Friday, September 30, 2011

Follow Friday with On the Broomstick

little witch Pictures, Images and Photos

Welcome back for another Follow Friday!

Don't forget-there are still a couple of days left to enter the 20+ giveaways from the Practical Magic Blog Party!

Music, Etsy artists, books, author interviews and a great recipe!

Join us for our Halloween events next month!

Subscribe to email posts so you don't miss a thing. Lots of great things planned for the coming, giveaways and lots of witchy fun!

Join the On the Broomstick Goodreads Group!

Q. What book that hasn't been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see make it to the big screen, and who would you like cast as your favorite character?

I loved this book from page one. It needs to be a movie. I won't go as far as to say who should play in the roles, but I can tell you the amazing Eban Schletter should do the soundtrack. His work with on  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was cinematic and kept you right in the thick of the suspense.

“In honor of Banned Books Week, what is your favorite “banned or frequently challenged book?"

Frank, Anne

Anne Frank: The Diary 

of a Young Girl
Challenged at the Culpeper County, Va. public 
schools (2010) by a parent requesting that her 
daughter not be required to read the book aloud. 
Initially, it was reported that officials decided to 
stop assigning a version of Anne Frank’s diary, 
one of the most enduring symbols of the atrocities 
of the Nazi regime, due to the complaint that the 
book includes sexual material and homosexual 
themes. The director of instruction announced 
the edition published on the fiftieth anniversary 
of Frank’s death in a concentration camp will not 
be used in the future despite the fact the school 
system did not follow its own policy for handling 
complaints. The remarks set off a hailstorm of 
criticism online and brought international attention 
to the 7,600-student school system in rural Virginia. 
The superintendent said, however, that the book 
will remain a part of English classes, although it 
may be taught at a different grade level. 
Source: Mar. 2010, pp. 57−58; May 2010, p. 107.

I have never agreed with censorship. There are life lessons and just outright history lessons in this book that should not be taken from the shelves. Ever. Anne lived through some horrible things and we need to remember that so it never happens again.

To check out a complete list of banned books for 2011, check out:

Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to check out the giveaways at the Practical Magic Party. They end on October 1st.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Halloween Party with A Fanciful Twist

Stopping in today at A Fanciful Twist, I discovered her lovely Halloween party and had to sign up. I hope you will mark your calendar for some wonderful fun.

Yes, we are also doing our own blog party here On the Broomstick, but Halloween is my favorite time of year, and if it's a party, I'll be there!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Dreamland Giveaway Winners!

Because this contest was posted on two blogs, we have two winners today!

Tammy Van Scoy

Patricia @ Patricia's Particularity

Congrats ladies! You win!

A Shout Out for Shellie @ Layers of Thought

Layers of Thought

I want to send out a huge shout out to Shellie at Layers of Thought for her tireless work on my new blog header and buttons. She is an amazing friend and inspiration.

Be sure to join me right back here for the 10 Days of Halloween event! Giveaways, music and author interviews...

Practical Magic Blog Party Etsy Featured Artists

Practical Magic Blog Party

Magic on Parade...

Practical Magic Blog Party II

When Sally opened up her shop in the movie, I was thrilled. In this second part of my Practical Magic Blog Party, I went in search of real world shop owners who shared in the essence of what I feel Practical Magic is about. Community and celebrating the creative spark in all of us. Please meet a few new friends who have generously agreed to donate their time and talents for our wonderful celebration. If you have a moment, please stop by their shops and leave a comment of appreciation for work you find inspiring. Don't forget to enter the giveaways while you are here.

My name is Annya Kai and I am an independent artist/illustrator from Russia, currently living in lovely Cambridge. Classically trained at the Moscow Academy of Fine Arts, I have been creating unique and colorful visions for nearly twenty two years. Pretty much as soon as I could pick up a paintbrush! Now my work can be found in homes and private collections in all 50 US States, all Canadian provinces, all Western European nations, Australia, and much of Asia.

A few things that inspire me are fairy tales, mythology, vibrant colors, and nature… 

Queen of Hearts - Alice in Wonderland - Art Print

Star Snatcher Witch - 8.5 x 11 Painting Print

Haunted House on Old Witch Hill

One of each print will be up for grabs!
Now you just have to decide which you love best!

*One entry per person.
*US only.
*Winner will be contacted by email and have one day to respond before another winner is chosen.
*Clear Jade Designs will mail the prize to the winner.
*One copy of each print is available
*Giveaway open September 23-Oct 1, 2011 

Welcome to the enchanting and whimsical world of Steelgoddess! I am a full time illustrator with my feet firmly planted in an imaginary world where Witches (the good ones) and flying cats on brooms happily exist together. There are a huge variety of residents in all shapes and species from the ordinary to the extraordinary who are far from shy and wish to be known that they do indeed exist! 

I am delighted to share my quirky imagination with you and hope you enjoy the many things that I have available. 

Please sign up at my gallery to be informed of new releases at 

Follow me on Facebook!


The Crow of Crescent Hill WALL PRINT

Leadership WALL PRINT

Harvest Magic WALL PRINT


Your choice of one print from Steel Goddess's Shop!

*One entry per person.
*US only.
*You  must fill out the contest form to enter.
*Contest from September 23rd-October 1, 2011.
*Winner will be chosen by email and have one day to respond before the next winner is chosen.
*Prize will be mailed by Steel Goddess.

I am SO glad you found the shop! Here, have a cup of tea, and of course, a cookie while you browse around. I make things I would like to wear, look at, own or give as gifts so my shop offers a variety of art – check out tags to the right to more easily find what you are interested in. I am convo-friendly and would love to hear from you if you have questions or comments. I am happy to discuss requests that you might have for 

While my items would like very much to find a home with you, they love to be looked at, too, so thanks SO much for stopping by!
You are also entirely welcome to visit my website: and my Flickr photostream for additional art not featured here:

Moribund Manor - Haunted House

Reminds me of the Owens House!

Witches - Halloween ACEO Special

Now we are going on a little witch hunt!

Find three familiars in Winona Cookie's Shop.

Win these amazing cards!

*One entry per person.
*US only.
*Winner notified by email and will have one day to respond before the next winner is chosen.
*Prize will be one set of the above witchy cards, valued at $21.
*The prize will be mailed by Winona Cookie.
*The contest is open from September 23rd -October 1, 2011.
*You must fill out the form to enter.

Recycled bottle cap jewelry that is as cute as it is inspiring.

Halloween Vampire

Hocus Pocus

Win a Hocus Pocus Bottlecap Pendant!

*One entry per person.
*US only.
*Winner notified by email and will have one day to respond before the next winner is selected.
*Prize will be Hocus Pocus Bottlecap Pendant and will be mailed by The Purple Hummingbird.
*Giveaway open from September 23rd-October 1, 2011.

Witch-crafted magickal supplies; from oils and herbal brews to incenses, candles and more, for all your spell and ritual needs! 

"Merry meet and welcome to Moonlit Herbals! Please, come in and help yourself to a cup of some fresh witch's brew whilst you peruse our magickal offerings. Our shop is full of enchanting wares from spell oils and incenses to blessed candles, floor washes, bath and body items and magickal amulets..."

Since we brew up our magickal goodies when your order is placed please allow for a 5-6 day turnaround on orders. Just know that we always strive to get your magickal goodies sent out as quickly as possible without taking away from the quality and love that we put into each item. Thank you so much for your understanding.

Should you have any questions or perhaps you would like a custom order (we LOVE custom orders!) or you just want to chat please feel free to contact us any time! Thank you so much for stopping by! 

★·.·´¯`·.·★ Brightest Blessings! ★·.·´¯`·.·★

Lady of the Lake Spell Oil  - 1/2 Ounce Vial - Water Magick, Sacred Feminine, Purification, Washing Away Bad Feelings, Intuition

Divine Tranquility Crystal Essence Mist - 1oz - Tranquility, Harmony, Meditations, Bringing peace to a stressful household or situation

Faerie Glamour Votive Spell Candles - Set of 4 - Faerie Magick, Glamoury, Garden Blessing - Blend of Heliotrope, Verbena, Willow, Dandelion


Your choice of a 1/2 ounce Spell bottle from

Moonlit Herbals!

*One entry per person.
*Winner will receive their choice of a 1/2 ounce spell bottle from Moonlit Herbals.
*Prize will be mailed by Moonlit Herbals.
*US only please.
*You must be 13 to enter.
*Winner will be notified by email and have one day to respond, or the next winner will be chosen.
*Giveaway open from September 23rd-October 1, 2011.
*You do not have to be a follower but it is appreciated.

Halloween Primitive Wood Sign - Wine Witch

Welcome to the natural glow of our deliciously scented candles… the country charm of our floral and twig wreaths, and to our handcrafted country and rustic wooden signs and decor.

Cappuccino Brulee Pillar - Votives - Jar Candle Collection

Bewitched Votive Giveaway

*One entry per person.
*You must love Practical Magic.
*Winner will be notified by email and have one day to respond before the next winner is notified.
*Prize will be awarded by Nature's Glow.
*US only please.
*Winner will be sent 4 Bewitched Votive Candles.
*The contest will be from September 23rd-October 1, 2011.

Want some pop culture with a little horror? Come and visit this amazing shop.

Check out her blog too and join her for Halloween!

Black Cat Bracelet - Halloween Bracelet - Black Cat Jewelry - Halloween Jewelry - Halloween Black Cat Charm Bracelet

Sassy Vintage Ladies "Shameless" Silver Pendant - Buy 2 Get 1 Free

Black Cat Necklace Jewelry - Witch Necklace - Halloween Necklace - Witch Jewelry - Halloween Jewelry - Buy 2 Get 1 Free

Your choice of $12 Pendant with ribbon.
*One entry per person.
*US only.
*Prize is one $12 pendant of your choice and will be mailed by Laughing Vixen Lounge.
*Giveaway is open from September 23-October 1, 2011.
*Winner will be notified by email and have one day to respond before the next person is selected.

Hi, everyone! Great to be here on ETSY !! This is where you'll find my very own fantasy art--where mermaids, fairies, satyrs, angels, and assorted deities abound. And--not to forget--an occasional bauble or two created from vintage brass and glass jewels--some of which are highlighted with my artwork preserved under glass or layers of clear hard resin. 
Anyone interested in seeing a more comprehensive body of my work--pls. check out my online 


When I first saw these prints, I knew JadeGoblin was perfect for the Practical Magic Party! Whimsical paintings and witchy inspirations abound. Which one is your favorite?

SPOOKY HALLOWEEN limited edition art print



*One entry per person.
*US only.
*JadeGoblin will be mailing the print to the winner.
*Contest open from September 23rd-October 1, 2011.
*The winner will be notified by email and have one day to respond before the next winner is chosen.
*You  must be a fan of Practical Magic.

With an incredible selection of pendants witch a penchant for the antique and gorgeous, I bring you The Pendant Emporium. I was struck by the old world style and charm of this lovely artist. Special thanks to this shop for participating in this event.

Gothic Rose and Key art pendant charm, resin pendant picture pendant photo pendant (326)

Antique Fairytale Witch art pendant charm, resin pendant picture pendant photo pendant(183)

Bat Wing Potion Halloween art pendant charm, resin pendant photo pendant (178)

Pendant Giveaway!

Choose from the three pendants above in your choice of silver or antique bronze finish.

*One entry per person.
*US only.
*Winner will be notified by email and have one day to respond before the next winner is chosen.
*The Pendant Emporium will mail the prize to the winner.
*The giveaway is open from September 23rd-October 1, 2011.


Completely handmade bath and body, soaps, lotions, lip balms and perfume oils. All my products are made from scratch, never a base. If you would like something special, something you can't find anywhere else, I can make it for you. 
I am on twitter @sweets_n_things, I only tweet occasionally, and please visit my blog at for news, updates, and soapmaking information. You can also check out my Facebook page, but it is dreadfully boring.

ON SALE Blackberry Amber Whipped Soap

ON SALE Black Lip Tint, Blackberry Noir, All Natural

Blackberry Amber Whipped Soap
Blackberry Noir 
Lip Tint

*One entry per person.
*US only.
*Contest open from September 23rd-October 1, 2011.
*Winner will be notified by email and have one day to respond before the next winner is chosen.
*Prize will be mailed by Sweets N Things to the winner.


Hi, I'm Allan the jewelry maker. I don't have a picture of myself that I want to post on the Internet so I used a picture of my neighbor’s cross eyed cat. We don't look alike. I have brown eyes that are not crossed and my ears are not as pointed. But I do have whiskers.. 

I realized that making wire jewelry was my calling when I first stated working with wire. Every piece is hand made by me with out glue or solder. They are my own design and many are one of a kind. You will get the piece that is in the picture. I hope you like them as much as I enjoy making them.

Healing Mother Crystal Wand with Double Terminated Arkansas Quartz Crystal

Fairy Dust Quartz Angel Wire Wrapped Pendant

The Giveaway:

This wand is a double terminated Arkansas quartz crystal with a window. It is almost totally clear.

What an amazing giveaway!

Thanks to Allan at Rollingwire for his artistry and willingness to share his talents with us here On the Broomstick!


*One entry per person.
*US only.
*Giveaway open from September 23rd-October 1, 2011.
*Winner will be notified by email and have one day to respond before the next winner is chosen.
*Rollingwire will send the prize to the winner.

With over 36 different autumn pieces and many more for other seasons of the year, Abbybelle has something creative for the witch in all of us. Join me in appreciating this wonderful artist.

Callie the Candy Corn Mouse

Wendy the Witch Mouse


Wendy the Witch Mouse!

*One entry per person.
*Winner will be notified by email and have one day to respond before the next winner is chosen.
*US only.
*Abbybelle will send the prize to the winner.'
*Winner will receive Wendy the Witch Mouse.
*Contest will be between September 23rd-October 1, 2011.

My photographs represent the wonder, sadness, joy and whimsy of what I see. I want people that view my photographs to see the world through my eyes in that one instant. My work means I can say, “Hey, look what I found.” You’re there with me on the adventure enjoying the wonder of discovery with me.

I read a description of a character in a novel not long ago that immediately struck a chord with me. She was described as a “noticer” Yes! That’s me too! The tucked away gem. The everyday object that is overlooked. A small bit of nature’s magic catches my eye and calls my camera to “notice” and acknowledge.

I’ve taken photographs for years but after a visit to Scotland I was awakened to the possibilities around me and felt compelled to share my ongoing discoveries. Scotland was a dream realized for me. My first views of those green hills and stone walls awoke in me a need to really see what was around me. I needed to catch any magic I could, to take home with me. I’ve returned again and again as there is always new magic to find and that awareness helped me to see that magic in the everyday at home as well. I grab my camera, tell myself, “I’m aware of the beauty around me” and start to look. 

Let’s be like the bear that went over the mountain. Lets see what we can see.
You’re invited……come share my adventures.

The Witch 5x7 signed photo glasgow halloween scotland moody scary magical cape dark mysterious victorian decor feminine

Dark Stonework Calls 8x10 Photo 11x14 mat england fountains abbey vaulted stone ruin passage mysterious religous historical

I love these two prints! 

Now for the Giveaway!

*One entry per person.
*US only.
*Prize is a choice between the two prints above and will be mailed from K Clark Photography to the winner.
*Winner will be notified by email and have one day to respond before the next winner is selected.
*You don't have to be a follower of On the Broomstick, but it is appreciated.
*Giveaway will be open from September 23rd-October 1, 2011.

I want to thank each and every one of you for joining us here On the Broomstick for this amazing walk down the witchy halls of Etsy. These artists took the time to make some wonderful treasures for you to win and to express their appreciation for Practical Magic, just by being here today. Be sure to catch the first Practical Magic Party post and don't miss all the Practical Magic Party Favors including:

Interview with Judika Illes and Giveaway.
Interview with Keith McGowan and Giveaway.
New Alice Hoffman: The Dovekeepers Giveaway.
Giveaway: Art and Words Android App and Cards
Giveaway: Peter Pauper Press journals and kit.
Interview with Artemis and Giveaway
Recipe for an amazing Pumpkin Crepe Cake

Thank you for joining me 

On the Broomstick!