Sunday, May 30, 2010

Mystic Star Designs Free Earrings (Sample)

Mystic Star Designs
Hand Made Hand Crafted Jewelry - by Vamp

Available at Artfire Studio, Etsy Shop & at Mystic Rock Boutique.

Artfire Studio:
Etsy Shop:
Mystic Rock Boutique:

For a random pair of free earrings (sample my choice) contact me through Mystic Rock Boutique site email address. Put in your email subject line 'Random Earrings Sample' all I ask is that you pay for *shipping 2.99 through Paypal. I will let you know Paypal address to send to in my email reply to you.

*This offer is for the U.S. only** Outside the U.S.A. shipping rate varies - check my ArtFire Studio for shipping prices for outside the U.S.A.

If you don't have a Paypal account you can still pay with a credit card through Paypal!

To make a payment with a CREDIT CARD, or bank account, choose "PAYPAL" for your payment and then click on the PAYPAL icon. You'll be sent to the PAYPAL page where You will see and select "I do not have a PayPal account" (if you don't). Click "continue" and follow the instructions from there to complete your payment transaction.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Boston Baked Beans/Oven Baked Chicken

(Here are two Memorial Day food suggestions - besides cooking up on the grill hot dogs and burgers you can always cook chicken either on the grill or in the oven if it's one of those days when it's raining out. With it cook up some Boston baked beans, potato salad, a tossed salad, corn on the cob and some biscuits. For dessert brownies is an all time favorite, apple or blueberry pie, ice cream.)


Boston Baked Beans

4 cups cooked or canned navy beans
1/3 cup molasses
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon safflower oil
1 large onion, sliced into rings

6 servings

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Combine all the ingredients except the oil and onion in a
1 1/2 quart baking dish, along with 1/4 cup of water. Mix thoroughly. Cover and bake 30 minutes.

Heat the oil in a skillet. When it is hot, add the onion, stirring to separate the rings,
and saute until brown. After the beans have baked for 30 minutes, top with the onions
and bake, uncovered, for another 10 minutes. Serve at once

Quick and Easy Boston Baked Beans

1 can (22 to 24 oz. size, not the 16
oz. size - next size larger) B & M brand baked
1 to 1 1/2 Tbl. brown sugar
2 to 3 Tbl. finely chopped onion
1 to 2 tsp. prepared yellow mustard such as
2 slices bacon, halved and cooked halfway
through in the microwave, if desired(optional)

Mix beans, brown sugar, onion, and mustard well. Pour into a baking dish (1 1/2 qt. pyrex dish). Top with halved slices of partially cooked bacon, if desired. Bake for 45 minutes at 325 - 350 degrees F. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving. This gives the sauce a chance to cool and thicken a bit before serving. Serve with, hotdogs, Boston Brown Bread and cole slaw. This is a good lunch or not fancy supper.

Easy Oven Fried Parmesan Chicken

Dust chicken with Bisquick Heart Smart® mix. Roll in a pint of light sour cream, then 1 1/2 c bread crumbs mixed with 1/2 c parmesan cheese, and 1 tsp. garlic salt and pepper. Place on cookie sheet sprayed with release spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, turning halfway through.
- Judy, AZ

Oven Baked Chicken

1 tablespoon butter or margarine
2/3 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cut-up whole chicken (3 to 3 1/2 pounds)

1.Heat oven to 425°F. Melt butter in rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches, in oven.
2.Stir together Bisquick, paprika, salt and pepper; coat chicken. Place skin sides down in dish (dish and butter should be hot).
3.Bake 35 minutes; turn chicken. Bake about 15 minutes longer or until juice is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut.

Do-Ahead Tip
Because this chicken is delicious hot or cold, it’s great picnic fare! Make some ahead of time to go with sandwiches for an easy picnic.

Add 1 teaspoon of dried italian seasoning to the Bisquick® for a hint of fragrant flavor.

Go ahead and double the recipe. When you have extra chicken on hand, you're only moments away from an impromptu picnic. (Leftovers keep for one week in the refrigerator.)

For Parmesan Oven-Fried Chicken, decrease Bisquick to 1/3 cup and salt to 1 teaspoon, and add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Citrus Candles

(This is a nice idea for summer tables that I found at Adailytarot yahoogroup.)

Citrus Candles

Hollowed-out lemons become fragrant yellow cups for candles. Using a

serrated knife and small ice-cream scoop, remove pulp from lemon

halves. Wash and dry lemon shells, then insert a votive candle into each one.

(try and find a citrus scented yellow candle or use a vanilla colored

candle). Pour rock salt around candles to add sparkle.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dream Pillows

(I've made these dream pillows before - not only do they help you sleep well they make your bedroom smell so nice and inviting. I used in the herb mixture lavender, rose, camomile, st. johns wort & a bit of rosemary. I used lavender essential oil to mix all the herbs with. Used a celestial print for the outer cover of the pillow. All I need to do from time to time is apply a bit more lavender oil to the herb packet and it's good to go.)

Dream Pillows

Making dream pillows for specific purposes is an excellent
way to make your subconscious mind work with you on problem
solving, prophecy, rest, etc. Dream pillows will also help
when you are having nightmares.

You will need a piece of unbleached muslin; a piece of
fancy cloth or you can decorate some muslin; your choice
of herbs and/or oils; a wooden or glass bowl and a wooden
spoon. Never use metal!

Before making the pillow decide what you will be using it
for. Maybe you will be making more than one. Choose your
herbs and oils according to your pillows use.

To make a dream pillow, cut out two pieces of muslin or plain
cloth to hold the herbs. These pieces of muslin should each be
12" by 8". With the wrong sides together, stitch down the 8"
side 3/4" seam, stitch one side of the 12" end and across the
other 8" side. Three sides of the fabric should be sewn. Turn
inside out. This is the "inner pillow" in which you will put
your herbal mixture.

Make the outer pillow by cutting the materal 12" by 8" and
sewing the edges 3/8" seams. Make the same as above. If you
wish to embroider it in any design or decorate it with fabric
paints you should do it now. If you plan to make this cover
removable for washing, turn down a small hem on the open end
and attach small velcro strips or snapes on it to keep it

In the bowl, mix together the herbs you have chosen with a
wooden spoon. This is done gently, rather like tossing a
salad. With an eye dropper, add the chosen oils to the herbs.
Use no more that a total of 5-6 drops at a time until you
reach a strength to your liking. Remember, what smells nice
standing over the bowl may well be too strong when you sleep
on the pillow, so be careful.

Fill your "inner pillow" with the herbal mixture. Don't pack
it full or it will be uncomfortable to sleep on. Leave it a
little flat. Turn in a little of the open end so the raw edges
are inside, then sew this end shut. Slide this into your
decorated cover, attach the fasteners/velcro and you are ready
for sweet dreams.

Some oils you could use

Bergamot: (not the mint kind!) soothes the nerves, gives relaxing

Hyacinth: Stops nightmares.

Jasmine: helps increase psychic dreams, lifts depression, quiets
the nerves, is calming.

Lavender: relaxing deep sleep.

Lilac: recalling past lives.

Mimosa: prophetic dreams, getting to the truth, making decisions.

Some herbs that you could use

Angelica: prophetic dreams and visions.

Anis: use just a little to repel nightmares.

Bay laurel: inspiration, repels negativity.

Cedar: helps to repel bad dreams.

Cloves: use just a tiny amount because of the strong odor.
retrieving buried memories.

Hops: restful sleep and healing.

Marjoram: relieves depression.

Mugwort: visions and prophetic dreams.

Mullein: repels bad dreams.

Rosemary: use just a little as it is very strongly scented.
relieves nightmares and headaches.

St. Johns wort: banishes spirits.

Valerian: deep rest. Some cats love this herb as much as catnip
sokeep it out of their reach

Source: ADailyTarot

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

How to make homemade magical oils

How to make homemade magical oils

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Mystic Star Designs by Vamp - Hand Crafted Jewelry

Mystic Star Designs by Vamp - Hand Crafted Jewelry

My shops at Etsy and ArtFire for my handcrafted handmade items. Mostly jewelry - earrings, necklaces, & bracelets - enchanting jewelry with a dark theme.

We have some at our Mystic Rock Boutique site but more on Etsy and ArtFire and more coming! So keep us bookmarked, share us, like us on Facebook, Twitter & MySpace.

Hand made jewelry make great gifts because they're lovingly made and each piece is created by me with lots of love & energy so you get a piece with lots of positive energy.

Please visit my new shops. Will ship anywhere and give you the same good service I do with my Mystic Rock Boutique.

Vamp's ArtFire Studio--Hand crafted, Handmade Jewelry - Earrings, Necklaces, Bracelets - Mystic Star Designs by Vamp

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Create a Backyard Memory Garden

This is a really nice idea and i did it to honor my mother and my husband's mother when we lived in our cottage.

Create a Backyard Memory Garden

Memory gardens are a beautiful way to honor and remember lost loved ones. They don't have to be elaborate or require a lot of maintenance. They can be as simple and as personal as you like.

To start your garden, pick a place in the yard that can be easily seen from a favorite window or an outdoor seating area. Be sure and keep the light requirements of your plants in mind. Sun loving plants need at least six hours of direct sun to thrive, and shade plants will wither in direct sun.

There are several kinds of elements you can have in your garden.

Trees. Keep the size of your yard in mind. For smaller yards, choose a tree that's compact in height and width. Japanese maples, weeping mulberries and dogwoods are good smaller sized trees.

Think about the seasonal look of the tree, as well. Spring flowering trees include Eastern redbuds, Bradford pears and saucer magnolias. For fall color, consider sugar maples or ginkgo. Evergreens give color and structure all year long.

Flowers. If your loved one had favorite flowers, incorporating them into your garden is a good way to honor their memory. If possible, bring some plants from their own garden into yours.

You can also choose plants that remind you of them with their scents or color. If she loved chocolate, for example, you can find plants with chocolate in the name, such as chocolate columbine, chocolate daisy or even edible chocolate mint. Was he the life of the party? Then bright zinnias or wildflowers would be appropriate.

Seating. A chair or bench can be a soothing place to sit and enjoy the garden. Choose seating that reflects the personality of your loved one -- classic stone, modern metals or rustic wood are some options available.

Water features. A fountain or bird bath can be a soothing feature in your garden. A small pond with some goldfish or Koi fish adds light, motion and a reflective element, as well.

Art. A meaningful statue, some original art, or a garden stone with a heartfelt verse can provide a focal point for your garden. Garden stones are available through your local florist, garden center or gift shop. Many retailers keep a variety of verses in stock and can also offer custom ordering.

There are no set rules to creating a memory garden. Quiet and reflective, neat and contemporary, or full of color and whimsy - the garden should reflect your loved one and your relationship with them. Above all it should be a place to remember them with love.


Sea Salt Protection Spell

Sea Salt Protection Spell

People over the world agree that salt has cleansing, restorative, and curative powers. In order to rid yourself of negativity, you can't go wrong using sea salt. Sea salt holds many of the essential healing properties of nature. To increase strength, luck, and fortitude, go to your grocer or health-food store and buy sea salt. Spread the salt on the areas you wish cleansed. Lightly sprinkle sea salt into your bath, saying:

Salt of ocean,
Salt of earth,
From ocean I sprang, upon my birth.
With Venus I rose above sea and shell,
The power of salt makes everything well.

So mote it be.