In my home I like my things to serve many purposes.So when I set my hand to crafting something for an Alter or a table I stay true to my nature.I love the Autumn season .With its chillier nights ,colors and smells ,you can feel the witchy energy flowing.I created this centerpiece to grace my home and honor Mabon,Samhain and the Autumn season.
It measures 15" across and is 12" in height so it needs space . Lol you cant really see this but its made in a shallow leaf shaped basket that has legs so the arrangement sits about 2 inches off the table.Dried flowers are fragile so they're safer cradled in the basket a few inches above it all.
I started by gluing a 6 inch wreath form into the bottom of the basket so my arrangement was secure.This gave me a frame to work with and something to hold my candle vase securely in place once it was finished . I'm honoring second harvest , third harvest ,along with Autumn and Thanksgiving , what a task! It needs to invoke all the magics of those special days and blend with the changing themes that come with them. Only the best blossoms from my garden will do for this! So out come my boxes ,bundles and bags ,the search is on. After a frenzy of pulling in boxes my choices were finally made ........
Oak leaves were first on as the bottom layer . (because the leaves are large & sturdy)
Then came big drifts of Hydrangea .
The next "layer "was Lavender , Golden Rod ,Moss and Yarrow,these filled in the spaces and looked great while lending their powers to my mix.

I topped it off with fragrant heads of Basil .(to appease the fairies) Roses of all colors, Echinacea cones and the star like seed pods of Columbine.Yumm it smells divine!

To light this candle is to invoke happiness,comfort,love,protection and abundance.Not to mention how happy you make the fairies .And face it your headed into Samhain with fairies in the house you want them happy! So at last the basket is finished and my living-room is a wreck!But my centerpiece ....Tis perfect for a Mabon /Samhain alter and makes a lovely centerpiece for the holiday table ;)

Basil – exorcism, love, protection, prosperity, wealth

Columbine – courage, love

Goldenrod – prosperity, money, divination

Hydrangea – invokes magic ,breaks hexes

Moss – luck, money

Oak – protection, health, money, healing, potency, fertility, luck

Yarrow – healing, divination, exorcism, protection, courage, love, psychic powers

Rose – beauty, protection, purification, love, psychic powers, healing,
divination, peace

Lavender – protection, call in good spirits,
love, sleep, longevity, purification, happiness, peace, healing

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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