Thursday, September 30, 2010

3,000 Sales and Fall Reading

3,000 Sales!
Thank you so much to my cherished customers for helping me reach such a stunning goal!  My shop has surpassed my wildest expectations and I look forward to offering you more items for you to chrish.

Fall Reading
There are few things that embody fall for me so much as sitting outside under changing leaves with a good book and a steaming cup of tea.  I treasure my books, as I know many do, and there are simply some of them that are no longer books, but have become teachers and friends.  These most cherished books I like to give the gift of more special bookmark, something a bit nicer than either a scrap of paper of a cardboard rectangle with a tassel on it. 

All of the bookmarks were made by the talented and creative Chloris’s Conservatory:

 Her work is inspired and her craftsmanship excellent.  These are just my favorites, but she also does custom work, and I've no doubt could make a special marker for a beloved book in your collection.

Snowdrop from Niel Gaiman's Stardust

A fantastical tale of adventure and love told by one of my favorite authors, this  tiny flower held powerful magics.  Delicate and stunning, this bookmark adds a bit of magic to the shelf.

 Dina Angel of Learning Multi-Strand Bookmark

Few things seem to convey the sense of a proper tome as a multi-strand bookmark.  I do research on angels and this bookmark has served me well to mark several important passage before they can be transcribed properly to my notes.

The Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Marillier is a stunning retelling and elaboration of the færie tale The Swan Princes.  Sweeping in scope and told in a voice you want to hear forever, this bookmark could have been taken from the magical forests around Sevenwaters.  

Black Rose of Phedre no Delaunay

Phèdre nó Delaunay is the main character in Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series and has inspired millions of women, and perhaps as many rose tattoos.  An anguissette, Phedre is destined to always find pleasure in pain and the rose of her marque and a black lash balance this bookmark well. It has a hearbreaking counterpart, the Melisande diamond bookmark.

Lothlorien Leaf Lord of the Rings

A centerpiece of my bookshelves is my, some may call it a shrine, to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books.  This delicate and beautiful leaf is a special accent to the books there, seeming almost fitting for a library in Rivendell.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Congratulations to Our Quest Winner and Treasury Feature

Travel Companions by FrozenStarRo

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(¸.•´ (¸Congratulations to our Quest Winner: KritKatten! 

Her name was drawn from a total of 46 entries in the Autumn Errant Knight Quest!  Many thanks to those that participated, we look forward to seeing you again for the Winter Solstice Quest!

It's always so flattering to be in a Treasury!  This one was my first that had not one, but two of my items at the same time!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Autumn Quest Closing Tomorrow & What's in NightBlooming's Stash

The autumn lagoon by =FrozenStarRo on deviantART

Our Errant Knight Quest for the Autumn Veil closes tomorrow, the 22nd, at Midnight!   There's still time to enter to win this lovely set so get your entry in soon.  Right now we have just over 40 Errant Knights who have found the correct answer and have their name in the drawing!

One of the things that amuses me is when I occasionally hear, "Wow, I can't imagine all the sticks you have for yourself!"  I can just imagine what they picture, huge troves of hair sticks, forks, barrettes and pins, perhaps one of everything I've ever made. The reality is quite a bit different than that.

I suffer from a terrible habit of letting to all the pretty things I make, forever promising myself that I can always remake one for myself later.  Later, it seems, rarely happens.  But, on occasion, it does.  Below are a few of the handful of the things that I've made for myself.

Feather Wreath Hair Sticks

These sticks were inspired by feather wreaths, tiny gatherings of feathers into a halo-shape inside someone's pillow.  It was thought that after someone died that if they had attained entrance into heaven that the fathers would ring together.  This pair is built on bird's eye maple Ketylo sticks and the lower orbs are white fossil.  The topmost spheres are pressed shells that look like balls of white feathers, and the dangle is silver pewter, shell and daggers of white pressed glass.

Watch Movement Hair Stick

 Ive been doing watch movement hair sticks for a few years now, but this was the first one.  The tiny watch movement has a unique shape and though you can't see it in this picture I was able to right part of the case on the back so it has a nice smooth finish.  One of my favorite things about this movement is that is has "Gotham" stamped on it.

Dragon's Blood Hair Stick

 There are some things that just come together in such a stunning way that when I'm done all I can do is sit back and stare.  In these cases I feel much less like a creator, but more as a conduit for assembling that was simply intended to be.  This stick is made of snakewood I notched the top to fit in that heavenly fan of Dragon's Blood stone.   There's also a matching necklace and I'll try to add a picture of that in the future.

There's more where this came from, but since there aren't too many more we'll save some for another rainy day.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Autumn Features

It's always flattering to be featured in an Etsy Treasury!  This past week I was in a few autumn-themed ones, which tickled me as it's my favorite season!  Enjoy!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fall Solstice Errant Knight Quest for Autumn's Veil

magdalena fcbd top cow by *nebezial on deviantART

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(¸.•´ (¸A knight-errant
is a figure of medieval chivalric romance literature. "Errant," meaning wandering or roving, indicating how the knight-errant would typically wander the land in search of adventures. NightBlooming has a quest for those that would dare to take it. Though a challenge, the reward is great!

As NightBlooming's signature style is well known to our customers, we're offering up this ghostly leaf set of earrings, a necklace and a hair stick as a reward for the one who can unravel this riddle! The answer lies within one of my sold items, so the better you know NightBlooming’s work, the easier this may be.

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(¸.•´ (¸Quest for the Autumn Veil

Samhain begins the "dark half of the year", "the small sun" or "An Ghrian Mór". At Samhain, the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest and this set captures the thinning of the Autumn Veil with a set of ghostly leaves.

The Stick: Built upon stainless steel which is perfect for use in wet or oiled hair, this stick is topped with silver pewter, a twisted silver vase, and a shimmering metal leaf. It has a usable length of 5 inches and an overall length of 6.75 inches.

The Necklace: Strung on a length of twisted silver chain that closes with a leafy toggle clasp, from the center hangs a large, but light leaf. The current length is 14 inches, but it will be lengthened to whatever you desire.

The Earrings: Silver ivy leaves hang from delicate ear wires.

We'll do another quest for the Winter Solstice! So even if you don't win please try again then :)

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(¸.•´ (¸Rules:

Use the clue to find the right listing, then look in the item description or photos to answer the question. The contest will run for a bit more than a week (closing at 12am on Wednesday the 22nd of September), and a winner will be randomly drawn from all those that submitted the right answer.

To submit your answer you can either convo me on Etsy or you can email me the answer directly. You are allowed only ONE GUESS and cannot amend your answer, so make your submission count! The winner will have the sticks shipped to them for free++ anywhere in the world!

Once the winner is announced they may check out with the sticks. Best of luck to you all!

You can see all the sold items here:


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(¸.•´ (¸The Quest

Your Hint:
In Celtic polytheism, Belisama was a goddess worshipped in Gaul and Britain. She was connected with lakes and rivers, fire, crafts and light. She has been claimed to be the consort of Belenus, with whom she shared certain attributes. Her name has been interpreted to mean "summer bright".

The Question:
Praytell, what color are the metal accents on this stick?


++Free shipping is via First Class USPS. If you would like a different shipping method or insurance, a small charge will apply.

Though the listing is for $0.20 as that is the lowest amount that Etsy will allow an item to be listed for, these fees will be covered by NightBlooming for the winner.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hair Care by the Moon

Ode to the Moon by Amuletz

The Moon & Hair

The moon is a powerful force; she rules the tides, the night sky, and some would say even your hair.  One of the most common Moon representations is that of the Triple moon: waxing, full, and waning.

Hair care by the moon is an old practice, and some tales say that even cutting your hair by the moon can grant different effects. Trim on the New Moon and your hair will grow faster. Trim on the Full Moon and your hair will grow thicker and fuller.

Anointing with Blessed Oil

The Moon is seen as a divine heavenly body in many spiritual paths, and often times oils were left out in moonlight to impart its blessed properties.  Anointing is the ancient practice of using oils or other substances to bless or invoke the Divine.  And, much like the moon, oils can have a positive influence on hair.

The idea of oiling hair is frightening to many, after all, oil is leveraged by so many marketing campaigns as something evil, something to be rid of.  But the truth is that your body produces oil on your scalp because your hair needs it.  It is a protective coating that keeps moisture inside the shaft.  Alas, harsh shampoos strip this away and leave the scalp dry and bare, signaling the body to produce MORE oil, which is what leads to greater oil production, and perhaps uncoindicentially, more shampoo sales.

Natural oils can help sooth an overworked scalp, helping to ease the production of natural oils while carrying the benefits of essential oils to the scalp, leading to increased hair growth, and the growth of stronger, healthier hair.


Triple Moon Hair Anointing Oil

NightBlooming's oil is named after the Triple Moon, a symbol, that represents the three phases of the moon -- waxing, full, and waning. According to Robert Graves' The White Goddess, it also represents the three phases of womanhood, in the aspects of Maiden, Mother and Crone, although many scholars have questioned Graves' work.

This symbol is found in many NeoPagan and Wiccan traditions as a symbol of the Goddess. The first crescent represents the waxing phase of the moon -- new beginnings, new life, and rejuvenation. The center circle is symbolic of the full moon, the time when magic is at its most potent and powerful. Finally, the last crescent represents the waning moon -- a time to do banishing magic, and to send things away. for the three benefits it imparts to hair and scalp: Protection, Growth, and Soothing.

Hair Protection: The waxing phase of the moon is for drawing things to you. This blend of oils imparts protection to the scalp as well as the length of the hair, keeping hair strong with needed lipids and vitamins, helping it to retain precious moisture.

Hair Growth: The full moon is the most potent of all lunar phases, and the ingredients in this mix help stimulate the scalp and nourish follicles to increase hair growth.

Scalp Soothing: The waning phase of the moon is for casting negative things away from you and the oil’s ingredients help to sooth itching, flaking, or irritated scalps.

What does it smell like? And how do I use it?

Triple Moon Oil smells woodsy with a hit of subtle floral notes, a though you've passed the night in a nighttime forest. 

Directions for Scalp:
Use a dropper to draw thin lines of oil across the scalp, starting from the forehead, going back over the top of the head towards the nape of the neck. Use the pads of your fingers to massage the oil into the scalp and leave on at least an hour before showering.

Directions for Length:
Lighter than most hair oils, this will help your hair to keep in moisture without weighing it down. To use, place three to five drops of oil in your palms and rub them together until warm. Then smooth your hands over your already combed hair. Your hair should not feel oily and greasy, only soft and shiny. For a deep treatment you can apply more oil to the length, then wear it under a shower cap or plastic wrap until showering. The heat from your head will help open the cuticle of the hair, allowing it to take in more of the nurturing oil.

What do customers say about Triple Moon Anointing Oil?

Customers usually start off with a sample either with or without the dropper included. The sample with the dropper is nice because everything comes all in one package, making it ideal for travel, but if you have a dropper handy and would like to save a bit on cost, we do offer the dropper-free bottle.

 "I decided to try this after I tried the Panacea. The smell is more woodsy to me and I love it. My hair literally eats this stuff. I love it for scalp massages!"

 "Great! I often put this on my scalp before going to bed.My scalp is more moisturized now, I don't have the dry patches I had before. I also sometimes mix it with the Vegan Panacea for my ends. Love it!"

 "I really love what this does for my hair; it's light, wonderful smell as always, and works wonders. I oiled my hair lightly this morning, and this evening even my ends are soft and shiny. Thank you!"

 "This oil smells wonderful and my hair soaks it right up. It's light enough to use as a smoothing/conditioning agent, but substantial enough to use as a deep treatment. I'm very glad I purchased the full size bottle!"

 "My hair LOVES this! So shiny afterwards, even makes my rough damaged ends soft. Plus, great for sore muscles and stretching ear piercings!"

 "Smells divine, I also had to put it on my baldheaded husband, he loves it too! Thank you!"

What makes this work so well?

While all of the ingredients in Triple Moon Oil are important, these ones impart the greatest benefit:

Organic Cold–Pressed Unrefined Sunflower Oil– An oil wealthy in Oleic acids with high amounts of Vitamins A, D, and E, also has beneficial amounts of lecithin, and unsaturated fatty acids. Deeply nourishing and conditioning for the skin and hair it is a natural emollient (meaning it corrects scaling and dryness), by helping upraised skin and hair cells lay flat, helping to increase shine and keep in moisture. Cold-pressed oil, also called cold-drawn, or virgin, oil, is purer than oil expressed with the aid of heat and retains more of its natural benefits.

Evening Primrose Oil– Evening Primrose Seed Oil is pressed the seeds of the Evening Primrose plant, Oenothera biennis . The yellow flowers only open in the evening, hence their common name. Evening Primrose Seed Oil is a rich source of gamma linoleic acid, an Omega 6 fatty acid and nourishes the scalp, hair, and even your nails.

Shea Nut Oil– A beautiful oil with a deep golden color which is made by cold-pressing the nut seed of the Shea (Karite) Tree. Shea oil is a byproduct of Shea butter production where the pressing of the seeds produces a fractionated oil. This oil leaves a smooth and healthy feel to the skin and hair buy helping rough and upraised cells smooth back into place. It offers benefits for numerous skin problems including dermatitis, eczema, burns, cutaneous dryness and other irritations. Highly recommended as a protective agent against harsh weather conditions where a mild barrier against the elements is desired.

Nettle-Infused Oil– Fixed or essential oils are not obtained from this plant but extracts are produced, although not by distillation. The plant, organically grown, is macerated in virgin olive oil to produce nettle oil which contains the lipid soluble constituents. Used for treating eczema and other conditions causing itching of the skin and is natural deep cleanser useful for oily skin and hair. Nettle is also said to promote hair growth.

Sea Buckthorn Oil– So rich in vitamins and nutrients that it has been even speculated that the plant must have been cultivated by some ancient plant-breeder. A useful, highly prized, and specific oil typically used to treat damaged skin, ulcerations, scar tissue, wrinkles, eczema, burns, etc. Cold extracted from whole Sea Buckthorn berries, it is a moisturizing and anti-inflammatory, scalp soother. This oil is exceptionally rich in essential fatty acids, carotenes, tocopherols, and phytosterols.

Bay Essential Oil– Bay is a scalp stimulant and antiseptic astringent and was very popular with the Romans, who thought Bay was a symbol of wisdom, peace and protection. The Latin Laudis means “to praise,” which is why the victors at the Olympic games were presented with a Laurel (Bay) Wreath. The priestesses at Delphi sat over the burning fumes to increase their prophetic visions.

Birch Essential Oil– Birch oil is another herb that is believed to help promote hair growth. This herb is often recommended to people who may be experiencing hair thinning, as it is also known to slow down hair loss.

Cedarwood Essential Oil– Excellent for both hair and skin care. It balances oily skin, soothes and helps to heal skin rashes, reduces oil in hair and skin. Famed cedars of Biblical times (Lebanon cedar) provided one of the world’s earliest perfumes. Other ancient cultures used cedarwood for sarcophagi and palace and temple building material.

German Chamomile Essential Oil– Promotes hair growth, scalp soother and hair conditioner. This most soothing of herbs was used in ancient Egyptian medicine as an emblem of the omnipotence of Ra through its power to restore wholeness to the Self.

Lavender Essential Oil– Enhances hair growth by stimulating the scalp. The name “lavender” is derived from the Latin lavare, meaning, “to wash” and was known as one of the seven polyvalents (effective against many toxins). Greeks and Romans perfumed their bathwater with lavender, burned lavender incense to appease their wrathful gods, and believed the scent of lavender to be soothing to untamed lions and tigers.

Red Thyme Essential Oil– Helps control an oily scalp and stimulates the scalp, promoting hair growth. So important was the herb’s aroma that its name was culled from the Greek thymon, meaning, “to fumigate.” Indeed Roman soldiers bathed in thyme before entering a battle, and in the Middle Ages sprigs of thyme were woven into the scarves of knights departing for the Crusades. Most present-day research has centered on thyme’s ability as an antibacterial and anti-infectious agent, even when diffused in the air.

Rosemary Essential Oil– An antimicrobial/antiseptic scalp stimulant and soother; to the ancient Greeks and Romans the plant was sacred, symbolic of loyalty, death, and remembrance, as well as scholarly learning. At weddings and important occasions, wherever solemn vows were made, garlands and headdresses of rosemary were worn, as an emblem of trust and constancy.

Sage Essential Oil– A scalp soother and astringent, the herb is of ancient repute, valued as a culinary and medicinal plant – called herba sacra, ‘sacred herb’, by the Romans

Tea Tree Essential Oil– A long-reputed herb for its ability to sooth irritated skin, this oil reduces the itching of an irritated scalp. The aboriginal peoples of Australia soaked the pungent leaves in hot water and used them in all manner of medicinal treatment.

Ylang–Ylang Essential Oil– This oil is a scalp soother and follicle stimulator. Indonesians spread the luxuriant flowers on the marriage bed of the newly weeded couples. Ylang means “flowers of flowers,” sometimes called “the perfume tree.”

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Panacea's Hair Salve

Panacea, Goddess of Healing by *violscraper on deviantART

Panacea was a minor goddess in Greek mythology but her name survives today as a term used for a cure-all or remedy for all ills or diseases. Panacea means "heal-all" and the goddess personified healing through herbs. In the Middle Ages, the name was applied to a mythical herb supposed to possess a cure-all quality. Some herbs that have been considered panaceas include mistletoe, yarrow, and valerian. She is also the inspiration for one of NightBlooming's products, our Panacea's Hair Salve.

The History of Panacea's Hair Salve

In the past customers have asked me what brought about the hair salve.  Obviously there's a world of leave-in conditioners, oils and butters out there, so what did Panacea's Hair Salve offer that these did not?

Perhaps the best place to start was the inspiration for the product.  Due to overdying and general terrible treatment my once hip-length had shattered to just barely past my shoulderblades.  Each stroke of the brush would send tiny bits of broken hair fluttering downwards.  It was dry, brittle, broken, and many thought beyond hope.  I was facing the very harsh reality that I might have to cut off all my hair and start over.

I tried oils, but they didn't work, leaving the ends of my hair feeling greasy and crunchy.  Commercial leave-ins were full of silicone and made my hair feel like plastic doll's hair, while butters were too thick, weighing my hair down.  Working with what I knew of herbal medicine and hair structure I started to look at what hair really needed- it needed moisture, protection, and not to be coated in chemicals.  After much experimenting I hit upon the salve offered in the store and was so impressed with its result I named it after Panacea, for really, it had to be something of a cure-all to bring my hair back from the brink as it did.

Which Salve is Right for Me?

The second most-common question I'm asked about Panacea's Hair Salve is which version to use, the Vegan or the Traditional blend.  Each has their benefits, outside of one obviously being free of all animal products.

The Traditional Panacea's Hair Salve is slightly darker in color than the vegan, more of a warm cream color than pure white.  It works well on all hair types, but seems to be preferred by customers who have medium to thick strands of hair that tends to be prone to dryness. The scent of this salve is a bit more incense-like than the vegan blend, more subtle and dusky. The only non-vegan ingredient in this salve is honey, so some vegans whose beliefs permit the use of it can also enjoy this blend!

The Vegan Salve also works well on all hair types, but customer feedback indicates that it is most preferred by those with very fine strands of hair that is prone to splitting.  This salve is bright white in color and the citrus notes in the scent seem brighter and clearer than in the traditional salve.


Really, though, the best way is to try each!  NightBlooming offers sample sizes so you don't have to invest in a whole tub.  Try them one at a time or even blended together to see what you like best!  The sample tubs are also great for tossing in a bag for when you travel.

How do I use Panacea's Hair Salve?

The best way to use the salve is on slightly damp hair.  It can be used on dry hair, but it really seems to spread better in hair that's been washed and towel-dried.  First, comb out your hair, gently!  Then, take a tiny smidge of hair salve (I recommend a pea-sized amount for waist-length hair of average thickness) and then rub it between the palms until it's melted.  Then, starting at the ends, pat your hands together over your hair, working upwards.  Once you get to the nape of the neck, smooth your hands down the length of your hair.  Repeat until your hands feel mostly clean of salve.

If you'd like to do a deep treatment, follow the same instructions, but really slather on the salve, then put it up under a shower cap or a plastic bag for an hour or two, then wash, rinse and condition as normal.

What else is Panacea's Salve Good for?

Customers have reported using it as a cuticle treatment, on dry cracked heels, as a body lotion, a lip balm, and even simply as perfume!

What does it smell like?

I've heard it compared to the Amortentia love potion in Harry Potter, it smells a bit different to each person!  Mostly, though, it smells a bit like incense with a few floral and citrus notes and has been compared to the smell of Nag Champa or High Mass with a crush of orange blossoms.

What do customers have to say about Panacea's Hair Salve?

Fantastic things!  Check out some of their comments:

 " Nightblooming's Vegan Panacea Salve is simply the best thing I have ever used in my hair. Ever. (And I am a product addict.) It is a great pre-wash deep treatment. I apply it to my length after washing. Then I apply some more the following day (or just after my hair is dry) for light oiling. Coconut oil is great, but is is just not as versatile. Panacea salve rarely makes my hair greasy (unless I intentionally apply it as a DT). As others have said, it smells nice, too."
"...the scent is intoxicating! but my hair loves it, it leaves it soft and not heavy or oily, i use it as my styling stuff after a shower, put it in damp hair and i use it between washings to freshen up and soften the ends and it never gets heavy, AND if i rub a little on my neck or hands, it helps me sleep , it smells so good, i am not exaggerating! it does also help my skin as well!! its just, a panacea!!!"
 "I've been using some of my friend's panacea and I am absolutely in love with this stuff! I can't even describe how miraculous it is. I've seriously tried countless methods and products, commercial and natural, and this is the only thing that consistently improves the quality of my hair every single time I use it. It tames my halo and flyaways and makes my ends soft and shiny, which is not an easy task considering my hair type! "
" I really love this. For some reason the scent of this one lingers in my hair much longer than the regular. I feel like I am spoiling my hair when I use it! Works especially well when applied before braiding or bunning."
"This smells so good and I love putting it on my ends and seeing and feeling how good it make my hair feel. My hair is hip-length right now, but I just cut off four inches of dry, dead ends so my hair is shorter than it usually is. I'm trying to keep my ends moisturized and nourished so that they remain healthy enough to grow those four inches without ending up dry, thinned out. This hair salve will help me achieve that.  "
"Very deep conditioner, only the tiniest bit is needed. It leaves my hair a very nice, smooth texture without weighing down my natural waves and curls. The scent is divine and I have been using it for a cuticle cream as well."

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A Blessing for a Blog

Touch the lintel and touch the wall, nothing but blessings here befall!
Friends who tarry here, let them know a three-fold blessing before they go.
Friends who go from here, let them bear the blessing of hope, wherever they fare.
Lintel and windows, sill and wall, Nothing but good, this place befall.

Merry meet, friends!  Welcome to the NightBlooming Blog.  I hope you'll enjoy the posts and join in the conversations-- all are welcome here.