Art in St. Pete

This past Saturday my mom invited me to go to St. Pete with her. Her friend was having an art show and my mom wanted to support her. We didn’t end up leaving until 2pm and it’s about a 2 bout drive for us so we decided to just spend the night down there. We only spent about an hour at the art show because it was hot and the gallery didn’t have A/C. The gallery was in the art district of downtown St. Pete so when we left we drove around looking at all the murals.

This Tesla mural was by far my favorite. One of the other artists at the show actually painted it. I forgot her name.

Here are some more murals we found around town. The octupi are my other favorites because they are my favorite animal.:

After we drove looking at murals, we decided to get something to eat . My mom’s friend suggested The Pizza Box because they had gluten free pizza.

It still had cheese on it so I still go a little sick afterwards, but totally worth it.

While we were waiting for a spot to open up at The Pizza Box, we HD walked around town A little. We came across this wall that said “Before I Die…”

There was a basket of chalk so we added what we wanted to do before we died. I put travel the world.

My mom put live in a van down by the river.

After dinner we stopped by Publix to get some treats. The Publix had was two stories. The first floor was parking and you had to ride an elevator to get to the store on the second floor. I thought it was pretty cool. Once we got to the motel, we just chilled. I watched Doctor Who while she watched whatever she watched. It was nice to have internet since we still don’t have it at home. 

The next day, check out wasn’t until noon so we slept in. That was nice since o usually can’t sleep in any bed that isn’t mine. The blanket was itchy and the A/C kept making weird noises. When we left we stopped At the beach. St. Pete is on the Gulf coast which I enjoy a lot more. 

We only spent about two hours there, then we headed home. Here are some more pictures from around town including a Thunderbird hotel for my fellow Potterheads:

Here some pictures on the drive home including an Air stream monument And Dino World:

Here is a giant Pokeball at a Target on the way there:

Hair supply store in the ghetto part of town:

And some cloud pictures. Can’t forget those:


We had a fun time and it was a nice little weekend trip. We definitely can’t wait to go back!

Witch Crafts: Beach in a Bowl

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This craft is perfect for sea witches that  are land locked or far from the ocean. Or for any witch that wants the “beach” on their altar. Mine kind of looks like an altar for Aphrodite, so you could do that too. You can tweak it how you want, this is just to show you one way of doing it. Let’s get started!

Supplies:
-Sand (beach or white)
-Water
-Salt (sea salt, Himalayan pink salt, or table.)
-Mortar and pestle (for crushing sea salt or HPS)
-Glass bowl
-Empty glass votive or shot glass
-Large plastic bowl (to catch any stray sand. Gets kind of messy).
-Funnel
-Tiny shells (real or fake), gemstones, or other little trinkets you want to use.

*A note about the sand: If you use sand you’ve collected from the beach, first lay it out on a large pan to dry out. Make sure it is thoroughly dry before using it or it will stink and get moldy. Also, be sure to clean out your shells if you use real ones.

1. First, put your glass votive or shot glass into your glass bowl. Then put both into tour plastic bowl.

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2. Grab your funnel and your sand. You may want to put the sand in a cup or jar to make it easier to pour into the funnel.   Place the funnel inside the bowl, but outside of the votive. You’re going to pour the sand all the way around the votive. Gently pour the sand in. Full it to just a little bit below the lip of the votive. That way the sand won’t flow over. Once you get all the sand in, gently shift it so that the sand lays out flat.

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3. If you’re using sea salt or HPS, now is when you’d crush it in the mortar and pestle. I used sea salt to give it more of an ocean feel. But if all you have is table salt, that’s fine too.

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4. Once you’re done crushing the salt, pour it into the votive.

5. Next, gently pour in the water. Again, just full it up to a little below the lip so it doesn’t spill out over the edge.

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6. Lastly, add your shells, stones, or trinkets. I added shells, an amethyst, and a goddess figure. It turned out looking like an altar for Aphrodite. Which I love, because I’ve been really drawn to her lately.

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You can altar yours to fit your tastes. You can also make it as big or small as your want. I wanted mine to fit on my altar.

Post any questions you may have below in the comments. I’d be happy to answer them. I’d also love to see variations.

Surprise Visit

I’ve been meaning to post for the past two weeks, but I got really busy. That means I will be writing a couple of posts today. One reason I was so busy is because my sister came home for a visit. She was on spring break from college. I didn’t even know she was coming home until she surprised me at work Friday night (the 6th). She and my mom had kept her visit a secret for a month. Since she was only here a week, we spent a lot of time together. We mostly just hung out and watched Netflix. Last Thursday we ended up going to the beach. I found a bunch of big chunks of shells that I’m going to use to make jewelry with.

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I couldn’t really find any whole shells and the ones I did find were to thin to make jewelry with. I like these pieces though and they are nice and thick. Even thought I’m not really a fan of the beach, it was still nice to being there and feeling the energy of the ocean. Another thing I like about the beach is that it’s where all the elements come together; earth, air, water, fire. The elements plus the salt in the water make it a very healing place. The only thing I didn’t like was that it was really packed.

One morning we ate breakfast at a 50’s diner because my sister really likes 50’s memorabilia.

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After breakfast that day, we went thrifting. I found some really nice things. I found this beautiful wooden box that I put my crystals and gemstones in:

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I also found this awesome filo-fax style planner. This was my favorite because I had been really wanting one of these about a month ago. The only ones I could find online were $40+. This one was $2! The down side is it smells like cigarettes. I’m going to have to figure out how to get that smell out.

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I also found these cute little jars for my herbs:

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I didn’t find these jars during this trip, but I really wanted to show them:

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I’m going to use these to put my baking ingredients in.

All in all, it was really nice seeing my sister again. The last time she had been home was Christmas which is a long time because we are really close. Now I just have to wait until summer to see her again.