Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sorceress' Apothecary

Typical Halloween decorations around our home include
pumpkins, scarecrows and good witches.

Inspired by all of the creative blogs I have been reading,
this year's decor includes some some items on the darker side.

A corner of my kitchen has been devoted to an apothecary of items
to be used by only the master sorceress.

You may have seen these labels on other blogs.
Seasonal potion bottles seem to be a popular topic.
Thanks to the creative minds at Love Manor and KarenCookieJar
 you can download their free labels from the links provided
and make your own display.

Here are close-up photos of some of my favorite ingredients.

A scrap of green fabric repeated the color in the Zombie Virus label.

I like the effect of tying a few knots into gold elastic cord.

The black cat button looks like he could be a Zombie kitty!

After my clematis blossoms dropped their petals, the remaining flower centers seemed to resemble something that could be a filling for my Zombie Virus jar.

While exploring the scrapbook section of the craft store, I spied this paper with a scene of tree branches under a full moon.  A few rectangle cuts of the paper covered a powered seasoning mix packet.

Colorful ribbons secure a label to document the contents.

A small box features a wrapper of heavy paper stock.
A coordinating border and some ribbon make these 
earthy contents look like something that is almost good enough to eat.

Empty Pistachio shells appeared to resemble vampire fangs.

A bit pointy and a bit yellowed -- PERFECT!

The empty pepper tin looked a bit plain with only a label.  A couple decorative buttons glued to the top added more interest to this container.

This label was the right size to convert an empty baking cocoa container into a seasonal delicacy.

The Life Renewal bottle started as a maple syrup bottle.
It's small curved handle was perfect for threading a decorative tassel.
Some dried seed pods and a small piece of pleated fabric top
a trio of individual-sized jelly jars that now contain more deadly ingredients.

I didn't purchase any special products for this project.
A glue stick worked fine for adhering the labels to the glass bottles.
I just wrapped a few strong rubber bands around the bottles overnight
to help the labels conform to the curve of the bottle as the glue dried.
My labels were printed on photo paper which gives
them a crisp professional look but they do need to be coaxed
to curve around the shape of the bottles.

A crystal drawer pull and some black and gold cord transform a plain wine bottle
into a more elegant container for pouring Vampire Blood.

The lovely bottle earmarked for this charming spider wine label isn't quite empty yet.
This tassel to pair with the spider wine label
was a great bargain at only 50 cents from the dollar store.

A small cloth-edged journal was transformed into a reference for the sorceress
to document her successful potions, spells, brews and curses.  

Of course, the back cover needs to provide a warning
in the event this guide falls into inexperienced hands.

Hope you enjoyed a sampling of my not-so-scary apothecary.  
You will find my version of Halloween potion jars include
a dash of sweet and a pinch of elegance.
What else could you expect from a witch with sparkles in her hair?

Until next time, live and love well.

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Sue said...

Debra, you did such an inspiring job on all of your witchy objects. The many details are not lost on me. Hope you will save all of these for next year too. Can't wait to see what you do for Christmas.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Debra, these potions are all so fun! Love all of your extra touches. Great use of some every day bottles!

Debra at HOMESPUN: http://www.thehomespun.com said...

My broom is in the garage getting a tuneup. As soon as it is done I am flying over for a visit!

Babs said...

All the jars of potions and witchy things are so much fun. Thanks for the great ideas. That witch is a cutie with her sparkles.

Salmagundi said...

I haven't gotten into the Halloween decor, but it sure was fun perusing yours!!! Sally

Transformations By Jacqueline said...

Is amazing your work here! Thanks so much for sharing and for the tips!! Happy Halloween

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Debra, just wanted to stop by and tell you that I will be featuring you at Share Your Cup Thursday.

Art and Sand said...

I found you via your sweet comment about Steve's painting.

My mother, who was a doll collector, passed away before blogging was big. She would have loved your blog. I haven't explored much, but I will be back and I'll bring my mother along with me because I will be thinking about her as I look through older posts.

Thank you!

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