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Open for business!

That's right! The Raven's Own shop is now open! Follow this link or go to ravensown.etsy.com to check it out!

I'd offer more news, but I'm too excited to sit still! Whoo!


Launch date confirmed and creeping closer!

That's right - we actually have a launch date as opposed to just saying, "Soon!" We will be opening the store on September 1st, 2010. That's next Wednesday, for those of you counting. We'll have at least ten items up initially, with more coming soon after.

Meanwhile, ideas continue to abound around Raven's Cave. The Asian Ocean pendant will be sold under the Ethereal Sky moniker, with more of a similar style coming soon. We have plans for next year (super secret hush hush!), as well as some witty modifications to some of our existing pieces.

We'll be keeping at least a few items of every collection in the shop, barring any surprise demand. And just as a teaser, this guy's going to be one of the first up (the franc is not included).

We hope to see you on the first!


The down side of creating.

We're getting closer to starting sales, and yesterday, that brought up a small down side to creating and selling (for us, at least).

I've been reorganizing, marking, and numbering the Pixictoowoos we have ready for sale, as well as repairing a few that will never be sold. Last night I showed emcic my progress, with all the little PixiCs in rows in their storage box, all numbered and painted and ready for packing. He opened the lid, looked at all of them, pet one, and closed it with a sigh.

"You don't really want to sell them, do you?" I asked.

He replied, "Not really, no."

Therein lies the challenge. A lot of effort and love goes into our all of our pieces, but the critters are a little different. They have character, and personalities, and little quirks that make each of them unique and endearing. They proliferate rather quickly; since the very first one in 2006, emcic has made more than sixty over the years. We love all of them, and have a real hard time letting them go sometimes, even as gifts.

But we can't keep them all, and most of the folks near and dear to us already have one or two or five of our little creations and adore them. We kept the very first one and keep (and repair) all the ones that break before they leave us, but we're not going to stop making these delightful little horrors, meaning the rest need homes. So we photograph all of them, sell them, pray they make it to their new people safely, and hope that they're loved.

Sure is hard, tho'.
The original PixiCtoowoo, who lives on emcic's desk.

May Redwing be with you always.

- Rebecca

First peek!

Greetings and salutations to all who might be browsing! After a year of brainstorming, infrastructure-building, and other random behind-the-scenes stuff, we at Raven's Own are finally getting ready to spread our wings. We've got all kinds of products in the works (including the one that kicked all this off, the Pixictoowoo). But first things first: Who IS Raven's Own?

Here on LiveJournal, Raven's Own is emcic and me, fala_redwing, otherwise known as Cherif and Rebecca. We met ten years ago, became fast friends, and tied the knot in 2008. We've both always been creative - writing, sewing, embroidering, beading, drawing, the whole bit - and finally got to where we needed an outlet for all the little ideas we keep having. After all, our home is only so big, and can't house more than a few Pixictoowoos, no matter how small or adorable they are!

Now that all that's out of the way, how would you like a peek at the latest item to hit our craft tables?

We call these Five-Fold Appleseed Pendants, and if you look closely at the details, you'll see why. The template for this was simply five apple seeds pressed into a circle of polymer clay. I loved the outcome so much that I made a mold of it (since apple seeds don't survive the baking process for the clay very well). That mold is now being used to create the items you see below!

These particular six have already been sealed, so we can't glue bails on them. They'll  stay with us as permanent templates, but we have more in the works that will be up for sale as soon as we can manage.

Keep an eye here for more products, behind-the-scenes clackings, and the occasional silliness. If you're really lucky, I'll get hold of some old sketches and put those up, just for fun.

Be well, all, and Redwing be with you!

- Rebecca


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