Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Time Travelers Team Interviews dembones

Hello, fellow time travelers and time travelerettes. Since it had previously been so long between interviews, and because I desperately crave approval, I am going to interview another shop right now! A shop that is immensely cool and surprisingly varied, not to mention seriously dedicated to celebrating El Día de los Muertos with the respect it deserves. However, in the interests of full disclosure, I must admit that visiting this shop frightens me just a tiny little bit. Because I am afraid of skulls. If you haven't guessed yet, the shop I am interviewing is:

Me: I hate to begin with a question you must have heard ad nauseum, but do people ever tell you that they're a little scared of skulls?
dembones: Not so much as you'd think. For one thing, my shop title gives a pretty strong indication of my wares, so if someone is irrationally threatened by skulls, they probably tend to avoid my shop. For another thing, people never tell me anything at all. You are the first person who has ever taken the time to ask my feelings about anything! Thank you so very much for actually addressing me. I adore my shopkeeper, whom I affectionately refer to as "dem," but it is wonderful to finally be able to speak for myself!

Although I must add that I find it rather hilarious that so many people are frightened of their own body part, which is primarily dedicated to protecting their own brains. Not that I carry living body parts, or even parts that were once alive. However, if there is one fate you all share as humans, is that your lives will eventually come to an end and, given the chance, the only part of you that will still exist after your inevitable departure is the very bones that frighten you. It's like being frightened by your toenails or bellybutton. But humans have always seemed an inscrutable bunch to me.

Me: Well. I have never thought of it that way. I do enjoy El Día de los Muertos. Why don't we begin with some of your items that celebrate that day? 
dembones: Ok. As you can imagine, we have many items related to La Día de los Muertos. Here are a few of my favorites:

dembones: I always say that if one sugar cube skull is good, 36 are better!
Me: I couldn't agree with you more. Plus I enjoy the variety of this item; it can be eaten on La Día de los Muertos, or any day you like.
dembones: Hmmm.. Maybe that is where some of my "lost" inventory is ending up. My lovely proprietress does enjoy her sugar...

dembones: I am also very proud of this necklace. It features terra cotta skull beads my shopkeeper brought back herself from Quintana Roo, Mexico. If you look closely enough, you'll find that each skull is unique.
Me: Wow! A real collector's item. That won't end up in your stomach!
dembones: (loud, crackly chuckle).

dembones: Speaking of which, I find these to be very popular with children. in fact, if the children who will be eating these tend to have a sweet tooth (and what child doen't?) I'd consider buying two or even three of these lovely nine-pack skulls.
Me: Fortunately, the color of food matters less to me than the taste, so I'd be happy buying one or two of the large boxes.

Me: So far we have been speaking mostly of confectionaries and delicacies in the shape of skulls. Aside from the Mexican bead necklace, do you carry other items designed to be worn rather than eaten?
dembones: Of course! This is my all-time favorite piece:

Me: Wow! This is truly amazing. How big is it?
dembones: Excellent question. These skulls are 7 inches tall and 4 1/2 inches wide. They're non-toxic and safe for the oven or dishwasher, should you plan, shall we say unusual, ways in which to enjoy them.

dembones: May we close with one of my favorite items? I have a black thumb, so to speak...
Me: Well, I have a black thumb for real, so let's take a look.

dembones: You can customize the tombstones if you like. For example, perhaps some belladonna or deadly nightshade might be just the thing for those annoying neighbors who keep you up all night. You could invite them in for a nightly cuppa. Just add a slight dash of each to a cup of  chamomile tea with honey; only enough to help them sleep through the night. Although in reality, all my products are non-toxic. Ah well.
Me: Those tombstones would be the only plants growing in my house! Speaking of which, thank you so much for the tour of your shop.Your items and conversation have been delightful. And when I learned they could be made out of sugar and eaten, my fear of skulls disappeared entirely. I hope to see you again some day as a customer.
dembones: That would be lovely, or you can just stop by for a visit and snack (will my mistress be reading this? If so, please make sure she knows it's a small snack!)
Me: I'm sure she'll be fine. Maybe she can put aside some "seconds"; skulls with crooked foreheads or missing teeth.
dembones: She already does that! A way to teach children that recycled products can also be enjoyed as candy. Please do stop by. I'm always here, though my shopkeeper disappears from time to time.
Me: Good to know I have a friend who's always around. Thank you again so very much. It's been a pleasure.
dembones: Any time. Especially if we've just had a rather large, ah, spillage? ;)
Me: Definitely.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Time Traveler's Team Interviews Scarletrabbit

Hello, time travelers. It's been quite a while since I interviewed a new shop for you. Thank you for your patience. Today, I am interviewing ScarletRabbit, a multi-talented shop which uses a variety of material to help clothe you in the gothic, steampunk, or Victorian style to which you will be accustomed after reading this interview.

Me: Do you have a preference between crocheted items and items made from different materials?
Scarletrabbit: Not at all. My proprietress is quite skilled in creating a variety of crocheted items, but she is also very talented in other areas as well.

Me: Ok. Let's start with the crocheted chokers. Do you have any favorites?
Scarletrabbit: Well, of course I like them all or I wouldn't include them in my shop. But here are some of which I am most proud:

Me: This may sound like a silly question, but are the chokers comfortable? I for one don't like the sensation of being choked!
Scarletrabbit: Don't be ridiculous. My proprietress always strives for beauty and comfort.  Cotton crochet is naturally comfortable, and she adds extra stretch in the back, or adjustable ribbons, for the perfect fit. Really, what a silly question!

Me: I'm so sorry. It's just that I'm very sensitive to tight clothing. I don't even like to wear turtlenecks.
Scarletrabbit: Well, I'm sure you would if the turtleneck were made by my proprietress. However, she prefers more (cough) delicate and romantic couture.

Me: Moving on, is the crochet used only for chokers?
Scarletrabbit: I believe I have already answered this question. However, I shall repeat myself for your benefit. Of course my proprietress crochets a variety of items. I particularly love her wrist cuffs. Being partial to purple, this pair is one of my favorites:

Me: Oh, those are absolutely gorgeous. I love purple too. You mentioned earlier that your proprietress works with other media as well as crochet. Would you mind showing me a few examples?
Scarletrabbit: Of course not. My proprietress excels at steampunk accessories such as these versatile pins:

ScarletRabbit: I particularly appreciate that the pewter watch face pin above would look stunning on both men and women. It works equally well as a pin for hats, collars, shawls, lapels; whatever appeals to the wearer.
Me: I see what you mean. I love items that invite imagination.
ScarletRabbit: Then you have definitely come to the right shop. Who could resist this lovely combination of lace and grapes?

Me: It looks delicious. ScarletRabbit is definitely the shop to visit for crocheted or metal Steampunk and Victorian accessories.
ScarletRabbit: Thank you very much. That was very kind of you.
Me: You're welcome. Though I must confess that the comment was based entirely on my own opinion; it wasn't just an attempt to be polite.
ScarletRabbit: That is exactly the sort of comment I strive for. It is very important for my proprietress to create only the highest quality items that appeal to a broad base of discerning customers.

Me: Thank you so much for the lovely tour.
ScarletRabbit: You are most welcome. Please excuse my initial haughtiness. It was not immediately apparent that you held my items in the most appropriate regard.
Me: I apologize for having given that impression. I very much enjoyed my visit, and I would be proud to recommend you to my family and friends.
ScarletRabbit: I'm delighted to hear you say that. My proprietress and I always strive to please. May I leave you with one of my all-time favorites? This lovely chocker can be fully customized to the buyer's preferences.

Me: Oh! I love that you can customize the colors to Victorian or Goth or all black or even white, for a wedding. It would be fun to order several in different styles.
ScarletRabbit: That is an excellent idea. I'll have to mention it to my proprietress.
Me: Thank you. I feel honored. It's been a pleasure to interview you, even with our slightly rocky start.
ScarletRabbit: Don't give it another thought. You are welcome here whenever you like. Thank you for taking the time to interview me.
Me: My pleasure.