Today’s TBT takes a look back at the many specialty backs the Isidore Tarot has had over the years. None of these are standard. Most of them were specials for various sales. My favorite will always be the knight of cups. Mermaid! Remember, right now is your last chance to nab a second edition.
Good morning! And happy just about to be afternoon! This is just a quick note about the Attic Shoppe’s mailing list. I will be getting back to proper monthly updates; most likely turning to Mail Chimp for help with my list. My coupon list has done exploded over the last two months so I have a lot of names I have to manually snip from forms and add to my program. So if you’ve signed up and haven’t seen anything yet there really hasn’t been anything to see at the moment. This will be changing though. Might take a few days to get all of that imputed though. Alright, now scoot and go enjoy that sunshine!
During my downtime there was one project that was finished before my fateful stair-flight: I got my apparel page updated and better organized. You can visit our tee shirt shoppe here and see all of our available designs, where to get them, on what you can stick them, and even a few previews of stuff we’re working on right now. So now for today’s highlighted design! The Teddy Bat by Myke Amend.
This design is one of my absolute favorites. Yes, I’m slightly biased because it’s a character my best gent created for his dark humor comic Some Ghouls Wander by Mistake. However, it appeals to the old goth girl in me who likes her weird and gloomy things like Lenore or Squee. Plus? It is a bat. I think it’s safe to assume we like bats around here. As for the design itself it comes in a variety of designs where you can mix and match for outfits. It’s also featured on bags, stickers, the works. So drag your wee mouse over here to have a look. Just in time for Halloween!!
I almost feel like déjà vu, except this time our last chance sale is for the Isidore Tarot’s second edition. The second edition has been most popular and while I don’t rule out having potential special sales for it somewhere off in the future, in the here and now it’s time to retire it. The third edition of the deck has some new additions, a revamped book, and some packaging changes. We’re also in talks with a major gaming company about publishing the third edition of the deck to make it more readily available everywhere. I’m working hard on that, but as the Isidore deck is my baby I’m being very selective and thoughtful about offers from other parties to publish it. We’ll see what happens.
In the meantime, this sale runs from Sept 20th to Oct 20th. There is no limit to the decks available, only the time in which to order before we make our print order for them. Decks purchased through this sale will be ready to begin shipping on Halloween. We’re also opening up orders to international customers. For those who wish to buy a deck outside of the US please contact us directly with your city/country of origin so we can properly calculate shipping for you. And of course for the last sale you can go with the full deck packaging here (which might be the last time we offer something so elaborately packaged on a regular basis for awhile) or you can go the slimmer version of just the deck and book here.
I have to thank everyone who has helped promote this deck by word of mouth, or reviewing it, or just those wonderful folks who have been patient between the sell outs of the deck to the new sales. I’ve always been very proud of it and even more proud that its popularity continues to grow! :)
All good things must come to an end and that includes our first edition decks. Our Tea Bats Lenormand deck’s first edition has had a wonderful run and was very well received. Alas, in our efforts to keep a more uniform card size for our shoppe decks, the Tea Bats smaller cards are going to be a little bigger for the second edition. We also have a few new flourishes for its packaging. We’re looking to do our first second edition sale after the new year. So what does that mean now?
Well just in time for Halloween you have a chance to get the last of the first editions before we retire them. This sale starts today (Sept 20th) and runs till Oct 13th. We have no restrictions on the number of decks available, we just have a limited time to work with. Decks purchased through this sale will be ready to begin shipping Oct 20th and we will do our very best to make sure everyone has theirs in time for Halloween! We are taking international orders for this one, but we ask that you contact us directly with your city/country of origin so we can properly calculate shipping charges for you. Thank you!
Hello all. That last post was a little sobering, no? Well I’m about three weeks into my healing, past the orbital surgery, and now only dealing with my lingering healing knee and my in and out vision that makes screens challenging. I’ve got nothing whimsical and wordy right now. This is my personal blog and my facebook page and I took a moment to yammer here and there about it. I appreciate greatly the concern. My friend Maggie pointed out that I must have really pissed off some fae out there to have slipped into the ridiculously brutal few months I’ve had. I guess I should start putting cream on the back stoop at night again for the pixies.
That aside, all the sales I was putting up are still ready to go. I just need to change the shipping times on them. So I’ll see about getting them back up. They were taken down originally because my family wasn’t how long it’d take for me to begin to start getting better. So you should see new editions to our products page as this day and the following ones come. I’ll have the contact form back up shortly as well.
The Attic Shoppe will be closed until further notice. I took the announced sale down for now. Don’t worry, the Isidore deck will be available later on. Beth, nearly at the end of her surgery recovery, hit a slippery spot at the top of the stairwell that leads down from her attic bedroom. The stairwell is enclosed and about as wide as a closet with a closed door at the bottom. She twisted her leg and then hit her head on the wall and blacked out the rest of the way down the wooden stairs. The final count is a broken orbital bone around the left eye that will require surgery to repair the muscles and nerves. Dislocated fingers, tears to the web of the fingers, a left knee completely torn open to the cap that was thankfully able to be cleaned out and sewn up at the time in the ER with follow up care to come. The rest of her is extremely bruised and banged up, but mostly her issue is with the head injury. She has a hard time focusing, keeping her balance, and not being in pain from headaches. Eventually she will soldier through most anything but we her family are putting our foot down on this issue and making her rest. The computer screen can be very harmful to her eyes right now. It comes at an extremely bad time on the heels of her surgery and she should be in GR this week to finish out summer stuff for her aunt. We are taking down contact options for the shop because the same questions are being asked and we don’t want her to stress over it right now. We hope that you understand and we do apologize for any inconvenience. We’re pretty sure she’d rather be working then holding up in the recliner with her injuries. Thank you for being understanding.
Yes, this month has pretty much surged past me. The first part of it was recovery from my surgery, which actually took a little longer than I expected. The second half of it was rather sad. My husband and I had to come to terms with the fact that our 18 year old much beloved kitty Evilyn was winding down. There came an evening where she stopped eating and just wanted to be left alone to sit on the fireplace tiles. She never came back from that. We took her into a very good and compassionate local vet.
I’ve been with that kitty since her birth. She was the runt of three black kittens born from one of my mother’s cats. She took absolutely no crap from the much bigger male kittens. And she, though seemingly all black, had one white toe. I called it her evil toe and so came her name. Not having her greeting me every morning has been hard. Since we’re in a rental property we decided to make a living memorial with her cremains. We laid her to rest underneath a lucky bamboo tree that now sits in her regular spot in the sun.
I will be very honest with you. Between post surgery meds, recouping, and losing my best girl I have not been up to much this month. I’m getting things back online though. Either by the end of this evening or tomorrow morning the Isidore tarot second edition will go up for sale one last time. Never fear. I will move onto the third edition that will have a change up in packaging but should be affordable for all price brackets and will come out shortly after the close of the second edition sale. I will be updating my coupon list when the sale goes online. Don’t worry about it selling out. I will sell as many as will sell through a timed sale.
One last quickie note: Since our tee shirts have become very popular (thanks to the ease of selling through RedBubble and Threadless I have a little extra income that I can put right back into my shop) I made a dedicated page that makes it easier to see what designs we have available and where you can get them. You can find that link here. I hope you’re all well.
As a few of you may know I’ve been swimming through some icky health waters the last couple of months. After some tests and a trip to the surgeon we found out the main culprit of my irritations. Yesterday I had out-patient surgery to correct that irritation. The procedure went along smoothly and I came home snorgled out of my gourd (read that as: They gave me a lot of happy drugs so I wouldn’t feel or really remember what happened) and camped out in a recliner all night in la la land. Today I’m mostly more coherent, but the pain of the surgery is slowing me down a bit.
I’ll be on some heavy meds for the next week or so and keeping myself away from the aetherwebs so I have a little time to relax and heal. Then I’m hoping things will finally be back to normal again. I’ve been working at half capacity and very distracted for months now and I feel like that’s put me behind on so many things. I’m happy I can get back into my sites at full strength again!
Hello all, I hope the start of your July has been good and if you celebrate the fourth I also hope it was a good one! I have a few shoppe announcements to start this warm, firework-centric month off. Today I updated quite a bit of dated shoppe material to bring it up to the moment. There have been some changes as of late.
I sold out of the last of the Isidore Tarot decks last week. As of right now I do not have the resources in the shoppe’s piggy-bank to do another print run. There is a much longer winded explanation that will eventually be a link here, but for the moment I’ll just say I will be doing a limited time pre-sale for my decks and that will be the next opportunity to get them again. The first sale will of course be for the Isidore Tarot, which is the deck in the greatest demand. It will offer the deck for both US and international orders. It will be limited to three weeks, with delivery about three weeks after that to give myself enough time to cover demand. After that sale I will move along to my other decks.
Other than that, I know updates have been a bit slim and I’ve all but neglected our attic social profiles. My health has been up and down day to day so I’m trying to juggle me, my clients/commissions, and the shoppe. I apologize my shoppe gets the silent treatment now and then. I’m working it out. But for now this has been a drive-by updating. More to come. ;)
Another of my wee dolls is off to their new home today. These types of dolls I’ve left the faces blank so you can either paint your own face on them or leave them blank. To answer the question I’m getting to my inbox (open once again, by the way) is where I’m selling them. I haven’t sold any online yet. I’ve taken a few commissions from my previous events where the customer gives me the color gradient they’d like and the size. This little gal is about four inches in size, with what we decided to call the peach meets kiwi gradient.
I have Isidore decks available again but only in a limited number. When this printing sells out I’m not sure when I’ll be able to order them again, but I’m working on that. You can grab an Isidore Tarot deck with full packaging here. For those who’d like just the deck you can pick that up here, there is also the option to add a book. These are available until I’ve sold out. And as mentioned in the previous post: These decks will come with my version of the Happy Squirrel card for tarot fans who collect decks with those. I’ve also listed them (at that link) for anyone who already has the deck and would like to add it to their deck. :)
So as I mentioned in my previous shoppe update there is an add-on card for The Isidore Tarot. I included it in the doll-size version of the deck (pictured here) and showed it off at my last convention and everyone loved it. I hadn’t included it originally because I didn’t have the space. I mentioned to a few people that I was planning to include it with the third edition of the deck that I will eventually publish. A few of my existing Isidore deck owners cried foul so I made a promise to make it available for anyone who’d like to add it to their deck.
So here it is! Since there are two editions of the deck I’ve made sure to order cards that have both card backs. These are being printed through the same printer whose cardstock and printing are pretty uniform. I’ve never had any decks that felt different than the others and the size is also uniform so this card should fit right into an existing deck. Below are options for each deck back. Select the one that matches your deck. Cards are a whooping $2 to cover the card, envelope, and stamps. Cards are printing and will be available to ship in two weeks. As for the card going into the deck, it will be available in every deck for the third edition and I will be including one in any second edition orders before then. Please note that the very first decks (the square cards on lighter paper printed through my original printer) I made before giving them a proper edition number I can’t make cards for. It would be nearly impossible to match the cardstock used back then. I’m sorry about that!
So Miss Moxie Mox and her companion Hooter Todd are off to their new home today. I’m actually a little misty to see her go. I began sewing these dolls as something to get me away from the computer. I’ve been tickled that they’ve gotten a warmer reception than just being the product of my new hobby. I have a small army of them to get photographed one of these days. Click on image to see a larger view.
Hello all! I am on the mend and getting the online version of my shoppe back up. I’m still pretty wiped clean of stock, however, some of my inventory from a previous outing has finally gotten back to me now that I had the resources to get it shipped. This means I’ll have a few decks available immediately. There are a few Tea Bat Lenormands in there, I believe two Butterfly Circus Lenormands, one Sepia Stains Tarot, and one last Halloween open edition deck, which I’m not sure at the moment is the bordered or no-bordered one. Also a few Black Ibis first and second editions — both officially retired now. Sadly I do not have any Isidore Tarot second editions in there for immediate shipping, read below for more on that. I do have one of the decks from my first proto-type deck run. Those decks were not corner rounded and the artwork is square to fit that design. It’s on different card stock as well — a bit thinner. I only had about sixty (if I remember correctly) of these decks printed back in the beginning so I consider them more of a collectable as far as that deck goes. I’ve also been slowly catching up with my back-log of site inquiries. I do apologize for taking so long. So I’m working on listing those things.
The Isidore Tarot — I will be listing a few of these tonight as well, though I don’t have them on hand. After sharing my frustration with my printer’s new price hikes they were wonderful enough to give me a thanks for being a customer we’re sorry we’re getting expensive discount for six decks. After these I’m going to have to find an alternative way to market the deck to keep up with demand. We have some ideas. Also, for anyone interested, I’ll be listing an add-on card for the deck. I never included my Happy Squirrel card in the Isidore’s previous editions because the extra card put me over the limit of cards per deck with my printer. It didn’t occur to me I could print them separately to offer. I’m slow like that sometimes–the clockwork upstairs is getting rusty! Anyhoo, I will have them printed with both the first and second edition backs for anyone who’d like to add them to their deck. And to be precise, mine is actually the Happy Squirrelthulhu card seen here in the mini deck. Speaking of which, I’ll be listing the mini decks too I think. Don’t quote me on it just yet. I’m still trying to make sure I don’t ahead of myself as I’m getting better. But for now, these are the things I’m working on. :) Edit: Squirrelthulhu is available now!
Hello all. The Attic Shoppe is experiencing some downtime at the moment for two reasons. The first reason is at the moment I’m simply not up to the task of keeping up with inventory needs and orders. The second reason is that I’m having a hell of a time keeping up my inventory in general.
I won’t go into super TMI details here (you can always visit my personal site for that stuff) but I am under the weather at the moment. Those who know me are aware that I’ve gone through a pretty big weight drop in the last year and a half. One of the side effects of losing weight rapidly is apparently exploding gallbladders, in a manner of speaking. Mine is having a go at me. So much so that I feel like I could narrate a new show called When Gallbladders Attack and it will follow that obnoxious lil bastard as he slinks around the body ready to shank anyone it meets and generally making any attempts at eating very unpleasant. Needless to say I haven’t been feeling well and being at the computer has not been a priority.
The other issue is with my inventory and the fact that I can’t keep enough of it on hand. My printer has raised their wholesale prices so I need to purchase in larger quantities to make my decks cost effective for me. I simply can’t afford that jump up in my budget at the moment. It’s a lot of small business brouhaha and figuring out the best way to run mine to turn a profit as well as make my customers happy. As a result I’m taking this downtime to get some small business advice on how to better organize what I have going on here. Unfortunately that means my decks won’t be available for the moment. It doesn’t mean they won’t be available again, just that I’m not offering them right now.
My contact form is currently down for the website as well. I have general info there. I honestly can’t keep up with shoppe inquiries and many of them are simply asking when the Isidore Tarot can be purchased again. I’m very sorry if I haven’t gotten back to you if you’ve contacted me there. Once my orders were caught up and I had no one waiting in the queue, I took the opportunity to step away from the internet so I could deal with my health. Right now I don’t have any of my normal back-up help to cover my inbox.
I apologize again for the shoppe’s downtime and I’m hoping it won’t be too long. If you’re in the Cinci Ohio area I do have a few events and we’ll be doing a few weekends at Trader’s World later on this summer. I do have products still available through Threadless and RedBubble, as well as new coloring books. More info to come. –Bethalynne
We’re back in Ohio, but -to edit- we’re having some issues. Technical, physical, and yadda yadda as they say. Who is they? I don’t know, but I’m sure I’ve heard that’s what they say. I’m finishing up on orders we received before we left. I should have everyone caught up shortly. Our online shoppe is still in somewhat of a vacation mode at the moment. Books and prints are still available, but most of our decks and OOAK items are not. I’m not sure how long this will last. Hopefully not too long, but we are juggling with a bunch of stuff now that we’re home. I know a lot of your want to get your hands on an Isidore Tarot deck. I’m working on some inventory issues with that. So while it’s not available yet (and may not be by the end of the month as promised) it will be available again. I’m so sorry for the wait time on it. Working on that too! To be continued.
We were supposed to head out today to return to Ohio, but a plumbing issue at the aunt’s house simply wouldn’t allow itself to be solved so we had to bring in the big guns… a plumber. Problem dealt with, though not fully fixed. We managed to stock up on the paint through cunning get it cheap wherever we could find it and whatever color. Today I took a gamble at mixing everything we had among six five gallon containers and managed to somehow get the right color at the end of it all and they all matched! However, we ran out of day to make the six hour trek back to southern Ohio. We’ll be back tomorrow afternoon and catching up. Oh yes, our other reason for the trip: My big brother’s wedding was an incredible event and it was a wonderful day. But now, we’re looking forward to getting home.
A tea tale from our sister site Orange Moon Tea Society
On this day in 28 BC one of the earliest observations of a sunspot was seen by the Han dynasty astronomers in China. In 1869 the first Transcontinental Railroad is completed linking the east to the west in the United States. And in 1908 the very first Mother’s Day is observed in the US in Grafton, West Virginia. Sidney Blower knows very little about these dates and their recorded events, but she does know a thing or two about the sun. You see, on May 10th in 1913 Ms Blower catches the sun and successfully brews it into her new tea.
The idea came to Sidney one night as she sat with her mother and father on the porch of their country home. The sun was starting to set in the distance and it took with it the last of the light her aging parents could see by. No matter how many candles she lit or how she tried to lighten up their home for those dark hours, her parents would see nothing but shadows and this distressed her so. As she watched that sun she wondered to herself if she could capture just a little of it and gift it to her parents so they had a small light in that darkness.
Sidney’s first few attempts were haphazard events that she didn’t like to think about. A sunburn came from one and a sun itch (something she would tell people you had to experience because no words could properly describe the sensation) came from the other. She knew she was onto something though. She just needed to find the right medium to work with.
There came a moment, as Sidney gently led her parents to the dinner table, where her mother reminded her to bring in their sun-tea. The young woman walked back to the porch and picked up the large jar of amber colored water that had been left with a light weave of material filled with loose tea leafs to cure in the sun. Sidney looked at that beautiful thing of tea and knew she could somehow get the sun into that jar better than just using its warmth to brew her tea.
Good afternoon! Just a few quick notes for this Monday: Our website’s email server is having issues. Most emails we send out are bcc to our mail client as a quick reference and we’re not getting that mail and it looks like a few others aren’t getting our outgoing mail either. Right now I’m using my private email (bethbajema at gmail.com) until our host corrects our problem. Also, we have to go back to Michigan Thursday and I’m not sure when we’ll be returning. So I am putting our shoppe on vacation this coming Wednesday. I don’t want to get behind on orders. Hopefully it won’t be too long. Thank you for understanding! More to come.