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I've been burning the candle at both ends for a while. I have a list of personal tasks that need to be done in the next week (return a handwritten letter, clean my costuming, sew up some tiny holes in well-loved clothing, dye my hair), but all of them have to come after work, as AOTB is a week away. I have a calendar that literally has me scheduled, day and night, until it's over on the 27th. That day, I reward myself with a half-day and a long bath.

In the past 2 days, I made 250 candles. Today they get labels and glitter. (Resurrection event candles, Persephone Rising candles for the box, AOTB candles, and 60 prototypes for the summer collection, which might be my favorite collection thus far.)

The rest of the week is custom orders and making more soldered pendants. The weekend is for getting the Spring box out the door, and also doing a nail painting party in my neighborhood that's been on the calendar for a while. (Saturday night, 7:30-10:30, wine & snacks provided, $25. I think there are a couple of spots left if you want in. I'll make your nails pretty with a floral design.)

Next week is show prep-- I have 3 days to make as much stock as I can.

The next few months are going to be very busy, as well. Wholesale orders aside (just delivered a 104-pc order to the mag, have a 60-pc one on deck), I just got word that I'm vending at Ellicott City's Springfest on April 22, which means I finally have to suck it up and buy a tent. $200 for a flame-retardant tent that meets fire code, $125 for the booth fee, $50 for insurance. Then in May, there's Spoutwood. Starting in June, I'll be teaming up with a neighbor of mine who makes bath & body stuff to do a line of lotion, cream, and shower gel for Sihaya & Company.

And I may have agreed to take on a transcriptionist role for a fandom-related thing, for those nights when I can't sleep and need something quiet to do.

Right now, the intense focus on work is giving me what I need to keep on chugging. Unfortunately, it might have the side effect of my freakin' hands falling off.
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For the month of March, I am making wings in the various LGBT flag colors (Rainbow, Bi, Pan, Trans, and Ace), and donating half the proceeds ($23 per pair) to The Trevor Project.

The Trevor Project is a 24/7 national hotline providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

If you would like a pair, you can purchase here: Sihaya Designs Charity Wings

Sihaya Designs Faery Wings
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PromoCard


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
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Because our country is a goddamn trash fire right now. Authoritarianism, here we come. Now, there is only to wait for our Reichstag Fire moment. In my mind it's not an if, but a when.

I have been trying, feebly, to fight back against the national tragedy unfolding, as well as the aftermath of my own personal ones. Unfortunately, they are fucking with my sleep schedule something awful and plenty of nights I just can't fall asleep. Last Saturday was such a night, and I didn't get to bed until 7am ish.

I decided to sort and catalogue my ridiculous nail polish collection.

Polish rack


And, uh, I've since found about eight more bottles that were scattered around different boxes.

So, a few weeks ago, I ordered a bunch of swatch sticks (clear plastic fake nails on sticks) off of Ebay, and I set about sorting my 260ish polishes by finish, then by color.

Cut for more pics/process. )

Aside from that, I have been spending some time with my new whirlpool-jet bathtub. A couple of nights ago, I took a pitch-black bath full of twinkling glitter. It was like bathing in the night sky.

Mim continues her journey into becoming a lap cat. She crawls into my lap several times a day now. She's relishing being Top Cat in the household, and all of the duties that come with it.

Aside from that, not much to report. Big wholesale order to work on this week. At least it'll give me something quiet to do in the middle of the night.



Pre-sale of the Spring Box starts tomorrow. Will post about it when it goes live!
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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
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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
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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
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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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Whoo. SUPER busy weekend.

Thursday was the day of Two Dinners. One at my mom's, and one at Jason's dad's. I ended my day feeling like Jabba The Hutt, shamefully waddling home. I ate way, way too much. The day was pretty uneventful, except for my nephew running-full speed and faceplanting into a credenza. Scared the piss out of me, but he got up with a swollen face and a cut on his cheek. Thankfully, no concussion, which I fully expected, considering the force at which his face struck. Children are resilient, man.

On Black Friday, Jason and I went with [livejournal.com profile] twelvepetals and her wife Jen (and their cousin) to get a little Christmas spirit. After a truly tasty brunch at Atwaters and some shopping at Belvedere Square Market (truffles, plum and vanilla bean preserves, triple ginger muffins), we headed to Valley View Farms to gawk at all of the Christmas displays and pick up some decorations or our house. There were lots of pretty things to look at, omg. If we didn't have animals, I would 100% carpet my home in glittery poinsettias. Ended up grabbing LED candles for the mantle, some peppermint ornaments, and a slew of hot chocolate mixes. After that, it was on to the Amish market, where we picked up cheeses, apple bread, and other sweet treats to stock our pantry. It was a good day of pumping money into the local economy and small businesses.

Saturday was PACK ALL THE ORDERS! day. I've been having a Black Friday - Cyber Monday sale, and it is going well. I spent most of my day chiseling down a mountain of orders. Jason took five XL grocery bags of packages to the post office today.

Yesterday, I got to work making new stock (and some custom work). I'm selling so well at the sale that my stock is running low, especially on wirework necklaces. I'm vending on Thursday, so I need a few fancier pieces to show. So it's nose to the grindstone to get some new shinies done. I need a full day to make tags, hooks, and general prep, so I only have two more days. Gotta get to it.

I bought my tickets for A Longwood Christmas next Saturday. Very excited.

In the evenings, Jason and I watched Jessica Jones. We're alllllmost through the season, and MAN I have lots of things to say about how the villains are essentially different aspects of toxic masculinity, but I'll save it for when I'm finished the series.

But for now: more work.
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Candles, labradorite, moonstone, earring wardrobes, Sylvan Leaves, the lot of it!

On Ice Cyrstal Pendant

www.SihayaDesigns.com


...now to start packaging the preorders!
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1. Nox started eating again, hallelujah. We're not entirely sure what it was that finally broke his hunger strike-- in the past month, we took him off chemo (which doesn't generally make him nauseated, but seemed like a good idea), started a stomach-coating med 30 mins before mealtimes, put him on (and then weaned him off) an anti-nausea med, and started an appetite stimulant. Nothing had an immediate effect, but regardless, earlier this week, he started eating again! Our plan is to hold to our current regimen for another week and then see if adding his chemo back in changes anything. I feel like a giant weight has been lifted off my chest. I wish to god we knew why this happens every Autumn.

2. Special Effects, maker of the best crayola hair dyes in the world, is experiencing another one of their production hiccups, and they've been out of my regular dye for MONTHS. I am officially out, and my roots are kinda bananas. So. I guess I'm going to have a purple-to-pink ombre for awhile. Honestly, I really would like to do teal, but at this point, I don't think I could strip enough pink out to get a nice teal going, so. Meh. I was thinking I might try Punky Colors, but all of the reviews say it's got a 2 week bright stage in the hair... I've gotten spoiled by only having to do my hair every 5-6 weeks. I'm just not willing to do a touch up every other week.

3. I just bought supplies for my winter run of candles. I let people vote on my company FB page, and I'm doing preorders for my friends. I don't actually make much profit on the candles, but I like making them. It's a fun creative exercise. Part of the lack of profit is because I do my own scent blending, rather than just adding one pre-fabbed fragrance to the wax. So each blend I do usually has at least 3 notes in it-- all of that adds up. Plus the glossy labels and the candle glitter... but they are super pretty. The blends that I'm making for sure are:

a) An evergreen and ice blend - something that smells like cold air whipping through a snowy forest.
b) A rich, sensual spiced amber. The idea came about from the "candletime" idea that I've seen floating around social media in response to holiday madness. It's all about taking time to snuggle up with candle light, a mug of something warm, and a good book. My brain translated that to rich, spicy resins.
c) Santa's Visit - cherry pipe tobacco, a burning hearth, and subtle tree notes.
d) A classic garland-- a realistic tree scent with spiced pomanders and some cranberry notes.

There's also a secret blend I'm working on partially as a joke-- I came across a fragrance oil called "ESSENCE OF JESUS" that made me go "ohhhhh myyyyyyyy," particularly as it's composed of notes one would usually find in pretty sensual blends. So I'm going to make a VERY limited number of candles in the vein with frankincense, myrrh, precious spices, and a little bit of a vanilla patchouli base to round it out. I've sold 7 already in preorders, which means batch one will have 5 left. I suppose if I like it enough, I can always rename it and add it in.

I also got some other notes to do experiemental holiday blends... I'm envisioning a roses-and-pinecones scent, but I've been having a hard time finding the right rose for the scent I'm envisioning. I want a really crisp, greenery-fresh rose note like PBSW's Roses In The Snow or BPAL's Rose Red. I swear, I have sniffed at least 10 rose scents in my search. And they're all very nice. They're just not... the one.

ANYWAY, the 8oz candle tins are going to sell at the usual $11/each, so if you're interested in a preorder, LMK. I'll make the greenlit candles at the end of next week, to ship Thanksgiving week.

4. Speaking of Holidays... I am going to be that person that puts their tree up way too early this year. We're decorating this weekend. I need the light. We're also planning a trip up to Valley View Farms sometime soon, not that we need any new ornaments. It's just a tradition. That, and a meal at Atwaters, yumm. Jason also really wants to go up to see the Christmas display at Longwood, which looks really nice. I've never seen the holiday display.

5. I'm not sure how big the Sihaya Designs holiday retail collection will be this year, but I've started working on it. It'll be the usual mix of stocking stuffer earrings, earring wardrobes, and fancy wirework. At least, it will if I can power through this weird wire slump I've been in for the last few days. Everything I've made has either looked like a uterus or a Very Fancy Penis. Paging Dr. Freud...
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Jason and I got back from Salem last night around midnight. Much more successful attempt at a vacation than this year's trip to the Outer Banks. There were a few down notes, but overall, a good time was had. The trip. )

Most of my pictures from the trip are up at my Instagram! Holy cats, we did a lot.


As for other goings-on:

-- I made it to Faire once this season. I had a better time than expected (since I've been in a weird headspace lately), and it was nice to not be scrambling from one show to the next. Mostly, I wandered. It was exactly what I needed, along with good times with fun friends (Jen & Laura).

-- I attended a Witches' Tea Party at [livejournal.com profile] damejenn's, which was EXQUISITELY decorated. The refreshments provided were well-chosen and delicious. The company was delightful. I made fun cupcakes. Again, pics at Instagram.

-- I've been working on getting a handle on my situational depression and anxiety. I only had one anxiety attack the whole time I was in Salem. Part of that was knowing that the kitties were in excellent hands. Abby is a godsend. But Nox is a bit thinner than I'm used to seeing him, and he's due for a vet appointment in a week, so I'm trying to manage the anxiety that comes from that. We had a great snuggle earlier today, and he's still eating, even if he's being a super fussbutt about it. Good thoughts appreciated.

-- The next two weeks are going to be mostly me completing the next FaerieMag order. It's smaller this month, probably because they ordered so much stock last month that they're still working through. This batch is mostly holiday stuff, and, for the most part, not as work-intensive. Which means I might be able to put out a small holiday retail collection this year, huzzah.

-- Transcendence is headlining the All Seasons Hafla on Sunday!
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The first round of Autumn candles have touched down at Sihaya Designs.

Autumn Candles, set 1


Hi ho, hi ho, back to the wing-making mines I go.
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Though the details are on FB, said FB is public. https://www.facebook.com/SihayaDesigns

CAM
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Due to a small snafu, I actually have a second day off in a row. It's pretty nice, considering I've been too busy to do much self-care lately. Business has been decent but very busy-- I've been working on back to back wholesale orders.

I have something like 4 candles left from my sale. The candles sold fairly quickly, and now I'm trying to decide if I'm going to bring any of those scents back for the next round. I feel like it's too early to start working on fall formulations, but that's what I really want to do!

I desperately need to clean my bathroom-- everything is seemingly covered in a fine layer of glitter and pink hair, and then I was thinking of indulging in a fancypants bath.

I did write a long, rambly essay about lit crit techniques as applied to popular media (movies & tv) yesterday. 3,000 words, because I'm wordy and can't help it. It's here: http://sihayadesigns.tumblr.com/post/122221220658/death-of-the-author-criticism-and-popular-media

Updating

Jun. 2nd, 2015 02:43 pm
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It has been a long but pretty good two weeks. I started it off by getting sick as hell. Jason gave me the Head Cold Of Doom, and I was down for the count for almost four days. Like, couldn't open both eyes at the same time sick. It was not fun.

But I came out of it just in time to stop at Laura & Jen's impromptu memorial day get together. I've been slowly making up social rainchecks that I had to issue while I was ill-- Karyn & I met at the NGA for delicious food (bourbon and apricot glazed turkey, omfg) and then a wander to the butterfly garden at the natural history museum. Abby and I met up for a jaunt around the botanical gardens and then a trip to the Freer-Sackler to see Whistler's Peacock Room, and a modern art piece based on it, Filthy Lucre / REMIX (aka, the Peacock Room as a nightmare-scape). It was immersive and absolutely wonderful, so if you like art, you should definitely go see it.

I got to go to the zoo with my family (including baby Zeke), and it's awesome just how much he loves animals. Like, he spent half the day blowing kisses to the animals. Adorable. Sunday, Jason and I hit up Tacoma Park for brunch at Republic and a trip around the farmer's market for heirloom tomatoes, Atwaters' bread, and delicious fresh soft cheese with lavender infusion.

I've been documenting with lots of pics over on instagram: https://instagram.com/sihayadesigns/

Work-wise, I sold through a half dozen of crescent moon earrings in two hours, and am finishing up a few commissions before I begin the next wholesale set for Faerie Magazine. I'm going to do a mini-collection of Elizabeth I & Anne Boleyn pieces next week.

This morning, I also finished the five scent blends for the next run of candle tins. I want my scents to be exclusive to me, so they're not just "pour ready-made scent into wax" dealies. I hand-blended them all myself. They are:

Amas - Sweet lemon and rose cream. A light, refreshing scent that invites love.

Angelica - Oranges and sandalwood musk. Narcotically hypnotizing, you'll fall under her spell.

Avalon - Egyptian musk, dragon's blood, and ripe apples. A bright, airy scent like the eternal mists of the sacred isle.

Invocation - Two ambers, copal, dragon's blood, oakmoss, and a hint of myrrh. A slightly sweet, resinous blend of sacred incenses.

Sidhe Draoi - Moss, fresh soil, green leaves, cedar, and a touch of amber. A fittingly fresh and woodsy scent to honor dryads, forest spirits who are sometimes called "fairy Druids."

Amas and Angelica are recreations of the blends I issued in 2012. Invocation is an updated version of a similar scent. Avalon and Sidhe Draoi are both new. The wax pouring for those begins tomorrow!

Interview!

May. 28th, 2015 10:41 am
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Faerie Magazine interviewed me for their newsletter and their blog. Go check it out! :)

http://www.faeriemag.com/blogs/blog/29770433-an-interview-with-2-faerie-artists

Catch up.

May. 14th, 2015 02:04 pm
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Work:

Belle Epoque


There's a new update at Sihaya Designs. It's mostly wings (including an expanded Design Your Own Wings option), but there's also some labdradorite and earring odds and ends.

I am toying with releasing some candles next month-- I want to learn how to make pillar candles, but my candle tins I did in 2011 were quite popular. I'm thinking of releasing Amas (lemon, rose, cream, a favorite last time), Invocation (amber, copal, sandalwood), an Avalon-inspired blend, a forest/dryad-inspired blend, and possibly Angelica (sandalwood and sweet oranges). Right now, I've got about $200 worth of wax and containers and oils in my cart, and that has to wait until I restock wire. But this will probably happen, especially if requests are strong enough.

Spoutwood:

Spoutwood was mostly pretty great. Let me tell you, having Faerie Magazine sponsor me was incredible and relieved SO MUCH stress. They set up the tent, provided all of the merchandising stuff except my earring racks, handled the money, put me up in a hotel, and sold my stuff when I was on stage. A+++, good times. It made for an incredibly easy experience for me.

The Transcendence sets also went well, and I actually loved doing my little solo bit in each set. Our group has really gelled in a way that collaborating feels like a joyful experience, and even though I'm not particularly interested in dancing outside of it at the moment, it's keeping my love of dancing from completely burning out.

On the minus, I got food poisoning from eating at Ruby Tuesday on Friday night and spent Saturday constantly rushing to the port-a-johns. In the middle of conversations with customers, right before stage sets... didn't matter. Lasted most of the day.

As for purchases, I really only made one: I got my yearly Dancing Pig Pottery mug. It reads, "I'm silently judging you."


Re-entry:

I am starting to see friends and loved ones again instead of the inside of my studio. I saw Colleen for brunch, am doing Wine in the Woods with Anna, am going to the Smithsonian with Karyn, and am going on a long hike with Jason this weekend. My social calender is slowly starting to re-open, so if you want on it, drop me a line.


Moving:

We renewed our lease on a month to month basis, despite the upstairs neighbors REALLY dialing back the noise level. Jason REALLY wants to buy a house. I am mostly "enh," about that, but I am a city-dweller at heart, so. We're going to start looking soon, without the pressure of a deadline.


Recommendations: I have been really into Belle Epoque-era Paris & London as a setting lately. I tend to prefer fiction more than non-fiction, but I wouldn't turn my nose up at an engagingly-written nonfic rec. Anybody got any recs for me? I just finished MJ Rose's The Witch of Painted Sorrows, and I loved the settings, even if I felt the characters weren't quite finished.
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