Halloween, Halloween, oh what funny things are seen
Witches hats, small black cats,
Broomstick riders,
Mice and bats.~~~~Old childhood Halloween verse

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


They have 
started to assemble

The ambassadors
 of the night

They have made 
their reservations

And soon 
they will 
take flight.

One by one,
 the rules were set
and all are signed and sealed

The Great High Mistress
 of the Dark
 has spoken...
no one can appeal

Between the moonlight...

And the magic...

There will be
 no usual spells...

Can they be on good behavior...

Only time will tell.

This year will be different...
no eye of newt
 or bats

No potions in the cauldron
No tricks
 old black cats

this year will be different..

Because you see...

This year will be...


Self- Portrait 

The Cottage Witch
October, 2014


All photos shot in Chula Vista, CA.
No crows were harmed during the shooting, but this crow wanted to shoot a couple of geese.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014


There is some controversy as to who the Cottage Witch is really?
  Well, worry no more.
  As you can see,
 if the hat fits, wear it! 
 Now on to this week's party!

Have you ever felt like just sitting back, putting your feet up
 and enjoying some peace and quiet
 with a good book and a nice cup of tea?  And, then, all your well-layed plans go to he** in a handbasket and,
 you are no longer alone...


The witches are arriving
It's a wonderful sight to see
How about you?
Will you be ready?
When the witches come to tea.

They come from all directions
You can hear them from afar
They park their brooms
But you can't tell
Exactly where they are.

They swoop down at your table
Never knocking at the door
You'd never know they'd been there
As they've never come before.

They are very still and quiet
Not scary in the least
Their manners are impeccable
And they thoroughly enjoy the feast.

So, do what you are able
Stoke the fire and fill the pot
'Cause when witches come to tea
They like it nice and hot.

Is your kettle on?

The Cottage Witch
Halloween, 2012

All tea time china from Home Goods

Top picture: A Cottage Witch photo of night sky and moon
Art work courtesy of PicMonkey

Next week the party will reach it's conclusion 
and you won't want to miss a minute of it.
All you have to do is show up between the moonlight and the magic.
 You have my word as... 

The Cottage Witch

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Large crow pillow - Decor Steals
Small crow pillow - Kruenpeeper Creek
Velvet pumpkin - Home Goods

Are you answering the call...

I'm glad you all enjoyed the Week #1 part of the party...
now on to Week #2.

The Captain has a little change in his library...
we bought the two smaller wicker chairs in from outside so he could have company while he reads his many novels car magazines and newspaper,
 while having his morning coffee.

FYI:  He rarely has company since this usually happens around 5:00 AM!

We also staked his claim further by adding his initials on one wall. 
 I picked up these cardboard ones at Ben Franklins,
 painted them black and after the paint dried,
 rubbed metallic silver on with a rag. 
 I then applied a small amount of burnt sienna paint in places 
to resemble rusting.

It's a pretty rewarding project
 and they look like real metal...ish.

Coffee - Starbucks
Which I am not paid to say!

The Captain is pleased as punch!

Trick or Treat banner - Cottage Witch

The entry is ready to greet
 the trick or treaters.

Stoneware Crock - Cottage Witch

Halloween sign - Home Goods
Paper pinwheel - Cottage Witch

Witches - Cottage Witch

The only thing left 
is to add a bowl of candy 
and all the little ghosts and goblins will also be pleased as punch.

The parlor has donned her costume 
and is ready for the party. 
 She is going as a grand old lady,
 dressed to the nines,
 and is pretty full of herself!

 The library donated a few volumes of Harry Potter.
  She couldn't have set a better example of
 between the moonlight and the magic.

Witches Hat - Cottage Witch

A pretty witches hat
 decorated for a party?

Who invited these guys
 to the party?

A few tiny visitors 
along side a demure Miss Jackie O Lantern with a pretty hat of her own.

Her crowning glory,
 wrapped up in a fringed scarf,
 to ward off any chills.

The fall arrangement with a few spidery grape vines added..
a fancy glass vase (pronounced vas) and candle holders
 that the magic wand turned into mercury glass
 with Krylon Looking Glass spray paint, vinegar and water..
Mrs. Pumpkin Head from Hobby Lobby.

Another magical mercury glass painted pumpkin candy dish
 and a real, small, pumpkin 
sitting on an old candle stand.

This project is a copy-cat from Tina at What We Keep. 
 I had her whole hearted encouragement which she so generously shared with me. 
 I did change some of the wording to make it my own.
  The story behind this is...

You might remember our encounter with a real, live bat 
that paid us a visit just before last Halloween. 
(I will spare you a picture). 
 He got into the Cottage, we don't know when or how, 
and the Captain took a broom,
 not the Cottage Witch as you might imagine,
 to the problem and
 that was that.

I never thought too much about bats before.
  I didn't like them,
 even though I know they are good for the environment,
 but I just didn't think of them much.
  Now, since I've been "up close and personal"
 with one, the thought of them makes me pretty crazy, but...

...as a mantle scarf or adorning a lampshade..
I kind of like them..
but I digress...

...anyway, around Halloween,
 when I go into Ben Franklins to get crafty things,
 there is an electronic bat flying around in circles above my head. 
 I know its there, I expect it to be there,
 but I never fail to freak out and duck my head. 
 I've noticed numerous stares and rolling of eyes,
 in pity I'm sure!

Jack-o-lantern mask - circa 1940 - San Francisco grocery store advertisement

But, back to Tina and her clever project.
  The title of her post was Bat S**T Crazies
 and that really caught my eye,
 as you can well imagine,
 now that you know the full story. 
 So I took an old window frame,
 painted it black and silver,
 so it would match the old picture frame that, once in place,
 looks like a tombstone, which was not planned,
 and wrote my words on it.

The disappointing thing was that even though it looked great painted on the glass,
 it got lost when I put it in front of the mirror,
 so I crinkled up some tin foil and taped it to the back.
  Problem solved,
 and that is the whole story of how
 Cottage Remedies for the Frights of the Nights
 came to be.

Thank you, Tina, for letting me borrow your design. 
 You should check out Tina and her blog, What We Keep (here). I guarantee you will be glad you did.
 She is a sweet lady and very entertaining.

Thanks for visiting
 and watch for a
 'party from the past'
 next week.

...Judy, The Cottage Witch...

Hmmmm, here she is again.
Miss Jackie O Lantern 
wearing her pretty little hat, hmmm.

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