Etsy

If you read our blog on a regular basis, you have probably noticed how varied our topics and interests are. A put it very nicely in the “About The Time Machine” section when she described our posts as a “mixed bag.”

Most of you probably follow our model and have mixed interests. Because of this, many of us will hit a roadblock in our lives where we are unsure of where to find certain items to satisfy our enthuasium. No longer do we need to hunt down tiny unknown stores (although that can certainly be fun), find private specialists, or looking in millions of places. Etsy, the online shopping place for crafts and vintage has literally everything!

Let’s face it – we all have quirks about us. Most of the time, these quirks are surpressed my generic mass-market products. For example, you get a new phone and need a case to protect it. At the store there are normally these options: colors, classic patterns, and clear. Most of us will settle for one of them without a second thought. However, how about a cover made out of a timeless vintage fabric? Or out of an old heater vent or even zebra skin? On Etsy, your true personality will come through.

Okay. So if it were up to me, the entire point of this post would be just to rant on and on about how wonderful I think Etsy is. However, listening to someone rant on and on about how much they love something can often get a little annoying. So rather than listening to me talk about it, go find out for yourself!! Here’s the link: http://www.etsy.com/. They truly have something for everyone!

-C

Pictures courtesy of:

http://blog.newsarama.com/2011/01/11/etsy-made-me-do-it/

http://blogs.wsj.com/dealjournalaustralia/2012/06/12/etsy-focuses-on-growth-down-under/

Subversive Cross Stitching

Cross Stitching is an extremely easy craft to learn and offers immediate gratification. That is why I am never found without a project in my purse and on my nightstand. Unfortunately, however, this craft has become rather typical…I always feel like I’m seeing the same sampler or flower display. That is what makes subversive cross stitching so special…

It is always nice to see a touch of humor and updating brought to a time tested tradition. It brightens it up and makes it more accessible for everyone. Instead of blabbering on for awhile about it, I rather just show you a few pieces. These pieces really speak for themselves…haha!

-C

PS: I tried to not use any too vulgar…but they can get quite funny ;)

Sources:

http://www.casasugar.com/Do-You-Have-Any-Cross-Stitching-Your-Home-3644710

http://thingshelenlikes.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/subversive-cross-stitch/

http://www.flickriver.com/groups/scs/pool/interesting/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/12688864@N03/3019526330/

http://indulgy.com/post/oD1Qpo7qK1/jeremiah-junction-counted-cross-stitch-patterns

Tooth Jewelry

Two of my biggest obsessions in life are jewelry and the slightly macabre. I’ve seen many pieces of taxidermy and bone jewelry, but my absolute favorite has to be human tooth jewelry. There is just something even more creepy about wearing human bone…maybe even more in that it’s a bone we see every day.

The fact that we do see teeth everyday lends itself to become somewhat boring. It is ashame because teeth are probably some of the most ornate bones we have…which begs the question, why not make them into jewelry?!?

I’ve seen pieces tastefully done, and others not so tastefully (no pun intended)…i guess a lot of it lies in the final presentation. Simply stringing a tooth can look to “sharktooth-ish” or it might have the perfect simplistic look. It’s tryly touch and run.

Nonetheless, tooth jewelry is absolutely wonderful and can be worn anytime. It reminds me of ivory in its color and texture (probably because they’re both bone =P). Anyhow, you should try this trend…we all already are rocking it in some way ;)

-C

Pics:

http://www.thefrisky.com/2011-07-23/do-not-want-a-ring-you-can-sink-your-teeth-into/

http://www.tribalmania.com/FIJIANTOOTHNECKLACE.htm

http://lovelydeadandgone.tumblr.com/page/4

Billions of Bracelets!

So, over the past week or so, I decided to try out making bracelets I found online to inspire me for summer. I found lots of styles and how-to’s, and I’ve included a couple of photographs of the ones that I did. I didn’t do all of them, but I’ll link you to the best ones that I found so that you can decide for yourself what you want to try. Bracelets are a fun, summery trend that last just long enough before they go out of style when the weather gets cold — tailor them to boys or girls, everyone appreciates this easy gift. Let’s start off with one that I fell in love with and made 3 of — in 2 days.

Simple Wrap Bracelet

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Okay, so as it turns out, I am absolutely in love with these bracelets. I have oodles of old buttons that I have no idea what to do with (unless I want to start the huge project of ripping off other buttons and putting these ones on things). Plus, I’m always doing beading things, so the amount of glass beads in my beading box is endless. Plus, I have these strings of leather and twine that turned out perfect for this project! I followed the directions exactly as the lovely lady in the video instructed, and, attaching it with ropes of tape to the back of a Tupperware lid, I was able to get one of these done in an hour and a half by the third time I did it. I bet, with practice, I could get it down to an hour with the a bit of practice.

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Ok, the next bracelet, I have not tried, so I’m providing you with another image of the Wrap Bracelet.

Summer Zipper-Style Bracelet

http://pm-betweenthelines.blogspot.com/2010/06/summer-bracelets-diy.html

Okay, so these aren’t called Zipper-style bracelets, but they really remind me of zippers. Is that just me? Maybe that’s just me.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicFashion Forward Bracelets

http://www.rtroncampus.com/2011/09/15/diy-fashion-forward-bracelets/

There are two bracelets on this blog post, one of which involves knuts and bolts, the other of which involves a gold chain. I thought they both looked interesting, but my arms are really starting to get cluttered. I’ll let you decide if they’re worth making!

Beaded Bracelet

http://blogalacart.com/2011/07/beaded-bracelet/

A beaded bracelet that will give you a similar look to the wrapped bracelet.

Friendship Bracelet

http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-friendship-bracelet/

Sailor’s Knot Bracelet

http://www.moredesignplease.com/moredesignplease/2010/8/4/diy-sailors-knot-bracelet.html

I’m going to comment on these at the same time, because they have a joint picture since they are both fastened tightly to my wrist. Don’t mind the scrabby little blue string. It’s a charity bracelet from Cotton On.

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Now, some of the more astute-minded might be wondering why my friendship bracelet is only half-length. That’s because I thought that I might be a smart-arse and do a shortcut. As it turns out, you can’t do that shortcut because it keeps you from making an entire bracelet.

So I won’t even tell you what I did wrong. But I do like the bracelet, and the smaller size keeps my wrists from being completely cluttered. This Sailor’s Knot Bracelet (also called a Turk’s Head Bracelet) has become one of my favourites, especially since lots of people I know go to Nantucket and the Vineyard, where I’ve heard you can get them.

In other words, it makes me feel cool.

All of these were rather simple and easy to do! Tada! With a lazy summer afternoon and some bored friends, you could really churn out some new fashion. I hope you pick out one or two of these ideas and decide to make Billions of Bracelets of your own! Cheers!

-A

Look, Darling! I Knitted You a Tree!

This past week, A introduced me to something that even I found odd…Knitting Bombing / Yarn Bombing / a ton of other names. It is a type of street graffiti where instead of using the normal means of graffiti (spray-paint, chalk, etc.) people knit outrageous public displays.

Honestly, I have no idea how this is even done. First off, when does boredom set in? I struggle to keep my concentration throughout the process of making a hat, let alone the time it would take to knit a car…Second, how do you know how much to make? There are no “patterns” for, let’s say, an oak tree! Is it hit and miss? Third, what if it rains?

As muchas I seem to be putting it down, I am not. Rather, I am fusturated that I cannot do something so amazing. Please, if someone does this LET ME KNOW HOW YOU DO IT!

Now that my true motive has been discovered, I’m going to share another thing that I discovered during my course of looking at Yarn Bombing. Knitted “taxidermy”. This stuff is too cute for words, so I’ll just share a few photographs.

(that one isn’t quite knitted, but still! It is too cool!!)

Alright, well to conclude I’m just going to say thank you to everyone who has been viewing this blog. A and I have been flabbergasted to see that people are actually reading this. Yippie!!!

-C

P.S.: I’m working on a project for Tuesday…wish me luck! haha

Picture Credits:

http://picocool.com/art/guerrilla-knitting-aka-yarn-bombing-goes-global/

http://8jonesstreet.blogspot.com/2011/06/prep-for-international-yarn-bomb-day.html

http://www.pirateknitting.com/2011/05/u-is-for-urban-knitting-aka-yarn.html

http://sailorbaby.tumblr.com/post/7275017151/therhumboogie-nathan-vincent-has-a-very-shauna

http://en.topictures.com/knitted%20taxidermy

http://roseannebroadley.blogspot.com/2009_11_01_archive.html

http://greeneyed.com/2011/08/faux-taxidermy/stag-2/

http://wherethewoollythingsare.tumblr.com/post/735856676/bear-rug-2005-crocheted-and-latch-hooked-yarn