Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Winner of my September Letter




Hello, My Lovelies!  I hope y'all are having a great week so far.  This week is proving to be a busy one as we prepare to go out of town for a horse show.

And now, the winner of her choice from the September Sketchy Reader Letters (and companion book) is:




a Rafflecopter giveaway



Congratulations,  Marion!   Please email me your contact information because I'd like to get your prize mailed tomorrow.


Until next time...

Blessings!
Ricki Jill



Monday, September 25, 2017

The Practical Magic Issue of Faerie Magazine *plus* Autumn Floral Arrangements Round-Up


Greenhouse from Practical Magic



My version of the the greenhouse in our dining room


Happy Monday, My Lovelies!  I recently received the Autumn 2017 edition of Faerie Magazine: The Practical Magic Issue.  







I purchase this magazine from time to time because the articles are all about fantasy, and the photography is stunning.  I definitely wanted this issue because I like Practical Magic and Alice Hoffman's books in general.  This issue is dedicated to the Owens family, especially Aunt Jet and Aunt Frances; Alice Hoffman has written a new book, The Rules of Magic, a prequel to Practical Magic.  It's about the aunts' lives in New York City during the 1960s.  



This book will be released on October 10th.  I will read it and write a review soon.


In this issue, there are tips on how to host a Practical Magic party including recipes, an interview with Alice Hoffman about the new book, and the prettiest craft: a wire dress form covered in the most beautiful autumn leaf dress.










Another photo from my Practical Magic party from several years ago.



I also enjoyed reading about Hollie Witchey (her real name), a model and homeopathist, whose line of skincare products and candles sound divine.  The beautiful autumn flowers featured in her article inspired me to look back at some of my own autumn bouquets and create a few new ones this season.



This candle is the Secret Garden candle, and you can order it from Witchey's site HERE.
I also love this beautiful early autumn floral arrangement.  The arrangement in the magazine was similar, but it also had yellow and pink roses with the orange ones, and they were arranged in a beautiful hammered copper pot.  I wish I had something pretty and copper for autumn arrangements!



Here are a few of my favorite fall arrangements from years past:






I like using white roses in autumn because they remind me of the Owens family's green house in the movie Practical Magic




Asters are always great choices for fall arrangements.















While writing this post I stumbled upon a helpful review entitled "The Gossamer Pleasures of Faerie Magazine"  written by Amanda Fortini.  It gives an excellent overview about the magazine's content, aesthetic, and beginnings.  

One quote I love from the article is:

"As I perused page after page, I began to form an image of the Faerie reader as the sort of crafty, romantic woman who decants her own herb-infused oils and stores them in jars of amber glass on her windowsill. She designs her own wrapping paper. She knits hats that end in animal ears. She has a tarot deck, a crush on Neil Gaiman and a worldview she’d describe as rose-colored."



This could almost describe me perfectly (especially the part about having a fangirl crush on Neil Gaiman) except I can't knit (I do like crafts), and I do not have a tarot deck because I'm a Christian, and I already know my future.




This page from my art journal was inspired by my younger daughter's love for all things fae.  She originally found Faerie Magazine years ago in a store and shared it with me.  I spent countless hours with her when she was young playing on Pixie Hollow.



Have you ever read Faerie Magazine?  What did you think about it?


Until next time...

Blessings!
Ricki Jill