New Listing: Crystal Scarab Necklace with Ankh Charm

This sparkly addition to the Mythos line features a stunning Swarovski crystal scarab in Scarabeus Green. The scarab is primarily green, but it shimmers with gold, blue, and deep purple when it catches the light. The necklace is finished with a silver-plated pewter ankh.

The ancient Egyptians linked scarabs with the god Khepri, a solar god who represented the sunrise. It was believed that he rolled the sun into the sky each morning. This makes the scarab a symbol of sunrise and rebirth.

The ankh is an Egyptian symbol meaning “life” and is also used in reference to fertility.

The necklace chain is silver-plated steel and is approximately 27″ long. It closes with a silver-plated pewter lobster clasp, and has a 2″ extender chain.

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New Listing: Fiddlesticks! Handmade Fidget Tools for Anxious Hands

I am a life-long fidgeter. If I can keep my hands occupied, then I can focus better. So all these new fidget toys everywhere are exciting. There’s are a few things about them that bother me, namely that they’re distracting to other people. They’re great if you’re alone, but what if you’re in a class or a meeting? What if you have to give a speech or a presentation? What if you’re sitting behind your table at a busy market, feeling overwhelmed by all the noise and people?

That’s where Fiddlesticks! come in. They are small and flat enough to fit in a pocket or wallet, so you can hide them in your hand. They’re also silent, so you can fidget with them while you’re giving a presentation, or sitting in class, or even working alone. They won’t disturb anyone around you. I keep one in my market apron so I have something to fiddle with during markets that’s not distracting.

Fiddlesticks! are made with hematite beads. Hematite is a heavy stone, due to its iron content. It’s also a popular grounding stone.

Simply tuck the brass bar in your fingers and roll the bead between your thumb and the side of your index finger. The movement is subtle, so you can hold your hand in your pocket and do it, or even keep your hand by your side.

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New Listing: Giza from the Mythos Collection

Introducing the Mythos Collection: jewelry inspired by mythology from around the world!

Giza is a lovely little bracelet featuring a trio of gorgeous, dark gold coloured glass pyramids and tiny, sandy glass beads to evoke the feel of the Great Pyramids in Egypt.

The Great Pyramids were built by the Pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. They are not the only pyramids in Egypt, but they are easily the most well-known. These architectural marvels were built as tombs (but the prominent nature of such tombs led to grave robbing, so later generations of Pharaohs built their tombs underground.) They are the only surviving of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Giza is lightweight and features a strong magnetic clasp, so it does up easily and doesn’t just pop off!

The beads are strung on nylon-coated stainless steel beading wire, so the bracelet will flex but not fray. Because the small beads are rather delicate, please do not wear Giza while participating in sports activities or any other strenuous activity that could break the beads. Please also remove the bracelet before bathing or swimming to prevent water damage.

The bracelet is 7.5″ from end to end.

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New Listing: Air from the Shaman’s Trinkets Element Line

Shaman’s Trinkets is a line of crystal energy jewelry. It’s a similar concept to carrying pocket stones, but less bulky. The entire line is inspired by a shaman character of mine who carries a box of tumbled stones with her while she works.

The Four Elements line is a limited collection featuring one bracelet for each of the four main elements, according to the ancient Greeks: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. These bracelets can be used to connect with your favourite element, or to help you balance each element in your life, or can be worn during meditation or ritual.

Air includes seven stones associated with the element. Air is associated with the intellect and other pursuits of knowledge. It also rules over memory and reason. It encourages optimism and independence, but it can also bolster the urge to gossip.

The bracelets feature smaller collections of stones. They are small and subtle, and can be worn discreetly for those not open about their beliefs.

Air includes:
Clear quartz
White fluorite
Opal
Blue chalcedony
Aventurine
Turquoise
Tiger’s eye

The stones are strung on nylon-coated stainless steel beading wire, so they’re flexible like cord but sturdy. The bracelets are finished with delicate silver-plated steel chain, and they close with a lobster clasp. I typically make them 7.5″ long, but I can make them shorter or longer to fit you. Please leave me a message on check-out if you would like a different length. (If you’d like an anklet or choker length, please message me first, so we can discuss the cost of the extra chain.)

The image shown is just an example of one bracelet. Due to the nature of cut stones, each chip is a slightly different size and shape. But each bracelet will include the same stones in the same order.

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New Listing: Earth from the Shaman’s Trinkets Element Collection

Shaman’s Trinkets is a line of crystal energy jewelry. It’s a similar concept to carrying pocket stones, but less bulky. The entire line is inspired by a shaman character of mine who carries a box of tumbled stones with her while she works.

The Four Elements line is a limited collection featuring one bracelet for each of the four main elements, according to the ancient Greeks: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. These bracelets can be used to connect with your favourite element, or to help you balance each element in your life, or can be worn during meditation or ritual.

Earth includes seven stones associated with the element. Earth is the element of grounding, strength, and prosperity. It’s the source of plant life, and in turn animal life. It’s most commonly linked to feminine energies, and several female goddesses from various mythologies. Earth is nurturing and steady.

The bracelets feature smaller collections of stones. They are small and subtle, and can be worn discreetly for those not open about their beliefs.

Earth includes:
Peridot
Moss agate
Green jade
Chrome diopside
Emerald
Obsidian
Hematite

The stones are strung on nylon-coated stainless steel beading wire, so they’re flexible like cord but sturdy. The bracelets are finished with delicate silver-plated steel chain, and they close with a lobster clasp. I typically make them 7.5″ long, but I can make them shorter or longer to fit you. Please leave me a message on check-out if you would like a different length. (If you’d like an anklet or choker length, please message me first, so we can discuss the cost of the extra chain.)

The image shown is just an example of one bracelet. Due to the nature of cut stones, each chip is a slightly different size and shape. But each bracelet will include the same stones in the same order.

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New Listing: Fire from the Shaman’s Trinkets Elements Collection

 

Shaman’s Trinkets is a line of crystal energy jewelry. It’s a similar concept to carrying pocket stones, but less bulky. The entire line is inspired by a shaman character of mine who carries a box of tumbled stones with her while she works.

The Four Elements line is a limited collection featuring one bracelet for each of the four main elements, according to the ancient Greeks: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. These bracelets can be used to connect with your favourite element, or to help you balance each element in your life, or can be worn during meditation or ritual.

Fire includes seven stones associated with the element. Fire is an active element. If you can manage its fuel, it can provide determination and creativity. But if you cannot, the fire can burn out or it can grow wild and consume. It is believed to have form both on earth and in the spiritual plane.

The bracelets feature smaller collections of stones. They are small and subtle, and can be worn discreetly for those not open about their beliefs.

Fire includes:
Citrine
Sunstone
Rhodochrosite
Amber
Carnelian
Red jasper
Garnet

The stones are strung on nylon-coated stainless steel beading wire, so they’re flexible like cord but sturdy. The bracelets are finished with delicate silver-plated steel chain, and they close with a lobster clasp. I typically make them 7.5″ long, but I can make them shorter or longer to fit you. Please leave me a message on check-out if you would like a different length. (If you’d like an anklet or choker length, please message me first, so we can discuss the cost of the extra chain.)

The image shown is just an example of one bracelet. Due to the nature of cut stones, each chip is a slightly different size and shape. But each bracelet will include the same stones in the same order.

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New Listing: Water from the Shaman’s Trinkets Element Collection

Shaman’s Trinkets is a line of crystal energy jewelry. It’s a similar concept to carrying pocket stones, but less bulky. The entire line is inspired by a shaman character of mine who carries a box of tumbled stones with her while she works.

The Four Elements line is a limited collection featuring one bracelet for each of the four main elements, according to the ancient Greeks: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. These bracelets can be used to connect with your favourite element, or to help you balance each element in your life, or can be worn during meditation or ritual.

Water includes seven stones associated with the element. Water is the purifying element. It can be cool and calm, or wild and crashing. Many mythologies describe the world beginning as an endless sea. Under water is a world entirely unique, whether it be fresh or salt water.

The bracelets feature smaller collections of stones. They are small and subtle, and can be worn discreetly for those not open about their beliefs.

Water includes:
Moonstone
Mother of pearl
Bamboo coral
Aquamarine
Sodalite
Lapis Lazuli
Amethyst

The stones are strung on nylon-coated stainless steel beading wire, so they’re flexible like cord but sturdy. The bracelets are finished with delicate silver-plated steel chain, and they close with a lobster clasp. I typically make them 7.5″ long, but I can make them shorter or longer to fit you. Please leave me a message on check-out if you would like a different length. (If you’d like an anklet or choker length, please message me first, so we can discuss the cost of the extra chain.)

The image shown is just an example of one bracelet. Due to the nature of cut stones, each chip is a slightly different size and shape. But each bracelet will include the same stones in the same order.

Please do not wear the bracelets while bathing or swimming. The water may damage the components over time.

The bracelets will ship within 2-3 business days.

Please keep in mind that all items are made in a house with pets.

All prices are in Canadian dollars.

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The List

Note: Also posted on my other blog.

I build my life around lists. The only way I can fight off the crippling panic of an approaching deadline is by writing a to-do list, no matter how massive with sub-bullets and sub-sub-bullets and so on. Seeing a physical representation of everything I need or want to do is soothing. Without it, all the things tumble around inside my head, disjointed and scratchy, and seem much bigger than they are. Trapping them in a list makes them manageable. And then I can start marking things off. There are few things as satisfying as scanning a list to find the next thing to do because most of the items are scratched out.

But there is one list that never gets written down, that never seems to get shorter. It’s the “I’ll get around to it” list. It consists of things that I want to do, but these things have no real deadlines. No in-built urgency. So I can make excuses, decide that I’ll find time later, that there are more important or more enjoyable things that need to be done now.

Learning to drive is on that list. Yes, I’m 29, and I don’t know how to drive. I have my learner’s. I actually had to renew it earlier this year. I promised my mom that I would learn to drive this year, because she wants to give me her old car. And it would be a wonderful thing. I wouldn’t have to wait to get a ride places. I could find a better job farther away from home and convenient bus routes. I could fill up the back of the car with tables and displays and boxes of jewelry and vend at more markets. Out of town markets. Even outdoor markets. More markets would mean more chances for income, which would help pay for the car’s costs.

But driving lessons are expensive. Like, “my entire paycheck” expensive. And getting behind the wheel is terrifying. Cars are massive weapons hurtling down a road that may or may not be in good shape, between other massive weapons that may or may not be in good shape and driven by people who may or may not be fit to drive. It takes just a second of distraction or exhaustion or panic for a car to kill someone. And so I keep putting it off.

Both of my blogs wound up on that list. Everything else just became more important or easier to do. I didn’t have an idea for an update. I’ll get to it later. I didn’t have time to write that larger article. I’ll get to it later. Later. Later. Later. Always later.

Never done.

So I’ve been making plans to get both blogs functional again. Because if I don’t just do it, I’ll never find the ‘right time.’ There will always be something else. Something in the way. Some of the latest include physio, money troubles, and this massive writing thing I’ve been working on all year. I’ve been prioritizing the writing these last couple of months, placing it far above everything else. (I will write more about this later.)

There are other things, too, that I’m trying to do. To get my life in order. Little things that build up and press in on me. Dishes and laundry and taking out the recycling. So I am making lists. Daily lists and weekly lists. Next step is a schedule, so I don’t get carried away doing one thing to the detriment of the entire list. That’s going to take some tweaking, as I figure out how much time I need to do each thing.

But this is the struggle of any work-from-home situation. Time management. I’m used to having a work environment, and someone above me assigning tasks. My home has always been free time, time to watch movies or read or go on day trips to the science center. So making my home environment productive is a challenge. But I have to do it if I want to succeed with my writing and my jewelry.

I’m going to do it.

Plots and Plans: Winter Edition

Let me start off by saying that I am a huge fan of Halloween (for anyone who hasn’t figured that out yet.) I miss the days when a certain end-of-the-year holiday waited to show its face until November 1st. I literally recoiled from the aisle in the dollar store that was half Halloween and half That Holiday. Working part time in a store that’s already stocking decor and gift ideas for That Holiday isn’t helping (especially since some of it is so darn cute!)

So I’m not going to name it. It shall remain That Holiday for the time being.

But I’ve already started thinking about it. Making plans. Sourcing materials. Budgeting my limited income. Because I have to work in the time it takes for supplies to ship and for me to actually make the items, plus do all the fun (tedious) things like take pictures and write listings for the online shop.

I had three options.

The one I really wish I could have done, if I didn’t have limits on time or money, would be to create a line of jewelry that would have equal representation of all cultural festivals happening at that time of year. I’m atheist, so I have no personal connection to That Holiday. And it’s bothered me for years that it’s so difficult to find items for other holidays than That Holiday, so I figure, if I’m going to make items for That Holiday, I’m going to do something for all of them. I could do unique statement pieces for each one, or I could make up a line of jewelry that relies on colour and basic symbols that I could change out for each celebration. But given that I know very little about many of the other practices, and I have a feeling that finding things like suitable charms or other things wouldn’t be easy, I knew that I likely wouldn’t have the time. For this year, anyway. I’m keeping this idea in my back pocket for next year. (This option would be a lot easier if I could sculpt with polymer clay. Because then I could just make the symbols I’d need. But I don’t have the resources or space to learn to sculpt.)

The second option was to make a winter line. No religious symbols at all. Just snowflakes and snowmen and sparkles and whatnot. Stick to a silver and white palette, accented with some pale blue and purple. Anyone of any religious bent could wear whatever they wanted. And I could also keep the items up for sale past That Holiday (and customers would be able to wear the items longer, too.) This option wouldn’t require additional research aside from sourcing some snowflake charms and the like.

The third option was to do nothing at all. This option was looking likely for a while, given my budget constraints. It really all depended on how my Halloween line did at the Witchery Market. (I’ve been working on a selection of simple necklaces, mostly of different stones that should be good options for people looking for small gift items. And then, of course, I have my larger, statement pieces, so it’s not like customers wouldn’t have anything to pick from. Just nothing seasonal.)

But the Witchery Market last week was fantastic, so I was able to invest in some of my wintery wishlist.

That means…a winter line is happening! I’ve got some cute things on order, and lots of sparkly things.

Also…surprise boxes, if I get into the Yule Witchery Market. More details on that to come.

Business Firsts: Online Market Night

Today is a big ol’ mess of emotions.

I’m excited and nervous and tired and rather hungry. All of these combined are making me seem loopy and spacey to anyone who’s not currently inhabiting my head.

Because tonight is a big night. Tonight I am partaking in an online market night on Facebook known as Market Night Spotlight. It’s a wonderful group run by an awesome lady whose fan club I’ve kind of tumbled into. I don’t even recall whose links I followed where, but I wound up in her Dojo. And because she’s awesome, she organizes and runs (with the help of a few other equally awesome people) a monthly themed market for artists and crafters.

This month’s theme is Halloween, so of course, I had to make something.

This is my first foray into this kind of market. And this one is, I think, a good place to start. There are lots of spots that are open to anyone who wants to make something, take a decent photograph of it, and submit it for approval. (I follow another monthly market that features the work of the three organizers and one hand-picked guest artist, too. I’ve thrown my name into the hat, but no dice so far.) And everyone who participates is full of wonderful, positive energy. Also, at the last few markets (that I know of, anyway,) every single item has sold before the weekend runs out.

So my odds are good that I’ll have my first online sale this weekend. Which explains why I’m excited.

Earlier today, I was nervous because the market has a very strict two-hour window to post items, and I’ve been at Where Faeries Live helping finish inventory all day. I dragged my laptop along for the ride, and have spent the day checking the time. (This is also why I’m tired.) But I got it posted! So now I’m nervous because…well…what if my piece doesn’t sell?

What if mine is the only piece that doesn’t sell this whole weekend?

What if I over-priced my piece?

What if my description actually sucks, and that’s why no one wants to buy? (Well, aside from one of the other crafters who, like me, is low on funds. So as much as I’d love to buy at least half a dozen of the things on offer, I just can’t.)

It’s gotten a lot of nice comments, so that means the pictures aren’t totally wretched. I think. I hope. See? This is why my brain can’t be trusted.

Seriously, though. It’s been about two hours since I posted it. I can’t keep thinking this stuff. But I will, because my brain can’t help it.

Ugh. This is awful.