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!
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!
“Magical Serpent Girl” by Junko Mizuno
I really love this new piece by Junko Mizuno, it was made for the Sweet Streets Magical Girl show, and now this piece is being released as a limited edition art print on April 22, 2011. You can actually pre-order it through Sweet Streets right now and since it’s a signed, limited edition Mizuno print I had to go ahead and get it. The price was reasonable (it’s 11″ x 14″ which is larger than I expected) and I actually don’t have any Mizuno art yet, only books and toys. It’s an edition of 25 and only $100.
While I love Mizuno’s style and a lot of her individual pieces, the majority of her work I don’t want to hang on my walls, most of it just has too much sex and (sexualized) violence in it for my tastes. There are a lot of artists like that though, where I’ll like them, but I only love about 10% of their work. This piece is really perfect though and I couldn’t let it slip away! Honestly I would buy the original if I could.
Update! I got it and it’s absolutely beautiful in real life!
PS: Thank you to Caro for being awesome and for getting back to me about the print size so fast, you’re the best!