the giant and the witch

Witchsona commission for thelabyrinthlolita, from puppetgrenade

pink/charms/herbal tea witch + corgi familiar

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Jailbot wardens journey yesterday and today :y journeys where I met another robot, another WARDEN!!!! Nostalgia critic! @commanderholly I have found out I’m taller then sardonyx XD controlled team skull! Hanged out with dead pool~ a gingerbread cookie!! BIRD PERSON!!! *explodes* I’m considering drawing these as the characters XD that’ll be really fun!!

SU Characters as Witches

Pearl: Light Witch, not born ‘magical,’ but very proficient in amulets and talismans to compensate, specializes in illusions and also stabbing you

Amethyst: Transformation Witch, sometimes referred to as a ‘pookah,’ she’ll grant you a favor for a cool rock or donut from down the street

Garnet: Fortune Teller, a given, likes to freak out local kids who mess with her garden and will tell anyone their love fortune (she likes love)

Steven: Son of a Witch, healing, owns a little shop of ‘healing water’ (it’s his spit), they don’t list the ingredients, very Ghibli-Howl aesthetic

Lapis: Water Witch, specializes in curses as she was cursed once and is now bitter and tired, hates shoes and will curse any pair she finds

Peridot: Technical Witch, watches, gears, thinks she’s steampunk, slicks her hair up with electrical magic bc she thinks it makes her look cool, magic 4 pay

The Diamonds: Baba Yaga figures who threaten to eat people and have giant houses that run around on hands

Jasper: Witch Hunter (who is also a witch), self-loathing who denies her powers to use a crossbow and sword to rid the world of witches

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If you loved the Princess Bride you will love…

Also:

ALL THE THINGS WRITTEN BY TAMORA PIERCE.

READ ALL HER BOOKS.

THIS IS NOT A DRILL

The Witches’ Web

It’s no secret, I have a strong connection to spiders, and as such, find myself working with strings, thread and yarn often. Knitting, braiding, macrame – it’s something I get from my grandfather, I imagine, who had countless books on knots and his own penchant for cordage. Of course, his stemmed from being bedridden with a broken back in his formative years. I was lucky enough to pick up the hobby without being confined.

This particular project came out of the blue. One day, having yarn and a large portrait frame at my disposal (with nails jutting from the back in disarray), I wove myself a web – it was messy, but in time, I found myself repeating the process again and again: without reason. I would simply hang them or stow them away for lack of any use. It was only after a time that I discovered their many uses.

Foremost, they work well as snares for any unsavory spirits, especially when protective charms are woven or placed within them. Feathers, chicken feet, and bones all hold very well, but you can also add in ribbons, strings, beads, whatever works for you. Alternately, they can be used in works of control and binding, imparting subtle or aggressive influence on a situation or individual. Such can be done by fastening a photos and/or personal affects/concerns into the web. Lastly, and my favorite use, is that there is an innate interconnectedness and within can be found the manifestations of one’s destiny. It isn’t necessarily an art that I can describe, but with patience, you may be able to attune to what the web can show you. Trace the strands and follow.

Things You Will Need

  • Framethis can really be anything; I’ve used picture frames, embroidery hoops, wreaths, willow rings, though I have found that sturdier, even frames make for a tighter, more uniform web; square or round, either work
  • Cordageyarn, twine, thread (though I recommend using cotton, as synthetic is usually too slick to hold with friction), embroidery floss (my personal favorite), etc.
  • Optional: trinkets, curios, charms, etc.

Instructions

  1. Secure some anchor strands to the frame. The number doesn’t matter, though the more you use the more intricate the pattern (but the longer and more complicated the process). These strands should extend the diameter and meet at a central point: the first strand is simply secured on both sides, and the subsequent should be looped around the central point so as to have a concrete point to work out from.
  2. Next, cut a long strand. To get an estimate for how long it needs to be, simply wind it over the top of the strands in a spiral of roughly the shame size as you wish to create. You don’t lose much in the process, so there’s no need to allot excess EXCEPT that you’re going to need to anchor the final strand to the frame, as well. Better to have too much than too little. 
  3. You will then need to anchor the thread through the center. My preferred method (when using embroidery floss or yarn) is to thread the cord onto a needle (as you would when embroidering – i.e. no need to double it up) and knot the end. Bring this through the center (carefully, to check to make sure the knot catches) and then move out along one the the strands and make another securing knot. This is where you will begin, so go out only so far as you wish the smallest point of the spiral to be. This will vary based on the size of the web you’re weaving.
  4. Remove the needle (you could keep it on, but I find it just gets in the way of things) and move the string over the next strand, then bring it around and under the same anchor. Continue this process, spiraling outward. It can take some time to get the hang of it, and don’t fret if as you go the more central strands develop some slack, as once you’re finished, the threads can be spaced out. It is important, however, to continue the spiral in the same trajectory, even when the strands gravitate toward the center. If you compensate, you’ll wind up with a loose weave. Just continue to follow the growing spiral.
  5. Once you’ve made it to the edge, fasten the strand over the top of the nearest anchor, and you’re done! Voila!

photo: this is just a small (somewhat messy) one I made today, as my others are still packed away, though if you really have literally nothing to do, I’m sure you could find a picture of my giant one in my archive

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Things I love:

  • This unknown librarian’s penmanship – my anonymous love, if I had a larger sample, I’d make your writing into a font.
  • The small “Halloween” stickers on books
  • Old school, two color illustrations in books

Things I want:

  • Autumn. October.
  • Pumpkin fields with scarecrows and ghosts and haunted winds.
  • An app like Lyft that pairs me with a witch driving a giant pumpkin to take me places.

don’t you EVER let another witch tell you that table salt is not as effective as sea salt or pink salt!!!!! fuck that!!!! it’s salt!!!! it will work the same if not better if your intent is there!!!!!!! FANCY TOOLS DO NOT A WITCH MAKE!!!!!!!!!!

if sea salt is what you desire they sell GIANT boxes of it at the Dollar Tree!

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@booksforthoughts Book Photo Challenge, March 28: Recent Book Haul 

I recently made a post about how kindle deals are one of the reasons my TBR is so long. All of these books were purchased for under $5 each. (linked if still cheap)

Some books I saw that others might be into for $1.99 are Attachments by Rainbow Rowell and Replica by Lauren Oliver.

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For @nexiumkreeth…reader is female as requested. Enjoy! (honestly, i’m good with writing anything that means Fred lives)

Y/N sprinted through the massive castle that was Hogwarts. She cast spells as she ran in an attempt to help anyone she could. Spotting Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny, Y/N skid to a halt. A few dementors were heading toward the four. Without hesitation, Y/N sent her patronus after the soul-suckers.

Both Weasleys gave a nod of appreciation. Y/N turned back to the battle at hand. She shot stun spells at anything that was black and moving through the air. She glanced over her shoulder to see the four had dispersed. Seeing no one in desperate need, Y/N picked up her pace, starting to run again.

Y/N conjured her patronus once again. She led the creature with her wand, pushing away the darkest threats. Hogwarts was the only place that had ever felt like home to her. She’d be damned if she didn’t try and protect it.

The witch finally made it outside on a balcony. Her patronus lunged at a dementor that hung a little too close. The faceless beast moved away with a horrid screech. Y/N looked down the balcony, eyes widening. The Weasley twins were fighting side by side. It seemed like Fred was pushing George inside as a black ashy beam headed in their direction. Y/N could just barely make out the colored sparks coming from the moving Death Eater.

Without hesitation, Y/N raised her wand and pointed. Before she could get the words out, the shield spell she desired shot from her wand and in front of Fred. This effectively blocked the spell from hitting the Weasley. Her protective nature taking over, Y/N hopped onto the balcony rail and started shooting more powerful spells toward the Death Eater. This didn’t allow her to see Fred’s stunned face as she fought the man.

“Arresto momentum!” she shrieked, slowing him down, “Confringo!”

The Death Eater she had been facing burst into flames. Y/N turned slightly to see George pulling Fred into the castle. She smiled to herself, happy that he was safe. She shook her head, refocusing on the battle.

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