Book Review: A Year and a Day of Everyday Witchcraft

Happy Fall, friends!

After a few months of recharging after my last job, I have found myself working back at my favourite job ever: a bookstore.  Since my return, I have been introduced to some amazing stories, met some talented authors, and have been given the opportunity to review some titles before they are released! Seriously guys, I’m in Book Nerd Heaven!

Since October is my favourite month of the year, I decided to start with something a little Witchy for my first review:

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Title: A Year and a Day of Everyday Witchcraft: 366 Ways to Witchify Your Life
Author: Deborah Blake
ISBN: 9780738750927
Format: Trade Paperback, 408 Pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Section: Non-Fiction (Adult), Religion & Spirituality

If you know me, you know that I am not an e-reader type of gal, I like to have a physical copy of a book in my hands when I read. This was an advance copy sent to me digitally, and I read it using the Kindle App on my iPhone.  That being said, I feel I should disclose that I did not read the entire copy at the time of originally publishing this blog post. I read the month of January, and then stopped.

Aside from the aforementioned aversion to e-reading, the other reason was that I loved the first month SO MUCH, that I didn’t want to plow through and not have anything to look forward to each morning of 2018. I intend to update this post at some point in the future, when I have my own physical copy in my hands and have had a chance to complete some more of the daily activities.

This book is a great way to dip your toes in to the fascinating world of witchcraft. Heck, I’m sure it would be great for more advanced witches who are looking for a bit of extra daily practice too! Each day presents you with a bit of fascinating knowledge, and a related activity for you to complete. Don’t freak out, this isn’t like stressy homework or anything. It’s little ways to help connect with or improve yourself, our beautiful mother earth, or our fellow humans.  It’s not preachy, it’s not heavy, it’s uplifting.

An example of one of my favourite practices so far:

January 26: Ground and Center

“Visualize yourself as a tree sending roots down into the ground and then reaching up to the sun. See the fire from the center of the earth and the fire from the sun meeting in your center as a glowing ball of light that can fuel your magical work or calm your spirit. Sit for a minute and enjoy the sensation, then remember to integrate grounding and centering into your magical work in the future”

As someone who lives with anxiety, this one has come in handy. Grounding is such and amazing thing when you worry.  It gives you a focus and helps to soothe your soul again.

Deborah has a wonderful way of tailoring her passages to both the magically inclined AND the magically curious – because I don’t think I can use ‘Muggle’ here? 😉    I have found through my own dabbling that Witchcraft centers around nature, and not always  the super dark stuff that naysayers would have you believe. It’s peaceful, beautiful, and absolutely intriguing.

Overall I think this book is a great choice for anyone who is looking for a daily project for the new year. It would be a fun way to create content for an instagram account, or even just sharing your thoughts with your fellow (wo)man over other social platforms.  It is well written, creative, and informative – exactly what you would come to expect from a Llewellyn-published book!

A Year and a Day of Everyday Witchcraft is available starting today, October 8, 2017.  To purchase your copy from Indigo, I have linked to it here.

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!

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So. Life happened.

I sit here at my desk on a Sunday morning, after a 13-month hiatus from my blog.  I had all the intentions in the world of being a good blogger, sharing my creations, and parts of my life. But then life happened, and I found myself with no time to focus on my creative pursuits.

Long story short, I ended up with a full-time+ job which I loved, went to Vegas with J to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary, came back to my full-time+ job which turned into a thankless, stressful nightmare, quit said job, which put me in a really dark place for a long time, and now, finally, a creative spark has started to glow.

In June I found out about The Reset Girl‘s Camp Reset, which is basically a virtual summer camp for grown-ups focusing on Self Care.  Hello! JUST WHAT I NEEDED!  It started on July 1, 2017, but you can jump in at any point, while the Camp materials are available (so even if you are interested, but don’t have the time currently, you should sign up and download all the materials while they are available!).

So, over the next few weeks, I will be posting about my Camp experience, as well as any creations that come to fruition. My Etsy shop has a few new items, though I plan to get that stocked up by the end of the summer. I am also in a continuous cycle of sorting through my disaster of a craft room, so I will be posting craft supplies at a huge discount in my Etsy shop as well in the Supplies section.

So thank you for hanging in there, and for checking in with me over the last year+. I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures from our amazing trip to Vegas 🙂

Onward and upward, my crafty fam!

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Dinosaur Cards!

Morning crafty peeps!  Today I wanted to share 2 cards that I made over the last week.

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Some of the products I used were:

 I had so much fun playing with watercolours!  I have always been so afriad of messing up watercolour, but you really can’t.  It’s s0 easy to blend and gives a great look!

I used my Jet Black ink to stamp the images and then used my Distress Markers and watercolour pens to do the sunset background and all the dinos, leaves, eggs, and rocks.  I used a bit of watercolour on the clouds and then added some Wink of Stella in Silver along the bottoms as they looked too flat with nothing.  I’m so happy with how they turned out 🙂

They are available for purchase in my Etsy Shop while supplies last!

Keep it crafty,

Any links in my posts are just to help you find supplies, I have no affiliation with any company, and receive no compensation from any of the above.  Feel free to click the ads though 😉

Princess Tiana Frog Prince Layout

I went to the Gadget Girls 10th Anniversary Mega Crop in Truro, Nova Scotia back in October 2015, and actually SCRAPBOOKED!  I know, crazy, right? But it’s true!  I actually prepared early and picked out pictures and coordinated paper, the works!  So I am going to show you some of my creations!


This year’s Crafty Crew 🙂

First up is my Princess Tiana layout.  This is a shot taken by my Dad on my wedding day.  My parents have fabulous neighbours with beautiful gardens in their backyard, and Brenda (one of said neighbours) offered up her awesome frog for a picture!  It’s still one of my favourites!


The Tiana paper came from a Disney Paper Pad by EK Success .  The purple and green cardstock are both American Crafts brand.  Though they don’t sell the package I used anymore, it was similar to this.   The Ribbon is SO pretty in person, the picture doesn’t do it justice.  It’s by May Arts.


I created the sentiment using my Laser printer and the new Minc Foil Applicator. This machine is SO easy to use and the foil colours are amazing! I used the Purple for my project.  I also used some dollar store gems and Recollections paper flowers, sequins and brads for accents.

I’m really happy with how this turned out, and even happier that this coming August will be my 10th wedding anniversary to my prince 🙂

Stay Crafty, my friends!

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Dec 2015 Pocket Letter Creations

Hello lovelies!  I hope you all had a wonderful winter break, and a fabulous 2016 so far!

I wanted to share 2 Pocket Letters I made and sent out in December 2015.  Both were creating using the Crystal Frost paper pad by Craft Smith, which I purchased at Michael’s.

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I love this collection so much! I pulled out my Photo Sleeve Fuse Tool and made the confetti pockets on each one.  I also used my Distress Tim Holtz Minis Inks and Mini Ink Blending Tool-1″ Round, Ranger Stickles, a Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch, and lots of other little goodies I had in my stash.  I forgot how much I enjoy making these!

My plan is to do a purge/reorganization of my craft room and then I can freely start creating again!  In the meantime I plan to post some layouts I did at a crop back in October.

Looking forward to getting crafty with you this year!

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There are a few links to some of the products I used in the creation of these letters, feel free to check them out on Amazon and help a gal out 🙂

 

Bo Bunny Woodland Winter Layout

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Happy September, lovelies!  As you may have noticed I took some time off for the summer, but I’m back at it now!  I’d like to say I was super crafty and productive, but I wasn’t at all.  Not even a little bit lol

I did, however, go to my friend’s cottage for a weekend and I actually tried my hand at layouts.  I wanted to share with you one of the layouts I did.  I used Bo Bunny’s Woodland Winter collection. It is one I’ve been hoarding for a while now, and I finally dug out some pictures that I felt worked well with it.

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These shots were taken at a local park on Oscar’s first New Year’s Day in 2013. It was beautiful and the snow was perfect, and we had such a great time.

I used a little trick taught to me by friend Tracy (aka ScrappyChick101) for the outer border.  The burlap and lace ribbon was SO much fun to use!  I bought it a little while ago at Michael’s, and was just waiting for the perfect project to come along to use it with.

I edged all my paper with Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate Ink, and used my Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool to achieve the perfect aged look.

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This ‘A Snowy Day’ title sticker is from the cardstock sticker sheet that came with the collection kit.

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The small heart with pawprint diecut is a Die-namics die by My Favorite Things called Pet Accents.

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The snowflakes are wood veneers (I believe they are Studio Calico) that I coloured with Viva Decor Inka Gold in Champagne.

I hope you enjoyed this creation as much as I enjoyed making it!  I’m really proud of it as it’s the first one I did from my own head (like, not from a kit).  I’m looking forward to Gadget Girls Fall Mega Crop coming  up in a few weeks, where I’ll hopefully be working on more layouts!  What have you been working on?  How was your summer?  Let me know in the comments!

Have a wonderful day!

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Alice in Wonderland and Downton Abbey Pocket Letters!

How is everyone doing today? It was a busy weekend around here.  I was polishing up my application for the Etsy:Made In Canada craft fair, which was due yesterday.  Thank goodness I did a bulk of the work a few weeks ago!  But I didn’t actually submit until Saturday evening because I just kept making listings and tweaking the ones that were already up.  I really hope I get accepted, it would be a great way to promote and kick off to this little business of mine 🙂

On top of that, we had my parents and BFF over for Father’s Day dinner.  As requested I made my Dad his favourite: Cabbage Rolls.  Cabbage rolls are lucky they taste so good, because they are a PAIN to make lol

Anywho…

I just wanted to pop on quickly and share 2 videos of Pocket Letters I made recently.  One is for a gal in TN, who requested an Alice in Wonderland theme; the second, for my friend Debbie, and I chose to make hers a Downton Abbey theme.

I decided to start doing videos for my Pocket Letters, because sometimes pictures just don’t do them justice.  Unfortunately my setup is awful, and I’m not very good at it yet, so please bare with me as I start my video making journey 😉

Alice:

Downton:

I would love to know what you think of my creations!  I love getting feedback, and getting new ideas from my crafty followers!

Thanks so much for checking this out!

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