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Etsy Find: What Party?
March 2, 2010, 8:35 pm
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I first discovered What Party? a few months ago through Lindsay Robertson‘s tumblelog, and what a find it was! Stephanie’s Etsy shop is now one of my favorites, and love seeing the hilarious pieces she comes up with. She recently added the embroidery above to her shop, but it was reserved for a specific buyer. I loved it, though, so I contacted her to see if she could make another one. Not only did she do that, but she made my other favorite for me too:

I just completed my order, and I can’t wait to see them in person! They’ll be a great addition to my burgeoning gallery wall.


Another 2009 calendar
December 10, 2008, 9:14 pm
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I am a huge fan of Yellena James (and have posted about her before), but have yet to buy any of her prints, because I just can’t decide which I like best! Now she has a new calendar available ($24), and even though I already bought a calendar for next year, I had to snag one. It looks amazing and I can’t wait to see it in person!



Gift Guide: For the guys
December 10, 2008, 6:26 pm
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Belt buckles can be pretty neat, and this one is no exception. Multi-Font Belt Buckle, steeltoestudios on Etsy, $45


A nice cardigan is a safe bet (and I happen to think they look great on guys). Merino Cardigan, J.Crew, $39.99


What guy doesn’t like airplanes? Simple artwork to make a stylish space. Flying Higher Canvases, teaforbini at Etsy, $48


My parents have given my sister and I pajamas on Christmas Eve every single year of my life, so of course I think they’re a great gift! Boland Plaid Flannel Sleep Pants, J.Crew, $19.99


My dad is really hard to shop for. I always get him something last-minute because I just can’t come up with any good ideas. Luckily, my mom saw this popcorn popper on The Today Show this week, and it’s perfect for him. It’s an easy alternative to the electric popcorn popper that you just stick in the microwave and then in the dishwasher. For someone that tends to eat popcorn at least three times a week, I’m sure my dad will love it. Microwave Popper, Sur La Table, $20


Guys tend to think mustaches are awesome, while girls think they’re funny, so these glasses are sure to be a hit with everyone at his next shindig. Set of 4 Mustache Pint Glasses, BreadandBadger at Etsy, $55


All guys who watch Mad Men love it, and that’s just a fact, so you can’t go wrong with this under the tree. Other good choices might be: The Family Guy, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Dexter, and Entourage. Mad Men Season One, Amazon.com, $27.49


If I were a guy, I would wear these to work every day and stare at them during meetings at work. True Blue Bulls Eye Spirit Level Cufflinks, sherrytruitt at Etsy, $42

Need more ideas? This one at Design*Sponge is amazing (and informative)!

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

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.)