Saturday, October 10, 2015

October 10: Craftacular Saturday!

Welcome to the Saturday Craft-tacutlar!


As part of our Samhain celebration we have asked some of our more crafty Sirens to put together some step by step instructions to lure your creative side out of the waters.  Our second trip into the deep is with a wonderful tutorial from Tk for Magikal Floor Sweeps.  

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Tk’s Tutorial for Magikal Floor Sweeps


Salutations everyone It’s time for another fun filled tutorial from yours truly “The Accidental Kitchen Witch” This year I’ve decided to do another fun how to on how to make your own Floor sweeps.

Let us begin at the beginning. (he he) Okay my Witches, A floor sweep is kinda of a spin off of the hoodoo practice of floor washing (another fascinating practice that’s super easy to incorporate in your daily cleaning routine).  Floor sweeps normally have one of three base ingredients instead of water that a floor wash recipe uses. Which makes oodles of sense cause you can’t sweep water. (giggles)

Anywho, The three typical bases found in most recipes are Sea salt, baking Soda, or Cornmeal. Now that doesn’t mean you can’t use other things you have in the house it’s just these main 3 are awesome binders and are easy to sweep up while offering up their own potent power to the blend your crafting.

Now There are as many types of floor sweeps recipes as there are stars in the sky so rather than making this tutorial its own novel, I’m going to concentrate on 2 kinds here, a Cleansing or Banishing sweep and a Drawing or Come To Me sweep. The super awesome thing about these are they are super easy to convert into use for carpets too! Baking soda is an awesome natural deodorizer and won’t stain your carpets!




Cleansing or Banishing Sweep (or carpet dust) 
Ingredients/ Supplies:
Large bowl (preferably glass)
Wooden spoon for mixing
Mortar and pestle 
Baking soda
Sea Salt
Rosemary 
Bay leaves
Sage
Rue 
Pepper/Red Pepper Flakes
Jar or container for storage
***So as in most things in kitchen witchery, there are not exact measurements, the ingredients here are more like a 1:1 ratio. But if you feel like adding more of a certain herb  go for it!***
Alrighty folks here’s the fun part!
Step 1:
(besides gather up all the stuff you’ll be using)
Using your mortar and pestle, ground your herbs down to a fine power….Or not it’s totally up to you!
 ( I Do suggest if your going to use this on carpets that you make everything as fine as a powder as possible. That way it’s easy peasy to vacuum up!)
Step 2
Mix equal parts of your herbs, baking soda, and sea salt using a 1:1 ratio using your wooden spoon
Step 3
Jar your awesome new banishing floor sweep powder up for use!
Step 4
Sprinkle liberally all over the room or carpeted area you wish to cleanse or banish something icky from.  Now it’s very important here that you follow this next part! Start in the middle of the room or house and work your way out to the walls or the perimeter of the area your working in.  This step is because by starting in the middle of the house and working your way out pushes negativity and whatever your banishing away from you and out of the house. Once you sprinkled your mixture down you can wait as long as you want or sweep or vacuum up right away, It’s totally your call! Now again remember when your banishing or cleaning start in the middle and work your way out!
Step 5
Bask in your clean house or space!
Step 6
Bury the sweepings or add them to your fire pit. You do not just want to throw them away. They’ve collected all the icky energy you’ve removed and you do not want that just hanging around.
And that people is how you make a Niffy Cleansing or Banishing Sweep!
****A note here about using Corn meal as a base verus Baking soda. Corn meal is normally only used for bringing things you desire to you or your home. Corn meal signifies prosperity and growth. That being said it’s not really ideal for removing things from your life like baking soda is .
Now on,  A Drawing or Come to Me Recipe!
Using this base formula   (Herbs 1:1)+  (Base ingredient) you can custom make a sweep to whatever your need is However just to show you another recipe that uses cornmeal for a base here is another recipe for a Good Fortune Come my way blend. 




Good Fortune Head My Way Blend
Ingredients/ Supplies:
Large bowl (preferably glass)
Wooden spoon for mixing
Mortar and pestle 
Corn Meal
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Allspice
Calendula
Rose petals
Lavender  
Mint
Jar or container for storage
***So as in most things in kitchen witchery, there are not exact measurements, the ingredients here are more like a 1:1 ratio. But if you feel like adding more of a certain herb  go for it!***

Step 1:
(besides gather up all the stuff you’ll be using)
Using your mortar and pestle, ground your herbs down to a fine power….Or not it’s totally up to you!
 ( I Do suggest if your going to use this on carpets that you make everything as fine as a powder as possible. That way it’s easy peasy to vacuum up!)
Step 2
Mix equal parts of your herbs and spices, Corn meal using a 1:1 ratio using your wooden spoon
Step 3
Jar your awesome concoction up for use!
Step 4
Sprinkle liberally all over the room or carpeted area. Now it’s very important here that you follow this next part! In the 1st recipe you were told to start in the middle and work your way out, This time because your trying to draw good fortune to you. You need to start and the perimeter and work your way into the middle. Once you sprinkled your mixture down you can wait as long as you want or sweep or vacuum up right away, It’s totally your call! Now again remember to work your way into the center of the space starting from the perimeter. The last thing you want to do is tell the universe you want to send money away from you!
Step 5
Bask in your clean house or space!
Step 6
These sweepings are okay to have stick around for a bit but your better off burying them or deposing of them once your done.



So there you go! Two awesome recipes to get you started! 

12 comments:

  1. Awesome! Seems I have 'someone' visiting my home and now my son is upset. He sees this someone every now and then and it scares him. It seems my youngest has received the 'gift' that has been passed down in the family. I have 'seen' this someone and have asked them to leave and why. I will have to do this soon anyways, been a while since I have done another type of cleaning. Thank you!

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    1. You should let him help you make the blend! And what kid doesn't love making messes! (Aka sprinkling your mixture all over the place). My daughter used to have "friends" come over ans shed play and talk to them. I had to teach her to tell them to go away when they started to bother her.

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  3. Love this!! I will so be making up some of each!

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  4. Thank you, this is wonderful! cmplaxco@gmail.com

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  5. These are wonderful! I am going to mix up a batch of both this weekend.

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  6. With enough sea salt the banishing mix could be left down for a week to banish fleas as well! I do love multi-purpose things :)

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    1. True! Sometimes I add DE earth to it because it kills fleas and silverfish.....who are neither silver or fishy

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