Samhain's SirensDay 12, October 14

Monday, October 14, 2013



Happy Monday! 

Why does it seem like October is flying by? Have you decorated for Samhain/Halloween yet? Do you make a big deal of it at your home? We'd love to see some pictures of your yards/homes!

Are you ready to have some fun? You're going to love today's blog and giveaway and we're announcing the winners of our weekend giveaways!



Once you've taken the time to peruse this blog and enter yourself into the fabulous giveaway, head on over to Pagan Culture to jump in on Magaly Guerrero's fantastic week of fun called All Hallows Grim!


Remember, if you need anything or you'd like to send us those Halloween decoration photos, email Serena or use the contact form at the top of the page.


Now, on to the Celebration!


Today, we honor John Lennon







Meet Sharon:
Sharon is a 43 year old British Witch, living in Yorkshire in the UK, with two Witchlets (one of each variety), two cats, one husband, and too many pieces of Lego. She can generally be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen, up to her armpits in compost in the garden, foraging (and rampaging) around her beloved local area, crafting salt-dough and clay gifts, or fishing out Lego from under the sofa. Proud to be slightly mad and most definitely odd, she is not worth speaking to unless she's had the requisite amount of coffee in a morning. Her husband occasionally speaks frog. He's got used to it.  Oh, and in the photo, she’s the one on the left.  Honest.



When the Ancestors Tug On The Family Chain

by Sharon Grimshaw

This is not the blog post I was intending to write.  I was intending to write about honouring the Spirits of Place in this time when the veil thins.  Every Samhain before this, I honoured my direct-line matriachal ancestors who have left this plane, but I did not know them well.  Aside from my beloved Nana, of course, but she had never ACTUALLY left, and was generally to be found wafting around my kitchen whilst happily critisising my cooking, baking, preserving and brewing efforts (constructively, I might add - I will grumpily admit she was generally right) and scaring the crap out of the cats. So a huge part of my Samhain routine is honouring the spirits of the place I've come to call home.  

I was going to try to paint you a picture of my well-worn and familiar Samhain rituals, offerings at places of power, libations to the Grumpy Old Man who presides over 'my' woods.  This has always been the strongest focus of my practice at this time of year.

And then my Grandad died.  Nana's husband.  The man who emptied his greenhouse so his two-year-old grandaughter could have a swing and a sandpit to play in even when it poured with rain.  The man who, without knowing he was doing it, taught her to plant by the moon, how to save seeds, to plant double the number of lettuces that you want because the snails will eat half of them.  That a nap at lunchtime should have "The Archers" as a soundtrack and that the best way to eat runner beans and peas is sitting in the middle of the vegetable garden, picking them off the winding stems and chomping them down raw.  The man who taught her that blackbirds were first up in the morning, and last to roost at night.  The man who would tickle her until she howled for mercy, whilst Mum and Nana would shake their heads, smiling, and collectively declare "It'll all end in tears," which it usually did!

He lived to see that little girl grow up, get "edumacated", get into all sorts of trouble, but finally settle down and give birth to the only great-grandchildren he would get to see.  He lived to see them reach school age.  He lived for ninety-six years - and then, in the middle of a sentence, he collapsed, and was gone.

After I got the news, I found myself watching the rain, and thinking that he wouldn't see this first day of Autumnal weather.  It got to lunchtime, and I realised he wouldn't be carefully munching his noon meal.  As the sky darkened, I realised he would never see another sunset.  Never see another sunrise.  He was no longer living. 

I should have known.  Nana wasn't whispering in my ears the day before when I was picking haws, rowanberries, blackberries and elderberries (normally I would be getting all sorts of suggestions about precisely HOW I should be making my hedgerow jam this year), but I didn't even register she wasn't there.  Until the phone call.  And I searched for her, called for her, and she wasn't there.  I know she will have been with him, telling him off good-naturedly for making her wait eight years.


A thread in the weave of my life has been tied off.  There are memories that I shared with my Grandad that only I now have.  So this Samhain, there won't be a Dumb Supper.  There will be a Samhain Story Supper, as the Hubster and I relate stories to the Witchlets about their Great-Grandparents from both sides of our family.  Stories to make them laugh, to gasp in disbelief, and maybe to shed a tear or two.  Then I will write down those tales stories in our Family Book of Memories.  Perhaps, when I am gone, the Witchlets will tell these stories to their children and grandchildren, and they will laugh and gasp and maybe cry too.

This year, as I sit in front of my Ancestor Altar, I won't just be calling to the shadowy prescence of ancestors in name only.  I will be calling to my Nana and Grandad, together once again, and hoping I feel them stand with me as I tell them our news, ask for their blessings, and honour the memories I am now the sole guardian of.  It will be done with laughter and tears.  It will be done with love.  With meaning.  With pain, and loss, and gratitude.  This year, Samhain will mean more than it ever has before; there is a connection between this world and beyond I have simply never felt before.


Sharon Grimshaw
Come check out her site on Facebook: Kitchenwitchery






Pumpkin Sheet Cake


Ingredients:

1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1 small can pumpkin
4 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsps. baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350*

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.  Add oil, sugar, pumpkin and eggs and mix well.

Pour into a greased jelly roll pan.

Bake at 350* for 20-25 mins

Cool.

Make cream cheese icing while it’s cooling

3 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 stick of butter, softened
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tb milk

Blend well.

Ice Cake and Enjoy!!    Refrigerate what hasn’t been eaten.
Blessings
Autumn



This giveaway is for a OOAK handcrafted "I'm a Samhain Siren!" plaque in a personalised handmade presentation box, lovingly created by Kitchenwitchery.






Here’s how to enter:
You have until 6am EDT tomorrow 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 15th 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 the The Kitchen Witchery page. Find your favorite item, come back here, and tell us about it in the comment section. (1 entry)

2. Like the Kitchen Witchery page and let us know you did. (1 entry)

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

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

5. Like the Samhain's Sirens Page.

6. Be a follower of this blog.

Note: If you want your entries to count as separate entries, you must post them separately. If you post 1 comment with all three 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 9-3?


What's cool about being a Canadian? You automatically get 6 entries per giveaway for just answering 1 question! We still need your email address, though.

The Winner of Friday's Giveaway from RLC Creations is:

La'Trice Lott


The Winner of Saturday's Giveaway from Sosanna's Closet is:

Lynda B

Tune in tomorrow for more of our Siren Celebrations! See you then!

67 comments:

  1. I love the set of Autumn ornaments! brevsmom@aol.com

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    1. They are some of my favourite to create! Especially the leaves, they get highlighted with copper and gold!

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  2. I like the Kitchen Witchery page. brevsmom@aol.com

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  3. I blogged about it!

    http://sagascottage.blogspot.com/2013/10/samhains-sirens-samhains-sirensday-12.html

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  4. I tweeted

    https://twitter.com/SagasCottage/status/389740545876033536

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  5. I like the Sirens on Facebook! brevsmom@aol.com

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  6. I like the Sirens on FB under Jonquil Alexia.

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  7. I like the Kitchenwitchery page on FB under Jonquil Alexia. The lovely white stars are my current fave item, athough the oak leaf wreathes are a close second! jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I love doing the stars, it's so much fun to see them come alive with the different metallic highlights!

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  8. Love your post, Sharon. Made me cry, but not in a bad way. I miss my grandpa very much. I know he is waiting for grandma to join him, but she still has a few years left with us I believe. I know he is around when I need his guidance. xoxo

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    1. Thanks Paula. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents when my Mum was seriously ill during my childhood, they were like a second set of parents to me. I know they are around for us, love transcends the physical plane, I'm sure.

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  9. I LOVE the Don't Drink and Fly plaque in Nutty Witch. She is adorable! Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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    1. Nutty Witch is just me on a plaque! They were the first ones I ever did, and I love re-creating them!

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  10. And of course I have liked Kitchen Witchery's facebook page. But sorry I don't have a blog and I have no clue how to tweet.

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  11. And I have, since day one, liked Samhain's Sirens on facebook :)

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  12. I love the pumpkin sheet cake recipe. But I wonder, can I use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil?

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  13. I'm still trying to catch my breath....Sharon, thank you for sharing your Nana and Granddad with us...It moved me more than I can possibly say...

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    1. Thank you so much Lina. I couldn't have wished for better Grandparents. And although I miss them terribly, I know they've put so much of themselves into raising me that we'll never really be apart.

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  14. I liked Kitchen Witchery on FB. syren_keigo@hotmail.com

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  15. My favorite item in the Kitchen Witchery items is the "Kitchen Witches Bake Magick" clay art. so adorable! syren_keigo@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you! I've done quite a few of those now, I love them!

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  16. I like Samhain Sirens on FB. syren_keigo@hotmail.com

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  17. I am a follower of the Samhain Sirens blog!!! syren_keigo@hotmail.com

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  18. Absolutely wonderful post Sharon, I could almost see him, you described him so well. Thank you for sharing that with us

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    1. Thank you so much! He was a larger than life character, over six foot tall even in his nineties! It was a privilege to be his granddaughter.

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  19. Very moving post today. I never had contact with any relatives so I missed out on having grandparents--even so, you got the tears flowing. I'm so glad you have all those memories with such beautiful people.
    ...and Autumn, I can't wait to make that cake. Of course, anything with cream cheese frosting gets my immediate attention. I'm thinking of using real pumpkin--those little sweet pie pumpkins :) It will be a nice change from the usual pie.

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    1. Thank you! I am very lucky to have had amazing grandparents.

      I'm definitely trying this recipe too!

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  20. I love all the lovely creations at Kitchen Witchery, especially the Autumn Wreath with the flowers and the Autumn Pretties (the autumn ornaments). Is there an actual store as well? I can't figure out where I would go to purchase an item. I haven't had my tea yet so maybe I just missed a link or something. robyncha (at) yahoo

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    1. At the moment I'm just selling through Facebook - please feel free to message me through there and I'll give you prices and work out postage! Everything at the moment is made to order as I keep selling stuff I was making for stock! (Not a bad problem to have!!) this means there is normally a 10-14 day lead time!

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  21. My favorite item is the autumn pretties -- but the cone of shame for the cute kitty is my absolutely fav pic! I'll email you with my addy.

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    1. You'll be pleased to know that Spangle the Crafty Cat is now fully recovered and cone-free! And back to pinching my paintbrushes and sticking her nose in paint!

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  22. Oh my goodness! Everything is just too cute! My fav is the Autumn Wreath.

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    1. Thanks Cyndi! I've made lots of them now, each one is slightly different!

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  23. I am a follower of Samhain's Sirens

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  24. I liked Samhain's Sirens FB page

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  25. I liked Kitchenwitchery on FB

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  26. My tweet about today's post: https://twitter.com/cjrccm/status/389877104591912960
    cyndi.richards@yahoo.com

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  27. Your cat is beautiful! Such a pretty coat (:

    I love the oak wreath with the two acorns in the middle (: In all honesty, all of your pieces are beautiful. It was very hard to decide.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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    1. She's a complete monster cat! (And loves to hear that she is pretty; I'll tell her!)

      And now I'm blushing because you like all my creations! Thank you!

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  28. I have liked Kitchen Witchery on Facebook.

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  29. I have blogged about this giveaway: http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/

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  30. I have tweeted about this giveaway (:

    https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/389876104816635904

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  31. Samhain's Sirens has been already liked on Facebook.

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  32. I am a follower of this blog.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

    Good luck everyone!

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  33. I have liked the kitchen witchery page.

    rebeccajof@live.com

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  34. I have liked Samhain's Sirens and always will!

    rebeccajof@live.com

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca!! And we will always like you right back! <3

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  35. hands down, loved the doctor who fairy door. i really would love to get one of those! <3
    butterflygypsie@gmail.com

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    1. That was so fun to do! I had to pinch my son's toy Tardis for a couple of nights (much to his disgust!) to get it right!

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  36. tweeted https://twitter.com/PhoenyxFlower/status/389939270753869824

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