Witch Favorites: January 2018
Can you believe how the time is flying, samplings? We’re already at the end of January. So it’s time for another monthly round up of witch favorites.
Mary and the Witch’s Flower
I consider Studio Ponoc to be Studio Ghibli in all but name. And Mary and the Witch’s flower is a beautiful addition to the Ghibli legacy. This movie is based on the book The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, and reminds me of a mixture of My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.
The basic premise is that a young girl named Mary finds a curious flower in the forest, called the Fly by Night, and a mysterious little broom. The flower gives her magic powers, and makes her a witch, but only for one night.
The supernatural elements are set against a background plot of Mary’s mundane life. She’s just moved in with her Great Aunt Charlotte while her parents are abroad. And Mary is bored. And lonely. There are no other children around, and school doesn’t start for at least a week. Mary dislikes her frizzy red hair. It’s all too familiar for anyone who has ever moved somewhere new, ever wished for excitement, or ever been ten years old.
I highly recommend this movie, and will be adding it to my collection when it comes out on DVD.
Art Magic with Molly Roberts
If you’ve been reading this blog, you’re probably getting tired of me gushing about Molly’s newest digital book. So I’ll keep it brief. Art and Magic. Magic and Art. They are intertwined. Magic is Art, and Art is Magic. For someone who loves art supplies, craft supplies, and magic supplies, this is all the encouragement I need. My sketchbooks are ready. I’ll be posting some of my art magic on Instagram. Do you guys think I should put it under my personal account or CedarCopse account?
The Milkcap Arcana
Children of the 1990s, rejoice. Get ready. Are you sitting down? It’s pogs. It’s divination pogs. And, yes, there is a slammer. Yes, you do slam the pogs. And, yes, that’s how you divine with this set. It’s available on etsy and you should absolutely buy it. For details on this set, please read my ‘Divine with Me’ entry for January 2018.
The guide that comes with this set is an origami cootie-catcher—again, straight out of the 1990s. While I bought one set for myself, I also secured one set for my friend. Even if you don’t want to use this set, it’s absolutely a one-of-a-kind set with considerable value as a collector’s piece. But, it’s so fun that I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to use it.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post. And if you have, please let me know what your witchy favorites for January 2018 were in the comments below. If you liked this post, please consider reading my other monthly favorite posts on this blog.