Saturday, April 30, 2011

Walpurgisnacht May Day Eve & May Day Baskets




Walpurgisnacht May Day Eve & May Day Baskets

Tonight is called Walpurgisnacht, a European spring celebration associated with bonfires and dancing. But, as much as its energies celebrate spring, I'm going to use today to share something about tomorrow. Each spring I share the same timely tip about using the first light of May Day to put yourself in a much more beautiful one. But readers often wish I had shared this information with them a day earlier. So, on this May Day Eve, I want to tell a tale that purports to make you look fresh as the morning dew. Some olden traditions tell that the first thing that you should do on May Day is to go outside and wash your face with the morning dew. Traditionally, young British girls would hurry outdoors in order to gather dew on their hands and then rub it from the top of their heads to the bottom of their necks. This action guaranteed beautiful and glowing skin for the rest of their lives. If all it takes to stay forever young is getting up before the sun, I'm all in!


May Day Baskets


May Day (May 1st) time to celebrate flowers, spring & the coming summer. Tradition has it that by Mother's Day in the U.S. you are safe to plant any kind of seeds and take indoor plants outside for the growing season.

Make a cheery May Day basket made of paper in a cone shape or a tin can one. Fill it with flowers and hang on your door knob. Nice project for the kids.

Link to a tin can version May Day Basket

How are you celebrating May Day?

The Seeds of Blessings Spell




The Seeds of Blessings Spell

On a bright, sunny day, take a handful of fruit-bearing seeds to an area with rich soil. Hold the seeds tightly near your heart, repeating twice, "As these seeds multiply and grow, so too blessings will be sown. For _____________ (insert name of person), I release them to the wind, so the magic can begin!" At the final word of the second repetition, release your seeds, scattering them as you turn clockwise. If possible, take a rake to sow them properly into the soil so the magic germinates.

An alternative version that can be done to this spell is by sowing the seeds (they don't have to be a fruit seed, they can be flowers, vegetables, even herbs) in a fresh pot of potting soil, but before planting them cup them tightly in your hands and after you do your incantation (omit the part about releasing them to the wind.) blow gently on your cupped hands and then plant them in the potting mix. Water & nurture your new seeds.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Real Blogger Status: Post Editor, Stats, Template Designer, And Interne...

My computer asked me if I wanted to download Internet Explorer 9 today, so I figured well why not, eventually you will need to use the latest browser. So I did and everything so far has check out okay until now...

Wanted to post on my blog and lo and behold can't post when I hit the publish post button. So being the detective I am ha ha ha, started to explore about. Went to the blogger forum to see if others were having problems similar to mine & of course I am not alone.

To make a long story short if you are now using Explorer 9 you will have to use that little button at the top of your browser where it says "compatibility view" hit that and then your post will post once you click on publish post.

Blogger says they will work on getting their system to eventually work with the new Explorer 9 browser but until then they suggest either to use Firefox or install Internet Explorer 8 again.

Hmmm I don't feel like installing Internet Explorer 8 again unless I run into more problems using this new browser.

The Real Blogger Status: Post Editor, Stats, Template Designer, And Interne...: "Some time ago, Microsoft deployed the latest version of their browser, Internet Explorer Version 9. Blogger blog owners and readers alike a..."

Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

Here's a good cupcake recipe for apple lovers, don't you just love apples in almost anything :)


Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups Original Bisquick® mix

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon apple pie spice

1/2 cup apple cider or juice

2 tablespoons butter or shortening, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

1 1/4 cups chopped peeled apple (about 1 medium)


Salted Caramel Frosting

3/4 cup Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy Vanilla frosting (from 1 lb-container)

1/4 cup caramel topping

1/4 teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt



Heat oven to 375°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups.
2. In large bowl, beat all cupcake ingredients except apple with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on medium speed 4 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Fold in apple. Fill muffin cups about three-fourths full.
3. Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately remove cupcakes from pan to cooling rack; cool completely.
4. In small bowl, mix frosting and caramel topping until smooth and spreadable. Frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with kosher salt.


Makes 12 cupcakes
BettyCrocker.Com

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Beltane Blessing (Beannachadh Bealtain)

Beltane Blessing (Beannachadh Bealtain) by CelestialElf

This nice video was sent to me by Celestial Elf and I thought others might like to see it so posted it on here for viewing. Thanks again Celestial Elf.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fans on Facebook

Fans on Facebook

Hi readers I want to run this by you so that if you know anyone who would like to join my new facebook page for my jewelry creations please refer them to the new page!

Refer a friend & have them post on my wall, make sure to tell your friends to write on my fanpage wall who referred them, the person that has the most referrals will win a FREE pair of earrings by end of April.

I'm looking for new fans that might like Jewelry By Vamp designs. Also join/follow the new blog for Jewelry By Vamp.

Thanks!

Symbols of Beltane




Symbols of Beltane

It's getting closer to that time of the year when everything is vibrant and full of energy. Beltane - flowers, love, sunshine, warmth, fertility. Time to celebrate and make merry the comming of the summer and growth....blessed be.


Symbols of Beltane -

Traditional symbols used to represent Beltane are the May Pole (the traditional full-size one is about 10 feet tall), May baskets, crossroads, eggs, butterchurns and chalices. Symbolically, many Pagans choose to represent Beltane with fresh flowers all around the ritual area as well as their homes and the cauldron is often totally filled with gorgeous Springtime flowers. Roses, bluebells, marigolds, daisies, primroses, violets and lilac are associated with Beltane.

Beltane Altar -

Altars are generally adorned with seasonal flowers. Other appropriate altar decorations for the season include mirrors, a small May pole, phallic-shaped candles to represent fertility, and daisy chains.

Gods and Goddesses of Beltane -

Appropriate Deities for Beltane include all Virgin-Mother Goddesses, all Young Father Gods, all Gods and Goddesses of the Hunt, of Love, and of Fertility. Some Beltane Goddesses to mention by name here include Aphrodite, Arianrhod, Artemis, Astarte, Venus, Diana, Ariel, Var, Skadi, Shiela-na-gig, Cybele, Xochiquetzal, Freya, and Rhiannon. Beltane Gods include Apollo, Bacchus, Bel/Belanos, Cernunnos, Pan, Herne, Faunus, Cupid/Eros, Odin, Orion, Frey, Robin Goodfellow, Puck, and The Great Horned God.

Colors of Beltane -

The most common colors associated with Beltane are white and dark green, and red... but also appropriate are all the colors of the rainbow spectrum itself. Stones to use during the Beltane celebration include sapphires, bloodstones, emeralds, orange carnelians, and rose quartz.

Plants and Animals of Beltane -

Plants and herbs associated with Beltane are primrose, yellow cowslip, hawthorn, roses, birch trees, rosemary, and lilac. Also included are almond, angelica, ash trees, bluebells, cinquefoil, daisies, frankincense, ivy, marigolds, satyrion root, and woodruff.

Animals associated with Beltane are goats, rabbits, and honey bees. Mythical beasts associated with Beltane include faeries, pegesus, satyrs, and giants.

Incense -

Use lilac, passion flower, rose or vanilla. These can be used alone or blended as you like.

Foods -

Dairy foods and eggs are in tune with this season. Sweets of all kinds, honey, and oats are all fine foods for Beltane. Simple dishes such as vanilla ice cream and egg custard are quite traditional fare on this day.

Scented Stones




Scented Stones

Collect flat beach pebbles, stones or buy some smooth, porous pebbles, then use a cotton swab to paint them with a combination of 8 drops each of any essential oils or fragrance oils. I like to use lavender and vanilla mixed together, but you can use any combination you like.

Refresh as needed.

Place these fragrant stones in decorative bowls and display them in your bathroom, living room, bedroom, even your kitchen. You'll love the natural fragrance and no need for an air freshner :)

ps...you can use this technique on a piece of drift wood, clay pots, shells etc...anything that is porous.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Protection Spells Charms Rituals



Protection Spells Charms Rituals

If there is one type of spell, charm or ritual people look for a lot is protection spells and charms that they can wear to protect themselves or a loved one. I gathered this info for you so that you can see many ways of protecting yourself, your loved ones and your home.

Protection Charms worn on the person

(Note: Not everyone uses these for protection, but they all do have protective qualities)

all-seeing eye
anchor
angelica root
bluestone and laundry bluing
cat's eye shell
corno (Italian horn) charm
deities and saints for protection and luck
eye-in-hand amulet
eyes-all-over amulet
good luck coins
hamsa hand amulet
horseshoe key ring
John the Conqueror
mano cornuto amulet
mano fico amulet
powerful hand of God
mojo hand or conjure bag
rabbit foot
rattlesnake
silver dimes (and other silver)
skull
vulva amulets
abracadabra amulet
crescent & hand amulet
buckle of Isis

There are many more not listed here.


Protection Charm

Tools:
One red candle + one white candle
A small piece of white paper
Oil
Ink pen
Red Ribbon

Set the white candle alight on the left to represent the Goddess and a red candle to the right to represent the God. Place the materials for the spell between the two candles.

Using the oil, with your right index finger, draw a pentacle (star inside a circle) in the middle of the white paper, while saying, "With the seal of this pentagram I request that this charm be used for protection." [Editor's note: a pentagram seal may also be used.]

Using a pen, in the center of the oil-drawn pentagram, draw your own special symbol for protection. Say, "With this rune, I request that this charm be used for protection."

When you are ready, roll the paper up with the red ribbon tightly lengthwise.

Hold the charm over the red candle and say,
I consecrate myself in fire
so that I can defend myself
and protect myself with the power I have.

Continue doing this with the smoke of the white candle, but consecrate it in the name of air.

Hold the charm with both hands. Concentrate on the charm's task. Then seal the left end of the charm with white wax, the right with red wax. The charm is now complete.

How to make the oil yourself:
1 T base oil
4 drops primrose oil
4 drops lavender oil
2 drops sandalwood oil

Of course, you can always use whatever you feel will do the job.

~By Janet Perry


Protection Charm #2

Fill a clear glass goblet about halfway up with water. Stir in a little salt and put it in direct sun for approximately 15 minutes. Let the water absorb the rays. Along side the goblet, place a charm or talisman on a chain or cord and allow it to receive the sun as well. (Note: You may use a piece of jewelry such as a gemstone pendant or a stone you've found or any other natural object for the charm.)

After 15 minutes have passed, take the glass and talisman out of the sun and dip the talisman into the water. Using the chain or the string attached to the talisman, gently swirl it clockwise while you say the following three times.

Apollo's light surround me.
Poseidon's water protect me.
Athena's wisdom guide me.

As you speak the words, imagine a beam of pure white light surrounding both the water and the talisman.

Leave the water with the talisman in it for another 10 minutes, then dry it off and wear it with comfort in knowing that it will protect you.

~ By Shadow Wolf

More protection spells here

Growing Your Favorite Herbs

Growing Your Favorite Herbs

I've grown all the herbs listed here. Most of the herbs I've grown are grown in containers on a deck. Very easy to upkeep watering and making sure the herbs are happy getting plenty of sun light. My favorites and easy to grow are Basil, Rosemary & Sage. Not on this list but love to grow for it's scent is Lavender, try it.


One of the most pleasant and rewarding gardening hobbies is growing herbs. Most herbs are really easy to grow, and since many are relatively small, you can plant a thriving herb garden in a pot, barrel, or small bed and still come up with a bounty of tasty herbs to use in all your recipes.

Some of the easiest and most versatile herbs to grow in your home garden include:

1. Basil - This spicy staple of most kitchens is surprisingly easy to grow in the home garden. You can grow it from seed or buy a small, starter plant, and it comes in several different varieties, with large or small leaves. Remember, basil won't withstand cold temperatures, so you'll have to plant a new crop every spring in cold climates.

2. Chives - These small relative s of the onion family are quite easy to grow, and they come back in the garden year after year, stronger than ever. You can sow from seed, but small starter plants will give you an instant start in the garden. Try garlic chives for a mix of garlicy onion goodness.

3. Dill - Dill is a beautiful, lacy plant to grow in the herb garden. It grows at least three-feet high, so plant it toward the back of your garden. It's very easy to grow from seed, just make sure you plant it after all danger of frost has passed. Dill is another annual herb, which means you'll have to plant a new crop each spring if you live in a cold climate.

4. Oregano - This is a great Italian herb, but you can use it for all kinds of recipes, from compound butters to bread and spaghetti sauce. Oregano is easy to grow from seed, and it will spread out to make a rather large bush if you don't trim it often, so plant it in an area that gives it some room to grow. Trim it often too, to encourage new growth. This herb is relatively hardy, and should come back each spring as long as temperatures don't get really low during the winter.

5. Parsley - Everyone interested in growing herbs should try parsley. It's a very pretty plant in the garden, and it's called for in so many recipes, it's almost indispensable in the kitchen. It's very easy to grow from seed or a starter plant, and it may come back every spring in some gardens, but in many you'll have to start a new crop each spring.

6. Rosemary - Rosemary is a wonderful, woody, and highly-scented herb that grows into a lovely bush two to three-feet tall. It's so fragrant; you can smell it in the garden on a warm summer day. Growing rosemary from seed is hard, so buy a plant and add it to your garden, or get a cutting from a friend. Once planted, it should grace your garden for years to come.

7. Sage - Growing herbs would not be the same without a patch of sage in the garden. This herb is easy to grow from seed or a starter plant, and it will come back year after year after it's established. It can grow bigger and bushier than rosemary, so give it some room and trim it often for the best results.

8. Thyme - Once you plant thyme, you'll wonder how you got along without this versatile herb. Plant the creeping or upright variety from seed, or start from small plants. Thyme will spread in the garden, so give it room to grow. You can use it in everything from soups and sauces to roasting chicken, so plant a lot and harvest it often.

Growing herbs is so rewarding, especially when you use those newly picked herbs in your kitchen. Nothing matches the satisfaction and freshness of an herb that you pick five minutes before you cook with it, so get growing your favorite herbs today!

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Pink Grapefruit Scrub




After a long hard day at work you might want to wind down with a nice soak in the tub. Relax your mind, body & soul. Then when you've soaked and warmed up try this body scrub recipe. You will feel refreshed & clean...what a treat!
Pink Grapefruit Scrub


1/2 Cup Sea salt

1/4 cup Sweet Almond Oil or any other carrier oil.

8 drops Pink Grapefruit , 2 drops Geranium

Add essential oil to Almond Oil, Pour it over salts and stir to

blend.

To use, gently massage into damp skin and rinse with warm water.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Vanilla Solid Perfume

Vanilla Solid Perfume

1/2 Tablespoon beeswax
4 Tablespoons almond oil
8 drops vanilla essential oil

In a small saucepan, gently heat the beeswax and almond oil until the wax is melted.
Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour the mix into a small tin container, like the ones you get for lip gloss.
Let cool. Use on pulse points.

This sounds cool. I've never made solid perfume before, usually have used essential oils and a carrier oil to make different scents.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Balance of Light and Shadow

Balance of Light and Shadow

One of the main concepts in witchcraft is that of the duality of the universe. Nothing is purely good or purely bad. All aspects reflect the duality of nature. People bear these aspects of duality. We have the "light" traits (kindness, intellect, generosity) that we readily acknowledge and present to others. We also have our "dark" side as well. These are the traits (such as jealousy, anger, and greed) that we hold from public view and many times neglect to acknowledge. Again, nothing is purely good or bad. With that in mind, we can think of our dark traits as a power that balances our lives and promote positive change. Jealousy can be a motivator to strive for better. Anger can be the motivator to change or prevent bad situations. Light a black and a white candle, and say:

Goddess of darkness, Goddess of light,
Balance of duality I accept as my right.

Focus on your traits, both in the light and dark realms. Focus on the positive messages that both have for you.

(This reminds me of a Star Trek episode when Capt Kirk was split in half by the transporter machine. His dark shadow side and his light side. This episode showed how both sides make the whole person and how you need both the light and the dark aspects of your personality. That episode really demonstrated this concept really well.)

Enemy Within - Star Trek



Friday, April 01, 2011

Sew Much Ado: Maxi Skirt Tutorial

Sew Much Ado: Maxi Skirt Tutorial: "The Maxi Skirt. They're everywhere right now. They're long, they're flowing, and the best part is they're comfortable. ..."

Excellent tutorial on how to make a maxi skirt and depending on what fabric you use, you can make this boho chic, gothy whatever you'd like!