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Bohemian Bangles Galore – Motley Mode Mondays

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Hippie Bracelet/Bohemian Gypsy Style [Pink & Mint] by One Of A Kind Jewelry Designs, Etsy

I spend a lot of time on Etsy just window shopping, browsing, basically foraging really. I discover new things I never knew I wanted or, *sigh*, needed and had to have. It’s a rather addicting thing really, looking at all these amazing hand-made or vintage items, seeing others creativity and brilliance, and knowing that no matter how much the world is changing, there are some things that remain blissfully unchanged. People still have an attraction to things that are one-of-a-kind [OOAK], items that are made by hands with love and intention, treasures that are truly irreplaceable. As I look at these amazing items, I am always drawn to something that seems to speak to me in a way that is very unique. I know what I like, I just couldn’t really tell you exactly what that means until I see it.

Friendship Bracelet Bib Statement Necklace or Choker, Vintage Rhinestones and Swarovski in Hot Pink, Blue, Purple – Prom Necklace OOAK

Ibiza Chic Hippie Cuff Bracelet – Friendship Bracelet Cuff With Studs and Swarovski, Hand-stamped “Peace Love Joy” – OOAK

Swarovski Flower Earrings in Coral, Orange, and Khaki, Antique Silver and Gold OOAK

This entire blog is a testimony to that fact, everything I blog, every item I share, is something special and has something wonderful about it, be it a story, an artistry, a craft, or a soul.  Often I can pick one or two items special items out of an Etsy Storefront, the various individual shops set up directly by the creators or curators, but every now and then, I find myself adding a heap of little ‘love it’ hearts to an entire shop because I am simply in love with everything I see. Every heart means that it is a favorite item, something I want to keep an eye on, look at again and again, something that I may very well eventually buy, bank account willing. But when you find an entire shop full of those amazing things that you love so very much, the best thing you can do is to share the love, and let people know about it. So that is exactly what I am doing. 

Bridal Hair Comb Lavender Moonstones, Vintage Rhinestones – Shabby Chic Wedding OOAK

Romantic Chandelier Earring with Vintage Pear Drops OOAK

Peacock Wedding Bracelet, Shabby Chic Vintage Style Cuff – Bridesmaid Gift OOAK

Karin van Rijn, from the Netherlands, is one such creator and shop owner.  Her self described ‘young and edgy Dutch jewelry brand’ is very special indeed. These amazing handmade pieces of pure genius are like looking through your grandmother’s old jewelry collection, and then mixing and matching the best bits to make totally new and unique bits of wonderful. Rhinestones, acrylic flourishes, paste jewels, metals, leather, woven threads, glass beads, and semi-precious stones abound in astounding combinations of shine, bling, and colourful clashes of fancy. If you are into minimalist and architectural jewelry, I am afraid this is not your day. But if you are into bohemian flair, bangles of brilliance, and wedding jewelry and accessories that are as one-of-a-kind at the Bride herself, then you have just hit the mother-load of awesome.

Bridal Sash Brooch, Vintage Flowers and Sparkling Rhinestones [MADE TO ORDER] OOAK

Bridal Headband – Rhinestone Wedding Hair Piece, Art Deco Style OOAK

Bridesmaid Set of Three [or More] – Shabby Chic Wrist Corsages, Bridesmaid Gifts

One Of A Kind Jewelry Design is exactly what it sets out to be, and van Rijn’s talent for mixing and matching elements and textures is masterful. Never have I seen such a skilled hand at pulling together beads and baubles into harmonious and unique creations that are somehow still very personal and have a note of heirloom quality about them. These are the items you will pass on from one member of your family to the next. This is the gift you give to the one-of-a-kind woman in your life that speaks more than words. A friend would consider herself very lucky indeed to be in possession of one of van Rijn’s creations, or re-creations as the case may be.

Bohemian Hippie Bracelet, Wide Crystal Swarovski Friendship Bracelet Cuff OOAK

Bib Statement Necklace, Hand-painted Neon Pink Ombre Vintage Rhinestone Necklace OOAK

Wedding Cuff Bracelet in Vintage Collage Style, Statement Cuff OOAK

If any of these items tickle your fancy, then you had better get ready to be tickled to death, there is so much more to see at van Rijn’s Etsy Shop. Currently, there is a 50% off sale on some of her collection, so if you are looking for the perfect gift for yourself or someone you love, don’t hesitate to snap up some pretties.  Prices for these items range from 11.50 Euros, about $16.00 US/CDN Dollars, up to
398.00 Euros [$550.00 US/CDN Dollars] for the most intricate and large pieces. Really there is something for every budget and every taste, from smaller items like earring or rings, to bangles and bunches of bohemian bracelets, necklaces, headbands, and other amazing bridal accessories. One Of A Kind Jewelry Design also has some amazing sets for bridesmaids, where you can get three of the same look for one great price, so that all of your bridesmaids can match and still be the only ones in the world with that particular design.

Vintage Collage Bird, Romantic Soft Leather Cuff OOAK

Vintage Flowers Necklace – Blue Wedding, Shabby Chic OOAK

Native American/Aztec/Navajo Inspired Friendship Bracelet Cuff OOAK

Stop in to check out all the amazing looks at Karin’s Store, and check back often, as new things are added almost every week. With a stock of almost 200 items listed for sale, there is just so much to look at and I have no doubt, something will reach out at grab you in that special one-of-a-kind way.

Humane Anatomy 101 – Strange Stuff Saturdays

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Lungs Brooch by Your Organ Grinder on Etsy.

As a nurse, I always have an eye out for alternatives to standard methods of teaching about the anatomy and human body, especially when it comes to teaching kids. Visual aids, interactive digital applications, and medical illustrations have come so far in showing us the structures we seek to know more about, we need no longer go through the act of dissection to understand them. Unless you are planning to become a medical practitioner or coroner, an embalmer or funeral director, you need not see an actual cadaver either.  So when I spotted these fabulous and fun items from Your Organ Grinder on Etsy, I was smitten. I know dozens of doctors and nurses that would love to have a pin like one of these attached to their boring white lab coat, not only cute and funny, but also a visual aid they can use to describe things to their patients. WIN – WIN!

Rainbow Hand Screen Printed Brooch by Your Organ Grinder on Etsy.

  

Plant Cell Embroidery Hoop by Your Organ Grinder on Etsy.

I remember my Grade 11 Science Lab well, not so much for the students or the teacher, though I do remember him, he was a real hardcore nerd.  I remember the room itself. There were dying plants on the window sill, there were boxes full of slides showing the various stages of mitosis and cell structures, and then there were the jars and cases containing preserved specimens. Slices of a cancerous lung, and various strange creatures, from insects to sea creatures. Oh yes, and then there were the fetal pigs that we had to dissect in pairs. I was luckily absent due to illness, in hospital actually, at the time of that section, and didn’t have to participate beyond the final day, when all the class had their piggies out on trays, the smell of formaldehyde was overwhelming, and we had to label a paper diagram with all the organs and major structures.  I aced it, proving to me at once that you need not dissect a poor helpless fish, frog, or piglet to learn about anatomy.

Kidneys In A Jar by Your Organ Grinder on Etsy.

 

Pelvis Brass Necklace by Your Organ Grinder on Etsy.

 

I went on, as many of you know, to become a registered nurse. I not only studied human biology in my Community College Diploma course, but also at the University level as I got my Baccalaureate Degree.  I went further and studied Neonatal Anatomy, specifically, as well as work on my Master’s Degree and learn Anatomy and Physiology on par with any medical student.  I never had to harm so much as a flea, and never saw a cadaver. I studied in books, I had hands on experiences in the Operating Room and with post-operative patient care, including wound care.

Animal Cell Brooch Biology by Your Organ Grinder on Etsy.

Placenta Jar Anatomical Curio Specimen by Your Organ Grinder on Etsy.

After having my own series of surgeries, starting at the age of 16, I also understood from a patients perspective and through long discussion with my Health Care Team, what was going to be done, how the body heals, and what tissues would be involved in the trauma of surgery.  I am always thankful for the great care I received, but I strongly object to the use and abuse of animals to learn about anatomy. I am now a vegan, and find an even more compelling rationale for this belief  rooted in compassion.  This is where compassion, cute, and fun geekery all meet up.

Breast Brooch by Your Organ Grinder on Etsy.

Pancreas Brooch by Your Organ Grinder on Etsy.

  
Your Organ Grinder is the amazing creator of all of these fabulous and smart “soft curiosities”, and I was a fan from the day I first spotted the shop on Etsy.  Self described as;

“Handmade Specimens in Jars, Brooches and Displays. Anatomical Curios, Medical Marvels, Taxidermy in Felt. Felted Brains and other Organs and Parasites.”

the items are handmade in felt and hail from Australia. This shop offers pure fun, and makes for a great gift for the medically inclined people in your life, be they physicians or nurses, science teachers, med students, or even a friend recovering from surgery.

Appendix Brooch by Your Organ Grinder on Etsy.

Heart Specimen Jar by Your Organ Grinder on Etsy.

I find this use of felt to be absolutely genius, frankly.  It takes “guts” to wear a Colon as a brooch on your jacket, pun intended. The newer brass editions to the line are fabulous too, giving a brilliant framework for skeletal projections. While many items are ready made, some are made to order, and Your Organ Grinder is willing to work with you to fulfill custom organ orders too. There are also plenty of tongue in cheek zombie organs, perfect to add to your own collection of oddities and finds, without harming a single zombie in the process.

Zombie Brain Specimen Jar, Green Brain by Your Organ Grinder on Etsy.

Tooth Cross Section Brooch by Your Organ Grinder on Etsy.

 
Brooches and Jewelry, Hair Accessories, Pillows, and Jar Specimens are just a few of the fabulous items on offer. Make sure you take a look into Your Organ Grinder on Etsy, and see if you can’t find the perfect specimen to add to your wardrobe or curio cabinet today, and show everyone that you have a heart, a spleen, an ovary or a prostate, or even a brain for that matter.

Eyeball Hairclip Green Iris by Your Organ Grinder on Etsy.

Gall Bladder Brooch by Your Organ Grinder on Etsy.

Cleaning Up With Kindness – Found On A Friday

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SewEco Reusable Snack Bags on Etsy

As a newly born “vegan”, I am looking for ways to reduce my carbon footprint, reduce my use of chemicals and natural resources, and still maintain that fabulous air of geek chic that I have cultivated for myself. Sometimes, there are challenges in the way of finding that perfect new time-saving and Eco-friendly object of desire for your home, but luckily, that is not always the case. Here are a few fabulous finds that you can easily put to work in your home and they will make you feel all green and fuzzy all over.

SNACKABY Eco Friendly Dishwasher Safe Reusable Sandwich Bags on Etsy.

The first area where you can make a quick and easy change is swapping out all those plastic sandwich and snack baggies you use in your own, or your children’s lunch kits.  Yes they are convenient, but they cost a fortune and end up in the trash.  There are heaps of options that you can make yourself, or take advantage of the many fabrications and expert touches that can be found on Etsy. Many of these bags can be cleaned in the dishwasher, and certainly in the washing machine, and have well “Serged” edge details that will stand the test of time. Unlike bulky plastic containers that are forever losing their lids, and take up room in a lunch bag or backpack, these collapse flat, and are perfect for smaller snacks like dry cereal or raisins, without offering a challenge to little hands.

Inspired Stitchery Unpaper Towels, Selection Of Colors on Etsy.

Paper Towel is another product many of us are forever buying, and once used, tossing out. Unlike a kitchen cloth, which may harbor bacteria after a single use, a paper towel offers the ease of a clean wipe for window cleaning, and can be used in a variety of ways. So how do you replace something so indispensable? You buy or make yourself some reusable toweling that does the same job but can be washed endlessly, maintaining it’s lint free surface, and absorbency.

Sew Happy Designs by Abby Custom Reusable Cloth Paper Towel Roll With Snaps on Etsy.

Personally, I wash all my lettuce and leafy veggies like kale as soon as I come home from market. I then place the leaves on toweling, and roll it up before placing it in the fridge crisper compartment or a storage bin. This is a huge waste of paper towels, but it makes perfect sense for a re-usable thin toweling that can be used week after week.

Kootsac Reusable Bulk Food and Produce Bags on Etsy.

We have all been a party to the movement to replace plastic and even paper grocery bags with cloth or canvas reusable bags, and many of us have embraced this change. But take it a step further and you can replace a few other shopping bags on your trip.  For instance, if you buy bulk foods, particularly dry goods, nuts, or candy, you are likely forever looking for that roll of plastic bags and twisty ties near the bins. How about using your  very own cute baggies that you can easily stash into those reusable grocery totes.  You can use them over and over, and they won’t add any weight to your scales or garbage to your bins at home.

The High Fiber Reusable Produce Bags on Etsy.

Similarly, you can get yourself some reusable vegetable bags that can go from market, right into the fridge when you are in a hurry. Made of linen or mesh, you can pop these directly into the fridge and not worry about things going mushy in an air-tight plastic bag, and they look really cute too.  Easy wash and stash for your next shopping trip, they are the perfect thing for veggie lovers.

Clean Sypria Wool Dryer Balls by Tara Fletcher-Gibbs on Etsy.

Want to replace your fabric softener and have some fun at the same time? Pick up a handful, a half dozen, or more of these fabulous all natural wool dryer balls. They average about the size of a tennis ball, and can be found in colored or natural tones.  They are safe for handling around the kids, and can be scented with natural oils to impart a yummy scent to your laundry loads.

Moss Creek Wool Works Wool Dryer Balls on Etsy.

They actually do more than just soften your clothes, they draw in moisture to speed your drying process, therefore reducing the amount of energy you use per load. Reducing static naturally, they contain no harsh chemicals, and are safe for your household pets to play with should one roll away. They are especially perfect for drying cloth diapers, and can even do double duty for play when teaching your toddler about colors.

Sew Much Style Reusable Eco Friendly Bowl Covers on Etsy.

My final kitchen miracle worker is one that is equally stylish and very smart, whether you are baking bread or storing leftovers.  Bowl covers have been around for a long time, they usually resembled mini-shower caps, but were still plastic which become greasy and aged poorly over time. When looking for a plastic wrap replacement, or even to foil the aluminum foil trap, using fabric covers is the perfect option. They breath a bit to let out excess gasses and prevent spoilage, but still keep things crisp and fresh.

chez-sucre-chez Bowl & Container Covers Set [Various Sizes & Colors Available] on Etsy.

These are just a few of the great Eco friendly and washable kitchen essentials, and a laundry essential that will save you time, money, and most importantly your conscious when it comes to reducing your environmental impact. They may seem like small things, and maybe they are, but they are just a small part of a bigger trend.  All of these items are produced by hand, made by crafty artisans that believe in their products and are more then happy to work with you to meet your needs. Many will create custom orders just for you, and you can often find very local products made in your own area to reduce your shipping costs too. There is no reason why your kitchen can’t be the center of your new Eco conscious self, just as it it the center of your home.  Fabulously kind and chic items like the ones featured above are not only great for your personal use, but make brilliant gifts for friends and family too. I love finding a reason to blog on Fridays!

Small Art Big Love – Found On A Friday

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“Jake The Tortoise” Hand Sewn Brooch, Felt Badge, Tortoise Pin by Jess Quinn.

 Sometimes in my travels I stumble upon something that is so many wonderful things in one shop that I can’t decide upon which day of the week to feature it. That is why I am thankful for Fridays, where anything goes here on the Fab.  When I cam across the Etsy Shop of Jess Quinn, I knew the only place to do her amazing stash justice was to place it in a Friday feature.  Simply called Small Art, Jess’s shop is full of the most fabulous items, from paper goods, cloth dolls, clay creations, felt accessories, original oil paintings, and so much more. If this is Quinn’s idea of ‘small’, I can’t imagine what she considers to be ‘large’. With almost 150 items in her Etsy Shop, I would say there is nothing small about the work of Jess Quinn at all.

The Woodsman – Art Doll, Soft Sculpture by Jess Quinn.
Alphabet Fairy – Wood Art Doll – Beatrice by Jess Quinn.
“Higgety Pop” Vintage Altered Art Doll by Jess Quinn.

What is really special about Jess’s Shop is the way she presents her fabulous items.  The photos are precious and engaging, and they make you want to look closer.  She will create a whole tableau of items around her dolls, brooches, and other items, often using dollhouse furniture or toys that not only add a sense of playful whimsy, but also indicate the scale of items for sale. 

Easter Bunny Hair Band/Fascinator – Pink Felt Bunny Rabbit by Jess Quinn.
Spring Bib Necklace, Fabric Pink Clown – Blue Pom Poms – Embroidered Textile by Jess Quinn.
Little Indian Head Dress, Dressing Up, Head Band – Native American by Jess Quinn.

The little [ and big ] pops of colour against a white background are perfectly styled. Her accessories are often worn by adorable kiddies with naturally silly smiles or honest pouts, and her paper goods and artwork are presented in the perfect lighting to make them appear as magical as you know that they are.

“Isabelle” Girl In A Yellow Dress – Illustrated Greeting Card by Jess Quinn.
“Girl With Apples” Illustrated Greeting Card, Printed Drawing, Black & White by Jess Quinn.
“Knitting Queen” Illustrated Greetings Card, Printed Drawing by Jess Quinn.

Items in Jess Quinn‘s shop range in price from less than $2.00 USD to just over $200.00 USD. That means there is something  for every budget and every taste.  Shipping from Bristol, England in the UK, shipping cost are excessively reasonable. The cards are frame-able art, the dolls enchanting, the brooches would make brilliant gifts, and the accessories are instant one-of-a-kind treasures.

“Bitsy Boo” Fabric Art Doll, Red Felt, Little Girl, Linen Cloth Doll by Jess Quinn.
“Miko & Molly” Hanging Fabric Decoration, Printed Cotton Sweethearts, Vintage Silk by Jess Quinn.
Cloth Art Doll, Soft Sculpture, Textile, Square Clown Blue by Jess Quinn.

Jess takes great care when describing her items, often including little anecdotes about their inspirations, the materials used, and the dimension of the items.  All essential information when you are buying handmade goods online. I have to commend her on her presentation style, her shop feels intimate and you get the distinct impression that you are getting a peek ‘behind the curtain’.

“Miss Bird” Clay Brooch, Circus Pin – Hand Painted Small Sculpture by Jess Quinn.
Clown Art Doll, Clay – Textile, Felt Fabric, Hand Painted by Jess Quinn.
Clay Brooch, Wearable Art, Hand Painted Pin – Green, Lettuce by Jess Quinn.

Jess has divided her shop into specific categories of items, so I decided to present a few of examples of her work that reside under each category heading so you can get a good idea of the range of whimsical items she offers.  As always, I showcase items that tend to appeal to my taste, but there is so much more to be discovered in Jess’s Small Art shop. Jess herself calls her items Unique Artworks and Original Gifts, I would stress the unique, I haven’t seen anything quite so fantastically outside of the box in my recent travels.

“Clown Miko” Felt Brooch, Pillow Pin Portrait, Wearable Art by Jess Quinn.
“Bunnyhoot” Small Art Doll, Purple Felt Brooch, Plush Forest Creature by Jess Quinn.
“Matilda Mouse” Felt Brooch – White Mouse Bow Tie Pin, Printed Drawing by Jess Quinn.

You really must take a closer look at the work of this Art School graduate and mother of three, who says she comes from a family of ‘makers’. I rather like that statement, I can identify with it completely. For more information on her captivating work, you can also swing by her Blog and check out what Jess is currently up to. You might also like to know that Jess is offering a “Free Shipping” code until March 11th, 2012 and that currently she is having a small Spring Clean Sale on selected items in her shop, as if you needed more reason to head over and check it out. It may be Small Art, but I have big love for it. [In particular, that “Jake The Tortoise” Brooch at the top of the post, how incredibly sweet it is!]

Small Oil Painting on Canvas, “Sisters” by Jess Quinn.
“Infanta Margarita in Moonlight”, Small Oil Painting on Canvas by Jess Quinn.
“Mary” Small Oil Painting on Canvas by Jess Quinn.

Links:
Small Art – Etsy Shop
Jess Quinn’s Etsy Profile
Jess Quinn’s Blog

“Tom & Nancy” Wooden Art Dolls, Hand Painted by Jess Quinn.
“Lulu” Wooden Brooch, Wearable Art – Hand Painted Pin by Jess Quinn.
“Eric” Wooden Badge, Hand Painted Pin – Wearable Art by Jess Quinn.

Note: All Designs and Images are the Intellectual Property and Copyright of Jessica Quinn and QUINN. No infringement is intended. Please contact Jess Quinn directly with inquiries about her work. Follow the links provided under each image in this post  for further information about the items featured in the post, including price, payment options, availability, and shipping information. 

A Rainbow In A Box – Wacky & Wonderful Wednesdays

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ECO Kids Handmade ll Natural SOY CRAYONS – Love Hearts by Earth Grown Crayons on Etsy.

Think back to when you were a child, do you remember the first time someone placed a chubby wax stick into your little fist and gave you a scrap of paper. Do you remember someone taking your hand, and placing that waxy stick down against the paper, moving your wee arm so that suddenly, like magic, there were marks on that paper, and they seemed to come from the end of that wax stick. Maybe it was red, perhaps blue, or even green. but a crayon was likely the first writing instrument you held in your hand and put to paper. It is a powerful moment, whether you remember it or not, the moment you discover that you can create scribbles and dashes of colour with your own hand.

ECO SOY CRAYONS Farmer’s Market – Handmade, All Natural, Biodegradable, Scent Free (Set of 8) by Earth Grown Crayons on Etsy.
ECO SOY CRAYONS People Skin Color – Handmade, All Natural, Biodegradable, Scent Free (Set of 4) by Earth Grown Crayons on Etsy.
Recycled Rainbow Crayons – Jumbo Heart Rainbow Crayons (Set of 3) by Art 2 The Extreme on Etsy.

Some of us had this experience at home with a family member, maybe it was mom or dad, or an older sibling… perhaps your aunt or uncle, a grandparent. Sometimes, we were given our first wax crayon by a nanny, daycare worker, or teacher.  Whoever gave it to you, gave you a gift, the gift of learning that you could create something that was ‘art’, something that could be hung on the front of the fridge, or framed, or tucked into an album or scrapbook and kept for years to come.  Our crayon creations were the cleanest and fastest way of not only being entertained, but of learning fine motor control and hand eye coordination.

FORTUNE COOKIE CRAYONS – Set of Six with Gift Box by Ivy Lane Designs on Etsy.
Handmade Colorful Autumn Crayons by Central Treehouse Studios on Etsy.
Pastel Hello Kitty Mix – MuckyPup Recycled Crayons, Favors, Eco Friendly by MuckyPup Crayons on Etsy.

Do you remember the joy of getting a new box of crayons? I do, I loved that smell, that clean waxy odor, and the sharp tips ready to go. Not a broken or unwrapped crayon in the box, and they were all mine.  Sure we had plenty of crayons in my house. There were four of us kids born within five years, and all those crayons literally required a plastic dish basin to hold all the broken bits and pieces, the peeled paper bits.   At some point along the way, companies like Crayola introduced toddler sized crayons, larger diameter sticks made for smaller hands.  There was also that mega-box that I adored, it had something like 64 colours in it, and a sharpener built right into the back of the box.  That was joy in a box.

24 Cupcake Crayons (12 Sets) with Personalized Labels and Coloring Sheet or Ribbon Cello Bags or Easter Eggs by Lil Creative Creations on Etsy.
1 KIDS Bling Crayon Ring – ONE Ring – Size 4 by Oh My Lucky Star on Etsy.
LEGO Men Style Crayons Party Favor, Party Bag Filler, 20 Sets of 5 by Ashgate Crafts on Etsy.

Since it is Wacky & Wonderful day, a day for all those geeky fun and fabulous things, the collectables and the vintage childhood fun, I decided to dedicate today’s post to the humble and hardworking crayon, an item I still adore, by the way.  I love sitting with my nieces or nephew and revisiting the fun of colouring books full of cartoon characters or games,  I still colour the same way that I did as an older child, I do a dark line of the colour inside the shape I am about to colour, then I gently shade in the whole area with the same colour. Habits are hard to break.The smell of that wax always brings me right back to being a kid.

Ponytail Holder, Orange with Green Crayons Ends by Fancy Things and Such on Etsy.
Crayon Colors Loopy Hair Bow – Back To School – Primary Colors by Hair Bows by Marsha on Etsy.
7 Embroidered Crayons – Craft Felt Embellishments For Scrapbooking, Hair Bows, Etc. by Lovmy3grlz on Etsy.

I love teaching kids my favorite crayon magic tricks. The one where you fill an entire sheet of paper with random color scribbles, edge to edge, then cover the entire sheet again with thick black crayon.  A random coin in hand, and you can then scratch out a picture, removing the black wax from the page with the coin to produce a really magical effect. Yes I know they sell something similar, and that it is much less labor intensive.

CRAYON BOX RECYCLED NOTEBOOK/Upcycled Journal – Eco Friendly by Ivy Lane Designs on Etsy.
Recycled Crayons – Rainbow Crayon Travel Tube (1 Recycled Crayon Travel Tube) by Art 2 The Extreme on Etsy.
Altered Colors Art Crayons – 100% Non-Toxic Recycled Wax by 6Blue6 on Etsy.

What really is wonderful about crayons these days, is that they are very much the same deal as they always were, they are still the first writing instrument many of us use, they still come in tons of amazing colours, you can still create amazing ‘art’ with them, and they are a cheap anytime activity that is fun for anyone at any age. What is even better about crayons lately, is just how different they can be.

Crayon Art by Clarissa Webb on Etsy.
Monogram Crayon Art – Great Teacher Gift by Handmade by Leah on Etsy.
Vertical Rainbow, 16″ x 20″ by JK Create – Melted Crayon Art on Etsy.

If you are browsing Etsy, you will see just how amazing crayons can be. There are handmade crayons, recycled crayons, crayon art, crayon caddies, crayons in all sorts of wonderful shapes and sizes, and more.  This entire post is full of these lovely rainbow hued items, and there is just so much to love about them.  Even just a photograph of crayons or the image of that old familiar yellow and green box makes for happy memories. Why not grab yourself a box, or bag, or frame full of wonderful rainbow memories today. Share a little time scribbling, you might be surprised how much you have missed it.

Mini Me Owls in Pink – 8 Crayola Crayons Included – Great Gift by Kate Williams Designs on Etsy.
Whispered Dreams – Crayon Apron [Holds 32 Crayons – Included] by Childish Thoughts on Etsy.
Hand-Made Crayon Roll for 24 Crayons with 24 Crayons by Mrs. Dressup on Etsy.

Note: All Images and Products In This Post are the Intellectual Property and Copyright of their respective creators and the Etsy shop in question. No Infringement is intended.  Please follow the links beneath the image for more information, including price, availability, and custom orders if available.

Wooden Crayon Train – Crayon Holder [Holds 38 Crayons] by Grampa’s Workshop on Etsy.
A Digital Photograph of Crayons in All of The Colors of the Rainbow – 5×7 by Tara, A Pocketful Of Photos on Etsy.
Crayon Box Handplied Bulky Yarn by Jennifer, Otter Moon Patterns on Etsy.

Behind The Mask – Motley Mode Mondays

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Victoriana Mask in Gold Leather by Tom and Jill Banwell, Tom Banwell Designs on Etsy.

 Are you ready for the party? Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras, and revelers are ready to celebrate. Worldwide, Carnival celebrations typically begin at any point after the religious observance known as Epiphany and carry on up until the Ash Wednesday, but most people really see it as a time to to celebrate. From wearing masks and costumes, dancing, and parades, it is celebrated differently around the world, but no matter how outrageous the party gets, it is the last chance to go big or go home, so to speak, before Shrove Tuesday, which isassociated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins. After a night of partying Mardi Gras style, I imagine some have more to confess than others, if you know what I mean.

Mardi Gras Special — Swirly, Victoriana, and Muse by Tom and Jill Banwell, Tom Banwell Designs on Etsy.
Turquoise and Silver Feather Masquerade Carnival Mardi Gras Fancy Dress Mask by Hilarys Bazaar on Etsy.
Elegant Peacock Teal & Green Masquerade Mask with Feathers by Vanessa Rockey Del Bono, AloraLocks on Etsy.
Purple, Green, and Gold Feather Mardi Gras Mask by Jessica, The Crafty Chemist on Etsy.
Mardi Gras Masks Special — Totem, Electro, Decaflor Leather by Tom and Jill Banwell, Tom Banwell Designs on Etsy.

Since Monday is about fashion, style, and accessories here on the Fab, I am glad to take advantage of the Mardi Gras fever as an excuse to showcase some absolutely fabulous masks.  Each and every one of these masks I have hand selected to feature in this post, all found on Etsy, was chosen because they are so visually striking, they would make a great wall sculpture even if you don’t plan on wearing them. When you think about it, there are precious few opportunities to wear masks once we become adults. I was going to say “grown up”, but does anyone really ever grow up? You may get the chance at Halloween, maybe there is a New Year’s Eve party that calls for masks, but rarely do we find engraved invitations to masked balls in our in-box.

Flame Leather Mask by Rebecca Dixon, Up From The Ashes on Etsy.
Mardi Gras Mask Forest Nymph by Aph Custom Leather on Etsy.
Big Cat Jaquar Venetian Mardi Gras Carnival Masquerade Leather Mask Sculpture by Wendy Martin Art, Lyon’s Menagerie on Etsy.
Lady of the Glade Venetian Mardi Gras Carnival Masquerade Leather Mask Sculpture by Wendy Martin Art, Lyon’s Menagerie on Etsy.
MADE TO ORDER – Leather Greenman Mask, Wearable Art, Display, Labyrinth Mardi Gras Renfest Wiccan by Parkers and Quinn on Etsy.

Wearing a mask can be a liberating thing, if it is made well, it almost becomes a part of you, and while your eyes are visible, it may take people a few looks to sort out who is really behind the mask, if they can at all.  But it is rather romantic to partially conceal your identity, to dress up and play at being someone, or something else. Venetian style masks are extremely popular, particularly during Mardi Gras, and have historically been used on many other occasions in the past, usually as a device for hiding the wearer’s identity and social status.

Butterfly Venetian Masks – Customizable by Stephanie, Bridal Bijou & Bebe Bijou on Etsy.
Peacock Feather Venetian Mask by Stephanie, Bridal Bijou & Bebe Bijou on Etsy.
Turquoise, White and Gold Venetian Feather Mask by Jessica, The Crafty Chemist on Etsy.
Old Orleans Dame Mask for Mardi Gras/Costume/Masquerade/Halloween/Prom by Elisha Miller, Effigy Masks on Etsy.
Pink Butterfly and Flower Venetian Mask by Stephanie, Bridal Bijou & Bebe Bijou on Etsy.

A mask allows it’s wearer to act more freely in a circumstance where he or she wants the opportunity to interact with others outside the bounds of identity and everyday convention. Even today a mask is useful for a variety of purposes, some of them illicit, others just personal, such as romantic encounters.  It is delightfully fun to enjoy the perceived anonymity that a mask can provide. No wonder they are so popular at Mardi Gras, where any number of mildly scandalous event might occur.

Mardi Gras Harlequin by Nikki Stone, Dreaming Utopia Designs on Etsy.
Handmade Masquerade Mask Carnival Mardi Gras Halloween Costume 9Mardi Gras Madness) by Levy Wallace, Turntable 2 Treasure on Etsy.
Mardi Gras Fleur Mask by Nikki Stone, Dreaming Utopia Designs on Etsy.
Peacock Mask – Paper Mache – Masquerade – Absolutely Beautiful – Hand Painted by Pirates Quarters on Etsy.
Rhinestone Mask – Venetian Style – “Temptress” by Nora, Bejeweled Masquerade on Etsy.

I have never been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras celebrations, but many of my family members have gone, and of course traveled home again with stories of the sheer number of people jammed into the streets of the French Quarter, the noise, the celebrations, the beads, and the strong coffee and beignets the following morning.  My mother has a particular talent for getting beads, bringing home huge shopping bags full of the baubles that have become favorite dress-up staples for her grandchildren.

Papillon – Rhinestone Masquerade Mask by Nora, Bejeweled Masquerade on Etsy.
Pearl Shard Mirror Gaga Mask by maskup.net, on Etsy.
Spiral Masquerade – OOAK Purple and White Leather Mask by Jyn Donham, The Mummers Cat on Etsy.
Venice Pink Lace Butterfly Glitter Mask by maskup.net, on Etsy
Antennae Feather Mask by Regina T, Aveanart Feathered Masks on Etsy.

The three colours designated for New Orleans Mardi Gras celebrations, Purple, Gold, and Green, besides looking deliciously decadent actually have been said to have significant meaning.  Purple is said to signify justice, gold stands for power, and green means faith.  Whether you subscribe to that notion or not, these are the colors most often seen during the Mardi Gras season, and particularly in the last five days leading up to Ash Wednesday.

Purple and Green Harlequin Mardi Gras Masquerade Mask by Alia Yasen, Society Carnivale on Etsy.
Mardi Gras Masquerade Mask by Misty W., The Masked Zone on Etsy.
Jester Leather Mask by Mr. Hyde’s Custom Leather, New Orleans on Etsy.
Gold and Blue Masquerade Mask by Misty W., The Masked Zone on Etsy.
Momus Leather Mask by Mr. Hyde’s Custom Leather, New Orleans on Etsy.

While these colours are often seen in masks worn on the day, there is no limit to the design or coloration of masks for Mardi Gras or any other occasion.  While I may not be celebrating Mardi Gras, in the traditional sense, I would likely choose a mask that features more traditional Venetian elements, or perhaps a Harlequin style.  And if you are like me and have never been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras season, or have young children and can’t travel easily, there is no reason not to start your very own family tradition of having a mini-masked ball in your home. Invite your friends and family, decorate the house in the traditional colours of green, purple, and gold, and make your own King Cake. Make a list of fun party games and hand out some throws [traditionally beaded necklaces].  What a fun memory you will be creating, and a great photo opportunity too.

Gold and Black Lace Masquerade Mask by Alia Yasen, Society Carnivale on Etsy.
Mayqueen Masquerade Mask, Handmade by Karen, Grin, Grimace & Squeak! on Etsy,
Venetian Feather Carnival Mask in Gold with Purple Ostrich Feathers, Mauve by Lady In The Tower on Etsy.
Lace Adult Mask Design For Mardi Gras New Years by Lanette, Lanette’s Designs on Etsy.
Gold Fairy Mask by Elaine, A Sight to Behold Masks on Etsy.

Today’s selection of masks are all available on Etsy, and while they may not make it to you in time for this year’s celebrations, it may be wise to pick up a mask to have on hand when the next opportunity to wear one may arise. A wild bachelorette party would be one occasion where a mask might come in handy, or a bachelor party for that matter. There is no reason at all that you cannot have a masked party in your own house, be it a birthday celebration, a grown-up Halloween party, or your next New Year’s bash. Masks make a wonderful conversation starter, and the range of style, from traditional to outrageous, can be a very personal expression of your own character.

Cardinal Leather Mask, Child Size – Made to Order by Chelsea and Marlo, Sundries and Plunder on Etsy.
Rabbit Brown Patchwork Mask by Looking Glass Leather Works on Etsy.
Fox Leather Mask, Child Size – Made To Order by Chelsea and Marlo, Sundries and Plunder on Etsy.
Snowy Owl Leather Mask by Annie Libertini, Libertini Leather Accessories on Etsy.
Gold, Brown and Teal Leather Dragonfly Mask by Looking Glass Leather Works on Etsy.

So grab yourself a strong cup of coffee and a slab of King Cake and settle in to search for the mask of your dreams. King Cake, by the way, is a coffee cake, oblong and braided, and iced with a simple icing then covered with purple, green and gold sugar. Each cake contains a hidden bean or small plastic baby. Different traditions hold for the one that finds that little trinket in their slice of cake. Martha Stewart has a particularly easy recipe for King Cake that you can make at home, and you can decided what significance you want to add to the finding of the hidden prize.

Gradient Purple and Silver Mask by Elaine, A Sight to Behold Masks on Etsy.
Intricate Alphonse Mucha Inpired Leather Mask by S.E.T Design on Etsy.
Waves Mask, Masquerade Mask, Luxury Venetian Mask by Coco Martin, Cocone on Etsy.
Dragon Days – Leather Dragon Mask by S.E.T Design on Etsy.
Black and Silver Metallic Masquerade Mask by Jessica, The Crafty Chemist on Etsy.

Your mask may be among the selection showcased here today, or you might want to head over to Etsy to have a closer look at the amazing mask creations of the artists that combine the skills of a sculptor with that of a milliner, combining elements of paper, leather, metals, feathers, and beads to produce the most magical and pleasing results.  You never know when your next occasion to wear a mask might come along, and you might as well be prepared. Have a marvelous Mardi Gras everyone.

Green Macrame Mask, Masquerade Mask, Elegant Mask by Coco Martin, Cocone on Etsy.
Columbina Venetian Masquerade Eye Mask by Venetian Artiquity, Venice Italy on Etsy.
Mardi Gras, Burlesque Mask, VAMPIRE Masqurade, Headband, Victorian Hair Accessories, Gold Shimmer Princess Queen – DANCE by Theresa Joy, deLoop on Etsy.
Eyes Wide Shut Bauta Masquerade Venetian Mask by Venetian Artiquity, Venice Italy on Etsy.
Mardi Gras, Mask, Pink Feather, Vampire Queen Ball Mask, Princess, Hair Accessories, Pink & Black Shimmer – PRETTY ONE by Theresa Joy, deLoop on Etsy.

Note: All Images and Creations in this post are Copyright and the Intellectual Property of the Individual Artists and their Respective Etsy Shops. No Infringement is Intended. Please follow the Link under the image in question for further information including price, shipping costs, and availability. Some items are Ready-To-Ship while others are Made To Order.

Getting Under Your Skin – Wacky & Wonderful Wednesdays

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Pocky iPhone 4, iPhone 4s Skin by Killer Duck Decals on Etsy.

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with our phones. We love being able to get information or contact others when we need to, yet at the same time, we hate having to carry these expensive little gadgets around and always be accessible to others.  There was a time before cell phones, yes kids, it’s true.

Don’t Spread The Dead iPhone 4, iPhone 4s Skin by Killer Duck Decals on Etsy.
Deluxe Knit Pattern iPhone 4 AT&T Version Decal Skin by Killer Duck Decals on Etsy.

We once used these things called “pay phones” when we needed to get in touch on the go. We would actually sit in our cars and listen to the radio as we drove, or better yet, have a conversation with the people riding along with us.

iPhone Skin 4 Design 010-013 by Pigologist on Etsy.
iPhone Skin 4 Designs 001-005 by Pigologist on Etsy.
iPhone Case Designs 008-018 by Pigologist on Etsy.

Movie theaters didn’t have to remind us to turn our ring tones off, and no one’s wedding was interrupted by the ring of a phone.How did we survive without our phones? Quite nicely thank-you. On more then one occasion I have wished we could go back in time and never have invented the darn things, on others, I am glad to have them. So as I said, it’s a love hate thing.

Music Tapes – iPhone Decals Sticker Mac Decal/Macbook.Macbook Pro/Macbook Air/iPad/iPad2/iPhone 4 by IAngel Sticker on Etsy.
Beautiful Tree – iPhone4 Decal iPhone Skin Sticker iPhone4 Vinyl Decals Stickers Macbook Decals Apple Decal for iPhone4 by IAngel Sticker on Etsy.
Game Boy – iPhone3 Decals iPhone Sticker Mac Decal/Macbook/ Vinyl Apple Decal for Macbook Pro/Macbook Air/iPad/iPad2/iPhone4 by IAngel Sticker on Etsy.

Whether you love or hate your smartphone, e-reader, or tablet, they are in-fact an extension of your person.  If you are a generic person, you can throw your gadget into your purse or pocket and go. If you long to personalize and decorate your things and claim them as your own, there are a number of wonderful options for you, and many of them can be found on-line, go figure.

iPhone 4 Skin: biPolar by Marlene Freimanis at kellokult on Etsy.
iPad 2 Skin – Acoustic Guitar by Nidhi Chanani at kellokult on Etsy.
iPhone 4 Skin Etch on Wood at kellokult on Etsy.

Skins are the easiest way to add a lot of personality without a lot of bulk, and they have the added attraction of being semi-permanent and removable, leaving no damage to the case.  You can find simple colored skins, or kitschy retro designs, some are artsy and quirky, and more still can be completely personalized.  Today’s Wacky & Wonderful post is all about getting your skins and making your phone your own.


Amazon Kindle Fire Skin Cover – Doctor Who Tardis Police Box GLOSSY MATTE LEATHER Option by Skunk Wraps on Etsy.
Apple iPhone 4 4S Decal Skin Cover – Vintage Paisley by Skunk Wraps on Etsy.
Apple iPhone 3G/3GS Decal Skin – Poppies by Skunk Wraps on Etsy.

 Just because it is “the enemy” to some, and to others a treasured extension of their being, doesn’t mean it can’t be made more appealing. If you have to tote it about, you might as well like it.  You are less likely to confuse your phone with a friends if you have a unique skin on it, and it won’t get lost in a pile of gadgets on your desk if it is covered with one of these lovely skins.

One Phone Skin / iPod Touch – Hold On A Little More by Rupydetequila on Etsy.
One Phone Skin/iPod Touch – I Just Want You To Find Me by Rupydetequila on Etsy.
iPjone Case/ iPhone (3GS, 3G) – Doll Little Dog Carrousel and Cute Butterfly Panda Toy by Rupydetequila on Etsy.

Most of these skins are for the iPhone, but I have found skins for my Blackberry, Kindle, a variety of laptops, e-readers, tablets, and android phones. It is just a matter of running a search for your specific model and device and you will find a bounty of gorgeous skins to choose from.

Rolleiflex Vintage Camera Apple iPhone 4/4S Gel Skin Cover by Stickitskins on Etsy.
Bob Ross Happy Tree Inspired Apple iPhone 4/4S Gel Skin Cover by Stickitskins on Etsy.
Samsung Phone Skin Cover – R2D2 by Stickitskins on Etsy.

I personally like the artsy styles, it’s nice to make something so high-tech look pretty at the same time.  I can definitely see the appeal of the geekery skins, there are oodles of Star Wars, Nintendo, Zombie Apocalypse, and other skins that are just hysterical. Some of these skins are just so smart, using textures or images that transform them into something else entirely. Whatever your personal taste, know that you can find just what you are looking for, or even have custom skins made featuring your initials or images of your loved ones.

PERSONALIZED Cell Phone Skin with Matching Wallpaper Design by MizzMonogram on Etsy.
CUSTOM PHOTO Personalized Cell Phone Skin with Matching Wallpaper Design  by MizzMonogram on Etsy.
Personalized Cell Phone with Matching WALLPAPER Design by MizzMonogram on Etsy.

Some of these items are available for many models and a variety of gadgets, others are specialized for one type of gadget only, so please follow the links provided to check on the details and contact the seller(s) directly with any questions you might have.Have a Wacky & Wonderful day!

iOTA – Mr Bentley Learns To Read – Chihuahua Dog iPhone Skin (Original, 3GS, 3G, 4S, 4) by iOTA Illustration on Etsy,
iOTA – The Monkey Drummer – illustrated iPhone Skin (Original, 3GS, 3G, 4S, 4) by iOTA Illustration on Etsy,
The Flamenco Cat iPhone Case/ iPhone – (3GS, 3G, 4S, 4) – iOTA by iOTA Illustration on Etsy,

Note: All images and content presented in this post is the intellectual property and copyright or the individual creators referenced and their Etsy shop. No infringement is intended.

Owl iPhone 4 Skin for Back & Front by LilyPang on Etsy.
Wild Poppies and Birds iPhone 4 Skin for Back & Front by LilyPang on Etsy.
In The Flower Mountain Girl Deer Laptop Decal by LilyPang on Etsy.

Must Less Than Three Geeks – Wacky & Wonderful Wednesdays

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Geek Is Sexy White Racer Tank Top by repurposefulPUNK

Today’s post is the ultimate in geekery in-jokes, so I hope you are wearing your nerdy glasses and paying attention. I decided to do a little tribute to geek love, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, to give you fellow procrastinators a chance to get in under the wire. You may not “get” all of these references, I swear I didn’t on first look, but you will find a few that hit the mark.  Some of these items are more “Valentine-y” than others, some would make great year round gifts for the gifted folks in your life. This is a rapid-fire image heavy post featuring the best ways to tell the fellow members of your nerd herd how special they are to you. All of these amazing items are available on Etsy. If you find one you love, follow the link to the fab shop where you can snag that swag.  By the end of this post, I hope you have found “joy”. Bazinga!

Nerd Love Card – Love Equation by 4/Four Cards
Soap Invaders Fun Vegan Game Soap by AJSweetSoap
Gollum and Dobby Are Best Friends T-Shirt by Line Draw T Shirts
I Love You More Thank Captain Picard – Red Blank Card, Star Trek Inspired by Crafting Tiger
Moustache Mug in Lime Green by Mr. Teacup
Star Trek “I Am Going To Klingon To You” Slogan Valentine’s Day Card by Kirsty Baker
Circuit Board Men’s Necktie – Metallic Copper and Silver Ink on Green or Black Tie by Scatterbrain Ties
Doctor Who Album Cover, 8×8 “Never Mind The Daleks” Print by Auto Geography
Ewok Love – Hand Embroidered by Chel Panda
Wait For It… Valentine Card – Pink by Gibberish2
Scrabble Tile Pendant Necklace – Love A Geek by Inked Qween
Dungeons and Dragons – Valentine Card by Paper Tiger Cards & Gifts
I “LIKE” You – Facebook Valentine Large Badge or Magnet by Nice Day Designs
Love Scrabble Valentines Day Card by doodlelove
Stormtrooper Cameo Portrait Hand-Painted Jewelry Box Porcelain, Altered Art by @utogeography
Geek Greeting Card – I Haz Your Heard – Red and Black 5×7 by The Wallaroo
Valentines Day Heart Shapped “Smitten” Snuggle Down for Warm Romantic Walks by I Sew Naked
Zombie Love Moleskine Large Journal (Lined) by Blackbird and Peacock
LEGO Inspired Minifigure Valentine Plush by Yellow Heads
Geek Humor Print – Evolution and Science, Burgundy 8×10 by The Wallaroo
Doctor Who Rose Pendant Necklace – Dr Who Inspired Tardi Artwork, Antiqued Bronze Setting, 18″ Chain by Jon Turner
Gollum Precious Valentine Card by Monkey Minion Press
Wizard Couple for Valentine’s Day – Two 18″x18″ Pillows by Pantoufle de Verre
The Love Bot 3000 ROBOT Geeky Valentines Day Balloon Art Print Upcycled Vintage Dictionary Page Book Art Print by Collage-O-Rama
Star Wars Yoda Hat for Infant, Toddler, Children, or Adults by The Hat Lady
Doctor Who Valentine’s Day Card by Bruce Loves You
Geekery Nerd Bazinga Big Bang Theory Geek Necklace by What A Novel Idea
Clink Illustration Print – Rosy Print Cheeks Nerds Kissing by le petit elefant
You Are My Density Love Leather Cuff Bracelet by Geek Decree
Keep Calm and Troll On – Funny Geek Internet Meme T-Shirt by Geek Things
Geek Glasses Hand Illustrated Valentine’s Day Card by Lucky & Luna
Make Love Not Horcruxes Necklace by Trophies Accio Jewelry
Complete Star Trek Pillow Set by Yellow Bug Boutique
Geekery Stare Wars Typography Art Print, The Force Is Strong 8×10″ Print by Wallfry
Green Lantern Inspired Hat – Super Hero Hand Knit Unisex by Body Upholstery
Chemical Romance Necklace in Red – Periodic Table, Double Sided by The Robot Princess
STAR TREK, Letterpress Valentine Card – Love Long and Prosper by Dingbat Press
Boba Fett and Dog The Bounty Hunter are Best Friends T-Shirt by Line Draw T Shirts
Lego Ring, Pink 2×2 Brick Swarovski Crystal Rhinestone Jewelry Pendant, Charm by petite Vanilla
Valentine Card – I Less Than Three You A Lot – 5×7 Greeting Card by The Wallaroo
Dungeons and Dragons – Frost D20 – Geek Gamer DnD Role Play RPG by Paw And Claw Designs
w00t leet speak geek T-Shirt – We Owned (Pwnd) Other Team by Geek Things
Apple Computer Geek Valentine – You Cmd+Z Me! – You Undo Me by Raw Art Letterpress
Star Was Cufflinks – Stormtrooper “I Had Friends On That Death Star” by Cool Cufflinks
Eye Love You (Choice of 1, You Pick The Colour) by The Burbs
Valentine’s Day – Customizable QR Code Valentine Card – Personalized With Your Own Message – Red 5×7 by The Wallaroo
You Can Haz Cheeseburger (? Veggie) Burgers Earrings with Tomato, Cheddar and Lettuce, Handmade by Roscata
You Complete Me – Tetris Valentines Day – Love Computer Geek Nerd – Video Game (Infant or Toddler Sizes) by Witty Bitty
Funny Valentine Card – Yoda Speak Greeting Card – Red and Black 5×7 Customizable Star Wars by The Wallaroo
ET and Yoda in Love T-Shirt by Line Draw T Shirts
Circuit Board Geekery Necklace – Red Long Recycled Computer Parts (Upcycled) by ReComputing
Mac Love – A Nerdy Valentine For Your Nerdy Valentine [Macintosh Plus & Floppy Disks] by The Rasilisk
Star Wars Key Chains – Han & Leia – “I Love You” and “I Know” – His & Hers Key Chains – Set of 2 by Spiffing Jewelry

 Are you still with me? Wow, you really are a geek there aren’t ya. This will be my last pre-Valentine’s Day post for the season. You have just six days left, this is a “Make It Work” moment for you people [gotta love Tim Gunn]. Happy Valentine’s Day if you are celebrating all that lovey-dovey stuff, and happy Wacky & Wonderful Wednesday if you don’t celebrate the V-Day. Oh, before I sign off for the day, these last two are particularly meaningful to me, so pay close attention. 😉

You’re The Only Bee In My Bonnet – They Might Be Giants TMBG “Birdhouse In Your Soul” Lyric in Small Cross Stitch by Alicia Watkins
Rick Roll Funny Geekery T-Shirt – Internet Meme by Geek Things

You didn’t actually think you were going to get to the end of this post without being Rick Rolled now did you?

Mad About These Hatters – Motley Mode Mondays

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Winter Top Hat, Navy Blue by Olivia Royale.

You can try to deny it, but I know the truth. In some manner or other, you watched the Royal Wedding coverage this past year. You wanted to see the dress that Kate wore, you wanted to see the pomp and circumstance, and if you are anything like me, you wanted to see those fascinating hats. Living in Canada, most people wear hats for practicality as opposed to fashion. When it gets cold outside, we pull on those wooly wonders and cover our ears. We make sure the kids have the sun hats they need at camp, and we would never let our babes be out in sun without a bonnet.  But you have to admit it, there is nothing so beautiful as a scene stealing hat. Purely fanciful, cheeky and full of fun, or classic and elegant, hats are more than just practical. It’s time we brought the hat back into the fashion spotlight. Where to start? Well… Etsy of course!

Black Ragged Edged Napoleonic Hat with Ostrich Feather & Vintage Watch Face Pin by Amy Ward, Award Design.
Green Wool Felt Bowler by Joanne James, Two Little Sunflowers.
Classic Woman Hat Woll Felted ROSE CLASSIC OOAK Fall Fashion Velentine’s Love by Irina, IS Felted Design.
Cloche Hat – Contemporary Ble/Cream Tweed Women’s Hat by Julie Taylor, Moaning Minnie.

Movie stars are starting to catch on, and hats are becoming red carpet staples for many. Everyone remembers Sarah Jessica Parker at the premiere for Sex And The City, the movie. Parker’s green hued acorn shaped hat with a tower of tall feathers was stunning and sensational. Sexy songbird Rihanna loves her hats too. Lady Gaga is perhaps the most daring when it comes to hats, and just about everything else fashion-wise, even if you aren’t a fan of her music, you have to admit she knows how to cause a stir with a hat. The Brits wear their hats often and well, why are we letting them have all the fabulous fun?

Alexandra Cocktail Hat by Love Charlie with Bold Peacock Feather Mount and Veiling Details by Love Charlie.
Blue Feather Cocktail Hat by Alice Hart, Alice Hart Couture Millinery.
Ivory Mini Top Hat with Burgundy and Green Feathers by M. Carriere, Mielcoeur Accessories.
Cocktail Hat Leather Citrus Roses and Harris Tweed by Pheigi Sugahara Macdonald, Red Dragonfly Aka Tombo.

Women cling to their Little Black Dress [LBD] as a party-going staples. We have our favorites, and we wear them as often as we can get away with, but imagine wearing a great hat with that same-old LBD. Not only will people be focused on that hat, but you have instantly added a whole lot of personality and what’s more, a great conversations starter.

Steampunk Seamstress Mini Gothic Fascinator Top Hat by Jenkitty’s Closet.
Bridal Fascinator, Flower Head Piece, Ivory & Blush Pink Flowers, Bridal Haircomb, Wedding Hair Accessory – KAITLIN by Powder Blue Bijoux.

Magic Moon Black & Silver Mini Hat Fascinator by Nyla, House of Nyla.
H A R L O W – Ivory Beige Hat Fascinator NBB by Jesslabelle Avelar, Natural Born Beauties by Jesslabelle.

Men have good reason to embrace a stylish hat as well. Think of the most iconic men in film, did they have a signature hat? Where would Humphrey Bogart be without that dashing Fedora. Harrison Ford was devastatingly handsome as Indiana Jones, but we all know that it was that hat that made him beyond cool. Pop sensation Will.I.Am is rarely seen without his hats. Johnny Depp may have played The Mad Hatter in Alice In Wonderland, but he is rarely seen without one when out and about town, and there is nothing crazy about that at all. Brad Pitt and Justin Timberlake are known for their flat caps and newsboy styles.

Brown and Cream Plaid Cotton Fedora Hat: Mens, Womens Hats – XL by Sara and Phil, Rocks and Salt.
Manly Custom Mens Hat For Those Hard-To-Please Fellows. Handmade Eco-Friendly Pure Wool Felt Hat In A Style and Color of His Choosing by Nora Swan and Sam Stone, Little Hill Woolworks.
XL Military Style Corduroy Hat by Jeffrey Bailey, J BAILEY BRAND.
Natural Off White Linen Wrap Cap by Anni, Consciously Altered.
Wool Fedora Trilby Hat – Fall Fashion – Men – Women – Winter Accessories by Katarina, Katarina Couture.

So lets celebrate the art of the Milliner this Monday. This amazing selection of one-of-a-kind [OOAK] hand-made hats are all available on Etsy, and there are even some fabulous looks for kids that will make your heart flutter.

Jewel of The Nile Mini Hat Fascinator by Lisa Tice, Lisa’a Mini Mad Hattery.
Upcycled Star Corduroy Boys Cap Reversible Hat – Choose Size by Small Smalls.
Red Bows Bows Bows Felt Rosette Fascinator/Headband by Bree Johnson, CoCo rose couture.
The Chic Fedora Hat Boys Hat by Corrie Bakker, Chic Bébé.

If one of these hats isn’t quite your style, or you just want to see more, I assure you that by checking in these creators shops and the other Hat Sellers on Etsy you will find the perfect hat. Whether for your everyday look, or that special party or event that you will be attending soon there is something for everyone in every price range. You may just find yourself going ‘Mad for Millinery‘ and starting a whole new collection or a trend amongst your circle of friends.

Charcoal and Red Plaid Cloche Hat by Catherine Soucy Designer.
Street Hat/Costume/Burning Man/Feathers/Fedora by Amelia, Hotel Etica.
An Upcycled ‘Cosmopolitan Blacks’ Kepp Jones – S,M, or L (Made To Order) by Sparky Jones.
Mini Top Hat – Corset by Shiverz, Shiverz Designs.

Note: All Images & Designs Are Copyright of The Creators Indicated And The Associated Etsy Shops. No Infringement Is Intended.

Bobby Pin Menagerie – Teeny Tiny Tuesdays

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Lady Bug Bobby Pins by Hannah Hughes, Make Cake on Etsy.

It’s Tuesday once again, and today’s Itty Bitty lovely thing has been rather easy to pin down. No matter how long or how short your hair is, you can always tuck a little bobby pin in somewhere. Holding back a little strand gone astray, tucked into a sweet chignon, or decorating a braid or pony tail. A little bit retro, a lot a bit cute, these bobby pins are back in style with a tweet, a growl, and a meow. Not just for kids anymore, a sweet little bobby pin is a way you can add a little whimsy to a conservative look. They are little hints at your personality, your sense of fun, and add that little pop of color that will have people around you doing a double take. Wear any of these bobby pins and you will make people smile, I can guarantee it. While you can find these style of hair pins with any number of items decorating them, from bows and roses to jewels and buttons, I decided to present a selection of little beasties today. Have a look, see what catches your eye, and maybe pick-up a very expressive and inexpensive [most range from $5-10 USD/CAD] accessory for yourself or someone you love.

The Birds And The Bees

Yellow Honey Bee Bobby Pins by Kristine, Bee Intrigued on Etsy.

Butterfly Bobby Pin: Green Blue Spots, Natural History Elegance by Heidi, Alpine Gypsy on Etsy.
Worm Caterpillar Polymer Clay Charm Bobby Pin by Natalie Cravens, Are You Stuffed? on Etsy.
Butterfly Bobby Pins – Silver and Gold Contrast by Colleen, Amourx on Etsy.

Bobby Pin – Fabric Animal – Pink and White Bird by Morgan Rae, Metal Adornments on Etsy.

Vintage Green Barrettes by Paper Mache, Plastic Diamonds on Etsy.

Ivory Birdies in Nest Bobby Pin Pair by Emily Lafrate, Tea and Laundry on Etsy.

Blue and Cream Bird Hair Slides by The Lost Property Box on Etsy.

Owl Cookie Bobby Pins by Katarzyna Zdrojewska, Little World of Zjakazumi on Etsy.

Hot Pink Owls – Bobby Pins by Anne, Cute Jewellery & Accessories By Anne on Etsy.

We’re Going To The Zoo!

Monkey (Style 1) Bobby Pin Set by Amber Silcott, One of Everything on Etsy.

Koala Hair Clip by Baby Loves Pink on Etsy.

Monkey Bobby Pins – Pink Kitsch Cute Glitter Hair Accessories Kids by Bella Star, Bella Star Glam on Etsy.

Alligator Hair Clips – Bobbie Pins by Bonnie, CREATE HAPPINESS on Etsy.

Penguin Button Hairpins by Crafty Comforts on Etsy.

CATS CAN’T CHANGE THEIR SPOTS Cheetah Hair Bobby Pins – – Gift Packaged by Very Vintage on Etsy.

Maroon Elephant Hair Bobbies by Gen Taylor, The World Famous’s Crafty Place on Etsy.
Giraffe Bobby Pins by Keamana, Keamana Design on Etsy.

 Our Best Pets

Playful Kittens Hair Pins: Kawaii Style Cute Kittens, Glittery Pink, Turquoise, & Orange Sherbert by Amanda S.W., RaleighWood Treasures on Etsy.

Chihuahua Shelter Dogs Bobby Pins Set with Donation Free Shipping by Twilight Shades on Etsy.

Cat Bobby Pins by Cheri, Mama’s Little Babies on Etsy.

Pink Scottie Dog Hair Pin by Zebracakes on Etsy.

Itty Bitty Kitty Hairpins by Missy Kulik, Sugar Cookie on Etsy.

Poodle Bobby Pins, French Inspired, Navy Blue Dahlia Flower, Black Heart – Set of Three by Mary Elliot, Miss Mary Elliot on Etsy.

On The Farm

Sheep/Lamb Bobby Pin Set by Amber Silcott, One of Everything on Etsy.

Chickenpants Hair Clips – Set of Two by Claire Chambers, Absolutely Small on Etsy.

Cute Pig Wood Button Hair Pin – Silver Bobby Pin by Desita, Circle Colour on Etsy.
Sheep Shell Hair Bobby Pin by bathroman, You Made My Day on Etsy.

Mouse Hair Pins Paper Clay, OOAK by Brooke Griffin, The Naked Bird on Etsy.

Under The Sea

Origami Koi Bobby Pins by Is It Secret, Is It Safe on Etsy.

Octopus Bobby Pins by Keamana, Keamana Design on Etsy.

Friendly Fish Bobby Pins/ Hair Pins Set of 6 OOAK by Miss Chuga’s Gifts on Etsy.

Hair Pins Bloody Sharks or HAIR Jaws by Kristilyn, Zombie Romance on Etsy.

The Fabulous “Other”

Stegosaurus Dinosaurs Bobby Pin Set by Amber Silcott, One of Everything on Etsy.

Bobby Pins For Kids, Cute Clips – Mini Chenille Birds/Bats by Megha Silvano, Cassyz Cutiez on Etsy.

Yellow Robot Bear Bobby Pins Cute Chic Fun Fashion Kawaii Kitsch Hair Wear by Andreanna, Glamasaurus on Etsy.

Two Fabric Covered Button Bobby Pins – Rabbit and Panda by Heyday Handmade on Etsy.

BAMBI BONES – Skelanimal Charm Hair Pins by Stacy Scissors, Running With Scissors on Etsy.

Bunny Puff Bobby PINS… FREE shipping US by HModine on Etsy.

Cupcake Bear Attack Bobby Pin by Katie MacMillan, Unplanned Joy on Etsy.

What are you still doing on this post? It’s over. Go shop… go! [A little nod to Ferris Beuller’s Day Off there, Hazzah!]