New for Spring: Room Spritzers!

Well hello and welcome to Spring! At least, it’s Spring on the secular calendar- Sigrblot isn’t until later this month. Close enough to see the new things though.

Many of us have been in situations where we couldn’t use candles, incense, or smudges for one reason or another. Landlord says no, allergies, pets, toddlers, you name it- we’ve all at least heard of someone who had this restriction. Now, there are certainly a lot of other things you can do to help clear and set your space- like ringing bells or singing chants or practicing certain postures- but there’s something very special about a ritual scent. Smell is a very primal sense for us human-bodied folk and we like to have it engaged in our work. So what to do when the usual fiery burn-y bits aren’t an option?

Try a Room Spritzer!

My workshop smells an amazing riot right now after making all of these things. Each uses a complimentary pair of carefully selected and energetically appropriate essential oils to perfume your space. “Cleanse” is a fresh, cooling scent featuring Hyssop and Rosemary- a pair of herbs long famous in Europe as cleansing and protective tools before White Sage ever entered the pagan picture. “Sacred” features the beloved scents of Myrrh and Frankincense, ancient offerings to divinity still used in some religions today for their powerfully protective and divine associations. “Meditation” is a delightful and soothing blend of Lavender and Sweet Orange to relax your mind and spirit.

It should be noted that room sprays in general, when relying on natural oils, do not deliver the same potency of fragrance as candles, incense, or even some synthetic sprays. As always when working with essential oils, there is the possibility for an adverse reaction so please don’t spray this directly on yourself!

Welcome to March!

I think I skipped basically all of February. In my defense, I was makin’ stuff.

Pictures of the iron wands, faerie crowns, and pyrography rune pendants will be up within the next few days for your viewing pleasure. I’ll also be updating our upcoming events calendar to reflect some newly secured vending spots in May.

I’ll be back soon!

-Masquerade

Vend 2019: Indoor Valentine’s Market at Annmarie Gardens

It’s our first outing of the year and I am SUPER EXCITED!

The Spider’s Masque will have a table at the Indoor Valentine Market at Annmarie Gardens in Dowell, MD. Find out more about the market from their web page by following this link: http://www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/content/valentine-market

Mostly I’ll have the handwoven Viking Knit so if you’re looking for a beautiful piece that is also comfortable and durable, you need to come see our table!

I’ll see you there!

Ideas in fermentation

That would be the alchemical stage, not anything to do with creating boozy goodness. Sorry.

Got to chatting over dinner with some creative partners recently and man oh man you should have been there for that brainstorm. Altar cloths, deck and dice bags, ritual cloaks, ritual cords, planetary candles, sustainable!fur vestments, masks (I promise I actually do make those, they just tend to be already sold before I can get them listed online!) and- if I can get time and resources and spoons all together in one spacetime point- some worked iron wands and crystal ball stands.

Even if we don’t get all of the things done in time for Spring’s events, they’ll go up on the Store as soon as they are ready. And yes, the first round of applications to Spring vends has gone out. I’ll put things up on a calendar page as soon as I hear back from any of the opportunities.

I have next up a FancyBox commission for a Frigg + Handmaids shrine, a stag mask that’s been screaming in my head for a while now, and some iron wands because I have the perfect stock waiting for me to find a decent oil quenching tank.

And applications. Lots of applications.

That’s what makes all of this ‘fermentation’ rather than anything else. Things are bubbling, forming, reforming as conditions change, and the planning has a sense of ‘actually going to happen’ instead of ‘castles in the sky.’ As we move from fermenting into distilling and start to work and draw off the products of that labor you’ll see the results here. Or at a Fest. Wherever you find us first.

Keep it magical.

-Masquerade

In the Garden of Death

Take another look.

Wood burned with a pattern of flowers common in the Appalachian region that I call home and decorated with…. butterflies… that I raised and cleaned myself, this is a unique and unusual piece for any collection. All board edges have been rounded and smoothed for ease of handling.

$80.

Tech specs: 1 x 10 x 20 inches oak board- quite heavy!- with pyrography and rabbit jaw ‘butterflies’. Not currently backed for hanging and hanging is not recommended due to the weight of the board. Ideal for display on a table, mantle, or shelf. As this piece is both heavy and contains fragile elements, additional shipping charges will apply to this item.

Beautiful Brass

Bolder than gold- and more affordable- tarnish resistant jewelry grade brass is a delight for the senses. Masquerade here with some new creations for your consideration.

Let’s take a look:

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This statement piece is big and bold yet intricate and comfortable- a suitable addition to any Jarl’s hoard! This bracelet is handwoven out of heavy gauge jewelry grade tarnish resistant brass and accented with a lamp worked marbled green glass bead. The bracelet is a single solid piece with an approximate circumference of 9 1/2 inches, but the flexible nature of Viking Knit wire allows for a much easier on and off than a rigid bangle would. This bracelet is $40 and is waiting for you in the Store.

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Not into the heavy swagger of some of the other brass pieces? This refined version is for you. This bracelet is intricately handwoven out of jewelry gauge tarnish resistant brass and measures a comfortable 8 inches. This bracelet is $30 and is waiting for you in the Store. The gauge and double knit weaving pattern are a match to the Lapis and brass necklace but the beading pattern is not.

Proud as…

A Peacock, of course! Masquerade here with another lovely new item for your enjoyment.

Let me tell you the story of a box. It was an unassuming little box, it fit perfectly into the cabinet and held tea. Then it was empty of tea. Then Masquerade looked at the empty box and thought, ‘why put more tea when I can DECORATE IT?’ I usually drink coffee anyway, takes me forever to get through a box of tea.

But how to decorate it? I let the box sit for quite a while, devoid of tea but also devoid of decoration, while I searched and waited to find out what it needed. This was about the same time that my social media feeds began to absolutely FILL UP with prismacolor peacocks. I love peacocks. They’re beautiful. They’re also amazing proximity alarms, but impossible to actually tame. They learn who usually has treats and that’s about as tame as they get so I’ve never kept any even though I think they’re gorgeous. Knowing all of this I went an looked up some of their other associations and I admit I did giggle a little bit. Peacocks have a very ‘barbarian warlord’ vibe to me after watching them carry on about their business for a while. Less ‘high priestess’ and more ‘I will fight you, I will win, and I will look fabulous doing it.’ If you want my opinion. You don’t have to listen to me, this is the internet.

TLDR: Peacocks are gorgeous gladiators and they will fight you.

I had to do it. This is the peacock box. It is approximately 6 inches by 8 inches by 1 and 3/4 inches and is available now for $35. The lid slides open and is a little snug but does operate as designed. The box is pictured propped up on another box so that the feather detail on the side is visible. There is a similar feather on the other side of the box. I’m quite proud of this one, appropriately enough. Use the watchful peacock to hold your divination tools, guard a precious item, or as a small shrine to a Power that is connected to peacocks.