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& also forgetting to post for, like, days.

Cut wood, schlep wood. Cut wood, schlep wood. Looked at bow saws, but all of them are built for people with bigger thands than me -- & I don't have small paws. This makes me cranky.

Made a lot of soap. Got a bunch of pictures taken, & posted a couple new things to the shop -- pinon resin & juniper berries, which I'm selling as incense ingredients, though there are lots of other things you can use em for. More pictures to edit & post, little by little.

I'm getting the new set of shelves painted & put up -- I should get pictures & post all that, actually. My living space is slowly becoming nicer.

Today I pretty much sat over my roommate & said okay, do this computer thing you haven't been getting round to doing, now call this guy, now do that thing. It's not that she doesn't wanna; she's just got PTSD, three years' worth of backlog paperwork, & a brain that's intermittently made of cream cheese. I'm working on helping her dig out, & in the process figure systems of Doing the Things that work for her.

It's a slow process -- there's a LOT to dig out -- & we're different enough that a lot of the systems that work for me aren't gonna work for her, or aren't the best. But some of them are better than nothing, & I know lots of other systems to try. It turns out 'make system that works' is a specialty of mine, & a damned useful one.

Tomorrow we're gonna take on her desk. This will not involve her sitting at her desk, because her desk is still not a good headspace for her. Which is SO TOTALLY not what would work for me. But (& here is the tricky thing!) she is not me, & therefore different things will work!

(In fact, I'm thinking of advising her to get rid of the desk, or at least use it only for flat-surface things like packaging orders, & get a fancy Victorian fainting couch to use for her command center. Because she works as well in 'comfy chair with laptop on lap' as I do 'at desk with laptop on desk'.)

(Because we are not the same people.)

(Also, Victorian fainting couch, just sayin.)
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wildharvested, wildcrafted • or if you prefer • pickin greens • these are more sort of purpley-blue tho

anyways you’ll get an ounce (by weight) of dried juniper berries • (the pile in the second pic is about an ounce • for reference) • which i’ve harvested with GREAT CARE • from juniper trees here in the east mountains of new mexico • (some of em wound up on the ground anyways • don’t worry you won’t get those)

so you’re all but • what do i do with the stuff? • you can use it in incense • potpourri • grind em up & put em in soap • make a tincture & use that in lotion • juST FOR GOD’S SAKE DON’T EAT EM • some juniper berries are pretty edible & some aren’t • i’m pretty sure these are the ‘aren’t’

i haven’t processed or treated the berries in any way • (other than to try to pick out some of the juniper needles • there’ll still be some in there though probably) • no pesticides or anything on the trees • all i’ve done is water each tree I harvested berries from • i mean that seemed fair?


ingredients • juniper berries

size • 1 oz (by weight)

handmade • natural • crap free • guaranteed

Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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wildharvested, wildcrafted • or if you prefer • pickin greens • well, more sort of browns in this case •


anyways you’ll get an ounce (by weight) of piñon resin • (each of the little piles in the first pic is about an ounce • for reference) • which i’ve harvested with GREAT CARE • from piñon pine trees here in the east mountains of new mexico • (i didn’t want to stab the trees in the process you see • that would be unkind)


you’ll get some bigger pieces • & some smaller pieces • if you buy more than one ounce at a time • i’ll try to find you a BIG BIG piece • (those are kinda cool)


so you’re all but • what do i do with the stuff? • it makes happy-smelling incense • (sacred stuff in more than one tradition) • it’s also helpful for starting fires • (burning things: a definite theme here) • BUT it’s also useful in making salves • (ofc i’ve got one in process • you can play along tho)


i haven’t processed or treated the resin in any way • (other than to try to pick off some of the bark • there’ll still be some on there though probably) • no pesticides or anything on the trees • all i’ve done is water each tree I harvested resin from • i mean that seemed fair?



ingredients • piñon pine resin


size • 1 oz (by weight)


handmade • natural • crap free • guaranteed


find it here

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it wasn't me this time, i've been all chopping wood & painting things & *grunt* *grunt*

go ye forth to [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's place & read The Earth Laughs which i think is now my favourite take on the Demeter end of the Demeter & Persephone myth

it is a happiness
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Along the lines of the Little Free Library & the Little Free Seed Library (& the standard free box) comes the Little Free Pantry, because we gotta take care of each other, because nobody else is gonna.

I wish this sort of thing werent so badly needed. I wish it could be a 'here is a new thing I like that you haven't tried, try some'. But here we are. I'm gonna see about doing one here. Just because not as many people walk by here as they do in more urban areas doesn't mean it isn't needed.
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One of my weekly rituals is a clearing of the decks -- I catch up on email, get the week's sales (if any) properly recorded, figure out what I've got planned for the next week, & generally clean & straighten. It gives me a pretty clean slate for the rest of the week, & I just deal with life much better if my Things are in their Places.

I usually do this on Mondays, but yesterday was the protest (& naught else), so clearing the decks got rescheduled to today, & that's what I did. It's a methodical sort of thing, going through the steps, & most of it doesn't require a lot of brain cells, which is kind of nice.

I try to take some time during the day to finish a small project or two, as well. Today I finished cleaning the old label gunk off of the tester bottle of my Long Day Fighting muscle rub; some of the oil had spilled & the label wasn't looking terribly professional. I put the new labels on & the small sticker that says 'tester'; in a couple days, once I'm quite sure everything has stuck properly, I'll add some clearcoat just to keep the label looking nice longer. The testers get bounced around a lot, travelling to one show or another.

I also got a load of laundry done & hung up, & wrote a letter (handwritten! a physical letter!) to a friend, because sometimes that's a pretty fun thing.

I'm pretty pleased with the day. I got a lot of things done & out of the way, leaving a clean slate for what I've got going the rest of the week.
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Yesterday was the #DayAgainstDenial protest in Albuquerque (& all over the country -- there were a LOT of them). Some of the speakers were good, one was whiteguy manplainey. Then we marched, me with my drum to keep the rhythm & my boy in my back basket:

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The chants were somewhat erratic but heartfelt & the signs were GREAT. I need a way to strap my doumbek to me so I'm not holding its entire weight in my left arm. My shoulders hurt a LOT when I was done.

We ended the march right in front of Conchita's Cafe, which I hadn't had a chance to get to yet, so we rewarded the boy for his patience with sour cream:

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This was his third protest. He's getting pretty good at them!

Then we went home & I basically went to bed at, like, 2:30. I hadn't realized how chilled I was & it took me like an hour to warm up. Fortunately I hadn't planned anything else for the day -- if I'm doing a protest, that's the _only_ thing I schedule on that day, because yes, I can march, & yes, it takes a LOT out of me. I got up long enough to have dinner & a HOThot bath, climbed back in bed, & was so deep asleep this morning it took me five minutes to remember how to operate my body _after_ I'd opened my eyes.
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Of course, now that the yuch has gone away, I am FILLED WITH ENERGY & have spent ALL WEEKEND working on getting ready for Estrella, which I WILL be making it to, because ugh, I don't think I've been out of the house -- well, out of the neighborhood -- in a week, I need to not turn into a hermit, also I am not making enough from the website to do just that YET.

...anyway, I have held the line by making lip balm, & bath salts, & bug spray, & sunburn spray, & bite, sting & rash salve, & packaging up some of the 'so many lip balm' sets now that I some of everything, & generally getting close to caught up on making things for the shop.

I just wish I could keep a more steady pace on this, instead of 'idunwanna' for weeks & then exhausting myself doing a zillion batches in just a couple days.

Tomorrow, if we're feeling up to it, me & Dharma will be going downtown for a protest outside the state senators' offices, because climate change is kind of a thing, & it'd be great if they didn't put assholes who pretend it isn't happening into office.

I can't call, but I can march. It's a thing.
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My friend [personal profile] spiralngphoenix dug up a lovely old thing & posted it again. I sort of love it.
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Spent most of today feeling yuchtastic; Dharma & I won't be making it to the event this weekend, alas. So today we mostly did a lot of not much, with occasional careful nibbling on foods.

But! We went through an entire box of Stuff that was in her office, got rid of more than half of it, & the rest is in a MUCH smaller box for her to go through at her leisure. In the process she was finally able to look at some stuff from when she was married to her abusive second husband, & burn it. (Woodstoves & catharsis, an overlooked technique.) So less Stuff, more space, & bonus emotional processing.

It was warm but wooshy most of the day, & partway through the evening the front started coming through. 43F to 35F in about ten minutes, & an hour or so later it's 22F. So I went outside before it got any colder, & hauled in enough wood for tonight, plus enough for most of tomorrow and small bits to restart the fire in the morning if it's necessary. Given it'll be around 15F in the morning & 4-8 inches of snow, I feel this was a good move.

I spent about an hour working on the less brain-intensive parts of my end-of-the-year stuff; I'll work on more of that tomorrow. _This_ is what I need to be doing in January, not shows that I'm not likely to be prepared for so soon after the Giftmas rush.

Figuring it out, little by little.

In the meantime, off to bed.
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On writing, & writers:

"As a vocation, it involves the laying on of hands. You receive your vocation and in your turn you must pass it on. Perhaps you will do this only through your work, perhaps in other ways. Either way, you're part of a community, the community of writers, the community of storytellers that stretches back through time to the beginning of human society."


Some more on that at Terri Windling's blog, which I highly recommend anyways.
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More wood. There's always wood.

Yesterday I found a couple chunks big enough to keep the fire going overnight & hauled them over to the woodpile. They're old pieces of like 6x8 that I think used to line the driveway but they'll burn & I'm not proud. Next winter we're going to have plenty of good firewood (because I'm going to get the permit & go cut it myself!) but in the meantime, we gotta make it through this winter.

Dharma & I are both feeling yucky today so we didn't do much other than make iron rations. We might or might not be making it to the event this weekend. Which I'm conflicted about -- I'd love to see people & we can use the money, but also I am SO tired from the Giftmas rush & really wanting to dig into the year-end & year-beginning stuff. Both the 'totalling up numbers' & the 'sit & sum up the year' stuff.

I think, in the future, I will be declaring 'no shows between Giftmas & Estrella'.

In the meantime, well. Take care of Dharma when she's feeling yuckier. Let her take care of me when I'm feeling yuckier. & keep holding the line.
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Meme originally from [personal profile] wolfshark, ganked shamelessly from [personal profile] temve.

Let's start 2017 off in a positive way with a Pay It Forward meme. The first 6 people to comment (and more if I can manage it) will receive a surprise from me at some point in 2017 - anything from a book, a ticket, something home-grown or made, a postcard, absolutely any surprise! It will happen when the mood comes over me and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy.

(If you don't like surprises and would rather have something off a wishlist and/or some warning, let me know in your comment. The goal is to make you happy.)

If you can, post this in your own journal and pay it forward. Let's do more kind and loving things for each other in 2017, without any reason other than to make each other smile and show that we think of each other.
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2017-01-03 20.18.40

it's finished
you set down your pen
hit save & then close
tuck the pliers away

you are hollowed
echoing, empty, exhausted
you exhale
one long, shuddering breath
the well has run dry

you despair

numb
you see the chaos you've left:
inksplotches across crumpled paper scraps
(you'll gather those for the woodstove; good kindling)
scattered scraps of copper
(the junkyard will pay for those,
or sometimes -- they know you --
offer in trade an oddly-shaped piece,
something they haven't melted down yet)

hollowed
with nothing left, you clean
(it's cold this morning,
perhaps it would be wise to start a fire)
(here is that scrap, what does it
remind you of, when you hold it just right,
perhaps it is a bird)

empty
you rest
gazing out the window
the fire warms you as
you tumble the copper scrap over & over
between your fingers
the birds flock to the feeder
chattering the latest gossip
(the guys at the junkyard
as eager to tell the latest
as any goodwife over the back fence)

it reminds you of a story ...

of a bird ...

you dip into the well ...

it brims.
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Schwinking from Andrea Chandler's hold the line thing (link is from Patreon & may be locked, alas). As she puts it:

Inspired by Ursula Vernon's "Hold the Line" journal, I thought I would try something similar -- a catalog of mundane acts of sustenance. I know a lot of us are worried about the future right now. Not all of us can take to the streets, not all of us can raise an army... But we can all do something to sustain ourselves and our families. To provide our daily bread for the soul, as it were.


ANYWAY there's not a lot I can do to fix the world. Yanno? I can't call my congressman (I do send emails & such, but they don't count as much because ableism). I can't organize demonstrations (though I can march in em); I can't even organize a small local group to resist because I don't _know_ enough people, locally, who I know would be safe to ask.

...emotionally, yes, pretty fragile.

But what I can do is hold the line. Keep the woodstove stoked. Feed my roommate when she can't cope with food. Encourage my people when they need encouraging, cheer them on when they Do the Thing, offer hugs when things are shitty. Repost, reblog, retweet, spread the word. That's what I can do.

So today I made a breakfast & stuck it in my roommate's face when she woke up. (This is acceptable to her, she doesn't wake up mean.) I went outside & brought her with me; I schlepped wood until one log rack on the front porch was full & the other was half-full. I broke & cut smaller branches up until I had a box of small fire-starting bits & a box of bigger get-the-fire-going bits. I'm usually the one who starts the fire in the morning, & a handful of tiny twigs & another of bigger pieces has proved very useful.

I cut some wood, not much, with the handsaw -- a couple SMALL pieces with my right hand, since my right shoulder has had STRONG opinions about the stack of wood I cut last week without warming up, & one board with my left hand, so my left shoulder doesn't also form Opinions. (Slightly to my own surprise I am catching on to sawing with my off hand MUCH faster than I'd anticipated. By which I mean I got through an entire board without having to give up & do the rest another day.)

Dharma got out the chainsaw & cut up some big chunks, which we're short of. Since she's been having some Unfortunate Emotional Crap with someone, this was, I think, a good choice. Also she was smart enough to stop before she got tired.

I fed our cats & also the neighborhood not-actually-too-feral, Major Tom. He's actually been using the house we made him on the back porch, so I know he's got at least one warm safe place to sleep. I'd love to lure him inside, but for now he's got food & occasional warms, & he let me work on the abcess behind his ear a month or so back, so he's at least semi-amenable to medical treatment. It'll do.

Did some dishes, made some massage oils for the event this weekend. Dharma made lunch & dinner so we've both eaten well today. She took a long bath, & I kept hauling more hot water in for her -- the tub is cast iron, so it takes a LOT to warm it up proper.

We take care of each other. Some days, like today, that's about all we can manage. It's enough.
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for we will be wicked & we will be fair
& they’ll call us such names & we really won’t care
so go, tell your wendys, your susans, your janes
there’s a place they can go if they’re tired of chains
• seanan mcguire • wicked girls saving ourselves

rose & myrrh & cinnamon — love & death & life • this is for my wicked girls

this is the really big version • for people who like a lot of baths

dead sea salt & epsom salts relax & detoxify • dendritic salts for smooth pouring • kaolin clay cleanses & softens skin • & essential oils to make your bath smell really effing good


ingredients • dead sea, epsom, & dendritic salts • kaolin clay • myrrh & cinnamon leaf essential oils • rose absolute oil • jojoba oil • vitamin e oil • blue ultramarine • red rose petals

size • 2 cups • 16 oz • 472 mL

handmade • natural • crap free • guaranteed

Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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i could talk about the dragon’s blood resin • (it’s fascinating stuff) • but that’s not actually what’s in this soap • patchouli, plum, and cherry get the smell right though

this is the really big version • for people who like a lot of baths

dead sea salt & epsom salts relax & detoxify • dendritic salts for smooth pouring • kaolin clay cleanses & softens skin • & essential oils to make your bath smell really effing good


ingredients • dead sea, epsom, & dendritic salts • kaolin clay • patchouli essential oil • organic plum flavour oil • organic cherry flavour oil • red ochre • vitamin e oil

size • 2 cups • 16 oz • 472 mL

handmade • natural • crap free • guaranteed

Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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kyphi • once an ancient Egyptian sacred incense, now truly decadent bath salts • redolent of hot sand & scorching sun • the classic resins • frankincense & myrrh • with cinnamon & spearmint

this is the really big version • for people who like a lot of baths

dead sea salt & epsom salts relax & detoxify • dendritic salts for smooth pouring • kaolin clay cleanses & softens skin • & essential oils to make your bath smell really effing good

I adore the Kyphi Bath Salts. The scent is heavenly. They are incredibly relaxing and soothing. My very picky cats even like the scent so they continue to snuggle instead of giving me that look of feline disgust and walking away which they do with citrus scents.
— Maggie

ingredients • dead sea, epsom, & dendritic salts • kaolin clay • cinnamon leaf, frankincense, myrrh, & spearmint essential oils • jojoba oil • vitamin e oil • brown ochre • cinnamon powder

size • 2 cups • 16 oz • 472 mL

handmade • natural • crap free • guaranteed

Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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lavender was always a scent to me • not a flavour • but one day i tried a glass of nice cold lavender lemonade & everything changed

this is the really big version • for people who like a lot of baths

dead sea salt & epsom salts relax & detoxify • dendritic salts for smooth pouring • kaolin clay cleanses & softens skin • & essential oils to make your bath smell really effing good

It all smells wonderful…I’m sure the recipient will love it!
–Emily

ingredients • dead sea, epsom, & dendritic salts • kaolin clay • lavender, lemon, & grapefruit essential oils • vitamin e oil • purple ultramarine

size • 2 cups • 16 oz • 472 mL

handmade • natural • crap free • guaranteed

Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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i stuck all the stuff that makes my face happy in this • i admit it’s sort of pink • i think we can all cope • cos it works really, really well • this is for your face really needs some extra • three soaps for the price of, well, less than three soaps usually are

no detergents • no fragrance oils • no petroleum (save it for driving with) • keep it simple with coconut oil & shea butter • straight-up, crap-free, gets-you-clean soap

Kate, feel my face! It’s soooo soft!
— Gwen


ingredients • saponified coconut oil • glycerine • shea butter • water • berry extract • white oxide • lavender, rosemary, & chamomile essential oils • green tea extract • oat flour • kaolin clay • activated charcoal • orchid ultramarine

size • 3 bars • each 3 oz • or 90 mL

handmade • natural • crap free • guaranteed

Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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