Friday, October 4, 2019

13 Witchy, Spooky, Goth-y Plants for a Green Witch's Garden Harvest

As I went to illustrate my #drawTober/#inkTober #WitchTober cards, I realized that I didn't know what plants to include in a Witch's Garden—off the top of my head I immediately thought of Rosemary & the self-named Witch Hazel, along with Mullein (which I had just harvested), and Mugwort, along with White Sage (used in smudging), and Bella Donna, apples, corn, grapes, pumpkins, and squash (being Harvest season, and added, from the first tarot card I'm working on, the #Witch .(#Mage/#Magician), roses and lilies from classic tarot iconography.


  1. Rosemary—planted somewhere near an entrance for protection
  2. Witch Hazel—of course, Witch Hazel in a Witch's Garden!
  3. Mullein—the stems of these were once called Hags Tapers, used to light the night
  4. Mugwort—3 witchy plant uses: A) part of a modern witch's dream pillow, this goth-y plant also gets cred as B) an alternative 'smudge' herb, instead of white sage, esp. for Euro-based/heritage witchy folks and C) as a tobacco alternative to smoke
  5. White Sage (Salvia apiana) Unlike the sage we use to flavor turkeys, these 
  6. Bella Donna—as much for the goth-y plant name, as much as anything else, lol
  7. Apples—Long associated with magic, from Snow White's apple, & the Golden Apple of Greece
  8. Corn—no more spooky plants than corn sheaves, tied up & displayed for #Hallows/Halloween (Hallowe'en, short for Hallows evening); also the husks can be tied up & made into corn dollies/poppets
  9. Grapes—because wine!
  10. Pumpkins—because jack-o-lanterns!
  11. Squash—because pumpkins are squash
  12. Roses—from the Magician/Mage/Witch I tarot card: the full red roses of manifestation, buds for becoming
  13. Lilies—from the Magician/Mage/Witch I tarot card: white lilies for intention (I did not know this association before researching the card)
Thus ends the first set of 13 witchy, spooky, goth-y plants for a green witch's garden harvest, which co-incidentally will be featured in at least the Witch (Mage/Magician) card for #WitchTober/DrawTober/InkTober (also kinda doing #TarotTober, even as/not it's a thing).

{Have been watching FreeForm's #31 Days of Halloween—& from comments on their listing page there were recommendations for AMC who's also apparently playing Halloween movies—along with Travel, Food, and eventually HGTV channels for their paranormally entertaining, delicious and decorative Hallowe'en ideas. Getting in the mood!}

~Also doing #cleanTober: organizing supplies & harvests, for my #apothecary-in-progress, while #upcycling various containers, & streamlining #storage

Did I mention I love October & Hallowe'en, even if it does mean 'winter is coming'?!









Wednesday, October 2, 2019

31 Blog Post Ideas for a DIY Green, Sustainable Octber

From Sept, I wrote:
My recent goal has been to get this blog going, populated with content, so that I can feel justified in the expense and time of moving to my own domain. To that goal, I planned to do daily blog posts, what many blogs used to do, and thus both prove to myself that I can keep consistently blogging, and provide inspiration and content/fodder for further blogging.
So, without further ado, here are:

  1. Oct. Monthly Calendar FREEBIE
  2. THIS Page (the post you are reading): 31 Blog Post Ideas for a DIY Green, Sustainable Octber
  3. Drawtober, Day 1: MageWitch, & Notes for MageWitch Images
  4. Pumpkin Spicing & Apples + Caramels
  5. Preptober Schedule & Notes
  6. Drawtober, Day 2-6, & Notes
  7. CleanTober/Organizing Round-up for Autumn
  8. Drawtober, Day 7-8, & Notes
  9. Upcycling Black Foam into Bats & Cats & Witches' Hats
  10. Autumnal Morning & Evening Routine
  11. My Mint Project DIY
  12. Harvest Round-up: Mint
  13. My Lemon Balm Project DIY
  14. Harvest Round-up: Lemon Balm
  15. My Plantain Project DIY
  16. Harvest Round-up: Plantain
  17. Last of Summer Projects: Mural DIY
  18. Last of Summer Projects: Concrete DIY
  19. Last of Summer Projects: Upcycling Plastic Bags DIY
  20. Last of Summer Projects: Upcycling Clear Plastic Containers into Shrinks DIY
  21. Drawtober & the other 'tober 3 week check-in
  22. 13 Ways to Celebrate Hallows
  23. Hallows Bucket List
  24. Hallows Bujo Spreads and Review
  25. My Twig Project DIY
  26. Harvest Round-up: Twigs
  27. Drawtober & the other 'tober Final week check-in
  28. Upcycling Containers: 2019 Little Orange Catfood bowls into wreath/pumpkin DIY
  29. Upcycling Cans Round-up
  30. Upcycling Milk Jugs into Skeletons
  31. Hallows & Costumes & Dia de Los Muertos
Some ideas for October....
  1. Nov Monthly Calendar Freebie

NOV:
Upcycling Organization Storage
Recipes for Autumn, Thanksgiving
Thanks & Blessings mindfulness
Prep for BlackFriday, CyberMonday shopping
Upcycling Tarn Yarn
Cozy, Comfy, Hygge Bedroom
Prepping for Holidaze
Gift Crafting

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October Calendar Freebie

Hello October! First day of Blogtober, along with InkTober/DrawTober w/a Hallows theme becoming WitchTober, also NanoWriMo's PrepTober. I'll be focusing on these themes, and a couple more that I'm doing by myself: codeTober & cleanTober.

Here's the first of a series of calendar #Freebie's that I have created, a desktop wallpaper calendar for October 2019.


Enjoy!


Part of this image was photoshopped, using the free pumpkin image from unsplash.com: unsplash-logoTim Mossholder

Saturday, August 31, 2019

30 Blog Post Ideas for a DIY Green, Sustainable September

My recent goal has been to get this blog going, populated with content, so that I can feel justified in the expense and time of moving to my own domain. To that goal, I planned to do daily blog posts, what many blogs used to do, and thus both prove to myself that I can keep consistently blogging, and provide inspiration and content/fodder for further blogging.
So, without further ado, here are:

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  1. Sept. Monthly Calendar Freebie
  2. Moon Phases for the Month discussion
  3. Spiritual Freebie (for Sept 2019: Moon Phases wall decor graphic)
  4. Labor Day Reset; Review of Summer Bucket List
  5. Labor Day Recipes
  6. September Nano Prep Schedule
  7. Organizing Round-up for New School Year/Back to School
  8. Last of Summer Projects: Craftroom Organization DIY
  9. Recipes for Back to School/Autumn
  10. Back to School/Autumnal Morning & Evening Routine
  11. My Mint Project DIY
  12. Harvest Round-up: Mint
  13. My Lemon Balm Project DIY
  14. Harvest Round-up: Lemon Balm
  15. My Plantain Project DIY
  16. Harvest Round-up: Plantain
  17. Last of Summer Projects: Mural DIY
  18. Last of Summer Projects: Concrete DIY
  19. Last of Summer Projects: Upcycling Plastic Bags DIY
  20. Last of Summer Projects: Upcycling Clear Plastic Containers into Shrinks DIY
  21. Fall Equinox Rite
  22. 13 Ways to Celebrate Harvest Season
  23. Autumn Bucket List
  24. Autumn Bujo Spreads and Review
  25. My Twig Project DIY
  26. Harvest Round-up: Twigs
  27. Tomato Protection DIY
  28. Upcycling Containers: 2019 Little Orange Catfood bowls into wreath/pumpkin DIY
  29. Upcycling Cans Round-up
  30. Oct Monthly Calendar Freebie
Some ideas for October....

OCT:
Upcycling Organization Storage
Upcycling Milk Jugs into Skeletons
Upcycling Black Foam into Bats & Cats & Witches' Hats
Draw-tober
Prep-tober
Hallows
Costumes
Pumpkin Spicing
Upcycling Tarn Yarn
Cozy, Comfy, Hygge Bedroom

Friday, May 31, 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Inspirations & Freebies: Late Spring 2019

Haven't blogged in QUITE a WHILE! But I've recently perused one of the mothers of all homey-lifestyle blogs—A Beautiful Mess*—& am inspired to apply a couple of things to my life/style & document it here:
1) Made an entry in my bullet journal: "Summer Bucket List"*
2a) Maybe? make some free printables—I'll see about doing in the next week, possibly
2b) Tell you about a source of free graphics and fonts I've downloading (6 weekly graphics & fonts) via Creative Market
3) Photography, done weekly, with some prompts**
May & June photos: reflections, textures, food, balance, perspective, routines, fam, & 2 projects: an (editorial?) diy calendar, & a mixed media gallery wall
***Inspiration: the Weekly Course Content / Prompts from
1. Get Reflective
2. Explore Textures
3. On My Plate
4. Find the Balance
5. Project: DIY Calendar
6. Fresh Perspective
7. Routines
8. Favorite People
9. Project: Mixed Media Gallery Wall
10. Creature Comforts
11. Action Shots
12. Pop Culture 
13. This Thing with Floors
14. Project: Blueprint Message Board
15. Document a Trip
16. Negative Space
17. Work Vibes
18. Project: Make a Mini Book
19. Elevate the Overlooked
20. Color Challenge
21. Shadow Play
22. Project: Collage Art
23. Go Abstract 
24. At Home
25. Recreate an Image
26. Project: Copper Photo Stand
27. Editorial Inspiration 
28. Flat Lay
29. Before and After
30. Project: Personalized Tapestry
31. Found Frames
32. Messy Stuff
33. In My Bag 
34. The Bigger Picture
35. Project: Party Coasters 
36. Golden Hour
37. Collections
38. Capture the Mood
39. Project: Turn your Photo into Pop Art
40. Handwriting
41. Choose a Photo Trend 
42. Blooper Reel
43. Get in the Shot
44. Project: Copper Photo Wall Hanging
45. Stylized Signs of Life
46. Favorite Spot at Home
47. Black and White
48. Project: Engineer Print Display
49. Finding the Artistic Shot
50. AM / PM
51. Seasonal Details
52. Project: Personalized Journals

Thursday, February 21, 2019

DIY Fixes for Old, Slow, Poorly Flushing Toilet

An indelicate subject, we in the West use toilets everyday, multiple times a day.* If your home or toilet is old, it may start running slow, slowly, flushing poorly, not flushing completely. The culprit?...The culprit of the slow flush is often MINERAL buildup in the holes that fill the bowl as you flush, often around the rim, otherwise low in the toilet bowl.

Do you have to go to the expense and trouble of replacing your toilet? NO! If it is fine otherwise, it may well be superior to many modern toilets, especially if you prefer not to buy the high end ones. So how do you fix it, instead of replacing the toilet? You have to:  ⇉⇉Dissolve or remove the minerals.

To remove them brute force, flush the toilet, then when the bowl is empty, turn off the water, & scrape away at the holes under the lid, using a strong wire, for example a wire clothes hanger. You can use a hand mirror to aid you in seeing what you are doing with the holes under the lid—Family Handyman has pictures here.

To {dissolve} the minerals, which come from 'hard' water—basically calcium deposits like you might find in a kettle, also known as calcifcation or lime scale—use commercial products like CLR or generic versions, that contain the key ingredient of hydrochloric acid, or the hazardous muriatic acid, OR more natural products like vinegar or lemon juics, possibly with the addition of baking soda, mixed into a paste, for added oomph.

However...it takes time for any product to work, up to half hour for the commercial preparations, and up to a half a day, or at least a few hours, for the vinegar (& it may take several applications), and because these deposits are in awkward spots, you may need to rig up a way to keep the vinegar in contact with the deposits (as in when a shower is calcified, a classic solution is to tie a baggy with vinegar around the shower head for a few hours to let it soak).

Another, very slow, but very easy method of dissolving vinegar (& this is my OWN idea, I have NOT seen it anywhere else on the interwebs) is to use a very slightly leaky container of vinegar in the tank, so that with each flush, a very dilute acid (vinegar is an acid, acetic acid) will keep eroding the calcification of the holes. I will work on various implementations, and report back later....

WORKAROUND: WHILE you still have calicifcation, use a gallon jug that's had it's top cut off to make a bigger opening, in your sink, to catch the 'gray water' (soapy water) from when you wash your hand. When you flush, you can dump this gallon of water in at the same time, and the toilet will work much better.

Happy fast flushing...it's the little things in life, isn't it?!!😄


*One of the reasons girls don't go to schools in areas where there are no toilets, is they often don't have access to sanitation materials. See the World Bank article discussing this here.

13 Witchy, Spooky, Goth-y Plants for a Green Witch's Garden Harvest

As I went to illustrate my #drawTober/#inkTober #WitchTober cards, I realized that I didn't know what plants to include in a Witch'...