Happy Humpday IX - glitter pumpkins!

Happy 9th Haunted Humpday!

First of all, I'd like to thank everyone for your very kind words
on my little piece for Witches in Fiction in my last post.
I was blown away by the support and feel like maybe
I should pick up writing again :) Thank you so much!

Today I'm sharing pictures of my "Halloween shelf"
(instead of a proper mantle) and of my spray painted pumpkins.
For the pumpkins I used purple metallic and shiny black
acrylic spray paint, and lots of purple and silver glitter.

On the purple pumpkin I just sprinkled glitter on top before the paint
had dried. On the black and silver one I used tape to make a swirl
before I sprayed it black. Once the paint was dry I brushed on glue
in between the black paint and poured silver glitter on the glue.

If you don't want the stem the same color as the pumpkin,
put tape around it before you begin. (As you can see,
I forgot to do that on the purple pumpkin.)

Thank you, Marfi, for hosting! I hope you feel better soon.
And I hope to see everyone at Vanessa's party Saturday!



Witches in fiction - Crafting Blooming Howls

(This is only the beginning of a story, based on a dream I had.
There is no real ending yet, so please bear with me.)


Her dark coiled locks reach down her back, her face is creased from sun and wind and snow. The sealskins on her feet were thick and warm when she first set out, but now they are worn thin and offer little protection against the cold. She has walked for more than one moon and she does not know this terrain, but she eats the bark and berries her parents showed her during the winter moves. She has had almost as many winters as she has fingers and toes, but still she has no man. This makes her different than others. Some in her clan have stopped looking at her and speaking to her. They were happy when she was sent away.

At night the bones around her neck whisper to her, while she lies buried under the snow, sucking on the bitter root that her mother's mother, Batocke, taught her will keep the bad dreams away. She knows the bones are magical, as are the knots tied in between each smooth yellow piece. She touches the knots softly, one at a time, and speaks the names out loud to the night; Beautiful names of ancestors, of the lights in the sky, of the winds that carry Linash away each autumn and bring it back each spring, and of the Great waters to the west and south. She wraps the silver white wolf skin around her tight and most nights she falls asleep.

During day she walks. She walks across many different snows and ices. She kills a bird and eats it. The fire and the food warm her up a little bit, but the days are getting shorter and she has further to go. She has never been this far south before, but she has heard of the Great Water, a vast hunting ground with fish many times the size of humans. In her dreams she has seen what lies beyond the Great Waters too, for despite what the hunters say; It is not endless.

She does not like to think of another land, different from her own. It frightens her and the sights sometimes wake her up in a sweat. Instead she bows her head down and focuses on the rope tied to the kutie trailing behind her tugging at her waist, and the feel of the bones knocking against her breast. Her task is more important than her fears. She is to seek help, help for her clan. There is an illness spreading, one that takes children and grown and old alike.

Batocke said the hunters brought it with them when they came back from the summer wanderings. The old woman said they must have upset the Great Waters, that is why those that shared water with the hunters were falling ill. The hunters that lived Batocke sent away, but the curse had taken hold of the clan and more were still falling ill, several turns after the hunters left. Someone must go to the waters and make an offering, someone who had the curse but was spared.

When she fell ill she was scared and she thought of the things she never did, like lie with a man where the moss grows soft. But the fever ended and Batocke came to her and said; "You will go on a far away journey, alone, and you will save us". The necklace that holds the clans stories dangled around the old woman's neck when Batocke put a finger to her head and said: "Sights come to you". The older woman waited patiently until her daughter's daughter nodded, then she gave her the necklace and watched the younger woman's fear turn to pride.

She did not tell Batocke that when the sights come to her she does not see angry waters, and she did not tell the old woman that she does not intend to stop at the water's edge. As she closes her eyes against the snow wind she sees days on vast flat ice, she sees white birds and yellow land, she sees tall trees and greens she has never seen with her eyes open - and she sees other humans. No-one in her clan has ever met another human, and she knows of only one old story that speaks of them. But in the old story the other humans have a magic different from her clan's; the magic of healing.

Thank you, Magaly, for hosting such a wonderfully spooky party! 


As promised, here are the winners of

Meaning of Night - Strange Girl in a Little House
(Please email me your address!)

Twilight - Linnea på landet

Her Fearful Symmetry - Foxfire Musings
(Please email me your address!)

Micah + Strange Candy - Mindless Indulgence

The Dark Volume - Pagan Culture

Vampire Diaries - Roses and Vellum

The Little Stranger - Winter Moon

Congratulations to all the winners!
I'm not sure I'm able to get the books to you by Halloween
but I will try. Can you believe it's only two weeks away?

Happy Hauntings!



Haunted Humpday VIII - Halloween cottage tour!

Happy 8th Haunted Humpday!

 I finally feel all caught up with the Halloween makin',
and today I thought I'd show some of the things we've done
for Halloween in our little cottage this year.
(More to come in 2 weeks, for The Professor's Monthly.)

The only people we have over for Halloween is my family,
and since I have three nieces - the youngest is two -
our house is decorated in a more "family fun" way for Halloween
than me and my man would personally choose.

I found the salt and pepper shakers at our town square
flea market the other week - for next to nothing. I love them! 
(I also thrifted a warm cardigan, for autumn days at the store.)

I bought these streamers this spring when I visited my man
in the States.We have nothing Dia de los Muertos related in Sweden
so I was thrilled to find these - they perk the dining room right up!

We have a small and narrow mantel, so it can be tricky to decorate.
At some point in the future I would love a big open fire place,
- as much for the decorations it can fit, as for the fire.

These guys are hanging out in my bathroom. I realized this year
that we have the perfect wall lights to make bed sheet ghosts!
I just used some black velvet cloth for eyes and mouth.

And lastly; Here are some of our late pumpkins. I don't have high hopes
for them turning color before Halloween, but if they don't I plan on
spray painting them purple and black, so no-one will be the wiser :)

Thank you for visiting, and thanks to Marfi for hosting!
Our hostess if feeling a little under the weather this week
so please head over to her blog to cheer her up :)



All Hallow's Read giveaway!

A couple of days ago I read about the always generous
Yvonne at Winter Moon hosting a book giveaway in the name
of All Hallow's Read. Basically it's about giving away a book(s)
fitting for Halloween, and since I also have a few books
just sitting on the shelf I thought; Why not join in the fun?


Here are the books I'm giving away. Most of them are used,
some are not, and they are all in English. If you'd like a chance to win,
just leave me a comment telling me your options (at least 2).
The only thing I ask is that you are or become a follower!

By next weekend, in time for the fabulous Magaly at Pagan Culture's
 witchy party Crafting Blooming Howls on Friday the 17th,
I hope to have paired up all my books with new owners,
and I will post the winners in my party blog post!

 And don't forget; For a weekly Halloween fix, visit Incipient Wings
and join us in the Haunted Humpday countdown!
Our internet is up and running again, so on Wednesday
I am giving you the grand Halloween house tour :)


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