2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop!

Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop

Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!

I was lucky enough to be paired up with the lovely Megan from C’Mon Get Crafty.  If you like DIY and crafty stuff you have got to follow her on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for some great ideas!  We are long distance mailing between countries but I will be posting my ornament when I get it.

 

2017 Ornament Exchange and Blog Hop

Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts

Erlene ⋅ My Pinterventures Kim · Made In A Day Amanda · The Kolb Corner

Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons Michelle · Our Crafty Mom

Beverly · Across the Blvd. Christene · Key to Inspiration Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things

Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place Megan · C’mon Get Crafty

Hilary · Raising Fairies and Knights Emily · Two Purple Couches

Tina · One Crafty Mess Marie · The Inspiration Vault Debra · Shoppe No. 5

Trisha · Rosewood and Grace Jeanie · Create and Babble Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K

Terri · Christmas Tree Lane Maureen · Red Cottage Chronicles

Toni ⋅ Small Home Soul Ula ⋅ Lulu & Celeste Sue ⋅ A Purdy Little House

Pamela · Home On The Corner Lorelai Life with Lorelai Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify

Debbie ⋅ Tweak and Style Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson Says Chelc ⋅ Inside the Fox Den

Susan ⋅ Super Mom – No Cape! Molly ⋅ Just a Little Creativity

Roseann ⋅ This Autoimmune Life Angela ⋅ Simply Beautiful by Angela

Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling Journey

Tylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY Sam ⋅ Raggedity Bits Mary ⋅ The Boondocks Blog

Cyn ⋅ Creative Cynchronicity Dione ⋅ Clever Chameleon Quilting

Erica ⋅ Erica Ever After Chelsea ⋅ Love Paper Crafts Evija ⋅ From Evija with Love

Samantha ⋅ Little Bits of Home Hope ⋅ Hopes Crafty Niche Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie

Pam · P.S. I Love You Crafts


Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop

Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament

Materials Needed:

  • Clear fillable ornament (I got mine from Micheals)
  • Ribbon in your favourite colour, possibly two colours
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Citrus Fruit
  • Use of your oven, knife and a baking sheet
  • Glue gun and extra sticks
  • Extra charms if desired

How to make:

Part One:  Dry the Fruit

  • First slice your fruits into thick slices.  I did lemons, mandarin oranges, and limes.
  • Preheat your oven to the lowest setting.
  • Assemble your cut fruit on a baking sheet and bake for two hours, turn over, then back in for another three hours.
  • I found it still needed to dry for a few days on my stove to be completely dry.  I did not want them moist at all and attracting fruit flies or smelling, that would not go on a tree well.

Part Two: Assemble the Holiday Ornament

Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop

  • I filled the ornament with the citrus fruit.
  • Inserted a cinnamon stick.  I was lucky that the sticks were short enough to fit inside the ornament without needing a trim.
  • Take some pretty ribbon to use to hang the ornament.
  • I made three different versions of the ornaments.
  • One version was plain with just a pretty ribbon.  The second one I used patterned ribbon to glue around the ornament.  For a different third option I tied a ribbon around the cinnamon stick before inserting it inside.

 Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop


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How to Make a Portable Altar

How to Make a Portable Altar - Do you have a safe durable altar for on the go rits and fun? Check out this post for ideas on How to Make a Portable Altar.

Do you have an indoor altar space? What about an outdoor altar space? Do you have a travel altar? Here I will give you tips on How to Make a Portable Altar for yourself. It is nice having one that can go inside or outside, travel to festivals, classes, and rituals with you. It is so easy to bring everywhere once you are organized!!

 

What is your favourite tool to have on your altar?

 

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Considerations to make when making your Portable Altar

First thing you need to decide is what vessel or container you are going to carry everything in?  It needs to be sturdy and durable.  Be able to hold everything securely so it does not break when transporting, but be easy to store at home and not take up a lot of room.   I also like it to not cost a lot of money, frugal is essential!  Then you can spend the money on other more important things.

Another consideration is how are you going to safely store all your tools to ensure they do not clink together and scratch or break.  I will show you my method below.




What to have in your Portable Altar

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Next thing you need to consider is what tools you want to put in your portable altar.  These tools will be in storage most of the time so not ones you usually have on your altar or use in general magick practice.  Since you will be travelling around with them you do not want ones you are attached to immensely and will be upset about if they get lost, stolen, or broken.  Which of course can happen when you take your tools out of the house.  Also along the lines of frugality, if you can use items you have already (but do not use often) they are great to put in your portable altar.  Otherwise hit up sales, the dollar store, or make items if you are crafty.

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How to Make a Portable Altar

How to Make a Portable Altar - Do you have a safe durable altar for on the go rits and fun? Check out this post for ideas on How to Make a Portable Altar.

Preparing the bin

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I went through a cross stitch phase and made a beautiful triple moon piece.  I thought it would be beautiful to display on my bin and show people what it was, in a nice way.  Using a glue gun and felt, I lined the box with light blue felt and glued it down in the bottom of the bow.  Then glued the triple moon stitch to the lid with some ribbon outlining it and felt on top.  I believe the felt is important for a little bit of padding.  I also didn’t want the contents easy for people to see so it was a little private.  You never know when non-pagan friendly folks are around or in your house (I don’t tell everyone so unless they are reading my blog they may not know!) and they never know my portable altar is sitting next to them in the living room.

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Preparing your tools

I also made little bags for all my tools out of felt.  I used a glue gun to glue the bag, and used a hole punch to make holes around the top to loop a ribbon through and hold the contents in.  My sister made a fancier one using the sewing machine, and a double ribbon around the top to hold it together.  I feel confident between the felt lining of the box and the felt bags my tools are all kept as safe as possible.

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Now you are ready to assemble!

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What is in my Portable Altar

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  • A rose quartz stone wand
  • A few types of incense
  • A Wiccan prayer book
  • Sea salt
  • Four glass corner bowls with their corresponding emblem on them.
  • Tea lights
  • the Sacred lighter (aka only used for magick not used for smoking)
  • God & Goddess Candles
  • Saffron to use as an offering
  • Tarot Cards

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I combined them all together in my altar bin and now they are ready for me whenever I want to go outside with my children and do a rit.  I also like to bring it with me camping and to festivals, easy to transport, won’t break, and perfect for on the go magick!

 

What items would you want to have in your portable altar?

 

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DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.

I love everything Fall.  It is for sure my favourite season.  I love being able to decorate my house for Fall.  It’s sad that it’s the end of summer and means -40 degree weather is on it’s way, but it’s like nature’s consolation before Winter.

My daughter was asking for glitter crafts, and I am happy to oblige!!  I wanted a new centerpiece to display Fall items like pine cones, acorns, etc.  Maybe later on a candle holder for on the table during a holiday meal.  I hit up Dollarama and found a beautiful plain glass jar, some plastic leaves, glitter, and mod podge.  I even found the decorations for the inside.  I love making crafts, but I prefer to do it on a budget so I can make more crafts for less.

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.




Materials Needed:

  • Plain glass jar
  • Plastic leaves
  • Glitter
  • Mod podge
  • Glue gun
  • Optional: Decorations for the inside

How to Assemble:

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.

  • Heat your glue gun and assemble your materials.
  • I wanted to keep the leaves at the base of the vase.  I used the glue gun to glue the leaves as a border around the bottom of the vase.  But it’s your craft so if you want it at the top, middle, or even all over it’s totally up to you.
  • After you have attached all the leaves you can use the mod podge to glue it down against the vase and add glitter on top.
  • That’s it!  You are done.  You can choose to fill it with Fall items, or put a candle in.  Totally up to you!

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Where do you put your decorative vases?  Fireplace mantle?  Kitchen table?  Coffee table?  And do you prefer to fill with candy?  Fall items? Candles? Sand?  What is your favourite filler?

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DIY Nature Placemat

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

Fall is the best time of year for crafts.  Especially Nature crafts.  I love exploring with my kids and getting up close and personal with the great outdoors. We started doing Forest School last Spring and fell in love with it.  This Fall it was perfect to go exploring in the woods during my own version of Forest School and then come home and continue on by making these DIY Nature Place mats.

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

The kids had so much fun exploring nature and picking up treasures to put in our bag and bring home for a craft.  It also kept them busy for a while in the afternoon assembling the perfect place mat.  We use them to decorate our kitchen and set up a beautiful table for our harvest feast.

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

Materials Needed:

  • Sticky contact paper
  • Duct Tape or masking tape in pretty colours
  • Nature treasures

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!




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How to Assemble:

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

  • Measure out the contact paper to your desired place mat size.  I used an old place mat to model it after.  Make sure you cut out two for front and back.  Or make sure it is double the width so you can fold it over.
  • Take the backing off one of the sides (or half if you did a big one) and tape it down onto a table.
  • Help your kids assemble their treasures and spread them out on the contact paper.
  • Adult job: peel the other side/half and gently press it down slowly pressing out any bubbles.
  • Using the duct tape or masking tape (and please do not buy that pretty thin tape from Dollarama that breaks or it will take you an hour to tape it) line the edges of the place mat.  This helps keep the contact paper shut and give it some durability and decor.

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

Now get your kids to help set the table and admire their beautiful place mats.

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

What is your favourite nature craft to do?  Comment below and tell me!

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DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

I was so excited to try my own version of this DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath.  I love Fall, it’s my favourite season, I cannot wait to decorate for the next season as soon as school starts. My daughter is a big glitter fan (what four-year-old is not right?!?!) so she is always looking for glitter crafts to do with me.  This was a great compromise!

I hit up the Dollarama for some supplies and then came home to craft it up!  I suggest you check out your local Dollarstore for your favourite Fall items.

 

Materials Needed:

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

  • Dollar Store wreath- I found a wooden/wicker one
  • Leaves – real or fake from the Dollar Store
  • Red glitter (or yellow, orange, or brown, any leaf colour really)
  • Mod Podge & paint brush
  • Glue gun & stick

 

How to Assemble:

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

  • I heated up the glue gun and my kids helped me pick leaves (I alternated colours).  They handed me each colour and I used the glue gun to stick it on, they helped press it down.
  • Working around the wreath I glued all the leaves on until it was completely covered.
  • Now for the fun part using Mod Podge (or even regular white glue) the kids painted it on the leaves then sprinkled it with red glitter. They loved this part!
  • You can thread a ribbon through the top to hang it.  Or lean it on your fireplace.

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

I put it on my front walk leaning against a bale of hay for some pretty Fall decorations.  Just in time for the Autumn Equinox!!

 

 

What are your favourite Fall items to decorate your house with?

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Pumpkin Books & Activities for September’s Monthly Crafting Book Club

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

This month our focus is on Pumpkin Books & Activities for September’s Monthly Crafting Book Club.  If you have not heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Club we focus on a new book, series, or topic each month to do a craft on.  It’s a lot of fun and a great way to further your children’s love of reading by incorporating a craft along with a book.   I used to love the Berenstain Bears Prize Pumpkin book growing up by Stan & Jan Berenstain.  Since we are celebrating all things Fall this week for the Autumn Equinox, otherwise known as Mabon, this is the perfect time for a pumpkin craft.

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

We had a big family Harvest Feast yesterday and decided to make some pumpkin name cards to help everyone find their seats at the table.  Plus it gave a little decoration to the festivities.  It was my first time hosting a big holiday dinner and I loved this extra touch that showed everyone to their seats without the awkward “where shall I sit” while everyone hovers around the table.

Come join us for the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Each month we focus on a different book and encourage early literacy by pairing it with a craft.

Have you seen the other crafts this year for the Monthly Crafting Book Club?

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

June – Pinkalicious Series

July – Back to School Themed Books

August – Apple Related Book Crafts

September – Pumpkin Books & Activities

Join us next month for Pete The Cat series!

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

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Start off by reading the book The Berenstain Bears & The Prize Pumpkin by Stan & Jan Berenstain with your kids.  Get excited about all things pumpkin.

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

Materials Needed:

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

  • Orange & yellow construction paper
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • Glue stick & scissors
  • Sharpie marker

Assembling:

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

  • I folded a piece of orange construction paper into quarters.
  • Trace or free hand draw an orange onto the paper.
  • Use your scissors to cut it out.
  • Fold the pumpkin in half and cut little slits along the folded edge, being careful to leave a few centimeters at the edge.
  • Use the scissors to cut narrow yellow strips.
  • Time for your children to help!  Get them to help weave them in and out of the orange strips .
  • Use as many yellow strips as possible, the more strips, the prettier the pumpkin, and nicer the weaving.
  • Glue down the edges with the glue stick.
  • Cut the pipe cleaner into pieces about an inch and a half long.
  • Poke the end of the pipe cleaner through the top of the pumpkin and fold it up a bit on the backside to stay put.
  • OPTIONAL:  Write everyone’s names on the pumpkin to show them where to sit.

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

Pumpkin Place Card

  • To use as place cards stick the finished pumpkin on the plates of those dining with you.  Or weave it in between the tines of the forks.

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal




Tomorrow we will make Pumpkin Muffins in preperation for the the Autumn Equinox this week.   Then read more pumpkin books together!

Other than the Berenstain Bears Prize Pumpkin, what are your favourite pumpkin books?

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Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

Monthly Crafting Book Club – September

Pumpkin Books & Activities

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

Don’t forget to check out what the other bloggers did this month!

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

 

 

Last October we did a pumpkin craft for September as well, but Happy Pumpkin Day Mouse.

 

 

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Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

Handprint Fall Tree Painting

I made this a few years ago with my son when he was a baby.  He loved to do hand-print paintings with me.  This Handprint Fall Tree Painting was a big favourite and I love pulling it out to put on my wall each Fall.

 

Supplies needed:

  • Canvas to paint (I buy mine from Dollarama), make sure it is large enough to fit however many arms/hands you are doing.   I was doing two kids so this one was perfect for me.
  • Acrylic Paint: blue, green, brown, red, yellow, orange, and white.
  • Piece of a sponge
  • Paint Brushes
  • Sponge letters (again from Dollarama)
  • Ensure you are close to a sink or bucket of water with lots of soap for cleaning.

Method:

Step 1 – The background

  • I started off painting the canvas to look like the outside.  I squirted some blue dots sporadically around the top 3/4 with a few white spots in between.  The bottom 1/4 I put dots of green.
  • I moistened my sponge then squeezed out most of the water.
  • Using the sponge I lightly brushed it back and forth covering the whole top section making sure to get the sides of the canvas too.
  • Turn the sponge over to a fresh side and do the green, covering the bottom and sides as well.
  • I took another clean side and lightly melded the colours together so the canvas was completely covered.
  • Let that dry while you set up.

Step 2 – The tree

  • Toddlers/babies are MESSY with paint no matter how careful you are, make sure none of you are wearing clothes you don’t want ruined.  Prep your clean up area and put a towel down.
  • Take their arm and starting at the elbow paint it brown all the way up to their hand making sure to cover their hands too.
  • Lightly take their arm by the elbow and press down from the elbow to the hands firmly.
  • CLEAN THEM QUICKLY BEFORE THEY TOUCH SOMETHING!
  • Do any remaining kids.

    Step 3 – The leaves

  • Let it dry while you prep for the leaves, get a plate/lid/etc. and squirt a little red, yellow, and orange paint in it.
  • Carefully take child’s finger and dip in the colours one at a time and scatter around the finger portion of the “tree” to represent the leaves.  No need to rinse hand in between colours and if they go rogue and paint elsewhere that’s ok, it’s a falling or blown leaf.
  • Repeat with any other children.

Step 4 – The words

  • Choose what colour you want to write your letters with.  I chose silver.
  • Dampen your sponge and dip in your colour, blot it on the lid/plate a few times then carefully spell out F A L L one at a time repeating the previous steps with each letter.  You could change it up and write Autumn, or Mabon, or any other word you wish.
  • Let it all dry.

You did it!  An adorable keepsake to give to grandparents, aunt’s and uncle’s or add to your growing stack of adorable hand and footprint canvases that you are making.

What is your favourite messy craft to do with your little ones?

 

 

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Fall ideas to Celebrate Mabon with your Family

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It is starting to feel like Fall!  It’s been 11 degrees here at night, the leaves are starting to fall.  The Canadian Geese are starting to fly south.  That means it’s time for Fall ideas to Celebrate Mabon with your Family.  This is my FAVOURITE season!  Pumpkin and apple everything time!  Crisp weather, an excuse to wear my favourite sweaters and scarves.  Pumpkin and apple picking.  So much to do and celebrate the Autumn Equinox with my family.

See below for Fall ideas to Celebrate Mabon with your Family including  activities, crafts & recipe ideas.

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Mabon Origins

Mabon has been called the Pagan Thanksgiving by some traditions.  It is the time of year where we celebrate the second harvest festival, the changing of the seasons, and the coming of winter.

Mabon Story

A very common story to be read around this time of year is that of Persephone, Hades, & Demeter. Persephone was kidnapped and taken into the underworld by Hades (Lord of the Underworld), her mother Demeter (Goddess of Harvest & Agriculture) refused to let anything grow until her daughter was returned to her.  Zeus tried to negotiate Persephone’s return but alas, Persephone had already eaten six pomegranate seeds (another reason to NEVER eat the food offered to you by the fae or in another world!  You may get stuck there!).  So Zeus bargained that Persephone could come to the earth at Spring time, when Demeter is so happy all the plants bloom and thrive.  Then at the Autumn Equinox she returns to the underworld and the flowers and plants die until her return in the Spring.

Other similar holidays around this time:

Mabon is also similar to an ancient Greek festival in the Fall called the Eleusinian Mysteries, also based on the story of Persephone.  Harvest Home/ Harvest Festival, Octoberfest, Thanksgiving, Rosh Hashanah,  and Michaelmas are also holiday’s celebrated by different cultures and traditions around the world similar to this time.  This is also a common time of year for fairs to celebrate the end of summer and harvest of Fall as well.

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Ideas to celebrate Mabon with your Family:

  • Prepare for Winter, start stocking up on supplies, getting warmer clothes and prepping the house and yard for the end of the year
  • Have a Bonfire
  • Go Apple picking
  • Visit a Pumpkin Patch
  • Take a Fall walk
  • Drive to see the turning colours of the leaves (try and do two, a before and after drive to really appreciate the changing of the colours)
  • Visit a corn maze and have an adventure
  • Donate to the local food bank
  • Visit your local pagan pride events usually celebrated around Mabon
  • Read your tarot cards to see what the next season has in store for you
  • Do a ritual celebration solo or with family and friends
  • Go on a Fall picnic
  • Read autumn books on pumpkins, apples, leaves, etc.
  • Visit your local animal refuge (zoo, farm, sanctuary, etc.) and see the animals
  • Wear fall colours that correspond with Mabon – brown, green, yellow, orange, & red
  • Pickle, freeze, can, dry, bake foods to prepare for the winter
  • Take a hay ride or wagon ride




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Recipes and food ideas to host a Harvest Feast for Family, Friends, & Neighbours

  • Roast nuts and pumpkin seeds
  • Bake fresh bread & home-made brushetta to serve on top
  • Roasted beets, potatoes & carrots
  • Green bean casserole
  • Squash dishes
  • Scottish Bannocks
  • Chili featuring Autumn harvest foods
  • Tofurkey
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds

Don’t forget the desserts!!  All things apple and pumpkin should be the star of the dish!  Pie, squares, cakes, cookies, muffins, scones, turnovers, donuts, and lots more!

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There are lots of Fall drinks to enjoy during your feast too, apple juice, apple cider (alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic), pumpkin juice (Harry Potter much??), Fall sangria, pumpkin spiced lattes, and more!

Why not bake some pumpkin muffins and bring them as a treat to share with your neighbours and friends.  They need never know they were being offered a harvest treat to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

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Crafts & Activities

  • Make a wreath and other decorations for your house and altar
  • Nature mural
  • Apple candle holders
  • Apple crafts – see below for lots of ideas
  • Corn crafts – see below
  • Fall leaves crafts – see below
  • Candle holder – glass jar – tissue papers in the shape of a leaf or real leaves (hope to do this soon stay tuned for my attempts!)

 

 

Coloured Wax Pumpkin - This is super easy and great for teaching kids the quarters and colours. A perfect addition to your Samhain altar.

 

 

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What it’s like to have Pagan Friends

Ever wondered what it would be like to have Pagan friends?  Think it would be weird?  Wonder if they would stick out and make it obvious they were not Christian?  Probably not.  You have probably known Pagans at one time or another in your life and may or may not know it.

First of all what is a Pagan?  How is it different from Wiccan?  The easiest way I can use to describe it would be to say that Pagan is like the spirituality view (aka Christian) while Wiccan or shaman or kitchen witch would be the denomination (like Catholic or United).    Telling a Pagan they are going to hell is funny, since we don’t believe in hell or the devil.  We believe (many at least, there are always exceptions) in reincarnation.  So no, we do not worship the devil as we don’t believe in one.  We do believe in good and evil though.

One thing that is similar between pretty much all religions or spirituality beliefs is the Golden Rule or the Rule of Three fold.  The Christians have do unto others as you would have done unto you.  Pagans believe in the three fold rule, whatever you send out into the universe comes back to you three fold.  If you are worried about a friend being a Pagan or a witch and putting a spell on you, I wouldn’t worry.  They would only be sending out good vibes for you, otherwise it would come back three times as strong to them.  No one wants to put that kind of negative energy out there.




Some different things you may encounter

with Pagan’s or Pagan kids:

A lot frequent Pagan festivals and rituals

They are not as scary as they seem.  A lot of non-Pagans called “Pagan friendly” attend.  No need to be Pagan only to go!  They have workshops during the day, concerts, rituals, and drumming & dancing at night.  Rituals are actually mostly people standing around in a circle outside.  Usually with one or a few people in the middle talking.  If you are ever at a festival some may even allow you to sit on the outskirts to watch.

The night life, specifically the drumming & dancing is the best part of festivals.  A huge bonfire in the middle, 20-30 drummers and  50+ people dancing around in circles.  This is the highlight of the festival and always lots of fun. I have little ones asleep in the tent so I have missed this for the past five years, but it is a great way to get in some exercise, meet new friends, and have a blast.

Around holidays:

  • They may celebrate double the holidays you do.  Or celebrate things twice, or only the Pagan version.  Many mainstream holidays today had their roots in Paganism.  When the church started converting people thousands of years ago they found it was easier to keep similar holidays to what people were used to.  Thus we celebrate a lot of things twice.  Yule is December 21 & Christmas is December 25.  Ostara is March 21 & Easter is usually a few weeks later.  Mabon is September 21 & Thanksgiving around October 11th.Most of these we celebrate with a family dinner (sometimes with extended family).  We often exchange gifts, usually home-made for the Pagan version.
  • You may receive random gifts around holiday’s you have never heard about.  We often give Ostara baskets or treats to our family, friends, & kids teachers.
  • You may hear traditional holiday songs sang with changed pagan tunes: Jingle Bells, Walking in a Wiccan Wonderland, Silent Night, etc.  My son also asks for chants at nap time to fall asleep.

Other Things you may encounter:

  • We like to dress up all year round!  My kids dress as fairies, dragons, witches, etc. on a regular basis.  We frequently carry belly dancing skirts in our purses to put on at events and festivals.  We also like to wear cloaks and capes as much as we can!
  • They will have odd decorations in their house like brooms, wands, gemstones, goddess statues, books, tarot cards, mini cauldrons, etc.  You may also find some typical decorations we use for magic like candles, incense, and seasonal decorations.  NOTE:  It is always polite to ask before touching someone’s magic tools.  Most people don’t want them touched by others and they are usually only used for magic purposes.
  • Some Pagan’s have altars outside or inside, as with the tools above, look all you want, even compliment.  But please, do not touch!  Pagan’s believe each item has a certain “energy” and when you touch it, you throw that off or change it.
  • They may say things like “goddess bless”, “thank the gods” and other witchy phrases.  Like with all religions, take it as meant.  If someone says they are praying for me, I do not get offended, people mean it with love and I can pray to my gods in return for them.  If someone is sick, needs a prayer or is dying, Pagans often light a candle for them.  So if someone says they will light a candle for you or a loved one, it is meant like a prayer.
  • Pagans and other witchy people have an obsession with all things witchy.  That may be Samhain (or the traditional Halloween), Harry Potter, bones, stones, fire, anything.  We have pumpkin and witch decorations around year round in this house. My kids also ride toy broomsticks (meant as a sweeping kit not for magic!) and play “witch”.

 

 

 

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Dress Up Fun with Your Children

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Who loved to dress up as children?  Who didn’t love Halloween and getting to put on a costume and strut about enjoying the magic of it all.  Do you still do Dress Up Fun with Your Children?  Why can’t adults dress up too?  Here are some fun ways to incorporate dress up into your life this Spring and Summer.

 

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Where do you like to go all dressed up in fun costumes?

We use any excuse we can to dress up.  But, here are some fun places to take your kids all dressed up this summer in their favourite costume:

Festivals

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Medieval Fairs, Fairies in the Park, Pagan Festivals, check out your area for fun local events to go to.  Some may even be free, but dressing up is a great way to help your kids enjoy the festival more, and you too.  Why can’t you dress-up too!

Comicon

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Does your family like to go to Comicon?  Why not dress up the kids to enjoy the fun too?  It is also an easy way to spot everyone in a crowd when people wander off to look at different stalls.

The Park

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Turn a fun play date at the park into a magical time by letting them wear their costumes to play.

Gymnastics and play centers

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Nothing more fun than running around in your costume with a bunch of kids!  Plus it is easier to spot your kid in a crowd!

Walk in the Woods (or the muggle road)

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Play fairies and dragons and dress up to go for a fun walk in the forest, maybe you will even spot a fairy or two!  Also fun for normal walks too!

Camping

 

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Bring some magic and fun to your campsite.  A great way to embrace the woods and have fun playing at the same time.

 

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Review of Little Adventures

 

Dress Up Fun with Your Children - What magic dressing up brings. Learn lots of ways to incorporate Dress Up Fun with your Children into your Spring and Summer. I had the amazing chance to review some costumes from Little Adventures.  I was so excited.  The site had so many options on costumes to wear, even for adults.  I can tell you I was eyeing their adult cloaks pretty closely!  My four-year-old daughter immediately ran up behind me to help pick out a costume.  To no surprise she jumped on the fairy costumes, we settled on a cute pink one with a rainbow skirt.  She loved it!  She asked all the time when her costume would come in the mail so she could dress up!  My two-year-old son crawled into my lap and watched me debate which knight costumes to get him (I wanted to get a picture of my fairy and knight since that’s my blog’s name after all!) but as soon as he got a look at the dragon cloaks he made it clear he wanted to be a dragon.  So I got him the dragon cloak, if he wants it who am I to over-rule him!

Dragon Cloak

 

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My son loves his dragon cloak.  He is two-years-old so pretty much everything he does is adorable, but putting on that cloak and running around roaring like a dragon………. the height of adorable.  Particularly when wearing just a diaper and the cloak.  He loves roaring and having the cloak on just makes it way more fun. My daughter now calls him her pet dragon and he follows her around like a dog.  He also mysteriously has started asking to read lots of dragon stories and have me sing him dragon songs too (Puff the Magic Dragon).  I believe the cloak and his imaginary play inspire it a lot.

He has a hard time keeping the cloak on straight with all of his running around and spinning so we have to help him adjust a lot.  But, he adores costumes to dress up in.  He will be wearing this a few places for sure this Spring and Summer.

 

Fairy Costume

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First thing, my daughter’s Rainbow Fairy Costume  comes with a tag saying machine washable, magic!  I have no time to hand wash so this is amazing news to a mom’s ears.  My daughter was on me from the time the package arrived to see her outfit.  She gasped and couldn’t wait to put on the dress.  I find the sizes fit small, or I got the wrong size, but it’s a little tight on her.  It’s like a body suit so she has trouble getting it on herself and has had at least one accident as she couldn’t get it off in time to go pee.  But once it’s on, she transforms into a beautiful fairy.  She has worn it each day this week, she absolutely LOVES it.  Wants to wear it to school, for walks, playing in the backyard, she would probably sleep in it if I let her.  The quality is amazing and I think it would really hold up to a four-year-old’s wear and tear.  I know this outfit will get a lot of wear for us.  She is already begging to wear it for Halloween, six and a half months away!

 

Verdict

I would definitely order from this site again.  The quality is just so good, and the prices aren’t bad.  Way better than a costume, it will last longer and hold up better. My mother is already asking if she should get them costumes of Little Adventures for their next birthdays.

Here are some of the things on my wish list that I hope to get eventually, with maybe a few items for me.

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