The Animals of Etsy

Above print is from Berkley Illustration.

One of the very fun themes you’ll find on Etsy? Animals.

From cute and cuddly to somewhat scary and everything in between, animals are very popular.

What you’ll need to decide is if you’d like a t-shirt, art, jewelry, accessories, wall decals or something else, perhaps?

I think the theme today is bringing the zoo home – but with no need for permits, a litterbox, or veterinarian’s appointments. I hope you’ll join me as I search through Etsy for some of the best animals I can find.

I know birds have been wildly popular over the years, and with good reason too. They’re beautiful animals and they inspire us to dream great dreams and envision bright futures. Their wings, soaring, remind us to believe and to have hope for the future.

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1). Revisions 2). Craft Madness 3). Joom

Squirrels. Yes, I said squirrels. I know someone must be pretty fond of them as Etsy has 130 pages of squirrels, of which I’ve shared just a few favourites below. Some might say a squirrel is just a rodent – but I’d say, as rodents go – they’re pretty cute.

1). Dillon Designs 2). Tinymeat 3). Concentric

Just because they’re slow doesn’t mean they can’t be pretty darn adorable. Not sure which animal I’m referring to? The turtle, cute – perhaps not cuddly – but reliable!

1). e.soule 2). Ching’s Tote Shop 3). Lodge

So there you have it – a sample of the animals of Etsy… Hope this inspires you to do some searching to see where your favourite animals are hiding on Etsy!

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The Wizarding World of Fashion

Yes, I am not ashamed to admit it: I am a Harry Potter fan! So much so, we have saved up to take the family to Harry Potter World in Florida later this year, and we simply cannot wait to see the next film in the series next week. We have been the family who have queued up outside the bookshop at midnight when the new books have come out and read them non-stop; we bought the Hogwarts scarves, the wands, the wands the following year when the newer edition had pretty lights, and and we have also been the ones (husband excluded) dressing up to go to the cinema on the opening night.

Unfortunately this year my daughter’s still on her school camp on that first night, so we have to wait a whole 3 days! Now we are completely used to being accused of being very uncool as far as the Harry Potter thing is concerned (they either haven’t read the books or are jealous of J K Rowling’s success), but even I had my doubts as to whether dressing up not on the first night, is too much. Those doubt were quickly quashed though, and we are now busy planning what to wear!

A quick internet search reveals some amazing fan-made costumes, but sadly they mostly aren’t for sale. On Etsy, I absolutely love this one above by Bbeauty Designs of Bellatrix lestrange’s outfit. Evil and nasty though the character is, there’s no doubt that Helena Bonham Carter always gets to play the most interesting people and wear the best clothes.

The detail by limebarb that has gone into re-creating the uniform of the Beauxbaton students is amazing! It is just like the ones in the films.

Lastly I love this charm bracelet by 1luckysoul. What a fantastic idea. It has kind of a steampunk edge to it too and is so original.

The only sad thing is, this is the very last film!

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Ticklebean

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Ticklebean: I am a mom, a wife, and a homemaker. I wanted to do something for myself because I missed making my own money. I’m new to jewelry making, but when I made that first necklace I was hooked. It’s kind of addicting. I started knitting when I was a little girl (I’m 30 now). Just about everyone I know has some kind of knit item from me. I just like making things with my own two hands that I love and that other people love.

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For the Record

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As a child of the 80s, my formative years were spent watching John Hughes movies, crimping my hair and hanging out at the record store. I had an unquenchable thirst for new music and, even with my tiny allowance, I managed to collect a couple hundred albums. Although I’m still hanging-on to a few favourites, I have since replaced most of my collection with compact discs and MP3s. And, judging by the overflowing bins of vintage records at the thrift-store, I’m not the only one. At the risk of sounding like a broken record (pun intended), when I think of the thousands and thousands of records languishing in such bargain bins, I can’t help but wonder how many thousands more went straight into the garbage.

Sharing my concern are Lorie and Tom of Rock and Roll Coasters. In their four years selling albums online, they’ve literally had to throw away hundreds of scratched and unplayable copies. Frustrated by all of the waste, they came up with a clever reuse for otherwise unusable 45s.

Each Rock and Roll Coaster is not just a nostalgic spot to rest your drink; it is a little piece of music history. Tom and Lorie take the actual record (not a copy) and, using their own perfected technique, embed it in 1/4″ of High Gloss Acrylic. They’ve even included the little yellow spindle adaptor for even more retro-cuteness. Love it!

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One of the records that I have carefully tucked-away in the back of my storage room is The Go Go’s 1982 release, Vacation. I must have logged about a thousand hours in front of my dresser mirror, hairbrush in hand, singing along to “Our Lips are Sealed”. It’s no surprise, then, that I was instantly drawn to this purse by Brinda K Design. Making use of the album cover, inner sleeve and the record itself, these upcycled handbags are as durable as they are eye-catching. Hardboard backings, vinyl fabric and tubing, rivets, varnish and coordinating ribbons are all part of the construction of each unique piece, and evidence of Brinda’s impeccable attention to detail.

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Another spin on album upcycling is this awesome tray, also by Brinda K Design. Made from an unplayable album and its cover, with leather-like riveted tabs at the corners, this catch all will make itself useful in the bedroom, hall or office. At just over 7” square, it is the perfect size to hold keys, personal electronics, stationary, jewelry, change, mail and more.

Finally, do you have an earring collection worthy of Cyndi Lauper herself? Here’s the perfect storage solution for “green” girls (that just wanna have fun):

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Karen, of Retired Records creates her way-cool earring stands (above) from unwanted records and makes sure to include plenty of spots to attach your treasures. Each one-of-a-kind table-top display will hold up to 52 pairs of earrings or can be used to show off photos, artwork and more. Turn it around and you’ll see the support that Karen has smartly fashioned out of the album’s sleeve. Conveniently hinged, it holds the record upright when in use and allows it to fold flat for storage or travel. (Just in case you decide to get the band back together and head back out on tour.)

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Sweetgum Dogwood Ruffle Handbags

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Sweetgum Handbags is Kim, a twenty-something grad student who works on her PhD in ecology by day, and runs her sewing machine at all hours of the night. She learned to sew from her talented mother Chris, and from the tried and true method of trial and error.

Favorite materials include denim, corduroy, canvas, woven suede, and repurposed upholstery samples. Custom orders are more than welcome. The business is based in the lovely town of Durham in the fabulous state of North Carolina, USA. All Sweetgum bags are designed to be functional, pleasant to look at, and to last you a very long time.

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