Sunday, October 31, 2010

Etsy Ingredients: Namaste Necklaces

Etsy is full of bead and supply shops for just about any craft you can think of.  Handmade yarn to lampwork beads, rare vintage finds to paper ephemera; the world is your oyster with what's available!  I also like to 'give back' to the Etsy community and try to buy my supplies from my fellow sellers.  As sellers buying from sellers, we know the business transaction is much appreciated.  It's also fun to see what those purchases turn into!  Whenever you see a listing in my shop with 'made with Etsy ingredients' in it's title, you know you're buying something that helps support the artistic community in Etsy!

Let's take our first few 'ingredients':
  • Four ethnic medallions I had purchased a little while ago from Susanclare, a jewelry supply shop on Etsy.  One features a mandala, one an image of a brahmin (Hindu priest), and two of what appears to be a seated Buddha. 
  • Vintage olive green plastic beads from Way To Bead, full of colourful flower cabochon and vintage surprises!  These beads came in a strand of little geometric shapes with curved edges.  Very versatile and I love the colour!
  • Silver-plated curved chain from Tower of Leandros - and the chain selection is excellent!  The riveted detail in this chain adds a great touch!
Ethnic medallions from Susanclare
Vintage olive green plastic beads from Way To Bead
Silver-plated chain from Tower of Leandros

Cafe Press Giveaway Hosted By Etsy It Up!: Win An Apron Of Your Choice!
Etsy It Up! has got another great giveaway to win an apron of your choice from Cafe Press!  What a great Christmas present this would make!  And oh, the selections!  I would love to win this Alice In Wonderland-inspired 'Cake Will Make It Better' apron for my friend, Karen - a fashionable and practical lady who whips up a mean dessert!

Cafe Press has it all!  Tees, totes, hoodies, mugs, stickers - you name it!  You'll probably even find your favourite television show or movie - I found this awesome Geronimo Jackson tote in the Lost section!

Click here to visit the Etsy It Up! blog and enter this awesome contest!  Entries will be taken until November 7th, so don't delay!

Etsy Treasury: All You Need Is A Good Book

For those lazy Sunday readers, literary connoisseurs, and book lovers of all ages, this collection full of gift ideas for the one with the 'booksmarts' on your list.  Click here to visit the Etsy Treasury!

Happy Halloween!

Hope you're haunted by friendly spirits who guide your children to the best candy houses - they can walk through walls, you know! *wink*

Safe trick or treating!  I'll be blogging later about some 'crafty' adventures, in the meantime - enjoy this Etsy Treasury full of All Hallow's Goodness! 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Etsy Treasury: Scorpio Gifts

My next few Treasuries will be handy gift guides for those hard-to-shop quirky people you love on your holiday list.  First up - those moody Scorpios!  Represent!  Click here to visit the Treasury on Etsy!

Peg & Awl/Black Spot Books Giveaway Hosted By The Rikrak Studio: Win A $35 Gift Voucher!
Two beautiful Etsy shops are combining forces with Rikrak Studio for this outstanding giveaway!  Peg & Awl and Black Spot Books are offering a chance for you to win a $35 gift voucher in either of these beautiful shops full of treasures!
My favourite item from Peg & Awl has to be the stunning Wolves II necklace made from reclaimed oak and mahogany wood.  An elegant, yet natural way to showcase the beauty of wood.
My favourite item from Black Spot Books is the antiqued Doctor's Bag book necklace.  Lots of history from these bags, I bet, going from house to house in the middle of the night, tending to the sick.  Stories in items like these make them all the more magical.

Click here to visit Rikrak Studio's blog and enter this giveaway!  Entries are taken until Friday, November 5th, so act fast!

The Morose Bee Giveaway Hosted By Delightfully Tacky: Win An Item $15 Or Less! (CLOSED)
This delightfully shabby chic blog Delightfully Tacky is hosting a giveaway courtesy of The Morose Bee for any item in her shop $15 or less!  My winning pick - the Bling Bling necklace made from clay!

Visit Delightfully Tacky to enter this fantastic giveaway!  Entries will be taken until November 2nd, so act fast!

Dear Lillie Giveaway Hosted By Etsy It Up!: Win A Screenprinted Item Of Your Choice! (CLOSED)
Etsy It Up! is hosting a chance to win a screenprinted item of your choice from the darling shop Dear Lillie, makers of vintage-inspired clothing, knitwear and accessories for fashionable ladies, mommies and babies.
A favourite item of mine is this Vintage Crown screenprinted chocolate brown tee - great with a pair of jeans or a cute skirt and heels with loads of chain!  This would be my winning pick!

Want to check out this giveaway?  Click here to visit the Etsy It Up! post and follow the simple rules!  Contest ends November 4th, so act fast!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Late Night Friday Covets, Issue #14: Life In Flight

A Treasury curated with natural inspirations!  Come check it out and leave some comment love!

Etsy Treasury: Oh Canada! Etsy Team Challenge feat. Cupcake PJs - I'm A Winner!

Oh Canada!  We stand on guard for Etsy!

My recent Treasury is for the Oh Canada! Etsy Team Challenge, all inspired around these Cupcake Pajamas by TarapparelAnd I'm a winner!  I get to choose the item for the next Treasury Challenge!  Check out my winning Treasury!

The item I've chosen for this challenge is out of my own shop.  I was so inspired by the choice of colours in the pajamas, I thought I'd give something else - the crazy Alphabet Soup keychain!

I'm looking forward to the fantastic Treasuries featuring this little wonder - you're gonna be a star, baby!  You've got a long way to go!  Keep an eye on new featured Treasuries and vote on your favourite - even better, make one yourself!  Click here to find out more on how you can get in on the Oh Canada! Etsy Team Treasury Challenge!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

High Fashion Thursday, Issue #11: Alexander McQueen's 'Harry Potter' Connection & Hell's Angels Suit

The house of Alexander McQueen hasn't failed to shake the fashion industry with tragedy, controversy and genius, especially over the past year.  Recent movie stills from the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie featured character Fleur Delacour's black and white wedding dress, which bears a rather striking resemblance to a dress seen on the runway of Alexander McQueen's 2008 Fall collection.

Jany Temime, the costume designer for the movie, had used phoenixes to form the shape of a heart on the bust of the dress, "because like love," she says, "it is eternal."  McQueen's dress featured a pair of peacocks in similar form with a shorter hemline.  Many fashion watchers have been scratching their heads as to whether this is a case of "something borrowed", and many hoping this to be an uncredited McQueen creation.

I had checked some online resources, as well as the book itself: the beautiful bride wore a simple white dress with a tiara when she married Bill Weasley, the wedding taking place at the Weasley family home.  The event itself was simple and understated pending the tragic events surrounding it.  (I won't spoil that for you here!)

And something else for those fashion watchers to keep scratching over ...

Motorcycle organization Hell's Angels have filed a lawsuit against the Alexander McQueen house over the use of their trademarked symbol of the 'Death Head', a skull with a pair of wings - a symbol they have been using and associated with since 1948.

The lawsuit asks for unspecified damages and the "supervised destruction of offending merchandise," which includes a $1,500 dress, a $500 ring, a $2,300 handbag and a $560 silk scarf amongst other pieces they believe incorporate this trademark-protected design.

The Hell's Angels are very protective of their membership rights representing their organization, and do not take lightly to those whom they believe infringe upon their symbols.  "This isn't just about money, it's about membership," says Fritz Capp, a lawyer representing the Hell's Angels.  "If you've got one of these rings on, a member might get really upset that you're an imposter."  The biker gang has won similar suits against Disney and Marvel Comics, and seem to be quite serious about going after McQueen and associate conglomerates. 

Trust me - a Hell's Angel biker thinking you're a poser?  That's the last thing you'll need.

Photos courtesy of The Fashionist.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday, Issue #10: A Walk With Shiva

It's been a little while since I've posted a photo essay!

Monday was my birthday and had taken the day off to have a fun little photo shoot with Dan McNab, a friend and hobby photographer who's natural eye behind the lense has astounding results.  (You'll see more about him in next week's Wordless Wednesday, but you can check out his blog for yourself here!)  A rainstorm threatened the area in the afternoon, so we got started early in the day.  The afternoon was mine - inspired by our little photographic adventure, I leashed up Shiva, sportin' her new Mr. Soft Top sweater and grabbed my camera for a nice walk through the Brampton Cemetery and parts of downtown Brampton.  I couldn't have asked for a nicer day.

Photography credit: Cassandra Watsham
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