For Strange Women
For Strange Women is a collection of natural, handmade potions, perfumes and eccentric adornments for sensually acute women with a darker and unique beauty- although strange gentlemen are always welcome as well. Jill McKeever crosses Victorian styles and Pagan sensibilities to create products made with connections to nature as well as the past.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Jill.
I have been a craftress since a very young age, perhaps birth. My interest in herbalism, aromatherapy, and plant potions began when I was a teenager and has grown over the last 10 years. I was not introduced to the things that I do so much as I was pulled to them. My love of music, animals, and other art has adequately served as an endless supply of inspiration.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
write and record music (in terms of productive things).... spend time with my love, Kevin, and my kitty, Jack, when not being productive
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Accounting! I will admit, I have not begun doing this yet... I just started my business this year and I've been putting it off.
What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Isabella's Severed Amulet! This is a one of a kind piece, plus, I am a Cancer so the crab hand is symbolic in that way for me.
Tell me more about what we'll find in your shop.
My newest addition is the Poison Ivy lip balm. It's luxurious in the strangest way possible. I have also been featuring the necklace "Ava's Sacred Vial Pendant," which can be filled with your choice of botanicals/oils and comes in a gorgeous stained wood box.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
In Kindergarten, I thought I would be a bartender. But over time I knew I was an artist of some sort. Although bartending still sounds fun- I guess because I like to mix things together.
What other shops or artists out there do you love?
on etsy I really like swanbones (illustrated prints), plantelady (i just bought some great macrame hanging baskets from her), ladylavona (and her blog is awesome), outside of the etsy world, I pretty much stick to antique malls, garage sales, and thrift stores. There are a ton of great artists, but Melora Creager (Raputina) is probably my favorite for the last 10 years.
What does your future hold?
I hope to continue For Strange Women on etsy for as long as possible, because it is fun for me to create these things and I love connecting with other strange and eccentric women (and men). I am planning to cut my full time work hours (as a graphic designer) to part time so that I have more time for my shop, my kitty, and my MUSIC. I am in the process of developing an iphone app for my catvoices.com project. I am also working on video projects, including helping my boyfriend (a filmmaker) with a documentary he is making about the corporate takeover of radio. I think in the more distant future, once my life is more settled, I will become a licensed practitioner for aromatherapy and herbalism. As you can see, I'm all over the place.
Visit For Strange Women at forstrangewomen.com, craftressing.com, and jillmckeever.net