I am on the cusp of posting new things to my etsy shop. It's a pretty big move for me. I haven't posted anything new in quite a while, as I have been trying to figure out what I can make instead of jewelry...
quick back story: I used to make collage jewelry in a glass frame that was held together with solder. I LOVE SOLDER. there is something wonderful and primal about heating metal until it is a liquid and then pushing it around until it does what you want. However, I have asthma and the lovely toxic solder fumes were affecting my ability to breathe. And as breathing is one of those non-optional functions, I had to figure something else out.
Turns out that if I put my mind to it, there's quite a few things I can make. I have decided to arrange my shop seasonally and create for the 8 holidays of the calendar year. Yes! All eight. This took quite a bit of debate, because I wasn't sure if I was ready to share this next bit of info with the whole world.
And right here is the fun part: hey y'all! Did you know I'm pagan?! That's right: I am an earth-loving, dirt-digging, sky-watching hippie.
I celebrate 8 major holidays based off of the Wiccan wheel of the year: Yule (Dec 21), Imbolc (Feb 2), Ostara (March 21), Beltane (May 1), Litha (June 21), Lughnasadh (August 2), Mabon (September 21), Samhain (October 31).
You will note a bit of overlap between these 8 and other cultural holidays. That is not coincidental. Back before TV and electricity, ALL of our ancestors knew about the Summer and Winter solstices, and the Spring and Autumnal equinoxes. It was a way of keeping track of time, in addition to the lunar cycles....but that is another lesson for another time.
First up in the etsy shop will be Yule decorations...also suitable for Christmas, Festivus and the like.
Bird ornaments (because I am a bird loving girl), star garlands, wall hangings will start the ball rolling.
Next up will be year-round items, and then crafts and activities for children.