Greetings, my fellow non-gelatinous cubes,
I thought I would drop a quick note here for you today. If you look up at the top of this page you will notice the “Candlesmoke Store” link. For the last 3 months it has said “Coming Soon” and that’s about it. Believe me when I say; not a week goes by that we don’t work on items, buy supplies, or craft recipes for products. That said, we are thrilled to announce that starting, well, technically now (and getting a huge boost this weekend) the Candlesmoke Etsy shop has been born. Not much there now, but feel free to check it out if you’d like.
As I said, this weekend will see a much bulkier amount of listed ingredients and items. We have an oil that took a few months to perfect, red brick dust that was painstakingly ground by hand while being charged for protection, some more roots, an herbal cologne, and lots more herbs. Hopefully we will be making big enough batches of a few incense to include as well. More oils on the way, too. Hopefully some services for either this Summer, or early Fall, after the move.
eBay store and direct contact selling will happen soon, too. We wanted to start with, and concentrate on, Etsy, because we admire the site in general and it’s contents. This past Christmas/Yule was one which saw 98% of our gifts came from Etsy…and it was one of our best ever. eBay still has the massive traffic, but Etsy is where our hearts lie. Though the Etsy store still says Joseph Magnuson is Candlesmoke, I would like to make it clear that it is a full collaboration between myself and my wife Sara, who is a full 50% of this…manifestation. I am trying to get Etsy to let me change the name to Joseph & Sara, but we shall see.
Thank you all for the ridiculously heart-melting amount of support and cheer. It dizzies us each day.
..and remember, gelatinous cubes, being mindless, are always neutral. Don’t be a gelatinous cube.
P.S. – After deciding to re-read the entire run of Grant Morrison’s ‘The Invisibles’ comic book series, I am blown away by some of the things I missed, or that didn’t hit me as heavy as they do today. One of which was in the back section of Volume 1, Issue 2 from October of 1994. The letters column has not yet been born, so Grant is using the space to wax poetic/esoteric illumination. On this page he writes of running up the 400 stairs of the Swayambhunath in Kathmandu to attain enlightenment and illumination. After running the steps he writes, “Up there, under the painted eyes of Buddha, there is the smell of charcoal…and candlesmoke.” I’d like to add this to my previous statement that the early idea for Candlesmoke came from Velvet Cacoon and amend history; it entered my brain with Grant Morrison in my Senior year of High School. Listening to heavy doses of Velvet Cacoon just brought it back to the forefront of my brain. All is as it should be.