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« Topic Start: April 12, 2008, 03:20:11 pm »

No, this isn't going to be a TV series or book series!

This, is a twenty year old male who (one month and one half ago, thank you very much!) moved out into his own. For those of you who may remember, I'm the one who brought up a topic in the Prayer/Energy request forum about a child. That situation, although has not occurred (praise the gods) , deteriorated more so with 'the key players' involved.

Regardless, I moved out. It's been beautiful and fantastic with no drama, no worries since then. I did my fantastically good deed for nearly a year, now the Universe seems to be paying me back a bit!

But, here I am. Sitting in my living room with a candle in a circle of crystals burning, some incense scenting the space and reading "Cottage Witchery" by  Ellen Dugan. I'm only about an eighth of the way through this book, but it's fantastic so far!

I was wondering a few things really and thought I would come to my favorite little pagan forum I'm constantly checking out, and ask...Are you?

If you are, what have you done to your place as a 'Cottage Witch'? Where are you at location wise (City, 'Burbs, Country, etc.) and how have you done your place?

If you could go so far, do you have any ideas that I can get inspired by? Pictures maybe even?

So far I've found a few baskets that will house small things (at the moment, glass bottles and a teapot, one is also covering the door bell) that is on the wall. Glass ornaments I got from Hobby Lobby for 2.00 each (love 50% off days!), a fantastic "at home" green color on the walls, a 30something year old couch that is in fantastic condition. A glass table I've had for almost five years now, and a 'heavy' wood coffee table I got from Goodwill for 30.00. Oh, and of course my silver book shelves.

I intend on taking a picture in due time, but I really want to know, what else have you done or wanting to do???
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« Reply #1: April 12, 2008, 08:18:02 pm »

Glass ornaments I got from Hobby Lobby

Imagine their horror if the Hobby Lobby found out your were using their decorations with paganism in mind!   Shocked

My house doesn't let on that I'm pagan, so I don't have any advice for you.  I just wanted to say congrats on your new place, you sound very excited about it.
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« Reply #2: April 12, 2008, 10:01:31 pm »

No, this isn't going to be a TV series or book series!

This, is a twenty year old male who (one month and one half ago, thank you very much!) moved out into his own. For those of you who may remember, I'm the one who brought up a topic in the Prayer/Energy request forum about a child. That situation, although has not occurred (praise the gods) , deteriorated more so with 'the key players' involved.

Regardless, I moved out. It's been beautiful and fantastic with no drama, no worries since then. I did my fantastically good deed for nearly a year, now the Universe seems to be paying me back a bit!

But, here I am. Sitting in my living room with a candle in a circle of crystals burning, some incense scenting the space and reading "Cottage Witchery" by  Ellen Dugan. I'm only about an eighth of the way through this book, but it's fantastic so far!

I was wondering a few things really and thought I would come to my favorite little pagan forum I'm constantly checking out, and ask...Are you?

If you are, what have you done to your place as a 'Cottage Witch'? Where are you at location wise (City, 'Burbs, Country, etc.) and how have you done your place?

If you could go so far, do you have any ideas that I can get inspired by? Pictures maybe even?

So far I've found a few baskets that will house small things (at the moment, glass bottles and a teapot, one is also covering the door bell) that is on the wall. Glass ornaments I got from Hobby Lobby for 2.00 each (love 50% off days!), a fantastic "at home" green color on the walls, a 30something year old couch that is in fantastic condition. A glass table I've had for almost five years now, and a 'heavy' wood coffee table I got from Goodwill for 30.00. Oh, and of course my silver book shelves.

I intend on taking a picture in due time, but I really want to know, what else have you done or wanting to do???


Oh that is so exciting! Your first place, how wonderful Smiley

Craigslist and Freecycle, if you have that around, are always your friend. The street gods and garage sales are often kind and generous,  as well. I have many wonderful things that I either picked out of someone's trash or right off the sidewalk.

If you have a fire escape or a deck or even a good windowsill, I'd start a little herb garden. I have little altars everywhere, and only set up a big one occasionally, like for Samhain and Yule, b/c our house is really small. I think there is a thread somewhere of people's altar pics, too, if you want some inspiration. Dude, you need to get a pagan coffee table book started! All the lovely altars in people's little teeny spaces! A fabulous job at Martha Stewart!

Hope things improve with your ex-roommate and her daughter, and am glad you were able to get out of there without difficulties.
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« Reply #3: April 12, 2008, 10:25:57 pm »


Oh that is so exciting! Your first place, how wonderful Smiley

Craigslist and Freecycle, if you have that around, are always your friend. The street gods and garage sales are often kind and generous,  as well. I have many wonderful things that I either picked out of someone's trash or right off the sidewalk.

If you have a fire escape or a deck or even a good windowsill, I'd start a little herb garden. I have little altars everywhere, and only set up a big one occasionally, like for Samhain and Yule, b/c our house is really small. I think there is a thread somewhere of people's altar pics, too, if you want some inspiration. Dude, you need to get a pagan coffee table book started! All the lovely altars in people's little teeny spaces! A fabulous job at Martha Stewart!

Hope things improve with your ex-roommate and her daughter, and am glad you were able to get out of there without difficulties.

Well, just to knock out the bold item first: No. It won't. It's became very, very seriously nasty on them quiet literally begging to attack me at my job and attempting to bring down my friends.

Thank you for the fantastic idea of Craig and Free. Completely forgot about those sites, let alone checking for items that could work for me on it! So I will certainly need to check into that for it.

The book sounds like a great idea actually as well. The great thing with this table is that it is a perfect surface for a tarot reading or any card reading, etc,etc. as it has a great wide surface, low to the ground and is very perfect. It even has a drawer, large drawer.

Hobby Lobby and Martha Stewart...har Cheesy

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« Reply #4: April 12, 2008, 11:53:35 pm »

Well, just to knock out the bold item first: No. It won't. It's became very, very seriously nasty on them quiet literally begging to attack me at my job and attempting to bring down my friends.

ew. I'm so sorry. I guess we better keep praying for that poor little girl Embarrassed



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« Reply #5: April 14, 2008, 03:47:16 pm »


If you are, what have you done to your place as a 'Cottage Witch'? Where are you at location wise (City, 'Burbs, Country, etc.) and how have you done your place?


I'm a country girl transplanted to the city. I used to have a massive herb garden (pre-pagan too) which is the one feature I miss about country life. I do, however, have a deck now, and grow a limited amount of my own. The great thing about being here, si that you can network and go to stores dedicated to paganism, which is something you never see in rural areas.

Congrats and good luck!
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« Reply #6: April 16, 2008, 11:14:53 am »

personally I don,t care who knows I,m a witch My husband is also one and I made a broom by hand  he found the handle and shaped it some then I gathered the broom part using stuff that looked like straw from a field ,then went home and made it , its great for a first time but we have it hanging over our door way in to our kitchen from the front door (2 room apt.) then we found a antic hearth broom that resides over our bed , my whole house tells who and what we are .My attitude is if you don't like it don't look at it.
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« Reply #7: April 16, 2008, 08:25:40 pm »

personally I don,t care who knows I,m a witch My husband is also one and I made a broom by hand  he found the handle and shaped it some then I gathered the broom part using stuff that looked like straw from a field ,then went home and made it , its great for a first time but we have it hanging over our door way in to our kitchen from the front door (2 room apt.) then we found a antic hearth broom that resides over our bed , my whole house tells who and what we are .My attitude is if you don't like it don't look at it.

I personally don't care what others think on those terms either. All of my friends know who-what I am when it comes to my religious belief and knowledge. No one comes into my home unless I trust them, so if they don't know that knowledge, then I likely don't trust them.

More mainstream topic however: To the blatantly obvious symbols. Beautifully enough, Old Time Pottery actually has a Pentacle with 5 glass candle holders and made of metal. Price: 5.00 - yes, 5.00. I intend on using a  grape vine circle I crafted (kudos of my mother) and with the inspiration and idea from my sister and "brother in law" (of the God faith) decorate it up in much a way I can still function with the circle (great for meditation) or as decor, and placing said pentacle into circle for pentagram!

(I know, I likely flip-flopped the stars around, I always do. Please correct me if I have)

I also intend on making my window covers with fabric of course, but with bamboo roll-up shades I have at Menards (work there.) and obtain some copper pipe/fittings to apply to the top of it. From there, I'm going to drop beads, glass, stones, rocks, etc.etc. from it. Little pricey, I know. But I think the idea and effect will be quiet proper!
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« Reply #8: April 16, 2008, 10:23:49 pm »

I also intend on making my window covers with fabric of course, but with bamboo roll-up shades I have at Menards (work there.) and obtain some copper pipe/fittings to apply to the top of it. From there, I'm going to drop beads, glass, stones, rocks, etc.etc. from it. Little pricey, I know. But I think the idea and effect will be quiet proper!

yes, I have seen this, it's very pretty. Also quite time consuming, but a very rewarding outcome.
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« Reply #9: April 16, 2008, 11:19:08 pm »

I'm a country girl transplanted to the city. I used to have a massive herb garden (pre-pagan too) which is the one feature I miss about country life. I do, however, have a deck now, and grow a limited amount of my own. The great thing about being here, si that you can network and go to stores dedicated to paganism, which is something you never see in rural areas.

I bet you miss your herb garden- I'm just starting mine. I'm the opposite of you, though: I'm a city girl transplanted to the country!
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« Reply #10: April 17, 2008, 12:12:03 am »

I bet you miss your herb garden- I'm just starting mine. I'm the opposite of you, though: I'm a city girl transplanted to the country!

I'm jealous--have fun!
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« Reply #11: April 17, 2008, 01:18:00 am »

placing said pentacle into circle for pentagram!

(I know, I likely flip-flopped the stars around, I always do. Please correct me if I have)
Correction as requested:  A pentagram is the geometric figure of a five-pointed star; a pentacle is something that uses a pentagram, frequently in a circle, as a design element.  (There are many variations on the definition of "pentacle"; that's the quick'n'dirty one I favor.  For "pentagram", though, most of the variant definitions come from people who don't know from geometry.)

Hopefully you'll find that helpful for remembering which is which; if not, keep looking for a mnemonic that works for you.  The easy way is to just say "pent" for either, but sometimes - as here - that doesn't work.

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« Reply #12: April 22, 2008, 12:10:39 am »

yes, I have seen this, it's very pretty. Also quite time consuming, but a very rewarding outcome.

Well, this is what I am figuring and presuming once I get the ability to craft this. I think it will be certainly worth it.

And thank you Sunflower for the correction Kiss
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