Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Halloween Shopping Guide Part 1: Homegoods

Dear friends,

I have decided to start my first ever series on my blog!

This series will take us several weeks and each week I will discuss one of my favourite shops to purchase Halloween items from.

I apologize to overseas readers, but this series will focus on US/Canadian stores because that is what is available to me.  It may be interesting for others to see what we get here though!

As you all know I LOOOOOVE Halloween and when the shops start getting their goods out I rejoice!

This week I will be talking about Homegoods, also known as Homesense in Canada and the UK.

The following pictures are just a few of the items I have collected from Homesense over the past few years.  It has the absolute best things in my opinion.  They're not too expensive, and they are high quality just like any other decor item.  They are not made cheaply just because they are a holiday specific product.

Haunt Sign.

If you enjoy this type of decor all year round it is the perfect place to get things.

Headless horseman figurine.

Witch doll.

I especially love the variety of art dolls the store carries.  Though they are mass-produced, they have a similar look to something created by an artist.

Ouija sign.

Wooden witch doll.

Pumpkin candles.

If you are looking for inexpensive high quality candles, this is the place to go!  Yankee candles are always available for about a third of their regular retail price.  Not to mention tons of other wonderful and unique candle brands.

Skeleton candelabra and gypsy lanterns.

Haunted house and cat and moon candle stand.

My little Jack O'Lantern!

Halloween sign.

Another little witchy.

As you can see I am obsessed with Homesense.  Obviously this is a store that is different at every location, so this is a sampling of things that have been available in the past few years.  

This post has not been sponsored, I truly just love this company.   It is also amazing around Christmas for those who love that holiday season as well ;)

I will be continuing my series with a few other stores in the next few weeks including Bath and Body Works, Target, Walmart, the Dollar Store and some witch clothing stores.

Blessings and hope you enjoyed the first post in my shopping guide,
Jenn

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pack Up Your Broomsticks and Pull On Your Striped Stockings!

Hello friends,

Welcome Autumn, welcome September, welcome ….

The season for spooks and spirits.

This little witch's heart is gleaming, glowing, plotting, planning.

Big things happen every October, I feel it in my bones.

The excitement builds for pumpkin and cinnamon spice scented candles.


Oh I hear Something Wicked This Way Comes, a carnival a carnival!


All my witches are preparing, gathering, brewing, cackling!


A Halloween banner has even appeared over my bed.  I see this is the location of all the pumpkin festivities under the harvest moon ;)


Olga Alva, Broomhilda and Agatha have all gathered around my altar and knitting basket, looking to get some witching tips I'd assume.  Guess that means I'm the Supreme! :P


I have been preparing by hunkering down, snuggling up, and watching oodles of Once Upon A Time.  I just love this show!  Snow White is my absolute favourite!  No spoilers please, I've only just started season two.


Blessings and love,
Jennifer

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer Summary 2014

Dear friends,

While most of my summer was spent buried in star charts and history books, I made time for life as well!

I discovered a penchant for weapons back in June.


And spent oodles of time jogging through the woods, discovering little ponds and lakes to sit and dream by.


In July I participated in the annual A Fanciful Twist Mad Tea Party, I had a forest faery theme ;)


And made a new elfin friend from across the pond; handmade by Rachel from Titania's Tea Party.


I visited a beautiful old cemetery on Manitoulin Island, with graves dating back to the 19th century which is incredibly old for Northern Ontario.


I saw the world from the top of a huge mountain.


I spent hours and hours snuggling this big derpy baby.


I started creating spell bottles for my Etsy shop!


And built myself a witches cabinet to write home about.


I continued to attempt to dress like a nouveau Stevie Nicks.


And a couple of days ago the leaves started to turn yellow and red.


The summer is soon behind us, and the Autumn is beckoning.


This fall I am partaking in Magaly's Witches in Fiction blog party over at Pagan Culture.  I will be blogging about what being a real witch is like during the month of October.  Do join in won't you!?


Blessings and love, I will see you all in September ;)
Jenn


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Folk Art Spell Bottles of Wishes and Dreams!

Dear friends,

I wish to share with you a project I have been putting my heart and soul into these days.

Inspired by imaginary ingredients in a witch's apothecary.  Things for wicked curses, delightful charms, and nasty hexes!

Folk Art spell bottles!

Essence of toad and black of cat.


Flowers of belladonna and some premium eye of newt, topped with a punkin baby!


Snake oil and witches brew!


Now I must be honest, unlike other snake oils, mine is completely legitimate!  That's a real snakeskin in there that I found on the island!


Oh a rare selection indeed in this apothecary!  Poison nettles, black raven tonic, witches secret elixir.
Witches tears, fairy dust (from Titania's Tea Party!) and scorpion venom,


One of my favourites is this jewelled and sparkled bottle of full moon elixir.  I let the shimmering liquid sit under our recent super moon so it is extra charged with magic!


Powdered spider web, spooky!


And this trio of nasty confections!


Adding a little sweetness to the spooky is this collection of little bottles filled with flowers and lavender from my sweet Swedish friend and sister under the moon Sara.


As you can see my potion ingredients are sparkly and spooky and a little bit sugary too!  Nothing too malevolent unless I'm provoked ;)

I am about half way through this project.  This was just a sneak peak!  

And for another sneak peak…. I am in the process of creating real spell bottles too.  Blessed by a true magickal practitioner.  

This is a love spell bottle I made.  Filled with rose petals, orris root, and a tiny scroll love spell inside.  Sealed with a rose quartz and wrapped with a pink glittery ribbon and a pentagram.

This will be appearing on Etsy in the coming weeks!


Blessings and love,
Jenn



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lughnasa on the Island

Hello friends,

I was very lucky to spend the harvest festival of Lughnasa at our cabin on Manitoulin Island.

The part of the island we have a home on is called Kagawong and it is a very historic and picturesque little village.


St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church.



The Candy Cabin.


This little shop is filled with treasures from Africa!


The history museum on the water.


A giant chessboard!


I am so curious about the history of this house on the main street.  It is very old and I don't know if anyone lives in it.


If you peek in the windows you can see it has all the furniture still inside, along with other bits and bobs like vases and paintings.  I wonder who owned it, it is so big it must have been someone prominent.



I hope everyone had a beautiful Lughnasa or Lammas and is having a gorgeous August.  Halloween is only 87 days away.

Love,
Jenn