A blog of whimsy and hopeful serendipity


Monday, May 30, 2011

This Week's Sale

I've decided to try and run a different special each week. This week's? Coupon Code MADHATTER for 30% off any and all hats and fascinators in my shop!

And speaking of which, I've been featured in another BNS. So if you're an Etsy seller, using that code will also get you a spot in a BNS treasury!

God Bless.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Featured Seller- OceanStyle

Why should the spotlight always be on me? I recently came in contact with the owner of OceanStyle and instantly fell in love with her work. Her silver jewelry is truly divine. Just look at the intricacies!

Seahorses and Reef Solid Silver Pendant and Necklace

Cherry Blossom Pendant and Necklace in Solid Silver

This extremely talented British shop owner lives in the Cayman Islands these days. She describes her life there thus:
"Every day I get to open my curtains to the warm sunshine and clear skies, float silently in an underwater world of colour and fish just like an aquarium, eat my evening meal outside in the warm evening breeze and go to sleep to the sound of the waves lapping on the shore.

Its beautiful. So relaxing. So friendly."

Now, wouldn't you like a bit of that to wear?

You can find her creations at:



P.S. Along with all her jeweling talent, she's also a photographer! http://www.oceanphotography.etsy.com/

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Creativity Block? Ramblings of a Creative Soul

What happens when you have oodles of ideas, but no one's buying?

Your workspace starts to get overwhelmed with merchandise, that's what happens. :-P

I have a creativity block. It's not like writer's block, where it's a lack of ideas. No, this is a HUGE amount of ideas, and no outlet. I would say no interest, but I've gotten quite a few favorites of late, and was featured in THREE treasuries just this weekend. So there's plenty of interest, just no one's buying.

Which leads me to the question, "Why?"

Am I doing something wrong? Are my prices too high? Too low? Do I look desperate? Am I discrediting my own work by being painfully truthful about any flaws in the vintage items?

Whatever it is, I find myself unwilling to move forward until I've cleared out what I have laying around. Which means all these awesome ideas sit in my head, waiting for storage space.

Here's one way offbeat idea I had recently, and if anyone reads this blog, I'd really appreciate a comment on it, even if it's "You are crazy, woman" or "That's the worst idea I've ever heard". Seriously. I need feedback.

Steampunk clothes for kids.

I figure not all of the steampunk lovers are childless- there have to be a few kiddies here and there. But when I look around, I don't see any clothes for them. None to speak of, anyway. So I'm thinking- do stuff that's somewhat Steampunk, somewhat Victorian, and 100% Whimsical and fun to wear. I've been wanting to do kid's clothes for awhile now, but they take up more space than necklaces and hats...

This truly has been a ramble. Right now I'm (still) working on two TARDIS bags. I've had requests for a few men's waistcoats/vests, and I'm thinking on some Victoriana purses.

Oh! While I'm here. Latest items from the Use It Up Project:
~Dalek Bracelet
~Seal of Rasillon Pendant
~Good Cluck Necklace (though I /did/ buy some eye/head pins and the charm)
~Galinda and Elphaba fascinators (one of these days I'll do a post detailing construction of the former)

And the Two Hearts And A Rose set are also loosely included. The wire and earring posts are new supplies, but the rose beads have been languishing for far too long.

Yet to be listed: The Vincent Headband, Selkie Bracelet, and an as yet unnamed pendant/necklace.