The Isidore Tarot Sea and Sand Spring Edition sale is officially over. The deck will be available again next spring. Thank you all so very much for making it a wonderful success as an alternative edition of the deck. And special thanks to everyone who has been using it for their readings and posting it to Instagram!! That has been really cool to see.
Right now the regular version of the deck is on sale until mid September. Decks for that sale should be arriving in a week or so, along with the books. When those arrive I’ll begin shipping decks for that sale. The next special sale will be brief and it will be for the autumn version of the deck that I have offered the last three autumns. This version of the deck is the same deck coloring with an alternative card back and special packaging with special extras. It’s only available in the full packaging and comes with all the bells and whistles. This year’s deck will have a few Easter eggs (or tricks and treats if you will) that I wonder who will spot. :) That will go up mid September.
This year’s autumn edition sale proceeds will be going towards helping get some repairs for my aunt’s home, the place where my Attic Shoppe was born. She has managed to get some help from the city as a senior citizen. This came in the form of grants to help cover some things and leave her with a much smaller co-pay. So we have some new windows, which are important in a Michigan winter with drafty old ones and heating prices that are getting ridiculous. It’s a start. She’s done a lot for me and it makes me feel good knowing these decks will not only be going to new homes but helping her out.
Happy Labor Day! Are you in a pumpkin spice coma yet? The Attic Shoppe’s big sale for the Halloween months is going to be our Madam Lydia Wilhelmina’s Tarot of Monsters, the Macabre and Autumn Scenes deck. The first edition of the deck was simply know as The Attic Shoppe Halloween Tarot and it featured only the major arcana. At the time it was a bit rushed to try and release it in time for Halloween. That edition was retired many moons ago. I’ve been adding the minors to the deck, tweaking some of the original cards, and doing a little more research on packaging options. I’ve been previewing new cards on Attic Cartomancy over the past month. Right now I’m putting together the pre-ordering options for the deck with hopes to have it up and running tomorrow the 4th. That might be a little wishful thinking given how large the sale is, but since a bug has me indoors hovering over tea and chicken soup and not outside at a picnic, hopefully I have the time to get it done. More to come.
Happy Monday the 13th to you! This is just a quick note to say the Sea and Sand decks have arrived and I’ve started putting together orders. It’ll probably take me a couple of weeks to get the orders already purchased ready for their new homes. Anyone who buys these decks in the last two weeks of the sale can expect to get yours around the first of September. Hopefully I can get this all done sooner, but I do like to keep a little wiggle room. 🙂
The Attic Shoppe Trading Co. offers tarot lovers (and coloring book fans) an opportunity to add their own creative colors to an already naturally beautifully colored deck. Explore here the major arcana for the popular Isidore Tarot deck that are a series of collages using the incredible work of illustrator J.J. Grandville. And once you’ve moved through the tarot itself, you have a variety of Grandville’s original works to lay hue and atmosphere to. This coloring book is from original collages from our shoppe artist Bethalynne Bajema, from the works of J.J. Grandville. We look forward to seeing how others paint these incredible snapshots of this fantastical world! And honestly there is no tarot knowledge or curiosity needed! These are snapshots of wonderful places. Everyone is welcome! Purchase on Amazon.
The Attic Shoppe Trading Co., a fantastical place that offers even more fantastical wares, invites you to take a tour of their Attic world in 80 pages (or more) – coloring book style! Visit places where fairies can be found hiding within the blooms and tea bats sore in the sky above as they balance their tea cups on their heads. Visit a butterfly circus and swim with mermaids. Take a look into hidden corners of the world we’ve seen. And let us introduce you to the most unique of all delivery services thought lost to vintage times. The automaton Bly acts as your host through this brief tour of our Attic world and all the many things we have to offer. And now we invite you to add your own colors and style to our ready to color Attic pages. Purchase on Amazon.
The first preview of all of the cups suit for Madam Lydia Wilhelmina's Tarot of Monsters, the Macabre and Autumn Scenes cup suit. This deck will be available again first of September.
Happy August to you! There aren’t too many updates for today. I’ve had a little downtime over the weekend for health stuff and have left the aetherweb to mostly scheduled social type updates. I do have a schedule for upcoming sales (specifically decks) here now. I also have had new previews of the Madam Lydia Wilhelmina’s Tarot of Monsters, the Macabre and Autumn Scenes (formally the Attic Halloween Tarot) deck’s new minor arcana. You can see them here. I’m finishing up the swords suit at the moment. The feedback so far has been really wonderful. Quite a bit of (I’m actually going to say it) exciting Attic Shoppe deck stuff happening as we move towards autumn, the best season ever! I feel like I have to make up for last fall. I missed most of it and my shoppe was on a time out.
Now a few last things: The Sea & Sand decks have been ordered and should be arriving the start of next week. The companion books are already in. This means next week the post office will love me as I start bringing in the first orders ready for the post. I will be getting caught up on Isidore doll size tarot orders today. I honestly didn’t think that little imp of a deck would do so well! Thank you all for that. I will also be getting caught up on the inbox this evening. On that note, I have some shoppe work to tuck into. Have a wonderful august day! And august! Can’t believe it’s august already!
I’m pleased to announce that we have our second coloring book that will be available just as soon as my proof copy shows up any day now. My aunt loves coloring books. It’s become her favorite hobby. I enjoy sending her books and giving her my tester books to see how she likes them. That’s how I decided it would be neat to have a coloring book for the Isidore Tarot. She liked it and our coloring book loving customers have really liked it. So I’ve been tinkering on new ones.
For this past Steampunk Symposium convention I created a commemorative coloring book that featured Bly and her many costumes. It also served as an sort of advert for the Attic Shoppe in an old time, vintage sign sort of way. I took some of the coloring pages from that and some of the coloring books I’m currently working on and combined them together to make a tour of the Attic and all the different fantastical places our artwork features. Below is a sample of the cover and a few sample pages from the book. It’ll be available through Amazon. I hope it’ll be well liked!
It is coming up on 5pm and I’ve been awake since before 6am. My all day work binge of Altered Carbon is coming to a close and all I want to do is get some sleep. Or a cat nap before finishing out the night. It’s been a productive day though.
The Attic Shoppe now has a more streamlined shopping cart and catalog. The shopping cart isn’t live yet. On sale items will take you to our Paypal account to finish out the transaction. The site needs a secure certificate so we can run the premium shopping cart plugin. That takes a bit of an investment so that will be coming soon. I like the new catalog a lot. It allows me a very simple and clean way to display all of our drygoods. Most of the day has been simply product adding to the catalog.
I have to apologize that packages did not get to the post office today. They will go out tomorrow when I have a driver. I am currently not in driving mode. I call my accident the rotten gift that keeps on giving even after nearly a year here in a month. This time it has given me a blood clot in my injured leg. That was discovered yesterday afternoon when my leg suddenly looked all uh oh. Tomorrow I get my vascular scan to see what is going on in there and then treatment. In the meantime, just to be safe, I’m on house rest. Needless to say it is rustled up my nerves a little bit. Thus the no sleeping. But hey! All that dedicated work got done!
I do realize that as a simple shoppe-keep I do share a bit of my personal bruhah here. To be honest, that’s just my personality. But it does serve a purpose to my visitors and customers. Given that I am the heart of my business and the little engine that can to keep it chugging forward, I like to note when health issues crop up in case it leads to a few days of downtime. I just don’t want there to be surprises. I do have my shoppe stuff, on my laptop and offline in my traveling stock, as organized as I can make it so someone can assist me if need be. But I have found that no one tends to my store and orders quite like I do. I think this is what is not politely called being anal retentive. ;)
So now that I am just one episode away from the end of my second binge of Altered Carbon (and I’ve officially overdosed on actor J.K.) I’m moving through the last of my spirit board products. Speaking of which, recently I found a new method of laying my basic board designs right into the wood of my boards. It’s not as vibrant as an art print with varnish of course, but it does have a very excellent, old timey look to it. I can give them a really worked over, vintage look. I have also almost finished my first handmade tarot purse. It’s the Fool card from the Isidore Sea & Sand edition. I did some hand beading and decorating to it and I just need to sew it all together. I love it! I’ve been wanting to do that for awhile. I think I’m going to make something in the same vein for my Oracles & Flutter-Byes deck. And don’t ask me where I find the time. If I’m home and awake my hands have to be doing something. Better that something be productive. I mean… I once spent that time on Neopets. Neopets my friends.
On that note, it’s about time to wish the gent (I guess I can officially say husband now, but I like gent better) a safe trek home and think about making dinner. Or ordering dinner. Yes. Feels like an ordering dinner kind of day. Please check out the new catalog features and let me know what you think! :) — Exhausted Chick Out
It’s been quietly sitting on the back-burner for awhile now, but I have been making additions to our Halloween tarot deck’s minor arcana as time permits. A card here, a card there. Now it’s time to start showing them off a little each week to lead up to the Halloween season when it will be available again. You can visit my Attic Cartomancy page for this deck to keep an eye on its progress.
Yet another shoppe program note: Are you a fan of the Isidore Tarot? Do you like card of the day posts, beautiful still-life photos, and perhaps an Instagram enthusiast? Well the Isidore Tarot has its very own Instagram account now! Like we need another right? But hey! Our lil Isidore has taken on a life of its own. Why not give it a personal platform to be awesome? It can talk about its tarot parents now and other decks can be like – pssst, I know right? Tarot parents! Found here. Please follow!!!
From Attic Cartomancy: A little Miss Emma’s Tea in my favorite bee tea cup of my aunt’s. Miss Emma’s Tea features parsley, sage, licorice root, and fennel seed. It’s a nice tea to help sooth some of the things that ail us maturing women. 😊
Pictured with it is the nine of coins from my Isidore Tarot – a good card I use to think upon my slowly growing self confidence and enjoying what has come from my hard work. At the same time it reminds me not to get frivolous and chance messing up my accomplishments with foolish decisions. 🤔
Miss Emma’s Tea is an original recipe from the Orange Moon Tea Society.
We’re also going to sell directly through Paypal.com for awhile so we can accomodate international sales (hopefully) without issue. We’ve also begun work on the crowdfunding campaign for the Oracles and Flutter-Byes
deck project! Busy and lovely times as we fall into the Hell’s oven phase of summer. :p
Well it’s official! After a twenty year friendship and the ten years of that time spent engaged, the gent and I finally made it official. This is the two of us being wed by our good friend Ted. My big brother’s new wife (and my new beloved big sister) Sara acted as my witness and maid of honor. We didn’t plan a thing and just went with it. And it ended up turning out perfect. We married on the 4th of July and headed back home, stopping half way in Ft. Wayne Indiana. Our hotel room overlooked the Tincaps’ baseball field. We could watch and listen to the game from our room and see nearly every fireworks show across the town from our view. It was a really good day and evening.
Now I’m back home and getting back to shoppe mode. Part of that is going to be some fundraising. While we were back at my aunt’s house (the original Attic Shoppe as I like to say) we started the process of finishing off the house painting. It went much quicker this time, but then we didn’t need to scrap and prime the entire house this time around, just give it color. We found an insect issue with the wood though. The plumbing is also in need of some serious repair and replacement. The furnace was replaced when it went out over the winter and the electric reworked to accommodate it, but now those loans are needing to be paid off quickly so we don’t slip into the doubled interest phase. You know, normal house owning woes for someone retired and living off a fixed income.
So you might ask, what has that to do with my shoppe or you? Well this is the only place for me to earn the funds to help my aunt out. This means I will be running a variety of special sales to raise some funds. A lot of this will involve the Isidore Tarot as it is wonderfully versatile and popular. So look for one more sale of the Sea and Sand Spring Edition of the deck. A few custom versions of the deck I will be offering to help with house funds. And lastly the start of a pre-order sale for an autumn take on the deck. I will also start rolling out Halloween items I’ve been working on. So basically it’s just more shoppe stuff, but more of it because I have a goal.
Today, however, I’m getting caught up on the shoppe’s inbox. Maggie is still off on vacation, so I will be working solo. Hopefully I can get everyone caught up in a day or two. And with the exception of a recent doll size tarot sale, I’ve got my shipping up to date so no one should be waiting on anything. If you are, give me a poke so I can check with the post office. I want to thank many of you so much for sending me your warm wishes for my wedding, as well as helping promote my wee shoppe just by sharing photos of your decks. It means a lot to me. The lad sends his thank yous too. I hope everyone had a great 4th of July if you celebrate it (or just like an excuse to set fireworks off.) And with that, I poof back into the attic to get back to the business of the day! :)
There are fireflies outside of my window! One of the perks of a summer day falling deeper into dusk. And now, shoppe notes: My gent and I will be getting married on the fourth of July. It was a sort of spur of the moment idea. Our friends Kate (you know her, my Orange Moon Tea Society best tea mate) and her husband Ted will be marrying us in a simple ceremony. We’ve been engaged for nearly ten years and dreading actually planning a wedding that entire time. It’s time. So! From Sat the 30th through to the following weekend the shoppe will be on temporary hiatus. I packaged up all the last regular deck orders tonight and the current doll decks will go out tomorrow. The Attic inbox might have some crickets during that time. The actual chain of events is spending this hot weekend putting the final paint job on my aunt Mira’s house, somewhere in there spending time with my new big sis and nieces while Myke gets to do guy stuff with my brother (our bachelor/ette shindigs), find something to wear for the ceremony! And then enjoying fireworks in a different city just us two. Once we’re back we’ll be trying to get in as much honeymoon stuff as possible. When back in the shoppe though, I’m planning our next big deck release — those following me on instagram or stopping by my card blog will have seen previews. I will also be putting up a formal schedule for deck sale times. I hope all of you are enjoying this summer, as hot as it may be. And I will be back the Monday after next an honest woman! Still witchy and weird, but legal! :)
Alright, I’ve finally jumped into the oracle pool feet first. I should have plugged my nose! I think I have purple water on the brain. That aside, I’ve been finishing up on my second oracle deck. It’s expanded a bit, developed a deeper personality and meaning, and its whispers are getting a little louder. That’s how it starts for me typically. This deck is a chatterer. It’s telling me stories about who my oracles are and what I might find them to be. I updated the info on its page found here.
Don’t get excited, we’re not carrying really cool Pop critters. This is just a snapshot of my weekend with the gent after our trek to Trader’s World in Lebanon Ohio. That place is so bizarre as far as massive flea market under one roof go. We always try to vend there towards autumn when our convention season slows down. Of course, I didn’t schedule too many cons this year as I didn’t know if I’d be up to it when nabbing table time was happening last year. We were doing the Steampunk World’s Fair this year but that went bust. Anyhoo! We brought home Kyle, Death, and Zero. I was simply gushing when we ran into Death. How often does one get to say that happily?
Just a few notes about stuffs. Mostly social stuff. I took a break from the workshop this afternoon and have been connecting all of our social media accounts and getting them updated. I’ve slacked on that a bit due at first to the state of my noggin (I was on a very limited diet of electronic screens when my eye and head owwies were healing) and then my rather old phone. I think I bought my tiny Virgin Mobile phone in 2010. My gent helped get me back into the modern age so now my swanky phone has all the bells and whistles. Took a little while. It gets expensive when you fall down go boom with the state of US medical billing. Clawing out of the red one nail at a time.
Anyhoo! (Yes. I like that not real word.) I’ve updated all of our accounts and got them linked to one another and got excited to do this thing that is social networking! Then I noticed how miserably small our follows are. So I’d love if any of our visitors who are reading this and wouldn’t mind might give us a follow? We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. A lot of our links go to my personal accounts since I posted most frequently to them about shoppe stuff. We’re looking to be a bit more professional. Any follows would be greatly appreciated. And I think we’ll do so more free giveaways to promote again once I get back from Michigan. Alright, back to work. Have a good day and try to stay cool! We’re failing here, as shown by Gremlin… he’s just done.