Making dried orange peel!
These can be used for baths, hot teas or ciders, potpourri, or witchcraft! The process is extremely simple, and makes the entire house smell nice and fresh (which is also a good way to cleanse and banish negative energies in the home, as I’ve noticed). You can also do this with lemons, it’s the same process and the same usage!
-Get a large amount of healthy oranges with unblemished skin. Be sure to wash the oranges and scrub them lightly, because they are often coated with lots of germs and pesticides, which you REALLY don’t want on your dried product!
-Peel them however you wish, I find it easier to peel the entire orange in a giant coil shape, and then cut that coil to whatever sized pieces that I want my end result to be. Keep in mind that bigger pieces will be easier to strain out of whatever you use these in, so shaving them extremely tiny isn’t very convenient.
-Set your oven to it’s lowest setting, preferably around 200°. Place an aluminum foil sheet over a cookie tray, and generously arrange your peels on the foil. You don’t have to wait until the oven is completely heated, just stick them in there.
-The key is to expose them to low heat for a long period of time, which I’ve estimated to be about an hour and a half. Turning up the heat higher in an attempt to make the process faster will result in a few scorched pieces instead of lightly browned and crisped. You’ll know they’re ready when you can pinch one in the middle and it won’t give at all. Don’t be afraid to stir them around a bit so they all can get even amounts of heat exposure.
-While you’re waiting for them to finish, you can cut open the peeled oranges, and either juice them or slice them for eating!
Voila, now you know what to do with those orange rinds that people often throw away! 😊
Do you think you could do a compilation of DIY stim toys?
Hey, anon! I’ve actually been thinking that we needed a master post like this for slime (because the slime recipes get bogged down amidst the slime seller posts in the slime tag, making searching less simple) and it’s not too far a stretch to just catalogue all the tutorials/DIYs I’ve gathered thus far.
Slime and Floam
Talisa Tossell’s Basic Slime Recipe Videos: one | two | three
There are of course many more tutorials out there - there’s a good number of them in my drafts folder and queue already! I’ll do another compilation post when I’ve collected more DIYs, and when I’ve got time, I’ll create a proper page for this post and link it in my description.
I like to call this the Easiest Stim toy Diy Ever.
Do you like spinner rings but can’t afford them? or have limited access to buy them?
What you need it a safety pin (the tiny ones probably won’t work very well but you can go as big as you like) and some beads. beads that are good to use are ones that have a very smooth even hole that runs through the centre of the beads. beads that are not round will probably work just as well but you want to go for beads that are fairly short as long tube-like beads won’t spin in the same fashion.
I chose these beads as they are a hard plastic and so spin very smoothly and are the design is nice when spun.
if you want the easy version of this then simply open the pin, slid several beads onto the open bar ( I chose three as it left just the right amount of room for them to spin freely) and shut the pin if you want to make sure it doesn’t open accidentally then pinch the part that hides the sharp end togeather with pliers.
you can now carry it as is or string a cord through the loop on the end of the pin and wear it as a necklace.
If you would like to be able to pin this to your clothing or a bag then you will need to find pins that you can unbend like this :
the difference is that they don’t have a cover on the looped end which will allow you to either un bend the pin with a pair of pliers (if using larger beads) or to push the end of a screwdriver between the links
and feed the beads through.
re shape the pin and they will be secure in place and you can now use the open end of the pin normally and wear it as a broach.
the beads are lovely to spin individually or togeather with you fingers, provide a nice vibration and if the beads are larger a good noise if you shake the pin back and forth. its a nice discrete stim toy its not too loud and its easy to carry and can be made so cheaply that it won’t matter if it gets lost.
last week Ciampa came out to deliver a monologue that blew my damn mind and we have to talk about it.
the first thing he does (once the audience lets him talk) is pretend to call Johnny out to the ring, knowing full well that Johnny isn’t there.
it’s a classic heelish moment, and it reminds me of Kevin Owens coming out to Sami’s music after NXT Takeover Unstoppable. Like Kevin, Tommaso is deliberately antagonizing the audience by giving them hope of seeing a someone that they love and are currently worried about, and then squashing that hope and reminding the audience that not only is that person not here, but they’re not here because Tommaso/Kevin hurt them so much that they are unable to be here.
But that’s where the parallels end. Kevin played that little joke because it was fun. Tommaso did it because (as we learn) he hates us and he wanted to make a point.
(of course the answer is no. we don’t want to replace Johnny. we don’t want to replace EITHER OF THEM. but Tommaso doesn’t believe that.)
this has got to be one of the most interesting heel turns i have ever seen. Tommaso isn’t motivated by greed or ambition. His motivation was his own self-esteem, not ego. Just the simple belief that he is valuable.
now there are things about the way he handled this that make him unequivocally a heel obviously (Attacks a face: check, Attacks the Audience: check; Coward: check, altho in an unusual way. he was too cowardly to find out if johnny would wait for him while he was on injured-leave. he would rather burn everything to the fucking ground, then risk being replaced and hurt), but the root of his heelness isn’t a heel quality. and that’s pretty interesting.
The way he works to include the audience as an active participant in the heel turn is also very very cool.
you see, everything that happened to Johnny at NXT Takeover: Chicago is our fault.
Lithomancy – the practise of divination through casting stones and reading how they fall – is one of the most ancient and (in my opinion) effective divining methods out there, as well as costing nothing to set up and being something you can completely teach yourself and make your own. I recently went on a trip to an incredible and magical beach where I collected an array of exceptional rocks, pebbles, shells and fossils for this purpose, so I thought I’d make a long post on creating and preparing a kit.
🔮 First of all – they need not be stones, or all be stones, although the name “lithomancy” refers specifically to stones. Some cast with bones, or sticks, or shells. Some cast with whatever the hell they can find at the time. Use whatever speaks to you.
🔮 It will feel more organic to find your stones out in their natural habitat, preferably in a place that you feel a connection with, but it’s okay to purchase. The most important thing is that the set is personalised to you and that each piece of it has been chosen by you, connected to you, for a reason. Even if that reason isn’t immediately clear – it doesn’t have to be yet. Assignation will happen later.
🔮 You should use a level of instinctive guidance to find your casting stones. Perhaps you’ve even been gathering them already, drawn to them and bringing them home with you – don’t rule out stones and bits and bobs already in your possession.
🔮 Take a moment for every potential casting stone you pick up. Hold it in your hand, roll it around, look at it, think on it, get a feel for it. Start to form a picture of what it may contribute to a divination. Keep what you can’t bear the thought of throwing away. Discard everything else.
🔮 First of all, a physical cleaning. Nothing too harsh – you don’t want to damage the stones or scrub them raw. (For bones and the like though, research and follow good hygiene practises accordingly. Also recommended: the law.) Generally I find a shortish soak in some warm saltwater effective enough. A light sponging to get rid of any mud, sand, etc, if there is any. Apply common sense.
🔮 Then comes the more metaphysical cleansing. Depending on your practise, you could also consecrate or bless them. Some ideas: passing through incense or smoke, cleansing with blessed/spiritually purified or charged water (you could combine this with the physical cleaning), put into a grid with cleansing crystals, using bells/sound, and personally I’ve been using sunlight to cleanse as well as charge mine.
🔮 Set aside some time, fire up the incense, get some mood music on, ground and centre and get yourself in a good headspace. Ideally you’ll also have a nice cleansed and moody space to carry out the assignation process. This will be when you give each of your stones/objects a ‘meaning’, similar to each Tarot card having its own set of meanings and associations, or the runes that some cast. But stones are more free-form and intuitive, and the meanings are discerned and given only by you.
🔮 What you’ll be doing is almost like meditating with each of your stones. Pick up the ones that speak strongly to you first, maybe the ones that you already have some idea of their meaning – these will be the easiest to assign meanings to.
🔮 The physical appearance of the stone is a good starting point. Make sure to have a good inspection of each one. Then, enclose it in your hand and close your eyes. Feel the life inside of the stone and what it says to you. Tell it what its name and meaning is – whisper it aloud into the stone if you must. Make contact. Make sure it’s working in accord with you.
🔮 The easiest way to note down these meanings for you to memorise is to set out a piece of paper or two, and once you know what a stone means, lay it down on the piece of paper and write underneath it the name, meanings and associations. This gives you a sort of physical ‘key.’ Taking a photo of the paper spread/s once it’s done will act as a handy cheat sheet.
🔮 You’ll want a nice, rounded-out set of associations in order to give your divination depth and reach. Some traditions suggest using the different planets (and their associations) for the stones, and other simple suggestions might be elements, deities, past/present/future, etc. There are some out there that suggest a lithomancy set must contain a certain number of stones and they must have certain fixed meanings, but my opinion is that using your own intuition will make it more powerful for you. Plus, most of these traditions I could find were western European in origin, which obviously isn’t where all of our practises are from anyway. Research your traditions or make your own meanings – it’s all down to you.
🔮 There are a ton of resources on charging out there, and you’ll likely learn or already know best what works for you. This is a good, simple post on it for beginners. My favourite method is charging by sunlight, not only because it’s simple but because of how it falls into my belief system too.
🔮 Some suggestions: sunlight, moonlight, starlight, charged crystals and crystal grids, water of various properties (rain, storm, sea), laying out on grass or soil or tree roots or in herb planters, bones (bone grid?) and feathers and such…
🔮 After taking some time to familiarise yourself with your set and its meanings, it’s time to begin practising. Just chuck ‘em! Start off by doing readings for and about yourself. Get a feel for your set and how it speaks. This is also the time to make adjustments to the meanings of some of the stones, or add new associations.
🔮 You’ll also want to start putting together your pre-divination rituals. A cleanse and a charge, a bit of grounding with incense, a hearty meal, a word with your ancestors? What works for you will become clear with practise.
🔮 In terms of the reading itself: make note of the shape that they have fallen in. The stones that are close together, and the ones that are far apart. Any that line up or form a shape. Some like to use a “self” stone or object that they can use to orient the reading around.
🔮 Some don’t cast all of their stones in one reading – I don’t. You can pick relevant stones for readings that are more specific, or just grab a random handful of stones from a bag and use those. That way, which stones are ‘drawn’ will tell you something all by itself. Change up how you cast and read during your practise period, try every method you can think of. Get creative!
🔮 I don’t think casting stones is good for yes/no answers personally, but did find this quick tip: pick a stone to mean yes/positive, and one to mean no/negative. Pick a ‘self’ stone or object. Cast them. Whichever one lands closest to the ‘self,’ there’s your answer.
🔮 I don’t know if I will, but you may also want to look into creating and incorporating a casting grid. These are shape and charts (usually on cloth) that you can cast upon, and act as a ‘map’ so that stones landing in certain quadrants will let you know what that particular stone is relevant to.
🔮 Over time you can add to, take away from and generally change up your lithomancy set – what you pick to start off with isn’t the end all, be all. The best divination sets will change and become more attuned to you over time.
🔮 I tie my stones up in a square of batik fabric when not using them, and also use the fabric to cast upon. Simple, neat, effective.
🔮 Remember to keep on cleansing and charging your set as required.
So idk if anyone remembers this, but two years ago, for the first fanart day I posted these pictures of a m*a*s*h sweatshirt I had made and offered to make a little tutorial for how to make your own. I got lots of comments and tags and a a few asks saying “heck yeah make a tutorial!” and I uh… proceeded to never do so.
Recently however I made a new m*a*s*h shirt and decided to take pictures of the process as I went along so I could make it up to you all by putting together a nice visual tutorial.
And so, after 2 years, I finally bring you my tutorial on how to make your very own M*A*S*H t-Shirt for pretty darn cheap and using materials you probably already have. I’d say all things considered this probably cost me less than $8 including the paint and t-shirt, and that’s a high estimate. It also only takes like an hour to do.
Here’s the template I made and used! And if you do decide to make a shirt using this tutorial then please feel free to post and tag me in it, I’d love to see your shirts! Heck, you could even do this on a field bag, that’d actually be really cool!
how to make your grimoire/BOS reflect your witchy aesthetic!
i was inspired by THIS video, so I wanted to take you guys through the steps of how I took my grimoire from this….
i’ll also give you my tips and tricks upon trying it and figuring out what worked best!
you can honestly use whatever you have? this is what i had, and it’s working WONDERFULLY.
sea salt (or any kind of salt, honestly. it just needs to dissolve in the hot water)
rain, storm, lake, river, moon, tap water. any kind of water will do, even if it’s tap. it’s your INTENT that matters most. i have storm water.
you can use scented oils to anoint the pages. i did not, but i did use perfume after i was finished!
hot or boiling water. i just ran my coffee pot without grounds and used the hot water.
black tea (must be black tea for pigment)
instant coffee. instant works best because you aren’t adding extra water, and it won’t take away from the color opacity.
a tiny spray bottle. you’re welcome to dip your pages but i wanted instant gratification so i used a small spray bottle
a blow dryer (or the sun if you’ve got the time)
any music that makes you feel super witchy!
first you’ll need a grimoire. i am using a sketchbook that i purchased from barnes and noble, but it also works with sketch books purchased from walmart! the grimoire i’m working from now is walmart and i tried it and this process works just fine. you don’t need a fancy expensive sketchbook!
you can bless or charge the water with your intent. i just let my ingredients do the talking for me because i don’t have a lot of spoons today. this can be a whole ritual if you choose!
STEP ONE: steep your tea in your hot water. add the salt and the storm water if you have it. the trick is that we want the water super pigmented so it dyes our paper. use more instant coffee than you think you need. the coffee gives our grimoire energy, but it also gives us our PIGMENT. try different amounts! use more or less. randomization is key.
STEP TWO: i sprayed the OUTSIDE EDGES of my grimoire first. you don’t need to dry this with a blowdryer, as you’ll do that when you dry the pages.
STEP THREE: spray your grimoire!!! i sprayed pages individually! i focused on the corners and outside edges, and also the binding. spraying the binding creates a super cool effect! i was doing four or five pages at once. i found that if you spray multiple pages and shut the book, the tea and coffee mix with the paper in a super cool way and creates awesome effects when you dry them. each page comes to life with individual wrinkles and patterns.
I found that spraying the center of the pages on the left and the outsides of the pages on the right gave me beautiful effects. try it whichever way you like!
I also drew some sigils for protection and some pentagrams on some pages before I dried them. They did not stay that way when i turned the page and dried them but the intent is still there!
I also noticed that wetting several pages at once and folding them over on each other also created some beautiful designs. This project is imbued
STEP FOUR: dry your pages!!! i literally turned my blowdryer on high and got to business. doing more than four pages at once gets a little complicated, so do what works for you. do one or do them all! it’s up to you.
You’ll get a pretty fat book so I recommend saving and extra liquid (it’ll keep about a week in the fridge, or you can freeze it for longer) or just make more the next time you need new pages.
Dear Lamus Dworski, My grandmother from North Eastern Poland told me about Pajaki. The basic form she mentioned is two pyramids that share the same base (the only webpages I've found with instructions are for these "basic" pajaki) but my grandmother recalls when she was little that several (maybe around 10 to 12) "basic pajaki" are joined to make a three dimensional star-like shape. Have you come across this design? I've been trying to find instructions. Kind regards, Chris
Hello! I’m trying to picture your description in my head. Is it one of those types below? They’re often referred to as the ‘star’ types of pająki.
The shape of the 2 joined pyramids which I’ll be calling a ‘diamond’ shape is always defined by the length of the straws.
First of all, you should prepare at least 4 different lengths of the straws. Make them for example 4, 8, 12 and 16 centimeters. Their exact length isn’t really important here, it simply has to be 4 different length types.
Prepare the basic forms of them: let’s call them the small, medium, big and large diamonds. Here’s a good picture where the ‘diamonds’ of different sizes are nicely visible:
Now, there are dozens of various types of those pająki with different levels of complexity. One large diamond makes always the centre part.
Then, the big diamonds are tied to all its joints (sometimes you can pull the thread through an additional short straw that will make a prolonged vertical suspension for those diamonds). It should be 4 big diamonds tied to the side joints (the joints in the square base of the pyramid in the diamond) and one to the bottom joint - at least 5 big ones in total. Optional are the big diamonds tied to the large’s top joint: one above and one can be hidden inside it.
Then, medium diamonds are tied to the side and bottom joints of the big ones. Last part is the small diamonds tied to the bottom joints of the medium ones.
The central part can be made of an elaborate, seemingly complicated construction where lots of the diamonds are connected together in a mesh-like form:
They look intimidating at first, but might be actually easy to make if you have enough patience. It can require days or even weeks to make. I made simple ‘mesh’ bases in the past and the most important key here, beside making sure to prepare all the straws of the same length for the mesh, is to keep an eye on the horizontal levels of the pyramids’ / diamonds’ square bases and just build new triangles and squares upon them. Heavy needles and gravitation helps with pulling the threads through the straws, especially when the ‘mesh’ becomes larger. If you’re interested, I could make a drawing as a tutorial for the ‘mesh’ construction of pająki in my free time - let me know.
There’s also a ‘star’ type of the pająki where the central part is flat made in an octagonal shape (such base is made of a stronger material than the straw, for example thin steel rods, and decorated with wool tied around the centre) and the ‘diamond’ sections are tied to its 8 joints.
I don’t think there are many good tutorials online, never came across any describing the complicated types of pająki, but here’s a simple video where you can see how the bigger and smaller diamonds can be tied together:
Try to observe the photographs carefully. When you ‘get’ the idea behind the geometry of pająki right, it becomes very simple. I learned how to make them without any tutorials :)