Saturday, 25 September 2010

Practical Magic Blog Party- My Book of Shadows

Even before Practical Magic came out I have been obsessed with books, particularly spellbooks and old grimoires! I have tried to make one several times in the past, but something always happened, and finally, a few years back I found two amazing hardbound tooled leather books with blank parchment at T.J. Maxx in the US and, contrary to my common sense, I bought them, seeing as they were only $24 each! They are about 9 inches wide, 2 inches thick and about 12 or so inches tall, which makes them a nice large sze, without being too huge (although I do love huge books!). I chose one for a scrapbook of sort, and the other as my Book of Shadows. I wanted to make every page inside perfect, as this is my dream book, so the work on it is going slowly as I really dont want to mess up! Inside I am using calligraphy pens and inks with magickal oils added. From the start of the book I pressed flower petals and herbs inside the book so it smells really lovely! As it stands, it's still a work in progress.....I could of course, buy a replica book of shadows or a massive tome like the one from the movie at places like Lapulia or Brahm's Bookworks...but they cost close to $400!!! Eek! Unemployed mama on a budget here. Check out bookstores like Barnes & Noble and also anywhere that sells leather hardbound journals. You can always paste parchment paper or decoupage over the pages if you don't like what they look like inside...I've seen someone turn a gorgeously bound address book into a beautiful scrapbook like that! For my book of shadows I stuck to the traditional set of stuff, runes, chants, spells, correspondences etc. but for my magickal scrapbook I put in anything that had a profound effect on me, from beautiful fashion images, cutouts from metaphysical magazines, inspirational quotes and stories, news clippings of events I had witnessed and more! The est part of this is that there are no rules. It's your book, make it pretty! And no, it never has to be completely finished. All of my projects are in some stage of transition, being added to, transformed, or completely taken apart and rebuilt.
Closeup of my Book of Shadows. I carved out parts of the leather in the front and put semi precious gemstone chips in them!

The fron title page, still not finished...

Runes and magickal alphabets and the Wiccan Rede, which is a lovely poem, and I had once memorized in it's entirety!

The page on the left has spaces for more pictures, drawings and decorations...well, technically, so does the page on the right, when I find the right artwork!!

This was a gorgeous card which reminded me so much of Herne/Cernunnos/Gwyn the forest and hunter god archetype of the British isles that I had to have it. It's now on my ''Charge of the God'' page

So much space to fill!! Shall I? Or is it beautiful in it's simplicity?

My kitty is obsessed with my quill...

Just waiting for me to write!!! With some of the original rose petals that have been scenting my book for ages!

From here on downwards are photos of my magical scrapbook, which accompanies my book of shadows

Some fun articles from pagan magazines, girly mags etc.

The book on the left is my book of shadows, the right is my lovely scrapbook!

The London tube bombings happened on my 19th birthday while I was on holiday in Spain. Coming to London to stay there for the first time, & by myself two days afterwards was indescribeable. There was a mixture of fear, anger, greif, shock, and amazingly, comraderie as people began to pull together through a shared horror and help each other.

Well said. Brilliant quote, beautiful clothes!

I found this poem by my sister in a pile of old papers. It's sad, eloquent, and brutally honest to what she was feeling at the time. I find it incredibly moving.

I love the dove chocolate wrappers, inside they have these lovely little quotes, some of them are delightfully wicked! There are also love notes from my only missed boyfriend, a photo of an old friend of mine, a dirtbiker who was the first person ever to get me to drink beer!

My first ever ticker to the Tower of London where I met my husband. I only had to buy the ticket because I couldn't find him and wasn't well connected enough yet to get in free without him! There is also my Louvre ticket, and my first ever business attempt banner that I made when a friend and I went to the local farers market with all my soaps and lotions on a little red wagon and sold my goods, without a permit. We were kicked out after a few hours, but it was fun!!!

A poem a friend of mine wrote me in 8th grade? When I was still very shy, erdy and geeky. I kept it on my bathroommirror for nearly 2 years, just to remind myelf that some people did like me!!

A cool clipping of when Rosie O'Donnell married her girlfriend and my 5 foot long receipt from the Ghiardelli's Chocolate Heaven in San Fransisco. Which is the reason I should NEVER be allowed in a chocolate shop drunk, with a wad of cash. The total was narly $300.

My student card from my school in Paris, my daughter's first ultrasound photo, and a ticket to the Erotic Museum


  1. Yay...fabulous b-o-s..gorgeous and beautiful..magnificent post!

  2. Oh what a wonderful book of shadow..thank you for sharing with us! Blessings, Sarah

  3. Wow... that is an amazing book of shadows. Thank you for sharing. xx

  4. Beautifully moving much of yourself placed onto the pages...truely magical, a shop brought bos would not hold the same magic...fab work
    love & light
    Trace oxo

  5. That's amazing and very beautiful. Makes mine look very elementary indeed....but fun. Hope you can visit. xo Happy PM party.

  6. It's a beautiful book of shadows. Thank you for sharing.

    If you have not already done so, please feel free to come and visit with me:


  7. WOW! These books are fabulous. I LOVE your Book of Shadows. I hope you have children because this will be an amazing heirloom to hand down to someone.
    Thanks you for sharing it with us.

  8. I love both your BOS & your scrapbook. Makes me very sorry that I didn't save souvenirs from when I was younger. Guess that it isn't too late to start.

    Be sure to check out my blog for a giveaway!

    Brightest Blessings!

  9. I do have a daughter! It will be hers when I am too old to read, and if she doesn't want it I'll read it or leave it to my grandchildren :-) Definitely not going to end up in the scrap heap.

    Thanks so much for all the nice comments! I'm glad you like my work in progress!!!

  10. It's a really beautiful BOS. I should really rebuilt mine

  11. That is gorgeous. Love it and thanks for the wonderful post! Brightest Blessings!

  12. Thanks so much for the magickal post! I've enjoyed your party very much! I hope you'll visit me, too!

  13. Flying through for the Practical Magic Blog Party! Love the book of shadows and your wands are beautiful! ~Blessings~

  14. What a book you created. It is quite amazing. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  15. Both Grimoires are beautiful but I really like the Spell Book with the added gems....neat idea and so many unique tokens to add into them.....all very, very lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Awesome Party Post.
    Both your Grimoire and your magical scrapbook are beautiful. They will always be works in progress -because we never stop learning.
    Thank you for sharing your heart and your talent with us.
    Brightest Blessings,

  17. The time and energy you've put into your book of shadows is evident by the quality I see. And you're helper cat is too cute! I hope that my Book of Secrets will one day be as beautiful as your BoS. Thank you for sharing! Happy (on-going) Practical Magic Blog Party!

  18. <---- is still cracking up over that chocolate/money/drunk caption! What a roaring good time you must have had :)

    LOVELY BOS and SB. I have enjoyed reading the wand post also :)


  19. I'm still slowly working through the PM party blog list, there are a lot of people who did it, and a TON of awesome posts!!!

  20. Oh yes, I had a supply of chocolate that lasted me months. I giddily and tipsily waltzed out of the shop and was handing random strangers chocolates, gave some to the TSA agents at the airport, held a chocolte party when I got home, and was still nibbling for months afterwards. Totally ridiculous, but completely awesome. That said, I will never do it again lol.