You may have gathered by now I’m rather fond of an apothecary. Indeed, no witch worth her salt would be without one, be it a full-on cabinet stocked with potion bottles or a miniature display version, purpose-made to sit inside said cabinet. Well now, there’s a new kid on the block.
An Apothecary Book, worthy of any witch’s curious corner.
The idea was born of an oversized faux book I picked up in HomeSense.
It’s Bank Holiday season, yay! And hot on the heels of Easter and its unusually glorious weather is Beltane.
Also known as May Day, Beltane is a Celtic Fire Festival that falls on 1st May. It heralds the beginning of summer and honours the joining of the Goddess and her God. No wonder then, it’s a popular time for handfastings and weddings. Including ours!
May is definitely one of my favourite months of the year (with October, natch!) But equally exciting is that come Beltane Eve on 30th April, we’ll be halfway to Halloween.
The skies are blue and the sun is shining. Surely it can’t possibly be a Bank Holiday? And yet, here it is. Easter has arrived and to celebrate, I’ve made a couple of Mixed Media Eggs to add to my growing collection.
Why is Easter late this year?
Making it to the first four-day weekend of the year always feels like an eternity and this year, it’s taken even longer. I’m not entirely sure why to be honest.
When my Dressing Table mirror fell off the bedroom wall in the wee hours giving me a bloody heart attack, my first thought was “Great! I could just use 7 years’ bad luck.” But as fate would have it luck was on my side, as it gave me a stylishly creeptacular mask idea.
Well, you know what they say about life giving you lemons broken mirrors.
You may have heard me mention once or twice how I often pick stuff up with no real idea what I’m going to do with it (much to Beloved’s utter joy.
Last summer, I discovered several dead butterflies in an outside room. Tragically, they’d found their way in, but didn’t make it back out. Most were closed, but there was one that was still open and fully intact.
I try not to think what a horrific death that must have been, but she remains beautiful, even in death.
When I say “she”… I’m no lepidopterist, but I’m pretty sure this is a female Pieris Bassicae, AKA Large White or “Cabbage White”.
In many countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May but here in the UK, Mother’s Day falls in March which this year, is next weekend. However, like many extraneous seasonal events, I won’t be celebrating. Although this time, it’s not because I don’t go in for all those so-called “Hallmark Holidays”. It’s because my Mum is no longer here.
For those of us who have lost our Mummies, Mother’s Day can be painful.
Next week sees one of the most exciting times of the year. Spring! The arrival of the Spring Equinox on 20 March sees night and day equal once more and the air alive with all the promise of the year to come.
Apologies to my friends in the Southern Hemisphere who are welcoming the dark half of the year, but it’s our turn again.
As you may have noticed, unlike previous years I haven’t done any seasonal decorating since Christmas.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I have a thing for skulls.
In case you missed it, allow me to direct you to a few of my favourite skullalicious accessories like the skull knobs I made for the bedroom furniture and the Skull Floor Lamp created for the Halloween Kitchen. Then there’s the skull cabinet knob Beloved surprised me with for my DIY Apothecary Cabinet and of course, those gorgeous jewelled skulls, one of whom went on to become a skull mannequin.