Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Giveaway at Magickal Enchantments!

This is a shop I've been eyeing for some time- and I've just spied this giveaway.

Here's what Magickal Enchatments has to say about her Custom Spirituality Kit
"This kit will contain a Custom Blended Oil, A Custom Blended Herbal Sachet, and a Crystal specific to the intent we decide is right for you. Each item will be made to your specific spiritual needs.
You and I will converse through emails or chat to decide what is the best way for you to connect to your inner light and to aid you with living a life where you feel more confident, focused and spiritual."

Winners will be announced New Year's Eve- so follow Magickal Enchantments, blog the giveaway and let her know about it!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Featured Artist: MamaLovePerfume

I love this shop- it has an awesome range of blended oils with a healing kick.  And a cute little babushka lady.
Read up on Sheryl and buy/heart/convo as always.

"I'm a spiritual counselor, healer and flower essence practitioner (as well as an artist and published author)."

Your crafts & ideas
"I make a line of spiritually-guided flower essence aromatherapy perfumes and body/bath/massage oils that are organic, 100% natural, and Reiki-infused. My first product was called Mama Love for Troubled Times and the formula was guided to me when I was in a crisis of my own. It was wonderful! I couldn't stop crying at the time and it never failed to soothe me. Then I started to give it to anyone else in need of comfort and love and they all wanted to know if I sold it so they could buy some more. That's how my Mama Love flower essence aromatherapy business was formed. I now make 12-15 formulas (depending on the time of year). All of them are for healing purposes, some are mostly for fun, but they're all called Mama Love."
Do you offer customers anything besides a product?
"Services, a good cause, years of crafting experience, special expertise, etc...

My partner Paul and I do a spiritual counseling and healing practice which you can find out more about at http://www.healingcommunication.com. On my Etsy site I offer spiritual consultation in relationship to the products I sell for those who want help in picking the perfect ones."

How have you grown as a seller & what tips have you learned?
"A lot of what I learned came from other people on the Forums so my first words of advice would be to participate in the community there and read everything you can! I think the most useful things have been to have better photographs, more detailed descriptions, to link to my shop in my blog and on Facebook, and to make friends who appreciate what I do."
Plans for the coming year?
"My partner Paul and I are starting another Etsy shop for our art and photography (http://www.etsy.com/shop/paulnsherylart). We plan to start putting things up this year but it takes time to photograph and get everything up. We're intending to get our work and Mama Love into more retail shops. And -- if everything goes well -- I might have a new book out. (We're looking for a literary agent and publisher now.) "

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Featured Artist: Monamiga

I had to get Monamiga on here after seeing her shop of
wonderful, natural bath items.  Her shop won't be open for long,
unfortunately, so shop while it's hot!

"I am a stay-at-home mom with a bit of a craft addiction. I live in the woods in Very Northern California and am a nature girl."
Explain your craft and where you get ideas
"I do so MANY kinds of crafts. My favorites are herbal products, and crochet, although I often do jewelry/beading, sewing, cordials/elixers, and other random funky stuff like glass magnets, hair clips, zipper pulls, hair falls and recycled envelopes...."

Do you offer customers anything besides a product?
"I do some childbirth education type classes on the side, and I don't usually charge very much if anything. Much of what I make on etsy goes to supplement that work. Also, I have been considering offering tarot readings on etsy, as I've been doing that informally for 13 years, and feel like I am ready to offer it to the public. I have been crafting since I was a child... 30 years now!"

How have you grown as a seller?
"I have learned that pictures are super important and also relisting often. For me, a big step was cleaning up my marketing and getting an official logo to add to my labels and matching it with the professional banner." 

Your plans for this year?
"In the coming year, I plan on going through all of my crafting "supplies" and finishing up the projects I've collected stuff for already. i've got some cute organic cotton totes waiting for silkscreens, a huge quantity of cool feathers to make into fascinators and also some beads. After that is all made and sold, I have decided to reanalyze my relationship to crafting, as it has become a bit of an unhealthy obsession." 

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Featured Artist: MeredithFenwick

"My name is Meredith and I am a SAHM to two little boys by day and scrapbook and jewelry designer by night."

Your craft & ideas
"I love making things. For the past few years I was very happy creating graphics with my computer but I wanted to get away from being plugged in all the time and jewelry has always been special to me. I decided to start making some fun pieces and opened my Etsy shop. I love getting to shop for new stones and beads and every sale is so special to me."
Do you offer customers anything besides a product?
"For a few months this summer I had a necklace available where part of the proceeds went to a charity my friend was raising money for. The necklace was called Zachary's Hope and was inspired by my friend's little boy."

How have you grown as a seller/what tips have you learned?
"I am learning every day. The best tip and the one that everyone will tell you is to work on your photos. I am relatively happy with mine right now although I know they can be better. I am always searching for a way to make my photos the best that they can be and show the customer the actual item at the same time."

Plans for the coming year? 
"My plans for the coming yeara are to keep learning and making new things. Each piece I make teaches me something new and I love doing tutorials and taking classes when I can. I tend to roll with the punches since this is a hobby business right now. :)"

Buy Handmade

Monday, October 19, 2009

Featured Arist: SunkenGardenBeads

SunkenGarden's Zenith Earrings on craftgawker were what
drew me to her shop.  

I hope you enjoy looking through
this latest discovery, and as always comments and hearts
are appreciated.

"I'm a creative and literary sort of person at heart. I love learning languages, writing and creating works of art, jewelry being my favorite craft."
Explain your craft & ideas 
" I've been making jewelry since I was a child and in March 2009 (rather on a whim) I decided to start selling jewelry online for a little extra cash. It's worked out great, and although I don't make sales every day I enjoy the creation process and seeing people find pieces they love in my shop, www.sunkengardenbeads.etsy.com."

Do you offer customers anything besides a product?  
"I include free jewelry repair with all my pieces that are purchased from me. Even years down the road, if something happens to your favorite earrings - one gets lost, a bead somehow breaks during normal wear, etc. - I will gladly fix it for you if possible, at only the cost of return shipping."

How have you grown as a seller?
"I've picked up a wide range of beading techniques over the months, and wire-wrapping in brass has come to be my favorite and the style I stick to the most. Brass is nice because, unlike silver, it actually looks cool when it oxidizes and ages over the years. It's a very carefree sort of metal. I've also learned that photos can always be improved on, so I'm constantly stepping up the quality and appeal of my photos."

Plans for the coming year?  
"I just launched my new sister shop, www.aromaelarmoury.etsy.com, which features medieval-themed metalsmithed jewelry. I also plan on increasing the number of items in both my shops to 100, which I've heard is a good average number of items to have in your shop. Who knows how long it'll take, with school and two jobs to keep up with, but I make new pieces every week and don't think it will take a very long time."
Inferno earrings

 Twilight Cinderella earrings

 Vesper earrings

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Tarot Reading Giveaway

In the spirit of this crazy month of October and all the harvest festivals going on, here's a contest for a complimentary reading.  Your choice: 3 Card, 5 Card or Celtic Cross. 
Read more about each one on The Reading Page.

The winner will be chosen by number generator next Sunday, 10/18.

Comment on this post for your 1st entry.
For additional entries:
*follow this blog
*follow my other blog, tipthetable
*fan Moonthrall on FB
*join my FB tarot group

Make sure you post again for each one you completed.
So you see, there's something for everyone!  Now go buy yourself a pie.

Handknit Tarot Wraps + Bags

Here's a sampling of the tarot knits I have on etsy & artfire.
They're designed using my very own decks, using natural yarns and blends.  I've come up with sturdy drawstring bags, original pouches and wraps- all made with fellow readers in mind.
If there is anything you'd like to request or see more of, leave a comment or email me at moonthrall@yahoo.com.

Shop for yourself or pick up a unique gift for a friend.
Visit my etsy shop at: http://www.moonthrall.etsy.com

Rustic Linen tarot wrap
viscose, linen + acrylic

Rustic will hold your favorite deck
until you're ready to read and would
look great by itself on a reading table
or together with the rest of your collection.

Gris tarot wrap
cotton wrap + silk cord

One of my bestsellers,
I only made 2 and they're
both gone!

I have similar styles
made already and will
offer these color
combinations shortly.

Hemp tarot bag
hemp, cotton +

Knit with a soft and sturdy hemp
blend in a beautiful purple gray, this bag
will keep your cards easily at hand on your
desk or while traveling.

Robin bamboo wrap

Bind your cards in soft, robin's egg blue
bamboo with a wind of the cord.

Rustic Linen wrap
viscose, linen + acrylic

Monday, October 5, 2009

TarotElements' Contributor of the Week!

One of my spreads has been published on TarotElements! Catherine, the blog's creator, has put up a call for Tarot articles- anything on reading, history, personal stories, professional encounters, philosophy. Whatever you want to share with readers.

You can go straight to my post here.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Rustic Linen on Etsy FP again

I just found out Rustic Linen made another treasury! Like all treasuries, I only realized after seeing a curiously high number of new views and hearts. Doing a little research on craftcult, I dug this up:

Thanks lunalove! What an awesome surprise.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Featured Artist: MyriadDesign

About MyriadDesign

"I'm an artist, designer and a mom. I have a BFA in photography which led to a career in computer graphics for movies, when I had kids I wanted to be home with them. Sitting behind a computer for several hours a day for several years left me with a need to make things with my hands and be physical, hence ceramics. Now I have a wheel in my backyard and 200 lbs of clay in the garage, and I sit behind the computer several hours a week to market and sell my wares! But I get to do it at home."

Explain your craft & where you get ideas

"My work is influenced by my other disciplines and interests for sure. I meditate, do yoga, and reiki and when I make a piece I want it to flow through me like a dance. I know if I'm sitting too long with a piece I'm overworking it and have lost that flow of creative energy. My job is to be the conduit for the work to come into being. I feel very passionate about creating in this way."

Do you offer customers anything besides a product?

"Very personalized service, convo me and I will work to fulfill your request! I want you to LOVE your purchase and your experience shopping with me. In addition, I offer you my experience as a designer. I went to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, which is heavily weighted toward design. Working with product designers and advertisers definitely influenced my work in ceramics, I'm always thinking of the functionality of a piece, developing a line of products and creating a cohesive body of work. I love to use a handmade piece and own several items from other artisans. I have a favorite little cup from my teacher that I love to drink wine from, I'm always discovering and rediscovering its special little quirks. I want to create pieces that you will love to use for special things."

How have you grown as a seller?

"My shop sat unnoticed for about 1 year, I was bummed. I started reading about how to make a successful shop, purchased some guidebooks from www.thebuzz.etsy.com and got involved in the forums. There are tons of good tips and slowly but surely my shop is getting visited and I'm making more and more sales. Best tip: Post often. Do I? Well sometimes."

Your plans for this year?

"Porcelain. I used to throw lots of porcelain and had a good rapport with it, it is time to get reacquainted with it. I'd like to make some cups and glasses with it but we'll see what comes up!"

Buy Handmade

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Featured Artist: Some Weird Crab

I found SomeWeirdCrab on Etsy's Pounce feature- her shop stood out from the others who haven't made their first sale- yet.
Check out her plushies & bags and don't forget to heart and comment!

About SomeWeirdCrab
"My name's Sarah Beth Falbe, and I live in Hendersonville, TN (which is close to Nashville), and pretty much the only thing I do is sew."

Explain your craft and where you get ideas
"I basically make whatever I feel like making that day. It really just depends on my mood. One day it may be a bag, while the next day it might be a stuffed animal. I really get inspired by fabric, and I just wish I could have an unlimited supply of it. I would probably never leave the house if I did, though..."

Do you offer customers anything besides a product?
"The thing I offer customers apart from a only a product is a promise that whatever the customer buys is made with great love and care. I take my time in everything I make, to make sure that the customer is getting the best product possible."

How have you grown as a seller?
"Well, really the only way I've grown as a seller is actually BECOMING a seller. It's all very very new to me, and I just think it's a huge step for me to actually BE selling things now. It's all so exciting!"

Your plans for this year?
"My plans for this year are very daunting. I'm starting college this year, so I really don't know what to expect. Everything's changing! And I don't know how much time I'll have to make anything, but I know I'll find time somewhere."

Buy Handmade

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Shop Update: Abacus pearl bracelet

I've been working on more bracelets and
necklaces to add to the ones in my shop.

More pearls, adding gemstones, all knotted
on silk. Why? Because it's classy!

I've added a modern touch- asymmetrical
placement of pearls, with one pearl
"slipped" in the middle- like an abacus.

I'll put more up next week, so keep checking back.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

promote>promote>promote: A Visual of Blogs, Sites & Networks I promote on and The Payoff

Visual flowchart of sites I've joined, blogs posted...everything grows from the starting point, etsy.

Etsy >>>>>

>mixxmade >2 groups
>3 directory listings

>ravelry>member of 4 groups
>we love etsy>member of 3 groups
>Yaami Handmade

>twitter>286 followers

>facebook > fan page for Moonthrall> 21 fans
>member of 11 etsy/crafting/
tarot groups...and growing

Blogs >tipthetable>2/25- 6/28 >1381 visits
>774 people
>2,033 pageviews

>svetlanaktarot >3/9 -6/28 > 351 visits
> 154 people
> 517 pageviews

Google>analytics>etsy shop >2/22- 6/28
> 1,434 visits
> 269 people
> 3, 359 pageviews

>base>17 items listed>122 impressions
>3 clicks

Entrecard 4/12- 6/28 >124 advert clicks
> 447 organic clicks to blog

Submit urls>Handmadeology directory
>Aeclectic Tarot link list

>include links>profiles
>forum signatures

>2 lenses posted
>find other blogs, etsyers, and entrecarders to support

>shop hearts>126

Off Etsy>sales>1


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Soothing Singing Bowls on Youtube

I've found some awesome singing bowl videos on youtube and keep them around when doing readings or need to relax. They are very calming- some even make your head tingle.

Check them out and start your own playlist if you find them useful.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Celebrity Tarot: Dorothy Parker

I did this reading around Mother's Day, with a spread I created for the occassion. It took a morbid turn when I found she never actually had children; she miscarried. So let's just call this a general reading, shall we?

Coincidently, Parker's death was just remembered at Parkerfest in NY. I found that too, from my research.
I'd look chunky in a flapper dress but have a thing for the Charleston....

Golden Tarot

*Role as Mother/Present Influences
Ace of Coins x 8 of Cups
My first thoughts were that she wasn't very emotionally
close as a mother-years of depression and drinking seem to
be represented by the 8.

After checking a few biographies I found she never had kids.
Sadly, she miscarried.
So the Ace would represent that one pregnancy she went through that never resulted in a child.

Parker never quite stayed married either- divorced three times, again marrying but living apart from her last husband, Alan Campbell.

*Personal Life
Hanged Man
Would suicide attempts and a poetry collection called "Enough Rope" do the trick?
Parker grew up around family death and, later, dissatisfaction with her own work.

Dissatisfaction was a theme in her life- she was a theater critic, mowed down contemporaries with her wit and advocated civil rights.
She worked hard for other people, personally and politically, but didn't seem to find much pleasure in her own life.

*Professional Life
The Star
I can vouch for this- Parker was, and is, more celebrated than she believed.

She wrote for the New Yorker, Vogue and Vanity Fair. She supported the Civil Rights Movement and many anti fascist groups.

The Star clearly shows Parker's role as an advocate, even of unpopular causes. She was blacklisted in Hollywood for being a communist.

Pfft. Whatever. She's Dorothy Parker.
She left all she had to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and the NAACP. They didn't even know who she was. And her ashes may have sat in a filing drawer for over a decade. With all the self-deprecating Parker did, she'd probably find the humor in that.

*Past Influences
Ace of Swords

Sharp wit. Losing a few family members when young, Parker realized nothing can be counted on. This shaped her writing, speaking and sense of humor.

Her memory and intellect served in her storytelling; overheard conversations, current events and contemporaries' blunders are collected for later use, like her poems and short fiction.

But in Parker's hands, they are more than quaint anecdotes. You are presented with all you need to know, nothing more, and there is no wasted sentiment.

*Future Influences
4 of Coins
Unfortunately, Parker's later years saw her low on money and living (with a lap dog she always seemed to have) in a hotel, where she died.

She spent the years after her last husband died drinking, taking pills and speakeasy-hopping, not being celebrated at lawn parties and luncheons like before.

She wasn't earning much, if anything, but was she through with being public?
The 4 of Coins shows this reduced means of living, keeping her indulgences to herself, but having $20 grand left to donate to Dr. King.
Not quite the elderly shut-in with millions in cash plastered in the walls. But a lady who liked to party and who gave of herself during her life and after.

Read her work! Seriously.
She's one of the small handful of writers I connect to- her poetry about love, death and the "roaring dead" left me going "Hell yeah! This lady is writing for me!"

Thanks to "The Portable Dorothy Parker", ed. Marion Meade, pub. Penguin.
Tarot images from taroteca.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Artist: Heidi Van Leuven

In this body of work, I have approached the same subject matter – social structures – through various techniques and media. I have chosen this subject matter after consistently observing and experiencing people base their decisions not on their own personal intuition, but on that which is dictated by any number of social pressures they are presented with.

My paintings reflect the questionable nature of the social norms. We live in a throw-away society which is most commonly linked with consumerism and short-lived products, but it seems that we carry that same idea over into our concept of time and judgment. These decisions we make as humans create social structures, which I portray metaphorically through the use of grids and lines.

Broadway Central Hotel
diptych left

Broadway Central Hotel
diptych right

These social structures I refer to are often created as an attempt to control situations and other people, but in reality, what is created is a meaningless illusion of control. A quote by John Dewey comes to mind when describing this:

“Our magical safeguard against the uncertain character of the world is to deny the existence of chance, to mumble universal and necessary law, the ubiquity of cause and effect, the uniformity of nature, universal progress, and the inherent rationality of the universe...
...But when all is said and done, the fundamentally hazardous character of the world is not seriously modified, much less eliminated”


Things accepted as truth based on false illusions and without adequate information (whether due to inexperience or ignorance), lack valid placement in the spectrum of fortified knowledge. Through my artwork I aspire to generate the interrogation that will cultivate the realization of such knowledge.


Or So I Thought

Saturday, May 30, 2009

My Code of Ethics

I am not a fortune teller- this goes against how I believe tarot works. The future is made up of your efforts and outside circumstances, not absolute fate.
Many times a reading will clarify and bring to people a new perspective; easing worry, solving problems and offering knowledge to help them along their path.

I have the best interests of clients in mind and offer professional, confidential readings without judgment.

My goal is to interpret what I see and feel; not how I would go about things nor offer specific advice. Readings are about you- telling you what to do is not my part nor would I agree to give such information. What you do with knowledge received from readings is entirely up to you.

I suggest no more than one reading every 3 months or so and may refuse reading for those who constantly ask for them. They are not offered so people can become dependent on them.

I will answer questions about the reading either by going over certain parts again or drawing a few more cards, within reason. Most of the time what's in front of you is all there is to know and drawing more cards or repeating readings is overkill.

I do not offer past life/karmic readings as such, but will provide information from readings regarding these subjects if they come up. They've popped up a couple times and I'll relay this to you.

I won't read for third parties: lots of times other people will show up in readings if they are directly involved with you and that's fine. You need to know what's up with them. But asking about someone's private life, thoughts or actions won't be read for.

All rates are posted in my etsy shop & blog. I will not push additional readings, add-ons or extra fees on you.

Readings are confidential unless I believe you are harmful to yourself or others.
I am not a therapist, doctor or legal expert. If you have mental or health issues you need help with, please contact the appropriate service. I can only offer so much in the way of readings. Take care of yourself.

You must be 18 + to request a reading.

You may request a refund if the reading really isn't accurate or doesn't resonate with you. Please take 3 days to let it sink in- some things need time to be mulled over.


I hope that clears up some things for you and provides reassurance that I take reading seriously as a professional, but offer my own reading experience and sense of humor. I look forward to hearing from you!


Celtic Cross

Every reader has their own version of the CC.
The spread I like to use is inspired by Tarot: Theory & Practice by Ly de Angeles. It's the 10 card Celtic Cross layout paired with a 3 card "key"- illuminating part of the reading or providing a little extra something about what you need to know.

This reading is $20.

Your reading will be sent within 48 hours and includes:
*A digital pic of your layout, attached as a jpg
*A clear rundown of your reading with card positions and interpretation within the email itself
*You have the opportunity to ask about parts of the reading that weren't clear

Please include your first name + email you want the reading sent to. You may request a general reading or a situation you want to focus on. Email me at moonthrall@yahoo.com

Friday, May 29, 2009

Mini readings that hit the spot

I love doing little 3 card readings- you can just slap the cards down and read 'em. They fit almost any situation and tell you what you need to know.
You can email me at moonthrall@yahoo.com to request one or check out my etsy shop, Moonthrall.

Mini muffins are priced at $5 a pop!

More to come!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Featured Artist: Klosti

About Connie
"I come from a large Greek family with many talented tailors and seamstresses. I sew to make clothing, gifts and items for my home and for my friends and always find great enjoyment and relaxation when I'm in my studio."

Explain your craft and where you get ideas
"I always stick to simple and classic designs/styles with a modern twist, they seem to best represent my aesthetic. Currently, I'm enjoying the challenge of using what I have to create new/upcycled items."

Do you offer customers anything beyond a product?
"I have been sewing for almost 40 (ack!!) years making everything from quilts to wedding dresses. I take great pride in the quality of my materials and sewing. Currently, through convo, I also offer my Etsy customers the ability to contact me with special requests for color and/or theme for dish towel dresses."
How have you grown as a seller?

"I got into selling a little over a year ago. One of my friends signed me up for a local craft fair and dared me to join Etsy. Even though it was hard at first, I have really been enjoying it! The best advise I can give it to read all that you can and to ask questions. I have learned so much from other crafters!"

Your plans for this year?
"For this year I plan on participating in more local craft fairs and expanding the items I sell on Etsy. I have so many dish towel scraps and will soon have some great new items coming to my shop!"

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Heading Home

I'm going home (again this week!) for a family thing so I won't be around to answer requests or questions until after the weekend.
Please enjoy yours!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Featured Artist: Whiteserenade

First fs honors go to D. Elizabeth of whiteserenade
on etsy.
Below is a little something to get readers to know her
better & send some lovin to her shop!

D. Elizabeth, Southern Cali
Wife & mother with two shops

Your craft/ideas:
"...photography, graphic design, stained glass, mixed media paintings and paper mache..."
"...I have a passion for graphic design and reclaiming and repurposing materials."
"...I have several things that I haven't even put on Etsy. Just not enough time to get all the photos done. But more soon."

Do you offer customers anything besides a product?

"I donate some of my profits to www.bloodwatermission.com they provide clean blood and clean water for those in need. "

How have you grown as a seller/what tips have you learned?

"I've changed my store name 2 times and each time I feel like i'm starting over. So try not to change your store name."

What are your plans for this year?

"Just keep crafting, junking and creating. I'm so blessed. I thank God everyday for allowing me to work at home and be a mom to my kids."

Buy Handmade

Monday, May 18, 2009

Makeover + New readings

So I've made new graphics for my shop and other blog, TiptheTable, and should get to work on this one. New graphics as well and a clearer page for readings.

I've gotten back in touch with the Celtic Cross so that will be added to readings. Along with a batch of smaller ones.

If you would like to request a reading, check out the spreads I offer or we can come up with something. Email me at moonthrall@yahoo.com.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mount Beacon Fine Art

Check out Mount Beacon Fine Art in Beacon, NY. Exhibiting new and local artists.

Jerimiah Lawrence

Tang Thing
Jerimiah Lawrence

For more info + inquiries about exhibiting, contact:
Eileen McTiernan
Gallery Director
(845) 765- 0214

155 Main St.
Beacon, NY 12508

Friday, May 15, 2009

New Favorites II

Yeah- So I like this mixed format.
I always have new items hearted so this gives you all a way to discover sellers + their work.

Leave comments, heart sellers!

Monty the Lemon
Meringue Pie Kitty
by bobbin4apples

The Zipper Carnival Ride
art photo
by thestapeliacompany

w Truck and New Legs

by DuttonArt

Sexy Stacks rings
by BeadinBabe

In Touch Clutch
by downstairsDesigns

Carrie necklace part deux

Also of interest...