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!

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

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

Monday, May 5, 2008


I've recently had the enormous pleasure of welcoming a wonderful addition to the Hedgewitch herb garden .. a beautiful young elder tree, which had obligingly seeded it itself into a tub behind our house.

It is small enough that I think it has a good few years before it becomes too large for the roof garden, and it is covered with little flowerbuds. Many of the local elder trees are already in bloom, so I'm looking forward to seeing the first blossom on the Hedgewitch tree sometime soon.

This tree is steeped in folk-lore and is a fount of mystery and medicine. I have been collecting elderflowers for years, and am so delighted to be able to have my very own elder growing amongst the herbs in my garden. Further information on the Elder can be found on the Earth and Tree blog where I have posted an information sheet and directions for making elderflower tea.

Needless to say, I wasted no time in trying a leaf to take impressions and was pleased to see that it works very well - a more subtle impression than some of the herbs with more ribbed leaf construction, but perhaps the more beautiful for this?

Friday, May 2, 2008

May Featured POEST member - Chris from Harvest Moon Designs & Luna Seas!

This is the first 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 first interview is with Chris, proprietor of Harvest Moon Designs and co-proprietor of Luna Seas.

What is your Etsy shop address and name? Where else can we find you?
I actually run two shops on Etsy: and Harvest Moon Designs is my original shop while Luna Seas opened as a partnership with a dear friend a few months ago.

You can find pages for both shops on myspace as well and I try to keep a regular blog about creative projects and people at

What is the main thing you make and sell in your store? What else do you make and/or sell?
Harvest Moon focuses primarily on more mainstream fabric crafts. Luna Seas opened specifically as an outlet for pagan, metaphysical, and related items and our primary focus has been herbal ritual incenses. I also dabble in many other arts and crafts, including photography, beading, jewelry making, soap making, crocheting, painting, creative recycling/upcycling, and costume making.

How and when did you get started with arts and crafts?
Arts & crafts have always been very big among the women in my family, so I was introduced to it at a young age simply by being around their projects. In an effort to keep me from "helping" with their work, my mother, grandmother, and aunts would find little crafts for me to try. All those little projects started me down the crafting path.

Where do you get your inspiration?
I tend to find inspiration anywhere and everywhere. Having moved back to southern Appalachia from the Midwest, I find that more and more of my inspiration now comes from the incredible geology, natural resources, and landscapes of this region.

What are your favorite materials?
It won't come as a surprise to my fellow pagans, but I absolutely love working with plants and stones.

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.
The simplest description for my path is that I am a solitary eclectic witch. I came into paganism as a teenager and have spent the better part of the last twenty years practicing it.

Being pagan means developing a deeper understanding of and relationship with the Divine, in whatever form it may take, whether that would be my patron goddess, the soul of another human being, or the energy that surrounds all things. For me, it also means taking responsibility for the welfare of not only myself, but of other people, other beings, and the environment.

Even in my arts and crafts I find that I am a "spiritual being having a human existence." Sometimes the connection is obvious and does not require explanation, such as the creation of ritual incenses. At other times, the connection may not be readily apparent, yet it is still there. For example, empathetic healing and mediumship are integral aspects of my spiritual path, and I draw heavily on these abilities when I create memorial quilts.* Making sure that the departed is at rest and that there is healing energies available for those left behind is as much a part of my process as cutting and sewing. Like every item I create, it is a reflection of my spirituality on some level.

*A memorial quilt is a custom patchwork quilt made from the clothing of someone who has departed. Typically, these are made from several button-down shirts and both the fabric and buttons are incorporated into the quilt. It may also include fabric-printed photographs, biographic info, or other information of sentimental value.

What advice would you give to beginners in your art or craft?
Find a good mentor or teacher at the beginning. I am primarily self-taught in most of my crafts, but I often reinvented the wheel in the learning process and spent far too much time figuring out the basics myself. Take a class or ask someone experienced to show you the basics, so you can focus on finding your particular slant on a craft.

What advice would you give other Etsy sellers and those interested in opening up a shop?
Never forget that Etsy is a business venue and that its primary purpose is to connect you with your potential customers. Treat it and the people on it with the same respect you'd show in a brick and mortar store. Take time to read the rules and guidelines before opening your shop.

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 a part of my full-time arts & crafts business, Harvest Moon Designs. In addition to Etsy, I vend at live markets, festivals, and fairs, as well as selling to retail shops.

To keep Etsy from taking over my life, I set aside a certain amount of time each week for on-line Etsy time, just as I set aside time to work on product development, marketing, and accounting. I find that if I limit my time there, I stay more focused when I do log-in. Otherwise, I'd spend hours window shopping!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Blessed Beltaine

Beltaine Jar

I just finished this vessel last night, Beltaine Eve. I thought it a good offering, naming it the Beltaine Jar.
I first drew out the design, then sand etched.

As you turn the vase, it's like a picture-story, for your personal interpretation.

This piece is not listed, just wanted to share.
Thanks and Blessed Beltaine!
D'arcy~Little Salem