🫶 Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - HandCrafting

I was inspired to create a Moon Alter for today’s Chaos Ritual. This led me to cleaning off a space where I can work with magick and other creative doings.

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Thank you so much! :kissing_heart:

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@Crystal5 That is such a beautiful sign, Crystal- I love the bright colors, butterflies, and flowers! Also the hexagon shape reminds me of bees making golden honey, which fits the atmosphere very well too I think :honeybee: :sun_with_face: And I know I said it in the group ritual, but that’s a lovely moon altar! :full_moon_with_face: :sparkles:

@Martje Making mandalas is such a lovely activity- and how fun to do it with others too! :star_struck: Wishing you all the best with your crafting mandalas and oil. Have fun with it, Martje! :heart:

@Anjelique Welcome, Anjelique! :blush: That is AMAZING- look at that design! :heart_eyes: It must have been complicated to get the overlapping pattern of the pentacle star to look that good- you have talent! Thank you so much for sharing :pray::two_hearts:

@TheMuslimWitch You’re very welcome! :heart_decoration:

@Katnabis Ohhhh look at all your beautiful drying herbs- those must spell amazing! :heart_eyes: The wreaths are really fun to make- I hope you have a blast crafting yours! :blush:

@Garnet You’re very welcome, Garnet! :heartpulse:

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Some of you already know, but I’ve been in the process of drying and harvesting my lavender (more pics in this discussion here). I decided to make a lavender wreath!

It took significantly more time than I thought it would (and a lot more lavender- twice as much as I had planned for! :joy:) but I’m happy with how it turned out.

I ended up just using the smaller vine wreath- I imagine the larger size would have taken me all day to do!

I started with wrapping individual bundles and attaching them one by one, but it worked better when I placed the stalks directly on the base and then wrapped one to two times around them.

Ta-dah!

I haven’t decided if I’ll leave it to dry (it’s sure to fall apart a bit during the drying process) or to spray a sealer on it to preserve it for longer- it would keep the color and last much longer, but would hide the scent and mean I can’t use the buds for anything afterwards. Choices, choices.

For now, it’s hanging on the door :blush:

Blessed be! :purple_heart:

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@crystal5 that is lovely & I too love your moon altar :star_struck:

@Anjelique that is gorgeous beadwork, I have only worked with the small beads on a loom, this technique is gorgeous. I can see why it would feel more rewarding, there are different projects that I am able to do where I feel the same way about doing it one way vs another.

@TheTravelWitch_Bry that is a lovely lavender :herbs: wreath, I haven’t tried my hand at a wreath in quite some time. I was 10 I believe the last time I made one out of strawberry hard candies for my Dad on Father’s Day. :laughing:

I have an idea of what I am going to make up for this challenge, I just have to make sure that I have the ingredients for it. I’m kind of excited about it & how I got there. :face_with_hand_over_mouth:

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This challenge fits with me this week. I have plans to craft a witches ladder and dress a candle for my daughters.

Blessed Be

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@TheTravelWitch_Bry that is so pretty! I am inspired to make a wreath now myself. Do you have enough lavender to use? Perhaps this one can be solely decorative, if you have a large harvest of lavender.

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That turned out so well, it’s gorgeous! I’m envious of your lavender harvest as my little plant still has yet to bloom, but I am inspired by how amazing your wreath turned out. I appreciate your step-by-step tips on how you made yours as I’m sure it will help me when I put my herb wreath together.

Beautiful wreath and I’m sure it smells heavenly!

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That ‘s lovely it must smell good in your home now :blush:

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I made witches bells.

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That’s such a sad story. :cry: The concept is interesting and I hope that if she did exceed her goal that her wish was granted by the gods. I hope you also find a good tutorial for folding a dragon origami! I look forward to whatever it is you decide to do. :blush:

That color combination is so pretty! I love the golds with the black and blue. :heart_eyes: I really like the last fabric choices with the planets and stars! I think that’s perfect for a shadow oracle deck!

This is beautiful Garnet! I think you did a great job. :sparkles:

I love that phrase. :sun: Your sign is so cute! I hope it brings you the warmth on the cold days!

Mandalas are so pretty :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Welcome to the forum Anjelique! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: It’s nice to see you here engaging and posting with us. Your beadwork is beautiful and I think you did a wonderful job. :revolving_hearts: Thank you for sharing!

There’s something so satisfying and beautiful about images of hanging herbs that are drying :heart_eyes: I can’t wait to see your wreath when it’s done! :blush:

You’ve put together such a great little space! That little moon calendar in the back is beautiful :waning_gibbous_moon: also → I have that same altar cloth! It was a gift from my parents a few years ago lol

Don’t mind me as I sit over here jealous of all your lavender :laughing: I love the wreath you made!

Exciting! I look forward to seeing them if you decide to share! :heart:

I love them! :revolving_hearts:


For this challenge I decided to use some of the yarn I got from the Michael’s sale and create a little pouch for my oracle deck. I still have a few decks that don’t have bags so I’ll be making more. I was excited to use this particular colorway for this deck though. I also made a tutorial for this bag that will be up on my crochet channel soon! The yarn is by Loops and Threads and it is 100% recycled polyester :blush:

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Very Beautiful pouch @MeganB.

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Very Nice @Ostara

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I have been inspired! I decided to move my moon alter to my magick corner. And then I changed some elements.


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Ok, so I really wanted to make my sleep pillow but I have had no energy thanks to COVID. So instead, I will share with you the various items that I have been making to try to help us heal quickly and ease our symptoms. Some of these recipes are from our very own @Mistress_Of_Herbs, who I’ve dubbed the Herbal Queen, some are my own concoction, while others are from various herbal remedy books. I’ll note the source of each one below.

To ease my symptoms, I have been living on Christeena’s COVID Tea. It is a great tasting blend of herbs that help ease the symptoms of COVID.

I made a chest rub to use similar to vicks vapor rub (my own recipe). I put 4 tablespoons olive oil and 2 teaspoons beeswax pellets in a small saucepan (I have a dedicated one for melting beeswax) and stirred over low heat until fully melted. I removed from heat and added 40 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 4 drops peppermint oil. I then poured this into small screw-top containers and let it cool completely before sealing. If stored in a cool place out of light it should be stable for up to a year. I rub roughly 1/2 tsp on my chest and it helps clear my sinuses. I will add more peppermint next time though.

Three times a day, we are taking an elderberry tincture that I made prior to cold/flu season. We mix it with juice but you can take it straight or mix it with your drink of choice (I would not recommend citrus as the flavors don’t mix well). To make you will need a 1:5 herb to alcohol mixture (50% alcohol/50% water). I used vodka but you could also use brandy or whisky, whatever you have on hand. I had a full bottle of vodka but if you have a lesser amount, check to see how much alcohol you have and then measure out your herbs from there. I used 50% elderberry, 25% Bonset, and 25% Echinacea. You could also add Chaga if you have it on had but I did not. Grind them to a consistency of coarse cornmeal. I used a coffee grinder that I have dedicated to my herbs. Measure the and mix the alcohol/water in a jar, you want the actually weight so either ounces or grams. Then measure out your herbs, remember the 1:5 ratio, and place into a macerating container - I used a mason jar. Slowly pour the alcohol/water over the herbs. Cover tightly, shake, and set in a dark place a room temperature. Label with current date and herbs. Shake daily for three weeks. At this time, pour the mixture into a strainer lined with cheesecloth over another jar, express thoroughly by hand. Take this jar and let it sit undisturbed overnight. The following morning, carefully pour off the liquid through a filter into a brown bottle. Store in a cool room, away from sunlight.

  • You will have to experiment with the dosage that works for you and your family. Start with about 5 drops to ensure there is no allergic reaction. I have found that for adults (over 10 yo), 30 - 60 drops 1 to 2 standard droppersful, 3 to 5 times a day works the best. I have not given this to children but have seen similar tinctures with recommended dosages of 5-10 drops well-diluted in water or juice taken 3 times a day for children 4-10 yo. I do not recommend it for under 4 yo without consulting your physician.
  • If you don’t want any alcohol to remain (either for children or due to alcohol dependency), place the drops in a cup of boiling hot tea or water and let the alcohol evaporate. Then you can drink it hot or when it has cooled off. It is only necessary to let it sit for 3-5 minutes for evaporation to occur.

A couple other teas that I have tried are as follows:

  • Throat Coat (from The Modern Herbal Dispensatory): 2 parts licorice, 1 part Marshmallow root, 1/2 part peppermint. Can also be made as a glycerite.
  • Lung-Lubricating Tea (from Herbal Medicine for Beginners): 1 c marshmallow root, 1 c mullein leaf, 1/2 c fennel seed, 1/4 c licorice root; mix and store in airtight container. Make a cold infusion by measuring 2-4 tablespoons per quart of water and place in mason jar/french press. Add cold/room-temp water and steep for 4-8 hours. Strain and drink directly. Can warm up and add honey.
  • Tamed Wild’s Cold & Flu Tea

Lastly, I am doing some herbal steamers where I place some peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary in a bowl and add hot water. I then create a tent with a towel over my head and lean over the bowl to inhale the steam. This will open my sinuses for a small amount of time and ease my sinus headaches.

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Don’t mind me, I’m just going to bookmark your post for future recipes and stuff :joy: I’d really like to make an elderberry tincture or syrup one day. That sounds like a good idea! Ohh and maybe some vegan elderberry gummies with extra vitamin C and zinc! :thinking: Now my brain is going and going and going!

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Go right ahead!! All of these are great for any sinus congestion. Those gummies would be great!! I’ve been doing walmart deliveries like every other day, lol, so I just might be adding ingredients to make gummies to my next round. Thanks for the idea!!

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I have made elderberry syrup before, it keeps in the fridge afterits finished for up to years depending on the type of bottle. Illhave to see if i can find that recipe

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I would much appreciate it! :heart: I’ve never made a syrup like that before.

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Omg! I must start making oils!!

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