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Hibernation mode

Hibernation mode

Winter is coming, and with it, the hibernation of my sweet little shop.

I already told you about the unfortunate change of visa that I’m going to experience next month and the consequences that come with it – aka an extended period of forced vacations for me and my husband. So far, no other changes to declare, all that I said last week is still valid.

So, first things first, I will close the shop on November 17, and the last orders will be sent the following Monday.

Closing the shop at this time means that there won’t be any end-of-the-year sales. So, just as I was saying in my last post, if you’re planning to get some Yule or Christmas presents from my shop, the sooner the better. The same goes for custom orders: you still have a few weeks to work with me, then I won’t be able to create anything more for you until the reopening (which annoys me deeply, despite it not being my call).

Now for those of you who asked me about the publishing of my Wildera Lenormand, don’t worry, I still have it in my mind. My initial schedule obviously doesn’t stand anymore, but I still intend to have it printed and released as soon as I can. I had planned to get pre-orders on the shop by mid November; instead we are going to have a Spring Launch – sounds exciting to me!

I’ll keep posting news about my very first deck here and on my social media platforms, but I’m also aware that some of you don’t use them and would like something else instead. As a solution, I will get back on creating and writing regular Newsletters in the future. This way, you’re going to be able to know where and how to order Wildera Lenormand when the time comes.

So if you’re inclined to it, please go and subscribe here, and I will take care of the rest 🙂

Having the shop in hibernation during the Cold Months doesn’t necessary mean that I will be dormant too (even if my Hermit Bear side finds it really tempting some days).

There’s a few weeks in December / January where I’m going to go back to France and enjoy the holidays with family while waiting for the new visa to be approved. Then, back to our home in Washington State, I’m going to use the rest of my free time to work on different Personal Projects that I kept pushing aside during last Summer.

I’ve got a long list for this, plenty of choice to keep me busy and share different facets of my spiritual and creative life with you. For instance, I still need to organize the inside of Mildred Payne’s Secret Treasure Box to be able to find the Magic Trinkets that I keep in there more easily.

I also want to work on the wood storage chests that I use in the Atelier. The idea came to me right in the beginning of my installation here, that they needed to be decorated to reflect the creations that I keep in. I have this picture in my head of what it’s going to look like; now I just have to make it happen. Besides of all this, I need to finish some wall decor for my Atelier too, and a couple of my Witchy Books and Grimoires are waiting for some updates and new pages.

I’m starting to find the positive side of these forced vacations. So many things to create, and plenty of time to focus on it!

Expatriate update: changing visa and the consequences

Expatriate update: changing visa and the consequences

It’s funny how it’s easy to forget about the technicalities of your residential status when you’ve settled in a foreign country for a while. Once you’ve dealt with all the challenges of the beginning, you start to build your new life and your routines, and soon you forget that you’re here on a visa that is meant to be temporary. At least I did.

But things always end up changing, right? The wind turns, the moon disappears from view, the ocean tides withdraw, the trees let go of their dying leaves… and I happened to learn that my visa will have to go too in a few weeks.

I so easily forgot about me being an expatriate, and it’s now hitting me right in the face. As home as I feel here in this magical spot in the Pacific Northwest, I’m still bound by a piece of paper on my passport and my life here is only permitted by the US immigration laws.

I’ll spare you the boring details about why and how my status will have to be adjusted, but here’s what you need to know, because – of course – this unfortunate news will affect the shop.

Should everything go according to plan (let’s have a bit of hope here), I will get a new type of visa and be allowed to stay in this country. No big international move at the horizon for now, which is really great! But getting the new visa will take some time and (let’s go for the bad bits now) it won’t be one that allows me to work. At least not by its own. I’ll have to get an additional work authorization, and that too, won’t be done in a day.

At this point you’ve probably already understood what it means for the shop. Since I won’t be allowed to work here for a certain length of time, I’ll have no other choice but to close it, and take advantage of these forced vacations to “work” on something else (like getting to the point where patience is my best quality) (or maybe a new Oracle? hmh, just saying).

Last but not least, let’s talk timing and delays. How long will this whole process take?

Please be aware that I cannot guaranty anything, that this is just an estimation, and that… yeah, things change. But for now, here’s what I’m being told: my current visa will be canceled the last day of November, then there’s approximately a two months wait to get the new visa, and after that, another couple of months for me to have a work authorization.

What do you need to remember from all this? Essentially, that the shop will be closed by the end of November (I will be able to confirm the date soon), so if you had the intention to get Christmas presents from my shop this year, I can only apologize and suggest that you place your orders sooner than later. I’ll still be happy to have them ready for you and your loved ones ♥

TL;DR: My current visa is being canceled, I will get a new one and be allowed to stay in the US, but I will have to wait before having the authorization to work here again. As a consequence, I unfortunately will have to close the shop for an extended period of time (approx. 4 months), beginning at the end of November.

Lune de Sève becomes Wildera

Lune de Sève becomes Wildera

More than a month before moving my workshop studio to the US territory, and there’s still a significant change to do, partly because I want to make a small favor to you, my fellow English speakers. Lune de Sève is certainly not the easiest one to pronounce, right? So I decided to change it and to continue with Wildera! ?? 

Wildera Art

Most of the social platforms where you can usually find me have already been updated with their new name. I’m just waiting for Facebook to approve my demand and to let me rename my page so it can reflect the metamorphosis of my brand.

If you’re already on my Instagram or on my Pinterest page, hopefully nothing should change for you, your subscription won’t go away if you don’t want to. And if you are considering to joins us there, here are the new links to follow:

➸ https://www.facebook.com/wildera.art/

https://www.instagram.com/wildera.art/

https://www.pinterest.fr/wildera_art/

I hope I’ll have the pleasure to see you there soon! <3

Reach for the sky!

Reach for the sky!

Ok, so… I have a big announcement to make. I mean, a huge one. And as usual, I don’t really know where to begin. Maybe I can start with a pretty photograph so you can have some sort of clue on what this is all about.

Destination: Pacific Northwest!

Yep, just came back to my workshop, and here I am, preparing myself for a trip. I’m quite busy with all th…

– A trip, really? That’s your idea of a huge news?
– Ok, ok, just… give me a minute.

So maybe you’re already aware that by the beginning of next summer, my tribe and I are going to move…

– Come oooon! Spill it out!

We are going to move to the United States and actually live there for a couple of years!

And of course, this big change implied that I’ll be taking my work and my shop with me. A part of it, at least, since I have to be very selective about what needs to come with us on this adventure. But yeah, now that I said it, I can start to breathe again.

It isn’t an idea that has just popped out of our mind in the last couple of minutes, but I didn’t want to talk about it here before I was sure without any doubt that we were going to do this. I’m kind of superstitious when it comes to big projects like this, and I rarely speak to more than one or two people about it as long as I’m not absolutely sure of the outcome (and they had to listen to me and bear my moods during all the progress of the situation ^^ ). The other reason is that I kept thinking about all the consequences of an announcement like this one if it just ends up canceled. I’d probably just feel pretty uncomfortable if that were to happen.

But today, I have enough certainties: our visas have been approved by the American embassy and the fly date is pretty much set. All seems ready for the Great Trip, I just need to sort and pack my things (and here comes a massive amount of work to do, I shouldn’t even be here rambling about it). Anyway, if everything follows our plan, by the end of June, USA here we come!

What will this move change for you, you ask? Until now, even if I’ve always taken orders from all over the world, the online shop was only available in French. Yeah, sorry about that 😛 But here comes the good news, I’m working on an English version so I can welcome you in as you deserve. On the other hand, I’ll probably have to close the shop for a few months when I’ll arrive on the US soil because you know, I need to get authorizations and licenses and stuff to be able to work properly in my new environment.

Anyway, another change for you will concern the shipping costs and delivery times. You guessed it, American people, that’s a win for you!

Preparing for a trip

I can’t describe you how much I’m excited about this move, and I can’t wait to tell you my stories here, on the blog. Surely I’ll be talking to you about my journey, with all of its challenges and victories, not to mention all of the discoveries and meetings that I will surely make once I’m settled there. I can only invite you to join me on social medias if you haven’t already, and especially on my Instagram accounts, where I speak English (or at least, I try to, ahah) 🙂

It’s a well-thought-out decision, but even if I’ve taken the time to consider all that needed to be considered, it’s still a leap of faith. It asks me, amongst other things, to delay or even give up other projects that I care about, without really knowing what I will gain in exchange. But to be fair, it’s mostly a great opportunity and it would have been totally stupid to say no when it came into our lives.

Plus, on a strictly personal level, the time – in a certain way – fits for me, as I’m looking for a way to change my World. I can definitely see myself planting my roots elsewhere for some time and rebuild something different after the tough weeks I’ve been through.

As for Lune de Sève, I have the feeling that I will start from the beginning, but with my first experience of entrepreneurship as a big help. I start again, but with the craving and will for more authenticity, I want to create more in agreement with the person I’ve become, letting my higher self be more expressive. The winds of changes are here and I want to rebrand my shop and business by thinking about what I can and want to give more to others, keeping a wish in mind: that Beauty and Imagination continue to inspire those they touch.

I’m moving to America, and it’s a great transition, a new beginning and without a doubt, it will be an adventure! I sincerely hope you’ll be there, sharing it with me ♥