Category Archives: Jewelry

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.

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. 

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?

Best Friends Forever – Sweetness Sundays

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We have all, at some time or other, been grateful for our true friends. Not just our acquaintances, but the people who know us sometimes even better than our own families do.  If you have a best friend, or several, you know that these relationships are very special. Sometimes these relationships start in childhood, others form later in life. Our best friends can be neighbors, sometimes they are actually family members, a close aged cousin or sibling, and sometimes they are even our spouses.  Whomever you call your best friend, make sure they know how very special they are to you. [All Item/Image Credits And Details Follow At Bottom of Post]

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We did it easily in childhood, we would ‘claim’ our best friends as such in front of classmates or contemporaries. We would hold their hands, share secrets, have sleepovers, and they would be the person we saved a seat for at the lunch table or at our birthday parties.  As adults, it is somewhat more difficult to express publicly our friendly affections without it feeling a bit odd, we may hug them hello or give them a quick squeeze when we say goodbye, but we often assume they understand how much they mean to us.

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 Sometimes they do know, and that is perfectly wonderful. But no best friend ever complained that they heard too often how much they mattered in another persons life.  Often the times we most rely on these friends are the hardest moments in our lifetimes.  When we suffer the loss of a loved one, when we go through a trauma, when we end a significant relationship.  During those times, we are often not in a place to be aware just how much we are dependent on our very best friend.

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These are the people that make us laugh at ourselves and know just what to say to make us know they are happy just to be with us when we are miserable. Think about the last time you laughed till you cried, laughed so hard that your sides hurt and you doubled over, was it your best friend that made your sides split?

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Real friends would never complain of it being a burden, they understand that the nature of the best friend relationship is based in the reciprocity it allows. We are there for them when they need us, and they are there for us in our hard times, that is just the way it works, at least with true best friends. One-sided relationships are often exhausting and rarely last, but a true best friendship is one of the most sacred bonds we may ever know.  Therefore, today’s Sweetness Sundays post is dedicated to that sweet relationship known as the Best Friend.

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Children have become hooked on the term “BFF“, meaning Best Friends Forever. We can blame that lovely little bit of terminology to the likes of Paris Hilton, who popularized it on her TV reality show. Teens often refer to their best friends as “Besties“, I hear that term quite frequently from my neices. Adults tend to drop the “Best” part, we know who our closest friends are and don’t want to make any of our general acquaintance feel awkward by pointing it out.  Whatever we call them, whoever they are, make sure you make a point this Valentine’s Day of telling your best friend(s) that you love them.

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Valentine’s Day, in my mind, is a day we celebrate love in all it’s forms, not merely romantic love.  We are expected to send cheesy cards to our spouse, partner, or significant other. Parents often remember their children on St. Valentine’s Day, and children often pepper their entire classroom full of peers with themed printed Valentine’s Day cards.  If you want to really show your friends you care, take a lesson from any parent of young children, there is nothing more precious than something hand-made with love and care.

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If you aren’t crafty, well that’s where the good news comes in, there are lots of people who are. You can find heaps of lovely best friend ‘themed’ gifts and cards on Etsy and other on-line sources.  Personally, I choose to feature Etsy vendors often because I find the process of shopping Etsy to be so simple. The descriptions are usually very clear, you can see what you are getting and the images are often so beautiful and attractive that you can get a real sense of the objects special qualities, and you can almost always pay securely by PayPal.  Today’s post is packed with amazing items celebrating the special friendships in our lives, and no matter what your age, you can never tell your friends enough just how much they are valued.

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If your child has a best friend, or if you know a child that does, make sure you encourage them to acknowledge the relationship for how special it is.  We may have many best-friends throughout a lifetime, but the value of the relationship is a certainty.  Call your best friend today and tell them how much you care and how much they mean to you. Now isn’t that sweet?

  1. BFF Chain Link Hat & Wristmarmer Set Crochet PATTERN Fits 4T – Preteen PDF 121 by Kristine Mullen, Ambassador Crochet on Etsy.
  2. Little Girls’ BFF Matching Hand Bags by ZeeaDarling, FilthyCute Boutique on Etsy.
  3. Best Friends Necklaces BFF – Oreao Cookie Necklace – Cute Necklaces – Kawaii Heart Charms – Best Friend Jewelry by Kawaii Desu Ne, oh, it’s cute! on Etsy.
  4. Best Friend Art Print – Home Room Decor – Gift For Friend – 8×10 Print by Jordan Eaks, Something Beautiful Photography on Etsy.
  5. Best Friend, Sister Art Print – HUMAN NATURE by Shira Sela, Shirae on Etsy.
  6. Best Friends Necklace – Two Necklaces by Mary Beth Heishman, I Adorn U on Etsy.
  7. Friendship Art Print – Best Friends – Archival – Limited Edition Print -8×8 – 2 divided by 2 equals by cori dantini by Cori Dantini, corid on Etsy.
  8. Best Friends Art Print Room Decor – You Are My Best Friend Ever – 8×10 Art Print by Ortal, 2010 Gifts For All on Etsy.
  9. Set Of Two Best Friend Enamel Owl Necklaces – Hand Stamped Necklace Best Friends Gift by Kristen, Kikiburra Beads on Etsy.
  10. B.F.F. 11×15.5 Giclee Print – Best Friends, Girlfriends, Sisters, Contemporary Art, Friendship, Love by Jahna Vashti on Etsy.
  11. Best Friends – Boys – 8×10 Archival Print by Rosy Designs Online on Etsy.
  12. Two Peas in a Pod Best Friends Necklaces, Mother Daughter Necklaces, Sisters Necklaces by Dragon Fly Tears on Etsy.
  13. Best Friends Handmade Fabric Dolls by Laura Hunter, Roving Ovine on Etsy.
  14. Custom BFF Best Friend Art Print Set // 8×8 by Kate Gabrielle, Flapper Doodle on Etsy.
  15. Hand Stamped Bestie BFF ONE WORD Best Friends Cuff Bracelet Aluminum Set of 2 Friendship by Kitty, Always A Memory on Etsy.
  16. You Plus Me Equals Awesome, Awesome Print, Wedding Print, 8×10, Best Friends. Custom Colors Available by Rose, Pumpkin and Butterfly on Etsy.
  17. Best Friend Greeting Card by Alisson Burda, Artsy Fartsy on Etsy.
  18. BFF Necklace Set in Teal by Jessica Marshall, Jessica Marshall Jewelry on Etsy.
  19. Greeting Card… Best Friends by Christa Howard, C Howard Designs on Etsy.
  20. Available for Pre-Order Only, Set of 2 Best Friends Initial Letter Bow Necklaces, Limited Edition by Indie Meadow on Etsy.
  21. Best Friends Postcard by Sophie Parker on Etsy.
  22. The Best Friends Girls Art Print by Claudia Tremblay, Print Illustrations on Etsy.
  23. Seahorse Buddies – Best Friend Necklace Set by Wishbowl Jewelry on Etsy.
  24. Gumby and Pokey Best Friends Black and White Wall Art Mexican Framed Print by Michael Dexter, DexMex on Etsy.

Inconceivably Quotable Princess Bride – Wacky & Wonderful Wednesdays

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The Princess Bride – As You Wish Poster by Amy McAdams-Gonzales, Amy McAdams Design on Etsy. 11’x17′ Print $25.00 USD.

There is a movie that holds perhaps the most amazingly quotable lines of dialogue in the history of cinema. It is so quotable, in fact, that often times individuals will use snippets of this brilliant script in their everyday speech without realizing it. For instance, someone recently asked me how I was feeling while I was in the grip of a nasty chest cold, my response “I’ve been mostly dead all day”. I laughed at myself, and then wondered if I did just unconscious quote The Princess Bride.

Inigo Montoya Card by Rakkadeer on Etsy. Print on Glossy Cardstock, 4.25″x5.5″, Envelope Included. $3.00 USD, T-Shirt Also Available.

The Princess Bride is literally a film for the whole family. Children love it, romantics love it, and the geek crowd adore it.  You have a lovely couple of actors in Cary Elwes and Robin Wright playing the romantic leads,  Wesley and Princess Buttercup. The charismatic Mandy Patinkin as the ever revenge quest fueled Inigo Montoya, and Billy Crystal as a  hysterically funny magic man are brilliant casting moves.  Who can forget adorable Fred Savage as the bed-bound grandson to the amazing Peter Falk, our narrator.

Love Is Many Things, None Of Them Logical – Princess Bride by Cassie Barentine, Chicky Lovit! on Etsy. 16″ or 18″ Snake Chain Included. $11.00 USD.

Wallace Shawn is utter perfection as the wicked Vizzini, who finds just about everything “inconceivable”. Sweet Andre the Giant fills the role of the gentle giant Fezzik, who is a loyal friend and who, despite his size, has the most gentle of souls. A bounty of silly baddies, and you have yourself a winning cast.  It is this motley collection of characters, and the brilliantly written script of William Goldman, in the hands of director Rob Reiner that makes The Princess Bride a winner on so many levels. You know a movie is one for the ages when you can watch it over and over and still find it wonderful every time.

The Princess Bride – A Classic Quote T-Shirt by Lauren Odell Usher, Upcycled Unlimited on Etsy. Screen Print on Second Hand Women’s Size L, $30.00 USD.

So back to our lovely geekery themed Wednesday post. You know that something has hit critical mass with the geeks, nerds, and “inside joke” types when it becomes a pop-culture phenom, as is the case with The Princess Bride. The quote worthy nature of this movie has not been lost on the fabulously creative crowd over at Etsy.  Today I present you a selection of items that celebrate this beloved film, it’s characters and dialogue, it’s sentiments and silliness.  Hooray for Wednesdays, and Happy “Humperdinck” Day everyone! [That is a ‘Princess Bride’ reference, and if you didn’t know that in an instant, Netflix it or load up the Blue Rays people!]

The Princess Bride Inigo Montoya Hand Pulled Limited Edition Screen Print by Barry Bulsara, Barry D Bulsara on Etsy. Limited Edition of 250, 42cmX59cm. $65.00 USD.

PRINT Fezzik & Inigo Detail Digital Print from Original Painting by Kelly Kerrigan, Tramp Lamps on Etsy. 8.5″x11″ on Card Stock, Ready To Frame. $8.00 USD.

The Princess Bride Magnet Word Set by Kelly and Scott Smith, Refrigerator Prose on Etsy. Over 275 Words, Unique Fonts, Some Blank Magnets Included. $12.00 USD.

The Princess Bride Minimalist Movie Poster by Lynsey, Entropy Trading Company on Etsy. 11″x14″ On Matte Photo Paper. Other Sizes Available. $14.99 USD.

As You Wish: A Scrabble Game Tile Pendant Charm by Home Studio on Etsy. 3/4″ Square. Free Australia Shipping. Chain Not Included. $8.95 USD.

Princess Bride T-Shirt – Westley As The Dread Pirate Roberts by Mr Cloud Dot Com on Etsy. Available in Black & Pink, Adult S-XXL, Kids & Ladies Sizes. $15.99 USD.

Pixel People – The Princess Bride – PDF Cross Stitch Pattern by Jacqueline, Wee Little Stitches on Etsy. [This Entire Shop Is Geekery Heaven] $6.00 USD.

Princess Bride Notebook Recycled VHS Journal by Momsmedia on Etsy. 60 Sheets of Acid-Free Unlined Paper. Clear Plastic Coil. 7.25″x4″. $8.00 USD. [Love These!]

Princess Bride Handstamped Bracelet – Have Fun Storming The Castle – Narrow Aluminum Cuff by foxwise on Etsy. Customization Welcome. 1/4″x6″. $14.95 USD

Valentine’s Day, Typography Art Print – Love Quote – As You Wish – Princess Bride Movie Quote, True Love by Erin B., C Is For Color on Etsy. 8″x10″. $17.75 USD.

Princess Bride Inigo Montoya Badge/Pin by Julie Smith, Bohemian Craftsody on Etsy. 1-3/4″x1″. Shipped In Kraft Jewelry Box. $8.00 USD.

You Seem A Decent Fellow, I Hate To Kill You – Princess Bride by Cassie Barentine, Chicky Lovit on Etsy. 16″ or 18″ Snake Chain Included. $10.00 USD.

Princess Bride “I Am Not Left Handed” T-Shirt – Fencing Dread Pirate Roberts/Wesley by Dannyella Michiella on Etsy. Mens S-3X, Women’s XS-3X. $16.00 USD.

PDF Original Cross Stitch Pattern – Anybody Want A Peanut – The Princess Bride by Kristy Kizzee, Bombastitch on Etsy. Email or Mailed Instructions. $4.00 USD.

INCONCEIVABLE Princess Bride Quote Hand Pulled Large Lino Block Print by Greenesleeves on Etsy. Purple Letters w/ Green Border. 6″x8″. $15.00 USD.

Hello, My Name Is Inigo Montoya. You Killed My Father, Prepare To Die. Brooch by Evolution Laser Works. Approx. 3″x2″, Birch, Locking Pin Faster. $15.00 USD.

Dread Pirate Roberts Princess Bride Vintage Dictionary Altered Art Page by The Crafty Celtic Lass on Etsy. 8″x10 1/2″ Vintage Dictionary Page. $5.00 USD.

Hello My Name is Inigo Montoya Parody T-Shirt by Hot Monkey Graphics on Etsy. 100% Preshrunk Cotton Mens, Womens, & Youth Sizes. $16.99 USD.
Wuv Twu Wuv – 8 x 10 Quote Print – The Princess Bride by Tess, Tessyla on Etsy. Four Color Options – Red, White, Gray. Archival Quality Print. $20.00 USD.

Princess Bride Sticker – Iocane by Pete, Purple Cactus Design on Etsy. Waterproof Vinyl. 9.5cmX7.5cm. Also Available as T-Shirt. $3.50 USD.

Admit it, you are thinking about watching The Princess Bride again tonight. Think you can name a more quotable film? As I told you, it would be absolutely, totally, and in all other ways inconceivable. I think my work is done here.

Uncultured Pearls – Motley Mode Mondays

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Genuine Irregular Shaped Pearl Wrapped in 925 Silver, On Silver Chain – B039 by bettylaboutique on Etsy.

It’s fashion post Mondays again, and this week I decided to get all wrapped up in what I call “Uncultured Pearls”. A bit of word play on my part, but it all started with a little look about for irregular shaped pearl jewelry, and then it turned into something else. Irregular jewelry is something that is not really seen in the local jewelry store at the mall or big name designer stores. Those places offer mass produced items, and even if they have customization options, as with a charm bracelet, they are not truly one-of-a-kind [OOAK] items if they can be duplicated exactly by just about anyone with the cash. You would have to work with a jeweler to design something really unique for your Valentine Sweetheart, the only other option is to go with a vintage jewelry piece, which is also wonderful but sometimes very costly.

Broken China Jewelry Handcrafted August Birthday Month Pendant Necklace By Charmedware on Etsy.

Irregular Beautiful Colored Porcelain Pendant OOAK by Porcelain Art Jewelry on Etsy.
Broken China Red Heart Necklace by Robin’s Nest Creations on Etsy.

So what are the options for those of us who want to wear, or gift, OOAK jewelry items that don’t take weeks of planning or searching in a little independent jewelry store or consignment shop? Well, the internet of course. Etsy in particular is a great place to look for really high quality items, it offers small cottage industry artisans a place to sell their one of a kind designs to a wide audience. If you are buying something for a OOAK person, then you want a OOAK item.

Dark Matter – Alchemist – Original Dall Parts Locket Necklace by KarolinFelix on Etsy.
Baby Blue – Retro Specimen, Cabinet of Curiosities Doll Parts Necklace by KarolinFelix on Etsy

Red and White Dots Brooch, Love Valentine’s Day by Cerasa’s KITCHen on Etsy.

Here is a beautiful selection of jewelry made with unique items; irregular pearls, odd shaped stones, strange and unique combinations of materials. Sometimes it is how the items are used not so much the fact that they are being used at all that makes for that unique item. Just a simple pendant necklace becomes a really eye-catching creation , it’s a bit like wearing a tiny museum around your neck.

Golden Pyrite Necklace, Freeform Chunky Gemstone Cube, Oxidized Sterling Silver by Great Expectations on Etsy.

 Natural Agate Necklace by Kezi Handmade Jewelry on Etsy.

Strings of beads in semi-precious stones, shells, pearls, glass, coral, or wood strung in unique colour combinations can become absolute show stoppers when they go ‘outside the box’ and use seemingly random combinations. Using materials not normally associated with fashion jewelry making is also really special. Crochet, ribbons, silk flowers, or fabric yo-yos can have huge eye appeal.

Irregular Textile Choker by PirilampoRiscado on Etsy

Chunky Beaded Necklace by Crafts and Love on Etsy.

Dark Red Tones Crochet Long Necklace, Handmade and Beaded, Fabric Roses Flowers by seragun on Etsy.

Even if there are traditional elements to the piece of Jewelry in question, a unique color combination or unique construction method can be very special for a wearer that may not be looking for a statement so much as a piece with personality.

Hand Beaded Green and Light Brown Toned Necklace by ObsidianRain on Etsy.

Charming Mother of Pearl Ring In Warm Colors by DortheasDesign on Etsy.

Necklaces With Free Form Embroidered Pendants MADE TO ORDER by MisPearlBerry on Etsy.

Asymmetrical placements of featured pendants or embellishments, such as a floral element, really add a lot of impact visually. Our eyes and brains are trained to recognize patterns, and when they are not obvious or as expected, they draw our attention as we try to sort out the elements we are looking at. My favorite irregular and OOAK item in Jewelry of any sort is the Pearl, particularly natural pearl with irregular shapes. I find them to be natural wonders, the way pearls and mother of pearl is created is so interesting. Grains of sand that are coated in lacquer over long decades and suddenly you have a beautiful and natural jewel. 

Awesome Three Mother of Pearl Flower, Leaves, Beads – Twisted Wire – Show Stopper by Bella Mia Creations on Etsy.

Copper Wrapped Champaigne Keishi Pearls Necklace by Mayahelena Jewelry on Etsy.

So love those irregular Uncultured Pearls, those OOAK wearable pieces or art. If you want to be a cookie cutter and have the same heart shaped dog tag around your neck as every other person in your circle of friends, that’s fine. But I am more partial to being the one wearing the piece that no one else will ever be able to duplicate because it is mine alone.  Show your Valentine that they are your OOAK work of art by giving them jewelry that is as OOAK as they are.

Roller Derby Dreams [Part 2] – Wacky & Wonderful Wednesdays

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So all you Roller Derby wanna-be babes, like me, we have covered a lot of Fabulous finds in Part 1 of this post. We started with “The Jammin Jewelry” and moved on to “The Blockin Bags“, and amazing array of hand-made, unique, and one of a kind items from all over Etsy, and all with a nod to Roller Derby Divas. We now roll on to “The Whipin Wearable“, “The Pivoting Prints and Painted Things“, and last but certainly not least “The Derby Decor

The Whipin Wearables

Va-Va-VOOM Ruffle Butt Hot Pants in Pink – Made to Order by Anna Wilkerson, xANNABOTx on Etsy.

Pretty Girls Turn Heads Roller Girls Break Necks Roller Derby shirt on Alstyle Apparel by Derby Love, blacksheepsk8 on Etsy.

Hand crocheted newborn baby roller derby rollerskates with flower by Charlie Farley, Lottie’s Creations on Etsy.

Skate Scarf and Arm Warmer Set in black and white by Erica, Caustic Threads on Etsy.

Roller derby shorts, The Maple leaf – Canadian flag by Nichola, knickerockeroller on Etsy.

i heart derby girls roller derby shirt by Lyn Hooley, Replica Chicago Inc. on Etsy.

Pair of lime green roller skate patches (more and custom colors available) by Clare, Dolly Cool on Etsy.

Big Girl Panties Magnet or Button – You Choose by Tamara Kraft, Pithitude on Etsy.

The Pivoting Prints and Painted Things

Jammer: 8.5 x 11 magenta on textured white by Heather Webster, Donutdisco Prints on Etsy.


Movie poster Whip It 12×18 inches print by Claudia, Claudia Varosio on Etsy.

11X14 Tattoo Inspired Roller Derby Tribute by Whim Factory on Etsy.

Pop Skates by Lauren Kurtz, ElPonyP on Etsy.

Derby Doll – 8×10 giclee pinup print by Jen Oaks, Jen Oaks Illustration on Etsy.

Retro Roller Skates Photography – TTV Fine Art, roller derby photography , green, red, white on rustic chair – 5×5 by Megan, Jade Eye Photographer on Etsy.

Roller Derby Girl Print by Matt Mulford, Mulford Arts on Etsy.

Bonnie N. Collide, Nine to Five Roller Derby Comic by Monica Gallagher, Lipstick Kiss Press on Etsy.

The Derby Decor

Roller Derby girl theme cushion by Gail, ANTEMACCASSA on Etsy.

Roller Derby Mug or Planter – Vintage Disco Skate Ceramic Cup by Tiffa, Hippopo Vintage on Etsy.

Derby Love gift card set. by Infrared Studio on Etsy.

roller derby legs window/car decal by Neil, beepart! on Etsy.

Don’t you just love living vicariously through a little shopping therapy? In this case window shopping as it were. Next time you need a little reminder of how truly tough and cool girls can be, just think about the women of Roller Derby.

NOTE: Official Whip It Theatrical Release Poster above. Directed by Drew Barrymore. Staring Ellen Page, Kristen Whig, Juliette Lewis. Released in 2009.

Roller Derby Dreams [Part 1] – Wacky & Wonderful Wednesdays

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OK girls, it’s time to fess up, how many of you have harbored dreams of Roller Derby stardom? I know I have. There is something so bad-ass about the women who Whip It. There seem fearless, fierce, and wild. At one time or another we have all wished we had a place to go, a secret life, where we were strong and powerful, where we had the camaraderie of kindred spirits, where we could let off some steam. We may never actually have the guts to do it, but we can all dream of a night of Roller Derby action. If you haven’t seen it, you need to have a girl’s night where you order up Drew Barrymore’s Whip It (2009) on your Netflix, and live vicariously. I promise you will love it, Ellen Page is brilliant and it is a girl-power fest.



Redhead Rollergirl by Rhoda Perdition on Etsy.

Now that you have a little Roller Derby love-in going on, you will naturally want to have some wonderful trinkets and reminders of the romance. And that’s where Etsy comes in to this little story. There is a whole set of fabulous creators that celebrate Roller Derby babes, culture, and fans. Whether you are a Blocker, Jammer, or Pivot, you’ve got to appreciate some home spun fandom. Here is a Fab sampling of some of my favorite Derby delights.

The Jammin Jewelry

Derby Chicks Rule Brooch in Rainbow by Amanda Whitelaw, Hungry Designs on Etsy.

Silver Roller Derby Winged Skate Necklace by Lauren Grace, Lauren Grace Jewelry on Etsy.

Blue Locket Necklace Roller Derby Queen Vintage Locket by Birds of Oregon on Etsy.

ROLLER DERBY Ring Solid Sterling Silver. Best Derby Accessory, Apart From Your Skates and Protective Gear by Glam Rock Emporium on Etsy.

Rainbow Socks Roller Girl – Roller Skating Scrabble Tile Pendant – Silver Plated Ball Chain Included by Michelle, Creations by M on Etsy.

AWESOME KITSCH ROCKABILLY ROLLER DERBY SKATE NECKLACE by LuliCool on Etsy.

White Resin Roller Derby Love Pendant by Jaime Johnson, Hard Candy Tattoos on Etsy.

Roller Derby Jammer Star BOTTLE OPENER with Keychain 2-1/4 2.25 Green and Black by Amanda Maria Edmonds, amepix on Etsy.

Custom Personalized Pendant – Your Name surrounded by glitter by High Strung Bead on Etsy.

The Blockin Bags

Fuchsia Bird and the Hand Power Skate Tote by Flat Track Revolution on Etsy.

Roller Derby Skates Reusable Natural Cotton Canvas Grocery Tote Bag (Choose Your Ink Color) by Linthound on Etsy.

roller skate clutch – “roller derby disco queen” : hot pink skates on black & white stripes by Kirsten Rangel, Snap Dragon Style on Etsy.

Roller Derby Girl on Girl Action Heads Are Gonna Roll Skating Pinups Cigarette Case or Wallet by SweetHeartSinner Creations on Etsy.

I heart roller derby – Zach Trover for Tinymeat, Wallet by Michael Wood, tinymeat on Etsy.

Roller derby mini messenger bag, mini messenger with pockets, hurt in a skirt, The Falcon by Karen, Zoe’s Bag Boutique on Etsy.

Flask – 8oz. – Hell on Wheels – Stainless Steel by Trixie and Milo on Etsy.


Want More? Of course you do! Check out “The Whipin Wearable“, “The Pivoting Prints and Painted Things“, and last but certainly not least “The Derby Decor” in Part 2 of this post!