Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Happy Spring! A Witch-Craft Project

Blessed Spring Equinox, Blessed Ostara!

Ellen's mantle all decorated for Ostara
I've been decorating for the sabbat at home and today I thought it would be fun to share my latest Witch-Craft project. These are decorated eggs dyed to look like real bird eggs. I have seen variations of this project on Pinterest and decided to try it out for myself.

To begin you are going to want to hard boil your eggs. The best way I have ever found to do this is to put the eggs in the pot, cover them with cool water and bring the eggs to a boil. Cover the pot with a lid, and remove it from heat. Allow the eggs to stay in the pot, covered for 12 minutes. Then remove them from the water and let them sit out on a towel to dry and to cool off.  (Perfectly cooked eggs- every time!)

Here we have the cooked eggs cooling on a kitchen towel. Also you'll see the supplies that I used to achieve the colors. Tea bags, plain old food coloring and vinegar- oh and HOT water.
I allowed the eggs to thoroughly cool (about 2 hours) and after I came back from the gym this morning, I hit the showers, got human, and prepared to start coloring the eggs.

To start you will need one cup boiling water and 2 tsps. of vinegar-- per each color that you want to achieve. To make the soft brown eggs,  I actually brewed up some plain Lipton tea and cut one of the bags open- then added the vinegar to the mug I used to hold the egg dye. The vinegar helps to set the color. I measured out the vinegar into the mugs first, then I carefully poured the boiling water into each thick mug

So then- 1 cup boiling water + 2 teaspoons white vinegar + 15 drops of food coloring. In each mug. (Or use two tea bags in a mug for brown).

I used about 15 drops of blue in one mug,  and 10 drops of green with 4 drops of blue to get a soft robin's egg blue in a second mug.
See to the left one blue and blue green egg drying on a towel and the brown eggs being dyed in the mug.

To the right, here are the eight eggs I did, drying on paper towels and tea towels. Once they were dry I mixed up some non-toxic acrylic craft paint to a medium brown color and splattered the dyed and now dry eggs with the brown paint. That gave them a more realistic look.

And here are a few of the finished eggs in a cute little antique pottery bowl on my kitchen counter. I can't decide which color I like better, the blue or the blue-green. Of course I love brown eggs anyway- here in the Midwest brown eggs are more expensive than white eggs. So I thought this soft golden brown was pretty. But best of all these decorated eggs look more like the real birds eggs you would find in nature- they are just larger. Also don't forget to keep your hard boiled eggs in the fridge after you are finished decorating and dying them.

Finally here is a snazzy picture on the right my daughter took for me. One of these days I have to have her teach me how she uses filters and such on her iPhone. It only took me about 15 minutes to figure out how to get the picture from my facebook to the blog. (sigh). Damn you technology...

In closing, this year I wrote the Ostara ritual for the 2013 Sabbat Almanac for Llewellyn this year. If you would like some ideas for celebrating the sabbat, a ritual for Ostara,  and more information on the Bird Goddess- who I think I very appropriate for this sabbat anyway- check it out!

Don't forget my book Seasons of Witchery- for even more ideas and magick for your all of your sabbat celebrations! Here is a direct link to amazon.com to pick up a copy. http://www.amazon.com/Seasons-Witchery

I wish you all a blessed and bright Spring and an enchanting Vernal Equinox!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Announcing the working title of my 15th Book!

Good morning,

Well after a marathon session of proofreading and polishing yesterday... It is all done. I started at 5:00am in my PJ's, fuzzy socks and hoodie. Stopped for breakfast and lunch but otherwise stayed at my desk until 2:30pm. Then I laid flat on the floor of my office to stretch out my back for about 30 minutes. (Still wearing my PJ's.)
I was wiped out but decided to go and work out anyway- especially after sitting still for so long- so I got up, pulled my hair into a ponytail, put on workout clothes and headed to the gym.

My trainer was so surprised to see me strolling in (okay staggering in) at 3:45 in the afternoon, I am typically a workout in the morning girl, that he walked over to me. As he got closer he looked concerned and asked me if I was alright. I smiled tiredly and said in explanation, "The book is finally done!"

This only seemed to concern him. He leaned in and said, "Ellen you have bags under your eyes. Are you okay?" I made a snarky reply about the glamor of being an author and he shook his head and told me to go easy today on the workout, and then to take a nap when I got home. Sweet talker.

I did a shorter workout, went home, hit the shower and made dinner. Because I felt celebratory I poured myself a half glass of wine. (Yeah I know, party animal alert!) While I was eating dinner I was inspired to go ahead and send the whole she-bang to my editor. So after I cleaned up the kitchen- I went back into my office and stayed there for a few more hours.
All sent in- officially done and off my desk! However, by time I was "done", I had trouble focusing my very bloodshot eyes, and I staggered to the couch and stayed put for the evening. Then gave up and went to bed early.

If you were paying attention to my Pinterest boards you may have clued in to the topic a few months ago....  Anyway, without further ado, the working title for my 15th book is...
Practical Prosperity Magick: Witchery for Success & Abundance.  
Now, that is the "working title". So while the main title should stay the same, the subtitle might get tweaked. That will be up to Llewellyn to decide.
The book is set up in a similar manner to Practical Protection Magick- and is the latest in my "Practical Magick" series. Release date for book 15 should be late spring 2014. Oh and before you ask- no I do not have any say over when a book will be released.

This book took me on an interesting journey. It has more advanced magickal techniques, fresh ideas and plenty of witchery to keep you busy and working towards success and prosperity.
In other news I will have a book coming out in Fall 2013. Sorry for the secrecy- but the publisher has asked me not to reveal what it will be until they give me the go-ahead.

Today's plans are pretty simple. Rest up, relax and re-charge.I think I have earned it.
Blessed be, Ellen