practical magic

It's Autumn! My favorite season of all.

A bright yellow moon hangs in the night sky and a feeling of magic fills the air. Each fall I love to watch one of my all time favorite films, Practical Magic. Since I discovered blogging this year it was obvious that a  blog party was in order. More than 200 of you seem to feel the same way! I never tire of looking at that house and it's amazing interior. More than a decade after the movie it still never fails to enchant me.

Tonight I invite you to join me in celebrating the season with
a touch of Practical Magic...

Here in a little corner of the attic I have tucked
away a bewitching space. A place for dreams and enchantments
inspired by the movie's white Carpenter Gothic Victorian.

Where gypsy firelight illuminates ancient herbs and
potions waiting to be brewed.

And where sparkly ravens foretell omens and fortunes
for unsuspecting guests.

Like the Aunts' greenhouse and pantry I filled
my room with curious bottles, fragrant blooms...

and candles in shades of honey and amber.

In this place everything is magical by candle light.
Time stands still.

When I stand here I can imagine being
in the Aunts' conservatory, gathering ingredients for a potent charm.

Tonight these ingredients await a spell...

A spell for true love cast under an Autumn moon.

With words whispered in the darkness of night.

Sweet blooms and intoxicating lavender are mixed just so.

In my witches pantry you might find herbs such as those
mentioned in Alice Hoffman's novel and in the film as well.

Butterfly Weed, Pennyroyal, Mugwort
....and Belladonna.

And a book of spells whose pages must remain a secret.
Unless you dare to meet me under a midnight moon.

We can mix a wicked brew....

with herbs gathered from a witch's garden

Like Sally Owens we can cast a spell for true love...

.....Amas Veritas

In this magical place pumpkins dare to grow year round.

Spring flowers bloom in a witches garden even
as the leaves begin to fall.

The heavy scent of jasmine fills the air inviting us
to play in this corner a while longer. But now there
are other witchy things I would like to show you.

Other spaces and a pinch of art created by this whimsical witch.
Would you like to see?

I'll come back for my broom after we're through.

This corner of the attic is for crafting magic by witches light.

In honor of our favorite movie I created a set of
Practical Magic inspired ATCs (Artist Trading Cards).

A toad found in the Aunts garden watches over them.
I suspect he's been there since that day they banished
Jimmy Angelov's nasty spirit!

Each ATC bears part of a quote taken from the last lines
from the film (and from the book).

And a miniature spell book....

One to hold a small gathering of ingredients for an ancient curse.

...Or perhaps it's just the right size to hold my ATCs!

It's nearly midnight and before the spell is broken I have
still one more thing to share with you.

This sign was used to promote the fragrance Elixir of Love No.1 by Caswell-Massey. You can almost imagine it being sold at Verbena, Sally's botanical shop. Caswell-Massey provided some of the antique furniture used in the movie. I purchased the fragrance and lotion a few weeks after the movie opened. While I was in the shop I saw this sign and asked what they would do with it after the promotion was over and to my surprise the very nice cashier just gave it to me! It was like magic.

The card shows the original release date of October 9 (my son's birthday!)
but there was a delay and it eventually opened on the 16th.

Yes I was there on opening day for the first matinee and I won't even
tell you how many times I saw it in the theater. 

The beautiful Elixir of Love No.1 apothecary bottles are a deep cobalt blue. It's always been one of my favorite scents to wear in Fall. I still have the lovely boxes these came in but couldn't seem to find them. You can see the entire line at Caswell-Massey but don't forget to come back here....

Because I have a witchy little giveaway for you.

I will send the winner my set of 3 ATCs inspired by
Practical Magic along with your own mini glass cloche
or belljar which is seen throughout the Aunts house and garden
(sorry you will have to catch your own toad).

All you need to do is leave a comment and you're entered.
I'll leave the giveaway open for 2 weeks and announce
the winner on Saturday October 9!

Det. Gary Hallet offered to take the little spellbook to a new home in AZ (hee-hee).

And if you like the Autumn spellbook page I created at the top of my post I also made one that anyone can download and use for your personal (non commercial) book or journal, virtual or real. It's a high resolution (300dpi) 8 x 10 page which you can print out or resize as you wish.

Click for a larger image to save to your computer.

Well I would say it's definitely time for Midnight Margaritas! It's been an amazing soiree with so many of you nice enough to come and play. I think I'll need a little break after this but I'm also looking forward to playing at the lovely Miss Vanessa's  Halloween Party at A Fanciful Twist on October 16.
(She is my inspiration after all.....isn't she everyone's?)

And if you're like me and you still can't get enough of Halloween
come back and join me on the night of the next full moon,

Thank you so much for coming to our party and for
visiting me here in the witch's attic.

OH MY GOODNESS!! With all this deliciously magical chaos I forgot to thank my dear co-hostess Justina at La Boheme Magique! It was our mutual obsession for this movie that brought us together which led to this blog party coming to life. She's an amazingly talented artist (the girl can really sing I tell you) and through all her crazy and hectic schedule she was able to put an amazing post together so don't miss it! Thank you for all your inspiration and magic Justina!

My dear Luna has been patiently waiting by our broom.
She knows it's almost time to grab our
witchy hats and carpet bags. It's midnight at last....

.....and now we're off to visit all of you!

Have a most magical Autumn season.

Click HERE to go to the blog party home page and to see list of participants.

Blog design, photos and digital art were created by me. Please remember to be kind and not link to or take them away(except for the giveaway page which you are free to download). If you have questions feel free to email me at


Wendy Aspinall said...

Beautiful post Anna, I want to come to your home it must be magical. Thank you for hosting this great party, I'm working a spell now in hope that I win your ATC, you know I will give them a good home... good spells Wendy at blissangels

Anonymous said...

Well that is just an amazing post! Gorgeous and beautiful.....and I thank you all for allowing me to be a part of this fun event. xo Lynn @thevintagenest

Kaerie Faerie said...

wonderful pictures, even in Florida heat it feels like Fall
thank you

Linda said...

Wow! Truly woundrus photos and art...I would love to win your ATC's
Thank you for letting me join in. I had an amazing time at your party. Your potions are wonderful.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post. You are such an inspiration. Please enter me for the ATC giveaway.

Aisha @The Bewitching Bibliophile said...

Ohmigoddess I love your witchy room that is amazing. And your talent is so evident I love it. i wish to be a part of the giveaway!! Love it all Blessings

CarLe Etc. said...

Oh my! You are just too magical! A wonderful spell you weave, I truly was enchanted! Grateful for all the magic information...I will be getting some of the Elixir,a promise. And I would love your ATC's,please to enter me...until next time~~~Carolyn

You can call me Tawny.... said...

Oh my.... its like a dream!!!
Your blog is breath taking!
thank you for letting me join you in the celebration!

Victoria said...

Anna..Super enchanting....what a gorgeous dazzling post...full of so much beauty and light...your photos are so warm and luminous..MAGICAL!! Wonderfully inspiring..thanks for hosting this beautiful event!!!

Unknown said...

How wonderful that was :) For a few moments I was transported to your magical world. I enjoyed it immensely! Your space is so beautiful you could almost make a witch jealous but I will strive to make my own little spot just as magical.

Laura said...

Such a magical post! I love everything about it. This was so much fun, I just wish I had half your talent. :)

Conversations with the Muses said...

BEAUTIFUL! Or should I say MAGICAL! So many little details, thank you so much for your wonderful post and especially the blog party, I can't tell you what a wonderful journey it's been and how much fun I have had!
Truly Enchanted.

Buccaneers and Ball Gowns said...

What a lovely Practical Magic post! I just loved it. I am now off to finish up my own!

Celia said...

What an absolutely MAGICAL place you have there! Winning your cards would be a perfect 40th birthday present for me! (my bday is Oct. 7th) I just love your Practical Magic post! So beautiful and enchanting and magical!

Deb said...

It is all breathtaking!!!! Thank you so much for sharing the download page and all of your beautiful pics.

apinkdreamer said...

amazing magic post! thanks for the page!!!!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

This is WONDERFUL and SO Enchanting!!! Loved it and LOVED the party!!! Please enter me in your giveaway and thank you so much for the beautiful autumn paper...
Hugs, Donna

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful blog! It has a nice homey feel and one can almost imagine the scent of a candle burning in a pumpkin or woodsmoke. Love your work. :)

Amber said...

That was amazing! A wonderful journey! And I have to say, your ATCs are beautiful. I hope you will enter me into your giveaway.

Jill Marcott-McCall ~Feathers & Flight~ said...

Hello Anna
Your Blog Is Absolutely Beautiful! The Autumn Spell Book Page is Lovely!Thank you for Sharing!
I would Love to be Entered in your Giveaway.Thank You for Hosting this Fun Event!
So Much Fun to be Had!

Dena Miller said...

Such an enchanting post!!!
Very magical indeed!

Dandelion Dreams said...

Oh Anna,

You really outdid yourself! First, thank you so much for sharing that gorgeous sheet of paper you have created. I can't wait to use it! Second, can I move into your attic please? It looks just divine up there! I love your atc's, and that mooon oh my! And then to top it off with such an enchanting spellbook! Oh yes indeedy, I am very enchanted! Thank you for hosting such an amazing party!

Faith, trust, and faerie dust!

Marfi-topia said...

I'm enchanted!!!!this is gorgeous, it was definately worth the wait!
you are awesome!!!!thank you for doing this for me, and for all of us.
we're having saguaro cactus pancakes in the morning!!!

Sinderella's Studio said...

WOW - can I leave a comment every day for the next two weeks to increase my chances of winning???!!! Your photography is incredible as well as your bewitching space! This has been a fantastic experience for me - really taken me outside of my comfort zone! Thank you for the push!
cheers, dana

Witchkrafting with Kat said...

Wow beautiful posting for the Practical Magic party, I love your blog beautiful! Kat

Samantha Marshall said...

What an absolutely beautiful post!!Love the ATCs -they're magic!!!

Papillon Bleu said...

Anna, this is a wonderful post ( as always) . All I had in mind while reading was " I wish I could be there and sip a margarita with you!".
I love the little perfume bottles, how sweet of the cashier to have given those to you. People can be so generous !
And speaking of generosity, I keep my fingers crossed as I love your fiveaway. I have a little frog charming at home that could look cute under a glass bell.


Susan Says (Stupid Stuff) said...

What a wondrous post, so full of beauty and magic! Your attic space is wonderful, and your ATCs and spell books are all gorgeous. I have one of my own kitties patiently waiting with me as I blog hop, I think she also likes the idea of a moonlit broom ride ;)
Thanks so much for hosting this party, I'm enjoying it so much :D

Jorgelina said...

Your post is beautiful!
Very magical-Your potions are wonderful.

Suzie said...

You've spun a golden gossamer web of delightful enchantment. .I don't want to leave! Your photos, your post. .your whole blog is absolutely gorgeous!

And your fantastic give-away is icing on a decadent cake! I would be so thrilled to win, as I'm sure everyone else will be too!

At the end of your very busy day, you and everyone else are more than welcome to drop by for a frosty, salt-rimmed beverage. We'll put up our feet, let down our hair, and savor this most magical day!

Sarah Sullivan said...

Oh Anna..that was beautiful..I loved your post..the images were!!
Yes please add me to your giveaway..whoot!! Make sure to come by mine too!
Blessings, Sarah

jaz@octoberfarm said...

oh wow.....this is just wonderful. what a magical place!

Unknown said...

Oh please sign me up for the giveaway...Im off to make my spellbook today...Yay...TY for starting and hosting this party.


Anonymous said...

Loving this party and have every intention of being here for the next one in October.
I just came across some perfect glasses for a beautiful table.

I want to try my hand at some ATCs too.

Sara said...

Such an enchanting post... I shall read it again and again I am sure.

Unknown said...

Anna, your post is divinely magickal! The pictures are just gorgeous! I can only imagine how beautiful everything is in person! You truly live a magickal life!

Everything you've created is beautiful and I would be happy to give your give-away items a good home! LOL!

Looking forward to the Tea Party! See you then!

Blessed Be,

Anonymous said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful Anna. I love your post! Beautiful. I love how you captured the essence and feel of the Owens' house. I entered my cooking blog at the last minute but I hope you get a chance to check out my Practically Magical menu and recipes for Aunt France's Breakfast Chocolate Cupcakes, Aunt Jet's Belladona Baked Apples, Sally's Amas Veritas Pancakes and Gillian's Tiger's Eye Sangria. I think you will enjoy them! Angie

magikalseasons said...

Wow what and amazing and Magical Party you've hosted! Such a delight to the eyes. Wishing you a Magical Autumn too! :) Becca

Birgit said...

Hi Anna,

What a wonderful peek into your magical world -- thanks for sharing all those beautiful photos. Thanks also for the chance to win your great ATCs!

-- Birgit

julietk said...

Although I am not taking part in this party by posting (been too busy to get ready for this one) I am enjoying visiting those who have.
A wonderful party and post thank you :-)

Kathy said...

Beautiful post Anna, thanks for creating such a fun blog party!

Hope you have a fantastic day,

Susie Dally said...

I so enjoyed your posting-came across it unexpectedly-which, of course is how one finds the very best things...

Lenora said...

Wow - thanks for hosting this! Not sure if we made it to the side bar we were so late receiving an invite just last night! but my wee fairy witch who is just 10 was so spell bound by the idea i could not say no so we posted the button, added our comments got our post up and invited all by bedtime! We will join other Halloween fun in October too!

Visit us for more Practicl Magic at Practical Magic - How To Make A Magic Wand

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Thank you for your beautiful, beautiful "Practical Magic Party" post!

I'll be back! :-)

Gentle hugs,
Being Sweet Aunt Bridget, for the day

Plumrose Lane said...

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´✻✻✻Oh Anna, this was utterly enchanting!! I just loved the little space you created in your attic and the magic completely swept me off my feet ~ no broom needed!
Thank you so much to you and Justina for creating this wonderful blog party!!(¸.•´ (¸.•´✻

windchild said...

What a beautiful post! I love your little nook. ^_^

jasmoonbutterfly said...

Merry meet Anna
First I would like to say a very big thank you for providing us with the practical magic blog party, whoop whoop...I have been sooooo wow'd
by all the amazing creations people have blogged....totally inspiring .
You have capyured the enchantment of practical magic beautifully.
I can't wait for The full moon hallows eve party *cackles*
love & light
Trace oxo

Anonymous said...

Wow, what an amazing post! I feel transported and hated to leave.


Anonymous said...

Wow, what an amazing post! I feel transported and hated to leave.


Anonymous said...

Such a lovely post Anna! Thanks so much for the lovely paper! I used it on my spell giveaway today on my blog!

Lots of magical wishes, dreams and blessings to you and your family!

xoxo Valerie

Anonymous said...

Anna your post is stunning...loved your story, and your photos are incredible.

Thanks for hosting such a fun party!

Sara said...

what an amazing post, I love your little attick space, its so homely looking. Thanks for the autumn paper I am now a follower of your fabulous blog hugs Sara

Scrap Vamp said...

I was blown away by your post! All the photos are gorgeous! And I LOVE your ATC's! I hope I win! lol! I just signed up for the Halloween Tea Party and Thank you so much for the paper! I love the decorations you have on your blog! One day I'd like to be that talented to create a blog as beautiful as yours!

Lisa R Clark said...

beautiful blog!!!

Wendy said...

Dearest Anna,

What a wonderfully and magically enchanting party. I loved the potion and herb bottles. The broom and all the wonderful goodies blooming from the garden. The witch light was magical and your ATC's are positively enchanting.
I always love visiting your enchanted sight, but tonight the magic was truly flying.
Luv ya,
Spells and Wishes,
Wendy from Wonderland

blue china studio happy said...

How beautiful! I just love all your graphics. I would love to win your giveaway.

Thanks for hosting such a fun event!

Pellie / Penny said...

This was a tremendously awesome post -I would love to move into your attic. The photo's and the ATC's you created are so extraordinary. Thank you so much for sharing all this beauty with us.
Please enter me into your giveaway.

Brightest Blessings,

The Ice Princess said...

Simply Magical! :)

Celia said...

I wanted to come back by and Thank You for such a great blog party!!!! You guys did an awesome job!!

Tracy DeLuca said...

Gorgeous! Wonderful blog party, I have enjoyed myself visiting all of the wonderful blogs who have participated!

Shayleah said...

First of all,thanks for hosting this great Practical Magic party!

I love your magickal attic are lucky to have it. Your herb pantry is charming as well as those beautiful ATCs you created!


Susan said...

What a WONDERFULLY DELIGHTFUL post!! I loved it, I wish I knew how to do the spell effects that you an and Bohemian magic can do! The ATCs are wonderful, and thank you for the autumn page :)

Cindy Adkins said...

YOU ARE AMAZING! Wow, this is unbelievable!!! And gorgeous, gorgeous photography--simply enchanting!!!

Theresa MacNaughton said...

STUNNING and BEWITCHING and ENCHANTING! But I would expect no less from you, dear Anna. Thank you for hosting this beautiful event. I have made so many new friends already. :) Believe it or not, I am only half way down the party list. It truly IS a sisterhood!!!
Thank you for offering such beautiful gifts. I can only hope to take home a piece of your amazing art. :)
Have a wonderful evening...and Yes! I want to sign up for your other Blog Party, too. xoxo Theresa

NicNacManiac said...

Oh my goodness...I have loved this movie from the first moment I saw it...ran right out and got my own copy....Nicole has never been better...Sandra was amazing!
Just found out about your party and loved loved your post. Such a magical world you have created here, I will be back many times to feel the enchantment that has made me tingle!! Thank you so much for the paper it will be perfect in back of a shadowbox I am doing for a trick or treat swap!
Enjoy your magical weekend xOxO

Kris Johnson said...

Absolutely georgeous!!!! Thank you ever so much for putting this together and bringing Practical Magic to life in the blog world!!!

beverly e said...

Oh, what a lovely page! I don't have a blog (yet, lol) but I have so enjoyed visiting yours. Plz enter me in your drawing...

Pamela Rudisill said...

Thank you so much for hosting this blog party! What fun! I must say you are tremendously creative and talented and your home looks warm, inviting, and filled with magik!

Thank you also for your generous giveaway, which I'd love to win. Good luck to all!

(blogging at

Elizabeth said...

Charisma and charm and beauty! Thank you for inspiring a wonderful time!!

Kelly said...

Thank you so much for hosting the party! Your post was simply enchanting. I loved the ATC cards!

Have a magical day, Kelly

ShabbyChicShaz said...

What a super blog party. Practical Magic is one of my favourite movies and until finding Blogland I thought I was the only one! Beautiful post, wonderful raising of the brooms and glasses for this ride, off to mingle, love Sharon x

Linda said...

Wonderful Post full of magic, TY for sharing. Oh Yes Please enter me for your draw. Linda :) Pyewacketts Blog

Anonymous said...

thanks for co-hosting this magical party! what a great event honoring a great movie. love your post, so magical. and thank you for the freebie.
sending twinkles

Cellar Door said...

O to live life in shades of honey and amber! *Frosted Petunias’ ‘Practical Magic’ Blog Party blog inspires!* Take pause! What obstacle or material be of such great importance to hold me back from owning a life lit magical and where time stands still?! Your glowy~lovelies have so enchanted! It is “Be-Off!” with me, then, to the candle shop today, where I must make oodles of wicks be mine! ( ~~and perhaps a dozen’s half of extinguishers, too!?) Hopes are I will be able to fire my broom up fast enough before this new, sparked~by~you, eyes~openny excitement consumes me! lol!

I have enjoyed every moment here, and shall return again and again to baste in this post's bewitching flavors! A plethora of thank~yous, then, to you for this awakening and for graciously and fancily and wonderfully and Practical~ly cohosting this memorable and merry~making glad to~do!

And a thousand times “yes” to your kind invitation to Tea Party Under the Halloween Moon!

Leanne said...

My dear friend, Anna! Can I tell you how very very proud I am of you?? (Is it silly to say this?) I've been gone for one week, and return to find that your blog has, again, taken on an amazing new look with your creativity SHINING!!! You truly are an amazing person and I am so glad to know you! And in honor of YOU, I'm pulling out the Practical Magic movie (Yes, I do believe I own it, but haven't watched it in, like, 100 years) and am going to sit down and watch it TODAY!!!! LOVE IT!!! Thanks for the inspiration you continue to provide!!!

Cindi aka Ericksoc said...

What a gorgeous post! I've always loved this season best, and you've given me a whole new way to enjoy it! The photographs are sumptuous...I'm going back for another look.

Leaping Frog Design's said...

I feel like I have stepped into another dimension when I visit your page. Transported to a sweet herb scented time ripe with magic and mystery. Being new to blogging it inspires me and I can't wait to see what magic awaits me.

All Things Pretty... said...

Thank goodness for obsessions! You ladies did such a fabulous job hosting! The CM Elixir of Love is one of my favorite scents (I was introduced to it 15 yrs ago)... its been around for a LONG time and the package (blue glass) is yummy!

JoAnne said...

I left all my comments about your amazing PM post accidentally under your tea party post. But please enter me in the atc giveaway!
Thanks Anna!

AlphaBetsy said...

Absolutely beautiful...I was not a part of the practical magic blog party, as I found out about it too late to play, but if you have one next year I will most certainly join.

Joni Nickrent said...

Beautiful, Amazing and most Awesome Practical Magic Party Blog post I have seen! BRAVO!!!!!!

Ivy said...

Dear Anna, thank you so much for your nice comment on my Practical Magic blog post....this is my first visit to your blog and I can definitely say my blog wants to be just like yours when it grows up! lol
Your blog is so beautiful! xoxo

Bright Blessings,

Designs by Blanche said...

Positively delightful! OMG! I adore your attic space for all things practical & magical! It reminds me of the Owen's house attic!
Amazingly creative!
Thank you so much for hosting this delightful party!


Anonymous said...

Your post was absolutely enchanting, loved it! I especially love your besom! Thanks so much for co-hosting the blog party, it was so much fun! ~Shari

Sharlene T. said...

Loved the party and look forward to more... beautifully done... have a great autumn...

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and fell in love with it. How beautiful!! I hope my blog will be nearly as beautiful as yours when it grows up. I missed the party as it was at my very beginning and I didn't really understand a lot of it but I am getting better. Hopefully I will be attending others in the future.
Hugs and sparkles - WG

Leanne said...

So, can you believe I DON'T OWN Practical Magic? (gasp!)

But, after a handy dandy click to Amazon . . . it will be arriving on Wednesday (for under $6, too!)


1030jo said...

Your blog is inspiring - your craftiness bewitching (hahaha). Found your blog just last week and am enchanted! Using your inspirations to create a lovely little first birthday for my little son next Oct 9. My bday is Oct 30 and I ALWAYS loved things with your aesthetic! Congratulations! You are truly magical!
And great contest! Hope I'm lucky!

Brittany said...

Oh my goodness, what an amazing, magical post! You are so inspiring :). Thank you so much!

Unknown said...

I just love your blog! I get lost in it and then forget what I was doing!
Thank you for the chance at your beautiful ATCs. I hope you pick me.

bertie said...

Dear Anna...just had to tell you inspired I was by this posting! How gorgeous!!! I so enjoyed being a part of this and was so inspired, that I created a new blog to celebrate our party! I hope you will check it out..
I also thought it would be a great idea to have a facebook group of all of our partying witches..don't know how to do that, do you? It would be fun to keep in touch and share. Blessings to you!

Charmed Existence said...

What a fantastically magickal post! Blessed be! said...

Thank you for hosting, this was a beautiful party! (I love your creations!!)

Anonymous said...

Wow. I have just discovered online blogs and am devouring them day by day. I came across your's through the octoberfarm blog. I have to say your's is the most beautiful blog I've seen. What a work of art.
I love the Practical Magic movie so much that I have forced my nieces to watch it with me several times a year for many years now and they have become fans also. I would love to be entered in your drawing for the trading cards - just beautiful! Thanks.

Elizabeth said...

I had to visit once more .... you're that good!~ ;)

Kara Irvine said...

I am so glad I found another Practical Magic fan! Your blog is wonderful!

Annette said...

Hello! I realise I'm a bit late to the party on this but I was wondering where you came across the gorgeous floral motifs you used for the ATC cards?

Best wishes,

Kimber F said...

This is by far my most favorite blog in the entire universe. It is beautiful, inspiring, and I never thought I would find someone as infatuated and under the spell of Practical Magic as I am! I am tickled with delight to visit here...often!