Saturday, 12 December 2015

I've done that thing I do again...

My online presence has gotten lost here among all my other endeavors! I can't believe it was MAY the last time I made a post on here!

If you're wondering why...

Well, I got a little bit sidetracked by working a new day job, and co-founding a revolutionary pajama company for men.

Check out BroJamas on Etsy, Facebook, and Instagram if you wanna learn more!

But don't worry, I've got a lot more ideas soon to come! Just gotta take the time to take some photos!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Change is in the Air!

Slowly, like snails pace slowly, we're moving all our information over to the new branding!

No longer Loveless Arachne - soon we'll be known only as ContraryAnn Designs!

Much more indicative of the boho-kitsch pieces I make, and has more of a personal feel, don't you think?

So the blog address has changed, my IG account has too, and slowly the rest will move over to the new name!

And, pretty soon, there'll be some new lovely letterhead and logos too!

Check us out on Etsy - use the promo code CONTRARY to get free shipping anywhere! An early celebration of the new look and style!

Thanks a bunch!

Here's a picture of my cat to tide you all over.



Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Timely Arrivals

My new beads arrived! Thank you, BeadXPert on Etsy! They're PERFECT <3



These are for some new, Harry Potter inspired designs I'm making! I picked each stone for very specific reasons, not just colour co-ordination! I've always loved gem lore, and thought that it was very appropriate to attempt to hold to for these magically inspired designs.

Blue Goldstone is a stone of wisdom, learning, and communication. More than a perfect match for Hogwarts house Ravenclaw!

Carnelian is a stone of inner strength, emotional harmony and courage. Hello, my beautiful Gryffindor stone!

Serpentine is a stone used to attract wealth and power. Also, it's called serpentine and it looks like snake-skin. I could not think of any other stone to represent Slytherin!

Yellow Jade is a stone of love, serenity, and cheerfulness. Maybe it could also be a stone of finding? I hear Hufflepuffs are particularly good finders.

I am so excited to get working with these new gems!

Also... I'm very excited to announce that Loveless Arachne will soon be going through a period of re-branding. Including a change of name, but not of heart! The instagram account has already been updated! Find me on IG now as contrary_ann_designs to see a lot of pictures of my cats. More on these changes as soon as a few more kinks are hammered out.

For now, check out Loveless Arachne on Etsy for cool crochet jewelry and toques! Use the code LOVESPRING for 25% off all crochet jewelry items in the shop!

Saturday, 25 April 2015

So I Bought a Fish

Not a lot of news with the Etsy Shop these days... I'm waiting impatiently for some new gemstone beads I purchased to arrive, so I can work up some new, Harry Potter inspired, designs to list! Check back soon, it's going to be magical!

Other than that, I've been keeping myself occupied with some sewing commissions, gardening, and setting up a 10 gallon aquarium for this little beauty!


Of all the tropical freshwater fish, Betta Splendins are my favourites! And this little guy is just stunning to watch dart around his 10 gallon home! I named him Aristotle, as he's very curious.

He's a twin tail variety with mustard gas colouration, which I was surprised to find for only $8.99 at one of the local pet stores! This variety is very sought after, and his light blue iridescence and leopard spotting on his dorsal fin make him especially unique.

Unfortunately, he was quite sick when I brought him home. He was dull in colour and as you can see, some damage was done to his upper tail fin, possibly the early onset of fin rot. He also had a swollen abdomen and swim bladder.

The poor guy.

Now, after moving him to a bigger home than a betta bowl, and medicating him for the possible fin rot and feeding him pieces of pea to combat the constipation and bladder swelling, he's happy as a clam!

I'm really enjoying watching him these days. And it's becoming apparent that he's watching me back. He likes to show off, and play with the bubbles in his tank.

Eventually, I might get him some tank mates. Corydoras are another favourite fish of mine that I have previously found success keeping with bettas. I've also read about bettas living well with glass catfish, and am seriously considering that option too. But for now I'm going to slowly phase out the artificial plants in his home in favour of some live ones. I just added a java fern today, and am looking into other varieties of plant life that will do well in his smaller scale home with the added obstacle of using undergravel filtration.


Anyway... enough about my fish!

Sales are still on in the Etsy Shop! Use the promo code LOVESPRING for 25% off any jewelry! Coupons are only valid until April 30th! So now's a good time to shop and save!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Spring Has Sprung!

And I love spring! I'm a gardener at heart, and I love growing all kinds of lovely green and floral things! I also love making green and floral things... and then selling those things!

And what better way to celebrate spring than with a sale?!

Use the coupon code LOVESPRING to get 25% off any purchase over $40.00 in the shop

I was going to make it a sale on flowers and springtime stock only, but I thought about it and decided jellyfish could also be spring, right?





Now that the sales all set up, it might be time to go dig in my garden.