Celebrating Samhain: The Witch’s New Year

The celebration of Samhain in the autumn is a way of being mindful of the season, pondering and accepting death, connecting with our ancestors, and giving thanks for an abundant harvest season. Although Samhain is a Pagan holiday, this way of being is deeply human, it is universal, and should, therefore, be inclusive of all people from … Continue reading Celebrating Samhain: The Witch’s New Year

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☀ Blessed Litha ☀ Using the Healing Light Energy of the Summer Solstice to Transcend Anxiety and Depression

Using the Light Energy of Litha to Transcend Anxiety and Depression It is hard to believe it is midsummer already, but it is officially Litha, the longest day of the year. Summer solstice is a joyous time to bask in the full glory of the sun at its peak, but it is also the time … Continue reading ☀ Blessed Litha ☀ Using the Healing Light Energy of the Summer Solstice to Transcend Anxiety and Depression

Watching Halloween movies and making Halloween art…in June!

When you make Halloween art to sell you must begin creating early in the year. People think I am weird when I say I am making Halloween art in June, but how else is it completed in time? Not that I wouldn't celebrate Halloween year 'round, haha, I actually do. I have a small Halloween … Continue reading Watching Halloween movies and making Halloween art…in June!

Litha Kitchen Witch Broom

Summertime arts and daydreams…

It is already early June, almost time for Litha, summer is in full swing! I found adorable mini witch brooms at the craft reuse center, so I made myself a little summery kitchen witch broom and a Halloween witch broom for decorations. Yes, I am making more like these to sell on Etsy,  because I … Continue reading Summertime arts and daydreams…

Witches in Art: Digital Altered Art of John William Waterhouse’s Famous Fine Art Witches Dressed Up for a Halloween Spoof!

    When I, as an artist, am true to my own self and combine several of the things I love together to create art, magic inevitably happens. Such is the case with the creation of my witchy Halloween spoof of John William Waterhouse's paintings "The Magic Circle" (1886) and "The Crystal Ball" (1902). I … Continue reading Witches in Art: Digital Altered Art of John William Waterhouse’s Famous Fine Art Witches Dressed Up for a Halloween Spoof!

Making Handmade Herb and Flower Papers

Making Herb and Flower Paper

Photo credit: ArtByChrysti on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC Make Paper for note cards, invitations and scrapbooking Email and text messaging have become part of our everyday communications. And as much as they are a necessary part of our lifestyle, it’s nice to remember the days of letters and notes on beautiful handmade papers. Imagine … Continue reading Making Herb and Flower Paper

Crafty finds from the reuse center

Sharing some fun finds from my local craft reuse center today!

Good afternoon, I was excited today and wanted to share some finds from a local little craft shop. Here in Lancaster County Pa, we have a shop called the Lancaster Creative Reuse. It is a thrift store for crafters. I love this place and have found endless treasures there. What a great idea it is to … Continue reading Sharing some fun finds from my local craft reuse center today!

Edmund Thomas Parris The Visit at Moonlight 1832

Fairy Friday: Edmund Thomas Parris: The Visit at Moonlight (1832)

I am sharing a new piece of art and poetry with you this fine Fairy Friday morning! This piece is particularly magical, the blue hues and the glowing moonlight make this one of the more romantic fairy paintings. Hope you enjoy, feel free to download to your computer or share! Enjoy your weekend! Art: "The Visit … Continue reading Fairy Friday: Edmund Thomas Parris: The Visit at Moonlight (1832)

Blessed Beltane!

    Good morning friends! I hope you are all well this lovely May Day morning! Today I am planning to celebrate Beltane with fresh recipes straight from nature. I am so happy the weather has finally warmed up, I went out shopping yesterday, and it was a bright sunny day of 67 degrees, just … Continue reading Blessed Beltane!

Fairy Friday: The Land of Heart’s Desire by W.B. Yeats

Hello Friends, Happy Fairy Friday! What better way to celebrate the magic that is the end of the work week, than with frolicking, fanciful FAIRIES! Feel free to save the graphic to your computer or share it. Thanks and enjoy! This graphic combines a few of my favorite things; fairies, art, and poetry. Art: Richard Doyle, illustration … Continue reading Fairy Friday: The Land of Heart’s Desire by W.B. Yeats

Free inspirational download desktop background: Today is a new beginning by Striped Stockings Studio

Free Inspirational Desktop Background: Today is a New Beginning

Welcome! Today I am embracing change and starting over with a fresh clean slate...here's to positive new beginnings! Right-click on the image and save it to your computer. Use it as a desktop background or print it to frame! Enjoy! Please like, share and follow my blog! Erika {You may use these images for personal … Continue reading Free Inspirational Desktop Background: Today is a New Beginning

A Place I Know Well: The Pennsic War

I first joined the SCA in 1996 and attended my first Pennsic War that summer. The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is a living history group that reenacts the middle ages, and Pennsic War is the annual medieval camping event held in western Pennsylvania every summer. In the fall of the same year, only a … Continue reading A Place I Know Well: The Pennsic War

Saturday Magick: I am Witchin’ in the Kitchen today…Making Lotions + Potions!

    Having a lot of fun this morning in the kitchen brewing up lotions, potions and lots of other magick. I just received my shipment of new roller ball bottles so today I conjured up my favorite new pain relieving anti-inflammatory oil blend that I use for shoulder pain. I also made up a bathroom … Continue reading Saturday Magick: I am Witchin’ in the Kitchen today…Making Lotions + Potions!

Freebie Friday: Printable – Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle!

Sparkly free bokeh photography printable in your choice of 3 colors with the quote "Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle!" Right-click on the image and select “save image as” to save it to your computer. Enjoy! Please be sure to like, share and follow my blog! Thank you! Erika {You may use these images for personal … Continue reading Freebie Friday: Printable – Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle!

april hath put the spirit of youth in everything - shakespeare

April…hath put a spirit of youth in everything – William Shakespeare

image credit: monicore on pixabay Happy April! I hope everyone is enjoying April and springtime! Right-click on the image and save it to your computer. Use it as a desktop background or print it to frame! Enjoy! Please like, share and follow my blog! Erika

Recipe: How to Make Luxe Essential Oil Blend Body Butter for Itchy Dehydrated Skin

Spring allergies hit me hard this season. After having had major surgery in November of last year my defenses are low, and as a result, I developed nasal symptoms from pollen which led to sinusitis and post-nasal drip. Along with my new Neti pot, which I LOVE, I also took an antihistamine to try to clear … Continue reading Recipe: How to Make Luxe Essential Oil Blend Body Butter for Itchy Dehydrated Skin

the eyes are the window to your soul - William Shakespeare | Striped Stockings Studio

Quote of the Day: The Eyes are the Window to Your Soul ~ William Shakespeare

Right-click on the image and select “save image as” to save it to your computer. Use it as a desktop background or print and frame it. Enjoy! Please be sure to like, share and follow my blog! Thank you! Erika image credit: elvina357 on pixabay Striped Stockings Studio. 2018.

Haunting Classical Music for Halloween

Spooky and Scary Classical Music Songs for Halloween

Haunting Classical Music Songs like "The Monster Mash" and "Purple People Eater" are fun songs to play for a  party, but to scare up some spine-tingling fright at a Halloween party, play some haunting classical music. Many classical songs have a creepy sound that is perfect to put you in the mood for the Halloween … Continue reading Spooky and Scary Classical Music Songs for Halloween

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Abstract Expressionism: Learn How to Paint Modern Art “Drip Paintings” like Jackson Pollock

What is Abstract Expressionism? Abstract Expressionism is a modern art movement with techniques that focus on the expression or emotion of oneself, rather than the painting of a representational figure or object. Jackson Pollock, an American artist from the early part of the twentieth century, was an innovator of the abstract "drip painting" technique. This … Continue reading Abstract Expressionism: Learn How to Paint Modern Art “Drip Paintings” like Jackson Pollock

Halloween Witch's Potions Cabinet Display

How to create a Witch’s Potions Cabinet for Halloween

Create a Mad Scientist or Witch's Potion Apothecary Display in a Few Steps! I transformed my dining room cabinet into a spooky witches apothecary cabinet full of potions, spells, webs, herbs, and skulls. It was such a fun project and the results are supernatural, creepy and cool! This is a great project to do with … Continue reading How to create a Witch’s Potions Cabinet for Halloween

The Importance of Arts Education in Public Schools

The Importance of Arts Education for Children in Public Schools

Keeping arts education in public schools is extremely important; the creative process of art is beneficial for both academic development and emotional healing in kids. Studies show there are skills and abilities that are provided by the teaching of arts, which encompass fine art, music, dance, theater, and writing. However, it seems that, more and more, the … Continue reading The Importance of Arts Education for Children in Public Schools

Fairy Gate and Fence - How to Make an Indoor Fairy Village from Scratch

How to Create an Indoor Fairy Village From Scratch

Ideas and Inspiration to Make your Own Fairy Village Make your own adorable fairy village and garden that you and every child that sees it will love! Get children involved in making the village and using their creativity to create mini fairy items. Kids are full of imagination and can come up with some really … Continue reading How to Create an Indoor Fairy Village From Scratch

Liberation from Society

I stood amidst the violent rapids of a rushing river that inundated me. For my whole life, I tried to walk against the deluge, to fight it, or at least prevent it from sweeping me away. Finally, I had no choice but to stop fighting, too exhausted. While paused, for the first time, I look … Continue reading Liberation from Society

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Surviving Negative Energy in Society, like a Crafty Witch

The energy in the world has been on a low frequency for a long time now. As an empath, I find it very difficult to go out in public, my peaceful mindset wanes very quickly when I go out into the negative energies. I have felt this way for many years, and although I have … Continue reading Surviving Negative Energy in Society, like a Crafty Witch