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Football Witch

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This is a picture of my desk, and this picture is the epitome of me.

A few weeks back, I cut, washed, and hung big bundles of mint and nettle to dry. I like to hang them all over the house for fragrance. Seeing them all over evokes that nice witchy feeling and feels cozy in our small space – like herbs are stuffed into every corner.
After a few weeks of drying, the herbs turn brittle and are ready to be put up. I make a space on my messy desk to separate leaves and buds from tough stems, then to crumble all the medicinal plant parts into labeled mason jars that go onto my makeshift apothecary.


My apothecary is a shelf in the middle of our beautiful oak bookshelf, and it somehow feels right that the herbs are nestled between VHS tapes of the Matrix and The Blues Brothers, but also The Critique of Pure Reason and Harry Potter. It’s me. It’s us.

My fantasy football lineup serves as my altar for harnessing my herbs. Alongside sit everything from my heavily highlighted and dog eared copy of The Encyclopedia of Country Living to coloring books to black metal stickers to old issues of Audobon and National Geographic that I use for making collages. All the while I’m singing along to the supreme pop of Ruby the Rabbitfoot. There is nothing solemn about it but it fees sacred in my own special way.


I’ve spent a lot of energy in my life comparing myself to others, especially via the internet. Other people have always seemed to have it more together than me, and their lives have seemed more beautiful and happy in general. I am trying to stop thinking this way by celebrating the unique things that make me – me. My home doesn’t look like it’s out of a Tumblr blog and my garden doesn’t look like a magazine cover. My spaces aren’t perfect or Instagram-worthy. But they are mine. They feel like mine, and they reflect the unique person that I am. After all, there’s only one football witch.

5 thoughts on “Football Witch

  1. I admire your bedroom actually. When compared to yours, mine has very little useful items. I loved the light, plants, little frames, and the colour of the painting a lot. I do not have lamps or high boy which I would love) nor the plants and others seen in your picture. I would love to have such a bedroom 🙂

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  2. Make us some goodies for Christmas with what you put up! See you soon – go Pack! Go sirsoxalot beat daves dawgs!!

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  3. Your entire last paragraph – 100% yes Christine. As someone who ‘lives’ a lot of her life on the internet, I fully relate to those feelings. I’m so glad you’re finding comfort in peace in your space, and making it your own. I for one, think your apothecary is so spectacular! And your desk as well.

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