Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New path

The past couple months have seen a change around here. As recently as February I had plans to expand the embroidery sections of  each shop, but the Universe seems to be directing me to a different path. The rest of the staff have been very supportive, doing their best to keep things going.

Grimmie tried his paw at making meditation beads...........

and using the embroidery machine. (He's the overachiever around here.)

Jezzie, in addition to her duties as CEO, made sure the supply inventory was well stocked.

Lady Fray even tried her paw at knitting.

And finally, Madame Z did her best to handle the orders and to re-list the items as they expired.

While I greatly appreciate their efforts there wasn't a lot of actual work accomplished. They are after all....... cats. After 'working' 2 minutes they reward themselves with a 10 hour break.

After much soul searching I have decided to shut down both ETSY shops, at least for a while. I started the first shop over 5 1/2 years ago. At the time, I was going through a very difficult period dealing with the auto-immune issues that had been a part of my life for many years, and needed something positive in my life. At roughly the same time, I started on my path of exploring alternative healing methods. Each new treatment I have tried has led me to another, with each building on what the other provided. Today, I feel better than I ever thought possible and am feeling a need to help others with what I have learned. It is with mixed emotions that I have decided to take an indefinite amount of time off from selling on ETSY. On the one hand, it is very hard to leave something that has given me so much joy and been a part of my life for so long. On the other, I am excited to see where this journey leads me.

Thank you to those who have purchased from me the past few years- I am grateful to you all.
Thank you to my friend Amy who introduced me to ETSY- you truly saved me.
Thank you to the humans who have either been staff members or who have provided advertising, photography or modeling services-your talents were invaluable.
Thank you to the Hubby for the support you have given me these past few years- I appreciate it more than you will ever know.

And not to be forgotten, thank you to the furry staff members - your antics have frustrated me from time to time, but mostly they just kept me entertained.

Message from the CEO

This will be my last report for awhile. The human has decided to take some time off to focus on another project and is shutting down the ETSY operation for the near future.

There was not a lot accomplished around here in the first quarter of the year. Originally, there had been plans to expand the embroidery sections and to branch out by selling on different sites. Those plans have all been put on hold indefinitely. The rest of the staff and I did our best to keep things afloat, but it proved too difficult. Creating new items must be a lot easier when you have hands instead of paws. (I guess humans are good for something after all.) 

We hope to re-open the shops at a future date after things slow down. 

Until next time,

Madame Z's Corner- Citrine

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. Some stones should not be placed in water. 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.

The spotlight stone for April was Citrine. Citrine is considered a stone of  sun, light, and life, and has been well known as a healing stone for nearly 6000 years. Because it was thought to have life saving abilities, citrine was once worn by soldiers.

Citrine is considered beneficial to the nervous system, and helpful with relieving stress and depression. It is also believed to detoxify the body and to strengthen the immune system. This sunny stone is thought to increase self confidence, to help improve concentration, to bring optimism, and to aid decisiveness. It is thought to enhance creativity and even to calm nightmares, too.

Physically, citrine is thought to support digestion and to relieve bladder and kidney problems. It is also believed to aid those with allergies and eating disorders. Citrine is considered beneficial to those with fibromyalgia and thyroid conditions, as well.

Magickally, citrine is thought to induce dreaming: and is associated with protection and prosperity.

Citrine is associated with the solar plexus and root chakras, and does not need to be cleansed or charged. In fact, it can be used to charge other stones. If cleansing and charging is desired, cleanse with warm water and charge with moonlight. Sunlight can cause citrine to fade. Stones faded by sunlight are considered less powerful than those that are not faded.

We have not had enough contact with citrine to be able to give our personal assessment of it.