Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Witch's Ball

This year our theme for Boo The Witches' Ball...and in this case... ball referring to a big party/dance the ball Cinderella went to.

However there's another kind of witch ball...

A witch ball is a sphere of clear or stained glass hung in windows in 18th century England to ward off evil spirits. Oddly enough these balls actually started out in cultures where witches "enhanced them" to ward off evil spirits. Later they were suspended from rafters with ribbon or placed on top of a vase for a decorative touch. It's common today to see similar ones in gardens called "gazing balls". The gazing balls are different in that they have no strands inside the balls themselves.

According to folk lore the colors would attract the spirits and the strands inside the ball would entrap them. Most witches balls were traditionally blue or green. and made of glass. The later gazing balls had a silver surface and served to ward off evil by reflecting it away rather than trapping it.

I'm hoping to visit a shop soon that sells witch balls and when I get one...I'll post a photo here of my own witch ball.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Welcome to the NEW GPD

I have been busy with all the blogger blogs. The new templates and designs are fun to work with. I am excited about the new GPD look and hope you like it also.

Soon it will be June GPD. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) I will be in Mexico on GPD so doubt I get a lot of Halloween stuff done. It would be awesome if I could find some Day of the Dead stuff there but since it's June I doubt it.

June means there are only THREE more GPDs before Halloween. I can hardly believe how fast this year is flying by!