October 28: Samhain's Sirens Terrifying Tuesday!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Welcome, all you black-hearted bards!

It's the last Terrifying Tuesday of the Samhain's Sirens Celebration, and we're doing it up right for you! It's a Two-for-Tuesday Giveaway! Don't forget- every entry you make gives you an entry in the grand prize giveaway!

By now, many of you are in your manic mode of Samhain preparations and are trying to get it all done.. take a moment, grab your cuppa and let's just celebrate for a moment. You'll still get it all done.








The winner of the Touch of the Goddess Muse Giveaway is....

Jennifer Rasmussen!





Samhain by Amy Blackthorn


I’ve been practicing Paganism now for 21 years.  I don’t say this in a prideful way, but more in an, “I can’t believe I have been doing this that long” kind of way.  I sat down to write you, gentle reader, to talk about the Samhain season and celebration.  (Hey, if Christmas can be a season, so can Samhain, right?) The only problem is that every time I sat down to write, I stared at a blank screen for a bit.  For someone who teaches writing workshops and ‘How to beat Writer’s Block’ classes, it’s somewhat embarrassing.  I kept staring at the screen hoping that divine inspiration would hit and I’d know what to share with you.

Therein lies the rub.  You see, after doing this for so long, I feel like I’ve been there, done that, and wore holes in the tee shirt.




This photo was taken at the first group Samhain Ritual I led in 1999.  I had recently ‘come out of the broom closet’ to my parents, and it turned out that my mother’s best friend was Wiccan as well.  She had just never shared that part of herself with anyone other than her husband.  We bonded over this instantly.   The feeling I had sharing ritual space with her was thrilling, electrifying and awe-inspiring.  The feelings I’ve had the last few years were reverent, worshipful and devout.  These are beautiful and sacred but not mirthful.

So how do we rekindle the JOY of celebrating the lives of those we loved and have lost?  Isn’t Samhain a somber occasion?  Yes, it is.  This does not mean that you lose out of the mirth and reverence spoken about in the Charge of the Goddess, just because it’s Samhain.  Have your dumb supper and commune with loved ones, but don’t let the serious nature of the celebration steal the happiness you have in your hearts either.

So can we put the smile back in those Samhain plans?   Yes.  A thousand times yes.  You’ve started off on the right foot by checking into the Samhain Sirens blog.  Crafts, food recipes, musical stylings, beverage recipes, and that ever present connection with the Gods is right here.  This will get you in the mood for the festivities quick, fast, and in a hurry.




* Build an altar. It’s possible that you already have one, heck, more than one. Creating something that exists only for the purpose of this Feast will connect you to it in a way that few things can.  Decorate it with photos of loved ones who have crossed the veil, special incense and other decorations.  Meditation on the nature of permanence is natural at this time of year.  It is okay to reflect that in your choice of decoration.
* Get outside!  It’s too easy to forget about the nature part of our faith this time of year.  How easy it is to stay inside and curl up in front of a fire.  Remind yourselves why we come together to celebrate the final harvest.  We needed enough food to get us through the winter months and those grocery stores are only one natural disaster or good political conflict from being  a no man’s land.  Respect what you have.
* Remember, you aren’t limited to only celebrating on one day.  Invite friends over for an anti dumb supper.  Have everyone bring photos of loved ones they’d like to remember with happy stories and joyous fellowship.  If you make it a pot luck there is enough food for everyone and the burden isn’t all on one budget.
* Make a list of the incredible things you have accomplished this last year.  You are an even more incredible  you, now than you were last Samhain.
* Involve the kids too.  Try cutting up the Sunday funnies square by square and turn them into your own family “tarot” cards.  Work on meanings as a family and read for each other to see what the new year holds.

The important thing here is, your practice doesn’t have to lose its fun.  Celebrate this season for what it is, the miracle of the lives well lived, not the grief of loss















If you don’t crank this one as loud as you can, you’ll have a lifetime of bad luck. No one does this one as well as the original, Stevie Wonder.



The Witches’ Kitchen by Autumn Earthsong

In the Fall, my bread machine stays very busy!  Yes, I make bread without the machine too but when life is busy, or I’d rather be reading then baking bread….I use my wonderful bread machine!  Here’s a favorite recipe I make!  Do you love bread as much as I do?  It’s comfort food at its best!





Zucchini Wheat Bread
*2 lb loaf
1 cup room temp water
2/3 cup shredded zucchini
2 Tb butter, softened
2 cups bread flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 Tb dry milk
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp salt
2 tsps bread machine yeast
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Measure carefully, placing all ingredients except walnuts in bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer.  Add walnuts at the raisin/nut signal.
Select Whole Wheat or Basic/White cycle. Use medium or light crust color. Do NOT use delay cycles.  Remove baked bread from the pan and cool on wire rack.

ENJOY, Autumn

To read my blog visit www.autumnearthsong.com
To check out my herbal products visit www.etsy.com/shop/verbenalaneshoppe



We have TWO giveaways today. Be sure you specify which giveaway you are entering for!

The Magical Gardening Tote Bag



From Johanna Lawson, Village Wise Woman and Magical Gardener for the Sunday Stew, here is a little tote full of supplies for the magical gardener.  It is perfect for planting and tending small gardens, especially container gardens, miniature gardens or indoor house plants. It is also a great way to tote around a few magical supplies for spell work with your plants, in the home, on the patio or in the garden. This fantastic package includes:

  • Canvas tote bag (measuring 8” H x 6” W x 3”D)
  • 5 gardening tools – pruner, snips, rake, trowel and shovel
  • Glass misting bottle
  • 10 Botanical Interests organic seed packets – Basil, Borage, Chives, Cilantro, Cress, Dill, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, and English Thyme – with a seed-starting guide in a small gift box
  • The Herbal Tarot Deck (by Michael Tierra and Candis Cantin/U.S. Game Systems, Inc.) – integrating herbs and their healing properties with the symbolism of tarot.
  • Smudge stick (hand-made by Johanna from her very own garden)
Value: $65.00


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 samenumber 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. Citizens, and others- READ HERE:

1. Go to the The Village Wise Woman Blog . Follow her blog, then come back and tell us that you did.

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

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

So, all in all, you get 5 entries for this giveaway! The deadline for entries is 9 pm eastern time (8 Central, 7 Mountain, 6 Pacific) tonight. Announcement tomorrow, same time, same bat channel ;)


 
Win Sosanna’s Closet Agate Pendant!


This pendant is wrapped with silver plated blue wire around a blue dyed agate.  This one of a kind piece retails for $26.00 in the shop but as a special gift to you for participating in the Samhain Sirens event it can be yours absolutely free.  Just follow the instructions below to win.

A big thank you for participating this year from Sosanna’s Closet  - Unique Gifts for the Unique Witch

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

Yonge Street in the Province of Ontario holds what distinct record?


U.S. Citizens, and others- READ HERE:

1. Go to the Sosanna's Closet Page . Peruse the site, and tell us which item you like best.

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

2. Like Sosanna's Closet on Facebook, and come back to tell us you did

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

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

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 our final Wrong-Turn Wednesday!

121 comments:

  1. oooh I would like to be entered for both prizes please.
    The answer to the first question is 42 :)
    and the 2nd answer about younge st is that its rumoured to be the longest street in the world, but its actually not fyi, Guiness got it wrong. Google it ;)

    starfirewitch @gmail .com

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  2. I follow Johanna's blog brevsmom@aol.com

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  3. I follow this blog
    Fearlessfallenangel @gmail. Com

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  4. I like Sosanna's Closet on Facebook!

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  5. 1. I follow the Village Wise Woman blog.
    msmelissajane@yahoo.com

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  6. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/HemlockGarnet/status/527085078820581376

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  7. 3. I like the Siren's Facebook page.

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  8. I follow the Village Wise Woman! jlandrist@gmail.com

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  9. 1. I am still lusting over the black and white cape at Sosanna's Closet.
    msmelissajane@yahoo.com

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  10. I love the Witch hats at Sosanna's closet! jlandrist@gmail.com

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  11. 2. I like Sosanna's Closet's Facebook page.

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  12. GVY #1 : I follow the Wise Woman blog
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  13. I blogged~ http://sagascottage.blogspot.com/2014/10/samhains-sirens-october-28-samhains.html

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  14. 4. I like the Siren's Facebook page.

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  15. Giveaway #1: I follow this blog
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  16. GVY #1: I like and follow Samhain's Sirens FB page
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  17. Giveaway #2
    I LOVE the fact that Sosanna offers spiritual support services on her site!
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  18. Giveaway #2:
    I have like and follow Sosanna's Closet FB page for some time now
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  19. Giveaway #2:
    I follow Samhain's Sirens blog
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  20. GVY #2:
    I like and follow Samhain's Sirens FB page
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  21. #1
    I'm following The Village Wise Woman blog via Feedly.

    BohoWitch@gmail.com

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  22. #1
    I follow the Sirens blog via Feedly.


    BohoWitch@gmail.com

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  23. #1
    I like the Sirens FB page.


    BohoWitch@gmail.com

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  24. #2
    Love, love, love, the violet plaid wool blend cloak. It's so sassy and snuggly warm looking.

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  25. #2
    Still like Sosanna's Closet on FB.


    BohoWitch@gmail.com

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  26. #2
    Still following this Sirens blog via Feedly. :)


    BohoWitch@gmail.com

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  27. #2
    Still like the Sirens FB page, always.


    BohoWitch@gmail.com

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  28. For Giveaway #2 - I would love one of the witchy hats at Sosanna's Closet. I'd wear at as my gardening hat! What a sight that would be!

    wisewoman1014@gmail.com

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  29. I like the Samhain's Sirens FB page too!

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  30. #1 I followed Village Wise Woman Blog via feedburner. kay dot kaym 57 at gmail dot com

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  31. I am a stalker of the Village Wise Woman blog. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  32. I am a stalker of the Siren's blog and going to miss them when October is over. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  33. I am a stalker of the Siren's Facebook page. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  34. #3 in giveaway #1 I liked & follow Samhain's Sirens facebook page.

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  35. I am a drooler of all of Sosanna's work. Still totally in love with all of her Witchy Scrunch Hats. But I love the capes too. Oh and the jewelry. Such talent! Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  36. I am a current stalker of Sosanna's Closet's Facebook page. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  37. I am a faithful stalker of this blog. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  38. I am a stalker of the Siren's Facebook page. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  39. # 5 in Giveaway #1. I tweeted about your blog & giveaway
    https://twitter.com/KMondayMartinez/status/527106886621863938

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  40. I follow The Village Wise Woman Blog. Amy@blackthornhoodooblends.com

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  41. Giveaway #1:
    #2 I follow this blog

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  42. I follow The Village Wise Woman blog. angelwhisper526@yahoo.com

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  43. I follow the Samhain Sirens Blog. Amy@blackthornhoodooblends.com

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  44. I follow this blog also. angelwhisper526@yahoo.com

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  45. I have liked the Sirens FB Page. Amy@blackthornhoodooblends.com

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  46. Tweeted Giveaway! https://twitter.com/MorrigansWitch/status/527112471749070848
    amy@blackthornhoodooblends.com

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  47. I have followed all blogs, liked, no loved all pages and sites! I was fortunate enough to already win one of Renee's adorable hats (been too sick to take pics, but will soon), and I LOVE IT! Jennifer your Muse will be mailed today! She is so excited!!!

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  48. I'm entering for the pendant. I love the serpentine copper bracelets on Sosanna's Closet - so pretty!

    heartacheintobeauty @ gmail . com

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  49. I'm entering for the pendant. I follow the Samhain's Sirens blog.

    heartacheintobeauty @ gmail . com

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  50. I'm entering for the pendant. I follow Samhain's Sirens on Facebook (same name)

    heartacheintobeauty @ gmail . com

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  51. I follow The Village Wise Woman by email Robyncha(at)yahoo

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  52. Giveaway #1... holy wow that's awesome!! So perfect for what I'm doing right now with my practice!
    I follow Samhain's Sirens blog.

    ealamagee@gmail.com

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  53. #1
    I follow SS on FB :)
    ealamagee@gmail.com

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  54. #1
    I'm now following the Village Wise Woman blog :)
    ealamagee@gmail.com

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  55. #1
    I tweeted this post
    https://twitter.com/ArchersBones/status/527171009384685569

    ealamagee@gmail.com

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  56. AUTUMN, I WISH I HAD A "BREAD MACHINE"....!!! YOUR LOAF LOOKS LOVELY!!!! JENNIFER, CONGRATS ON YOUR PRIZE!!!! ANOTHER GREAT SONG TODAY!!!! (: AMY, I LIKED THE "POSITIVE SPIN" YOU BRING TO YOUR SAMHAIN CELEBRATION...!

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  57. FOR JOHANNA'S GIVEAWAY, THE ANSWER TO LIFE,, THE UNIVERSE, & EVERYTHING IS; 42....snowmoon7@shaw.ca .... GREAT GARDENING PRIZE!!

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  58. FOR SOSANNA'S GIVEAWAY, THE ANSWER TO: "WHAT DISTINCT RECORD DOES YONGE STREET HOLD IN ONTARIO"..??? IS: IT WAS KNOWN AS THE LONGEST STREET IN THE WORLD. snowmoon7@shaw.ca SOSANNA, THE AGATE PENDANT IS GORGEOUS! BLUE IS MY FAVORITE COLOR! ONE MORE WICKED PIECE FROM "SOSANNA'S CLOSET", THAT I HAVE JUST ADDED TO MY 'WISH' LIST....!!! INCLUDING WITCH HATS, POTTERY, CLOAK, & MORE JEWELRY...!!!

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  59. For giveaway #1 (Johanna)

    I now follow The Village Wise Woman Blog. :-)
    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  60. #1

    I still follow this blog.
    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  61. #1

    I still love the Sirens FB page.
    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  62. #1

    My blog about this giveaway: http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/2014/10/double-giveaway.html
    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  63. #1

    My tweet: https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/527206620397592578
    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  64. For giveaway #2 (Renee)

    I still love Renee's Rescues and I also like her spiritual services. ^_^
    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  65. #2

    I still like Sosanna's Closet on Facebook.
    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  66. #2

    I still love following this blog.
    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  67. #2

    I still love the Sirens FB page of course!
    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  68. #2

    My blog about this giveaway: http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/2014/10/double-giveaway.html
    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  69. #2

    My tweet: https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/527206771257901056
    engie.willow@gmail.com

    I'm wishing you all luck! =^_^=

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  70. Amy Blackthorn, thank you for sharing your blog. I enjoyed reading it. My family has lost many loved ones this year and we will be doing an anti dumb supper soon. "I've been practicing Paganism now for 21 years" I'm glad that you are still going strong and I hope to one day utter those same words. :-) I also love all the advice you gave to keep Samhain a celebration. In my culture, this is the time of year to celebrate not only the life they lived while on Earth but also to celebrate their new life in the afterlife. Of course tears of sadness will be shed, it can't be helped, but there are also tears of happiness in there as well.

    Jen, another great song choice! I love Superstition. ^_^

    Autumn, zucchini wheat bread? That sounds very interesting. I love both zucchini and wheat bread so I think I will try it. What do you eat it with exactly? My apologies if that was a dumb question but I honestly never heard of zucchini bread. And who doesn't love bread? Bread is most definitely a wonderful comfort food.

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  71. I am following The Village Wise Woman Blog. I want a sundial like that!

    orionova@gmail.com

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  72. I want one of Sosanna's hats!

    orionova@gmail.com

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  73. I follow the sirens on FB.

    orionova@gmail.com

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  74. I like Sosanna's Closet on FB.

    orionova@gmail.com

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  75. One day I will have a bread machine (mainly because kneading dough hurts the wrists). 'Superstition' has me bouncing :)

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  76. I follow the Sirens on FB under Jonquil Alexia. jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com

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  77. Following the Village Wise Woman on Bloglovin (under Jonquil Alexia or Petoskystone).

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  78. Sosanna's wheel thrown dishes are my fave. Such pretty glazes :)

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  79. I like Sosanna's Closet on FB under Jonquil Alexia.

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  80. I still like the cloaks on Sosanna's closet. I wonder if any are good for hiking and camping?
    beamonjoe@gmail.com

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  81. I have liked Sosanna's Closet on FB for a while now.
    beamonjoe@gmail.com

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  82. I follow Samhain's Sirens on FB.

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  83. I now follow the Village Wise Woman Blog. Can't wait to get nice and comfy and read through some fo the older posts! tvschwartz@yahoo.com

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  84. I follow Samain's Sirens Blog. tvschwartz@yahoo.com

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  85. I have liked the Samhain's Sirens FB under Clara Pitt. tvschwartz@yahoo.com

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  86. Autumn, this bread recipe looks so yummy! Must try as soon as I get my oven again!
    Giveaway number one: would love this Johanna! The answer to the question is 42!
    Email addy is debra.nehring@yahoo.ca

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  87. I can't believe my chores kept me from getting back in time to enter for the gardening tote, but I'll live ;) I tweeted about the giveaway
    https://twitter.com/AngieCrabtree3/status/527305126781149184
    vabullterriers@gmail.com

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  88. Love, love, LOVE Sosanna's Closet!! I want one of her Witch Hats! (and a salt pig hehe)
    vabullterriers@gmail.com

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  89. I follow this blog :)
    vabullterriers@gmail.com

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  90. I like and get notifications from Sosanna's FB page
    vabullterriers@gmail.com

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  91. I like and get notifications from the Siren's FB page :)
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