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Motley Mode Mondays – Wrap and Roll

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This Monday’s fashion spotlight falls upon the one accessory that needs no sizing, no dressing rooms to squeeze into, and is stylish on any member of your family from the little monkeys to mom and dad. While Mother Nature is making up her mind about whether or not to “Let it Snow”, you can always get cozy in a great scarf. Scarves are versatile and stylish these days, a scarf can jazz up a simple and functional on-the-go look, or be the wow factor in your practical winter wardrobe. Here are an arms load of great custom handmade scarves for everyone you can think of, and with Valentine’s Day less than a month away, this is one accessory that can you can give to everyone on your “I Love You” list. Think of it as a walking hug that your loved ones can take everywhere they go.

If you are looking for a simple but stylish scarf, try a Hand Knit Button Up/Button Down Cowl Scarf from Windy City Knits on Etsy. This one is in a lovely soft Heather Gray, but other colours and styles are available, as is a PDF Pattern document if you want to knit it yourself. This item cuts down on the bulk of traditional scarves, and keeps the style factor intact.

This Chunky Hooded Scarf, shown in a luscious Lemongrass hues wool, is a one piece scarf that can be wrapped up around the head once to form an instant hood. Made with a wool blend chunky yarn, Shanionie on Etsy also offers her items in a chunky acrylic yarn for those allergic to wool.

If you love to do-it-for-yourself, you will have to take a quick trip to Fairbanks, Alaska Native Tara Murray’s shop on Etsy. Mammachee offers the most delicious crochet patterns for warm wooly wear, like this Crochet Cowl Pattern – Loopy/Hoody Cowl Scarf, which makes not only toddler and child versions, but also adult sized versions of this scarf for just $4.00 USD.

This stunning Chunky Braided Infinity Cowl Scarf was snapped up from Kay Lim’s Kay Lim Designs Shop on Etsy within 24 hours of my spotting it, and you can easily see why. Made to order, Kay offers unique pieces, all with slight differences, as they are all handmade. This item is a multi-fabric circle scarfin a cotton french terry and cotton jersey elements, raw finishes and the ability to style it in a variety of different creative ways. These scarves are unisex items, and add a really hip stylish touch to any ensemble. No doubt Kay Lim will be offering more soon, but in the meanwhile, you can take a look at her other brilliant work in her Etsy Shop.

For the men on your shopping list, you might consider this classic Dark Brown & Cream Handmade Crochet Scarf. A large two colour plaid design, you can request a version with or without a tassel fringed edge. Handmade in Turkey by Asu Crochet, a visit to this Etsy Shop now offers a limited time free shipping Valentine’s Day offer, and there is a large selection of other beautiful items available for purchase.

If colour is your preference, you can’t get more colourful than this one-of-a-kind [OOAK] Every Day is a Pleasant Day Unisex Cozy Scarf by Fluur of Vancouver, British Columbia. Check the photo-gallery below for a quickfire look at a spattering of more amazing scarf offerings on Etsy, and the shops that you can nab them at.

Wrap them for sub-zero temps in style withThe Alaskan Infinity Scarf by Ozetta on Etsy.

For the lovable geeks, The Super Long Doctor Who Scarf by Lassarina will do the trick.

Narrow Avenue, purveyors of simply lovely custom knits on Etsy, will show you what a difference a button, or two, can make with this Custom Knit Cowl Neck Scarf

Another great knitting pattern for you crafty and elegant types comes from Sadie & Oliver on Etsy. This stunning Drifting Pearls Scarf Knitting Pattern comes in PDF format so you can select the colour(s) for yourself. Jennifer Lang of Calgary, Alberta has this and many other lovely patterns and fully knit items available in her Etsy Shop. Too many great scarves abound on Etsy, this is a highly edited list of my personal favorites, but just run a basic search and you will find the scarf of your dreams. If you can find the date of your dreams for Valentine’s Day, at least you can have the scarf. Aren’t you glad it’s Monday?

Link: Get Started On Etsy

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Sweetness Sundays – Huggable Lunch

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Today’s featured “Sweet” items are truly appetizing, delicious, and absolutely calorie free. What, you may ask could possibly be all that and a bag of chips? Food themed Pillows and Plush, toys, and trinkets, of course. These are the gastronomic delights you can set down on the couch and take into the bed, no mess, no spills, no crumbs, all fun. All of these sweet, sour, and savory treats are handmade with love by some very special artists and available to “Nom” on in their Etsy Shops.

The first pillows I pounced on are by diffraction FIBER, how could I resist the yummy factor of the adorable Made for Each Other Pillow Set featuring everybody’s favorite dynamic lunch duo, PB&J. These pillows are constructed from Eco-Felt which is created entirely from recycled plastic bottles. Maybe you are more of a savory fan? Grab a stack of these pillow and you can turn your humble sofa or couch into the Deli of your dreams. The BLT Five Pillow Set includes the must have Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato one two slices of bread.

Don’t forget the condiments, yes diffraction FIBER has thought of everything, offering you your Ketchup and Mustard Packet Pillows to go along with a sandwich or as stand alone scene stealers. If you are a sushi fan, you can even get your Soy Sauce fix.

Don’t worry if you are more the “Breakfast for Lunch” type, you can get your Sunny Side Ups with a side of silly with the Blue Plate Special Pillow Set. Beth Cummings, proprietress of diffraction FIBER includes washing and care instructions, dimensions of each items, and other details with each listing. Each pillow or pillow set is sold separately, combined shipping is available for multiple items.

There is no shortage of edible pillows, plush, and other items on Etsy, and here is a little round-up of some of my other favorites that are ready to eat. I suppose that makes them all “pret a manger”, how very fabulous! Check them out below, Etay Shop details follow each image. For more pillow sized items;

Deluxe Pillow, Yummy Fries created by mymimi, check out this item and more in the mymimi Etsy Shop.

Pickle Pillow Plush, Made To Order by Higginstuff, The Higgenstuff Shop on Etsy.

For a custom made desert experience, head over to Whymsies! by Marjorie Dade on Etsy, where you can order up custom Ice Cream Cone and Cupcake Pillows in a variety of colours and, er, flavors.

For something a little smaller, try this hilarious Spanish Green Olive Plush Food, he will certainly shake up your next martini party. Jacki of Kamloops, B.C. Canada has created some of the most brilliant play food friends I have ever seen, all available in her cheekily named Etsy Shop, Plush Off. Beyond this savory little pal, Jacki also offers a selection of fruit, veggies, and sweets for you cuddling pleasure.

Bartlett Pear Plush Food by Plush Off on Etsy.

Pink Candy Ball Plush Food by Plush Off on Etsy.

My final touch of Sweet this Sunday comes in the form a a very functional and whimsical pin-cushion for all you sewing enthusiasts out there. The Sunny Side Up Pin Cushion is offered at Elizabeth Gray’s Felty Forest on Etsy [Note: the frying pan part of the display and is not included]. Now you are all set to stitch up your own huggable lunch. So go ahead and play with your food, cuddle it at bedtime, and give it a hug every now and then. You get to have your Sweetness and you don’t have to worry about cleaning up messy plates!

Found On A Friday – Pinkytoast

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If there is one thing I can say about today’s Found On A Friday feature, is that it was love at first sight. Sometimes I can easily put into words why I love something, other times I am not entirely sure, I just know that the object in question “speaks” to me. In the case of Pinkytoast, these fabulously creative works of original art didn’t just speak to me, they screamed. It seems fitting that this post lands on a Friday the 13th, because it’s a little scary how wonderfully addictive this artwork is.

Pinkytoast is moniker of an incredibly charming and creative artist from Brooklyn, New York and her work is simply enchanting. Pinkytoast calls her original artwork, prints, and dolls Big Eyed and Sweet and Sour, and it is all that and so much more. Pinkytoast‘s images of Sad Eyed Vixens, Stylized Pin-ups, and Kawaii Cuties with liberal dashes of delicious pinks and yummy pastels are instantly recognizable and ultimately desirable. She has a huge following of fans and collectors, and her work has been blogged to the nth degree. My personal feeling is that you can never have too much of a good thing, and so today I bring you an ample sample of Pinkytoast and tell you where you can find her work and how you can get it home for yourself.

The artist’s self-described ‘Sweet and Sour doll art’ is inspired by “retro kitsch, fairy tales, little kiddles, mod fashion, blythe, dollfie, vintage rag dolls, sad clowns and circus shows, the melancholy of goth, and all things pink”. From pencil sketches and original paintings, art prints, handmade pillows and dolls, and items created with her original printed images as adornments, there is something for every fan of Pinkytoast at every price point.

In her Etsy Shop, Pinkytoast offers a wide range of goodies, such at the original painting at the top of this post entitled Swan Song-Angel Cage My Heart, the Spring Rain Kokeshi Doll Home Decor Pillow featured above. The Vintage Boxer Sings A Rainbow 7×10 Art Print is an example of what Pinkytoast refers to as a one of her Sweet Tooth Girls.

Things take a little turn away from the “Sweet” and head into “Sour” territory in some of Pinkytoast‘s other work. Little Blue Bat Girl in a Gothic Garden 6×9 Art Print [above] and Winter Deer Wear Your Feathers 11×14 Art Print [below] are a little more abstract and even creepy images, but equally attractive and stylized works of art.

Prints are priced starting around $10 USD and up, depending on size, and original works of art move into the $500-$900 USD range. Original dolls and ornaments made of custom Pinkytoast fabrics, paper, other fabrics, and other mixed-media findings are hand-made one-of-a-kind items that can add a touch of whimsical fun to your home or office. The current selection available in Pinkytoast‘s Etsy Shop are all offered for under $60 USD, and they are hot sellers to be sure. A few of these fabulous dolls are featured below.

The best bargain by far for the budget bound and penny wise are the Pinkytoast pocket mirrors, buttons, coasters, bottle openers, and key chains created by the artist using her original artwork prints and featuring many of her most delightful works. For around $6 USD/CDN you can put some Pinkytoast in your pocket, on a key chain, or on that boring coffee table. Check them out following this preamble and then head over to her Etsy Shop to get a sweet and sour sampling of Pinkytoast.

Link: Pinkytoast Original Big Eyed Art + Sweet and Sour Dolls on Etsy

Time Travel Thursdays – Smashing Plates

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Thursdays here at Foraging For Fab celebrate everything Retro and Vintage, gathering great memories from our own past and the iconic era’s that preceded us. This week I asked the question, “Where do old License Plates go to die?”. I imagine some are hung on the walls of random garages, some are reclaimed and recycled, others just get lost along the roadside. But when you think about it, they are pieces of history, they tell us about car culture and the places we have lived, and they are treasured memories of past Car Loves to some. When it comes to License Plates, it seems an awful shame to send them all to the scrap pile to be turned into yet another metal something or other, that’s why I was thrilled to spot these shining examples of upcycled art by the Recycled Art Company of Niceville, Florida.

In their Etsy Shop, the Recycled Art Company has no less than 200 examples of how old License Plates can be not only useful, but also beautiful and functional. There are smashing works of art, whimsical ornaments, functional pieces of furniture, and wonderful word blocks. You can deck out your cottage or vacation home, spruce up your place of business, or add a personal touch to a baby’s room. There is no better gift for the Car Enthusiast in your life, and prices range from under $20 USD to over just over $1800.00 USD for the most intricate and large items, such as this amazing “Original United States Map” where each State shape is actually made out of the License Plate that it represents.

So definitely add this Etsy Shop destination to your trip-tick or GPS, and stop to check out all the fab work by this upcycling upstart. And before you ask, they do take custom consignments, all you have to do is drop them a line with a request and they will work with you on creating the perfect one-of-a-kind personal “Smashing Plate” art piece you desire.

Wacky & Wonderful Wednesdays – Play With Your Geeks

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It is Wednesday at last, the day we affectionately call “Hump Day”… but not too affectionately if you know what I mean. This is the day I get to let my geek flag fly proudly and show off some of the most awesome items that fall into the category lovingly labeled ‘Geekery’. I would refer you to the definition on Wikipedia, but that would be too nerdy even for me. Basically, this is the reclaiming of nerd culture, reveling in all things techie and intellectual, and a celebration of all those hyper obsessed with gadgetry, gaming, and collecting. These are my people, and I am willing to bet they are your people too. Everyone knows that geek is the new chic, and this is the day of the week that features all those fab objects of desire that celebrate the ‘in-jokes’, the ‘out there’ fun, and the suddenly celebrated ‘beyond’ the mainstream.

Ever wish you could carry your heroes in your laptop bag? Hold your icons in your hands? Have the cast of a favorite show share your cubicle with you? Well now you can, and I am going to tell you how, isn’t that magnanimous of me? If you mosey on over to Etsy and visit Paper Pal you can bring home your very own Steve Jobs paper-doll, fully assembled with articulated arms and legs. That’s right kids, for less than $9.00 USD/CAD you can have the ever inspiring late co-founder of Apple Inc. sit in your cubicle and help you make all those important decisions, like whether to use Google Chrome or stay with Firefox. Deep thoughts!

What if you could be a part of the cast of your favorite television workplace? Invite the cast of The Office over to your place and you can utter endlessly entertaining “Schrute-isms” and create as many awkward moments with Michael as possible, just imagine the possibilities. Hang this gang of four Paper Pals on your fridge [Dwight, Michael, Pam, and Jim] and let them watch over your Nutella Sandwiches.

Hope to LLAP? That would be “Live Long & Prosper” for all the non-Trekkie folks out there, as if? Spock can be your wing-man, set him up on your cars’ sun-visor and you can have him there to co-pilot your very own Enterprise. He’s a real ‘Babe Magnet’, if you like your ‘Babes’ geeky, and who doesn’t. Am I right?

For those of you more Star Wars inclined, as I myself am, you can face off with a Storm Trooper while brushing your teeth each morning. Tack one of these battle ready bad-boys to your bathroom mirror and you can turn your tooth brush into a Light Sabre and save the galaxy from the evil Empire, all before breakfast.

I admit I am having a little too much fun with this post perhaps, but you have to admit, these hand-drawn, handmade, and relatively inexpensive dolls are downright awesome. Designed by Izabela Stafford from Lomita, California, you can find these and so many more fab Paper Pals in her Etsy shop. Ranging from $8.00 to $10.00 USD per doll, you can grab up the cast of LOST, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or take home Freddy Krueger or Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, there are so many ‘Pals’ to choose from. You can even get custom commissioned dolls made by Izabela of you or a friend for a very reasonable price considering it is an original hand-drawn work of art in the form of fun. Dash over to Paper Pals on Etsy to check out the fab geeky goods.

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Motley Mode Mondays – Go Berserk!

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I have always loved my city, I am proudly Canadian and equally proudly Torontonian, or as the kids say, being from the T.Dot. One of the things I love about Toronto, especially Downtown Toronto, is that is has the feel of New York City, but the friendliness of a small town. It also has the one-of-a-kind unique spots that make it something more. When I lived and worked in the heart of the city, I spent oodles of time walking around and exploring the shopping districts, from the high-end Fashionista draw of Bloor Street, to the Hipster fabulous Queen Street West.

It is on Queen Street West that one of my most favorite shops of all time resides, and it has been there for as long as I can remember venturing into the City. It is about 25 years fabulous, and that is largely due to Owner Kingi Carpenter’s brilliance. Peach Berserk is the place to go if you are a one-of-a-kind girl living in a one-of-a-kind World. Why is this dress shop so fabulous, why is it still the most amazing destination for gals looking to stand out from the crowd? Simple, it’s one of a kind wearable art that you can have a hand in creating, literally.

Peach Berserk offers hand silk-screen printed fabrics with fabulous original prints designed by the ingenious Ms. Carpenter, turned into amazing dresses and separates, also original designs and patterns created at Peach Berserk. That was a mouthful, but I think it captures the full flavor of the “Peach”. Not only can you buy items in-store, but you can order custom created items by selecting the colors, prints, and style of your choice. With over 200 unique prints available, the options are endless. Printed on Cotton or Silk with Earth friendly inks, the store has always been Eco-Friendly. Never a place of waste, Peach Berserk has never handed shoppers yet another land-fill destined plastic bag, instead packaging up your prized purchase in a fabric bag made from scraps and remnants.

The online Peach Berserk “Dress Designer” is the ultimate in geek meets chic. The tool reminds me of playing with my Fashion Plates toy back in the late 70s and early 80s. Pick a top, a sleeve, a skirt style, a print or two, and a colour palate, and presto – you have the ultimate in Funky Couture Joy that won’t leave you bankrupt. Although Peach Berserk is the go-to destination for the perfect Prom Dress for the Funky Diva, it also offers styles that women of all ages going to all sorts of places can adore. Sizes range from XXS to XXL, and the shop also offers some specific customization options on selected items, for instance this super “Happening Hoodie” can be made in shorter or longer versions.

Unique items, handmade by people who care about the environment usually has me “at hello”, but make those items bright, beautiful and personal and you have my heart forever. Located at 507 Queen Street West, near Spadina Avenue in the grungier area of the “Fashion District”, you can walk into the original “Peach Pit” and get a gander at the fabulousness in person. If you aren’t lucky enough to live in Toronto, and can’t plan a trip fast enough, the online store offers just as much if not more eye-candy. But the fab doesn’t stop there, Peach Berserk also offers a workshop in silk-screening, so you can not only learn the craft from the best, but also learn to truly appreciate the art and skill involved.

Check out the original Peach Berserk in Toronto, or online at Peach Berserk. You can also get a load of the personality and latest news on the Peach Berserk Blog. Hot of the presses is the news that our nations capitol has gone “Berserk” with a Peachy offerings now available at Funk Your Junk located at 110 Parent St at Murray, in Byward Market, Ottawa, Ontario. Below you can see just a small sample of a few favorite Kingi Carpenter prints in just a few of the dozens of colour options, to check out all the 100+ options simply grab this link to Fab!

Links:

Peach Berserk Online Store

Peach Berserk Blog

Location:

Peach Berserk – Fabric & Fashion Design

507 Queen St. W.

Toronto, ON

M5V 2B4

CANADA

Phone: 416-504-1711

Sweetness Sundays – Crochet Babes

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I am not someone to gush over babies, mostly because in my work as an Obstetrical Nurse [yes I have a real job] I have seen so many precious and lovely babies it would be a little ridiculous. I have seen truly angelic looking babes, the babies that look so much like little old people that you can’t help but adore them on sight, and the most teeny tiny of miracles [thanks to my work in the NICU]. Any Baby Nurse worth her salt will tell you that newborns, particularly preemies, are not so great at controlling their body temperatures. That is the reason we cover their little melons with a stockinette cap after delivery, and why we bundle them up. When it comes to babies and hats, they are definitely a functional item, but no one says functional can’t also be beautiful, whimsical, and even a little ridiculous.

The skill involved in doing good crochet work is beyond me. I have tried, since as far back as age 15, to learn the craft, but it didn’t take. I admire good work, and great patterns are as important as skilled crocheting. When I stumbled upon a picture of a fabulously adorable Crochet Baby Cap on Etsy recently, I was instantly reminded of this fact. Of course, seeing one of these images made me want to look at more, and so the birth of this blog post. Here are some lovely, colourful, whimsical, and sublime examples of fabulous Baby Millinery, and links to the Etsy artists responsible. Both patterns and handmade items are featured here, so follow the links below the images to get to the Etsy Shop in question. Not in the market for a Baby Bonnet? It never hurts to see some Sweetness on a Sunday.

Pom Pom Beanie Hat by Chloe’s Crochet Closet on Etsy.

Set Of Two Baby Hats with Ears by Karenisa’s LillyLu Shoppe on Etsy.

Crochet Sock Monkey Hat by The Baby Crow on Etsy.

Crochet Baby Boy Aviator by InHs Tyme on Etsy.

Bunny Hat Baby Beanie by BabaMoon Baby Hats on Etsy.

Fedora Little Man Hat by Adornments by Design on Etsy.

Swirling Flower Earflap Hat by imomzi on Etsy.

Baby Bear Hat by Belle Baby Boutique on Etsy.

Mommy’s Little Monster by Cuddle Me Crochet on Etsy.

Knotty Babe Crochet Baby Hat Pattern by Whimsy Woolies on Etsy.

Crochet Baby Hat Patterns by Cute Kid Couture on Etsy.

Pixie Gnome Bonnet by Oops I Knit It Again on Etsy.

Orange Gerber Daisy Hay by Sweet Princess Bowtique on Etsy.

English Lavender Garden Tutu & Crochet Baby Hat by Sweetheart Tutus on Etsy.

Crochet Baby Hat Beanie by Pink Poodle Baby Boutique on Etsy

Have you overdosed on the Sweetness yet? I hope so! On a side note, that last image of the twins from ‘behind’ is particularly funny to me because somewhere in my parent’s home is a very similar image of a set of identical twins sitting on a towel upon a large boulder lakeside to a family cottage. I may just be the one with the cuter ‘tushie’, but then from the back, who could tell. Wait, my mother could probably tell in a snap, mom’s have that skill. Have a lovely Sunday everyone.

Found On A Friday – Barking Art

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If you love your Dog(s) [and who doesn’t] you will want to check out this amazing artist on Etsy. Shauna Morrissey does custom portraits of your puppy or puppies and her style is out of this world fabulous. When I saw this portrait I thought it was a one-off, but she actually specializes in animal portraits. From $150.00 USD upwards you can have this amazing one of a kind art memento of your favorite couch companion, or give it as a gift to the dog lover in your life.

This Piece is called “POLLY The Pug”. ‘Barking Art‘ by Shauna Morrissey is her Etsy shop. Head over and find out how you can get one done of your dog(s). Personally I think the bright colour is one of my favorite things about Shauna’s style, I love the way she blends and shades, and the cartoon like style is so enchanting. Here is another example of Shauna’s work, entitled “THEODORE”, this Great Dane is beyond great!

LINK: Barking Art