Wednesday, December 19, 2012

NightBlooming Knight- Errant Solstice Quest- Frozen Hearts of the Winter Fairy

Enter our Winter Solstice Contest!

Because I'm going on vacation at the end of the year, this year's contest is only open until 5pm Central time on this Friday the 21st of December.

To make up for that, the stick you're looking for in my sold items was made in 2012, which should make your hunting a little easier!

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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 sprig of mistletoe 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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High on a mountain a fierce, cold fairy reigned. Though she was strikingly beautiful, her heart was frozen and she had no compassion for the men that sought her hand. Each time, one would climb to the top of the peak, struggling for days against the cold and the wind, to kneel before her and ask her hand. And every time this moved her not at all and she summoned the goblins who speared the suitor and hurled them down the mountain.

Then came a young hunter, and when he knelt before her he was so struck by her beauty that he could not speak at all. The Winter Fairy paused, not summoning the goblins, for, after all, he had not asked for her hand in marriage. Days passed and as the young hunter still knelt silent on the floor, she began to enjoy his presence, his company. 

The goblins became wary, fearful that they would be cast out of this latest suitor succeeded. As they made to strike, the Winter Fairy tossed them back with a fearful icy storm, hurling them down the mountainside. Her suitor got to his feet, and when he took her hands the ice melted from her heart and she became his wife.

These sticks would have been fitting in her hair, a reminder that even the coldest of hearts can melt. 

Built upon a stainless steel stick, this pair begins with silver pewter and orbs or clear sparkling glass. Capped in silver filigree, the crown of this pair is twin white and foil glass hearts. 

The Frozen Hearts of the Winter Fairy Hair Sticks have an overall length of 6.25 inches and a usable length of 5 inches. 

The stainless steel sticks are hollow, making them very strong and very lightweight. They can be used in wet hair, oiled hair, and are perfect for thick hair that’s prone to breaking wood or plastic sticks.

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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 5pm central Friday the 21st of December), and a winner will be randomly drawn from all those that submitted the right answer. (We're running this a short to get it in before the holidays!)

You are allowed only ONE GUESS (submitted by Etsy Convo) 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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Your Hint:
Made in 2012, this hair stick was inspired by the legend of Spanish Moss:

A Spanish soldier fell in love at first sight with an Indian chief's favorite daughter. Though the
chieftain forbade the couple to see each other, the Spaniard was too lovestruck to stop meeting the maiden in secret. The father found them out and ordered his braves to tie the Spaniard high up in the top of an ancient oak tree.

The Spaniard had only to disavow his love to be freed, but he steadfastly refused. Guards were
posted to keep anyone -- the chief's daughter above all --from giving food or water to the
poor Spaniard. The Spaniard grew weaker and weaker, but he still would not renounce his
love for the girl.

Near the end, the Chief tried to persuade him once more to stay away from his daughter. The Spaniard answered that not only would he refuse to disavow his love, but that his love would continue to grow even after death. When at last the Spaniard died the chief kept the body tied up in the tree as a warning to any other would-be suitors.

Before long, the Indians began to notice that the Spaniard's beard continued to grow. The Indian maiden refused ever to take a husband -- unless the Spaniard's beard died and vanished from the tree. As the years went by, the beard only grew stronger and longer, covering trees far from the Indian maiden's village. Legend says that when the Spanish Moss is gone, the Spaniard's love will have finally died with it. 

This hair stick lets you carry a bit of undying moss along with you.

The Question:
Praytell, what wood is the stick made from?

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Lord of the Rings all Week!

NightBlooming Celebrates The Hobbit with a LotR week!

Middle Earth is an amazing place, and it has drawn in generations of people who fell in love with the world, the languages, and the characters.  I'm no exception.

There are many, many pieces in my shop that have drawn inspiration from the writings of Tolkien.  Mystical forests, elves, monsters, magic, and a quest to rid the world of evil-- it's the fantasy world that all others will forever be compared to.

This week, leading up to the upcoming release of the first installment of The Hobbit, each listing will be Middle Earth themed.   Some are things I've made before and are bringing back, others are brand new creations.

And what else to lead off with than The One Ring?

Grace of the Ring Bearer Lord of the Rings Hair Stick- Gold

Check back!  New listings will go up every day, and you won't want to miss out!