Etsy Lust

April 19, 2011

Six items I’m loving on Etsy right now that are reasonably priced and in my size range. And seriously tempting me. Nobody buy these things. Wait, why am I showing them to anyone again? Oh right, because my birthday’s coming up in 8 months.

Etsy Wish List

Etsy Wish List

Etsy Wish List

From left to right:
First row
1970’s Copacabana off shoulder top, CapriciousTraveler, $29
Size 8.5 wood sole 70s GOLD sandal heels , Moonshinehill, $45

Second row
1970s vintage pink and black polka dot pin up stunner, SouthernDropout, $45
Vintage 50s Style Palest Yellow Flocked Dress, Studio1950, $42

Third row
New petrol blue flamenco necklace scarf, lightly sequined, Textilemonster, $18
Messenger black white sackcloth, CrazyBoy, $43

PS – I liked this article a little too much: “Why I can’t stop reading Mormon housewife blogs.”

Dreaming of Portugal

April 5, 2011

I’m about to either a) pull an all nighter or b) go to sleep and wake up in a few hours very stressed and very screwed.

So what do I do about it?

Post some pictures of Etsy decor, obviously.

This is the kind of stuff I’m thinking about lately, with the caveat that I would pair it–and not necessarily all of it–with the wood furniture and neutral textiles I already own. Sort of organic. Relaxed. Colorful. Happy. Less retro/glamorous/MCM/vintage/or even shabby chic than I’ve been drawn to in the past. I’m still enamored with the same styles I’ve posted previously in recent months (here, here and here–if you scroll down), and what I’ve decided about my taste is that if I keep coming back to something–despite the constant influx of images and styles and sounds and ideas I encounter daily–I must really, really like it. (That goes for a lot more in my life than just art and design.) The point is, this small Lisbon, Portugal apartment, which I’ve posted before, is exactly where I’d like to be right now. Maybe it’s because I’ve been so stressed out, but all I want is a home that feels peaceful, cheery, and organized. Preferably with open windows, balmy weather, curtains gently blowing in the breeze, and nothing to do but read a book for pleasure, or maybe nothing to do at all…

By the way, I must thank Etsy’s “Get the Look” feature for giving me a lot of great ideas lately. [Edited to add: some other inspiration has come from An Indian Summer, as I've previously mentioned, Rang Decor, and LA in Bloom, which I've also posted about before after falling in love with this Closet Visit (I was happy to find additional photos on Design*Sponge too).]

So, some of the items I bookmarked on Etsy this morning include:

Etsy inspiration
Follow Your Dreams — 5 X 7 ART PLAQUE — Ready To Hang
Steven James Keathley
I’d love a large painting by this artist, but a small print would be nice too.

Etsy inspiration
Mixed Media Stained Glass Mosaic Art Mirror Blue and Yellow
Low Bridge Artworks
I had a hard time picking a favorite mirror from this shop and I’m still not convinced I was able to.

Etsy inspiration
Compote pedestal fruit bowl… in azure.
Jeanette Zeis Ceramics

Etsy inspiration
Moroccan Bubbles- 30 Graphics- item 10027 (Removable wall decals!)
Byrdie Graphics

Etsy inspiration
Tuscany, Italy Travel Poster
Jhill Design

The next three items are from High Street Market:

Etsy inspiration
Vintage McCoy green greek key planter

Etsy inspiration
Custom made chinoiserie chintz silk throw pillow, 15″ x 18″

Etsy inspiration
Custom made GREEK KEY throw pillow 18 x 18 with down insert — in black, green, or tan

I’m happy to see I’m still loving blue and green after two years–I’ve got plenty of stuff in those colors.

Anyway, s’pose that’s all for now. It’s almost 1am and it’s time for me to, well, work.

PS – I had my Master’s project defense last week, it went well, I took no photos, and I haven’t had a chance to enjoy that accomplishment yet. All in due time.

In Photos

February 9, 2011

As of today, I feel like I’m slightly more on top of things than I was at the beginning of the week. Here’s to more progress in coming days!

Some images:

1) Tonight’s dinner
Pasta with Butter, Parmesan, Cream, and Vegetables
Roasted Broccoli with Smashed Garlic




2) A picture of my grandmother (and my great uncle as a baby) I came across on Facebook

Edited to add another photo that looks similar but is actually my grandmother’s sister, my great aunt (and again, my baby great uncle)

Great Aunt Dot

3) A home I love, as seen on Etsy’s Get the Look Decor

More Inspiration

January 18, 2011

So I’ve still been writing a lot in my separate “writing blog,” where I’ve taken to sort of journaling regularly. Journaling, meaning writing about my feelings, whining about stress, talking about my successes and failures at keeping New Year’s resolutions, detailing the mundane facts of the day, like what I ate for breakfast. I just don’t feel like doing a lot of that here, in this space.

(Hey, but you do want to see this biscotti I made though, right?)


I had the link in a recent post but I took it down, though I’m happy to provide it to anyone who wants to read. I’m still deciding how much I want to say there, how much control I want over who reads it, that kind of thing. I mean, it’s boring. That’s really what it comes down to. Personal but boring.

In the meantime, and I hope it’s okay to post these, here are some photos from an Etsy shop I really like, Reduce Reuse Rewear by Coldfish. While I am constantly falling in love with single item like vintage dresses on Etsy, this vintage shop (as I think I’ve mentioned before) stands out to me because of its styling and I always come away a) loving the entire look, and b) feeling motivated to get more creative with my own wardrobe. Somehow it all seems very wearable; fun but without being limited to a certain style or era or being costumey.

I will say that I’m not buying anymore clothes until I focus on building my shoe collection a bit. I have a lot of items, both dressy and casual, that could benefit from a more complementary shoe, so that’s my fashion challenge these days. (Edited to add: Lies. All lies. I just bought an Anthropologie dress but it was both on sale and I had a gift card going toward the cost, so I felt at least somewhat justified.)

Anyway, here’s a selection from the shop:

Etsy shop I love

Etsy shop I love

Etsy shop I love

Etsy shop I love

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When I love something, I love it so much that I ache. A cute baby or puppy, a beautiful sunset, a fantastic play, a perfect vintage dress…

These hurt so good. Especially because they’re (generally speaking) in my size:

Vintage dress from Etsy
allencompanyinc, $172

Vintage dresses on Etsy
NodtoModvintage, $68

Vintage dresses on Etsy
LittleBeeVintage, $88

Vintage dresses on Etsy
TheVintageStudio, $118
Get this: “From the estate of an anthropologist that had dresses custom-made for her throughout her travels in the 50’s & 60’s!” Uh-maze-ing. That is the kind of thing that makes me swoon.

Vintage dresses on Etsy
TheVintageMistress, $48

Vintage dresses on Etsy
Traven7, $380

Vintage dresses on Etsy
AuntPollys, $95

Vintage dresses on Etsy
DearGoldenVintage, $156

Vintage dresses on Etsy
DearGoldenVintage, $68

Vintage dresses on Etsy
thegreedyseagull, $65

Linky linky

December 1, 2010

Links I’m excited about:

Another closet visit from Jeana Sohn. SO AMAZING. I look at these and then get very depressed about my, say, Old Navy clothes. But man, just beautiful stuff. Beautiful people. Beautiful homes. Beautiful hair.

The New Professional’s tips for keeping up with online reading. I need to read through this. I am not on the ball with Google Reader or anything like it. Hence, the extensive blogroll to the right.

Those Roving Eyes, the entire blog, but especially the recent posts about Fiona Apple and the design tips (and PHOTOS, omg) in the post “texture, colour, contrast.”

M Loves M. Definitely a new favorite, even if I have to swallow some envy while reading it…

The Vermont Country Store. I’d browsed this shop before, and I’m still falling for it just as hard. Check out the classic children’s toys (the potholder loom kit! the paint by numbers set! the boardgames!), the “brands from the past,” the sleepwear, the home goods. It’s so cozy I could die.

Good running form, according to New Balance. Since I’m trying to get motivated to start.

Rembrandt Fresh Mint Whitening Mouthwash, because it got the best reviews on Yahoo.

Four dresses and a coat on Etsy. I can’t stop looking at the “vintage 1950s DULCE DE LECHE cocktail dress.”

Happy December.

30 for 30: Day 14

November 29, 2010

30 for 30: Day 14

I’d been holding out on this dress, not wanting to wear every item of clothing right at the beginning of 30 for 30. Now, just about halfway through, today was the day. I got this vintage dress on Etsy but had only worn it once–for Halloween last year. Yes, I am that much of a wimp that I could only bring myself to wear it as a costume. I included it in my 30 to get over this timidity. The blue belt, also vintage (I think it came with another dress) has barely gotten any airtime either, so I was happy to remember it this morning. Like I said at the beginning of this challenge, I don’t have a comfortable pair of close-toed pumps but I will definitely be looking for some after 30 for 30 is over. They would have gone well with a lot of these outfits, though I’d still probably be hesitant to wear them around campus much.

30 for 30: Day 14

These pictures were taken right after I took hot rollers out of my hair, so trust me when I say within 15 minutes the curls had turned into subtle waves.

30 for 30: Day 14

It’s day one of the final two weeks of the semester, aka Hell Weeks. I’m spending the rest of the day studying for tomorrow’s test, and after that it’s one thing at a time: Presentations, final papers, TA responsibilities, insanity. I am trying to stay calm but I’m sure the panic will set in soon.

PS: I’ve been bad about responding to comments but I will be much better about that as soon as possible! Thanks to everyone who’s been giving such great feedback.


November 19, 2010

Yikes. I am feeling lazy today. So lazy my “outfit” so far consistsĀ of my boyfriend’s fleece sweatshirt on top, and a plaid wool blanket wrapped around my waist. [To be honest, it's a rug, according to the tag. I got it in Scotland, made of recycled wool. But it looks more like a blanket. A slightly scratchy blanket.] So lazy I haven’t gone to the day of sessions on international jobs with NGOs I had planned to attend on campus. Maybe I’ll still make the afternoon events. I think it’s just that time in the semester where the work is getting serious, the energy is running low, and additional optional activities don’t always make the cut. Also, the house is cold and I’m just feeling, yes, very, very lazy. I watched most of Two Girls and a Sailor this morning. Now I’m planning to spend 30 minutes doing a quick pick-up around the house, shower, and hopefully head to school.

A List Of Things To Buy/Pay For That Are Not Clothes Or Usual Bills

  • Computer speakers. Asap.
  • Christmas presents for family.
  • Passport application.
  • Fees to former school.
  • In my dreams: iPod Touch and camera lens.
  • Blurb book.
  • Running shoes.
  • Skincare stuff (a bunch of bottles leaked in my recent travels; very annoying).
  • Driver’s ed classes.
  • A few makeup items for the holidays. Maybe some fancy lipstick or eyeshadow or something.
  • Ideally, a blow dryer, since I currently use a travel-sized one.
  • Ingredients for Thanksgiving cooking.
  • Momo.

Now, completely not in the spirit of a shopping ban–but in the spirit of discovering and articulating what I like–a collection of green vintage dresses, courtesy of my Etsy favorites.

From left to right:
Top row
1. Fab Gabs. I bought this dress. I have not worn it. I will probably wear it on or around my birthday, during the Christmas holidays, and/or when I’m in New York. I am trying to convince myself it’s not a tiny bit too small.
2. Thirteen Bees Vintage.
3. Timeless Vixen Vintage. One day. One day I will own one of their dresses.
Middle row
4. Timeless Vixen Vintage.
5. Timeless Vixen Vintage. Yes, it only has a hint of green, but it is perfection. If I were getting married today, I would wear this dress.
6. Timeless Vixen Vintage. Well this is embarrasing. Are you noticing a pattern here? I swear they are not paying me. But if they wanted to…in dresses…well, I wouldn’t say no.
Bottom row
7. Planet Claire Vintage.
8. Vintage Frocks of Fancy.
9. Timeless Vixen Vintage.

Etsy is so wonderful. Shopping vintage is wonderful. Shopping thrift stores, with some luck, is the best. Better than shopping at places like Modcloth, even, wonderful as that shop is. I like wearing things that require a bit of a hunt, that are (somewhat) one-of-a-kind, and that are second-hand (though I know Modcloth sells some vintage items too).

Numbers 2, 5, and 9 are all-time favorites. And so is number 4. And clearly I bought number 1. Okay, I love them all. So what else do I love besides green? Shift dresses. Wiggle dresses. Sheath dresses. Do these all mean the same thing? Probably my absolute favorite piece of clothing I own is this vintage homemade dress, though it’s currently not in good condition:

Blue vintage dress - large file

Blue dress

I’d love to have it recreated in several colors. I’m glad I’ve realized this. It’s a start.

ETA: Thanks a lot to The Everyday Minimalist for taking the steam out of my shop talk :b

No seriously, thank you!

Valentine’s in March

March 29, 2010

Just a quick post to show my belated Valentine’s Day present. It’s from Etsy artist Helene’s Dreams (“Faceted Peruvian Pink Opal Gemstone Sterling Silver Ring”). I’ve loved opals since I was little and had my eye on this one for a long time. :)

A bit difficult to photograph, though. Helene did a better job.




Boat Load

October 24, 2009

I barely have time to post, I am so insanely busy. Here’s a quick update: This morning–a much-appreciated cool gray morning, I might add–I walked to the “Friends of the Library” humongous book sale happening down the street and fought my way through the crowd, leaving with 5 issues of Gourmet, a Gourmet cookbook, an issue of House Beautiful, and two Agatha Christie novels. One takes place at a Halloween party, perfect reading for this week (as if i have time).

Then Patrick and I went to a great thrift store, knowing we’d be in luck since, I swear, hospice-affiliated thrift stores are the best. I don’t know if it’s because hospice clients donate their stuff, or if other types of donations play a big role in the inventory, but I am always in thrifting heaven. Does that come off as kind of insensitive? It isn’t. My heart is always full of affection for the people who come before me in any type of 2nd-hand situation, which is my preference, and all the more so in the hospice thrift stores. It’s gotten to the point where shopping ‘brand new’ often feels sterile and cold to me. I wish everyone did a lot more trading, passing their old things around, embracing items for their previous lives, rather than being creeped out or put off by the idea that something is used. I hate that attitude.

Anyway, here are a few things–I’m considering selling some on Etsy–not included is a fabulous Anthropologie-worthy coat I bought.

Thrifting: Horse portrait


Thrifting: Sconces
(The sconces)

Thrifting: Milk jug

Thrifting: Tray

Thrifting: Tray

Thrifting: Tray

(Already had the bird)


Thrifting: Mustard tin




Thrifting: Basket

The only thing stopping me from selling a bunch of stuff I don’t need is my intimidation of shipping. I have no idea how to go about that process (charging the right amount, doing it in a timely manner, making sure everything is protected, etc). I really want to prove to Patrick that I can do it, since I was *accused* of creating a pile of unnecessary things that sit around in our house indefinitely…

But seriously, how many vintage cheese cutting boards does a girl need?


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