Sep 30, 2011

And the winners of the giveaway for Practical Magic are:

The winner of the Midnight Margarita glasses is Lynda B of The Auld Grey Mare.

One box of chocolate frogs to go Judy of Judy's Photos.

And the other box of frogs to Illustrated Ink (Leila) of Tatoo Tales.

I will send each of you a notification and if you will send me your physical address, well then I'll have your items to you asap.

Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway, who came and left such nice comments and to those that have become followers. I am going to be listing an artist of the month each month and hope you will check out the artistry of the folks I feature.

Have a super 1st weekend of October. Linda

Sep 29, 2011

Maggie of Off My Rocker

October's Artist of the Month.

I would like to introduce you to Maggie. I met Maggie online because of her two sisters Maddyrose of Santa and the Mrs. and Marlene of Marlene's Musings. All three of these woman are so talented in so many different disciplines. For Ms. Maggie sewing, drawing, painting and sculpting are just a few.
Maggie has started a 13 witch collection, the first is Hester and the Second is Edna with Belladonna yet to make her appearance. I thought it would be perfect to show you, not only her first witches but also the other fantastic holiday and fantasy art dolls and sculptures that she has created.

I do hope you will go to her blog, Off My Rocker and check out all of her fabulous art. I know you will love what she does. I am in awe of her talent.

Sep 23, 2011

Welcome to Practical Magic a blog party

Of all the movies about witches and living life as one, I am, as are so many of us, just taken away when I watch Practical Magic. Not that it holds more truth or more feeling or more witchiness but there is a quality to the movie, that mesmerizes me.

The movie is so different from the book and the screenplay. And I must say this is the exception to the rule, I do like the movie much more. Frannie, Jet, Sally and Gilly are woman to be reckoned with, a force of nature. The Aunts are who I aspire to be like.

I could go on and on about my love of the movie as a whole but I will instead, call to your attention my favorite portions of the movie.

The first is Sally's "unlove" spell, Amas Veritas. The scene as Sally picks the white rose petals, paperwhites and sets the spell in motion while Stevie Nick's Crystal plays in the background. The music and the mood are haunting and you just know it is prophetic and wonderful as the magic spreads across the vast expanse to the boy who will fulfill her life and complete her spell.

Amas Veritas
He will hear my call a mile away.
He will whistle my favorite song.
He can ride a pony backwards.
He can flip pancakes in the air.
His favorite shape will be a star.
And he'll have one green eye and one blue. 

The second is the "toady infestation" from where the zombie Jimmy will come out of the ground to inhabit Gilly and take her back to be his own. Quite an icky mess of ugliness and yet......kinda funny. Bags of toads being dumped out from under poor Gilly/Jimmy.

Third has to be the Midnight Margarita scene with the accompanying "Lime in the Coconut" song. This is where the foursome carry on a most interesting conversation about each other while under the influence of Diablo Tequila as provided by someone at the door. My favorite quote from that scene is: "since when has being a slut been a crime in this family?"

Midnight Margaritas Incantation
Filet of fenny snake in cauldron, boil and bake.

Eye of newt, toe of frog, wing of bat, tongue of dog.
Adder’s fork and blind worm’s sting…
Barbados lime is just the thing.
Cragged salt, like a sailors stubble…
Flip the switch, and let the cauldron bubble.

And lastly the closing of the movie when Sally gives this thought as the family of witches jumps off of the roof on Halloween night while holding their umbrellas.

Can love really travel back in time and heal a broken heart?
Was it our joined hands that finally lifted Maria's curse?
I'd like to think so.
But there are some things I know for certain:
Always throw spilt salt over your left shoulder,
keep rosemary by your garden gate,
plant lavender for luck,
and fall in love whenever you can.

Thank you so much for dropping by to visit and read my post for Practical Magic at Practically Magickal. I do so appreciate it.

For Giveaway gifts I have chocolate toads (2 boxes of 4) and a set of two cactus margarita glasses to offer as pressies for this blog party. All you need to do to win one of the three gifts is become a follower of this blog and leave a comment. I will draw the winners names on October 1.

Thank you to our host Anne of Frosted Petunias for her efforts in making this party happen for the second year. Thanks, we appreciate you very much.