Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My first Flow-ish!

I made the cover of the cover of an old magazine.
I ripped the cover off the magazine and painted it. Then I stenciled on the "Flow" and wrote the -ish over it. I copied the "Flow" from an actual Flow magazine and cut the template myself.

Then I made an insert of a junk mail leaflet by painting it white with gesso. 
I "bound" this insert to the covers with some paper string I dyed and spun myself.  It's the green string that can be seen in this photo. I hope she will unspun it and use the crepe paper for something.

Then I added pockets to the inside with washi tape. The washi tape doesn't stick. :-( Maybe it's old, or just... washi. It's not supposed to stick. Or something. Anyway, major source of irritation. 

This was a scavenger hunt swap. We got a list of things that should be in the Flow-ish. 
A lizard
A top hat
A horse
A hot air balloon
A head of lettuce
A saddle
A candelabra
A chocolate candy wrapper ( the real thing)
A mirror
A shoe
A coffee pot
A ring
A potato chip bag ( the real thing)
A pillow
A spool of thread
A clock
A truck

So... there's my lizard on the first page.
There is also a paper bag from Indiska (a Swedish shop selling Indian things), with all the tags from the items I bought; a saffron sachet with pink and gold things inside, like some jewel stickers and glittery things shaker bag.
Then there's some wallpaper samples, in metallics.

Inside the cover pocket is some snail mail love - envelopes, letter paper and post cards.

Then I made her some horsies and put in the pattern so that she can make more horsies herself.
There's also some papers.
A horse with tophat I drew, some pink and gold paper ribbon, some painted papers and a tag I made; gold cardstock with peacock feather in texture paste dyed with alcohol inks.

Now the candelabra... I read "chandelier"... and found that image of a chandelier and made an envelope of it. And then I noticed it said "candelabra", not "chandelier"... But then I saw that there is actually a candelabra on the shelf behind the chandelier. LOL
In the envelope is a little rubber stamp, Easter themed bunny child. Really cute :-)
And those two mini sachets, with salt and pepper. I think they are so cute!
There's some IKEA sticker sheets; paper napkins and chocolate candy wrappers... A cardstock wrapper for dark chocolate; a chocolate bonbon wrapper and then a mini candy bar wrapper. To be sure I got what Rosemary meant with "chocolate candy wrapper" LOL

More horses - my swap pal loves horses :-D
She also likes Dyan Reaveley's work, so I made her a couple of silhouettes to be used in her art journals; a horse with a rider and a bare horse. I also made some pages with these, to put a black acrylic layer on the paper to protect it and make it tolerate use better.

The hot air balloon on a card and a "head of lettuce" - a lettuce girl after Elsa Beskow. I hope it counts :-D
Some vintage pattern paper, more painted paper, some summer-y magazine pages, a page from paper palette, a page from National Geographic with someone's letter printed on, some pieces of scrapbook paper and a piece of tissue paper with my own designed horse themed vintage pattern on. My printer is crap, the ink is watersoluble, so I wonder how useful this paper will be to my swap pal, but... what ever. I'll give her the image so that she can print her own paper herself with her own printer, after she has received this swap.
There is also a piece of paper shelf edging and a polaroid kind of pocket for photos. I love these pockets. I make them myself, by cutting a polaroid frame from cardstock and covering it with printer paper. 
Oh, yes, and there's a paper bag I made from a magazine page, and a plastic page divider from my father's vintage Time Manager :-D

And here's a picture of a mirror, and some vintage scraps with shoes on them.
And a lot of paper from notebooks, composition books, telephone books, graph paper, music note paper etc. Also some pages from a Japanese book.
On the left side there's a little pocket I made from National Geographics order envelope. Inside this pocket is some pretty pictures and some tags.

The coffee pot is in one of those stamps; old Swedish stamps about the old coffee house and inn signs in Sweden. The ring is on that DARK page - it's an ad from a magazine.
There's also more paper, among others a page from IKEA instructions, backside of a security envelope (that's as fancy as it gets here.), an IKEA measuring tape, a lid from KESO (cottage cheese) can, a Finnish betting list, some strips of paper lace and a cover of a composition book with Minnie Mouse on it. And the potato chip bag. The turquoise one with hearts on it.

Spools of thread; I made some wood graining on cardstock, and cut some spools of that, and put some pretty effect yarn on them. 
The pillows are on the right side; one magazine ad about a hotel and one little ad about fancy throw pillows. They are pretty, I think.
There's also a bag of noodles, some painted kitchen towels and a piece of art of mine. Also, a couple of large sheets of flower paper; we get this for free from the grocery store, it is meant to be used to protect flowers and plants one buys from cold. The white is from Sweden and the brown from Finland. Then there are a couple of sheets "glanspapper" - a special sort of shiny paper meant for kids' crafting, and a piece of marbled paper I have made. That's the TINY sliver of green seen on the left bottom corner under the pink, purple and gold shiny paper. :-D

So, the clock is on the nightstand by the bed on the ad page from a magazine, and the truck - well... some sort of car anyway, is on the other magazine page. Now, I wasn't so sure it is good enough, so I put in another image of Truck... on the image under is a black and white drawing of two men. The one on right is Truck Hannah... But - a woman hanging out of the window of a car I call a truck. Under that is a piece of Russian writing from a tourist brochure for Russians about the town I was born in. There are some pictures on that, too. I hope she can use it. It's a bit boring, but, hey, Cyrillics. There's another bag with more interesting pictures, a slip of a cover, a matchbook notebook made of the wood grain paper, some vintage Christmas mini cards and a plastic pocket with some textured material; a piece of corrugated cardboard, a rubber rug slip mat, a piece of gold netting etc.

And here some more bits and bobs that couldn't fit in the earlier photos; a box of tea from Celestial Seasonings; some teabag paper, a teabag tag with a saying on the other side - in Finnish. Some string. Some pieces of ribbon from an old seamstress' stash I bought from second hand store. I don't know what those were for, but they are interesting. I hope my swap pal can do something with them. Also, some silver ribbon from the same stash. Some tags. A junk mail cardstock cut into tags and ATCs. A sheet of stickers, drawn on label sheet, uncut. I couldn't figure out how to do that... I mean... would I cut them and then put the circles as they are in the journal, or would I cut them and try to find another sheet I can stick them back to... and what does that do to the glue and... uh. So - I left them uncut. I hope it's OK.

I am really nervous if my swap pal will like this and feel satisfied. I really, truly hope she does.

P.S. A couple of changes in the final, it weighed a bit more than 1 kg, so I had to remove some things. I also made some other things, like embellished the paperclips.
Tomorrow I'll post what I got! IT IS WONDERFUL!!! :-)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Wonderful weekend

I spend the weekend with my sisters :-)
Absolutely wonderful! The best time ever. I love my sisters so much!

So I was away, no time to write anything. Not that that would be a noticeable difference... I'm really bad blogger :-D

But, September...
Mabon countdown calender.
Make a grape cluster, a couple of big leaves to decorate the hook carrying all the little grape baggies holding the goodies, and a  bunch of little grape baggies.
You can do the baggies like this: Lined drawstring bag
or like this: play mat (though obviously a lot smaller - and it is OK to just sew in the drawstring, not even put it in a... what it's called... channel?

Anyway, it's really easy. You can also choose to make the grapes of paper, and then simply sew two oval pieces of paper together, or glue them together.

What to put in as surprises?
Mabon is the Feast of Fruit - put in fruit related items. If you can't think of anything, use candy. Grape and apples are the best choice, but any fruit is good.
Generally, you can use any "stocking stuffer" list to come up with ideas.

But, here's a couple
1) grape smelling playdough
2) grape smelling bath bomb
3) coloring pages with Mabon theme
4) dot-to-dot puzzle pages with Mabon theme
5) little notebook with color design in Mabon theme
6) purple pen
7) leopard plushie or amigurumi
8) grape juice powder
9) autumn colored gloves


Friday, September 1, 2017

Autumn Sabbathiade :-)

So, Mabon is coming, are you ready? :-D

This year... this year I will do better!

Hmm... let's see how it goes :-D I don't have my hopes up though. Perhaps I should. I mean, positive thinking, affirmations, law of attraction and so on. If I believe I won't, I'll make sure I won't. So I won't.
But if I believe I will, I will make sure I will, and I will. I'd like that :-D

So, what? What will I do better this year?

I will have a Mabon calendar ready, filled and waiting for the kids.
I will decorate every room, a little by little.
I will plan and prepare a delicious day of eating to celebrate the Harvest Feast of Fruit.
We will celebrate Rosh Hashanah
I will make and post Mabon cards
I will give gifts
I will spend time with my family, just be and enjoy each other's company, maybe play board games

Thursday, August 31, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, day 31

30 days of magical roots challenge

"So many of us get stuck in a rut over the years of our magical practice, and this is a fun way to revisit some basics."

Day 1: Divination
Day 2: Grounding
Day 3: Centering/Breath-work
Day 4: Intentions
Day 5: Energy work
Day 6: Shielding
Day 7: Yoga pose
Day 8: Meditation
Day 9: Daily practices
Day 10: Herb/Plant/Tree
Day 11: Write a spell (& perform it for bonus points!)
Day 12: Deity
Day 13: Stone/Crystal
Day 14: Incense
Day 15: Kitchen Witchery
Day 16: Connect with Mother Earth
Day 17: Raise some energy
Day 18: Elemental magic
Day 19: Sacred Space/Circle Casting
Day 20: Ethics
Day 21: Symbols
Day 22: Self-Purification
Day 23: Book of Shadows/Grimoire
Day 24: Sabbats
Day 25: Esbats
Day 26: Create a sigil
Day 27: Healing
Day 28: Magical Podcasts
Day 29: Astrology
Day 30: Make a commitment to yourself

Some points from "Daily Practices"

"carry something blue on you, it wards off negativity"

"bless the food you eat, thank the life that was given to support yours"

"Change your computer desktop, password, etc. to something that reflects or reminds you of the season, a current spiritual goal, or a particular deity."

"Consider a simple physical act or decoration that is meaningful to you. A piece of jewelry dedicated to a particular deity, a choice in how you wear your hair, a tattoo, a special way of painting nails..."

"eat seasonally"

Try to infuse your everyday practice with spiritual meaning, like add a cleansing ritual to your morning shower. Add cleansing ritual to your home cleaning practice and dedicate it to a deity. Add a ritual to your exercise practice. Add trans-like meditation to every monotonous practice, from washing the dishes to exercise. See that the colors of things you use fit the magical purpose of what you do with the things, like at your workplace, you could choose a green planner for economical growth and prosperity.

15 ways to do witchcraft every day

Everyday Magic; witchcraft for busy lives 

Some things I have been thinking about, or missing from the list. 

* more focus on herbalism, plants, gardening, devas etc. Connection with the plant based lifeforms.

* Connection with the other kind of lifeforms, like angels and fairies, elementals and such. There's this book, by D.J.Conway, "Magical, Mystical Creatures".
I also really recommend the first chapters of The Findhorn Garden, that is, the stories of Eileen Caddy, Peter Caddy, Dorothy Maclean and Robert Ogilvie Crombie. Then you can stop, the rest is just... New Age Crap. Eileen Caddy speaks about her connection to God, which is the kind of connection I want. Dorothy speaks about the devas and ROC about fauns and other such creatures. That is what I want with my relation to the other lifeforms on this planet.
So this also includes channeling and communicating with spirits. 

* I want to really get my spellwork in order. To me being a witch is using magic, not just "I could if I wanted, bothered to..."
* this also includes potions, charms, amulets, talismans and other such witchy things

* connection with the elements, elemental magic, and not just elementals, but the elements.

* dreamwork

* divination - I want more of that

* energy work

I also find this blog interesting from this point of view. Magick 365
Everyday Witchcraft for a dorm room witch

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 29

"Hang a silver bell on your front door knob for good luck"
Feng Shui bells 

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Monday, August 28, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 28

"Paint sigils on your mailbox."
Ok... so... why?

How to paint a metal mailbox

What ever you do; remember this:

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Sunday, August 27, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 27

 "Inscribe sigils on the bottom of your pie crust before pouring in the filling."
sigil magic
rune magic

There's all kinds of symbols, signs, seals and letters to be inscribed on pie crust and other objects for different purposes.

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Friday, August 25, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 25

Burn sage or cedar first thing in the morning to start your day off fresh.

The ancient art of sage burning

how to make your own smudge sticks (or bundles)

sacred scents - about incense, essential oils and their use in magic
how to make and use your own incense

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Thursday, August 24, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 24

Place crystal grids for protection or abundance in the bottoms of pots before planting.

Crystal grid of protection
Crystal grids

Er... I don't think so. Sounds like a lot of work and resources for little gain... maybe one could put a protection or abundance crystal in the bottom of pots, or what ever one wishes to attract to one's life. And perhaps one could paint the pots in an appropriate color, and add appropriate decoration etc.
But the crystal grid of protection for personal protection isn't a bad idea.
Also, learning to use the crystal grids is a good idea.

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 22

"Wear a crystal pendulum as a necklace so you’re always ready to do a little scrying."
 One thing about that, though... the chain might obstruct a little in scrying, so choose a chain that you can move so that it can hang in the clasp while you are using it as a pendulum, and choose a thin chain.

 Pendulum Scrying: How to Use a Pendulum for Divination

Now, this is not a crystal but a specially created divination pendant. The glass vial has been filled with mugwort and yarrow, but it looks like the bottle can be opened and filled with something else, for example, if one wishes to look for gold, one can place a small amount of gold in the vial, aso.

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Monday, August 21, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 20

Place drops of essential oils from the companion plants of the plants in your garden 
into your watering can to give your garden a little boost.
What is companion planting?

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Saturday, August 19, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 19

"Carry a small pocket sized journal with you to act as a portable grimoire".
A grimoire is "a textbook of magic, typically including instructions on how to create magical objects like talismans and amulets, how to perform magical spells, charms and divination, and how to summon or invoke supernatural entities such as angels, spirits, and demons."

Do you have a "normal size" version of it? A lot of people don't. Now-a-days a lot of people keep all this information in their online bookmarks or in separate books in their bookshelves.

So, what about making yourself a grimoire or book of shadows and starting to use it, actively?

Actively and intentionally write a spell for every day, and see if it works, document the results, and make changes, and try to create spells that actually work for you. Note the date and weather and moon phase and astrological information, and any other circumstance that might have magical impact to your spell.
Try to create magical objects like talismans and amulets.
Write down your divinations, and get regular with it.
Experiment with summoning - or communicating - with magical, mystical, mythical beings and entities and record your experiments. 

Now, carrying a notebook about your magical observations, ideas and spells you happen to encounter, is not a bad idea, but get a regular size BOS as well, and USE IT.

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Friday, August 18, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 18

"Make your own toiletries, like soap and toner, 
with essential oils, alcohol-free witch hazel and other natural materials. 
This way, not only can you control what you’re putting on your skin, 
but you can include a few magickal ingredients as well!"
Yes, making potions and lotions has always been very witchy :-D

Making your own toiletries

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Thursday, August 17, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 17

"Keep track of your sleep and menstrual cycles and moods to see how the moon phases affect you."

Menstrual cycle chart
How to use a sleep diary

4 Ways to Honor The Power Of Menses
Discussion about menstruation and magick

Now, this is a good place to remind people of keeping a dream journal as everyday magic.


Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 16

"Purchase or make a piece of jewelry from a protective stone like smoky quartz or obsidian."
How to make wire wrapped stone pendants
works with any stone, crystal, clump of material, plastic toys etc.

Obsidian arrowhead tree of life wire wrapped pendant
by Lone Wolf Boutique at Wanelo

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 15

"Keep mini altars in rooms you use regularly like the bathroom and kitchen
so you’re always close to a few special, spiritual items."
Altar Set-Up for Beginners and Witches on a Budget

7 Pooja rooms dedicated to 7 different Gods

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Monday, August 14, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 14

"Carve sigils into the sand at the beach and let the tides release them into the universe."
Now, I get this really bad feeling in my chest whenever sigil magic is mentioned. I will not be doing that, ever. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't or can't. Listen to the signals of your own body.

Here's a short description and how-to: Sigil magic

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Sunday, August 13, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 13

"Choose a Major Arcana tarot card that represents the ideal outcome of a situation and place it on your altar to remind yourself what you’re working toward."
More about drawing the card of the day

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Saturday, August 12, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 12

"Sleep outside under the stars and look for constellations and shooting stars."
During August there's the Perseid meteor shower, and it is at its peak this night.

There are several astronomical calendars for the celestial events online, for hobby astronomers. They give you information about things like lunar eclipses and meteor showers, which are, of course, something worth to stay up for.
Learn the constellations so that you can use the information given here, they give the different constellations are points of orientation, and if you don't know where Cassiopeia is, it might be hard to find the Perseids :-D

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Friday, August 11, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 11

"Watch Practical Magic. At least once a month."

Or some other movie that makes you feel witchy and magical and wanting to add more magic to your life. Practical Magic is a really good choice for that.

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Thursday, August 10, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 10

"Have tantric sex with a loving partner."
You can be your own loving partner if you don't have anyone else.

I love Rosie. :-)

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 8

"Bless your kitchen utensils, such as spatulas and wooden spoons,
that all the food you make with them will promote healing and love."
You do this by for example anointing them with olive oil. You take a drop of olive oil on your finger and trace a holy symbol, such as a cross or pentagram, on the kitchen utensil and appliances. As you do so, concentrate on what you wish from the thing; many years of service, delicious food, love between all who eat the food prepared with these things. What ever it is you wish.

BTW, choose all the things in your kitchen by their witchy appearance as well. Most things come in all kinds of appearances now-a-days and it shouldn't be difficult to find things that "look right". This simple thing is also magic, even though it's more stage magic than witch magic. Your clothes, your environment, the things you use, make you feel more witchy, which makes you be more witchy. Headology, as Terry Pratchett would have said. ;-)

Wood carving by Giles Newman

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Monday, August 7, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 7

"Plant a cactus by your garden gate for protection."
 That's very cruel to the poor cactus in most parts of the world... but what you can do is to put a gargoyle by the entryway of your home and garden for protection. They have all kinds of these, from cute to grotesque.
There are also other ways of protecting the doorways, like putting holly by all the entries at Yuletide. Don't forget the fireplace ;-)

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Sunday, August 6, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 6

"Go outside on a full moon and look up at the bright sky."

Create your own Esbat ritual and tradition and start celebrating the full moon, the beauty of it and the influence of it.

The name "Esbat" comes from French esbattre, which means to flap one's wings; to attack; to battle and to have fun, enjoy oneself, to frolic - so go out on this night and flap around a little. Or a lot.
It's time to embrace the animal in you and let your hair grow. Be a little lunatic.

Full moon magic is about families, especially mothers and their children - even your inner child and inner mother; wholeness and fulfillment; psychic awareness and intuition

Drawing Down the Moon

Cakes and Ale

Moon in astrology - find out your moon sign and what it means, and celebrate that part of you on this day

Here's some moon superstition:
Hang your laundry to dry under the full moon and it will get brighter
Avoid arguing with people, any kind of interaction that might lead to arguments
If you are sick, stay away from the light of full moon. If you are healthy, bathe in the light of full moon. Full moon is believed to fix the state.
Don't sleep under the full moon; it might bring sickness and ill health. (Fixing the sleeping state...)
Don't look at the moon over your left shoulder, it's bad luck. Looking at the moon over your right shoulder is good luck.
Don't disrespect the moon. Never swear at moon or show it the finger, or other such things.

Researching moon deities and their respective areas of patronage gives you more insight to moon.

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Saturday, August 5, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 5

Find a crystal necklace you really love and charge it under the full moon.
Wear it the rest of the month to bring the energy of the full moon with you. 
 Full moon crystal cleanse

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Friday, August 4, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 4

"Take a full moon retreat at least once a year to recenter yourself and reconnect with your spirituality."
 Now, I haven't been able to find a DIY full moon retreat, so here's one:

It is possible to have a retreat at your home, without ever leaving it, but it is essential that EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE is in it.
So, if you have a SO who isn't interested, he/she must go somewhere else, or promise to stay in the other end of the home, hidden and not to talk to you, not to disturb you, stay as quiet and unobtrusive as possible. If he/she isn't willing to do this, you should consider why you are having this important relationship with someone who doesn't respect you as much as he/she should...
You should be able to get your kids and pets to stay over at someone else's house.

1. Decide for how long you want to do this.

It is recommended that it lasts at least 6 hours, preferably a whole day, but could take the whole weekend.  (This month is great for this, as the full moon is on Sunday. (Actually, it's on Monday, but it's "full enough" on Sunday for you to reap all the benefits of the magical influence of full moon.) You can start preparing today, do all the work tomorrow, and spend the whole Sunday in your retreat. If you missed this time, next time full moon is on Sunday is in December, December 3rd.)

2. Plan the food.

There are two things to think about with the food. The first is that this is a retreat, which means that your food should be healthy or luxurious or both. What do you imagine people eat at a retreat? What would you want to eat at a retreat? The other one is that after having the yoga session, there is to be a feast under the full moon. What is "feast" to you?

Also, if you start your retreat with breakfast, would you prefer a brunch? And would you like a drink at the brunch, like Mimosa, Kir or Bellini?

See that you have all the dishes and utensils needed to make the food, serve the food and eat the food with. For a weekend retreat, it's possible for you to borrow singles from your friends and relatives, you don't need to buy everything. But it is also possible, that if you plan on doing this by every full moon, you might want to start collecting a Full Moon Retreat Box with all the special dishes for this occasion... or why not treat you with special dishes and such the whole year? You could as well be eating on a good, beautiful plate every day as on a cheap IKEA thing. 

Purchase the ingredients and prepare the meals as much as you can, so that it's practically just mixing the smoothies and whisking together the salad dressing.
This is also one thing you need to consider when choosing the meals. It should be something you can put together quickly so that you can focus on enjoying the food, and the quality of the meal shouldn't suffer because most of it has been prepared before.
Which means that you won't be storing the salad with the dressing, unless the dressing is to be soaked in the salad. You won't be serving freezer meals with rubbery potatoes and sauce all soaked up in the vegetables.
Now, it is possible that you enjoy cooking, and then that could be part of the retreat; the possibility to actually spend the whole day in the kitchen cooking, and then enjoying the food as it is prepared. (You probably need to begin with the dessert and make it ready so that you can just whisk it up and serve after you have enjoyed the main dish.)

3. Plan the clothes

Yeah... :-)
You need clothes to yoga in.
You need clothes to meditate in.
You need clothes to intake your meals. I mean, it's a retreat, treat yourself! Wear the best, softest, coolest, nicest, prettiest clothes you can imagine people wear when they eat breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner/supper/whatever you plan on eating. :-D
And then you need the clothes when you are dancing in the moonlight. 
Now, it's a private retreat, so you can wear anything. Or nothing. It's totally up to you. But I would dress up. Just saying.

Also, most people want to wear all white at Full Moon Retreats

4. Stage your home
Clean your home - or at least the area where you will be. Create hotel class cleanliness and uncluttered space. Put away all unnecessary things, even when it means moving furniture and packing knick-knacks in boxes, and then you will need to unpack things. It will be worth it.
Create an environment that is what you imagine a top class retreat environment to be.
Add something pleasant and relaxing to see, something pleasant and relaxing to smell, something pleasant and relaxing to hear.

5. Unplug the phones, shut down your mobile phone and unscrew the doorbell. Remember to undo this after the retreat. 
The only time you are allowed to use the computer is if you don't know how to do the moon salutation and need guidance, or if you plan on doing a moon meditation and need someone to lead you. If this is the case, see that you have a good video uploaded and ready to be played, and you won't go anywhere else.

6. Start the day by taking a long walk in a forest (or another kind of natural environment of your liking, like the beach or meadows). Take it as early as you wake up (preferably at sunrise) and as far away from traffic, urban environment and people as you can.

7. Journal.
I suggest mindful art journaling.

8. Self-healing

8. Yoga
Moon salutation
Do it 108 times. Why? Because the moon is worth it, and so are you. Here's "why" to the "New Year 108 Sun Salutations" traditions, and the same reasons go for the Moon Salutations.

9 Full moon meditation
There are several on YouTube. Pick your favorite.

10. Sing
Compose your own song to the moon and sing it to her. It doesn't matter if you sing like a crow and it doesn't matter if most of your song is copies of other songs. What matters is that you sing a song to the Moon, that you tell the moon what she means to you with your own words - or words you have chosen yourself - and that you sing. Singing is very healing.

11. Dance
Dance under the moon. Dance like no-one's watching and you are the most amazing dancer there ever was. .
Dancing is very healing as well.  

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Thursday, August 3, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 3

Carry a chrysocolla stone in your pocket to dissipate conflict and help you communicate harmoniously.

Learn to use the stones, crystals and minerals in your everyday life. It's not just one specific stone for one specific purpose, there's hundreds of stones you can use in many purposes in your everyday life, and most of these are accessible to most people living in Western society.

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 2

"Keep a roller ball of lavender essential oil at your desk
so you can rub it on your wrists whenever work gets a little too stressful.
To make this extra soothing, you could bless the bottle with moonwater."

31+ Ways to Use Essential Oils in Everyday Life

What is moonwater and how to make it

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

30 Days to Add Magic to Every Day, Day 1

 "Pick dandelions and make a wish."

Now it's August so there won't be that many dandelions to make a wish upon :-D
 Blowing the dandelion seeds off is divination in two different ways. One is the idea that "if you manage to blow all the seeds off in one blow, you will get married (or have your wish become true)". It doesn't always happen, but most often, and it's highly probable people will get married if they wish to. The other is that the little seeds fly away and disappear from sight, and it is believed they are carrying your wish with them - to God? Fairies? Your beloved, to whisper your wish into his/her ear?

Here's 10 more "things" to wish upon 

So is this a scientific truth? Not likely, but being a witch and adding magic in your life isn't about scientific truths and facts. It's about beliefs and superstitions.

A lot of people have difficulties with this. Our society is so focused on the worship of science and skepticism that we are forgetting the values of storytelling, imagination, the mere enjoying of things without the need to figure out how things work and what makes them tick. It's like rainbows. Knowing it's an optical effect with sunlight and raindrops doesn't make it less or more wonderful. I always get happy when I see rainbows. They really have no other purpose.
Or glitter. I love the opalescence, iridescence, all that is "just" an optical quality of the surface. So what?

Is wishing upon a dandelion, star or birthday candles somehow bad? Of course not. I'm sure some people will start whining about the consequences and slippery slope to perdition, but those concerns can - and should - be countered in other ways than forbidding superstitions or mocking people "doing stupid things".
In my reality there is both God and fairies, because I like it that way. It doesn't mean I'm sitting on my fat ass and waiting for someone or something to serve me everything I need and want on a silver platter decorated with unicorns and stars. It means that I believe in underlying goodness. It means that when bad things happen, I will get OK again. Everything will be OK. I choose to believe God made dandelions into small balls of flying things just so that humans could try to blow all the little parachoots away. Scientifically it's just one way of spreading the seeds, but believing there is a God who invented this and made it happen doesn't take anything away from the science. Sure, evolution, but that's how God makes things.
And if I want to think I can make a wish and somehow blowing the dandelion seeds helps the wish come true, what bad is in that? Nothing. If you think there is, you should really check your ideas of what is your business and what not.

The purpose with all this is not for people to base their lives on wishful thinking, sitting and waiting for someone or something to give you everything you need and want in life. It's to embrace the unknown as something positive. It's to add some glitter and rainbows to your life, magic, myths and mystery.

Based on The Witch of Lupine Hollow: 30 Ways to Live a More Magickal Life Everyday

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Father's Day Gift Basket ideas

Mother's Day is closing, and the internet is full of ideas for gifts for moms... but Father's Day is coming after that, and there is NOT a lot of ideas for gifts for dads. It is pretty easy, actually.

If you are a father, you will get:
- a necktie
- car maintenance stuff
- sports things - surprisingly much golf things. Apparently American dads play a lot of golf.
- fishing and other outdoorsy stuff like camping
- grilling things
- beer things
- tools

Apparently dads don't read. Ever.
Dads don't cook either. Except they grill and that's kind of silly, too. Every dad believes to know exactly how to grill, but in reality they are pretty worthless in it, and the whole family is in it, telling dad he's amazing, while secretly laughing at him.
Dads don't have any other hobbies but cars, sports and fishing.
Dads don't do gardening.

It's the same thing with moms, though, even though there is more to go to. It's all mostly the same, you see. All mothers love pink. And all they care about is: cooking, housekeeping, gardening, baking, makeup and jewelry. Moms read. Romance novels. Moms also watch romantic movies. And every mom deserves - and dreams about - a spa gift. No matter if she even has a bath tub, she will get a spa gift with bath oils and salts and candles and lady magazines, romance novels and everything smells lavender and roses and is pink or purple.
Because when you become a parent, you become automatically a classic, white, suburban, middle-class, middle-aged person from 50s. Unavoidable.

And I hate that.
We don't have a car. My husband is a geeky kind of a guy, indoors, scholarly, enjoys reading and writing and arts and crafts. We also live in an apartment, not in a house. So no grilling for him. But he enjoys cooking.
And the truth is that a lot of dads are of this kind.
I suppose guys have given up on the idea of getting something they actually like for gifts, so they don't expect anything either. And I think it's a pity.

In the rest of the society we are slowly accepting the fact that adults now-a-days are pretty much such bigger teenagers. We are accepting that some middle-aged men want to play video games, a thing they have enjoyed for 40 years. I enjoy doing things I enjoyed already when I was a kid, like reading. Duh. I really don't understand why people look down to adult video game players. Considering that it's apparently totally acceptable for a middle-aged woman to be so Disney princess crazy that she has a YouTube channel of herself dressing up as a princess and singing songs from the movies... It's so acceptable, they actually arrange "princess weddings" at Disney Land... Are you trying to tell me that's not hanging on your childhood, being childish and not wanting to grow up, but playing video games is?

No. I don't buy it. I mean, be who you are and embrace it, but allow others to be who they are as well.

So - it's obvious kids won't know their dad (or mom) well enough to give them a gift that is actually adjusted to their personality, but kids aren't supposed to, either. It's the job of the other parent to know their spouse and lead the kids.

So, how to build a gift basket?

How to build a great Autumn gift basket?

1) find a container.Be a little adventurous and think about the different containers dad uses today. Bowls, buckets, bags...? A simple brown paperbag is totally fine.

2) color: your dad's favorite color. If you don't know, use the colors most of his clothes have. Safe enough.

3) there should be something to please all five senses; something nice to look at, to eat, to smell, to touch and to hear.

4) what does he do with most of his free time? built the basket around that.

Man's reading gift basket

Man's writing gift basket

Scholar's gift basket

Chef's gift basket

Brewer's gift basket

Charkuterier's gift basket

Gamer's gift basket

Dog lover's gift basket

Movie buff's gift basket

Serie buff's gift basket

Lover's gift basket

Artist's gift basket

Craftster's gift basket

Fashionable Man's gift basket

Man spa basket
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Gifts for Guys: Thrifty Vintage Father's Day Gift Basket Ideas