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Halloween 2019 Ordering Info

day of the dead mask with red roses

Hi friends! Here’s my Halloween 2019 ordering info, to assist with your costume party planning:

Availability –

Ready to Ship” items are in stock and ready to ship quickly

Made to Order” listings for existing designs from my catalogue can take 1-3 weeks to create, before shipping. These listings will be available until October 1st, 2019.

Custom Work” designed to your specifications can take 2-4 weeks to create, before shipping. An estimated timeline will be provided in advance.
* Very limited availability ~ Halloween commissions close 9/15/19 *


Suggested ordering dates for probable delivery by 10/31/19 –

✫ USA:
1st Class Mail – order by Oct 22nd
Priority Mail – order by Oct 25th
Priority Express Mail – order Oct 28th

✫ INTERNATIONAL:
1st Class Mail – order by Sept 20th
Priority Mail – order by Oct 15th
Priority Express Mail – order by Oct 22nd

USPS 1st Class Mail is the default shipping method. Expedited shipping options are available at checkout.

Click here to see typical transit times for each shipping method.

 

 

 

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Last Call for Custom Work for Halloween 2016!

Friends, Friday 9/16 is my last call for Halloween 2016 commissions! If you’d like a custom costume, please use the inquiry form on this page to get in touch with me before Friday.

Here are a few examples of custom masks, wings, and crowns from years past:


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Wednesday Inspiration – Baked Alaskan Designs

baked-alaskaMy friends Phil and Julie are a couple of hippies who live up in Alaska, in a house that they built themselves. Now some of you might react by thinking “ewww, hippies!” but rest assured that they’re the cool kind of hippies; they are homesteading, homeschooling, organic gardening, child rearing, chicken raising, art making hippies who make the world brighter just by being in it.

Julie is a beadworker, and Phil helps with her small business, Baked Alaskan Designs . As you can see
from the photos, she creates gorgeous, heirloom quality bead baked-alaska3embroidered barrettes. Her “Stealie” barrettes are very popular, though I’m especially fond of her rosette style barrettes. They remind me of the type of beadwork that I used to see at Pow Wows – bold, elaborate and carefully crafted. Recent instagram posts from Julie suggest that she may have some new tricks up her sleeve as well. I’m excited to see the new ideas that she’s working on; so far, they look stunning!

She opened their Etsy shop a little over a year and a half ago and quickly found her niche, not only in terms of her work, but as far as community. She gravitated baked-alaska2toward groups of artists that network and encourage each other, and she clearly strives to support her fellow creatives. Julie often shares tips and info with me, and she shares my work (and the work of her many creative friends) on social media. Those things may sound small, but they’re actually HUGE. Making a living as an artisan is no small feat, so it means a lot that Julie not only  focuses on trying to make her business successful, she actively tries to bring others with her on that road to success.

With that said, I’m inspired by Julie’s art AND by her attitude. Thank you for being one of the good ones, may it come back to you tenfold <3

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Wednesday Inspiration – Raffle for Cecil

Amanda Edwards Mosaics' Raffle for Cecil
Amanda Edwards Mosaics’ Raffle for Cecil

I’m sharing the information about this raffle in part because I love this artist’s work, and partially because I admire her spirit. When she learned about the recent killing of a lion named Cecil, Amanda Edwards decided to raffle off a piece of her art and to donate the proceeds to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of Oxford University. This organization studies lions in hopes of aiding in their conservation.

It struck me as such a loving and hopeful response to a terrible situation, and it reminded me of the many ways that art can heal. I donated for a chance to win, and I’d like to encourage you to do the same: just click on this link and donate to get a ticket(s). Doing so offers the opportunity to win a beautiful work of art, and the ability to participate in a very kind response to a tragic situation.

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A Beautiful Quest (treasury)

Here’s a beautiful treasury, created by Julie of Mermaiden Creations; I love the way that it incorporates an element of storytelling:

‘A Beautiful Quest’ by mermaidencreations

I based this story around Meredith Dillman’s beautiful image of the Fairy Queen holding the Holy Grail.FAEteam featured shop Meredith Dillman, meredithdillman.etsy.comvisit the Fantasy Artists of Etsy at www.etsy.com/teams/5932/fae


Renaissance Chemise Gothic F…

$45

Deer antler statement chainm…

$80

Morning in Lothlorien OOAK S…

$140

Forest Dreams. Amber Leaf a…

$27

Falling Leaves Long Leather …

$38

Faerie Door Spell Bottle Pen…

$17.5

Irish Celtic Wedding Tiara, …

$75

Fairy Queen, Holy Grail, Woo…

$16

Leather Oak Leaf Hair Barret…

$20

Classic Chain Maille Armor B…

$34

Olive Green Crushed Velvet H…

$79

The Ring of Power glass glob…

$36

Wood Sprite Labradorite Pen…

$110

Sleeping Fox Statue – Outdoo…

$69.99

Brother Juniper 1:24 Medieva…

$65

Fairy Art, Print, Reproducti…

$10

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Time Flies

I’ve been busy lately, so time seems to be flying at warp speed! So much so, that I haven’t had time to blog. For a quick recap, here are some of the projects that have been keeping me busy of late:

leather-feather-barretteshair accessories galore

larger-hair-slides
and a few new and unusual jewelry designs

Skull & Rose Leather pendant
Skull & Rose Leather pendant
sculpted leather octopus necklace with lapis & kyanite
sculpted leather octopus necklace with lapis & kyanite

I’m working to get it all photographed and added to the site … wish me good luck!

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ZOMG, Costume Contest!

2012 Costume Contest Winner

Yikes! I got so dang busy that I completely forgot to post the info about my annual costume contest! Yes, I AM doing it again this year — I’ve just been a bit of a slacker about announcing it. Here’s how it works:

My Virtual Costume Contest is an annual customer appreciation event. Contestants submit photos of their costume incorporating one of my masks or costume accessories. The grand prize winner receives one of my filigree leather circlets ($60 value) in the two colors of their choice. This year I’m adding a second place award ($25 shop credit), and as usual, ALL contestants will receive a 10% discount off their next purchase, simply for participating!

2011 Costume Contest Winners
And now for the nitty gritty:
To Enter:
* “Like” my facebook fan page.
* Send a photo of your costume by November 4th 2013
Contest Rules:
* Your entry constitutes consent for me to use your photo.
* Contestants under 18 must provide written parental permission.
* Your costume must include at least one of my products.
* Multiple entries are fine, as long they showcase different costumes.
* Store Coupon has no cash value, and can only be redeemed for ready to ship items (no custom designs). Coupon expires on 10/31/2014. 
Winner Selection Process:
* On 11/04/2013, I’ll create a  facebook album for the entry photos.

Filigree Leather Circlets
* The first place winner will be chosen by Lady Luck (okay, Rafflecopter) at 12 am PST on 11/09/2013; they’ll receive one of my filigree leather crowns ($60 value) in the design shown here, in the two colors of their choice. 
* A second “People’s Choice” award will go to the contestant whose photo has the most “likes” by  12 am PST on 11/09/2013; this person will receive a $25 store credit toward any ready made item in my shop.  
* Last but not least, ALL contestants will receive a coupon code good for 10% off their next purchase of any ready made item in my shop.

a Rafflecopter giveaway