PREVIOUS ENTRY HERE — “You’d better be careful with that book my dear. There’s quite a bit of history within those pages and it’s a history you cannot un-know once you know it. And when you know it…”
At the sound of the shop-keep’s breathy voice Emily jumped, startled, and immediately closed the book’s cover. She stood there stupidly staring from the ornate book to the even more ornate gray haired woman standing before her. She waited for her to finish her last sentence but Etta Diem, ever one to keep a person in suspense, left it there as she gave the teenager a good looking over.
Finally Emily couldn’t help herself. “When you know it what?” she asked.
Etta smiled, or rather smirked. Her eyes were heavy lidded and it gave her a resting stern face. The smirk took away some of that sternness and in its place gave her a look of mischief. Given the nature of her shop and what little reputation Emily had gleamed from her aunt, she was positive if there was a character description for Etta it would be that of the chaotic neutral who enjoyed stirring the pot. Flossy had been quite accurate in her description of the woman: “Picture a long lost Addam’s family aunt who deals in strange objects and stranger things. That’s our Etta.”
Etta moved casually across the dark polished wood floor and ran her hand over the top of the ornate book. Her fingers were lined with silver rings that came to an end in very neatly shaped long oval nails. They were painted a soft gray color with black delicately lining the ends. She tapped these neatly painted nails in succession against the book. Finally she continued.
“When you know, they’ll know you know. Then you’ll start seeing things. Well…” here Etta offered a very bright and sincere smile. “You’ll start to see things even stranger than what you’ve probably already seen at Miss Emma’s boarding house. This is a book of dark nights and long shadows.” Read the rest of this entry
You know autumn is just around the corner when you drive down the road and hit a pumpkin paradise or walk into the dollar store and get overwhelmed with Halloween goodness. And if that doesn’t clue you into it, having strange creatures suddenly appear in your green places will do it. We’re not sure what these critters are. We’ll check with Mab and see if these little guys escaped the greenhouse!
With all that’s been going on in our hectic tea lives, it’s taken a little time to pop back into Flossie’s Bat Emporium and put in our order of Tea Bats Lenormand decks to offer through our site again. Luckily they’ve just been listed on deck publisher The Attic Shoppe Trading Company’s website and are now available! And they’re on sale! This beautifully whimsical bat-centric lenormand deck comes in a cloth wrap and packaged in a labeled box tin. It also comes with a companion book of brief card descriptions/meanings and a little bat trivia. So if you want to practice a little “bat-tea” cartomancy, we’ve got the deck for you. View all ordering details here!
While sorting through our archives today we stumbled upon a rare illustrated notice for the Orange Moon Tea Society. If my eyes are to be believed a Miss Emma in her prime is the model!
“The moon has different names?” Emily asked as she looked up into the night sky. Miss Emma nodded her head slowly and looked towards the full moon shining down on them. A smile slowly passed over her lips as she thought about the many, many full moons she’d seen in her days.
“Oh yes. A different name for every month of the year. This was how people in very old times kept track of their seasonal times. For those who lived here in those distant days they often called this the Milk Moon or the Full Flower Moon for this was the time when you’d see your spring flowers bringing color back into the world.” Miss Emma grew quiet for a moment as her thoughts traveled elsewhere. She looked towards the dense line of dark that was the start of the forest and a very old memory came to mind. “I once knew it by a different name though…” Read the rest of this entry
It finally feels like spring outside! And with that warmth we’re finally starting to see some flowers blooming – the butterflies can’t be far behind! So we’d like to properly introduce you to our Butterfly Circus Tea. It features a floral blend of Gulabi tea, rose buds, jasmine blossoms, dried lemon, sarsaparilla, and rose & jasmine extract. Have a peek here!
“Then she put a small whistle to her lips and the most magical thing happened: All manner of butterflies and moths poured fourth from her trunk and moved into the little circus tent. On that day this Mirabai Jasper introduced me to her butterfly circus…” – Snapdragon Tea, Cirque A Circa Stories
“Emily stepped through the back door of Etta Diem’s Attic Shoppe and was greeted by a very intriguing sight: She wasn’t quite sure if it was a good intriguing or bad intriguing at first blush.
“The backyard that spread out behind the eccentric woman’s equally eccentric home and shoppe was a visual example of one gardener’s dedication to flowers that chased after the color of a bruise. There were all manner of nature’s opulent takes on the color black, rich wine, the deepest of dark purples, and the occasional lush violet to highlight the depth of darkness the other colors portrayed. The young woman had never seen such a dark garden before. And despite such darkness of blooms their colors only served to make all the greenery around them seem so much more lush and alive. It even highlighted the pale color of the large collection of stone lunar moths that were spread out among the neatly organized flower beds.
“It was like the fabled woman that hid behind the veil of the night needed to have her own space to belong to when the sun was keeping the shadows at bay. This place was like a whisper and breath of midnight no matter the hour of the day. Emily decided she liked it. It suited the shoppe-keep well…” – Snapdragon Tea – Introductions to Etta Diem
Newly unveiled for our Tea Bats IGG Campaign: Batnip Tea! Enjoy the taste of black tea, mango and mandarin orange in this fruity tea delight. Learn more here!
“‘Is that bat… is that bat drinking tea?’ Emily asked as she stared at the little creature dangling upside down over a very delicate tea cup. The woman of the bat emporium, Flora Von Tree, casually looked back over her shoulder and nodded her head. ‘Of course he is dear. It’s tea time and Tips is a gentleman first and a bat second. Would you care for a cup? It’s Batnip. Quite the rage around Orange Moon Downs these days.’” -Snapdragon Tea, Chapter III
This young fairy was brought in to us just today. We don’t know his story yet as he prefers to be by himself seemingly deep in thought. He does seem fond of the little bluebird eggs we found. –Artwork by the Wormwood Queen
Snapdragon Tea Snippet: “The Crinkle Society became a joke name; parlor humor born from a conversation at one of the end-of-the-century affairs. One of the founding members and thus one of the oldest members was sitting at a table of new comers. He was known for his rather dry sense of humor and he’d finally gotten to a point where his age was beginning to disagree with him. He said ‘we here are so old that there are no longer any slick names for us. Where once we were lush of skin and soft features, now we are dried out paper molds of our former selves. Our skin no longer glides over our bones like finally oiled leather. Our skin now crinkles like the stiffest of starched crinolines. These days we are the Crinkle Society; long in the tooth and powered by dried blood…” Read the rest of this entry
There is a little place set outside of the everyday world and we call it Orange Moon Downs. Time doesn’t stand still here honestly, but it does seem to lag or… skip a beat every now and then. We enjoy those things that other people consider vintage. We’re not always aware that something groundbreaking and new-styled has come out. We like our past and enjoy visions of the future, though we’re very comfortable in our today. But beyond all of that… we embrace a very strange and enchanting part of our everyday.
Our small town of Orange Moon Downs has more than one thing that suggests it’s unique -those of us in the Orange Moon Tea Society, while hiding behind our mask of tea drinkers and tea makers- we explore these unique avenues of our world and document them. We tuck them away in this little corner of the aetherweb and reach out to the rest of the world to see us. Oh yes, you can get a very tasteful and unique tea flavor from us, but you can also get a very entertaining story behind each of those flavors.
Our society meets each week and we go over the stories of our town and take notes. When something strikes us as interesting we add them to our wee journal here. Our tea brands are always available in our shoppe. So please! Visit us with the prospect of incredible and unique tea flavors, but stay to hear the gossip we have to tell, the eccentric tales we bring and… you know… to find our what the Urban Fairy Rescue League really is. Whatever your preference, our stories can be found here.
Artwork by Alphonse Mucha.