Archive for the ‘Gifts’ Category
What better way to shake off the mid-winter blahs than some free goodies? Look no further! We’re giving away a few of our custom stamps. You can enter for a chance to win here:
The Address Stamp Giveaway | The Monogram Stamp Giveaway
So hop to it — the giveaways end on Friday!
Dashing handmade rain coverings by Italian design company Howard Yount.
Handmade vintage spoon bracelets and pendants from Mon Petit Chou Boutique.
Whimsical, warm, and ethical animal collars & scarves from Cleo Ferin Mercury.
Love these prints from fellow Portland designers Our Little Words, featuring some of our favorite song lyrics by The Smiths, The Magnetic Fields and The Cure (yes, that’s a whole lot of “The”s).
Keep your message close with these morse code bracelets and necklaces by COATT. Available in silver or gold and strung on silk cord.
With Halloween around the corner, we’re deep into our marathon of classic horror movies. This past weekend featured Son of Frankenstein, the 1939 Universal classic featuring Boris Karlof and Béla Luogsi. Filled with angular architecture and suggestive shadows, the set design took center stage with its Hollywood take on German Expressionism.
These handmade papercuts by German artist Reev Papercuts evoke a similar tone of spookiness, telling a complicated story in a single scene.
These natural, handmade perfumes and lip embellishments are perfect for the curious bride. Lovely photography. Gorgeous packaging. Brilliant idea. View more items at the For Strange Women Etsy shop.
We’re on the countdown to Halloween season, but you don’t have to wait for Fall to start celebrating. Here’s an ode to some of our favorite body parts on Etsy…
From top left:
- Industrial Heart Pendant by Monster Kookies
- Skeletie by Toybreaker
- Heart Tie Tack by Tilly Bloom
- Brain in a Jar by Your Organ Grinder
- Tin Woodsman’s Heart badge by Cici’s Stash
- Crochet Oxygenated Blood Cells by Concertina Pieces
- Tell Tale Invitation by Royal Steamline
- Anatomical Brain Placemats by Girls Can Tell
This week’s Etsy find comes from Locket2You. The Portland-based husband and wife team make charming wearable art from vintage lockets. My favorites are the vintage illustration collages that feature curious oddities such as avian paratroopers, elephants carrying umbrellas and an octopus tea party. With such a range of designs to choose from, these lockets would make great bridal party gifts or work well into a centerpiece or table decoration.
I know I’m late to the game, but, holy cats: Sillof. This guy’s an artist and an artisan; he produces (generally for fun, not profit, mind you) handcrafted action-figure versions of many familiar heroes and villains (Star Wars, Marvel, Dune, even Terry Gilliam characters). Not only is his aesthetic sense spot on, he even explains his design inspiration, choices, and production technique.
Indeed, many of his creations re-imagine famous characters transplanted to clockwork realms. He requests that blogs do not link to his images, so unfortunately we can’t show you photos of his steampunk Spider-Man or Lord Vader or “Man of Iron” with actual steam emerging from his engines.
Just go here to begin your journey.
OK, so we’re on a vintage book kick. What’s not to love about the craftsmanship that went into creating those ornate hardback covers? Even if I am allergic to the dust and mold they often carry… Today’s Etsy find is a perfect gift for the bibliophile or writer. Handcrafted out of archival and antique materials, this tiny book is filled with blank pages for you to fill. You can find this and other book treasures at The Black Spot Books.