Wednesday, 22 July 2020

The Guilsborough Witches


As I am studying witches and folklore I just want to pass my deepest respect and sympathy to the Guilsborough witches who sadly and tragically lost their lives today in 1612 through people prejudices, ignorance, and lies!

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Fantastic course on Essex Witches.


I recently done a really interesting online course on 'The Witches of Tudor & Stuart Essex' by Kate J Cole, MSt.
It's a fascinating subject and the quality of the course shows that Kate has spent a great deal of time and work researching into the subject.
The course provides a good understanding on the events that took place in Essex, and England, during this dark period of history. I won't give too much away as I want you to enjoy it yourselves, but there are some surprising finds including a witch finder I never heard of. The subject is also dealt in a respectful factual way using historical documentation and not provided on hear say, and folklore.
Kate provides plenty of information for further studying including links to books and downloads.
For more infomation please visit her link.
https://essexvoicespast.thinkific.com/courses/EssexWitches

Monday, 29 June 2020



I just love the tags that come with Killstar Clothing! So I thought as a little afternoon craft project I would 'Kat' one up lol!
I used gesso around the skeletons and left to dry over night.  To add writing and eyeballs I used Nuvo drops. These only took an hour to dry. Then to finish off I added some colour using Tim Holtz distressed crayons, which really adhered nicely to the label. Now I just need to add a ribbon and there you go an early Halloween hanging decoration. Plus rather nice t-shirt from Killstar win, win! 😂
Killstar do a great range of interesting alternative clothing. Please visit their website.
https://www.killstar.com/


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The Dutch Doll of Finedon!


Some people report in the dead of night of hearing footsteps behind them. Be very afraid if they sound like wood, as it might be the Dutch Doll of Finedon!
The Dutch Doll of Finedon was a wooden figure, originally housed at the girls school in Finedon. It was rumoured that the doll had supernatural powers which allowed the doll to walk at night. Reports had it that at one point it's feet had been removed to stop the doll wandering off! The doll was often used as a threat of punishment! The poor girl as punishment would be locked in the cellar with the creepy three foot wooden doll!
It was relocated to the Church of St Mary the Virgin in 1961 after the school moved. In 1981, the doll mysteriously dissappeared, presumed stolen, from the church! The doll has never been found! Though in the dead of night if you listen you might just hear the sound of tiny wooden feet tap tap tapping along the road!

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Witches of Northamptonshire.


I got sent a link from Northants Live today to a interesting article on the Northamptonshire witches. A subject I have covered a number of times on my blog over the past few years.
The true history behind the witch trails is not a fairy story of magical witches riding on brooms wearing pointy hats but sadly one of persecution and prejudice against women and men, often poor, often misunderstood and often totally innocent of the terrible crimes they were accused of. A time when a cross word from a neighbour or a scathing look could result in someone being labelled 'a witch!' A very dark time in history but also a fascinating subject to get an insight of human behaviour and beliefs of the 17th century.

Here is the link to Northants Live. It's a fascinating read.
https://www.northantslive.news/news/history/northamptonshire-witch-trials-tales-fear-4238259


Friday, 19 June 2020

☀HAPPY SOLSTICE BLESSING TO ALL OF YOU☀


Wishing you all a wonderful Summer Solstice tomorrow. However you spend it have fun, be safe, be well.
Below is an interesting article explaining about 2020 Solstice.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/summer-solstice-2020-when-longest-day-year-stonehenge-sunrise/amp/

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Witches brooms make your own!


One of my miniature hat and broom made many years ago in 2010! Time does fly like a witches broom lol!

I been gathering twigs from my garden on and off since the winter. Storing them by for a rainy day! Well as we are having a few rainy days (lol) I decided to dig them out and make some minature Witches brooms. I used to make hundreds of them many moons ago when I used to make dolls house miniatures for a living. They are lovely thing to make and no two are the same. Each one has it's own character depending on the material you use. You can make flat ones using lolly pop sticks for handles which are handy for gluing into cards or making into book marks. You can also use more rounded cake pop sticks, drinking straws, pencils or of course sticks from your garden. For bristles you can use real bristles cut from old brooms or dust pan brushes, from strips of lace, string, paper, or wool! More inventive the better and it's a good way to use up odd items! You can then add pretty ribbons, charms and beads to add a touch of glamour!
While I was looking around pinterest for inspiration I not only found a photo of one of my own little miniature hat and broom set but a fab link to an article which shows you how to make herb brooms! Really fabulous and worth a visit. Here is the link! Enjoy! 😊
https://gillyflowerfaire.wordpress.com/2016/10/30/witches-get-your-broom-on-or-get-on-your-broom/

Herb brooms please visit link. 

Will post an update on my miniature Witches brooms soon so pop by😊

Friday, 1 May 2020

Happy May Day and Beltane blessings to you all xxx

Happy May Day and Beltane blessings to you all.
 It's extremely hard for us all as we cannot gather to celebrate this wonderful day. But I hope love and happiness finds you and you all keep safe and well.
As for Maypole dancing well I found this lovely link to a site where you can make your own mini Maypole! So have yourself a mini dance at home or in your garden!



Another fabulous link to Grandma Griggly who makes fantastic tutorials including this one on making stick fairies and characters! 








Monday, 27 April 2020

New Youtube how to videos by me!

Hi everyone, well because of the Corornavirus lockdown I haven't had the chance to go exploring across the British countryside for Witchy places, events or places to photograph for my blog. But I am making use of my time to create some simple tutorials which I am downloading to youtube. They are not all of a Witchy nature but so easily be adapted and I will soon be doing some witchypoo ones so please stop by and have a look!
Of course as soon as some sort of normality returns and we are allowed out I shall get back to photographing and blogging more!

https://youtu.be/kM4hxhpexUE

Monday, 23 March 2020

Some ideas to keep you busy at home.

Well this year,so far, has not gone to plan lol! Had all these plans for my blog but with bad weather, illness and now the dreaded Coronavirus my time and my mind has been a little distracted. But I thought I would try and be useful and post some mini tutorials I spotted on pinterest with a Witchy, fairy, pagan theme. Might be handy for anyone stuck at home and sick of housework lol! Enjoy and please keep safe and keep well x









Monday, 16 March 2020

A little happy spell to boast your confidence!

With all the chaos in the world here is a little spell I found on line to boast your confidence.

Monday, 10 February 2020

The Great Con-Junction Official Dark Crystal event at Elstree Studios Feb 2020




Had a fantastic time at the Great Con-Junction Official Dark Crystal event at Elstree Studios Feb 2020. 
Here are some photos from my day!
The event was a fantastic mix of original Dark Crystal and new Dark Crystal Age of Resistance. Included Q&A panels, signings, Cosplay competition, photo opportunities and a Skeksis style buffet lunch! All at Elstree Studios home to the Dark Crystal and many more wonderful movies and TV programmes. 
A very magical and other worldly day!


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Yes that is me, Hup and Victor Yerrid! Happy or should that be Huppy day! 










Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Belated Happy New Year! Busy busy

One of my creations two witches stirring a cauldron making some dastardly potion, or are they just using up yuletide veggies in a stew?

Happy belated new year to you all. Well Christmas came and went in a flash. I hope you all had a wonderful yuletide!
I cannot believe we are already half way through January! My decorations are all packed away and hiding back in the loft and the last of the festive fair has been eaten, I feel finally I have entered 2020! Lol! Now time to eat slightly healthier foods,well I don't like to over do it lol! With lighter evenings slowly returning I look forward to stretching my legs a little, getting out about for gentle walks and little adventures to blog about! But in the mean time with the weather being cold, rainy and possibly snowy between now and Spring I shall be doing a few Witchy craft tutorials to keep you busy on those stay in doors days and posting things to look forward to. So please pop by my blog or subscribe for updates, see a button on the right somewhere.

Back again soon, Witchy Kat!


Thursday, 12 December 2019

Witches at Christmas.



There is a wonderful old Christmas tradition in Italy of a old lady resembling a witch called Befana. She delivers presents on Epiphany Eve and is very similar to the Saint Nicolas/Krampus traditional of giving good children gifts and that naughty children get punish by receiving coal!
There is a lovely article on the website listed below Befana images which I highly recommend reading.


Festive witches appear in many countries and on old postcards 

 Befana Dolls for sale in Italy.





https://www.ottawaitalians.com/Heritage/befana.htm

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

The founders of Hogwarts.


Fascinating article on the founders of Hogwarts Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin and Rowena Ravenclaw.
Please click link to visit.
https://www.wizardingworld.com/features/stories-of-the-hogwarts-founders

Friday, 15 November 2019

What do witches wear?

Hello my dear blog readers. Well this year hasn't quite worked out the way I planned. I had all these fabulous articles and ideas for my blog this year but with studying for my diploma and then dealing with the grief of loosing both my Dog and my Dad life has taken me on a bit of a journey I didn't plan! But fear not all those plans and ideas are all saved in my magic note book and as soon as I am back on an even keel I shall get back to exploring the world of witches, goblins, ghouls and ghosties and get posting again!
I have managed to find time, in between studying, to settle down and watch series two of Britannia on Sky Atlantic,which I am loving! I loved the first series and some of the 2nd series was filmed at Puzzlewood which we visited last month, so we are loving playing the game 'spot where we stood last month' lol! Apart from loving the 'strange brew' way that Britannia is filmed which in itself is unusual TV viewing. At times it makes you feel like you are going on a hippie drug induced trip! Not that I would know but I can use my imagination lol. I am as ever particularly impressed by the fabulous costumes in the series. Historically lets say the costumes are more fantasy than historically accurate, there again I wasn't around during the time of the Druids so who knows what they wore? But as a lover of costume design I love that the costumes give the characters that other worldly feel!
Which made me think about what sort of clothing Witches,and magical folk might have worn and why? Where did the traditional image of a pointed hat wearing witch come from? Well I found this fab article on my cyber travels that sheds some light on these questions. Please visit this link:
http://costumesociety.org.uk/blog/post/fashioning-witchcraft



Some of the beautiful costumes from series two of Sky Atlantic's Britannia series.




Thursday, 31 October 2019

Happy Halloween to you all. I hope you all have a fun time whatever you have planned.



I got emailed this interesting link to a Witchcraft article on English Heritage's website. Worth a visit please just press the link.
WITCHCRAFT eight witchcraft Myths

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Sorry for lack of posts





Photo of my trip to Wellington Country Park showing Autumn has arrived.

Hi everyone, so sorry I have neglected my blog lately. It's been a difficult year first I lose my beloved dog after 12 years of companionship. Then at the beginning of September I also lost my Dad. He had bravely battled cancer twice but this time it took his life, it was aggressive and robbed all those that loved him of precious time. We are all in shock. The funeral is around the corner so I am hoping once that is done I can get some sense of normality back. I had so many plans for Halloween tutorials and articles so I hope to bring those to you all as soon as I can get my head back in the right place.
Whilst researching for interesting links I came across this article which I thought was quite profound all things considering. It's beautifully written and perfect for October and how I am feeling.
https://onewillowapothecaries.com/autumn-is-the-dying/

Friday, 6 September 2019

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Making myself a Halloween ornie part 2

Nearly done, just needs grunging and a ribbon.

Finished! Quite chuffed how this turned out if I may say so myself lol!
Added some more details to my Halloween ornament. Added some curtains which were made from a distressed ribbon and a little picture of my dog painted by Jenny Kelm of Kastlekelm miniatures. I also added a hand crafted witches broom, made by me. I then added extra grunge to the curtains by painting on some brown acrylic paint. I added some ink to the woodwork, I added ink to my glass work mat, sprayed with water and painted it on with a paintbrush. I also added some clear embossing powder to my little dog portrait to protect it from dust. To finish off I added a orange velvet ribbon.
I am suffering a little with migraines this week but I promise as soon as I am better to do a tutorial on how to make the little broom.
Thank you for reading my update, if you have any questions relating to this posting, the items I make or write about please do contact me. My contact details are at the side of this blog. Please also look out for me on instagram kat.hazelton

Finished Halloween Ornie!


Below with a touch of magic a spooky movie scene! 


The Guilsborough Witches

As I am studying witches and folklore I just want to pass my deepest respect and sympathy to the Guilsborough witches who sadly and tragi...