Update 10/4/16

I know, I know. I’m the worst at keeping up with this blog. I’ve jus been having so many bad days with my Hashimotos. Plus, I’m just getting over a sinus infection that I’ve had for like a month. I finally went to the doctor for it last week and he gave me an antibiotic for it. For the most part I’m feeling better.

Birthday

My dad’s birthday was on September 17th. All he wanted to do was walk around the flea market and then have dinner at my brother’s house. We only got to walk around the flea market for about an hour and a half because I had to go into work for a couple of appointments. I was able to find some good treasures though:

My favorite is the Venus de Milo statue. It was basically free. I do the owner’s hair and instead of paying me, she gives me store credit. I only do that with her because I love her store and I already shopped there way before I started doing her hair. I already owned The Proposal (my favorite movie btw), my dad borrowed it and misplaced it. He said he gave it back, but I recently just cleaned out my room very thoroughly and did not find it. Oh well it was only like a dollar so I bought it again. the complete 1st season of Fringe was only $6. I found out why when I started watching it. It skips a lot, but not too much that I can’t still enjoy it.

After my appointments, we drove out to my brother’s for din din. We had hamburgers and I got to spend some time with my cute nephew.

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Mabon

I didn’t really do much for Mabon. I was still feeling gross from my sinus infection. I did set up a little outside altar and gave thanks.

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Dog Sitting

I did some dog sitting for my neighbor. Her dogs are weird, but cute. They’re also super cuddly.

Skateboarding

My brother took my 3 year old nephew to the skate park. He had bought him a skateboard for his birthday last year.

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Another Birthday

It was also my Gangy’s birthday last month. Alright, she’s not really my Gangy. She’s actually a neighbor that I take care of while her daughter is out of town. Her daughter does dog shows and is gone for several days at a time. While she’s gone, I’ll go over and cook breakfast and dinner for her mother (my “Gangy”). She can do everything else by herself, she’s just partially blind and can’t see the numbers on the stove/microwave. I call her my Gangy because she’s a lot nicer than my real one. Anyway, her daughter invited me to go out to lunch with them for her birthday. We went to Pisces Rising in Mount Dora. It was over priced for small portions of sub-par food. Good thing I wasn’t paying! It sure was a beautiful day though.

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Well that’s how my September went. I’m excited that October is here. I can’t wait until Samhain/Halloween.

Witch Craft Wednesday: Four Elements Seashell Altar Decorations

I’ve collected a lot of seashells from trips to the beach over the past few months. The other day I put some of them to use. I decided to make decorations for my altar representing the four elements. I work with the elements a lot during spells and rituals and wanted to make some physical markers. These little ones I actually made for a a travel altar for a sea witch:

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For my own altar, I made more detailed ones:

For air I painted a feather.

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For fire, I think that one is obvious.

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For water I tried to make it look like a wave crashing. I hope that’s what it looks like.

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For earth I picked daisies because they were easiest to paint on top of the ridges.

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I’ve also decided to go back and make one for Spirit. I always forget Spirit, wanted to start working with it more since it’s a part of me.

For the paint I used acrylics. If you make your own, just be wary of the ridges on the top of the shells. They are a bit tricky to paint on. If you make your own I’d love to see them!

 

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.