Inkwell and Quill, Hammer, Crabapple, Thorn…

This year the birthday faerie (She’s real, I tell ya!) flew to Eliora’s shop to fill her bag with symbols that sparkle to my witchy soul: an Inkwell and Quill to feed the heart of my storytelling, a Hammer for crafty empowerment, a Crabapple to honor the love between my Piano Man and me…
The charms are part of a very special blade. I didn’t see it right away… I was too enchanted by how red, black, white, silver and a taste of transparency create balance that can be touched. Then, after the touching went on for a bit, I laughed with the kind of delight that can only be elicited by an artist and friend who pays attention: Eliora crafted the blade described in Thorn in Red!
Here is the quote: “The blade, embellished with a black cord and a silver chain… felt strange in my hand. Charms, which Mom had collected from every place she had visited while I was growing up, clicked-clacked against each other.” 

In case that wasn’t enough mirth-full yum for one gift, Eliora and Debi—a friend we share *that sounds kinky, cough*—got together to kiss my wrist with more red, black skull and bone in the shape of a bracelet. I love the simplicity of the design. I can wear it all day. And yep, I have.
The last item in the birthday faerie bag is a clip. I attached it to my favorite purse as soon as I got it. This was supposed to be my 37th birthday gift to myself, but Eliora surprised me with it before I could buy it. I tend to hate surprises, but I love this hammer, polka-dotted heart, steampunk skull awesomeness so much that I might change my entire philosophy on surprise presents.
Eliora has a very satisfied costumer and an extremely happy friend. Thank you, Lori love.

To emphasize the whole “satisfied costumer” bit, and because on May 5th I was way too sick to properly celebrate Five Years of Pagan Culture, here is a belated anniversary giveaway for my Wicked Darlings: The Morrigan Earrings (or a different item, from Eliora, of the same value):
Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment telling me which charm (attached to any of my three birthday presents) attracts you the most and why. Be specific. I’m wicked nosy.

 Extra Entries (one each):
(No need to leave separate comments (I can count *hehehe*), but add links that apply)
(1). Be a Wicked Darling (follow Magaly Guerrero’s Pagan Culture via GFC)
 (2). Share this post on Facebook
(3). Go ahead, share it on Twitter, too
 (4). Visit Eliora; come back to tell me about a crafty piece you “liked” and why
 (5). Follow my Fiction Site via GFC

Other choices...
This is an international giveaway (please check out Eliora’s “shipping & policies” for specific details). Open until the 28th of May, 2014, at 10:13 pm, EDT. The winner will be chosen using Random.Org. His or her name will be published on May 29th, 2014.     

92 comments:

  1. I was struck by the colro sof all charms - red and balck and white and silver and crystal! Very beautiful work!
    I liked the first charm most of all because of its diversity. I loved the crystal there and a feather - my favorite symbols.Besides I think that the charm is intended not only for witches but for anyone who feels connection to stones and magic.
    The earrings are similarly gorgeous! Love the small crows and teh five pointed stars - I was long ago thinkign of getting some of the magical symbols in my ears or on my neck ;)

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    1. The sense of diversity and joy in Eliora's work is one of the things I love most. Everyone can find something they like. And if they don't see it, Lori makes it. ;-D

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    2. Thank you so very much . Seeing Red and Black together now always bring me to think of Magaly.

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  2. They are all wickedly beautiful, but I must say the one thing I am drawn to most is the raven charm on the blade. I don't know why exactly but the past few months I have been three things constantly skeleton keys, butterflies, and ravens. I have not figured out the signifigence of these things but I constantly find them every where.

    Oh by the way I have a necklace that would really go good with that blade :)

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    1. I've been staring at that lovely raven for quite sometime (and for some reason I keep on thinking of it as a crow in my head, I blame it on Stacy from Magic Love Crow, lol). Ravens seem to linger with us witchy types, don't they. Maybe it's because they fly in between...

      And yes, your necklace and my blade should have a play date. ;-D

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    2. Thank you, Ash. I have several different Raven/Crow charms that I use. They are all so magickal. I fully expect one day when I open the little drawer they roost in, they will all fly out - loudly!

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    3. Oh Eliora I know you have several raven/crow key charms on a few things I have my eye on.

      That would be an awesome play date Magaly :-D

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  3. Steampunk skull! Because it's a skull! And steampunky! And I haven't seen one before. That aside, these are all such lovely objects, with all that juicy bright red. I love Eliora's Etsy shop, (especially the finger labyrinths) and I love anything with red and silver together. Sharing this on facebook and good luck everybody. Thank you for organizing this and yes, happy 5th blogoversary!

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    1. That steampunk skull and I fell in love at first click. I already wanted a clip from Eliora and the skull was the perfect center. And yes, the hammer gave extreme happiness.

      Thanks for sharing!

      By the way, I found the steampunk skull at Snowy’s shop, for future reference.

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    2. Thank you, Rhissanna :) !

      That Steampunk Skull glared at me from the moment it arrived in my workroom. More by the way . . . I find many items I use in my creations at Snowy's shop.

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    3. Oooh! Thank you for telling me! *Rushes off to Snowy's shop*. Of course, the hammer looks the right scale for Oliver-doll.

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    4. I would totally let Oliver play with my hammers, and my spikes, and all the other blunt and/or sharp objects I collect. ;-D

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  4. Oh such lovely, lovely gifts! That blade is amazing!

    I've just visited Eliora's shop and it's just wonderful :)

    Happy Blogoversary :D

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    1. Our beloved Eliora has a way with powerful sparklies. ;-D

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    2. Thank you Winter Moon ! :)

      I love creating the Athames. Oh heck - I am having a ball with all of it!.

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  5. What a wonderful gift and give away. Well of course the blade. Evokes images of the Mother Peace Priestess of Swords. She's a thinking woman with a lot of wisdom.

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    1. "Peace' and "wisdom" and sweetness, indeed.

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    2. Thank you, Francie.

      I am delighted you can see the energy.

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  6. Glad you're feeling better! Such lovely pieces :) The bone attracts my eye...'cause it's shiny! Bit of a magpie in me, I suppose ;)

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    1. Thanks so much. It is lovely not to be in pain, lol!

      Ah, the shiny bone! A magpie dream made into bling. ;-D

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    2. That shiny be-jeweled Bone is every Skeleton's dream of afterlife.

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  7. Why the polka dots of course. Who doesn't love a dotty heart and it's opposite all in one fine piece of jewelry. Wow, I'd say that you received some wonderful heart felt gifts and love. Hope all is going well for you now. I've been missing in action and will continue to be so for a bit longer. Miss you and xoxo Oma Linda

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    1. Of course you'd notice the wonderful balance of a dark heart dotted in passionate red and a crimson heart dotted in powerful black! They are perfect, aren't they? I love what they say about balance.

      I hope all is going well for you, too. If you're missing for too long, I'll go and find you. <3

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    2. Oma - thank you. Magaly has me seeing polka-dots everywhere, these days. I am so happy they made her smile.

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  8. The rook (/raven/crow!). We moved last summer and out the front we have a huge tree which is home to a huge number of rooks and now baby rooks too! Some are also nesting in the trees at the back of the house too. I love them, despite the racket they make !! I have got quite obsessed actually and have a pin on pinterest for all things rook/crow . What exciting pressies you lucky Witch, you :P !!!! and what a fab giveaway.
    I love Eliora's Owl candle (another obsession - owls and candles!) and her altar sets,

    Happy 5th Blogoversary :D

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    1. I sooo love the word "rook." It reminds me of Bellman & Black, by Diane Setterfield. Have you read it? I swear is an ode to rooks.

      Care to share the link to your Pinterest rooks? I would love to see them.

      And yes! That owl candle is a great hit around these parts, too. So much that I left it out (I got one for my birthday) to share it on its own post. ;-)

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    2. Thank you BookGirl! I live with "bird racket", too, and I love it. We've such a variety in our woods, all so different. I swear each has an appointed time to serenade.

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  9. I can't stop looking at the crow and that steampunk skull! Both are awesome. The crow, because I'm a big fan of crows... and the skull, because it's like seeing the inner workings of a creative mind on display. You can picture those cogs turning!

    I'm a Wicked Darling.

    I shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/artful_danni/status/469480953975279616

    And you can't honestly expect me to only pick one thing from Eliora's to covet! That's not nice. ;) But since you're twisting my arm, I love the Water Witch Wand. And, because I'm a rebel... I also love the custom goddess necklaces. I'd get one for Artemis or Gaia. :)

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    1. When I'm wearing my purse, my fingers are always on the steampunk skull. It's like feeling what someone is thinking... so uncannily wicked. ;-D

      I love the colors of the Water Witch Wand, and I can totally see you with a Gaia necklace; especially in a couple of weeks!

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    2. Danni - thank you so very much!

      The Goddess necklaces are some of my favorites, too.

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  10. No fair!!! I like all the stuffs in Eliora's shop!...and ALL the skulls on you pressies...especially the steampunk one. Something especially surreal about being able to see the internal workings of our internal workings :D XXX

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    1. "the internal workings of our internal workings" Now, that's delicious!

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    2. Heheh, Gina. I'd love to see a gear-headed skull in your work. Bet you could do it righteous justice!

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  11. My ears aren't pierced so I'm not joining, but she truly makes beautiful things. Great giveaway!

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    1. Did you notice that you can choose something different of the same value? Lots of purple things over at Eliora's... *cough*

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    2. Oh My - Please do enter!

      Never fear - if you are drawn winner I will put these pretty dangles on a pair of clips for you.

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  12. Pick one?? You are a hard taskmaster! lol. I love them all. The steampunk skull appeals to me a lot - dark and humorous and I'd enjoy that much around the Day of the Dead. But what really caught my eye is the bone in the second one - our dog is aging and that charm would be a lovely little commemoration of our beloved and faithful companion.

    As to all the other things, of course I follow, follow follow... :) Shared on Facebook - I have more than a few friends who love the Morrighan! Tweeted on @Lynda_Hardy_TCB and QRCHReview.

    And then that last hard question - fave item from Eliora?? ARRGhHH. All. Of. Them. But peacocks draw me always, and this lovely earcuff makes me happy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/169116435/peacock-feather-iridescent-turquoise-ear?ref=listing-10

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    1. Lynda- thank you. I agree, and love that sparkly little jeweled bone.

      I use feathers, often, in my work, but find the Peacock Eye is one of my favorites.

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  13. Lovely. Good luck to the winners.

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  14. My favorite charm is definitely the skull! it looks amazing :D

    extra entries:
    *Followed your blog via gfc name Karin
    *Shared this post on facebook https://www.facebook.com/karin.shaim.7/posts/1499934350225974
    *Shared on twitter(can't copy the link since I retweeted: my twitter username is @cookiesmasher9 and my twitter name is Karin Shaim)
    *I love the Hecate's Key Amulet , it looks lovely and mysterious all together!!
    *followed your fiction site! my gfc name is Karin

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    1. It seems we have very similar taste. I adore the skull and I've been in love with Eliora's Hecate's Key Amulet for quite some time. ;-)

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    2. Hank you Karin. Hecate is often the subject of my work. She fills my head with all sorts of dark loveliness.

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    1. It's pretty delicious and likable. ;-)

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    2. Thank you ! :)

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  16. What yummy goodies I see ;o) I love Eliora's shop ;o)
    Which charm? That is hard! If I truly had to pick, it would be the crabapple ;o) I'm all about the love ;o)
    You know I follow you ;o) Sorry, not on Facebook or twitter ;o)
    I like all Eloira's crafty pieces ;o) But, this one caught my eye ;o)
    Azure Moon Goddess/ Quartz Crystal Pendulum Divination / Answer Board Set
    I follow your fiction site ;o)
    Hugs ;o)

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    1. I suspected you'd fall for the crystals, lol!

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    2. Thank you so very much. That Azure coloring always brings a smile.

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  17. Elliora and I were working on a custome atheme for me but unfortunately the money ran out :( She does beautiful custom work ~ note also did all the other requests ~ I have a higher following on Twitter than FB for thngs of this nature ;)

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    1. Thanks, Candy. I will be here whenever you are ready to work on the Athame again :)

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    2. I find myself wanting everything she makes, so sometimes the money runs out. In a way it gives me the perfect excuse to really think about what I want and put it together in the best way possible.

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  18. Oh and as far as charms go that would be the pentacle and crystals ~ lovely

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  19. You know me Magally, I always love Sharing Lorelei Eliora Work on Confessions of Crafty Witches

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    1. Her work sparkles in such a way that we can't help ourselves. Thanks a bunch for sharing!

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    2. DAW is a real "Share Warrior" Thank you !

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  20. Such pretties! I love Eliora's work. I follow her on Facebook. Mmmmm....one thing.....difficult, but I think I would chose the leather & chain on the blade's handle. I imagined how wonderful it would feel as soon as I saw the pic. After that I would choose the red & black color theme. I have 3 renfaire costumes and they are all red & black!

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    1. You are sooo right, Shelley, the handle feels glorious; lovey grip. And it sparkles. ;-D And what's not to love about red and black, right?

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    2. Thank you, Shelly. There is something very assertive about wrapping the handles in Suede and Chain.

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  21. I LOVE all of your gifts, or anything by Eliora is amazing, imho. However, yoyr blade was the one that captured my heart. I follow both The Moriggan and Brigit, so the combination of colours and charms just had me entranced. I hope to get something from her shop for my 40th birthday in October. Many blessings to yourself and Eliora!

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    1. And her Morrigan earrings have almist been made with me in mind - change the colours to blue and silver or black and she looked into my heart for a piece of jewelry I would try to wear daily. Now to go hack to her site and dream a matching necklace....

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    2. Eliora knows how to give people what they like. She pays attention and her energy flows in what she makes. I can't look at anything she creates without grinning like a happy fool.

      I hope you get something wonderful for your 40th! And best of luck for this one. ;-)

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    3. Thank you Fire Rose. A Coordinating necklace will be here soon.

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  22. The polka dotted hearts grab me, my mom has always called me ladybug and that's what they remind me of. I kept scrolling back to look at them :)

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    1. Jessica - those dotty hearts were such fun to work with. The vendor they came from creates them with fire and glass - how appropriate for Magaly.

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  23. I love the feather, not sure why I just really like feather charms and earrings and such. I think it is the spirit of a Native American that I was in the past or something, always been drawn to stuff like that. I love Eliora's spell bottles and her boxes and her earrings lol! Shared on FB under Bo N Tami Shurling https://www.facebook.com/shurling.tami and Twitter here https://twitter.com/AngelwolfPhoto and subscribed to both pages under my email :) Great giveaway! Looking forward to reading your blogs!

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    1. Feathers are such magical things. What's not to like!

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    2. Yes - lots of feathers!

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  24. I was really drawn to the black stone used on the athame. It looks like onyx but what really grabs my attention is its square shape set against so many other items that are circular or extreme points. I have a thing for onyx (even ordered my class ring in it during high school.

    I actually came over to look because of Eliora. I tell my husband all the time I want her Loki Athame. The color combination in its charms draw me more than anything even though I'm not a big gold person. I am a lover of greens though.

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    1. Our dear Eliora crafts great work. I suspect I will get Moon Goddess and Dark Goddess athames from her. I love the idea of having red, black and white with an edge. ;-)

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    2. Tiffany - I use both Onyx and Black Obsidian quite a bit. The stone in Magaly's Athame is an Obsidian, the one in the charm clip is Onyx.

      I am happy to hear you like the Loki - I love the Green/Black/Gold color combination.

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  25. I love the two hearts. Hearts represent love to me and there is nothing more magnificent.

    Shared on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eugenie.wu.1/posts/774880912535699
    Shared on twitter: https://twitter.com/wizardewu/status/471344843755905024

    I love the Black and Amethyst / Faerie and Feather Ear Cuff on Eliora. Amethyst is my birthstone so I love all things amethyst.

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    1. Aren't those hearts just precious! And the feel wonderful to the touch, too. ;-)

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    2. Thank you, wizardewu. I just had to use those hearts for Magaly - all black and red and polka-dotty.

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  26. Wauw, that's a hard question to answer, since they are all amazing and represent different things. So depending on my mood I would have a preference for different ones. But if you reaaaaaaly twist my arm... Then i'd go with the skull. I just think it looks so cool with the gears inside it and it sort of represents what's usually going in inside my head :)
    All the stuff on your blog is amazing by the way!!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. That skull is such a flirt!

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  27. Sorry for the previous delete, I saw some spelling mistakes and I couldn't edit :) So I just rather start over.

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    1. No worries; I have done it plenty of times. I deleted them for good!

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  28. I love the blade and if I had to pick a charm besides the blade itself I would say the Raven stone attached to it. It caught my eye and then I saw the blade in the next pic...amazing!!!

    I am now following on FB and twitter, shared on my FB, joined your page with my email (angel21901@yahoo.com and commented at Elorias page! That shhould give me the max entries!



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    1. That raven is darling: all dark and shiny. And it feels sooo smooth... ;-)

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  29. My favorite is the raven, I'm just amazed you found one, Eliora! I also am partial to the crabapple, as I have one growing in my yard. And the feather. Please consider this my entry, and merry meet!

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    1. She can find anything, Fancy! I've no idea how she does it.

      By the way, I'm totally jealous of the crabapple in your yard! One day, I'll have one... ;-)

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  30. I could lie down and die of happiness right now!! I went to the Etsy store and added it to my favs, and what did I see on page one??? Something that didn't cry out to me, but whispered.......here, here I am! The Mother Witch Pentacle and Heart Pendant necklace (with a red cord, of course)!!!! I cannot believe my eyes!!! I need this so desperately now because MY heart EXPLODED with joy when I saw this!!!! I lost my love, my soul mate, my husband, at age 49 to cancer, and have just now come to embrace being a single mom, and witch. How better to celebrate my sense of self, my love of being a mother, a 52 year old mother of 3 children, the youngest being 9. I understand it costs more than the prize, but if I win, I will pay the difference. I do not have much money, but, my wonderful life makes up for that. So, I did all you asked above, and will now wait, if it was meant to be, it will happen :)

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    1. Maybe it is meant to be for later? Eliora has a giveaway going every month through Facebook. You should probably stay tuned!

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  31. The skull with the gears makes me think of you and how your mind is always clicking away at some story...

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    1. Now you know why I got it. ;-D

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  32. All of your gifts are so amazing and beautiful, what a blessing from your friends! What drew me the most was the hammer on your clip. I do love the steampunk skull, but the hammer reminds me that we can always break out of any situation! Happy anniversary of the day of your birth & blessings that your year be filled with love, laughter, family and friends!

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    1. The hammer is my symbol of power: "It builds and it breaks." Perfect.

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  33. I really like the clip. I like the polka dotted hearts (love polka dots!) and I like the idea that you can clip it wherever you want...kind of interchangable as the mood strikes. Also: steampunky skull!!!

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