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For the Love of Friday- Practical Magic

Friday, August 30, 2013

It should really come as no surprise to people who know me best that I have always dreamed of becoming a witch.  Now no one needs to get all worried or worked up about this.  I am not talking about a devil worshipping and curse casting kind of witch.  I am really mostly talking about the kind of witch that can make magical cookies or light a candle by blowing or something like that.  I go to sleep most nights with a small hope that I will wake up and it will be so.  A few summers ago, in jest and when I was being silly, I went through this phase when I called things “practical magic” pretty frequently (I am aware this is quite dorky and I should be ashamed to discuss it but I am surely not).  In part because of my obsession with the movie but also because I just like the idea of practical magic.  Even though I was not quite sure what it was.

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At the beginning of the summer, right before and when I was in Europe, I got on this reading kick with a very fun and light author called Sarah Addison Allen and I very quickly read three of her books with my favorites being The Girl Who Chased the Moon and Garden Spells.  Her books walk the line between reality and fantasy in a way that I found to be very enchanting (and also reminded me a bit of the movie Practical Magic).  Many of her main characters possess a touch of magic but in a way that it almost seemed believable.  Examples include a man who loves cake so much he can smell it baking from miles away (so basically me) and a family of women who know the exact ingredients that need to be added to food to influence the people consuming it and impact their emotions.

After reading them, I thought to myself “That right there…that is practical magic.”  And I quite like that idea.  The idea that we may all possess our own unique magic.  Or that maybe even though most happenings have a scientific explanation, they may be helped along by something else preternatural as well.  Things like the scent of lavender causing us to relax, or the visible light sparks made by freshly laundered clingy sheets when you pull them loose from each other.  Or maybe even a person knowing just the right amount of vanilla to add to a recipe to make it taste like heaven without having to measure.  I think I sometimes prefer to think of the world that way and why not really?  It certainly makes everyday events seem just a bit more special.

What do you guys think?  Do you suspect you could have a secret magical gift?

Make sure to do something spellbinding with it this weekend and have a delightful Labor Day!


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A Halloween Invitation from The Order of the Phoenix

Monday, October 15, 2012

I don’t know if you guys noticed, but our “quote of the week” has had a theme recently. Our theme for the month of October, and for our Halloween party, is none other than Harry Potter.  We have wanted to throw a Harry Potter party for many years and have been entirely too excited to finally start decorating and planning for one.  For the invitations, we originally had all these crazy schemes in our head (boxes with potions and wands!  envelope that a balloon with a dark mark magically floats out of!) but we finally decided to be reasonable people and do a good old stationery suite.  I designed the invitation itself with all the Harry Potter fonts I could find (if you’re wondering what the border is, it says THE DARK LORD HAS RISEN on repeat).  After printing on card stock, we dipped them in tea to make them look a little bit vintage.  Unfortunately, I can take no credit for the ridiculously fantastic Marauder’s Map.  I found it here.  After we were patting ourselves on the back for printing out all the invitations, we realized that our names were nowhere to be found on them.  That is what happens when rookies are doing the designing.  I mean, people would probably know it was us (because who else would send them something so crazy), but on principle we should probably have our names.  So we decided to make little RSVP cards out of feathers.  For finishing touches, we wrapped them in a thin black ribbon and sealed with a very authentic Hogwarts wax seal.






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For the Love of Friday- Inspired By

Friday, September 28, 2012

I love love love to be inspired.  I think as a result I am constantly looking for inspiration.  Here are some of the things that have been inspiring me lately…

Dalai Lama

I have loved the Dalai Lama and been very curious about him and Tibet’s plight ever since seeing Seven Years In Tibet, which you all need to go out and rent this weekend if you haven’t seen.  The other day Facebook suggested that I like him and I was like, “Why, yes I do.”  He puts out thoughts and statements a few times a week and one of the first ones I saw was this…

“All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.”

Now I am not going to say that I agree with this statement completely and I surely don’t want to ruffle any tail feathers, but I do want to say this.  This is a very brave statement, coming from someone who is a monk, ie. very devout worshiper of his own religion.  I like his point of view that we all have to work together to figure out answers for this world instead of standing up on our individual mountains and yelling, “My way is the best!”  That point of view is obviously getting us nowhere.  I am very inspired by his bravery and his diplomacy.

I think that anyone that has been reading our little blog for any period of time knows that we love the idea of magic.  This lovely book is quite successful at making me feel like it really exists.  A wonderful story with beautiful imagery that is sure to inspire anyone.

The Lumineers

Based on my Facebook feed and the little Spotify notifications, I know that I am not the only one being inspired by this band.  It has been awhile  since an album has come out that I really wanted to listen to the whole way through every time.  Many people have probably heard “Ho Hey” but I also suggest taking a listen to “The Big Parade.”


Never in my life have I been so inspired by the ability of a truly talented photographer to capture something special and honest in a person’s face, an object, or a scene as I am at this point in my life.  It is easy to understand how magical it is once you start trying to take pictures yourself.


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You actually thought we would get through a post without talking about Fall again?  Hah!  The change in the weather lately has been blowing me away along with the beauty of the leaves on the trees and the crunchy sound they make when I walk through my yard.  Yay Fall!

Happy Friday ya’ll!

What has been inspiring you lately?

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