Wednesday, August 07, 2013

A small space

What happens when you mix awesome products from Alpha Stamps with amazing papers from Graphic 45? Magic! That little box above measure just 2.75" x 4.3". There's a whole lot of love in that little space. Here's a better look...

And in case you missed it...

How small is that handmade mousetrap?

 What was used to create this tiny space?

PLUS buttons, glue, handmade books, handmade mousetrap, pins and a vintage stamp.

Oberon's Love Dust - A Powdery Love Potion

It's been AGES since I posted anything witchcrafty and magical. Those who are new to this blog might not even realize that I am a rather witchy woman. I have the herb cupboard to prove it ;)

A while ago I said that I was going to post my recipe for my favourite love powder but I am TERRIBLE at posting things I say I'm going to post. It's as though I curse myself by saying "Next week I will..." because it never happens.

Well, mark today on your calendars because I'm actually following up! Witchy friends, spell casters and non-muggle types, here is my recipe "Oberon's Love Powder".

This magical powder is inspired by A Mid-Summer Nights Dream and is one of my very favourite 'potions'. Now, love spells can be quite sticky morally speaking as they generally try to influence the feelings of another, but this one is a little different. This one promotes romantic feelings that already exist. A little lovey dovey booster, if you will.

• first violets of spring
• dried lavender flowers
• dried rose petals
• talc
• essential oils of lavender and bergamot

Place talc into a mortar and add a few drops (equal amounts of each) of lavender and bergamot. Your goal is for the talc to be slightly dampened, NOT wet and mushy. Grind and mix using the pestle. (Note: I'm a big believer in 'intent' when spell casting and generally do not use incantations. If you feel the need to speak words over your work, but all means speak away)

When well combined add the dried flowers and grind again. Do not make this powder when grumpy. Thinking happy daydreamy thoughts is helpful.

Allow the scents to meld for at least 3 days. Sprinkle sparingly. Especially effective when sprinkled over a mattress.

Happy smooching ;)

Monday, August 05, 2013

Butterfly Faerie Journals

I'm on a roll with the little mixed media journals. I just love doing them. They help my scattered brain focus. I'm kinda partial to this latest batch. Little Butterfly Faerie Journals!

The covers are made from reclaimed fabrics and lace and backed with vintage tea-stained cotton. The inside pages are from a discarded 1880's hymnal. Most of the butterflies are printed on hymal papers too. Inside there are old French and Austrailian stamps and tucked between the pages you'll find ribbons, and tiny scraps and slips of beautiful handmade and hand-printed specialty papers.

I think they're pretty special.

And these are little journals are quite little measuring around 2" x 3".

Some of the journals will be listed in the esty shop today, along with several other items. Hop over and take a gander!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Another Birdy Book

Recently, I participated in the One Little Bird Swap over on The goal was to create something small, 4" square max, with a bird theme. I made my fab partner this chunky bird book (click on the images for larger pics).

I used one of my kids old chunky books as a base, covered it in old book pages and embellished with gorgeous papers and images from Alpha Stamps.

In return, my partner "alwaysinmyroom" made me the most gorgeous teeny weeny purse. I think it's the sweetest thing I've ever seen!

Friday, August 02, 2013

Steampunk Spells Album

Over on the Graphic 45 blog you'll find my Steampunk Spell Black Policy Envelope Album (holy mouthful!)

It was great fun to create and I did it using only the Steampunk Spells papers... I have a tendancy of mixing up the collections.

Here's a few detail pics...

I think I used just about every single item from the collection to complete the album. It took a few days to finish and the patterns were burned into my retinas for days afterwards. Honestly, life is pretty great when you've got pretty patterns on the brain ;)

For more photos and complete supply list visit the Graphic 45 blog.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

And we're back...

Every year we go camping at a different provincial park. This year we scooted off to Charleston Lake. We came home a day early because there were thunderstorms in the forecast and we rough-it old school in leaky tents.

Things got off to a rough start. Our first night was a wreak when the people in the site across from ours showed up late, setting up camp at 10pm, headlights shining into our tent, shouting and swearing "WHERE'S THE GARBAGE?" and "HE F*CKED UP THE TENT!". They were bloody awful. Over the next day they let their dog loose to bark and chase every passer-by, chopped down a damned tree for firewood, continually drove the wrong way down one way lane and seemed to have some sort of contest as to who could slam the car door the loudest.

Next to that hot mess were three drunk loud talkers. At one point one of the 'gentlemen' started shouting, certain that the raccoon that was invading their camp site was a child trying to steal their fire wood. "I'd come and chase you through the woods if I had brought my gun!"Followed by the loud crashing sound of someone diving into a tower of beer cans and a case of empties. They were gone at 7am so I'm pretty sure they were removed from the park... I would have preferred them to the dinkuses across from us.

Things weren't helped by the fact that the next morning we were woken by what seemed to be a dozen babies crying and a pack of dogs yelping, barking and whining. I swear we had to have gone during some strange experimental week where people with sheltered pets, cranky babies and a sincere belief that rules and social graces do not apply to them were given a steep discount. I've never been in such an unruly provincial park.

BUT it wasn't all bad. Our last day we canoed out to a tiny little island and had lunch in our own little world. We hiked and swam and roasted things on the fire. That's gotta count for something right?

Here's a butload pics from our adventure...

The park was gorgeous and canoeing was fab... but there are many other Provincial Parks higher on my favourite list. Ah well, can't win them all.

Oops! I almost forgot! I left one of my bird books in the mossy roots of this magnificent old tree! I hope it was picked up quickly by a very nice (hopefully sober and quiet) stranger :)