Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Off to see the Wizard...

Well.. You may have noticed that I'm doing some re-decorating on the blog - I've even changed the name!

Deb over at Paradise Web Design is just best web designer anyone could ask for! I was looking for a vintage inspired change for my blog and she had the perfect thing for me! I love it and I hope you guys love it too! I'm still moving things around, so if things seem out of place or if you see a picture one day and the next its gone.. it's just me tinkering around with things.

I'm really enjoying my new blog name too.. Enchanted Garden Studio just reflected what I do here a bit more than the old name. Most of my products are herbs or herb related and my Art Studio is tucked away in our little garden (I promise to post pictures one day..) Overall, just a better fit.. I'm starting to feel more at home here already (maybe I'll actually post more than 3 times per month)!

So.. tonight my husband found a babysitter for the kids (ahhh! the timing couldn't be better...) and he's taking me to go see the new Harry Potter movie. It's funny, this year I'm not nearly as excited.. I really wish I was off to go see the New Moon movie instead.. but since that would mean Winter was almost here, I guess I can wait a few more months for my beloved Edward!

Mmmm.. what else is going on... well, I'm ready for the kids to go back to school. We are starting to run out of things to do and I'm just tired.. I need a break! We've been staring at the i can has cheezeburger website for the last 5 days.. the kids think the kitties are all very funny. We started some clay projects as well yesterday.. I made my very first Sponge Bob character (Plankton) out of polymer clay.. my husband actually thought I bought it at the store (that made my night!)

I've been listing more trinkets and treasures on Etsy.. My latest are these 1 oz. jars filled with dried herbs for spells. I have close to 100 different herbs here, so if you're looking for something and you don't see it in my little boutique please feel free to ask me (I can always do custom orders as well...)

I think I love my new signature the most.. I've been working a lot lately with Hecate & Psyche... there's a bit of both their symbols in my new siggy line.. I think I'll be posting more just so I can see it!

Ok.. I'm off to make a quick dinner for the kiddos and straighten my hair before my date.. oooo la la!!

Have a Wonderful Night!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Heart-O-Matic... Fun Tools for Etsy!

I was just introduced to the funnest little tool for Etsy Sellers called the Heart-O-Matic from

I've been (sort of) selling on Etsy for the last year or so.. I actually registered on the site in 2006 and then didn't do anything with my account until last year. I've only really had a few things listed, until just recently. I've been on a Witch-crafting extravaganza - having fun brewing up magical goodies, taking pictures and sharing them in my little online boutique. Not that I need more stuff in my little Garden Studio, but I come up with ideas and then end up having to buy something to finish up the project. Everyone has been having lots of fun, including Austin, the Dog and the Kids... our new little Bird, Hedwig (pictures and story to come soon), has even escaped the cage a few times to try and join in the excitement!

I'd love to know if there are more Etsy Tools for Sellers out there, so if you know of anything fun (and useful) please post and let me know! Also, for all you other Etsians out there, post a link to your shop or your favorite seller so I can check 'em out... I love shopping probably as much as I love selling!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Herbal Adornments...

I've finally made a few new things for my Etsy Shoppe!

I collect books and love to read and learn new things. One of my favorite things to read about is magic... there's something about it that just fascinates me, it's so interesting. I've come across several old spells and folk charms that call for you to carry or wear an herb. I've been wanting to try out one of these herbal charms, so off I went into my Garden Art Studio the other day to finally find the supplies (I'm also a collector of stuff)... I was rummaging around my shelves, drawers and boxes and actually found some miniature vials I had purchased a while back (there's a funny story that goes with this) and this is what I came up with...

I made the one I was wanting for myself, it's filled with Cinquefoil - Love, Money, Health, Power and Wisdom is what Cinquefoil Leaves can offer and when worn are the gifts that are granted! I've had this one on for almost a week now. I also made several others and decided that it might be right to list some in my Etsy Shoppe.... I have about 10 different ones made as of today - lavender, rosemary, chamomile, poppy seed, red rose, witches black salt, sea salt, cinquefoil, catnip and white sage. But each day I'm finding more and more magical herbs that are perfect to enclose in these tiny talismans.

I can do custom adornments - those who are interested can pick the herb (or herbs) they would like included in their vials. Oil can be added, to preserve the herbs (at no additional cost). I can make the chain length custom as well. The first adornments I listed were with a 26" oxidized metal chain, but I like a 21" length (it just works well for the clothes I wear...)

For now I'm wrapping the necklaces in black tissue and stowing them in purple organza drawstring bags, but I'm looking into some really cute boxes to present them in instead... these little magical enchantments just seem to require something more special!

I've already started making adornments for my family... my kiddos got lavender ones, which worked out to be the herb they needed the most anyway. My husband decided he would carry his adornment on his key ring, and depending on the day sometimes he's carried more than one. We even tried one on the dog for a bit... but the cat thought it was a built in toy made just for him, so decided it might be best to take it off him.

I've been selling online for almost 10 years and I've never felt this much excitement over one of my items before.. I really feel like even though they are something so small, they really are something very special.

.... before I go I have to tell you the funny story about the vials - which comes with a bit of a lesson for all you other online shoppers! I purchased these little vials months ago. I was shopping online, we had family staying here from out of town, I was in a hurry, the kids were running around making too much noise (as usual) and all I needed were some vials to put herbal spell powders in. So, I found these great vials and just bought them really quick.. I figured, "they'll do." Well, when the package arrived I thought it was a bit small for 50 vials, but what did I know and after I got through all the bubble wrap.. I couldn't stop laughing! They were so tiny, I had no clue what on earth I would ever do with them. I would have been upset, but the seller really did list their size... I just didn't get my ruler out to see how big (or should I say small) they really were. And now, I'm really glad I didn't... because they are exactly what I needed, it just took a few months for me to figure it out!

So.. to quote Master Shifu (from Kung Fu Panda...), "There are no accidents...."

Have a Great Night!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Just a little update...

I was checking out some of the blogs I follow this morning and came across this really upsetting news. If you have a few minutes why not read 48-hours-for-Larry's Story and bid on a few items, if you are financially able - it's always nice to try and help out others any way you can.

I also found out during my perusing this morning that Mrs. B is going to be running her contest 31 Days of Halloween again this year! If you are a seller or an artisan you may want to donate something to her giveaways, or if you are a blogger you may want to add an article or just swing by for some of the FUN.. cuz it is FUN!!

I know I haven't been posting much.. In my defense I have been buzy creating some new magical treasures for my Etsy Shoppe.. fly by and take a peek if you get a chance! For me, selling on Etsy has never really felt like a business.. it just feels like sharing. I make things at home that I like, and that I use, and sometimes I share things online with the other members of the Etsy Community. Ebay, to me, has always felt a little bit more like a business, but Etsy has always just felt like sharing.. lol. I guess I'm still not used to selling things I create myself yet.. one day I'll get it!

I've also been very busy entertaining the neighbor's cat for the last few weeks. He is just the cutest thing. His name is Austin and one day he just showed up on our door-step. My son, who is almost 7, had just started getting into Garfield books and one day while we were on our way to school he wished out loud, "that we had an orange cat just like Garfield." Well, by the time we got home that night, Austin was sitting on our front door! (pretty good manifesting for a six year old - a little scary, huh??? LOL) Anyway.. once the neighbors figured out Austin moves in here every time they let him out, they stopped letting him out for a while... but he's back now (we're all very happy about it - including the 120 pound dog and the two birds!) He's been here for a little over a month now.. I've got some really cute pictures that I'll post in a bit!

Not much else has been going on. I really want to get a blog make-over. I used Lauren over a Restored 316 Designs before, but she's all booked up. So.. if you know anyone who does blog designs be sure to let me know!! I'm looking more into the gothic-victorian style. I could probably do the graphics myself, but I just don't know how to upload the design without loosing all my followers... maybe I'll have to do some reading and figure out how it's done... that way I can save the money to feed the neighbor's cat! LOL...

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

A New Attitude... CONTEST!

For all those who aren't regular readers here you may not know how much I talk about The Law of Attraction...

Right now my life is just inundated with Law of Attraction information. I'm studying the concept at school, I listed to Jerry & Ester Hicks & Abraham every night before bed and I've been watching Abraham DVDs everyday now too.

For anyone who has autistic children I really recommend Abraham's DVD - The Autistic Revolution, Children in the Time of the Awakening. I purchased this DVD a few weeks ago and it has some wonderful information and insights for parents and/or families with children who have autism. It really opened my eyes (and my mind!!)

So.. with all this talking about The Law of Attraction all the time I started looking back at my blog posts and JEEEZE do I complain!! Well, that's no good.. I don't want more of that! So, my posts here I going to be a bit different from here on out... I'm going to be talking a lot more about what I'm grateful for, not what I'm not happy with.

I'll start today and just say how thankful I am for Summer! I love the Sun, I love being able to sit outside in the fresh air everyday and enjoy the warmth. I love that my neighbors cat comes over to entertain us, I love that my 120 pound beast of a dog thinks he's a 4 pound cat too, I love having a comfortable home that I don't have to leave each day, I love, I love, I love.... why don't you post a few things you love on your blog too and then post the link here! Let's make it a contest (spur of the moment idea).

I'll run the contest for a week. So post what you're thankful for on your blogs and comment here with the link back. The contest will end on the 15th and I'll post the winner on the 16th. The name will be chosen out of my Witchy Contest Pail by random.. maybe I'll let the neighbor's cat do it! And here's what the winner will receive - a mini kit for a heart chakra mediation (I can only ship within the U.S.)

Have a Wonderful Day!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

A Witch Is She.....

A Witch is she, yet how can this be so?
She is neither old, nor ugly. She is young. Beautiful. Innocent.
Yet she can cast magic. Many would shun her for her ways.
Would you? I certainly wouldn't.
She has never sinned, yet to some,she has.
Her only sin is being who she is. Nothing more.
How can you cast away this pagan lass? She has done no harm!
It is not her way. Yet she will do as she will.
The moon is her comforting mother. The sun is her protective father.
Nature is her best friend.
Witch means wisewoman.
She is wise. Is she wiser than we?
Yes. I hope she'll cast a spell for me.
by Kris Mancuso

There is something so upsetting to have someone you love shun you. Not to your face. No, to your face they are your friend, your family. And yet to others they say horrible things about you. Not because of anything you've done to them. Not because you try and help others. Not because you try and help them. But, because of what you're called. The label society has put upon you for the Energy you connect with on a Spiritual level....

Ok.. just my little rant for the day! Plus I really liked the poem...