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Hexes and Spells )O(

Greetings:

I embarked on a Book of Shadows Binder DYI project recently. I found a thick binder that could fit like 300-600 pages. I removed the plastic which was a chore in itself and assembled all my necessary supplies.

I used a glue gun with new glue sticks, paper towels, black tissue paper, glittery letter stickers, scissors, a plastic bag surface for the binder to dry on, white glue, a spider web iron on decoration for the front of the binder and the binder itself.

I cut up the black tissue paper and glued it to the surface of the binder. This is why I removed the clear plastic first. It is not easy to glue the paper to the binder. I applied 3 layers of the tissue paper and smoothed the glue to prevent bad wrinkles or air bubbles. I have to let it dry maybe even overnight.

Then once I had the tissue paper secure on the front and back of the binder and on the spine, I smoothed the glue again and worked it over the top and bottom edges of the binder. It looks real cool. I then added the silver glitter letters. The front of the binder reads: Hexes and Spells. The spine of the binder on the side reads: Grimoire.

I love how it looks. I glued the spider iron on decoration with a glue gun to the front of the binder between the words. I added a lot of hot glue. A tip to make the glue stick adhere in the glue gun: add a drop of the hot melted glue to the glue stick then stick it in. It won’t fall out. Be careful with glue guns. I was badly burned once.

I want to add some paint to the black tissue paper to give it that aged antique look. I also plan to soak the pages for the binder in hot coffee/ tea and let the pages dry. Then I will write on them in black ink-with a witchy pen. Oh yeah I know I will have fun with it. I want to add photos but if anyone has friended me on facecrack, you can see the pics there. The tea stained pages will add that antique look too. 

This can be a messy craft. Plan on using up a lot of glue and either peeling the glue off your fingers (like we did when we were kids) or washing your hands. I can’t wait to add halloween/ witchy themed stickers and illustrations, dried herbs, artwork. A Book of Shadows/ Grimoire should never be mediocre. It should be magickal. I would like it if it rattled the china when it opened but I can settle for fairy dust rising from my tome. On the Grimm shows, blood had to be offered to open the Hexenbeist spellbooks. I don’t know if I can go that far with my tome. 

This is a fun and affordable project that can be done within a few days. It doesn’t need to cost a fortune and can lead to good memories. I will add spells, potions, moon spells, etc to the binder. I can’t wait to get back to work on it. I will also add illustrations, runes, the moon phases, and whatever I conjure or bewitch in the future. 

Today the paint on the binder was dry. I then began the next step of creating my Book of Shadows binder. I first painted with gold and a lighter brown paint all over the binder covers. I didn’t like it. Then by some accident I tried a darker brown acrylic paint, painting carefully over the wrinkles to avoid any tearing of the tissue paper. I found the perfect color!
I love the brown paint. F I painted the brown all over in 1 or 2 coats. I also added small strips of brown cardboard rectangles to give it more definition. I love how the binder looks.
I painted over the letters that spelled out Hexes and Spells on the front of the binder and the letters on the side of the binder that spelled Grimoire. That is exactly what I intend for this BOS to be.
I have pockets already on the insides of the binder. I can store little spell papers in the pockets.
I am so happy. I still have to tea stain 500 pages, a task in itself. I hope this inspires others to try it themselves. 

Blessings to all Spiderwitch
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Spring Joys

Greetings

I am saddened to learn that Lorraine Warren has passed away at age 92.  She lived a full spooky life, lol. She really did too. I admired her although I had a feeling she doesn’t like witches. I admired her anyway. She did a ton of good for the world in her efforts to end people’s suffering with evil supernatural forces.

‘Lorraine, along with her husband Ed, were Connecticut based paranormal investigators, and were associated with some of the most prominent cases of hauntings and possessions.

In the 50’s, the Warrens created the New England Society for Psychic Research, which still operates to this day. 

Hollywood has built a horror movie franchise around the Warren’s work, including The Conjuring, Annabelle, and the Amityville Horror series.

Lorraine Warren was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1927.

Her husband, Ed Warren, passed away in 2006 at the age of 79.’ Article credit to Fox61

The next turn in the Wheel of the year is Beltane. I know that Sabbat is a favorite of many pagans. It is a time of some frisky fun after a harsh winter and early muddy spring season. 

To welcome in the spring season, I made my own soap for the very first time. I loved making soap and found it to be quite fun.

Here is how I did it!

Chamomile, Lemon Balm and Woodruff Celtic Soap

This fragrant herbal soap is an easy DIY project that can be made with ingredients found in your own home. The soap makes a beautiful gift for loved ones. The gentle properties of the herbs chamomile, lemon balm and woodruff ease anxiety and stress.

You will need the following tools: a pot for herbs and oil, 1 cup of olive oil, 1 cup dried lemon balm, 1 teaspoon dried chamomile, 1 cup dried woodruff, ¼ cup of jojoba oil, 4 drops of lavender essential oil, cheesecloth, paper towels, glycerin soap base, Celtic soap molds, a wooden spoon, a strainer, rubbing alcohol (optional) and a glass jar for the herbal infused oil.

Add the chamomile, lemon balm and woodruff herbs to the olive oil and jojoba oil in a pot. Steep the herbs until the oil darkens in color. Add the lavender essential oil. Set the cheesecloth over a strainer and place the strainer over a stainless steel bowl. Extract as much of the essence from the herbs as you can. Add the herb infused oil from the bowl to a clean jar and let cool.

Cut 4 cubes of glycerine soap base and place them in a double boiler on gentle heat. Let the soap cubes melt completely.  Add the herbal oil to the soap base. Stir until blended well. Discard the herbs and the cheesecloth. Prepare the Celtic soap molds and place paper towel beneath the molds to catch spills. Wear gloves to protect your hands. Remove the soap mixture from the heat and pour the soap into the molds. Leave the soap to set in the molds undisturbed for two to three hours. The rubbing alcohol removes air pockets from the soap but has a pungent scent. Wipe spills off the soap molds with paper towels. Remove the soap from the soap molds and enjoy your chamomile, lemon balm and woodruff Celtic soap. I have included a photo of the soap too!!

 

I hope you enjoy the return of the green/spring season

Blessings Spiderwitch

 

 

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Winds of Change

Merry meet all,

Are you all ready for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on April 5th? I can’t wait. I really look forward to it. I know its sparked some controversy but it is entertainment. And I want to be entertained. Spring is here! The wind’s blustering down power lines in my town. The staff at Neighborhood Witch had to light candles to light the shop. Oooh spooky.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts. Sorry I am on here more but I have been busy and sometimes seriously wrack my brain trying to find blog post topics. So please hang in there. I haven’t forgotten my dear readers. I’m going to finish that short horror story I’m writing. I vow to and once I vow to it, I usually stick to it. The Wheel of the Year has turned again and we are now in Ostara, the second spring Sabbat. The next one is Beltaine. I know a lot of witchy folks look forward to that one. Personally, I get most excited when Samhain arrives. Yup I live for it. I am still sporting all black clothing, black nail polish, skull rings. I dress like this all year. 

My spring sprouts are up! When I attended the Ostara ritual, I got some blessed bean seeds. The bean seedlings are growing like they are in a hurry. The tomato seedlings for my boyfriend are growing real well too. I am amazed at how well they’re growing. The ice is all off my garden. Yay. The ground is still stiff but soon it won’t be. Before I know it, I will be setting down new soil and planting!

With the coming of spring is spring cleaning. I look forward to that too. My apt needs it. I ordered a special book for my love. It’s titled The Howling: Studies in the Horror Film. I hope he loves the book. He was very enthusiastic about the movie. I am almost done my first year at Sacred Mists. I am thrilled to have had the chance to study there and have learned so much. I hope to study for all three years there. I shall do my best. 

Well that’s all for now

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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