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Today I have to go to a funeral. :/ )

[livejournal.com profile] inefficiency and I noticed something funny when we were at the sheep and goat pens at the Cleveland County Fair on Wednesday. When a sheep or goat bleats, it totally sounds like a person disaffectedly saying "mehhhhh." We've started going around randomly saying "mehhhhh" now.

"Want some dinner?"

Yeah, my life is happening. Wooo.

The other big news is that I'm busting ass to get ready for a big event on the 13th - The Crafting Patch Market, an all-Etsy event in Charlotte. I'll be there with Threeravens.net, Coffin Color, and my business partner-in-crime Snitches Get Stitches. We'll be kicking ass and taking names and I hope that I see some of you local peeps there!
The bad part is that since I've been sick, that's kinda put me off my game for making stock. Now I'm playing the catch-up game, trying to make labels and 8 million lip balms and milk baths and ugh.
I really love making my stuff, don't get my wrong. It's just that half of what I have to make is a "big production" sort of thing, where I can only make one type at a time, like my lip balm. Because of the colouring and flavour, I can only do one batch at a time, then I have to clean every single tool I have... then let them dry completely. That takes up a lot of time, and requires me to do some careful management. Bath salts are the same way, since I only have so many bowls and measuring tools. That's something for the Xmoose list, I guess - more tools! :D

I'll get it all done. I just need to do a thing or two each night. I have new items I haven't even listed for sale, and some whipped shea butter balms that I can't wait to create... it'll come, it'll come.

How is everyone today?
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Cirque Macabre is THIS SATURDAY, March 17th at Kings Barcade in Raleigh, NC! Doors open at 4pm. Have you bought your tickets yet?

The following schedule is subject to change without notice, but will give you a taste of the amazing evening in store:
[doors open at 4pm]
4:00-5:00 - DJ Stowy
5:00-5:30 - White Widow
5:30-6:30 - DJ Spider + House of Deville
6:30-7:45 - In Tenebris
7:45-8:45 - djsteve + Magician Jeffrey Jene
8:45-9:15 - Dai Andrews
9:15-10:15 - DJ Stowy + Sister Hilal
10:15-11:00 - Anders Manga
11:00-12:00 - DJ Spider + House of Deville
12:00-1:00 - Bella Morte
1:00-close - djsteve

You'll also get to check out the wares from:
Eclectic Circle
Algedonic Arts
Black Cat Designs
And of course, ME! ThreeRavens.net

Advanced Tickets are now on sale! Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

I hope to see some of you there!
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Spent all evening updating my webpage at threeravens.net.
It took a while, but all the links are correct - if there's something that isn't, it wasn't without a huge struggle by me to catch all the changes!

I'm liking how it looks now. All I have to fix is the affiliates links page. Yay!

Some of my friends placed orders with me tonight. You know who you are. And you know that I love you. Without my friends... I'd be lost.

Seriously, you guys - I'm actually making this work! I set a goal for myself for January - by the end of the month I wanted to have 100 people mark my shop as a favourite on Etsy... and I wanted to have a total of 30 sales there.

I'm now up to 111 hearts and 36 items sold! I still have a few days left! Do you think I can make 40 sales? *dance*

I feel like this is becoming quite the viable occupation. I have some plans to have a big batch of new flavors of Lip Bliss up soon, and I have a couple of other ideas for items brewing in my head. I'm really only limited by my imagination and available materials. If you have a wish list, now would be the time to mention it and see if it is possible for me to make it!

Thank you so much, everyone who has been so supportive of me. You are so appreciated...
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Sideshow acts from Dai Anderws and Lilith DeVille! Bella Morte, In Tenebris. Anders Manga and White Widow Live! DJs Steve, Stowy and Spider! Vending from Eclectic Circle and ThreeRavens.net! [hint hint]

March 17, 2007 in Raleigh, NC. Click the flyer for more information!
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Some of you might be aware that I sell on etsy.com. And some of you might be hip to the idea that sales there have been slow. Well, they recently revamped the site from beta to the supa-fly [yet still occasionally buggy] V2 and a lot of us have been re-energized to get sales hopping. In that spirit, I jumped in with some other sellers of similar wares to start an Etsy Street Team for herbalists/soapcrafters/bath and body mavens, the Etsy Green and Clean Guild.
If you want to see what some of the other folks in this endeavor sell, check out the treasury list I made to promote us here.

I'm hoping this will help to kick sales in the butt and get them moving. Another thing I can do - and I am doing - if you fine folk can pass along the good word for me about my wares, that would be amazing. I'll be posting up tomorrow about some selection choices available for gift baskets - if you're looking for all natural products made from organic ingredients, please please give these a look?

I'm sorry for buggin' you guys so much about it. I just really believe in my products and I always turn to you folks when I have ideas. ['sides, I know you have great taste!]

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Check out the items I've selected here on etsy! You'll notice a nifty cat toy from the delightful [livejournal.com profile] eilonwy. Also, feel free to take a look at the items I offer: xiane @ etsy
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If I was to put together gift baskets, would any of you be interested in buying them? I don't want to bother if I won't be able to make sales, but I need to do *something* to jump start sales for Yule/Xmoose.

Meh. :D
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So [livejournal.com profile] three_ravens has sat in silence for a bit while I gathered my herbal forces together and began to build an empire... so to speak. [read: one must pay bills.] However, my loins are girded, my clouds seeded and my wild oats sown - and other pithy, ridiculous turns of phrase - and now WE ARE READY. Ready for what, you ask? Ready to take submissions for Three Ravens Productions Chapbook/'Zine #1: Oneiromantic.

Oneiromancy is defined as either the ability to predict the future through dreams or to shape the present through magically shaping one's dreams. Here I use the word Oneiromantic to signal one who creates through dream imagery, whether it is poetry pulled directly from dreams or art that uses the symbols one finds in sleep. I'll accept anything that even touches on the idea here, and I'll be including an excerpt from a story I've been working on about those who travel and meet in dreams. This is an easy topic for me to start on, I admit, as this is a common thread for my writings - but it will get the ball rolling.

Details: )
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Firstly. Happiest of birthdays to my wonderful, beautiful friend carnaval_noirKristyne. You've been there for me so many times, and I love you like crazy. I can't wait to see you in a week or so!

other, less important stuff under here. )
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Here's your chance to try some of my wares at a discount! Here's the deal: if you place your order here, through this post, I'll take 20% off your total order before shipping. That's a substantial savings and a great way to try out my wares! I also have some things left that are event-only, so this is the only way to get them currently!

Here's what I have to offer:

Bath salts: Wild In The Woods, Luthien - small $4/ lg $8
Milk baths: Cleopatra's Beauty Bath, Beneath The Waves - small $3 / lg $6

Incense: Temple Of Love, Elerion [only 2 of these left!] - $5 each
Incense Charcoals: packs of two single for .50

Ceremonial White Sage: holy CRAP this is amazing sage. A huge bag for only $2. Wildcrafted, some loose and some on the stalk. Faboo.

Dram bottles of body oil [these are anointing/essence quality only]: Kyphi [3], Violet [2], Amber [1], Dragon's Blood [1] - $2 each

Herbal Blessing Candles: beeswax sheet sprinkled with hand-ground herbs for purification and blessing and rolled to form a candle. $1.50 each

Glass Corked Bottles: the size is 1 7/8" x 3 3/4" and they have a smallish neck. Good for putting oils or powdered herbs in. I can provide a photo if necessary. $3 each

Cotton Tea Bags: reusable muslin bags, good for sachets, loose tea, or bath herbs - .50 each

Dream Pillows: stuffed with hops, catnip, lavender, mullein, mugwort, and rose - designed to help you have pleasant dreams. 5"x5" in size - $5 each.

Questions? Ask away.
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Saturday started off badly.

A couple of new readers of my journal probably don't know about my gastric issues, but I have what I like to call "stress-induced vomitus." * I woke up around 3am with HORRIBLE stomach pains and tried really hard to wish them away. At 5am, [livejournal.com profile] inefficiency came in with a delightful breakfast of oatmeal with cinnamon and walnuts and a glass of water, and I had to turn down the oatmeal after one almost disastrous bite. The thought was lovely, though. *sigh* The water helped somewhat, although I was in some bad bad pain - and I got up and got dressed, like a good business owner does. Rob said that he thought I might not go, but damned if I was going to do that. I invested too much time and money into this to let my stomach foil me.
I was smart the night before and had laid out all my clothing, so it made it much easier to limp through the morning rituals without too much effort. The long, floor-dragging cotton skirt I'd made recently went on with leggings, a long sleeve black tee, and purple striped socks. I made sure to put on sunscreen - my nose ended up pink by the end of the day anyway, but at least I made an effort! I made a trusty PB+J sammich and packed two Luna bars and an apple, in anticipation of possible hunger returning somewhere in the day. I made the smart decision to wear my Docs - you'll see in a bit why this was a good move on my part - and laced them while wincing through the bending over. Gathering up the last of what needed to go in the car [I'd loaded the rest up the night before], I donned my heavier hoodie and a sparkly light scarf for fun and warmth, and I jumped in the car and on my way.

Sweet, Boom, Pungent, Prickle, and Orange. )
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Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo tired.

Not nearly enough 'o' in that word. Seriously.

I want to update about how well I did at the Pagan Pride Day, but I am SO exhausted that I need to sleep first. So! I will update in the morning and tell you all about the people I met, things I sold, and opportunities that are possibly awaiting. I have a few leads on some potentially quite lucrative possibilities.

Stay tuned for more tomorrow. Now, sleep.
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I will be vending at Charlotte Metro Pagan Pride Day tomorrow from 9am to 5pm. I'll not only have Threeravens Productions products there, but also oils, dream pillows, herbed candles, ceremonial sage, and lots more.

If you don't live in the area, tune in after the fact, because whatever I have left will get listed for sale up here. Wheee!

Wish me luck?
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So a few of you folks were expressing interest in the new baths I've been cranking out, so I took some pics today.

salts and milk baths! )

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