Wednesday, May 28, 2014

And the Winner of the Portable Apothecary Giveaway is...


Thanks to all who entered! I hope to have another giveaway in the near future. :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Lovely Paintings & a Darling Poppet

Two of my lovely friends that I do swaps and make purchases from recently sent me some pretties that I wanted to share to let other folks know about their shops.
I did a swap a while back with Hawthorn and one of the things ey sent me was this lovely foxglove painting. 
still needs to be framed but has a home in my herby room
I love it so much that I asked em to make me two more custom paintings:

opium painting that is a housewarming gift for a friend

rowan painting for my herby room

Hawthorn also sent me some eir healing salve which is used regularly and has kept nicely in the fridge, and black salt that I gave to a friend who has since purchased more because she loved it so much. Check out eir shop here where you can find folk magic staples such as spell candles, incense, and divination supplies like handmade rune sets.

Trace is a fellow magical practitioner and crafter from here in Northern Ontario and recently opened an Etsy shop, along with the equally talented Smoeii.  When I Trace's poppets my heart just melted because I think that they are so adorable. In our last swap she made me a custom one pictured below. 
She also sent along some spell tea lights, bonfire wish charms, and ethically harvested rowan wood for my quickly dwindling supply.
whole poppet kit, tea lights and bonfire wish charms

In their shop you will find folk magic supplies that have her own spin on them as well as divination tools such as scrying mirrors.


There are other wonderful crafters that I want to post about in the future, so stay tuned. :)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Bee Watering Stations

With the weather finally being more agreeable I did some cleaning up in my garden and got started on some outdoor projects. One of the projects I wanted to do for the garden this year was to make bee watering stations.

I found this really neat one on Youtube, which was the inspiration for the ones I made:

Mine aren't quite so fancy, but I think they will do the job.

Made with a dish that was a recycled wine bottle that I found at a thrift store.

Made with a large flat shell.
There are a couple of spots on mine where I will probably need to add some extra things like more moss or small pebbles just so the bees don't step right into the water, which is the most important thing.
I encourage folks to give that excellent video a watch and make their own. This would be a fun garden project to work on with young folks. :)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Lá Bealtaine Shona Daoibh!

It's a rainy one here today, so this song seems like a suitable theme.  Lá Bealtaine shona daoibh/Happy Bealtaine everyone!