Thursday, March 29, 2007

Nomadic Lights

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The idea was lingering in a corner of my mind for months because I couldn't find the time to develop the actual product...But what was just an idea has now become real!

It may not have an incredible look but I'm proud of that product. I think I've manage to capture the essence of the Ancestors and a glimpse of their life style through these candles and that's what I wanted. I've been inspired by ancient terracotta oil lamps uncovered from various archaeological sites around the Mediterranean, which were once part of the Roman Empire.

I make these candles with red clay, olive butter, unrefined beeswax and biodegradable cotton twine. I like them as natural as can be, but I know some people like fragrances so I offer the make them scented as well.

I've already listed my Nomadic Lights on Etsy and plan on adding them as permanent item in my catalog and on my website.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Alchemille's Garden Spring News #1


Spring brings a wind of change, novelty and improvement...

About novelties, I have listed 3 new teas on Etsy (2 of them are currently Etsy Exclusives):

-Morning by the Countryside is a caffeine-free herbal blend that can help you wake up gently in the morning http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5547535

-Faery Magick tea is a very springy and spiritual blend...For those seeking to connect with Fairies :) http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5623325

AND

-Grandma's Favorite that I created with my grandmother's favorite herbs and to help her in my own way. It's a very tasty and special blend. If you wish to find out more: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5609680

I also added (on Etsy and on ny website) 3 natural deodorants the "Wise Woman Deos". 1 is available unscented and the 2 others are scented with organic perfumes oils (essential oils in a blend of jojoba and grapeseed oils).

You can choose from Goddess Spirit with sweet lavender, ylang-ylang, rose attar, roman chamomile and sweet marjoram or Nature Spirit with sandalwood, lavender, cypress, cedarwood, fir needle, sweet marjoram and sage.

In the face and body care section, I removed the Featherlight Lotion (I will only add it occasionally on Etsy) and added a 100% natural Wise Woman del Morocco Face Cream with Moroccan Argan Oil http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5617755 and I am currently working on a Crème de Sultane...:)

I am still switching from fragrance oils to perfume oils and am currently selecting some luxurious, exotic and alluring perfume oils for you, bellydancers, sultanas, wise women and goddesses to enjoy.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Alchemille's products in Florida



For those who are not familiar with Bijouterie (which means jewelry shop in french), Bijouterie is a little shop located in Tavernier, Florida which features handcrafted jewelry by Susan Goracy, who studied interior design.

But Susan is also into natural stuff so she carries natural handcrafted products by little indie crafters like myself. She already sells a good selection of my teas but she will also soon carry my Nomadic Perfumes :).

Here's what she said about my products in her latest newsletter: "These Nomadic Perfumes are truly EXOTIC, as well as "All Natural" made of extra virgin sweet almond oil, beeswax, and fragrance oils. Watch for these exotic scents arrivingfor April: Amber (amber, vanilla, patchouli, sandalwood, musk); Moonlight Shadow (sensual floral blend of lavender, rose, violet, musk); Spellbound Woods - my favorite (amber, sandalwood, vanilla, cedarwood, hint of flowers); Chocolate Decadence (fresh citrus layered over a rich dreamy middle of hot dense chocolate, and cocoa melded with a base of sexy musk & sandalwood - sounds like something to eat, doesn't it?!); Vanilla des Isles (African vanilla beans, sandalwood, shredded coconut, delicate white flowers); Black Amber (rustic amber, Parisian lavender, mysterious black myrrh, vanilla ,Tonka bean, Egyptian musk, clary sage).

Samples of Moonlight Shadow & Spellbound Woods are available to try! Natura Botanica also offers Sacred Oils in a small variety of scents used as massage oils, for rituals, on face & body, or for meditation. If you're interestedin trying, contact me for more info & to order.

Another exciting addition to Alchemille's Garden are Astrological Teas, available by custom order in the Astrological sign of your choice(s). This makes an interesting gift for a unique friend!"

Susan will be at the Goddesses in the Garden Party raising fun and funds for Breast Cancer on Sunday, April 29, 2007 in Key Largo. She will be donating 35-40% of sales made that day to the Breast Cancer Fund. So I invite you to come out and support a very worthwhile cause!

Susan's shop "Bijouterie" is located on 91495 Overseas Highway in Tavernier, FL 33070 .

And here's her website: http://www.e-jewelrybysusan.com/

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

TWWC celebrates the Spring...


We've been waiting patiently for the Spring to come back with its garlands of green and flowers buds, the first fairies frolicking in the garden and the happy songs of the birds...

Some of us wanted to celebrate this magical time of the year with some special creations that I'm glad to introduce here:

-Lacey, our newest and youngest member, from threepaws created a wonderful beaded necklace on a satin-edged organza ribbon that she named "Spring Fling".

-Rick and Heidi from ParadiseHillDesigns made a pine keepsake box with a wood burned butterfly as well as a beautiful blue eyes grass birch wood pendant. They use reclaimed wood that they collect locally for their creations. A wonderful example of natural art and jewelry.

-Charlotte from AwakeningMoon created a set of 69 printed inspiration cards wrapped in a beaded organza bag. These cards may be used to nurture yourself and to help you in your growth and development. They make a great gift idea too.

-Raven from TeaAndCauldron mades a tea shrine art tin...Open the tin and you'll meet the Tea Fairy herself! A good way to ensure growth, abundance and prosperity to your home and your garden :).

-Night from ShaktiStudios made a Jade and Crystal Quartz Necklace. Another incredible piece worth wearing by the Queen of Fairies herself. It has a pure, refined and crystalline look.

-Griselda from awesomeart made three spring inspired shamanic dolls. You'll find the Wild Moon Equinox Spirit Doll, the White Birch Spring Equinox Doll and the Spring Equniox Moon Goddess Doll. These dolls are very inspiring and may help you on your spiritual path.

-Maggie from MugwortMaggies wants to turn your home into a rose garden :). She created a Wild Rose Laundry Soap. A good way to turn your laundry task into a pleasant and fun time.

And

-I always enjoy a good cup of tea and the Spring brings plethora of good herbs and flowers. I created 3 teas for the occasion: "Morning by the Countryside" which is a caffeine-free herbal blend which wakes you up gently in the morning but can also be enjoyed any time of the day, "Faery Magick Tea" which is a wild herbal and floral blend for those who seek to contact the Fairies and a "Wild Chai", where weeds meet spices and which is naturally rich in vitamins and minerals.

Thank you for browsing and enjoy!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Wild and Wise News #1




Dear Friends,
As promised here’s the first newsletter regarding the Wild and Wise Collective featuring Etsy crafters and artists who share an interest and passion for everything natural. There are currently 21 members, including myself with different specialties ranging from teas, to body care, jewelry, pottery, natural household products, paper and even natural home decoration. Here's a little introduction to the products we make and that you can find at our shops:

*Three Ravens*: Xiane makes organic herbal products for bath and body as well as perfumed tinctures and natural incense.

*Whimsy Hollow*: Piper makes luscious natural, botanical and magical products such as soaps, lip balms, candles and wonderful perfume oils.

*Tea and Cauldron*: Raven blends herbal teas the old fashioned way. She has afternoon teas, healing/nourishing teas and even some to chase annoying gremlins out of your house.

*Awesome Art*: Griselda is a talented artist who paint and makes incredible shamanic dolls.

*Shakti Studios*: Night makes jewelry, art, herbal goodies and wonderfully scented perfume oils.

*Healing Herbal*: Healing Herbal offers hand blended herbal teas, bath oils and herbal hair rinses.
*Hecate’s Owl*: Dianne offers handmade jewelry with stones, pagan rosaries, soaps and more…

*Awakening Moon*: Charlotte makes divination tools, stone jewelry and magickal wands.

*Path to Nature*: Lisa offers natural, herbal and healing products such as salves, herbal vinegars, infused oils and Sacrana jewelry.

*Mugwort Maggie’s Apothecary*: Maggie makes natural household products such as laundry soaps as well as soy candles and natural lip balms.

*Natural Herbal / Full Circle Herbs*: Sage makes natural products such as teas, balms and tinctures. Most of her products are for pregnant women, nursing moms, babies and children.

*Summersea Herbs*: Tracy makes organic herbal teas, natural incense blends and flower remedies.

*Black Horse Hill*: Denise makes earthenware products such as sculptures, jewelry and home decoration inspired by leaves and Nature.

*Earth ‘N’ Elements Pottery*: Kathi makes unique Nature inspired pottery items with an organic look.

*Silver Frog Designs*: Andra makes natural stone and pearl jewelry items.

*Paper Planet*: Sher is an eco-artist who makes paper items with fibers and botanicals.

*Paradise Hill Designs*: Rick and Heidi make reclaimed wood creations for home decoration and woodburn engraved jewelry.

*Les Vieux Jours*: Pam makes « reincarnated goods » with used and recycled materials that she turns to art, jewelry, journals and other unique items.

*Raven Wood Herbals*: Heather makes handcrafted and homegrown herbal products. The proceeds of some of her soaps go to Heart of Texas Rat Rescue.

*Hildegard / Healing with Herbs*: Parul makes herbal products such as teas, bath salts and massage oils inspired by Hildegard von Bingen.

And of course...:)

*Alchemille’s Garden*:
I make artisan tea blends as well as natural and herbal body care items inspired by Fairies and Bellydance. I soon hope to add bulk herbs, seeds, natural candles and some art pieces.

If you wish to know more about the Wild and Wise Collective, its members and their shops, please go to (click on the names to be redirected to the shops):
http://team.etsy.com/profilest/twwc.shtml

To celebrate the Spring, some of us have concocted new and exclusive creations that can be seen on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/index.php . Just search for tags and descriptions with “twwc” and “spring creation”.

Blessings and thank you for your support.

Faery Magick Tea


There are times when the veil between the seen and the unseen gets thinner, times when our senses become sharper and our eyes are allowed to perceive for a short time what we usually can only feel if we are a little sensitive.

These special moments can be linked to different times of the day like dawn or twilight, atmospheric changes like the fog or even seasonal changes like the Spring Equinox and other magical days of the celtic wheel of the year.

I created this special Faery tea for those who seek to (re)connect with the Shining Ones either to gain knowledge and wisdom or because it is amongst the Sidhe that the soul is at home.

My tea is a blend of wild thyme (I have it in limited supplies so I might use organic thyme instead), organic rosemary, organic lavender, pesticide-free rose petals, organic violet leaves and organic malva. I make it fresh upon request.

For more details about this tea, the herbs and their use, please visit my shop:

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Wise and Wild Collective


The Wise and Wild Collective (TWWC) is a group of Etsy sellers and artisans who work with natural supplies and respect the environment, the cycles of Nature as well as the knowledge and wisdom of the Ancestors.

We all specialize in different crafts, you'll find tea blends, jewelry with metal, clay, stone or wood, organic pottery, eco-paper, natural household products, natural bodycare, herbal products, home decoration and shamanic dolls.

By supporting and shopping with the Wild and Wise Collective, not only do you support environmental-conscious crafters but you also support creativity. You'll own a special piece that is either one of a kind or handmade in small quantity sometimes upon your request.

We all put love, knowledge, positive thoughts, wisdom and healing energy into our products, it's almost like they have a soul of their own and you will feel the difference with standard mass produced items. There is that little "je ne sais quoi" that you cannot define but nonetheless vibrates within you.

If you wish to learn more about the Wild and Wise Collective and its members, go to:


You can also go to http://www.etsy.com/index.php and search by tag and description for "TWWC" or "TWWC Spring Creation". This will lead you to the crafters and their wonderful products.

Thank you for supporting artisans, natural alternatives and the Wild and Wise Collective :) !
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