Category Archives: Etsy Finds

Red Riding Hood

My favorite artist right now also happens to be a women I met at my day job. Her drawings are full of fairies and whimsy and her jewelry is perfectly simple. She paints my dreams and everything she does is exactly what I would do if I possessed her immense talent.

Yesterday I went to her Etsy shop The Many Things and purchased an illustrated necklace of Little Red Riding Hood. The moment I saw it I HAD to have it. This afternoon (the very next day) it was in my hands!

I’m totally crazy about it and can’t wait to wear it!


Watch That Necklace!

Quickly I wanted to show off the lovely necklace I purchased from Scissor Sisters at their booth at the West Dundee Heritage Fest.

The clock doesn’t work but it still has beautiful detail. There’s no glass to protect the face and hands which worries me but I’m gentle on my necklaces so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. The back is also exposed so I’m able to see the gears.

As I write this, I’m looking for information on Midland watches. I’ve found a couple made by Midland, but none that even suggest the whimsy my watch has. It makes me wonder where they found it…  I love it.

2011 Heritage Fest

This past weekend was the West Dundee, IL Heritage Fest and we couldn’t have asked for a better weekend! As always on Saturday, there was the car show, antique fair and craft fair. I love craft fairs because I love unique jewelry and this year I was on the prowl for more SteamPunk accessories for my Halloween costume.

While I did find a new SteamPunkish necklace at a booth owned by Scissor Sisters which I LOVE, it likely won’t be used for my costume since I have a more obviously SteamPunk necklace from a different craft fair.

After the craft fair and some music, my family and I wandered over to this boutique called Romantica in downtown West Dundee. (We had stopped at their booth and instead of really shopping ended up taking a lot of pictures of this beautiful dragonfly which we later learned is an endangered species!) Generally, the things in this store are a little out of my budget, I did find a cute skirt on clearance that will be perfect for my costume! And BONUS it’s not too out of my style and comfort zone so I wore it to work today! The above picture is a glimpse of what it looks like.

After Romantica, we went to Around the Corner Candy and I added another item (which my mommy bought me) to my rapidly growing Hello Kitty collection!

Harmony Ball

One of my aunts and I have very similar taste in jewelry. We both like unique pieces and always appreciate one-of-a-kind items over any other. Recently at an antique store, my aunt came across a harmony ball on a long silver chain. Unfortunately the actual harmony ball inside the silver cage was missing but being resourceful, she decided she would find one elsewhere. In place of the harmony ball for the time being she decided to use a blue iridescent marble.

The moment I saw it, I was in love. To me, the marble inside looked like magic wiggling inside the intricate cage and the design of the cage was beautifully intricate. Of course, even though I begged she wouldn’t let me have it so the very next day I hopped on to see if I could find something similar. Before long, I found exactly what I was looking for and ordered it up instantly. The harmony ball arrived quickly and was exactly as I expected but when I wore it to work the light bell noise it made seemed really loud in my quiet office setting.

On Wednesday, when my aunt showed me her harmony ball cage, I noticed she’d replaced the marble with an actual harmony ball and then handed me the marble. Now mine looks just like the magic I enjoyed when I first saw hers, all I need now is a long silver chain to put it on.

If you’re interested in where I bought this harmony ball, please go to Duliadesign at A few of my other favorite shops for jewelry are The Many Things…BirdzNbeez and Glazed Black Cherry

Origami Flowers

I was browsing the other day when I discovered this shop selling bouquets of origami flowers. They were beautiful and well done, but instead of buying some I decided that being somewhat proficient in origami that I could easily find instructions for the same flowers and build a bouquet myself.

Of course, finding the instructions was impossible. I found pictures of several that were similar, but the instructions were either too difficult or non-existent. So I took up the task of inventing instructions myself. After staring at the pictures from the Etsy shop for awhile and a stroke of genius I realized that the flower could probably be made by working the first few steps of the crane and modifying it from there.

When I finally perfected my model, I built several for a Valentine’s Day exchange in my office. I think they turned out lovely. I used floral wire for the stem and a fancy paperclip for the leaf.








I’ve never written an origami diagram before in my life but since I made up this flower based on a picture I wanted to write up a diagram so I wouldn’t forget. I hope it helps! Create a bird base and from there start with number 1 in my written diagram below:






Vintage Ramekin

Sometimes I buy things on impulse, but usually I’m very thrifty with my money (okay, cheap) and I take a lot of consideration when buying things, especially online and especially if it’s an item I don’t really need.

When my friend Christy opened her Etsy shop, Thrifty Vintage Kitten the first thing I noticed was this adorable blue ramekin. The price was right, but I didn’t need it so I left it alone. I then spent the next several months stalking it. Every week or so I’d check to see if it had been purchased yet and every time it would still be there begging me to buy it.

Then one day I decided enough was enough. If I had the money for it in my wallet I would purchase it.

I did.