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105 Days Till Halloween… Are You Ready?

Happy Friday WoodSprites!

Sorry I have not posted in a bit, I was busy working on lots of orders (one rather large one for Violet Flame Gifts, only available in the shop).  I have also been working my butt off to get some new designs ready for the Halloween Seasons and autumn.  I am hoping to have them all up and ready for the shop by the middle of next week.

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So you may be wondering what’s up with the Halloween count down… Well I am going to do some simple math to help you see why it’s important.

It is 105 days to Halloween, that means there are 75 ordering days to make sure you have the An October Monday witch crafts to kick off the season.  Most of my pieces are created at time of order, if it is slow for me it might only take a day or two to create your whimsy but if I have lots of orders it can take up to 3 weeks!   WHAT?!  I know that seems crazy but I work from my very wee cottage this means I don’t have much room to keep a bunch of items on hand.  I am going to start creating a few of the popular pieces so I will have some done for the witching season…Wish me luck!

I’m excited that Halloween is creeping up!

The shop is seeing a steady stream of lookie loos and a bunch of witchy favorites, this means folks are starting to window shop their Halloween favs.  I can’t wait to show the new items; a beautiful Witching Hour Clock with pendulum, a new piece to the Practical Magic series, a witches welcome sign and few other goodies are brewing here in the wee cottage!  If all goes well I want to get a new spirit board done, I love creating them!

Not much for new items up in the shop.  I did manage to finish the very handsome red oak Green Man portable altar, still finishing up the female counter part.  So here is a look at the newest altar in our shop!

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Okay one more Halloween push then I shall say Au revoir…  An October Monday carries 22 (and growing) witch themed items.  So make sure you are ready for the Season of the Witch!

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Wishing you all a beautiful weekend and until next,

Hold on to Your Happy, Laugh till it hurts & Live in Love,
J.
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Merry Thor’s Day!

Hello WoodSprites!

It has been a busy, busy past week or so, in a good way!  I want to say thanks to all of you who visit An October Monday and help to support it’s growth it makes my heart happy!  

So time for a shop item updates… We have two new items up in the Etsy Shop (well one is a set but…)

So here are this weeks new whimsical woodcrafts:

Laundry Today or Skyclad Tomorrow 

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3 Sisters

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This week I am busy working on two beautiful new altars, Green Lady and Green Man.  These will be done on stunning and sturdy oak and I super excited about these two lovelies!  One thing that is awesome about An October Monday portable altars is they are really portable.  Yes, they are small and convenient to just pick up and move from place to place but our altars were created with those who want to venture out into the outdoors or who have to travel a lot and want one that can easily and quickly be packed up to go.  With that in mind we made it fast and simple to remove the legs, kept the size small  enough (but not too small) to slip into a backpack or suitcase so you can take your personal altar wherever your path takes you!  We have two style available on the shop:

Art Nouveau Altar

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Tree of Life

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We are really excited to be adding two more styles to the shop!  I will share once they are available so keep an eye out for them!

Last weekend my darling husband and I ventured out to the Robin Hood Springtime Festival in New Haven CT… I loved it!  I have never been to a Renaissance Fair (don’t judge) I had such a great time!  This got me to thinking, maybe it’s time for An October Monday to start working toward doing some festivals… And maybe even adding some Renaissance/Fantasy items in the shop?  Dragons, Fairies, and  Knights… OH MY!  So what do you think?  

Also, I want to announce that An October Monday will be the featured artist at I {heart} Rhody on August 12, 2015!  I am super excited and honored to be showcased on this wonderful blog full of all kinds of great information on things in Rhode Island.  So a huge Thanks to the wonderful ladies who run I {heart} Rhody!

Well Sprites it’s time to fly have order to finish and two new altars to start on! 

Until next time…

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

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Witching Hour Savings

Fly on over to An October Monday or An October Monday Etsy Shop and receive 10% off ANY ITEM with coupon code: TGIF1014!  This sale ends at 5:30 am… Treat yourself to something magickal!

Coupon Expires 5:30 am October 18, 2014

Coupon Expires 5:30 am October 18, 2014


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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.

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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 😉