Welcome to my little Practical Magic Blog Party post! I hope you enjoy it. I'd like to thank our two wonderful hostesses for putting on this grand event: Justina of La Boheme Magique and Anna of Frosted Petunias! You may find the entire list of blog participants here.
In this house we have chocolate cake for breakfast, and never bother with silly little things
like bedtimes or brushing our teeth."
Practical Magic quickly became one of my favorite films when it was first released. I already admired Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as actresses, and Alice Hoffman happens to be one of my favorite contemporary authors. Plus, who could resist a soundtrack that heavily featured the music of the amazing Stevie Nicks!!! Although the movie differs quite a bit from the book, which I also own, it still contains the same important messages about the power of love, the courage to face obstacles, and the undying bonds of sisterhood.
"My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage."
I am sure there have been times when you've felt like an outsider - I know that I have. Maybe you've felt left out because people think you're different or because you'd rather daydream about faeries and magic and a love that will end all loves. It's never wrong to dream - especially when it comes to love. Even when you've been hurt by it, it's still something that - just like Sally - you want and need to have in your life.
"Every problem has a solution, although it may not be the outcome that was
originally hoped for or expected."
I know I wish I could have pined for love in a fantastically amazing house like the one featured in the film. That kitchen! And that garden! Everything about the house and the grounds surrounding it are sprinkled with pure magic. Do you see these wind chimes fashioned from silverware in the photo above? Aren't they amazing! Here's a link on how to create your own. And what kind of delicious goodies would you whip up in that glorious kitchen - perhaps some lavender and vanilla bean shortbread cookies?
Maybe you'd create magical spells in the kitchen. Have you ever summoned a true love spell? Maybe you've sat in the dark of your room with a candle and invoked the spirits. Maybe you've even written them down. Or squeezed your eyes so hard and hoped and hoped and hoped. What would your spell include?
Would your dream love be able to flip pancakes in the air?
Would your true love be marvelously kind? Would your true love's favorite shape be a star?
Would your true love whistle your favorite song? Ride a pony backwards? Have one green eye and one blue?
"Love is worth the sum of itself, and nothing more."
Love can sweep us away in unimaginable worlds. And there is no stronger love than family. Like the sisterhood created here through the images and words of a movie and book that have that have touched us and united all of US together! And really - isn't that such a great gift?
I wanted to do something a little special to commemorate this Practical Magic party. And so I will shower one lucky member of the Practical Magic sisterhood with goodies created by me as a reminder of this fabulous blog gathering. The hubby masterfully assembled the silverware wind chimes that you see in the above photo (I am unfortunately not to be trusted with power tools...).
Stevie Nicks has long been one of my favorite performers. I drew this portrait of her when I was about 17 years old. I created a print from the original and placed it in an 11 x 17 black matte. I feel that her music really played a instrumental role in the film!
I also packaged up a small bag with some beautifully scented lavender and crafted these lovely star earrings - perfect to wear as you gaze into the night sky and wish upon the stars.
You shall have until 11:59 pm on Wednesday, September 29th to enter. To be considered to win the chimes, print, lavender and earrings, simply leave a comment for me here on this post! And - if you are a participant in the Practical Magical Blog Party - please be sure to let me know so I may enter your name TWICE!
Til next time...
And remember..."Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender for luck. Fall in love whenever you can."