Archive for September, 2011
Posted in 1:12 Dollhouse And Miniatures on September 14, 2011 |
Some readers asked last week for more images of the crochet umbrella – here is a full view. Everything in this pic was either a hand-me-down or found in the trash. To make the umbrella, we used an old beach umbrella structure, took off the fabric and just changed it for a crochet tablecloth we had. The end of the umbrella “arms” were fixed gluing a wooden bead on each point, where I secured the tablecloth and made the fringes. The umbrella pole was affixed to the table by making a hole on it and securing it with an old can filled with concrete at the base, to make enough weight for the umbrella not to be lifted by wind. That was all!
My brother brought me this gorgeous bottle and some variegated crochet thread from his trip to Alicante, where he has been working all August. This boy knows how to win his sister’s heart!
Working on more crocheted socks – addictive.
I got to capture the perfection of a tiny spearmint flower.
This past week has been challenging, to say the least. Besides the extra work I had accumulated after our friend left, a customer we had not seen in six years visited us last Wednesday – she was in need of really, really urgent help, so urgent that besides the magickal help we could give her, she left with a bag filled with food from our own pantry. Faith is important here at the Temple, but eating every day is just as important, if not more! Two days later, she came back to return the bag (one of those fabric bags you use for shopping, not the food) and as soon as she sat down in our living room, she started ranting about the immigrants that steal our work, specially Venezuelans.
I could not believe it. You know how much I love Venezuela, and how linked my family and my faith are to that country, and to all South and Central America. My own grandparents had to cross the ocean and lived there several years during Francisco Franco’s dictatorial military state in the sixties, because they just couldn’t feed their three kids. Venezuela gave them a home, a job, and allowed my family to recover financially until they came back and even bought their own house here. Without that chance, maybe I wouldn’t even be here writing these words.
Do you know when someone says “I’m not a racist, but…”? After the “but”, there is always racism galore. I told her I would not tolerate racism at our house, and that I could not understand how a poor, unemployed woman like herself could not walk in the shoes of immigrants, when she was in the same situation that makes a person travel thousands of miles, leaving his/her family, culture and life behind, to try and make a new life in Europe. I tried to be calm, but honestly, I was steaming; I have zero tolerance for that kind of attitudes, specially after having made a big sacrifice giving her our own food – as you know well, we are far from rich. After a little arguing, she left politely, but it was clear that she did not change her mind. Honestly, I hope she does not return. Ever. Because she won’t be welcome.
Sometimes, helping people is just discouraging.
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The Assumption of Mary scene depicts the moment when Virgin Mary is taken to heaven by angels. This chalkware piece has been handpainted with acrylic paints and varnished to protect the colours for a long time. Of course, it is a one of a kind piece, and even more special considering that it was an outlet from the shop and there are no more pieces available. I was seriously considering keeping it, but honestly I don’t have the room to give her the altar she would require, so I’m putting it for sale here until I get an offer, and if I don’t I will list it on Zibbet in a few days.
If you are interested in purchasing it:
- The statue measures 42 cms/ 16,3 inches tall and weights over five pounds (2.600 grams). Shipping to the US would be between 40-50$ (unregistered, 3-4 weeks to arrive).
About the price – make me an offer! STATUE SOLD!
In the past year, we have been paying a small fortune on Etsy fees every month. We have been exploring many sites to move to a new platform with a yearly plan of payment, and we have finally found it! Our shop will have its new home at Zibbet, a platform really similar to Etsy that has been gaining an excellent reputation online, from buyers and sellers alike. In the future weeks we will be adding all listings to the Zibbet shop, and for a while we will keep both shops, at least until Christmas, to make the transition really smooth. The only difference is that since Zibbet does not allow for services to be listed, only physical objects, the Tarot and Spellwork service will be offered directly through our website, which is no big deal since none of those services has shipping costs and is easy to purchase them separately.
We are currently adding listings daily, and as you can imagine it will take a little while until we move them all, they’re 175! But, if you want to visit us there, please click on the image below, and please consider creating an account and starting buying from us there. If what you want is not listed yet, let me know so I can make a custom listing for you – not only the starting feedback is very important on a new site, but we will be very thankful for that little bit of extra profit that we won’t be paying, as there are no selling fees on Zibbet, and you only pay a subscription as when buying a domain or a website.
Also, we have already added the Tarot and Spellwork services to our website, where we will also thank not paying more Etsy fees, and where I think we will have a lot more privacy, as all conversations will be through the buyer’s email.
Maria Lionza Holy Card
Made in Photoshop, using the hand painted bust of her I made. She is represented surrounded by orchids, her favourite flower. Maria Lionza is the Goddess of Nature of Venezuelan Spiritualism, but in truth she is asked for everything! 4×7 centimetres card, very much the size of a business card, printed and laminated by us. Completely unique! Very soon, we will also have 4×6 prints available.
Sylvanus Salve – For Muscle Pain
All our lip balms and salves start with the creation of a herbal oil – first we make a decoction of the oil and herbs/roots and then the decoction stays on our herbal pantry for a week at least for a more powerful infusion. After the oil is ready, we strain it and mix it with unrefined, organic beeswax that we purchase from a local farmer.
All the herbs used in this salve have a wonderful power to relax and relieve pain from muscles: Eucalyptus, Pennyroyal, Solomon’s Seal, Wild Grapevine and Lavender. We have added an extra touch of eucalyptus essential oil, as it action is similar to camphor. 100% organic, zero additives, zero chemicals.
We have named it Sylvanus because it really smells like a Green Man’s potion! Sylvanus is the Roman tutelary spirit of woods and fields, and these are herbs that can be found in both. It is also a hint to Frey, whom as you know is much revered in our Temple.
Rosemary Smudge Sticks
The smell of burnt rosemary always means cleansing to me – there is no herb like rosemary to bless and protect a house. When this summer we had to make the yearly prune of our oldest rosemary plant, we decided to keep it entirely for these smudge sticks. So, they have even a greater power, as all our herbs receive meditation energy, reiki and music regularly, as well as being grown in a sacred space. Use them after a good floor wash, to bless and protect your home; burn them in your business to attract money and clients; burn it in your altar as a holy wood offering to your spirits. Be quick – We only have about a dozen of them.
Legba Gates Necklace – Back In Stock – Only Four Available!
I originally made this amulet for a client’s custom spellwork, but as usual my customer’s needs turned into a idea that I’d later want to share with all my other customers. Once finished, the amulet for my customer felt so empowered and transmitted such an energy that I knew I had to make more for the shop!
Each necklace contains a pewter pendant that resembles a voodoo Veve (a sacred sign like a mandala), a cowrie shell and a miniature Holy Medal. I have casted a protection spell over each piece, but of course you can add your own spellcasting once you receive it, or even add more charms.
Chain measures 62 cms/ 24 inches – fits all sizes. It can be shortened at request. All Holy medals are chosen randomly from my supplies, they might show a different image than the one portrayed here.
Made only with herbs and first quality vodka, no sweeteners, chemicals or fragrances. The herbs used (Damiana, Skullcap, Wild Lettuce, Catnip and Passion Flower) are all chosen for their ability to induce lucid dreaming and enhance vibrational activity. Take around 15 drops, alone or mixed with juice/tea/honey, before ritual, or before sleep, or before wildharvesting – its purpose is to make you more aware, more connected, more sensitive to spiritual entities.
Note – this is not a hallucinatory tincture, nor it contains any dangerous or illegal plants. It is not a substitute for any drug, and the only thing that will happen if you drink it all at once is that you will be drunk because the vodka is really good.
Made only with herbs and first quality vodka, no sweeteners, chemicals or fragrances.
The herbs used (Sage, Lavender, Rose Geranium, Passion Flower and Catnip) have been chosen for their ability to relax and balance your system, making it very powerful for those who have a hard time meditating and grounding. Take around 15 drops, alone or mixed with juice/tea/honey, before your meditation, or simply as an aid for centering before your readings and spellwork. Its purpose is connect you with the calm, loving energy of the Healing spirits.
Hekate – One Of A Kind
Unique necklace made czech glass and Indian glass beads in all tones of pinks and mauves, enhanced by a pewter key pendant. This was screaming Hekate as I was beading it, so for Hekate it is! Elegant, beautiful and empowering, just as our dearest Goddess of the Crossroads.
Length of necklace: 48 cms / 18,6 inches, Silvertone lobster clasp. A chain extender can be added at no cost, leave a message during checkout or convo me after purchase!
The wild grapevine cuttings we brought from one of our wildharvesting spots, full of new leaves.
Aloe, rosemary and dragon’s blood.
The spotless blue sky, through the umbrella we made using an old beach umbrella structure and a crochet tablecloth – zero cost!
Basil, catnip, chamomille and spearmint, growing in the shade.
Garden time brings crochet time – found this variegated yarns at the sewing store and made crocheted socks for Fernando and my friend. Not as shapely as knitted socks, but they fit perfectly as you can see on next pic! I made the pattern starting with some crocheted slippers tutorial I found on youtube last year, and made myself a pair last winter – they were perfect to be worn at night over regular socks, and to keep feet dry and warm during wildharvesting. This year I’m making a ton for christmas.
Our friend goes back to Madrid tomorrow (sob), so life goes back to normal – this week’s to do list is longer than ever: custom orders, spellwork and readings already scheduled for the whole week, products to be finished/packaged/listed, and hopefully some more wildharvesting. Not that I’m complaining – quite the opposite! Not everyone can say that they love their jobs as much as we love ours.
Fridays are usually my free day of the week. Of course, they’re no exactly free, as I have already spent two hours answering emails, scheduling last night spell orders and printing+organizing invoices for our accounting, but as soon as I finish this post, I will do nothing work related until tomorrow, so hey, we can call it a free day.
This week has been one of those weeks where you’ve been working nonstop, but the work you make is not really showing – updating the website (btw, September’s Magick days have been added to the site’s calendar), remaking products, ordering new prints, and of course candle work and spellwork and readings every day. I am also working on the parts of the site which will be available to the Honorary Temple members, which will be completely private – more work that is there, but not visible.
As I said in one of the last posts, our Priestess is here this week so she has been (gladly) taking all our free time – what a joy to just dine and talk the nights away in the garden! Even though we live 2500 kilometres away from each other, we have been going through some pretty similar things these past weeks, and last Mercury retrograde has been truly an evil bitch for both of us, so this time there has been a lot more sharing and a lot less witching – but loving it and enjoying it the same, if not more. Given the nature of our work, we can’t just talk about what we do with everyone around us, so being free to chat about spirits, spells and witchy things without getting any crazy looks has been quite a relief.
My plans today include working in the garden, as the heat wave has passed and we can finally start working there during the day, and starting some knitting/crocheting/embroidery project. Summer is for us what winter is for you readers in colder countries – the time for staying indoors, and the time when weather is a real danger; heat comes too strong to stay outside (people actually die because of it every single year), and Saharan heat+sand waves hit the islands every two weeks, making the air thick and dry. Even though we will still have a very hot autumn, and chilly doesn’t even start until December, the dangerous months are finally over and we can actually enjoy a second spring. Our plants are waking up from their summer dream, and seeds are sprouting slowly, pointing their tender leaves towards the sky just as we start enjoying the fresh Atlantic winds that claim that summer is finally over.