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Possessed Dolls

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Merry meet all,

I don’t believe in dolls being possessed. I saw a clip from the movie Annabelle. I don’t have the courage to watch that movie. The clip was a scary sewing scene. Well if anyone has paid attention to my previous posts, I do a lot of sewing. It is hard enough not to stitch my fingers. Quite often, the pins stab my fingers. See? So I don’t need that movie scene adding to my fears. Thimbles were invented for a reason.

But I digress. I have read about possessed dolls. I thought I would try writing my own story. I read a fascinating yet morbid story online about an ancient doll that had a human tongue. Ew. If that doesn’t irk you, what will eh? I was intrigued. I had to keep reading the story. It was fiction of course. There is no way that tale can be true… I hope. The doll suckled on the poor young man. The doll gained his human skin. The man got the doll’s skin. It hurt. It itched. It glowed. He could do nothing about it. He returned to finish the doll off and then he figured out the reason why his grandmother never spoke a word to him. The doll had his grandmother’s tongue. The doll was locked away in the attic.  Eerie.

The other famous possessed doll is Robert the doll. Even that story gave me shivers. I find it eerie that a doll can move on its own and have such an effect on a person. But the idea still interests me. A doll can be so unassuming, so innocent and possibly harmless. Who would suspect a doll? The trick to a good story is to involve an object that has no menace in it and make it Stephen King-esque menacing.

Sometimes when I am working out story ideas, I work it out in my head, not on paper. Then I type at the keyboard. That is the phase I am in currently. A story needs to have more than a doll terrorizing a family. It has to have the depth, fear, and heaps of reality. A realistic story is going to give your readers the royal chills more than anything else. A reader should be able to say ‘yes, I can see this happening.

I hope I’ve encouraged all you secretive Mary Wollsteonecrafts and aspiring Edgar Allan Poes out there to pen your own horrifying tales.

Now for my account of a memorable experience in Pleasant Bay!!

One summer starry night, I saw the Northern Lights in Pleasant Bay. The dark sky was glowing with streaks of fiery mauves, purples and oranges. It was amazing to behold. I hope you get to see the Nothern Lights someday!!!!

Good luck writing!!

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long-Legged Beasties and things that go bump in the Night.

Broomsticks & Cauldrons

Round the Cauldron

Merry meet all,

Today I sewed a few tarot bags for the local witch shop Neighborhood Witch General store. I found cool fabric at two local fabric stores, Fabricville- my top choice and the other one, Atlantic Fabrics. I live near Fabricville. The other reason why I like that store is the membership discount card. I get a discount on everything I buy.

The first fabric I selected is black with a white outline of stag heads. I am not posting pics yet but when I have completed them, I shall post pics then. I promise! It looks so cool. The other fabric was a little odd. It is a beige color with a print of my fave Halloween quotes such as- “Watch for Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long-Legged Beasties and things that go bump in the Night.” Or Something Wicked this way comes or the famous quote from The…

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The Real Macabre Meanings behind ‘Ring Around the Rosie’ and other Nursery Rhymes

Read about the spooky truth here of some beloved nursery rhymes

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Ring Around The Rosie Ring Around The Rosie

    The Real Ring Around the Rosie The Real Ring Around the Rosie

– Lyrics and what they mean:

  • ~Ring Around The Rosie~ This describes the sores surrounded by red rings that are associated with the Bubonic Plague.
  • ~A Pocket Full Of Posies~ This describes the ritual of placing posies in the pockets of the recently dead plague victims to decrease the smell and even people living would keep posies in their pocket because it supposedly helped with the spreading of it, but that was probably more of a superstition thing.
  • ~Ashes, Ashes~ This part of the rhymn describes how they disposed of the dead people’s bodies, they would burn them to decrease the chances that the plague would be passed on by touch or contact.

Burning the Bodies Burning the Bodies

  • ~We All Fall Down~ Basically means we’re all going to die. It was believed that the Bubonic Plague would completely wipe out the people…

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My Sleep Paralysis Experience

ParaNorthern – YOUR stories of strange and unexplained encounters with the Paranormal.

Source: My Sleep Paralysis Experience

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Ancestral supper on Samhain

Broomsticks & Cauldrons

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Merry meet all,

I enjoyed a magical evening last night. I celebrated Samhain beautifully with 3 amazing people and Spirit. I invited Stefan Loki Jordan, my Mom and Geoffrey (surprise guest) over for dinner. I previously baked black lentil soup, a frosted chocolate cake, pumpkin bread, pumpkin gingerbread, barmbrack bread, roasted pumpkin seeds and Halloween cookies. I decorated the table. I set the meals in nice dishes. I put out my photo of my beloved but not forgotten late grandfather on the table. I used wine glasses and set a place at the table for Spirit. I showed Mom how an ancestral supper is done. We ate in thoughtful silence. Rarely do I ever entertain so many people and so well. After that, we did tea leaves readings all for each other. We shared memories and partook of the barm brack bread ( fortune telling). I played the ancestral…

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10 Ways to Celebrate the Ancient Holiday of Samhain (AKA Halloween)

Popularly celebrated as Halloween, October 31st is the pagan holiday of Samhain (pronounced SOW-un). In addition to its role as a harvest festival, this is traditionally seen as a time when the vei…

Source: 10 Ways to Celebrate the Ancient Holiday of Samhain (AKA Halloween)

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Halloween Haunts: Honoring the Dead by Heddy Johannesen

During Samhain, practice divination with the dead. The veil between the world of the living and the dead is thin. The dead like to be remembered.

Source: Halloween Haunts: Honoring the Dead by Heddy Johannesen

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10 Irish Horror and Dark Fantasy Authors You Should be Reading

Flynn Gray

In Honour of St. Patrick’s Day, here are some great Irish horror and dark fantasy authors you should be reading.


Bram Stoker (1847 – 1912) – Classic gothic horror author.

Best known for: Dracula (1897)


Caitlín R. Kiernan (1964 – ?) – Multi-Award-Winning Author of various horror, dark fantasy, science fiction and weird fiction.

Selected Bibliography:

Novels: Silk (1998), The Drowning Girl: A Memoir (2012), Threshold (2001), The Red Tree (2009)

Short Story Collections: Two Worlds and in Between: The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan (Volume One) (2011), Tales of Pain and Wonder (2000)

Caitlin R Kiernan Quote


Charles Maturin (1782 – 1824) – Gothic author and playwright

Known for:Melmoth the Wanderer (1820)


Darren Shan (1972 – ?) – very prolific and well known writer of multiple series, including The Cirque du Freak Series (which includes the Vampire Blood Trilogy, the Vampire Rites Trilogy, the Vampire War Trilog

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Two days until Release: Wax & Wane: A Gathering of Witch Tales )O(

 

Merry meet all,

Only two days left until the March 2nd release date- have you pre ordered your copy yet?

A Gathering of Witch Tales- 30 spellbinding stories

Available from Amazon – http://tinyurl.com/jnwsrmu

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“Whether wicked or whimsical, few folkloric figures are as iconic as the witch. Wax & Wane: A Gathering of Witch Tales serves up 30 spellbinding stories of witches that are enchanting and terrifying, amusing and enticing. Classic or eclectic, fantastical or historical, these witch tales are a literary incantation to delight any fans of witches and witchcraft.”

Buy your copy today!

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Magic Gown

DRESSBEAUTY

Merry meet all,

I have sewn myself a gorgeous stunning black gown. I am so proud of it. I love the gown. That’s a good thing because it was so much work to sew. The pattern I used is the Arwen gown. I have a Simplicity pattern that I have used before. I donated those gowns to a local thrift store. There’s no way I would donate this beauty. Oh no. She’s a beauty.

I bought the material for it back in October. That is how long I have been working on the dress. I sewed the gown with painstaking care. It shows that I took gentle and loving care sewing it. I wanted the dress to have an appearance of mystery, magic and something ethereal. The devil is in the details, they say.

Yup. Truth. I wore the dress a lot, showing off my prowess, or so I thought. It turns out that the centre back section was at the front of the dress and the centre front section was at the back. I told myself I would get a tailor to do it. Nope. Guess what? I put my seam ripper to work, spending an entire weekend switching the front centre and back centre sections. The change is so amazing. Then the collar was twisted because I switched the sections. I fixed that and added a strip of black lace to the black lace collar. I stitched on a ribbon underneath the collar to conceal the interfacing. The back centre sections is where the zipper would go so I had to seam rip it and sew it on the back of the gown. It was just so much work.

Shown: early stage of gown construction-

I bought some wide black velvet ribbon and thin regular black ribbon. But I had a problem with the sleeves. Ugh. The upper cap sleeve is covered in black lace (which actually looks grey), and had to be eased in to the armhole. I stitched between the notches on the cap sleeve and pulled the thread tails. Mercifully it went well. I took my time and did it with care. It was the lower sleeves that would give me grief. The upper part of the lower sleeve has to match up correctly with the notches and markings. The long arch of the lower sleeve always points to the floor. The short part is up. You can see the dress in the photo. Also, I added a second sleeve that is hidden. The hem of the lace sleeve is what my arm goes through and the first initial sleeve is the over sleeve if that makes sense. The first initial sleeve that I worked on so laboriously has a ribbon casing. I worked in ribbon casings so I could draw the sleeve up if I want to. It is lined and edged with lace. On the outside, at the part where the lower sleeve meets the sleeve cap, I added tulle edged with black lace seam binding. I hand stitched the tulle to the upper sleeve cap to give it the look of the tulle being attached to the black lace sleeve cap. The tulle conceals the stitching of the lower sleeve to the sleeve cap.

I spent an entire day seam ripping the lower sleeve from the sleeve cap. I didn’t plan on having to seam rip through so many fabric layers- lace, lining and sleeve. Then I had the headache of creating the sleeve casing for the drawstring cords, which on one side was too narrow to fit a pin through. Then the cords were long on the wrong side- toward upper sleeve. Then the casings weren’t open enough. Then I had to reattach the layers of fabric together, underestimating that the sewing machine of course would make it too hard to do by machine- by hand. Then the edges wouldn’t meet up evenly. Anyone else surprised I had a break for a delicious grilled cheese and garlic sandwich and tea and then once done sewing and all tidied, I had an Epsom salts and lavender soak?

Good thing the whole sleeve still lines up and that the cords work and I could gather up the lower sleeve on the black fancy gown if I want to. I also inserted an extra hidden long lace sleeve from the sleeve cap.

I had some black velvet ribbon left over. I stitched a regular strip of black ribbon to the remnant of the velvet ribbon as well as on the regular ribbon, I stitched on a strip of the black lace seam binding. I stitched all that together than stitched it to the dress. The idea is that it looks like it has detail, it is a witch gown after all. Then with the ends I seam ripped the bodice on the sides, tucked in the ends of the ribbon, then slip stitched it closed again and on the wrong side of the gown, I trimmed the ribbon ends.

I stitched the wide black velvet on the collar to make the collar appear like the velvet overlaps the whole upper area. They did that on the Arwen gown and I finally figured out the trick to that. The black velvet ribbon is the same colour as the body of the dress. The actual collar is a lighter blackish grey colour, the same lace as on the sleeve caps. So the black velvet ribbon contrasts with the collar lace.

I want a tailor to do the hem though. I never needed to add a zipper to the gown because the knit material is so swishy. But the downside of that is that the material was too swishy in the sewing machine. It is hemmed but a tailor would have more control over that.

The dress shown below is the initial inspiration for my dress:

GOWN!!

Sewing needles snapped, threads littered table and floors, patience expired and sanity was tested. But at last, the hard work is done. The gown looks beautiful.

Simplicity no longer sends patterns to Canada. I have the pattern and while I won’t make that pattern again. I have stored it away carefully. After all, you never know when you will be bit by the sewing bug and be your own fairy godmother and want to sew a witchy gown!!!!!!!!!!

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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