Samhain's Sirens: Day, 16, October 18 Crafty Witches Day!

Friday, October 18, 2013

WOOHOO!! Happy Friday everyone!

Are you ready for a great craft and giveaway?
Check out Autumn's DELICIOUS recipe and of course, Kestril's great music selection!
Remember, you'll have until Monday to enter this and tomorrow's giveaways. Enjoy your weekend!



Just a quick housekeeping note: I had to disqualify three people yesterday from the giveaway because they did not provide us with email addresses, either in the comments section or in email. By law, I cannot just notify you via the blog, and I cannot notify you through Facebook. I must email you. Please be sure to do that going forward. I hate seeing people put all of that effort into the contest, only to be disqualified for such a small but critical thing.

Today, we honor Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek of the Doors





Today's Forget-Me-Not is up on The Secret Life of The American Witch. Each week of the Samhain season, Kallan has been honoring a Pagan who has passed through the veil to the other side. She is opening up Friday, November 1 (Samhain) to the rest of the Pagan community to honor your loved ones. If you would like to have someone who has crossed over honored, please email her with the name(s), whatever tribute you'd like made, and a photo (optional) by October 28.





Tattered Webs

By Robyn Chausse

Weave a veil of lacey webs!  Caution: The meditative nature of this craft can make it difficult to stop weaving!







Craft Materials

Small spool of thread or embroidery floss
Scissors
Glue stick/pen (optional)
A supportive structure on which to build your web--this could be a clothes hanger, an empty frame, a “Y” shaped branch or the four legs of an upturned chair.


Craft Steps




Choose a support structure
Basically, anything you can use to suspend your web threads will work as a support for your web.

Create your frame threads if needed
You will need at least three frame lines or borders within which to build your orb web. If you are using a support structure with fewer than three sides simply tie a line with your thread to create the needed frame. These frame treads will become part of your design.

Create your bridge and radius threads
The bridge threads determine the radius of your web. Begin with a “Y” shape by tying one end of your thread to a starting point. Pull it across to the opposite side of what will be your web and tie a knot, but do not cut the thread. Pull the tread back to the middle of this line and tie a knot, then bring the thread down to the third point and knot. Bring the thread back to center.

Continue going around in the same manner to fill in the radius of your web. When the radius is complete, tie a knot at the center but do not cut your thread.
(All knots should be double knots)

Capture Line
Choose a spot on one of your radius lines close to the center of your web and tie a knot. Again, do not cut your thread. From here you will bring your thread around in a spiral, tying a knot at each line. If your knots slide, try dabbing them with a glue stick—that should provide enough tack to make them stay in place.


Remove your web by cutting the threads to your support structure. Be sure that the knot you created remains with the web. At this point you might want to dab the outer knots with a glue pen to insure your web stays intact, or leave them free to slide a bit for a more tattered look.

Connect your webs
Lay out all the webs and arrange them into a pattern. At the points where they meet, use the loose ends to tie the webs together. Leave the remaining ends as is or connect them with additional lengths of thread.

Enjoy!
Lay your veil on top of a solid color cloth for a pretty table runner, hang it over a mirror, or attach it to a hat brim.



Tips:

The busier your web becomes the easier it is to loose track of your knots. The best way to keep track while creating working on your capture thread is to get a rhythm going--go over your radius line, around it and back up to make a loop, then through the loop (over, around, up, and through).

Add an interesting twist by creating a second capture line in a different color.

The closer together and more taught you make your threads determines the look of your final piece. If you want the traditional web look, make the threads tight and precise. Less taught threads and slippery knots create a more open, loopy look—like an old, tattered web.

There is no “right” way to make a web-- each one will be unique, so if the cat steals your spool or you drop a stitch don’t fret. The end result may be more beautiful than you originally intended.


Celebrate your creative spirit with Robyn at Musiddity.com.





Oven Baked Squash

 1 - 2 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1/4 teaspoon  pepper
 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom                                           
 1/4 teaspoon anise seed                                                                    
  3 tablespoons light brown sugar                                           
  4 tablespoons butter, melted
  2 tablespoons lemon juice                            


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease/spray a 2-qt baking dish.

Place squash cubes into a buttered 2-quart baking dish; sprinkle with salt and pepper, cardamom, anise seed, and brown sugar. Drizzle the melted butter and lemon juice over the top; toss to coat well.



Bake, uncovered, at 350* oven for about 30-40 minutes or until squash is to desired tenderness.

Blessings
Autumn


You can visit Autumn's blog at My Moonlit Path and her shop at Verbena Lane Botanicals!




Today's giveaway comes from Robyn's Shop, Creations by RLC!


Red Flight” Bracelet
Bats take to flight as a red moon rises. Handmade, one of a kind bracelet features original artwork set in resin. Measures 7”. Beaded elastic at back allows a bit of stretch for slipping it on. 
Retail Value: $15

Here’s how to enter: You have until 6am EDT Monday to enter. Drawing is held by random number generation and winner will be notified in email (that's why you have to have an email address listed). Announcement will be made on the October 21st blog post at 9am EDT.

Note: These giveaways are open to the U.S., Canada and where allowable. Void where prohibited.
Canadian residents, please pay close attention as by law, you have to use a different set of rules. Not to worry, we have you covered :)

You MUST provide a valid email address to enter the contest.

1. Go to Creations by RLC . Find your favorite item, come back here, and tell us about it in the comment section. (1 entry)

2. Blog about this giveaway (make sure you link back here), come back and leave us a link to your blog. (1 entry)

3. Tweet about this giveaway (link to us, please), come back, and leave us a link to your tweet (1 entry)

4. Be a follower of this blog, Samhain's Sirens (1 entry)

5. Like Samhains Sirens on Facebook (1 entry)

Note: If you want your entries to count as separate entries, you must post them separately. If you post 1 comment with all of these on it, it will only count as 1 entry.

Canadian residents, by law, instead of the above, you must answer the following question to be eligible:

What is 100 +1 ?


What's cool about being a Canadian? You automatically get 5 entries per giveaway for just answering 1 question!  Remember, you still have to give us a valid email address J




The winner of the signed hard copy of Sally Dubats's book, "Veil Between the Worlds" is:

Jessi Carr

The winners of the e-book copy of "Veil Between the Worlds are:
Jennifer Manley
Jennifer Hodgson
Loren Morris


Tune in tomorrow for Sosanna's Craftactular and Loren's Mixed drink recipe! Have a great weekend, everyone!

79 comments:

  1. The answer is 101!

    wayfaring.dreams@gmail.com

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  2. Only one favorite? I'm torn between the Dark Forest & the Blue Bead bracelets!

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    1. Ooh--I just finished Dark Forest yesterday :)
      Thanks for visiting my store--and good luck in the drawing :)

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  3. 'Separate entries'! I really shouldn't be typing before my second coffee. Oven squash...yum! I follow your blog.

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    1. Any squash baked in the oven...like the recipe above.

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  4. I follow Samhain's Sirens on FB under Jonquil Alexia. jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com

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  5. My favorite item in the shop is the blue bead and black wire bracelet.
    heartacheintobeauty@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Colleen, That one dresses up a pair of jeans beautifully:)
      Thanks for visiting my store!

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  6. I posted about the giveaway on twitter: https://twitter.com/xedri/status/391196110972133376

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  7. I follow the Samhain's Sirens blog via GFC.

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  8. I follow Samhain's Sirens on Facebook as Colleen Beaty.

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  9. http://www.shophandmade.com/Item/Bohemian-Style-Sea-Turtle-Bracelet-from-Creations-By-R-L-C/H73GK1C
    Sea Turtle Bracelet

    my email is posted on my blog but it is wis mom works AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Thanks for visiting the shop!! Good luck in the drawing this weekend.

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  10. I am also a FB fan of Samhain's Sirens

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  11. tweeted https://twitter.com/DogsMomLaura/status/391201342745628672

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  12. Thanks everyone, for posting those email addresses!! Good luck!

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  13. Loving the Blue Bead and Black Wire bracelet on Creations by RLC! Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Paula!
      Thank you:)
      Best of luck in this weekends drawing!

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  14. I am a faithful follower of the Samhain's Sirens blog.

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  15. And I am a Facebook stalker of Samhain's Sirens fb page. :)

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  16. I'm a follower on Facebook! (somcakATgmailDOTcom)

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  17. I really like the Dark Forest bracelet at Creation by RLC. I may have to buy that.... (somcakATgmailDOTcom)

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    1. Hi Petunia,
      Just finished that one yesterday! Took two weeks to decide how to finish it. I'm so glad you like it♥
      Best of luck in this weekends drawings.

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  18. Hi I follow Samhain Siren's on Facebook - it's been a real eye opener. The Canadian answer is 101 and my email is mothercove@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Michelle, Good luck in the drawing!!

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  19. I love the Dark Forest Bracelet too!
    Oldkitchenwitch@yahoo.com

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  20. I tweeted about this as Old Kitchen Witch!

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  21. I'm a Samhain's Sirens stalker on Facebook! (Oops, I meant follower....honest!)

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  22. And I follow the blog! I especially love all the crafty posts - I'm dying to have a go at this web, but I'm fairly sure I will have two crafty cats trying to help!

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    1. Purrrfect--I'm sure they'll help you perfect your design:)

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  23. My fav item would have to be the rose gold wire bracelet. just beautiful. innocenceandmagic@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you:) Thanks for visiting my shop:)

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  24. I like the bohemian sea turtle bracelet the most! tampaix77@gmail.com

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    1. HI Roque,
      Thanks! That one reminds me of the beach.

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  25. your FB page! innocenceandmagic@hotmail.com

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  26. I "liked" Samhain Sirens page on Facebook. tampaix77@gmail.com

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  27. I follow this blog via Autumn Earthsong's shares... tampaix77@gmail.com

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  28. The Dia de los Muertos Lariat chain necklace is great!
    lfe61@comcast.net

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    1. Hi Lynda,
      Thanks for visiting my shop!! That lariat is definitely one of a kind:)
      Good luck in the giveaway.

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  29. I blogged about this post: http://thecauldronborn.blogspot.com/2013/10/sgsd-zombie-tarot-tarot-activities.html
    lfe61@comcast.net

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  30. I tweeted this entry: https://twitter.com/TheAuldGreyMare/status/391290198488662016
    lfe61@comcast.net

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  31. I follow on GFC
    lfe61@comcast.net

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  32. I like on Facebook.
    lfe61@comcast.net

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  33. I really like the Black Wire Wrapped Bangle Style Bracelet with Blue Swarovski Crystals :) rapowell4@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Rebecca,
      Thank you:) And thanks for visiting my shop. Best of luck in the drawing:)

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  34. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/Raitalle/status/391292903412092928 rapowell4@gmail.com

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  35. I follow the blog. rapowell4@gmail.com

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  36. I like the Samhain's Sirens page on Facebook! rapowell4@gmail.com

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  37. I follow the SS blog and facebook page! autumnearthsong@yahoo.com

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  38. and I love the dark forest bracelet! LOL Sorry for all the posts!

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    1. Hey Autumn!
      Thank you:)
      I love your roll on perfume oils!

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  39. I love the dark forest bracelet. rebeccajof@live.com

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    1. Hi Rebecca,
      Thank you for visiting my shop and entering the giveaway. Good luck!

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  40. I love samhain's Sirens on facebook!
    rebeccajof@live.com

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  41. Once again, it is very hard to decide! All of Robyn's creations are so pretty. This time I will go with the Dark Forest Bracelet. I love Jasper and I love the bat art piece in the center (:

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Engie!
      The rainbow jasper is so pretty with its range of colors from gray to brown to red. Thanks for liking my batty picture :). Good luck in the giveaway!!

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  42. I blogged about this giveaway.

    http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/2013/10/you-could-win.html

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  43. I have tweeted about this giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/391346698116546560

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  44. Of course I am a follower of this awesome blog (:

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  45. And of course I have liked the lovely Samhain's Sirens page on Facebook.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

    Good luck to all!

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  46. I like the Dark Forest bracelet at Creations by RLC! soto.adelina@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Lina,
      Thanks for visiting my shop! Good luck in the giveaway.

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  47. I am a devoted follower of this blog! soto.adelina@gmail.com

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  48. I'm still a devoted fan and friend of the SS page on Facebook! soto.adelina@gmail.com

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  49. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/Adelina313/status/391377465102188544

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  50. I blogged! http://midstridemoxie.blogspot.com/2013/10/samhains-sirens-samhains-sirens-day-16.html

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  51. Autumn, I'm a recipe junkie. I'm really enjoying the one's you've been sharing all month. Looking forward to make 1 or 2 or all of them.

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  52. Love that Dark Forest Bracelet! The bohemian turtle is wonderful too! Lovely! Bohowitch@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Boho,
      They do kinda have a similar feel to them--I hadn't noticed until now. Thanks:)
      Best of luck in the drawing!!!

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  53. Still love the Facebook page. Thanks for all the fun offerings, ladies!

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