My Story Is Not Done.

I’m a wicked girl saving myself, an outlaw flying alone in the Black, a pirate and a good man. An herbalist, a shewolf, a catmommy and a friend to dogs. At the root of it all I’m Kate.

I started Om Shanti Handcrafts for small, personal reasons — dry skin from the dry air of Colorado, trying to get out of a hellish Walmart job — but I stick with it out of sheer love for what I’m doing.

I love making my products. I love experimenting with new scents, new blends, new ingredients. I love taking baths and calling it market research (though alas, I can’t claim my hot water bills with the IRS).

I even love the business end of things (though marketing still annoys the crap out of me). And speaking of crap…

Crap Free. Guaranteed.

I use only natural ingredients. Most fragrance oils make me sneeze, and most of the ones that don’t make me sneeze just don’t smell good to me. So it’s essential oils, herbs, a few natural flavourings, and some extracts. Nothing artificial.

Nothing I can’t pronounce, either, and nothing I know can be harmful, even if it’s technically ‘natural’. And I test everything on myself before it even gets put into a jar.

Not Just the Ingredients…

My containers are mostly glass, and all of them are recyclable. I use recycled packing material to ship, and I reuse boxes to ship when I have the right size available. I’m doing what I can for the Earth; it’s still the only place we have to live.

Vice President of Marketing?

That’s Loiosh up there in the picture with me. Think the title’s a joke? Can you think of anything that’ll pack ‘em in the booth better than a friendly cat on a leash?

He’s been camping with me all over the country. He’s been invited to two weddings with me…so far. Currently he’s in the basement, hunting crickets. He has his own Facebook page, cos I’m kinda of a dork doting Momma.


Locations and Upcoming Shows

You can find my products throughout Boulder County, Colorado:

The Bead Lounge
320 Main St.
Longmont, CO 80501

Madhava Honey
4689 Ute Highway (Rt. 66)
Lyons, CO

Boulder Ice Cream Gift Shop
4747 Pearl Street M-1
Boulder, Colorado 80301

and at SCA events and craft shows around Tennessee.

 

Payment

I accept payment by Paypal or credit card. If you need to pay another way, contact me and we’ll work something out.

Shipping

Items are shipped only after payment is received and cleared; your order will be shipped within three business days after that. I’ll send USPS unless you request otherwise (which might cost you more, but only if it costs me more). Insurance isn’t included but if you request it I’ll add it.

Refunds and Exchanges

If you’re not happy with your purchase, please let me know and I’ll see what I can do to resolve things. If all else fails, I accept returns in original condition within ten days of you receiving it. Once I’ve received your item I’ll refund your money (in the same way you paid) and send you a confirmation email.

 

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

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Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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