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Samhain's Sirens Craft-tacular Saturday Giveaway
Welcome to the Crafty Listings for our Samhain Siren's Blog Project and Giveaway. In this entry I'll be going over a hobby of mine and sharing photos as well as providing a list of other's involved in the blog project with dates when their contribution to the Crafty Siren posts will be added to the Samhain's Sirens blog.
One thing I love to do is re-purpose or re-use items. Thrift stores are a great place to locate gently used objects that can be reused. I make different types of wreaths, but taking wreaths from the thrift store and breaking them down to create new works ready for a long life in a new home.
Here are a few of my examples:
This wreath was created using recycled/re-purposed artificial pine wreaths. Usually you can pick these up for next to nothing at the thrift store.
I found a wreath of all of these little red apples that I could cut off into little decorations for this wreath below. The ribbon I got from a spool of ribbon at the thrift store and the little raven/crow as on another wreath that I added to this one.
This wreath is affectionately called 'Day of the Dead' or 'Ancestor Wreath'. This was another set of pine wreaths that I was able to find at the thrift store. The center part of this wreath was found on one of my thrift store journeys and actually drove the design of this wreath. The little orange objects are from a bag of potpourri and are also a re-purposed item.
Grapevine wreaths are very easy to repurpose for other crafts. This wreath below was a spring wreath that I took apart and changed into a Whimsical Halloween Wreath. A tip for re-purposing on Grapevine, just use your glue gun tip to melt the glue from previous decorations, it cleans up much easier and looks great when finished.
So, you can see how easy it can be to create a wonderful Halloween or Samhain craft idea, give something new life without the need to buy new things from the store. Re-using objects for new purposes is a great way to save money and save our environment.
Our Saturday Craft-tacular will be published here, on Samhain's Sirens Blog. Each comes to you with amazing ideas for getting one of my all time favorite times of year going as well as a fantastic giveaway!
October 13th, 2012 - How to Make a Scrying Mirror
October 20thl, 2012 - How to Make a Dream-catcher
October 27th, 2012 - How to make a Crystal Spider
As these are crafts that are for adults, I wanted to list a few resources for crafts for kids:
Proud to be Pagan Kids - Offers songs, activities and crafts for Pagan kids.
Austin Pagan Kids - Offers downloadable coloring pages, BOS and crafts for Pagan Kids
Martha Stewart - Halloween Crafts
Parents Magazine - Halloween Crafts
DRUM ROLL PLEASE
And now for my giveaway. As many of you know I am the owner/operator of Sosanna's Closet. The majority of my projects are handmade pieces and custom works. I recently started a new line called Witch's Rosary. These are rosary or ladder strings made with glass beads and finished with a decorative pendant.
Here is an example of my pieces.
For this giveaway you'll be trying to win the following Rosary.
In order to collect chances to win you'll need to do the following:
Comment that you'd like to win the Rosary
Follow Sosanna's Closet on Twitter - Link
Like Sosanna's Closet on Facebook - Link
Tweet this giveaway and post the link in the comments
Share this giveaway on Facebook
That's it! That's all there is to it! I look forward to hearing from you all soon!
Namaste & Blessed Be
Recipe of the Day
Picture credit The Coexist Cafe
Pumpkin Pie Martini
From The Coexist Cafe
Okay, let’s wet our whistles! This is an adult-friendly beverage we served at our Halloween wedding in 2010, and it was a HIT. Pumpkiny, a bit spicy, and sure to leave you a bit lightheaded with glee, this drink is best enjoyed standing outside with neighbors and making them jealous enough to make their own!
* 1 oz vanilla vodka
* 1 oz pumpkin spice liqueur
* 1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
* sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
In a martini shaker, combine all liquors with a handful of ice and shake until the shaker is frosted on the outside. Take a martini glass and pour the mix into the glass, then top with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
Saturday's Video of the Day
I rather love this one by Stevie Nicks. It doesn't get a lot of airplay compared to her more popular songs