Twinkling lights and birdling flights, candles flickering and a scent, a scent so intense and delicious, it exquisitely delights! There is a party in the woods, I can see it from here. Let's follow a path through the trees, to where a warm glow draws us in, to a place of magical merriment!
I hear music, do you?
I smell something lovely too...
What is that decadent aroma? I am entranced! It is like the fragrance of golden cake baking, and bubbling rose sauce. Or is it warm caramel, and apples? It is unlike anything I have ever smelled........
Wait, what is this?
A note left for us?
"Beware of the old woman in the woods?"
I don't think we have anything to worry about, do you???
Oh look loooook, we are drawing near!
What is this place? Oh dear, oh dear, what excitement!
A little stove, warm and precious!
With goodies baking!
Yes yes, I knew my nose was not playing tricks on me.
The scent of roses, but more than just that. I have smelled this scent once before, as a child. My grandmother said someone was conjuring a love spell, and I should pinch my nose. But how can we? It is too delicious, I am mesmerized...
You can smell it too, can't you? It is sweet like honey, with a tinge of rose dew...
Oh and, a pot of tea, waiting for you and me.
I wonder if it is okay to sip? I can't see anyone around, and would hate to infringe. What shall we do? Shall we enjoy a cup? Or run as fast, as fast can be?
I think we should stay at this marvelous party in the woods. It is almost like we have entered Hansel and Gretel's world. Don't you think?
Oh! Ambrosial scrumptiousnessssss, I am fainting at this sight!
Caramel apples, baked to perfection!
And wee cakes, soft and warm...
Let's have some! I simply can not contain myself. Let's dance and nibble, and we can leave golden coins as payment.
What's that you say?
You think we should be polite and wait?
But but, are you not entranced, as I am?
I must bite into another one.... Mmmmmmmmm..... warm... cake...
Candy crunch and tempting swirls...
Glowing stars, star light, star bright!
I twirl, eating my cake, as I look up at the sparkly stars..
Oh look, a table set, just for us...
Would you like some green potion?
You aren't scared, are you?
Oh my gooooodnessss!
I had gotten so carried away, I had not noticed the signs!
It seems that we have come upon a fortune teller's party!
The autumn air feels like bliss, and the colors around us, sail me away in a dream-like mist...
Spells & Incantations!
Oh me, oh my...
But where could this fortune teller be?
Has she transformed herself into a bird or a flower?
Is she watching us, as we peek into her fairy bower?
Pumpkins, and marigolds, and every spell under the moon!
I think she is more than a fortune teller, don't you?
I hope she is kind, and not cross that we nibbled some of her treats, and delighted in swaying and dancing in her woodland retreat...
What treasures, what curiosities. I don't even know where to look...
Oooooo, is that a spell book?
And such shades of marigolds, saffron, lemon and golden squash. I certainly would like to buy a few, wouldn't you?
And look, a skull.
Ooooo, spooky, I'd say.
With flower garlands, blessed in bombay!
I feel myself falling.
Is this a trap?
Filled with edible treats and treasures divine?
Have you been entranced too?
Tea leaf readings, oh my, oh me!
And amulets, oh amulets! I'd like to buy two or three.
And amber and rubies!!
And and and...
Did you notice, it is getting darker? Perhaps we should move along? But this party is smashing, and most glorious fun!
Let's lose ourselves in fall's pleasures, here take another candy apple, but give me a bite first...
I am going to stand by the warm stove, while I munch and dream...
Although, the roses are dangerous, the scent is making me feel so in love. It really must be a love spell brewing!
Perhaps I should do as granny said when I was a young girl, and pinch my nose? I can see love floating in the air, can you?
What a marvelous time I am having. It's just like a Halloween dream...
The sun is fading as fast as can be, and the cerulean sky is glowing through the trees...
Oh my goooodnesss!
I heard something.
Like the crunching of leaves, and a tune like wind blowing through rickety eaves.
Hide, quick, go go go, hide behind the trees...
I think maybe, we had too much fun!
What did that note say again? The one we decided to overlook? Beware of who???
Oh me, oh my! Who is that??
My knees are knocking.
What was that? What did she say? She is looking down, but I think she said she can see us??? Eeeeeeeeeee!!!
I think she said....
"Come out of the darkness, and have some sweets my pretties..."
Why are we scared? She doesn't seem mean, she is offering us sweets. It looks like a new batch of goodies appeared out of nowhere.
"Go on, take one," she says...
O, o, okay....
Thank you Ma'am....
You take one too... Go on...
The cake she gave me is unlike anything I have ever beheld. It has roses and vines growing right out of the center. I must taste it, I can not resist...
There is no description on earth, for this delicious specimen...
Before I can blink, she is offering jewels and fortune tales, as well....
Come with me, inside, she softly sings...
A fortune, for you and for your friends...
She caresses her crystal ball. Talking to it as if it was her pet...
I can't help but look around in sheer amazement at her caravan, and all the trinkets she has collected...
She snaps her fingers...
I look up, and she rubs some oil on my wrists, from an emerald bottle...
"Now you and your friends, make a wish," she says...
Anything you would like, anything at all.....
She wants us to close our eyes and make our wish...
Okay, let's do it now..
On, 1, 2, & 3.....
I see great frolic, gaiety and revelry!!! she cackles.
But you must leave here at once, before I turn you, like everyone else, into a tree branch or a trinket!!!!
I run, and trip and tumble...
You drop your bag of loot, and rip your gown on a candelabra.
We run as fast as we can, into the woods, and turn for one last glimpse...
Then, just like that, the old woman's festivities through the trees, become a tale, a dream...
And vanish, into the autumn breeze....
A memory, written in the leaves!
Haaaapy Haaaapy Haaaaapy Halloween Madness 2010!!
Let the parties continue!!
On my way to your soirée, as soon as I wake up, on Saturday!
Update: Saturday, 10:34 a.m.
Hi friends and heloooo! I am here, I am here, hooooray!!
What wonderful partiers and spirits a flutter! I have completed most of my chores this morning (post office trip etc.), and am here to play! I have conjured my most wicked self, albeit kind too ;), don't worry...
I am doused in glitter and sparkles, my favorite, I must say.
I hope you are in costume too?
Please tell me this is true ;)
I am sipping something warm, and I must confess, munching a caramel apple for breakfast.
I am two bites in...YUMM!
I am jumping on my broom, and making visits all day and night. I'll be there, I promise, I am currently in flight ;)
Update: 11:32 p.m.
Hi friends! What a wonderful day I had visiting you! Thank you for all of your hard work and participation! I am blown away at your photos, and tales, recipes and videos, vignettes, and art and all the treasures and collections so many of you have shared!
I am so tired I could faint. And I will, in about 5 minutes. I visited everyone who left me their link in this post today (Oct.16th). If you have not added your link in comments, that's okay, I can visit you tomorrow.
I am an exhausted happy Halloween infused girl! ♥
Update Sunday October 17th, 6:48 p.m.
THANK YOU for all of the fun!!! It was unreal!!Truly!
I am officially hopping off the party trail ;)
Hope to see you for our 4th annual Halloween Extravaganza next year!!
You all shared so much magic. It was wonderful!
♥ Much Love, V ♥
ps: Pretty pretty please, if you are hosting your own party, leave your actual party post link in comments. The comments will serve as an archive of all of your parties. I will also visit you through your comment link. Thanks so much! ♥
pss: I will draw 3 names next week, for a giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to enter. The items are, (in order of names drawn):
1) A Spells, Herbs Miracles and Magic Poster as seen in my shop, as well as some extra goodies.
2) My Fortune Teller Poster that you see in this post, which I designed for the event, plus extra goodies.
3) A surprise parcel of some of my cards and stickers, & other lil' treats.