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« on: October 28, 2011 09:50:44 AM »

About a year or so ago I found a little decorative spice cupboard in a junk shop near my house.  The moment I saw it I knew that I wanted needed to turn it into a witchy potions cupboard for the lovely Knickertwist.  Since then it has sat around my house awaiting an excuse to be built and sent to her.  Thankfully that excuse came up in the guise of the Back to Hogwarts Swap organized by pinkleo.  Sadly I can't seem to find the before pictures I took of the cupboard.  

Edit: For size reference, the cabinet is 15" tall, and 12" wide, with the doors closed. (Thanks Knicker!) The shelf in the background is actually my mantle, and it is sitting on a bookshelf.

And a great big THANK YOU! to cackle and rackycoo for all their help and advice while making this project!


Here's the outside of the finished cupboard.  

I used a wood burning tool to burn in the runes onto the front.  They read "It does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live."


The top also has a celestial pattern burned into it, and random wonky dots burned up and down the front.  After burning the outside of the cupboard, I re-sanded it, so the insides of the burned areas would be a little dusty.


The bottom also contains a small drawer that I filled with magical bits and bobs.  More about those later...

Here the doors open to reveal the ingredients inside...


Let's get a closer look at the top shelf.


We have a bottle of rose petals from a first love, a silver bell, a "Miracle Elixir of Life" patent medicine bottle from the 1880's (the purple one), a tiny basket containing vials of Scarab Beetle Eyes & Powdered Unicorn Horn...


a tiny Grimoire, and a silver chalice for serving up bubbling potions...


The Grimoire has notes, lists of magical items, and quite a few potion recipes, including this one for a Passion Philtre:

(Incidentally, these are all real recipes, safe for human consumption!  Most of the recipes are for homemade liquers.)

And the lower shelf... In the larger bottles we have Dragon Heartstring (variegated gold metallic yarn and variegated red ribbon crocheted together), dried Aconite, Blessing Seeds, Dried Doxy Eggs (lumpy dull brown potato pearls), and a bottle of Bezoars.


In the tiny bottles we have Pearled Phoenix Tears, Mugwort, Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder, Beetle Wings, and Sneezewort.



Inside the drawer we have a nearly empty spool of red thread, a tiny bundle of phoenix tail feathers, some rune dice, a golden key, a buckeye from my yard, a Nazar, and an amulet to protect a loved one.  They aren't pictured, but there are also two candles tucked in the drawer, one red and one white, for use in various spells.

So there you have it.  A full sized potions cupboard for my favorite witchy friend, Knickertwist.    
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2011 09:57:43 AM »

WOW. We've had some great mini potion cupboards posted lately but it's really fun to see a full sized one!! All of your details are extraordinary! You must have had a blast putting this together. It turned out AWESOME!
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2011 09:59:54 AM »

This is phenomenal!  I love the details you put into it, and it's obvious you did a lot of research, too.  I bet Knickertwist loves it!
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2011 10:04:23 AM »

It's so cool but I need something in the pics for size reference! I can't tell if it's the size of a person (how would you ship that?!) or a desktop thing or what.
I love all the detail, super groovy.
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2011 10:10:19 AM »

It's mine! And I love it to bits. It really is the most awesome thing ever. We all might as well stop crafting right now because no one will ever top this  Wink

Size wise it's 12" wide (closed) x 15" tall. Every inch loved by me.
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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2011 10:14:32 AM »

A-maz-ing.  This Rocks.
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It's awesome! Great job, jennieingram!
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2011 03:20:03 PM »

totally effing sweet! love all the quality labelling and the handmade book!
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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2011 06:47:48 PM »

I love this to bits!
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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2011 10:15:15 AM »

Thanks for all the kind words ladies! 

totally effing sweet! love all the quality labelling and the handmade book!

I spent several hours making the labels in Photoshop.  They include items from Mulpepper's Apothecary and Slug & Jigger's Apothecary, as well as some special ones for Madam Knickertwist, and some that look like they were homemade by the witch who grew the ingredients.  I was thinking of making them their own post and putting them up here on Craftster for people to download themselves.  Would anyone want printable potions labels?
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