Once upon a time, there was a wily celestial dragon of the air - a handsome lapis blue creature who was so beautiful, he could make you cry just by looking at him. He bossed all the other dragons around.
He was so vain and arrogant, that when the green spring dragon came to chase away the ethereally beautiful Mother of Pearl winter dragon in the annual dance of the spring festival, the lapis dragon just rushed at him and scared him away. And the people were sad, because as beautiful as the winter dragon was - he was like 3-day-old fish or uninvited house guests - very un-welcome by now.
So they called out to the dragon of the earth - the powerful and lustrous hematite dragon. "Please," they implored him - "drive out the lapis dragon of the sky - he is keeping Spring away and our crops won't grow and then we will all starve, and we won't be able to give you steaks and bbq ribs," because, if there is any way to a ground dragon's heart, it is through his love of a good barbecue.
So the ground dragon rose up and did battle with the lapis dragon, and the ground ran with blood, which immediately turned to Dragon's Blood Jasper, which everyone scrambled to pick up and save to make into lovely jewellery.
But the hematite dragon could not defeat the lapis dragon, and he lay panting on the ground, muttering about how he must be loony as Crazy Lace Agate to try, and the folks all asked "Azurite?"
Suddenly, there was a rustling in the shrubbery, and a purple quartz dragon rose from the ground! She had a high-pitched, squeaky voice like a little girl, and she screeched at the sky dragon - "If you don't go away right now so that spring can come and I can grow pretty Purple flowers and have tea parties with my friends, I'm going to come and stomp all over you and paint your toenails and spritz you with perfume."
And the sky dragon, who was allergic to perfume - and flowers too - which was why he didn't want spring to come in the first place, was so afraid that he dove into the river, turning it a beautiful shade of lapis blue and splashing drops of water like labradorite all over. He swam away in the river, and was never heard from again!
If that story didn't make an impression on you, I guess you need to make your own impression - in which case, we have new ImpressArt stamps, including the new font "Juniper" and some great motif stamps, such as this "Handmade" stamp, these butterfly wings, a dragonfly, a maple leaf, and a zuni bear, which, because this is Canada, is actually a polar bear.
Also new this week - if you are trying to do some spring cleaning of your own, do a little decluttering and organizing, then you might want to pick up tubes. These are the same, quality tubes that we use to package our beads, and because so many of you asked, we can now buy them for your organizing!
A new stash of chain too - including this rather interesting chain with holes in big links - just made for dangles, don't you think?
So check out all the great new stuff here, or click on a link or image above!