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









Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Elves, Fairy Boots and Instagram

Dear friends,

Taking a break from examination studies to visit all you lovely people and share some recent goings on!

I am delighted to announce the arrival of Olga Alva.  She arrived this week from beautiful England from Rachel of Titania's Tea Party.


I was delighted to purchase one of Rachel's handmade elves after the Mad Tea Party.  She is so beautiful and I am thrilled to have her here.  Rachel you are so talented!


I've also received magical elfin boots in the mail, which will accompany me on my Autumn strolls through the Northern Woods.  I got both light and dark brown and they are the type of footwear that just make me feel so happy and magical!




I also wanted to mention Instagram, as I have been having so much fun following and meeting people with similar interests as mine on there!  If you have Instagram please let me know your username and we can follow one another :)

My link is in the sidebar, and my username is BROOMSTICKSANDLACE


Once my Instagram reaches 1000 followers I will be having a giveaway that will span Instagram, the blogging world, and Facebook, so be on the lookout for that if it happens in the next couple of months or so!


Hope everyone is having a beautiful week, let's all enjoy August and the rest of what the summer has to offer!

Blessings,
Jenn


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pups & Summer Days

Dear friends,

Thank you all for joining me at the A Fanciful Twist Mad Tea Party!  I had such a lovely time visiting everyone and finding gorgeous new blogs to follow.

The Summer is slowly fading from its peak around here, and early harvests are coming in.

As many of you know, I took a summer semester at my university this year and have been in school non-stop since last Summer break.  My semester ends with my last exam next Wednesday and then I have August off!  I am so excited to do everything I have wanted to do.  Art and friends.  No more stressing about due dates and the stages cities in Canada have gone through in their development.

Tiny bits of progress on the dollhouse.  Lights, blue and white paint…  This wee fairy house is going to covered in moss and flowers too though!


Nearing the harvest season I always get the urge to redecorate a little.  I think my dressing room looks extra bohemian and harvest-like with all the browns, oranges, yellows, and rich plum colours.



Only the loveliest of visits from the sweetest dog in the world, Oscar.


I must admit, while I do share a lot of pup photos the only dog that is actually mine is Remington.  Oscar belongs to my boyfriend's family but I swear most days I'm tempted to steal him.  He has the most gentle, loving, and kind spirit.  Such a beautiful little soul.


And all tuckered out from a long walk.


And contemplating fishes out at the lake.


This picture below is a panorama.  Click on it to make it bigger!  There's Jamie and Oscar out fishing on the dock.  That is Lake Panache.  We are in a little bay but the lake stretches out for 25 miles.


Most days have not been spent out at the lake this summer, they've been spent channelling my inner Hermione as a dear blogging friend and I used to say.

Snuggled up here, cozy movies on the tv, stuffed animals scattered and textbooks galore. 
Though I must say, I have no complaints, I love learning!


Blessings and love,
Jenn





Friday, July 11, 2014

A Fanciful Twist Mad Tea Party 2014 "A Forest Fairy Tea"

Hello friends!

Welcome to the annual A Fanciful Twist Mad Tea Party!

I have to admit, I did not host this tea party myself.  It was more something I stumbled upon…

Perhaps a little mood music for my tale!


                   

As I was walking through the woods today…


Elfin skirts and jewels adorned me ;)


Along my usual path..




I spied a giant pocket watch out of the corner of my eye…  25 after 3, why it's time for tea!


As I followed the path I came upon a picnic basket…


So I continued to follow the path through the trees...






What I saw through the trees was the strangest thing.. a toadstool table with a tiny teapot!


 Had I stumbled upon a fairy tea time… deep in the Northern woods?


Next to the toadstool table there was a lace table cloth laid down in the moss, with a whimsical teapot and cup!  It was quite strange and I'd never seen anything like it on my journeys through the woods.


The strangest thing about it is that when I closed my eyes and opened them again..


The clearing was empty of any trace of teapots or toadstools!  

And off this little hobbit went home, knowing well that it does not do to mess with fairy affairs!


Thank you to Miss Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist for hosting her annual Mad Tea Party!  Please do hop over and check out everyone's beautiful posts and pictures!

I will be making my visits on Sunday, so I will see you all soon!

Love,
Jenn