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!
a few of my favourite items:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hairy Fairy: 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:
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!
a few of my favourite items from the store:
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!
a few of my favourite items from the shop:
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.
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!
All the stickers and a few extra things he included like the cute ‘thank you’ note
Both the zines and a peak inside
a few of my favourite items from his shop: