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Monday, Monday…

Greetings WoodSprites!

 Here it is another fine winter Monday and we are in the grip of another round of (drum roll please…) the Winter Vortex!  The kids are off to school and Robert is back to work and here I am starting my week off here on the blog!

Over the weekend I finished up two new items for the An October Monday Etsy Shop and if all goes well I should have all the new items up in the shop today!  Crossing my fingers, toes and eyes… Okay not my eyes or I would not be able to type  😛

Would you like a peek at the two new items? 

Okay here you go…

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An October Monday’s Ances~Tree Photo Cube/Box

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An October Monday’s Ances~Tree Photo Cube/Box

Moondance

Moondance a beautiful trinket/tarot box. Great for storing your magickal items in!

Today I will be working on 5 new Moonlight Mixer Kitchen Wands!  As soon as they are finished I will post some photos!  I just love these cute little wands, such fun for any kitchen witch! ♥

Next on my project list after the wands, hmm… I am still thinking on it.  I have two blank plaques that I am dreaming up designs for.  Should I do apothecary sign?  A witch prim?  Vintage gypsy art or tarot?  Oh my I just don’t know what to do!  But I am sure a creative idea will plant itself in my mind soon.

I am planning on re-doing my old wooden butcher block in my kitchen.  It’s a bit old and really could use a new look. So I will be doing some whimsical kitchen witch art on it!  I am hoping to start this week and as always photos to come once I am done.  I was toying with the idea of doing video for the makeover project, but eh how knows.

Awhile back I was going to blog about my bathroom art I created… So here you go a bit about my Sailors & Siren wood crafts.

 Most of my art is Sailor Jerry, I love his cheeky mermaids and sailor art.  These items are not for sale, they were strictly created for my personal decoration at home.  When you are a one income family, trying to start a wood craft business it helps to create art for your home for pennies.  The art work is mostly tattoo art.

But why Sailors and Sirens?  Robert once upon a time was a Navy man, my own sailor and we lived in Huntington Beach California.  We loved to take off and drive up the coast and on one adventure we came across an old sign hanging on a tree near a stream inlet to the ocean that simply read, “She sleeps at the bottom of the sea.”  We loved this sign, hanging out there in nature, for who or why we don’t know but it sort of became our relationship trademark.  This was the inspiration for one of the pieces I did for our bathroom and… I am actually thinking of selling woodcrafts with the artwork! 

Okay so enough talk on with the pictures!

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Not a Sailor Jerry design but I still loved it!

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Cute little Drunken Mermaid Tavern sign… Sailor Beware!

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Sailor Jerry Art. This is not for sale, personal use only.

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Sailor Jerry Art. This is not for sale, personal use only.

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Sailor Jerry Art. This is not for sale, personal use only.

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Sailor Jerry Art. This is not for sale, personal use only.

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Sailor Jerry Art. This is not for sale, personal use only.

 

Here are two pictures of “She sleeps at the bottom of the sea” one right after the wood burning and the second finished.  I used a technique using vinegar to age the wood, sorry the picture of the finished plaque is not so good, bad lighting I think, but it is so beautiful in real life. 

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Just after wood burning

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Aged with vinegar – finished plaque

 

So to date I have pretty much made all my kitchen art work and now my bathroom art work.  You can check out the kitchen art work in Witchen in the Kitchen!

I am also toying with the idea of An October Monday banner makeover?  What do you think?  I am thinking something more vintage and whimsical.  We shall see I guess. 

 

 

Okay WoodSprites the day marches on and I have a To-Do list to knock out! 

May you have a Happy Monday and a Blessed Week!

 Until next Monday,

Stay warm, Hold on to Your Happy, Laugh till it hurts and Live in Love,

J.

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A Big Busy 2014 Full Steam Ahead!

Happy Monday Wood Sprites!

Are you thinking of what you will create this week?  I  sure am!  I spent my weekend crafting away and dreaming up some new things.  So today I will share a bit about what’s been going on and what some plans for 2014 are!  

So here we go…

For those who have been with O.M since it’s creation you know we started out in central California and shortly after my family relocated to Ohio.  This really took a big bite out of getting my wee little wood craft business going. Once moved and starting to settle in my husband got ill and was hospitalized, not once but twice!  This really put things on hold for me.  But things are doing much better at the moment (frantically knocks on wood).  So I have been crafting away and I am hoping to be re-opening the Etsy shop with in the next week or two.  Are your fingers crossed?  Mine are 😉

Having this down time has allowed me to think about what An October Monday will create and sell.  I began to think maybe I should create more mainstream items, but this left me feeling like I would be cheating myself, I mean the reason for doing this is to create things I love…  So what am I planning on creating?  Here’s a peek:

Tarot Card Tables and Trays!

Waning Butterfly Moon, Gypsy Tarot Card Serving Tray ~ One of a kind piece by An October Monday

Waning Butterfly Moon, Gypsy Tarot Card Serving Tray ~ One of a kind piece by An October Monday

Top view... Art work was burned on then hand painted.

My personal tarot card table… I’d love to create one for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Witch Primitives!

Witchen in the Kitchen

A few of our Kitchen Witch Primitives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few new Kitchen Witch Items

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Our newest items: A whimsical Magical Cookie Bread Board and Moonlight Mixer Kitchen Wands (they can be personalized!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new line of the Witches Apothecary items

Apothecary canisters

Vintage style Apothecary Canister Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gypsy Art

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Beautiful little Magick Happens plaque!

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Vintage Style Palm Reading Sign!

 

 

Dragon/medieval themed items too, oh and let’s not forget tables and altars! 

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Monogrammed Dragon Plaque

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Dragon Protection Altar Table

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Tree of Life Table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will also be creating one more new line Re-purposed for a Purpose.  I will be adding photos of some items soon!  All the items will be created by re-purposing something, from an old can to a salvaged table, not only is it good for Mother Earth it will help me put my kids in summer camp.  I have 3 awesome children and they all have great big huge plans for their future and I want to help them achieve their dreams!  So all the profits from these crafts will go toward helping them go to film camp (for my budding producer), eco-ambassador  camp (for my little nature girl) and earth conservation program(for my future protector of the earth).  They make me so proud!

So you can see I have some big plans for 2014.  I would also love to start selling at festivals and fairs and I am hoping to connect with good folks who might like to network with An October Monday or at least might be interested in having us at their festival!  So if you are in the Ohio area (festivals) please feel free to contact me!  And as always if you see anything you would like here on An October Monday we are always open to orders.  We’d love to create something magickal for you!  

So until next week,

Hold on to Your Happy, Laugh till it hurts and Live in Love,

J.

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Blogging Again Soon!

Hello WoodSprites!

Just a quick update… I will be returning to the blog starting next Monday.  I will only be posting once a week, for now, on Mondays.  I’ll be sharing wood projects and other crafty things.  Remember you can also follow and visit us on our An October Monday Facebook Page!  

So until next week,

Stay warm, Hold on to Your Happy, Laugh till it hurts and Live in Love,

J.

Visit Us At

An October Monday Etsy Shop

An October Monday Facebook Page