protective cup

I was thinking about how wonderful my son is and I randomly felt compelled to show my appreciation for this boy so here it goes

Mako’s had some pretty terrible ideas in the past. But this one definitely topped them all.

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Ookurikara Cup Noodle Figure!

I need to show you one of the best purchases I have ever made…

THE OOKURIKARA CUP NOODLE FIGURE!! 
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He‘s specifically designed to sit on your cup noodles and keep the lid from opening up while the noodles are cooking.

Yes, cup noodles in Japan come with a special piece of tape attached so you can tape the lid down

But why would you do that when you could have a cute anime boy protect your cup noodles for you!?!?!

He’s so nice and detailed!

And he can even hold your chopsticks for you!

I preordered this figure literally about one year ago when it first got announced because not only is it one of those so-weird-you-have-to-have-it-for-your-collection pieces of merchandise, but it’s my favorite character! There are so many other characters in this game who are more popular than Ookurikara, so I was super happy that he actually got made into a figure.
A lot happened since the time I first preordered this; several delays, and at one point it had sounded like they were going to cancel this figure and not actually produce any at all. But I’m so glad that everything worked out!

I’m pretty impressed with his design; at first I was kind of worried that he’d fall into the noodles, but his hand, foot, and blanket are positioned in such a way that he’s touching multiple edges of the cup and can’t fall in.

Also is it just that it’s been so long that I can’t really remember what American cup noodles are like, or are Japanese cup noodles way better? Don’t American cup noodles come in like shrimp or beef flavor, and only have a few pieces of stuff inside? The ones here in Japan generally just come in one flavor but they have all kinds of stuff inside!

Rainy’s Beauty Bath Glamour

A glamour bath spell to enhance your natural beauty, give you confidence and a lovely ‘glow’! Not only is this a magickal solution, but the ingredients will also replenish key nutrients in your body and soften your skin.

Written by Rainy-Day-Witchcraft, please do not remove source!


Materials:

  • (Regular) Salt
  • Epsom Salt (preferably lavender-scented/available  for $5 at any CVS store)
  • Fresh lavender, if your epsom salt is un-scented
  • Orange zest
  • Pink rose petals (Dried or fresh)
  • Tea light candles


1. Combining the Ingredients

In a small bowl, combine a few handfuls of salt (Maybe a little more than cup, for protection and cleansing) a handful of Epsom salt/fresh lavender (For healing and love), and the zest of half an orange (For confidence, joy, and beauty). After mixing all these ingredients together, sprinkle a bit of pink rose petals over the top (pink: for self love and beauty), and place the bowl off to the side while you run your bath.


2. Preparing the Bath

While your bath is running, collect a few tea candles to set around your bathroom. These needn’t be any particular size, color, or scent, just as long as you have the candles! Electronic tea lights would also do wonderfully.

When the water is about halfway full, sprinkle in the healing mixture. Be sure to mix it around a bit, to encourage the salts to dissolve and the zest/petals to soak in the water. After a minute, the bathroom should begin smelling nicely of orange, lavender, and rose! Allow the steam to fog up the room and create a relaxing atmosphere ~


3. Performing the Spell

Turn off or dim the lights, lighting your candles. When your bath is full, get in, and take a bit to enjoy the water and the smells in the air. Do not worry if the zest makes you sticky; a quick shower rinse afterwards will do the trick. 

After you are finished enjoying the warmth of your bath, begin meditating or preparing yourself for the magickal part! You can meditate with your eyes closed or open, sitting up or laying back in the water, or even visualization will work ~ As long as you can get yourself into the “mood” and calm your thoughts. 

When ready, swirling your hands around in the warm water and feeling the healing and beautiful energies in the air, chant:

“With flowers’ touch and waters’ energy,

I am beauty, grace, and positivity

Infuse my spirit with radiant light

Smite negativity with self-loving might”

Feel the “glow” of beauty and confidence surrounding you; feel the unconditional love you hold for yourself, and feel at peace. You may experience a tingling or overwhelming sense of emotion, and this is perfectly fine ~

After you have completed your chant, and feel positive energy around yourself, you have finished the spell! Rose petals and orange zest will clog up your drain, so remember to gather it all up while draining and put it back in the bowl to be disposed of later. (I actually created a self-love charm bag from the roses in this spell, so whatever you wish to do with them afterwards is up to you!) This may be the time you wish to shower off the remnants of the bathwater ~ 


4. Enjoy!

You have successfully finished the spell, and have cast a glamour upon yourself! This spell is especially helpful on days when you need a bit of a pick-me-up, or a boost of beauty and confidence for an important matter. Like all my spells, it has also been written, tested, and performed by myself to ensure magickal results ~ 

I hope you’ve found this glamour useful, and let me know if you have any questions or comments! Please be sure to check for allergic reactions or skin irritation to any of the ingredients before starting, for your own safety. 

~Rainy

i know it seems pretentious as shit but listen: vape magic

i watched a super spooky video on youtube where someone told their story of the first and only time they used a oujia board and it gave me absolute chills. i’d been thinking for weeks about how to actually implement using a vape pen as a tool of magic (i’m certain not all herbs are healthy for direct inhalation) when it hit me halfway through the video: sigils!

i spent the rest of the time i listened painting a blessing sigil (above the button) and a protection sigil (below/cupping the button) in nail polish.

they’re designed to charge the juice with intent, filling my lungs and then the air around me with blessings and protection; the power of the pen itself charges them.

Tom Paris faithfully recreates a traditional 21st century Seattle-area Earth coffeehouse in a holodeck program right down to the mermaid-adorned zarfs. A shipwide crisis occurs when Janeway hijacks the program. Somehow the Doctor hacks into the holoprojector matrix and convinces her to reclaim her captain’s chair, but only with the promise of a cupholder.

Sleepy Time Bath Scrub

Use to exfoliate and get rid of all the energy from the day. Salt is a purifier and a cleanser, and this blend of essential oils promotes calmness, sleep, and protection.

Ingredients:
1 cup (300g) sea salt
½ cup (120mL) oil I used grapeseed
4 drops Rose essential oil
6 drops chamomile essential oil
1 drop jasmine essential oil
1 drop rosemary essential oil

Mix well in an air-tight jar and charge with your intent to have deep, peaceful sleep.

Use in the bath or shower. Be careful! The oil will make your tub slippery. You can also use just on your hands if you’d rather not do a full body-scrub.

dear the 100 fandom, bellamy’s love for octavia and clarke is not a competition. thank you.

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Throwback Thursday: My first garden over two months, summer 2012-13.

This was at the flat where I lived a couple of years ago. From a flat, unused old vege patch, I created the “double-dig” beds. It was unbelievable how well everything grew - including the weeds! The lesson here being to mulch everything. 100% cover, 100% of the time. The sticks down the middle of the row had peas growing up them, a trick I learned from Jamie Oliver. Down the far end was an existing structure, perhaps once used for growing beans, and I added other sticks I had pruned from round the property to make a sort of tomato enclosure. you can see the baby tomato plants in the first picture under little plastic cups to protect them from the weather. This was a great little garden, lots of things learned, lots of food grown. For that whole summer we didn’t have to buy any vegetables and we ate very well!

Full Moon Bread

Tonight I made this deliciousness, and it was glooorious. I modified my basic bread recipe to make a Full Moon Bread for Protection. This is also my Lughnasadh Loaf. After all, I did harvest some of the ingredients myself.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt (preferably sea salt)
  • 2 cups hot tap water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup softened butter
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil (for protection of property/wealth)
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary, chopped large (for protection of body & mind)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives (general protection)

Pour 4 cups of the flour, yeast, and salt in large bowl. Recite ‘With the power of Earth I protect me and mine from all harm.’
Add chopped herbs and mix well. 

Pour in hot water and mix (stir clockwise) until it is combined. As you pour and stir, recite ‘With the power of Water I protect me and mine from all harm.’

It will be sticky.
Pour honey and butter on top and continue mixing until there is no sign of the butter or honey left.
Add last cup of flour incrementally, stirring until dough is no longer sticky.

Spread a small handful of flour on a clean flat surface and begin kneading the bread for about 5 minutes. This is a great time to really focus on protection and the fierceness with which you will defend yourself/your household, pouring the energy into the dough.
Place dough back in bowl and cover with a tea towel to rise for about half an hour, until it doubles in size.

Remove dough from bowl and punch it down, expelling the air. Recite ‘With the power of Air I protect me and mine from all harm.’

Divide the dough in half. Form each half into a loaf-shape and place in a greased loaf pan. Using a sharp knife, preferably an athame, carve a sigil for Protection deeply into the top of the loaf (either create your own or feel free to use mine).

(I love this little guy, I always imagine him as a ghostly fox rising out of a charged sigil to protect things)

Let rise another 10-15 minutes until dough reaches lip of loaf pan.
Bake for 35-40 minutes at 400F. Recite ‘With the power of Fire I protect me and mine from all harm.’
Bread is cooked through when a light thump on the crust sounds hollow.

Turn out onto a rack and wrap in a damp tea-towel for a few minutes to keep the crust soft. Once cool, cut with a bread knife and enjoy!