from the first time I saw the notice way back in 'august or September. I couldn't wait!

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  16. I just made Elegantly Enchanting another one of my favorite stores on Etsy and spent quite a bit of time looking around at what she has.

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  17. My favorite thing on there (so far, LOL) is the cobalt blue spell bottle with gunmetal stars. I am always looking for cool bottles to store my herbs in and this would be perfect!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/110456311/cobalt-and-gunmetal-filigree-stars-spell

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  18. Love this blog, it has a little bit of this, a pinch of that and a handful of magic. Great potion.

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  19. Here is the link for the blog I have up on today's blog post:

    http://witchrants.blogspot.com/2012/10/samhains-sirens.html

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  20. I have liked you for a while on Facebook.

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  21. I didn't use Twitter very often, but it looks as if I am going to have to start. I now follow Samhain's sirens on Twitter

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  22. Checked out Witchy Elegance and have my eye on the ear cuff.

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  23. Here are my favorites - http://www.etsy.com/shop/ElegantlyEnchanting/search?search_query=hecate&order=date_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search

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  24. Here is the link to my tweet about today's posting.

    https://twitter.com/kara3967913/status/254227403189133312

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  25. This is my fave. item at the wonderful store.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/110449457/altar-censer-triple-moon-and-spiral

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  26. I follow you guys on Facebook.
    Liked this on Facebook.
    I follow your blog here.
    Lorelei's store is one of my favorites on Etsy already and my favorite thing there is the Isis athame.

    (All in one comment as I am at work. Sssh. :D)

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  27. I've favorited her shop on Etsy.

    Meant to first say, I liked your group on FB and am following it here.

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  28. Love the besom! I follow this blog.

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  29. Follow this page on Facebook (but I'm not on Twitter).

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  30. Whee, my friend just told me about this site and I'm FOLLOWING! Autumn/October/Halloween/Samhain = my favorite time of year. I'm looking forward to catching up on your posts. Also, where on this earth does one get the voodoo doll cookie cutter??

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  31. And now this one is REALLY tough - picking ONE favorite from her Etsy store. It may be the Samhain Watchful Owl Potion Bottle, but there are so many others, including the Flying Black Cat on a Broom Candle Holder, and the Triple Moon Goddess Votive Candle Holder, and the Dragon Altar Box, and the Bastet Framed Glass Art, and the Anubis Candle Lamp, and...!

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  32. Oh yes, "Liked" on Facebook, definitely.

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  33. I'm completely digging Elegantly Enchanting's "Raven Spell Potion Flask Bottle." I have a weakness for crows and ravens. I'm faving that one.

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  34. so many beautiful items! i'd have to choose the blue & silver serenity candle and the anubis candle holder!

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  35. i like you on FB (in a monstery voice) mwahahahaha

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  36. Elvira's shop faved! Now, don't y'all go buying up those raven bottles ... save one for me. :-)

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  37. I LOVE the Voodoo ‘n’ Sugar Cookies!

    I follow you here and on FB!
    Tracey

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  38. I'm following your blog (nekosensei).

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  39. I've liked you on Facebook. (Kathleen Bode)

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  40. I'm following you on Twitter. (nekosensei)

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  41. I went to Elegantly Enchanting's Etsy shop and looked at her wares. The Spiral Goddess crystal is my favorite.

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  42. I've added Elegantly Enchanting's Etsy shop to my favorites (nekosensei).

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  43. I tweeted about the give-a-way on Twitter. (nekosensei)

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  44. I follow you on Facebook.
    I went to Elegantly Enchanting's Etsy shop - wonderful goodies, pity it doesn't ship to Switzerland (where I am). But there's some inspiration there. I love this one:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/110530037/witchs-besom-broom-candle-snuffer-sh?favorite_listing_id=110530037&show_panel=true
    Also because I could do with a nice snuffer. :)
    I didn't favourite this lovely shop though - seeing that I can't order from there anyway.


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  45. Quartz, Crystals and Pentacles - Athame / Bosom Knife is just one of the many things I love!

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  46. Already had her shop faved on Etsy (NRSVampChick)

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  47. follow you on twitter (@NRSVampChick)

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  48. https://twitter.com/NRSVampChick/status/254372245303095296

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  49. I visited the Elegantly Enchanted Etsy page and I love the Faerie Elegance Treasure Cupboard!!

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  50. Elegant Enchanted it a favorite on my Etsy

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  51. I really like the rose quartz, faeries, and hearts charm bracelet.

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  52. Yes, I like samhain siren on facebook.
    Yes, in my blog post there a link to Eleganthly Enchanting.
    I would be interested in altar an spell work tools.
    Coffee is on.
    http://peppylady.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-witchy-good-give-away.html

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  53. GFC follower! :)

    silverhealer21 at msn dot com

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  54. I went to her store and while I'm in love with everything, the elemental altar box really caught my eye! :)

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  55. I like Samhain's Sirens on Facebook!

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  56. Following Samhain's Sirens on Twitter @MissMaryApple!

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  57. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/MissMaryApple/status/254424308976340992

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  58. Blogged! http://sweetmaplelife.blogspot.ca/2012/10/what-autumn-is-to-me.html

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  59. I just started following your blog =D

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  60. I added ElegantlyEnchanting to my favorites on Etsy =D

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  61. Aside from the brooms I love the Celestial Bangle Bracelet and the Midnight Celtic Moon Pendulum Divination Set at ElegantlyEnchanting!!!

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  62. Just started following you on FB =D

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  63. Just started following you on Twitter =D

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  64. Came over here to register a chance for Lorelei's besom....and then started reading more....now following. Really nice blog.
    Marti

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  65. One of my favs at Lorelei's is the Black Celtic Knot Pendulum divination set......but I am also in love with the witch's hat pins. :-) Love your work, Lorelei. </:)

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  66. Made Lorelei's etsy shop a favorite!

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  67. I "liked" Samhain's Sirens on fb.

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  68. I looked at Enchanting Elegances wares, and she contains many beautiful pieces. I especially like her Altar box set.

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  69. Posted on Facebook about the sweepstakes

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  70. So happy to have found you, I'm a new Follower! That recipe looks wonderful and the cookies are fabulous ~ will have to give them a try this weekend!
    On a side note ~ tried to Follow via email but it came up that you don't have that feature enabled. You can change the setting in Feedburner if you'd like or send me an email at: plumroselane@gmail.com and I'll give you step-by-step instructions. ;)
    ♥Sharon

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  71. I know a sweet someone drooling over a certain Athame :)

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  72. Tweeeeeeted : Elijah ‏@elijahtrent

    Go check it out!!! Some awesome stuff here!! Witchy ones :) http://tinyurl.com/8nnskvw

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  73. Followed and Favorited :)LOVELY Shop!!!

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  74. and.......a HUGE fan of the Samhain Sirens!!!

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  75. Following the blog here now! =^..^=
    Such a cute little besom!
    (and the cookies look like fun!)

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  77. Following y'all and just made Lorelei's Etsy page a favorite. I, of course love the athames and not just because I have one. Also following the Blog with fingers crossed.

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  78. I'm sure, Heather luv, that you've already figured out that you aren't the only one who doesn't pull out all the bells and whistles every time something needs celebrating. I think we can party hard in our hearts, too. At least, I do that many times. Sometimes I got all out, but others, it's just me, my inner cackler and the world ;-)

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  79. Loved the Spiral Goddess Altar Crystal Glass Chalice at Elegantly enchanting.

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