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Keeping Me In Stitches – Wacky & Wonderful Wednesdays

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Can you identify these stitched up quotes and sayings? Are you ready to take a little quiz with me here at the ‘Fab’? Put on your thinking caps, or tinfoil anti-alien helmets, and get a pencil. Each numbered image is a quote from a Television Show, Broadway Spectacular, or Movie. How many can you identify all on your own, no cheating – close that Google tab down!

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Are you a movie buff, a pop-culture vulture, or a chic geek? Do you quote famous lines of dialogue, get all those obscure references and ‘in’ jokes? Do you have a catalog of expressions that comes in handy in almost any situation, giving you instant hipster cred? There are 24 fabulously stitched up quotes in this quiz, so you are bound to know a bunch of these.

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Sometimes the best way to find a kindred spirit in a crowded room, at a party, or on the first day of work or school is to go with an inside joke that only those in the know will appreciate. Some of them are stolen from TV, Movies, or Broadway, but they all have one thing in common. Said in the right place at the right time they are absolutely hysterical and instantly bring to mind the scene of the line, the origin of the speeches, if you will.

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OK, enough with the puns and on with the fun, here are a heap of awesome quotes, all you have to do if figure out where they are from. They come in one of my favorite forms of geekery, crochet and cross-stitch. A very traditional medium with a very modern twist, it is the hipster equivalent of chalk and cheese, at least in my way of thinking.  Two things that are different, particularly two things that are superficially alike but very different in substance, or rather the opposite. Two things superficially different, but somehow alike in a hipster substance kind of way. Never mind, it’s hard to explain. It just works.

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I have numbered the images, the answers to the question “where did this quote come from?” can be found at the very bottom of this post, along with links to the fabulous Etsy shops where you can snap up these little bits of wonderful. Some of these hoop sayings are ready made, some are made-to-order, and others are patterns for you to download or receive and stitch up yourself. So read the individual Etsy listings to find out for sure what form of funny you are checking out.

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Whether hanging in a group on the wall near your entertainment section, or placed on a side table with your favorite family photos, you will surely have room in your home for a little awesome in an embroidery hoop. Now get cracking at my little test, and let me know in the comments just how many of these quotes you identified on first reading.

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Answers and Links To The Etsy Listings:

  1. Suck It, Trebek. [Quote from SNL Skit, Will Ferrell as Sean Connery on Celebrity Jeopardy Parody, 1999] Embroidery Hoop, Blue Fiber Art Home Decor, 4″ Hoop by Stitch Culture on Etsy.
  2.  Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. [Quote from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Jean Luc Pickard] Cross Stitch PDF Pattern by BetaStitch, LadyBeta on Etsy.
  3. Suck It, Nerds. [Quote from Liz Lemon, 30 ROCK] Simple Home Decor, 3″ Art by StitchCulture on Etsy.
  4. Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner [Quote from Dirty Dancing, Johnny Castle played by Patrick Swayze] Beautiful and Charming, Hand Stitched, Ready-To-Hang Dirty Dancing Quote by My Heart & Anchor on Etsy.
  5. I Gave Her My Heart, She Gave Me A Pen. [Quote from Say Anything, by Lloyd Dobler played by Jon Cusack] Embroidery Hoop Art. Embroidered Quote, Ready To Ship by Gracey May on Etsy.
  6. I Saved Latin. What Did You Ever Do? [Quote from Rushmore, Max Fischer played by Jason Schwartzman] Embroidered Wall Art. Movie Quote by Gracey May on Etsy.
  7. There’s No Basement At The Alamo! [Quote from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Movie, voiced by Tina played by Jan Hooks to Pee-Wee played by Paul Reubens] Hand Embroidery Hoop – Pee-Wee by moxiedoll on Etsy.
  8. Does Barry Manilow Know You Raided His Wardrobe? [Quote from The Breakfast Club, John Bender played by Judd Nelson] Quote Framed Cross Stitch Sampler by Snarky Little Stitcher on Etsy.
  9. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. [Quote from The Office (US), voiced by Jim Halpert impersonating Dwight Schrute] Pop Culture TV Quote Hand Embroidery Hoop Art, Office Decor Wall Art by Stitch Culture on Etsy.
  10. Stay In The House, Carl. [Quote from The Walking Dead, said by pretty much every other character on the show, but he never stays in the frippen house, does he?] by Stitch Culture on Etsy.
  11. You’ve Got Red On You. [Quote from film Shaun of the Dead] Halloween Hand Embroidery Hoop Art, Zombie Blood Movie Quote Home Decor, 3″ by Stitch Culture on Etsy.
  12. I’m Not Crazy. My Mother Had Me Tested. [Quote from The Big Bang Theory, said by Sheldon Cooper played by Jim Parsons] Hand Embroidery Hoop Art – Television Quote Comedy Hoop by Stitch Culture on Etsy.
  13. I Don’t Have A Square To Spare, I Can’t Spare A Square. [Quote from Television Comedy “Seinfeld”, Episode ‘The Stall’ #76, dialogue between Elaine Benes played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Jane played by Jamie Gertz] Cross Stitch PDF Pattern by BetaStitch, LadyBeta on Etsy.
  14. No Day But Today. [Quote from the Broadway Musical “RENT” by Jonathan Larson] Hand Embroidery Hoop – Another Day by moxiedoll on Etsy.
  15. I Am So Smart. S – M – R – T. [Quote from Television Animated Comedy “The Simpsons”, Homer Simpson voice by Dan Castellaneta] Embroidery Hoop – TV Quote – Funny Television Home Back To School Dorm Decor by Stitch Culture on Etsy.
  16. You’re A Virgin Who Can’t Drive. [Quote from the 1995 film “Clueless”, said by Tai Frasier played by Brittany Murphy to Cher Horowitz, played by Alicia Silverstone] Hand Embroidery Hoop Art – 1990s Teen Movie Bright Pink Home Decor: Hoop Art by Stitch Culture on Etsy.
  17. Clear Alcohols Are For Rich Women On Diets. [Quote from TV Show ‘Parks and Rec.’, uttered by Ron Swanson played by Nick Offerman] Hand Embroidery Hoop Art – Parks and Rec TV Quote: Kitchen Home Decor by Stitch Culture on Etsy.
  18. And I Thought They Smelled Bad On The Outside. [Quote from STAR WARS: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, said by Han Solo played by Harrison Ford] Star Wars Embroidery for Tauntaun Lovers by Water Penny on Etsy.
  19. As You Wish. [Quote from the modern classic movie “The Princess Bride”, uttered repeatedly by Westley played by actor Cary Elwes] Cross Stitch Quote From The Princess Bride by (not so) Modern Millie on Etsy.
  20. There’s Always Money In The Banana Stand. [Quote from TV’s “Arrested Development” yelled by George Bluth at his son Michael Bluth, Season 1, Episode 2.] Cross Stitch Quote From Arrested Development by (not so) Modern Millie on Etsy.
  21. You Stay Classy, San Diego. [Quote from Comedy Film “Anchorman” starring Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy. This is his classic signature sign-off at the end of the News Broadcast.] Personalized Hand Embroidered Hoop Art – Customize to Your State, Home Decor by Stitch Culture on Etsy.
  22. Do Or Do Not. There Is No Try. [Quote from STAR WARS: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, said by Yoda, voiced by Frank Oz, to Luke Skywalker played by Mark Hamill] Hand Embroidered Hoop Art – Yoda Movie Quote/Motivational Embroidery Home Dorm Decor by Stitch Culture on Etsy.
  23. You Rush A Miracle Man, You Get Rotten Miracles. [Quote from “The Princess Bride”, uttered by Miracle Max, played by Billy Crystal] The Princess Bride Embroidery Hoop – Philosophical Movie Quote Home Decor – Made to Order by Stitch Culture on Etsy.
  24. My Name’s Not F#@!ing Warren. [Quote from 1995 Teen Flick “Empire Records”, said by “Warren” played by Brendan Sexton] Embroidery Hoop – Empire Records Movie Quote Home Decor/Mature by Stitch Culture on Etsy.

How did you do kids?  I had to look up five of these classics myself, though one of them was on the tip of my tongue and I was so close to getting it. Meanwhile, looking up all the details for you made this one of my most research dense Blog posts yet. Who loves you? This Gal! Have a fabulous Wacky & Wonderful Wednesday everyone.

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!

In The Fairy Garden – Teeny Tiny Tuesdays

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Elfin Garden Set Custom Order by Pandora Jane on Etsy.

 My Mother’s garden is infested with fairies, it’s true. Not only do they live in her garden, they magically know exactly what the children who visit are up to. The fairies have been known to leave tiny “notes” under a series of rocks on a small wooden ledge in the back of the garden where they live. Each child has their own rock of course and if my nieces and nephew leave a note under those rocks, the fairies actually reply.  Reading of these notes is a secret and special activity, and the only one who reads the children’s notes are the magical wee folk that reside in this backyard garden.

Fairy Door – Round Elf Style by Casualee on Etsy.
Made To Order Custom Fairy Doors by Muddy Muse Pottery on Etsy.
Oak Path [Goes With A Fairy Door] by Casualee on Etsy.
Gnome Home by Shanas Woodland Whimsy on Etsy.

The children, ranging in age from 6 to 14 are absolutely certain of this fact. They all know that the fairies are there and that they seem to know details about their lives that only those who possess magical qualities would know, such as when a tooth is lost, or a report card is received.  In the summer sunshine, you can see the flashing lights  that flicker across the trees and fences indicating that the fairies are about.  When the children arrive for a visit with their grandmother, they often insist that they have to go “check on the fairies” before any conversations can be had, they have their priorities straight, obviously.  Even my eldest niece, now just into her teens, has not forgotten the magic that is ‘real’ and alive in our lives.  She once asked me, “are they really real fairies”? I answered her, “what does your heart tell you?”  We both agreed that even if other people don’t believe, there is no harm in us believing in fairies, magic only lives in the hearts of true believers, as does faith in anything.

Fairy Tale Toad House by Clay Soul on Etsy.
3 Mushroom Garden Stakes – Ceramic Fairy Purple Amanita Muscari Fly Toadstools by Enchanted Mushroom Land on Etsy.
Garden Fairy Door Curlycue with Acorn Porch Light by Enchanted Pumpkin Art on Etsy.
Little Nook City Fairy Door by Sunny Side Up Studio on Etsy.

 So how do you know if you have an enchanted fairy garden on your patio, in your planters, in your backyard or garden? Simple, you need to put out the welcome mat and let them know they are welcome to stay.  It is as easy as placing a note in the right place, or providing the Fae with a wee portal, a doorway through which they can magically enter our world for even a few moments. Creating a fairy space is just that easy, a few tiny items, whether made by your own hands or purchased from the amazing artisans who specialize in fairy accouterments, and the whimsical fun can begin.

Hobgoblin Portal by Faekeepers Fairy Doors on Etsy.
Miniature Gnome/Faerie/Fairy/Elf/Hobbit Rustic Garden Arbor Archway by Nothin’ But Wood on Etsy.
Wooden Fairy Door, Daisy Magic Gnome Door or Portal, Maroon, 10 inch Tall Wood Door by Lovinglee Crafted on Etsy.
Miniature Garden Fence Pair – Goes With A Fairy Door by Casualee on Etsy.

 Today’s Teeny Tiny post is dedicated to the magical thinking of childhood, and how you can bring just a little bit of whimsy and magic into your life with tiny Eco-friendly touches that turn out to be a great way to get children interested in nature, in protecting all the tiny creatures in their backyard, and someday, understanding that our world is worth the effort to save.  Create your own fairy environment in your neighborhood, and use it as a launching pad to have a discussion with your children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews, about what is going on with the plants and animals around us.

Green Man Faerie Door by Faekeepers Fairy Doors on Etsy.
Miniature Garden Stove Pipe – Goes With A Fairy Door by Casualee on Etsy.
Miniature Garden Small Rock Bridge – Goes With A Fairy Door by Casualee on Etsy.
Mushroom Garden Stake by Hollyrocks on Etsy.

 There are many wonderful creators on Etsy, the home of the most lovely and accessible hand-made and vintage items for your home or garden, and some of them have a magical connection to fairies.  They have an exclusive license to build and share the portals, landscaping items, and decorations for a perfect [and perfectly easy] fairy garden.  Some of these items are meant for garden fairies, others are for the city dwelling wee folk, because let’s remember, fairies can live anywhere.

Miniature Garden Fairy Door, 7″ Tall Sunshine Door Garden Kit  [Window, Door, Bench] by Casualee on Etsy.
Tree Stump Pond Miniature Hand Made Dollhouse Garden Decor – For Fairy Gardens by Enchanted Mushroom Land on Etsy.
Pre-Order Very Cute Small Fairy Door – 3.25″x2.25″ – Die Stone Cast by Nirkin on Etsy.
Miniature Sign Wood Burned Dragonfly Rides Mixed Media Art Original by Walk Softly 13 on Etsy.

 Many communities are creating bylaws banning the use of pesticides and herbicides, added chemicals that not only get into our water system, but can harm the natural order of the Eco-system. What does this mean? It means you will have a wilder garden to contend with, perhaps a few more dandelions or wild flowers, and you will have a lot more wee pollinators buzzing about. Our environment doesn’t need the chemicals, and neither do the children who love to roll in the grass and pick tiny budding flowers. So embrace a little less order in your garden and use it to your advantage. Weeds and moss at the base of a tree make the perfect place to tuck a small fairy portal, it will be naturally camouflaged.  Fairies are more partial to wild spaces, or so I have heard.

Leaf Green Round Wooden Fairy Door with Blue Morpho Butterfly (4 1/2 Inches) by Entrance2Enchantment on Etsy.
Gnome Doors, Fairy Doors, Faerie/Elf – 9 Inch by Nothin’ But Wood on Etsy.
Fairy Door – Hobbit Purple by Enchanted Pumpkin Art on Etsy.
Fairies Live Here – Little Sign Marker Stake for Garden, Plant Pot, or Terrarium – Custom Made To Order by Sunshine Ceramics on Etsy.

 Why do the fairies in my Mother’s garden leave notes for the children? I think it is because they know my mother, a former teacher, appreciates that the children have to read the notes and respond to them by writing back.  It is a lovely little tradition she has started with them all, and it is a secret activity that makes the kids enjoy the visits to her backyard even more than you might expect. I have seen how thrilled they were to find these secret letters, and how upset they were when none was found for lack of their writing back in a timely fashion. My mother has to be quite stealth sometimes in being certain these letters are ‘in place’, sometimes the printer in her office begins magically producing multiple small notes on a single 8 1/2 x 11 page of paper, all in the most charming pastel coloured ink, just ready to whisk away and into place under the specific rocks on the ledge.

Toad Abode and Patio Stone Miniature Folk Art by Walk Softly 13 on Etsy.
Miniature Garden, Fairy Door 7″ Tall Kit [Includes Door, Window, Foot Bridge] by Casualee on Etsy.
Gnome Home Kit [Door, Window, Mailbox Stake, Welcome Mat] by The Gnome Shack on Etsy.
Fairy Garden Fence – Rusty Fence – Miniature White Picket Wooden Fence 2″ x 18″ Long by Teresa’s Plants & More Store on Etsy.

 This is a small sampling of some of my favorite fairy garden must-haves, and the links to the shops where you can buy these itty bitty magic-infused items.  Start planning for your spring garden now, and you will be all set once the nice weather arrives here in the Northern Hemisphere.  If you don’t have a garden, or live in an apartment or condo, as I do, think about a planter or a terrarium. There are many items on Etsy, not shown here, that are far more detailed and fragile, and not meant for outside use.  If your child has severe seasonal allergies, or is hyper-sensitive to sunlight, then consider creating a plant free fairy environment. Even the tooth fairy needs a small doorway into our world. Some of these doors can go in a child’s room or hallway, and there are many decals available as well that can give you the look of fairy inhabitants without the 3D profile. Make room for some Teeny Tiny guests and have a little fun with your green space.

Fairy Travelers Caravan Custom Order by Pandora Jane on Etsy.
Gnome/Fairy/Faerie Door, 12 Inch Rounded With Lion Knocker by Nothin’ But Wood on Etsy.
Miniature Garden Fence by Seeded Eucalyptus on Etsy.

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A Fairy Light Catcher

In my Mother’s backyard, the most magical feature of her “fairy garden” is created by the most unbelievably simple process. In my first pass on Etsy, I didn’t come across any of these Fairy Light Catchers, but I can tell you how to make them in a snap. And give you a link to a supplier than can provide the raw materials you will need.

Items Required: Small mirror pieces (Clear or Colored), any shape, approximately the size of a quarter or smaller and one or more reflective glass beads or clear/plastic bead from your stash. Fishing line or other clear string, if you prefer to use a natural thin rope that is weather proof, you can still achieve a similar effect.  A paper clip or ornament hanging hook. Hot glue gun or strong permanent weather-proof adhesive.

How To: Take two pieces of mirror (or a reflective glass bead) and place the two pieces so that the non-reflective sides are together. Create 5-8 pairs of mirrored pieces. Take a long piece of fishing line, approximately 2 meters (2 yards) in length. Place a bead (any sort) on the string and fold the entire string in half. Knot the string, or tie it, so the bead is secure.  Open one set of mirrors and add glue to both back (dull) sides of the mirror. place the string over one of the mirrors, just a few inches (8cm) from the bead, then place the paired mirror over the string so both reflective sides are facing out.  Continue this pattern, adding mirror pairs up the length of the fishing line string.  Finish the strand by placing the ornament hook or paper clip at the top end of the string, tie it firmly in place.

 You now have a strand of reflective garden fairies or Fairy Light Catchers. Hang from a planter hook, branch, or other object in the garden so that the strand can move gently in the breeze and catch sunlight. Light reflected from the mirrors will appear to “dance” over your garden, fence, and trees, and plants. It gives the appearance of small  moving “fairies” over the surfaces in your garden.  You can experiment with length of strands, beaded accents, and size and number of mirrors to achieve the effects you desire.  These Fairy Light Catchers hard to detect from a distance, as they blend in with the leaves and trees around them, and that is why they appear to be so magical.

If you are big on the Upcycling, and we all should be, try using broken shards of old DVDs or CDs, or any other reflective do-dads instead of mirrors. You can also create really long strands, several feet in length, that you can drape over a long tree branch or fence post or wall. It really depends on what you have to work with in your area. Enjoy!

The Curious Curiosity Box – Strange Stuff Saturdays

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Altered Art Tall Taper Handmade Box
by Patricia Hecker, Tattoo Dreams on Etsy

 Everybody needs somewhere to put all those little bits and bobs that manage to accumulate throughout the days, weeks, and months. You know the things I mean; concert ticket stubs, interesting coins, pebbles, bits of beach glass, marbles, buttons, broken jewelry, little handwritten notes, and other tiny treasures. The fact is, tossing them into a kitchen drawer or a bedside table means they are out of our sight and eventually out of our thoughts. Some items are too special to seal up in a plastic bag or shoe box, and sometimes things just get shuffled into the wrong pile and thrown away.

Wooden Trinket Box With Skeletal Hand
by The Curi-Oddity Shop on Etsy.

 Today’s Strange Stuff is also practical, all these “Altered Art” Boxes are not only strange and wonderful to look at, but a special place to hold all your own strange and wonderful things. All created by different hands, they would definitely stand out on a coffee table, dresser top, or desk.  Not only will you have somewhere to put all those small things, but it might help you edit your existing stash down to just the most special things that will fit into your new box of curiosities.

Box Altered Art Handmade With Secret Compartment OOAK
by Petrina Case, Petrina Case Studio on Etsy.

 Some of these are way out there, it is the day for strange and odd items after all, but the idea still holds.  There are many wonderful storage boxes and Altered Art boxes on Etsy, and they range in size from tiny Altoids Tins to an entire chests of drawers. You can find something to fit every taste and style, from contemporary to shabby chic, but I particularly like the odd little boxes in today’s post.

Piano Keys That Hold Treasures
by Doug Sorenson, Traveling Inkwell on Etsy.

 Does everyone collect the little bits of things they come across? I know it’s not just me, but some people don’t have the sort of sentimental connection to objects that others do. I am by no means a hoarder of everything I find in my travels, but I do like to hold on to things that have special meaning. What do you hold onto and what are your most treasured objects? Do they have a fitting place to stay? If not then you need to start thinking about where they belong, and how you can keep them safe and still enjoy looking through them every now and again. As a girl I would visit with my grandmother, and we would sit at her amazing vintage wooden vanity with it’s huge mirror, and go through the one drawer in the middle where she kept her most wonderful things. The gloves she wore to my parent’s wedding, the beaded handbags she used in her younger days, some fabulous “paste” rhinestone jewelry, and a collection of linen hankies, some with embroidery accents made by herself or her sisters and friends. Such wonderful memories.

Tarot Box, Witch Witchcraft Wiccan Pagan “Dratxx
Pippenwycks Wildwyck Woods on Etsy.

 In my mother’s home, there is a vintage box that is covered in a opalescent blue mother of pearl mosaic, it has a hinged lid, and if you open that lid and peek inside, you will find the most astonishing things. All collected from her yard, there is a monarch butterfly that somehow lost it’s way, a real fuzzy bumble bee that met a similar fate, along with a dragon fly and some other specimens. It sounds a bit macabre perhaps, but when you look closely at these amazingly preserved found “bugs” you get a real appreciation for the awesome beauty of nature.

Decoupage Box Keepsake Trinket Jewelry Storage Box
by Briana Lee, Blissful Treasures – Blushing Peach on Etsy.

 What do I love best about this little box of curiosities? All these tiny corpses were found by my young nieces and nephew as they explored their grandmother’s backyard, and the box sits in my mothers somewhat formal living room, along with all her other prized possessions. Every time the grand-kids see it, they feel compelled to peek inside and revisit those amazing creatures, and remember who found which one. I can only imagine the surprised looks of her contemporaries as they come over to have a luncheon or card night, and open this lovely little box and find, well, dead insects. Only those with a true appreciation for the precious and delicate creatures of this world will understand why they belong exactly where they are.

Vintage Altered Cigar Box – Let The Games Begin
by Kelly B., Kelly Bee’s Place on Etsy.

 Treasure the little things and place them in a fitting home, it is a wonderful tribute to the memories they trigger. Your children or grandchildren will treasure them all the more if you spend a little time sharing your collection with them, telling them about the items and where they came from.  You will smile every time you see your box of curiosities, and seeing the box alone will begin to remind you of what is inside.  It will be even more fun if your box is one of these strange and wonderful finds from Etsy.

“Rare” Raw Meat Jewelry Box OOAK
by Amarynth, Dead and Undead Horror Couture on Etsy.

NOTE: All artwork, products, and images in this post are the intellectual property and copyright of their respective creators, and the Etsy store indicated in the links under the items.  No infringement is intended.

Coasting Into The Weekend – Time Travel Thursdays

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Retro Hallmark Colorful Clock Happy New Years Paper Coasters (12) at Boston Bag Lady

One of the most unappreciated and hardest working items in your home is sitting right there under your beverage of choice. Whether it be coffee, tea, cola, water, or some newfangled energy drink, when we go to place it down on our desk or coffee table, we usually plunk it right down on a coaster. If you don’t have any, you either have a series of lovely water mark rings all over the furniture, or you have been making do with any book, towel, or piece of mail that might be lying close at hand when you need it.

Mod Faux Tortoiseshell Coasters – Soovia Janis at Retrospective Orange
Fabulous Set of Vintage Straw Coasters – Olive Green and Turquoise – 1960s at Renaissance Couture

Since it is Time Travel day here at the Fab, I decided it was time to take a look back at some Coasters from the past. I am not referring to The Coasters by the way, you know, the band that gave us such great hits as “Charlie Brown” and “Yakety Yak” way back in the 1950s. Not one to let the opportunity pass, I will give you a little musical accompaniment to this post. Enjoy looking at these adorable and clearly fabulous vintage coasters, all available on Etsy right now. All the links are listed under the images so you can go check them out and get some great vintage goodness into your humble abode very soon. This is just a small sample of course, there are many other styles and colors listed from a variety of eras in addition to the heaps of new, upcycled, or hand-made coasters listed on Etsy.

Vintage 50s/60s Party Coasters at Nevermore Vintage
Aluminum Coaster Set 6 Pastel Colors Mid Century 1950’s Vintage by CraZy DreamZ

Coasters do their job, and that is a wonderful thing, but they can also be incredibly hip, kitschy, or decorative too. Your mother or grandmother may have been adamant that you use one on her wooden furniture, but today’s IKEA particle board and laminate home decor is much more forgiving. So why get yourself coasters, you ask? Because it’s a way of personalizing your space and adding a little extra touch of wonderful in a very cookie-cutter world. Vintage coasters, in particular, are really fun to collect, they are made with so many materials, and they will be a great topic of conversation at your next house party. Need yet another reason to love vintage coasters? Most of these sets range from $10 – $20 USD per set, a lot less then you would expect for something that is practically one of a kind these days. OK, now I can relax and set my iced glass of Coke Zero down without fear as I “coast” into Friday.

Fantastic Plastic

Citrus Coasters (1960-1970) at Wolf House Vintage
Vintage Set of Eight Coasters In Caddy at BMTvintage
Fifties Style Blue Green Coasters with Holder at OldLibrary
1970s Vintage Orange and Yellow Plastic Turtle Coasters at Tattered Lace

Paper & Felt

Vintage 1960s Hallmark Retro Mod Felt Cocktail Coasters at Let’s Love Vintage
Set of Vintage Coasters Depicting the 1932 Chevrolet Roadster at Memory Saver Vintage Treasures
Perky Pink Poodle, Ready For Drinks (6) at tinygirl vintage
Vintage Novelty Coasters/Ashtrays in Original Box at NeatoKeen
Vintage Martha and the Vandellas Paper Coaster Set at Retroclectic
Vintage 1960s Retro Card Party Coasters (Set of 11) at Shutter and Sparks
Pimpernel Coasters Set of 6 Made in England, Tennis Anyone? at Sweetie2Sweetie
Smartie Coasters Cocktail Mats – Cheeky Sayings at Tree House Club
Vintage Set of Cocktail Coasters – Liquor Bottles – New Years Eve Cocktail Party at Vintage Zen

Flora & Fauna

Vintage Coaster Set In Box From Japan (8) at kris67
Vintage Coasters Six Coasters Gold and White with Daisies by Wm. A Rogers Ltd. Made in Japan at It’s A Good Thing
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Flower Coasters at Moderra
Vintage Orange & Gold Coasters in a Canister (6) at OrWa Designs
Vintage China Coasters from England at Quaint Collector
Vintage Glass Coaster Set – 4 Leaf Clover Design at Ric’s Relics

Vintage Danish Modern Wood Pear Coaster Set (6) with Stand at littlegoodwolf

Everything Else

Vintage Cocktail Party Coasters. 1950s French Language Humor/Gag at RubyFloy
Set of Four Ceramic French Fancy Designed Coasters with Cork Bottoms at My Oh Miles
Vintage Pewter Coasters Made in Bolivia, Rare Find at HanieBCreations
Susie Cooper Kestrel Design – Set of 4 Saucers or Coasters at Florence & Ruby Vintage

Non-Pro Tip

6 Vintage Big-Eye Love Girl Tin Litho Tea Set Plates at VintageFunland

Before I go, I wanted to add my own little Upcycle-It Tip for all you fun kitschy doll-loving one-of-a-kind [OOAK] type folks out there. When I saw that Florence & Ruby Vintage was using small demitasse saucers as coasters (a brilliant idea actually), I took it one step farther and offer up this sweet little twist.

7 Vintage OHIO ARTS Childs Tin PLATES Colorful Designs Graphics Toy Assemblage at Sweet Kate

Remember all those awesome Tea Sets we played with as kids? That little set of plates and dishes we would pile Cheerios on to play house with, and then never pretend to wash? If you can find a great set of those little Vintage goodies in your Etsy travels, you may just have found the most ninja-butt-kicking set of OOAK coasters for your funky little crash pad.  Remember to check the diameter of the plate in the item description so that you can be sure your favorite cuppa will sit in it nicely.  You can get a matching set of plates, or if you really want to shake things up, or give them a stir [your call], mix and match a pile of little tin plates for a OOAK collection of great coasters that will cost you just a few dollars to pull together.

Let’s Have A Tea Party. Instant Collection — 9 Child’s Metal Tin Plate Set at Online Vintage