Sunday, December 12, 2010


A quick gander out my window today... and it's raining. Rain?!? I find rain in December wholly depressing. I'm missing the fluffy stuff. I think I overloaded on Christmas joy. I seem to have crashed mighty hard over the past few days because I'm just not feeling 100% jolly.

Gah! On to better things, eh?

I've been working on this for the past few days...

This is probably a my aunts Christmas gift. I say probably because it will depend if I mess it up or not as I continue to work on it. It's based on a photo she took of two of her boys... my godkidlets.

We don't see them much (they live about 2 hours away) and it's really a shame. I hope that next year I can get my act together and be more of a proper fairy godmother to the fellas. Everyone needs a fairy godmother after all.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Making Lemonade

I'll spare you the sob story (because really, who wants to hear me whining?) and just tell you that I'm offering to do some custom spirit boards for $80. If you're interested check out the listing in my esty shop.

P.S. Don't forget to enter my very merry giveaway!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

A Very Merry Giveaway

I've decided to jump up and down on the giveaway bandwagon and offer up this lot of witchy goods :)

It's a nice little haul that includes: "The Psychic Cup" (a cute tea reading kit with a book, cup and saucer), the book A Floral Grimoire by Patricia Telesco, a vial of black ink, Fast Luck, Come to Me, Follow Me, Van Van and Essence of Bend Over Oils, Oberon's Love Powder, Black Salt, Four Thieves Vinegar, Red Ochre, Comfrey Root, Rose Petals, Lavender, Chamomile, Sage, Five Finger Grass, Mugwort, Rue, and Pennyroyal.

So what's the catch? Just follow this blog and solemnly swear that you'll remain quite cheeky but do a good deed anyway in 2011. That's it! If someone nudged you in this direction, mention who sent you and if you win the lot above, I'll send them a wee something too.

On January 5th, 2011 (the night La Befana visits!) a random entry will be chosen to receive the giveaway prize above.

If Knickertwist's reaches more than 100 followers by the draw date I'll select an additional three names for a mini-giveaway of 13 packaged herbs.

Pfftt, who am I kidding, I'll do the additional draw anyway :)

PLEASE ENTER ONLY ONCE! Multiple entries will not be counted. Also, remember to take your local customs and duty laws into consideration when entering.

Cheers & Good Luck!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

A Wee Christmas Craft

As usual money is a tad tight and while I'd love to buy my family speed boats and flat screens that isn't going to happen. To help jazz up my modest gift givings I've made some clothes peg charms to go along with the gifties.

For my uncle, a fishing charm with a sea shell button and shell pearl charm. 

For my husband, who hasn't been sleeping well a charm for deep sleep

For one who lives in a chilly climate, a West Wind Charm to hurry the warm weather.

A Winter Wonderland Charm

A Christmas Wishes Charm... which I like because she looks tipsy :)

Last year for Christmas I bought all of the men on my list socks. I think they are just about the most perfect gift for 'older boys'. Every man I know will whine to the end of days if there aren't a pair of socks under the tree and really, who doesn't love putting on a brand new pair of socks. And so for them here is a Warm Socks Charm to protect again holes and keep toes toasty.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

The Cookie Monster

My husband goes crazy every year. He gets this strange gleam in his eye and a little twitch at the side of his mouth... he's thinking about the cookies. The first week of December he'll hand me a list of 25+ different types of cookies, with the name of the cook book and the page number beside each one. He puts little stars beside the ones he most wants. He's insane.

I usually make about 12 different types and get a load of grief about the ones that don't make it into the oven. I get even more grief if certain ones don't get made. Biscotti, shortbread, thumbprint, black diamonds, chocolate mocha truffles, rum balls are absolutely necessary in order to have a happy holiday (according to my husband). Sometimes I think I'll never hear the end about the one year made regular brownies dipped in chocolate rather than the "Black Diamonds" (really, they are practically the same damned thing).

The crazy has started again this year. I made homemade fruit cakes AGES ago and when I peeked at them the other day they looked, and smelled a total treat. Today I made these...

Lemon Baubles from Canadian Living magazine.  They are so super cute and are pretty yummy too. I just hope that all my cookies turn out as well or I'll have a crazy, angry cookie monster to contend with and very likely get blamed for ruining Christmas :) LOL

Friday, December 03, 2010

Our morning ride down the hill to the school bus :)

I'm Alive! It's December! And SNOW!

Well friends, I made it through the dental ordeal! I was absolutely certain that they were going to kill me (no joke) but after a triple dose of pills and some very lovely gas I didn't really care much. I don't remember a hell of a lot of that day (or the next) but I do remember complaining about the needle. Damn I hate those things! Christ, even when drugged to high heaven they hurt like hell.

On a much more positive note it snowed here the other day. Whenever I see snow falling I am quite certain that magic is real :) It's just so damned gorgeous.

The kidlet was over-joyed and took full advantage of his own private tobaggan hill. The snow was still there this morning and we both rode down the hill to the school bus stop. How fantastic is that? It was even better than a morning dip in the pool.

I'm feeling super excited about Christmas this year and have started chipping away at the madess. Cleaning, making, baking... there's so much to do, but it will all be worth it. I've even squeezed in an extra Christmas craft and entered the craftster Chronicle Your Holiday! Challenge Using the flower and square box templates found on that page I made this...

A papery Christmas tree full of glitter and fake snow... ahhhh, glitter. See more here