naamah_darling: Picture of a treasure chest with a skull and crossbones on top. My art! (Artistic)
Out of a bottle!

I made this as a gift for my friend Eilis, aka [livejournal.com profile] eilis_oneal. Today marked the release of her first YA novel, The False Princess.

Congratulations, Babe! I am so honored to be your friend.

Ahem.

One of the things authors get asked all the time is "Where do you get your ideas?"

Well, here's an answer!

I wasn't able to list the ingredients on the tag, and didn't have time to think of a good alternative (like a scroll or something, that would've been good). However, just so you know, here is what it contains:

Contents:
Wish-wool, lovingly woolgathered: 50%
Brilliant insights: 20%
Sparkling wit: 15%
Freshest figments: 10%
Finest fleeting fancies: 05%


I would have put in some l'esprit de l'escalier, but I only thought of it just now.

I actually filled it with all kinds of tiny sparkly things, most of which you cannot see through the glass, unfortunately. I wanted it to look like clouds, but it looks more like wool from an imaginary sheep.

I think it's adorable!

I DID NOT DO THE BEADING! You want this lovely lady here: Miss Mary's Beads on Etsy.

Ideas Princess

Moar ideas back here! )

So, I am really happy with it. And that is Thing I Made Thursday for this week, except that I had major help from Miss Mary, so I'm splitting credit with her for the awesomeness. That beaded bottle collar is just . . . *MWAH!* I love it. I didn't have time to teach myself to do that in the amount of time I had available to me, but this lady did such beautiful work for me, she did it incredibly fast, and her rates are really great.
naamah_darling: Picture of a treasure chest with a skull and crossbones on top. My art! (Artistic)
Out of a bottle!

I made this as a gift for my friend Eilis, aka [livejournal.com profile] eilis_oneal. Today marked the release of her first YA novel, The False Princess.

Congratulations, Babe! I am so honored to be your friend.

Ahem.

One of the things authors get asked all the time is "Where do you get your ideas?"

Well, here's an answer!

I wasn't able to list the ingredients on the tag, and didn't have time to think of a good alternative (like a scroll or something, that would've been good). However, just so you know, here is what it contains:

Contents:
Wish-wool, lovingly woolgathered: 50%
Brilliant insights: 20%
Sparkling wit: 15%
Freshest figments: 10%
Finest fleeting fancies: 05%


I would have put in some l'esprit de l'escalier, but I only thought of it just now.

I actually filled it with all kinds of tiny sparkly things, most of which you cannot see through the glass, unfortunately. I wanted it to look like clouds, but it looks more like wool from an imaginary sheep.

I think it's adorable!

I DID NOT DO THE BEADING! You want this lovely lady here: Miss Mary's Beads on Etsy.

Ideas Princess

Moar ideas back here! )

So, I am really happy with it. And that is Thing I Made Thursday for this week, except that I had major help from Miss Mary, so I'm splitting credit with her for the awesomeness. That beaded bottle collar is just . . . *MWAH!* I love it. I didn't have time to teach myself to do that in the amount of time I had available to me, but this lady did such beautiful work for me, she did it incredibly fast, and her rates are really great.
naamah_darling: Picture of a treasure chest with a skull and crossbones on top. My art! (Artistic)
So! Pictures of the big present I made for Sargon.

There is a place in our roleplaying continuum called Miracle Island (intentionally cheesy). This island is base camp for what is probably our longest-running character, Sargon's teenage witch, Cinder.

I don't even know how long Cinder's been around. A long time. (It's her magic wand in the pictures, by the way.) Rather amazingly, neither of us have gotten tired of her, or of the setting. I invented the setting for her, and now many of the NPCs and locations and families have become important parts of our continuum's canon.

Miracle Island doesn't exist in the real world -- alas! -- but there is an island more or less where it's supposed to be: Orcas Island, Washington, in the San Juans.

Sargon's take on the gift.

Miracle Island apothecary jars
The whole shebang. Fell House rare earths are the world's most mystical particulates! Each batch guaranteed fully thaumaturgically charged and free of contra-spectral contamination! Available only at Pandora's Books.


Given our financial situation, the bullshit the TSA likes to pull on airplane passengers, and the fact that neither of us travel well, the very real Orcas Island isn't a whole lot more accessible to us than the entirely imaginary Miracle Island.

That's where awesome people come in to close the gap.

Miracle Island particulate collection
Clockwise from top: 100% aquent entisol, 100% coniferous spodosol, 100% entisol regolith. Because silly names are way more fun than saying: 100% wet sand, 100% forest dirt, 100% loose sand.


A while back, [livejournal.com profile] clayshaper mentioned visiting Orcas Island. Having recently polished my small collection of graveyard earth bottles, a crazy idea leaped into my head. So I emailed and said, "Hey, would you mind helping me out with something a little strange?"

Miracle Island forest detritus
Fell House wild herbs are gathered and sorted by hand, freshness guaranteed! Here we have the ever-popular forest-in-a-bottle sampler: leaf litter and forest detritus from the Signal Mountain area of Rook Forest.


All I asked for was some dirt and some sand, maybe a rock or an interesting stick. Not too much. What I got was a giant box of dirt and leaves and rocks and moss and tree bark and bumper stickers and tourist pamphlets . . . basically, as Sargon and I joked, the entire island. [livejournal.com profile] clayshaper and [livejournal.com profile] thatcaptjim and their doggie [livejournal.com profile] constant_heart went above and beyond to indulge an essentially goofy wish, and for that I cannot thank them enough.

Miracle Island holly roots
Wild holly roots from North Star Hill. Good for misdirection magic, potions of obfuscation, and all protective hibernal fumigations.


As with many of the most meaningful gestures, it is difficult to explain the depth it has. And I'm not just saying that to emphasize my own cleverness at having come up with it -- the idea would have occurred to plenty of people in the same circumstances -- I'm saying it because when I opened the box, I cried. To be able to hold, touch, see, smell, parts of a thing that are as close as you will ever come to your imaginary home (or as close to one as you may have) . . . it's a powerful thing.

Miracle Island holly cuttings
Holly cuttings from North Star Hill. The Fell harvesting method guarantees potency: we harvest by hand from nature-felled trees only. Don't trust your summoning flames to anything less!


So, it doesn't look like much. It's mostly just dirt, in fact. But it's also a part of an imaginary place, a place made a little more real, and that's as close to magic as you get in this version of the world.

Thank you.
naamah_darling: Picture of a treasure chest with a skull and crossbones on top. My art! (Artistic)
So! Pictures of the big present I made for Sargon.

There is a place in our roleplaying continuum called Miracle Island (intentionally cheesy). This island is base camp for what is probably our longest-running character, Sargon's teenage witch, Cinder.

I don't even know how long Cinder's been around. A long time. (It's her magic wand in the pictures, by the way.) Rather amazingly, neither of us have gotten tired of her, or of the setting. I invented the setting for her, and now many of the NPCs and locations and families have become important parts of our continuum's canon.

Miracle Island doesn't exist in the real world -- alas! -- but there is an island more or less where it's supposed to be: Orcas Island, Washington, in the San Juans.

Sargon's take on the gift.

Miracle Island apothecary jars
The whole shebang. Fell House rare earths are the world's most mystical particulates! Each batch guaranteed fully thaumaturgically charged and free of contra-spectral contamination! Available only at Pandora's Books.


Given our financial situation, the bullshit the TSA likes to pull on airplane passengers, and the fact that neither of us travel well, the very real Orcas Island isn't a whole lot more accessible to us than the entirely imaginary Miracle Island.

That's where awesome people come in to close the gap.

Miracle Island particulate collection
Clockwise from top: 100% aquent entisol, 100% coniferous spodosol, 100% entisol regolith. Because silly names are way more fun than saying: 100% wet sand, 100% forest dirt, 100% loose sand.


A while back, [livejournal.com profile] clayshaper mentioned visiting Orcas Island. Having recently polished my small collection of graveyard earth bottles, a crazy idea leaped into my head. So I emailed and said, "Hey, would you mind helping me out with something a little strange?"

Miracle Island forest detritus
Fell House wild herbs are gathered and sorted by hand, freshness guaranteed! Here we have the ever-popular forest-in-a-bottle sampler: leaf litter and forest detritus from the Signal Mountain area of Rook Forest.


All I asked for was some dirt and some sand, maybe a rock or an interesting stick. Not too much. What I got was a giant box of dirt and leaves and rocks and moss and tree bark and bumper stickers and tourist pamphlets . . . basically, as Sargon and I joked, the entire island. [livejournal.com profile] clayshaper and [livejournal.com profile] thatcaptjim and their doggie [livejournal.com profile] constant_heart went above and beyond to indulge an essentially goofy wish, and for that I cannot thank them enough.

Miracle Island holly roots
Wild holly roots from North Star Hill. Good for misdirection magic, potions of obfuscation, and all protective hibernal fumigations.


As with many of the most meaningful gestures, it is difficult to explain the depth it has. And I'm not just saying that to emphasize my own cleverness at having come up with it -- the idea would have occurred to plenty of people in the same circumstances -- I'm saying it because when I opened the box, I almost cried. To be able to hold, touch, see, smell, parts of a thing that are as close as you will ever come to your imaginary home (or as close to one as you may have) . . . it's a powerful thing.

Miracle Island holly cuttings
Holly cuttings from North Star Hill. The Fell harvesting method guarantees potency: we harvest by hand from nature-felled trees only. Don't trust your summoning flames to anything less!


So, it doesn't look like much. It's mostly just dirt, in fact. But it's also a part of an imaginary place, a place made a little more real, and that's as close to magic as you get in this version of the world.

Thank you.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Thane Gold Tooth)
Hey, remember that vaguely embarrassing wolf penis question I asked a while back? About the penis bones? Well, part of that was motivated by me actually coming into possession of one.

But you can't expect me to just leave my wolf baculum just lying around! Heavens, no!*

I made it a bottle! And a story to go with it!

Werewolf Baculum 01
The label was handmade and applied with acrylic gel, then the top bound with twine and decorated with bone beads.

More pictures below. )

So, my question for you all is, would you like me to post the short historical entries that go along with these? I think they're quite fun.

* It might find its way into someone's alcoholic beverage and become the beginning of a bad pub joke.

** I'm looking totally innocent, here.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Thane Gold Tooth)
Hey, remember that vaguely embarrassing wolf penis question I asked a while back? About the penis bones? Well, part of that was motivated by me actually coming into possession of one.

But you can't expect me to just leave my wolf baculum just lying around! Heavens, no!*

I made it a bottle! And a story to go with it!

Werewolf Baculum 01
The label was handmade and applied with acrylic gel, then the top bound with twine and decorated with bone beads.

More pictures below. )

So, my question for you all is, would you like me to post the short historical entries that go along with these? I think they're quite fun.

* It might find its way into someone's alcoholic beverage and become the beginning of a bad pub joke.

** I'm looking totally innocent, here.

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