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Footprint Love Spell

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Just in time for Saint Valentine’s Day!

An excerpt from:

A MYSTERY’S COLLECTION OF LOVE SPELLS, MYSTICAL CHARMS, & NOT TOO UNPLEASANT POTIONS

From the diary of Shellaire Lombard

A Footprint Binding Love Spell

  1. Find a good footprint left behind by your heart’s desire.
  2. Place your foot beside it, making a matching footprint. Meaning: If you have his left footprint, you make a footprint using your right foot.
  3. Using a small garden shovel, carefully dig up both footprints, and place the dirt in a flowerpot.
  4. Plant marigold seeds. Follow the directions on how to care for the seeds, and watch your love flourish.

 

Coming soon!

A MYSTERY’S COLLECTION OF LOVE SPELLS, MYSTICAL CHARMS, & NOT TOO UNPLEASANT POTIONS

From the diary of Shellaire Lombard

BY

DEBORAH MCTIERNAN

From the Magical World of LILLY NOBLE

Posted by Deborah McTiernan

Author of Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, and, Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, a gremoire

Dares readers to believe in themselves and discover the magic within!

#ActualMagic #PhantomRush #Secrets

Read more: Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Kindle Edition, and Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, Kindle Edition.

How to Graciously Accept a Strange & Frightening Gift

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In writing my Actual Magic series for Young Adults, I drew upon all my favorite story characters I loved as a kid, and lots of strange encounters with others to create my own.

Here’s an excerpt:

“I’m sorry we’re late, Captain,” Lilly said as he took her hand and helped her up to the coach’s doorway.

“No worries.  You’re looking fit, Miss Noble,” Hopewell observed, and then he seemed to relax a little.  “Good to see you again.”

“Thanks.”  Lilly smiled up at the ferryboat captain.  “Good to see you, too.”

“Thank you, Miss,” he beamed.

He looked quickly over his shoulder, returned his attention to Lilly, and then slipped a small leather pouch into her hand.  “When I found out you’d lost all of your stuff in the ferry accident, I got you this,” he whispered.  “It’s my way of saying I’m sorry.”

“Captain, you didn’t have to get me anything,” Lilly whispered back.  The chestnut size lump inside the pouch squirmed and squeaked a little.  “Um, what is it?”

“It’s a Kritter pod.  The directions on how to take care of it before and after hatching are inside the pouch.  Don’t let anyone see it, though.  Minor High School students aren’t allowed to have pets until next year.  I think you’ll really like it though, once it calms down.  Oh, and don’t keep it too warm or let it get wet, it’ll hatch out a lot sooner.”

Calms down?  “Wow, Captain!  This was very thoughtful.”  She stared at the pouch rolling around in her hand, afraid to move.  “Thank you.”

“That pod should be safe in your pocket,” Captain Hopewell said, pointing to her sweater.  “Now, in you go.”  He opened the door with one hand, and used the other one to keep her from bumping her head on the carriage as she stepped inside.

The shades over the windows had been pulled down, making the coach dark inside.  Lilly sunk into the comfortable velvet upholstered bench and shoved the leather pouch in her sweater pocket.

Posted by Deborah McTiernan

Author of Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, and, Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, a gremoire

Dares readers to believe in themselves and discover the magic within!

#ActualMagic #PhantomRush #Secrets

Read more: Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Kindle Edition, and Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, Kindle Edition.

Know What to do When You Are Summoned to the Principal’s Office

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In writing my Actual Magic series for Young Adults, I drew upon all my favorite story characters I loved as a kid, and all the fun times I spent in Mother Superior’s office to create my own.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Miss Lilly Noble, please report to Headmistress Bonaventure’s office immediately.  Thank you, students.  That will be all.”

A click snapped through the school’s hallowed halls as the public announcement system shut off.

Zymura’s shock registered on her face with wide eyes.   “What do you think that’s about?”

Students passing in the hallway pointed at Lilly and whispered behind their hands.

Lilly shrugged.  “I have no idea.”  And if she didn’t know what the announcement was about, then she was pretty sure the kids hissing their annoying opinions about her loud enough for her to hear them, didn’t have a clue either.  Of course, even that bit of reasoning didn’t stop her worried heart from thumping wildly in her chest.  “Save me a seat in the dining hall.  I’ll join you and Shellaire as soon as I can.”

When Lilly got to the school secretary’s desk, Mrs. Agon immediately ushered her into Miss Bonaventure’s empty office.

“Have a seat, please.  Headmistress will be with you momentarily.”  The tuft of frizzy white hair atop Mrs. Agon’s head waved in the breeze as the she ran out the door.  Lilly wondered how the woman got her hair to stand up like that.

The door clicked shut behind the secretary, leaving Lilly alone in Miss Bonaventure’s office.

This office belonged to no ordinary headmistress of just any school.  This office belonged to a mystery who was the headmistress of a magical school.

Notes scribbled into the calendar on the large oak desk were in hieroglyphs.  A pointed witch’s hat covered with glowing orange stars hung from the branch of a coat tree, a real birch growing out of a hole in the floor.  A cast iron cauldron bubbled and hissed over a deep green candle flame.  Hovering above the desk, a dark blue crystal ball twinkled as it gently rotated on its axis.  The broom propped in the corner fell suddenly, hitting the pumpkin next to it with a hollow thwack, before clattering to the floor.

The door banged open.

Miss Bonaventure rushed inside, flushed and out of breath.  She wore a tight, navy blue, pinstriped skirt and jacket.  The bun on top of her head was coming apart and sat slightly askew.  With a quick glance in the corner and a flick of her index finger, the broom righted itself.  “That’s been falling down a lot lately.  I’m sorry to keep you waiting, Miss Noble.  I was on the other side of the campus when I heard Mrs. Agon announce your name overhead.  I apologize for that, too.  That was my fault.  When I gave my secretary her list of tasks for the day, I may have failed to mention I wanted you notified by note, and to have you meet me here after your day’s classes.”

She gave her bun a shove.  It wobbled slightly and settled into place.

“And, just between you and me, that woman does love the loudspeaker,” she added with a grin.

Lilly nodded, and with a tiny grin of her own, she indicated she understood perfectly.  Though, she didn’t — not really.

Posted by Deborah McTiernan

Author of Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, and, Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, a gremoire

Dares readers to believe in themselves and discover the magic within!

#ActualMagic #PhantomRush #Secrets

Read more: Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Kindle Edition, and Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, Kindle Edition.

Escape From a Boy Who Is Following You

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In writing my Actual Magic series for Young Adults, I drew upon all my favorite story characters I loved as a kid, and people I’ve known and loved, to create my own.

Here’s an excerpt:

Lilly clamped her lips together and cast a wide, sweeping glance, taking in all she could see, which wasn’t much because of the shrouding fog.

Murosky Skaggs stepped out of the gloom and headed in their direction.  “Good morning, girls.  Did you sleep well?”  His light banter did little to disguise the troubled look on his face, or the fear in his eyes.

“Oh!  Hi!”  Unnerved by the boy’s sudden appearance, Lilly grabbed Zymura’s sleeve and gave it a yank.  “How come every time I turn around, he’s right there?” she whispered.

Zymura’s shrug was casual, but her expression suspicious.  “Good question,” she whispered back.

“Did I interrupt something?” he smirked.

“I’m sorry, Murosky.  We’ll be late for class if we stay and chat,” Lilly said as she nervously hurried away from him on suddenly trembling legs.

Posted by Deborah McTiernan

Author of Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, and, Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, a gremoire

Dares readers to believe in themselves and discover the magic within!

#ActualMagic #PhantomRush #Secrets

Read more: Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Kindle Edition, and Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, Kindle Edition.

Casting a Spell

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In writing my Actual Magic series for Young Adults, I drew upon all my favorite story characters I loved as a kid to create my own.  Madam Saboulia, however, represents the very best of my favorite teachers.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madam Saboulia tapped a tiny gong on her podium.  It reverberated at a pitch loud enough to rattle the cauldrons nestled in the cupboards, crack a window, and leave Lilly’s ears ringing.

Every head swiveled to the front of the classroom.

Madam Saboulia cleared her throat.  “During this term the incantations you’ll write in this class will be more like poems and songs than stodgy old spells.  But don’t be fooled by simple verse.  Words are powerful magic.  I’m here to teach you how to choose them wisely.”  With a flick of her wrist, a top hat appeared on her podium.  Gazing thoughtfully at her students, she continued.  “With a well chosen phrase, you can put someone down, bring them to their knees, or drop them at death’s doorstep.  Ultimately, you decide to create something good in the world or destroy someone forever.  That choice is always yours.”

Puzzled, Lilly raised her hand to ask a question.

“Miss Noble, isn’t it?”

“Yes, Ma’am.”  How did Madam Saboulia know her?  Lilly didn’t have a name badge on.  No one did.  And, the teacher hadn’t taken a roll call.

“You remind me of your grandmother when she was your age.  You remind me of your mother, too, but mostly your grandmother,” Madam Saboulia said, as if responding to Lilly’s unanswered question.

Hushed whispers rose from several places in the classroom.

My grandmother?  Madam Saboulia didn’t look old enough to know her grandmother or her mother.  In fact, with her fresh green, wrinkle-free complexion, she looked only a couple years older than Lilly did.

“You had a question, dear?”

“Uh, yes, sorry.  If words can do that kind of damage, how come we’re still here?”

“Ah, your grandmother asked me the very same thing.  Can anyone answer Miss Noble’s question?”  Madam Saboulia waved her hand over the top hat.  After a moment, she yanked out a snake with one hand and a rabbit with the other.

Rapt silence followed.

“Your words craft the spells you cast out into society.  But it’s the intentions beneath your words that set the magic in motion.  If your intentions are good, what you create with your magic will bring love and joy into the world,” she said, holding up the rabbit.  “And if your intentions are evil,” she added, displaying the snake, “well, you get the picture.”

Zymura’s hand shot up.  “Are intentions feelings?”

“Intentions are the way you really think about things.  You have the power to create or destroy.  It’s all in how you think about things.”

Confusion forced Lilly to frown.

Madam Saboulia’s strange slitted eyes roamed from one student to the next and held the class spellbound.  “Let me explain.  You can recite spells full of sweet happy words, but if the thoughts you have about the people and the things around you are dark and foul, your spell work will bring nothing but ruin.  On the other hand, if you believe people are basically good and you want happiness for them, that attitude will reflect itself in the results of your craft.  Your magic will bring abundance and joy.  So, pay attention and beware.  Your real thoughts are always revealed in the results of your incantations.  And remember, what you put out to others will always return to you.”

The room grew so quiet; a pin hitting the floor would have made quite a racket.

Deep in thought about the idea of intentions, Lilly realized how this made perfect sense.

Madam Saboulia took a deep breath and continued.  “The mortals around us pay little attention to what they truly believe about their world and the people in it.  They curse one another and themselves all the time without realizing it.  They criticize, judge, deceive, blame, lie, punish one other, and spread dark untruths as if the intentions behind their words were justified and what they said didn’t matter.”  She dropped the snake into the top hat, shoved the reluctant rabbit in after it, and with another flick of her slender green wrist, the hat vanished.  “Mortals learn this dark trick as children from the examples taught by the adults around them.  As they grow older, talking in this ruinous fashion becomes an automatic habit.  By the time they reach adulthood, they believe this is the normal way for them to think and be.  And the most fascinating thing is they refuse to see the damage they’re doing to themselves and each other, even long after it’s occurred.”

Lilly raised her hand.  How was she supposed to know how to think about the world if she didn’t remember it?

“Yes, Lilly?”

“Is there any way we can protect ourselves against the harmful intentions of others?”

Madam Saboulia nodded as she stepped out from behind the podium.  She was hovering two feet above the floor.  “You protect yourself by believing goods things about yourself and others.  Know that there is absolutely nothing wrong with you, and that you are good enough no matter what someone says, or how badly they treat you.  The words of others have the power to enter your mind and change what you think about yourself and your world if you let them.  Never allow anyone to use their words against you to make you doubt yourself.  Always believe good things about yourself and that door of doubt will remain forever closed.”  With that said, Madam Saboulia pointed up to the ceiling.

And then, as if on cue, the bell rang.

Posted by Deborah McTiernan

Author of Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, and, Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, a gremoire

Dares readers to believe in themselves and discover the magic within!

#ActualMagic #PhantomRush #Secrets

Read more:  Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, kindle edition, and Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, kindle edition.

Crocheted Bunny Slippers

After looking everywhere for crochet bunny slippers, I found this great basic slipper pattern and simply added eyes, ears, foot pads, and a loop stitched tail. I absolutely love bunny slippers and believe anyone who wears them is just plain cool! Here’s a fast, easy way to make them for yourself and for your friends and family. (Christmas is just around the corner).
 
I owe a big thank you to designer Darla Sims. The basic slipper is Darla’s Toe-up slipper pattern. I found it at http://www.redheart.com.
 
At the upper leg opening of Darla’s slipper I omitted the cuff and reverse sc around the top. Directions for small size 3-6. Changes for medium size 6-9 and large 8-12 are in parentheses.Needed: 1 medium ball Red Heart 4-ply worsted weight yarn in color A, a couple of ounces of color B worsted weight yarn. I used orange and black because
 
Halloween will be here before we know it.
 
Crochet hook: 5.5mm (US I-9) Stitch markers, yarn needle.
 
GAUGE: 14 sts=4”; 14 rows=4” in sc. Check your gauge.
 
Note: Pieces are worked in continuous rounds.
 
Slipper: Foot With orange, chain 8.Round 1: Work 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, place marker in 2nd sc of group just made, sc in next 5 ch, 3 sc in last ch, place marker in 2nd sc of group just made, turn to work along opposite side of foundation ch, work sc in next 5 ch, sc in first sc to join – 16sc.Round 2: Work 2 sc in marked sc – increase made, place marker between last 2 sc, sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next marked sc – increase made, place marker between last 2 sc made, sc in each sc to marker.Rounds 3-5 (7, 9) Work 2 sc in marked st, place marker between last 2 sc, sc in each sc to next marker, 2 sc in next marked st, sc in each sc to marker – 24 (28, 32) sc. Keeping markers in place, sc in each sc around until piece measures 7 (8, 9)” from beginning or 2” less than desired length, end at first marker.
 
Ankle: Round 1: Ch 12 (14, 16), skip next 12 (14, 16) sts for Heel opening, sc in next 12 (14, 16) sts, sc in each of 12 (14, 16) ch – 24 (28, 32) sc.Rounds 2-5: sc in each st around. Slip st to first st to join. Fasten off
 
Heel: Round 1: With right side facing, and beginning in first st before ch, sc2tog working along opposite side of ch, sc in next 10 (12, 14) ch sc2tog, sc in skipped 10 (12, 14) sc – 22 (26, 30) sc.Continue to work in sc, working sc2tog at each side edge, until 12 (14, 16) sc remain.Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Fold opening flat so side of heel are lined up with foot side. Using long tail, sew sts of Heel closed.
 
Upper Leg: Reverse sc around top cuff of slipper. Weave in yarn ends.With Black: Foot Pads on bottom of slipper & Eyes: Ch 2, work 6 sc in second chain from hook. Working in rounds, work 2sc in each sc until Foot Pads & Eyes reach desired sizes.Tail: Ch 2, work 6 sc in second chain from hook. Working in loop st, work 2 loop sts in each sc around until Tail circle is 24 loop st around.Sew Foot Pads, Eyes and Tail in place as shown.
 
For Ears use orange: With 2 strands of yard held together, join yarn with sl st in any sc in round 8 on top of Slipper.First Ear: Ch 6 (7, 8) working in back bumps of ch, (dc, hdc) in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next 3 (4, 5) ch; join to Slipper with sl st around sc of same st in Rnd 8 on Slipper as joining, hdc around next sc on round 8 of slipper. Fasten off.
 
Second Ear: Repeat First Ear by joining in sc three sts to the left of First Ear.Weave in yarn ends.If you’re inspired to create a pair of bunny slippers, or something of your own you’d like to share, send me a photo along with directions of how you did it. You just may find your crafty idea right here on my blog!

Posted by Deborah McTiernan /Author of Lilly Noble & Actual Magic /Paranormal books for teenagers

Homemade Bath Bombs

 
 
Who doesn’t enjoy a hot bath after a hectic day, or just because it’s cold outside? After discovering this recipe on the Internet, I decided to turn my kitchen into Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory and give it a try.
Credit for the original bath bomb recipe belongs to Traci Joy, an eHow Contributor. 
Thank you Traci, your instructions were clear and easy to follow.
 
Before starting this recipe, I have to admit, I was a little concerned about the volatility of the ingredients. I mean, after all, they’re called bath bombs, right? Images of sixth grade volcano science projects gone horribly wrong flashed through my head.Luckily, that didn’t happen.
 
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Clean up: 15 minutes
Makes enough to fill a plastic ice cube tray holding 16 cubes
Ingredients:½ cup citric acid1½ cups baking soda1 tbsp sweet almond oil5 drops food coloring (optional)10-15 drops essential oil for fragrance (optional)½ tbsp water – in a spray bottle set to mist
 
Will also need:Sifter Glass bowl Whisk or spoon
 
Apply a light coat of almond oil to the wells of a plastic ice tray with your fingertips before you begin.  Sift the baking soda to break up the lumps. 
A word of warning: Be careful when sifting the baking soda. This stuff is so fine it plumes up like an atomic cloud, and then settles on everything.
 
Pour citric acid and baking soda together in the bowl and whisk or stir until the ingredients are mixed well.Drizzle the almond oil into the mixture. With your hands, knead and squeeze the wet ingredients into the dry ones. Using the spray bottle, gradually mist ½ tbsp of water over the mixture.Add 5 drops of food coloring. Take your time adding this water-based product. It will make your concoction fizz. Just keep kneading and squeezing. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I chose green. Don’t worry about using you hands after adding the color. I didn’t get leprechaun hands.Add 10-15 drops of fragrant oils. If you want your bombs unscented, use more almond oil instead. The oil adds moisture content. If your mixture is too dry and refuses to stick together, add more almond oil. By the time I was finished, I discovered I’d added nearly ¼ cup of almond oil.Squeeze the mixture with your hands until it starts to stick together, and you can get it to form a ball. Pack the bomb mixture tightly into the wells of the ice cube tray or molds of your choice. Gelatin molds, candy molds, and plastic Easter eggs work well, too.Drizzle almond oil over the tops of the bath bombs to seal them.Allow the bath bombs to dry in the tray for 10-15 minutes.Turn your ice cube tray over and gently pop the bombs out on a sheet of wax paper.Allow the bombs to dry completely. This can take up to 3 days depending where you live. Wrap the dried bombs in plastic wrap, Ziploc baggies, or an air tight container. If not stored properly, they won’t fizz when you drop them in the tub.Tips: Olive oil and sesame oil can also be used.
 
Posted by Deborah McTiernanAuthor of Lilly Noble & Actual MagicParanormal books for teenagers