Writers’ Night Out Celebrates 10th Anniversary
by Silver RavenWolf
Ten years ago this month a group of magickally minded folks met for the first time at Borders Bookstore with authors Silver RavenWolf and Ray Malbrough in an effort to provide support and learning for writers interested in Pagan and Spiritual Themes. We never dreamed that a decade later many of us would still be together! Visit the Hidden Inspirations Blog (WNO’s own blog) at http://www.nightwindwriter.wordpress.com for news, information, and creative articles by the WNO folks!
Protection Toy You Make for your Special Little One
by Silver RavenWolf
I ran across a great kit the other day at Barns & Noble bookstore — Make Your Own Stupid Sock Creatures by John Murphy, Lark Books publishing. I brought the kit home and asked my four-year-old granddaughter what she thought of the sock creature shown on the cover of the box. She didn’t like it. She did, however, like some of the other creatures shown on the box. Luckily, the kit included instructions for the monster she liked, although the contents of the kit were for the featured toy.
The next day my daughter and I canvassed the local stores, looking for socks that best reflected the sock monster my granddaughter chose.
You know? What grandmas and aunts won’t do…
Five stores and three hours later, armed with a new pair of sharp scissors, upholstery thread and a plethora of socks, I sat down at the dining room table and began my Frankenstein endeavors to create the chosen sock monster. The instructions for the kit are for hand sewers (which I liked), and within two hours I had most of the toy completed. As I stitched, I chanted protection charms…which led me to thinking…how I could make this toy more magickal. When it came time to stuff the monster I printed up a Himmelsbrief (protection letter), added my granddaughter’s name, empowered it, then folded the paper and put it in a conjuring bag with 1/4 cup of dried chamomile. This went into Harry’s belly along with the rest of the stuffing. Not only does Harry look the way she wanted him too, he smells very good!
Himmelsbrief Harry isn’t just for kids! Given his country prim allure and his protective mindset, Harry will fit into a variety of decors and visitors will never know the difference. Don’t like the himmelsbrief file I mentioned? Check out the Trotterhead protection letter also on my site. You may feel the wording matches your intent better. Harry also likes to travel — sending him to your favorite soldier might be a loving gift from home. Oh! And grandma’s like them, too.