Yule Treats

Merry meet all,

I am offering cookies this year as a Yule gift. I am financially limited. Yule cookies done right make a great gift.

I made gingerbread cookies. I had fun cutting the cookies out with Yule themed cookie cutters. Then I made frosting and googled ideas for decorating cookies. I bought a jar of decorative gold and white sugar pearls, sprinkles, and white and gold glitter. I took great pains to decorate my Yule gingerbread men, trees, bells, santas, stars and snowflake cookies. I used a butter knife to smear the icing on (With plenty of finger licking). I laid a sheet of parchment/ wax paper on the cookie sheets.

I sprinkled glitter on the tree, star and bell cookies. I enhanced the design with the sugar pearls in a vertical row on the tree cookies. Trust me, it somehow looked beautiful. For the gingerbread men, I used the sugar pearls for the eyes, ears and mouth. I used raisins for the three buttons. They look cute and mouth watering.

These cookies will make great gifts. I hope this inspires you to try it too.

 

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(

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Stockings with Spirit

 

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Yule and the Winter Solstice are almost here!! Are you decking your halls and wassailing yet? I got a big spurt of Yule spirit. A friend of mine was seriously in need of some Yule gear and cheer. I cheered her up by sewing her two lovely big Yule stockings.

I found the prettiest fabric at the store. The white cotton was decorated with a print of festive evergreen leaves. It was the prettiest fabric at the store. Yule stockings make a great gift as they can be used over and over again.

I found pretty dark green cotton fabric to accompany the printed fabric. I learned a lot about sewing stockings. I found a Yule crafts book at the library. To my wondering eyes, a sewing pattern for stockings was found in the back of the book. I traced out and created the sewing pattern on white plain blank paper. I traced the pattern out onto the fabric. Then I embarked upon the difficult and rarely joyous project. The lining and outer fabric got stitched together the wrong way. The second stocking turned out better. By then, I knew what I was doing.

GUIDELINES

When sewing stockings, cut out from the pattern with care. Sew the lining pieces together and the outer fabric pieces together-then join them all. If you sew the pieces the way I did the wrong way, it will show that way. Don’t add any quilt batting because it will cause grief while sewing. Sew nice and neatly and always trim your threads.

How I stitched the top of the stocking to make edges neat. I folded and stitched the top hem of the lining stocking twice. I remembered to iron and then I tucked the lining with the right side showing into the outer stocking. Then I made the top hems of the outer and the lining meet and stitched. It looks beautiful.

I also added a ribbon loop to the upper corner of the first stocking. I forgot to add the loop to the second stocking. But it is good to bear in mind while you are sewing to remember to attach that. Smooth the fabric with your hands as you sew. When you have added the lining, work out the fabric fully into the outer stocking. Tease out the points and make sure it is all smooth. A seam ripper is perfect for that.

You can add little bows or ribbons or bells to a stocking. The lining fabric will give the stocking the illusion of looking full and pretty. Cotton batting is a headache. It is bulky and will catch under the presser foot. So the lining adds the bulk to the stocking naturally.

I wish you all good luck in creating your own yuletide stockings.

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(

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Yule Designs

Merry meet all,

Recently on the weekend I had some fun. I attended the long awaited book launch where I gave a poetry reading of my now published poem. The poem was titled The Sawbug’s Toil. I then signed what seemed like 300 copies of the book Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things by Sheree Fitch and Anne Hunt.

The book launch was a success. I am proud to have been a part of that. I look forward to new opportunities. I received a book I won in the mail titled Gideon by Alex Gordon. I shall enjoy the book, I am sure.

Yule is right around the corner. I spied snow on the ground. I have been preparing for Yule. I went on a long nature walk the other day. I enjoyed walking through the paths, gorgeous autumn trees hanging overhead, and the crisp chill hint of winter in the air. Twigs cracked underfoot, squirrels chirruped, and leaves fluttered to the ground. I collected pine cones by the Armdale ocean and acorns. I found a crab shell and a mollusk shell too.

I plan to use the pine cones and acorns for Yule. I have begun an herbal yule spice jar for a friend for Yule. When I get my money, I plan to buy holiday fabric and start making gifts and decorations for myself and others. I am eager to get started. I have a pattern for a Yule stocking and browsed through my fave fabric store for inspiration. I was excited to discover that Fabricville had everything I need to get started. All I need is some cash.

For my herbal spice jar for a friend, I blended a pine cone, dried orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, pine needles and added it all to a jar. I will add the dried pomegranate rind to the mixture. I want to decorate the jar. The library books about crafts that I borrowed will help me with decorating the jar.

I shall post more here about preparing for Yule.

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(

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Samhain Ancestors

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Whew. Samhain has come but is not gone. The New Year is here. I am tired but content with the holiday events. I performed two rituals, one to welcome in the new year by banishing bad energy. The other was a solitary Samhain ritual.

I also completed my ancestor altar cloth. I posted in the past about the altar cloth. This year I created an ancestor altar doll. I was inspired by another website and set out to make my own doll.

I printed out the template. I traced the template onto black knit fabric. I stitched the doll together and stuffed her with cotton batting. Then I added herbs that correspond to ancestor worship such as mugwort, wormwood and rosemary and a black hematite stone. I filled the head section with more cotton batting and stitched the opening closed. I added a patch of white fabric…

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“Friendly Neighborhood Spooky Cemetery” By Heddy Johannesen

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Misunderstood Witches

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Samhain is a  festive time. It can also be a stressful time. You want to break out the cauldrons, besoms and maybe a skull or two. But there is always that one person who will never understand why you do what you do. Don’t fret over it. Here are some coping skills.

One Keep your cool. If you want to be taken seriously for your Craft, then try staying calm. I know the urge to burn tons of sage in your room to keep out a nosy disapproving aunt is overwhelming but it might not be the solution. (For the most part, I can’t blame you but I digress.) I live with not being understood by not just muggles but EVERYONE around me 24 out of 7. If it helps, distract yourself with a hobby. Go for a walk. A walk can help to clear your head and give you a fresher perspective on things.

Two Try discussing it – and here is the big word, Calmly with those who don’t understand your desire to commune with your chosen god or goddess. Losing your cool or temper only makes you look bad. Prove you are knowledgeable about your craft and they will take you more seriously.

Three If you live at home with parents still, and I am not suggesting you suddenly get your own apartment before having the financial means to do so just to be a witch and defy parents. Real maturity means understanding everyone’s perspective. It is hard I know but believe me, its better. If company is coming over and you know some of them don’t understand or will react in a hostile way to your beliefs, discuss it with parents beforehand. Again try to do this calmly. Then call or text a trusted friend to vent and meet over a coffee or two.

Four If that doesn’t work, then just stay in your room and be alone. If you tried the above suggestions and it still didn’t work out, don’t sweat it. Stay calm and be alone until the company leaves. I live on my own and I still deal with certain things. I know how it feels. I have had family members ostracize me for being a witch and refuse to speak to me. They treated me like I was out of my mind when I asked for an explanation. I know it sucks. Unfortunately, it is the way the world is. Thanks to the Church and media for poisoning the public against witches- the real poisoned apple, anyone? We are perceived a certain way. I am believing lately that can’t be changed but how we react to it can.

Five No one said life was fair. We can’t change anyone around us but we can change ourselves. In other words, we can control our responses to things. Life is bloody unfair. I do realize that. But I have accepted that I am not understood. I have moved on. I am not dwelling on it. I do think of it from time to time. But I wasn’t given an explanation which I think was harsh but that is the way they are. If someday they want a resolution, I might be there to talk to them but I would remember the way I was treated. I didn’t deserve it but I see the situation that led to that. I won’t discuss it here but at the same time, if an explanation is never given, the person is forced to arrive at their own conclusion. So if a resolution between us is never reached, I will still live peacefully with it. That is because I now understand everything, I understand the situation and I know that my response to it is something I can control.

Now…. I hope this helps anyone who is struggling with feeling misunderstood or such. I hope this reaches those people. Present yourself as a mature adult or teen or whatever you are and more understanding might be created. Have a fun Samhain! Be yourself. Your awesome mystical wonderful amazing self.

Here are some cool links:

The first links takes you to a podcast. The podcast is an interview with a wonderful master storyteller and friend of mine, Steve Vernon. He shares some haunted tales of Halifax. The podcast is almost an hour long.

https://www.nighttimepodcast.com/episodes/hauntedhalifax   

Here is some fun spooky reading through the month of October. The Horror Writers Association hosts an annual blog event which I am partaking in. Enjoy. http://horror.org/halloween-haunts-welcome-michele-brittany/

My short story, The Grimm Pumpkin, is published in this awesome eerie anthology One Night in Salem. FunDead Publications has also produced a few other books and they are worth checking out. To learn more, go to my Paranormal & Witchy Fiction blog and then to Published works page, where you can click on the thumbnail image to be directed to the publisher’s website.

NOW AVAILABLE! One Night in Salem

So if the stress is driving you insane, chill out with those above links.

Blessed Mabon near Samhain,

Spiderwitch )O(

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Protectors Of The Earth: Remembering The Radical Legacy Of The Witch

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Samhain

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Thrifty Shopping for Samhain )O(

Paranormal& Witchy Fiction

Merry meet all,

Are you spying pumpkins and sunflowers on store shelves yet? The local stores here are now carrying their range of ghoulish and witchy Halloween items. I scored a stunning dress yesterday. Its the perfect time to stock up on items for Samhain. I believe that the best witchy items aren’t found at witchy shops but at thrift shops.

You don’t have to blow the bank to stock up on Samhain provisions. I can’t afford to though I wish I could. Candles, incense and gemstones can be purchased on a budget. While you are shopping, ask yourself if you will use it and if you really need it. Buy something that has more than one purpose. A gown that you will wear once shouldn’t be bought at full price. The Halloween trinket that looks cool now may end up collecting dust on a shelf. Think hard about your…

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Echoes of October

 

Merry meet all,

I attended a Druid ritual for Mabon on the weekend. I enjoyed the ritual. The weather was cooperative.

Now is the time for dusting off our cauldrons, and collecting as many candles, incense and charcoal discs as you can. The Witches’ most magical and powerful time of year is almost here. October is my fave time of year. I pretend its October every day of the year but when October arrives, I feel the most alive. I don’t think I am the only one here.

I anticipate the release of One Night in Salem, the poetry anthology publication of my horror poem, Samhain rituals, colorful autumn leaves, herb harvest and many more things to look forward to. I plan to bake halloween cookies, mm coffin cookies anyone?  watch horror movies, perform an ancestral supper and a solitary rit, and try to connect with my ancestors and spirits this October. I’ll bake barnbrack bread, pumpkin bread, brew pumpkin soup, roast seeds and conjure potions. I also like to do a horror novel trivia, and I should try writing more horror poetry. Maybe tell ghost stories around a campfire.

October is a month to live for. I don’t know of any other more magickal month of the year. I hope you all savor the month of October as passionately as I do.

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(

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