Tuesday, December 9, 2008

New at The Sacred Oak


(click the pic to go to the listing!)

Cinnaberry Votive Candles

The smell of cinnamon and Berries together in this lovely set of 6 votive!


And Featuring our Candle Gift Sets! These are made by The Order! Your choice of 2 votive gift set or 3 Votive gift sets! More will come! Give the gift of scent and light to that special someone in your life!


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Yule & Christmas Sales

Yule is coming up on December 21st and Christmas will be here shortly after on December 25th, which leaves less than a month for gift shopping! In celebration of both holidays, the Pagans of Etsy Team is offering various promotions in over 30 member shops. The sales include discounts on Christmas/Yule items, all items, giveaways, free shipping and more!

Below is a list of participating shops and available promotions. Please see their shops for more details and exact dates - they may not hold their sale during the entire sale period:

3sistersmagickshoppe - 20% off for all PaganTeam members plus $2+ off selected items for any customer
AngelicGems - Everything 10% off and orders above $50 shipped for free from 11/28 to 12/01
AthenasDisciple - 20% off everything in the shop
BellaMental - 15% off all items except custom orders, write "paganyule" in notes to seller to receive the discount - offer lasts from 11/28 until 12/21
BrightlyBlessedBeads - Free shipping up until Christmas
DragonHoard - $2.5 off every $25 spent; free surprise gift with purchase from 11/28 to 12/25
DragonsMoon - See shop for details
FollowTheRedBrickRd - 10% off of items over $10, and 15% off items over $50, put "paganyule" in notes to seller to receive dicount
GBaneyx - 20% off all items from Black Friday - Cyber Monday (11/28 - 12/01)
HappyHaven - See shop for details
HarvestStorm - 20-50% off selected items & Free Shipping on purchases including any "ACEO Bounty" cards
KarenElizDesigns - See shop for details
LavenderDragonHerbs - Mens and Womens Sprays buy 1 get 1 half off; Sachets buy 1 get 1 half off; Tinctures Buy 1 Get 1 half off; Teas and Incense 15% off; Gift Baskets 25% off; Or choose to get 25% off your total order of $20 or more; Every Purchase will be entered into a Drawing for $25 Gift Cert; See shop for details on getting the discounts
L. & T.A. Frank - 10% off everything from 11/17 to 12/17
LWaite - Most items $2 - $8 off until Jan. 1, 2009.
LuluDesign - See shop for details
Magical Alchemy - Free shipping on all herbs & teas from 11/28 to 12/24 and a reduced price on both "Frankincense & Myrrh" mixed resin and room spray
MeaCulpaBodyandBath - Free sample with purchase
MeriGreenleaf - See shop for details
MoonLitCreations - 20% off all Jewelry during December
Nefaeria - Some readings will be buy one, get second half price from 11/28 to 12/25
NightMaiden - 50% off everything and free shipping Black Fri thru Cyber Monday (11/28-12/01). After 12/01, 20% off pagan and metaphysical items - look in the sale section
Oakling - 33% off all meal planning kits for black friday/cyber monday and extended further for Yule
RainaDelMagick - Free quartz crystal with all Yule sales and free shipping on sales over $25.00
RainFeather13 - See shop for details
SerenityFields - Free shipping on holiday scented container candles
SnowWaterWoolWorks - Select items on sale
SuzeesJubileeZ - Free shipping on all items and a free catnip cat
TheDancersSpirit - Free gift with purchase
Tunrida - All orders over $50 get a free set Oracle Runes until the Winter Solstice (Dec. 21st)
Vermorlian - 20% off all our altars, altar sets, smudges and wands from 11/27-12/5
Vidia2Be - 25% all items for black friday (11/28) and cyber monday (12/01)
WhimsiGals - See shop for details

Please see promotional items below:





Members - please feel free to use the above images for your items and avatar to help promote the sale. Here is a blurb: To celebrate both Yule and Christmas, the Pagans of Etsy are having a sale! Over 30 shops are offering you discounts and freebies as you prepare gifts for your family and friends. Please search by "PaganYule" to find promotional items.



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Update 12/16/2008: Our sale was mentioned by Darkly Fey in her blog & podcast - Thanks very much!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

POEST Member Interviewed on GetWitchified.com



Shaman Amy Frank from LTaFrank.Etsy.com was interviewed on the podcast Get Witchified (A)nother Podcast for Witches. Shaman Amy shares with us her amazing tradition and spiritual path that blends Mongolian Shamanism and Native American spirituality.

Listen to Shaman Amy's interview in the Get Witchified podcast #7 available for download at GetWitchified.com and on iTunes.


Get Witchified is a podcast that delves into the witchy world of spellcraft, divination, the paranormal and everyday life with your host Oseaana December. Oseaana is the Creatrix at The Moonlit Sea and also a member of the Pagans of Etsy Street Team.

Stay tuned to Get Witchified for more POEST member interviews!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Elements Challenge Winner - Tunrida!

Our winning entry was the Elements of Transformation, Necklace to Bracelets Set from Tunrida with 65 out of 166 votes, seen below. Click on the image to go directly to the item in store.


Runners up include:Walk In The Woods with 44 out of 166 votes for her Elemental Honor - ACEO set, and KrystalMoon74 with 42 out of 166 votes for her Ethereal Goddess necklace.

Tunrida and the winning entry will be featured in our blog until the next challenge voting begins.
See more items from Tunrida below:

Sometimes It's the Little Things ...

I'm offering FREE US SHIPPING on all my ACEO work thru December 2008.

Work like this:


Stop by my shop, browse around - make a special request even! And just for today - breathe deep and enjoy what you have!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Dragons Blood Votive Candles




Set of 6 Votive Candle's
The Dragons Blood fragrance will warm the room.
We dyed ours yellow made with Palm Feather wax

Friday, October 17, 2008

Halloween Sale



Halloween is coming up in only 2 weeks on October 31st and Samhain is coming up on November 7th! In celebration of both Halloween and Samhain, the Pagans of Etsy street team is offering various promotions across many member shops. The sales include discounts on Halloween/Samhain items, all items, giveaways, free shipping and more!

Below is a list of participating shops and available promotions. Please see their shops for more details and exact dates - they may not hold their sale during the entire two weeks:
AthenasDisciple - 15% off everything in the shop
CobaltQuilter - 15% off any item tagged "paganhalloween"
Dragon Rags - 20% off all items (not including shipping,) difference refunded/adjusted invoice via Paypal
DragonsMoon - Freebie with any purchase, Free shipping to USA, Outside USA 15% off, Tarot Readings 31% off
ElysianFields - free shipping to USA
FollowTheRedBrickRd - 10% off any purchase, 15% if you purchase more than 3 items. Free shipping in US on item totals over $20, and everywhere else for totals over $30
GreenWomanCrafts - Halloween items on sale and free shipping with multiple purchases
GypsySkies - 20% off all items
HarvestStorm - 10% off everything
Hattielicious - 15% off everything sale
HowlingCaterpillars - 20% off halloween items
JansBeads - Free shipping on all items and a surprise with each order
LavenderDragonHerbs - Buy any 25 Pk Incense and get a 4 stick sample pk Free, Buy 1 Any Tea and get 1 extra ounce Free, Buy 1 Dog or Cat Sachet and get 1 free, Buy a Set of Moth Sachets and get 1 extra Sachet Free, 25% off All Gift Baskets, 15% off All Tinctures and 10% off All other items in my shop, Each purchase will also be entered into my monthly $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway, Drawing held Nov 5th
L. & T.A. Frank - Everything 10% off
LWaite - October sale - many items are 2 to 6 dollars off
Magical Alchemy - Free shipping on all herbs
MagickMermaid - 10% off total purchase
MeriGreenleaf - 15% off all Halloween/Fall items
MoonLitCreations - 15% off all Jewelry
NascarWitch31 - 15% of anything in the shop
Nefaeria.etsy.com - $5 off Haindl Rune Oracle readings (usually $15.00 with discount $10.00)
ShadeSongs - 20% off all Halloween category items
Halloween items on sale and free shipping with multiple purchases
StarryDance - 10% off everything
SusanSee - 20% off entire shop
TheBirchTree - Halloween items on sale
TheMoonlitSea - 10% off anything in the shop
Tunrida - Oracle Runes on sale (including the ones for beginners), $20 instead of $24.45.
Vidia2Be - 10% off everything and a free gift with any purchase

Please see promotional items below:





Members - please feel free to use the above images for your items and avatar to help promote the sale. Here is a blurb: To honor Halloween and Samhain, the Pagans of Etsy are having a sale! Over 25 shops are offering you discounts and freebies in celebration of a very pagan kind of holiday. Please search by "PaganHalloween" to find promotion items.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

October Elements Challenge Voting

View all of our wonderful entries and cast your vote! The voting poll is located on the right sidebar. Anyone and everyone may vote. Polls will close at Midnight on October 31

Click on each entries image to visit their full listing




Entry 1
Entry 6
Entry 10
Entry 2
Entry 11
Entry 7
Entry 3
Entry 12
Entry 8
Entry 4
Entry 5
Entry 13
Entry 9

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

October Featured Member - Athena of Earth's Energies

This is another interview in a monthly series of featured members from the POEST team. These interviews are a great way for you to get to know our team and its members, as well as get some great information and advice from seasoned Etsians!

This interview is with Athena of Earth's Energies.

What is your Etsy shop address and name? Where else can we find you?
EarthsEnergies.etsy.com - For now it's just on Etsy.

What is the main thing you make and sell in your store? What else do you make and/or sell?
Pagan inspired original hand-drawn wood burned boxes is the main item in my store. I also make sculptures, altar tools and devotional items for ritual, as well as woodburn breadplates that can be used in ritual for the great rite.

How and when did you get started with arts and crafts?
I was inspired to create one of my first designs as an assignment(A sculpture of Hermes)
for a class, and every since that day 6 years ago, my muse has been present.

Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from everything, everywhere, and from many people. I can be watching television, reading a book, and it will inspire me to create something. There's a park across the street from my apartment building and on most days, I get to walk through the park and soak up its grounding energies. It helps to open the way for inspiration...I often like to daydream, meditate, or when on a plane...I love getting the window seat and just get flooded with ideas and inspiration to create, so I'll jot down the idea. When I work with a clay medium, I never know what I will create with it; It's such an inspiration to get my hands immersed in a fresh mound of clay.

What are your favorite materials?
Clay, Wood, and right now, I'm trying out some recycled materials. I like working with acrylic and glass beads for toppings on my boxes. I love the enchantment of working with glitter. It's so sparkly and reminds me of flickering stars. I craft with glitter as I view it to be a representation of the divine spark illuminating everything we touch. It's one of my favorite finishes on my items.

As a member of the Pagans of Etsy Street Team (POEST), tell us a little bit about your Pagan path and what being Pagan means to you, especially with regards to your art or craft. Every since I was a young girl, I've felt like a Pagan...my aunt used to call my sisters and me Heathens because we'd dance on Sundays instead of going to church.
My parents believed in freedom of religious choice as long as you weren't harming anyone. I've always been interested in the dual nature of religion. I knew physically there was a mother and father, and always wondered spiritually where the mother was to the god...I didn't know she was called 'Goddess' until some 26years later.
I've been on the Pagan path traditionally for 10years. I've done my solitary studies as a means to find my true religion. I've studied many other traditions and the Wiccan path resonated within me.

For me being a Pagan is a magickal and spiritual experience for me. I like connecting to deity, being able to channel my energies. I love performing rituals, drumming, dancing, playing music, and enjoying the freedom of being in nature, walking the earth and feeling the energy of life, and the ground beneath my feet. When I'm crafting, I'm working with the true essence of the sources available to me. The earths natural sources has an energy that breathes and pulses. A majority of the time, when I try to craft from an idea or recreate a piece, it doesn't manifest itself as I see it, so when I'm crafting, I'll close my eyes and just let go.

What advice would you give to beginners in your art or craft?
Follow your inner muse. Don't make excuses for your art. Be fair when critiquing your work. If you think it's finished and to your standards, then it is. Remember your work is one of a kind, even if it's similar to someone elses' work. Don't be afraid to get the asking price for your work.

What advice would you give other Etsy sellers and those interested in opening up a shop?
Let all your friends and acquaintance know you have a shop on Etsy, network, market your shop locally. Don't expect to become an overnight success. Don't panic if you don't sell anything right away, or if it slows down. Take regular inventory of your merchandise. Don't be wary of looking at many of the other Etsy sellers that aren't in the Everything Else category. There's lots of amazing sellers on the site. Don't hesitate to convo with other sellers. Never be afraid to ask for advice about your shop or ideas. AND..........
Never, Never, Never Give Up.

Is Etsy a full-time job? If not, what else do you do to pay the bills and how do you balance Etsy with that and other things in your life?
No not yet. I work as a freelance Fashion Stylist for magazines, and am looking to work as a costumer for television and film.

Being able to freelance has given me the balance to do both my craft and my work as I'm still involved with extra curricular things with my coven and school. I like to keep busy and enjoy all that I'm doing. I make sure to give attention to Etsy and my craft every few days out of the week.


Saturday, October 4, 2008

1 Week Left to Enter

Just a reminder.
All of the October "Elements" Challenge Entries must be received One Week From Today.
Details can be found here

Monday, September 29, 2008

Crème Féerique / Faery Cream

Autumn is a time for introspection and...inspiration. For me, it is time to reconnect and work deeper with the Underworld and the Faery Realm.

We often forget about our Fairy Godmothers yet these loving & caring beings of light help us and protect us on a daily basis. So I decided to celebrate them with a Crème Féerique (Fairy Cream in french) loaded with love, sweetness and natural goodness...I believe it's "Faery Approved" ;).

This cream is handmade with organic sweet almond oil infused with real Madagascar vanilla bean, natural/unrefined cocoa butter (which has a natual chocolate-like scent), unrefined beeswax, organic aloe vera gel, whole milk powder (fairies love milk), vitamin E & a Faery blessing.

It smells wonderful and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Autumn Blessings


Just a little seasonal meditation to share . . . 

In the quiet stillness of late morning she arrives.

Her voice, still soft, has been whispering in the leaves for days. Yet today I hear her breathe deep, stretch and I catch her scent, distinct in the quiet air. She is ready. She is ready to assist my world in its journey to darkness and chill. She is ready to put to rest all that is exhausted. She is ready to guide the green divas back to their fair realm of the underworld. She is ready to help us rest, but not before abundance is recognized, honored and blessed.

Her voice, still soft, whispers, “Get to work little one. Get to work.”


Ashe. Ashe. Beautiful autumn blessings to you all. Enjoy the Bounty!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hedgewitch Sale

I hope everyone has had a great summer (and anyone in the other hemisphere is enjoying the first signs of spring!)..

.. this is just to let you know that Hedgewitch is having an 'end-of-summer' sale, so its a good time to visit and grab a bargain!






















Thursday, September 11, 2008

Blessed Path

I wander the woods seeking clarity and wisdom . . .

. . . I bask in the warming embrace of every season . . . 

. . . and my heart opens to infinite dreams . . .  


. . . may your path be ever blessed!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Circlets, Fairies, and Elements

Circlet of The Butterfly Blue




To finish off our current circlets this one is blue woven wire with a butterfly charm. You can visit the listing by clicking here!

Fairy's of Earth



These earrings were inspired by the element of earth. To visit the listing click here!

Fairies and Roses




To visit the listing click here!

Free Shipping on all jewelry until October 1st! World Wide Shipping and combine ordering is available. We also Have Gift Certificates!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Faerie Garden Fancies

Well, I've been a busy little bee and added some of my latest creations to the shop. I've still got way more to add, and even more to finish!



Etsy
Buy Handmade
BunnyKissd

Monday, September 8, 2008

POEST Elements Challenge

This challenge is for members of Pagans of Etsy Street Team, “POEST”, to submit a handmade item to be voted on.

This challenge topic is:

The Elements; Earth, Air, Fire Water & Spirit. In any manner you wish to express in your art. The element[s] you choose to represent should appear in the description of the item along with ‘how it/they’ are expressed.

The voting poll will be active on the POEST blog starting on October 13 and ending on October 31. Any visitor to the blog can vote. Recruit friends, family, cyber-buddies and the paperboy to visit the challenge entries and vote.

The winning entry will be prominently featured here on the POEST blog along with a mini of the winning shop until the end of the next challenge. More exposure equals more traffic to the winning shop.

Please read through the Rules before submitting your entry.

Rules

These rules are simple. Please make sure that ALL requirements are fulfilled before submitting your entry.

  1. You must be a member of POEST to participate in the challenge.

All POEST shops are eligible to enter 1 item.

If a member has more than 1 shop they may enter 1 listing per shop.

2. The listing must comply with Etsy TOS.



3. “paganchallenge” nd “paganteam’ tags must be used in the listing.


4. Email a photo, in jpg format, of the item and the link for the listing in your shop to poestchallenge@gmail.com


5. The item you submit must be an original work of yours.


6. Item must be completed, listed and submitted by the entry date October 10 Midnight.


7. The item must represent the topic of the challenge.


8. All voting will be done on the POEST Blog and tallied with a poll.

Monday, September 1, 2008

September Featured Member - Erin from BadraBoutique and Hijabi

This is another interview in a monthly series of featured members from the POEST team. These interviews are a great way for you to get to know our team and its members, as well as get some great information and advice from seasoned Etsians!

This interview is with Erin of Badra Boutique and Hijabi.

What is your Etsy shop address and name? Where else can we find you?
BadraBoutique.etsy.com is my etsy store. Badra is the Arabic women's name for Full Moon. I also make clothing for Muslim ladies at Hijabi.etsy.com. And my main website is BadraBoutique.com. You'll find things on there that I didn't make, too. lol.

What is the main thing you make and sell in your store? What else do you make and/or sell?
I mostly make clothing for festivals, rituals, SCA and other fairs. I love to make magickal items, like applique'd altar cloths, and other goodies. I'm also the maker of Ruby Moon Menstrual Pads. (which I think I'm out of right now, but will have some more in stock very shortly) I also crochet and knit and make snuggly warm things through that medium. I make horns for your head, awesome bags for magickal items that you might like to wear on your being. I sometimes work with clay and papier mache . Around Yule, I will have pagan ornaments for your Yule trees.

How and when did you get started with arts and crafts?
I grew up with a very crafty mother and grandmother, so it might be in my blood. LOL I started in the 1980's. I was one of those new wave types who grew up on Duran Duran and Depeche Mode in high school. I wanted to wear all the weird clothing and my mom simply wouldn't buy it for me, so I started making my own clothing in the mid 80's. Soon my friends were asking me to make things for them too.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Movies movies movies. ok, and some tv shows. LOL. I'm a huge fan of fantasy movies and some tv shows like Robin Hood on BBC. When the LOTR museum exhibit came to Houston, I think I spent most of my time examining the tiny details of the costumes displayed.

What are your favorite materials?
Anything natural, cottons, linens, rayons, etc. I buy fabric by the bolt when I can. I think I have more fabric in my shop than a lot of fabric stores! LOL.

As a member of the Pagans of Etsy Street Team (POEST), tell us a little bit about your Pagan path and what being Pagan means to you, especially with regards to your art or craft. I've been a pagan/witch for 23 years now. I'm of the Taureleo path... no not taurus and leo. Taureleo is of the Quenyan language and means Forest Shadow. I guess the easiest way to describe my path is that it's very neutral, recognizes both light and dark magicks, and is very green. By green, I mean very natural, one with the earth, organic, greenwitch like. It's also a little Dianic in the way that we are a Matriarchal lead path. But we do recognize the God and do have men in our covens. Paganism to me is not only a religion but a way of life. I feel I am one with the forest that surrounds me. And I am part of it as it is part of me. Same with magick. I don't feel like I *use* it...but am instead part of it as it is part of me. I have my very neglected Taureleo website at www.taureleo.org if your'e interested in learning more about what my path is. It needs a lot of updating tho. LOL.

What advice would you give to beginners in your art or craft?
Learn the Pagan Student Bill Of Rights. And please don't read anything by Silver Ravenwolf and take it seriously. Her books are contradictory in unto themselves. LOL. Search for good teachers and don't believe everything you read or hear. NEVER stop learning and always question everything no matter what.

What advice would you give other Etsy sellers and those interested in opening up a shop?
Go for it. What have you got to lose? and last but not least,.... you'll never know unless you try it... so just do it. :-)

Is Etsy a full-time job? If not, what else do you do to pay the bills and how do you balance Etsy with that and other things in your life?
Yes, for me, Etsy is my job. I'm a stay at home, work from home, homeschooling mom and wife to a wonderful Asatru husband who supports all my crazy ideas. lol. I have two shops, my normal one and I also make clothing for Muslim ladies on my other shop so if you see scarves , etc that look Muslim on my site, yes, I make their clothing as well. They have been the most wonderfully positive people I've ever met in my life and nothing like the negativity you see on TV. LOL. Other things I do... I'm an avid organic gardener, lover of books, and owned by my brat cats. LOL. Many magickal blessings to everyone!


Friday, August 29, 2008

Circlet of The Butterfly Purple


Circlet of The Butterfly Purple

Made from Purple Artist wire. Long black ribbon on the back for adjusted fit.

A pewter butterfly charm dangles in the center of this purple woven circlet.

Custom made circlets are available upon request

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Green Goddess Circlet


Green Goddess Circlet

Made from Green Artist wire. Long black ribbon on the back for adjusted fit.

A pewter goddess pendent dangles in the center of this green woven circlet.

Custom made circlets are available upon request.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Using Pendulums in Spell work

Hi, Im Andee, of http://celticgoddessjewelry.etsy.com and I am a newly active member of Pagans of Etsy! Have you ever used a pendulum for divination or healing? They work wonderfully for both. But just this year I have also been using them for spellwork. Depending on the spell or the goddess energy I am working with, I make a custom pendulum to use. I select the stones and charms for their metaphysical properties, the time of week and month I am doing the spellwork and the specific intentions of the spell. In addition to my etsy shop, be sure to check out my gallery information site at http://celticgoddessjewelry.com. There you will find information about pendulums and using them in the more traditional sense. Blessed Be~ Awaken your goddess within!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Team Treasury

I managed to grab a treasury for our team and am pretty proud of it :)

So posting a screen shot here. Click on it and you'll be taken to the treasury while it's active.



Susmitha :)
http://artbysusmitha.etsy.com

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Congratulations to our Astrology Challenge Winner - Sauk Mountain!

Our winning entry was the Astrology Soap - Cancer item from Sauk Mountain with 43 out of 105 votes, seen below. Click on the image to go directly to the item in store.


Runners up include:
Earth's Energies with 24 out of 105 votes for her Ares - God of War Figurine.
Ivonnardona with 19 out of 105 votes for her Mercury & Virgo pendant necklace.

Sauk Mountain and the winning entry will be featured in our blog until the next challenge voting begins.

See more items from Sauk Mountain below:

Friday, August 1, 2008

Happy Lughnasadh!


Lughnasadh (or Lammas) is the Celtic celebration of the grain harvest. It is named for Lugh, a Sun God, whose name means "The Shining One". Lugh is also a God of Fire and Crafting. Here is my version of Lugh, dressed in a cloak decorated with suns and holding a globe of light and a sheaf of wheat. (print available on my website www.magickmermaid.com)

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sea Dreams Necklace


There's still time to celebrate Summer and explore your inner Mermaid. Adorn yourself with a sea-inspired necklace. It is created from misty green and violet natural fluorite and genuine freshwater pearls. The seahorse, sand dollar and star fish charms are natural brass. See this and other mermaid jewelry, as well as Mermaid prints and more in my etsy shop--magickmermaid.

Escape From Illusion - Necklace


The Dragonfly symbolizes going past self-created illusions that limit our growth. Their many splendid colors cause them to be associated with color mysticism and the power of light. They remind us that we are beings of light and can harness this power of light reflection in any way we choose.

Size of focal piece:-
Length (including dangles) - 3 3/4 inches (98 mm)
Width (at widest point) - approx 2 inches (52 mm)

Necklace size:- Adjustable (the black chord can be slipped over the head and the small blue glass bead can be moved up and down the chord to adjust the length of the necklace around your neck).

Available for sale at my etsy store Art by Susmitha. Click on the picture to be directly taken to the listing and read more about this necklace.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Our team was mentioned in NewWitch magazine

The Pagans of Etsy Street Team was mentioned in NewWitch's Cargo Cult (product) column of NewWitch magazine, issue #17, Summer 2008. This magazine is listed as having a circulation of 15,000. You can find it in a large, commercial bookstore near you or online.

See below for a screenshot of the article that was on page 29 of the magazine:

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Facebook page

Just a friendly reminder, if you have Facebook, check out our POEST page, and Become a Fan of it! As updates are sent out, you'll receive notification. Plus, all your friends can see that you became a fan of something they've never heard of, and will probably check out the page to see what it's all about.

If you can think of something to add to our team FB page, feel free to let me know.

~Sunfire
BreathoftheDragon

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

July Featured Member - Ivonnardona!

This is the third interview in a monthly series of featured members from the POEST team. These interviews are a great way for you to get to know our team and its members, as well as get some great information and advice from seasoned Etsians!

Our second interview is with Ivonnardona of Ivonnardona's Creations and Mr. Moon's Originals.

What is your Etsy shop address and name? Where else can we find you?
My Etsy shop is http://tlsexton0913.etsy.com/. I can also be found at the following:
http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/members/ivonnardonascreations/
http://nolestyleandbeautyindulgence.ning.com/profile/IVONNARDONA
http://mrmoonsoriginals.etsy.com/
http://flickr.com/people/22747203@N08/
http://www.youtube.com/user/tlsexton0913/
http://www.ivonnardonascreationscom/
http://ivonnardonascreations.wordpress.com/
http://ivonnardonascreations.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1023783033/
http://www.blogcatalog.com/user/ivonnardona123/
http://en.dawanda.com/shop/ivonnardona123/
http://etsylove.ning.com/profile/IVONNARDONA/
http://snazzysites.gotop100.com/index3.html/ (#229)
http://cuteable.com/cuteable-finds-202/2109/


What is the main thing you make and sell in your store? What else do you make and/or sell?
I mainly sell jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, cell phone jewelry, and various other items. In Mr. Moon's Originals, I sell handmade felt items and my mom's sewing creations.

How and when did you get started with arts and crafts?
I have done arts and crafts since I can remember. I have always loved "making" something or other. One thing that I can remember making in Kindergarten was a clay mouse. I loved that clay mouse up until it mysteriously disappeared. I'm not sure if my mom put it away or it accidently broke and she had to throw it away, I just remember loving its
ears!! LOL

Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from everywhere and nowhere. I use the color theory for my pieces, sometimes. Mostly I like to just roll with ever comes up that needs to be created

What are your favorite materials?
I love metal, wire, glass beads, gemstones, clay, felt, and just about everything.

As a member of the Pagans of Etsy Street Team (POEST), tell us a little bit about your Pagan path and what being Pagan means to you, especially with regards to your art or craft.
I was raised Southern Baptist and went to church rigorously. I never felt what everyone felt, you know, the presence of the Lord, so I stopped going about ten years ago. My best friend, where I lived previously, was a practicing Wiccan and I found great comfort from her and she introduced me to Wicca as I had a very great interest in it. Since, I have been studying online and as a sole practioner. The Wiccan Rede is what caught my attention and I strive to live by it every day. As Wicca and Paganism are not always the most reverent of practices, I am still trying to figure out how to incorporate my love for them in my jewelry and felt creations.

What advice would you give to beginners in your art or craft?
Research, practice, practice, and practice. There is no such thing as failure and if everyone were to do what they love and loved what they did, we would all be much happier.

What advice would you give other Etsy sellers and those interested in opening up a shop?
Make sure to read through all of Etsy's guidelines and make sure this is something that you truly want to do and not just because everyone else is doing it. Be ready for commitment and make as many contacts as you can. Also, remember that Etsy is not the only outlet for selling your creations. Most of all, never give up and always persevere.

Is Etsy a full-time job? If not, what else do you do to pay the bills and how do you balance Etsy with that and other things in your life?
Etsy used to be full time for me, but not now. I am a partner in a drywall business, have an accounting company, and work part time at a candy store/warehouse. After almost losing my five year old due to a drowning accident, I am now only concentrating on positive things, of which, Etsy has not been for me. I add my items but have pretty much strayed from the full time status that I had going.


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A. Zapps Expedition VI in TW


The continuing saga of Antoinette Zapp's quest for her mother Athena in the mythical utopia, Herland (first documented in 1915 by Charlotte Gilman Perkins of the yellow wallpaper fame)continues ephemerally in the etsy treasuries. In chapter V, Antoinette met a kindred spirit, Isabelle originally from Herland but kidnapped by air ship pirates and wanting to return to the greens of the elusive Herland. Antoinette is inspired by her stories of her life in Herland and how she became the captain of a pirate airship after having been kidnapped by them. Their relationship may deepen as they continue on in their search for Athena. http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=14845
This is a shot of Antoinette itching to get going on her expeditions with her brother Alphonso and his future bride Beauticia Periwinkle at A&A Zapps Purveyors of Esoteric Artifacts, taken before chapter 2 in etsy Treasury West: A. Zapp Expeditions, pursuing the vision.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

POEST Astrology Challenge Voting

Anyone can vote for their favorite entry.

Voting is by entry number on the top right sidebar.

Click each photo to visit that entry's listing for full details.

Entry links will open in a new window.

Share your favorites with friends and family to add to the voting!





Entry 1
Entry 2
Entry 3
Entry 4
Entry 5
Entry 6


Monday, June 23, 2008

Astrology Challenge Deadline Extended

We have extended the deadline for the Astrology Challenge to Saturday June 28th Midnight!! =)

The voting poll will be active on the POEST blog starting on July 1 and ending on July 31. Any visitor to the blog can vote. Recruit friends, family, cyber-buddies and the paperboy to visit the challenge entries and vote.

The winning entry will be prominently featured on the POEST blog along with a mini of the winning shop until the end of the next challenge. More exposure equals more traffic to the winning shop.

Please read through the Rules & Guidelines before submitting your entry.

Rules & Guidelines:


1. You must be a member of POEST to participate in the challenge.

"PaganTeam" tag must be used in listing.



2. The listing must comply with Etsy TOS.



3. “paganchallenge” tag must be used in the listing.


4. Email a photo, in jpg format, of the item and

the link for the listing in your shop to
poestchallenge@gmail.com


5. The item you submit must be an original work of yours.


6. Item must be completed and listed by extended entry date June 28 Midnight.


7. The item must represent the topic of the challenge.


8. All voting will be done on the POEST Blog

and tallied with a poll.


9. All POEST shops are eligible to enter.

If a member has more than 1 shop
they may enter 1 listing per shop.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Challenge Deadline June 21

Just a reminder that the deadline, June 21, for the Astrology Challenge is fast approaching.
The more entries we receive the greater exposure of our shops is possible.
If there are questions about the guidelines and rules you can email them to poestchallenge@gmail.com.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

New On Etsy!

An up Cycled corset a truly one of a kind piece. Click Here to visit the listing. To find out how it was made click here. Thanks for looking The Sacred Oak

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Facebook Page

In case I forgot to mention, here is the Facebook Page for our group - if you have a profile on there, be sure to Become a Fan of us!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pagans-of-Etsy-Street-Team/19138052180

I will do my best to keep it up to date with challenge info and any other events that we might come up with in the future.

As a Fan, you can add photos of your work to the group page, you can join in on discussions, etc.

If anything, it's another place to get exposure from.

~ Sunfire

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Altar Tile listing


This stoneware altar tile is wheel thrown then hand carved. A black terra sig was used to accentuate the pentagram at the leather hard stage, then the tile was glazed with lead free browns.

It measures 5 7/8" in diameter and is less than 1/4" thick.

Listing Here

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Sunflowers

Well, its summer! To celebrate the season, I've put together a Sunflower Treasury full of handmade desirables, a real blast of sunshine.. hope you enjoy it.

There are sunflowers blooming in the Hedgewitch herb garden and the online shop is full of happy sunflower cards in warm sunny shades.













Don't forget FATHERS' DAY...
Does your Dad like gardening? Why not choose a sunflower card this Fathers' Day? Your money will go towards supporting the important work of The Woodland Trust (Hedgewitch donates 10% of all card proceeds) plus if you mention Fathers' Day I'll include a sunflower mini-photocard FREE to use as a gift tag on a Father's Day gift.

Monday, June 2, 2008

POEST Astrology Challenge

Pagans of Etsy Street Team Astrology Challenge: June 21 – July 31

Let’s get those creative juices flowing and drive traffic to our shops as well!

For this challenge create something fabulous and original with Astrology as an inspiration. It can be anything to do with any form of astrology.

All entries must be listed in your shop and entered via email to poestchallenge@gmail.com on or before midnight June 21 EDT.

The voting poll will be active on the POEST blog starting on July 1 and ending on July 31. Any visitor to the blog can vote. Recruit friends, family, cyber-buddies and the paperboy to visit the challenge entries and vote.

The winning entry will be prominently featured on the POEST blog along with a mini of the winning shop until the end of the next challenge. More exposure equals more traffic to the winning shop.

Rules & Guidelines:
 
1. You must be a member of POEST to participate in the challenge.
"PaganTeam" tag must be used in listing.
 
2. The listing must comply with Etsy TOS.
 
3. “paganchallenge” tag must be used in the listing.
 
4. Email a photo, in jpg format, of the item and the link for the listing in
your shop to poestchallenge@gmail.com
 
5. The item you submit must be an original work of yours.
 
6. Item must be completed and listed by entry date.
 
7. The item must represent the topic of the challenge.
 
8. All voting will be done on the POEST Blog and tallied with a poll.
 
9. All POEST shops are eligible to enter. If a member has more than 1 shop
they may enter 1 listing per shop.



Rules and guidelines may change updates will be posted.

June Featured Member - Alchemille!

This is the second interview in a monthly series of featured members from the POEST team. These interviews are a great way for you to get to know our team and its members, as well as get some great information and advice from seasoned Etsians!

Our second interview is with Alchemille, proprietor of Alchemille's Garden.

What is your Etsy shop address and name? Where else can we find you?
My shop's name is Alchemille's Garden and can be found at Alchemille.Etsy.com
I also have a website at AlchemillesGarden.com
And a Blog at Alchemille.Blogspot.com
Currently my products are found exclusively on Etsy.

What is the main thing you make and sell in your store? What else do you make and/or sell?
I mainly sell artisan tea blends, natural skin & bodycare as well as botanical incense. All natural and made with herbs (organic, pesticide-free and ethically wildcrafted). My teas and bodycare items are freshly made upon request.
I'm also working on a small line of natural cosmetics: I currently have a loose face powder and lip balms but should carry tinted lip balms (more like lipsticks) soon.

I also plan on going back to sewing and painting a little (I have degrees in art and fashion), so you should see some accessories (knit and sewn) and art pieces appear within a few months...

How and when did you get started with arts and crafts?
Well I've always been the artist and the dreamer of the family. My parents have plenty of drawings, paintings and poems that date back to my childhood. I started making more elaborate paintings, clothes and accessories in highschool (where I graduated in applied arts) and naturally continued exploring my creative side in a fashion school (I have a degree in fashion and textile design). I started learning about herbs 15 years ago on my own and it took a long time to realize that it was my true passion.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Nature is my main inspiration, with a good dose of spirituality, music, gardening, litterature and art. I find that I'm more creative when I stay away from magazines and media in general.

What are your favorite materials?
Herbs of course! There are so many ways to use them and experiment with them. But I also love fabrics, yarns, paper/books (I've always been fascinated by writting and the power/imaginative force behind words)...I like raw materials that are just waiting to be given a shape, a life and a purpose.

As a member of the Pagans of Etsy Street Team (POEST), tell us a little bit about your Pagan path and what being Pagan means to you, especially with regards to your art or craft.
I've known (or sensed) since childhood, that there was more to life than meets the eye. That life had to be more than people's everyday routine. My spiritual awakening (and beginning of my journey) happened when I was 18, I felt a deep change and an unusual peace without any apparent reason but I didn't recognize myself. 1 or 2 years later, I met a girl (who has become a very good friend of mine) who opened my eyes on esoterism. She had some knowledge about wicca and I was glad to have found somebody at last, who could answer my questions and quench my spiritual thirst. Wicca and witchcraft was interesting but not my thing. I continued with angelology and kabbalah which helped me developed my senses. It's only after I got married, moved to the USA (I'm french) and met my friend Marie (who owns a spiritual shop) that I got deeper into spirituality. Psychic-mediumship has done a lot for me and has given me great comfort. I was now able to communicate with the other side: family, friends, ancestors, loved ones...And slowly overcome my fear of death (I've had a couple close calls in my life). But my true path, which started 2-3 years ago, is shamanism which I have found to be my call and the missing link between so many things. When you see life through the eyes of the shaman, everything starts to make sense and you can see the bigger picture.

Being a "woman of the land", I feel a natural connection with celtic/faery shamanism.

What advice would you give to beginners in your art or craft?
My advice is to be passionate about what you're doing. This craft requires to always learn and improve your skills. I am aware that it requires time, patience, devotion and commitment (you learn all your life). Build your knowledge from different sources. You may or may not agree with everything you read and choose to work with some herbs instead of others. Don't be influenced by fads and fame. Trust yourself and your intuition. There's no need to learn about hundreds of herbs, it's better to know a few trusty herbs well...This is the path of the wise woman ;).

What advice would you give other Etsy sellers and those interested in opening up a shop?
Etsy has done more for me than other (and more widely known) places. I've had my shop for a little bit more than 2 years now and it's doing a little better each year. I'm also proud & blessed to have a few faithful returning customers who have allowed Alchemille's Garden to grow and the adventure to continue...I've been blessed with a good start right away while I know some newbies don't have this luck. Just remain positive and patient, things will come to you.

Is Etsy a full-time job? If not, what else do you do to pay the bills and how do you balance Etsy with that and other things in your life?
Etsy is my only job. Though I am working on a series of classes on Shamanic Herbalism that I should start teaching in the Fall (to complement my herbal creations). I would also love to do healings and readings but I don't feel quite ready yet.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

MySpace Update

Hey guys - just wanted to make a quick post to let everyone know I've finally got around to taking over the POEST MySpace.

http://www.myspace.com/pagansofetsy

If you haven't added us as a friend there yet, please jump on over and do it already!

I've set the Top Friends to a larger number, and put it on Random, so we all get exposure when people check out the profile.

I hope to have a cool layout soon, but I don't have the time today to find something good. Hopefully by the end of Thursday, though, I will.

If you have any comments/suggestions, please let me know! I want to make it awesome for everyone!

~ Sunfire

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Fairy Door Listing


Fairies are all around us, and while some of them live in forests, many of them live among humans. You may use self-stick Velcro to hang your fairy door in your home or stand it against a shrub or tree in the garden to let fairies know they are welcome, and you just might be surprised how quickly they move in.

This one of a kind fairy door was handcrafted from stoneware clay and lead free glazes. I do not use templates or molds, this door has been crafted and carved to be suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Any warping during firing of the doors just adds to the uniqueness as no two are identical.

This door measures 5 1/2" High X 4 1/4" Wide and 1 3/8" deep with the stoop.

A strip of self adhesive Velcro is included.


Listing Here

Friday, May 23, 2008

Moon and Star Magnets

Newly Listed



These stoneware magnets are textured with a lace pattern and fired with lead free glaze.

Each are approximately 3 1/2" high.

Visit the listing here

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Pagan Team Treasury

Thanks to Pagan Cellar for creating this terrific treasury of team items!

Forest Faerie and Friends


A faerie shares her favorite tree with some baby animals. This is my newest print. It is available in 8x10 Matted (shown in my store) or 8x10 Unmatted on my website. A really nice gift for animals lovers or a charming addition to a child's room.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Personal Cauldron Listing


Click Picture to see listing


This stoneware cauldron is hand thrown and glazed with food safe lead free glazes. It is Microwave, Oven and Dishwasher safe.

Measuring approx. 6 1/4" in diameter 3 3/4" high and holds 1 Quart of liquid.

Glazed in rich brown the rim has wonderful grays and blues drips for accent. The personal cauldron will be a great addition to any altar.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

BreathoftheDragon on Etsy




I've been working on my Etsy store today. I've added shop policies and updated some information like team tag info on my profile.

I am working a lot lately, so I doubt I will be listing any new items any time soon. I hope to make some new ones in the coming month, however.

Check it out and let me know what you think!
Thanks!
Sunfire


P.S. -- You can list my Breath of the Dragon blog on the side of this blog, if you like: http://breathofthedragon.blogspot.com

Thursday, May 8, 2008

POEST treasury at Treasury West

I managed to grab a treasury just now and decided to create one for our team.
Here's the screen shot, including the alternates.

Click on the image to go to the treasury page.

Under Kyanite Skies

Handmade gifts are always the best kind and I just had to share the pendant I recieved for Beltane. The other half of Luna Seas has a wonderful talent for putting together combinations of stones that are visually and energetically interesting. In this case, Kat's taken a blade of green kyanite and combined it with moon stone and quartz for a stunning effect.

For those who aren't familiar with kyanite, it does not store negative energies and therefore never needs cleansing. Perfect for balancing, it can help bring a sense of tranquility to the wearer. Blue kyanite in particular is an excellent choice for opening the channels of communication.


While I won't part with my Beltane gift, I've managed to convince Kat that we need to make a few kyanite pendants to sell. We've posted the first one today, a lovely petite piece of blue kyanite that has a sweet, loving energy (picture on the right). For more information see the listing for our Kyanite Skies Pendant on Etsy.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Queen of the Nile - Reiki Gemstone Pendant

Queen of the Nile



Available at Art by Susmitha

Length: approximately 2 1/4 inches
Width: approximately 1 1/2 inches

Considered a royal stone since the time of Egypt, Lapis Lazuli is associated with the Third Eye Chakra. It brings courage and strength to the wearer and helps in developing intuition, wisdom, clarity and insight.

In this stunning pendant, a gorgeous, high quality Lapis gemstone from Afganisthan has been embedded in polymer clay which has been embellished with pearlescent powders. The bail is made out of fine silver wire.

I have charged the Lapis with Reiki to enhance it's energy. There is a gap on the backside of the pendant right behind the stones so there is no obstruction between the energy of the stone and the wearer.

As in all my creations, this is an exclusive, one of a kind piece. I have carved my initials in tiny letters on the back of the pendant.

- Susmitha (artbysusmitha)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

God/dess Box Listing


This is a box with a slot - but one that will not open. You write your troubles, your wishes, your hard-to-make decisions on a small piece of paper and deposit them in the box. You “let go and let God” or “release it to Nature” or whatever phraseology suits your personal philosophy. You can’t get it out again, so symbolically, you really do “let it go”. It is made from stoneware clay and lead free glazes. I've impressed the clay slab with a lace design to add texture and surface for the glazes to 'break' over. The dimensions are 4" X 3 1/2" x 4". The only opening is the slit in the top. The box does not open.

Purple Rhino's listing HERE