Saturday, September 25, 2010

Practical Magic Blog Partying!

 
"Oh, I've been looking for that. That's his, um, party trick! Right, Sal?"

I will always wonder how they got a toad to cough up a ring in the movie. But I also enjoyed the use of toads throughout the story. In dream interpretation, toads represent death, rebirth and the transformation between them. In European mythology, toads were believed to house a "toadstone" in their skulls. Toadstones were thought to cure poison and heal epilepsy. The toad is also typically depicted as a witch's familiar and a symbol of the devil.

It will always make me smile that in Practical Magic, the toad is not depicted as evil or good, but rather an important mess anger of the realm of death. When it coughs up Jimmy Angelove's ring it's introducing the first physical contact Jimmy has with the living world - thus making it very clear that death is not the end or something to be toyed with.

I came up with this little guy after my Saguaro pancake experiment went awry.The original pattern had him as one piece, but I switched it up a bit and hinged the mouth from the body, gave him a red mouth, and sewed in a secret pouch in the mouth. Now it's my very own Practical Magic frog!



In celebration of the Practical Magic Blog Party, and over 50 followers, I'm hosting my first giveaway! If you'd like a jewellery toad for your very own self, here's the drill:

One point each:
 - Leave a comment on this entry
 - Blog about the giveaway
 - Follow me on Google or Facebook

The winner will be announced in two weeks on October 9, 2010.
 
And check out the other PMBP sites. There are a few people with some darn yummy looking recipes for Midnight Margaritas!

34 comments:

Sara said...

Love that frog!! What a cute idea.

Melz said...

I love it! I love anything that has a "hiding spot", but this frog is absolutely adorable!!

jasmoon-butterfly said...

blessings for Mabon and merry meet magic blogger )O(
Beautiful blog...full of yummy magic, thank you for sharing
love & light
Trace oxo

Leathra said...

I think he is a toad. He doesn't seem to need a moist habitat to survive. :)

Melz said...

I do have to agree with you Leathra...He must be a toad :)
I take back the frog statement and hope I didn't offend him, LOL

Faerie Moon Creations said...

That is TOO fun! How fitting - and so adorable. :)

Please feel free to come and visit with me:

http://faeriemooncreations.blogspot.com/2010/09/because-theres-little-witch-in-every.html

Sincerely,
Theresa

Faerie Sage said...

This is fabulous! Completely awsome and the most original Practical Magic Post I have seen! I love this little guy!


My link has not been added yet but feel free to stop by at
faeriesagekitchen.blogspot.com

Scrap Vamp said...

OMGosh! I love that frog! So cute and enchanting! Thank you for having me over to your blog party!

Penny said...

Awe, He is so cute. He doesn't happen to be a prince does He?

Hope your having a good party day.


Brightest Blessings,
Penny

Shaiha said...

What a unique idea! Please enter me in your drawing.


Stop by and visit for a magical giveaway

http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/2010/09/practical-magic-blog-party.html

Margot said...

Absolutely inspired! Love your idea. I don't have a blog, but I'm just following along for fun.

Diandra said...

He's so cute! Did you make him yourself?

(Sorry, but anyone inventive enough to put a piece of jewellery in his mouth is supposed to be male. Discriminating, I know. *g*)

Wendy said...

Mr. Toad is absolutely enchanting. How wonderful. thanks for the giveaway opportunities.
fly by for more magical fun and giveaways
Spells and Wishes,
Wendy from Wonderland

http://candydelane.typepad.com/curiosities/2010/09/practical-magic-party-2010.html

Healing Woman said...

Lovely giveaway and blog posting!

jasperandblue said...

great toad..... he's cute.

Aimee Jeffries said...

He's great! I love your music list too :)

Katy Cameron said...

Oh what a fab creation, thanks for sharing with us party goers

Lisa said...

How fun and creative!!! Of course, I love the frog. (I'm Groggy Froggy) :)

Sparkster said...

What a cutie! I've never crocheted one of them before. And a pretty sparkly hiding in his mouth too. I enjoyed your explanation of the usage, beliefs, and representations of them in history.

faith, trust, and faerie dust!

http://fortheloveofcreativity.blogspot.com

Birgit said...

A jewelry toad -- now that's what I call VERY creative! Thanks for the chance of giving the little guy a new home. :)

-- Birgit

Elysian Field Originals said...

Love your toadie!!! Very cool idea! Thanks for visiting me.

J.Moehring said...

ok, I don't usually enter giveaways due to my terrible luck.. BUT!!! He's BEAUTIFUL!!! And therefore I wish to win one! XP Now to hunt you down on facebook in order to stalk for it!!

biwibu said...

He's the cutest toad ever! I would put a toy fly or spider in his mouth for Halloween!

Annabelle said...

Cute toad and he had the ring all along that I was looking for my DD OF "Midnight Margaritas".....hehe!
Lovely work,had a good visit here.
Annabelle * *
* * ~^..^~ * *

Plumrose Lane said...

Oh he's darling! Happy to have found you and delighted to be a new Follower!
♥Sharon

Kally83 said...

Super, super, super cute!!! I think I'm in love!
Congrats on 50+ followers!! I always look forward to your posts :)

I blogged about your giveaway at:
http://kally83.blogspot.com/2010/09/check-this-out.html

Susan said...

great post! Love the frog. Please do not put my name in for the draw, as we are cleaning up and out our house to get ready to list and downsize.

Thanks again for sharing :)

peace,
Susan

Spellbound In Salem said...

I LOVE your post about toads, very cool. And your little guy is adorable, great work.

Incipient Wings said...

He's so cute!!!!
great post.

Elizabeth Barczynski said...

I really enjoyed the whimsy of your froggy. Pretty darn cute :)

beverly said...

Sign me up... that frog is tooo cute!

Kelli Bear Haven said...

I am just like you and enjoyed the toad too. He was my favorite and I loved how they stayed by the rose bush. I would love to win Mr. Toad.

Samantha Marshall said...

Fantastic post-I love your toad!!!

Chris in the Emerald City said...

Ooo oooo ooooo, pick me pick me pick me!!! That is the cutest thing! I added a button to your giveaway on my blog!

Peace,
Chris...............