Friday, October 31, 2014

Broomsticks & Lace's Halloween Movie Guide

Happy Halloween!!!!


Many of you requested I fill you in on some of my favourite Halloween movies, and since it is the day of I figured what better time!

This list is especially for those of you, like me, prefer to stay home with a bottle of wine or a big bowl of caramel popcorn on Halloween and snuggle up (while responding to intermittent trick or treaters at the door!)

This list is also for those who prefer the sweeter, spookier, more fun-filled side of Halloween.  Ghosts, goblins, witches and vampires!  Sparkles and silliness, candy and cobwebs!

While I can enjoy a good horror or slasher flick, they just don't appeal to me on Halloween.  Halloween is about whimsy and childlike fun to me!

Therefore, about 95% of my list is family-friendly.  I am a child of the 90's so many of these films are classics of that era too!

Without further ado and in no particular order!




*It may go without saying but I must note that Sleepy Hollow is the only film on the list that is NOT family friendly













Many of you already know this, but Halloweentown is my absolute favourite!





I was also contacted by Derek Quint, who created the short film "Danse Macabre" to ask if I'd like to feature his film on my blog.  I watched it and thought it was delightful and campy and silly and adorable!  So if you are interested in any of that sort of thing then it is a perfect little Halloween treat!


            

I also wanted to announce the giveaway winners for my Halloween giveaway.

Prize #1: Hercules the Keyholder Goblin - Magaly of Pagan Culture
Prize #2: Energy Blessing - @hithereitsbeccy from Instagram
Prize #3: 3 Card Oracle Reading - @spiders_and_cider from Instagram

Thank you all for entering and have a happy and safe Halloween!

Love from,
Jennifer

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Fanciful Twist Halloween Party 2014! Welcome to the Witch's Lair & Giveaway

Welcome my little witches and wizards!

Prepare to feast your eyes upon a genuine witch's lair.  Spells, potions, crystals, candles, books and broomsticks!


A magic wand, some runes, tarot, a crystal ball.


Broomsticks, staffs and skulls!  A quill and some ink for writing your spells.


Mr. Glitter the skeleton greets you on your visit.


A fireplace, a witches hat, a haunted house.


A Jack o' Lantern lit up to guide your way.


The witch is casting a spell!  She is blessing the crystal as it passes through the flame.


I wonder what sort of spell I *cough cough* SHE is conjuring up.


Oh my!  What are these potion ingredients.  Poison nettles, genuine snake oil.


Vampire fangs, witches tears, blind worm serum.


Wool of bat, witches wart, rat fur extract.


Graveyard dust, flowers of belladonna.  A sleeping draft for an overly ambitious lover perhaps?


Powdered spider web, dragon's blood!


Hats and cloaks and brooms!


A pinch of fairy dust and the rarest black of cat.


I hope you enjoyed this wee tour of my witch's lair this Halloween.  Please hop over to A Fanciful Twist to visit Vanessa and the other partiers.

P.S. I will be out of town this weekend seeing my queen Stevie Nicks in concert. I will be making my blog party visits on Tuesday! 


I am holding this giveaway on my blog, Instagram, and Facebook.  There are three prizes and you can enter once for each prize on each of those platforms (Instagram and Facebook pages are linked on the right side at the top of this blog).  If entering on Facebook or Instagram please like or follow to enter.  On the blog you don't have to be a follower, though it would be cool if you wanted to!

To enter leave a comment saying which of the three (or if you want to enter for all three feel free) you'd like to win and leave an email address or blog link so I can contact you.  For the Instagram and Facebook entries follow the guidelines listed along with the above picture on those platforms!  Winners chosen on October 31st!

P.S. Those who also commented on my Witches in Fiction blog party post can enter on both that post and this one!  Extra entries yay!

Prizes:

1) Hercules the Keyholder Goblin - a handmade creature from the Goblin Mine Woodland

2) A personalized energy blessing performed by myself

3) A 3 card oracle reading performed by myself

Blessings and best of luck!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Shopping Guide Part 4: Dressing Like A Witch

Dear friends,

Welcome to the last part of my Halloween shopping guide!

Dressing like a witch, an enchantress, a fortuneteller, a mystic, a faery…  Ok I certainly don't reserve any of that for Halloween alone.

While I certainly can not sum up all of my favourite places to shop and buy clothing and accessories in one post, I thought I might mention a few of my favourites.

I discovered Holy Clothing through Laura at Roses and Vellum and immediately had to check them out.  They have very unique pieces and I buy a lot of my dresses and blouses from them.  Fairly good prices and they make up to a size 5x for plus sized ladies.

However, I have to mention the bad with the good when mentioning any company.  I have had issues with the sizing.  After purchasing multiple sizes I have concluded I am a size medium.  If you carry your weight in your bust or arms prepare to size up, and if you are pear-shaped you can take your regular size as many of their pieces are free in the hips.

Many pieces on this site also come in only size large and above, so it is not the best for smaller ladies.


I love to wear kimonos, shawls, maxi skirts and dresses, gladiator sandals, lace up boots, corsets, lace, velvet and anything with flowing sleeves.  Forever 21 and similar stores have a lot of options for these, and I buy a lot of things on Ebay and in thrift stores.


I adore wearing all sorts of jewels and medallions.  I am rarely without an amulet or two.  I buy many of my pieces from Ebay.  


I am addicted to the company Silver Insanity for purchasing my rings.  Amazing pieces for fair prices; with many more mystical options.  The Etsy shop Lotus Fairy is where I have purchased many of my occult theme pieces like my tarot and ouija rings.


I absolutely adore earthy inspired tones and textures.  Leathers, suedes, fringe and Native American designs.  This bag was purchased vintage and my boots are by Minnetonka Moccasins.


I hope you enjoyed a sneak peak into my sense of style and favourite shopping destinations.  I am so inspired by the forest, Mori girl style, famous witches, Medieval and Victorian eras and all things mystical and magical.

Have a beautiful week!

Love from,
Jenn


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Witches in Fiction 2014 Crafting Blooming Howls & Giveaway

Dear friends,

Welcome to my post for Pagan Culture's Witches in Fiction Party 2014!  Crafting Blooming Howls!

October is a busy as a bee month for many pagans, witches, warlocks, enchantresses, fortune tellers and assorted creatures of the night.

In light of the madness of the Halloween season, I thought I'd share what a professional witch, working psychic, and full time fourth year university student gets up to during the month.


I welcomed the month of October by spending oodles of time in the woods, I am a forest witch and you will rarely get me to leave my beloved woodland!

Unless of course theres the promise of some shopping in the city..


And catching an NBA game where my favourite team is playing (Boston Celtics).


Aside from woodland adventures and city travels it has been business as usual around here.

Studies and scrying...


Reading Tarot...


Speaking to spirits...


And snuggling up to watch oodles of Disney Halloween films!


Thank you so much to Magaly for hosting this party!  Don't forget to hop on over to her page to visit her party and everyone else's.

Without further ado...


I am holding this giveaway on my blog, Instagram, and Facebook.  There are three prizes and you can enter once for each prize on each of those platforms (Instagram and Facebook pages are linked on the right side at the top of this blog).  If entering on Facebook or Instagram please like or follow to enter.  On the blog you don't have to be a follower, though it would be cool if you wanted to!

To enter leave a comment saying which of the three (or if you want to enter for all three feel free) you'd like to win and leave an email address or blog link so I can contact you.  For the Instagram and Facebook entries follow the guidelines listed along with the above picture on those platforms!  Winners chosen on October 31st!

Prizes:

1) Hercules the Keyholder Goblin - a handmade creature from the Goblin Mine Woodland

2) A personalized energy blessing performed by myself

3) A 3 card oracle reading performed by myself

Blessings and best of luck!





Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Halloween Shopping Guide Part 3: Practical Tidbits from Wal-Mart, Target and Dollar Stores

Hello friends!

Welcome to week 3 of my Halloween shopping series.

While I usually get most of my more unique and special items from places like Homesense, there are some practical Halloween decorating items you can get at cheaper stores.

Glittery pumpkins from Wal-Mart

I don't typically buy much of my main decor from these shops, but they are good for some of the basic Halloween decorating items.


Instead of buying the expensive witch's hats from the decorating stores, I buy the dollar store versions and then spice them up with some sparkly spiders from Michael's.


The dollar store is excellent for little Halloween crafts for kids, and kids at heart.  I think my mum thought it was pretty funny when my boyfriend and I were sat at the dining room table painting Frankenstein and this little ghosty on a Saturday night.  Poor Frank's head is chipping!


Orange and purple Halloween lights are one of my favourite things about decorating for Halloween.  I always get mine for about a dollar a set at the dollar store, and buy a few packs so I can put them allover.


Sometimes you'll find some treasure on clearance in the days following Halloween.  I've had this little lantern from Target for years.


And these sweet little Halloween stuffs were gifts from my boyfriend this year.  Dollar store!

Purple Halloween lights

Dollar store crow

Dollar stores and superstores like Wal-Mart and Target can have a few cutesy things for Halloween decorating.  Usually there is nothing very unique, or if you enjoy a bit of a gothic decorating style, nothing high quality enough to leave out year round.  Little tidbits can be found however!  I think the basics like cobwebs, lights, and extra kitschy garlands are best bought on the cheap, and you usually can't find those things at higher end stores anyway.

I hope you enjoyed this instalment of my Halloween Shopping series.  Next week will be my final instalment and will be about costumes and clothing for the modern witch.

After that two blog parties will take us through to the end of October.  My my Autumn is flying by!

Catch you later lovely spooky folks!

Your ghostly hostess,
Jennifer