Sirens Celebration: Day 4

Thriller Thursday has arrived! 

We have such delightful treasures to share. But, first!

Samhain Celebration by Pinktutu

We must get yesterday's business out of the way, and announce the winner of the Ganesha Candle giveaway from the Hollywood Witch, Marie Bargas. Without further adieu, the winner is:

Angie C!!

Congratulations! Don't forget to email your mailing address to so Marie can send you your prize!

Treasures Under the Sea by Tara Mals

Warm Greetings to those lured into this page.  As we’ve approached this enchanting season, I am mystified and honored as a siren new to this year’s group of Samhain Sirens. I hope to captivate your interest along with your friendship.  To me, a siren takes on many forms and isn’t always perceived as all she is.  I have always been drawn to the world of wonderment, leaving our mind to imagine and believe in things we cannot see.  We all have hidden gifts inside that may not always be visible.  But use your magical forces to explore, indulge, and pull these out.  Your transformation can be enlightening.

  Through history, the iconography of the witch has swung between hideous crone and beguiling  seductress.  The siren and the mermaid belong to the latter breed.  Too beautiful to be of the mortal world, a mermaid uses all the senses to entice: irresistible music, beguiling eyes,, undulating curves and wet, tousled hair. Her sensuality turns a man senseless, drawing him deeper towards a silent marine underworld where mortals cannot thrive.

   Sirens are sometimes confused with mermaids, but they are not the same.  A siren may look like a beautiful woman, or she may be part bird, part woman. Where sirens and mermaids are alike is that they both have spell-binding singing voices. Sirens sing in a hypnotic way, which makes people follow the song, even if it leads to destruction.

   Sirens appear in ancient Greek Mythology, where they live on rocky island and sing until sailors, trying to get close to them, steer their ships onto the rocks.  Only the deaf or the very intelligent will escape.

 Odysseus and the Sirens

  Odysseus wanted both to sail safely past the island of sirens and to hear what they sounded like.  He made all his crew block their ears with wax, while he kept his ears open, but made the sailors tie him tightly to the ship’s mast.  As they reached the island, he heard the siren’s beautiful song and was unable to resist.  He begged his sailors to untie him so that he could jump off the ship and try to reach the singers.  Luckily, the men couldn’t hear what he was saying.

  Like the sirens, the furies, and the Gorgons, the harpies were female monsters of Greek legend.  They were depicted in art and literature as winged women, or as birds with women’s faces and long hooked claws, and their peculiar activity was to swoop upon human beings, or at least upon their food; their victims were carried off to unknown places.  The origin and nature of the Harpies are in dispute, but they seem to have a definite connection with the underworld, having some ghost characteristics.  Wind and spirit were closely allied in ancient thought, as was breath, and the Harpies are linked in literature with storms, whirlwinds, or sudden squalls such as are particularly dangerous at sea and damaging on land.

  People still have their conception of these Mythological creatures.  Several years ago, I was painting the windows of my Art/Antiques, Shop of Allurements, called the “Hidden Siren”.  That day, the shop owner next door to me, greeted me with “Love seeing those gorgeous mermaids you paint!”, as he passed me while I was painting.  The next day he came into my shop saying, “What’s up with the turkey legs on the sexy mermaid?” He noticed I had painted a siren with bird legs on my shop door.  As I explained Sirens and Harpies to him, I realized he wanted to be lured in by beauty.  I think if we can discover hidden beauty or virtuals  in the darker depths of reality, we have found a treasure.

In the tropics by the ocean is where you'll find this siren, Tara Mals.  She can be spotted in many forms, for her interests run wild, no taming this Taurean!  For many moons, this crone has been enriched, from her wide range of experiences.  Actively involved with her family, animals, business, and community organizations, keep her young at heart.  She is the creator of Hauntiture Creations, hand painted Folk Art on furniture and functional items. Along with her "Spirit Doll Collection" and  "Travel Tales of the Canal Hag" storybooks,all are created from her passion for Halloween, Mythology, the Nautical World, and the Exotic.  Her broomstick is tiny, it's a brush...magically it travels and takes her to all worlds, in time and terror, because she's Tara.             

Facebook Page:  Hauntiture Creations

Today's Music: Superstition by Stevie Wonder

It's okay.. no one is looking. You can dance all you want ;)

Today's Recipe: Samhain Banana Bread by Rowan

This bread is a favorite in our house, especially as the weather turns colder. I learned to bake from my grandmother, so I thought it appropriate to offer you my Samhain Harvest Bread as a recipe for the holiday. 

Samhain Banana Bread
(recipe makes one loaf)

1 1/2 C white flour
1 Tsp baking soda
1/2 Tsp baking powder
1 1/4 Tsp cream of tartar
1/2 Tsp salt
1/3 C canola oil
2/3 C sugar
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1 C banana, mashed (not pureed), about 2 regular bananas
  (caution – measure your banana! Too much banana makes for an overly-moist bread)
1 C zucchini, finely grated
½ C carrot, finely grated
1 1/2 C chocolate chips (standard size works best, but mini is fine, too)
1 C walnuts, chopped (if desired)

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees and grease a standard bread pan (if using a dark or silicone pan, reduce the heat to 325).
In one bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt. Set aside.
In the mixer bowl (or main mixing bowl), mix canola oil and sugar. Add the egg and mix again. Spoon in the zucchini and carrot and mix on medium speed until everything is evenly combined.
Starting and ending with the flour, add a little flour while the mixer is running on low. Next add a little mashed banana and continue to alternate until the last of the flour is added. Mix in JUST until everything is blended. Avoid over-mixing – batter should be slightly lumpy.
Fold in the chocolate chips and pour into a greased bread pan.
Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes, tenting with foil the last 15 minutes to avoid too much browning. Allow to cool before slicing (or it will fall apart). Delicious warmed with butter or chocolate frosting. *laughing hysterically*
For Muffins: Increase oven heat to 400, bake for 22-27 minutes.

Enjoy, and many Samhain Blessings!


Toni (Rowan) is a mom, a mimi, a friend, lover and free spirit. A native of San Francisco, she currently practices her Craft on the east coast and hits the beach whenever clarity and focus are needed. A Celtic hedgewitch, she is most at home in the kitchen, the garden, or in her workshop creating teas and remedies and assorted pretty things for the shop. When not working or creating, Rowan can be found with her houseful of minions (1 girl-child, 4 boys, 1 grandboy and 1 lovely man who adores her), looking for new and exciting adventures or reading a great book. She continues the search for the perfect spot of land in Oregon to call her own, and looks forward to the day when she can Witch for a living.

Today's Giveaway:   from Hauntiture Creations

 "Treasure under the Sea"  Giveaway 3 piece set: 

(1)  A hand painted piece of Hauntiture, 15 inches tall wooden cutting board.  A mermaid on one side of the board and a merman  on the other.  (2)  One framed print of a Siren  (3)  One mermaid wall plaque with a hook, with 2 changeable quotes to insert. Total value: $60.

How to enter:

US Residents

First entry:  Go to The Hauntiture Creations shop, peruse the amazing creations, come back here and tell us which is your favorite in the comments.

Second entry: Share this giveaway on your Facebook page (note: Facebook in no way endorses our giveaways). Come back, tell us you did in the comments (share the link, please).

Third entry: Share this giveaway on Twitter or Instagram (your choice). Come back, post the link to your share in the comments.

Fourth entry: Like the Hauntiture Creations Facebook page. Leave a comment on her Facebook page telling her you're visiting from Samhain's Sirens. Come back here, and let us know you did.

Fifth entry: Like the Samhain's Sirens Facebook page. Leave us a comment below letting us know you're a follower (hint: this is going to be a gimme if you do it now or if you've done it in the past. It'll be one of the entries for all of our giveaways).

Canadian Residents

For 5 entries, please correctly answer the following question in the comments section:

Which of the following is NOT a province of Canada?

Alberta, British Columbia,  Rhode Island, Quebec

You have until 11:59p EDT to enter this giveaway. Winner will be announced in tomorrow's post. Good luck!

That's it for today. See you tomorrow for more Sireny fun!

Happy Samhaining!


  1. I love the Gothic Panelled Trunk! I follow Hauntiture and Samhain Siren's on Facebook! :) my email is I am not sure where else to enter that..haha.

  2. Oh my Odin! There are so many goodies in her shop! I love the Grimoire box, the Sleepy Hollow Bed Tray, and the Witches of Weirdism! Fantastic!

  3. I tweeted.

  4. The Wheel of the Year table is divine! I follow the Sirens and The Hauntiture Facebook page! I shared on Facebook. My email is

  5. I like Hauntiture Creations on Facebook.

  6. While I adore her trunks, my favorite is the Mermaid Vase as it reminds me of Grand #3's short story: I am a colorful mermaid. Humans try to hunt us down. That's why we live in mermaid land. PS we mermaids sliced them and chopped them. We won the war. (She has a nice drawing of her mermaid , but I can't figure out how to upload it here. It's on my fb page).

  7. Shared on twitter:

  8. I left a comment on one of Hauntiture's posts & liked her page.

  9. So hard to choose but I love the wheel of the year table.

  10. Liked and commented on the page.

  11. I checked out the shop, in love with all her items, but especially the Full moon trunk.

  12. I have completed every entry except 2 as I don't have Instagram. I LOVE TODAY'S GIVE AW

  13. I love the fairy tale pumpkin from Cinderella tray at Hauntiture Creations!

  14. Shared the give away to my FB page!

  15. I liked the Hauntiture Creations FB page and said Hi!

  16. I love Samhain's Sirens FB page!

  17. I absolutely love this give away! I love mermaids. Gorgeous art work.

  18. I follow the Sirens Facebook page.

  19. I follow the Hauntiture Facebook page.

  20. I love the Grimore Box.

  21. The Basic Black Evil Squadron barrel is one of my favorites. It was hard just picking one!

  22. I shared today's contest via facebook under Clara Pitt.

  23. I visited and follow the Hauntiture Creation Page under my name Clara Pitt on facebook.

  24. I am a follower of Samhain's Sirens on facebook. I am so happy they are back this year :)

  25. Wheel of the Year table is my all time fave! I follow the Sirens and The Hauntiture creations Facebook page. email is

  26. I already follow the Sirens Page eagerly!!

  27. I teeeted about the giveaway

  28. I visited the Hautiture Creations shop and love the Halloween theme child’s bench!!!! Love it!!

  29. I shared the giveaway on my Facebook page!

  30. I liked and followed The Hauntiture Creations Facebook Page


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