Spirit bottles

This time of the year is good for contacting your deceased loved ones but also your spirit guides and others. I have always taught Melody not to be afraid of ghosts or spirits and that they are usually only good. If they aren’t we ask them firmly to leave and tell them why. It’s also not scary to visit a cemetery so she always likes to go or stop if we see a really older one.

My circle wanted to make spirit bottles this year like the ones seen and created by Sarah Lawless here. The ingredients and the design of the bottles we used from her bottles and her site.
I have a cemetery I have been to two or three times before up on a hill near our house. It is such a pretty place and has great energy in my opinion. I wanted to collect a little bit of graveyard dirt for our spirit bottles which I was planning to do when Melody was in school. I later realized that there was no reason she couldn’t come along too and in fact it was a good idea to have her help.

Before going to a cemetery it’s nice to have something to offer either the person you are visiting (if you know anyone buried there) or just something as an offering for the collective group that are laid to rest there. I had seen the idea of leaving a small painted rock at the cemetery and then decided Melody could indeed make a rock to bring along. I told her all about it and she took a purple Sharpie outside, picked out a rock, and drew a very cute smiley face. Although that wasn’t what I had planned to do it seemed perfect.

We walked to the entrance and Melody found a blackbird/crow feather on the ground. After we went in she decided where she wanted to put her special rock and then I collected enough soil for our group to make the bottles. I also cleaned up a few things while I was there.

The ancestor spirit bottles contain graveyard dirt, red ochre with red sandalwood, marshmallow root, ground eggshells, ground bones, cornmeal, cedar needles, mandrake and henbane and are sealed with corke and black wax. I decorated the top with a Sculpey skull I made. You can also pull the top off of one of those smaller skeletons they have at the Dollar Store or Michael’s.

Note: the bones I used I collect from chicken when we get it from the store or somewhere. I like to keep the smaller ones and they were perfect for this when I put them in a mortar and pestle.

Spell bottles can be found here as well as extra ideas for making other kinds.
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We try to go help my husband’s old landlords every year with the apple picking and cider pressing. Willow was actually a good help for most of the time and able to get under the trees to pick up the apples that had fallen. On the way over we had an awesome view of Mt. Hood. I kept thinking that the area where we were driving on Larch Mt. would be good for mushrooming but I would have to know when to go and what to look for of course. I have a book and know of a man who teaches classes in the area and is something of an expert. I am not that big a fan of mushrooms overall but I do like the foraging aspect and I think if I were to find them they would be really good. I also am thinking of growing some in our garage this year as it’s damp in there and a perfect temperature for mushrooms.

I have an idea for a drawing in my head but just have to put it on paper. This week I have been making wine, canning pears and we looked at 2.5 acres of land that’s out of our price range. It was nice to look at it and think about it but for now that is all we are doing. I have been trying to find myself this week and figure out what I should be doing and what I could maybe not spend as much time on. I have to figure out a way to fit everything together and it’s very do-able but I can’t quite find the right combination.

A little change

I changed the name of my blog back to Magical Musings so that I can cover art and magic and seasonal goodness all in one place. Only the title changed not the address which is still my name. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before.

I still also have my urban homesteadingesque blog here.

It is officially fall and we celebrated this weekend which included the cake that Melody helped with. She used an entire bottle of fall sprinkles to decorate but it was great!


Happy Fall! It’s Autumn or my favorite time of year. We are still having summer weather here to make up for our late moving summer i guess. It’s been 75 lately or closer to 80 for the last week. Yesterday morning it was cloudy and foggy out and we found tons of spiderwebs in the morning that caught the dew.

I have been taking Melody’s camera around with me lately in case I see anything cool. It is light and fits in my hand but it’s not very good at taking photos and is frustrating to use at times.

I hope

I really need to mix paint and finish this up but I haven’t done anything artistic in a month or so. I don’t know if it’s the time of year or what. My other idea is to write my books, since newspapers seem to be not doing very well. While writing the books I can illustrate them as I go. Never have I put the two together except with photography of course. This will be a cool project and I am also thinking of making a zine out of some of the information and illustrations too. It will be seasonal living with a pagan touch.

This painting is majorly altered by the way in Photoshop. I need to fix the color on top and then add some more flowers or something like this that I did.

Well Willow is taking a bath in the sink so I need to go. Melody wrote this little message this morning before heading off to school. “I hope that it wil be sone.”

Hope you are having a nice end of summer. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to have more to show soon.