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Pay the Piper Spell Jar

Here’s a spell for those times when you’re waiting on payment from a variety of different sources for work you’ve already done. It’s money drawing with modified intentions, since you know who owes you and for what. (In my case, a freelance article, music royalties, and a supplies trade.) I lifted this format from @witching-and-wondering​’s beautiful anti-nightmare spell bottle

You’ll need:

  • jar
  • tealight candle (green if possible)
  • salt
  • basil
  • mint
  • bay leaf

Optional:

  • green ribbon
  • star anise
  • cinnamon stick
  • a whole clove for each person that owes you
  • calcite
  • sigil on paper
  • bergamot oil

Place the ingredients in your jar in an order that pleases you. The calcite can rest against the outside. If you like, draw or pierce a money-drawing sigil on the bay leaf before adding it. Tie green ribbon around your jar and anoint your tealight with bergamot oil, if applicable. You can also sprinkle mint on top of the tealight. Put your tealight on your jar (or next to it if it’s a tiny jar) and, as you light it, recite:

My obligations now fulfilled
With knowledge deep and labor skilled
In return and with all speed
Complete the trade that was agreed

If you have a sigil on paper for this purpose, light it with the candle’s flame and burn it to ash in a firesafe container.

Let the tealight burn down, while focusing on your situation–but try not to dwell on resentment toward the people who haven’t upheld their bargain yet. Instead, consider the positive emotions you’ll experience when you have what you’re owed, like the sense of relief when your rent is paid, or the comfort of a new item of clothing you plan to buy. If you feel negative emotions taking over, or you’re short on time, snuff the candle. 

Seal the jar and keep it in a safe place. Then, if you haven’t recently, politely but firmly check in with the people who owe you. 

Charge the jar weekly by burning another candle on top of it (but hopefully that won’t be necessary). When all your payment comes in, empty the jar and cleanse it for reuse. Remember not to dispose of salt outdoors! 

Making Gladio’s Cosplay Sword

After playing FFXV, I knew I needed to cosplay Gladio.  But in order to do that I needed a sword, a big one.  I’d never made a prop quite like this before and I was working on a limited budget, with almost no tools or equipment, and with very little space in my new apartment.  

I knew it was going to be a challenge from the get-go, but was determined.  In the end I rather like what came out, and got a ton of compliments on it at Fanime 2017!

In the interest of spreading the cosplay joy, I tried to document my creation journey so that I could give advice and ideas to other cosplay enthusiasts.

This is going to be a rather long post, so in the interest of not taking up everyone’s dashes the rest will be under a Read More.

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Gemsona weapon ideas part 5

lots of projectile weapons in this one.

part 1  2  3  4

The Japanese “Lunge mine” was an explosive on a pole that was made to destroy tanks (but also killed its user in the process. but im sure you can think of how a gem can overcome this)

the Bren is a light machine gun i have included purely for its design.

The Welrod (also called the bicycle pump) is a silenced bolt action pistol favored by spies (also probably one of the first silent handguns ever made).

The shoe knife is an actual thing. have them any way you want, a blade at the end of the shoe or some kind of retractable combat ice skate, its your choice not mine.

the magnesium lance is pretty much a flamethrower mixed with a chainsaw and a long stick

a “Zip gun” is a homemade pistol favored by people who cannot easily get the real thing. (lots of different designs so take your pick)

the sharktooth club is used by maori warriors (this is like the third one i’ve put up from them, they make cool stuff,)

The nest of bees is a Chinese weapon that is pretty much a tube filled with rocket propelled arrows.

gyroget guns were made to fire miniature rockets instead of bullets.

and finally i have this thing i found while looking for the shoe knife, i’m sure someone will like this idea.

“Ashe’s Wrath” Curse jar

I have been so angry lately with someone in particular that last night I made a wrath jar, which is where all my anger is infused with the ashes of an incense.

All I did for this was light a black tealight, and an incense and sat with them the whole time venting out my frustrations, making sure I kept the ashes. 

I used;

A black tealight

An incense stick

A jar

-I was especially angered last night so when I lit everything I just vented as much as I could until I had nothing left to say

-Making sure the wax had melted enough, and the incense had burned down plenty, I stuck the ashes into the jar. Using what was left of the incense, I trapped smoke in the jar.

- I dipped the jar in the tealight and then gently poured the rest over it, so it sealed up.

- I gave it a violent shake and then shoved it in a drawer, and I’ll keep shaking it until they pay for the nasty crap they’ve caused me and my beloved.

Enchanting Your Wand

You may feel as though you don’t have to do this. From my own opinion and experience I only have had to do this with a few of my wands but if you are a beginner or just want to do this I have written below how I do.

You will need:

Your wand

Salt( in a bowl)

Water (in a bowl)

A incense stick

A candle


Place this all on your altar and follow out the rules -

Set the Incense on the east side , the Candle on the South side, the bowl of water on the west side, the salt on the north side. A compass is a handy tool for a magician to have!

Hold your wand in both hands, close to your chest and say “My wand, I intend you to be an instrument of my will”
Hold it in the smoke of the incense for a moment, and say “Spirit of Air, breath power into my wand”
(If you are using a paper fan, wave the fan to blow a breeze over your wand. If you have a flower or bottle of perfume, pass the wand throught the sweet smell that comes from the flower or bottle.)
Pass it over the flame- don’t let it catch fire, do it quickly- and say “Spirit of Fire, give my wand joy”
(If you are using a flashlight or lamp, wave the wand through the beam of light. If you have an orange, you must use your imagination. The orange fruit is a symbol of the Sun itself- the biggest fire in our world. So when you pass your wand over the fruit, you imagine that it is really the sun,magically made small for your ceremony for a minute.)

Dip the tip quickly into the water and say “Spirit of Water, clean my wand of any evil or anger”

Touch the Salt with the tip as well, and say “Spirit of Earth, Give my wand Wisdom”

Lastly hold it up over your head and say “Great Spirit, This wand is now my wand”

Scale Measurements for an Oversized Prop

Tutorial Tuesday
Ex. Final Fantasy 7: Cloud’s Buster Sword


Since the remake of FF7 has been announced, I imagine there will be a resurgence of cosplayers for the series. It tends to happen. With large-sized props, like the rather famous Buster Sword, getting things to scale, without them being too wide or too long, can be tricky for people to approach without some sort of guidance. That’s what this is going to be. It can be applied to any large-sized prop, I actually used this technique to get my Guild Sunderer sized properly, but the Buster Sword is going to be my reference point in this.

Things that will make your life easier:

  • A ruler or yard/meter stick
  • A calculator
  • Photo/art reference images printed out so you can scribble on them
  • Some sort of photo-editing software. I use Photoshop.

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Hope


If you have hope like I do,

then you’ve probably seen

a single mother wrap her children

in her smile

through the war

of raising a family

on minimum-wage.

You’ve seen her hold her babies

to explain why daddy ran away.

That it’s going to be okay.


If you have hunger like I do,

you’ve had teachers

in elementary school

teach you

about the pilgrims

George Washington and Abraham Lincoln

and how all the other white men

made some kind of difference

but they never told you

how the earth colored people

spoke to the sun for guidance

asked the sky for harvest

how they read stars

like my history books

that erased half

of my indigenous roots.

By the belief

that land was too sacred

to be bought and sold,

I come from conquered souls.  


If you have anger like I do,

then you’ve certainly smelled

the odor

of homeless war veteran

and heard that the government

declared another war on terror

a new war for freedom

a new war that vomits men

back to McDonald’s

back to Wal-Mart

back to welfare.

You’ve probably driven by

skid row and noticed

how cops serve hungry

stomachs plates of batons.

You’ve understood why

plastic bottles

and black bags are not collected

but fought over with.


If you have compassion like I do,
you’ve tried to convince girls

it’s not their fault

for the ways men

have touched them,

for the ways boys called them hoes.

You’ve tried to clean

the wounds that bleed

in the name of not being believed.


If you have shame like I do,

you’ve probably ached

at the sight

of foreclosure signs

that lead to the cries

of woman outside a bank building

begging for money with babies at her side.

Desperation

is more than just a word here.


If you have faith like I do,

you’ve moved the streets

with your fists held high

in waves of brothers and sisters,

fighting for something bigger

than yourself.


But if you don’t have hope like I do,

then you’ve probably never had

to wait

3 hours in an emergency room

to have the hand of time

tick and taunt your stress,

rip and toss your emotions

in the room

when insurance approval

didn’t going through.


You’ve probably never witnessed

how families push like pigeons

with mouths gaping

for another day

outside a local food bank.


You’ve probably never played

inside the garage that’s a home

to the 4 siblings that sleep on a floor.


You’ve never seen

a mother bury

her bloody baby boy

and you’ve never put dirt

on the coffin of an angel.


If you don’t have hope like I do,

then you’ve never witnessed

how a shoeless child

makes a hero out of a stick

a car out of a stone

a mansion out of dirt.


But if you do have hope like I do,

then hope is enough.


By: Eric Eztli (frommyblood.tumblr.com)

Elderberry Syrup

*for colds and flus

**Note: I’m not a licensed herbalist, I always advise seeing a doctor first and foremost if possible.

Ingredients

2 c Water

½ c dried Elderberries (can be found at most natural markets)

1 Cinnamon Stick

A 1 in piece of fresh Ginger Root, peeled

1 tsp Whole Cloves

1 c Honey

Steps

1. Combine water, berries, and spices into a medium sized pan and bring to a boil.

2. Reduce to low heat and simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or long enough for the liquid to reduce by half.

3. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. In an empty bottle, add the honey.

5. Strain your syrup (press the berries to get as much out as possible) and add to the bottle.

The syrup can be used for up to 6 or so months max. The dosage for adults is 1-2 tsp daily. For children, only ½ tsp is used daily. Do not give to infants under 12 months.

Bones

Pairing: Matt Murdock/Daredevil x Reader

Time: Post 1x07: Stick

A/N: I’ve only watched the first ten episodes but I just felt like writing this so I did. (The title is for the song by Josh Record, but as always, this is not a songfic.)

Summary/Preview:

“He killed someone ___, a boy- no more than ten. I thought I had saved him and then he told me that he had finished the job. That I didn’t understand what the boy was capable of.”

“Oh, Matt, I’m so sorry.” You drop his hands to draw him into an embrace and he tugs you into his lap, arms encircling your waist. He buries his head in the crook of your neck for a few moments, as if gathering his strength and then he presses a kiss to your jawline, and begins to tell you about everything that has happened in the time you were away.


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If you have never read MTMTE but you are considering it, here are a list of things that MTMTE contains:

  • Actual gay giant space robots that are canon
  • Sonic screwdrivers wrenches
  • Someone throwing a time machine at someone else’s head (in a bar brawl, I think? I can’t really remember)
  • A character who enjoys breaking the laws of physics in his spare time
  • A mad scientist who kidnaps babies
  • Microorganisms posing as a robot baby
  • A frat boy as captain
  • An escape artist who gets tied up for fun
  • A car in love with a USB stick
  • A disabled artist who works as a bouncer
  • Robot moustaches
  • A police car being thrown off a cliff and making the entire fandom cheer with one voice
  • A robot samurai wearing a Victorian dress
  • A nuclear bomb
  • Time travel
  • Robot Sherlock Holmes
  • Robot hitler
  • Robot hitler facepalming a lot
  • Robot hitler writing poetry
  • Robot hitler’s cat
  • A helicopter who started a four-million-year-long war
  • A briefcase
  • Several briefcases
  • A space vampire and his dogs
  • Robot turian who likes to plant flowers
  • A giant blender
  • Robot dance parties
  • Robot gore

Things you will need to read MTMTE:

  • The comic
  • Lots and lots of fucking tissues

Robot feelings are free with the comic.