An October Monday

Wood Crafts, Primitives & other Fanciful Stuff ♥


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A Brand New Look!

Hello WoodSprites and welcome to the brand new An October Monday!  (Well new look anyhow!)

I have been hard at work to create a new look for my blog.  I looked into purchasing one, but I’m a crafter on a start up budget so I did what I do best… I got crafty!  The new banner was created by me and those two sweet little wytches, well that’s me and my daughter!  How cool is that.  Each little detail has some special meaning to me and if you know me well enough you might know what some or all of them are 😉

There are two page tabs on the top, Julie’s Grimoire is where you can find links to my short stories and where I will update any of my writing happenings.  The second Wood Wytch Crafts give a little information about An October Monday crafts.  The category names have also been changed, just for fun, but if you scroll over them they will tell you what you can find when you click the link.  Have fun haunting the pages!

Next week I will be busy working on the brand new art work for An October Monday Etsy Shop.  I will have a sneak peek for you too! I will be placing some older items up for sale in the shop early in March and as always if you would like to request an item before then please feel free to send me a message.  I would love to create something magical for you!

As always thank you for visiting An October Monday, I hope you enjoy the new look!  

Wishing You All a Magical Weekend & Happy Valentine’s Day ♥

Until next Monday,

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

J.

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School Daze…

Hello Wood Sprites!

Sorry I have been AFK (away from keyboard) this week. It is officially the start of CAVA (California Virtual Academy) so my week has been mostly spent helping my two high school guys get off to a good start for the school year. I will be back soon with pictures of the new autumn primitives and some other cool things… Yay it’s Friday!

Until next time,

Hold on to your Happy, Laugh till it hurts and live in Love,

J.

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You’re Cordially Invited to My Pity Party…

Yes, you read that right my pity party.  I have for the past few days indulged in a terrific pity party, full of negative thoughts, depressing outlooks and just a gloomy bleak disposition.   So I am now inviting you to join me.

What?!

To be honest I am asking you not because I want someone to jump on the downward spiral with me, in fact quite the opposite…

I need to be reminded to get a grip, we all go through hard times and for me it’s time to pull up my big girl panties and know that a bad spot is not a forever spot to be in.  For those who do not know me out of the realm of blogosphere, I am a wee bit OCD, I crave control and I hate when my life goes off the tracks.  Over the years I have gotten better but needless to say if life problems could be Windexed away like the water spots I enjoy eradicating I would be one happy camper.

My summer plans of writing, reading and growing lovely green things was replaced with my husband’s loss of his job, uncertainty and feeling  inadequate as a wife, mother, friend and writer.  I know, this is where we shed some more tears and shake our fist to the sky and scream out,” WHY ME!”  Okay maybe not but I am sharing this to keep myself in check.

I have spent the last few days focusing on the bad and not the good.  So let’s peek at the good that has come out of my life’s rough patch.

  1.  My friend and soul sister has made me laugh, shared time with me and encouraged me when I didn’t want to be encouraged.  (Thank you Angel, you mean the world to me!)
  2. My husband and I finally started our woodcraft business instead of just talking about actually doing something.
  3.  I published Claudia’s Grave Tales; even though it is a small collection the stories are real and thought provoking.  They are not a “ghost” story in the typical sense and I am happy to be sharing them with you.
  4. Lastly, my family and I are together, healthy and safe in our little house full of love.  This one right here should be enough for me to smile and be completely and fully happy.

So today is a new day and I am sorry to say the “party” has ended.  Summer is coming to an end.  It is the time to begin to harvest the things of life that you have been working on, even with the proverbial “wheat field” of my life is barren there is always hope of next year’s bountiful harvest.

The Universe is wonderful; she hears and knows when we need a little help or acknowledgement that things are going to be okay, Lily Wight owner of The Arcade of Arts & Arcana Blog has presented me on my GraveOlogy writer’s blog the Inner Peace Award for Promoting Peace Throughout The Blogosphere.  So later today, over on the Grave I shall spread a little love to some other wonderful bloggers, who for whatever their reasons share with all of us in their own beautiful ways.

Presented to my author's blog GraveOlogy!

Presented to my author’s blog GraveOlogy!

On a craftier note, I have begun creating some new wonderful autumn themed woodcraft’s and I will be sharing more on them soon!

So thanks for coming to my party, I am glad no one got up on the table and danced naked with a lampshade on their head, or… Did they 😉

So until next time…

Hold on to your Happy, Laugh till it hurts and live in Love,

J.

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Out Crafting…

Out Crafting

While we are away please visit this weeks blog post

Come on Monday… WHAT?!

My Ever Changing Mind…

 

Card Readings ~ Reveal Your Future 😉

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Come on Monday… WHAT?!

It’s Friday and I can’t wait for Monday…

Yes, you read that right Monday please hurry and get here!  Why you  are thinking?  If you visit us here on October Monday you know Robert was “let go” from his job with a wicked evil water company that shall not be named, over a month ago.  While he has had many phone interviews with many wonderful companies all over the country he has his first in-house, face to face interview with a local company on… Yup you guessed it Monday!  So here I sit with fingers, toes and eyes crossed!  We gladly will take good “New Career” vibes sent our way over the next few days!

What else is new here in my little world… Today was the first day of school for our baby girl.  She is a big 6th grader this year!  Wow haw times has flown by.  All my wee ones now either stand as tall as me or in the case of my oldest taller than me, Yikes!  It’s bitter sweet to think how big my kiddos of grown, but how awesome they have turned out.  

Now, let’s talk about my writing for just a moment.  I plan on moving all my writing over to my old blog GraveOlogy, just to keep the family blog/wood-crafts separate from my writing.  Some of you may know I have a few small writing projects going, we just released my collection of short stories from the Claudia’s Grave Tales series.  This is the first time they have ever been release all together, yay!  It is available in a few different formats and price points.

Claudia’s Grave Tales digital copy includes all 5 Original stories plus one never before released ~ Buy Now $1.99

Claudia’s Grave Tales Kindle Edition This edition includes all 5 Original stories plus one never before released, and all the stunning cemetery photography ~ Buy Now $4.99

Claudia’s Grave Tales hard copy includes all 5 Original stories plus one never before released, each story is  complemented with a bewitching cemetery photo to help bring these beautiful tales to life ~ Buy Now $19.99

If all goes well then a brand new set of Claudia’s Grave Tales will be released this winter, I am hoping to make them a quarterly series, with new stories released 4 times a year!  So grab your copy because Everyone has a story to tell, even after death… 

Now time for wood… I have been working on a one of a kind, 100% completely handcrafted gypsy inspired 5 card spread tarot card serving tray!  Robert built the tray from solid pine then he turned it loose to me.

Muh wha ha ha ha…

I designed what I call the Waning Butterfly Moon design, each symbol chosen for their strong meanings, each symbol was then added to the tray through pyrography and then hand painted, and believe me those little butterflies were boogers!  I went through the, “I hate it!” stage to the “I love it, how can I get rid of it,” stage.   It took an entire moon phase to complete and I am so pleased with it.  It is now the star piece in An October Monday Etsy shop!  I can’t wait to see it find it’s forever home, I am sure it will provide years of beauty to whoever it’s new owner will be… 

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

I have been busy lately getting my crafty on!  Last night I got 2 autumn plaques designed, a Happy Harvest and Harvest Blessing, and I have all kinds of cute little embellishments for these two cute harvest primitives!   I am also was able to get a whimsical froggies in bath design onto a plaque for a personalized special order!  Yes, we can create personalized items, you just have to ask!

 In fact, Robert has been asked to build a beautiful apothecary unit with little labeling drawers, this will  be created to special order for the wonderful owner of Dragonfairy in Stockton… It’s our favorite local shop to support!  If you are ever in the area (2119 Pacific Ave, Stockton) stop in and tell them Robert and Julie from An October Monday sent you!  They are the nicest people and the shop smells so good, you’ll leave feeling happy and re-energized!

Okay back to our wood-crafts…

I have around 10 new projects I am working on, one of them is a 3 card, smaller tarot card serving tray, with a Halloween theme. I call it Boo-tiful a Spirited Tarot Tray!  I am hoping to have it up in the next two weeks!  I have a few new kitchen witch primitives and Merry Yuletide creations too!   So keep an eye out for all the new wood creations!

With all that said it is time to go and get my day going!   Please hold my family in your thoughts as we are still in “Jobless Limbo,” with an uncertain future… And remember every purchase made goes to help my family and that means a lot to us right now.  It also means a lot to us to have you visit us here on the blog and at An October Monday Facebook page, so a huge heartfelt thank you from all the Eastin clan!

So until next time…

Hold on to your Happy, Laugh till it hurts and live in Love,

J.

PS Please Come Visit Us At

An October Monday Etsy Shop

An October Monday Facebook Page


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A Little Practical Magic…

A little practical magic, who doesn’t need this in their life?   The past few weeks for me have been a roller coaster to say the least.   With Robert loss of work it has forced me and my entire family to look at life differently, what’s important, what is a “home”, is it a place, a city, neighborhood, or is it those you love?

Our ship is not sinking, nope; it is a float on a sea where one never knows what to expect.  Will we encounter sea monsters? Pirates? Or drift under the soft moonlight to the sweet song of the siren, beckoning us to a new adventure?

~ Attention Reader I am about to share a  Private Moment ~

Today while in our room getting our day started Robert shared with me how the past few days he began to question everything he did for his previous employer… Did he screw up, did he do something wrong… You know all the normal crap we beat ourselves up for when unforeseen B.S. happens. 

It hurt my heart to hear him say this, he has devoted his life to spending countless hours away from his family to provide for us.  I listened to his words and they sank into my heart, I know he was not “let go” because of anything he did, but do I think the universe had a hand in it?  Yup I sure do.

We puny mortals get stuck in our life “box” never truly stepping out.  We become complacent in our own life, leave our dreams behind buying into societies lies.  And then when the POOP hits the fan we fall to our knees (think Gieco flat tire commercial)  an yell, “MY LIFE HAS A FLAT TIRE!!!”

MY LIFE'S GOT A FLAT TIRE!!!

MY LIFE’S GOT A FLAT TIRE!!!

Then we wait for a miracle to come fix what we deem “broke” in our life.  Like something will just come fix it all for us and we can continue to do the same old, same old, stuck in the mindset of our old ways and habits… Sorry folks I believe we need a few curve balls in our life, we need to learn to grow, to step outside our boundaries, we need to take control of our life.

I believe that we (my little clan) have things that we were not doing in our life, gifts and talents being thrown to the way side of life, and I think that going through this has opened our eyes and we have begun dreaming in full Technicolor once more…

I have begun blogging more, creating more crafts, thinking of my stories and planning them out.  Robert has begun to realize it’s not about the title, the status or labels that society deems “good,” and hip… Hell we aren’t hip we are hippies!  I don’t think Robert is quite where I am at, ready to live off the grid, raise goats and see a car as nothing more than a tool to get you from point A to point B… But he’s getting there 😉

What does the future hold?  Who knows, I know one thing I have decided to not sit on the side lines waiting for a “miracle”, instead I am trusting in myself, my family, and our love to make practical magic happen for us. We are together and we have some pretty amazing people in our life who are there for us, what a blessing…

So here I sit today not know where my tomorrow will be, but that’s okay, I have my husband, my 3 kiddos and as long as we have each other we can get through anything.  Life’s an adventure, sometimes you have peaceful times and sometimes life has a flat tire but with a lot of love and a little practical magic who knows what the future holds…

Until Next Time,

Hold on to your Happy, Laugh till it hurts and live in Love,

J.

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