Tuesday, October 18, 2016


The Cottage Witch

Is in the garden...

Conjuring up

A majic spell...

If you would like
 to join her

You just need 
to ring the bell...

She will make you
 something proper

Something you won't 
soon forget...

Just take a little sip

You will be
 forever in her debt...

this you must remember

Every time the
 moon is full...

The Cottage Witch 
can do no harm

It's all just
 a bunch of:


A little something extra...

I received this 
beautiful piece of embroidery
 from Tina at What We Keep
 How gorgeous is this?

 I can't wait 
to put it in a pretty frame and 
display it at Christmas time...

...she also included 
this lovely piece of vintage linen
that she embellished 
with one of my favorites..a witch. 

 I think it looks fitting 
with my little Mousie morsel
 near by.

She had it all tied together 
with a piece of pretty blue ribbon 
and this beautiful autumn leaf. 

 Thank you so much, Tina. 
I love it all and
 will cherish forever.

Tim, Tami and Jake 
are always so thoughtful 
and sent us again this year 
a beautiful autumn arrangement 
in celebration of our 
56th wedding anniversary. 

 Thank you kids.
 It is so gorgeous and
 we love you.

We also got notification in the mail
 that next year will be 
our 60th high school reunion.


If that isn't scary enough for you, 
tune in next week, 
between the Moonlight and the Majic,
 for our last 
celebration of Halloween 
for the year!

 It also features Kai in costume.

The Cottage Witch
Halloween, 2016
Week #3

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Gather round
 ye sisters

It is that
 time of year...

The Moonlight and The Majic

The Cottage Witch 

She will 
guide you through 
the process

Teach you all 
there is 
to know...

And when 
the month is over

You will all be 
flying solo.

to refresh your memories, 
here is a look-back
 at something from
 Halloween past...



return next week 
and the following three, 
for everything fun 
that resides between 
The Moonlight and The Majic.

We don't aim to disappoint.

The Cottage Witch
Halloween, 2016
Week #1

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016


 let me set the record straight...
I am not a southern girl. 
 I am probably as northern 
as they come but,
 may I say...


I just love 
the way that rolls 
off the tongue!

 fall is here and 
it is as 
hoped for.

Soft breezes,
 cooler air, 
falling leaves 
blue skies.

 is the time 
for nesting,
 for gathering 
for settling in...

...for dreaming
 with a good book
 and a warm throw
 by the side
 of the fire.


Jake, Tim, Kai, Captain, and Tami

 is also time 
for back to school and
 Jake took us, and his parents, 
on a tour of Santa Clara University 
where he will be studying 
for his masters 
over the next two years.

Santa Clara University 
is California's oldest operating 
institution of higher learning. 
 It opened its doors in 1851 
and has always remained faithful
 to the 475 year old 
Jesuit tradition
 and core values.

Established in 1777 
by Father Junipero Serra,
 the Mission Santa Clara de Asis 
was the 8th of the 21
 original California missions. 
 The campus was built 
around the Mission 
and is, and always has been, 
the University's 
anchor and spiritual center.

The school,
 originally named
 "Santa Clara College" (1851-1856)
 began as an all-boys preparatory school.
  Santa Clara 
started offering college courses in 1853, 
and by 1875
 had an enrollment of more than 275 students 
at the preparatory and collegiate levels.

With the addition 
of law and engineering schools,
 the college became 
"The University of Santa Clara" in 1912. 
 The Leavey School of Business 
opened in 1926,
 and within a decade
it became one of the first business schools 
in the country 
to receive national accreditation.

In 1961,
 Santa Clara University 
admitted 75 female undergraduates,
 becoming the first Catholic 
coeducational university 
in California.

In 1985,
 The University 
adopted Santa Clara University
 as its official name, 
and today SCU 
enrolls 9,000 undergraduate and graduate
 students from all over the world.

It is a beautiful campus,
 meticulously landscaped with
 rolling lawns, palm trees,
 bright flowers and rose gardens.
  The above 
is one of a number of olive trees
 that were planted in 1822.

As I write this,
Jake has been attending classes
 for almost two weeks.
 He is loving it.


 when a sales woman said
 that I would be able
 to keep a living plant alive in my house?
 is how the China Doll
 looked when I brought her home...

...the woman was right
 and this is the longest 
I have ever gone 
with good results. 
 I am so proud 
of how this little beauty is progressing.
  She has not dropped 
one little leaf yet...

...so I decided 
that I would take a chance 
on an even bigger China Doll.

 Over confident, you say! 
 Time will tell.


I am so pleased 
with the response from all of you 
about whether I should 
take a paint brush (AGAIN) 
to our chest.

 I appreciate all your comments
 and have to say
 that you were ALL in agreement
 that I should not!..
after much thinking it over, 
I decided...

J U S T   K I D D I N G !!!

To be honest,
 I think I knew what I was going to do
right after the Captain worked his magic.

 I couldn't believe 
that I just didn't see 
that a little distressing
 was all it needed in the first place,
 and I am so thankful 
that you all agreed! 

 After a couple of coats of hemp oil, 
she now really belongs!


The beginning of fall
 brings us to the end of September
 and a change for
 the parlor mantle...

...and after a long day of work 
nothing is better than 
a light dinner
 on the porch.


For those of you
 who are familiar 
with what I do on this blog,
 you already know what
 October will bring...

...and thanks
 to my good friend, Cheryl,
 who gifted me 
with the sweetest little framed embroidery
 that I just love 
so much...

...thank you, my friend!

I'd like to invite you,
 my pretties,
 to join the Cottage Witch 
and all of her friends
for the next month, 
when they appear each week 
the Moonlight and the Majic.

By Invitation Only.

Be very  kind of  sort of  Afraid!


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