We’re back in Ohio, but came back to find our cable router is dead. So we’re without internet at the moment and this includes my phone, which is set up on a wifi system. So I will be signing on where I can until we get our new router box. Right now the shoppe is still basically on vacation mode so popular items are listed as out of stock for the moment. I have received the orders from when we were in Michigan though and will be packaging them up and sending them out. Email correspondence may be slow for the moment as well. It should also be noted that while we were away up to our noses in wedding fun and paint nabbing that massive ransomware issue took place. So we’re making sure all our stuff is protected against that. More to come.
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.
I’ve finally settled on my summer deck project. This is a preview of some of the first cards. You can read the whole blog post about it over at our Attic Cartomancy blog. :)
It’s May already! I can hardly believe that. Seems like everything is moving along so fast this year. Of course it always feels that way honestly. I don’t have any big attic shoppe announcements for the month. The gent and I will be making that long drive back to west Michigan sometime this coming week. I’m not quite sure which day we’re off, it’ll depend on what vacation days he gets. Same with our returning. It’s only a partial work trip this time. My big brother is getting married to a very wonderful woman next Saturday so I’m very excited about that. We’re also going to attempt to continue the paint job started in a rush last autumn for my aunt’s home – our original Attic Shoppe. We were able to get a primer coat over the house in a three day period and now we have to actually give it the real paint job. It should be interesting. The money saved for the paints had to go to car repairs not so long ago, so now we’re back to figuring out where to get funds for the paint. Life and finances keep things interesting, don’t they?
On that note, it’s time for me to make my daily trek up to the post office. The people who come into that tiny PO tend to give me a weary look when I come in with my box of outgoing packages. I am one of those annoying people who needs to have all my stuff scanned before I leave. I’m not sure that there will be too many shoppe updates for May, but if there are, here is where you’ll find them. Have a wonderful day!
On this throwback Tuesday I happened upon a photo of the very first Steampunk Symposium we did in… I believe 2012? That was back when we had our beautiful iron screens behind us. Those are still camped out back in Michigan storage, as is our proper vending set-up. My gent made us an old timey styled storefront that we assemble over our table. I miss it! But we work with what we have.
It seems fitting to introduce my new flower themed dollies for May Day! Soon we make available these wee flower pixie magnets. They’re handmade and no two are exactly alike. They’re cute lil buggers that have already taken over our Attic fridge. These are a few of my petal pink gals. I admit that I’m an old bat goth type, but that soft pink has always been my favorite color. Don’t tell anyone!
From our sister site book-shoppe Ver Sacrum Books we offer up this
fantastical tale from their Monday short story posts.
When Jupiter Sighs Collection – Feathers, Flowers, and Death
“Stella beamed. ‘Quite a sight eh? I get a five finger discount at the local plant shop. No one says anything about it. I mean who’s going to chase a girl stealing seeds when you’ve got some guy selling crack in front of your store? The only problem is I can’t really pick and choose what I get.’ She looked around at the riotous array of colors. ‘I used to try and plant things with some sort of organization but finally I just gave up.’ – Stella reached into a bag she had been carrying, withdrawing a slim paper package. She used her teeth to tear the top of the package open and then flung the contents over the flowers and grass of the garden. ‘Let nature do with them what it wants right? That’s how it was meant to work.'”
Feathers, Flowers, and Death, a short story in which we meet Stella on her last day and her new friend who remains nameless throughout their brief interactions. Read the full story here. This book is available for free download or book purchase here.
Happy May Day! We are finally back home and recouping from a seriously busy few weeks. The conventions went incredible though and it was a pleasure to meet so many of you who stopped by our tables. As promised we are getting caught up on orders today. I will be catching up on our inbox as well. Maggie had to take off to her own writer’s con this weekend and out attic ghost is very bad at answering mail. So I am off to the work room to get started on a busy packaging day and then some message reading. Please have a wonderful day. :)
I met the good gent Robert Scott from Arcana Advising at the convention this weekend. Thanks to him I was introduced to a world of tarot magazines I didn’t even know existed! He was kind enough to give one of my Isidore Tarots a new home. He also posted a review of the deck to his youtube channel. Many thanks to him for that! My only disappointment was I wasn’t able to get away from the table long enough to get my own reading. Though I have to note he is probably the very first person who pronounced my last name properly on the first go. ;)
A few years back my gent was commissioned to paint the cover for Cherie Priest’s 2010 book Clementine, the follow-up to the book Boneshaker. As fate would have it just a few weeks before the book’s publication the artist who did the original artwork for the Boneshaker cover became available and they had him design a cover that was in the same theme as the first book. This happens to cover artists so it’s not something to get too upset over. Myke still made a nice cent or two for doing the artwork and he made a beautiful painting that Cherie loved.
This convention is the first time we’ve been able to meet Cherie in person. She’s such a wonderfully great human being and incredible author. Seriously. If you don’t know her work you should check her out. Myke brought his painting with us and we had it on display behind our art print table. My introduction to Cherie was when she stopped and pointed at the painting and said “That looks just like a painting that was done for a cover of my book!” to which I told her it was the original. ;)
At the end of the convention Myke offered the painting to her and it left its former life on our living room wall to new adventures with Cherie. It will be missed, but it was awesome to be able to send it off with the author it was painted for. This is Myke and Cherie.
The Harvestor at the International Steampunk Symposium 2017 from The Attic Shoppe Trading Co. on Vimeo. – This! Joey Marsocci and his Grymm Studios created this incredible character/costume. You can find him at facebook.com/Grymm.Studios
This gal did a wonderfully dedicated campaign through her family to get this pixie. Finally her uncle nabbed it for her while she was in the costume competition. Seeing how excited she got when I handed it to her afterwards was priceless. I wasn’t expecting my little hobby dolls to get quite the warm reception they received!
Some individuals just make for better promoters of your shoppe’s spirit boards than others! And in the next photograph – can you find the Deadpool?
There are so many people and shoppes to see here, but I have my own favorites. If you’re at the Symposium this year, many of the vendors are located in suites and tucked away here and there. These are some of my favorites.
— Picklepot: I just met jewelry maker Jen and she is an instant friend (we both have sailor mouths for days!) Her work is gorgeous! Photo sample of one of my purchases below. Everything is handmade and high quality. She is next door to us in Hall E.
— Drunken Cherry: Baker Anna is next to us for Saturday only, also in Hall E. Oh my… boozy shmores is what she’s offering next to us. She has these incredible alcohol infused marshmallows. I sampled the strawberry champagne marshmallow and had a critical oh…. mah…. gawd moment. Delicious stuff. She’s not here for long, but she offers all her treats online.
— Spectra Nova: Sarah has been my friend forever. She makes wonderful steampunk themed jewelry, but also offers up a huge variety of trinkets and jewelry supplies for making your own. Check out her lovely corset chains, which work well with jeans and jackets when you’re not in your best neo Victorian garb day to day. Sarah is in suite 125 in Hall A – Victoria Market. She’s a little harder to find. Hall A is just off of the front area of the hotel and you will find her at the end of the hall.
— Blonde Swan: You just haven’t had the full convention experience if you haven’t drooled over the handmade leather hats of Blonde Swan. And shoppe owner and artist Elisabeth has more character in one of her pinkies than most people accumulate over their entire lives. She is in suite 134 in Hall D.
— Altered History/Milwaukee Candle & Apothecary: These ladies make the best soy candles that last forever! My current favorite is Eucalyptus and Mint. They’re right next to Sepctra Nova in suite 123 in Hall A. I just got back from visiting them and they have beautiful handmade spirit boards this year. If you came in during our very inappropriate conversation I apologize. I’m pretty sure there are weird, invisible convention fairies that put strange topics into people’s minds.
We just happened to score a good chair behind our table. This will come in handy when nine o’clock rolls around and we’re still here and… slightly more spirits enriched.
Are you in the Blue Ash area for the Symposium? Stop by and say hello! We are located in Hall E the Carpenter’s Run, just outside of Conference Room I. We’re across from the ever wonderful author Leanna Renee Hieber and next to PicklePot – Jen makes some absolutely gorgeous jewelry by the way. We have all of our decks available, along with a table hosting our art print shop. There’s a lot of steampunk and Lovecraft inspired art going on!