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Feb. 4th, 2020

A fresh , new look.

Made myself a new shop logo.

Simple, and to the point.

20200204_114507~2




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Aug. 12th, 2016

Day 12 , #CtMonthInTheLife challenge...

Today's prompt is "Favorite"...

The #prompt for day 12 of the #ctmonthinthelife  #igchallenge  by @createandthrive  is #favorite  I've has several pieces I absolutely adore over the years. The most recent one is this one- Gaia, a #handmade #kumihimo #necklace with a handmade #stoneware

I've had several pieces I absolutely adore over the years. The most recent one is this one- Gaia, a handmade kumihimo necklace with a handmade stoneware raku fired focalbead by Lisa Peters ART and handbeaded by me. The cord itself is made from recycled sari silk yarn and is so soft and colorful.

It is for sale in my Big Cartel shop. :)



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May. 31st, 2016

Five Oaks



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We've been here just over a month now, and it still feels like a vacation.

Fezzik! Our 400+yr old White Oak. What a glorious Tree.  #nofilter  #oak #oaktree #whiteoak #fiveoaks #home #garden #dantesspirit


Well, with the exception of yard maintenance.}:P Even then, there's a huge sense of accomplishment when we stand back and look at the fruit trees, the roses, the black leaved crepe myrtle, the day lilies, the irises, the asiatic lilies and more that we've already planted and see how well they're settling in and flourishing just within days, as well as how nice the grass looks when it's freshly cut .

This place hasn't had anyone living in it properly, full time, taking care of the land and the plants and the trees as they need and should be, for a very, very long time. As I've said before, we are apparently only the 4th owners of the property and as far as we can tell, outside of the first owners, it was really only used as a vacation home for much of it's 76+ year life.

But slowly, slowly, we are bringing the heart back into this land. The previous owners did an excellent job at updated the interior while keeping the original features and character as well as put in some great bones and framework for spectacular garden spaces, and now, it's our turn to help the land reach it's full potential.

Already have a good start on the road towards getting a bird sanctuary designation, common five lined skinks, red headed woodpecker feeding ground and home to various insects. So, until it becomes unstable, we're leaving it alone.

Meet some 'neighbors'- not really neighbors in the sense that they live right next door, more like across the road and up the next one aways. They've been here 50 years and love this area too. Watched the front hay field be cut yesterday. The guy spotted a fawn, stopped, picked it up and moved it out of the way. Then waited while it ran for the brush line, bleating for its mom, before starting the tractor up and finishing. When he was done, he waved and told us to have a good weekend. People are so *nice* around here. It's quite the change and we're still getting used to it.

Tomorrow, we actually make out first mortgage payment. Maybe then, it'll become real, that yes, this *is* in fact our home now. Heh. But first, a final blood count check for Miss Sassy.

Meanwhile, today, I'm in my office, admiring the view, smelling the fresh cut hay and getting ready to list new items in the Big Cartel and Square shops, while watching thunderheads build over the Peaks of Otter.

Dec. 2nd, 2015

Finished brooches

Clockwork Steampunk brooches  Two finished, several to go. Yes, the pointers move.


Because there's been so much interest in the steampunk/clockwork brooches- well, the two I have finished already, if it ever stops raining, I'll go ahead and get them photographed and listed in the shop for sale.

Keep in mind-

1) It's first come, first served- the first person to put one in their cart and checkout, gets it.

2) There is only one of each as of right now. I can get more of the centerpieces, but the beadwork, embellishments will not be the same on any of them.

3) More will be coming over the next couple weeks. Heh.



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Nov. 30th, 2015

Finished things, for sale and not...

So several years ago, I started the embroidery on this quilt and never finished it until recently. Not only did I finish the broidery, I then put the blocks together and made it into a quilt top. Then I managed to actually quilt it.

It's not perfect, there are wonky parts, but it's finished and the cats, who have taken it over the moment I tossed it across the end of the couch, don't care and love it.

Cat of the month throw quilt, finished.   #nofilter  #catofthemonthblock #quilt #quilting #handsewing #handsewn  #machinesewn #embroidery #embroidered #stitchery #quiltblocks #quiltblock #throwquilt #lapquilt #dantesspirit


After I finished the embroidery of the above throw quilt, I designed and embroidered a quick, small art quilt hanging, along with several hand designed Akita embroidery blocks.

Clockwork, Artquilt


This particular piece is currently for sale here.

I needed more steampunk/clockwork themed pieces for Mysticon next February, so that's what's being worked on now. This is the first of a dozen or so pieces in the works.

Clockwork Compass brooches, in progress   Needs a pinback and the suede cover, then this one is finished.   #clockwork #steampunk #beadwork #handbeaded #pin #brooch #handmade #mysticon #dantesspirit


I'll post photos of each as they're finished, but these won't be put in the shop until March 2016, whatever doesn't sell at Mysticon.

Speaking of the shop, it's Cyber Monday and a great day to help support small Handmade busineses. You'll find lots of items in my shop marked down and on sale, so come check them out!

Such as this lovely 100% Silk Noil handwoven scarf or wrap-

Barfight Aftermath


Barfight Aftermath is available here. There are lots more items, so definitely take a look!


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Dec. 1st, 2014

It's Cyber Monday!

All Kumihimo cuffs- 45% off! Code- CUFF14 at checkout. Expires at 1159pm EST.

http://dantesspirit.bigcartel.com/category/kumihimo-cuffs-bracelets


All Handwoven items- 40% off- code DEC40 at checkout. Expires 1159PM EST on Dec 19th.

http://dantesspirit.bigcartel.com/category/handwoven-items

Happy Shopping!



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Oct. 31st, 2014

Preparing for winter...

Today, I went out and finally dug out a 1ft x 1ft trench around the new Crepe Myrtle planted by the driveway, added good dirt and covered it back over with the hard gravel. All in an attempt to help it settle its roots in better before winter really gets going, since it's pretty hard packed where it is.

Then I moved potted plants on the porch that will overwinter there, up against the house, well sheltered with the heavy pond liner up against them. I need to get burlap or something to cover them with and then, hopefully, they'll be ok there.

Everything that needed watering, was thoroughly watered. Cut back the butterfly bush to well below the front window for the winter, it'll come back fuller and better next spring. Cleaned out the bird bath and refilled it- the sparrows are enjoying it. Added dirt to that bed and the side bed.

Moved metal edging back around front where we will build a new raised bed for vine like veggies against the fence next year. The new gate works extremely well. Swept up leaves off the front walk and against the fence where they'll mulch in.

I think I'm as prepared for the wintry weather they're calling for this weekend as I can be right now. And now I can go back to weaving a new winter scarf for listing.



Hand dyed some 100% wool yarn last weekend, let it sit for several days and got a varigated reddish brown shade to much of it, with hints of black. Lovely color, if I do say so myself. May overdeye the finished product with a dark red, to bring out the red tones more, not decided yet.



I'm about 2/3rds of the way finished with weaving the scarf. It's a straight forward, standard weave, no fancy stuff. Trying to do some simpler, less expensive, warm scarves for the winter. It's roughly 12" wide right now, but will shrink when washed, to between 10.5" and 11.5". Not sure on the length, but generally between 5.5' and 6.5', good for wrapping around the neck, head AND shoulders, I think.

Hope to get it listed by next week and several more over the course of November, with an eye towards a good sale in December (thinking 40-50% off to move some stock and catch last minute shoppers who need stocking stuffers, etc.).

Anyway. Back to work I go.



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Sep. 10th, 2014

Your daily funny...

A few days ago, I received this missive via my contact form on Big Cartel-

"Hello,
I want to place an order from your establishment to our location here in the Netherlands. Do you ship internationally, and accept VISA and MASTER CARD as a form of payment?
Reply back at your earliest conveniences Olivia"



Amused and knowing full well it's a scam (but on the very, very slim chance it wasn't), I replied-

"Hi there!

Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, we do ship internationally and accept Visa and Mastercard as forms of payment, via PayPal. The checkout will take you to a PayPal screen where you can select to pay via credit card.

Thanks again for your interest.

-Wolf
Dante's Spirit"



Today, I got a response back and oh, I'm dying here. It's fun when you know you were right-

"Hello,
Thanks for your reply back. Its a pleasure receiving your reply back. I want to order for the below items for my customer's here, I want you to reply back with the total cost plus shipping quote. We're ready and can't wait to receive these wonderful products if yours here.
Your utmost reply back with the total quote will be highly appreciated.

THE ITEMS I'M IN INTERESTED IN ORDERING FOR IS LISTED BELOW AND ALSO MY ADDRESS FOR THE SHIPPING QUOTE::::

Red Horses, handwoven scarf
QTY......................10

Strawberries in Plaid, handwoven scarf
QTY......................10

...ADDRESS FOR THE SHIPPING QUOTE........

[redacted]

Hope to read back from you with the total cost and we can proceed and finalized my order.
Have a blissful day,
Olivia"



Despite laughing my ass off at this and being seriously tempted to be snarky, I'm sending this in response-

"Hi there,

Thanks for the interest. However, we do not accept orders via emails.

In addition to this, what you see on the website is what is available to order, via the website only. The items for sale are One of A Kind items, meaning, that in almost all cases, there is one item and only one item to be made, ever. There is no possibility for the creation of multiples of many of the items that you see listed for sale, including the items you have chosen.

If you would like to purchase the items that you have listed, which are again, One of a Kind items, select 'Add to Cart' and follow the instructions on the website as to paying via Credit Card.

Thanks again for your interest!

-Wolf
Dante's Spirit"


I am so easily amused.


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Jun. 16th, 2014

Early Summer Sale time!

Out with the old and in with the new! Ok, so some items aren't all THAT old, but, I need to make room for new pieces waiting in the wings. So that means a early summer sale!

Now until July 1st, use 'SUMMER60' at checkout and receive 60% off your entire order! That's right, SIXTY PERCENT OFF.

Remember, most everything is one of a kind, so get it while you can!

Only in the Big Cartel shop!

http://dantesspirit.bigcartel.com/



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May. 14th, 2014

Couple of new things...

I've been busy lately, so I thought I'd share...

Fairy Sock Silver wrap


This was a wrap made for a friend in exchange for her inkle loom, using Puff the Magic Rabbit Fairy Sock Silver hand dyed yarn. She loved it and now I need to figure out how to use an inkle loom. After I get shuttles and a tension peg for it. Heh. (Weaverbird, I'm still interested in yours as well, just need to wait until I have the spare money for it.)


Xiane's Violets


This gorgeous habotai silk scarf was inspired by a friend's recently hand dyed roving. I saw her roving and knew I needed to do a scarf in similar colors, it was that stunning. Thus, it is named for her. It is available HERE.


Melancholy Skies


This gorgeous silk charmeuse scarf reminded me of a stormy sunset. I loved the way the two dyes played off of each other. While shibori remains my favorite silk dyeing method, this comes a close second. It is available HERE

And finally...

Green Snow Rockstar


A new handmade bag was listed today. It features a handwoven outside using gorgeous handspun Rockstar Art Yarn from Threeravens Fiber Studio. As well as a handmade raku bead from Smoking Turtle Studios, which has been in my stash since early 2008 and it appears, the artist no longer sells online, so is a rare piece. It is available HERE.

And that's it for now. I have a few smaller pieces in progress that need to be finished, then a couple more bags and a couple more cuffs. Hopefully by the end of the month, I'll have some more finished. Doing everything by hand can be slow going, but oh so worth it in the end.



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Feb. 21st, 2014

New cuff

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Smoke & Mirrors, handmade kumihimo cuff


Made using handspun natural colorway yarn, Delicas and Shisha mirrors. It was a fun cuff to see to completion.


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Jan. 24th, 2014

New cuff!

Been busy lately and have neglected updating here. My bad. Here's the first in my new handwoven line-

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Checkerboard Flower, Handmade handwoven cuff. Available Here!



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Jan. 14th, 2014

Busyness

That's what it's been like here.

Been busy with making up mini keychains, pendants, etc, as samples. Been busy weaving all the things- seriously, 5 scarves/table runners now. And now currently, I'm working on something for a mock up of a project I have in mind, since I'm not entirely satisfied with my original idea for it.

Currently, all items in my Etsy shop expire the end of this month. There is a 10% off coupon code for Etsy items only. Use 'TENPERCENT' at checkout and get 10% off your entire purchase. It, like the items, will expire the end of this month.

Etsy items will NOT be renewed. Focus will be spent on the Big Cartel shop instead, from here on out, with minimal promotion of the Zibbet shop as back up. The Artfire shop is closed as of Jan 1, 2014 and will not be reopened.

So. That is where things stand as of right now.

Back to work I go!


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Jan. 6th, 2014

I made that!

So if you don't follow me over on Facebook, then you'll likely not have seen my first ever finished scarf.

Mark claimed it immediately. Even wore it to work today. Heh.

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10" wide x 48" long, not including fringe. cream is Lion Brand Wool-Ease 80/20 Wool/Acrylic in the Fisherman colorway. Grey is Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist 100% baby alpaca in a natural heathered grey. Really soft hand to the cloth and excellent drape.

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Later this year, I hope to offer handwoven scarves and the like, hopefully hand dyed as well, in my Big Cartel Shop, so stay tuned!

My second scarf- all Lion Brand Wool-Ease in the Fisherman this time, 6.5" wide x 24" long, not including fringe, in a neat basketweave-esque pattern, just came off the loom today. After I wash it, block it and photograph it, I'll have photos of it up somewhere as well.}:)


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Nov. 13th, 2013

A new items post!

Sunkissed

Sunkissed, handmade kumihimo cuff



Golden RoseGrey

Golden RoseGrey, handmade kumihimo pendant


Enjoy!


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Oct. 8th, 2013

[Semi] Daily photo

Fiore di Whiskey

Fiore di Whiskey. New kumihimo cuff I finished early this afternoon, listed on Big Cartel and sold almost immediately. Granted, the new owner has been patiently waiting for it. Which is why it was named for them. Heh.



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Oct. 2nd, 2013

PSA- Downsizing

As of January 1, 2014, my Artfire shop will be closing. The account will be converted to buyer only.

As of February 1, 2014, my Etsy shop will also be closing, though the account will stay open so I can continue to support the Artisans I love there.


From a financial standpoint, my sales on Artfire have been essentially nonexistent for well over a year. The last order there was in June, before that it was Dec 2012. I cannot afford to keep paying for a shop that doesn't support itself. Etsy, I reopened in Oct of 2012. I have had exactly 8 sales there since. Again, it is not supporting itself.

So.

I sat down and crunched the numbers and decided that I would be better served by taking the money I am spending on Artfire and Etsy and dumping it into my Big Cartel shop instead.

That will become my main selling site from now on. My Zibbet shop will be my back up site, as well as where I will be destashing some things in the near future. Some things will only be available on the BC shop, but most things will be available on both sites, for your convenience

Yes, part of the reason I am shutting down the Etsy shop IS the new guideline changes and the direction Etsy has decided to go in. For me, that new direction is not what is best for my business.

As I said in the Forums there-

For those who are not moving and those who are moving off of Etsy-

Keep in mind it WILL take time to build your traffic back up to what it is here. In the grand scheme of things, Zibbet is fairly new and young when compared to Etsy.

And they do not have the venture capital Etsy does, so they cannot afford to do paid advertising. They have said they will do paid advertising as their budget allows. What comes first is the rebuild.

What can you do? Well, word of mouth. Promote the crap out of your store there and Zibbet in general. Every little bit will not only help them, it will help you. But you have to be willing to put the effort in. It took time to get the traffic build up to your stores here, it will take time to do the same there.

I'm a firm believer of not putting all my eggs in one basket. So, for those saying they can't afford to leave Etsy- diversify. There's no reason you have to up and close down completely here. Open a shop on Zibbet, Artfire, Storenvy, DaWanda, etc, or a stand alone store front type of place like Big Cartel or Indiemade or any of the other storefront sites out there. For every listing you make here, put two up there. Promote your new site twice as much as you do here. (Personally I'm a big fan of Big Cartel.)

Eventually you WILL have the traffic elsewhere and can start to close down your Etsy store if you so choose, or keep it as a back up site instead. But you can do it if you want to put the effort into it.

Keep in mind- no one is saying you absolutely have to leave Etsy completely. All we're saying is maybe it's time to start spreading out a bit. Maybe it's time to look for a personal site instead. Maybe it's time to grow your business on AND off Etsy.

But most of all- good luck to everyone, no matter what you decide to do or whether you stay or leave.




In the end, we have to decide what is best for our own businesses and for me, that means leaving Artfire and Etsy.

I do hope you'll follow me to my Big Cartel shop (they have guest checkout!) or my Zibbet shop. As always, thanks for your patronage!




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Sep. 3rd, 2013

New stuffs!

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http://dantesspirit.bigcartel.com/product/earthen-handmade-kumihimo-earrings


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http://dantesspirit.bigcartel.com/product/key-of-earth-handmade-kumihimo-pendant-necklace



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http://dantesspirit.bigcartel.com/product/baby-alpaca-kumihimo-keychain-handmade-handbeaded




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Aug. 29th, 2013

New item!

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Kumihimo Flower Brooch. Available Here.

A couple more are in the works in other cords and colors.


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Aug. 27th, 2013

A long winded rant...

In response to this article, Chad decided to comment.

The following is my rebuttal and response as posted to his comment-

"You know the reason why such a small percentage of listings are flagged anymore? Because we the sellers are doing your jobs for you and we the sellers are fed up, so we stop the useless flagging.

You claim that premade items, ie mass produced, are not allowed, then go so far as to attempt to convince us that those J. Crew bubble necklace knockoffs are handmade when you know darn well they are not. And that's just the bubble necklaces! What about the knockoff pave cuffs, earrings and necklaces? You know darn well that there are resellers and you are blatantly not doing anything about it, other than to start calling them 'collectives'.

Instead, you feature them, like you did the boat furniture reseller, Ecologica Malibu. Instead you post asinine articles in the Storque, by people who don't even sell on Etsy, extolling OUR BUYERS to not buy anything made from coral, faux, legitimate, vintage or otherwise. You blatantly feature articles and people/shops that hurt your legit handmade, supply and vintage sellers and then try to cover it up.

Instead of removing resellers, you target legit sellers, such as the one earlier who made those wood boxes for electronics. He provided all sorts of proof that he was handmaking his items and you STILL shut him down. The term reseller has NOT become a catch all as you seem to think. We legit sellers know exactly what it means and honestly, many of us have given up on you in regards to them.

178 people muted in the last two years? More like in the last 8 MONTHS. And that's just the ones who go to a specific Team and tell us that they have been muted. And when you do mute people, you mute them for things like saying 'Cheese' in a thread designed for fun. For things like 'Yippee, Diane!' that was a legitimate response to someone else, but Admin saw as snark without reading further. You mute for pointing out the flaws, no matter how tactful or politely it was done. There are threads and comments and posts everywhere that detail why people were muted and some of them are for the most innocuous things. You mute to keep the public face all happy and shiny. You mute to hide your flaws. And you know it.

What's the real reason behind blocking PayPal this last weekend? You can't simply claim its because you were testing an overlay when obviously, Direct Checkout worked fine. You know it was deliberate, you just can't admit it because you'll get the kind of backlash you are getting now about the asinine feedback system changes, if not worse.

Why don't you have a telephone number users can call with problems like other legitimate selling sites do? There is absolutely no reason why after 8+ years, you cannot have a working customer service number. Yet, you still have failed to provide anyone with a satisfactory answer as to why you refuse to have one. Instead relaying on emails and convos, days, sometimes weeks later , or not at all.

If you really do have measures in place that survey, test and monitor user satisfaction, then you are blatantly ignoring the alarm bells that have got to be ringing madly right now. You are being complacent. You can tell that by a simple perusal of the gutted forums to
know that your user base is NOT happy. Not even generally.

Call this a rant if you want. I don't. I call it a discourse on exactly how wrong and blind you are being to what's truly happening right in front of you. I call it a wake up and take off the rose colored glasses you are wearing before you run the site even further into the ground and all that's left IS the mass produced items and resellers.

And hey, look, my name is even on this, as it is on all my comments. I'll expect the retaliation against my shop any time now. "


Mark and I will be starting the process of starting up my own website and hopefully by the first of the year, well have it up and running. The feedback fiasco and the PayPal debacle have become the final nails in the coffin for me at Etsy. I will no longer promote that site. Instead I will be concentrating on Zibbet, Big Cartel and in time, my own website.