Friday, September 24, 2010

My contribution for the Practical Magic party...part 1

I remembered post were due tomorrow... And felt like a bad student forgetting his homework! So I started thinking of what I could post about.

I LOVED that movie, like pretty much every witch around. When I first rented it (VHS, please!) I've listened to it over and over and over again until my 24h were done. The gorgeous house, the spells, the characters...I was around 11 when I first listen to it (if I remember right...) How I wished I had such powers, such cool aunts... and a sister to rely on! From that day on, pretty much all the characters I drew had mismatching eyes. I usually drew myself with one eye green, one eye brown (I have peers eye that vary between those 2 colours).
One of my favourite scene is when the sisters are young, and they are learning magic with their aunts, dressed as angel.

I expected people to share recipes of margaritas and their version of the love spell. I wanted to share something different. I thought about making angel wings (I easily see Mariann in those!) but I didn't have enough feathers... So what else? The spellbook amazed me.. But I don't want to just show you my BOS (there's nothing much to see, anyway) But I've handbounded mine, and thought about that mini one I did (the ones I sell in my etsy). So here you go:

Mini spellbooks CUSTOM

Pocket Hand bound Spellbook tutorial!

You need:
-Various stickers, bits of plants, watercolor, pencils... to make something interesting inside it when you're done

First you cut you paper. My rectangles for this one were about 2x3".
By group of 6, I've ply them.

Until I had a nice bunch. 6 this time.

Enter you needle on the back of the first bunch. Stitch in and out, and knot on the back.

Enter the next bunch, knot in front, repeat. It'll make a kind of accordion. Close your pages and gather so that the backs are all together. Knot at the end.

Pass your needle in the thread from bottom to up. Enter back of the last bunch and knot.

As for the cover part... to be continued!

Practical Magic Blog Party

please join the fun! And hello everyone coming from there!

update: part 2 is here!


  1. Oh, I love those. Thinking about making some for friends as christmas presents... maybe a bit larger, but that'S a great idea! Looking forward to the next part, and thanks for sharing!

  2. Lovely! I still don't have my post up for the party yet. I got up early to try. :) Thank you for your nice comments about my son. He's very excited about the baby.

  3. great tutorial i'm thinking of doing one for christmas also a little larger. thanks for sharing.

  4. This is great! What a wonderful post and I love the mini grimoire tutorial!

    If you'd like to stop by my Practical Magic Party, it's:

    Have a magical day!

  5. Thank you for your 'Practical Magic Party' post! I am so disappointed in those blogs, which signed up, and failed to participate. -pout-

    Gentle hugs,
    "Sweet Aunt Bridget" for the day

  6. wonderful thank you for sharing
    blessed be oxoxo

  7. Thank you for sharing that! That little book is adorable! Can't wait to see the second part!

  8. What a charming little spellbook! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy the blog party!

    ~Carol :)

  9. Great blog, I am now a follower. I think one of my favorite parts of blog crawls to find new blogs.

    Stop by and visit for a magical giveaway

  10. What a FABULOUS tutorial! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful Practical Magic post. :)

    Feel free to fly by and visit with me:

    Sincerely, Theresa

  11. Oooooo pocket spellbook, and how to make one, I LOVE this! So awsome and original. I must make one for myself, you have enspired me!
    My link is not up yet but feel free to visit me at

  12. I'm enjoying the tutorial so far, Andréann! Your idea for a mini spell book is fabulous! I can't wait to see part 2. xo

  13. Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial! I always have the covers down but doing the insides escapes me.
    Stop over and say hello!

  14. MOST EXCELLENT! Thank You for this great tutorial.

  15. Nice tutorial...and just the right size to go with a bear!

    Have a magical day, Kelly

  16. I love the little spell book. Very fun and clever.

  17. Cool tutorial! Thanks for sharing it!

    Fly by and see us at

    Bright blessings

  18. Love your blog and thanks for the tutorial it sounds easy...but I'm sure it's a lot of work...I love a challenge :D

    Bright blessings,

  19. I love your pocket book , so sweet.... I'm loving checking out all of the party blocks

  20. your party post is delightful and I really loved your tutorial on making mini books. Thank you for sharing.

    Brightest Blessings,

  21. I am so excited that you did a tutorial. I cannot wait to go and make it. One of my twins, absolutely is in love with tiny little books. He was trying to make his own spell book while I was working on mine. So I am going to let him work through this tutorial with me.
    Spells and wishes,
    Wendy from Wonderland

  22. I am not 100% sure I get this or not, but I'll be back for round 2 :)

    Thanks for taking the time to do a tutorial and share with us.

  23. I love following your blog! You are so very talented! I also love the pictures of your little ones!

  24. As I read your post, I tried to imagine what it would have been like to see the movie the first time as a child. (I had already been married a few years when it came out.) I bet it was quite enchanting, and can certainly see wishing for such aunts as the movie portrayed.

    You are so nice to include your tutorial for us. I know how much work you had to put into getting the photos done ontop of actually creating your lovely journal. Such tiny, little signatures too! I really have to try creating one that small sometime.

    faith, trust, and faerie dust!

  25. What a lovely idea -- thanks for sharing! :)

    -- Birgit

  26. Fun tutorial, thanks for sharing. And like Kelly said above, that looks like just the perfect size for a bear. I'm wondering if Amabilis, that I made for the party, would like one...

  27. What a wonderful post! Love all your wicked delights! I hope you'll come "fly" over to my blog and see what I have been brewing!

  28. A really nice tutorial,the book is gorgeous!I made one for Etsy to go with my Treasure Chest but never went into so much work like you,really quite lovely. Thanks for sharing,your very talented.

    Annabelle * *
    * * ~^..^~ * *

  29. Darn! This is cute as can be. I can't wait to try it. Come by my place to share an icy concoction when you have a chance!

  30. Thank you so much for participating !!! Your miniature spell book is adorable !!! What a creative idea !! I can't wait to see the To be continued part! It's so interesting seeing everyone's take on the movie !

  31. such a great post the little book is just so cute, im going to give it a go :)

    fly on over and check mine out if you wish :)


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