Thursday, October 2, 2014

Oct 2: Samhain's Sirens Thriller Thursday!

Welcome back! We are so glad to have such a terrific group of friends to celebrate with this year!

REMINDER: If you are entering our giveaways, we must have an email address for you at least once per giveaway entered. The law states we must notify you via email. If you do not provide an email address, we will have to disqualify you from that day's giveaway, and we don't want to do that. So please, one email address per giveaway entered. Thank you!


We know you are totally psyched to find out who won that amazing one-of-a-kind Sirens Spirit Board (worth $298!!) giveaway from Hemlock and Garnet so let's not keep you waiting.









Ze 246 !!! 
Congratulations!

Remember, if you entered the contest yesterday, all of your entries count toward the grand prize at the end of the month, so keep playing along!



Loss and Laughter

by Melissa "Chicky" Cassick

We gathered around her on the bed. We held her tightly. We whispered in her ear that we loved her. We let our tears drip on the blankets. We hugged one another. And because it is what we do, what we have always done, we laughed. Great Spirits of Wit and Whimsy, we laughed.

When I was about four, my mother decided my father had gone too far. Dad usually had facial hair of some sort; he styled himself a “mountain man” and was happiest with a full beard. Mom did not care for beards, and thus my father’s follicular fancies underwent constant modification. This time, though, his experimentation had resulted in a Fu Manchu, a configuration of facial hairiness that suits few men other than… Fu Manchu, I suppose. My mother begged him to shave off the two strands of hair dripping from his upper lip, but he refused. Dad was a truck driver, and one afternoon we waited in the kitchen for him to return from a trip. When he came in, my mother, two older sisters, and I were at the counter with our backs to him. He greeted us, and we turned -- our mother had drawn Fu Manchu moustaches on all of us. He froze for a few seconds, his gaze moving from my mother -- to my teenage sisters -- to my small self, all standing, smiling, with our ridiculous moustaches. Then without a word, he went straight to the bathroom and shaved.

The coroner came, as coroners do. We milled around the living room, discussing semi-made funeral plans, making lists. My eldest sister came to me and whispered, “I know you are the only one who would understand. I can’t get this out of my head…” and she began to sing the Munchkin coroner’s lines from “The Wizard of Oz.” And we laughed.

When I was about 8, my mother began referring to my elder sister Susan, 16 at the time, as “The Invisible Child.” Well, she did spend a lot of time in her room. My other sister and her boyfriend went along with it. We often pretended we could not see Susan when she was in the room with us, walking by her and feigning surprise when she spoke. When Mom finally decided the joke had gone far enough, she lectured us. “It just isn’t funny any more. It’s clear that it’s bugging Susan, and you guys need to stop.” With Susan nodding her head in agreement beside her, Mom added, “...and I really felt I needed to talk to you about this while she wasn’t here.”

Funeral lunch, prepared by the kindly and capable members of our congregation. The food was very good. My sisters and I sat together, along with my childhood best friend, Catherine. We ate Church Lady Casserole, and told our favorite mom stories, and laughed.

When I was 16, my mother taught me how to drive -- I mean really drive. I took Driver’s Education, at my parents’ insistence, for the insurance discount. But both of them were professional drivers, and gave me insight I could never have gained in class. We lived about six miles outside of town, and the last section of the drive was through a swampy area: a narrow road, with several S-curves. Driving home with Mom, I slowed down, and carefully navigated each turn with a precision what would have made my driving instructor proud. Mom turned to me with an incredulous look. “What are you doing? You’ve been on this road every day of your life! You could drive this with your eyes closed.” She began singing one of Dad’s favorite trucking songs, “...jamming gears has got to be a fever ‘cause men become addicted to the grind!”  I sped up and whipped around the next curve, laughing out loud. “That’s more like it!” Mom said, “Put that pedal to the metal -- you’re a bus driver’s daughter!”

Every night for weeks, we sat around the kitchen table. Sometimes we had guests. Sometimes we sorted odd and ends to get rid of. Sometimes we would play rummy. Sometimes we would make brownies -- I lie: we would make brownie batter, and eat it. And every night, we told stories about her, and we laughed and we laughed...

She painted a ceramic skating scene, with beautiful figurines, an elaborate sleigh, and carolers. She added a sign which read “Crystal Lake.” Yeah... That’s the camp from the Friday the 13th movies.
She proudly wore a t-shirt my sister had printed for her that read, “The Bionic Bus Driver.”
She stuck scrambled eggs up her nose just to prove it could be done. Then she trekked all over the house, trying show Susan, who had -- once again -- wisely hidden.

She yelled at a kid playing Pink Floyd on her school bus. When the kid apologized and turned it down, she shouted back, “No! I said turn it UP! Tear down the Wall!”

She helped my sisters terrorize me by finding new and unique places to hang my beloved Baby Beans doll. Yes: hang. With a noose. All over the house.

She got up at 2 a.m. to make poached eggs and toast, because the detective in the book she was reading was eating some. She had to wake me up to tell me, and make me share it with her.

She bought me a monkey puppet, which we named “Pizza.” Any time I was being a grump, she got Pizza out and made him talk to me, “Whassa matter, Melissa Jane? Your mom being a meany? You want me to bite her?”

To spite Dad, she brought the “outside” dog into the living room. While Winnie wagged, and peeked out from behind her legs, she responded innocently, “What dog?”

She sang Cat Stevens to my lovely, accident prone sister: “Morning has bro-o-o-oken! Susan did it.”

She made an adorable red-haired garden gnome for my sister’s boyfriend. Who had red hair. And was very short. And just in case it wasn’t obvious enough, she painted him in his work coveralls, and put his name on the pocket.

It has been 25 years. Samhain, every year, I put her picture on my altar. I place a bowl  of cheese crackers next to it. I close my eyes, and I can see her, on the sofa with her snack; reading a book, working on a crossword puzzle, watching “Jeopardy,” or playing Scrabble with me. And through the veil, I can hear her laughing. Always, always laughing.








Welcome back! 
I’m so happy I could dance! You know something? I think I WILL. Won’t you join me?






The Witches’ Kitchen by Autumn Earthsong


As the days of October get crisper and colder, soup just has to be on my stove or crockpot as much as possible.  Soup is also the perfect thing to come home to after trick or treating with the kids, after a long day at work, after raking leaves or…..well really anytime!  This soup is creamy and filling and would go great just with a salad and bread for dinner or with crackers and a sandwich at lunch.  Oh it has beer in it but the taste is mild and would be ok for everyone!

Potato-Cheddar Chowder
1/4 lb sweet butter
1 carrot, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
3 scallions or green onions, thinly sliced
4 white potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup all- purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth or stock
1 can of beer or ale
1 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 lb white cheddar cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste

In a heavy stock pot, melt the butter over low heat.  Add all of the vegetables and flour and cook, stirring every so often, for 5 minutes.  Add the broth and the beer and simmer, continuing to stir.  With a wire whisk, blend in all three cheeses and the seasonings.  Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes but do NOT boil.  Serve in a tureen, individual bowls or even a hollowed out pumpkin!  Garnish with red and yellow peppers and a little dill.  Top with croutons! 
*Serves 8

ENJOY, Autumn
To read my blog go to www.autumnearthsong.com
To check out my herbal products visit www.etsy.com/shop/verbenalaneshoppe








Samhain Ritual Spell Kit and Drip Candle Give Away from Sandi's Enchanted Garden




Samhain is the last of the harvest festivals. It is a time when the boundaries between the world of the living and the dead become thinner, allowing spirits and other supernatural entities to socialize with humans. It is the time of the year when ancestors and other departed souls are honored. This kit is made with scents and herbs that celebrate this aspect of Samhain.






$40.00 value

Use all of items together in one ritual or use them each individually as needed to help you communicate with and understand the messages from the other side! Each item in this kit is created with a combination of the scents and herbs of Samhain including Dragon’s Blood, Juniper, Musk, Amber, Orange, Frankincense, and Patchouli. Included in this give away are:

2” x 4” Samhain drip style spell candle
The Samhain Ritual Kit contains:
1-    2 oz. Hallow’s Eve Spray
1 – ½ oz. Hallow’s Eve Ritual Oil
1-    2 oz. Hallow’s Eve Spell Mix
1-    ½ oz. Hallow’s Eve Powder Incense
6- 4” Chime Candles

You can find many more kits, spells, crystals, herbs, oils, etc. at Sandi's Enchanted Garden ( as well as keep up with the latest products and information on my Facebook page! I wish you all the best of luck and a wonderful Samhain/Halloween!!

Rules: (READ CAREFULLY)

YOU MUST PROVIDE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS. If you choose not to share it in the comments, please use the contact form at the top of the page to provide your email address. You must provide your email address once per giveaway.

Drawing is held by random number generation and winner will be notified in email (that's why you have to have an email address listed). Announcement will be made in tomorrow's post.

Note: These giveaways are open to the U.S., Canada and where allowable. Void where prohibited.
Canadian residents, please pay close attention as by law, you have to use a different set of rules. Not to worry, we have you covered :)

CANADIANS READ HERE: You will be given X number of entries for answering the following (remember, we STILL NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS):

Who is the Canadian Prime Minister?


ALL OTHERS, READ HERE:

1. Go to Sandi's Enchanted Garden.  Choose your favorite item, come back here and tell us what you liked best.

EXTRA ENTRIES: (USE SEPARATE COMMENTS. If you throw them all into one comment, it counts as one entry only)

2. Be a follower of this blog. Comment that you are following us.

3. Like the Sirens FB page (come let us know you did in comments)

4. Like/Get Notifications for Sandi's Enchanted Garden FB Page. Let us know you did.

5. Blog about this giveaway (comment with the url for your blog entry)

6. Tweet about this giveaway (come back and give us the url for your tweet)

So, all in all, you get 6 entries for this giveaway! The deadline for entries is midnight eastern time (11 Central, 10 Mountain, 9 Pacific) tonight. Announcement tomorrow, same time, same bat channel ;)

Questions? Email Serena.


See you tomorrow for more of our October fun!

130 comments:

  1. I like the Sirens facebook page, duh. brevsmom@aol.com

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  2. I am a stalker of this blog, muahahahaha Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  3. I am a stalker of the Siren's facebook page, muahahahahaha Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  4. I love the Hallow's Eve ritual candle in her shop and I LOVE that it's in this giveaway!

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  5. I also love the Piss Off candles, lol

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  6. I am a stalker of Sandi's Enchanted Garden's facebook page, ehehehehehehehehehee *snort Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  7. I like Sandi's Garden facebook page

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  8. I would love to try the Pumpkin Latte Body Scrub. angelwhisper526@yahoo.com

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  9. I blogged about it

    http://sagascottage.blogspot.com/2014/10/samhains-sirens-oct-2-samhains-sirens.html

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  10. I liked Sandi's Enchanted Garden FB page.

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  11. My favorite item, well items actually, at Sandi's Enchanted Garden are the new and full moon pillar candles. wisewoman1014@gmail.com

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  12. I tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/HemlockGarnet/status/517664186965315585

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  13. I follow the Sirens blog and have followed it for a long time.

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  14. I have liked the Sirens FB page too.

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  15. Of course I like the FB page for Sandi's Enchanted Garden and I am on the email list for the shop too!

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  16. I went to Sandi's Etsy page from her facebook page and found two items that I totally love - the Faerie Flight and Hallow's Eve candles! Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  17. Of course I loved the page, I didn't just like it!

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  18. Chicky, your post was incredibly touching!

    Sandi, the Pumpkin Latte Body Scrub drew my eye first! (Shocked, I know).

    Email: curtincall89@gmail.com

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  19. Done with salads..time for soups. Yea :) Oh, such a beautiful eulogy, Melissa!

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  20. I follow Samhain's Sirens of course! autumnearthsong@yahoo.com

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  21. I follow Sandi's enchanted garden on facebook

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  22. I visited Sandi's Enchanted Garden and love the Hecate candles and the bath scrubs and all the other candles LOL

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  23. The Tarot kitd sre my favorite. jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com

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  24. I like the Sirens on FB under Jonquil Alexia.

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  25. I like Sandi's FB under Jonquil Alexia. I couldn't access her site from the links on this page. I went to FB & from there to her Etsy site.

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  26. 1.
    My favorite item is Sandi's Wheel of Fortune Tarot candle!
    msmelissajane@yahoo.com

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  27. 4.
    I like Sandi's Enchanted Garden page!

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  28. My favorite item is the New Moon candles!!

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    1. Psst.. Chelle, I know who you are, but by law, I need your email addy posted either here, or through the contact form ;)

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  29. And of course I like/love the Sirens page!

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  30. I like the Faerie Flight drip style candle, I could really use some help connecting to my imagination lately. princess.riceball@gmail.com

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  31. I also like the Sirens Facebook page

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  32. I follow the Samhain's Sirens blog, with Bloglovin

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  33. The Canadian Prime MInister is Stephan Harper, and I reaaaally dislike that man.
    On a nicer note, I reaaaally do like the sirens blog though.. :D

    Starfirewitch @ gmail . com

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    1. WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!! Welcome back, g/f! It wouldn't be the same celebration without you!

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  34. I like Sandi's The Sight Bath Infusion!
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  35. I liked Sandi's Enchanted Garden FB page
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  36. I like Samhain Sirens FB page
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  37. I am a follower of this blog
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  38. Although I have never used it, I would love to use Dragon's Blood Whipped Body Butter!!
    Spookydeadgirl@yahoo.com

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  39. I am a follower of your blog :) Spookydeadgirl@yahoo.com

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  40. I really like your FB page =^.^=
    Spookydeadgirl@yahoo.com

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  41. I like Sandi's Enchanted Gardens FB page, it's spiffy =^.^=
    Spookydeadgirl@yahoo.com

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  42. My favorite item is the Namaste Bitches candle. Makes me laugh every time!
    Colleen
    heartacheintobeauty@gmail.com

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  43. I follow the Samhain's Sirens blog.
    Colleen
    heartacheintobeauty@gmail.com

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  44. I liked (well, still like from last year :) the Samhain's Sirens FB page.
    heartacheintobeauty@gmail.com

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  45. I liked the Sandi's Enchanted Garden FB Page.
    heartacheintobeauty@gmail.com

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  46. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/xedri/status/517709382206099456
    heartacheintobeauty@gmail.com

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  47. So many wonderful products at Sandi's Enchanted Garden. I could only narrow it down to two and that was no small task: The Chakra Candle w/Stone Chips & Faerie Fare herbal infused sugar. Awesome!

    Bohowitch@gmail.com

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  48. I like Sandi's Enchanted Garden on FB.

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  49. Digging the The Sight bath infusion! bronwynelove@gmail.com

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  50. These stones are my favorite item, though there is a ton of awesomeness in her shop.
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/157604476/creativity-spell-tumbled-stone-set?ref=shop_home_active_24

    my email addy is chaoticdreamer68@gmail.com

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    1. 1. I am a follower of this blog

      2. I follow your FB page/

      3. I follow Sandi's Enchanted Garden on FB

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  51. I follow the Siren's blog.

    orionova [at] gmail [dot] com

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  52. I would love Sandi's happy marriage witch's bottle. I have a dear friend who is getting married this month, and this would be the perfect gift for her and her husband to be!

    orionova [at] gmail [dot] com

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  53. I follow SS on FB.

    orionova [at] gmail [dot] com

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  54. I follow Sandi on FB.

    orionova [at] gmail [dot] com

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  55. Can I just love Sandi's whole apothecary section?
    So much awesomeness!

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  56. I'm following Sandi's Enchanted Garden on FB.

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  57. I'm following SS on FB
    teehee!

    ealamagee@gmail.com

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  58. I'm following the SS blog.

    ealamagee@gmail.com

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  59. The Prime Minister is Stephen Harper :)

    Email: wayfaring.dreams@gmail.com

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    1. Yes, ma'am! That earns you 6 entries! Welcome!

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  60. My favorite items items from Sandi are the Witch Herb Jars

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  61. I have liked and get notifications from Sandi Enchanted. learnedwytch@gmail.com

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  62. I'm an avid follower of the Sirens

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  63. Siren's FB page "liked" x infinity

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  64. THE CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER IS; STEPHEN HARPER....!!! snowmoon7@shaw.ca

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  65. CHICKY, YOUR BLOG TODAY REALLY CHOKED ME UP, IT WAS WONDERFUL!!! REMINDED ME OF ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS I REMEMBER ABOUT MY DAD....(: XOXO S

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  66. I FOLLOW SANDI'S ENCHANTED GARDEN PAGE, I LOVE THE HALLOWS EVE SAMHAIN RITUAL PILLAR CANDLE!!!!! I FOLLOW SAMHAIN'S SIREN'S, ALWAYS!!! GREAT PRIZE PACK! (: snowmoon7@shaw.ca

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  67. I like the metaphysical supply kits on Sandi's Etsy page (email: fearlessfallenangel@gmail.com)

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  68. I follow the Samhain's Sirens Facebook page

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  69. I follow this blog, I do, I do. the_penns@cox.net

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  70. I also like the Siren's FB page. Yep. the_penns@cox.net

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  71. There were so many wonderful things at Sandi's Enchanted Garden. It really was hard to choose but I really liked the birthing poppet. I also liked the wooden egg...because why not? hehe

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  72. Of course I still stalk this blog. ^_^

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  73. I still love the Sirens FB page.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  74. I am still a fan of Sandi's Enchanted Garden on Facebook.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  75. I did a blog on this giveaway. http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/2014/10/ritual-spell-kit-drip-candle.html

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  76. My tweet: https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/517804390284271616

    engie.willow@gmail.com

    Good luck to all! =^_^=

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  77. The Canadian Prime Minister is Stephen Harper, sad to say.
    And my email is debra.nehring@yahoo.ca

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  78. I've also liked Sandi's Enchanted Garden FB page!

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  79. I absolutely adore the Chakra candle in her shop!

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  80. I am a follower of Samhain's Blog tvschwartz@yahoo.com

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  81. Here is my tweet:https://twitter.com/kleaf19/status/517833328855371777

    And my email: kleaf19@gmail.com

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  82. My favorite from Sandi's Enchanted Garden is actually two things. I could not decide between the Kali Ma's Courage Dark Goddess Pillar candle and The Breath of the Sun God candles. tvschwartz@yahoo.com

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  83. I like the Siren's FB page and receive updates. tvschwartz@yahoo.com

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  84. I like Sandi's Enchanted Garden FB page and recive updates under Clara Pitt. tvschwartz@yahoo.com

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  85. My favorite item is the Hallow's Eve Samhain Ritual Pillar candle! rapowell4@gmail.com

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  86. I follow the Samhain Siren's blog! rapowell4@gmail.com

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  87. I like the Siren's Facebook page! rapowell4@gmail.com

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  88. I like Sandi's Enchanted Garden Facebook page! rapowell4@gmail.com

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  89. I tweeted about the giveaway! https://twitter.com/Raitalle/status/517843201827155968 rapowell4@gmail.com

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  90. I like the dried Herb sample packs
    phoenixwitch81@gmail.com

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  91. I follow this blog phoenixwitch81@gmail.com

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  92. I like the Sirens FB page phoenixwitch81@gmail.com

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  93. I like and get notifications for Sandi's Enchanted Garden FB Page Phoenixwitch81@gmail.com

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  94. I tweeted about the giveaway https://twitter.com/Phoenixwitch09/status/517855525539954688 phoenixwitch81@gmail.com

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  95. Second try at posting this...don't think the first one went through!
    I would love to have the Greenman Wooden Wall Plaque hanging in my future man-cave (assuming my wife ever lets me have such a room!)
    beamonjoe@gmail.com

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  96. Just figured out how to follow this blog too!
    beamonjoe@gmail.com

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  97. I already follow the siren's FB page!

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  98. And I have liked Sandi's Enchanted Garden FB page. Sorry, I don't blog or tweet, so this is all the entries I can muster.

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