The Day of the Moon

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Silver crescent moons and pale blue, pearl-like beads. The colors of our Sterling Silver Pale Moon ear cuff and Earring collection reflects the beauty of the moon. The series comes in many styles that can be mixed and matched.

Earrings that make your Mondays special days

Mondays can be days of chaos at the office, hustling kids off to school and planning projects tackle for the week, but your Moon-day evening is your own sacred time. Treasure it, especially if you are nocturnal or it’s just your wind-down-from-the-day-time at home.

Center and ground yourself and all that crazy energy so you can find a place of peace and serenity. For me, Saturdays are that time, especially when I can see a setting crescent moon on my back porch, surrounded by plants, trees, incense and candles. This time is for the feminine in anyone and everyone. Nurture it with what floats your boat on a moonlit evening.

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Complimentary Colors that match

Make it made even more special when you dress for the occasion. Cool whites (like the moon), dark blues and blacks always harmonize with lunar energies. Even better when you can go to the beach and walk its sandy shores with the lulling surf in the background! Pick something loose-fitting that floats on the breezes and is comfortable. Take time to reach down to the sand or earth and dig your hands in, calm your mind and listen to your surroundings. It has much to tell us if we would only stop and listen.

The book Spell Crafts reminds us blue is for healing, peace, psychism, patience and happiness. The color of the water, symbol of the ocean, sleep, twilight and the sky. To the Zuni Indians it was used to represent the West, Land of the Dead – our final resting place, along with the setting sun. Whenever I can catch a setting sun and start out my time with the moon that night, it is always a good meditation!

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Wednesday’s Pick – Fresh Water Pearl Ankhs

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A while ago we showcased our first Egyptian Ankh earcuff and earring sets on an appropriate day of the week – Wednesday. A variation on that design using fresh water pearls came to us when we saw these stunning royal purple pearls. How could we resist recreating these popular beauties with such beautiful, new gifts from the ocean. We couldn’t!

To remind our readers, the Ankh has powerful associations including the Symbol of Life, Immortality, Spiritual Reflection, The Three Upper Chakras, The Masculine God, Divination, Regeneration, and as a Symbol of Magick. However you incorporate it into your worship – and you don’t even have to be an Egyptian Pagan to use it, it will be sure to bring you the power built up over it’s 2,500 years as one of the most well-known totems on Earth.

Monday’s Lunar Pic – Silvery Moons

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The moon and silver have been associated with each other since the first woman walked the cool Earth and gazed upon her quiet, serene beauty. Its lunar surface, reflected back to us in silvery light, was so obviously opposite from the garish light of the sun that she had to be its polar opposite; cool as opposed to the sun’s heat, quiet and as reflective as the water she drives in Earth’s tides. The tides that whisper in a woman’s womb each month, so of course the moon was feminine in nature. Wear her with quiet pride, with love, with the secret sign to all those women that know that Moon imparts all her Sacred Mysteries to her human daughters.

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Day of the Sun – Amber and Gold

After running around like a mad person today, by the time I sat down to list items for Saturday, the clock had turned it into Sunday. Guess the Gods had decided they could wait as I crashed for a two-hour nap as soon as I got home from San Gabriel Bead Company. If you are a bead whore as bad as I am, you also squeed if you went in these past three weekends and saw all the local Southern California bead stores were participating in their annual So. Cal Bead Shop Hop.

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Pegged as American’s largest bead shop hop, I wish I hadn’t been so busy the last two weekends and taken advantage of the fun of  running from bead store to bead store to bead store with my fellow bead whores. We are already planning next year’s attack of the hop with much looking-forward to.

So, quickly (so I can go back to bed and dream of beads), three new items are up in the Etsy store this early, early morning; Striped Amber Faux Earring Triangle DropsStriped Amber Faux Earring Drops and our beloved Copper Feather Drop Earcuff.

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Why these particular ones? Well, Amber is a color sacred to the Sun and to Sundays. Copper may be a moon color, but the Copper Feather Drop sports a gold feather at the end and you don’t have to be a MoonWitch or a SunWitch to figure out gold has been the color of the sun since dirt. Feathers have many associations in European folk magic, but since there are no real gold feathers, this one can be symbolic of whatever you want. Stop by the store and check them out. They are reasonably priced for great impulse buys that won’t kill your pocket book – $5.95 & $7.95.  Have fun shopping!

Thursday’s Pics – The Day of the Dragonfly

Thursday being a day sacred to the Old Ones Jupiter and Juno, Zeus and Hera and Thor, the colors associated with them made today’s Etsy store choices my favorite ones; Asymmetrical-Midnight-Spiral-earcuff-and-earring-set-163x300Asymmetrical-Midnight-Spiral-earrings-300x204

Green and Royal Blue.  The Asymmetrical Midnight Spiral Goddess Earcuff and Earring Set and it’s matching earrings were absolute joys to make, rich with these “oil-slick” like colors. Their iridescence is hypnotic – I could make jewelry from these colors all day and never get bored of them. Their otherworldly glow extends even to tarot bag fabrics, which I can never seem to leave in the fabric stores when the catch my attention. Dragonfly-Priestess-earrings-300x202Dragonfly-Priestess-Single-earcuff-228x300 But by far, of the ones to add to the store that give me a shiver of excitement and purest burst of love are the Dragonfly Priestess Series. Copper, dragonflies and swarovski crystals made these simple, little designs so magickal for me, I can scarcely form the words for how they touch me. Read their story in the store listing – they were truly made with the purest love for the art of jewelry-making I could ever express.

Wednesday’s Pick – The Egyptian Ankh

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In researching the lore of the Egyptian Ankh, I ran across much lore and many attributed associations with it. Here are a few:

Symbol of Life
Immortality
Spiritual Reflection
The Three Upper Chakras
The Masculine God
Divination
Regeneration
As a Symbol of Magick

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Some say an ankh can be used for healing and to promote psychic communication with the divine. This last is at least backed up by Egyptian depictions in wall paintings and on papyrii. It is also said healers often placed the Ankh over wounds or areas that required attention, to promote regeneration and divine healing.

Whatever symbolism and meaning you attribute to it, its power can be enhanced in your life by keeping representations of the Ankh around you – on your altar, in your jewelry, images in paintings and in your sacred Book of Shadows. If you want the power of thousands of years of magickal attunement to back up your workings with the Ankh, do your research into which attributes are accurate and date back the longest in human history. Do as much of your research off the internet as possible to confirm your ‘net resources are from reliable sources – don’t take their words for it! Without a doubt, the Ancient Egyptians hold the oldest records by far of its power and held it as one of their most sacred objects, so be sure to delve deeply into reliable lore surrounding their cultural references to this powerful symbol.

An Enchanting Etsy Team!

I want to give mucho luv and a big shout out to the AWESOME Etsy Team of Keepers of Enchantment. A thriving, happy team of over 1,200 members, they shocked me yesterday after I joined by including my Celtic Purple Triad Single Earcuff in the beautiful Treasury Purple Haze!

I especially love the 4 Handmade Porcelain Deep Purple beads by beadfreaky. I spent almost an hour going over her wonderful, handmade beads and buttons alone, contemplating adding them to a line of designer divination and tarot bags – my next, crazy, non-beadwork project for our other Etsy store. There’s just one problem; I favorited so many of her dragonfly, tree of life, goddess and hamsa designs, I wouldn’t know where to start! How about by cleaning out my bank account and buying them all, lol!

‘Purple Haze’ by kukochan

A collection of enchanted and psychedelic pieces, made by the members of Keepers of Enchantment

Blue & Purple Hand Beaded Paua Shell Ribbon Necklace - EnchantedSoulUK
Blue & Purple Hand Bead…

$23.75
Fine Art Print "Kissed by the Sun" - FairyTaleFigments
Fine Art Print “Ki…

$5
4 Handmade Porcelain Deep Purple Beads - Hamsa Bead - Butterfly Bead - Dragonfly Bead - beadfreaky
4 Handmade Porcelain De…

$10
Fairy Wishing Candle - Lost in the Fairy Mist - TheEvergreenNest
Fairy Wishing Candle – …

$10
Celtic Purple Triad Single Earcuff - TheEarsHaveIt
Celtic Purple Triad Sin…

$21.95
Rainbow Galaxy Pendant - Celestial Space Jewelry - Rainbow Glitter Pendant - Nail Polish Jewelry Style - demiflux
Rainbow Galaxy Pendant …

$14
Polished Purple Amethyst Gemstone Bead Circle Hoop Earrings on Surgical Steel Wire - OOAK Nature Inspired Gift For Women - MountainUrsusDesigns
Polished Purple Amethys…

$19
leather bracelet - leather charm bracelet - bracelet dragonfly - bracelet owl - bracelet cat - unique bracelet - black leather bracelet - - thebeachgirls
leather bracelet – leat…

$30
Flower headband style ear warmer, crocheted, women, teen girls, pink item - DreamCatcherDC
Flower headband style e…

$14.5
Purple Iris - pretty bohemian glass bracelet, gift for her, great for wedding party functions everyday - ShriKrishnaDesigns
Purple Iris – pretty bo…

$81
COLOR CHANGING!! Vanilla Grapefruit Bath Bombs pack of 3 - SweetheartMoonSD
COLOR CHANGING!! Vanill…

$7.95
Classy Purple Feather Brass Gem Hair Comb Steampunk/Victorian - fairystitchfactory
Classy Purple Feather B…

$50
Violet wire wrapped earrings in handmade, purple seed bead wire earrings, jewelry earrings with cabochon, bead earrings seed, cabochon - RasaVilJewelry
Violet wire wrapped ear…

$17
Oriental Bollywood Kashmir Earrings - Dark Violett - SandstormArt
Oriental Bollywood Kash…

$14
Handmade Purple Elven Poncho with Hood - EnchantedTreeWear
Handmade Purple Elven P…

$60
Compact Mirror Acrylic Painting - "Pink Celtic Swirl" - Useable Art by Deb Ritchie - WildEthereal
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$35

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

Seriously, though, if you’re still reading this far and are an etsy seller who sells pagan wares, consider joining them. They are wonderfully generous and I can’t wait to get to know them better. This is what an extended pagan family is all about – the love.

Why you buy what you buy

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I was rushing last last night/early this morning to tidy up my Etsy earring store, The Ears Have It. Seeing that the best selling items were getting buried at the bottom of items I was relisting, I created a category called, “Best Sellers“. I chose the top five selling items for this category as one of the last things I did before I fell exhausted into bed at 2 o’clock in the morning.

This morning, not particularly thinking about the store I had spent so much time tidying up last night, a thought occured to me. These Best Sellers were trying to tell me something I had been chasing after for a couple of years. They were lying in wait until I had a chance to calm down from the frenzy of creating stock and promoting them before the tapped me quietly on the shoulder and said, “Hey, you need to notice something here”.

When they got my attention, they said, “Hey YOU! This is your target market!!!”

Startled, I drew back for a moment. This wasn’t what I was expecting to learn. In fact, I wasn’t writing this article in search of who my target market was. I had simply seen a trend of all my best sellers being items that incorporated symbols and the thought fascinated me. In fact, to diverge here for a moment, they made me proud of my customers. With all the Facebook posts and even one on Twitter recently about Gay Pride, Hate Crimes, Homophobia, etc., etc., etc. my customers are strong, brave and not afraid of these parts of their lives.

How do I know this?

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Because they dare to wear those symbols that others find provocative. Peace signs, Ankhs, Rainbows, symbols that point towards one’s Pagan Path, towards their sexual orientation and even their political beliefs. I dare not presume to say any one of my customers are any of these things just because they purchase them, but they are definitely enlightened individuals that dare to wear what they want to wear in a world that sadly would judge them – right or wrong, for what they chose to accent their couture.

So, because our outer selves are a reflection of our inner selves,  I ask you to ask yourself and your customers why do we wear what we wear? Dig deeper than the “it’s pretty” or “the colors match my outfit” excuses. Why are they not afraid of other’s base (and sometimes ignorant) reactions? The answers might lead you and them to a journey of self discovery and help you serve your customers better in satisfying their need to stand up and out in their world.

Before there were parasols, after there were earcuffs, there were bottles

I am a Bead Whore going WAY back. Every since I first saw tiny little beads as a child. But what was I doing before my recent, adult ventures with parasols, an Etsy earcuff store and my full-on obsession with Doctor Who? My beaded bottles. What are they for? What do you put in them? This s a question I get a lot when I wear them. You can use them for perfume, for holy water if you are a vampire chaser *grin*, or for holding essential oils. I’ve done the first and the latter, but haven’t chased vampires since my story writing days, so I leave the holy water to someone else, though I have been known to carry Moon Water in it. My favorite thing is to tell people to put an eyedropper in it so the contents can be taken out easily without spillage. Their eyes usually light up at that.

Though I haven’t put needle to bottle in a couple of months, I know I will take up their cause at some point when I run out of new ideas for parasols, an Etsy earcuff store and my full-on obsession with Doctor Who. I want something that will take less time, but still look elaborate and beautiful. Something in a lower price point for those who long to possess these little goodies, but can’t spare the cash for the big items yet.

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This one is my favorite. My artistically talented friends think so too, and that is a great compliment. They love the colors and they are REALLY FUSSY with that in their own work. I got them just right…how AWESOME is that?!?

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My first experiment with doing this type of beadwork came about with this bottle. The colors symbolize Rosemary and all it’s attributes. Rosemary is a “warm, fiery” herb (symbolized by the red beads). It’s appearance is like an evergreen in the year-round, slim, dark green leaves (hence the green – I even found beads that mimic their appearance perfectly!). The flowers are the same color as rosemary flowers, recreated here with small bunches of stone chips. I’ve received a lot of compliments on the perfectly stitched pattern of white and red beadwork on the body. That was a joy to do and I’m really proud of how it came out. The challenge was in creating the strap. That required several redos and nearly made me tear my hair out, but perserverence paid off.

Rosemary Oil Magical Bottle, Kristine Cherry, EarthDaughter Arts
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Rosemary Oil Magical Bottle closeup, Kristine Cherry, EarthDaughter Arts
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If you are interested in getting a custom bottle and want to know what I can create for you, please send me an email via my business’s main page at KC Dragonfly. Thanks!

A Happy Handmade Christmas

With 16 days left until Christmas, Etsy vendors are all a buzz with lots and lots of holiday goodies to brighten your home and hearth.

How do you sort through the tons of offerings, piled high like presents under the tree? The mind reels, but that’s what we bloggers do…sort through them for the coolest gifts that might catch your eye. Check out these wonderful vendors while we still have shopping days left.

For those procrastinators (like me, lol) who haven’t sent out their holiday cards yet:

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Christmas Greeting Card

Shop – http://www.etsy.com/shop/EmptyOnTheInside

Having a soft spot for crochet (I am self-taught), I fell in love with this beautiful handmade Christmas tree ornament and so will you:

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Handmade Crochet Lace Flowers and Ribbon Christmas Ornament

Shop – http://www.etsy.com/shop/GMaEllenCrochetGifts

And who isn’t attracted to shinys dangling from a tree? I’m not immune to their magic and neither will you be when you see this pretty bauble:

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Pink and purple swirl glass ball ornament, christmas tree decoration

Shop – http://www.etsy.com/shop/ourhometoyours

With holiday parties in abundance, we all need a pair of pretty earrings to match our ensembles. These reminded me immediately of poinsettia flowers:

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Flower with coral earrings Handmade sterling silver jewelry

Shop – http://www.etsy.com/shop/riorita

More links to these wonderful shops:

Empty On The Inside –
Blog – Dough, Dirt & Dye  http://doughdirtdye.blogspot.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/emptyontheinside
Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/anolive

An Unrefined Vegan Blog and Facebook Page:
http://anunrefinedvegan.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/An-Unrefined-Vegan/114606321983552

Gmaellen –
Blog – http://gmaellenscraftycorner.wordpress.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/ellenmargaret2
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Handmade-Crochet-and-more-by-GMaEllen/239770779407895

Our Home To Yours –
Blog – http://ourhometoyourscrafts.blogspot.com/
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/ourhometoyours
Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/ourhometoyours
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/ourhometoyours

Riorita –
Blog – http://rioritajewelry.blogspot.com/
Website – http://irithbzjewelry.net/

We are all members of a great Etsy shop owner’s support team called BESTeam (Boosting Etsy Shops Team). We support each other’s Etsy shops with intense social networking and promotion of each other on our Facebook, Twitter and Blog ‘sites. Want an article written about YOUR shop each and every week? Want to write about others and support their creative efforts, thus Paying it Forward? Then get on over to the team page, visit the team blog or forum and see if you can keep up with us. If you are the BEST, we want you on our team!