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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Stocking the Pantry

Greetings, My Pretties!
There is a change in the air...a shift occuring...
The clouds above me...and the welcome crispness of the morning's first touch upon my skin, whisper a promise of rustling leaves, gatherings and nighttime haunts ahead...

To prepare, Lovelies, I am ensuring my cupboard is not bare.....brimming with jars of homemade goodies to keep my cauldron bubbling all season long....hee hee hee hee!  I am, afterall, at my most cunning this time of year *rubs palms together*  Heeheeheehee!


I do have some extremely rare specimens in my pantry this year....


One of my favorites is this sample of Werewolf Dander. *the sound of her babbling becomes fainter*

~~~Shhhh! It's really me, Cameron...just popping in to let you know that I'll put the 'human made ingredients' after these little squiggly marks so that your inner Witch can ramble on and on about her new pantry items, too ;P ~~~
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(It occurred to me while drafting this post that perhaps not everyone would find it as light-hearted and fun as I do.  Please know that I am in no way trying to mock or belittle anyone's beliefs or practices with this post. This little story is purely fictional and intended for entertainment only.  I am creating it in good humor and with a happy heart, excited for my most favorite Holiday of the Year :)
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*in a loud voice*
Ahem....have you been listening?
I just informed you that the dander is perfect for spells of transformation.  The bottle is, indeed, small...but, you must know how difficult it is to even collect that much!
~~quick cook oatmeal~~


One item I wish were more rare. But alas, is becoming more common, are the thieving fingers of those who desire to procure my wares without due payment. 
Should I start collecting deaf ears, too....hmmmmmm?
Anyhow, they soon get a quick economy lesson in supply and demand....


 I demand, they supply.  I collect handfuls of them every year...hee hee hee! 


Those I can't use, I toss into the compost heap of my local Cemetary.


They have the foulest, most prutrid Graveyard Dirt! A pinch is neccesary for a potent sleep potion... ~~potting soil & a storebought bone~~


I always try to combine my errands so I'm not needlessly flying from place to place!
The centipedes I find there, too, are the plumpest and juiciest around...


A wonderfully wicked excuse to brew a batch of Centipede Cider!
 ~~rubber centipedes in water in a colored wine bottle~~


The Deadly Nightshade grows wild there, as well....


Seasons the stew just right every time...heehee...
 ~~ominous looking silk leaves and berries~~

Oh...and my Dear Sister, Helga, surprised me with a jar of Moss and Fungi from the Enchanted Forest ! ~~dried moss, fake green moss balls from Dollar tree, twigs and a feather~~


She is so much more patient than I am....waiting until the moss is awash in moonlight before picking.


Mother always said "the Magic is in the details!"....


Or, maybe, it was "the dagger is in the entrails"?...
...oh, nevermind.....

Oh, my stripey socks, I almost forgot! Apparently a band of Trolls tried to stop Helga from crossing the bridge at the Old Elm...
Well, needless to say, I now have lovely souvenirs of their meeting...heeheehee!


~~slivered almonds~~
....And speaking of smelly, cantankerous sorts.....


I can't seem to eat just one!
~~jar of button mushrooms~~

I do tend to get sluggish if I ogre-indulge...hahaha!


Though, it's nothing a little Slug Slime can't remedy!
 ~~aloe vera gel with 2 drops of food coloring mixed in~~


Helps one stay focused, it does....as well as, lubricates the workings...heehee!

Do any of you take pride in growing your own food?
I've been so fortunate to have had excellent clutches of eggs this year...

~~small portion of store bought webbing, 1 plastic spider & kids nontoxic molding compound called Gazz It from Dollar Store~~


First from Charlotte.  Why yes, she is named after that character from the little farm book...where the coniving she-spider saves a pig from the Farmer's axe...
...only to wrap him up for herself and devour him slowly...feasting like a Queen...you remember?


Oh, so your version is a bit different, is it?  Pity.....
Where was I?  Why, eggs...yes, yes....of course....

These are a kick!  When dehydrated and shriveled, as such, they may be grated over any food to add fire and hotness....Oh, how I do love spicy cuisine!

++Side effects include heartburn, smoking from the ears, gastro-intestinal discomfort, bleeding from the mucus membranes and scaly skin....oh, well, you can read the fine print later....

~~seed pods from my Siberian Iris plant~~

I kept pestering the Bait and Cackle Shop around the corner about my order of Horesefly Maggots.  They finally arrived!


I like to jar these little fellows up as favors when I host Coven meetings....

~~store-bought stretchy maggots from Halloween store~~


No pantry is ever complete without Bat Wings!  They facilitate swift night flight....
~~wings cut off of rubber bats~~

My newest acquisition is a vintage potion from a Chantiquities Dealer!  It was hard to find, but good to the last drop...heehee!

Only for use in extreme cases, of course!  I'm not one to spread Plagues around all willy nilly......usually...heehee!

~~plastic rats with a small layer of water poured in then the rest topped with oil~~

Sometimes, when the moon is so bright, you can collect some of it by crystalizing its glowing reflection.  These particles are called Moon Dust. 
~~2 types of glitter put in a jar swabbed first w/ a tiny amount of alcohol~~

You can do it with stars, too...though it will take you longer and you won't get quite as much.

I have saved the worst for last to share with you....because these are truly wretched creatures....slippery and scaley....sneaky and elusive....

...And seeing as how I avoid being near water (for obvious reasons), this sample is all the more precious...just a tiny snippit of these golden tresses can unlock deep secrets that may have been kept from you. Follicus Sirensis can make one able to hold their breath for an unusual amount of time, as well!

....plus, it salts the brew nicely, too...heeheehee!

~~cutting of wig hair, plastic greenery, shells, sea glass, driftwood and/ or sand~~

Well, I do admit that I enjoyed your visit immensely!  
Though, I must insist we not make habit of it... Lest, I start collecting ears, afterall, as punishment for not listening...hahahahaha!  I'm jesting....mostly.

But I will leave you with this advice:

Keep your warty chins up.
Cackle loud and often.
 ....and always remember to see the cauldron as half-full.
Ta!

~~Thanks for peeking into my Witch's Kitchen!  I had such a blast making these jars, that I just couldn't stop myself from making lots...and lots....of labels!  I've put them in Ye Olde Shoppe, if this has inspired you to start a pantry of your own.  Maggie was so excited to help put these together!  I don't know if I mentioned already how much I love Halloween! ;P ~~
...and you, too!

XO,
Cam

25 comments:

Lori's Glassworks said...

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.
Lori

The Secret Hermit said...

Awesome work Cam!!
This brought back memories of my favourite ever halloween in 2006when we had a zombie party and I did a heap of jars and bottles like that, so much fun!!

Michele from Pipi La La said...

Heavens to Betsy!
That is AMAZING!!!
And a lot of work!

Terri Kahrs said...

What an AWEsome post!!! I just LOVE Halloween, and your pantry is filled with fabulous goodies!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Becky Bowden said...

These are so gothically beautiful! I love them. I have loads of old jamjars lying around, part of me wants to have a go at making something like yours but part of me knows I might not have the patience to do anywhere near such a good job! Loved looking at them x
Becky -http://www.thegirlwhoblogs.com

Hybrid J said...

OMG, I'm loving every one of them and can see myself having way too much sketching them in my sketch book. Ahh, you're such a gem in blogland ... ;)

Raven Moon Magic said...

and what addicitve work that must be, looks like you could make jars forvever. i loved them and especially the dragons eggs and ! mermaids hair ! how obvious!
hope your sales go well, Maggie must have lluurvveed it!

xxx
Sheree

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh--these are totally AMAZING, Cameron!!!
WOW!!!

XO
Cindy

NatashaMay said...

Looks like you're all set for Halloween. :) I don't think I'll be coming to your house with those fingers in the jar. :)

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Yay Magical Cameron..that was so fun-spirited and cool..you are awesome..thanks for this enchanting adventure...gorgeosu creative photos..wonderful spirit!!
Victoria

Dezinaworld said...

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful set of halloween goodies, you are inspirational and now .... well now i need to add to follow your brilliant creative blog
hugs June x

Kristin said...

Wow! WHAT an amazing project and blog! Your humor and talents are mighty impressive - loved the mermaid hair - very cool touches. Thank you for your visit today and for all of this witchy inspiration . . . xo

Crystalrainbow said...

They are just too amazing well done you :) love em

WrightStuff said...

eeeuughhhrwweeeooooo!

What effort and fun has gone into this witchy project of yours. I am blown away (clearly by a spell from one of those strange jars).

Make sure those lids are screwed on tight now...

Frosted Petunias said...

Cameron these are wickedly wonderful! And you made so many of them! I love them...oh and especially the moon dust though I think my son would want to try the troll nail clippings. Don't you love this time of year? :)

Anna

Ayala Art said...

What a horrifically FUN post! You kept my chuckling all the way! I can only say: wow :oD

fairyrocks said...

Seriously!!!
FANTASTIC what an imagination you have. I will be laughing all day about these, and might have to try a couple of your recipe's.
Keep haunting and spooking

Carmen said...

You know... I love you just that little bit more now :D

Fantastic, absolutely fantastic - you have the coolest witchy friends Cameron ;)

Joyce van der Lely said...

Oh Cam, my naughty one, you have outdone yourself this year ! You have made me want to make some bottles right now today if I could....well there still is some time 'til Halloween... I have a bottle (and my son made one too) that could easily live in your cupboard. Know what ? I'll make a post and link back to you here, after all, we are Wicked Witches Sisters aren't we? and I have just the elixer you need to live foreverrrrrrrrr <;) hehe

Faerie Moon Creations said...

You are going to have the coolest Halloween house EVER! What hard work you've done! Everything looks amazing, Cameron. :)

Jessica said...

LOL, I'm going to come over and help you drink that Centipede Cider. ;)

Erin K said...

LOL...what a creative and fun post! Loved reading this so much. You know, if you need help drinking that Centipede Cider...I'll gladly come over and help. *winks*

Jenny Blair said...

Wowee, what a huge ammount of effort has gone into this amazing collection of lotions and potions...I have to say some of them were very effective in giving me the baulk! (especially the fingers..how life-like are they!??!) so all in all a huge success at you witchery creations! :)
I'll be sure never to stop by yours on Hallow's eve!heehee! x

Kristin said...

Thank you for your sweet comment! Yes, it did it with my fingers but really because it's the only way to work with those wax crayons - the warmth of the finger helps to blend them - not even q-tips would do it. Lesson learned :) Thank you and have a great Sunday! xoxo

Michelle said...

Those are so fun! I really like the mermaid hair and the centipedes in the wine bottle.

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