Thursday, October 15, 2009


THIS WEEKEND, FRIDAY OCTOBER 16TH THROUGH SUNDAY OCTOBER 18TH ALL PREPACKAGED TEAS ARE ON SALE!!! Make your purchase between midnight on Friday morning and midnight Sunday night and get 25% off all prepackaged teas! Purchase 4 or more and get FREE SHIPPING!

This does not include prepacked herbs, bath salts, or herbal tea samplers.

As always, 10% of all purchases go towards CandleLighters Organization, helping families afford to give their children a fighting chance against cancer!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Woa, What Happened??

As many of you may have noticed I unintentially dropped off the face of the planet for the last week or so. Not to worry, while there were a few small oops and emergencies the big reason for my online-absense has mostly been due to too much business!

I know, too much! I wasn't prepared! girlscout that I am. I had an incident involving shattered glass all over my entire supply of tea bags, ran out of most of my tea bases, and had so many orders that I had to work long into the night and most of the weekend days to get caught up, and I'm still going!

Well, I've gotten my new order of tea bags and the new tea bases will arrive tomorrow, my new packaging will arrive the day after that and this weekend will be filled with preparation and new products listed!

Now to fulfill a few more orders and fill my promise to a certain blog give-away winner who is either being the most patient person in the world (and oh, shall she be rewarded) or has completely forgotten and will be getting a very nice surprise shortly!

I appreciate everyone's patience, your encouragement, and your faith that I would return!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Another Weekly Etsy Artisan Favorite Of Mine!

I found this shop while looking for potential jewelry for my wedding when I had chosen a very simple wedding dress and wanted to spice it up with something gorgeous and unique. Everything I saw in this shop was more lovely than the next and made me really jealous that I have NO talent at jewelry design.

This is the item, Pandora's Key - A BREATHTAKING GREEN CRYSTAL CAMEO CHOKER with HANGING BRASS KEY on RARE VINTAGE RIBBON LACE, I had planned to wear, or ask if she could make with a red or black ribbon instead until we bought a much more fancy dress. I may still buy it just because....if my hunny will lift the ban on new jewelry :)
Whoever gets a piece by GhostLoveJewelry will be one lucky and fashionable person!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

In Addition To Free Shipping!

This weekend we are offering a 10% discount on EVERYTHING in the Etsy and Artfire store as well as free shipping!

Etsy: Simply purchase the item, make your payment and all discounts will be reimbursed to you within 24 hours of receipt!

Artfire: When you are checking out simply add the following coupon codes : LABORDAY10 and LABORDAYFREESHIP

This will be applied to all purchases made from Saturday, September 5th through Monday September 7th.

Any special orders requested and approved over the weekend will also receive this discount but ONLY if the payment for the special item is received before Monday at midnight.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Labor Day Weekend Deal! Free Shipping!!!

Have you been thinking of buying some tea, grabbing a bath salt, or trying a sampler but don't want to spend so much on shipping when you can pick up something kinda-sorta similar (but much lesser quality, of course) at your local healthfood store?

No problem! This weekend any purchased made between 12:01am Saturday, September 5th through 11:59pm Monday, September 7th will have all their shipping fees reimbursed to them!

So, start picking out your favorites now and all shipping charges will be reimbursed to you by noon on Tuesday (if not earlier!).

Just remember that all my products are made fresh, handcrafted to taste perfect each time, and are made from the best possible ingredients, most organic and many even wildcrafted!

Also watch out for some new products this weekend as I finally get some of the new packaging I've been waiting for AND new bath/body product toys to make bath bombs!

Bath Bombs Away!

I just got confirmation that my new supplies are on their way and I should have them by the end of the week! And a long weekend! Oh joy!

So, I'm getting plenty of stuff to make bath bombs, going to make them all natural and herbal, of course. I also put in another order (and got some nice essential oils for a new customers too) of additional stuff to make Halloween and Winter themed bombs too! So excited.

What else is new....Trying to put the finishing touches on my new website and I think my next tea will be a flu-fighting tea since so many people around me are getting sick and MD/DC/VA is getting ready for a horrible flu season. Why not give them something to help fight it BEFORE you get hit with it? I know I'll be drinking a lot more tea in the coming months. I need to save my vacation/sick time for my wedding in May.

See that dress? That's my dress! I know the front looks nice but the back is amazing! It laces up like a corset but with these thick ribbons and it is so beautiful. Le sigh...le heave. 8 more months. ACK!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Weekly Etsy Favorite

Ok, is this gorgeous or is it just me? I love these colors, it reminds me of deep autumn in New England. The yarn looks incredibly cozy, and the design is so fun! Is it a scarf or shawl? Who cares?! So beautiful its mesmerizing. So is Ellita's other items, but this is a favorite.

This capelet from their new fall/winter collection. As you see, the collar is getting taller, as the bottom part covering chest and shoulders is getting lower, to assure warmth and comfort for the upcoming cold days and nights. It could be worn as an accessory to your turtleneck, or as an extra layer over your light fall jacket. You could also wear it snugly around your bare neck and shoulders, as it is made from 100% soft wool, which is hypoallergic and will not irritate your skin.

If you want to spend some time playing with different cozy ideas, or are looking for some fabulous holiday presents I would highly recommend you take a look here.

Ellita's Shop

Friday, August 28, 2009

Weekend Plans and Really Awesome Test Tubes!

I'll try to take pictures of them this weekend once they are put together, but I have this really great set of Test-tube-like spice containers that sit in this holder. They are really great and we had planned to use them, a year ago, as spice containers but then went to Ikea and got addicted to spice tins instead. These poor glass Spice-tubes have been sitting around and I finally figured out what I'm going to do with them! Use them as a container for a Bath Salt gift! 1 bath salt in each of the 6 tubes! Now to create 2 more bath salts, which shouldn't take long :)

One of my coworkers has also started going through these new mints that come in fun little plastic test-tubes and he's giving them to me, so voila! Bath Salt Samplers. I only have 2 right now, but give it time...he's addicted to those babies!
Just ordered new jars and a host of bath bomb making substances. Can't wait for them to get here, feels like Christmas! Won't be able to work with them until next weekend though. A lesson in patience.
Oh, in fabulous and completely personal Father-in-law-to-be has offered to pay for our wedding caterer! A serious chunk that we now don't have to fret over. Now we can continue to pay down debts and put $$ into savings for our future abode. Yays! I can't even begin to tell you how happy and relieved that makes me!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Weekly Featured Etsy Product

I've decided to cut down the amount of Etsy features I was doing as they took almost a week to complete and were very hard to put together in the way I had from now on I am choosing one or two products that I think are just great and featuring them each week.

My first choice is a funky steampunk hat I saw that grabbed my eye immediately!

This fantastic mini is very steampunk! More elaborate and intricate than their others, this one has lots of eye candy on it. They started with a brown brocade fabric, added a heavy ribbon hat band and vines, flowers and a clock button in the back. The overlay on the side is a wonderful vintage veiling in brown.

I have to admit that I've been thinking of possible costumes I could put together so I could buy this hat....and I will continue to do so until I have succeeded! I don't know about you but there is something slightly Alice in Wonderland about this hat....maybe when the movie comes out I'll have a reason to buy it...Mad Hatter a'la Johnny Depp?

This fabulous mini top hat is made by GypsyLadyHats and in her store you will find so many amazing hats that you won't know where to start drooling first. Corset hats, velvet hats, goth hats, military hats, hats with it!

Friday, August 21, 2009

I'm in a Treasury and a Blog Feature!

Check it out! People think I'm cool, people think I'm chic....ok, tooting my own horn just a little.

A very awesome treasury of relaxing things.....mmmmmm and she included my Anxie-Tea!

A few Etsy Allergy items...and she spotlighted my Eye Poultices. Woohoo!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

And The Winner Is.........

I want to thank everyone for coming to my blog and taking a look around! 69 Followers is nothing to sniff at. I just hope I can give you all enough reason to come back and check out my blog after this is all over.

I am happy to announce that this morning I pulled a number from a hat and the selected Blog Follower was:

Ponder & Stictch

Congrats!!! Please convo me through Etsy with your name and address and I shall be putting together your Bag O Swag this weekend!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Ok kids! I have never done this before but I'm having a tea sale! This weekend, starting Friday night, I will be offering all my teas (premade, not the samplers) for Buy 2 Teas and Get 1 Free!

So mix and match, get a Detox Tea for the holidays and a Happy Tummy tea for Aunt Mae and get your coworker Noggin Number for Free! Buy your friend struggling through chemo two bags of Tea-Mo-Therapy tea and get yourself Miracle Elixir to get through the winter months healthier than ever.

But, this is a weekend deal only, Friday night through Monday morning. Simply purchase the items in the shop and don't pay. I'll invoice you for the correct amount. All my teas are made by hand and are made fresh to order! If I've had it sitting for more than a week it goes into my new "Overstock" section. The teas can last up to a year and still be fresh, and once you see experience how delicious they are and how effective you'll be coming back for refills!

This sale is going on in both my Etsy and Artfire shops, so take your pick!

Why am I having a tea sale you ask? Well, to be honest its because I want more herbs and supplies! I have dozens of new items rattling around in my head and want to make some large orders but can't until I have made some more sales! So tell all your friends about my sale and you'll be seeing lots more delicious teas, invigorating bath salts, yummy lotions, and healing oils listed in my shop before you know it!

Monday, August 17, 2009

From The Cave

Well folks, I spent a lot of time creating this weekend and got some really great inspiration from a trip to Wegmans (a giant and incredible grocery store). Am I the only person who gets inspiration from grocery stores??

Well, this weekend I made a new bath tea and three new herbal teas! Once my new herbs arrive I will also begin infusing some new oils for future creams and lotions. I got a request from a fan of my Facebook to make some foot soaking salts as well, so those are rattling about in my brain as well.

Take a moment to check out my new products!

I'm still working on my packaging which is not coming along smoothly at all. I got some really great designs and logos from a fellow Etsy seller but none of them are large enough to use on my packaging and my lovely new sticker/laminator machine is hard to master. So, hopefully she can create a couple of label options for me this week and I will have my new packaging ready by the SWAG BAG giveaway :) Can't wait to see who wins!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

This Weekend, in My Cave

This weekend I have a lot of work ahead of me as I embark on some new tea and herbal items. Not only will I be making the Bath Salt, Cleansing and Anxiety teas, as I said I would this week and have had NO time to do it, but I will also be trying to create a new tea for a fellow Etsy seller who is in need of herbal assistance AND a tea combination for those suffering from Diverticulitis.

And that's not all! Channeling Billy Mayes here....

I will also be starting some herbal infused oils as well. This means more creams down the road, massage lotions, etc! Yippee!

So, I'm putting out there a request for new ideas! What kinds of teas or herbal body products would you love to see me offer? (no pressure to buy, just looking for some great suggestions)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

It's Been A Week??

Well, let me apologize, I had no idea that it had been a week since I posted last. That never happens! Things have been so busy for me that it has slipped my mind completely!

This weekend went well, trip to Massachusetts and New Hampshire went as well as could be expected and I got to see some friends I haven't seen in a couple years. My sister's wedding went well...I've never been to one where there were aligators, bunnies, turtles, and dogs roaming around. The keg stands were a new twist. Makes me think that my wedding plans are a tad tame.....yeah, thats ok. Oh, speaking of my wedding, we bought THE DRESS. Not the one originally planned either. In an effort to please my frazzled mother we went to try on dresses at a local David's bridal and the first three were nice but nothing special. I was beginning to think that I really wasn't a bridal gown kind of girl, until the fourth gown. Tried that baby on and the mom started crying, I was speechless, my hunny was very well impressed, and the 360 degree mirror made me fall in love.

So, this week is all about trying to catch up on orders, get some readings written out, get some teas and herbs out the door, and try to make it until Friday.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Just Found a Couple GREAT Resources!

So, I've been struggling, as I am sure many of you have, to build a legitimate business here. I'm sticking receipts here and there around my office, I'm creating spreadsheets to track things and getting lost and giving up....and then I found a really fabulous resource on Etsy for many different aspects of not only working with Etsy but running a business! Here it is!

What it is, in a nutshell, is a listing of various Etsy sellers who are either very good in particular areas or are experts in particular areas and have agreed to help out fellow Etsians with their questions. The subjects range from Adobe Photoshop to tags, from bookkeeping and gemstones, and everything in between! I know I'll be taking advantage of some of these.

Also, if you have ever had a question about shipping, shipping internationally, customs, etc, this is the forum for you! I haven't had a chance to dissect it all but there is enough good information and links in here about how to ship anything to anywhere that its worth looking at if just for the links!
Good luck!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Mini-Vacation, Upcoming Products, And Announcements

As many of you know I will be leaving the area on Thursday morning and returning Sunday morning. I am traveling to Massachusetts to attend my little sister's wedding and secure some of my own wedding items for next May. During this time I will NOT be closing down shop but I may not be able to check it as often as I'd like. Please note that I will attack any purchases the moment I get home and finish crashing.

Some fun products I have just finished researching and will be attempting this week, for hopeful posting by Wednesday night:


A great new herbal tea made of some, what else, organic herbs that help reduce tension and stress in the body! I'm going a little light on the Valerian root since I don't want you all falling asleep. hahaha

Cleanse-Happy Tea

Another great tea that protects, cleans out, and otherwise makes your little liver very, very happy! Not bad to have around after a few months of binging or alcohol consumption, etc. Hmmm, better get this baby out before the holidays .

Breath Easy Herbal Bath Salt
Along with Pink Himilayan Salt and Epsom salt I'll be combining some great aromatic herbs and essential oils (only 100% therapeutic grade, of course) for a bath designed to help stimulate the lungs and airways. Perfect for those who suffer from fall allergies or tend to get those nasty bronchial bugs each year.

Also, big announcement, I have decided it is time to break up my shop a bit. While I love my tarot readings and will continue to do them I will be segregating the little buggers to another shop of mine which I opened years ago as a Buyer shop and had grand intentions of using some day. I will let you all know when I do this but expect to see my listings deminish as I move the spiritual store out of TheOmIntention and into BohemianChick.

New Herbal Products for Sale, Just Posted!

I spent most of the weekend rearranging our apartment so that my blossoming herbal store will have its own space. Now, firmly secure in its own, temperature controlled environment I finally have my little home office and was able to pounch out a couple new products and begin trials on one new one.

So, I am pleased to introduce my two new herbal products, "Oh, I See" Eye Poultices for strained and itchy eyes (simply add water, lay on the affected eye and let the organic herbs go to work!)

Get 8 tea bags, just add water, for $5.00 plus shipping

These poultices are made of Eyebright, Jasmine, Grapeseed and Raspberry Leaf. All are 100% organic and natural. You could probably even drink this, though I can't recommend it since I haven't tried it yet.

Also, and not to be outdone, is my Rest For The Weary organic Bath Salts. Instead of just organic herbs I added a few drops of Frankincense Essential Oil to the mix (100% Therapeutic Grade, of course) for additional relaxation.
Get 5 very large tea bags of this Bath Salt mix for only $9.50
This Bath Salt is made with Epsom Salt, Dead Sea Salt, Passionflower, Chamomile, Lavender, Rosemary, and of course the Frankincense Essential Oil. No artificial smells or colors in my Bath Salts, no way! This is all natural, handmade, hand-packaged stuff my friends and oh, it smells so lovely!
Also, coming down the road will be my new Dead Sea Mud Mask. I've added in some new Essential Oils that are known to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and promote skin regeneration. So, after a few weeks of trials (myself and my partner as the guinea pigs, of course) we will be posting it for the rest of you! Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Blog Giveaway!!!!

That's right kids, I'm giving stuff away!

I am going to randomly choose one of the followers on my blog on August 20th and they will receive a mini gift package. In that gift package will include a 1 ounce tin of my new Chocolate Covered Cherry Cream, a 2 ounce jar of one of my new Dead Sea Mud Masks, a few samples of my tea, a bag of bath salts, and a gift certificate for a free tarot reading!

Thats right, but you have to be a blog follower! So, go ahead and join, get your friends to join and split the loot! Spread the word, the random selection will be done (by the method of names in a hat) on August 20th at 9pm and the notice of the winner will follow!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Works In Progress, Restorative Bath Salts, Herbal First Aid Kits

What's that crazy girl working on now, you ask? So much I don't have enough time in the day. Here are some things that I'm currently working on:

Restorative Bath Salt for Cancer Patients

I've had many friends and family, not to mention myself, who have suffered with Cancer or who are suffering with it. One thing they tell me over and over again is that they are so tired, so weak, in pain and achy. Plenty of bath salts can relax muscles, plenty can revive you, but I am currently researching the newest information on homeopathic cancer treatments and ways to incorporate that into my products. Some things I have found very interesting is the studies on Frankincense Essential Oils and its healing properties, Green Tea, Ginger Root, and Raspberry Leaf. Since I have all these items in stock, and others which are also known to help those battling cancer, I will be trying to create a bath salt that will not only aid in the fight, but also relieve the symptoms. Sure, I could just throw them all in, but you may end up smelling weird, and who wants that??

Herbal First Aid Kits

Not only am I working on increasing my inventory and creating new items to sell, but I am on a mission to eliminate 90% of all over the counter medicines from my medicine cabinet. I'm sure I'm not the only one. It is my goal and dream to have a cabinet filled with herbal remedies, oils, creams, teas, and tinctures for every scenario. I can't imagine I am alone in this desire, but not everyone can buy everything they'll need and put it all together without spending a fortune and enormous amounts of time and energy researching it and creating I'm going to create it for them, and you! I am currently putting together some basic lists of items that one may want around the house for different seasons, different reasons, etc. Once I have made enough to create a comprehensive kit (one for each season) I will offer them up for sale! What's not to love? All organic, all natural, and healthy!

As I always tell everyone, I love suggestions, I love new ideas and requests! So, if you have a particular item you can't find elsewhere let me know! If you have an ailment and would like to find an herbal aid for it just convo me or comment and ask! I may get ideas but most of my products come from inspiration for you all!!!! Help me help you! Help me help YOU! hahaha

Upcoming Redesign,Vacation, and August's Reading Sale

I just wanted to let you all know that I will be redesigning my shop, logos, etc. over the next week or so with the help of a talented Etsy Graphic Designer. I'm very excited about it and can't wait to see what she comes up with. I do love my red Buddha logo but I'm finding it difficult to print packaging because it is so bright and hard to work with. I'm very hopeful she will come up with something that really speaks to my desires for my shop. Once I have a design I'll let you all know!

Also, Thursday August 6th through Sunday August 9th I will be out of the state for my sister's wedding in Massachusetts and won't be able to respond to requests or e-mails until I return. I won't be closing the shop but all orders will be responded to when I return.

As for August's sale, I have whispered it to some of you, but I will let you know now that the Reading on sale for next month will be the Past Life Reading. I know I just did that reading not too long ago but I got a big response and requests for more. So, August 1st, this Saturday, my Past Life Reading will go from $25 to $18.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Chocolate Covered Cherrie Salve - OMG!!!!

I just finished a batch of my new salve...its thicker than a cream and a lotion, and is so amazingly moisturizing. Everyone who's smelled it has wanted to eat it. Yet its not overpowering.

Oh, my, YUM! Don't eat this lotion, don't do it! I mean, its all natural, organic,etc, but it's not for eating!

So many wonderful and skin nourishing ingredients, I don't know where to begin. How about our luscious lotion base made with Jojoba oil? Not impressed? How about we add 100% organic Cocoa Butter? Still no? Well, then we'll add our own signature organic oil mixture which includes Apricot Kernal oil, calendula flowers, chamomile flowers, Jasmine Flowers, and Grapeseed Oil. Yup, I thought so.

This lotion is not only devine for the skin, leaves is incredibly soft and moisturized, but its also perfect for rashes and sensitive skin. I use the base oil alone for cracking skin and irritations and it is a miracle worker. Add the oil with the lotion and butter and you have an amazing treat.

The best part? The smell! The Apricot Kernal Oil, Grapeseed Oil and flower mixture all create an amazing smell or Marichino Cherries and the Cocoa Butter, well that smells like chocolate in the best possible way. Put them together and people will be drooling all over you! Chocolate Covered Cherries, here we come!

I'm offering it in 1 ounce tins and 2 and 3 ounce jars.
You have got to check it out!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

There Are a Few of My Favorite Things - Asian Edition

There are so many beautiful items on Etsy, that I just felt the need to do another Etsy Seller Feature, this time with an Asian theme! So this week I have art, ceramics, mobile, decals, and votive holders, oh my! All beautiful, all creative, and all Asian-inspired home decor!

Japanese Chiyogami paper is beautiful on its own, but add some mood lighting to them and they shine! This collection, Wonderland Blues, of votive holders is a wonderful addition to any room! Small, unobtrussive but what a statement! Just put a votive candle in them and watch them glow! Gamiworks has many beautiful chiyogami paper-inspired items in their shop, each more beautiful than the next!

Origami is an ancient form of paper-folding that has been around for centuries. Anyone who had art-class as a child tried their hand at it themselves, I'm sure. Myself, I've never been able to fold much more than a napkin. These beautiful Floating Lily Hanging Mobile by SimpleSweetDesign is much more impressive than my sad and sloppy Artichoke Heart, I must say. Dainty, lovely, beautiful in shades of green and yellow, this would look so sweet above a baby's crib, over a home-office desk, or hanging in a nice corner of a room, drawing all eyes to it the moment you walk in. And if greens and yellows aren't your colors? She has them in every color combo you can imagine, along with dozens of other beautiful pieces!

Speaking of drawing all eyes to something in the room, this beautiful
limited edition glicee print of tcatalano's Catching Desert Dreams makes me think of a beautiful desert hallucination. It also makes me think how nice it would look above my desk. At 9 x 12 inches, this print is just large enough to brighten up the room without taking it over!

Whether you're looking for some beautiful ACEOs, glicee prints, or original works, all tcatalanos items are just as creative and inspired.

Looking for a fun, vibrant place to plant some herbs or flowers? Brighten up the room with these gorgeous red and black handpainted ceramic pots, dotted with sweet cherry blossoms. MonkeyJunkyGoods has several different styles and colors available, these are pots are 4x4 and the perfect size for your own mini indoor garden!

Want to spruce up your apartment but can't paint the walls? Wall decals are the next best option, and this Lotus Blossom - Mehndi is perfect for those seeking to bring a little peace and meditation into the room. They come in a multitude of colors and are anice and large (about 22x22). This piece is certainly not the only one that BadassCustomDecals has, in fact their collection ranges from meditative to entertainment, children's room to toilet! Check out their Etsy store, check out their website!

I hope you enjoyed my little feature of fellow Etsy artisans! Next time will be some lovely sellers at Artfire!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Feedback Hugs

There is not much that can rival waking up exhausted, having a rough commute to work, logging onto your Etsy account to find that someone left you positive feedback and said lovely things about the product. That immediate glow of happiness and joy...knowing that someone really likes something that you made with your own hands and put so much time and effort into! I just want to reach through cyberspace and give that person a giant hug!

Now, I appreciate the glowing feedback I get for my readings, trust me I do, but I've always felt as though I participate very little in the readings. I simply go through the motions and allow Energy and my spirit guide to choose the best possible cards for that person. Sure, I may decipher the meaning from it, type it up nice, and add a little of my own thoughts and suggestions to them, but overall I would say readings are a group effort.

The teas and other herbal products (some of which I'm still testing) are 99% me. I research them, I read about the herbs, I check sources to make sure I know what possible side-effects they may have for people, I mix them, brew them, taste them, test them, design them, and package them. While I completely accept that I have my spirit guide to thank for a lot of the success I've had so far with making my teas and products, her inspiration and gentle guidance still leaves me with the majority of the work.

So, the feedback I get from my readings, while it lifts my spirits and has the double blessing of showing others that I'm not some internet fraud, is wonderful I have to admit that getting great feedback for my teas just makes my week! So don't forget to leave great feedback for others! Tip your waitresses!

Friday, July 17, 2009

This Weekend's Plans

Well folks, tonight is beef and beer date night. Tonight, the hunny and I grab a steak and a beer and go see Harry Potter 6: Half Blood Prince. Looking forward to it!

This weekend will, as usual, be a weekend of WORK! We have wedding planning to do and I desperately need to do some work on my Artfire and Etsy shops. I need some better pictures, I need to adjust my tags to they show up more often on search engines, I need to go through my descriptions and make sure they are accurate and spelled correctly (eeps)...and I need to post new items!

This weekend, sunlight permitting, I will be posting my new set of 5, count them, 5 tinctures! I am also happy to let you know that I have tried out my lovely new Dead Sea Mud mask and it has worked beautifully! I will also be posting that as well. If I have time I also want to make my new oil into a cream...but I don't have the wax, so we'll see how far I get with that. Yummy, fun weekend! What are your plans??

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Why I Love/Hate Facebook

So I joined up with Facebook a week or so ago, both as myself and as a fan page for The Om Intention shop (feel free to become a fan..ack, I have "fans", I'm famous! Yay!). At first nothing happened, then I found some people I knew and "friended" them, now I'm getting in touch with all my old college friends and even my college roommate! It's been so wonderful seeing how everyone is doing but it is becoming addicting and perhaps dangerous!

See, the problem is we are getting ready to invite 87 people to our wedding thanks to a few unexpected direct invites made by my mother which is a lot more than we anticipated for our small little wedding. Now I'm seeing my college roommate, my dear friends that I shared so much with for 4 years of fun, embarrassment, and drunken moments that I will NEVER share with anyone else....and I want to invite them too! Oh hell, I want to invite EVERYONE! Come one, come all! Get ready to have some great food and do some ridiculous amounts of dancing! I want to shout it from the rooftops....then I think of the catering many more favors we'll have to order....and I begin to calm down.

So I came up with a plan! If you all buy TONS of tea and herbs from me between now and January I will have enough extra income to invite everyone to my wedding! And you'll have lots of wonderful tea and herbs and the heartwarming feeling of helping me make my wedding dreams come true. hehehe

Sunday, July 12, 2009

This Weekend in Etsy Land

Wow, big weekend this weekend and I realized just how unprepared for overnight success I am! I know, it's only a temporary swell from being shown on the front page but I've sold about 8 items in 1 day and realized in the midst that a batch of sealable tea bags I bought are no good and won't seal! ACK!

I've special ordered 600 more so I should be in good shape for a while but I won't get them in until later this week. None of the herb stores or health food stores in the area carry them. Boo!!!

Also, I'm currently enmasked in a new concoction of mine that my partner and I are being guniea pigs for...mud masks! Specifically I have melded together some fabulous Dead Sea Mud, Tea Tree Oil and Rosemary Oil and we're awaiting the results. If it works I might have to sell it...this stuff feels great and I'm about to wash it off! Wish me luck!

New Tea Added - PMS Tea!

I finally put the finishing touches on my newest herbal tea, the PMS Tea! (aka Please Make it Stop Tea).

Ever feel like something has invaded your body, or the body of the woman in your life during a certain time of the month? The horrible cramps, the painful bloating, that feeling that you want to kill everyone around you for breathing too loud? Yeah, I thought so. This tea is a culmination of weeks of research and testing and today I can offer it up to those of you who suffer through PMS. Therefore I introduce to you Please Make it Stop Tea (aka PMS Tea).

PMS Tea is made from all organic products, Rooibos tea, lavender buds, skullcap, chaste berries, passionflower, ginger root, marshmallow root, crampbark, and spearmint leaves. This tea can also be made with Ceylon tea if you want something a little less sweet.

In each re-sealable bag you will receive 15 ready-to-use tea bags. Each bag holds approximately 1 tsp of tea. One bag can make a very large mug of strong and delectable tea and two bags can make a nice small pot of tea. This can be made as loose leaf tea as well, just convo me. When sent as a loose tea I will include an unbleached muslin bag. If needed, I can also include a tea strainer if prefered.

This tea will help ease the cramps, reduce your bloating, and help ease the tension and anger of even the worst PMS victim. Don't let another month of agony go by! Try PMS tea and you'll wonder why you waited!

Featured on Etsy's Front Page

I, like many other Etsy sellers have tried everything we can think of to get attention from buyers. I, myself, had bought into doing two separate Showcases for $7 for 1 day and got not a single sale from it. But this weekend I saw just how fabulous being featuered on the front page can be!

Yesterday morning I went online to see if I had a sale and in my inbox I saw I had 2, and they were for my herbs! This rarely happens so I excitedly went to the Etsy site to relist and as the front page of Etsy came up I saw a very familiar picture at the very top! One of my own herbs!
Etsy had decided to do a feature on items with the word Organic in them and they had chosen my Organic Gotu Kola tea aid as one of them. I immediately went to my shop and by that time I had 2 MORE sales! I had also made a sale from my Artfire account as well! I was so excited that I had to let my Earthpath Artisan team members know, and by the time I had posted something about it in the team forum and relisted the several items that had sold I had 2 MORE sales!

WOW! So I did my little "Thank you PPF" dance around the kitchen as my sweety made brownies from scratch for a barbeque and I screeched like I hadn't screeched since I was about 12.

Etsy can feature me any time they want to! I just wish I had known they would earlier because I have now run out of my tea-bags that I use and no one in my area, or even within a 20 miles radius carries them so I've special ordered them for immediate shipping. I may not have enough to finish all the sales I made this weekend but I should have the new order by Wednesday or Thursday and then off they go!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wedding Plans and MOBs

My mother is FINALLY getting excited about the wedding, thank goodness! I've been going what feels like boxing rounds with her and she has been second-guessing everything, right down to our color scheme. Then she came at me crying with the feeling that she isn't involved in the wedding at all and I'm her only child, etc.
I'll be honest, as much as I love my mother, and I LOVE my mother, I was getting...frustrated. Then I realized that my partner and I had been planning this whole thing together, looking at pictures, going back and forth on how things would look, etc., and my mother hadn't even seen anything yet and was going on her own imagination.
So I took a couple hours the other day and put together a little visual presentation using the pictures we liked, colors, ideas, actual products we were going to get, etc. She called me after looking at it and I could hear the excitement in her voice. She had some good points and some good ideas, and it was so nice!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

10 Fabulous Things Under $20 on Etsy!!!

There is so much to love on Etsy I just don't know where to begin. The art, the sculpture, the geek-accessories...and some are quite the investment. Not these incredible pieces! All 10 under $20 each! Not a bad deal, not bad at all, and at those prices they may not hang around long. This edition of my favorite things is all about my fellow EarthPath Etsian team members (aka EAST Team).

Figments is a big chatter and a great friend to all the EAST team members, I think it is safe to say. She's also a talented jewelry designer, as you can see by these "Swirling Colors" earrings.

Silver colored Tierra Cast pewter spiral goddess charms hangling below the colors of the Chakras, one is inspired to get balanced and connected with oneself. Lovely and inspiring at only $15.

If there isn't a saying "good ACEOs are hard to find" yet then there should be. And this would be among them! Cobaltquilter has an amazing assortment of beautiful quilts, postcards, art clothes, that you could spend hours browsing through her shop.

This ACEO Gypsy Rose Moon Goddess is gorgeous, and only $10! Handmade and one of only 12 in a series, it's worth gobbling up quickly!

If you are ever looking to spend some time in a world with faeries and magic, you may find yourself browsing Merigreeleaf's shop. She sells everything from knitted plushies to necklaces to runes, to chainmale.

The Underwater Wyvern: Slightly Sylphs is a great represenation of this. Crocheted out of hemp with beads and charms of various shades of blue, and two lovely pewter faeries, it's amazing that it is only $18!

I get tired of throwing on the typical studs and dangles that adorn my ears from time to time, and CelticCrossings Ear Swirls are just the thing to break up the monotony!

This lovely Ear Swirl in Sterling Silver with Swarovski Crystals is only $12.50! It swirls up your ear and is over an inch in length. Its a sparkly piece of bling that you have to add to your collection!

Want to create your own talisman? Want prosperity or protection, love or courage? Well, you will find this lovely offering at Greenfingers, along with dozens of other lovely charms, readings, smudge sticks, you name it!
Each charm is different, and each talisman is a charm, hehe, and for $20 it's well worth it! Each Custom Charm/talisman/amulet will be unique and handmade with whichever items you want from her list. It's worth investigating.

Plushies and ACEOs like in a Geek's heaven! Oh, I'm speaking of Lizstaley's shop of course. Whether it's a One-Eyed Purple People Eater or a Dr. Who plushie keychain, this girl's store is one of a kind!
This little green beauty is the ever-popular PayPal Faery! That's right! Even is the monetary PPF doesn't visit your store as often as you'd like her to, this one can visit with you all you like, and for $18 she certainly is a bargain!

Nothing says summer like a Backyard Barbeque, and nothing says barbeque like HowlingCaterpillars' 5-inch diameter Dream Web. From the tip of isn't longest feather to the top of it's hanging loop, this original piece is 17 inches long and only $15!

How much summer can you spot? Watermelons, baseball, rootbeer! Mmmm, I can almost smell the suntan lotion.

TiedUpAndTwisted is not only a lovely individual but a very talented jewelry crafter!

Tied's "You Are The Sea" sea green rutilated quartz and oxidized silver earrings are stunners, don't you think? Summery, sweet, simple...they could be worn with jeans, with dresses, and everything in between. So pretty, and only $18!

Not to be outdone by Tied's success, her other fabulous shop, Charmedbyskye, has some additionally lovely pieces. "Northern Lights", a vintage reconstructed earring set is lovely, funky, and I love the pictures! At $20 they are a fun, vintage addition to your collection!