October 1: Welcome to the 3rd Annual Samhain's Sirens Celebration!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Welcome back to the third annual Samhain's Sirens October Extravaganza!

I'm Serena Siren, and I'll be your hostess for this month-long celebration. Each year, Samhain's Sirens gets bigger and better.

Our sponsor for these events is Imramma.com. If you are new to our soirée, welcome! You should start with our About and Rules pages first. Even our returning veterans (welcome back!) should check out those pages, just for review and to be sure you haven't missed any updates for this year.

We'll be hosting giveaways Monday through Friday, and our craft days will be Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, we'll take a break, but feel free to check in with all of our Stew Chefs over at The Sunday Stew as well.

Without further adieu, let's get started!





Welcome everyone!
We are absolutely thrilled to have you back with us again for our third year of the Samhain's Sirens October Celebration! As sponsor of this project, I am so honored and proud to be among this amazing group of people who so generously give of their time, talents and products for this event.

Our Sirens have been working since May to bring you the very best in giveaways, blog posts, songs, recipes and crafts. This is our gift of love to the Pagan community as the veil between the worlds thins, and we honor our ancestors, as well as those we love who have crossed over to the Otherworld.

Last year on Samhain, the community pulled together to honor our loved ones through "Forget-Me-Nots". If you would like us to feature your ancestors and loved ones, please send your tribute and photos to Serena by October 23.

Pumpkins, apple cider, hot chocolate, homemade breads, autumn leaves, the chill in the air... yes, it's October. For many of us, it's our favorite month of the year for all of these reasons and more. Halloween and Samhain are just 30 days away. As we prepare to cocoon in for our time of introspection, we honor our past and our birthrights. The Old Ways and gods call to us in a way that cannot be expressed adequately in words. We have a longing and a pull that is like no other time of year. We feel our connection to forever and to all who have gone before us. The tug of both life and death at their strongest now.

During this month, take time to breathe in the crisp October air, and celebrate the dance of life and death.

Sláinte,
Kallan











You heard it, too, didn’t you? Of course, you did. That’s why you’re here isn’t it? The Sirens called you. Well, my dears, welcome! I see no better way to start this off than with a little Alice Cooper.







The Witches’ Kitchen by Autumn Earthsong

Hello everyone and welcome to October and Samhain’s Sirens 2014!  I was thrilled to no end to be asked to be the Recipe Siren again this year.  I had so much fun doing it last year…. meeting new friends and sharing my recipes and I’m looking forward to doing it again!   I have a great batch of Fall-tastic recipes to share again.  Hope you try them out and let me know what you think!  So let’s get on with a month full of Samhain fun!



Boo-licious Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 16 oz can pumpkin
1 cup dried fruit of your choice..I like cranberries or raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (more if you like!)
Preheat oven to 350*  Grease and flour two 8 ½” x 4 ½” loaf pans.  Combine the first 8 ingredients (dry ingredients) in a large bowl and mix.  In a medium bowl, beat eggs, oil and pumpkin until blended.  Stir pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture and mix until well blended. Stir in dried fruit and nuts.  

Pour into loaf pans and bake for 75 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in pans for 10 minutes.  Turn onto a wire rack and cool completely.  
Blessings and love!
Autumn




Today's Giveaway comes from artist Loren Morris at Hemlock and Garnet.
A one-of-it's-kind Sirens Ouija Board! Retail value: $298.00
"This board features a super lightweight starfish planchette with felted feet that glides easily over the heavily protected board! My boards and matching planchettes are always themed!"














Rules: (READ CAREFULLY)

YOU MUST PROVIDE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS. If you choose not to share it in the comments, please use the contact form at the top of the page to provide your email address. You must provide your email address once per giveaway.

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 in tomorrow's post.

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 :)

CANADIANS READ HERE: You will be given the same number of entries for answering the following (remember, we STILL NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS):

What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?


U.S Residents and all qualifying others, READ HERE:

1. Go to Hemlock and Garnet Etsy Shop Choose your favorite item, come back here and tell us what you liked best. (don't forget that email address!)

EXTRA ENTRIES: (USE SEPARATE COMMENTS. If you throw them all into one comment, it counts as one entry only)

2. Be a follower of this blog. Comment that you are following us.

3. Like the Sirens FB page (come let us know you did in comments)

4. Like Hemlock and Garnet's FB Page. Let us know you did.

5. Blog about this giveaway (comment with the url for your blog entry)

6. Tweet about this giveaway (come back and give us the url for your tweet)

So, all in all, you get 6 entries for this giveaway! The deadline for entries is midnight eastern time (11 Central, 10 Mountain, 9 Pacific) tonight. Announcement tomorrow, same time, same bat channel ;)

Questions? Email Serena.

See you tomorrow for more of our October fun!

104 comments:

  1. I like the Samhain's Sirens page. jlandrist@gmail.com

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  2. My favorite item at the Hemlock and Garnet shop is the Large Black Scroll Scrying Mirror. jlandrist@gmail.com

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  3. I like the Hemlock and Garnet FB page. jlandrist@gmail.com

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  4. I like (is there a love button?) the Samhain's Sirens page. wisewoman1014@gmail.com

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  5. I like the Hemlock and Garnet FB page too. wisewoman1014@gmail.com

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  6. My favorite item at Hemock and Garnet if the Black Scroll Scrying Mirror. wisewoman1014@gmail.com

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  7. I follow the Samhain's Sirens blog too. wisewoman1014@gmail.com

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  8. My favorite item at Hemlock & Garnet is the gold-toned scrying mirror. jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com

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    1. Woohoo!!!!!!!!! Jonquil is back!!!!!!!!! Welcome, sweetie!

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    1. Did you send your email through the contact form? Just wanted to make sure since it isn't in the comments. :-)

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    2. Omgs...
      Fearlessfallenangel@gmail.com

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  10. I follow Samhain's Sirens on FB under Jonquil Alexia.

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    1. Jonquil, did you send your email through the Contact tab?

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    2. It's up in a previous comment on this post.

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  11. I follow Samhain's Sirens on Blogger.

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  12. I like the Notecard set on the hemlock & Garnet page

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  13. I follow Hemlock & Garnet on FB under Jonquil Alexia.

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  14. My favorite in the Etsy shop will always be "The Visitor." I have a print of it hanging in our upstairs hallway. Loren is such an incredibly talented artist! curtincall89@gmail.com

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  15. I tweeted about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/TheGingerNerd/status/517292664459632640

    curtincall89@gmail.com

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  16. I liked the Samhain's Sirens page autumnearthsong@yahoo.com

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  17. My favorite item at the Hemlock and Garnet shop is the large black scroll scrying mirror

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  18. I like the Hemlock and Garnet FB page autumnearthsong@yahoo.com

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  19. My favorite item from the Hemlock and Garnet Etsy Shop is the Pagan Wiccan Samhain Halloween Blank Notecard set of 3. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  20. I have been a stalker of Samhain's Sirens since last year! Muahahahahahaha! Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  21. I have been a stalker of the Samhain's Sirens facebook page since last year! Muahahahaha! Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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    1. Our favorite stalker has returned to greet us!! WOOHOO!! Welcome back!!

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  22. I have been a stalker of the Hemlock and Garnet Shop's facebook page since it's very talented and awesome owner sent me a link to like and love it! Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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

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  24. I have liked the Samhain Sirens page (a lonnnng time ago!!!)
    syren_keigo@hotmail.com

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  25. I love the large black scroll Scrying mirror with scrying incense. If I can convince the hubby to let me splurge, I just might get it this month.

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    1. Hi, Stephanie! Did you send your email through the contact form? Just making sure your entries get counted! :-)

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  26. I'm a follower of the blog and have been for the past few years. Love this blog, the stories, the recipes and the giveaways.

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    1. Welcome back, Stephanie! Psst.. we need your email addy so we can be sure you are able to enter!

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  27. I've Liked the Samhain's Sirens FB page. Looking forward this this year's posts!

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  28. I've also liked the Hemlock and Garnet FB page. She has some beautiful things that I'm trying to figure out how to work into my budget.

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  29. Good luck to everyone that enters! I can't wait to see who wins this board, it is just lovely!

    Please don't forget to leave your email or send it if you don't want to share it publicly. Your email is required for entry!

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  30. Love the Large Black Scroll Scrying Mirror at Saga's Cottage and the incense blend sounds amazing!

    Bohowitch@gmail.com

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  31. I'm still under the Siren's thrall and follow the blog via Feedly.

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  32. I love (but Facebook only let's you like) the Siren's page on Facebook.

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    1. We love you back, Hex!! It wouldn't be a Sirens Celebration without you!

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  33. I like Hemlock and Garnet on FB and enjoy viewing the lovely works Loren creates. Beautiful!

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  34. My Favorite thing at Saga's Cottage is the Large black scroll Scrying Mirror with scrying incense. Silverbast17@aol.com

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  35. I also Liked Hemlock and Garnet on Facebook Silverbast17@aol.com

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  36. The incense blend is my favorite. I liked your Facebook page as well as the page for Hemlock and Garnet. My email is roy.emerson.jr@gmail.com

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  37. I follow/like Hemlock and Garnet on Facebook

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  38. I like the Hemlock and Garnet FB page. My email is orionova [at] gmail [dot] com

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  39. I am a follower of the Siren's blog. My email is orionova [at] gmail [dot] com

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  40. I follow the Sirens on FB. My email is orionova [at] gmail [dot] com

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  41. I love the Poe spirit board at Hemlock and Garnet. My email is orionova [at] gmail [dot] com

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  42. I LIKE THE SAMHAIN'S SIRENS PAGE....! snowmoon7@shaw.ca

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  43. MY FAVORITE ITEM AT HEMLOCK AND GARNET IS THE LARGE ORNATE, GOLD-TONE SCRYING MIRROR. snowmoon7@shaw.ca

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    1. Hey Sweetie.. because you are Canadian, you have to answer the question posed to Canadians instead. Answer that, and I give you all of the same chances as everyone else. Thanks!

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    2. HI KALLAN! JUST SAW YOUR MSG HERE! I HOPE THINGS ARE "COOL"...I ANSWERED THE QUESTION BELOW; AT 4:07 PM...(: PLS LET ME KNOW IF I DID SOMETHING WRONG..?!! XO S (thanks for trying to help!!!!!)

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  44. I LIKE THE HEMLOCK AND GARNET FACEBOOK PAGE! snowmoon7@shaw.ca

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  45. I FOLLOW THE SAMHAIN SIRENS BLOG.....snowmoon7@shaw.ca

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  46. THE ANSWER TO LIFE, THE UNIVERSE, & EVERYTHING IS; A LOT OF 'PUMPKIN SPICE'....! (: snowmoon7@shaw.ca

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  47. October 1st already? Where has the time gone?

    My favorite item would be the Pan Fairy Notecards. They really are beautiful.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  48. I am still following this blog.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  49. I still like the Sirens FB Page.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  50. I like the Hemlock and Garnet's FB Page.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  51. I blogged about this giveaway. http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/2014/10/samhains-sirens-annual-october.html

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  52. My tweet: https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/517412417715064832

    engie.willow@gmail.com

    Good luck everyone! :)

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  53. I like the Poe spirit board, though I like the mermaid one more! tampaix@yahoo.com OR tampaix77@gmail.com

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  54. I liked the Sirens facebook page. tampaix@yahoo.com

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  55. I liked Hemlock and Garnet Facebook page. tampaix@yahoo.com

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  56. I'm following this blog! Yay! tampaix@yahoo.com

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  57. I follow the page phoenixwitch81@gmail.com

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  58. I like Sirens FB page phoenixwitch81@gmail.com

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  59. I like Hemlock and Garnet's FB Page phoenixwitch81@gmail.com

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  60. I love the large black scroll Scrying Mirror with scrying incense, really stunning.
    phoenixwitch81@gmail.com

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  61. Love the Samhain Blessing Cards from Hemlock & Garnet! (kleaf19@gmail.com)

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  62. I follow the Samhain Siren's Blog!

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  63. I follow the Samhain Siren's Facebook!

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  64. I liked Hemlock $ Garnet's Facebook page too!

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  65. Here's my blog: http://multifacetedexperience.blogspot.com/2014/10/it-has-been-eight-long-months-since-i.html

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  66. And here's my tweet: https://twitter.com/kleaf19/status/517449737549938688

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  67. I like Hemlock and Garnet's FB page tvschwartz@yahoo.com

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  68. I follow the Siren's Blog tvschwartz@yahoo.com

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  69. My favorite is the Pan Fairy note cards. Really shows off Loren's talent. tvschwartz@yahoo.com

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  70. I like the Siren's FB page. tvschwartz@yahoo.com

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  71. MY "REAL" ANSWER TO THE QUESTION; 'WHAT IS THE ANSWER TO LIFE, THE UNIVERSE, AND EVERYTHING; IS "42"....(:

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    1. BINGO!!!!!! Now, all you have to do each day is to answer the 1 question and you get six entries.. it's good to be Canadian ;)

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    2. WICKED...!!!! THANK YOU MISTRESS OF ALL THAT IS "WRITTEN" AND "DESIGNED"....! (kallan..!!!!) (:

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  72. I like the Hemlock and Garnet facebook page!

    charleneshop70@gmail.com

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  73. In her etsy shop I like the original art "The Visitor" so much that I own the original :)

    charleneshop70@gmail.com

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  74. I like the Samhain Sirens facebook page.

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  75. I follow this blog with networked blogs.

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  76. I follow Samhain Sirens via blogger.
    ealamagee@gmail.com

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  77. My favorite item in the Helmock and Garnet shop is the large black scroll scrying mirror.

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  78. My email addy is debra.nehring@yahoo.ca
    My answer to this question is LOVE!
    And I'd LOVE to win!

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