Made first supplies of this year. A vinegar infusion pine tops from the Xmas tree and added a clove.
Cut of more pine tips from the branches added to an empty vase to save for future incense blends.
The rest of Xmas tree gets chopped into wood pieces for burning in my fire basket in my garden.
Happy Yule 2018.
A little cake and small glass of wine.
No ritual bath too much osteoarthritis so I can not get into a bathtub anymore. Neither can I sit on the floor with candles as I used to do.
Some candles and incense. It is way too cold, rainy and windy outside so no Yule fire this year alas.
Adding some more decorations/baubles to the Yule/Xmas tree.
Yule dinner is pasta.
Added by Beryl on December 21, 2018 at 7:13am — No Comments
Scented Xmas/Yule trees using a blend of pine, orange and clove bud essential oils I add few drops to fabric Yule trees.
Yule trees are hand sewn from leftover scraps of cotton quilt christmas fabrics. I use a quilt needle to make tiny stitches and used red 100% cotton thread. Some have leftover green organza ribbon loops. Stuffing is polyester bits from a pillow.…Continue
Big piece fresh ginger root.
With a metal spoon edge scrape of ginger root skin/peel. (Peel shavings can be air-dryed and further used in a footbath,potpourri,incense etc) Cut peeled ginger into 1/4 inch slices and cut slices into thin strips.
In a small quart pan add 1 1/2 cups water add a layer of ginger, water should cover ginger.
Bring to a boil. Reduce so that it simmers/still boils when water get a little color…Continue
Added by Beryl on October 8, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
It is rainy cold outside so I am indoors busy preparing some pagan supplies for this fall/winter. Put my recently harvested dried herbs into small glass jars. Hand-made little labels for the jars. Used some glitter glues to surround the labels in the matching element color. Some sunshine ripened herbal infused vinegars in what used to be hot sauce bottles tall and narrow and holds approx 1 cup/250 ml.Roses/clove and Citrus infused vinegars.
Some herbal infused spell papers cut into…Continue
I have been making some junk journals and journals after viewing many YouTube videos which inspired me. The latest is a garden junk journal. Nearly finished just adding some embellishments. Next one I am thinking about a pagan junk journal.
I am thinking an elements junk journal and doing the correspondences for all the elements. In my regular journals I usually pen write all my elements correspondences lists when I start the new yearly journal.
I make beaded paperclips so I…Continue
Making tinctures today.
I use vodka, usually I make small bottles of each tincture. They last for years.
Made one of scented roses from my garden.
One is citrus with cloves. 2 tbsp grated mix of lemon, lime and orange peels and a few cloves.
One is vanilla pod in vodka.
In a few days when I have more roses I will make more.
Two herb books I like very much, lots of herbal information and have been using these for many years are.
Spell candles in color white or ivory.
Dress candles with a mix of olive oil and cinnamon powder.
Sprinkle candles with a little yarrow/rosemary herbs from the garden.
If you are not going to use them same day, wrap in baking paper twist ends and tie with a little cord, yarn of thread I use yellow but you could use white or red or green. I tend to have prepared sets of 3 in storage in my magickal cabinet for when I want to use.
My wintergreen salve recipe is also…Continue
Added by Beryl on October 10, 2016 at 3:34am — No Comments
I was watching some Youtube videos on making an ice candle. With a milk carton for a mold and some leftover wax melted with a small piece of wax color crayon I filled up to 1/3, when I have more wax will continue........
The ice candle was also on a very old tv show on making candles long time ago.
As the persons who follow or read my blog I like making my own supplies. But on the odd occassion I sometimes buy a store/shop product.
The most known being Florida water. I bought the Lanman & Kemp, a chinese brand Butterfly sold at oriental grocery shops and a bottle Benjamins made in Jamaica sold in UK, all 3 smelled different. The L & K is I think the best one. But I do prefer how it smelled back in the 60's and 70's when they used natural real essential…Continue
For those who read my blog regularly, monday is the day I make supplies. Today I added some ingredients to my Summer incense blend some dried strips of peels/rinds of orange and lemon. Some thyme from my garden. I did not plant thyme guess a bird left some seed and a little plant of thyme grows on my patio area. For weeks I had been thinking about buying some herb plants this year. Made some colored sands green , orange and peach colors, for my incense burner using food coloring. Sand is…Continue
Added by Beryl on July 18, 2016 at 5:23am — No Comments
I was searching google images for altars, every so often I like to view what other people's altars look like.
It is always interesting to see. Some forums like ECauldron MystickWicks I like to visit and look at altars pictures there. Pinterest also has nice pictures. I never saw two altars that looked the same. Such inspiration. There are a few pagan books on altars, but I just looked at them on Amazon. I have way too many pagan books.
I like fatquarter quilt fabrics for my…Continue
Today monday I am making some incense cones. First I viewed some Youtube videos on people making these. Then I went to my magickal cabinet and my kitchen spices see what I have of powdered spices and herbs. Made just a few yarrow incense cones running low on fine yarrow powder I must order soon.
Made a new blend using a mix of several fire spices. The incense are a bit uneven all different.Drying time is about 2 weeks.
A good shop for powdered herbs spices is…Continue
Piece of blue planetary quilt cotton & cotton thread dark blue.
Sewed a small pillow slightly larger than my hand.
Filled it with 1.5 cups well dried mugwort from my garden
Add 1/3 cup each of well dried yarrow, melissa (lemon balm) and marjoram also from my garden.
Added 1 tbsp dried small pieces of orange rind and 9 cloves. Dream pillow is handsewn in slip stitch.
The pillow smells very fragrant and causes interesting dreams.
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Monday making today graduated colored sands. I use anise scented bird sand from the petshop. Several glass jars, food coloring and one wooden skewer per jar. On the food coloring box it mentions ways to make hues of colors. I made coral red, violet, lime green and seagreen. First I mix one layer of sand very dark in the jar.
On top of that I add a little plain sand and mix blending upwards to lighten the color. I do this a third time and get a still lighter hue. And I have a jar with…Continue
Today I made baby yarrow leaves herbal vinegar. More solar orange rind vinegar. Made a jar candle sort of peachpinkred with added spices cloves,allspice, cinnamon and orange rinds. Added some gold relief paint decoration on the glass jar. Finished handsewing an apron.
Happy Ostara 2015 as usual a solitary Ostara 3 yellow egg-shaped candles. A spring green taper candle.
Some daffodills in bloom in a pot. Some Ostara incense I made. Bergamot water in the bowl. Very cloudy foggy grey weather skies so doubt the sun eclipse will be visible.
Added by Beryl on March 20, 2015 at 4:22am — No Comments
Monday is my day for making supplies. Making a Spring incense blend. Making a fire element vinegar with dried orange peels and whole allspice berries. Made a dried ginger peels fire sachet of handsewn natural muslin fabric.
Having a certain day for making my own magickal supplies is for me an activity I enjoy and look forward to do weekly. Picture is of variety of herbal vinegars I made some time ago.…Continue
Rosemary with blue flowers from my garden
Nutmeg and cinnamon from my kitchen
Mini Daffodill yellow flowers dried
Dried rind from 1 orange in small pieces
Frankincense resin small pieces
Blend and put in a jar.
Added by Beryl on March 14, 2015 at 11:41am — No Comments
Usually it is on a monday that I make my supplies. But today I made some rosemary tincture. I had sorted my magickal cabinet some time ago and the rosemary tincture was almost empty. The herb has tiny blue flowers early this spring so added besides the herb some flowers to my tincture. I use vodka to tincture works well. Some sunlight to infuse the herbal tincture. Rosemary is for many uses.
Added by Beryl on March 12, 2014 at 12:13pm — No Comments