Wednesday, October 8, 2014

October 8: Samhain's Sirens Wrong-Turn Wednesday!

Welcome aboard, Naughty Nymphs!

We have some wickedly wonderful treats for you today!

Don't forget that when you participate in the giveaways, we need your email address (it's the law).

Forget-Me-Nots tributes and photos are due by Thursday, October 23rd for all who want to participate. Email to Serena, at samhainssirens@gmail.com







The winner of the Sosanna's Closet Witchy hat giveaway is:


Sharon Rawson!





I've never really been morbidly fascinated with death. I may have questioned the hows and whys, and  certainly the what-afters. But what I've really always been fascinated with is the history. As a young girl my mother would take me with her to tour cemeteries. I remember her and my grandmother perusing through doing grave rubbings. I also remember her picking out specific stones that had some sort of special to them. Whether they were extra ornate or the dates were somehow significant. Sometimes there wouldn't be a name, just 'Baby So & So'. And sometimes they would be so worn that the name was unreadable. But always I would be filled with a sense of awe at each of these stones. Each of them had a back story, each of them had a family. And whether the life laid to rest below that stone was one day or a hundred years, it impacted someone. It impacted the universe in some small, yet significant way. And for it to be memorialized in such a way, well... that takes love.

Each year around this time I try to give my girls the same kind of experience. Fortunately we’ve lived in some pretty spectacular places and finding a good cemetery to tour has never been too hard. A few years back we took a look at the Huguenot Cemetery. Located in the heart of historical downtown St. Augustine, FL and supposedly extremely haunted, it is a treasure trove of history. You can find my full post on it HERE.

This past summer I took a solo trip to Four Mile Cemetery near my childhood home in Cripple Creek, CO. I’ve spent a lot of time at this particular graveyard. Laid to rest here is a very close friend who died much too young. At first look it may seem that this site is a little too unkempt, maybe forgotten or uncared for. But if you look closer you can see that it is actually the sight of intense love manifested. All of these things, from the Pepsi bottles & cans, to the lighters and toys are gifts to our friend given in love.

Perusing around this cemetery I found several other grave markings that stirred something within me. Here are a few highlights:

The one on the left is inscribed:
Alice Root.
Dau. of
H.S. & Thirza,
Root.
Born April 1, 1882
Died Jan 6, 1883
~
Just as the morning of her life
was opening into day
The young and lovely spirit
passed from earth and grief away.

The top right was simple in form, an addition by the groundskeepers as a more permanent grave marker. There were several in a row. Some with dates, others without. Most with names, but several with only 'Baby' such as this one.

The last one, on the bottom right, I found to be very touching. A hand made marker, carved directly into a rough stone. One might assume that this might have been more the result of financial hardship, but I like to think it was done with respect to the couple buried here. An act of love rather than of monetary strain.

I could have spent all day walking around here. And I found so many interesting and touching markers that I’d love to share with you! You can visit me at The Multi-Faceted Experience for more pics and more info on the lovely and haunting Four Mile Cemetery.

Wishing you all a Blessed and Merry Samhain!  ~Kourtney












It’s a Witchy Wednesday! Today, I give you “Witchy Woman” by The Eagles. 

Now, if I could only get those sparks to fly from MY fingertips…




The Witches’ Kitchen by Autumn Earthsong

Fall is such a wonderful time still to go to a Farmer’s Market and avail yourself of some wonderful end of Season veggies.  I found this recipe in one of my Autumn season cookbooks and thought I’d share it with you. I won’t lie..I haven’t made this Stew but it’s on my list to make for sure.  It sounds like the perfect thing to have simmering in your slow cooker on Beggar’s Night…ready to eat before or after Trick or Treating with the kids!


Farmer’s Market Autumn Stew

1/2 lb stew beef, cut into small cubes
2     1/2" thick boneless pork chops, cubed
1 TB olive oil
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 parsnips, peeled and chopped
2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 apples, cored, peeled and cut into small cubes
2 TB quick-cooking tapioca, uncooked
1 cup apple cider
1 cup water
2 tsps beef bouillon granules
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried rosemary
Salt to taste

Brown beef and pork in oil in a large skillet over medium heat; drain.
 Place vegetables and apples in a slow cooker; sprinkle with tapioca.
  Add beef and pork.
 Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl; pour over beef and pork.
  Cover and cook on low setting for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
 Add salt to taste before serving.
*Makes 6 servings

Sounds pretty good huh?!

ENJOY, Autumn

The read my blog visit www.autumnearthsong.com
To check out my herbal products visit www.etsy.com/shop/verbenalaneshoppe




Verbena Lane Botanicals Giveaway


All of these items are made with good oils and organic herbs. .  These are some of my most popular items I sell and I’m sure you’ll love them too! 
Good Luck!!
To see other products in my shop visit www.etsy.com/shop/verbenalaneshoppe
Thank you and Happy October!!!  Autumn






Five wonderful Witch -made herbal products for bath, body and healing. 
*a 16 oz jar of Eucalyptus Cold Remedy Bath Soak                    $20.00
*a 4 oz spray bottle of Happy Feet Spray                                     $ 6.00
*an 8 oz jar of Good Morning Sunshine Sugar Scrub                 $18.00
*a 2 oz tin of my healing Boo Boo Balm                                       $10.00
*a 0.5oz tin of my healing Crème de Menthe lip balm              $ 6.00

                                   Total price  for give away is ……….             $ 60.00! 




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):

What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?

U.S. Citizens, and others- READ HERE:

1. Go to the Verbena Lane Botanicals Page.  Look over the site and tell us which product you like 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 on the Verbena Lane Facebook 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.

113 comments:

  1. Oooh! I would LOVE to try the menthol foot soak! jlandrist@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Jennifer...the menthol soak is fantastic! A popular item! Thank you!

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  2. I just love Verbena Lane Botanicals and would love a tin of the Soothe Your Muscles Salve. It would be absolutely perfect after a long hard day's work in the garden! wisewoman1014@gmail.com.

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    1. Thank you so much Jo. Soothe your muscles reallly works and everybody who's tried it loves it..it smells delish too!

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  3. I absolutely love the Verbena Lane Botanicals FB page and stalk it often.

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  4. I am just loving opening up the blogs I follow and finding the daily Samhain's Sirens post at the top of the list each morning.

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  5. Boo Boo Balm is still my favorite. My fingers tend to crack in the cold weather and Boo Boo Balm helps stop it from getting really bad! Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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    1. I'm so glad you like it Paula! Thank you! I love it too!

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  6. I am a current stalker of this blog. Where else would I be? Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  7. Of course, I am a constant follower of the Samhain's Sirens FB page and like everything happening there!

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  8. I am a current stalker of the Siren's facebook page. Duh! Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  9. I have been a stalker of Verbena Lane's Facebook page since last year! Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  10. I have always loved looking at old headstones. As a child growing up in Montana, we would go to ghost towns every summer. I have always enjoyed them and going through the cemeteries were always the best. I remember one cemetery that the graves were scattered about because of all of the trees that were in the area. That one was my favorite. It was like the trees were guarding them.

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    1. Yes! My home town was almost a ghost town at one point. If gaming hadn't of come to town in '91 it surely would have been! And this cemetery had the same kind of layout! With all the graves and stones tucked in around the trees! It was haunting and beautiful all at the same time!

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  11. email address: vball.chic14@gmail.com

    the answer is 42.

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  12. I love the lip balm products, especially being up in the frozen tundra our lips really take a beating.

    Great post today ladies! Thank you for all your hard work on this project.

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    1. Thank you Tara...they are smooth and creamy and very healing. I like them too :)

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  13. 1. My beloved husband sure could use some "Soothe Your Muscles" salve!
    msmelissajane@yahoo.com

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    1. The muscle balm is fantastic and smells great too! Thank you!!

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  14. 4. I have liked Verbena Lane's page. :)

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  15. And CONGRATULATIONS Sharon Rawson! You got an awesome hat!!!

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  16. the products look lovely.. I wonder, are they vegan? if so sign me up to win :D
    The answer to life the universe and everything is of course 42

    starfirewitch @ gmail .com

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    1. Hello Starfire...I think they are but I'm not vegan so not sure. I use almond and grapeseed for my base oils..essential oils, salts, sugar, shea butter, beeswax, vitamin e oil, etc for most of my products. If those are vegan than they are :)

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  17. I like ALL the products best! lol so eeeny meeny miney Sweet Cheeks balm!
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you so much Rogue! Sweet Cheeks balm is so nice and great for pets even!!

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  18. I've liked the Verbena Lane Botanicals page for some time now
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you very much Rogue! I know you have!

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  19. I LIKE the Samhain's Sirens FB page
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  20. I follow Samhain's Sirens blog
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  21. I like the lip balms best. I use a CPAP every night, and need a good balm to keep my lips from getting dry and chapped.

    orionova[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. the lip balms are very soothing and healing orion's daughter. Thank you very much!

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  22. I follow Verbena Lane Botanicals on FB.

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  23. I'm a follower of this blog
    Fearlessfallenangel@gmail.com

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  24. I like Verbena Lane Botanicals on FB. candrist@hotmail.com

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  25. I would love to try the Lavender Bath Soak at Verbena Lane Botanicals! candrist@hotmail.com

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    1. That is one of my personal favorites..you would love it! Thank you!

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  26. I am a follower of this blog. candrist@hotmail.com

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  27. I like the Samhain's Sirens on FB. candrist@hotmail.com

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  28. Oh we could seriously use that Boo Boo Balm in this house. My kids are crazy! Lol

    Bohowitch@gmail.com

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    1. The Boo Boo Balm is a hit with everyone who's used it Hex :) Thank you! My grandkids go thru huge jars of it LOL.

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    1. Uhm, I LIKE the Sirens page.

      How embarrassing! (Wipes slobber off the screen)

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  30. I LIKE Verbena Lane's FB page.


    (Take that, autocorrect!)

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  31. Hi! I am a fan of both the Sirens and Verbena Lane in FB, I follow the blog, and I favorited Verbena Lane on Etsy. With the weather beginning to turn damp and chilly, VL's Soothe Your Muscles Salve sounds divine!! My email is kgarner78@yahoo

    Much love!!

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    1. Hello Kristina! Thank you for following my facebook page and the muscle rub is very popular. thank you for favoriteing me on etsy too! Good Luck!

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  32. https://twitter.com/PPIJenn, did a tweet on twitter, already love her page and this one as well. Lip balm is amazing, love her products!

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    1. hello dear Jenn....thank you so much! You are one of my biggest supporters always :)

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  33. Soothe your Muscles Salve is my fave! jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com

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    1. thank you so much Jonquil! Muscle salve is popular it seems :)

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

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  35. I like Verbena Lane on FB under Jonquil Alexia.

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  36. would love to try the boo boo balm! amy @ innocenceandmagic@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you so much Amy..it's good stuff if I do say so myself. My most popular item :)

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  37. and of course, i follow this blog! amy @ innocenceandmagic@hotmail.com

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  38. i'm a liker of the SS fb page :) amy @ innocenceandmagic@hotmail.com

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  39. I follow this blog. I am : the_penns@cox.net

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  40. I like the Siren's FB page. I really do...... the_penns@cox.net

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  41. Right now the product that sounds best to me is the bath soak, either the lavender or the lemongrass and ginger! Could definitely use a good destressing soak. rapowell4@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you Rebecca....the bath soaks are wonderful in either scent. The lemongrass and ginger is a favorite of a few of my customers too. One of mine too!

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  42. I follow the blog! rapowell4@gmail.com

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  43. I like the Sirens' Facebook page! rapowell4@gmail.com

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  44. I like the Verbena Lane Facebook page! rapowell4@gmail.com

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  45. I tweeted about the giveaway! https://twitter.com/Raitalle/status/519911848574214144 rapowell4@gmail.com

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  46. I could really use a refreshing spritzer this morning... Maybe it's just my mood, but that's my favorite right now!

    ealamagee@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you so much Katy...the spritzers are great. The Happy Feet spritzer that is part of the package..really can be used all over and smells fresh and energizing!

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  47. I like the Boo Boo Balm. Something like that will always come in handy. :-)

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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    1. The Boo Boo Balm is awesome Engie...you would love it and I think everybody needs it :)

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  48. I still enjoy following this blog.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  49. I still love the Sirens FB page.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  50. I like Verbena Lane on Facebook.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  51. My blog on this giveaway: http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/2014/10/herbal-products.html

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  52. My tweet: https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/519924792364113920

    engie.willow@gmail.com

    Good luck everyone! =^_^=

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  53. THE ANSWER TO LIFE THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING IS; 42....(: snowmoon7@shaw.ca I WOULD LOVE TO WIN THE VERBENA BOTANICALS PACKAGE!! IT ALL SOUNDS WONDERFUL FOR A FEW RELAXING 'OCTOBER SPAS'....!!! PLUS, I LOVE EUCALYPTUS!

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    1. LOL Snow..42 huh :) The eucalyptus salts are great! You would love it! thank you!

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  54. So much to choose from! I think my favorite is the soothing lip balms! katelopez15@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you Kate..the lip balms ARE soothing and healing..with winter coming that is a good choice!

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  55. Of course, I am also following this blog! katelopez15@gmail.com

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  56. I also have liked the Siren's FB page! Katelopez15@gmail.com

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  57. I have liked the Verbena Lane Botanicals FB page! katelopez15@gmail.com

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  58. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/HemlockGarnet/status/519957267848757248

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  59. I blogged about it!

    http://sagascottage.blogspot.com/2014/10/samhains-sirens-october-8-samhains.html

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  60. Oh my! My email is brevsmom@aol.com

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  61. So excited to be the winner of one of Renee's fabulous scrunchy hats! Will post a pic when it gets here! Thanks, Sirens! Thanks, Renee!

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  62. PS, I'm so jealous of Sharon Rawson! LOL Congratulations on your beautiful new hat!!

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