Friday, October 7, 2011

Welcome to the Wizard's Workshop

Look! The invisible candle casts a shadow...not really, just uncooperative lighting. 

Discover fanciful, magical delights around every corner.

 Lotions and Potions

Spiders and Crows

Rare Books of Spells and Magic

Use caution, it's dark and dusty, creepy and musty in here.

Many a night by candlelight, reading and concocting, practicing and collecting.
Hope you enjoyed your visit.

The original inspiration, a children's book about Merlin, fifty cents, summer yard sale find!

I spent next to nothing on all my decor. 
 I picked up this awesome (and only "scary" item) from Michael's for $6 with the coupon. LOVE the Creepy Cloth for a buck at the Dollar Tree (as well as the griffin)!!!!
 I picked up spiders and crows here and there and at end of season clearance.

I had so much fun making the Spell Book, old thrift store book, aged the pages with watered down paint and hand drew the "Good Luck Spell" and "Invisible Spell" on parchment paper then glued onto existing pages with glue stick.

The potion bottles were from my pantry, labels made by printing Gothic fonts (from dafont) onto regular white paper, tea staining and stuck on with a glue stick. There is "Water from the Fountain of Youth",  "Eye of Newt", white nonpareils,  "Magic Beans" Ancient Anasazi Beans grown locally, " "Essence of Dragon" empty bottle...

The candlesticks are from the thrift store.  I made the scrolls from a big sheet of paper from our massive stack of blueprints. Just burn the edge and tea stain again.

The dead branches from the fields by our house.

I wish I could have captured better pictures, I just couldn't get the light right with light beaming in the windows... I tried at night and they were too dark, washed out during the pro, I am not.

I so look forward to Halloween. Marking the beginning of the Holiday Season.
Fall harvest and pumpkins and hayrides, corn mazes and costumes. 
I  mostly decorate in a natural fall theme of Cornstalks (that grew in my garden, intermixed with my perennials and bushes=free. They get you an arm and a leg if you buy them$$$) Along with a couple hay bales, pumpkins, Mums and squash. I can start in September and it takes us through the end of November, just in time for {{{Christmas}}}
I love this theme because it's really easy and fun, everything ties together. I used to have a hodge podge mix of stuff and it just felt chaotic. It's so easy to follow this theme and just concentrate it in the foyer and adjoining dining room.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Your photos are awesome. Looks very ghoulish!

  2. Maybe the pictures didn't turn out the way you wanted but I thought you meant for them to look that way. They kind of look like an old scary movie.
    Stopping by from the Weekend Wrap Up Party.

  3. Gosh! I just love all the wonderful detail that you put into each element of the wizard's workshop. So interesting to see all that you created and then to read the "how tos" also. Thanks for sharing. I saw your post at "Saturday Night Special" link party.

  4. Thank you for your encouraging comments! The photos were coming out very washed out so I used a filter to make them more interesting. Thank you for stopping by!

  5. Wonderful very Spooky! Great job! Love your photos!

  6. I LOVE every single detail!!!!!!!!!!!! :o)
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  7. This is FANTASTIC!!!! I love every little detail you put together. I'm finding lots of fun inspiration here!

    Brie from