Kiersten Essenpreis: I’m a freelance illustrator and gallery artist living/working in Brooklyn NY. I do work for various magazines, newspapers, and books as well as paintings for gallery shows around the world.
I decided to open my Etsy shop as an accessible alternative to the gallery scene.. a way to offer small, fun, and affordable pieces that anyone can own.
The idea of recycling isn’t just about separating your household waste into piles of glass, paper and organic waste. Like the above photo from Skip To My Lou, recycling is a cute way of having fun – as well as keeping little people busy and entertained with these juice carton boats.
I love the idea of simple, easy to make crafts and home made treats – especially when minimal mess is acquired making said crafts and home made treats!
Much like these yummy looking Ritz cracker snacks, made by my sister-in-law, Amy.
These are a straight forward make and you will need:
Ritz crackers/a cheaper alternative.
Chocolate (Amy has used white chocolate, but you can probably use just about any variety.)
Melt the chocolate: you can try the bowl in the pan method or the microwave method. Sandwich together 2 plain crackers, spread a little peanut butter in the middle (to hold the crackers together) then dip into the melted chocolate and add sprinkles to them – the last two steps my 4 year old nephew helped out with meanwhile my 2 year old nephew sat that part out and was on hand to taste-test.
I was so impressed with these cute little treats and it further affirms to me that from simple things come great things – and you don’t need to break the banks doing it, or expend a lot of energy making things.
Much like these sweet (literally) building block marshmallow straws from Makes and Takes, a crafting blog jam-packed full of crafty ideas for kids, family time, recipes, home projects and so on.
For instructions to make these marshmallow/straw building blocks.
So when keeping it simple on the craft and making front with kids, make it accessible and inclusive to kids of all ages. Devise tasks for all age groups according to their ability levels, encourage (but don’t over bear) their creative and crafty sides – and remember to get them to help with the cleaning up process, too!
As if you didn’t have enough decisions to make whilst planning your wedding you will have to think about what to wear on your head. For the groom this is fairly simple as most choose to avoid a hat unless you are having a grand affair and a top hat is required. Yet for the bride the decision about headwear is complicated and it is better not to choose a tiara before you have chosen your dress. However if you have chosen a vintage inspired gown then this headband from Chez Bec would be the perfect accessory.
Firstly a bride will need to think about how to wear her hair, up in a french pleat, half up or half down or fully down. Obviously this may depend on the style of dress you have chosen or you may have already chosen a beautiful tiara, like the slightly unusual motifs of pearls and crystals used in the design of the above tiara from Tiararama.
Whether you choose a tiara, hair slides or combs, veil or fascinator there is plenty of choice in styles available. Pearls are a traditional stone for wedding jewels and look great worn in the hair, as shown above in with the gorgeous tiara from Be Something New .
Yet you may want your headwear to add even more sparkle to your wedding day. Many jewellery designers can create bespoke tiaras, combs or headbands in a choice of Swarovski crystals to add colour to your day, as seen in the combs above from Tilley Jewels Bride.
Maybe pearls or crystals are not the look you are after but require a more dramatic statement piece. A fascinator is a great alternative to princess fairytale inspired tiaras, featuring feathers, netting and even pearls, crystals or rhinestones. Fascinators are also proving a popular choice for Mothers of the Bride and guests as an alternative to hats. Whilst you could stick to bridal creams and whites, a fascinator maybe your chance to add some drama, especially with this fabulous peacock feather fascinator from Nyjole J Walters Jewellery Design.
Necklace above is from Wing and Wendy
Talk to me – who’s seen Whip It?
It’s out on DVD now and I highly recommend it. I really didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Of course it inspired me to find a Roller Derby league to join. Though I gotta say while I’m into the racing around the rink – I am NOT into the bodychecking. So I’ll have to see if I can find a league that’s non-contact.
More than that it reminded me of being a teenager… I could relate to Ellen Page’s character in the movie big time. The junior high I went to – very preppy! And this was right around Kurt Cobain’s death and the apex of grunge culture. I was one of the very few students in my junior high who was big into everything alternative (I’ve lightened up a bit – you wouldn’t know about my “alternative past” looking at me now)!
Even more importantly the movie reminded me of two things – how many adventures I had when I was that age, as silly as they were – my friends and I were constantly pulling pranks and getting into trouble. The real message of the movie for me though? How great it is to get involved in something new – to take that risk and put yourself out there. To put your heart and soul into an endeavor and risk failure. But to be able to look back and see that what was more important was the journey. The friends you make, the new things you try, the experiences you would have otherwise never had.
Here are some Etsy roller skating and roller derby finds for all of you who love to skate!!
If you’re searching for an alternative to traditional “children’s room art” look no further.
Tony, Mitch, Nikki, Dan, Omar, Mo, and Lauren have been “speaking to kids” through our graphic design work (mostly schoolbooks) since 1989. We thought it might be fun to brighten up kid’s walls with cute and fun prints (and we were itching to flex our creative muscles, too!). We hope you find something you and your kid can enjoy together.
We really appreciate your interest, ’cause it allows us to have fun and escape our day jobs (if only for a short time)…
You see, 3CD is a Chicago-based graphic design firm which has created a heck of a lot of educational work (that means schoolbooks). So who knows, you may have seen some of our handiwork in a classroom near you already!
We decided to offer KidStuff ’cause we like designing for kids and for the most part, we just never grew up!
Aren’t they great? $25 each, 3 for $65, or 4 for $85 from 3CD KidStuff.