An October Monday

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I {heart} Rhody Blog & Me!

Happy Wednesday WoodSprites!

So excited today I {heart} Rhody blog article on An October Monday came out!  So if you wanted to know a little bit more about me and my crafty creations here is a wonderful piece to read.

Artist ~ Julie A. Eastin ~ Narragansett.


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Changes A Foot & A Little Practical Magic

Yes, I fell off the face of the earth again… But with good reason.  So many things are changing, again, that it has left me with little time to blog.  If you follow us you may know that Robert was let go from his job at an unnamed bottle water company (evil bastards!).  It was tough…

I MEAN REALLY TOUGH!

This was in October.  November came and still no work.  December came… still no work.  We managed to have a wonderful Yule due to the kindness and love of four very special women in our life and to those who placed orders from An October Monday Etsy!  Thank you all and much, much love!

Then suddenly the New Year came and POW!  Robert got a job offer in Rhode Island!  So he has been away from the wee clan for 4 weeks now working… Yay!

That means… You guessed it, my wee clan will be once again moving!  Good Goddess I hope this is the last move for a very long time.  The kids and I don’t have a move date as of yet… We may tough it out till the end of the school year, but with us who knows.

So in absence of my life partner I have been working on orders solo and crafting new things for the shop.  I had to put altars on hold for now, Robert does all the handy work in building them but don’t fret they will be back in stock by summer 😉

I created two new pieces inspired by the movie Practical Magic (one of my favorite movies).  Let’s take a peek, shall we…

 

Now I am busy finishing up a new Apothecary Sign and a Green Man Herbal Shoppe sign.  I am hoping to have them up at the Etsy shop by the middle of next week!  And as always I am dreaming up new things to craft!

You may have noticed that the blog, the Facebook page and our Twitter have brand new banners, a new look for a new year and new beginnings!  

 

Well, you wonderful WoodSprites, my day is ticking away and I have plenty to do… But I wanted to pop on and again Thank All of those who have placed orders during a really difficult time.  It was with those orders we were able to tread water and not go down with a sinking ship.  We, like so many others, live mostly paycheck to paycheck but we try our hardest, give our all, and as if by magick we always make it through ♥

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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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  😉
#AnOctoberMondaySignsForWitches


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AOM ♥’s AHS and We’re Not Clowning Around!

American Horror Story… What can I say except I friggen LOVE it!

Last night was the second episode of the season and I am not going to give any spoilers so don’t worry if you haven’t seen it yet.  I just wanted to show A.H.S a little love from A.O.M after the attack of the killer clowns from C.A.I (Clowns of American International)…  New story here.  They are even planning a clown protest… Egads!

Now I have been a fan of A.H.S from season 1 but this years they have hit my fear nerve right on the money… FRIGGEN CLOWNS!  I don’t see why the C.A.I (unless they are hopping on the A.H.S fame train) is making a stink.  Shall we take a quick glance at some of the most horrific things created? 

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What the hell could be creepier than this?  

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Okay a bunch of floating clowns heads is pretty scary!

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Oh my gosh just look at the last one… Wait, never mind that’s a picture of Robert, my husband 😉  

Anyway, the point I’m making is, Clowns are scary, their painted on smile, over sized shoes,and look at John Wayne Gacy for heavens sake!

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Now let’s take a peek at the lovable portrayal of Clowns:

Pennywise – It

Poltergeist – Scariest Clown Doll ever!

Killer Clowns from Outer Space

Captain Spaulding – Need I say more… duh

Gurdy the Clown – 100 Tears

Oh the list goes on and on…  And lest us not forget… EVERY HALLOWEEN HAUNT centered around, yup, CLOWNS!

Face it C.A.I, you guys are what nightmares are made of.  I know you’ve been scaring the crap out of me since I was a wee lass terrorized by BoZo.

All kidding aside, American Horror Story is not for wee lads and lass, it’s for grown up (or kids trapped in adult bodies) and the way I see it, clowns have been scaring folks for centuries so what’s the big deal now?  

Okay enough CLOWNING AROUND, American Horror Story just keep doing what your doing and I’ll keep tuning in!  An October Monday supports and loves A.H.S one the creepiest shows on ♥

And remember… if you’re looking for that special crafty creation to spruce up your magickal space… Check out our wickedly delightful witch crafts at one of our online shops! 

An October Monday Shop 

An October Monday Etsy

Or just come hangout with us on Facebook

PS:  To all my friends out in California (especially the San Joaquin County) Beware of the Clowns!


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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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Weekend Treasures!

Merry Monday WoodSprites!

I enjoyed a wonderful weekend with my family.  Saturday we spent hitting thrift shops and garage sales looking for a shelf for Robert’s music studio.  But I had more luck finding trinkets and this and that then we did locating a decent shelf (we ending up buying him a new one).  

As for my quirky finds… I came across a lovely vintage shoe shine caddy tote from Esquire Footman for $1.99, I think from the 1950’s – 1960’s?  This will now find a home in my wood crafting studio to keep paint brushes and what~nots in.

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Another find was a 1975 completely sealed Backgammon Board Game for $1.99!  It still has the original price tag of $4.50 from Best Products (went out of business in 1997).  Now I don’t know much on the pricing of board games so I cruised over to eBay there was one for $92!  Now I don’t think it’s an accurate price, I came across two others (all of these were unopened) for around $30, this seems a tad bit more in the realm of reality, but still a great find for $2 bucks.  I think I will be selling it on our Etsy Shop, especially because we will soon be adding vintage reproduction Halloween games I am currently working on.

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And my last little find was a cute little kind of primitive style witch!

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How could I pass her by!  She looks so comfy on the bench Bugg made me for Mother’s Day, ready to read some tarot cards or read a bit from the Cottage Witchery book 😉

These were not the only treasures I acquired over the weekend, Mother Nature gifted me with 3 beautiful pieces of drift wood!  I am sure I will be crafting something with them… but what?  I don’t know yet but I’m sure an idea will blossom! 

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The wood still needs some cleaning and drying but believe me this photo does not do them justice! 

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This is the smallest piece that is cleaner than the larger two… Just look at those colors!  Nature is surely amazing ♥

So as you have read my wee clan spent the weekend in search of treasure and spending time enjoying our dear Mother Earth and all her glory.  I hope you all had a blissful weekend too, full of adventure and treasures of your own.

This week I will be back to share with you my new Beeswax wood polish soon to be available in our Etsy Shop!  I will also share the craftiness of my children this week, their wonderful wood crafting and cardboard medieval helms.  Gosh I love my crafty critters!

If you haven’t yet, please do fly on over to our Facebook Page and give us a like! Or visit us at An October Monday’s Etsy Shop and please remember we do take special orders!  

A  friendly reminder Halloween is fast approaching so if you are interested in any of our witch crafts please make sure to order in time to enjoy them for Halloween.  Each item is hand crafted and can take up to 3 weeks to create and ship.  And keeping checking back as I will be adding all kinds of whimsy over the next few weeks!

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 😉