Vendredi Fou (Black Friday) Sale and Free Gifts

20% off orders placed until midnight on Monday, November 28th. No code needed at Etsy or the main site. (Remember the main site has more stuff and often has better shipping rates too!)

Free gifts: Orders of $50+, Nag Champa candles for spiritual awareness & meditation. Orders of $75+, limited edition Three Kings oil for blessings and prosperity. These are not currently available separately for purchase anywhere – this is the only way you can get them. While supplies last.

2X bonus rewards points also active through Monday.

Status Update – Shipping & Response Delays

I’ve been in the process of setting up my “field office” at Haphazard Station in Louisiana, and in fact just about had it effectively set up – I shipped a number of orders from there last week.

Last weekend, I headed back to Seraphin Station in Alabama to catch up on things that had to be done from there and pack up another carload. I made it to Slidell, just shy of the LA/MS state line. Then my car died.

Finally got the mechanic verdict: I no longer have a car.

Then of course somebody did a chargeback in the middle of all of this, so they got a bunch of free stuff and I got fined by my payment processor. So I took a day and a bit to hang out in Slidell stranded, have a meltdown, and finally marshal what was left of my sanity to figure out my next move.

Long story short, this week so far has pretty much been nonstop stress, chaos, and frankly devastating expense as I’ve been figuring out how to roll with this new situation that effectively means my stuff is spread out across three states. So I am incredibly grateful for your patience and understanding right now.

I’ll be honest – I got knocked down for a minute there. But I’m not staying down. Rest assured no orders have gotten lost, and I promise I am not ignoring anybody on purpose. I’m busting my butt to get a grip on it and adjust fire with my agenda and plans. I’m currently back in Alabama at Seraphin Station and as of today, I have a big bin of packages ready for the next batch of shipping labels, which I should be able to print after I get done prepping for the freeze we’re gonna have tonight. Which I needed to go out and start ten minutes ago.

Y’all who observe such, pour one out for those trickster gods for me if you have a sec 🙂

No Jackasses (and Moving) Sale Extended and Available at Etsy now too

I couldn’t get the code to take at Etsy the other day. I finally got it to work, so I extended the sale at the main site too. You can use the code at Etsy or SeraphinStation.com through midnight Central on Saturday the 29th.

What’s New at Seraphin Station:

Newsletter has resumed – some list scrubbing was necessary

If you have not gotten the most recent newsletter and you used to get it, it’s possible that your signup got scrubbed ’cause I had to use some algorithms and AI there to help me clean up the spambot messes.

This is especially likely if you have never made a purchase at SeraphinStation.com, if you rarely open newsletter emails, and/or if your email address and actual name bear no resemblance to each other but both look like real names. e.g. If you are Kyra Smith and your email is LaylaEdwards@gmail, that might have gotten flagged. But Kyra Smith with email soccerfan21@gmail would probably be fine – it reads as less spambotty to the software I guess.

Anyway, if that happened, I’m really sorry. You are welcome to resubscribe — or subscribe for the first time — at this link.

No Jackasses Flash (and Moving) Sale

Well, folks, it’s that time again – time for me to deny jackasses any more of my mental real estate.

It used to really mess up my day when people would fail to read item listings and shipping/handling info before ordering and then file a dispute or leave crappy feedback because they were oblivious to what they signed up for by ordering something from me.

But sadly, there are lots of folks like that, and I eventually decided that life was too short to have a messed up day because of them.

So now when I’m forced to deal with one, I have a tiny little party for my customers that *don’t* suck instead.

Somebody decided to take a page out of Glenn the Frizzled Bantam’s handbook and get their tetchy asses disinvited from the party… but only after making me drop everything else when they basically decided to force-jump the queue and make me jump through hoops they created due to their inability to read shop policies, follow directions, and calm the everloving hell down.

Well, my strategy for this these days is to instead celebrate and thank the customers and clients I have who aren’t jackasses and who understand that I’m a human being and not a spiritual vending machine – and that the way things work these days, what with wars and pandemics and supply chains and gas prices and climate stuff and everything, is a good bit more complicated, and often a good bit slower, than it used to be just three years ago.

Then there’s the added layer of my going to Louisiana at the end of the month to set up a “field office” and basically set into motion some significant changes, which increases the chaos for a minute, it’s true, but with a definite and direct short-term goal of ultimately permanently reducing some of the chaos. I realize I’m kind of vaguebooking here, but it’s not for its own sake. It’s because I don’t want to go the TMI route with my personal life or whatever. Suffice it for now to say that it’s been an incredibly long, slow climb out of the giant mess that was my life in 2015, and it has not all gone smoothly or been easy.

But I have gotten my feet under me a little bit, anyway – enough to be able to say “I *can* do this” and right on its heels “but I am not currently doing it *the way I want to do it* and it’s time to take action to prioritize remedying that and to put my business, research, practice, and clients and customers first.” (The place in Louisiana is called Haphazard and it’s gonna be almost monastic compared to Seraphin Station – far fewer things to hijack my time and attention span.)

And I’m talking specifically about things like my having had a backlog for so long and my having so much trouble managing my brain cooties and challenges with executive function, and so my clients are not getting the consistent level of service from me that I want to give them, I never have time to write, and I’ve made glacial progress with product development and launching new offerings. (Apparently ADHD getting hella worse in midlife is a real thing for women – it’s that pesky estrogen. I know it’s a problem. That’s why I decided I needed an assistant and organizing systems that made sense to someone besides just me with my specific set of brain cooties.)

I *can* do this. And I can definitely do it better than I have been. It’s time for some assessment and focus shifts, and to defend my time strenuously, if necessary, so that there is enough of it to do the most important things.

So if you’re a customer or potential customer who reads listings and policies and isn’t going to pester me with questions you were already provided the answer to – in short, if you’re not a jackass – then you can use coupon code NOTANASS1022 at checkout to get 15% off your order.

It’s also time to get rid of things I don’t love and figure out an alternative.

Among other things, that means sorting, inventorying, reorganizing, and paring down in some cases.

So in addition to the No Jackasses sale going on for the next week, I will also be doing some other stuff:

  • Listing a bunch of stuff that I haven’t gotten around to listing yet, including some new formulas.
  • For one-of-a-kind pieces like rosaries and chaplets, I will in some cases probably just post them to social media, rationale being the more steps required for me to finish something, the greater the likelihood that something will happen before I finish it and it becomes another Unfinished Thing/Open Browser Tab. So keep an eye on Instagram/Facebook for this type of thing.
  • Sale prices on some herbs I have more of than I need for now. These will be announced as I manage to list them.
  • Some probably completely random social media/blog giveaways, probably with short-ish fuses.

If you’re not already a customer but you were thinking about trying out some of my stuff, well, you’re absolutely welcome to as well, just as long as you’re not a jackass 🙂 That means treat Sonia right, read the item listings and terms of service, and get familiar with my shipping and handling processes before you place an order 🙂 I post them all over the place so nobody will be unpleasantly surprised, because I want you to love what you get from my shop. And if you value personal attention to your work and the creation and shipping of your stuff, I think you will, and I’ll love having had the chance to provide you with some cool and useful stuff I made and packaged up with my own two hands 🙂