Oct 30, 2013

Blessings of Samhain to You

though autumn filled her days
and nights
she became a nest of new life for Samhain


a bit of information about Samhain:

*this year it is celebrated from  
sunset on October 31 to sunset on November 1, almost halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice.

*It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh.

*It's considered a liminal time, when the veil between life and death grows thin. 

*Samhain is pronounced "sah-win" or "sow-in."

*it is one of the original festivals behind the holiday we know as Halloween

*As it was believed that faeries, witches, and demons roamed the earth on Samhain, food and drink were customarily set out to placate them. Later on, people began dressing up as these creatures and claiming the goodies for themselves, sometimes performing antics or tricks in exchange for food and drink. 

 above info taken from a
wonderful article about Samhain found here: Huffington Post

 Wonderful Halloween
All Hallows Eve
to one and all!



  1. I adore this painting--I LOVE the nest in her hair--may I use this idea? I feel so inspired. (grin)

    This piece fills my eyes to the brim, dear Tammie. I also loved hearing the history behind the holiday. I'd never heard that before. It is one of the less sinister stories of Halloween history.

    Have a lovely lovely week, my Friend!

  2. Beautiful, a blessing for certain -- thank you Tammie -- and blessings in return. Hope it has warmed up a little bit for you!

  3. She's beautiful! And I love the info you passed on. Very interesting :)

  4. She's beautiful!
    Greetings, RW & SK

  5. Bonjour,

    Une belle manière que de lui faire honneur... Une superbe illustration...
    Je te souhaite une très belle fête d'halloween avec de gros bisous.

  6. Oh she is Beautiful. I love the moon behind her as well as the lovely nest of eggs in her hair!!

  7. how beautiful, the twigs delicately woven into a hairdo,becoming a nest and lovely blues.
    congratulations with your new grandson Tammie Lee, these are happy times, xx

  8. how magical!

    Thank you

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

  9. Happy Halloween! Beautiful painting as always :))

  10. Anonymous10/31/2013

    Samhain Blessings to you as well, Dear Tammie!

    & warm congratulations on becoming a Grandmama - what a lucky little fellow to have someone as magical & generous as you in his life.

  11. Oh, she is so beautiful. What a lovely, lovely expression for this holy day!

  12. Wonderful piece Tammy- and I love the info too- as I didn't really have it all together :)

    the idea of becoming a nest is very poetic!

  13. Anonymous10/31/2013

    Very nice, and I just love the idea of this piece.

  14. I love the picture Tammie! your imagination is fantastic. :) Happy Samhain to you too.
    Jess x x

  15. Happy Samhain to you too, dear (I never knew hoe to pronounce it...thanks!). Only good witches, blessing spirits and sweet treats for you today (as always). :)

  16. Gorgeous and deeply special.. she is simply magical and shining with samhain enchantment..fabulous art my friend..very meditative"! Wonderful tribute to this special time of year..and the rich history and ancient festivities..I always love to listen to the mummer's dance" tonight.
    Blessings of Samhain..beautiful art...such inspiring creational magic!

  17. This painting is beautiful, I adore everything about her.

  18. Thank you for this back story to Halloween, my favorite special day of all the year. I like this girl's robins egg hat. Happy Halloween, Tammie!

  19. Good morning dear Tammie
    Love this painting too and more the eggs on hair hair!!!!You have every time great ispirations and ideas-)))

    Hugs and a bid smile

  20. This is just so beautiful, love the blue details! In love with this image! <3

  21. Beautiful! Love the delicate leaves surrounding her. Thnx so much for sharing the story behind Halloween! very interesting!

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  23. What a gorgeous painting you did and great exploration about samhain...love it! It is so funny, yesterday I painted a very similar painting with a girl with hair out of branches with blue birds in it...leaning on a poetry from Edna St. Vincent Millay - What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why...wish I could add my photo here ;) hugs ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

  24. Oh wow I never knew any of those things before reading your post! Very interesting- thanks for sharing. Hope you had a good Halloween and beautiful painting as always.

  25. Most of what I know about this holiday comes from reading novels set in times that celebrated it. It certainly does have a certain power.

    Lovely painting!


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