Happy New Year 2022!

 Everyone here at Alchemy Stones — that would be myself, Sarah and the ever-helpful studio cat Shadow — would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

Let us hope this coming year is a good one for all of us!

2021 was not the busiest year in our history, largely because the ongoing pandemic situation in the world kept us from attending outside shows in person. We did our best with online sales, but it's just not quite the same as allowing people to actually hold an Alchemy Stone in their hands.

We plan to develop our online presence further in 2022, as it does not look like the world situation is going to change much.

In the meantime, if you happen to be one of the fortunate people who now owns an Alchemy Stone whose back number begins with AS*21, you own a piece from the smallest production year we have had!

Over the next 3-4 weeks, I shall be working to add "Heart Stones" to the online stores in time for Valentine's Day! 

In the meantime, a heartfelt "thank you" for your support over the years!


Alchemy Stones + the 2021 Labyrinth Society (Virtual) Gathering

This coming weekend — October 23-24 — is the annual Gathering of The Labyrinth Society (TLS), and Alchemy Stones is pleased to be part of the Gathering! 

Normally, these gatherings take place in physical space, but for "obvious reasons" this year's gathering will be virtual. Alchemy Stones will participate via a "Virtual Table" in the Vendor Marketplace that's part the TLS "World" on the Topia web site.

If you find yourself here via a link from TLS, Welcome!

For your convenience, here's a list of our own "Alchemy Stones Virtual Shops" around the web:

Alchemy Stones on Etsy

Alchemy Stones on eBay

Alchemy Stones at the Amazon Handmade Marketplace

Alchemy Stones at the Facebook Marketplace

If you are a TLS member, you can also find me "live" at the Alchemy Stones "Virtual Table" in the main TLS Topia World! I can "show things for the camera" and also show you some of the smaller stones ($4 to $10 each) that are not in the online shops!

Alchemy Stones are not only pretty to look at, they are also excellent meditation objects to hold while walking a labyrinth. In addition, many people like to leave one of our "petite" stones as a "gratitude offering" when walking a labyrinth in a public place!

The most recent thing we have added to the world of Alchemy Stones is wearable! Very few beach stones are flat, thin and light enough that they can be drilled to be used as pendants, but a limited selection is now available through the Etsy shop — check it out!

Thanks for your continued interest in Alchemy Stones — lots more to come, before the holidays!

All the best, Peter & Sarah


Visit our "Other" Blog on the Hive Social Content Network!

Today, we'd like to take a bit of a "sidetrack" to introduce everyone to our "other" blog, which is part of the Hive Social content universe!

The purpose of this post is actually two-fold: 

First, we'd like to let you know about another venue where you can read more about Alchemy Stones: this "alternative" blog focuses more on the making of individual stones, as well as on greater "philosophical" topics in the world of art and creativity.

Second, we're also extending an invitation to fellow artists and readers alike to consider getting involved in a unique but rapidly growing niche within the Social Web.

You can find our other blog here: Alchemy Stones on Hive (opens in a new tab/window).

A bit more background and explanation:

Alchemy Stones originally got involved with the Hive Social Ecosystem almost three years ago. Whereas Hive is similar to a Facebook in some ways, it is also a little "different" because it's not run by a "company;" it operates via the consensus and creative efforts of its users and your content can't be banned, censored, taken down or demonetized. 

What's more, when you post content to Hive, you also have the opportunity to earn rewards for your efforts, in the form of the network's native cryptocurrency, "Hive." 

No, this is not some new-fangled, fringe-dwelling venue... Hive first saw the light of day in mid-2016 and has somewhat in excess of two million users. 

So, if you're a blogger, writer, poet, artist, vlogger, musician, gamer or other creative content wizard, why not come join us? We mostly create our posts using a very user-friendly interface called "PeakD," which is part of this next generation of social content where YOU retain ownership and control, so do stop by and learn more about Hive and make an account! 

At least, check it out! The above is a "referral" link, but we don't get anything for putting it here, and you won't get any email or sales pitches... if you use it, it simply allows us to know that you came from our web site, so we can find you and welcome you in person!


Alchemy Stones for the Holidays! Where to Find Them...

As the 2020 Holiday Season draws closer, most of us face the unusual situation that we don't get to "go places" to shop for unique gifts, the way we have in years past.

Similarly, we have been taking Alchemy Stones "on the road" to Holiday Arts and Crafts Fairs for many years, but we don't get to do so this year because all our regular show venues have sadly been canceled, meaning that we have not only lost much of our holiday business, but we are going to miss the opportunity to meet up with a lot of old friends!

However, there are still many ways to buy Alchemy Stones from our online stores, and we have an exceptional selection this year... so we invite you to visit one — or all — our online shops! Although I keep adding new Stones as quickly as they become ready, let's not forget that they are all entirely done by hand, so there's a limit to how many I can paint!

Anyway, thanks in advance for having a look, and for "buying handmade" during these difficult times!

Alchemy Stones Etsy Shop

Lots of new designs in the Etsy Shop, and new items being added daily. There's a Holiday Special of FREE SHIPPING (USA only) on all orders totaling $35.00 or more, which will be calculated automatically when you check out.

Alchemy Stones eBay Shop

Also an extensive selection in the eBay store, and more being added daily. If you're looking for something spectacular and impressive, most of the "big" stones from my "Signature Collection" can be found in the eBay store. Check it out!

Alchemy Stones on Facebook

With Covid-19 keeping many of us at home, people are spending more time than ever with social media, and particularly Facebook. To make things easier, we now have an integrated shop on our Facebook page, so you can shop Alchemy Stones without even leaving Facebook. It's a smaller selection than the other two shops, but it's growing. Have a look!

"Sun Stones" are a new type of design from this fall.

Please note that each shop carries a unique selection. 

Until it's "safe" to go out again, we will continue to rely entirely on online sales; unfortunately, we no longer have the stones in any outside retail locations.

If you're not in the market for a stone right now, but would still like to support independent art and artists, please consider becoming a "Patron" of Alchemy Stones via our Patreon appeal, for as little as $3.00. All support is gratefully accepted, and will help us keep moving forward!

Visit the Alchemy Stones Patreon page

A heartfelt "Thank You" for your interest in Alchemy Stones, and please to have a Happy (and safe!) Holiday Season!


End of the Road for Our Retail Location at The Candle Store

It is with great sadness that we must inform everyone that Alchemy Stones will no longer be available from the physical location at The Candle Store, here in Port Townsend.

Long-time proprietor Ruthy Marlow recently lost her battle with cancer, and her store — which carried a fairly large selection of Alchemy Stones — is now closed, very likely permanently.

We're sad not only to have lost a dear friend, but also to no longer have a physical location for people to see the stones in person.

Until we can come up with an alternative solution, Alchemy Stones will only be available through our online shops. If you were looking at a particular item at The Candle Store, you'll most likely be able to find it for sale in our Etsy shop.

Thank you for your understanding!


Alchemy Stones: Your Energetic "Room Diffusers!"

You are probably familiar with the room diffusers — often marketed under the name "Scentsy" — people use to freshen a space, and perhaps get rid of an undesired odor.

Sarah recently made the interesting observation that Alchemy Stones work very much like energetic room diffusers; pushing away undesirable energetic influences in a room or space.

We often see this "in action" when we attend fairs and show with Alchemy Stones. We watch kids — in particular — interact with the stones, and their entire demeanor and energy changes. I believe this holds true because kids are not yet hampered by artificially introduced belief systems, telling them what they "can" or "should" believe is real. They don't have to wade through the quagmire of their "mental gumbo" in order to decide what's real, and what's not — they simply interact, from a natural place!

I am also reminded of one of the very earliest shows we to Alchemy Stones to, as a vendor. A very nice lady stopped by our booth, thought the stones were amazing and bought quite a few of them, on the spot!

We were delighted, of course, as it was one of our very first "large" sales.

Several years later. we saw her again (at a different show) and she shared that she was actually a child psychologist working mostly with troubled teens.

She kept her small basket of Alchemy Stones in her office, and whenever she had and angry and unruly youngster in the office, she'd ask them to pick a stone and go sit on the couch and just look at it. Amazingly, their mind would become calmer in a matter of a few minutes, and she would be able to "reach" them and start a real conversation!

This was a completely unsolicited testimonial, but it really gave credence to the idea of Alchemy Stones as being able to change the energetic atmosphere.

On the whole, it just makes me happy that the stones can do their part to create positive vibes!


Buying Alchemy Stones When Visiting Port Townsend: The Candle Store

On June 26th, 2019, our Red Dragonfly Gallery in Port Townsend's Undertown closed its doors for the last time.

A large Heart Chakra stone
Over the years, we have developed quite a local following for Alchemy Stones, and our fans have been wondering where they will be able to buy Alchemy Stones IN PERSON now that the Red Dragonfly is no more.

Good News!

We have come to an agreement with the Red Dragonfly's neighbor Ruthy Marlow — proprietor of Port Townsend's marvelous Candle Store — to continue offering a selection of Alchemy Stones in a "brick-and-mortar" setting in Port Townsend!

Starting around July 20th, 2019, The Candle Store will have a well-stocked dedicated display case with examples of all our most popular stones, including our "petites" (great little handmade gift items for under $10!), Chakra Stones, Pocket Hearts, Chakra Stone, Altar and Protection SETS and more.

These will be all the same hand painted Alchemy Stones we have always had, just a new venue, and we plan to add new designs as they become available, so the selection will stay "fresh!"

We're excited about this new collaboration with the Candle Store! Ruthy is a good friend and a fellow fan of Alchemy Stones. And while you're visiting, be sure to also check out the one of the finest selections of incense and hand dipped candles in the Pacific Northwest!

The Candle Store is located in Undertown in the heart of Port Townsend; down the stairs under the green pergola at the intersection of Water and Taylor Streets. For opening hours (Closed Tuesdays), call Ruthy at (360) 344-4144.


Support Alchemy Stones via our Patreon Campaign!

Much as we'd like to think otherwise, the reality of actually "making a living" from Alchemy Stones still remains a distant dream.

There is, in fact, a lot of truth to the old saying that artists are "starving!"

Very large and intricate stone; created as a meditation stone
for a cancer sufferer
Whether you are a long-time fan of Alchemy Stones or just discovered them, we could really use your help!

The thing is, Alchemy Stones are not my livelihood. I actually run two home-based businesses in addition to doing other outside work... which means that the actual time I have available to create Alchemy Stones is very limited, quite simply because I cannot afford to give the time to them I would really like.

Of course, it is my dream to be able to eventually develop my art into something that at least affords a reliable part time income, but that's still a long way off... even after seven years of doing this in "the spaces in between." Realizing that I would never reach this dream under our current circumstances, I have decided to take a different approach.

Can You Spare $1 a month? $5 a month?

For as little as a dollar a month, you can become a supporter of Alchemy Stones via our Patreon campaign. If you are not familiar with it, Patreon is a crowdfunding platform for artists and creatives, designed to connect art lovers and artists so that Independent Art and Creativity that grow and thrive.

I call this color set a "peacock stone."
Aren't we just "begging for money," here?


In the olden days, artists were often supported by their communities and wealthier citizens... which allowed them to create, rather than just toil in the fields.

As someone once pointed out to me: "It's difficult to become a painter, when all your time goes to one full time and one part time job, just so you can pay rent and eat..."

In the case of the campaign for Alchemy Stones, the idea is to develop enough small sponsorships that it buys some time I can use to create, and then I would actually have stones to sell as a source of income. Tough to do, if I don't have time to actually paint the stones!

But that's only half the story.

YOUR Value for Money!

Our Patreon funding effort is set up in such a way that sponsors/patrons actually can get their full value back, in terms of benefits and freebies!

We have six different sponsorship tiers, starting at just $1 a month, up to a top limit of $50 a month. We deliberately kept the levels pretty low... the idea being that "real people" should be able to afford to participate.

As a supporter of Alchemy Stones, you'll get free gifts, discounts and other goodies potentially worth about 120-150% of the value of your support level. Because we're not running a charity here, we're simply trying to get an art-based business up, running and established!

Of course, if you simply think it's a worthy cause you'd support even without the benefits, we're equally grateful!

So, please consider supporting this creative dream! Are you willing to give up one latte a month at your local Starbucks in service of supporting handmade spiritual art in our technological age?

We hope so!

At least... go check out the Alchemy Stones Patreon page... there's no charge for looking!


A Few Thoughts About "Meditation Stones"

For those familiar with the metaphysical Healing and Helping professions, the idea of "Meditation Stones" is not exactly new.

This stone has 3rd Eye Chakra energy, and could easily be used
as a Meditation Stone.
If you Google "Meditation Stones," you will likely get thousands of results, and you'll also notice that the majority of them lead to natural crystals and minerals.

Alchemy Stones are also excellent Meditation Stones, and it's worth noting that most of the "original" stones I painted over a decade ago for friends, were specifically for meditation.

Part of what makes Alchemy Stones unique as Meditation Stones are the patterns, themselves.

The mandala/sacred geometry paintings provide excellent focal points to help you enter a meditative state. In the course of going to fairs and festivals, we have had many seasoned meditators tell us that simply sitting and looking at the patterns calms their mind.

In addition, our Chakra Stones each have a very specific energy, ideal for those who are working with balancing and healing particular issues.

So my final comment here is that "Meditation Stones" by no means have to be a "crystal" in order to be useful, regardless of what the New Age industry might suggest!


Showtime Again: 2019 UFO Summit, Ocean Shores, Washington

The 2019 UFO Paranormal Summit took place in Ocean Shores, Washington, on March 1st-3rd.

The Alchemy Stones table at the UFO Summit
This was the 2nd time we have taken Alchemy Stones to the UFO Summit, which is absolutely our favorite "esoteric" show we attend. We have found an exceptionally high degree of appreciation for the stones in the UFO and Paranormal communities.

Perhaps it's because Peter channels the designs from "The Great Beyond?" Who knows... however, it was a very fun and rewarding weekend!

While Peter manned the Alchemy Stones table, Sarah was a keynote speaker on the show schedule!

This is a very well organized and very well attended event that draws visitors from the Seattle-Tacoma area as well as from metro Portland. Most people come for all three days and stay at the resort, but there are also "day visitors."

A look into the main hall; Sarah is giving her presentation
New for this event was the introduction of Alchemy Stones' "Ascension Sets."

They were quite well received, although only one set found a new home.

On the other hand, the 2019 UFO Summit turned into a new all-time most successful show for us; more evidence that it's important to explore different audiences for art and other products... you just never know what is going to happen.

Naturally, we are planning to be back for the 2020 UFO Summit which will happen March 6th-8th next year. Our success at both UFO Summits we have attended with Alchemy Stones suggests that maybe we need to explore this niche further.

The vendor area at the UFO Paranormal Summit
Very nice people, fun weekend, and it was also cool to be able to stand in the doorway and listen in on some of the lectures and presentations in the main hall.