Saturday, 16 October 2010

Mushroom Witches and A Fanciful Halloween Party

In my neighbour's house...if she invites you in... ....you are led through a shadowy doorway, past portraits of her ancestors...

Aunt Fly Agaric was famous amongst mushroom witches. She usually cast kind spells such as this one to help people to see fairies...(from her spell box)

If thou woudst see fairies
Take a pint of Sallet oyle and put it in a glasse, first washing it with rose water. Then put thereto the buds of hollyhocke, of marygolde, of young hazle and the topps of wild thyme. Take the grasse of a fairy throne; then all these out into a glasse...dissolve three days in the sunne, and keep it for thy use.


Aunt Nancy was nicknamed 'The Deceiver' due to her habit of casting spells to make people think she was doing what she wasn't, such as her job! I wish she was still around to teach me a thing or two.

All my neighbour will tell me about this portrait, is that her name is 'The Blue One'. This mushroom witch must have had some dark secrets.

This is my neighbour herself, Miss Porcelain Fungus. It is a strange name and she often gets a funny look from the postman. He should watch out, or magical mushroom spells might come his way.
Porcelain showed me her spell box, and magic wand, both of which have been passed down to her. Inside the box are smaller and smaller boxes containing many spells. Here is the only one she showed me...
If thou wilt understand the birds
Associate with two fellows on the 28th day of October, and goe with dogges as to hunt. Carry home with thee the beast that thou shall find first. Prepare it with the heart of a foxe, and thou shalt understand the voice of the birds.
I thanked her, but secretly thought I may give this one a miss.
I might try the fairy one though...
Porcelain demonstrated how her wand works.
She offered me a toffee apple,
and said that anyone else was welcome-
so there is your invitation!
Her spell book was on the tray,
as she likes to practice magic every day.

I was impressed with the large mushroom photo she has framed in the hallway.
It looks like a mushroom forest.
What a strange Saturday, as not only did I visit a Mushroom Witch, but now I am off to visit a magical Halloween party at Vanessa's! What fun! See you there or somewhere!

40 comments:

Paper Pile Kitten said...

Beautiful pics. You have a unique and fabulous style!
Welcome to visit my Halloween party:
http://www.paperpilekitten.com/2010/10/a-magic-halloween-party-enter-at-your-own-risk.html

jabblog said...

What wonderful tales you weave with your magical people.egusalis

jabblog said...

Oops! 'egusalis' was the word verification, not a spell!

Janine said...

How wonderfully creative! I love it and have to read it again! Thank you for sharing!

Yiota said...

I always idmire and enjoy your creativity!
Have a great weekend!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

What a fabulous Halloween tale! Thank you very much! :) I enjoyed my stay...

I would be most delighted if you came to visit my enchanted Halloween Faerie Tale & giveaway:

http://faeriemooncreations.blogspot.com/2010/10/halloween-faerie-tale.html

Enjoy the parties!
Theresa

Linda said...

I am having a wonderful time at you magical party. I love all the images and props. Thank you for sharing. Please visit me:
momentsinaneye.blogspot.com

Leenie said...

Magic just goes with mushrooms. Looks like a fun party.

Ana Balbinot said...

Oh I LOVE your pictures! Great party! Thanks for your visit and comment at my blog!
Xoxo

Sophia said...

I could not make my way past Miss Porcelain Fungus. She insisted I have one of those apples as well, so I took a bite...oh dear, I'm now worried that I won't make it back to the Manor to tend....to.....my...........own..........guests.....

Check out Harrington Manor Ball today.

Sara said...

Love your post to pieces. Hope you're having a great party day and Happy Halloween. xx

Twyla and Lindsey said...

What a fun Mushroom Halloween party!!! Nice Photos!
Enjoy the party!

Lindsey

Sophia said...

I'm feeling quite oooozyy from that apple!!

Please do stop back by the Manor for a toast with some of the special guests. Feel free to bring a few from yours as well. It will be fun! :)

Fair Rosamund said...

What fun!! I love the artwork :) Thank you so much for having me over at your party! :) ~Lauren

Wendy said...

I love mushrooms and all the wicked secrets they hold and that apple looks worthy of Snow White, wonderful post!

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

OHHH! Mushrrrrrooooom witches and toffee apples. I LOVE the photo with your apple, and the house, and your drawings, and the mushrooms at the end! Oh all of it. Spoooookilicious and perfectly mysterious my beloved friend! Thank you for hosting us... are we going to nibble the shrooms?

Oh, by the way... Love your wand, I am lacking one it seems ;)

And the spell! I am entranced! Marygoldes and mushroooooms...

Love, V

MarZel said...

Very fun and original. Wonderful Graphics!

Please come visit me at:

http://theplayoflightandshadow.blogspot.com/2010/10/welcome-to-happy-halloween-party-and.html

snoopydog said...

Oh my word! You have created the perfect Halloween atmosphere with your post Sarah! A wonderful 'story'. I wonder....... Enjoy the party! Ros

Kelly Jeanette said...

Yummm, love toffee apples. A great party. And mushrooms!

Happy Halloween!

Do come and join me at my party at http://kellysalteredart.blogspot.com/2010/10/halloween-party-2010.html

Lisa Ladrido said...

Loved visiting your party, thank you for having me!!

Your newest follower here from Vanessa's Halloween Party!~Lisa
Happy Halloween

D.Suplicki said...

What a wonderfully delightful neighbor you have and what interesting characters her ancestors were!

Thank you for having me over and for the toffee apple, it was scrumptious!

Perhaps when you've recovered from your revelry, you'd like to stop by and visit with me?

Maia's Twinkle Miniatures said...

I'd love to try the fairy spell too! I loved your post and party!

You can visit me at mine here:
http://maiastwinkleminiatures.blogspot.com/2010/10/halloween-party-2010.html

Maia

Sonia ;) said...

Sarah,

Loved the photos..And your drawings and paintings amazing!!!

xoxoxox

Designs by Blanche said...

That was such a fun adventure! Lovely drawings/paintings - and the unforgetable mushrooms!
Thanks for having me!
-Blanche

Róisín said...

What a wonderful neighbour! And I can tell you this, I've already tried that spell before and it works. Honest to God! Great post :) Happy Halloween!
Roisin x

http://childofdanu.blogspot.com/

Susan said...

What a magical post! Thank you :)

Peace,
Susan

come visit:
http://piecesoffatesusan.blogspot.com/

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Fantastic tale of Halloween , well done

Anthropomorphica said...

Miss Porcelain Fungus, I love it!! Great post :)
Happy Halloween X

Shell said...

I do love your Mushroom witches and your spells. A sparkling magical party, Sarah. Mabel says hi, too.

Paula said...

I so enjoyed my visit to your neighbors magical home. May just take her up on that offer of a caramel apple.

Aurelia said...

Happy Halloween Blog Party :)

That mushroom forest picture is really good :) I love mushrooms but unfortunately became allergic to them several years ago, so I would have to stick to the caramel apples! ...that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it hehe!

This has been my first blog-party but I'm having such a fun time :)

http://modernwomans.blogspot.com/2010/10/something-witchy-this-way-comes.html

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

What an interesting family history your neighbor has! I enjoyed her spell for seeing fairies.

Annabelle said...

Magical and just soooo whimsical.Lovely art work.Thanks for sharing.

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LYNDY WARD said...

Came by really early yesterday & I think your party link wasn't ready yet, glad I came back...

This is sooooo much fun!!!
Love your blog & your party.
Please fly by for my giveaways too...
Hauntingly Yours, Lyndy

My Haunted Halloween Party Link:
http://bit.ly/dho880
TODAYSGOLD
http://todaysgold.blogspot.com/

Michelle Cummings said...

what a wonderful party!
I love your creations!

Hope you'll come visit mine and my post(s) for all of October!
http://faeriedustdreams-michelle.blogspot.com/

Scrap Vamp said...

Loved the mushrooms! The photos and images were lovely! Thank you so much for inviting me! I hope you'll stop by my party, too!

~Celina
forevervampress@aol.com
http://scrapvamp.blogspot.com

Mar said...

great post!!!! what a story!!!
all true i know but i kept it all straight!

Elizabeth Barczynski said...

Groovy!! Great art too.

I just love traveling around making new friends don't you. It looks like you have a wonderful time creating your works of art. Much appreciated!

When you have the opportunity please come over for a visit!
http://wood-wings.blogspot.com/2010/10/midnight-ride.html

Laume said...

Hi! Hi! Hi! *waving furiously, jumping up and down, BIG hug* Haven't "seen" you in ages. My poor blogs have been sort of neglected all summer. Okay, so more than sort of. But I have an excuse. I've been spending a lot of time in the faerie realm, and you know how time warps and flows in strange ways there. So glad I stumbled back here. All because I have a terrible head cold, can't sleep, and I'm working my way through Vanessa's blog party. (If you're on Facebook, you can find me there - Laume Zekas.

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Sarah! Great party post! Your Mushroom Witches are fabulous! I so enjoyed myself. The toffee apple was yummy! Happy Halloween! :)