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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Victorian Sugarplums: Happy Holidays!

Victorian Sugarplums from the kitchen of Cat Marx

This is an authentic sugarplum recipe from the Victorian Era.  I have made a few modern modifications to it. But these are true sugarplums.  Many people often hear the term and think it is plum, of some sort, as you will see that is not the case. I use all unsulphered fruits.


1 cup dried apricots

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

1 cup pitted dates

½ cup cranberries

½ cup golden raisins or plain raisins

2 tsp. orange zest

3 tablespoons of orange juice

¼ cup honey

¼ cup candied ginger…you may adjust according to taste

You may add these spices according to taste:

¼ tsp. nutmeg, ¼ tsp. cinnamon,¼ tsp. cardamom…you will also see this in some stores as cardamon...same thing

½ cup white organic sugar or fine turbinado sugar for rolling the sugarplums in.

You may also add a Tbsp. of rum or brandy to taste.


Thanks to most modern kitchens, we can chop all of this in a food processor.  Take each fruit and nut ingredient and the candied ginger and pulse in a food processor until chopped to an even medium texture. The fruit and nuts should begin to clump. Transfer to a large bowl and add the honey, orange juice, orange zest, desired spices, and rum or brandy if chosen, and mix well with a wooden spoon.  Roll by hand into bite sized balls and roll in the sugar.  This will make about 4 dozen or so sugarplums, less if you make the balls larger. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container lined in wax paper.  The longer you keep the sugarplums, the more refined the tastes seem to become as they meld.  I often wait 48 hours before serving them.  Enjoy and happy holidays!  XOXO Cat 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

“Hobbit” Forming

When I was a child of twelve or thirteen, the first fantasy book that my parents gave me to read was “The Hobbit”.  I can remember staying up until 2:00 AM in my room reading about Bilbo and his band of adventuring dwarves….and of course the dragon.  I read and re-read the book many times and became hooked on high fantasy novels, eagerly devouring any book I could about dragons, wizards, brave warriors and the like. “The Hobbit” remains one of my favorite books to this day, and Tolkien my favorite author.

Last fall of 2011, I began working on a series of perfumes that would be inspired by this beloved book.  In early spring of this year, 2012, I released my first perfume in the series inspired by “The Hobbit”---”Dungeons Deep”, followed by “House of Healing”,  and soon after those, “The Halfling’s Party”, “Dragon’s Orb”, and “Black Arrow”, released this late fall.  I want to describe my creation process a little bit below.
My goal was to create a series of very complex and unique scents that would represent each of the free races of Middle Earth (Hobbits, Dwarves, Humans, and Elves), and Gandalf and Smaug as well.  I wanted them each to tell a mini story of portions of the novel. Each of the perfumes oils went through several incarnations before I had each one exactly the way I wanted it.

There are certain series of perfumes that I have worked on for over a year and this is one of them, and definitely a labor of love and my perfume ode to J.R.R. Tolkien and the world of “The Hobbit.”
"Dungeons Deep": Here I wanted to create a scent that would make you feel like you were in the throne hall of a great underground dwarven city, full of mystery and a warm spicy, slighty smoky earthiness.
The dwarf lords living in their halls of stone were great metalworkers, smiths, craftsmen, warriors, lovers of hospitality and gatherings, and honorable and proud to the end. This fantasy perfume is inspired by Thorin Oakenshield and the dwarf lords and dwarf warriors in The Hobbit. Inhale and you will find yourself surrounded by: A deep cavern hall covered in ancient moss, the scents of earth and fire, tempered with benzoin, and a sweet warm tobacco blended with unique spices. A Unisex scent that is dark and earthy upon first application and finishes with a magical, warm, sweet smokiness on the dry down.

 "House of Healing": For the elves I wanted to capture a scent that was fresh and clean, green and floral combined, evoked a sense of peace and well-being, and reminded one of a forest with the lofty elven spires of Rivendell where a weary traveler could take their rest.
The Elves who dwelt in a magnificent hidden valley near the foothills and mountains of mist, were great healers, lovers of peace and harmony, and blessed with grace and wisdom that extended to the dome of stars. This fantasy perfume is inspired by Rivendell, Elrond and all the Elven Lords and Ladies in The Hobbit. In this last safe refuge, one might breathe in the soft, earthy comforts of: wild iris, linden blossoms, fragrant green trees and grasses, fallen oaks leaves, and sweet morning dewdrops. Magical and serene.

 “The Halfling’s Party”: This one was a lot of fun to work on as I used a lot of gourmand scent notes. Hobbits do love their food and drink and I wanted this perfume to be just like walking into Bilbo’s house and smelling fine food and drink, and the comforts of hearth and home. I wanted it to make the wearer feel as if they had come to join the Bilbo’s party with Gandalf and all the dwarves. I even included my photo of The Hobbit Hole at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.
The Halfling's Party Perfume Oil
This fantasy perfume oil is inspired by The Hobbit and the characters of Bilbo and Frodo and their companions. Bring a friend or two, or four or maybe more to a generously hosted Halfling Party; they love to give as well as receive! Freshly buttered bread, harvest apples baked into a caramel tart, rum, red wine (for the wizard), and a light citrus with background notes of old polished wood, sweet tobacco leaf, and a dusting of oak wood roaring in a welcoming hearth...makes for a fine, comforting, gourmand scent that tips to the feminine side of the scale but can certainly be enjoyed by both sexes.

 “Dragon’s Orb”: Creating this scent was a bit of challenge. I wanted notes to represent both the dragon, Smaug, and the Arkenstone. To me the dragon would be fiery and enigmatic, and the Arkenstone cool and magical. Here I combined main scent notes that evoke both concepts and work very well together. My website listing features the wonderful artwork of M. Beau Studio, created specifically for my perfume.
Dragon's Orb
Inspired by the wondrous white gem, the Arkenstone, sought by Thorin Oakenshield and guarded by Smaug the dragon of The Hobbit. Rich white amber, vetiver and softer greens evoke the beauty and earthiness of the gem, while spicy black pepper, juniper berries, several mysterious resin notes and herbs attest to the darkness of the dragon. A unisex scent that is spicy and warm, with a unique coolness on the dry down.

And lastly I have “Black Arrow”:  I wanted this to represent Bard the bowman, the human who brought down Smaug with his spelled arrow. It had to be bold and intense and for this, I created my own special accord which I named Dragonfire. The perfume evokes the bravery of Bard trying to slay the dragon while the town around him is going up in flames. I had was great to be able to photograph model Apollo Hawthorne, who made a perfect representation of Bard for my concept.
Black Arrow Perfume Oil
Do you have the audacity to stand against the dragon? Inspired by Bard, the human who slew Smaug the dragon with his black arrow in The Hobbit; this is a bold yet unisex perfume oil, tending towards the masculine. Deep resins, blackened honey, and smoldering dragonfire envelop you in a daring, dark, and adventurous scent.

Recently, the Barnes and Noble website, Spark Notes, requested my permission to showcase my perfumes inspired by “The Hobbit” on their website for an article on
unique Hobbit items “Inspired by the Shire”:
I want to thank all of my fans and customers for their love and support of my perfume creations. Creating these and all my scents has been a true joy! Best wishes to you always! Cat xoxo

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

THE CAT SLAVE: An Interview with Donna Baker and C.L.A.W.S.

Today I have an interview for you with Donna Baker, owner of the shop, THE CAT SLAVE, on etsy and C.L.A.W.S. (Cat Lovers Alliance for Welfare and Sterilization), a non-profit tax exempt 501.3c animal charity.  Donna and her daughter Wendy both have shops on etsy selling an array of steampunk and fantasy themed jewelry and other fun things to support the charity.  Deep Midnight Perfumes donates to C.L.A.W.S. I hope you enjoy reading and learning about this wonderful woman and her charity!
Filigree Necklace with Bottle Charms by The Cat Slave on etsy
How did you decide you wanted to rescue and provide for animals?

"There was a horrible place beyond any description in Nashville, TN that was the Metro Dog Pound. I knew of it for years but felt powerless to do anything about it.
Prior to that, all my life, I had picked up and fixed and homed for life animals (primarily cats) and felt like, "ok, this makes a difference".

In 1991 I ran across a gal who felt as I did about the dog pound and the war was on. We became the dog pounds worst nightmare. Cats were tortured and starved in the awful place (as were dogs) and hated.

Our efforts gained us some fellow warriors. For two years we kept the cats pulled out of the pound, vetted and placed in forever homes. It got hugely expensive, so I went to Nashville Humane to try to get them to help us. They did. I could go in there anytime as their agent and pull cats without paying the pull fee.

Finally after about 4 years, we (the core group) managed to pressure the health department and local government to train the staff (training, imagine!) about euthanasia technique, cleaning practices, and several other major changes like putting puppies and kittens on newspaper so their little feet would not go through the wire of the bottom of the cage, and separating  dogs, not by the day they came in but according to male/female, large/small, sick/not sick (yet). Then finally there came a new facility that was up to date and not down on the river where no one ever went.  The founding of C.L.A.W.S. grew out of that."

Spa/Grooming Day!
I am sure a lot is involved in the rescue process, but can you tell us a little bit about how you find and rescue animals?

"Early on it was from the dog pound, and then we worked with the shelter in fostering especially during kitten season.

For about the last 12-13 years we have moved mostly to TNR as we felt they needed our help more than the more friendly ones. We do not euthanize unless there is suffering. So over the years our focus has been on dislocated ferals, those who could not be released at the trapping site for various reasons, and have morphed into more of a sanctuary for disgruntled, an or special needs felines.

Since moving to the country 10 years ago, and living on a dead end road in a county that is all too unaware of spay/neuter, we have no problem finding needy animals.  We assist with traps, education and contacts to help people with their barn cats or any cat/kitten they find. Education is sorely needed in rural areas." 
Black Lace Choker by The Cat Slave on etsy
You are a registered 501.3c charity and raise funds for the animals you rescue through the designs you create. How did you come to create jewelry to support the charity you run?

"Before we moved to the country, being near a large city (Nashville), we had a great deal of support. The country is very, very different.   Mars/Nutro generously donates food to us and I, with a vast number of years in veterinary clinics and experience, can handle most things that arise with the animals. As all non-profits like ours there is never an overabundance of money so we pick up a lot of the cost of maintenance for our facility. Being in a county that does not even have a veterinarian is difficult.  However, have a country vet who is good to us and is available for emergencies. We are fortunate to have him."
Keepsake Gift Tag by The Faery Watcher on etsy
Please tell us little about what inspires you to create and/or rescue?

"The need for money for the animals guided me into making jewelry to generate funds for our rescue/sanctuary."
Filigree Mask Necklace by The Cat Slave on etsy
Describe your feelings when you rescue and place an animal in a new home?

"A forever home for a cat or kitten that had a hard start in life is very rewarding. Having had a pet sitting business for 18 years (before moving to the country) I had a pipeline to good homes very often.

Most people don’t realize how hard it is to find, screen and "read" prospective homes. Not everyone who wants a pet should not have one and we have do not problem turning someone down for a better situation. You learn what questions to ask, "Did you want an indoor cat or outdoor cat" (want indoor homes), have you had a cat before (wrong answer is "oh yeah, a lot of them".....ok where are they now?) Moving, remarriage, family changes etc. where they did not take their furred family member is instant disqualification. Being a committed pet owner who will keep their pet no matter what the inconvenience is all we will consider."
Stained Glass style Buttons by The Faery Watcher on etsy
Apart from designing beautiful jewelry and rescuing animals, what else do you enjoy doing?
"I love cottage gardening, ponds, politics, period piece movies, being in this beautiful setting in my dream log home:)"
Cat Angel Necklace by The Cat Slave on etsy
I know they are all so precious and sweet, but what animal you have rescued has touched your life the most?

"Now that’s a hard one. If I could only pick one, it would be Picnic from the Women’s Prison in Nashville, TN. A guard had tried to kill her and she suffered permanent injuries, was very, very angry, could not be released to a farm (had no lower jaw and blind in one eye) so she lived with us and became a little love sponge. I knew every hug and kindness we gave her might in some way counteract the horrible things she had gone through at the prison. She passed away quietly, here at home, in her bed, 6 years ago. We miss her and always smile when we think about her."
Where can we find your lovely jewelry and information on your charity?

"My daughter, Wendy, and I have shops on Etsy,

We exhibit together for shows: I am Donna, she is Wendy, and together we are Donwyn Creations.

We have a presence on other sites,, Art Fire, Zibbet, and Goodsmiths. Shops on these other sites are not full for lack of time as the animals come first. Everything else comes after the animals.

On FB I am thecatslave and Donna (Hedge) Baker, and on Twitter I am "catslaveiam".
Wendy has a FB page, thefaerywatcher, Wendy Baker-Smith."
Metal and Lace Goddess Necklace by The Faery Watcher on etsy
Thank you for the inteview, Donna, and for all the good work you do for animals! 
Dear readers, I hope you have enjoyed this interview.  Best wishes--Cat xoxo ;)

** All photos courtesy of and copyright of Donna Baker and Wendy Baker-Smith

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Calliope Rescue: An Interview with Claudia Bruno

Many of you know I have a soft spot in my heart for animals and that Deep Midnight Perfumes donates funds to animal charities.  Calliope Rescue is one the animal charities that Deep Midnight Perfumes has donated to.  Claudia Bruno, co-founder of Calliope Rescue, is a talented jewelry designer and artist who also happens to help rescue cats and kittens.  Here is my interview with Claudia.

Leonardo Thank You Card from Calliope Rescue Store

How did you decide you wanted to rescue cats and kittens?

I worked at the Ellen Gifford Cat Shelter in Brighton, MA for many years. I have seen the unthinkable come through those doors and I thought that being "in the trenches", so to speak, would be more rewarding for me.

Wolfgang Bottle Baby

I know you rescue, care for and find homes for a lot of bottle babies; can you tell us a bit about all the work involved?

Bottle babies are the toughest type of rescue. The reason for it is that "bottle feeders" are a rare commodity for any group. Most groups in Massachusetts do not have a bottle feeder on staff and must rely on networking to save those little lives. An orphaned kitten cannot survive without formula and care for many hours, so it is essential that the rescue group find a bottle feeder within a couple of hours.
Junior Bottle Baby

This is where I come in. :-)  Bottle feeding orphaned animals requires lots of coffee! Depending on the age, the litter must be fed every two to four hours via a bottle with kitten formula. Also stimulating the litter with a wet cotton ball so they can go to the bathroom is part of this work since the mom would be doing this. Then come the baths: flea and ear mites infestation, de-wormers, eye infections, upper respiratory problems and the constant worry that they may not make it.

Claudia Bruno

Girl On Moon Cuff by Claudia Bruno

You are a registered 501.3c charity and raise funds for the animals you rescue through the designs you create and products you sell. Please tell us how you became a jewelry designer?

I began my artistic career as a rock and roll photographer in the 90's. I taught alternative darkroom processes at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston and then pursued an artistic career using alternative photographic methods. One of my photographs belongs to the Paul Getty Conservation Institute!

Once digital photography wiped out all the wonderful films and paper, I found myself without a medium of creative expressions. Since I still have a darkroom in my house and I know my way around chemistry, I decided to patina metal components for Steampunk designers. Though I design pieces myself, my biggest satisfaction is to provide other designers with unique, artisanal components and to fuel their creativity.

Sunflower Field Necklace by Claudia Bruno

Please describe a typical day when you sit down to design.

These days, my designing happens mainly in the darkroom. I start with pounds of raw brass; I see them as canvas. Gargoyles, wings, hearts and medieval shields suddenly take on personalities through chemistry. I adore the alchemy involved, when something ordinary becomes extraordinary. The patterns and splashes of color turn the shiny brass look into something aged, almost as if it were coming from another world or era.

Catnip Toy from Calliope Rescue Store

It has to be happy when you place a cat or kitten in new home, but also very hard to say goodbye. Do you ever keep in touch with the family that adopts a kitten?

I do mostly intakes and my co-founder Brenda does the adoptions. The reason for it is that I am devastated for days after a kitten that I have nursed for months leaves me for the first time to go live in his/her forever home. I would rather deal with other agencies and rescue groups, foster homes and any medical issues at hand. I have conducted 870 adoptions in my career, and I usually cry at every single one. We get pictures and updates on a regular basis. YES!

Venetian Lagoon Ruins Brooch by Claudia Bruno
What other hobbies or interests do you have time for?

My husband, if he is lucky.

I have seen so many pictures of all the sweet kittens you care for, which one has touched your heart the most?

The ones that will forever be with me are 4 kittens I nursed, Sunny, Stormy, Natalya and Cupcake. I raised them from a week old and when it was time for them to spayed and neutered, they were diagnosed with a terminal feline disease and had to be humanely euthanized. I am still crying about it, I felt like four of my babies had died. I will be getting their portraits tattooed next year as a tribute to the four little lives that touched my heart and soul. The saddest part of animal rescue is to realize that you were the only home an animal has ever known.

Currently Claudia is in the process of trying to raise funds for Tao.  Please read more about Tao and his story here:
Tao: Calliope Rescue


Where can we find your jewelry and information for your charity?

Ca Dario Necklace By Claudia Bruno

Thank you so much, Claudia, for sharing with us!

All photos courtesy of and copyright of Claudia Bruno.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Jupiter's Haven: An Interview with Jewelry Designer Jen Perez

I have really enjoyed interviewing and getting to know a little bit more about some of my favorite shops and designers on etsy.  This time I had the opportunity to interview Jen Perez, creator of swanky wearables at Jupiter's Haven. Thank you, Jen, for sharing with all of us!

What first made you want to become a jewelry designer?
"I had an obsessive image come to me of a bracelet that was in a woven/beaded style; but I couldn't find anything remotely close to what was in my head. I had inherited my mom's seed beads, played around with them, and somehow transferred myself to the realm of elastic bracelets. I ended up making a *ridiculous* amount, and wore them all on my left arm. Still nothing like the image I had in my head, but it was apparently only the first stepping stone!"

How do you begin your design process?
"I would love to say that I have a fool proof system! Some days I just sit in front of my shiny hoard and let creations come to me. My muse sometimes gives me a head start by dancing incandescent pictures of finished jewelry around in my brain. I also have a magpie/pack rat addiction to most things that cross my path; sometimes I see beads, or some bauble and it inspires me to make something with it."

What are your favorite materials to work with?
"I *love* metal, always have. My dream is to do my own metal work in the future; in the meantime, I sugarcoat the craving with chain and rings! I loves me the sparkly gems, but, who doesn't? On a non-jewelry related side note, I also love to work with fabric, but I'm still a novice."

What do you remember about your very first customer and sale?
"I worked in a Spa gift shop, and was fortunate that my manager encouraged me to sell my elastic bracelets. My first sale was to one of the more frequent guests, who traveled all over the world. I thought it memorable that she had all this fortune at her disposal, but she bought a $20 charm bracelet in a little gift shop. It definitely felt pretty awesome!"

Apart from designing beautiful jewelry, what else do you enjoy doing?
"I'm a pretty big nerd, although I don't entirely come off that way. I try to devote a couple hours every few nights to playing Diablo 3 with my other half. I also photograph whenever possible; I live to photograph! Movies are another huge addiction of mine; my collection has things like The X-Files, Star Trek, Alien, the original Doctor Doolittle, Harry Potter, Invader Zim, Jaws, and many more. Movies are definitely a huge part of my existence!"

What handmade possession do you cherish the most?
"My mom's friend made me a farmer-themed blanket when I was born, that is still in quite good condition for how long it's been used. I'm sure I'll never part with it."

Where can we find your lovely jewelry?
On Etsy at, and
I use my Facebook fan page and Twitter for announcing new items in my shop, promoting my, as well as some of my favorite Etsians', sales, photographed events, and peeks behind the scenes:
You can also find me here! (I have way too many interests :) ) (@jupiters_haven)

Photos courtesy of Jen Perez

Monday, October 15, 2012

Agent of Chaos: An interview with Samantha Merriweather

I had the lovely opportunity to interview Samantha Merriweather, owner of the fabulous etsy shop, Agent of Chaos.  In her shop you will be able to find adventuring gear, "aetheric" devices, and cosplay weaponry and accessories to please Steampunk, Neo-Victorian, Teslapunk and other cosplay enthusiasts. All of her imaginative equipment is one of a kind and never duplicated and custom orders are welcome!

How long have you been making your steampunk and teslapunk creations?

"About three years. It's amazing how much I've grown in that time. I keep photos of all my gear, and it's a little shocking to see how far I've come since I started."

What or who inspires your creations?

"What I find or have on hand. Nifty little bits of clockwork, or a cool gun base, or a really great color of paint. Usually, my inspiration comes from one element, that then gets broken out into a full piece.
Too, though, I am inspired by costume ideas or characters. I started out as a game writer, so when I come up with some neat identity I'd want to play, I think about what I'd need to make that identity a reality. (This is how all my Professor Pandemonium stuff happened.)"

When you sit down to create a piece, what first comes to mind?

“How long am I going to have to hold this till the glue dries? Me and glue are mortal enemies. Realistically, though, it's probably “can I do this to my satisfaction?” I always have a vision, the key is getting the gear to match the vision. Because of the nature of the way I work, I have trouble dismantling things (as in, they won't come apart), which means I have to finish a project once I start it, even if I'm not happy with the direction it's taking. I try not to start until I feel like the idea is fully in my head, or at least I have all the materials I'm going to use."

What are your favorite components/materials to work with?

"Oddly, I strongly dislike working with gears. It's too easy to cheat with gears, just to glue some on and call it done. I've worked with camera pieces before, which was cool. The weirder it is, the more I'm going to like it. I made up a pair of binoculars recently. That was fun! Oh, and lenses. I love playing with lenses."

What hobbies do you enjoy?

"I'm a table top roleplayer and LARPer. Big surprise, right? I run and write games for the most part, and am fascinated with putting together complex worlds for my players. I'm also a young adult author, and just finished my first novel, which is going off to potential publishers by the end of the year."

What other items might you like to create given the opportunity?

"I want to get into welding, and do more non-glue, non-plastic pieces. I like working in plastic because of the ease and the price, but I'd like to put together some higher-end things. I'd also like to work with jeweler's loupes and glass lenses. I'd like to make some telescopes or binoculars (NO goggles, please!)  I have this antique fishing reel I've held on to for about five years, that I really want to turn into something, but I have no idea what. (always accepting suggestions.)"

What music do you create by?

"Classic rock/folk. (I know, I know.) I'm a CCR/John Denver/Jim Croce girl. Mostly I watch movies while I work, though, because I sometimes have the attention span of a gnat, so it keeps me focused. I tend to play the same movie over and over till I get so sick of it I can't watch it again. Right now, it's The Hunger Games."

Describe the most interesting piece you have worked on and what it meant to you.

"The very first piece I made is still my favorite. It was a arm-mounted computing machine, built on a leather gauntlet, out of aged wood that opened into a full-keyboard, with a little screen and everything. Looking at it now, the quality isn't amazing, but the idea was pretty unique when I made it. It was the first device I finished, and the first one I gave to someone else. As it turns out, the person I made it for ended up not needing it for the costume, but it was a pretty awesome device."

Where can we find your gear for the daring adventurer?

"My shop is known as Agent of Chaos, found here"--

"I'm also available on Facebook, here"--

"And if you're interested in checking out what I'm working on gaming-wise, check out this journal for Clockwork Confidence: the Diamond Job"--

Please visit her links when you have a chance! Thank you for the interview, Samantha!  Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Happy and Haunted Halloween!

Fall is my favorite time of year and Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I love creating perfumes that evoke the feeling of fall: crisp leaves, pumpkins, Halloween candy, moonlit nights, cozy wood fires and more.

There are only twenty more days until Halloween and if you have not seen some of my Fall and Halloween perfumes in my shop, I will post a few here for you to enjoy.

"Brimstone and Treacle" is new this year!  Roasted Pralines smothered over dark Rosewood and swirled with Cauldron Smoke for a delicious, dark gothic, gourmand treat.
Also debuting this fall is "Darkness Falls": Agarwood, Dark Incense, Sweet Amber, and Romany Tea, all combine to create a warm and sensual unisex scent sure to please your favorite vampire.
And lastly there is the rich, gourmand, fall scent of "Haunted Hayride".
Roasted Marshmallows, Pumpkins, Halloween Candy, Soft Hay, and Frankincense will take you on a magical ride for the senses.
Also many thanks to all the Facebook fans who particpated in the recent October trivia contest on Facebook (celebrating over 2,000 fans) and congratulations to Andria Scott the winner of a custom perfume, created by yours truly, a set of three full bottles of my perfume, and a gift pack of treats from other etsy artists, including jewelry items, lip gloss, and paper arts, total prize package of $150.00!  I hope to have a contest on the blog in the near future.
For those fans who missed participating in my big contest. You can still have a chance at scoring some of my perfumes at the giveaways on these two fantastic blogs!
LAUGHING VIXEN LOUNGE is having her annual "Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween Giveaway".  Over $270.00 of lovely items and treats from 12 different shops will be given away! Check for daily featured sellers and Halloween movie fun!

FAERIE MOON CREATIONS is having a month of fun fall giveaways as well!  My perfumes will be an upcoming feature. Please check out her blog for Halloween and Fall fun.

Click the blog names to go to the links!

My next post will feature my interview with the fun and fantastic etsy seller of Teslapunk and Steampunk accessories, Agent of Chaos!

Best wishes, everyone! xoxo Cat ;)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Vintage Fusion Jewels: An Interview with Jewelry Designer, Kristy Carey

Hello everyone!  Along with my own Perfume News posts, I will be interviewing talented artists and designers.  I plan on doing as many artist interviews on my blog as my "spare time" will allow :)  My first featured artist is Kristy Carey of Vintage Fusion Jewels. Kristy is a multi-talented jewelry designer, fellow etsian, and awesome geek who also happens to write great!  Thank you, Kristy, for taking the time to answer my questions and share the lovely pictures of your jewelry on my blog!

How long have you been making your jewelry creations?
This has three different dates... Why? Well... Mostly because I'm a little odd and have three different dates in my head. ^^
October 2010 is when I first made jewelry. My mom and I had seen a necklace at Fashion Bug and I'd wrongfully thought "I could make one I like for less money." I did make one I liked more, but in the end it cost me a lot more. Over the next few months I made perhaps 30 pieces in all, mostly when I needed to be creative.
April 2011... I'd lost my job in March, but was also faced with my mothers passing during that time... In April, with no job and no desire to actually find one, I decided to start making jewelry for a living. My pieces were raw and my prices were low.... So, I tended to make no money.
November 2011... Tired of not making any money, but also feeling a desire to try for something more, I spent the next two months refining myself and deciding who I wanted to be. Turns out, my desire was to be a jewelry designer, not a crafter. Since then, I've been a part of four runway shows, two of which I've been in charge of my part, as well as photo shoots and concepts.

What or who inspires your creations?
The past... and the future. Music, movies, comic books, other artists. Sometimes I'll be laying half awake and have a sort of dream about a piece. Other times, I stare at everything until it talks to me. I never know what I'll set out to make, but instead let the jewelry elements tell me their own destiny.

How do you begin your design process?
It varies. Sometimes I'll pull out a base element and stare at it until I know how to use it. Other times I'll start pulling out little bits of everything and just keep at it until it speaks to me.

What are your favorite components/materials to work with?
I love to take something already created and pull it apart. Mostly this is jewelry... and not just old jewelry. I've bought brand new jewelry and taken it apart to create something new and beautiful. Beyond that, I also like to use odds and ends that I find. Things you'd never think to put into jewelry.

What other things besides jewelry do you like to create?
Beyond jewelry, I'm a writer. Creating worlds and the people who live in them is a blast. It helps me... well, it helps me stay a little sane and get all the stories in my head out.

What other interests do you enjoy in your spare time?
Hmm... I write... I love fashion in general. I'd like to work at styling photo shots. Otherwise, the typical books, movies and music. I'm a huge geek, so geekiness is always a blast.

What is your favorite quotation?
Acks!! Just one? >.> Nope, you get more.
"I'd say that Kristy had lost it, but to lose something you must first have it."

"Dreams don't die, we kill them." -- Danny McGuire [Gene Kelly], XANADU

"Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules
Of someone else's game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes: and leap!

It's time to try
Defying gravity
I think I'll try
Defying gravity
And you can't pull me down!" -- Defying Gravity, Wicked

Where can we find your gorgeous jewelry?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Birthday Murder Mystery Giveaway at Laughing Vixen Lounge!

Greeting everyone! 

Laughing Vixen Lounge is having a fantastic giveaway on her blog!  Lovely gifts from over 12 shops will be given away in the contest.  My perfumes are included :)  Stop over and say Hi and play. Play along with her Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. A murder has happened and there are 13 clues for you to find. Each day (Aug 2nd - 14th) she will post which shop the next clue is hiding in. There will be a hint as to where to find it within the shops! Several of us are celebrating our August Birthdays this month! Here is a link
Laughing Vixen Lounge Birthday Murder Mystery Giveaway

Also more tidbits of news!  New Fall and Halloween scents will be coming out this week and through the month and next...some dark gothic ones as well!  My newsletter comes out to my my e-mail fans this week and I still have more Hobbit inspired scents on the way!

Best wishes!  oxoxo Cat

Monday, July 2, 2012

REVIEW of my Perfumes by Strange Daze Indeed!

Please come and have a look at this review of my Perfumes, by Debra of Strange Daze Indeed! There will also be a giveaway and lots of fun coming on her great blog!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Having this contest on Facebook was so much fun!
I am so happy to be sending out these fabulous prizes! I appreciate all of my fans and customers everywhere very much! I wish I could have you ALL win, that would make me happy...but leave me broke LOL, but I like to have giveaways, contests and treats for my fans when I can afford to :) I will have a fun giveaway here on my BLOG when I reach 100 followers! :)

Here is what happened in my Facebook contest! This contest had a total of $139.00 in prizes! 

The FIVE WINNERS and the prizes they won:

Prize # 1: A sample set of ten perfume vials of your choice from Deep Midnight and a lovely Gothic/Victorian crochet choker from Scarlet Rabbit on etsy (Ruth made it special for me for this giveaway!) A $ 34.00 total value goes to TONIA RODRIGUEZ

Prize # 2: One full roll-on bottle of your choice from Deep Midnight and a pretty vintage style brass and glass pendant from Goddess Enchants on etsy, a $ 27.00 total value goes to SARAH DRAPER

Prize # 3: One full roll-on bottle of your choice from Deep Midnight and a gorgeous new Shabby Chic embellished Journal from Moonspell Crafts on etsy ( I have given away a number of her journals in giveaways and the are all unique and lovely).
A $27.00 total value goes to FELICIA ARCHER

Prize # 4: A sample set of five perfume vials of your choice from Deep Midnight and a copper and glass vintage style art pendant from Goddess Enchants on etsy, a $27.00 total value goes to CARRIE HICKS

Prize# 5: A sample set of five perfume vials of your choice from Deep Midnight and two oh so lovely vegan mineral lip glosses from Mineral Love on etsy (Tricia made these especially for this contest!) A $24.00 total value goes to GLORIA GRAHAME

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone for coming to show their support!
oxoxo Cat

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Perfumes and Face Book Giveaway!

Hello everyone!  I have been a bit behind on this blog, but today I wanted to let you all know about some new perfumes that have come out recently and the wonderful Facebook Contest and giveaway I will be doing in celebration of over 1,000 fans on Facebook! Thank you to all my fans and customers!

The Facebook contest will run from Wednesday, June 19th ---Tuesday, June 26th.  I will be giving away over $125.00 in prizes to the contest winners, which will include full perfumes and sample sets from yours truly and treats from other lovely Etsy artisans!  Please visit my Facebook page for complete rules and come and join my page and the contest fun :)

Dungeons Deep Perfume Oil
Now on to some great  perfume news.  This spring and summer I have released many new scents including these ancient and fantasy inspired blends. Dungeons Deep, inspired by The Hobbit, has notes of Spanish Moss, Earth, Sweet Tobacco and earthy spices. It is earthy and dark on the initial application and mellows down to a sweet, smokiness.

Alexandria is a beautifully balanced blend of over 15 notes, including resins of frankincense, amber, myrrh, spectacular black agarwood, a collection of exotic eastern florals, sweet figs drizzled with honey and ripened in the sun, Indonesian patchouli, and a touch of several dark spices.  This perfume is part of my featured sample set: Ancient Kingdoms.

My newest perfume sample set is being released today and is available in a sample set of three mini vials. Triple Moon Sample set is for the magic lovers and geeks in all of us, inspired by the three moons in the world of Dragonlance.

I hope you can come and see some of the new perfumes at my shop on etsy and COMING SOON this own website that I am designing myself!  oxoxoxo Cat

Alexandria Perfume Oil