From Coat Closet to Craft Studio


When I started my Etsy store in 2013 nearly everything I made was polymer clay based.  Having two children under 4 at the time I was fighting a constant battle to keep little hands out of my equipment.

How to Cleanse and Charge Your New Travel Altar



Whenever you acquire a new tool for your magical workings it's strongly recommended that you cleanse it and charge it for your own personal workings. 

Here is a simple spell you can use for your new travel altar (or just a new item in general!).

Ingredients:  A small cup of water and a pinch of salt.

                  Place your hand over the water.  Make three Tuathail (counterclockwise) circles over the water, concentrating on removing any negativity from it.  Say something to the effect of: 

                  “Behold, I exorcise you, O creature of Water, casting out from you any impurities which may lie within!”
                  Visualize yellow-white light pouring down from your hand into the water, and forcing out all negativity.
                  Now make three Deosil (clockwise) circles with your hand over the water.  Say something like:
                  “And I do bless and consecrate you to this work!”
                  Visualize the water being filled with a clear, bluish white light.  Visualize the water filling with this light until it shines as brightly as if there were a blue-white sun within it.
                  Now turn to the salt.  Place your hand over the salt and make three Tuathail circles over the salt, concentrating on removing any negativity from it.  Say something to the effect of: 
                  Behold, I exorcise you, O creature of Earth, casting out from you any impurities which may lie within!”
                  Visualize yellow-white light pouring down from your hand into the salt, and forcing out all negativity.
                  Now make three Deosil circles with your hand over the salt.  Say something like:
            “And I do bless and consecrate you to this work!”
                  Visualize the salt being filled with a clear, bluish white light.  Visualize the salt filling with this light until it shines as brightly as if there were a blue-white sun within it.
                  Now say something to the effect of:
                  “Behold, the salt is pure!  Behold the water is pure!  Purity into Purity then, and purity be blessed!”
                  Add the salt into the water.  You have now made sacred water.
                  Dip your finger into the mixture and touch it to each ritual item, including the cloth.  As you do this, visualize each piece being flooded with yellow light.  Let the yellow light fill the area, going out in all directions for a good distance.  This is the act that actually sends out the negativity, so focus on it as strongly as possible.
                  As you do so, say something like:
                  Behold I cleanse and purify my altar.”
                  When you have completed this, take a moment to clear your mind before holding your hands over the altar.  Say something to the effect of: 
                  I bless and consecrate this space!”
                  You have now cleansed and blessed your altar and prepared it for your magical workings.


**The speaking parts are simply suggestions.  If another phrase or sentence feels right then by all means, use it! 


Want to purchase your own travel altar?  Click here to see the many colors and styles I have available!


Interview - Amber Allen of A Witches Garden

Today I wanted to showcase a relatively new Etsy shop owner.  Amber Allen specializes in spiritual products such as gemstones, herbs, and oils to create items to promote health and well being for her customers.  Her store - A Witches Garden - opened in August of 2014 and already has nearly 100 sales. 

I had the opportunity to sit down with Amber via Skype and get an inside look into her shop and business goals:


Mazer Creations: What was your motivation for going into business for yourself?


Amber Allen: Honestly, you (my best friend) my mother and sister were jewelry makers and I have always been the corporate worker so it never really occurred to me to make jewelry or sell products, but after a long conversation with you and going over how really easy it is, I decided to try my hand at it and fell in love with it.


MC: What do you believe you can offer customers that your competitors cannot?

AA: I believe I can offer some more unique options just for my customer.  I prefer to custom make things based on the customers need instead of just a thousand of the same necklace over and over. Each customer has a different intent in their minds when they order from me. We talk over and over and I will send pictures before they buy the piece to ensure it is the right fit for them.  The more the customer loves their piece the more magic it will hold for them.


MC: How do you think your products differ from those seen elsewhere in the Etsy marketplace?

AA: I use herbs for their magic properties and turn them into easy to wear and stylish jewelry. I can also create medicine bags for the every day Wiccan, though I have people of every faith
contacting me to make something for them.
I have the ability to work with pretty flowers, herbs and stones and create inexpensive things to make a piece that someone would love to wear for years that fits their personality.

MC: How do you get your ideas for your products?

AA: Customers, honestly. When a customer contacts me for a piece, I take that and work with it to create other pieces. What I like, someone else isn’t going to necessarily like, so I use what customers have me create for them as inspiration for future pieces.


MC: What is the most rewarding part of your business?

AA: The best and most rewarding thing for me is getting the feedback. When someone gives me the 5 stars and says the piece was everything they were looking for or my fertility charm worked and they will be expecting their first baby soon, those are when things are the most rewarding for me. I know I always do the best I can, but to see it make someone else very happy, just makes me so happy…


MC: What is one thing you want potential customers to know about your operation?

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AA: Do not hesitate to contact me first. I am open to a very long conversation on what you want and I will do my best to accommodate it with what I have. The more the piece is tailored for you, the most effective it will be and if I can’t make what you need, then I will look to see who else can if it’s possible.
Again, the more the piece is crafted for you, the more effective it will be.

MC: Where do you want your business to be at this time next year?

AA: I would like to be set up to do more vending at craft fairs and outdoor markets where I will get the opportunity to interact with more people. I love meeting new people and getting a sense of the kind of things they are looking for. In person, you can get more in-depth too about what colors they like and where they want to go with the charm you make for them.


MC: Do you have any new products or concepts coming out this year? 

AA: YES!! I have a drawer full of beautiful marble and real stones that I can’t wait to work with and finally launch my stone line. I also acquired some amazing resins that I would like to work with to get some homemade incense going as well. I love smoldering incense, so it would be nice to have a good line of those for any occasion.


Be sure to check out Amber's shop A Witches Garden on Etsy!

Are you a shop owner who wants to be interviewed?  Email me at chrissy@drawntomadness.com