Friday, October 17, 2014

Witches in Fiction 2014… Crafting Blooming Howls


Welcome to my wee contribution to the Witches in Fiction... Crafting Blooming Howls blog party, hosted by the lovely Magaly Guerrero of Pagan Culture blog.

This was not the post I had originally planned for this blog party, but when our magical hostess, Magaly, sent me the wonderful gift of a vintage novel based on The Addams Family television series a few days ago (here), she also included a bag of lavender in the package. It came with an instruction to have her explain the story behind "the purple stuff".  As it turned out, this was no ordinary "purple stuff". No, indeedy! Magaly had picked it while strolling through... *breathes slowly into a paper bag*... Sleepy Hollow Cemetery! Squeal!


So, realizing that I was in possession of some very, very special "purple stuff", I temporarily set aside the project I was working on and instead made a Little Gothic Heart with red and black damask on one side, and bats on the other. And how does this fit with the witchy theme of this blog party? Well, this Little Gothic Heart is stuffed with lavender that was picked by a witch from arguably the most Halloween-y spot on the planet!

As this was a last minute idea, I was only able to make one heart in time for the hop, but I'm planning on making more and will hopefully do a giveaway down the track. Now, please do head on over to Magaly's blog and mingle with the other partygoers.



52 comments:

  1. I love these, they are so pretty! I'll keep my mind out for that giveaway :)

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    1. Thank you, Ms Misantropia! ❤ I'll definitely let you know when I do the giveaway!

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  2. The fabric is beautiful! Just perfectly suited to YOU, I have a jar of lavender, but haven't found the fabric I feel deserves it!
    I hope you and yours have some "relaxing" time! can't have everyone sick for Hallow's Eve, now can we? xoxoDebi

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    1. Aww... Thank you, lovely Debi! ❤ xo Yes, you are soooooooooo right! Gotta stay fit and healthy for All Hallows' Eve!

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  3. That is probably one of the coolest gifts ever. Love your heart. That bat fabric is beautiful!

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    1. It's so awesome that my Blogland buddies get just how cool a gift it was! ^_^ I excitedly rang my poor mother to tell her that Magaly had sent me, "lavender picked from Sleepy Hollow Cemetery", and there was just confused silence on the other end of the line. Haha. Bless all you lovely people, Jessie! ❤

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  4. Oh wow! What a wonderful gift you received with your book, from lovely magaly. I wouldn't be able to part with a single dried crumb!

    The heart is absolutely gorgeous, I love the fabric you've used. Perfect! ♥

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    1. Magaly sent me enough lavender that I can share just a tiny, weeny, little bit, Yvonne! ;) :D

      Thank you! ❤ I wanted to preserve it in something special, so I was inspired to make some little heart sachets. It was such a last-minute rush to get the post up in time though, that I ended up having to take photos in fairly bad light. Sadly, my pics really don't do the fabric or the buttons justice.

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  5. Those make such lovely sachets to put in a drawer to scent one undies like graveyard lavender. Yum!

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  6. Absolutely magical hearts indeed! I dream of visiting Sleepy Hollow cemetery!

    http://broomsticksandlace.blogspot.ca/2014/10/witches-in-fiction-2014-crafting.html

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    1. I live in Australia, but if I ever get to the US, I'm heading straight to Sleepy Hollow, Jennifer! :)

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  7. Such a pretty heart! And from such amazing origins! Envy! :)

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    1. Oh, I know, Lexington the 1st! I thought the lavender was lovely when it was just ordinary lavender, but when I discovered where it was from... Eeeeeeeee! :D

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  8. It doesn't get any witchier than this!

    I just reread (actually listened to) the Sleepy Hollow story. I've lived around this area for a long time, but for some reason (you, I think) it keeps on popping into my head. I shall do some research and strolling (who knows what I will find), and then I will write a story. My muse wants it!

    Party! Your Little Gothic Heart is spooktacular. And I bet it smells delicious, too!

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    1. Ha! I soooooo need a smell-a-blog for a post like this, don't I? Yes, my LGHeart smells utterly delicious, Magaly! Thank you! ❤ I think you know how much I adore my special "purple stuff"! ;D

      A story inspired by your strolls in Sleepy Hollow?! Oh, yes please! :D

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  9. I'm not sure what I love more - this gorgeously Gothy heart you have so beautifully made, or the fact that it contains lavender from THE Sleepy Hollow Cemetery!! EEEEEEEEE!

    What a truly magical gift from Magaly, and what a wonderful way to honour and preserve it - LOVE!!! ♥

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    1. Aww... Thank you! ❤ And thank goodness I had you to share my excitement with at the time or I would have burst, Bec! As soon as my swollen hand deflates, I'll sew up some more. ;)

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  10. Worth a squeal!! This is like dark but cute love, Sleepy Hollow, "purple stuff" plucked from... hey did Magaly happen to check out what was beneath the flowers?? Very cool Emma, well done :)

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    1. Haha. Magaly said she's going to take a photo of the spot next time she's there. In the meantime, I've been amusing myself with fanciful daydreams that Washington Irving himself sprouted them. ;D

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  11. How bizarre... the internet gremlins posted my same comment twice... probs 'cause I thought the heart was extra cute ;)

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    1. Can't ever get enough of you, Shelle! :D ♥ ♥

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  12. Oooh! I'll be on the look out for when these become available as well! I've driven past Tarrytown to visit relatives out that way, but never stopped there. I think I will have to next time.

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    1. Oh yes, you've definitely got to stop there some time, Kestril Trueseeker! And make sure you write about it... I want to live vicariously through you lucky ducks! :D

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  13. You have done well, and the magical purple stuff stuffing makes this even more powerful!

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  14. Magical Purple Stuff. Lavender is one of those fragrances that always makes me think of nature and bits of magic sprinkled about. Thank you for sharing with us. Tell me when the smell-o-blog is live! =P

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    1. Haha. I've got my minions working around the clock on the smell-o-blog, B.R.! ;D

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  15. Emma you are just *so* creative and clever - this heart is gorgeous. And yes, indeed, Squeal!! Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Lavender??? This is the stuff of dreams...xo

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    1. Thank you, lovely Siobhan! ♥ Whenever I stop to consider the fact that the lavender grew in the earth of such an extraordinary place... Squeeeeeeeeeeee! :D

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  16. OOh! Sleepy Hollow Cemetery lavender! So cool! I hope there will be a giveaway in the future!

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    1. YES! Haha. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery lavender is sooooooooooo cool! ^_^

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  17. I am squealing too ;o) Such special gifts for you ;o)
    I love the hearts you made ;o) You are so talented ;o)
    I will keep looking for your giveaway ;o)
    Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. Thank you, lovely Stacy! ♥ I'm glad I'm not the only one who realizes how squeal-worthy my special "purple stuff" is! ;D

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  18. Lavender in a sweet package.... I love it!

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  19. these hearts are perfect for this celebration.....creating, sharing, howling.....yep, I'd say you done Ms. Magaly proud. xoxo Oma Linda

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  20. Those hearts are lovely!! The button detail is very cute.

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    1. Thank you so much, linnea-maria! I wish the photos did the buttons justice because they have some gorgeously lacy detailing that I just couldn't capture properly.

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  21. Love "the purple stuff"...and your gothic heart is the perfect pomander for it...*I has some too Squeee....!* :D XXX

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    1. Magaly told me she'd sent some "purple stuff" to you too, Gina! Aren't we just a pair of lucky duckies?!! :D

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  22. "Squeeeeeal!" Lavender from Sleepy Hollow Cemetary?! Beyond cool. I love this darling little heart. Stopping by late from the Blooming Howls party. Happy Halloween and thank you for sharing!

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    1. Hi Sarah! I'm still making my way around the hop too. :) There are so many wonderful posts and I don't want to rush them. I've just visited your blog and it's so nice to meet you! The glasses you created are fabulous and I loved that you shared the less-fun-part of the creative process, as well as the success at the end.

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  23. What a wonderful idea! Hope they find their way to your Etsy shop!

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