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Pin of the day ~art

Peter De Séve the pin says but really I thought “look someone drew a picture of my husband and I!”

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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.

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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.

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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?

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

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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.

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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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Bathroom

 

 

It all started innocently enough. Honey can you fix the faucet in the bathroom its leaky. It is so leaky that our water bill was high. It needs to be fixed. Now yes I could have done this myself. I have never fixed a faucet, but I am sure I could have figured it out. The thing is ever since we moved in our house almost 4 years ago we hated the bathroom. We did paint it right away as it was this icky mauve color. So we thought why don’t we replace the vanity.image

Well if we are going t replace the vanity maybe we can replace the medicine cabinet that doesn’t close and stuff always falls out of and the horribly ugly lights.

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So we measured all of the information about the medicine cabinet except depth. We got it back home and sure it fit but it was thinner than the original one which means a whole bunch of the non linoleum floor would be exposed. Not a good idea when you have a 3 year-old who likes to play with water.

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Hey look under our linoleum is other linoleum

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Well we did always want tile. So out goes the floor. On and off came the door so we had more space to work. I am SORE today. Pulling up that floor was hard work. They used a ton of shank nails (little nails that are ribbed to make them stick in better) and even a fair amount of 3 inch screws!  On the bright side It will be beautiful when its done. On the down side I only have on bathroom in this house. We will be working on it more today so I will take more photos for you all 🙂

Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

 

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for the Potterheads :)

so I have been thinking more and more about journals. I was on Pinterest and found Hogwarts Textbook Journals! What. of course the link was broken/ fake so I had to find them myself.

here you go on Etsy yet so they are handmade and can be yours oh yours. I am seriously contemplating the Herbology one 🙂

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For the birds

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Thursday is our garden day.There is only so long we can play in the muck and the cold. Well there is only so long I can play in it Little would play forever if she could. Of course I won’t let Little be out there to long because there is only so long you can be in the muck and the cold without catching a cold.

Little was not interested in pouring over seed catalogs and so we decided to make these little bird treats for our garden friends.

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Little had wonderful time making the treats and it was a fun activity to do together. It was quite simple and didn’t take to long so it kept her attention span. Plus there is putting in all the ingredients and mixing and then smashing into cookie cutters or molds.

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of course found the recipe on Pinterest and you can find it here. They turned out so well that we decided to give them as gifts to our neighbors.  If you follow the link above to the recipe you will see they made them as gifts as well and she has a cute little diy paper box to package them in!

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Tomorrow we will hang some of them on our outside tree. I hope the birdies are happy!

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All things Book of shadows (part 3 art)

(if you missed it. part 1 and part 2 you can find them at those links)

Art speaks to the soul like nothing else. it moves us, it makes us think, it soothes us. For me I also feel that art can speak in ways words cannot. While I love art and I wish (oh how I wish) I could draw or paint, sadly I can’t. I will keep trying but even before I can watercolor a beautiful landscape I can make my kind of art. My kind of art of course trends to collage and art journaling. I find images to use pretty much every where. I rip up old magazines saving any picture that speaks to me. I save images I have found online and I keep a whole pin board of art. I also keep images on my seasonal boards and on my Witchy board. Just recently I started keeping an art journal board and I am going to share some of what I have found with you here.

Source: monicc.wordpress.com via Helen “Poppy” on Pinterest

First this pretty book from this websiteAs much as I love I nice tea wash (I mean come on is there a way I don’t like tea?) This makes such a pretty back round and makes a typed pages that much more special. Of course I’m not the only Witch who thought this would make a beautiful book.

Check out her whole post for more pictures, while your there follow her blog because it is pretty awesome and she makes lots of cool pagan crafts.
Next up is this fun blog that shows you how to prep a book if you are going to use it for art journal. Magically speaking I would make sure the original book is about something you are OK with. Words have power, even words hidden under layers.
I also found this site with 7 links to get you started  with art journaling. Which I liked as something simple instead of getting overwhelmed with all the options out there.
I will leave you with two videos. the first one Shows a massive amount of different techniques and the second one is so beautiful I just had to share them both!
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pin of the day. for the kiddos

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pin of the day. to dress up your thankful tree.

Source: artfulparent.com via Jean on Pinterest

write notes of gratitude and put up on your thankful tree. Now I must go find a metallic sharpie. Incidentally The artful Parent is a blog I just LOVE!

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Thankful Tree (from one paper bag)

Every year we put up a Thankful Tree. I can’t remember how long we have done this for but it is something I enjoy each year. I am also happy to see it is an idea that has caught on and lots of other people are making their own thankful trees. The way we use ours is on November 1st as we take down the ancestor altar we put up our trunk and branches of the tree. At dinner when we ask what are you thankful for today. This is fun and a slight variation of our normal “what was your favorite thing about today?” question. Each night we write the what we are thankful for on leaves and I put them up.

This of course works swimmingly as November’s theme for Little is Gratitude.

This morning I hunted around for the trunk I made last year. I am sure I put it somewhere safe but I guess it was to safe 🙂 After deciding that I would not lose my mind over such matters I decided to make a new trunk. I found a paper grocery bag that Little had colored on as gift wrap last year and we never used.

 

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I cut the sides out.

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like so

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Then I cut each side in half along the fold line.

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I crumpled and twisted up the strips and decided I wanted more so I cut either on of the bigger sides off the bag and cut it into strips and crumpled and twisted it.

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I gave the remaining large part of the bag some curves more like a tree.

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used scotch tape. (see some of the art)

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I wanted to give the middle branches a little more height so I add in the part of the bag I cut to make curves for the trunk. I used copious amounts of scotch tape to put it up and there it is on our Kitchen door waiting for us to add lots and lots of leaves.

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pin of the day

Source: seedlinginspirations.blogspot.com via Helen “Poppy” on Pinterest

For the kids table 🙂

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