Today I wanted to do something a little different. As a handmade seller and doll collector it is super important to me to be a part of supporting the community that supports me. Because of that I love buying handmade items and I thought it would be a nice to post mini reviews here.
Above is a package that I got a few days ago from Etsy seller feverworm. It came in two little orange and white bags and had a business card and an awesomely creepy possum sticker. I think it’s just me, but I really love it when sellers put a handwritten note in their packages. It’s something I always do, and it just adds the personal touch you want when you buy handmade. I bought their Fanciful Gaze 1.5″ pinback buttons ($4) and their Little Red and Alice sticker duo ($2). Their shipping was reasonably priced and reasonably fast so I’m not going to go into it.
Their creepy chibi Little Red Riding Hood and Alice (in Wonderland) stickers were what made me click “buy” in the first place. They don’t have the feel of professionally printed stickers to me, as in they don’t seem to be vinyl, but they are still nice quality. Oddly, the possum sticker was professionally printed. The illustrations themselves are so creepy cute, Alice’s red eyes and Red’s taupe skin are really nice touches. I can’t wait to get yelled at by my IT guy for sticking these on my laptop.
It’s no secret that I love Jane Austen, so when I was bored in my teacher training last week and stumbled upon this Kickstarter, I had to pledge! It’s an Emma expansion to the Marrying Mr. Darcy card game that they already successfully funded. The original game is $30 on Amazon, so I just pledged $45 so I’d get the original game, a zombie expansion (which might convince boyfriend to play), and the Emma expansion. Part of me wants to pay the $200 to get a custom card made of myself, because I’m a nerd.
There are two weeks left (they’re fully funded) and I wanted to post about it here just in case some of you would want it too! I can add this to King Post’s Moby Dick, or, the Card Game (which I need to review) and hopefully get their Beowulf game, too. After that it’s only a matter of time before my students are playing literature-themed table top card games. I’ll make them all into nerds yet!
Update: I got the game and it’s amazing. I also printed the PDF version for my students to try out and they absolutely loved it. I highly recommend it!
This turquoise and cream carved rock necklace by Hug a Porcupine had been on my wishlist for ages before I finally got around to ordering it, but I’m so glad I did. It’s about $31 USD as of the time of writing and I think it’s definitely worth the price. The enamel pendant is bordered by gold and it’s absolutely charming. I confess that I’m a huge sucker for enamel though. The only complaint I have is that it’s fixed to the chain so you can’t adjust the length at all and the clasp is so tiny I need help putting it on. It’s really beautiful though and the pendant is much larger than I expected from the photos, plus the quality is great. I plan on picking up more from their shop in the future!
Audrey Kawasaki has not one, but two covers coming out for Hi-Fructose Vol. 25, and I bought them both. Showing my characteristic lack of restraint I couldn’t resist them; the regular cover (above) I liked more, but the limited edition cover (below) … is limited edition. I mean, of course I had to get both! Plus, if I miss out on her upcoming print edition, which I’m crazy excited about, then I can cut up the regular edition so I can still have the images hanging around the house. There’s a logic there people.
Both covers are beautiful illustrations of her new style, which is quickly making her one of my favorite artists. The regular edition is available for pre-order for $6.95 and the special cover, which has an edition size of 500, has a pre-order price $10. The limited version will not be on stands, either, so if you want it you can’t get around paying for shipping. Are any of you planning on picking up both too, or am I just nuts?