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Sweetness Sundays – Cupcakes Forever

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It’s official, the love affair with cupcakes is here to stay. They are the perfect indulgence, smaller and more affordable than a cake, so very pretty to look at, portable, sweet, and they remind us of those home-made birthday parties of the past. Do you remember those days? As a child of the 70s, I pine for a time when mothers had the time and inclination to create party magic in our very own homes. We actually played Pin-the-tail on the Donkey, we sat around a table covered in paper or fabric, we wore those silly paper hats, and we ate home-made cakes and cupcakes with a side of ice-cream. We didn’t know how good we had it.



When did we decide that those parties were not enough for our modern kids? Or is it the change in lifestyle and economy that leaves parents with little time to plan a home-made from scratch party. I am not a parent, and in no place to pass judgements, but I know from my own siblings and the parties they throw their kids, that somewhere along the line things moved out of the home and into a “planned activity” space, like an indoor play park with a ball pit. Kids are dropped off, run ragged with activity, and then plied with a cringingly sweet bakery cake the size of a mattress, that’s why they call them “sheet cakes”. No wonder adults are craving real cupcakes. The joy of cupcakes however lies in the visual appeal as much as the taste. In fact, I am willing to bet there are very few cupcakes that live up to the promise of their looks. This I can speak on with some authority, before settling into my Nursing career, I actually attended Culinary School.



So what is my point here, and I promise I am getting to it. Every sweet and heavenly cupcake in this post is in fact a fake. That’s right, these are not edible delights that are quickly forgotten once they are consumed. These cupcakes are all props, decor, and display items that you can use to sass up your kitchen, your work place, or vacation home. Created by 12 Legs Curiosities, perhaps the best of the cupcake fakes I have seen on Etsy. There are many creators making their own versions of fake food props, but the details and realism in the ones make by 12 Legs Curiosities in their CUPCAKE LAND are my favorites.



These are the cupcakes you can use as models in your own artwork, or as props in a photo studio. Have them around as decorations for a party or bridal shower, or set them up on your vanity to sweeten up your boudoir. Personally, I would use them as a reason to pull out some of my grandmother’s cake platters or pastry tiered pedestals. You know the ones I mean, the ones that have multiple levels of plates. like a tower, but seem hopelessly destined for the back of the cupboard because they aren’t practical. It’s time to put the spotlight back on those family antiques and put out some luscious looking cupcakes that make it not only a modern centerpiece, but a nod to tradition and family keepsakes

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If any of these realistically styled cupcake dreams catch your fancy, you simply have to see some of the more fantastical and whimsical items that 12 Legs Curiosities is famous for, a few of which appear below. You can really see why these are more than mere fakes, they are works of art. Each one is made by hand and some can be modified to be used at hanging ornaments. Sizes vary, as do the number of items per lot, so please read the listings carefully. Wander over to CUPCAKE LAND by 12 Legs Curiosities on Etsy and check out the beautiful, sweet, and kitschy cupcake fakes that look good enough to nom, but let the good retro memories linger on.







    Image Details with Links:

  1. Fake Cupcakes Mini Cupcakes Set – 6 Sunshine Day Collection
  2. Fake Cupcake I HEART Sundae Cupcakes Collection
  3. Fake Cupcake Polka Dot Retro-Inspired Collection Set 5 Hot Pink Mini Cupcakes
  4. Fake Cupcake “Red Butler Red Velvet Cupcake” 12 Legs Original Concept Your Choice
  5. Fake Cupcake Standard Size I Heart Polka Dots and Cupcakes Collection Turquoise Frosting Your Choice
  6. Fake Cupcake “Under The Big Top” Carnival Collection Turquoise Frosting/Hot Pink Cake Funky Standard Size Cupcake
  7. Fake Cupcake Black Swan Lake Tribute Cupcake 12 Legs Original Concept Cupcake – Movie Collector Series
  8. Fake Cupcake Lovers String of Lights 12 Legs Orignal Concept Design 10 Mini Assorted Cupcakes
  9. Fake Cupcake Breakfast At Tiffanys Insp. Cupcake Audrey Hepburn Tribute 12 Legs Classic Movie Cupcake Collection Limited Ed.
  10. Fake Cupcake Candy Shoppe Classic Swirl Ed. Glass Jars Set 4 Original 12 Legs Concept – Often Imitated, Never Duplicated


LINK: CUPCAKE LAND by 12 Legs Curiosities on Etsy.
[NOTE: All photographs, concepts, and cupcake designs are products and copyrights of 12 Legs Curiosities. No infringement is intended.]

Strange Stuff Saturdays – The Lovable Uglies

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There is a large segment of the general populace that finds cute in the ugly, and I am one of those people. It’s almost a “runt of the litter” complex, we want to rescue the irregular, the odd, the strange, and the left behind. These items make us want to take them and give them a home. There was a recent attempt at creating an upscale and widely-marketed “Ugly” stuffed toy, you know the ones I am talking about. For me, the product missed the mark because it broke the rules of the Ugly Cute. The items were not unique, they were meant to appeal to children and create a collector frenzy, and they were quite expensive for something so mass produced. Today’s Strange Stuff post is dedicated to the truly Ugly Cute handmade Art Dolls and Plushies that hit the mark, and maybe even go a bit beyond it. You may like them, you may not, but you may just fall in love with Ugly Cute.



Valentine Creepy OOAK Art Doll- Monica- Valentine Heart Balloon – Lilac Linen by Sandy Mastroni, Art by Sandy Mastroni on Etsy.



PAX – 9IN Strange Artist Mohair Bear by Emma Nicholson, Emma’s Bears on Etsy.



Aberdeen the monster Art Doll Plush By ThEm DoLLz by Jen Musatto, ThEm DoLLz on Etsy.



5-inch Nebulous Bunny – GREEN by Brittany U., Nebulous Frog on Etsy.



Art Doll Soft Sculpture Handmade Oddling Dax by Elizabeth Matlack, Oddball Art Co. by Lizzy Love on Etsy.



Sgt Snickers The Plush Pug Dog Tan and Brown Stuffed Animal by The Jae Bird on Etsy.


Have you fallen for one of these Ugly Cute creatures yet? I have a few on my “To Adopt” list. What’s great about this kind of item on Etsy is that the prices range vastly from under $20 to over $100 USD. That makes Art Dolls so accessible to just about everyone, and you can build a collection of special dolls for very little cost. Many of these dolls are not meant to be played with or handled excessively, but others are durable and make nice toys, it is very important to find out that information from the creator if you are buying for the little people in your life.


Rainboid – Plushie with Rainbow – Small by Sezen UYGUR, yumusakseyler Soft Sculptures and More on Etsy.



Martin, Soft Art Toy, Bear Probably by Eve Leitch, orangeni Soft Cuddles on Etsy.



Plush Toy Little Critter – Rocket by Little Critter Plushies on Etsy.



Alvin the Llittle Owl OOAK Pose-able Art Doll by Misty Currie, Amidst My Imagination on Etsy.



Buddy and Pal- A Custom Creepy Cute Plush WonkyDoll by Kelly and Joe, Jellykoe on Etsy.



Handmade Plush, Primitive, OOAK, Softie Doll with Button Eyes and Daisy Ways by Shawn Lee Jennings, Ribbons and Rust on Etsy.


By now I am sure “you are picking up what I’m putting down” [how hip is my lingo?]. What I mean is, you get my point. There is an undeniable charm to these handmade OOAK dolls, and you are likely to see at least one in this very tiny tip of the Etsy Art Doll iceberg that you respond to. It made you giggle, it made you smile, maybe it made you want to click that link below the image and see more. And that is the point for me, the purpose of this blog really. To present a sample of amazing and inspiring items that you may not have even known you would like. Maybe you didn’t even realize that these items were so easily accessible outside of a gallery or studio. The dolls I have selected to highlight appeal to my personal taste, and many other people’s I suspect, but there are many more to be found that might be more to your liking, so don’t be shy, head over to Etsy and take a look around.

Time Travel Thursdays – Grab These Bags

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I love all things vintage, retro, and kitsch… which is why I dedicated Thursday’s blog posts to a bit of a wander down memory lane. Today’s post is in the bag, so to speak. I found a bevvy of beautiful handbags, totes, clutches, and purses made with re-purposed, re-cycles, and up-cycled items from the past, that makes them not only fabulously chic and fun, but truly one of kind scene-stealers. I am a bag lady, I collect bags and purses, more than I could ever use. Here are some of my favorite bags, all found on Etsy, that tell a story all by themselves.



Alice in Wonderland Book Purse by Kelly Mitchell, The Write Stuff Design on Etsy.



1950s Chic Cocktail Handbag – Upcycled Vinyl Record Bag, Retro Fabric and Lucite Handles by Charlotte Dymock, Tuppence Ha’penny Vintage on Etsy.



VHS Case Handbag – Retro, upcycled. Many Titles by Robyn, Red Zebra Designs on Etsy.



DAMASK – 100% Recycled Upcycled Suit Tote Bag by Dandy Florence, Dandy on Etsy.



Chutes & Ladders Gameboard Handbag by Mugwump on Etsy.



Recycled vinyl banner – Shoulder Tote – Retro Doctors Bag – Diaper Bag – Eco Purse – Pop Art by seen1 on Etsy.



Record Album Purse featuring Madonna, Pink Patent Leather by Brinda Kay, Vindicated Vinyl on Etsy.



Pink & Blue XL Tape Measure Wallet – Upcycled Vinyl/Metal by David, Home Made Karma on Etsy.



Vanity Case – Vintage Upcycled Fifties Style Luggage – Alternative Handbag or Purse by Emily Holmes, Love. Mimo on Etsy.



Brown Herringbone Wristlet Upcycled from a Suit by Groundsel on Etsy.



Retro Record Tote by Sophie Blanc, My Little Gumnut on Etsy.



Necktie Bag: An Eco-friendly and Upcycled Purse in Brown and Royal Blue by Josée, Cul de Sac on Etsy.



Billy Joel Glass Houses Record Album Purse by Tracey, Reinvented Vinyl on Etsy.



Handmade Purse Made With Recycled Caribou Coffee Bags Upcycled Repurposed by Lisa Z., Green Designs by Lisa on Etsy.


I choose to highlight these bags in particular because they are lovely, colourful, imaginative, and really unique. Each of the highlighted shops offers so many versions and options on this theme, you really need to take a closer look. Bags really are an accessory that you just can’t go wrong with. Bags fit anyone, no matter their dress size, and they can add pizzazz to any look. No gal would ever say no to a great purse from their Valentine Sweetheart, so get shopping! Shop for yourself, shop for a friend, or just “window” shop and see what’s out there in the fabulous community of artist on Etsy.

Strange Stuff Saturdays – Kooky Creatures

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It’s hard to define what makes something truly strange, or at least strange enough for a Strange Stuff Saturdays post. What I might think of as strange may be quite ordinary to someone else, and knowing when something goes beyond strange and into disturbing territory is similarly a personal perspective. I am willing to bet, however, that we can all agree on the items in today’s showcase. These are truly odd in the most fabulous sense; they are whimsical, creative, upcycled items that rarely are found outside a child’s toy box. The circus has come to town, so to speak.

Decorative figure Boxer – The Strange Planet created by The Good Machinery, in Rimini, Emilia Romagna, Italy. These bright and whimsical animals will bring a punch of color to any room or work-space. Check out this Etsy Shop for some truly stunning upcycled toy animals and collect a menagerie of fabulosity.

Bring the prehistoric back to life by snagging yourself a Run 2 The Wild Live Dinoterrarium. These uniquely upcycled dinosaur toys feature glass mini-terrariums with live Kentucky Moss inside. They can be opened for watering and include full care instructions. Berea, Kentucky resident and Etsy Shop owner Kourtney has created a truly Green use for these colourful dinosaurs.

Even though it is just past the holidays, some ornaments can be displayed year-round and this shimmering hippo is one of the above. Meant to adorn your festive tree, and tied with a ribbon, yarn, jingle bell, and star charm Little Plastic Menace offers this Bronze Plastic Hippo Ornament and other wonderful decorative beasts. Just one of Barbara Hart’s Etsy Shops, you just have to see what this Buffalo, New York artist is up to.

LizAArt, another Etsy Shop, offers necklaces, wall-hangings, scarves, folk art and more in a variety of styles from the ridiculous to the sublime. This Leaping Lizard Necklace features three plastic wrigglers, and a bounty of beads in Jasper, Unakite, and Howlite. Definitely a statement necklace if I ever saw one. I am just not certain what that statement is exactly. And speaking of Jewelry, check out the images and shop lists below to spot more of this quirky wearable strange stuff.

Gold Fishey Go Earrings by Pussycat [Hot Chick Psychics] on Etsy.

Gold Crush Dinosaur Necklace by Lapineau on Etsy.

Camel Brooch by Plum August on Etsy.

Puppy Necklace by Ultra Horse on Etsy.

Purple Turtle Ring by PURPLEGUN on Etsy.

Half a Bandit Earrings by Uncle Fun on Etsy.

The final fab item for this Saturday is really attractive, and that is a scientific fact considering it uses magnets. Upcycled plastic animals become magnetic photo or memento holders with the help of Gallivanting Girls Vintage Home on Etsy. Check out this The Wolf Vintage Animal Magnet Photo Holder and others like it and bring new meaning to the term “Animal Magnetism”.

While we have all likely all spotted a little boy walking his toy dinosaur through his mother’s garden or been *cough* entertained by the little girl trotting her rubber horses up the arm of your chair as you wait in for your doctors appointment. Maybe you have watched your own children toss around plastic sea creatures in the tub. The genius here is turning these items from toss-away plastic or rubber toys and thinking fabulously outside the box, instead turning them into sculptural art, functional and funny terrariums, or terrific and whimsical wearables. It may just make you think twice about passing up that 25 cent plastic giraffe at the next yard sale or swap meet, and there is nothing strange about that at all.

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.

Teeny Tiny Tuesdays – An Octopus’s Garden

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It’s true what they say, it is the little things in life that make it worth living. Now, when people refer to the little things, I am pretty sure ‘they’ are speaking of the smiles, the moments of joy, the small wins. When I say little things, I mean something a little more… literal. I mean small, as in teeny tiny, itty bitty, teensy weensy, and miniature. Yes, I have always been a fan of the impossibly little and detailed things that make you celebrate your ability to see them. They are sometimes funny, often ironic, and certainly cute, but there is one thing you can be sure of, everyone has room for something tiny.

For instance, on my desk I have a little pocket mirror compact (some promotional item from a cosmetics store), and it sits open to reveal a miniature sized family of Pugs. A female, male and their two puppies. Yes I am close to forty years old, yes it is basically a toy, but you know what? It makes me happy. I see my little Pugs, not a one over an inch tall, and I smile. My current lifestyle doesn’t accommodate owning a real dog, so these little Pugs remind me of something I love, something I aspire to have in my life in the future, and are just plain cute. That is the power of having something small around. It doesn’t take up much space at all, it may be functional or fanciful, but it can really be special. Tuesdays are all about the power and joy of the little things..

In Kenora, Ontario, Canada there is an artist that shot to the top of my “Teeny Tiny Tuesday” To-Blog list the moment I saw this offering on Etsy. The hip kids call it up-cycling, it is basically recycling or re-purposing items, but adding a touch of fabulous in the process. It’s just past the winter holiday season, and most people are about to pack away their holiday lights, but Adrianne Kinsella does something absolutely amazing with those old glass holiday lights that I just had to share. Adrianne turned little old burnt out light-bulbs into the ultimate in fab home decor by making what she calls “Lightcatchers and Birdhalts”.

These adorable “3 Octopus with first tooth” Recycled Lightbulb works of art are available at Ms. Kinsella’s Kissinglass Recycled Glass Shop on Etsy. The set of three have the most charming little Octopi that could be found, and include hand painting and sculpting work that make them truly one-of-a-kind. Beutiful, whimsical, and functional. Who could ask for anything more!

Adrianne describes this set as follows; “These recycled lightbulbs are dead Christmas lights measuring 2 inches in height and a half inches in width. The octopus are all about the size of my thumbnail. The lightbulbs have been coated with a translucent paint and will glow when the sun hits them. They can be hung in your window to detour birds and as light catchers to catch the light. The relief pattern, making up the octopus, has been painstakingly sculpted by hand and baked onto the glass.” Coming it at less then $30.00 CAD/USD a set, they are also an affordable indulgence and would make a wonderful gift.

Head over to Kissinglass Recycled Glass on Etsy to see more of Adrianne Kinsella’s work, and snag some tiny works of art to hang in the sun.

Strange Stuff Saturdays – Moon Faces

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A lot of people have heard the term “Outsider Art“, but few may actually know it’s meaning. Outsider Art refers to art produced by self-taught artists who are not part of the artistic establishment or art created outside the boundaries of official culture. This leaves a lot of room for interpretation of course, I suppose I would consider myself to be an Outsider Artist, since my training ended when high-school did, some 20 years ago. Everything I have done since is based on the basic skills I was taught, such as mixing of colors, thumbnail sketches, and brush care. The mediums I am most comfortable in were the ones we used back in school, specifically acrylic and water color, pencil and paper, and not much else. Frankly, most classes I spend in the hallway or Principal’s Office after voicing my opinions a little too aggressively about a teacher who felt it was ‘OK’ to simply take the brush away from a student and add to their work what he was trying to explain was missing. I know he doesn’t miss my being in his class.

Today I wanted to share some fabulous Outsider Art I came across on Etsy, my go-to place for a little bit of everything handmade and wonderful. These artist have labeled their own work as Outsider, which for me is the only criteria that matters here. I am not the ‘Establishment’ so I have no need to qualify it further. Take a look, see what you like, and if you like, this sampling. I have gone with a little bit of a theme today, as I tend to group things in my mind that seem to have common threads. The theme is the “Moon Face”, what I call round or circular type faces. Each photo will be followed by name of the work, the artists name, and a link to their Etsy shop. These items may or may not be available for purchase when you visit, but you will find other work by the same creator(s) in their shops.

HILDEGARD by Tim’s Sally, Etsy Shop owned by Mindy Lacefield

ROUND THE CORNER by Bread and Circuses, Etsy Shop owned by Evie

“I am not who you think I am” by Original Art by Reza, Etsy Shop owned by Reza Kessai

Branching Out by Tricia Joy, Etsy Shop owned by Patricia Anders

Original Painting by The Wonderful Place, Etsy Sop owned by Chrissy Butler

This is just a small sampling of the Outsider Art available on Etsy, and just a few of the pieces I really had a connection with on first sight. Also, remember this is just a small group that I put together under a category of my own making, the “Moon Face”. Many different styles appeal to me, and there is so much beyond that that may appeal to you for different reasons. So please visit Etsy and take a look around at all the Fab there is to be had. It will be time well spent, even if you don’t spend a dime, but I dare you not to.