Original Art, Handcrafted items for Home, Garden, You

New Mexico, United States · 24 Sales


Original Art, Handcrafted items for Home, Garden, You

New Mexico, United States 24 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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DanceTheMoon is taking a short break


Note from shop owner DanceTheMoon is in the process of re-opening - finally! Look for great new stuff to start magically appearing on or about April 21st :-)

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Apr 18, 2014

DanceTheMoon is in the process of re-opening - finally! Look for great new stuff to start magically appearing on or about April 21st :-)


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Dance the Moon - Freedom and Joy through Inspiration

Greetings from the high desert of northwestern New Mexico!

On the business side, I've been in retail most of my life (a long time!), and ecommerce since 2003. In 2012 I became involved in local markets, a good thing since my computer and printers decided that was the year to have everything go wrong that is earthly possible. It was also good because it forced me to leave my hermitage and get back into this weird and wonderful rural community. Want to boost your creative flow? Hang out with creative people.

And here it is, 2014... wow! I'm delighted to be back!

Now, kick off your shoes and step into this Land of Enchantment. Come dance with me among the shadowy cedars under a gentle moon, while I share a bit about DancingSpirit and DanceTheMoon.

Day People relish the Sun, Night People belong to the Moon. The Moon is ever-changing, minute by minute, steadily moving from one phase to the next.

That's me :-) That's how my creativity flows. Dance the Moon is about being an artist, artisan, crafter... and dreamer.

My artsy-craftsy nature came to surface when I was just a wee brat, and has grown with me through the many (many many many) years. It has carried me over the rough spots and helped me celebrate the glowing times.

Often the advice to those who sell on Etsy is to concentrate on one medium or inspiration. Well, sorry, that’s just not me. I love doing all kinds of things, and learned long ago not to restrict myself to one thin line of creation. I had an art teacher who forced us to leave our comfort zone and explore different media and subject matter. At first I thought I was doomed but, once I ventured beyond portraiture and surrealism in ink and pens, pencil, and paper, it was absolutely freeing! I love that man for encouraging me to bow to the muse and relish whatever medium or inspiration she throws at me. She leads, I follow...

I call it "Dancing the Moon".

Raised in Iowa, I still love country and rustic stuff. Then after many years in the Southwest, the cowboy and Native American influence also found its way into my work. Top it all off with a Celtic heritage and a love of the spiritual and metaphysical...

Well, that explains the ever-changing mix, which ranges from moody to whimsical, serene to irreverent, urban to rural, you'll find in my shop: Photography, Digital Art, Mixed Media, Collage, Wall Quilts and various Home Decor Objects, Bags of all sorts, Jewelry, and... who knows what!

I work with all sorts of materials (love them all!): fabric, yarns, threads, beads, wire, chain, papier mache and clay, found items, wood and stuff of nature (leather and feathers and bones – oh my!). Living in a rural, semi-wild area, I often find interesting natural things to work with - sun-bleached bones left behind by coyotes, odd pieces of wood, stones of a curious nature... You never know what's beyond that next tree.
Of course, I still love ink and pens, pencil, and paper ;-)

Though I often use new materials, there's also often a bit of upcycled/reused/reclaimed/repurposed/whatever or found something-or-other in them. I take great delight in turning something old into new, something ordinary into unique. Yeah!

Thanks for stopping by to "Dance the Moon" with me ♥

~ Colleen ~ CJ ~ DancingSpirit

Shop members
  • Colleen ~ CJ ~ DancingSpirit

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photography, Shipping, Customer Service

Shop policies

Last updated on April 18, 2014
Hi! Welcome to Dance the Moon :-)

I love communication, and welcome any questions, comments, constructive criticism. Messages sent through Etsy are set up for email notification. Unless I'm away from home, email is checked a few times a day. I'll get back to you ASAP.

I live with a dog and a cat, heat with wood and burn incense, but do my absolute best to ensure items are clean and odor-free before they fly off to their new home.

Accepted payment methods

  • Money Order
  • Other Method
I accept PayPal and USPS Money Order. PayPal echecks will delay shipment until payment clears.
Mailed payments other than USPS Money Order will be returned. It can take weeks for that other stuff to clear.

Electronic payment is due within 24 hours, mailed payment within 7 days.
If payment is not received in that time, a friendly reminder is sent. If you need extra time, that's okay! Please just let me know. If you're having problems with payment processor, I may be able to help. Please respond to reminder within 24 hours or order will be canceled.
Orders usually ship within 2 business days after payment clears, via USPS First Class or Priority. Actual delivery time depends on USPS, but is usually 2 - 7 days. All orders are shipped with Delivery Confirmation.

Please make sure your address is correct with Etsy and PayPal
Payment through PayPal: I will ship only to the address given to me by PayPal.
Payment by USPS Money Order: I will ship to the address on file with Etsy, unless you request differently.

No-frills, secure packaging. Recycled clean, usable materials whenever possible. Keeps costs down for both you and me.
Refunds and Exchanges
I pride myself on quality workmanship. All handcrafted items come with at least a 30-day workmanship guarantee. Contact me for a return confirmation.

Photos of breakage/damage will be required. Your choice of repair, replacement (if possible), refund, or shop credit. (This guarantee is void if your dog chewed up the item or if it has been altered in any way.)


I strive to show and describe items as completely and accurately as possible. Please keep in mind that colors can appear differently on different monitors. I'm always available to answer questions, and am happy to provide more photos.

Returns humbly accepted if I've made an error. Contact me within 24 hours of your receiving your item for a return confirmation. Item is to be returned within 7 days of return confirmation. Your choice of refund or shop credit. Your return shipping may be included if item arrives back safe and sound.
Additional policies and FAQs
"He who works with his hands is a laborer,
he who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman,
he who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist."
~ St. Francis of Assisi