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The Spring box is ready for purchase! This one has soap, lipstick, art cards, a candle, a perfume, lollipops, and a bath treat. http://www.sihayaandcompany.com/

As a reminder:

- The spring & Tam Lin charity candles are still pre-ordering. http://www.sihayaandcompany.com/collections/sihaya-company-candles

- The Prism Collection subscription is still taking newcomers. http://www.etsy.com/listing/504867389/prism-collection-subscription-three
sihayadesigns: (Me: Illustrated)
Hey all-- dropping a note to say that the Tam Lin charity trio is live on the site. The full profits of each one of these three candles sold ($5/candle) will be donated to Planned Parenthood in [livejournal.com profile] tamnonlinear's memory.

The beautiful artwork is by Joanna Barnum, and you can see more of her work at JoannaBarnum.com.

Spring Charity Candle Collection


JANET: The scent of a woman who knows her own mind, and whose courage saved the life of her one true love. Two freshly-plucked roses and worn brown saddle leather.

TAM LIN: The scent of an earthly knight, ensnared by the fae and doomed to a grisly fate. Tart juniper berry, green apple, woodland vines, and cassia spice.

THE FAERY QUEEN: Beauty and power that makes your blood run cold. Night-blooming flowers, a moonlit path, and a dribble of something sinister.


There are also five Spring Collection candles up for pre-order:

Spring Candle Collection

Antique Sandalwood & Madagascar Vanilla
Blueberry Muffins & Lemon Sugar
Ginger & Wild Peach
Honeycomb & Satsuma Orange
Lavender & Cream


They can all be found here: Sihaya & Company Candles
sihayadesigns: (Me: Illustrated)
It has been a really really rough few months. Grief has taken entire weeks of my life, and this week has been the first where I’ve felt even remotely capable of getting work done. So, I’m trying to use that momentum.

In the past few years, I’ve done an earring club for Sihaya Designs. This year, I decided to change it up a little bit and offer a monthly subscription to my Prism Collection.

Prism Collection Subscription


You can get either a yearly subscription or a three-month subscription. It’s like giving yourself a gift every month. As a bonus, if you order the yearly subscription, your January package is FREE.

Here are the 2017 themes:

January (yearly subscription only): A total surprise!
February: Soft Petals
March: Woodland Awakening
April: Opalescence
May: Butterfly Wings
June: The Mermaid’s Treasure
July: The Locket
August: Across the Galaxy
September: Rustic Leaves
October: This Is Halloween
November: Like Clockwork
December: On A Winter’s Night


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As for Sihaya & Company, I’ve begun to line up vendors for the Spring box, and pre-orders will begin Feb 1st. I’m pretty excited about what we have onboard so far, and am working on rounding out the lineup.

Here’s the theme:

Persephone Rising


I’m also getting together the Spring lineup of my trademark glittery candles. I will be bringing back last Spring’s popular scents– Ginger & Wild Peach, Lavender & Cream, and Antique Sandalwood & Madagascar Vanilla.

In addition, I’ll be offering the Sisterhood of the Moon candle again as part of my general catalog. A trio of candles for charity (in this case, Planned Parenthood) based on the Scottish ballad of Tam Lin will also make an appearance. The money will be donated in [livejournal.com profile] tamnonlinear’s name. But more on that later– I’m working on finalizing the formulas for those.

Also, in March, the bellydance candles (Zaghareet, Taqsim, and Shimmy) will be making a return, with a possibly fourth scent added in just in time for Art of the Belly.

That’s the news that’s fit to print. I’ll be back with more closer to the pre-order.
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Winter Candles


EVERWINTER WOODS: The scent of the mountains, shrouded in ice. A forest of evergreen and spruce, chilling ozone top notes of whipping winds, and a hint of shivering eucalyptus.

GINGERBREAD STRUDEL: Crispy, flaky dough piped with spicy gingerbread filling, and then topped with a dusting of cinnamon sugar! Delicious.

PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE: A favorite of carolers, snugglers, and even Santa himself! Rich dark hot chocolate stirred with a candy cane!

SOLSTICE: Comfort and joy on the year's longest night-- you are safe and warm with a cozy blanket and your favorite book as the snow softly falls outside and the stars twinkle above. Honeyed figs, tart bayberry, and a steaming mug of Earl Grey tea.

THE CATHEDRAL OF WINTER: The rituals of the old and the new combine in the unparalleled sanctuary of nature. Rich amber swirled with frankincense and myrrh upon on a bed of soft balsam.

THE MEMORY OF SNOW: Upon waking, you find the world outside your window blanketed in a pillowy whiteness-- pristine, untouched, and evoking a timeless sense of wonder. Silky almond cream, delicate spun sugar, a dash of nutmeg, and the memory of snow.

WINTER CABIN: A cozy retreat far away from the hustle and bustle of town. A rustic log cabin encircled by fir and birch trees, polished woods, and a faint whiff of spiced cider simmering over the hearth.

YULETIDE: A classic home for the holidays scent. Pine boughs strung with orange clove pomanders and cranberries, and then merrily wound throughout the home!


For those of you who have already placed an order for a Winter Box (8 left, BTW!) but would like candles as well, I am combining orders. The quick way to do it is to use the code WINTERCOMBO16 at the checkout for your candle order-- it will zero out shipping so you don't pay twice. (Any orders using this code that do not have a prior Winter Box order in the queue will be canceled and refunded. The Winter Box has flat rate shipping, which is why I am able to offer this service.)

Also, if I know you IRL and want to pick them up from me, the code is, as ever, PICKUP.

Anyhow, get your hands on pretty-smelling, glittery, perfect-for-gifting candles here:

SihayaAndCompany.com
sihayadesigns: (Me: Illustrated)
It's live for pre-orders. Candles to follow-- have to sort out the living situation first. But if you purchase a box and then purchase candles, I will be combining orders and refunding shipping overages.

The theme is Everwinter Woods: picture a vast, sprawling forest of pine, snow-capped and gently swaying in the breeze. A crystalline forest cathedral, full of frozen branches, stags and hares, and ancient magic.



The box is available in two formats: the first is the full sized box, featuring 8 full and demi-sized products for $65. The second is the Winter Gifting Box, which is bath and body focused, and features 4 items for $27.

The full sized box is limited to 40 boxes (it's been live less than 24 hours and already half of them are gone, so I expect it to sell out), and the gifting box is unlimited.

Two more promo images. )
Available here:
www.SihayaAndCompany.com
sihayadesigns: (Me: Illustrated)
October Tees


Hey everybody! I had several requests for a second run of the Sisterhood of the Moon tees, and I added a second limited-edition tee, Hocus Pocus.

These are only available for a week so that they can be printed and received in time for Halloween in the US!

SISTERHOOD OF THE MOON: I slightly lightened the moon background to allow for greater contrast with the raven/crow, but otherwise the design is unchanged.
AVAILABLE AS: womens’ tee, unisex hoodie, raglan tee, coffee mug.
BUY HERE: http://teespring.com/new-sisterhood-of-the-moon

HOCUS POCUS: Colored design.
AVAILABLE AS: womens’ tee, womens v-neck tee, unisex tee, unisex hoodie, raglan tee.
BUY HERE: http://teespring.com/get-hocus-pocus
sihayadesigns: (Me: Illustrated)
Sihaya And Company: Sisterhood of the Moon


Popping in very quickly to say that last week, the Sihaya & Company Autumn Box began to pre-sale, along with seven Autumn/Halloween candles. The Autumn Box features a lot of really awesome stuff, including enamel pins, tea and special sugars, a black soap inspired by Practical Magic, and possibly one of the witchiest perfumes ever.

Sihaya And Company: Sisterhood of the Moon


As far as candles go, best-sellers from last year are returning, including Autumnvale Cafe, Equinox, Persephone Descending, Samhain Dusk, and Hocus Pocus. New candles this year are Autumnvale Harvest Festival and Apophenia.

You can get all of that here: Sihaya & Company Candles. Candles can be added in to a box.

Teeshirtsavailable


I also had a few requests for the artwork in wearable form, so you can purchase that through TeeSpring in either tee, tank, or tote bag form. TeeSpring goodies will ship separately from box stuff for this round, but I may be able to change that in the future.


That's all that's fit to print for the time being, as I am catching up on custom orders and embarking on a giant wholesale order. I'm mostly trying to stay busy and not freak out about Ellicott City house stuff, because there's literally nothing I can do about that right now. It's all in the bank's hands.
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Right now, my life is a bouquet of stress. Many different varieties of stress.

1. My little brother got married this weekend. It was a pretty good trip, despite the long, long, long hours in the car, and the fact that there is nothing my digestive tract hates more than traveling. Doubly so now that I've been on a relatively low-carb diet for two months. All of the rich/carb-y food of traveling/the reception have been wreaking havoc on my stomach. Not to mention, it cost us $500 to travel to the wedding. I was glad I went, but we are buying a house right now, and that's $500 I didn't really have.

2. Did I mention homebuying is expensive? Jesus christ. And the paperwork. The paperwork has given Jason a whole swath of new grey hair. We are going through a CDA loan because it gives us an extra $5,000 towards closing costs. Unfortunately, CDAs are bonkers. We have had to file paperwork to certify that money transfers from one spouse to another do not constitute "gifts," but rather "here's my half of rent/BGE/Verizon/etc." They are going over all of our finances with the finest of fine tooth combs.

3. Our being away apparently threw the cats into tailspin. Nox puked everywhere. Olive poo-sploded the second we got in the door (which was not later than her usual bathroom time). Mim developed an acute UTI, and we have a vet appt for her at 4:30. She's currently unhappily chilling out in a crate with a tiny little litterbox, and peeing tiny dimes of pee every five minutes. I caught it relatively quickly-- the behavior started about two hours ago-- but still. More money. At this point, I am resolved to never again leave the house, because inevitably, one of the cats requires a vet visit within 48 hours of my return.

4. It's a good thing I had a sale pre-set to go and began advertising it last week. So far, it's been modest, but assuming I can actually get some work done this week amid a stream of constant interruptions (not even exaggerating a little), I will be putting up 40+ new pieces and that should be nice money if some of them sell.

movingsale copy


20% off of everything at Sihaya Designs, and 20% of all candles at Sihaya And Company. Yes, there are deals for combined shipping if you want candles AND jewelry. Yes, there are deals for combined shipping if you want earrings tonight and a pendant on Friday. Details are here.

5. I also had to unexpectedly buy a new computer battery & charger, because mine straight-up died last week. JFC, I feel cursed.

6. In the realm of cool-ish news, last week, I was dealing with the kind of insomnia that left me greeting the sunrise. So instead, I channeled it into a project: The Black Tapes Mysteries Resource. It was really neat when The Black Tapes tweeted it out to their followers. I've gotten a fair readership in a relatively short time.

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I think that's all that's fit to print. I desperately need a shower, so I'mma go do that before I lose my ever loving mind. Or cry. Crying is becoming more and more of an option.
sihayadesigns: (Magic: To the surface)
First up, BIDNESS.

Sihaya & Company Summer Box

THE SUMMER BOX IS LIVE!

Arcana Perfumes & Soaps will contribute an exclusive 5ml perfume oil.

Cherie Anne Designs will contribute a 2 oz package of her famous glittering tea! She creates teas that actually glitter in your cup using special sugars. Truly magical!

Dreaming Tree Soapworks will contribute a duo of moisturizing delights. The first will be a 2oz lotion in one of her best-selling scents, and the other an exclusive tinted lip shimmer balm!

Leesha's Lacquer will contribute an exclusive full size thermal color-changing nail polish! Themals are like mood rings for your nails!

Merle Pace Arts will contribute a trio of art cards (with envelopes) for all of your note-writing needs!

Sihaya Designs Jewelry will contribute a piece of magically-inspired hair jewelry.


I'm also releasing SEVEN candles for pre-order, which can be ordered individually, or added to a box purchase. Scent description under the cut. )

In other news, I just got back from Spoutwood. Three days of intense vending work, dancing in the rain with Transcendence, being damp and cold, and hanging out with Charles Vess, Twig the Faery, and the Faerie Mag crew.


Twig the Fairy in her Sihaya Designs Faery Wing Earrings

Twig in her Sihaya Designs wing earrings.
She's fan. SQUEE.

The Inimitable Charles Vess

The inimitable Charles Vess and Stardust.

Pics of me/ my makeup / my outfits under the cut. )

As for the festival itself, I was so busy, I didn't see too much of it this year. The weather was damp and cold, so I was swathed in many layers of wool by the end of it. I danced Transcendence's sets barefoot, midriff out, on two days where my breath fogged. I was very grateful to not have camped for the weekend, and for the small mercies of a hot shower and a warm bed at the end of the day. This year's roommate was Lisa/Trinket, and it was good fun getting to know her better.

As for purchases, I kept them spare, because mama is on a financial planning budget. I got a small rune pendant and two growlers of ginger beer.

Favorite food addition: hands down the grilled cheese place. They had one called the Mad Dash that was AMAZING. Cheese + ham + apple butter + mustard. It doesn't sound like it'd work, but it worked SO WELL. I also got my annual Busy Bee glittery cupcake.

This was definitely a year that it felt more like work than fun for me, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I made money. That's good. I strengthened friendships and business contacts. I tried to handle frustrations gracefully, with varying degrees of success, but that's a post for another day.

Overall, it was what it was, and it wasn't bad. Just-- some what dampened.

This week going forward is custom orders & getting unsold talismans on the site. And then making more!
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I have been a busy lady. Juggling an 80 pc wholesale order for the mag, my own custom orders, and getting Sihaya and Company off the ground. I have a really awesome group for our first box, Soft Awakening.

Sihaya and Company Spring Box


After some consideration, the box is going to be full size and demi-sized products. I know this drives the cost up, but for a 4x a year box, I'd just rather not deal with single-use samples. My idea has always been an indie-focused version of the Popsugar box, as opposed to, say, Birchbox, anyhow. Half of the stuff I got in my Birchbox ended up in a drawer anyway.

Pre-orders start next week. I'm a bit nervous because I don't know what to expect. On one hand, I have amazing brands I am really proud of involved. On the other, $75 is not an insubstantial chunk of change for a lot of people. So I guess we'll see.

In non-work news, there's not much to report. We hibernated through the snow storm. My brother is flying in from Hawaii this weekend, so I get to see him. And also try on bridesmaids dresses, which I'm less thrilled about, because I just don't want to face my winter weight gain yet.

But overall, things are good. Knock on wood.
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