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Jar Alternatives

While many of us have a plethora of jars, not everyone does. I know I couldn’t use jars in spellwork when I was practicing as a minor. Maybe, you’re a student, living with others, or still in the “broom closet”, either way here is a list of alternative ideas to jars.

1. Christmas Ornaments
(The clear Christmas bulbs you can put things inside of are great for fitting in small crystals and herbs!)

2. Boxes
(I’ve used a small gift box before and filled it with herbs and intent, the box could be any size you want [even a ring box])

3. A Casette Case
(These may not be as common anymore [You may still be able to find at a thrift shop. but I personally like the aesthetic. You can take a lighter to seal it shut or add candle wax if you’d like to use in place of a Witch Bottle.)

4. A Juice/Pop Bottle (Personally, I’d choose something like a Snapple bottle if I were to go this route)

5. Shot bottles
(I found some littered about town when I was 18 and actually used one to store sand I ended up using for putting out my sage. If you’re under 18, I don’t suggest upcycling shot bottles found littered about. If you’re of legal age to buy alcohol, this is another way to upcycle.)

6. Gumball machines
(I remember for my birthday one year, my mom had me decorate a mini gumball machine. You could use it magically as well. You can buy things to make them from dollar tree. You’ll need a terra cotta pot and dish as well as a fish bowl. Turn the pot upside down, glue the bowl to it and place the terra cotta dish on top as a lid. Decorate as you will. I think this would be awesome for something to do with promoting happiness,prosperity, and the like.)

7. Sachets

8. Books
( You can get one of those stash boxes that look like books OR if you’re crafty, take a damaged book and cut into and turn into into a stash box.)

9. Stash Cans
(If you need to be discreet, you can purchase a marijuana stash can. They sell ones that look like Arizona Tea cans on Amazon.)

10. Locket
(There isn’t very much space but you can still fill it with a pinch of herbs and intent.)

11.A Coin Purse
(I had one somewhere…possibly stolen or thrown out… That I used for a set of runes I made out of deer antler buttons. They’re perfect for holding small things like crystals too!)

Zip-lock bags
(This isn’t as creative as other items on the list but it gets the job done.)

13. Witch’s Bottle Necklace
(Okay, so this is still using jars technically. However, it’s easy to make it look more like a fashion statement than a spell. )

14. Sea shells
(They come in many shapes and sizes. You may not be able to close unless you have a whole clam, but they do look pretty and many people do collect sea shells.)

15. Tins
(You can re-use an old Altoids tin. You can purchase tins from Mountain Rose Herbs. They’re convenient if you’re on the go. They can be used as travel altars, containers for crystal chips, feathers, odds and ends, herbs, etc. )

Backpack tips

I am a commuter student and last year was my first year of college. It was tougher on me than the students who lived on campus. I had to keep all my things with me all day because I couldn’t just hop over to my dorm if I had forgotten something. I wasn’t a commuter who could drive, I don’t even have a license so I took the bus each day. I had a lot less flexibility and I had to be more conscious of what I had to do each day. I learned a lot about what I had to bring and how to organize my bag each day. I don’t want people to get frustrated so here are some tips!

1) Have a sturdy backpack

I suggest you get one with lots of pockets and space. Pockets help! Also get a backpack with two straps. Shoulder bags dig into your shoulder if they’re too heavy (and they will be). With a backpack the weight is more evenly distributed and it saves you a lot of back pain. I have an Eddie Bauer backpack. Large hiking backpacks are great, and this brand actually has a life time guarantee so if anything happens to it I can return it and get a new one for free (though it has to be the same model).

2) Laptop pockets

Most backpacks have them now but if yours doesn’t have a laptop sleeve to protect your baby. And always have your laptop to the back of your backpack (i.e. closer to you). The front is the place where it can be abused easier. It is bumped more, it bends, that’s where you rest your feet during lectures, and where you have your books and notebooks. Closer is safer.

3) Supplies

Fill your bag with your needed books and supplies with your heaviest closer to you. Books and binders closer to you and folders and notebooks towards the front (away from you). you don’t want to topple over.

Know your schedule! You won’t have all your classes everyday so you can lessen your load on some days and save your back! 

4) Outside pockets

Water Bottle! Stay Hydrated! And try to keep containers away from your laptop and papers. Water bottles tend to sweat.

5) Chargers

Since I commuted it was scarier when my phone would die when I was on campus. My chargers would tangle if I left them loose in my bag. I would lose them also. Use some sort of bag to keep them in one place.

Use some sort of bag to keep them in one place like a ziplock bag or a small zipper pencil bag. Anything will do if the cords are contained. Make sure it is big enough for all your cords (phone charger, computer charger, ipod and its charger, earbuds, etc…)

6) Front Pocket

You keep all your pens and pencils in here just like any other grade. Although if you don’t consistently maintain it you’ll lose everything or it will get horribly messy. These pockets are your friends.

Also if you keep it clean you have room for your charger bag. I had enough room to put in that and a small toiletries bag. If you can’t, don’t sweat it. that can go in the main pocket.

Keep small snacks, a pocket umbrella, and your wallet and/or a lanyard in here. Be careful about the wallet though. People can unzip your pocket and take things. Also it could fall out if you leave it unzipped accidentally. I had a lanyard to hold my bus pass for easy access. When I didn’t wear it I had it in here.

In your wallet keep at least ten dollars in cash with you even if you have a credit/debit card. It could help you if your card is declined or if you are stranded somewhere or whatever. 

I also have a small first aid kit. It is the Altoids can and it only has bandaids in it. While on campus it is very unlikely that you’ll be injured badly or at all on a daily basis besides paper cuts. Unless you forget that it is not good to ride your bike/skateboard in the snow. (This does not cover assault wounds. Call an ambulance or campus security immediately.)

7) Toiletry bag

Most girls have this down but I’ll still explain the best things to bring along. You’ll need a small bag, about the size of the charger bag, for this. Below are some general stuff and some specifics but your bag will be tailored to you and your needs.

General stuff:

1) Deodorant

2) tissues

3) perfume/cologne

4) brush/comb

5) chap stick

6 )gum/ breath mints


1) Pads/ tampons

2) makeup for touch ups

3) condoms

4) hand lotion

5) any needed medications (prescription or topical)

Like I said if it doesn’t fit in the front pocket put it in the main pocket with your books.

8) Zipper accessories

This one you can ignore if you want to. I find it aesthetically pleasing and it individualizes your bag to fit you. Also it is easier  to grab your zippers and open them when you need to. You can use anything that can clip on to your zippers.

9) Keys

You will probably have a set of keys by now so you probably have a carabiner. If you don’t you can get them cheap at Walmart. I keep my keys clipped on the outside of my bag so i always know where they are. Clip them to the straps if you have the little plastic D-rings but if your straps are naked you can clip your keys to the handle on the top of your backpack. 

On my carabiner I have my house key, bike key, accessories, and pepper spray. I suggest this for everyone no matter who you are. Knives are good but in a confrontation they can be taken from you. If you have long days away and a long commute like me you’ll probably be getting home in the dark. Better safe than sorry. I got mine from Target.

That’s really all I have to share about how to pack your backpack for commuter students. This can be adapted for anyone and for anything. You can use this same concept for trips, high school, overnight stays, or anything. I hope this helped and I hope you all have the best of luck in school!

Ho Tips

By me.

1. Keep a package of unscented, sensitive skin baby wipes with you. It’s great for when you need to freshen up your coochie and its for babies so it’s much more gentle than Summer’s Eve. Also great when you need a shower in your car or a makeup remover.

2. If you’re in a public bathroom and you notice your face is greasy, one of the toilet seat covers can soak up the oil just as well as an oil blotting sheet.

3. Always tip regular delivery guys extra, they’ll be a little less upset if you don’t have the money to tip well or at all.

4. Altoid tins can hold just about anything. I keep a package of aspirin, bandaids, alcohol pads, and a cough drop in mine.

5. Bandaids can easily fit in your wallet. If you don’t have room for the altoid tin, you probably have room for a bandaid or two. You’ll thank yourself later.

6. If you take medication for any reason, invest in a pill case and carry around a little extra with you. It’ll help if you have an unplanned sleep over.

7. Have a glass of water between each alcoholic drink at the bar. You’ll spend less money and you’ll be less likely to get hungover.

8. If you’re running late grab an apple for breakfast. It’s cheap, healthy and the smell of apples wakes you up better than caffeine.

9. Carry mints on you. Spearmint and peppermint can help keep you awake.

10. Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

S02E05 - “Cardassians”

A substantial amount of fashion today, and some of it even on Cardassians!

These are not the drawers you’re looking for

I start with Garak because GARAK GARAK HI GARAK WE MISSED YOU even if you are in the exact same outfit we first saw you in HIIIII

Although there seems to be an additional shirt under the green one this time, that exactly matches his vest. Had some leftover fabric, I guess.

Can I interest you gentlemen in a suit?

In the longer shot, we see that the long stripes on his sleeves are repeated on his slacks. I think just on the sides, though, so as not to take the slacks from “Han Solo” to “pajama party”. We also see that the vest is not rubber as I thought back in season 1, but a quilted fabric, and it’s cut in the long style that Bajorans favor for their crocheted vests.

As evidenced by Rugal here. He’s got a crocheted long vest (or I guess short sleeved jacket) in mustard, over an orange shirt (tank top?), over a harvest gold plaid flannel long-sleeved number. It’s kind of Bajor-meets-grunge, which I guess makes sense since he’s a 12-year-old boy with anger issues.

His adoptive father, Proka, surprisingly eschews the classic earth-tone-crochet-salad for a midnight blue tunic with velour trim reminiscent of a catcher’s vest. With matching slacks and boots. His outfit, sadly, *does* kind of say “pajama party”.

Here I am now, entertain me

Just a nice close-up of the fabric textures here. Also his makeup is well done.

Why, it’s Old Man Proka! And he would’ve gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for us meddling kids!

See? Catcher’s vest decoration. No wonder Proka has the CRANKIEST FACE IN THE QUADRANT.

Note the random glass vase perched precariously on a tiny stand in a high-traffic area of a public space station. Really?

Anything dirty or dingy or dusty… anything broken or ragged or rustyyyy

OH THANK THE PROPHETS I was seriously hoping there’d be a screencap of the people at the table behind Julian because WHAT THE FUCK. They have trash can lids tied to their heads with grey velvet gift ribbon. They have some sort of grey jersey overalls. And they have silver mesh shirts with the sleeves pulled over their hands, which is a look that says “we didn’t have time to mold alien hand prosthetics.” I love it when the wardrobe department just goes “oh fuck it.”

I am the eye in the sky

A rare bird’s-eye view of a Dabo table! That’s the Dabo lady with the underboob outfit, which is nice for her in this case because we’re not looking down her cleavage. Instead we’re looking at the fabulous array of fake jewels hot glued to her shoulders. It’s like thirteen-year-old me made this outfit and I love it. Also it’s nice that the makeup department took the time to do makeup on the top of her head for this shot. That might be why they ran out of time for the Oscar the Grouch aliens, but I’m calling it a win.

Sashay, shantay

Quark is overseeing the Dabo tables in a jacket I’m not sure we’ve seen before. I love the patchwork look! Even if I’m not partial to pastels. On his belly is a large silver and turquoise exclamation point. It matches his trousers. Let’s not think about it too much.

If you can wear a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door in order to beat some damn sense into you

Did I mention that Wardrobe had a case of the fuckits this week? THIS JACKET. This is Zolan and he’s covered in paint splatters and… mousetraps? Altoid tins? Sardine cans? I guess this is for when you’re traveling and want to take snacks along? I GOT NOTHING. It has a three-quarter sleeve, underneath which we can see… a grey mock turtleneck. Yup.

The person on the left is just as alarmed by Zolan’s outfit as we are. They, on the other hand, are in a basic fifties-alien-style jumpsuit in champagne lamé, complete with two-toned shoulder flares. Some people prefer the classics.

Sashay, crochet

Keiko figures, if you’re gonna do Bajoran style, go big or go home. I have only ever seen that circle-style crochet on afghans my grandmother used to make.


I like Sisko’s sleepwear better than Picard’s. It’s no tiny robe, but it looks more comfortable, and his color choices are smashing.

Here I stand, in the light of day

If anybody knows how to choose traveling clothes, it’s a tailor! I guess. I like it, anyway. Green is a good color for Garak, and it looks like this outfit is a nice thick wool with just enough decorative bits to look good without getting in the way. Bajoran volunteer Deela, of course, is in a long crocheted vest. At least the colors are nice.

I’m not only a tailor, I’m also a client

I really like the detail, actually. Not everybody can mix patterns like this, but he makes it work. Plus the neck is some kind of thermal fabric? Very comfy.

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye

Asha, one of the orphans, wears an adorable lavender babydoll over a t-shirt, but the best thing about her outfit is her hair. She’s got this great Eastern European braid thing going on! The other children are in similarly low-contrast two-tone layered styles. If you’re gonna fit in on Bajor, you gotta dress the part.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Von Trapp Family Singers!

We’ve seen Keiko’s velour top before, but I LOVE this vest. It’s kind of a menswear-style print and has a super flattering cut. Keiko is not taking anyone’s shit this episode and she dresses to let you know it.

My pokemans, let me show you them

Pa'Dar, Rugel’s birth father, is much better dressed than your typical Cardassian officer. I *think* that’s a blazer in a weird cut over a cozy slub knit top. Or it might all be one piece. IF YOU PEOPLE WOULD WEAR MORE THAN ONE COLOR AT A TIME I COULD TELL THESE THINGS. I like the slanted sleeve detail, though.

There’s a little beige spot on the sun today

Jomat Luson, a Bajoran volunteer worker, is wearing a garment that is half a houndstooth blazer sewn onto half a cardigan made from a Native American blanket. I… okay. She wears a braid crown which declares her the Queen of Beige.

Peace out

I leave you with people leaving. Not because of their monochromicity, but because of the least practical luggage ever. (Okay second-least; it’s probably still better than those giant banana-bags.) But y'all. Handles. Wheels. Ever heard of them? Actually I think the dude on the left may have just stolen a Bajoran traffic light. Hey Odo! 

Whew! It’s been a fashion smorgasbord with extra yamok sauce. I hope everyone’s had enough! 


Okay, secret witches out there! Evi and I have created a super-discreet method to manage the magic madness of your lives! I am pretty deep in the broom closet as well, and this is my current favorite method for going incognito. It’s also pretty darn useful for travel, if you’re taking any trips for spring break!

This is my divination/spirit communication Altoid box. You can see how excited Evi was with its preparation. It contains:

Two white candles - you literally can never go wrong with them. I use them for practically everything, so I thought they’d be good to add, even though technically they aren’t geared to divination, other than the basic fire meditation. I got them at Walmart for cheap.

One purple candle - purple is the color most associated with psychic development. I had to cut it down to fit. If you heat a match and hold it to the base of the candle, it will stick to a plate; no holder needed! This was also from Walmart.

Four matches and a striker - one per candle and one extra.

Two incense cones - these two in particular are associated with the moon, which in turn is a strong ally in matters of the spiritual.

Two bells - bells are said to draw ghosts and spirits. And they’re adorable.

Moonstone (the white one) - moonstone enhances psychic development, as well as intuition, balance, and harmony with the goddess. You can sneakily get it from Etsy, that’s what I did.

Nuumite (the black one) - good for grounding, nuumite protects and removes negative energy. It is also said to help stimulate the intellect and improve memory. Also from Etsy.

Bloodstone pendulum - you don’t need to use bloodstone, any pendulum will do. In particular, bloodstone removes energy blocks and centers energy.

The satchet - this is my own invention c: it contains lavender, rosemary, and quartz pieces. Lavender and rosemary are powerful purification herbs, and I added the quartz to amplify. I grow both of these plants personally, but rosemary can be bought at Walmart. Lavender may be a little harder to find, but I know you can get it online pretty cheap. C:

I hope this inspires you lovely witches to make your own sneaky magic and remain true to who you are!

anonymous asked:

Do you have any advice for witches having to practice in secret in their own homes?

I do!

~You don’t need anything fancy to be a witch, nor have every material ever known to man.

~For altars, they can be really small, like in altoid cans!

~If you have one, store any witchy stuff in a place your family members don’t look in.

~Almost all witchy things can be passed off as arts and crafts! Hoarding jars, sigils, etc.

~Enchant things to make them harder to notice, including an article you wear while you’re practicing (as long as it wont get in the way of a spell!)

~Your willpower and words are strong enough without materials, although they are helpful! Send energy to things, will your spells, chant spells, etc.

And if my followers have anything else to add, feel free to!

zellabelle  asked:

Atticus, what advice do you have for a practicing villain working a mundane office undercover? I miss my evil familiars, my bubbling cauldrons, my alchemical toxins, my Lich henchman.

If you have wall space you can decorate: art prints and clippings from newspapers and magazines, things found online that are printed out.

If you have a place you can keep hidden but is safe (such as a drawer or locker): a folder of the above. Small statuettes, and notebooks.

If you have none of these, but have a smartphone: a folder of images and quotes and things that you connect with.

I recommend small pins and buttons that can be concealed on the back of ties or behind collars, or on the reverse of vests and jackets.

If you lack all of these things, a small tin (such as an Altoids) that can fit in a pocket, bag, or purse, with a few snippets.

If you have a Kindle or other e-book: a score of Edgar Allan Poe and Frankenstein and every book you love. Owned or from the library (many offer digital lending services).