October 21: What's-that-sound Wednesday!

Stop. Wait. What's that sound? Sh....

It's coming from the basement.

Who's coming with us to investigate?

Let's go!

The winners of yesterday's Two-for-Tuesday Giveaway are:

For the Sosanna's Closet Pendant Giveaway: Loren Morris!

For the Hemlock and Garnet Grunge Pumpkin Giveaway: Star Firewitch!

Today's Blogger: Sandi Crawford

The Power of Dark Magic

As we near Samhain the veil begins to thin and the other side becomes more dominant in our lives. Along with this comes a darkness. Not just the days getting shorter or all the scary monster decorations popping up, but also with ourselves and our minds.

As one of the few witch shops that carry items for dark magick spells I get a lot of questions from people. Some ask about the possible karmic back lash of selling/using those types of items. The answer I often give to the karma question is “depends”. There are many paths of belief and magick that do not have karma as part of their system. The longer I live in this world and witness the goings on of it the more I realize that those paths are on to something.

While I don’t believe in karma or a three-fold rule or anything along those lines I do believe that the energy we surround ourselves with influences the type of energy we receive. But I also believe that this is limited to constant energy. I don’t think if you cut someone off on the freeway that your car will eventually die and need to be replaced. I believe that if you surround yourself with negativity or darkness all the time then you will attract that energy back to you. So using dark magick is something you will want to reserve for the most dire of situations.

Most are curious as to why anyone would want to perform dark magick. This also an easy question to answer. I have found that the people who ask me this question are generally of a belief system that has a creator/protector God/dess (Christians, Wiccans, etc.). These people tend to not have a need for dark magick because they have a supreme being of some sort to smite their enemies and bestow blessings on their families for them. Or they believe in karma who will hand out a spanking for their bad behavior or a cookie for the good. However, there are still many people out there that do not have these benefactors and need to handle their business on their own. And then there are those times when you feel YOU have to take care of it yourself.

Those who choose to or feel they need to perform dark magick tend to catch a lot of grief from others. When it is needed it is used sparingly, and after there seems to be no other recourse. While you may not choose to use this type power doesn’t mean you are better than those who do. Instead choose to be grateful that you follow a path that has someone who will take care of it for you rather than talk down to those who are left on their own to handle their problems.

Happy Samhain!

The Siren's Song with Jennifer Rasmussen

Double, double toil and trouble....
Omnia does it again!

Today's Recipe with Autumn Earthsong

Apple picking is such a fun thing to do in October.  If you’re lucky enough to have a place you can go do it, Do do it! It’s fun for the whole family!  When you come home, make these for dessert!  The scent in your house alone will have you drooling!

Baked Apples
1 1/2 cups chopped and toasted walnuts
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/4 cup honey
2 Tbs sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
12 apples such as Granny Smith and Braeburn
2 cups apple cider
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup butter, softened

In a medium bowl, combine walnuts, raisins, oats, honey, sugar, lemon zest, and cinnamon.  Add cream, stirring to combine well. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes
Preheat oven to 350*
Using a melon baller, scoop out stem, core and seeds of apples, leaving the bottom intact.
Arrange apples in a baking dish…probably 13” x 11”.  Spoon about 2 Tbs mixture into the center of each apple.  Mound any remaining filling on top of each apple.
In a small bowl, combine apple cider and brown sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Pour apple cider mixture around apples in the dish.  Dot butter on top of each apple. Loosely tent dish with foil.  Bake at 350* for 1 hour.  Uncover, and bake for 15-20 minutes more until tender.

*You can of course half this recipe for 6 apples for a smaller crew.  Refrigerate left overs and re-warm in oven when you’re ready for more!

Yummy!  I can smell them baking right now!

Blessings and Love,

Autumn Earthsong is back for the 3rd year as our resident Kitchen Witch. You may have seen her recipes in Imramma Magazine and The Sunday Stew as well.  Autumn has been a practicing Witch for 17 years and hails from Ohio. She is a wife, mother of two, and Nana to three busy little grandchildren.  Samhain is a favorite time of year for her….with her name indicating what Season she loves!  Cooking for family and friends this time of year is also a joy…..Especially this time of year!   Hearth, Fire, love of family and good food is how She brings Magick to her home.   You can also find her blogging at www.autumnearthsong.com.   She looks forward to sharing her recipes with you all and hopes that you have a very Blessed Samhain Season!

Stones and Crystals with Jennifer Hodgson

Blue Calcite

Calcite comes in many colors, green, blue, yellow, orange, clear, brown, pink, gray and red. This is a very common crystal.

Calcite is a cleanser of energy. This stone can clean negative energies from not just a room but from the environment. This stone will also remove stagnant energy from within the body.

A great stone for psychic abilities, channeling and out-of-body experiences.

Blue calcite is a stone used for lowering blood pressure and to release negative emotions.

Today's Giveaway from Leave Them In Stitches

This Halloween-themed creation is a  one-of-a-kind, lovely autumn wreath made from acrylic yarn around a styrofoam wreath. It is adorned with matching leaves and everyone's favorite owl, Barnabus Owliver.

Value:  $75

Here's how to enter: (Canadians, skip this part and go to your section)

Like/Get Notifications on the Leave Them In Stitches Facebook page . Come back, comment on this blog post and tell us that you did.

Remember to add your email address to the page (if you don't want to post it publicly, simply send it via the contact form at the top of the page).

Want extra entries??

1. Peruse the Leave Them In Stitches Facebook page. Come back and tell us which creation you like best.

2. Tweet about this giveaway. Comment with the link to your tweet.

3. Blog about this giveaway. Comment with the link to your blog post.

4. Follow Samhain's Sirens on Facebook. Comment, and let us know you did (if you're already following, just comment and say so!)

5. Follow this blog so you'll be in on all of the fabulous fun throughout October! Comment here that you did.

That gives you 6 chances to win this fabulous prize!

Canadians, your country requires that you answer questions instead of participating the American way ;) So, we're bringing you some good old-fashioned trivia about your country this year. Answer the question correctly in comments (don't forget to put your email address in the comment!) and you'll be given 6 entries in the giveaway!

Here's your question:

Which province was, in 1916, the first to grant women the right to vote?

This giveaway is open until 9pm PDT tonight. Winner will be announced tomorrow  at 9am EDT. Remember, we have to notify the winner in email first, so those email addresses are critical for you to qualify for the giveaway!

Good luck everyone!


  1. I am already a stalker on the Leave Them In Stitches Facebook page. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

  2. On the Leave Them In Stitches Facebook page the shawl that was posted on October 11th is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! You are so talented!! By far my favorite!

  3. Awe so excited to give the Grunge Pumpkin a new home!!! <3 Thank you.

    " I believe that if you surround yourself with negativity or darkness all the time then you will attract that energy back to you. So using dark magick is something you will want to reserve for the most dire of situations."
    This is also how I feel.. I never really agreed with the 3 fold rule in the Wiccan traditions.. I like to be able to exercise my right as a witch or even as a human to still be a bitch if someone it upsetting or harming me. But that being said I also agree that It would have to be something terrible for me to even think about using my art for something dark.

    Todays Contest Answer to the Canadian question is: Manitoba... The province of ...I'm not sure, thats how popular it is ;) haha the province of cold weather and wheat I assume.
    But the frontiers of Canadian Womens' voting right.. YAY

    1. I absolutely agree with you. I have used dark magick in the past. Each instance was to protect my children. Other than that is rather just smack someone. Hahahaha. Jk.

    2. I've told Grunge and he is very excited about his new home! He's packing right now!

  4. I sent a tweet on this giveaway https://twitter.com/PaulaALupi/status/656825165356113920

  5. I am a current follower of this blog

  6. I am a current stalker of the Siren's Facebook page.

  7. Autumn!!! You are always making me hungry!!! That looks so good!

    1. Thank you so much Paula! Your recipes are wonderful too!!!

  8. OMG the apples recipe looks amazing!! Headed to the store now!

    1. Thank you Sandi! I LOVE your post today too!!

  9. I like Leave Them In Stitches on Facebook.


  10. My favorite item is the pink bunny(?) with the tutu. It is just cute. :3

    1. I forgot to mention that Jennifer's work is beautiful. I just received the pumpkin hat and diaper cover a few days ago and it is truly amazing work. My baby nephew loved it! =^_^=

    2. Thank you, Engie! I'm so glad you both liked it!

  11. My tweet: https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/656893434389655552

  12. I did a blog on this giveaway: http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/2015/10/autumn-wreath.html

  13. Of course I follow the Siren's Facebook page.

  14. And of course I follow this blog! =^_^=

    Wishing everyone luck!

  15. Lovely post from all the sirens today! Thank you for sharing. It really brightens my day. :-)

  16. I liked Leave Them in Stitches on FB.

  17. http://casualpagan.blogspot.com/2015/10/samhains-sirens-october-21-whats-that.html

    Blogged it!


  18. Large blankets on a cold Saturday, draped over me in my armchair, laptop cruising the internet, couple of cats stretched out in the nooks and crannies. That blanket pictured in the September 11th post looks like something the cats and I can really sink into :)

    1. Thank you, Joe! I believe that is the blanket we donated to a charity event. It's chenille yarn, so it's so soft!

  19. I follow Samhain's Sirens, usually right here in the Lazy Boy.

  20. I follow Leave Them In Stitches on FB under Jonquil Alexia. jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com

  21. I follow the Sirens on FB under Jonquil Alexia.

  22. Love the beautiful circle shawl you've just finished. Wow! What a beauty.

  23. Oh I love my Calcite! Awesome stone!! Congrats Loren and Star Firewitch!!

    I follow this blog still :D


  24. I tweeted about today's post :D


  25. That special order shawl on Leave Them In Stitches is just gorgeous and those little sachets are cute as a button!


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