Walls of Text

I’ve started a new shop! Don’t worry, Barbed Lotus Designs and Fairy Tale Stitches are still going strong.

http://www.wallsoftext.etsy.com

The new shop is wall and laptop vinyls, feeding a long term quote addiction. These have been a blast to design so far and the shop has had a wonderful start. Wish me luck!

 

Change to Wing Order Schedule

Due to the overwhelming amount of orders we have already received we are changing the order schedule for wings. The cut off date is now Oct 10th for all made to order and custom made wings, and any order placed after Oct. 5th will require a rush fee and possibly rush shipping. Seriously, we have been shipping off a handful of wings every day and the current build que is still around 20 deep. After the 10th we will be deactivating all of our wing listings on Etsy except those that are ready to ship. We may still need to cut off orders sooner depending on how many come in between now and then, but the 10th is the current date. That means you only have 12 more days to order wings.

We have added a few masks to our shop and several more will be added over the next few days. In each of their listings are suggested wings to go with them :).

Meghan has started a new shop too! Fairytale Stitches will be the home of her new amigurumi patterns. There are only a few now, but she has a huge list of patterns she is making PDFs for that will be added to her shop before Christmas. These patterns are also going to be available on Ravelry.com

You Can’t Stop the Signal

If you haven’t seen Firefly or Serenity before then gorramit your brainpan must be emptier than I thought. For those of you with the misfortune to have missed this great series, it’s currently available on both Hulu and NetFlix. The Browncoat community that is the fans of Firefly have to be the most dedicated (sane) fans you’ll meet. And they do a lot of charity work using the movie and the series to bring each other together to get it all done.

The fan base was so strong that a second movie was made by the fans and all the sales are going to charity. It’s called Browncoats Redemption and the sales of the DVDs end on September 1st. Go to the website, buy it, get a great piece of the verse and give a helping hand to the charities supported by the sales. While your at it go watch the BDS (big damn series – Firefly) and the BDM (big damn movie – Serenity).


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Firefly Serenity Dr…

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Firefly Serenity Ja…

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Serenity Firefly St…

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Firefly Class Trans…

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Pixel People – Fire…

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Firefly – Complete …

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The Crew of Serenit…

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Firefly Serenity Vi…

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Firefly/Jayne You A…

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jayne cobb birthday…

$4.00

Jayne Cobb Necklace…

$6.00

I Miss Firefly Tele…

$3.25

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

It’s That Time of Year Again

Halloween may seem ages off, and you’re probably already annoyed by all the retail shops already throwing the haunting season at you, but we’re doing it for a good reason.

Halloween gets insanely busy for us. All of our wings are made to order, and while we try to anticipate as much of the rush as possible, there is really no way for us to predict which of our designs will be popular each year. One way we are preparing is by making blank wings since many designs use the same shape. Hopefully this will cut a lot of the build time down.

This year will be even more hectic, because Amber (who paints the wings) is due on the big night. We’re all super excited about the new arrival and are adapting our usual pre-Halloween prep accordingly.

So we are asking anyone who has been planning to order wings for this Halloween to please order early. Especially custom orders.

We will be cutting off sales early this year too. The following list details the cut off dates for wing orders this year.

Local Orders

In Stock Wings must be ordered by Oct 29th to ensure delivery by Oct. 30th

Made to Order wings must be ordered by Oct 20th to ensure delivery by Oct. 30th

Custom Order wings must be ordered by Oct 15th to ensure delivery by Oct. 30th

Domestic Orders (i.e. within the US)

With Standard Shipping:

In Stock wings must be ordered by Oct 10th to ensure delivery by Oct. 30th

Made to Order wings must be ordered by Oct 1st to ensure delivery by Oct. 30th

Custom Order wings must be ordered by Sept 25th to ensure delivery by Oct. 30th

With Rush Shipping:

In Stock Wings must be ordered by Oct 26th to ensure delivery by Oct. 30th

Made to Order wings must be ordered by Oct 20th to ensure delivery by Oct. 30th

Custom Order wings must be ordered by Oct 12th to ensure delivery by Oct. 30th

International Orders

With Standard Shipping:

In Stock Wings must be ordered by Sept 20th to ensure delivery by Oct. 30th

Made to Order wings must be ordered by Sept 17th to ensure delivery by Oct. 30th

Custom Order wings must be ordered by Sept 11th to ensure delivery by Oct. 30th

With Rush Shipping:

In Stock Wings must be ordered by Oct 20th to ensure delivery by Oct. 30th

Made to Order wings must be ordered by Oct 15th to ensure delivery by Oct. 30th

Custom Order wings must be ordered by Oct 10th to ensure delivery by Oct. 30th

You can still order wings after these dates, but we can not guarantee they will arrive by Halloween.

Also, we have been adding some new advent garland kits to our inventory, some of which have a spooky vibe. While these kits are mostly used for counting down to Christmas, it is not there only use. Request customized tags to turn them into personalized party favors or packaging for trick-or-treats unlike any others. Keep the numbered tags and turn the garland into not only favors and decoration and your Halloween bash, but also into a game.

Don’t have time for the DIY touch this year, that’s OK. We have recently also added a Kit to Complete Upgrade option. Pick the kit you like and we’ll make it.

Because of the limited edition nature of the papers we use to create these kits, many are one of a kind. The most we’ve ever had of one garland design was three. This is the main reason we have added this upgrade option and why we list as kits as we get the materials to give you the widest range of options.

I love the CDC’s zombie apocalypse campaign. Really if you’re ready for the zombie apocalypse you’re ready for any emergency. With World Zombie Day only a month away (October 8th) now is a great time to start planning your apocalypse. Check out the CDC’s zombie apocalypse info at and the World Zombie Day offical home page. Happy hunting ; )

‘Zombie Awareness’ by barbedlotus


Zombie Outbreak Eme…

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The Fallout Bottle …

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Toolkit necklace

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it’s the end of…

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Resident Evil Zombi…

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Zombie Apocalypse 2…

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Zombie Greeting Car…

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Zombie Vaccine funn…

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STEAMPUNK CYBER GOG…

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81/2 x 11 Inch Rosi…

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In Case of Zombie A…

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ACEO Art Card, stea…

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Mad Max Road Warrio…

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Zombie Eye Chart, C…

$20.00

Resident Evil Umbre…

$8.00

The Hardest Part of…

$1.75

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Tools of the Trade

Anyone who is into crafting can tell you, making this is addictive. I feel all out of sorts if I go too long without creating something and have acquired a hefty stash of tools, supplies, and such. We’re working on getting to where we can buy a house instead of renting and at the top of the list of things we want in our new home is a space I can turn into a proper studio/office with plenty of storage for all my odds and ends.

‘Tools of the Trade’ by barbedlotus


BOTTOMS UP BRANDED …
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One New Black Leath…
$13.95

The ORIGINAL RIRICR…
$33.00

Handmade Alice in W…
$21.99

2 Sconce Bookshelve…
$139.00

Handmade One of A K…
$395.00

Shades of Gray Clas…
$14.50

Curved Bay Window B…
$800.00

artist easel. paint…
$300.00

Vintage Drafting St…
$325.00

Vintage JR Bauman d…
$800.00

Hybrid Z and S twis…
$60.00

Acme Tools Repurpos…
$35.00

yarn bowl with embo…
$80.00

COUPON CODE – sciss…
$22.00

Walking Easel
$12000.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Pillage First THEN Burn

I’ve always been a bit fascinated with ancient games, especially board and dice games. When we made the dision to add games to our arsenal of crafty creations, I just knew Hnefatafl had to be amongst them.

Hnefatafl is a tafl game, played as far back as 400CE and is nicknamed King’s Table and Viking Chess. This ancient game was very popular all the way up to the 11th century and held on through today. This tafl game was most popular amongst the Norse, but was played across Europe. It is thought to be one of a handful of games that eventually evolved into chess as we know it today and a world hnefatafl tournament is played in Fetlar every year (this year it will be on August 6th).

Check out all these other great items we found on Etsy. Just imagine decking out the family room all viking or celt style, kicking back with a flagon of mead and stroking your braided beard (real or fake) while contemplating your next ruthless move.

‘Pillage First THEN Burn’ by barbedlotus


Viking Cat – ORIGIN…

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Ear Art for the Mod…

$12.00

Viking Dragon Ship …

$20.00

Lugh the Long Arm 5…

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Pattern- Queen Isab…

$10.00

Lael Viking Hat PDF…

$5.50

TOR Talisman CELTIC…

$21.95

Long braided viking…

$45.00

Minnesota Vikings B…

$28.00

RAVEN Necklace

$20.00

manly viking helmet

$150.00

Handmade Black Scot…

$80.00

Tartan Ribbon Kilt …

$25.00

Tiny Viking Ship is…

$43.50

The “Celtic Ma…

$65.00

Catseye the Mauler …

$6.99

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Our Hnefatafl set includes glass stone pieces, instructions and history of the game, a poem form of the instructions, riddle cards, and are all contained in a wooden game board box that has had the game board hand burned on top.

We will be introducing more tafl games to our shop this winter, maybe sooner, as well as other games from around the world, as well as peg doll Hnefatafl sets featuring an army of vikings pitted against an army of celts.

Raspberry Days

I have been going to Bear Lake (a lake on the border between Idaho and Utah) every summer since I was a baby. It is the most stunningly blue bit of water I have ever seen. My great grandma has a membership to one of the camp grounds right on the lake shore and we got a real kick out of the staff last year when they realized that there were 5 generations around our fire when they came to say hi to her.

‘Raspberry Days on Bear Lake’ by barbedlotus


Black Bear Swim ill…

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First Raspberry

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Bear Lake Utah Idah…

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DIY Recipe Lemon-Ra…

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Chocolate Raspberry…

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Blue water

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Raspberry Photo Gre…

$4.50

Pickles

$35.00

Wooden Catapult

$18.00

Homemade Natural St…

$12.50

L is for Lake Monst…

$25.00

Summer Raspberries …

$15.00

Raspberry & Aloe So…

$8.00

Mini Sea Shell Bead…

$4.00

Sun sweetened Raspb…

$22.50

Bear Lake Twilight …

$16.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

It’s not really real camping there anymore since there’s everything from a pool to an actual little hotel on the beach now if you feel like renting a room instead of sleeping in a tent or motor home, but it’s still always been a ton of fun. It’s just not summer without going to Bear Lake, having a shake from Garden City and getting usually fairly sun burned. Every few years we catch a show at the Pickleville Playhouse and I always seem to come home with a couple of bags of the mini sea shells that are all over the lakes beaches. And as crystal clear and startlingly blue as the water there, letting you see way deeper than you’d think possible, there are big sections of the lake where the bottom hasn’t been found yet. There are even campfire type stories telling of a lake monster like Nessie. I had one of my friends when we were kids convinced that the trail of ripples motor boats leave in their wake was really a lake monster following the boat.

While I’ve gone year after year, I have only been to the biggest event in the area a couple of times. Raspberry Days is a huge celebration they have every year in Garden City (a city near the lake) to welcome in the raspberry harvest. I think the last time our yearly trip landed on the Raspberry Days festival I was about 11 or 12 and the thing I remember best was the wooden catapult for flinging raspberries at unsuspecting siblings and cousins. I’m really excited to be taking my son to his first Raspberry Days festival and he is so getting one of those catapults. Good thing his dad isn’t picky about how he gets his raspberries as long as their still edible after impact.

All of these items kind of remind me of Bear Lake and how its not just a place, its part of who I am.

Uniquely Utah

Utah is kind of a strange place. Green jello and drinking laws that you have to have a doctorate to understand half the time. But it’s home. July 24th is Pioneer Days and we will have a booth at the Ogden Farmer’s Market the Saturday before and be staying late hennaing those at the celebrations.


Utah study no.19 16×20 …

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Utah Cufflinks – Made f…

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8×10 Matte A High Deser…

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Blue BYU Brigham Young …

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Utah Driver License Pet…

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Needles Original Oil Pa…

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xoxo slc custom candy h…

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Cabin in Utah.

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Salt Lake Temple in Blo…

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Christmas in July Sale….

$20.00

Bryce Canyon I

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Love Utah State Sticker…

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University of Utah Tile…

$17.00

Park City distillery

$20.00

Utah licence plate phot…

$30.00

Tree Stump in Bryce Can…

$30.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Dark Arts Festival

We will be at the Dark Arts Festival on June 10, 11th and 12th at Area 51 in Salt Lake City, UT. At our booth we will be doing our body art (henna, glitter tattoos and face painting) as well as selling our jewelry, wings and toys.

Tickets are $10 a day at the door or $25 for the whole weekend.

The headline bands are Synapse, Espermachine, and Scission. There will also be several local bands playing, inclyding Arsenic Addtion, La Decollatage, Redemption, Riverhead, Tragic Black, Zombiance, Jeffrie A. Moir.

In addition to the many bands that will be performing over the weekend there will also be a fashion show on Sunday, belly dancers, burlesque, and other performing arts groups.

 

Also, to let all of you know, we will be at an event every weekend from now until October. So check back here regularly to see where we will be next. More on our next event soon :).

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