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Etsy Find: Ukrainian Pysanky
November 30, 2008, 3:41 pm
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Pysanka is the Ukrainian art of writing on raw eggs with hot wax using a stylus, or something similar, and then dipping them in a series of dyes. The symbols and colors used convey different meanings, such as joy and beauty for poppies, and fertility and health for the color green.

Last week I filled up my new Target-bought advent calendar with small ornaments so that each day I can hang a new one on my tree. I didn’t have a nice one for the large 25th day slot, so my mom gave me a pysanka ornament we had given my great-grandmother several years ago. It’s quite lovely, and now I am glad to have a special ornament that is representative of my heritage. (Coincidently, both my great-grandmother’s parents and my great-grandfather’s family left Ukraine at about the same time before the turn of the 20th century, and settled in North Dakota.)

Below are a few pysanky ornaments I found on Etsy:


By DandylionEggs, $30


By CarltonARTfactory, $15


By CarltonARTfactory, $35


By DragonflyTrail, $10 each

Update: Below is my fantastic little egg, by Char Thomas.



Etsy Find: More random Christmas ideas

Here are some more products I’ve seen on Etsy that might be good for someone on your shopping list. I hope to create some more specific “gift guide” type lists later on, but this will have to do in the interim.


Owl stuffed toys by katedurkin, $18.


Wood block photograph, no. 0089 by keriherer, $48

il_430xn45742234Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything earrings by pawandclawdesigns, $18


Tree moleskine (laser etched) by modofly, $36


White Rabbit art print by berkleyillustration, $15


Don’t Be a Blowhole bookplates by onegoodbumblebee, $8

Star Wars USB Drives
November 17, 2008, 6:21 pm
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It’s no secret that I love Star Wars and could probably watch it every day (if I owned it, which sadly I do not). So it’s no surprise that I love these USB drives sold at Urban Outfitters. Styles include: C-3PO, Wicket, one of the Emperor’s Royal Guard, and the Emperor himself, Palpatine. $50.

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Etsy Find: Dachshunds by alice apple
November 17, 2008, 5:50 pm
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What a great gift for a dog-lover? These dachshund stuffed toys are made by alice apple with vintage and retro fabrics. The set of the large and mini dogs are too cute!



Mini dog, $17; Large and mini set, $42

Etsy Find: Let the Christmas shopping begin!

When my mom and I were driving around doing errands this weekend, to my surprise, she had a Christmas CD playing in the car. It was because there had been nothing good playing on the radio during her previous drive, but it struck me that Christmas is indeed coming very soon. I generally start shopping in November, buy a couple things, and then finish up in the final days before Christmas Eve. Hopefully this year I won’t cut things quite so close!

Below are a few of the items I’ve noticed on Etsy that I think might make good gifts.


Locket by MStevensonDesigns


Custom embroidered letter by ChezSucreChez


Cosette cowl by AllinStitches


True love necklace by trystbykerry


Whale soap dish by FoxAndClover


Birds on a wire painting (custom) by EarthArt

More to come, I’m sure!

(At least one of these will surely be going to my sister, who is the easiest person to shop for. I always end up buying her present first.)

Be sure to…
November 4, 2008, 8:37 am
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No matter who your preference is, please go out and cast your ballot. We all have a say in this election, and it’s important that we show those in Washington how much we care. There are LONG lines out there, so leave plenty of time for that, and bring a book to read!