Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Board No. 31 - Congrats, College Grads
(ready for the real world edition)

And of course you can't forget the soon-to-be college graduates in your life. (Part one and two were for the high schoolers — but really, any of them can be used for anyone.)

Top row: 2009 Graduation Pendant Necklace from CharOuellette; Congratulations to the Grad Graduation Card from CrickleberryCottage; Pewter Graduation Cap Charms from beadgiant
Middle row: A College Degree Got me This Job? Magnet from mindseyecards; Find Your Path Compass Ring - Twilight Inspired from JeweledAmbrosia; Woo Hoo Graduation Greeting Card from superjujitsu

Bottom row: Diploma Graduation Card from TweeCards; Vintage Graduate Boy with Diploma and Books from twogoodeyes; Do What You Love Print from theloveshop

Board No. 30 - Congrats, High School Grads
(part 2: more practical)

This is a continuation of my previous post about what to get high school grads. That one was more generic — cards, silly kitsch high schoolers dig (like I'd know, it's been a few years...) — but this one is much more practical. Fill up the bin in the middle with some goodies and your college-bound grad can use it once he/she gets to the dorms.

Top row: Pyramid Pencil Pouch from MaterialPossessions; ABCs Notebook from makemynotebook; Microscope Graphic Print Messenger Bag from happyfamily; Bulletin Board, Memo Board, Photos from theeyesofmarch
Second row: Pair of Apples Oilcloth PVC Pouches - Pop Art Retro Sixties from BrightonBeautiful; MidCentury Wood Business Card Holder from HAREandDRUM
Third row: The College Cookbook Over 150 Recipes from buygollymissmolly; Girls Contemporary Pillow from urbanroost
Bottom row: Swarovski Crystal Havianas from shopadelinecharles; COLEGIO - COLLEGE Spanish T-shirt from Muncheys; Tabletop Ironing Board Cover in Fresh Cut from CityChicCountryMouse; Keychain - Lip Balm, USB Flash Drive, Lighter Holder from tchan87

Board No. 29 - Congrats, High School Grads

I'm loading you guys up because I am going out of town for work until Sunday, so take your time and enjoy.

Graduation is coming up — which for me unfortunately means finals since I still have two years before I get my MBA — but it's a happy time nonetheless. Here's part one of my graduation boards, these are meant as simple gifts for high school grads.

Top row: Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Tag and 2009 Charm Necklace from tinytokensdesigns; Graduation Wish Dog from wishwithme; You Can't Borrow My Notes Necklace from gasupthezamboni
Middle row: Graduation Day Retro Cutie Pin Brooch from AResinRevival; Personalized Congrats Graduation Card from greenribbon; Congratulations Graduation Card from OneFoldDesigns
Bottom row: College Ruled Pocketbook or Checkbook Holder from QuietDoing; Scrabble Tile Pendant Graduation 2009 from HomeStudio; Car Window Decal Graphic With Graduate Cap and Tassle from HouseHoldWords

Board No. 28 - 11 O'Clock Hour

What are Etsians posting when they should be at work? (Don't worry, I wont tell — I'm going to be posting a TON of items really soon, as well.) Well, here's my favorites from the 11 o'clock EST hour.

Top row: The Great Gatsby 3 Headband from JustLiv; Hanging Owl Mobile from blackbirdfashion; The Lady Lava Ring Wire from chaesea; Jellyfish Silk-Lined Luxury Clutch from atelierofmine
Second row: Stylish Flowers Chocolate Brown Leather Journal from Baghy; Striped Birthday Elephant Greeting Card from RUBYrecycled; Steampunk Vintage Swiss Pin Stripe Pattern Peridot Ring from edmdesigns; Solid Sterling Silver Heart Ring from speharb
Third row: Tiny Whale Pendant from thalassajewelry; Motorcycle Linen Throw Pillow Cover from branchhandmade;
Wind Farm Alternative Energy Graphic Print Tee from happyfamily; 100 Pretty Vintage Buttons from blacksheepyarns
Fourth row: Vintage 1980 Gold Lame Cocktail Dress from thepuddingstorevint; Strawberry Shortcake Baby Booties from pleasantlyplumpknits; Norma Orangina Throw Toss Pillow from tonicliving; Good Luck Earrings from forestfloordesigns
Bottom row: Hot Summer Nights Bracelet from AMIdesigns; Vintage Hand Towels - Pink Daisy from indiegogreen;
Vintage Playful Kitty Pincushion from blackbirdfashion; Vintage Azurite Blue Charm Anchor Hocking Fire King Tea Cup and Saucer Set from MomWaldsPlace

Monday, April 27, 2009

Board No. 27 - Ginkgo Fan

My favorite tree of all time is the ginkgo. It's my dad's favorite, too, so I guess it shows I'm still a daddy's girl, but for a tree it has so much meaning behind it. I mean it's a living fossil, how neat is that. Anyway, the reason it's in my mind today is that the little baby leaves are starting to come out on the thousands of ginkgos that line D.C. streets. It's one of the first trees that have greenery at this point in the year, letting me spring is officially here (that and the 90-degree weather...).

Top row: Ginkgo Leaf Earrings - Dangle from esdesigns; Multi-Hued Green Ginkos on Pale Rose Silk Scarf from martiecarroll; Surprise Ginkgos Original Woodcut Framed from DwellinStyle; Ginkgo Cutout Blank Notebook from lmoss
Second row: Sweet Brass Ox Plated Ginkgo Leaves With Pre-Drilled Hole from dimestoreemporium; Ginkgo Leaf Painted Short-Sleeve Tee from mamoplanet; Pretty Little Ginkgo Plates, Set of Four from sumiko; Ginkgo Leaf Clutch - Ruby Red on Repurposed Jeans from pocketcarnival

Third row: Ginkgo/Maidenhair Leaves, Hand Pulled Screen Print from boldandnoble; Ginkgo Leaves Rubber Stamp Set from Corrabelle; Ginkgo Impression Necklace from andreabrenna; Sample Ginkgo Letterpress Wedding Invitation from armatodesign
Bottom row: Ginkgo Pendant, Copper, Brown Patina from ginkgo; Oceana Lariat - Mother of Pearl Shell Necklace on Sterling Silver Chain from trillium; Ginkgo on Tan Repurposed Leather Wallet from foundbynicki; Ginkgo Stationery - Original Oil Painting Illustration from TimelessPaper

Board No. 26 - D.C. Lovin'

Everyone says shop local, which I get — there's nothing better than farm-fresh produce and getting to know the sellers you buy from — but I guess in the Etsy world that just means less USPS trucks traveling cross-country. I can get on board with that. Well, I live in Washington, D.C., so I figured I'd feature some of the local Etsy merchants (meaning it's going to be a couple boards, that's how many fantastic things I found!) — but that doesn't mean that everyone can't buy from them, too.

Top row: Set of 3 Fun and Functional Magnets from maggiesuedesigns; Happy Birthday Cupcake Tee from brittainroad; Strawberry Time Green Skirt from retrothreads; Linen Dresses with Handmade Fabric Flower from lilfishy
Second row: Fun Full Apron from BunandPup; Pack of Kid Themed Lined Envelopes from geschichtenvonkat; Carnelian and Gold Three Drop Necklace from anaramon; Modern Cameo from DestashDungeon

Third row: Pincushion Ring from dottyral; Glass Paperweight - Yellow Birds in Love from prettyoriginals; Tula Necklace from ohginger; Cherry Blossom Print Seven from MKMcKenna
Bottom row: Small Market Tote from DropDeadCute; I Jump Through Hoops Necklace from SarahElinor; Monkey on your Chain from celula

Top row: 60 Wood Beads in Different Colors from ddcreations; Chilipepper Red and Orange Asymmetric Cashmere Vest from devilmademedoit; Ikea Fabric Purse from photojennalist; Recycled Circuit Board Kitchen Utensil Holder from DebbyAremDesigns
Second row: Small Rustic Ware Vase from kristasharppottery; 1950s Hand Painted Cherry Blossom Compact from backinstyle; The Goring Loop Earrings from ArcherDesign; Spring Rain Necklace from erinelizabeth
Third row: Gerschwin Golden Feather Headband from FeatherBrain; Two-Tone Copper Bracelet from Inksplotter;
Destination DC Necklace from TheSeaChange
Bottom row: 70s Bandolino Leather Sling-back Peep-toe Heels from espanolita; Antique Copper Plated Large Bead Cap from CanterburyLane; Teal Speckled Glass Chandellier Earrings from bonkosiamc; Pyrex 32 oz 1960s Pitcher With Lid from megsdolls123

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Board No. 25 - Here's What's Cookin'

I was totally inspired by a treasury from beckykazana — which on her blog, The Fab Miss B, she turned into a story titled "Ms. Betty Crocker's Etsy Picks." The items she chose are some of my favorite things, and the story's pretty cute. Anyway, I am taking one of the items she chose, a vintage Friendship-inspired tin recipe box, and creating a board around it:

Top row: Personalized Printable Recipe Cards from jenandink; Simple Fruits Personalized Print Your Own Recipe Cards from BlueClara; Retro Printable and Folding Recipe Cards from paperfunkpress; Hummingbird Recipe Cards Set of 10 from boygirlparty
Second row: Save Some Dough, Bake Some Bread Recipe Cards from pinkbathtub; Stand Mixer Recipe Cards-Set of 24 from winifredStudios; Green Veggie Recipe Cards, Letterpress Set of 10 from DingbatPress;
16 Recipe Cards - Eat Your Veggies from happygirlgreetings
Third row: Set of 12 Recipe Cards - the Animals Encourage Your Kitchen Artistry from WryAndGinger; Food Fetish Kit - Recipe Cards, Shopping Lists and Labels from LittlePaperDog; Baked With Love Letterpress Recipe Cards from hawkgerber; Vintage Recipe Cards from kitschkitch
Bottom row: Printable Lil Monster Recipe Cards from digitalsweets; Personalized Knife Fork Sppon Recipe Cards - Set of 16 from PeonyPaperie; Hazel the Cook - Recipe Cards - Set of 8 from elles;
This Recipe Will Bowl You Over - Recipe Card Set from TerriTaylorDesign

Friday, April 24, 2009

Board No. 24 - Etsy Day Pounce, part 5

The final pounce post for me for Etsy Day — I am starting to get busy at work! But check out my previous ones: part 1 was jewelry, part 2 was kids, part 3 was clothing and bags and part 4 was kitsch. Here's some home decor items from undiscovered Etsy sellers.

Top row: Woman IV, 2009 Painting from corieb; Nights in Tunisia Pillow Collection from jtelfordtextiles; Oh Poppies - A4 Sized Print from PixelWildChild
Middle row: Violets Are Forever from johnniebelinda; Polka Dot Pillow from graciemay; Take Two Amazing Mid-Century Modern Lamps With Sisal Shades from RedEyeVintage
Bottom row: Quilted Framed Baby Blue Bird from NotJustQuilling; Bauble Bowl from rosewoodetc

Board No. 23 - Etsy Day Pounce, part 4

I am still rounding up some more home decor items, so here is part 4 (part 1 was jewelry; part 2 was kids; part 3 was clothing and bags) — which is just a random mosh of kitschy fun (my favorite kind!) sold by undiscovered shops on Etsy. This also includes some kids items and jewelry that didn't fit on the boards — there's just so many great items to choose from! Please help celebrate Etsy Day today by supporting sellers, especially those who have yet to have any sales.

Top row: Gift Tags Set of 5 Handmade with Vintage Flower Seed Labels from TinkersCreativities; Felted Wool Bracelet from jspiliotes; Black/Hot Pink Ruffle Skirt from LilWhiteRose; Cheeseburger Tote Bag from EmilinaBallerina
Second row: Rock Hen With Egg from qvistdesign; Rainbow Color Mosaic Squares Tape from JustAPerfectDay; Set of Four Octopus Cards from morrkelly; 12 Pink Newspaper Beads from halibuvalley
Third row: Bright and Cheery Birdhouses - Set of 3 from 3HootStudio; Wool Scottie iPhone Sock from ejacqui;
Little Orange Button Ring from FunnyLittleBird; Printable Art - Craft is Good for You from ollietoo
Bottom row: Wood Butterfly Pendant Earrings from AnbaaSan; Fancy Shirts in Shadow Box from Marichik;
May Flowers Embroidery and Button Note Card from iheartzb; Vintage Flower Power Coffee Cups from debz08

Board No. 22 - Etsy Day Pounce, part 3

There were sooo many great undiscovered shops that I have so much to share with you. This part 3 (part 1 was jewelry; part 2 was kids) is all about the clothes — isn't it always?!?

Top row: Ostrich Box Frame Messenger Bag (Morticia) from lucciao; Diagonal Stripes Vintage Blouse from closetraider; Cable-knit Handbag from handknitbyjenelle; Paisley Belted Mini Dress from rikaarai
Middle row: Cream Cotton Vintage Shirt from jolly808; Multi-Hued Green Ginkos on Pale Rose Silk Scarf from martiecarroll; Colette Dress from everydayoreternal; Brown Italian Leather Lace Up Boots from LivenUpVintage
Bottom row: Patchwork Plaid Messenger Bag from SewEndless; Sunny Yellow Blue Ribbon Tee from graciemay;
Custom Chelsey Purse from proverbs3113; Lovely Day for a Picnic Dress from bummertown

Board No. 21 - Etsy Day Pounce, part 2

Part 1 was about jewelry, this part 2 Etsy Day post will highlight several of the undiscovered sellers who focus on children's items.

Top row: Jasper Crib Quilt from BigFatHen; Birds on a Wire Funky Bib from LavinaDee; Flower Child Set from ohsewsassymail
Middle row: Lemon Drop Pleated A-line Dress w/Stripe Ruffle Bloomers from irisandpetunia; Color Me Photographic Print from kelijeandesigns; Yellow with Orange Dots Cotton Snap-on Baby Bow Tie With Onesie from somaria
Bottom row: It's a Girl Card from 43rdandNinth; Sofi the Dancer (plus friends) from AmiRomi; Reversible Infant Terry Bib and Burp Cloth Set from Kyliebugs

Board No. 20 - Etsy Day Pounce, part 1

In support of Etsy Day!, I am going to try and post a lot today. This will be a continuation of my ongoing Pounce Undiscovered series, as it was one of Etsy Admin's suggestions on The Storque:

"Support a new seller on Etsy Day! Buy an item from someone with no sales (you can find them on Pounce Undiscovered), and wish them a 'Happy Etsy Day' in the Message to Seller field when you check out."

I found a ton of great items while surfing through the undiscovereds, so I am breaking it up into subcategories. Without further ado, check out some new jewelry artists and spread the Etsy word today (and everyday!).

Top row: Limoncello Drop Earring from Magillie; Mahogany Triangle Earrings from KreativeWoodKrafts; Dreamcatcher Necklace from liltink687; Labradorite and Brass Necklace
Second row: Olive Droplets Swarovski Crystal Briolette Copper Earrings from HLOcreations; Layered Lotus Necklace from Aijewelry; Ladder to Nirvana - Red and Green Earrings from pensandneedles; Sail Away Earrings from VanillaRain
Third row: Nautical Dream Necklace from BetterThanCheesecake; Golden Starfish EarringsVintage Jade Green Lucite Clutch Bracelet from JBPacrat; Dance Earrings
Bottom row: Best Friends Earrings from WeekendSplendor; Modern Split Earrings from simplynimble; Black Moons Earrings from MeretriciousMilieu; Becky Collection - Isle of Wight Necklace from objet from ssdjewelry from cherrychula; from EKMdesign

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Board No. 19 - Board for the Bay

Everyone's talking about Earth Day, so some local D.C. foodies (FoodieTots and ArugulaFiles) decided to try a "Blog for the Bay" day, urging bloggers to write about the Chesapeake Bay and then link to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s petition urging the EPA to quit delaying action to help save our Bay. There is so much good food and fun to be had, even beyond all the delicious crab, which is unfortunately suffering because of the ever-deteriorating conditions of the Bay. I was just in Annapolis last week for work, and it was such a fantastic day that it lifted my spirits all week (I highly recommend oyster shooters at Middleton Tavern). So, here's my ode to the Bay and to the Eastern Shore — oh how many memories I have!

Top row: Uncooked Crab Apron from PinkChi; Got my Marbles - Blue Sea Glass Necklace from Seashaped; Chesapeake Charter Bag from Janatpursesonals; Moorings At Spa Creek Print of Watercolor Painting Annapolis Harbor from HammelmanArt
Second row: Vintage Jar of Fossils from Shores of Chesapeake Bay from blacksheepyarns; Point No Point Lighthouse Print from kreitlowART; Sunset on the Chesapeake Photo from savethebay; Crab Construction Made From Rescued Wood from dolangeiman
Third row: Blue Crab Large Oval Platter from brookepickering; Autumn, Chesapeake Bay 2 Mixed Media Artwork from LincolnParkStudio; Vintage Upcycled Sea Glass Pendant Necklace
Bottom row: Crab Pillow from BrownsNeedleandBrush; The Olde Crab Shack Worn Finish Sign; Tilghman Lady Notecard from JLynnPro; A1059, Crab Attack Necklace for Crab Lovers from KayAdams from Seashaped from CountryWorkshop

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Board No. 18 - Childhood Favorites

So I am being honest and am going to admit that this post is inspired by one of the items I listed in my shop today: an ALF tablecloth that my parents had left over from my 5th birthday party. With My Little Pony making a serious comeback, Barbie celebrating her 50th birthday and "Where the Wild Things Are" heading to the big screen, its like I've been celebrating my childhood all year. I found so many of my favorite "memories" while browsing Etsy, so many in fact that I have to narrow it down here to just TV shows/movies.

Top row: Poppy Smurfs TuTu Skirt from XPoppysWickedGardenX; Care Bears Glow in the Dark Tote Bag from GroWild; Fraggle Rock Votive from ArtsyChica
Middle row: Good Luck Care Bear Mini Glycerin Soaps from DuckySoaps; My Little Pony Pink and Purple 80s Retro Heart Comb Necklace from sheshodesigns; Vintages 1985 Aladdin Sesame Street Lunchbox and Thermos from TOYHEAP
Bottom row: ET Coin Purse from tackytiffany; Smurfed - Out Step Stool from LadyInAShoe; Vintage Strawberry Shortcake Coffee Mug from uplandvintage

Board No. 17 - Ampersand Love

So, I am going to admit something a little embarrassing. My name is Andrea and there was a time in junior high/high school — I truthfully don't remember when exactly — that I signed my name &rea. Oh, I thought I was cleaver. Well, even though I am past that phase, I still really love the beautiful shape of ampersands and have been looking for one — maybe either wooden or large letterpress — for my apartment. Here are the results of my searching on Etsy, not so much wall decor, but lots of great buys nonetheless:

Top row: Ampersand American Apparel U-Neck Tee from citizenone; Jumbo Wire AmpersandAmpersand Pillow Cover from marleyandlockyer; Ampersand Cushion - Teal on Chops from AuntyCookie
Middle row: Felt Ampersand Accent Pillow from lgaumond; Ampersand Sign Shabby Cottage Letters Chic from thebackporchshoppe; Epershand Earrings from Isette; The Super Ampersand Tee from loremandipsum
Bottom row: Custom Wedding Invitation - No. 10 from westwillow; Antiqued Typewriter Key Necklace from basilthecat; Custom Wedding Invitation Set - No. 7 from upup from kristinemays;

Not included in the board, I did find this one that I am torn about. I am not usually a seashell person at all, and this reads to me as a bit bridal, but something about it is making me laugh a little and in a good way. Survey: What do you think? Hit or miss? Leave me a comment below.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Board No. 16 - Newspapers Aren't Dead!

When I saw this bag on the Metro this morning, I was inspired to do two posts. One, my previous one, was about being crafty, and this, is about how newspapers aren't dying — at least not in the Etsy world. I work at a newspaper, so I have to believe there is a future for journalism beyond Twitter. Even if you don't read them, you can recycle them with many different crafty uses like several of the sellers below.

Top row: Newspaper Hemp Necklace from giandpindo; Recycled Financial Times Decoupage Chair from julene; Recycled Biodegradable Seedling Starter Newspaper Pots from RushofWings; Real Retro Fabric Newspaper Patch Petticoat Skirt With Lace from malam
Second row: Turquoise and Tangerine Handmade Recycled Newspaper Beaded Earrings from doghaus; News Giraffe Necklace from PaisleyChainsaw; "I Like to Keep Informed" Print from Toxicguineapigs; Set of 6 Newspaper Headline Tumblers from gotcha
Third row: Dog Lovers Canine Chronical Handbag Pleated Hobo from gypsyrosehandbags; What's Old Is New Again Recycled Rosette Headband from JustLiv; Recycled Earrings and Necklace Set from Allidigator; Vinyl Record Cuff from maelle
Bottom row: Recycled Indian Newspaper Bags from nutmegclick; Custom Lover's Portait on Newspaper Background from phunklab; Recycled Newspaper Flowers from halibuvalley; Fancy Wallpaper Storage Vintage-Style Newspaper Tray from 32NorthSupplies

Board No. 15 - I Wish I Could Do That ...

I was on the Metro this morning and spotted a woman with this fantastic bag made out of a Washington Post. I didn't get a chance to ask her where she got it as she got on the train one stop before I got off, but I did get a really bad snapshot of it:

This bag inspired two posts, this one and one about newspapers.

I am completely in awe of how talented so many Etsy sellers are. I am constantly finding "crafts" on Etsy that I say to myself, "I wish I could do that. That's so creative!" Well, here's some of the projects I have on my list to learn in the next, well, who am I kidding ...

Top row: Embroidered Oilcloth Checkbook Case from etuidesign; Origami Triangle Boxes from niwatori; Copper Candlestick VI from McGdesign
Middle row: CRAYO-Names - Cube Box from StoryBlox; Oilcloth Party Banners from modernjune; PDF Tutorial - Tile Coasters from littlecoastergnome
Bottom row: Mornington Necklace (Sterling Silver Chain) from Muntedkowhai; Butter Cream Pedestal With Succulents from greenwaredesign; Amy Butler Sewing Pattern, Sophia Carry All from fabricsupplies

Board No. 14 - Little Birdie

Yesterday was so beautiful that we had the windows open and I heard the birds chirping outside all day. Even though it's raining all day today, yesterday's weather and the hint of spring has led me to want a bird feeder or two to put up in the backyard, and Etsy has a huge stash of them:

Top row: Blue Bird Feeder from PottersVision; Ceramic 3-Sided Hanging Bird Feeder in WhiteWelded Steel & Copper Birdfeeder 130 from joepapendick
Second row: Bird Feeder in Aqua from claydame; Fabrege Feeder from ladyh; Bird Feeder Made From Repurposed Street Lights from redyellowandblueink
Third row: Daisy Teacup Bird Feeder / Tiny Birdbath from littlepaperhome; Mushroom Shaped Ceramic Pottery Bird House from mudpuppy; Blown Glass Hummingbird Feeder from Hummingbirddelight
Bottom row: Double-Decker Bird House From Old Coffee Pot With Wood Handles from iron55; Handmade Woodwork Bird Feeder from Wudls; Bright Green Cedar Shake Birdhouse from DuckabushWoodworks from fruitflypie

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Board No. 13 - More Pouncing

I really love the idea of featuring unknown Etsy sellers and helping those awesome people who just haven't yet sold anything do a little PR work. So I am going to make the Pounce Undiscovered post I did last week a reoccurring feature. Please let me know if you see any shops that should be featured or if you have any other ideas for features (since I am new to this!).

Top row: Royalty Chandelier Loop Earrings from Kaera; Giraffe Necklace from strangegarden; Vintage-Inspired Cowboy Collage Apron Set from SewRetroAprons; Market Bag / Amy Butler Fabric from freshtomatoesbags
Second row: Handmade Child's Quilt - Embroidered Animals from WisdomAndLove; Cassette Coin Purse from alifisherdesign; Tangled - Original Watercolor from hollysharpe; Dewdrop Earrings from loreleijewelry
Third row: Hand-Sewn Felt One-Eye, Three-Leg Aliens from PinkKDesigns; Diaper Changing Pad and Matching Bib from cisterlove; Six Funny Faces Coaster Set from Orush; Milk Glass Urn
Bottom row: Girls Purse Gift Bag from CardsbyRobin; Mini Blooms Brooch/Hair Clip from GirlHunt; Country garden necklace from skeptis; Caramel Pretzel Twisted Turtles from BlissCandies from michikovintage

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Board No. 12 - Eddie Inspiration

One of the many blogs I constantly follow (along with everyone else, it seems!) is Eddie Ross' because I really like his style and that he's always encouraging people to be thrifty — something I pride myself on. That being said, however, I find that many of the items in his fabulous new Etsy shop are still way out of my price range — I'm not saying he charges too much, just that I'm fiscally challenged. So, this is going to be a different type of inspiration board. I am going to take beautiful items from his shop and find some similar items from other shops that are a bit more wallet friendly. (Sorry, Eddie!)

Left: Eddie's pierced silverplate serving tray - $60
Right: Inspired filigree tray - $9

Left: Eddie's set of 6 1970s Golden Goddess glasses - $72
Right: Inspired set of 7 vintage bar glasses in gold and white key pattern - $12

Left: Eddie's 1950s gold splatter pitcher with stirrer - $85
Right: Inspired gold hostess pitcher -$20

Left: Eddie's PAIR of Italian white ceramic cherub candlesticks - $65

Center: Inspired single vintage cherub candleholder - $7
Right: Inspired vintage shabby French chic vase with cherubs (visually comparable to two candlesticks) - $10

Left: Eddie's pressed glass ice bucket with hammered metal handle - $45
Right: Same bucket, just not studio photographed - $12

Friday, April 17, 2009

Board No. 11 - "Wedding" Dresses

I've been an absentee blogger for a couple days. Work has been quite busy and I have a quiz in class tomorrow. No excuse! Anyway, while searching for comfy clothes the other day, I came across a bunch of dresses that I thought were adorable and it got me thinking of all the weddings I have coming up. I could totally use a new "wedding" dress (or five — the number of weddings I have to go to). Here are some cute options I found, but keep in mind that none of the weddings I am attending this season are uber fancy, I like color and funky details (and I like to keep my gals in check...).

Top row: Laura Dress, Made to Order from vivatveritas7; Sunset Yellow Shirt Dress from lemonstorynyc; Olive Green Jumper from RochellesLittleOnes
Middle row: Vibrant Mosaic Print V-Neck Dress from esoneofone; Lucy, Custon Made from myblackdress; Blue Dress from larimeloom
Bottom row: Black and White Flowers Bustier Dress from malam; Fuschia Flower Dress - Ivory Bamboo, Cashmere, Gemstones from econica; Bamboo Silk Dress, Custom from econica

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Board No. 10 - Curl-Up Clothes

I am exhausted from getting up really early this morning. That, on top of the terrible, rainy weather we've had all week, makes me want to curl up in comfortable — yet always stylish — clothes and find a big cozy couch. So, I decided to go clothes shopping, with a yoga-esque vibe in mind ...

Top row: Inferno Sweatshirt from SCHiZO; Long Shirt With Cowl Neck from RochellesLittleOnes; Gardenia Top from zelaya
Middle row: Purple Jersey Capri Pants from larimeloom; Black Wrap With White Birds from ZoeChen; Favorite Hooded Mini from knottysisters
Bottom row: 7 Ways to Wear Shawl Top from Lirola; Flared Sleeve Hoody from treehouse28; Anais Black Sea Top Slate With Black Flower from zorya

Board No. 9 - Sale Jewelry

I was inspired this morning after seeing in my Twitter feed that LillyQueen posted about a Twitter (sponsored?) sale:Who doesn't love a sale in these economic times? So I thought I'd go on to Etsy and do a search for jewelry listings that are on sale or have been recently marked down. (And by the way, "sale" does not mean 5% off, people! Deals are $2 pearl earrings!) Now I don't know if any of these are a good deal even on sale — I'm not trying to editorialize — they are just items I think are beautiful. LillyQueen's necklace that she linked to is in the center, and is amazingly beautiful.

Top row: Blue Glass Earrings from 5andUnder; Envy - Green Chalcedony, Lemon Quartz, Peridot, Green Onyx and Sterling Ring from CoryellDesign; Dance of Green Necklace from ZMArt; Blushing Rose Necklace from crumpetcake
Second row: Flowers, Leafs and Dreams Necklace from PrivinaMonona; Sweet Wine NecklaceWhite and Gold Drop Earrings from HAPPYBLUE
Third row: Copper Rose Earrings from LuzDesigns; 14 Antique Bronze Plated Brass Fans from goshen
Bottom row: Boho Chic Charm Necklace from silverdotjewelry; Ivory Pearl Earrings from peppaandpiccalo; Original Real Preserved Red Rose Ring from BelaBrazillianDesigns; Steampunk Filigree Watch Movement Industrial Ring from qacreate
from LillyQueen;

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Board No. 8 - Pounce Undiscovered

I scanned through a ton of Pounce Undiscovered pictures and came up with some of my favorites. I'm into color right now if you can't tell...

Top row: Embroidered Oilcloth Checkbook Case from etuidesign; Owl Screen Print Yellow Onesie from MarylandMichael; Wonderful Fully Reversible Custom Made Rockabilly Swing Dress from audreyandgrace; Elephant Can Dribble Too Necklace from plingstore
Second row: Juicy Pear Necklace from CakewalkPress; Hand Drawn Wood Birch Card - Thank You from minilime; Music of the Metal Spheres Necklace from DalkullanJewelry; Sportster Motorcycle Rocker from wasatchworkshop
Third row: Wool Rabbit from dizzydame; Recycle Necklace from QuiteLovable; Porcelain Bowl from mrhstudio;
Origami Triangle Favor Boxes from niwatori
Bottom row: Crocheted Swirles Rainbow Blanket from BugABoo5; From the Untold Stories Series Photo from TheWorldIsMyStudio; Bright Whimsical Hand-Crafted Note Kards from KardsbyKathy; Copper Necklace With Bright Green Beads from DeerLola from mrhstudio;

Board No. 7 - Friendship-Inspired

This is the second part of a two-part series inspired by Pyrex's Friendship pattern — it's the yellow and orange pattern you see going diagonal through the image below. Obviously I'm not the only one who loves it since it seems to have been replicated in many different incarnations.

Top row: Folksy Tin Trays from findingfabulous; Dutch Themed Birthday Calendar from thebeautifulproject; Vintage Pyrex Friendship Pattern Serving Dish from tawnillia
Middle row: Love Birds Letterpress Card from dutchdoor; Pyrex 2 1/2 Quaart Frinedship Casserole Bowl from ImSoVintage; Set of 2 Corning Ware Friendship Casserole Dishes from kitschkitch
Bottom row: Vintage Friendship Pyrex Cinderella Bowl Complete Set from sassboxclassics; Dutchie Love Card from lauredesigns; Gold Birds Letterpress Print from cindytimczykart

Board No. 6 - Folksy

This is part one of a two-part series originally inspired by the Friendship pattern by Pyrex. This is just random folksy/Pennsylvania Dutch items that seem to be popping up everywhere lately. The next will be actually Friendship-inspired items.

Top row: Wee Teapot Perfume Jar from jawaddel; Folky 2009 Letterpress Wall Calendar from dutchdoor; Vintage Stylized Folk Art Complete Tea Set from JollyPollyPickins
Second row: Vintage Soapstone Jewelry Box with Inlaid Mother of Pearl from JollyPollyPickins; Red Birds Folk Art - Pets and Pals Animal Print Series from DeborahCavenaugh
Third row: Patchwork Drinking Glass from gotcha; Cute Heidi Apron Dress from loverdoversclothing; Charming Wood Scandinavian Folk Art Cutting Board from SamyStClair; RANSBURG Hand Painted Canister Set from findingfabulous
Bottom row: Vintage Cotton Embroidered Boho Dress from atouchofvintage; 60s Embroidered Love and Flowers Vintage Wall Art from fabulousmess; Kokka, Birds and Pears in Blue, Trefle Fabric from fabricsupplies; Rooster and Chicken Machine-Embroidered Aprons from HotStitches

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Board No. 5 - What a Hoot!

I was seeing so many owl items while watching the feed yesterday, so I decided to do one specifically on the hooter. And, so I cheated a little on this one because one of the items is mine — can you tell which one ... Anyway, I am out of town for the weekend. See you back here Tuesday!

Top row: Big Hoot Custom Order from ManicMuffinTotes; Pink Mr. Hoots Ring from laralewis;
HOOTY-WOO Oilcloth Owl Tote from Modern June; Owl Pot Holder from snappyshop

Middle row: Pair of Vintage Brass Owls from buygollymissmolly; Brass Owl Dinner Bell from kitschkitch; Sleepy Owl Plushie from eclu; Felt Owl Embroidery Key Ring from lovahandmade

Bottom row: Owl Pocket Apron from snappyshop; Hoffman Fabrics, Camp Fun Time, Owls in Leaf from fabricsupplies; Autumn Owl Tree from yumiyumi

Board No. 4 - Favorite Listings From the 2 O'Clock Hour

I had some spare time so I was watching the feed as new items came in during the 2 o'clock (EST) hour. I guess I am totally feeling spring and kids — which is funny because I don't have any and am definitely not pregnant... So here are my favorites, it's an eclectic grouping:

Top row: Martha's Vineyard Twill Pillow from utiledulci; Short Sleeve Onesie With a Striped Necktie Applique from veryKIKI; Pears Pears Pears Kitchen Towel from 2sweetboutique; Raised Line Tote from yorktownroad
Second row: Garden Romance Hair Clips from sweeteverythings; Sleeveless Linen Dress from tortillagirl; Vintage Brass Heart Lockets from Karmelkisses; Dainty Little Flowers Post Earrings from Nataliaraya
Third row: DIY 12 Storybook Blocks from nurserylove; Vintage Necktie Buttons from ccstar; Vintage Melamine Sugar and Creamer Set from harlowmonroevintage; Longer is Better Zipper Pouch from eleen
Bottom row: Your Mama's Curtains Vendor Apron from yoopers; Chocolate Garden NecklaceNewborn NOONIE - Cirque from lalaspequenos; Vintage Linen Tablecloth from snowflakeoneyelashes
from CocosGreenhouse;

Board No. 3 - Etsy Business Tools

I'm pretty new to selling on Etsy, so I have found that staying as organized as possible helps. I always write down every purchase I make and then add it to my "balance sheet." So, I think it's really important to have a notebook on me at all times — something I've always done anyway since my mind is all over the place with ideas. It's also extremely important to know how to market yourself and then have a pretty package to send to your newly discovered customers.

Top row: Cherry Blossom Bound Book from DianaTeeter; Mini Tag Book - Inventory EditionPack of Vintage Sales Prospect Records from nationcreations
Middle row: Cotton-Filled Jewelry Presentation Boxes from NotableNotions; Etsy Branding Package from TheBuzz; Bulk Tissue Paper from greenBubble
Bottom row: Customized Business Address Stamp from purplelemondesigns; Custom Sales Receipt Pads from PurpleHug; Custom Shipping Labels from bohtieque
from erinzam;