Bohemian Magic Studios Presents Crafty Card Exchange | Opening My Cards! (The One With all the Sniffing)
Hello Magickal Beings!
This past December, I hosted a Crafty Card Exchange in my Magickal Moon Collective Facebook Group! There were about 8 of us who participated in this exchange and it was TONS of fun!! The rules were simple, at least one item in the envelope had to be handcrafted, and they had to be sent out by December 15, the latest! I know this video seems way past due, however, I did not actually even receive all of my cards until January 5th! I had SO much fun opening these!
My participants sent me some very fun and creative stuff including some teas, stickers, tree ornaments, zines, finger puppets, cat toys, scrapbooking ephemera, charm bags, and more! In today's video, I will be opening all of the crafty cards the exchange participants sent to me!.....and also a lot of sniffing things, hahaha! If there's one thing I can say, is that everyone's packages smelt SO GOOD - chock full of holiday spice! Also at the end of the video, I will give you a sneak peek of the cards I put together to send out to my participants!
Thank you SO much to all who participated in this fun exchange!
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Bohemian Magic Studios Presents Sea Magic
Sandra Kynes (Book Review) - feat. Mermaid Kailin Jade
Hello Magickal Beings!
Here is the last official video in this July's Magickal Mermaid Series! I had SO much fun celebrating the ocean, the sea, and all of its magick this month, with all of you! I really hope you enjoyed exploring the ocean's mysteries, as much as I have, and will continue to do so! Is this something you'd like to see me return to for next year? Please let me know in the comments below, or email or DM me on my instagram page to send me any requests or feedback.
Anyway, here is a video about a book that was just too lovely to not talk about. It's called Sea Magick by Sandra Kynes. The video is a bit lengthy, so please follow the timestamps below to jump to the parts that interest you the most!
Also, this video is in collaboration with Mermaid Kailin Jade!
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SEA MAGIC SYNOPSIS:
INVOKE THE POWER OF THE SEA AND TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE
Purifying mesmerizing, transformative ----- The sea has long been celebrated for its beauty and mysterious power. By connecting to the ocean's energies you will deepen your experience of the natural world, and enrich your life.
Whether you live near or far from the coast, Sea Magic takes you on a unique voyage of spiritual rejuvenation. Explore various types of shells and sea creatures, both real and mythical. Call upon sea deities and saints to amplify your spiritual practice, and try a wide array of relaxation exercises and meditative techniques:
* Set up a sea-themed altar o empower your intentions
* Center your energy with a cosmic ocean-moon meditation and a conch-hand mudra
* Release emotions with an ancient practice known as ocean breath to attune to the tides
* Use shells for divination and positive visualization
* Select a sea fetch (totem animal) to take you on a shamanic journey
Dive into your inner world of emotions, imagination, and creativity --- and let the sea's timeless wisdom guide you on your life path.
SANDRA KYNES (Maine) - describes herself as an explorer. She likes finding underlying similarities and connections in our world, then crafting new ways to interact with them. Her investigations have resulted in eleven books, including Star Magic and Whispers From the Woods. She is also a yoga instructor, massage therapist, and Reiki practitioner. https://www.kynes.net
04:29 - Introduction
06:27 - Currents & Waves, the 9th Wave, Wave Trains
07:16 - How to do a Ninefold Sea Blessing
08:29 - Sea Centering Technique
09:38 - The Oceanic Realm of Emotion
9:50 - How to do an Ocean Breath
10:14 - JOURNAL SELF REFLECTION QUESTIONS
10:48 - Myths, Dieties, & Saints
11:14 - Yemanja
12:15 - Pantheons
13:08 - JOURNAL SELF REFLECTION QUESTIONS
13:49 - Altars, Tools, & Divination
14:22 - Using Seashells to represent the Cardinal Directions
15:00 - How to do a seashell cleansing & blessing
15:33 - Moon Blessing of Salt
15:45 - How to create a sea circle of energy
17:01 - Oracular Guidance & Signs/Divination w/ Cowry Shells
19:10 - JOURNAL SELF REFLECTION QUESTIONS
19:56 - Seashells
22:02 - JOURNAL SELF REFLECTION QUESTIONS CHAPTER 5
22:30 - Sea Fetches, Totem Animals, & Mythical Sea Creatures
24:10 - The Sea Journey (Meditation Script & Technique)
25:43 - Mythical Sea Creature Glossary
27:05 - JOURNAL SELF REFLECTION QUESTIONS
27:22 - The Moon, Meditations, & Everyday Life
29:03 - Cosmic Sea Centering Technique
29:42 - Equinox Tide Call
30:58 - Different Meditations to do (Seashell, Heart Chakra, Mudra)
31:46 - Ocean Displays in your home
32:16 - Sea Magick for health (Ours & the Ocean's)
33:10 - JOURNAL SELF REFLECTION QUESTIONS IN CONCLUSION
33:42 - The Ebb & Flow
35:21 - Mind Mapping Journal Technique
36:01 - Runes & Ogham
36:31 - Other Books by Sandra Kynes
37:53 Mermaid Kailin Jade Outro
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Bohemian Magic Studios Presents
My Magickal Mermaid Altar (Feat. Litha Rose Brucia the Mer Priestess)
Hello Magickal Beings!!
WELCOME to the very first video in my July Mermaid Magick Series!!!
I filmed this whole series and had intended to release it July of 2017, but was planning a wedding, so this fell to the back burner. I still love the content and would love to share it with you, so I just had to finish it and post for your viewing pleasure.
In this first video, I have collaborated with one of my good friends in this nice little YouTube witchy community, Litha Rose formerly known as Ellie Brucia (also known as The Mer Priestess). In this video, she talks about a lovely painting of the sea goddess Yemaya, that was painted for her, by her loving mentor Jacqueline Dubois, the self proclaimed witch of San Clemente, California. Litha Rose had a really love YouTube channel with some amazing content, but has since deleted her channel. I am so saddened I can no longer revert back to her beautiful insight that she had to share about her spiritual and pagan path, but I wish her much love and light on her journey and hope to see some new content from her again soon!
Litha Rose's Channel
Litha Rose's Official Website
Music Featured in Today's Video:
"Part of Your World"
Harp Rendition by Arisa Matsuki
"Under the Sea"
Harp Rendition by Samantha Ballard
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Enchanted Journey by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license
COMING UP IN MY MERMAID MAGICK SERIES:
Monday July 8 - How to Make Magickal Sea Salt for Your Mer Altar
Monday July 15 - How to Make Salt Dough Sea Ornaments (Baking)
Monday July 22 - How to Make Salt Dough Sea Ornaments (Painting)
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Thank you all for visiting me on this lovely day! This post was originally created for a blog hop party courtesy of Miss Vanessa Valencia of A Fanciful Twist circa June 2010. You can view the original post HERE!
I still think this is one of the most creative photoshoots I have done to date. The photos came out so magickal and beautiful that I just had to repurpose them for this blog. However, instead of depicting the whole Tea Party scene of Alice and Wonderland like I did in the blog party post, I am instead going to use my photos as a tool to give you some ideas on how you can host your own magickal Mad Tea Party!
So let’s get started!
HERE ARE 6 ESSENTIALS YOU MUST HAVE, TO THROW A SUCCESSFUL WONDERLAND TEA PARTY!
1. THE TABLESCAPE
So first things first, when creating the tablescape, I had to decide on a color scheme. I really wanted the colors to pop off the background, so I thought it would be cool to have white as my base color and have all of the accents be really bright and eye catching. I used a white table cloth with pink floral accents, which my mom had gotten as a gift from a relative from Italy. These types of linens can be found at any type of chotchkey shop like The Christmas Tree Shop, or Marshall’s, Homegoods.
The crystal accented cupcake tier was a piece that I had scooped up from Home Goods and it has probably been my favorite party piece since. I can’t even tell you how many events I have used it for. It just adds the perfect touch of elegant shabby chicness!
You can also make your table fun and interesting with fun and whimsical little characters! I love this little frog stuffed animal lying around the house, and I thought, “Why not invite him for tea?” He’s so whimsical, and reminds me of a character from The Wind in the Willows!! He was surely dressed for the occasion! Also be sure to make use of antique lace doilies and an assortment of different tea pots for an extra bit of quirk!
I also had this fake potpourri cake lying around to use for the photoshoot, but you can most certainly bake a real cake to host for your guests!! I also printed out an Alice paper cutout by the artist John Tenniel who did the original illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. I thought she would make a nice little addition to the tablescape! Feel free to add other characters to yours as well!
2. THE SWEET TREATS
Now being that the tier is white, I really wanted the color to pop right off of it with the sweet treats that I was going to be adorning it with. I thought alternating the cupcakes in pink and orange frosting would be a treat for the eyes as well!
So these cupcakes were made with Strawberry cake mix. You can either use Betty Crocker or Pillsbury Strawberry mix. For the frosting I’m pretty sure I used just a regular vanilla frosting for half the cupcakes, and for the other half of the batch, I added a small bit of orange food coloring to the white frosting to get an orange frosting. I topped all of the cupcakes off with pink crystal sprinkles, and then I adorned the top of the cupcake with NON-EDIBLE Prima Paper Flowers. I used pink flowers to top the white cupcakes, and the yellow flowers to top the orange ones. I used the paper flowers mostly for aesthetic value since I was doing this for a photoshoot, but I’m sure you can find flowers like these made out of sugar so that they can be ingested as well.
I hope you are enjoying yourself so far! We decorated the table in our cleanest linens and sweetest confections, just for you! Our next sweet treat I’d love for you to try are our homemade sugar cookies, but be careful… Just one small bite make you grow very large!
For these delectable cookies, I just used boxed cookie dough, rolled it out, and then cut with cute little heart shaped cookie cutters. I let the cookies get a bit lukewarm before handling so I didn’t burn myself. Next I put the store bought white icing on and piped on the words “Eat Me” as a cute little tribute to the story, and topped off with some fun pastel sprinkles. Some of the store bought frostings come with the cute sprinkles attached to the top in a small packet.
These were a lot of fun to make, and I also made a cute little bunny shape with a cookie cutter I had as well! Be as creative as you’d like with these! You could also probably find tea cup shapes, or even quirky hat shapes as well! The platter that I had placed them on was an old marble chess board that my parents had lying around. I thought it was the perfect platter for such a puzzling event! Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to plating your sweet confections! I also surrounded the platter with candles to add to the ambiance. The one in front is a Mango scented one that I had also bought on clearance at Marshall’s. It’s perfect for summer!
The only way to reverse this quirky shrinking side effect is to take a sip of our very secret potion….
I thought a cocktail of red juice would be a nice pop of color amidst all of the white linens and decor, and it also has that mysterious and magickal look to it as well. I used cranberry cocktail juice, but you could use fruit punch, or even go for a whimsical pink lemonade if you so choose. It really is all up to you!
Now I know what you are thinking! What vessel will I provide for my magickal “growing” elixir?
4. DINING WARE
I found some really cute and inexpensive tea cups and saucers at Marshall’s. However, I was looking for some colorful ones, and I could only find them in white, so I had painted the outsides of them for the photoshoot. They aren’t really good for actual dining anymore, so I am going to fill them with wax and make them into candles! There is always another purpose for things!
5. AMBIANCE AND LIGHTING
Ambiance and setting the mood is probably one of the most important things to take into consideration when planning a party! You want the area to feel cozy, warm and inviting and you want to transport your guests into another time and place! In our case, we really want our guests to feel as if they have really fallen down the proverbial rabbit hole, and into a world of whimsy and magic!! So how can we achieve this? With LIGHTING!!! Not only with a string of lights, but with colorful accents and pops of color that illuminate the space and give it that sense of glowing warmth.
One way to illuminate the space is candles; the flickering flame makes the table most inviting and most certainly enchanting!
I also really loved using multicolored paper lanterns which warmed up the space very nicely! The different colors of the illuminated lanterns reflect so beautifully off of the crystals that hung from the white cupcake tier, and it bounced the light around the rest of the space, ever so magically!
Also be sure to make use of any greenery you have around! Wonderland is a lush landscape of magickal flora and fauna, so hanging your lighting in any bushes or plants you have around your yard will set the dreamlike mood for your party. I have a nice vine that grows in the corner between my fence and house, so it was perfect to make use of for this party dreamscape!
Moonlight is another option that is amazing for dining under on a magickal and warm summer’s night! Not everyone takes the moon into consideration when planning a party, but if you do have the chance to, why not plan a special “FULL MOON” garden gathering for your magickal friends at night? How whimsical would that be?!!?
6. CHARACTER COSPLAY
Now this is especially true for children’s parties! I think dressing up as the characters of whatever story you are portraying at your gathering, adds an element of realness for your guests, whether they’re real children, or adults who are children at heart! You can’t have a Mad Tea Party without the Mad Hatter, so I held my boyfriend Avi against his own will and made him help me out for this. Hehehehe…
This costume was actually pretty easy to put together; we found a lot of the items and garments for it at our local thrift store. The one that we always love going to is UNIQUE; there’s a few of them around our area. We got the coat and the pants there. The hat, I believe was from Hot Topic, which we spray painted a bit gold, and we made our own hat pins with some floral wire that we hot glued some random found buttons to.
We also wrote the numbers on the hat card with some marker in quirky handwriting, and then burned the edges with a lighter to give it a worn and tattered look. We tied the base of the hat in some pink fabric to complete the look.
If there is any part of this costume that you’d like me to do a video or blog post on how to make, please be sure to let me know in the comments below!
So, there you have it! There are my 6 ways to spice up your whimsical Wonderland Tea Party! Please be sure to post your comments and questions in the comments section down below and I will do my best to address them!
Before I go, as per visitor request, here are a few of the fun shots we took of both of us in the costumes!
I hope you enjoyed yourself! Thanks for visiting! Till next time!
Bohemian Magic Studios Presents
Mystical Mojo Box: Faerie Magick (Subscription Box Review!)
For the month of October 2016
The intro includes an original poem by me:
Tis the season of delights
Creeping spiders, Autumn nights
Bats and black cats, ghouls and witches
Ghostly haunts and scarecrow stitches
In this video you shall see
All the magick that’s to be
Of fallen leaves & hag stone rocks
to peek into a realm unlocked
For if you hold the special key
you have the power, you will see
Just come real close & don’t be shy
The Fairy wings forever fly
They cast their spell
And bring to you
This Magick Mojo Box Review!
Hey All You Magickal Beings!
I have a very special treat in store for you guys this Autumn season!
Christina Nelson of Mystical Mojo Box sent me a “Faerie Magick” themed box to review. This theme is valid through the month of October 2016, so if you’re into faeries and you’re into magick, THIS is the subscription box for you!
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So I was thinking, and since Avi and I were The Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts this past Halloween, we still have costumes! So I was thinking since we already had our costumes all sorted out, all we have to do is set up a tablescape and take some pictures….
But what is a Mad Tea Party, with NO tea cups!?!?
I searched and searched online, but real china tea sets are so expensive! So I figured I would go on an excursion. I checked out a Marshall’s by my house, and I found these really cute white porcelain cup/saucers ! They were only $2.99 a set, so I got 4 sets, and even a tea pot for only $18!
I loved that they were white porcelain, my wheels were turning as I was looking at the cups in the store. The fact that they were practically a blank canvas, was enough for me to scoop them up and take them home! I painted them bright colors (Blue, pink, yellow, green) and I accented the design around the plates with some gold craft paint I had…
I was so excited how they were coming out after the first plate I had done !! Once I was finished, painting the cups and saucers I sprayed them with a clear gloss sealant spray I purchased at home depot.
The only thing that sux about it is that , it is not Glass Paint, so the cups and saucers are not actually useable … which is a shame, cuz they are so beautiful… but I guess I can settle for them just being decorative pieces, and able to use them just for the photo shoot…
Here is a little sneak peek of just one of the plates
This project is to be continued. I have 2 more sets to spray paint, and sometime this week , I want to set up a mock table scape to kinda practice and figure out how I want to lay everything out for the shoot…
Until then, guess what I found bloomed in my backyard this past week?
Finally!! It’s about time, I have ben waiting for these beauties to come out
Here is another exotic flower growing in my backyard. I’m not exactly sure what they are, but they are just as beautiful! On a sadder note, the clematis leaves only last about a week or 2 :-(. Its beautiful pinkish purple vibrant leaves have withered away and wilted off the little wisps…
I miss them already! Well it is getting late here,
I just wanted to share a bit of this weekend with you all…
Have a good night!
Justina is the creative force behind Bohemian Magic Studios. She is inspired by bright colors, nature, books, and movies. She loves cooking, arts n crafts projects, essential oils, reading the tarot and talking about astrology!