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The Hive Oracle is HERE!

I am super-excited to announce the official release of my very own oracle deck, the Hive Oracle! This is truly a labor of love. The deck consists of 34 cards of vector-illustrated faeries, imps, sprites, witchies, and wands, by me. This deck isn’t so much focused on fortune-telling as it is on personal examination using elements many pagans are familiar with. Utilizing a unique hexagonal shape, the deck can allow for a spectrum of answers rather than a solid “yes/no” answer.

Currently the deck is available as print-on-demand from the company I am self-publishing from, The Game Crafter. I’m impressed by the quality of the cards, the box, and the booklets! Everything is printed and manufactured here in the USA, so you don’t have to worry about shipping delays from overseas. Keep an eye on special items to go with the deck, coming soon: a reading cloth, hand-sewn bags, and the complete printed manual. In the meanwhile, all information and instructions for the deck are available here on my website!

Order your copy of the Hive Oracle here!
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Spring has sprung!

Happy Equinox! Texas is delightful right now, bright and sunny with fresh green popping up everywhere! The studio is in full-swing with producing pottery for Artscape at the Arboretum. April 24-25, I can’t wait! In the meanwhile, I’d like to share with you a commission that was an absolute joy to work on during 2020. This was painted for a dear friend who covets a Constellation Thai Monstera, but, alas, they are incredibly expensive at the moment. Thus, the Monstera Faerie now graces her walls, chillin’ out on a plant that never needs watering. I hope you enjoy it, too!

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Production in a Pandemic

Goodness! It’s been a while, eh? This year has been a doozy, and I’ve had my own share of “How in the world do I deal with this?” moments. Every single show I had on the docket for the year has been cancelled, sadly. I love going to shows! I love meeting people and making things that make them happy. The moment someone finds “their” mug or plate is a precious moment of joy for me. It’s a delicate balance of staying positive for next year and trying to stay grounded in reality. I’m sure most people can relate to that!

Because I suddenly find myself with no shows or festivals to prepare for, I’ve turned my attention to a project that’s been on the back burner for years: an Oracle Deck. We’ve entered the harvest season, and I’m starting to see the fruits of my planning and drawing. I share with you a collage of in-progress photos: sketches, prototypes, computer drawings, lists of drawings to complete. It is my goal to have a finished product in-hand before the holiday season!

I hope that all folks are doing well during this tumultuous time: the wonderful thing about the world is that it’s natural state is of one in balance. May you find your OWN balance and peace.

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What is an Altar?

What is an Altar?I’ve just released a new zine to accompany my new altar collection release! Altars can have a varying meaning to a lot of different religions. This zine just covers the basic components of pagan altars. If you meet me at a festival or show, I’ll have cute lil’ copies to pass out! In the meanwhile, please enjoy the digital version: a super-long image to scroll through. For others who love to print, cut, and fold: a printable PDF version to keep or share. I also invite you to check out my new Fae Magick Altarware Collection, now available in my online shop.

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Metroplex Magick Supplies

So, things have quieted down here at my little studio; much of my business depends on faires and events, which are not happening right now! It gives me pause to consider ramping up my online presence at bit. Personally, I prefer to meet people and let them touch and explore my pottery so that they find “their” piece. Regardless! I figured this would be a good time to share a little bit about some local magick and metaphysical shops in The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Do some research on the locals and decide where to go when the malaise of quarantine has lifted.

First off, you need this map. It’s a Google Map with a collection of all the metaphysical shops in the DFW area that have a physical location. This list does not contain online-only retailers or artists. This list does not include energy workers, psychics, mediums, etc. We’re just dealing with shop-owning suppliers and artists here.

CAVEAT! I haven’t been to all the shops listed on the map. The Metroplex is big. Like, you would be driving all day and then some, aaaaaand probably use up a tank of gas if you were to travel to ALL of these shops. This post will likely become a living post, so I can update details on shops I HAVE visited. I’ll also note that not all of the shops on the map are specifically oriented at serving the pagan community at large. Example, Central Market is a specialty grocery store that happens to have a most excellent selection of fresh herbs, dried herbs, incense, essential oils, teas, and more.


Map Last Updated: 03/2020
My Visit List Last Updated: 04/2020

Enchanted Forest – I’ve been coming here for years. The owners are friendly and knowledgeable: my husband often gets pulled into long discussions when he makes tarot 2020card purchases! They have a good selection of herbs, crystals, and jewelry. Online presence? They’re pretty OG. Not much social media, not much website. I visit primarily for the chit-chat and immersion. Last visit: 01/2020

Rock Barrell – I’m relatively sure my fairy godmother took me to their first location when I was small to purchase my very first crystal necklace. It was all downhill from there. This shop caters primarily to jewelers, but you want to get you some fancy rocks? They gotchu. From polished glass to expensive specimens behind the case, these guys have a good selection. They also have a high-quality selection of findings, so if you’re the crafty type you can purchase all the components to custom-make yourself something special. Online presence? Negligible. You want to actually visit in person.  Last visit: 01/2020

Fort Witch – Don’t let the size fool you. While this shop is itty bitties, it packs a punch from all sorts of local artists. They have a fine herb selection, candles, and other basic altar supplies, as well as lovely handicrafts from local pagans and witchy folk. Online presence? Big. They stay quite up-to-date. Last visit: 01/2020

Retro Revolution Plano – This is more of a classic head shop, but dang they have a collection of goodies that sure appeals to my hippie-pagan self. Obviously they have a good selection of incense, as well as pipes and whatnot, many by local glass artists. You’re also likely to find some cool wall tapestries and other goods to spice up your personal altar space. (They also have a Dallas location, which I have not visited.) Online presence? Not a whole lot. Another shop you have to visit and poke around in.  Last visit: 11/2019

Silver Pyramid – Uh oh, I haven’t visited here in a few years. How embarrassing. My last visit was pleasant, though as soon as the quarantine is over, I believe I will drop in and give a more deserved evaluation. Last visit: A wee bit too long ago.

SoulTopia – Oddly enough, I haven’t actually been to either of their locations, but I’ve visited their booths at several fairs I’ve been to. They have a wonderful collection of all sorts of supplies, and the owners make a massive effort to reach out to the community. Their online presence is huge: they have podcasts, Facebook Live events, the works. It almost feels as if I have visited. Last visit: Mobile booth 10/2020

 


Disclaimer: All opinions and observations are mine. While I may be friendly with the locals, they’re not compensating me in any way. I purely made this list and map to help other pagans and weirdos locate where like minds shop. Do you know of a shop that should be on the map? Let me know! I only write an opinion on places I have actually patronized. Feel free to share this map with anyone you please.

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Fortune Witch

I’ve been so quiet, and not posting much pottery! January has been my time to take inventory, organize the studio, and pursue other activities that are completely different from pottery. This month’s project? Using Adafruit’s instructions, I built a mini Internet of Things Printer! Of course, I don’t like to follow instructions perfectly so while it will talk to the Internet and print out tweets, it also will print out little fortune tickets.

If I’m at a show that has electricity, you bet that I’ll have my little Fortune Witch at my booth. Push the button, and poof! You’ll get a fortune ticket.

I actually really enjoy side projects like this; it’s a mind shift. My brain thinks in a different manner when I’m designing precisely, and working on programming, no matter how simple it may be. If you’ve no inclination to follow the link to Adafruit, this project is powered by a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ micro computer. The colored paper I hunted down online, specifically from Internet-connected “memo printers” that inspired me to embark upon this project. Why buy a nifty gadget when I can make one with MY graphics in hot pink translucent plastic? Both my wallet and desire to make things can’t find a reason to.

My hands will be back in mud soon enough; Springtime is just around the corner!