Octoberfest at Feral Strumpet

octoberfest_pinterestIt’s here!  Octoberfest/Oktoberfest at feralstrumpet.co.uk and Feralstrumpet on Etsy.  I’m offering 25% off all my craft beer inspired jewellery during the first week of October. No need for a coupon– starting on Oct. 1st at midnight GMT, the prices will be marked down on the site.

My craft beer jewellery makes a great gift for the brewer or ale lover in your life!  I have gradually expanded my beer-inspired designs over the years, as the Beer Chick Necklace became a best seller. I have long been a home brewer and craft beer aficionado as well as a judge at the York beer festival and a one-time member of the British Guild of Beer Writers.  My passion for beer and brewing as well as jewellery design drove me to create wearable, elegant every day pieces that celebrate the love of this ancient beverage.

This offer is a celebration of the longevity of these designs and a thank you to all the beer lovers and brewers who have supported me over the years.  Cheers!

ATS® Flock of Birds Necklace Giveaway

flock_giveawayThe big news this month is I’m having a giveaway to celebrate the lovely customers I have who are American Tribal Style® Bellydancers.  There are a lot of them– you know who you are.  For the past three years I’ve had the honour to be an official ATS® FCBD® Sister Studio, and when I’m not making jewellery, I’m teaching and performing this beautiful style of contemporary, improvised group dance.

Just of few of the beautiful dancers who have sent my photos of them wearing their Flock of Birds necklaces!

Just of few of the beautiful dancers who have sent me photos of them wearing their Flock of Birds necklaces!

I’m giving away two, count ’em, TWO Flock of Birds necklaces on Instagram.  To win, simply post a picture of you dancing in your favourite ATS® formation and tag it @feral_strumpet & #flockofbirds.  Winner will be chosen and announced on Instagram Friday, September 9th via an online randomizer.

My dance discipline has inspired many designs that are popular with dancers– here is a selection of them.  Click on the image to go to the collection:

Designs inspired by ATS® Belly Dance

Designs inspired by ATS® Belly Dance

New Designs in the Shop Every Week!

whatsnew16Did you know that there are new designs in the shop every Friday, and you can find them in one place– The What’s New Collection at Feralstrumpet.co.uk before they get snapped up by anyone else!

And just to say thanks for clicking over to check out the collection, I’m offering 15% off everything in the What’s New Collection for the rest of August– just use coupon code 8NEW16 at checkout.

Just some of the new designs in the What's New Collection.

Just some of the new designs in the What’s New Collection.

A Lammas Lucky Dip

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A Lammas Lucky Dip gift awaits at feralstrumpet.co.uk! Spend £25 and receive a free surprise pair of earrings; spend £30 and up and receive a free surprise necklace or earrings (just specify your preference at checkout). Just write LUCKY in your note at checkout to receive your gift. Pictured here are just a few lovely pieces I’m giving away. Offer good until August 7th 2016, or while supplies last.

Hail The Thunder Moon!

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Tonight is July’s full moon, sometimes called the Thunder moon.  We are definitely waiting for a thunderstorm here at Feral HQ, as summer has come on with a vengeance. I currently type to you in 33 degree centigrade heat, something we are just not used to in the North!

To celebrate we are having a sale in July on all my Tesla Hoops– the gauged threaders fit through tunnels worn in stretched ears.  Just visit the Tesla Hoop Collection at feralstrumpet.co.uk use coupon code THUNDER at checkout.  Offer expires 31/07/2016.

These threaders now come in a rainbow of coil colours for you to choose from!  The coil slips over the hoop to secure it in place– making it both decorative and practical.

These colourful coils come in metal tones as well as brights– perfect for summer or when you need an injection of your personal power colour in your life!
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Here is a short video showing how to put on and take off the hoops:

Happy Birthday, Doctor Dee

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Magical objects said to belong to Dee, now housed together in the British Museum.

Magical objects said to belong to Dee, now housed together in the British Museum.

Today is the birthday of Doctor Dee, court magician and mathemetician to Queen Elizabeth the I.  My ambivalent fascination with Doctor Dee can be traced back to a single object– his scrying mirror in the cabinet of curiousities that is the Enlightenment Hall of the British Museum. During my monthly pilgrimages to the British Museum, I would always pay a visit to this most seductive of objects, desplayed beside a crystal ball and a pair of Enochian tablets– tools to decode the angelic language dee and Edward Kelley thought would be the key to communing with angels.

The Scrying Mirror Ring, made to order in your size at Feralstrumpet.co.uk

The Scrying Mirror Ring, made to order in your size at Feralstrumpet.co.uk

His angelic conversations were always conducted with Christian piety, perhaps sparing him from the witch trials rampant at the time. He had hoped the angels could help heal the very real spiritual rift left from the dissolution of the Catholic church and the new Church of England.

This is an exray of a painting of John Dee performing an experiment in front of Elizabeth I.  The exray reveals a circle of skulls at his feet.

This is an x-ray of a painting of John Dee performing an experiment in front of Elizabeth I. The x-ray reveals a circle of skulls at his feet.

Portrait of John Dee.

Portrait of John Dee.

We are left to wonder just what kind of magician was Dr. Dee? The newly revealed circle of skulls at his feet in the painting above– and that they were once painted over– speaks to this ambivalence. He was perhaps foremost a librarian– his library was the largest in England.  After six years abroad, advising monarchs in Central Europe, Dee returned to London to find his home and library vandalised and ransacked.  He was an imperialist, one of the early architects of the colonisation of America.  Perhaps its no wonder that this power object, his “devil’s mirror” was Aztec obsidian imported to England in the early 1500s. The coloniser and colonised are wedded in the deepest ways, but I digress.

The Scrying Mirror Chandelier Earrings at Feralstrumpet.co.uk

The Scrying Mirror Chandelier Earrings at Feralstrumpet.co.uk

Was the mirror even Dee’s? We only have Horace Walpole’s word on this. Fiction is often closer to the truth, and the stories we have inherited have already given shape to a shifting past.  In the iconic portrait of Dr. Dee, he seems to be contained in a round wonder cabinet, his black cap resembling his “devil’s mirror”, a black nimbus framing his head. His pointed beard, like the finger of a planchette aimed into the dark, asks us to decipher some secret at his heart.

Terry Pratchett, that true bard of the English soul, got it right– here we have a wizard of the Unseen University– and I a Granny Weatherwax wanna be, staring into the dark glass.

The Scrying Mirror Neckalce at Feralstrumpet.co.uk

The Scrying Mirror Neckalce at Feralstrumpet.co.uk