Fall has fallen, oh yes, with rain and red leaves. And with fall comes wool (not mothy wool; good, warm, snuggly wool), and with wool comes Etsy. Two new Etsy loves, from me to you.

Needle felted acorns for scattering at Small House, by truLuxe:

And this crocheted apple cozy for keeping my Galas bruise-free, from Unravel Me:

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Fixin’ to flasket.

January 19, 2009

Long weekend means extra time to laze. And to build jewelleries for selling at flasket:

flasket fixins

Take a browse around Etsy this week. Your Valentine will thank you.

Cue Europe. As of midnight tonight, the Year of No New Threads is over. And, barring any bouts of amnesia and/or sartorial apoplexy, I made it!

Despite the handful of *new*-new items I received as gifts (including those infamous tights and a small selection of Christmas gifts), I skated through an entire year without purchasing any previously unused clothing, shoes, or accessories. Personal best! Ha-cha!

How will I move forward, you ask? My logix:

  1. I’ve discovered that I’m not hard-wired for shopping. Or, at least, I’m not hard-wired for department store shopping.
  2. I’ve reaffirmed my faith in thrift — the Right Thing will show itself if’n I just have the patience to wait and to watch.
  3. I’ve saved big bucks by avoiding new-stuff stores. (Cha-ching-a-ding-ding.)
  4. I’ve supported small-time artists, like Dust Design Co. on Etsy, from whom I snagged this (bitchin’) recycled necklace as a Christmas present to my own self:

    Camaro necklace

    The Dead Milkmen are gonna tantrum!

I do admit that, once next year hits, I’ll have to break down and stock up on a few essential unmentionables. Plus, a pair of Hunter wellies (hopefully on eBay!), because my current rain boots soaked my socks during our last winter romp. Other than that, however, I think I’m on the secondhand-and-handmade wagon ’til the wagon wheels fall off.

Happy New Year of Few New Threads, folks. May 2009 bring you health, happiness, and the thrift finds of your dreams.

The Year of No New Threads: The Complete Season

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Call me biased. But I do love flasket because it’s my fresh, new Etsy shop!

That’s right, Smallers — I have joined the proud ranks of Etsy sellers with my own take on handmade. Check it out, friends: jewelry crafted out of secondhand and vintage materials. All kinds of reusing, repurposing, and second-lifing going on. Here’s a look-see:

Like what you see? A little lackluster?

What Etsy shops do you love?

Etsy Love: Deadworry

October 24, 2008

Holy silkscreens, Batman! A flurry of line drawing- and vintage photo-inspired prints on tees, tanks, totes — you name it! This is Deadworry, the Etsy shop with a love for intricate images screened onto cotton. Here’s a pictoral sampler, and a hint at a special deal on totes:

skull and cassette totes bicycle

Do you dig?