Pick of the Week

Every week I pick an art book, Etsy store, Storenvy store, postcard and more to review.

Pick of the Week: Skullery

skullery (8)Pick of the Week: Skullery

This week’s pick if faux taxidermy shop Scullery which sells necklaces and skull pieces cast out of resin. I have been following this shop for probably 4 years and just never bought a piece even after almost 2 years of having the same crow skull necklace in my basket. However I recently started following Scullery on Instagram and fell in love with what they’ve been doing recently with using multi-colored resin, glitter, even glow in the dark pieces and maybe soon color changing resin skulls. I was blown away by the newest unnatural skulls and was waiting on baited breath for the release of the pieces so I could find one to call my own. It arrived yesterday and I’m so in love with it, I didn’t even realize from the pictures online that my piece had glitter in it and it honestly looks and feels like a real skull to me and thankfully is not one. One thing I will mention is that even though they have an Etsy store it’s really only for their more tradition realistic pieces. If you like the unnatural skulls like my necklace you will want to check out their main website under Special Editions and follow them on Instagram because certain pieces are auctioned off and special additions are put up in bulk runs and usually the only updates are provided through Instagram. I actually missed the release of the past bundle of skulls by a few days (after waiting around 2 months for it). I still found a few pieces left that I could choose from and I was more than happy with my choice. However their skulls and crystals are limited and get bought the day of in droves so if you really want a certain piece I think it’s worth waiting around for. I can’t wait to see what else they do and am always excited to see what crystals they sell as well. I just adore my piece and if you are into taxidermy or bird skulls or know someone who is, I couldn’t recommend a better store worth checking out!

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Pick of the Week: Ree Artwork

Pick of the Week: Ree Artwork

This week’s artist is illustrator Ree from Venezuela and Florida who sells prints and originals. She posts videos as well on Youtube of her work and process which I enjoy since she uses Copic markers which I am trying to learn techniques for. Her gorgeous style really attracted me to her work and I just had to pick something up s0 I bought an original of a mermaid and a few prints that I adore. I’m really happy with her work and always looking forward to see what she does next.  You can check out her blog, and her store for more of her work.

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Pick of the Week: Soft Market


Pick of the Week: Soft Market

This weekend in Montreal is the second ever, Soft Market featuring a bunch of great local artists and artisans. This one is the Spring edition and I will be there as a seller with some of my colorful and cute bath products I’ve been making in the last few months. So if you see me there, come say hi! I am pretty excited to see how the reception is and I loved going to the last one so I am sure it will be a fun day.  Below I thought I’d share what I picked up at the last Soft Market so you can get an idea of what type of things will be there.

soft market (1)One of the  organizers is artist Starchild Stela, who I haven’t shared on the blog in awhile. I picked up the Bitter Feels zine, her Support Cuties sticker pack, a Cat Calls patch, and a Not Your Babe pin. I love the support stickers the most!  soft market (3) soft market (2) soft market (4) soft market (11)Sarah Bourget is someone I always see at craft fairs and have to resist buying everything she has. Her custom stickers and mini prints are a dream.  soft market (7)soft market (8) soft market (9) soft market (6)
The other organizer of the event is Lovestruck Prints who’s pastel stickers are adorable.soft market (5)
Swarm stickers, a zine by Kyoko and the business card of this great poetry maker Hea Ryung. I was so broke when I went I couldn’t buy a cup but I deeply regret it. soft market (12)Lastly SugarBones’ JustGirlyThings zine and matching pin, the artist wasn’t there but it’s in the same vibe so thought I’d share. 

If you are coming on Saturday, I look forward to meeting you and I’m excited to check out all the artists and do some trades to add to my growing zine and huge sticker collection.

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Pick of the Week: Fischerspooner New Truth

fischerspooner new truthFischerspooner: “New Truth”

Fischerspooner: New Truth edited by Meredith Mowder is a book about the art and journey of the band Fischerspooner in the beginning. It`s 336 pages, and large format bombard you with a well curated and exact viewpoint of how Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner formed the band in 1998 and made their amalgamation of sound, art, and everything performance art,  the art pop project that just happened to release music. Fischerspooner is one of those bands of my 20`s who were my soundtrack to everything I did, even though their music itself seems so random and hard to pinpoint what exactly made it brilliant and meaningful. For my group of friends at the time Fischerspooner was EVERYTHING, and I think out of us 10 or so people we had never actually even seen Fischerspooner madness live. We just fed off of the music and videos, insane interviews and the rumblings of what happened live in New York. These two art majors from the Art Institute of Chicago made this happen from what appears to be a shear will to make music and preform, and I can tell you the amount of time in the book during interviews that Casey Spooner talks about experimental theater will make you roll your eyes a little. The book is love letter to this aspect of the band, as it documents the 1998 to 2003 period of their `band ‘career in-depth to an extent I think only a truth lover of art would appreciate (and maybe an appreciation of the band). The art pop performance project entailed a group of 25 performers and artists at the beginning and this book shares much of their story as the two central figures. There are ticket stubs, slides, album artwork, set lists, grainy photos of shows, professional photography of set and props, and wigs. There is also essays by curators and others in the art scene and an interview of Casey and Warren to give context to what you`re viewing. The book is largely trying to give the background to the project itself, and all the little elements that were obsessed about and apart of each unique performance during the beginning. Yes, there is a full page of a fake moustache, followed by a press photograph of a member of the band wearing it. That`s what you should expect when going through this book, if nothing else. And yes, I loved it, every moment of it.

a look at book:

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Pick of the Week: Valérie Bastille

Valérie BastillePick of the Week: Valérie Bastille

This week I’m sharing artist Valérie Bastille also known as Naylemonstre from Montreal. I adore her style and think she does really unique compositions within her work. Her work reminds me a bit of the Sky Doll and other comic bases artists which I love. I’ve shared her work before but had a few more pieces that I thought I’d share like her coloring book Quolia, and my personal favourites the stickers which she customizes. You can check out her website here and her store.

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Zine of the Month: Shimotsuma

April’s zine of the month is Shimotsuma produced by Stray Gang with various artists like Jane Mai, Punimelt, Jean Liang, Koyamori, and more. It’s a 40 paged limited edition illustration zine that is based of the story Shimotsuma Monogatari (Kamikaze Girls). I’ve never read the book or seen the movie but I fell in love with the zine the moment I saw it a Expozine last year. The colors and great combination of various types of illustrations work really well. There is comics sections, typography, and silk screening to name a few. Not to mention Shimotsuma is really well editted and put together beautifully. You can pick up the zine through Fan Grrlz and have a look below.

Shimotsuma by Various Artists

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Zine of the Month: Simon Fortin

This month’s zine pick is Burbles by Montreal artist Simon Fortin. Burbles is a 30 paged illustrative zine containing the character Burbles in a variety of cute and adorable costumes. I love this zine so much and Fortin’s work is always very colorful and playful and this is face meltingly cute. One of my favourite zines I picked up in the last year. If you want to pick up the zine for yourself check out Fortin’s store here  and for more artwork check out  Tumblr. Below I’ve included a look at the zine and one of the stickers packs (Sailor Moon!).

Burbles by Simon Fortin

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Pick of the Week: Cailiflower

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Today’s pick is from the adorable and babelicious world of Cailiflower. Through her Storenvy she sells stickers and mini prints of her illustrations so you guessed it, this is another sticker haul like last week! Her series of spooky and alien babes are super cute and I fell in love with her pastel color palette. You can check out her store here for stickers and for more of her work, Instagram.

a closer look at the stickers: 

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Pick of the Week: Lindsay Campbell

This week’s pick is Lindsay Campbell/Pound Puppy and her wonderful stickers that are just pure joy. Rather than blather on about them I thought I’d just show them one by one as they are all very unique and beautiful. I wish she’d make more prints of her works especially if on good quality Giclée paper, it’d be heavenly but I’ll take what I can. She does sell originals and other things quiet often through her Facebook page if you’re interested, and her store as well. Now onto some of my favourite stickers in my collection.

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Pick of the Week: Lisy Corner

lisy corner (1)Pick of the Week: Lisy Corner

This week’s pick is the illustrator Lisy Corner who sells postcards, paper dolls, prints and more on her shop. She is one of those stores who I’ve followed for a long time on Etsy and never bought from before until now. When I saw that she started to make zines I was intrigued and finally picked up a few of her postcards and her Lolita fashion zine “The Tiny Lolita Handbook”. I love the paper doll style illustrations and the colors. My only disappointment was these are more mini prints than postcards as there is absolutely nothing on the back to make them a postcard but they are on good quality paper so I can’t complain too much. The zine is also pretty cute. You can check out her Etsy shop for more of her work.

a closer look at the postcards:

lisy corner (2) lisy corner (3) lisy corner (4) lisy corner (5) lisy corner (6)Lastly her Lolita fashion zine.

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Pick of the Week: Jetoy

jetoy (2)Pick of the Week: Jetoy

I have already shared Jetoy in the past (here) but I really wanted to share again because not only are they my favourite stationary company but this year they’ve changed things up and have Colorful Jetoy. What’s new? Well still ridiculously cute cats but also the incorporation of their designs with the hobby of coloring. So Coloring books are insanely big nowadays, I have no idea why but every Etsy artist is making their own and craft & book stores are filled with everything from Game of Thrones to any animal you can think of in geometric patterns for ‘medication and relaxing’ hyped promises. I honestly don’t get the trend, I mean I own a lot of coloring books but I’ve always been pretty happy just buying kids ones and the odd ‘adult’ style one here and there not overpriced bland geometric patterned ones… That’s life though, and apparently the same trend happening here is in Korea so Jetoy has postcards, coloring books and year planners in their new Colorful Jetoy style. I love, not only because Jetoy cats are the cutest but because they are really well thought out and I love that some parts are pre-colored. The postcards are my favourite of course, so much detail and unique qualities to each one. But let’s get to the photos so you can see for yourself. Also do not mistaken my love for stationary from Korea and Japan as product placement, I’m not getting paid for this, I just really love anything Jetoy.

A closer look at all the stationary

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Special Note:

Sorry about the lack of posts last week, I ended up in the hospital for a day and then had surgery and stitches so I wasn’t able to publish anything beyond Monday’s post. But I am back and feeling better. 

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Zine of the Month: Love Spells

What better zine of the month for February than Love Spells by Lillian Cuda. Love Spells is a 20 paged zine about spells and rituals from lost love to self-love. I love how there is a form of love in there for anyone, no matter what your situation currently. I mainly bought it because I loved the drawings; they are bright and colorful and make me happy. Not to mention it’s very well put together and great attention to detail with the hand writing,  makes the zine stand out. She also makes a variety of zines all of which I’ve enjoyed so if spells aren’t your thing…
If you want to pick up the zine you can, here and here or check out her blog for more of her work.

Love Spells by Lillian Cuda

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Pick of the Week: Inkkas Shoes

inkkas (9) Pick of the Week: Inkka Shoes

This week I wanted to feature an amazing store that I’ve been obsessed with for years, Inkka Shoes. I first discovered them while researching Peru, and fell in love with their use of traditional and authentic textiles. Originally the store only sold shoes made in Peru however they have expanded and now include Guatemala, Mexico, and Ethiopia. Making handmade shoes in the origin country with authentic materials is not revolutionary but it makes Inkka shoes stand apart as a shoe company from what you typically find in stores. I personally love the Peruvian patterns, and they also plant a tree every time a shoe is bought plus the fair trade elements of the brand, it’s hard not to love. The shoes are on the higher price point but compared to Converse, I think the price is reasonable for what you get. This summer was the first time me and Victor decided to buy a pair to check them out, we settled on Cotton Candy high tops as the pattern Victor wanted was out of stock (this happens a lot as they do limited runs of shoes and discontinue older shoe styles).  One thing I noticed right off the bat was Inkka shoes just aren’t made for me – now maybe in the future they will have a different style but I have extremely wide feet and a high arch so the shoes just didn’t fit right (most shoes don’t, I usually wear one size up to accommodate this but still have trouble). Normally me and Victor can wear almost the same size of shoes so they fit him perfectly. And he loves them, so much in fact he has actually bought two more in the newer styles, the Bluebird low tops and the Desert Nomad High top. They’ve become his favourite shoes to wear and he loves the way they look, but more than that he loves how comfy they are. He highly recommends these shoes. One thing to note as the style of shoes are evolving is you want to be very careful about what size you pick and refer to their size guide as we didn’t pay attention and bought the same size for all 3 of the shoes thinking it was fine and found out the Bluebird low top didn’t fit (I failed to notice that they advise you to go a complete size down for those particular ones). The sizing can be tricky, and that is probably the only negative I can think of.  As for their delivery, the shipping is quick and both times the shoes were sent from New Jersey so they arrived within a week. The customer service is also very good, they are prompt to reply to any questions and it’s easy to exchange or return a pair of shoes like we did with the low tops.  If you are worried about the cost, their website frequently has sales or free shipping and the last two years they have done crowd founding on Kickstarter for newer styles of shoes and heavily discount the older stock. You can check out their current Kickstarter here and their website!

A closer look at the shoes:

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(these came with hot pink laces but he switched to a purple laces instead)inkkas (2) inkkas (4)inkkas (1)inkkas (7)inkkas (3)inkkas (8)How can you not love this amazing textile?

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Zine of the Month: Fur, Hide and Bone

This month’s zine is Fur, Hide and Bone by Erika Harada with featured contributors from the Tumblr community of the same name.  I’m intrigued by taxidermy and bones as much as I am the collectors of it, although I myself do not collect. This zine was a great way to learn about each contributor’s treasured piece and about why they collect or what they enjoy most about it. The personal stories behind how they obtained or found the pieces was very interesting. I find skulls particularly fascinating and this zine did not disappoint. The artwork throughout was really nice and it was all put together nicely. It’s really a zine about collecting and I really enjoyed that aspect. Sadly this zine sold out this summer but you can check out the posting for it, here in case it gets reprint in the future and below I have a sampe of it. I also thought I’d show my singular skull that I found two summers ago on a road trip to Ontario. The bird skull was just lying on the beach already down to the bone, a lonely beautiful object in a pretty desperate polluted beach. I picked it up and took it home and cleaned it up carefully, without really knowing why.

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Fur, Hide and Bone

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Pick of the Week: Defective Pudding

defective pudding (5)Pick of the Week: Defective Pudding

This week’s pick is artist Defective Pudding, a call out to Halloween which has past but is not forgotten (may it lives on in our hearts year around). She offers a lot on her store from original illustrations, prints, zines, brooches and more. I found out about her through Dark Town Sally’s Instagram and fell in love. What really drew me into her work was the spectacular illustrations she was doing for Inktober, so much detail and atmosphere, they feel like stills from a classic cartoon. The three originals I ended up purchasing are beyond perfect and I am just so enamoured with them. I may have also bought one of each of her zines (although I think I’m missing one which I don’t know how I missed that). My favourite out of the lot is Tuffet which is darling and reminds me of ‘The Gashlycrumb Tinies’ by Edward Gorey. All the zines are well executed and the quality of them is superb (I complain about paper quality too much on my blog so just know I approve). She was also super cute and sent along with all her Halloween orders a bunch of trick or treat bags, such a great surprise. I am going to get good use out of my sticky bug slinger she gave me, lol. Below I have a ton of photos of what I picked so you can have a closer look and you can check out more of her artwork on Instagram!

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a few of my favourite items from her store:

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November Treasures

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My November Treasures are a bit all over the place, from a comic to stickers, mermaids to aliens, it’s kind of a cross section of various things I enjoy. My favourite shop for this month is Baku Forest Studios which makes incredible necklaces that are so detailed and interesting, very different from what you typically see on Etsy. I also love the Enid paper doll even though I am not a fan of Ghost World (I feel like I am the only person who just didn’t get into that movie). Not to mention the UFO bookends by KnobCreek Metal arts – a perfect gift for Victor for Christmas but I feel like he wouldn’t be happy if I told him how much they are. Let me know what your favourites are or any recommendations you have.

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Pick of the Week: Haunted Air

haunter airHaunted Air

Haunted Air by Ossian Brown is a 216 paged book that shows off one man’s collection of vintage Halloween photography, from ghosts to ghouls. It includes a foreword by David Lynch and a prologue by Geoff Cox and a brief historical note. It contains hundreds of devilish photographs taken on Halloween from the turn of the last century, and even includes one tintype that is likely dated back before 1900s.  The photographs themselves are haunting and encapsulate the spirit of the holiday and incredible for one man’s personal collection. I enjoyed the way the photographs are presented as is, which I feel is important when showing vintage photography. However and this something I normally don’t talk about in my reviews as monetary value is very subjective to the person, I felt Haunted Air was lacking in the quality and quantity for the price I paid. The book is about two times too big for even the largest of photographs shown inside of it, the photographs are just swimming in white background and I think that greatly detracts from them. Not to mention about 50% of the pages don’t even feature any photography on them at all, leaving so much wasted space and adding to the book feeling lacking; the 216 pages probably yields less than 100 photographs which is kind of absurd to me. As well none of the photographs have any information on them, no dates, no locations, nothing about their historical context except and inferred interpretation that they are taken around Halloween. Not to mention with a quick Google search you can find the finest and creepiest of all vintage Halloween photography that exists that is vastly and far superior to any photograph you will find in this book. I understand one man is not going to have all the greatest Halloween photographs from a certain period of time at his grasp but why create a book of your collection if it isn’t worth being seen in its entirety? As well the foreword by David Lynch is most likely included at the beginning or at all mostly because of whom he is (and I love his movies). It’s not even close to a decent foreword as it basically can be summed up as “I had a friend who showed me these photographs and I like them”, it doesn’t even mention the core of the collection is based around the holiday so if you picked up this book and read the forward and wanted to gleam what the concept was, you couldn’t. And on the other hand the prologue is basically paragraphs and paragraphs about what can be described as poetry about Halloween using even word in the dictionary that is even remotely connected to the holiday. At times I didn’t even know what Geoff Cox was on about, it sounded like he was describing murder half the time. I also have a bone to pick when he says “These are pictures of the dead” – no they are not, they are photos of people who have most likely died but they were very much alive in the photo. It’s a rubbish thing to say when there are many examples of photography of actual dead people, a morbid and fascinating practice of the last 1800s that on its own is far more hauntings and fascinating than this entire collection. The historical note is the only thing I enjoyed reading and should have been at the forward as the photos are nothing without their historical context to begin with. I adore vintage photography, and if this book was half the number of pages and half the price I would be raving about it right now despite not being the greatest example of vintage Halloween photography. I’d love it just because it was one man’s collection and I respect the work he must have done to collect it. However it’s not, it’s a grossly overpriced and completely lacking in almost every way. If you are dying to see more vintage Halloween photography than what you can see for free online, it’s the only book like it so like me you may want to have it anyways despite of what I’ve said but if you don’t fall into the extremely niche subsection – I wouldn’t bother.

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Fall Zine Guide

Back again with another zine guide. This time for the Fall season, whether it’s illustrations, photogaphy or mini zines  I love finding a great zine to pick up and be introduced to a new artist or support an artist I love. All zines ranging from a few dollars to $20 and you can simply click the image or the name to be directed to more information/purchasing. You can also check out my previous guides here: Spring/Summer Zine Guide and Fall Zine Guide 2015.

Photography Zines


Metal Goat #3


400 ISO Patience


Haiku & Holga


Oaxaca


Now’N’Then

Artist Zines

Sticks & Stones


Oh You Yearbook


Fatal Flower Garden


Plantagen


Twin Peaks

Packaged Zines


Elegant Parts, Trains & The Letter

Collective Zines


Sweet Treats


Bow Town

Mini Zines

Tea Grumps


The Six Month Letter & PPP


Town Hall Lawn


Haunted

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Zine of the Month: Soup

October’s zine of the month is Soup by Ally Burke which showcases some of her sketchbooks between 2012-2014. It’s a 28 paged zine that features black and white sketches as well as some colored ones on 5×8 glossy paper. The reason I choose it over all the others she’s done in the past is partially because it’s still available, and I feel like lately I’ve featured a lot of zines that aren’t in production anymore. It also happens to be a great zine with a high production value and Ally’s sketches are just as ghoulishly delightful as her other work. Her tumblr is filled with snippets of her sketchbooks and every time she shares a bit it makes me want to just flip through them all. So it’s a great way to have a part of that. Soup is available to purchase here, along with a ton of stickers, originals and other goodies (the shop is closing temporarily in a few days so best to look now). She also has a coloring book zine of monster girls that is pretty awesome too, here and you can also check out her Instagram where she’s doing Inktober this month!

Soup

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October Treasures

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I’m starting off October properly with my monthly treasures, very much alien and Halloween themed to get into the spooky season mood (although I’ve been in the Halloween mood since the beginning of September). Pretty much all the X-Files related items this month are my favourites, although the homemade embroidered pins of the famous slogans by SterreSlyme are probably the most desired. With one exception, the Mareshop gloves which I’ve featured more than once before because I can’t get over how amazing these dragon scale style gloves look. Might actually buy a pair this year, I always resist because it seems like such a luxury. Excited to start seeing the leaves change colours and get together all the elements of my costume. Hope you are having a great start to fall season and enjoyed that crazy blood moon from last week!

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Pick of the Week: Exploding Kittens

exploding kittens (3)Pick of the Week: Exploding Kittens

You’ve probably heard about the card game Exploding Kittens before but in case you wanted to get a closer look at it or haven’t heard of it before I wanted to do a mini review. The basics, Exploding Kittens is a card based game created by Elan Lee, the Oatmeal and Shane Small which was launched originally on Kickstarter where I believe it was one of the highest grossing to date making just fewer than 9 million. The game is much like the card game Old Maid and War with more complex rules and based around kittens…that can explode. I kickstarted it because I love cats and thought the concept was really great even though I wasn’t a fan at all of the Oatmeal or Elan Lee. I actually never kickstarted anything before but in the first few days of its launch I kept hearing about it and thought the price range was very reasonable so I couldn’t resist. Obviously the Kickstart is over now but you can get the exact decks I have on Amazon, both US and Canada for only $25 per deck. One of the most unique things about the card game is the style and the card designs which range from NSFW to just downright silly. Whether its taco cat or rub the belly of a pig-a-corn or the Pope of nope has spoken, its super neon and crazy and I enjoy the humour although it can really depend on your personal preference. As I mentioned previously I purchased the card game without being a fan of the creators and I feel like some of the humour used in the cards it just not my thing but I still enjoy it. The decks can be bought separately however and most of the humour I wasn’t too keen on was the NSFW version of cards. The actual game mechanics themselves are really solid and when it arrived in the mail I was addicted to playing it with Victor. It’s very competitive and tense at times and the games last a good length of time (around 20minutes) so you can play a few in a row or just one quick game. I’ve mostly played this game in 2 player mode but you can play up to 5 people on one deck and 10 players if you have two so it can be a really social game. The times I’ve played it out of 2 players it was actually more fun because you don’t feel so bad about trying to get the other people to explode (or just don’t play against your significant other). I also love any game where I can be strategic and plot against the other person yet at the same time the amount of random chance in Exploding Kittens allows fun twists and turns and never feels unfair or frustrating (and I can get pretty competitive). It’s a solid game that just happens to try and lure you in cute kittens.  You can find out more about Exploding Kittens, here.

exploding kittens (6)exploding kittens (7)The regular Exploding Kittens deck comes in a cardboard box that opens with a metallic latch and enough room for two decks and an area of the rules. It also happens to meow as you open it
(I believe this is a Kickstarter only feature however)

exploding kittens (2)A look at the some regular deck cards.

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The NSFW deck version has it’s own stand alone box with room for cards and includes the rules.
(Catmelon is not apart of this deck, accidently had the decks in the wrong boxes)

exploding kittens (9)exploding kittens (8)A look at the NSFW cards, which I have to say are the ones I’m not a huge fan of.

exploding kittens (10)The rules with explanations about what each card does, very straight forward and easy to understand. I mostly included this photo because it includes my own cat Butter’s tail as she decided to join me.

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Zine of the Month: They Come At Night

They Come at Night is an illustration zine by artist Deth P. Sun of his frequently used cat character whose name remains a mystery.  The 20 paged zine is a pure illustrative story of the adventurer and the things that come out at night. I love this zine and have a few others of Deth’s and enjoy them all equally.  He always has a high quality to his work and it shows in this beautiful zine. The larger format works well with the illustrations and story is cohesive and flows nicely along. His minimal style of illustrations looks great in zine format and it is worth checking any one of his current zines.  Below is a closer look at They Come at Night which you can buy hereand if you’re curious about other things he offered I’ve done a review, here as well.

They Come At Night

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Daiso Haul

One of best moments of my trip to Vancouver, as sad as it may sound was stepping foot into Daiso after years of going without. Daiso for those of you who haven’t been before, is basically a Japanese dollar store. The one in Richmond, British Columbia is huge and makes me feel like I am stepping into Japan for an hour or two (there is just so much to see on it’s huge 3 floors). This was the first time going with my friend Nicole, who has a love and passion for dollar stores of any kind so it was great to go with her and just spent way too much money on such random things and not be judged, lol.  If you are in Vancouver I’d say it’s a must, but my tip is to also check out Yokoyaya123 near downtown as it’s a more condensed store and carries only Diaso products. Anyways thought I’d share my haul…

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September Treasures

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A few of my treasures this September as I try and get into the changing season and embrace Fall. Most of the Etsy items I picked out just give me that vibe of cooler weather and forests which I always associate with September and October. My favourites of the month are probably the Jungle Greenhouse necklace by Kate’s Little Shop and the clutch by Luna on the Moon (extra points of sharing a name) which are both exquisite accessories for any Fall look. Speaking of my favourites I’ve been wanting to include more things to my monthly treasure lists like tv shows, books and music but this month beside being very excited for the new X-Files tv episodes coming up I don’t have much on the horizon that I am very excited for. However thinking about incorporating more of those types of things next month, just need more time to ponder!

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Pick of the Week: The Sirens of San Francisco

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Review: The Sirens of San Francisco

The Sirens of San Francisco is an indie comic put out by illustrator Jacquelin de Leon of California. The 36 page comic revolves around the Sirens of San Francisco gang that includes 4 female members and their battle against a rival gang The Scorpions. While I love the illustrations and the character design of the comic and enjoy the female empowerment message, the story is the weakest element. There is no real lead in to who the Sirens are or why exactly The Scorpions are their rivals except that they are douchebags. Maybe I missed something in the story or it’d be explained more in future comics but prior to receiving the comic I enjoyed the idea of the Sirens a lot more than I do now. If I had to put my thumb on why I’d say the violence in the comic was the turn off even though I get why it’s in there. All in all though I’m still interested to see what else Jacquelin de Leon does in the future and any future comics she puts out. I preordered my copy so I also received an amazing back patch of the Sirens logo which I love and the comic itself was made with a lot of thought. It’s a really good quality comic and illustations are great however the story isn’t for everyone. You can find more information about the comic here.

A quick look at the comic:

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and the back patch:
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Pick of the Week: Gemma Flack

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This week’s pick is Gemma Flack’s whose store is filled with artwork, zines, stickers and more. I was really excited to pick up a few things from her after finding out about her through the Bablien zine and finally did last month. The items I was most excited about was her zines ‘It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to exist’ and ‘Imaginary Girl Bands’. I am in love with Imaginary Girl Bands as I love the names and the story behind each band along with the accompanying artwork. The zine ‘It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to exist’ although nice felt a bit sparse to me and didn’t seem to be as thematic. The highlight of the zine was any page that had her portrait drawings on them and the a pressed flower one. I also picked up a pack of temporary tattoos that are just really unique and fun. Overall I love everything and the package arrived quickly not to mention each item was reasonable priced. I am interested in seeing what she does for future zines and will buying from her again (I either didn’t notice or they are new, but her sticker packs are super cute). Below I have detailed photos of each item and the packaging. If you want to find out more about Gemma you can check out her website or store !

gemma flack (2)How everything came packed inside the envelope.gemma flack (3)gemma flack (6)Closer look at the temporary tattoos. I tested them out and they are easy to apply and the colors are really vibrant, which I love. It’s a transfer though and not a true tattoo so it’s one big sheet of film which for me got wrinkly very quickly from movement. gemma flack (10)gemma flack (12)A sneak peak at the zines and below is her mini print business card and free stickers that came with the zine. gemma flack (4)

a few of my favourite items:


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Pick of the Week: Mikomi Art and Accessories

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This week’s pick is Mikomi Art and Accessories which specializes in anime stickers, prints and pins. I found out about her shop at the end of Spring when I was watching a lot of the new revised Sailor Moon animation and decided to check out Etsy to see what they had in terms of fan art. When I was looking I fell in love with these Sailor Moon stickers and thought they were some of best interpretations on there of Naoko Takeuchi‘s original work. So I couldn’t resist picking up each set she had and let’s just say I am beyond delighted with them. Not only did they arrived quickly and in great packaging but they are very good quality and the colors just pop. The price for them was also reasonable and she carries them a variety of different sizes as which I liked. You check out her store here and below is a closer look at all the sticker designs.

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a few of my favourites:

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Zine of the Month: Uncommon Spaces & Everyday Places Vol 2

The zine I picked for August’s Zine of the Month is Uncommon Spaces & Everyday Places Vol 2 by Erin Dorbin which takes you on journey down her 2013 travels down the Lincoln Highway in United States. Her 52 paged zine includes instant photographs taken with her Polaroid 195 Land Camera using Fuji FP-100C and expired Polaroid film as well some writing about the journey. She also includes along with the zine, 5 reproductions shots nicely printed out in the style and size of the originals. I personally loved it and thought it’s the perfect read for the summer when you are going on road trips and the prints are super nice.  Sadly this was a limited edition zine and she currently sold out just last month I believe. However in the future she may chose to reprint and Vol. 3  is coming out this Fall!  For now you can check out her website for more information about her photography.

Uncommon Spaces & Everyday Places Vol. 2

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August Treasures

I am back! After a month vacation I am finally blogging again and I wanted to ease back into it with one of my favourite posts to do every month – my list of monthly treasures. This month features two items from the Little Pink Kitten because I just love everything they have to offer and other odds and ends that gave me that summerish vibe (which I am still pretending it is despite Montreal being in a constant state of rain and storms). My favourite item this month is the Eat Your Feelings sticker pack from Lindsay Campbell who just started selling them this week – I can’t wait to pick some up although everything here are all high on my want list!

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Also as a side note, I have no internet for the next few weeks so posts might be going up at random times when I can get to library or local café but I am still hoping to post Monday to Thursday. Let me know in the comments any of your treasures from August.

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Zine of the Month: Starchild Stela

Starchild Stela is a local Montreal artist who does illustrations, paintings, and street art amongst other things. She also happens to make a huge amount of zines including one of my all-time favourites in my collection called Destroy Rape Culture. I decided to feature it today because the zine as you can imagine is all about bringing power back and positive messages. She showcases the message of empowerment with the use of Sailor Moon (one of my favourite animes) and catchy slogans. It’s a great collaboration between the two as Sailor Moon has always been about female empowerment and I am sure a lot of us 90s kids found the manga and animation an inspiration. The zine features illustrations of all the Sailor Scouts and a few of the villains from the series within its 20 black and white pages. I love her twist on Takeushi’s style and can’t recommend this zine enough. If you wish to pick it up or check out any of her other zines you can find it at her distro or her main store. Fair warning, it sells out pretty quickly but she has been keeping it restocked at the moment (and also in sticker form). Sneak peak below if you are interested.

Destroy Rape Culture

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Review: Gil Elvgren All His Glamorous American Pin-Ups

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Gil Elvgren: All His Glamorous American Pin-Ups is a 240 paged 9x12in hardcover book that documents some of the best in pin-up illustrations from the twentieth century. I actually picked up this book not being too familiar with Gil Elvgren himself but just interested in getting an illustration book of pin-ups. I’m really glad I did because not only was Gil Elvgren on the forefront of the pin-up & advertising illustrations period but his work within it was exceptional and he is without a doubt one of the masters of the American Pin-Up era. The book includes a 33 page essay by Charles G. Martignette about Elvgren that is very well written and gives a lot of context to era and other artists at the time. As for the artwork featured in this book it includes his illustrations of pin-ups and mostly does not include any of his photography or advertisement work that didn’t contain pin-ups besides a few. There are a total of 534 illustrations featured in this book, each including the name and date of each piece. While it certainly leaves nothing out I would have preferred that the book was organized differently. Though it still beautifully styled and easy to see each illustration it suffers from being very overcrowded and often having too much going on the in places. I much prefer the pages that feature a solid white background over the ones they choose to add color blocking to. However over all I understand the want to show and feature all his work so it’s easy to overlook the design choices. I honestly love this book and haven’t even given it enough time because there is simply just so much to see. Even though I was not familiar with him prior to buying the book, I was definitely familiar with his work just from seeing it in passing and I’m sure most people recognize classic pin-ups of his so it is a great book if you are interested in pin-up illustrations. I am much happier with this book that I think I would have been buying a pin-up genre book instead. Most genre type books are far too plenty so it’s hard to find one that is of good quality and I think this book even though it only of one artist of the period it really encapsulates what it was all about. I highly recommended if like me you are just dipping your toes into pin-up artwork or a hard-core fan, and if you want to have a sneak peak there is a look below.

a closer look at the book:

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June Treasures

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June’s treasures are almost all 90s inspired which is exactly what I’ve been feeling lately. My favourite has to be the hand painted My Little Pony platforms (she makes Sailor Moon ones as well) and the Tooth and Eye leggings. I just started watching the new Sailor Moon remake a month ago and really want to get more figurines and other goodies so I’ve been looking on Etsy and Storenvy for fan made stuff. I’m also still saving up money for my trip in July so have to resist but can’t wait until I have my disposable income back. Also sorry about the last 2 weeks of no posts, had to spend some time working on the back end of the website as having security issues but should be good to go for the remainder of June.

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May Treasures

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My May Treasures list was so fun to put together but a bit painful at the same time because I can’t buy anything at the moment. I’ve been trying to save up for a trip I am planning in the summer and have had nothing to spare. Windows shopping is mostly what these posts are about anyways since I do so much when I have insomnia.  It’s good to put my hours of browsing online to some use. My favourites are the kitty planters by Pony People (who’s shop I’ve reviewed before here) and unicorn pasties by Bad Bunny Shop even though I don’t have much use for them – I just think everyone should own a pair :). Hope you are enjoying the last day of the  long week if like me you hare in Canada, otherwise I hope the start of your week is going well!

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Zine of the Month: Girl Glue

This month’s zine pick is Girl Glue, a collection of work by various female artists put together by Mel Stringer. There is two issues out of Girl Glue to date and some of the artists include have been Wishcandy, Rudy Fig, Lilly Piri, Bec Winnel, Buttons,  Lindsay Campbell, Mab Graves, Natali Koromoto Martinez, Gemma Flack, Hungry Designs and others. Both have 30 pages of content to enjoy, and the production quality and size of both zines is superb. One of the main differences between the two zines is that issue one featured the work of over 50 artists and issue two takes a different format and does 1 or occasionally 2 page profiles on 27 artists.  While I like the larger size of the work featured in the second issue, most of the profiled artists are already respectively well known in their communities and it honestly didn’t contain any artist I wasn’t aware of before which is what I loved about the first issue. I love collective zines for discovering new artists and the second issue came across more as the top artisans of Etsy (which isn’t a bad thing but felt a shift away from the first issue). I do love the colored cover and back page however of the second issue over the colored paper cover of the first. Both recommend to pick up although I don’t know if it’s possible to get the first issue anymore. The newest issue #2 is currently available to purchase through Mel Stringer’s store here.

Girl Glue #1 & #2 by Various Artists

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Pick of the Week: Jason Villeneuve

Pick of the Week: Jason Villeneuve

Today I wanted to share with you the work of painter Jason Villeneuve who sells a selection of his paintings through his Etsy store. Villeneuve predominantly sells abstract ocean landscapes although recently has been selling mountain landscapes as well. I’ve been missing the ocean so much over the last few months I was really drawn into picking up more of his work. He is even based out of Vancouver Island where I grew up so I imagine many of the Pacific Ocean landscapes he paints might be sights I’ve seen before. He paints a variety of locations however so his work is not just solely from there, this year he seems to have doing a lot of landscapes featuring icebergs which I’ve enjoyed as well. I have purchased twice from him before and the shipping is always very quick and well done and he is easy to communicate with if you have any questions. The price of the paintings range substantial in consideration of materials and size of each piece but I love that he offers very affordable paintings. I have one piece on actual mounted canvas, and one of canvas board but most of the ones I’ve picked up are acrylic paint on archival paper which he sells individually or in sets. I haven’t picked out where I want to hang there nor had the chance to frame them but I will show pictures of some of the paintings I have and some of their temporary locations so you can get a good idea of his work. If you love abstract landscapes definitely check his website and store!

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a few of my favourite paintings from his store:


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Spring / Summer Zine Guide

I did one of these zine guides back in September and wanted to share all the new zines I’ve found since then so here is my Spring/Summer zine guide. Like before I have them broken into categories so if you are only interesting in certain types it’s easy to find. All of the places to buy the zines are linked just click on the photo or the name of any you are interested in to go there.

Photography Zines


Near Final


We Live on an Island


The Ritual of Nothingness

Artist Zines


Puuurge


Aliens Vs. Space Cowgirl

Packaged Zines

The Last Best Place


Parcel Ghost Super


Petpocalypse & Bertha

Collective Zines


Girl Glue Issue #2


Cute Club Volume 4


Bad Zine 9


Sticker Zine

Mini Zines


Grumpy Grl


Girl Groups from the Sixties


Marie Antoinette

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April Treasures

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April Treasures were inspired by rain and the coming of Spring so there is plenty of plant/water themed jewelry and prints. Not to mention a Game of Thrones brooch because this is the season. Have you watched the leaked episodes at all? I couldn’t help it, and now I have to wait ‘till May for new episodes. That show is just so addictive. My favourites items this month are probably the two ocean inspired pieces, Inside Out zine and Clive Roddy’s wave ring. The collection of art prints by Redd Walitzki is also pretty fab, I really hope they aren’t sold out by the time I have a chance to pick them up. Let me know in the comments what your favourites were this month!

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Pick of the Week: The Ring Lord

The Ring Lord is an online shop dedicated to providing materials needed to making scale maille and chain maille projects as well as other jewellery components. They have an American and Canadian store front so you can buy in both currencies and get affordable and fast shipping within North American. They sell a variety of types of materials for all their items and do provide custom orders. There is a lot of information on their website about the differences between materials and on their forum. You can even purchase instructions and kits for various projects if you are just starting out. I found out about them through my friend after having such a hard time finding scales that I liked at affordable prices elsewhere and it was a godsend.

First Impressions

It was very easy to purchase from them as they accept PayPal and delivery from Toronto usually only takes a few business days and has been under $10 each time I’ve ordered. My favourite thing about them is that they have an amazing selection of scales, and within the last 8 months of following the store they have introduced many new designs and colors. Which is fantastic espically considering they already have a geat selection of material types, colors, and unqiue items. One of the best scales in my opinion is their glow in the dark ones. Although they don’t have any different colors at this time the plain scales and butterfly versions are so radiant that they will even glow in the shade. I also adore most of their custom designs and my other favourite is probably the anodized titanium scales. Anodized titanium is so beautiful; it’s hard to resist spending all my money on scales. My two complaints about the store however are both about their titanium scales. The first time I heard about the store my friend sold me some of her titanium scales and I was really excited to buy my own. However I had to wait 6 months before the store restocked them and within 1 month all of the titanium scales sold out again. You can sign up to be notified by email when they do restock items and they do update their forum once and awhile with information about out of stock items and about delays. The other bad thing about their anodized titanium scales is that the technique differs each time and the quality of the coloring between packs and scales can be drastic (which I understand is expected with anodized materials however I found the ones my friend had purchased last year vastly better quality then the ones I purchased this year). Honestly though, for quality and variety I don’t think The Ring Lord can’t be beat. I haven’t been disappointed yet with any of my purchases. For none jump rings and scales I love the French hoops which I use to make hypo allergenic earrings. They also have specials on rings and scales so you can save yourself some money and even have sample packs if you are interested in getting a small quantity to test out some of their items. The only special item I’ve bought was left over scales they had from a custom order NASA made. I can literally say I have scales made out of this really cool material provided by NASA. As for the packaging, I received mine slightly different each times I’ve ordered from them, whether it was sealed packages to plastic bags. They are always individually wrapped and correctly labeled, which is very important when it comes to jump rings as you can buy a variety of thickness and sizes and don’t want to be guessing. They also include a list of all the items you purchased so when you receive them you can easily check of each to make sure you’ve received everything. Nothing fancy about the packaging however for the super low shipping prices I am very happy. I don’t have a photo of how they arrived as I’m always in a rush to unwrap everything. Not much else I can say. Check out photos below of the scales and rings I’ve purchased from them to get a look at the quality.

Here is a look at the scales and rings:things that make me smile (6)the ring lord review (3)the ring lord review (4)the ring lord review (5)the ring lord review (1)the ring lord review (6)the ring lord review (7)An example of the some of their special/etched scales and below of the glow in the dark scales.
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Pick of the Week: Kaoru Hasegawa

Pick of the Week: Kaoru Hasegawa

Today’s pick is the artist Kaoru Hasegawa from Japan who sells postcards, pins, prints and originals of her work. I have (had as she put out new ones recently) all of her postcard packs because I absolutely love her work and I can never decide which one to get in a larger print. The postcards are a unique square shape and 4×4 so they are a great size for mini prints which is how I’ve decided to use most of mine. In terms of using them for postcards the backside is pretty plain but very similar to how I’ve seen other postcards from Japan (the format is slightly different from North American postcards – shot of the backside below in case you interested). The only downside I can really say about them is the paper is a shiny finish which makes them difficult to write on them and they look a bit cheaper without a nice matt finish (but that could just be me). I love them though and her work is amazing – I can’t wait to get the new postcards and hopefully decided on a print to buy as well. I can’t recommend enough. She has four stores currently, Society6Storenvy, Etsy, and one for original prints  (store is in Japanese), and you can check out more of her artwork on her Tumblr!

A look at all the postcards:

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A few of my favs items from her various shops:

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Zine of the Month: The Tiny Little Book of Bunny Behaviour

April’s zine of the month is The Tiny Little Book of Bunny Behaviour by illustrator Lyndsey Green. As its Easter this weekend what better than a cute mini zine about bunnies for April?  I’ve often thought about getting a rabbit as a pet so I loved reading this zine and finding out more about them. She even did a poster on the backside if you unfold the zine.   Makes me wish I had enough space for one even to foster temporarily (which is super important especially at this time of the year because so many stupid people buy bunnies just for the holiday and then abandon them). Photos below of the zine and the cuddly bear card that I bought from her as well. She also has another zine about foxes that looks great and a mini zine of random animals if bunnies aren’t your thing.  You can buy the zine here, and check out more of Lyndsey Green’s work on her website!

The Tiny Little Book of Bunny Behaviour by Lyndsey Green

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Asos Haul

I normally never do hauls and would rather highlight local artists and artisan style stores from Etsy and Storenvy on Monday’s but I recently picked up some cute accessories from Asos and felt like sharing. There was an amazing sale last month where they had most of their clutches 50% off.I could not resist picking up a few and Asos just happens to be one of my favourite stores to buy clothes from online. I am always surprised that it isn’t a common name in North America as it has some super cute things we don’t get here and great sales. Anyways here is what I picked up!

asos haul (1)asos haul (5)I couldn’t resist the holographic unicorn clutch that was $13.  It’s not very big like most novelty clutches but it’s perfect for date nights. It’s pink or blue depending on the light.

asos haul (4)The panda bag is probably my favourite. It’s a gift for my best friend as she loves derpy pandas. It is so much bigger than I realized which was a nice surprise. Almost want one for myself. Both of these were $5. The pumpkin coin purse I bought for myself as I thought it’d be cute to use in October.

asos haul (2)Lastly I could not resist these My Little Pony socks. Asos has the best vintage designed MLP accessories and clothing. My sweater of MLP is also from Asos. I almost don’t want to wear the socks as they are so pretty. Lastly the storybook metal book clips which I thought would be good to help organize my planner instead of sticky notes. They were the only thing I didn’t pick up on sale but I’ve never seen them anywhere else so I picked up. They also have stationary of My Little Pony which I’ve been resisting but damn, it’s so cute.

I don’t think I’ll do many hauls in the future but let me in the comments if you’d like to see the random shit I find online. I am pretty obsessed with online shopping as I hate going to malls or stores.

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Zine of the Month: Bablien

I debated whether or not to make Bablien the zine of the month for March. Not because it isn’t awesome (because it is) but mostly because it’s not available anymore. Bablien was a zine put together by Catface and Brett Manning with the tag line “a collection of alien babe artworks” that came out in December of last year. Each artist that contributed was given 10 copies that they could sell and I was lucky enough to grab one up before they sold out. I mostly bought it for Victor as he is obsessed with aliens so I was really surprised by how much I loved it. There were nods to X-Files (a few too many), Star Trek and the great comic Saga and each artist brought a unique perspective to the alien babe. My favourites were by Brett Manning, Natali Martinez, and Madelen & Natalie Floss. Other artist featured Wishcandy, L0ll3, Electra Sinclair, Donya Todd and more. It doesn’t appear they will reprint it either which is a shame but it’s such a great zine I couldn’t resist sharing it, and perhaps they will reprint it in the future or put a 2nd edition.

Bablien by Various Artists

I’ll link you to Brett Manning’s tumblr as she has quiet a few comics that you can pick up.

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March Treasures

march treasuresMarch Treasures are all about the oncoming Spring which might be wishful thinking and a few Easter related goodies are in there as well. I might have spent part of my weekend looking at vintage Easter things on Etsy. Found a few porcelain eggs that are delightful, I feel like if I had the money my house would be filled with Easter knick-knacks as far as the eye could see. Back to this month’s treasures though, It’s hard to say what would be my number 1 pick for this month as these are all pretty amazing.  The Worried Eyes painting is an original so it’s probably one of things you’d want to get asap if you thought it was cute (I picked up 3 other originals from her last week and can’t wait for them to arrive!). The print by LolitaAgogo that appears to be inspired by the Last Unicorn is also ace so I guess those are my two top picks. Hope you like and let me know in the comments if you find any weird vintage Easter eggs.

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Pick of the Week: DarkTownSally

Pick of the Week: DarkTownSally

This week’s pick is illustrator Naisa or DarkTownSally, she sells originals, stickers and prints of her work. She made a bunch of aceos for this past Valentine’s Day that I fell in love with so I finally made the leap to picked up some of her work after almost a year of following her art. I picked up two of the Valentine’s Day aceos that I just couldn’t resist for my ‘Treat Yourself’ Valentine’s Day present and she included 3 stickers with them as well as a cute card. The hand drawn sticker is my favourite and I can’t wait to find tiny frames for the illustrations.  She has a Storenvy (which is closed at the moment but you can still buying directly from her on Instagram) and she just started selling prints on Society6. Check her out!

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You can check her out on Society 6:

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Zine of the Month: Frights

This week’s pick and zine of the month is local Montreal illustrator Sarah Bourget who does dreamy portraits of women. I fell in love with her pieces the first time I saw them as they remind me a lot of myself (it’s the hair). Instead of unrealistic or idolize interperations, her work features women in modern fashions with hints of scars and emotions that give her illustrations personality. I also love the contrast of harsh black in combination with her pastel color palet. Her work can’t help but intrigue me and I am hoping very much in the future to pick up  more. Her mini zine Frights is a great introduction to her work but she also has stickers, originals and prints available as well. Below will be a look at her zine and more. To picked up prints check out Society6 and the zine, and mini prints are available on Etsy. You can also follow her on Instagram or check out her website for more about her!

Frights by Sarah Bourget

a few of my favourite prints from her Society6:


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Pick of the Week: Hugs and Misses Postcards

hugs and missesThis week’s pick is the awesome postcard set called Hugs and Misses (30 Postcards of Awkward Romance) by Wilhelm Staehle. Staehle is known for his Silhouette Masterpiece Theater, which is the name of his site where every Wednesday he features an etched carving. All the Hugs and Misses postcards feature one unique etching into a wonderful painting with a comical, witty, and often crude joke that plays into the silhouette etching.  Each postcard is the standard 4×6 size and features a full color matt front and a standard backing with a custom stamp icon (each is unique and reflects the front). They are vibrant and each etching has amazing details and the paintings are beautiful. The jokes range various types of humour so there is definitely room to amuse everyone, for myself I found a few a bit boring but overall I really liked them. They are perfect to send in the mail or give out to friends for Valentines Day’s as well. Have a look below to get a sneak peak at some of the postcards.

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February Treasures

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February Treasures start of the year with some of my favourite Valentine’s Day themed Etsy and Storenvy items for yourself or a lucky somebody. I would say roughly themed around Valentine’s Day as I always think of pink and candy this time of year even though it’s still dreadful outside and I’m sure there a blizzard around the corner.  I was thinking about sharing a whole bunch of cute cards I found on my search for Victor’s but I realize not many people do that anymore( if that’s your thing however check out my Etsy for TONs).I’m obsessed with the donut bracelet and the mushroom purse the most this month. Food accessories are always delightful to me for some reason, I wish my life was filled with watermelon dresses, ice cream purses and the like…

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Zine of the Month: Jon Edwards

Over the last year I have discovered how great zines are for experiencing artist’s work in a new way and for finding out about new artists. I was behind the ball at discovery art zines but have tried to make up for it by amassed quite a lot just over the last year alone. What better way to share my newfound love of zines with you than highlight one every month that I think is worth picking up (and supporting the artist). For the first month I wanted to share with you Jon Edwards, a local Montreal photographer who does incredible work. He shoots with vintage Polaroid’s and like myself does a lot of multiple exposure photography. He has two zines, Helm Golm and Eli that feature his photography. I love the layout and rich color of his zines plus most importantly his photography is breathtaking. The only negative is each zines features a few of the same photograph on multiple pages so there is a bit of repetition. Both zines however are a great size at 5×7 and on quality paper. Probably my favourite two zines in my collection. There is a peak below of both zines and you can pick up both on Etsy!

Eli & Helm Golm by Jon Edwards

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Pick of the Week: Naylemonstre

This week’s pick is local artist and illustrator Valérie (Naylemonstre) who sells originals, prints, pins and stickers of her work. I found out about her at the Cutest Craft Fair that I was a part of just before Christmas and had to pick up some of her incredible illustrations. For myself I picked up three stickers (I’m obsessed with these stickers, if I wasn’t trying to pare down my insane amount of stickers I probably would have walked away with one of each she had) and a doily illustration that is just darling. For Victor I also picked up a print for him to hang in his office as a Christmas present. He loves it just as much as I. I really hope to catch her at another art/craft fair to see more of her work. She also sells her stuff online for those of you non-Montrealers, either on Facebook or Society6. Below is a closer look at all the items I picked from her and a few of my favourite prints from her Society6. As always you can check out her website for information.

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a few favourites from her Society6:


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Pick of the Week: Kendra Binney

This week’s pick is artist Kendra Binney who offers prints of her paintings as well as limited edition prints mounted on wood, and jewelry through her Etsy shop. I found her work a few months ago when I was spending a lot of time on Etsy searching for all things resin. I love the animals she chooses to paint and that paired with her delicate color palette made me fall in love with her work. The resin on top of the prints plus the sea foam green wood it’s mounted on it just added to the whole appeal. I have to say I love the two I picked out and was delighted when they arrived.  She was also really kind and sent along with the prints a postcard and pin of an owl painting I’d also admired, which was delightful. Check out her store here, and her website, here!

Here is a closer look at some the things I picked up from her store:

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a few favourites from her shop:

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A Year of Reviews

james jean memu postcardsHave a look back at the last year of Reviews and Picks of the Week! Whether it’s an art book or some shop I found on Etsy, I love reviewing cameras and books and showing you postcards, stickers and more that I find online. I also started to do Monthly Treasures this year that show you my online wish list and have really enjoyed it so look forward to that continuing in 2015.   I’m thinking for next year of doing monthly comic/manga reviews as my pile of those keeps growing and also doing a monthly featured zine as well. Don’t know if I can fit it all in on Monday’s post but we will see.

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Christmas Picks: Games

I shared my top picks for games last year too so thought I would again this year.  I will admit that I’m a pretty big nerd about video games, whether they are Triple A or indie titles I love finding out about the newest games and watch a lot of gaming content on YouTube on my free time. Although I don’t play Triple A games that often since my computer is by most standards ‘low end’ or another word ‘crap’. I tend to focus on indie games or games that work on anything so my list is a little skewed towards those. Links below each game of a video of one of my fav Youtube gamers playing it if you want to check it out.

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Hearthstone
I grew up playing Magic but nowadays I don’t have any cards or know anyone who still does but still miss it.  I’ve haven’t been too happy with their online games either so when Hearthstone swooped in, it took over my life for several months this year. It’s a simpler more beginner online deck building card game with World of Warcraft characters (knowledge of WoW required to play). You play against other people and rank up.  It’s free to play but you can buy online booster packs.

One Finger Death Punch
So, so, so fun, it’s a rhythm ninja game that makes you feel badass and is really hard.
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Transistor
The newest game from the Supergiant studio who I love, can’t say enough good things about this science fiction action game. The music and story are so breathtaking. I am really bad at action games but I still enjoy the experience.
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Wolf Among Us
Based off of the Fables comics which I adore this game is a point and click adventure game that will have you gripping at your seat for what’s next. You don’t have to be familiar with the books to play as its fun either way and doesn’t spoil the comics at all. It’s a tense game where you have to make last minute decisions that affect everything. They also have Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead games so if that’s more your thing…
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Banished
A city builder but in the time of Vikings where you take a group of settlers and start a town from scratch. Unlike other city builders there is a high degree of focus on crops and surviving and there is not much progress. The end game has gotten better but you mostly just continue to grow in size with the same infrastructure so the first few hours of your settlement are far more exciting.
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Max Gentlemen
A free game that is all about stacking hats in an old timey setting. It’s weird and wonderful and addicting. Did get a little bored of it after a while but worth picking up.
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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
 A first person mystery game that will keep you engaged from the get go and make you tense trying  to find out what happened to Ethan Carter. Feels like a horror game with the atmosphere but is more story that scary.
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Plague Inc.
Much like Prison Architect which is also on my list, this one is tad morbid. You design various plagues, bugs, infections, the like and try to infect the whole world is the shortest amount of days possible.  It’s very addicting and there is so many ways to accomplish this goal with quite a few laughs along the way. I never get bored of this game.
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Prison Architect
How does SimCity but all about a prison sound to you? At first I thought it was a little morbid and it has its moment, but for lovers of city building games this is a really neat interpretation of that and hella fun.
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Cook, Serve, Delicious
A typing game all about serving food…it’s probably more of kids game / mobile game than anything but I can’t help but love these styles of games. The challenge does build up and you have to work on your reflexes to move on to higher levels. If you like repetitive games about fast responses this one is cute.
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Christmas Picks: Over $30

 

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Today is the last instalment of this year’s gift guide, this time with my Christmas picks over $30, but if you missed out on the previous two, click here for under $15 and here for under $30. Hope you enjoyed and found a present idea or two for yourself or loved ones and next week I’ll be sharing some of the funniest and yummiest recipes for the holiday season! Hope everyone had a good Black Friday and Cyber Monday (if you celebrate those – I am not American I don’t really understand them). Oh and if you like toy cameras I’ll putting out my yearly wish list on Wednesday.

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Christmas Picks: Under $30

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Today I am sharing some present ideas found online for under $30 that would make a great gift for a friend, girlfriend, boyfriend or yourself (Treat yourself!) this holiday. If you want to see last week’s post with under $15 gift ideas click, here. I’m currently obsessed with all of these and hoping after I finished my Christmas shopping I can buy one of these for myself. The dragon bracelet is my fav. even though I make my own scale maille bracelets but that color is impossible to find. Hope this helps!

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Christmas Picks: Under $15

Another year in a row, I’ll be doing a Christmas gift guide every week leading up to Christmas featuring mostly artist and artisians from around the world. Today I am sharing some of my favourite items for Christmas under the low low price of $15, from nail polish to original art prints. Hope you enjoy and get a gift idea for someone you love, links below to all the stores!

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Pick of the Week: Lapoonder’s Made Hand

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This week’s pick is artist Ann Levova’s shop Lapoonder’s Made Hand that specializes in clay sculptures and jewelry. I was first introduced to her work through a friend and fell in love with her octopus designs and had to have one of my own. Her shop is hosted on what appears to be a Russian style Etsy platform and is almost entirely in Russian but that didn’t stop me (the site does show what items she has available plus the prices and shipping charges in your currency which is really the most important part). I contacted her through Flickr to see if we could arrange payment another way and she was very nice and responded quickly to any questions I had. Without delay we arranged everything and she sent the necklace to me and I am beyond happy with it. It’s such a perfect design and the necklace chain is very good quality. The octopus pendant is a great size, the Fimo clay is super light, and the details are even more amazing in person. I think this will be my favourite necklace for years to come and I hope to pick up many more designs from her as she’s really talented. I especially love her white Kahului style octopus and pale blue and pink ones as well as her more elaborate necklaces with seashells – they are all so magical. I haven’t had a chance to take photo of me wearing it yet, but here is a closer look at the design details and to see more of her work check out her Flickr.

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a few of my favourite items:

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Pick of the Week: Hell Babies by Junko Mizuno

junko mizuno (1)Pick of the Week: Junko Mizuno’s “Hell Babies”

Hell Babies is a 2006 art book by artists Junko Mizuno that features her illustrations of surreal female characters that can be described as kawaii, disturbing, sexual and gothic all at once. Hell Babies is 94 pages and features her work from 1998 to 2001 with a padded sparkly plastic cover (I love this cover). She divides the book into 3 sections, starting with Hell Babies from 1998-1999, Vulgarity Babies 2000, Baby Files 2001 and an extra Unpublished Babies section that is on shiny cardstock. Each page in most cases features 1 manga/comic style illustration of a particular baby, usually along with her name in English and Japanese. The section for Baby Files is slightly difference and features a short story about each baby which I enjoyed very much. All the illustrations featured are very reminiscent of her currently style although less refined. It’s a good look into the start of her career and each illustration is very unique and indivialistic. The book is very well curated and flows nicely together, each illustration deserves its place in the book and it doesn’t grow boring or repetitive at any point. As an extra bonus at the end of the book there is page that can be cut out to make a paper doll with several outfits and accessories. Hell Babies would be a wonderful addition to your collection if you appreciated Junko Mizuno’s art, however if you are more use to her newer work you might want to pick up Flare instead. I have the Upgraded version which features the extra Unpublished Babies section for those of you wanting to pick this up (some versions are signed by the artists as well). I picked up mine a few months ago from Akatako.

a closer look at the book:

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Pick of the Week: Naoto Hattori “Twisted Surreal” Postcards

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Pick of the Week: Twister Surreal Postcards

This week’s pick is artist Naoto Hattori’s postcard book “Twisted Surreal”. Twisted Surreal is a limited edition book signed by Hattori that contains 32 postcards of her paintings. It features various paintings from her backlog mostly dated from 2005 to 2009. Overall I really enjoyed the selection of paintings and found they were very cohesive and went together well. The postcards show a variety of her artwork and include most of the major paintings that she is well known for. The postcards are an okay size for mini prints at 4 by 6inches but do have black framing around so the image is a bit smaller than that. They are printed on quality card stock (thinner than my preferred cardstock) and have a shiny texture front and matt back that is good for writing. The postcards feature a generic address and postcard stamp area, but do contain detailed information about the painting like the name, date, original size and material list.  As well there is a gas mask detail over the writing area that adds some flare to the otherwise standard back. These postcards are a wonderful way to view her work however they are pretty typical postcards and only worth the purchase if you are not a fan of her work.   For more about her artwork, check out her site and for other items beside postcard check out her main shop that features prints, originals and additional items like t-shirts, stickers and more.

a closer look at a few of the postcards:

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Pick of the Week: Ally Burke

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This week’s pick is a must for October in preparation for Halloween, artist Ally Burke of deadspiderhands. She’s been a pick twice before but I cannot resist sharing her artwork. I absolutely adore her style and I love the humor of her work. Her shop is primarily prints, stickers, postcards and originals of her twisted portrait illustrations and paintings. She even has a set of special prints, and a zine just for Halloween this year.  I was surprised looking back at my previous posts to see that I had never even shared some of my most beloved pieces of her artwork in my possession. Before I’ve shared some of her postcards and stickers, and a print from Society6 but now I also have 3 original illustrations, a painting, and I even have a commissioned portrait of Victor and me for our 3rd year anniversary. I may pick up even more originals soon as she’s done a few illustrations on dollies that look divine and I’ve been thinking I need a portrait of me and my cat as well (total crazy cat lady, right?)  The experience of working with her on the commission was wonderful and she was more than accommodating to all of my requests and feedback so I’d love to do it again. There isn’t much more I can say as clearly I’m a little entranced with her work but if you need something Halloween themed her shop is great place to look.  If you love her style  I suggest following her on Tumblr or Instagram as well because I find the illustrations of hers I like the most are usually just her everyday sketches that stay in her sketch book.  Here is a look at all the things I have in my little deadspiderhands collections.

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a few of my favourite items from her shop:

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October Treasures

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Of course I had to make October Treasures all things Halloween and monster themed! I even made sure to share this with you as early as possible this month just in case you want to pick something up just in time for Halloween. Can you tell I’m in love with dragon scales and octopus right now?  I have already bought that amazing octopus necklace directly from Lapoonder’s and the Halloween zine from deadspiderhands. Beside those the two things I want most from my treasures this month by far are the Sailor Moon tights, and the bat purse. They are so awesome and cute so I hope I can pick them up. Let me know in the comments what you favourites are!

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Pick of the Week: Hikari Shimoda Postcards

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Pick of the Week: Hikari Shimoda Postcards

This week’s pick is the Japanese artist Hikari Shimoda postcard set available through Akatako. This set includes 10 postcards featuring her paintings from 2013 and a personally signed sticker. Shimoda work is inspired by the anime and manga she grew up with and the idea that children are desired by society to save the world. I’m obsessed with her work and love her unique depiction of children and humanity.  There is so much expression in her portraits that I couldn’t resist picking up these postcards. The postcards are good quality and have a shiny front and back and come in very minimal packaging (a blue envelope). The paintings featured for the most are not full sized which is a shame and for that reason would likely not be as suitable to be used as mini-prints but I do love that she included the name and medium of each painting and displaying them much like she would in a gallery. Over all I think for the price and considering the rarity of being able to see a piece of her art in person let alone how limited her prints are this is a great way to enjoy her work . If you want to see more of her work, check out her website and Akatako also has originals and limited prints of her work as well. Below I have a closer look at each postcard and the sticker signed by Hikari Shimoda.

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September Treasures

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Fall Zine Guide

In the last year I’ve started to fall in love with zines and have quite a nice little collection of them. For some reason before they always seemed overly political and the type of thing you grab at a rally or protest. Maybe I had a really antiquated impression of what zines were but it’s been really eye opening the last year to find out that all these artists have been making zines to get their work out there and in an affordable manner (both for the artist and the buyer). I love finding new artists and seeing their work so this discover has been wonderful and it seems there is no short supply of zines out there. I wanted to share some of the zines I found so I created this fall zine guide for some of my favourite…

 Photography Zines


Brooklyn


Uncommon Spaces and Everyday Spaces


Japanese Landscapes

Artists Zines


Please Be Brave


Nine Lives


Grid

Collective Zines


Fauna vs. Flora


Li”Laundromatic


Twigs and Apples Issue 7


Insomnia


Fur Hide and Bone

Packaged Zines


Lost and Found


Heart Pop!


What’s the Time Mrs. Woolf Volume 1-4

Mini Zines

The Tiny Little Book of Bunny Behaviour


Burn Everything


10 Mermaid

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Pick of the Week: Lomography Special Sales

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Pick of the Week: Lomography Special Sales

Today’s pick is Lomography special sales area of their website which offers heavily discounted cameras and more. I didn’t even know this existed until the beginning of the summer and it’s been one of my favourite shops to browse at since. The deal is that for a discounted price that can vary from 15% to 75% you can get either cameras or accessories that were used in stores as samples, have damaged or open boxes and other items like magazine and books that they are trying to move stock for. This is a great way to pick up a camera you’ve really wanted at a much better price or picking up other fun items. They also promise that the camera comes with the manual and all the extras so you aren’t missing out on anything the full price camera has. Besides cameras they have accessories like flashes or lens for various cameras and the other items like Lomography books, magazines and photo albums. The one thing I have yet to see in this area is film which is too bad. However, it’s a gold mine for amazing cameras and they seem to update the website multiple times a week so if a camera you want isn’t listed there is strong possibility it’ll become available in a short amount of time. I missed out on picking up one of the cameras I really wanted before when I was browsing and waited less than a week for it to be relisted. Also there always seems to be multiple pages of sales which means the choice is varied and it’s just not one or two specific camera or designs at a time.  The main reason why I love the special sale area though is that it really helps offset the cost of Lomography cameras which are usually more expensive then need be (probably to offset the cost of all those extras they include with the cameras – which I think are useless) and also for people outside of US it helps with shipping and export fees. The two cameras that I purchased from there were both roughly 40% off and saved me $70 total so I end up with 2 cameras for the price of 1. On top of that shipping was $15 and I had to pay a $20 import fee when the package arrived because even though the cameras were ordered through their Canadian website they ship out of New York (that was the only thing I don’t like about my purchase so beware of those charges). Overall I am really happy with my cameras and honestly don’t think there is any reason to buy a full priced camera if you don’t have to. I know not everything will come in the same condition as mine did but I wanted to show you what my experience was like with the two I purchased. Below is a photo of the cameras as they came:

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As you can see with my Sprocket Rocket the box is entirely in tack and in very good condition. Beside there being dust on the top of the box and being slightly bent everything was pretty much mint condition. I doubt the camera ever left the box. For my La Sardina camera you can tell the box is pretty man handled and the side the box is beat up a bit. Honestly for this camera as well when I was opening it, it didn’t really appear like the camera ever left the box. As they mention the cameras came with everything they would have if I had bought it brand new. None of the books instead were even bent or damages. So from my experience I managed to get 2 cameras for half off the regular price just because the box just  dusty in one case and slightly mangled on the other. It’s a great deal and perfect for if you are buying the camera for yourself and you don’t care about the outward appearance of the box. I may have gotten really lucky so please do let me know in the comments if your experience was different but I highly recommend taking this route for you next Lomography camera purchase. Check it out here!

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Pick of the Week: James Jean Memu Postcards

james jean memu postcardsPick of the Week: Memu Postcards by James Jean

This week I wanted to share with you James Jean’s newest postcard collection Memu . Memu is Jean’s second collection of postcards and features 100 of his paintings and sketches in a collectible box. I have both of his postcard collections, Memu and Xoxo and absolutely love them both (review for XoXo here). One of my favourite things about Memu is the cloth covered box with its red silkscreen details. On its own, the box is beautiful and mesmerizing. It reminds me of the cover for his art book Rebus which had detailed red foil lettering as well.  He continues to put a lot of thought into the postcards and each contains on the backside the name of the piece, materials used, ample space to write and area for address as well as a stylizes stamp area. Roughly half of the postcards even contain a gray outline of the artwork from the front of the postcard on the backside where you would write (images below of back of the postcard). The postcards themselves have high quality images with vibrant and bright colors and on quality card stock that is suitable for writing on (I hate glossy cardstock backs that are impossible to write on). One thing I’ve noticed is that if you keep them in the box they do tend to curve slightly in the middle. As for the artwork that was chosen to be featured on each postcard I found that unlike his previously collection which was 30 pieces of artwork &sketches there is some loss of the cohesiveness and not everyone is gem. To me there is a feeling of repetition within the postcards (even though all 100 are unique) because of similar tones and subject matter. If you are a huge fan of his work you might love every one of them but for me it felt that there were more than a few duds in the bunch. For the price however is hard to argue that the duds really matter in the grand scheme of things especially when all his most iconic paintings have been featured and there doesn’t seem to be any left out (he doesn’t repeat any of the postcards featured in XoXo however). It has to be said he is one of the few modern artists who makes his work accessible outside of a gallery and his postcard sets are one of the easiest ways to view his paintings and see selections from his sketchbooks. I would imagine most people who would want to pick up Memu will use them as mini-prints instead of postcards but the amount of detail put into them make them excellent for anyone who collects postcards or loves to send postcards to friends regardless if you are familiar with his work. I am in love, these are probably my second favourite postcards in my collection (XOXO is still my top). Very happy to have these and I would says they are amazing postcards/mini prints to pick up especially with the reasonable price of around $20.

a closer look at the postcards:

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Pick of the Week: Mab Graves

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Pick of the Week: Mab Graves

This week’s pick is artist Mab Graves’ Etsy store which is filled with all kinds of wonderful and whimsical goodies.  She sells prints, cards,  and more but what I love the most is her paper dolls. Her artwork and paper dolls are heavy influenced by Blythe dolls (which I love) and have this cute vibe with a sinister twist. It’s an amazing combination and I’m so happy to have picked up some of her work. I like collecting interesting paper dolls so I picked up her paper doll book which was so much larger and better quality than I expected. It was published by Dover Books so it’s the quality you’d expect of any commercial paper dolls book. My only compliment which I usually make about paper doll books is that you have to cut them out ourselves (also there is not cutting guide) but the paper is sturdy and the pages are single sided which is great. There is just so much variety with the various dolls, animal companions and outfits – it’s like having paper Blythe dolls with extra whimsy. Love them so much. I also picked up a few of her cards to give to friends and perhaps to use as mini prints and they are great quality as well. Each came with a pink envelope and I also got a free card and bookmark with my purchase which was very nice. I have a few detail photos of the items below and if you want to check out her main website, click here!

mab graves (2)Below is a closer look at all of the cards I bought and a few pages of the paper doll book:mab graves (4) mab graves (5) mab graves (1) mab graves (6) mab graves (7)

a few of my favourite items:

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Pick of the Week: August Treasures

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  • Drop Dead print by Liz C Illustration
    The print is on discount and I just love this style.
  • Zine about Japan by Danadamki
    I am starting to have quiet the zine collection, they are really fun.
  • Cupcake Rabbit by Pandoras Playhouse
    This is no longer available but I’m so in love I wanted to share!
  • Wildling print by Julie Filipenko
    Her artwork is pretty magical, I just love this print and others on her store!
  • Princess and Unicorn birthday card set by Ecala
    Fat unicorns might just be the best thing ever.
  • Panda brooch by Kaeselotti
    What more do you need then a panda brooch?
  • Floral Headband by Little Hand Made Goods
    I know, I know, floral headbands are super hipster but I can still like them.
  • Sticker Heaven pack by Girliepains
    I love her artwork and these stickers make me so happy, cannot wait to pick these up
  • Felt Brooch by Tangled by Gretel
    Her felt work is so interesting and she chooses such great colors!
  • Dolly Bow Headwrap by Joo Sweetie
    Hair accessories are the best in the summer and these are super cute
  • French Macaroron soap by Aubrey E Apothecary
    All the soaps look so real, I’m love shaped soaps and these look good enough to eat
  • Optical Illusion cat bed by The Cat Ball
    I really want to buy one of these for Butter’s birthday but she hates cat beds so much
  • Caddisfly wing earrings by Horseflesh
    I will always share you earrings because I can’t wear them and that makes me sad sometimes
  • Forbinnen Fruit Jewels soap by Lovely Body
    Keep looking at soap lately because I’d love to start making my own
  • Dinosaur pattern and embossing rolling pin by Valek Rolling Pin
    Keep seeing people posting about these rolling pins – want so badly. Wish I made cookies more.
  • Nine Lives Zine by Kriski
    Another zine for you guys to check out

August Treasures are still in the summer spirit even though we are getting close to the end. Its fun to have a look on Etsy and Storenvy and find really cool shops that make handmade items. I’ve gotten so excited about creating my little treasures lists I’ve already started Septembers and Octobers. Hope you are enjoying the month and have fun looking at all my picks for this month.

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Pick of the Week: Needlings

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This week’s pick is the fun and colorful company Needlings run by Hamilton artist Heather Saunders. She makes cute and colorful plush creatures by hand and I happened to run across her creations while on vacation in Toronto. I just had to pick one up for myself and one for my best friend (mine is the green one because it reminded me of Invader Zim). I always enjoy homemade plushies for some reason and hers are really darling. She also runs a super cute website/blog that you can check out as well. I like to just have mine hang out by my record player, photo below!

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Pick of the Week: Love Teacup Kisses

love teacup kisses (1)Pick of the Week: Love Teacup Kisses

 This week’s pick is the adorable Etsy store Love Teacup Kisses by illustrator Avo. She sells prints, stickers, brooches, original artwork and more of her adorable illustrations. I just love her artwork. It’s light, fun and super cute. It was impossible for me to resist the stickers with all the colorful hair happening and amazing fashion. I also picked up an original artwork because that “Fuck Off” jacket and hair do just screamed me (she does portraits as well that are really well done – if I wasn’t scared of getting mine done I would in a heartbeat).  She was also super kind and sent me some extra monster stickers with the original – and they are amazing. It’s a great store and she puts a lot of care into each package.  If you want to know more about Avo, she has an adorable blog and posts videos of her process on Youtube that you can check out!

Hello!! I am an illustrator with a love of super cute stuff! I blog mostly about art, life and some of my vintage adventures. I run my own online art stores [x][x] where I sell prints of my illustrations, original art, jewelry, handmade items and more. I love making new friends so feel free to say hi!
– See more at: http://www.avoslife.com/#sthash.aoVd2ol9.dpuf

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a few of my favourite items:

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Pick of the Week: Macrame Plant Holders

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Pick of the Week: Macrame Plant Holders

For this week’s pick I’m featuring two stores that sell amazing macramé plant holders, Dance of Soul and UKR Handmades. Macramé plant holders are the perfect way to display your plants and create a multi-layered home garden. I just love them for vines especially because you can provide your plants plenty of room to grow, and convenient when you live in an apartment and have limited space! I remember my German grandmother having these types of holders all around her house for plants to stuff animals. I love the knots and the patterns created, I wouldn’t even know where to begin to make one of these myself (although probably a handy skill to have, perhaps a future DIY project?). Plus there are plenty of colors to choose from if you like a more rainbow look, like myself and there are a variety of knot patterns. I also wanted my plants to all be at different heights which was easy to do since both stores have a great selection. If it’s a look you like, I would definitely recommend either of these shops – the cheapest I’ve found online and the quality is great.   If you like planters more, I’ve included a whole bunch below, as well as more pictures of my macramé plant holders in action!

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a few of my favourite planters:

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Pick of the Week: July Treasures

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Pick of the Week: Pony People

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Pick of the Week: Pony People

This week’s pick is the Etsy store Pony People who make brooches, stickers and original artwork. I just had to pick up some of their cat brooches at the start of summer especially because the cute grey cat reminds me so much of my own cat Butter. Who can resist a cute grey cat brooch, let alone a flower cat brooch? I just love the creativity and they match my summer dresses so well. They sent with the brooches a free postcard and some stickers that are really cool. Check out more photos below of the brooches and extras!

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Pick of the Week: June Treasures

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Pick of the Week: Beauxoxo

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Pick of the Week: Beauxoxo

This week’s pick is the UK store Beauxoxo which specializes in homemade hair accessories like headbands, turbans, bows and plenty of other hair accessories. I just love this shop and all the accessoires are hand made by the owner Gerogie. For summer I knew I had to have some new accessories to wear with all my summer dress so I picked up a turban, flower crown and a wire headband to try out. Her store has a huge selection so if you don’t like my color combinations or fabric picks – trust me she has a design you’d love. The best thing about her store is that you can request a custom size, which for me is amazing because I have a little bit of a big head and I also get headaches if things press against my head too much so this really sold me.  Even with the custom size request I was surprised with how quickly I recieved everything and the amount of care put into it. Mine came in a huge box so there was no way my crown was getting smushed in transit. For the actually accessories themselves I thought overall that each piece was worth the price and really well made. The wire headband is actually exactly like the one I bought from Mod Cloth maybe even better since the wire is a bit stiffer so it holds its shape better.  The fabric also looked exactly like it did online. I am really happy with the fabric turban as well. My only disappointment really was the flower crown, the leaf ribbon detail in photos looked much better than it does in person. The ribbon just comes off as very cheap and very shiny, it’s really stands out on an otherwise beautiful flower crown. It’s hard to tell when wearing it in photos though or unless you are looking at it close up so I don’t mind too much. Honestly I’m so pleased with my 3 pieces and just know I’ll buy from Beauxoxo again. Check the store out, it’s so easy to customize a perfect summer outfit with one of her accessories!

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a look at how they arrived (super cute wrapping paper) and below me wearing them!

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a few of my favourite turbans and headbands:

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Pick of the Week: Junko Mizuno Manga

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Junko Mizuno Manga Review

Today I am reviewing Junko Mizuno’s manga Cinderella and Princess Mermaid. I’ve been familiar with Mizuno’s art and toy designs for a while now so I was excited to check out some of her manga. The first one I read was her adaptation of Cinderella and it was a great introduction into her as a manga artist. The artwork enthralled me from the get go, with its bright vibrant colors to the character design. Everything felt uniquely Mizuno from the start to the end, which is a weird way to describe to someone not familiar to her work but in short – she creates strong women charactores, there is nudity and surreal elements and you will probably want to get a tattoo of it (or at least I do). The story was also really good and I found myself having fun with her play on the classic story and enjoying myself. Even better is there is stickers in the back and a short interview from her about how she got into being a manga artists. It was fun and felt along the lines of Johnny the Homicidal Manic, witty, morbid humour. I would highly recommend it as a manga because it’s feast for your eyes and a really good read on top of that. She does have other adaptations as well like Hansel and Gretel but I wanted to check out one of her original stories next. I went into reading Princess Mermaid with a lot of anticipation off the back of Cinderella and wasn’t met with the same type of excitement. Princess Mermaid is definitely the weaker of the two. It doesn’t help that the color scheme of the manga just felt really muted and flat after the vibrant Cinderella. The artwork itself was still well executed and detailed but it looks like Cinderella color scheme was put through the wash by accident. I wouldn’t have minded that as much if the story has been on par with the other manga. My biggest qualm with it is the story. The character’s themselves do not have a very well fleshed out back story and I found myself not caring what happened to any of the characters later on because there was no sense of loss or connection to them. Without getting into any spoilers it just felt hard to follow the sequence of events presented and the flashbacks weren’t well incorporated into the manga to the point where it was confusing if it was a flashback at all. Overall I still enjoyed the manga however it wouldn’t be something I’d likely read again. Like the first one it does come with extras, in this case a mini illustratored only story and some postcards. I’d encourage you if you like her work or want a manga style verions of twisted fairytales to check out Cinderalla however I’d pass on Princess Mermaid. Hoping to check out more of her manga in the future!

check out the artwork for Princess Mermaid & Cinderalla:

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Pick of the Week: Mod Lacquer

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I had to make one of my picks this month nail polish as it’s one of my summer essentials, so today’s pick is Mod Lacquer a store dedicated to just that! One of the reasons I decided to pick up nail polish from them over all the nail polish stores on Etsy is because they offer sample sizes which are perfect if you like to have a lot of choice or if you simply want to try a shade out. Buying nail polish on Etsy also is one of those things that make me very nervous since I’m the girl at the store who always tests it first so the smaller sizes are perfect for me because I know I’m not going to waste money and end up with a big bottle of nail polish I will never want to use. Overall each polish lasted a long time and the glitter had good coverage. My one note is that the ones with shaped glitter are super hard to remove; you have to practically scratch the glitter off instead of just using polish removal. I would definitely buy again from these guys though and I love all the variance of polish they over from unique glitter to holographic. I picked 5 different shades and thought I’d give my thoughts on each below with a picture of it on my nails as well…

Technicolor noise: My fav out of the 5– this is a clear base with neon sparkles so you can wear it over any shade of color but I love it with black – it’s awesome. I’ve worn it tons and the neon just pops. I also managed to lose this guy somewhere in my house so no photo but in their business card above you can see it.

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Sideshow Review
: I do love the combo of the blue with the pop of yellow but I find that the blue is too clear even after three coats . I wear it with a light shade of blue underneath to help with this issue.

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Lavender Festival:
This does not have the same issue as Sideshow Review, the base color of light purple covers the nail well and it’s really cute.

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Breaking Mod:
I loved this polish because it looks like mermaid scales. I wish it was a clear polish however, it’s like the other blue and it goes on the nail too light even after 3 coats. It would probably be fine on fake nails but I’m wearing it with a metalic blue behind it.

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: Great for when you want to bling up your nails, it’s super reflective which is hard to see in my photo. Again works great on top of any darker polish. I’m wearing it with 2 coats but  a little less cluttered with 1 coat.

a few other favourite polishs from their shop:

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Pick of the Week: The Tiny Hobo

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Pick of the Week: The Tiny Hobo

This week’s pick is the cute shop The Tiny Hobo which specializes in brooches, and other jewelry. They have a good selection of adorable jewellery that is perfect for the summer and super affordable. Like the cute cactus brooches that I picked up from them which are just beyond awesome. I’ve been wearing mine for weeks now anytime I go out and they are the perfect accessory for the summer I think. Plus I am terrible at actually keeping cactus so at least these don’t need to be watered, lol. Check them out!

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a few of my favourite items from the store:

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Pick of the Week: May Treasures

So many amazing things I’ve found online lately. Feel so wonderful that there is artists and trades people out there being able to make a living using Etsy and Storenvy. It’s really a wonderful thing and there is just so many treasures around the corner. Feel like if I was ever able to afford even half of these items on here I’d feel like the luckiest girl on the world. lol. Check out May treasures!may treasures

  • Theres No Place Like Home print by dannybrito
    Dannybrito’s art is so simple and cute, love this print
  • Mininature Mushroom Pincushion by FoxtailCreekStudio
    Such a cute gift for a friend who likes sewing (I don’t sew a thing)
  • Feather Watercolor print by RiverLuna
    I love the color combination of these feathers and the tribal feel
  • Baby Hibbo Totem by HandyMaiden
    I want a whole collection of totems, her’s at my favourite and she constantly has new ones. My friend is obsessed with hippos for some reason and this made me think of him.
  • Tiger Moth Hand Carved Stamp by extase
    Love hand carved stamps, there is some really talents people making stamps on Etsy, it’s worth a search if you like stamps.
  • Terrarium Air Plant Doll by EarthSeaWarrior
    So this may be my house by the end of the summer, air plants in doll bodies – best idea ever.
  • Mina & Milala paper dolls by SandraArteagA
    I’d have so many artist paper dolls if I could, she has a whole bunch and other pieces of art. 
  • Glow Xray Cat Patch by CyanFoxDesigns
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Pick of the Week: LoLL3

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Pick of the Week: LoLL3

This week’s pick is the illustrator Loll3 from Italy who has an adorable Etsy store with tons of stickers, brooches and other goodies as well as a Society6 store. Her artwork is super eye catching and has a lot of occult symbolism in it. I enjoy her color pallet the most as I’m a sucker for hot pink and other vibrant colors. I picked from her Etsy store some of her stickers (which are much larger than I thought) and some cards that I thought I could use as mini prints. As well from her Society6 page I bought a mug for a friend and a large print for my art wall. My favourite item for sure beside the print is the cards, they are so cute and I love how she accessorised the card’s envelopes with tiny artwork on the lip. She also has postcards, which if you follow this blog you know postcards are my weakness. I really love all the items and it’s worth checking out both of her stores. You can also check out her tumblr for a closer look at her artwork or updates on future sales.

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a few of my favourite items from her shop:


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Pick of the Week: Boojiboo

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Pick of the Week: Boojiboo

This week’s pick is retro and vintage aprongs by Etsy’s store Boojiboo. I found them a few months ago when I was looking to pick up a cute apron for baking. Yes, yes I know aprons are super easy to sew yourself but I don’t own a sewing machine and secondly I have no idea where to find cute fabric. That’s actually why Boojiboo stood out to me when I was looking on Etsy, the fabric. They have some really unique fabrics that have a vintage feel to them that I love. They also have a huge selection and great prices. Another thing I noticed is that every few months or so they have different fabric so there are always fresh choices. One of my favourites got scooped up and hasn’t come back yet so make sure if you see something you like to scoop it up. My hearts apron was my second choice but I love it and it’s really well made. Wanted to share with you guys!

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a few of my favourite items from the shop:

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Pick of the Week: Camilla d’Errico Postcards

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Pick of the Week: Camilla d’Errico Postcards

This week’s pick is Camilla d’Errico’s self-titled postcard set that contains 30 various prints from her body of work. I know a lot of people seem to look down their nose at d’Errico’s art style but I’ve always had a soft spot for her combinations of cute big eyes girls and animals even if it’s often overplayed in the last 10 years since she started out. There is no denying her bright and colorful paintings are eye catching and make great merchandise and I for one am happy she seems to realize this and sells her work in a variety of products. Her paintings make much better postcards I find and they make for great mini-prints as well. Perfect for sending to friends with its eye catching colors and if your friend has a spirit animal chances are it’s included in the 30 set. There is also a lot of design on writing side of the postcards which I hugely appreciate when artist put the effort into stylizing the postcards to fit their own style. The size is the standard for postcards so they make pretty small prints but still a good gift for anyone who enjoys her work. I would definitely recommend these postcards if you enjoy anime style girl with colorful hair cuddling animals like lions, butterflies and everything in between.

a few of the postcards:

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Pick of the Week: April Treasures

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I’m loving doing these mini collections and dream picks for each month. It’s a great way to show you some cool finds from Etsy and elsewhere on the net. It lets me day dream a little! Which is always nice when you don’t have much money to spare on these kind of things. You can follow me on Etsy, here if you want to see more of my random finds!

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Pick of the Week: Worried Eyes

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Pick of the Week: Worried Eyes

Worried Eyes has been my pick of the week before but I just love, LOVE her artwork. It’s so wonderfully unique (I use that word a lot to describe art don’t I?) and the colors she uses in her work just really make me smile. The last time I choose her it was for her delightful surprise packages that come with all sorts of goodies (check out here) but this time I wanted to focus on her paintings. I’ve bought a few small pieces over the last year and they just really brighten up my art wall. Even cooler is the two smaller ones appear to have been made on homemade paper.  Her work is very minimalistic but that really adds to their overall feel and I wish she made manga or comics because I just love the world she’s creating with her work. Cannot hype her enough, I was hoping I’d have my newest piece from her before this post but sadly some delays in shipping. However I’ll be sure to show you on my weekly Friday post when it arrives. Btw it’s a mixed media piece with cherry blossoms and so perfect for Spring. If you like her artwork I’d seriously recommend checking out either of her stores on Storenvy and Etsy!

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a few of my favourite items:

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Pick of the Week: Tattoos by Jian Yi

Jian Yi (8)Pick of the Week: 30 Postcards to Color and Send by Jian Yi

Today’s pick is 30 Postcards to Color and Send by Jian Yi, which are no longer a part of my postcard collection because I’ve sent them all away to friends for Easter. These postcards are super fun and combine two things I love to do – send mail and colour! (Pro tip if you ever work in a call centre – colouring is a great way to create a little Zen) The postcards are all of classic tattoo designs and feature plenty of iconic tattoo images like skulls, koi fish, dragons and more. Out of the 30 I found most of the tattoo designs to be very interesting but there was a few boring ones in there. The quality of the paper is not a high as I prefer but the cardstock overall was ideal for colouring and wasn’t too weak. The back is very plan, just the lines for the address and the stamp area is a dragon. Overall though for the price I bought mine (under $10) I was really happy with them and colouring them gives you more chances to individualize each postcard for the receiver. Definitely I could see kids having a lot of fun with them, so all in all highly recommended.  I’ve included a photo below of a few of the postcards uncoloured as well as a closer look at the designs after I coloured them.

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Pick of the Week: Home Decor

I’ve been anticipating April so much for the last few months. It just feels nice to reach 1 year in an apartment I really love and enjoy and don’t think I will grow out of anytime soon. Since arriving in Montreal I’ve lived in 6 different apartments and am just shy of living here for 5 years. That’s a lot of moving, not to mention I’ve had to share my space with roommates in 3 of those places. I feel like I’ve done a good job with starting to working on decorating. So far except our entrance way I’ve painted all the rooms a colour I enjoy (except the kitchen and bathroom which we are leaving white, they others were the most awful beige colour when we arrived). Victor still cannot decide what colour he wants to make his studio but that’s his room to worry about, lol. We have all the furniture I think we’ll need shy of maybe some shelves and I’ve started to decorate the walls with my art prints and my own photography. I defiantly need to spend more time putting up my photography but I’ve wanted to wait until all the rooms were painted as the entrance is the largest wall space and I want to make it a mini gallery since we don’t use the room for anything else. It’s great that after a year I still have so many ways to keep myself busy. Today I thought I’d share some of my dream house decorations I’ve collected over the year from Etsy, some things I may end up getting but most wonderful but expensive things I will just have to dream for.

Dream Home Decor:

 

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Pick of the Week: March Treasures

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There are so many treasures this month, I’ve been spending most of March’s snow days inside and dream shopping on Etsy. Spring is always the time of year I like to get back into being really girly. I buy new outfits, and start getting back into painting my nails and putting on jewelry and make up. Browsing on Etsy is like my warm up.

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Pick of the Week: Deth P. Sun

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This week’s pick of the week is illustrator Deth P. Sun from Berkeley, California. His shop features a lot of various items using his drawings like prints, bags, t-shirts and more. My favourite items are the square stickers that feature a cat character who is heavily featured in Sun’s work. I am obsessed with his character and find the adventures he goes on very charming. I picked up from his store almost all of his stickers as well as “They Come at Night” and “Various Drawings 2012” zines. I love the zines and since they’ve arrived I’ve been through them again and again. His illustrations have a very familiar feel but at the same time are distinct. I cannot help but want to know more about his cat and what adventures he may find himself in next.  It also occurred to me that both of these zines are large enough to easy become coloring books (great for kids or big kids like myself who color while bored at work).  I honestly love these and cannot wait to pick up more of his work. I’m thinking about a t-shirt for Victor as they are really awesome and maybe a print for my art wall. If you want to find out more about Deth P. Sun, check out his blog!

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All the stickers and a few extra things he included like the cute ‘thank you’ note

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Both the zines and a peak inside

a few of my favourite items from his shop:

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Pick of the Week: Stuffed Cheese Bread on Crack

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Pick of the Week: Stuffed Cheese Bread on Crack

Today’s pick of the week is this great recipe for stuffed cheese bread by the blog Food Wanderings in Asia. Again I found this recipe on Tumblr (I spend a lot of time on Tumblr) and just had to try it becuase I am a lover of cheese bread. I made this for me and Victor last week and it was a super simple recipe. Probably the greatest thing about it is how much you can improvise and change it around. For example you`ll notice mine doesn`t have poppy seeds or parsley (forgot the parsley and couldn’t find the poppy seeds) and I also used Gouda and old cheddar cheese. It was yum, I have no doubt the original recipe is dope too but it`s the type of recipe you learn to make once and then just try with different combinations each time. It`s a pretty straight forward idea but as a person who never knows the right combination of how much butter and cloves to make garlic bread it very useful. I will definitely be making this again and this time I want the poppy seeds, lol. It`s starting to get a little warmer but there is still going to be plenty of cold days when cheese bread is just what you need. The only downside I found is it`s a little much for two people so if it`s just you or you and another try just making half the Italian loaf. Let me know if you have any recipe blogs or recipes that you think I should try.

If you want to check out this recipe click, here!

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some other recipes to check out:

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Pick of the Week: Liza Corbett

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Pick of the Week: Liza Corbett

This week’s pick is the Etsy store “The Summer-Land” by artist Liza Corbett who sells otherworldly original illustrations & sketches, prints, dolls, and embroidery. If I remember correctly I first found her work while trying to find artists who make paper dolls and I fell in love with her fabric dolls. I have never seen an artist before that takes original illustrations and transferred them onto canvas and then made the canvas into a pillow style doll. I absolutely love the idea and wish I could have a whole collection her dolls around my house. Since then I’ve been following her store and when I was looking last month to see if there was anything new I fell in love with this original sketch that I just had to have. I am a big sucker for the right color combination and honestly although it’s a sketch I find it very magical. I was on my rent paycheck and had my Toronto trip coming up so I asked if she could reserve it for a few weeks and she was happy to do so and was so great about it. I also although it was super difficult to decide picked up one of the dolls (hopefully the first in many I will acquire). She packed the sketch with such care I was so surprised the amount of effort and detail she went to make sure it arrived safe (it was in an art tube and in a massive box which was great) and everything was wrapped up in ribbon which really made me smile as it felt like a present. She also very kindly gave me a few pins and mini-prints. Honestly her work is breathtaking and I love the unashamed morbidness of the pieces. Her work feels very genuine and doesn’t rely on the motifs that have become popular in art in the last few years. I really hope I start seeing her work around more and perhaps even an exhibit in Montreal (I can dream, can’t I?). Below are photos of what I picked up and for more information about Liza Corbett check out her website!

liza corbett (3)The original sketch I bought, I haven’t decided where to hang it in my office yet so it’s on the empty wall. It  doesn’t look very large since the wall is blank but it’s 18×24 in which makes it the largest piece of artwork I own.

liza corbett (4) A closer look at the sketch and the amazing colors.

liza corbett (5)The stuffed doll called Louisa V – An Excursionist.

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liza corbett (2)The mini prints she gave me and pins, I cannot wait to frame/wear these. She wrote a really nice note on the back of the one on the right (love that about Etsy store owners).

a few of my favourite items from her shop:

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February Treasures

I’ve been thinking  that for every Pick of the Week I do with random things I’ve bought recently there is a million stores I’ve found that I’d love to share. My Christmas Gift Lists were also super fun to do as well and there just so many neat things to discover that I may not have the chance to buy and review for you guys (although I wish, but that would also require me to have way more money than I do). So I thought why not do my version called February Treasures and show off random things from Etsy, Society6, Storenvy and elsewhere on the web that I adored during the month.  This is the first post I’ll be doing but look forward to it at the end of every month. The amount of things I choose will be random and I’ll try to have a variety between cute toy/vintage cameras, books, clothing, jewelry, house décor and more! Keep in mind all my Picks of the Week are choose by me and not paid advertisement for any of the stores I mention. I will try and keep it small businesses for most of the items because it’s nice being able to support artists and artisans.

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Pick of the Week: Fables

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Pick of the Week: Fables

Fables is a series of comic books created by writer Bill Willingham with various artists and illustrators starting in 2002 and still on going. There are 140 comics so far in the series but for this review I am looking at the deluxe editions instead of the individual comics. I first heard about Fables because the cover art for the first 81 comics was done by one of my favourite artists, James Jean. It wasn’t until the Telltale Game “The Wolf Among Us”  came out though that I made the leap in to the rich fantasy world of Fables **. The story of Fables is based off of characters found in folklore and fairy tales that have been exiled from their fairy-tale homes and into modern day New York to escape from “The Adversary”. The story is rich in detail and contains many different arcs that switch from a variety of genres like murder mystery and other subgenres common to crime fiction. You are introduced to several interesting characters with well-built back stories to help you understand their current circumstance and motivation within the overall story line. I don’t want to go into the story too much for spoiler reasons but for the first few comics Continue reading %s

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Pick of the Week: Nutella Stuffed Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Pick of the Week: Nutella Stuffed Dark

Chocolate Chip Cookies

My pick of the week is Nutella Stuffed Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies by the Hot Chocolate Hits. This blog is beyond mouth-watering and features not only dessert but savory items. I found this recipe on Tumblr and just had to try it out. Victor loves nutella (I’m not a big fan myself) so I made him a batch for Valentine’s Day. They turned out great! They are super indulgent too, I could only eat one at a time because they were so rich and chocolaty. Both me and Victor loved them though and enjoy biting into them for the surprise of nutella. I did have a bit of trouble rolling them with the nutella however without making the cookie huge and it was VERY messy. I would definitely recommend if you wanted to make these to make sure they were in the fridge for the full 2 hour and to add extra flour if they are still really sticky because mine definitely were not dry enough to be manageable. I think even the cookie recipe minus the nutella would be delish. Check out the recipe here if you want make them yourself!

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*You may notice this is the first recipe I’ve done for a pick of the week, I wanted to highlight blogs with great recipes because beside making my own recipes I am always searching to try others.

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Pick of the Week: Wishcandy

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Pick of the Week: Wishcandy

My pick of the week for this week is the delightful Wishcandy or Sashiko Yuen who makes amazing artwork and sells prints through Society6. She use to run a store on Etsy too that had pins as well as prints but she closed it down for health reasons just before Christmas (which is a shame but hopefully she’ll launch it again when she’s feeling better).  I picked up the two smaller prints from her Etsy store and the large one is from Society6. I just love her work and find her fierce female portraits super cute and delightful.  If you want to find out more about Wish Candy check out her website and her Tumblr!

*Edit: Sorry this edit is a day late but I was in Toronto, she actually reopened her Etsy store on the weekend which is exciting. It may be only temporary so if you see something you like order ASAP. Link here!

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a few favourite prints:

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Pick of the Week: Pinhole Press “Valentines Day Addition”

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Pick of the Week: Pinhole Press

Pinhole Press is an online store that specializes in turning your photos into various gifts from cards to magnets and everything in between. There are plenty of online companies that do this but one thing that Pinhole Press offers that is pretty unique is wall decals made with your favourite photos. That’s why I choose them to be my Valentine’s Day pick of the week. I love decals and combing them with your own photos is a great gift whether for friends, family or your significant other. Having a photo to remind you of the good times is something everyone likes and decals are renter friendly and functional.  They offer 3 sizes of photo decals from 3x4in, 5x7in and 11x17in at a very reasonable price. The shipped mine within a few days and I got them in less than a week so you can get them just in time for Valentine’s Day! Below are the photos of my decals I picked up and a review if you want more information.

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Pick of the Week: The Polaroid Book

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Pick of the Week: The Polaroid Book

The Polaroid Book is a hardcover 352 paged book about Polaroid photography dating back from its inception to the 1990’s. The photography within the book is a selection taken from The Polaroid Collection of Photography that was started by the company’s founder Edwin Land and landscape photographer Ansel Adams. The book starts off with a wonderful description about how the Polaroid Collection started and about how these two great men meet. It adds insight to the curating of this collection that is valuable from a historic point of view as well as being very interesting. There is also an incomplete guide to Polaroid cameras which is very silly since it only covers the years from 1954 to 1978. As well there is a great list at the end that gives as many details as possible about each photo like location, date it was taken, title, artist, and the film used. Oddly enough each written part is translated into French and German on top of the English, which explains why this book is over 300 pages long. There are around 250 Polaroid photos contained in the book that cover the gamut and cover pretty much all facets of instant photography. The photography represents use many various film types, sizes, artist techniques, after effects, subject matter, time periods and so much more. There is no rock left unturned with work from great photographers of that time, well known artists, and even amateurs. Edwin Land’s desire to collect Polaroid photography was very fruitful and end up with a magnificent collection of both color photographs and black and white. I can only imagine what viewing the whole collection would be like. This is very much the definitive addition of Polaroid photography and within it you can find a wonderment of photography from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. This book is very much a treasure and is beyond engrossing. It must be said though that this book is not appropriate for all audiences due to its large amount of nudity (not a fan myself of the amount of nudity featured in the book). Regardless the stunning photography contained in this book mixed with the historical journey of Polaroid is worth picking up this book.

a look of some of the pages below:

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Pick of the Week: The Snow Yak Show Postcards

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Pick of the Week: The Snow Yak Show

This week’s pick is artist Mark Ryden’s “The Snow Yak Show” postcards.  I choose these for this month’s postcard pick because they are wintery and ethereal, not to mention I love Mark Ryden’s corky style.  All 17 postcards feature his work from his art show of the same name and are very well made on good cardstock with a glossy front side and a matt finish for the writing side (always appreciated). Each postcard includes the name of the art piece as well as the medium and original size it was created on, as well as his branding on the back. The design is a little sparse with no address lines or a stamp indication (I love postcards where they customize the stamp indicator) but they measure 5 by 7 which means they can make a good mini-print as well. The postcards are dived between his paintings and his graphite drawings but there are some repeats as a few of the larger paintings have a cropped version as well as the full sized. Regardeless of the lack of design on the back and repeat images I love these postcards and have been hording them all to myself for over a year and think they’d be a great whimsical set to pick and send your friends in these chilly months (which I am doing next month). And who doesn’t love yaks?

a look at each postcard:

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Pick of the Week: Starchild Stela

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This week’s pick is local Montreal graffiti artist Starchild Stela’s store on Storenvy. I first found out about her work through tumblr (follow her: here) and have been in love with her seriously cute work since. Beside graffiti she also makes prints, stickers, mini zines, postcards, and even has a monthly mail subscription for those of you that enjoy snail mail! I love her anti-rape culture sentiment that is in some of her work as not enough artist go there and it is refreshing to see. Beside that though how can you resist the cuteness? Her stuff is amazing quality and I’ve  bought through her store and in person at craft fairs. A great pick if you are look for stickers to add to your collection or prints for your house!

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my favourite items from her shop:

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Pick of the Week: Fairy Tale Fibers

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Pick of the Week: Fairy Tale Fibers

The first pick of the week for the new year is going to Fairy Tale Fibers from Portland, Oregon run by Drew Raine. They specialize in fairy hoods that I’ve been obsessed with for years. My good friend Zara has had one pretty much since I’ve known her and I’ve always loved the style and wanted one of my own. And guess what I got for Christmas? The hood not only have a really amazing style but they are also eco-friendly and handmade with a lot of love and come in various sizes for kids and adults. The hoods are made for wearing in any season and they last an extremely long time, my friend has had her hood for over 5 years and it still looks amazing. The only downside of course if since the hoods are made to be worn year around that they are a little cold for -30 winters like I have in Montreal so I wear a thin toque underneath to block the wind so it’s warm enough. I love this hat so much, I cannot believe I waited so long to pick one up and it’s a good thing I did because it appears Fairy Tale Fibers has closed starting January 1st. However it is unclear if this will be permanent so I’ve decided to still make it a pick as I love this hat so much and there is a physical store in Seattle called  Sock Monster where they can be found. My suggestion is if you want one of these hoods to contact her on Etsy or the store as quickly as possible to see about picking one up before there is no more.
(as well you can sign up on Etsy to be updated if the store reopens)

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A few of my favourite hats: