When I was growing up, everything happened in the kitchen. I grew up in big, brownstone buildings, and the winters in Germany were COLD. There was only one room that was heated during the day, the kitchen :). In the evening, the oven in the living room would be fired up for a few hours, but the kitchen is where it was happening. I think it is in the blood, the kitchen is still my favorite part of the house, and I am not the greatest cook!
A few months ago, when my mama was here, she inspired me to try my hand at an old craft :). When I was many years younger, I made her a Kitchen Witch, one that still hangs in her kitchen. She said it made her friends laugh when they visited, and that she would like to give one to some of her dearest friends. How could I say no? So, while she was here, I began rummaging in my brain archives to see if I could remember how I made her.
I made a few prototypes, and finally figured it out again. I am sure the original looks different, but I am digging my new witches. For one thing, they make me laugh. Constantly.
Not only is she cute, but she has a naughty side. Meet Letti's naughty side:
Letti is one of the many witches that come from my hand lately. Each one, just like my Goddesses, have a very distinct personality. Every once in a while, they will look like a close friend, LOL.
Now these little witches are not here only to make us laugh, they have a serious mission:
"A kitchen witch, sometimes called a cottage witch, is a poppet or homemade doll resembling a stereotypical witch or crone displayed in residential kitchens as a means to provide good luck and ward off bad spirits
The poppet is supposed to depict a "good"witch who inspires productivity and safety in a kitchen, but also counteracts any ill-will directed to the home. It is considered good luck to give a kitchen witch to a friend or family member. So that those unfamiliar with the kitchen witch can understand its meaning, sometimes a note will be hung around the witch's neck stating her purpose. It could say “So your pot never spills over and your sauce never runs.”, or “To keep your home safe & cozy.”....or whatever your heart desires." (most of that is from Wikipedia.com, it short and to the point. You can get really in depth by digging further :)...)
There is all kinds of lore about Kitchen Witches.
I hope you enjoy it :).
Heike, Letti, & the Kitchen Witch crew
P.S. Some of the "Crew" can be found on my Etsy store at www.goddessinthegroove.etsy.com
Labels: kitchen witches, lore, magic, traditions