Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Grimoire's sneak peek

Madame Z has picked a truly amazing stone for our next spotlight stone. The June 'Stone of the Month' will be Amber. This cool stone, which is actually fossilized tree sap, has a warm and inviting energy. Amber is thought to be beneficial in the treatment of numerous ailments, and is a personal favorite of the staff here at the Ravens'.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Baby Bibs, Yay!

The staff and I have been hard at work on the new embroidered baby bibs. It has been a long process but I finally have an idea of what works and what does not. The last couple months have been spent working up designs for both the inappropriate baby bibs, and also the spiritual leaning bibs. I have to admit the inappropriate line was much more fun to do. My former worker Aaron and his lovely lady, photographer Melissa, have encouraged me every step of the way. They allowed their adorable daughter to test drive, so to speak, several of the prototypes for me, with rave reviews. My former assistant, Jezebel, even made a rare appearance in the workroom to lend her support during the designing stage. Last, but not least, the hubby finds them hilarious.'s hoping we are not the only four somewhat twisted people (and one somewhat twisted feline) out there!

The bibs are now starting to be listed for sale in both shops. The inappropriate bibs are at; while the spiritual leaning bibs can be found at

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


We all took a week off the end of last month. The hubby and I headed south to visit family of mine I had not seen in many years. It was great to see everybody and to spend a few days in a warmer climate. Whenever I take a trip anywhere, I always like to look for something new to add to the collection of quirky items I keep in my work room. I spotted this Buddha in the first shop we went to and just had to smile. I think he makes a great addition to the family.

While we were away, the feline members of the household were looked after by some wonderful friends of ours. That hasn't stopped them from plotting ways to keep us from leaving them behind next time, though.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Madame Z's Corner: Sodalite

Madame Z provides monthly posts featuring a different healing stone each month. She gathers her info from many different sources including the books: The Pocket Book of Stones; The Way of the Green Witch; Healing Crystals and Gemstones; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals, and Stones; and Grimoire for a Green Witch; the websites: That Crystal Site; Wings of Spirit; and Healing Crystals for You; as well as relying on personal experience. Healing stones are not a substitute for medical treatment. Anyone with serious medical or emotional issues should consult with a health care professional. When purchasing a healing stone, it is best to buy the stone you are drawn to. Healing stones should be cleansed and charged periodically. We cleanse our personal stones at least once a month, and sometimes more often if we feel they need it. Cleansing can be accomplished by holding the stone in a stream of water. A natural stream is best, but since most of us do not have access to one, filtered water is a good substitute. Stones that include metals should not be placed in water because of the risk of rust. These stones can be placed in dirt or smudged with white sage. To recharge the stones, place in a sunny window or in moonlight for a few hours.
Our May spotlight stone is Sodalite. Historically, sodalite has been known as the stone of artists, singers, painters, and sculptors because it is believed to promote creativity. Singers in ancient Greece carried this stone believing it would help with the development of musical skills.
Sodalite is considered useful for balancing the emotions, and to help calm hormone-related emotional outbursts brought on by PMS or menopause. A calming stone, sodalite is considered a good meditation stone and also a good study aid. It is believed to help one maintain focus and to cancel out angry or negative thoughts.
Sodalite is considered to be a stone of insight and to enhance intuition. It is thought to stimulate psychic vision and is considered to be an aid to astrologers and tarot readers. It is also believed to enhance memory, relieve stress, and to aid sleep. Thought to allow only truth and honesty, sodalite is considered a good stone for healing rifts in relationships and for strengthening communication.

Physically,  this wonderful stone is believed to reduce high blood pressure, and to have a calming effect on the thyroid gland and the nervous system. It is also thought to reduce inflammation and to relieve headaches and muscle strains. Sodalite is thought to be beneficial to the digestive system, to decrease calcium deficiency, and even to help head colds heal quicker.
Like most blue stones, sodalite is associated with the forehead and throat chakras.

Cleanse with running water and recharge with sunlight, or by placing in a bowl with rock crystal. A general rule of thumb is to cleanse and recharge stones on a monthly basis. Sodalite may have to be recharged more often, in some cases as frequently as once a week, if the stone becomes cloudy.