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{cm2}: Halloween soda labels... Free download printable

{cm2}: Halloween soda labels... Free download printable: I've been working on these for a while during my lunch breaks at work... they took me longer than expected. I did have fun creating them. I ...

Recipe: S'mores Apples

S'mores Apples

Rated: Submitted By: Staff Photo By: Allrecipes Prep Time: 25 Minutes Cook Time: 10 Minutes Ready In: 35 Minutes Servings: 6 "Caramel apples are studded with graham crackers and marshmallows and drizzled with chocolate for a treat you can't get enough of." Ingredients: 6 Granny Smith apples 6 wooden sticks 1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped 2 tablespoons water 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows 1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips Directions: 1.Insert wooden sticks 3/4 of the way into the stem end of each apple. Place apples on a cookie sheet covered with lightly greased aluminum foil.2.Combine caramels and water in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring often, until caramel melts and is smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Dip each apple into the caramel and gently run apples around insides of saucepan to scrape off some of the caramel. Scrape excess caram…

The Book of Shadows

Have you ever wondered what sort of BOS I own? First, let's clarify. I own six. Yes, six.

1. The Sabbats
2. Herbs
3. Magick and Lore
4. The Garden
5. Home and Practical Magick
6. The Mirror

You may agree with me or not, but I firmly believe in a ring binder as the basis for a BOS. I've discovered over the years a tendency to add to each category and sub-category. I'm very organized, and when I find a new way to use an herb, I want to put it in the Herb book with the rest of the information on that particular herb.

I do embellish each of my ring binders. They are not blindingly white with a discreet label. Most show a care and joy in making them uniquely mine.

Free Motion Embroidery

I think I finally found my niche in the quilting/sewing world-- Free Motion Embroidery. If you've never seen it, or tried it, and you love needlework, you might like this.

I feel like I've come home. I can't embroider or cross stitch anymore. My hands won't take it. However, with my sewing machine doing most of the work, I'm churning out stuff like crazy, and playing like a kid again.

My present work is a modern take on Broiderie Perse ( ) I've taken a lovely rose chintz pattern and cut the rose bouquet carefully away from its original background.

Now I'm stitching it to an emerald green tee shirt. To open up the tee shirt so you can get at the front easily, you remove the side seams and underarm seams on the sleeves. I've basted the rose bouquet down, and now I'm using free motion to enhance the design and highlight what I like about…

Cleaning the Silver for the Holidays the Easy Way

For those of you who don't know what washing soda is, it is the BEST stuff for cleaning sterling silver. Put a tablespoon in a bowl lined with aluminum foil then add hot water. Just drop in your sterling silver pieces and it starts to fizz away. Leave on for about 5-10 minutes then take out and rinse in cold water.

Where to buy Washing Soda? Here:

Summer Solstice



At Midsummer, the Sun-god is at apogee (closest to the Earth), and therefore the longest day of the year. The pagans worshipped and celebrated the abundance of life, even as they recognized that this Solstice also marked the time when the Sun began to wane once more toward Winter's darkness.

The legends are full of the Sun God dying by whatever method, be it burning alive, blinded with mistletoe, or crucified on a T-shaped cross. In ancient times, this often demanded a human enactor actually dying, followed by a seven-day wake. Some pagan cultures have an Oak King, (symbolizing the light half of the year) being killed by his brother the Holly King (symbolizing the darkening half of the year).

"The Goddess, as we have pointed out, is unlike the God in that she never undergoes death and rebirth. In fact, she never changes- she merely presents different faces. At the Winter Solstice she shows her Life-in-Death aspect; though her Earth body…