Happy Ostara!

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Hope you are having a lovely day! If you want some inspiration feel free to pursue my Ostara pin board.

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2014 Printable Sabbats and Esbats

Ok so I FINALLY got it done and here it is. ¬†A few notes as this is the one I use for myself and my coven all times and dates are PST also you will see that I use the cross quarter days. Hope you like it and if you do please leave me a comment ūüėČ



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very pretty

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How do you celebrate

Tonight I was talking with some dear friends about how we celebrate. Now you know me and my goal is to celebrate life to its fullest all the way.

What I was thinking about particularly is celebrating religious holidays. Because I’m pagan I know a lot of pagans that don’t celebrate at all or think they can’t celebrate because no one else they know does. I on the other hand will often celebrate any Sabbat 3 times at least.
1. I celebrate with the Coven with a ritual and magic and food
2. with the family with food
3. with myself. depending on the Sabbat with a spell or an activity with morning meditation.

How do you celebrate? With others by yourself? not at all?

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In Mostly Pictures



A visitor early in the morning enjoying some unripe plums.




Early morning chores.





Family Dinner grilled pizza.





Mine on Gfree bread. Fig, bacon , fire roasted jalape√Īos, with mozzarella. Delicious!





To see what the Swedish Midsummers Cake should look like and how to make check out here. This is what it looks like when set on the table of the family and it is eaten with hands.



a bon fire on the beach



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Pin of the day Ostara ideas

I know I wrote post on that already today but I was looking through my boards. (yes I actually use my boards, I¬†don’t¬†just pin everything in sight, well I do but then I use it) and found this

Source: via Poppy on Pinterest

I am pretty sure this is going to be a scavenger hunt for items that we can then use to place on the eggs while we dye them. By the way I read somewhere that if you paint the back of the leaf with egg white it stays on much better. If you have no idea what I am talking about see my last post.

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Poppy’s Pagan Planning Ostara (3)

we have sad news on our front. Our¬†traditional¬†Egg day has been postponed. Mom started the tradition years ago with her dear friend J who happens to be¬†Ukrainian. Sadly J had to fly to the east coast to take care of her mother whose health was not well. Her Mother does seem to be doing better which is great news and so¬†postponing¬†Egg day,¬†doesn’t¬†seem so bad.¬†

On the other hand I thought I still might invite a few people over and we can try dying eggs in non Ukraine ways. So I have been looking around at other ways to dye eggs.

There is the tie option

Source: via Poppy on Pinterest

Or one that I think looks very fun the leaf/ plant option.

Source: via Poppy on Pinterest

of course those can be made to be any color.

Source: via Kristen Jill on Pinterest

By the way all of those colors were made with natural dyes. I followed the link through to Eco Crazy Mom and she has a fantastic list of how to make all the colors.

There are always doodle eggs

Source: via Poppy on Pinterest

Or watercolor

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or marbleized eggs.

Source: via Poppy on Pinterest

So many choices. Which one is your favorite?

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Poppy’s Pagan Planning Ostara (2)

lets talk decorations

for the front door this is simply adorable. child sized umbrella, fill the umbrella folds with moss, quilt batting or something soft and then glue in the little eggs and fill with flowers

Source: via Poppy on Pinterest

A few plants

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you can even go very simple with something like this

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Poppy’s Pagan Planning Ostara (1)

wpid-IMAG0400.jpgFor our family the biggest celebration of Ostara we do is Egg Day. We don’t know how many years we have done this event but we do it ever year. This type of egg decoration is called pysanky and is done with drawing on the egg with wax¬†and¬†then dipping in many colors light to dark. If you follow the above link you can see some up close pictures of the process. I find it very fun and it is something our friends and¬†family¬†look forward to each year. So that is where I am starting Ostara planning this year.

of course for decorations we have our years and years of eggs we have made.


here is a small sample.

I like this idea for displaying

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So we have our decorations and we have our activity so this will be a very food centered post.
Sunshine eggs are always good as most people tend to bring very sugary foods

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Someone (often at least two someones) bring one of these

Source: via Stacie on Pinterest

but back to “real food” I am thinking of making this

Source: via Meghan on Pinterest

because I simply always love soup and soup with new spring vegetables sounds like heaven.

This looks very good too as we start early I think it might be a nice breakfast. goat cheese quiche with hash brown crust.

Source: via Vintage on Pinterest

and some other very pretty quiche ideas

Source: via Erin on Pinterest

They are so nice as they use up all that egg that we have blown out of the egg shells that we will decorate.

of course I will make scones because well mom will want them. some other finger food.

Source: via Heather on Pinterest

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chicken salad on celery

Source: via Teresa on Pinterest

I hope that got you thinking of fun stuff to do an eat. For me a holiday has many parts. One is the spiritual aspect and then there is the family/ social aspect of it. Do you have certain family traditions with the different holidays?

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Bewitching Home Blog Party Fire Starters.

It’s that time again! time to throw open the doors to all our Bewitching Homes. As always thank you to Tenae at The Witch of Howling Creek for inviting us all to her Bewitching Home Blog Party.

Before I get into my post I want to welcome you to my home and my little corner of the world. If you are new to my blog welcome, welcome and by the way I do have a giveaway going. If you have been here before, well welcome welcome to you too! I love my friends old and new.

I thought and thought and thought about what to do for this Imbolc post. i have been having so much fun with my Poppy’s Pagan Planning posts on¬†Sundays¬†that I had so many ideas of what to do! I finally decided on a craft. A very easy craft that is good for the earth. So join me as I make the fire starter for the bonfire we will have with our circle tonight.


These are the materials I used and you will need something like this. The coloring page is from Pooka pages, Imbolc issue. If you have kids or even if you don’t you will probably enjoy the pooka pages. I held the original paper and our newsprint up on a window and traced it.

and yes that is a toilet paper roll. I mean they are something most of us have in abundant supple. When it is time to change the roll I whisk the old one away to sit on top near my washer and dryer.


This way fill it with the lint that comes out of my dryer. Ok not the prettiest picture but how pretty can lint stuffed in a toilet paper roll be?


Place the stuffed roll on the back of the drawing and roll it up.


Twist up the ends and if you need to you can tie them off or just push the twisted part into the ends of the roll. It will hold.


TA DA! of course you can pretty it up in any way you like and even add dried herbs. I did not add herbs as there is another woman in my coven that is always in charge of the incense.

You will never run out of the materials and so you can make these for each holiday or special occasion.

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