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Hear Ye, Hear Ye ~ Summer Fun and Wood Whimsies

Merry Saturday WoodSprites!

Today is sunny and warm and I have lots to do.  So I won’t bah blah on for too long (well maybe).  Speaking of warm weather how many of you are going to any summer festivals?  I am for sure!  I have plans to head on over to Massachusetts Mutton & Mead Medieval Festival  next week, then in July I am off to Women’s Warrior Retreat but the one I am really excited for is Earth Warriors Festival in September.   

Earth Warriors is a smaller festival but it reminds us that we are all one people, all connected and being there is like coming home.  So if you still figuring out what festivals to attend this summer check out Earth Warriors with performance from the super talented Kellianna, the amazing Pictus, and more.  Wonderful presenters such as: Jacki Smith, Devin Hunter, Carlo Hawk Walker, Infinity Forge, Soolah Hoops and many more (plus you can stop by and visit me at the Violet Flame Gifts booth!).  So come gather round the fire, listen to the beat of the drums and know you are part of something at the Earth Warriors Festival!

Now time for An October Monday Shop update…

This week we added 3 more whimsical woodcrafts! 

Once Upon A Time, in the land of fairies, gargoyles and satyr…

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Down on your luck?  How about a little Black Cat Mojo

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye ~ No Soliciting

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This coming week I will be busy burning away an adorable custom order (my first pet piece!), a stunning Tree of Life altar order and new items such as pendulum boards, broom parking signs, magickal word signs, and custom spoons for the amazing Violet Flames Gifts located in Newark Ohio.  

I am also working hard to get 4 new styles of altars ready for the shop, so keep an eye out for those!

Well time for me to fly, lots of whimsical creations to whip up in the wood shop.

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend and until next,

Hold on to Your Happy, Laugh till it hurts and Live in Love,
J.
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It’s Friday!

Happy Friday WoodSprites and Witches!

I hope you all had a wickedly wonderful Halloween! We kept it low key this year, stayed in with my clan and handed out candy to the little beggars.  Went to a beautiful Samhain ceremony hosted by Ms. Heather Killen of Violet Flame Gifts.  Tonight my wee clan will be honoring our beloved dead and remembering those loved one who passed this year and the years before.  This week our family lost a dear woman, Robert’s bio~Mom, so we will be saying our good~byes to her tonight.

Today I will be shipping out an order to Oregon and we will be working on some new awesome travel size altars!  I have some other new projects in the works, such as; Wheel of the Year, Brigid’s Cross and some Yule pieces!  We will post pictures as they come along.

But this post is not so much to plug the shop, but rather to just ramble on a bit…

The time of reflecting has begun, time to review our harvest for the year and to clean out that what does us no good.  To borrow from Game of Thrones, Winter is Coming…

This past year has been full of many good times and some very hard times.  I have made wonderful new friends, attended Earth Warriors and have grown my little business a wee bit more.  But with the sweet comes the sour (yes I borrowed that too)  This past year we lost my sister~in~law and now my mother~in~law, Robert lost his job and we may be moving, yet again…  

I have ranged from wicked witch to warrior woman mode a lot this year…  I long to be the gentle healer/teacher but it seems that those days are reserved only for my kiddos, maybe as it should be.  I never thought myself to be on a warriors path but maybe I have underestimated my role in this world?  I know one thing is for sure my shadow work (work of the soul) will be very powerful and intense this winter.  

One thing I am always reminded of; We are always growing, changing and learning.  I suppose if the day comes when I can no longer marvel at life and all it’s beautiful complications, I should worry… In fact for the first time I am not afraid of the unknown that lies ahead, I am ready to face it with the heart of a warrior, my sword in hand…  My heart filled with the love of my wee clan.  This is the lesson I have learned this year, there is nothing more important than those you love.

With that said, I shall conclude my ramblings and be thankful we have made it through one more week!

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 Blessed Be, may you be with the ones you love this weekend ♥

Until next time…

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

Visit Us At:

An October Monday ~ Our first stand alone web shop!

An October Monday Etsy Shop ~ Home of our handcrafted wood items.

An October Monday Facebook Page ~ Our Facebook Hangout!

Oh and yes we are on Pinterest too!

An October Monday Pinterest ~ Oh our pretty pictures  😉
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Nothing Is Impossible…

Happy Monday WoodSprites!

Here we are at the start of another brand new week… Time to make things happen and believe in yourself!  For my clan the past 3 weeks have been a whirlwind of change and I won’t lie it hasn’t always been pleasant around the house and wood studio… For me especially, I like things nice and tidy and in their proper place but life has a different idea of how things should go… And often it stir’s the cauldron (so to speak) and things get spinning!  

For those who follow us regularly you may know Robert was let go of his job… gulp!  This is bad… he’s the major bread winner for our wee clan and this allowed me time to slowly work on An October Monday.  Or is it good?  We had to make some tough decisions (and we still have some more to make) but we, as a family, decided it was time to take the broom by the handle and take flight with our own business!  So the past week has been devoted to opening up our first stand alone web shop for all our crafty creations!

Yup, you can now find us at An October Monday!  That’s right http://www.anoctobermonday.com 

There’s still a ton of work to be done and new products coming soon and we are so grateful for those of you who have supported and showed us love.  So I’d like to take a moment to say thank you to a few family and friends:

Heather Killen owner of Violet Flame Gifts (thanks for being my touchstone and guiding light!)

The Earth Warrior Festival: Robert and I were truly blessed to create a festival piece but more importantly our lives were changed by seeing other wonderful folks that taught us Nothing is impossible when it comes to following your heart and dreams!

Judith Audrey Burros: Though we have never met in person, you dear lady have touched my heart and soul for the good.  I can’t wait for the day to give you a hug! ♥

My sister Nicole Vega and her beautiful wife Heather:  You two have taught me to be courageous and stand my ground and you guys make me proud! I love you and all the fur babies!

My mom… Thank you for giving me my fiery side, it has given me strength when things get tough!

Frankie:  Though you are not here with me, your words, smile and laughter are always in my heart and I wouldn’t be who I am if you had never been in my life.

And to all of you, who have been there for me and the wee clan, be it through family, friendships, or here online, you have all helped us to follow our dreams!  We are very grateful for each and every one of you…

We look forward to sharing our journey with you and send much love and light to all of you who support An October Monday!

Until next time…

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

Visit Us At:

An October Monday ~ Our first stand alone web shop!

An October Monday Etsy Shop ~ Home of our handcrafted wood items.

An October Monday Facebook Page ~ Our Facebook Hangout!

Oh and yes we are on Pinterest too!

An October Monday Pinterest ~ Oh our pretty pictures  😉

#AnOctoberMondaySignsForWitches 

 


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Earth Warriors Festival 2014

Merry Monday Evening WoodSprites!

I have been a busy wood witch lately so I am going to try and catch up with a few blog posts over the next few days.  Some of you may, or may not, know that An October Monday attended the Earth Warriors Festival in late August.  It was our first festival and we certainly were not let down!  Although we did not vend at this festival (we were on vacation) we were blessed to have items available in the Violet Flame Gifts booth! (Thank you Heather Killen!) Not only did we have a few of our handcrafted goodies for sale there prior to the festival we were commissioned to create the Earth Warriors Festival Targe/Coat of Arms.  I had mentioned we were working on this piece in earlier post but now I can share some photos of the EWF Targe. 

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It was such an honor to work on this beautiful piece and it made me so happy to see it hanging proudly above the main stage for the entire festival.  I forgot to grab photos of the back but it is equipped with leather strap and handle so it can be held and 2 D-rings, one on the bottom and top for hanging.  The whole process from the start to finish was wonderful and An October Monday was truly blessed to create the Earth Warriors Festival piece.

So what else is new?  Well plenty of course!  And I shall return with a few more blog posts this week.  Thanks for stopping by and if your’ looking for a custom work please feel free to send us a message… We’d love to create something magickal for you!

Until next time…

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

Visit Us At

An October Monday Etsy Shop ~ Home of our handcrafted wood items.

An October Monday Facebook Page ~ Our Facebook Hangout!

Oh and yes we are on Pinterest too!

An October Monday Pinterest ~ Oh our pretty pictures  😉


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Boo~tiful Crafting ;)

Ah Tuesday mornings…

The house was given a good cleaning yesterday, the weather is sunny with our highs only in the 70’s (perfect!) tis a good day for finishing up some projects and starting new ones!

Recently I finished up the lovely Cead Mile Failte ( A hundred thousand welcomes) signs, soon they will be up for grabs on the Etsy Shop!

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Robert and I have mixed views, he prefers the Triquetra and I like the Celtic Shamrock but they both turned out very nice indeed!

Today I will be finishing up my personal No Soliciting Sign, and I think I will be creating some for the the Etsy Shop too… What do you think?

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Was thinking (the dreaded after~thought) I should have done an orange or purple wash but the vinegar stain looks nice.  Now I need to decide if I want to do a wire hanger or jute… maybe some little stars or bells?  Oh well it will come to me and I’ll share pictures of the final piece soon!

I also started working on the new spirit  board design!  This one is stealing my heart, the vintage art I choose is more of the wonderful C.R Gibson vintage Halloween art.  I am staying with a very similar look of the witches but this time they are all ready for Halloween dressed up as ghosts!  Two of my favorite things witches and ghosts!  Here’s a sneak peek at the planchette art work, I’ll share the board soon!

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Isn’t she BOO~tiful!  I am thrilled with the design for this one!  

What else do I have planned?  Well I have a few older autumn signs to add embellishments to. Setting the the stones for my BOS, I will be adding these to the Etsy Shop soon and yes they can be custom!  I am hard at work on the Earth Warriors Festival Coat of Arms and some cool pirate signs… oh and of course some vintage inspired Halloween things!

Remember that beautiful drift wood I found a few weeks ago, one piece will be turned into a new wind-chime for my porch, Jake will be crafting this for me!

And did I mention… My crafty daughter has just started her own blog, My Art’s Beat!  She is a budding artist and I am one proud mama to see her venturing out in the blog~o~sphere to share her work and grow as an artist.  I hope you’ll go show her some love! ♥

What about Bugg (my middle child?) Well we went to Newark’s old jail to watch Ghost Adventures episode on the jail last Saturday night, so he is busy creating his own mini documentary about this haunted location not far from home.  Should be interesting!

Well WoodSprites time ticks on and I must grab my broom and fly lots and lots to create!

Until next time…

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

Visit Us At

An October Monday Etsy Shop ~ Home of our handcrafted wood items.

An October Monday Zazzle Shop ~ home of our Tee’s, Totes and more!

An October Monday Facebook Page ~ Our Facebook Hangout!

Oh and yes we are on Pinterest too!

An October Monday Pinterest ~ Oh our pretty pictures 😉


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Some New Things Brewing

Happy Monday WoodSprites!

Last week my intentions were to blog at least one more time, but alas life gets so busy… I think I need to pre-blog and set them to post on certain days, yeah that might work.  But today I will focus on, well, today!

So there are a few new things brewing here and I’m excited.  I love being crafty and Oh Boy has crafty gotten busy!  Currently I have lots of projects in the works.  Here’s a list:

1. Custom Coat of Arms order for the Earth Warriors Festival

2. Vintage Halloween items in the creation stages

3. Blending up some AOM beeswax wood polish for the Etsy Shop

4. Brand new Spirit Board, with lovely vintage art

5. Oh you get the picture 😉

One thing I wanted to share was my very magickal vintage style garden tote my oldest son made me for Mother’s Day. He built my lovely tote and I added some artwork, one of my favorite sayings from the movie Practical Magic,  and some old looking knobs on the handle.  I love it! I told him he should make some more for the shop, come on sprites wouldn’t you want one of these?  

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If you look hard you can see his name, as a mom I couldn’t get rid of that!

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TA DA!  A future master woodsmith in the making!  

My darling other half helped me get my hinges and binder rings in my personal BOS I am working on.  I will be making some similar for the shop and taking custom orders for these.  It’s not done yet so more pictures will come 😉

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Oh and there’s a bunch more I am busy crafting, and yes I will be sharing them soon.  

Well Sprites I have a lot to get done this fine sunny summer Monday so it’s time for me to grab my broom and fly!

Until next time…

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

Visit Us At

An October Monday Etsy Shop ~ Home of our handcrafted wood items.

An October Monday Zazzle Shop ~ home of our Tee’s, Totes and more!

An October Monday Facebook Page ~ Our Facebook Hangout!

Oh and yes we are on Pinterest too!

An October Monday Pinterest ~ Oh our pretty pictures 😉


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A Whole Lot Of New…

Yikes!  It’s been too long since I was last on the blog!  So much is new, new house, new wood crafting studio, new products being carried in a brick and mortar shop and new things up in the Etsy Shop!

So I think the last time I blogged I was getting ready to move, well we’ve moved, unpacked and even did some crafting!  Here’s a peek at some magickal things you can now order from us:

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So you can see I’ve been a busy little wood witch!  All these new creations can be ordered at our Etsy Shop or you can fly on over to the Facebook Page and send me a message!  And while you’re visiting us on Facebook give us a like!  We promise to like you back 😉

Also, for all you Ohioans, if you would like to check out some of our items in the flesh Violet Flames Gifts, located in Newark Ohio, is now carrying An October Monday Wood Crafts!  And believe me this is an honor and a blessing for our little wood business!  I promise if you visit Violet Flames Gifts you won’t be disappointed!  It’s the best little hearth based shop in all of central Ohio!  Just tell them Julie sent you and remember to give the kitties a scratch behind the ears!

So for those of you who’d like to see, here is a peek at my new witch’s cottage!

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And my favorite for last… My very own wood crafting studio!!!

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So what is next, you ask?  A lot!  I have some new projects to work on.  One of them is a commissioned piece for the Earth Warriors Festival!!!  If your looking for a great festival to attend this is the one!  Sadly, I will not have a booth this year but I will be there and Violet Flame Gifts will be carrying some of our crafty items!  So make sure to check them out. Mark your calendar September 25th – the 28th!  You can register now by visiting the Earth Warriors Festival website.

And for all you Halloween lovers I will soon begin crafting some special items for Halloween only. Keep your eyes open for these!  Also, remember if you plan to order anything currently in the shop and MUST have it for the Halloween season, PLEASE remember each item is hand crafted at time of order so it does take about 3 weeks for it to arrive at your home.  So plan to order early for Halloween!

As always, we would love to craft something magickal for you so please remember we can and do personalized orders, from altars to signs.  If you are looking for a truly one of a kind piece or gift send us a message and let’s make magick happen!

Well WoodSprites time is tick~tocking away so this wood witch must fly!

Until next time…

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

Visit Us At

An October Monday Etsy Shop ~ Home of our handcrafted wood items.

An October Monday Zazzle Shop ~ home of our Tee’s, Totes and more!

An October Monday Facebook Page ~ Our Facebook Hangout!

Oh and yes we are on Pinterest too!

An October Monday Pinterest ~ Oh our pretty pictures 😉