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

Monday, September 25, 2017

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...

Ricki Jill


  1. I have never read it, but I have to get this issue. How can I get one? I remember when Victoria Bliss magazine did one on Practical Magic. I found one on ebay and bought it years ago. I just adore that movie.

  2. Ricki Jill how have I not heard about this charming magazine? I love your interpretation of Practical Magic. Such charm!
    Have a lovely fall week my friend.

  3. The use of white roses is just stunning. White rose is a symbol of peace.

  4. I have read it and I love it!I am so excited about this issue..
    Trisha from the blog 'Conversations with the muses' designs a lot of their photo shoots with her magical fairy weddings and gypsy vignettes.

    A prequel to Practical Magic?! Yes please! I'm so getting that book!!

    your home looks amazing..cozy and festive.
    thanks for this.
    Happy Fall!

  5. I haven't read any of this but you've convinced me with the beauty you've created. You always find the prettiest flowers and incorporate them in the most creative ways.

  6. I've never read this magazine but I think it's certainly pretty. Love your interpretation of the greenhouse for your dining room. Sweet glass pumpkins, I have the same one and seems to be turning into a new collection. Beautiful floral vignettes. Everything you touch is just charming and lovely........

  7. Hi,
    I have not read the magazine, but it looks beautiful. I simply enjoyed this post today, you wrote from your heart and shared photos, I just love that.

  8. I've never read this one, or I think, even seen it -- but I would certainly look for it based on this. The photos are amazing and it sounds like much of it is my cup of tea. And I've never read Practical Magic -- I should add it to the list!

    Your home and autumn is so very beautiful. Love the pumpkins. Almost time for me to get mine out -- Next Sunday!

  9. Thank you for this enjoyable post. I have heard of the Faerie Magazine via Kirks Folly. I have never purchased any issue. My area does not have any places to buy magazines except CVS and they do not carry the magazine.

  10. I loved seeing all your floral arrangements from the past, and of course the stunning Pratical Magic greenhouse table! I know next to nothing about Faerie things, but it sounds fascinating. I will say that the 2 books I've read that you've recommended I would have never chosen but I have enjoyed them so much!

  11. I must look for this magazine! I love all things Faerie just for the magical fun sense of it all. I collect faerie's and I have a cat named Sprite!

  12. I love your round up of floral arrangements. You do like to play in the flowers and do a great job of that. Love your light filled home that make your photos pop. You have many lovely vases and those white scalloped pots are gorgeous.


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