Treasury Time: Rockabilly Day of the Dead at Christmas

I have curated this week’s treasury in celebration of our most recent hand made, screen printed day of the dead tote bag.  The colour scheme was inspired by the colours in the bag design.

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I particularly love the ‘Black Widow’ fine art print by Louise Nylander.  Day of the Dead art can be sometimes over powering with all its colours and patterns.  However, Louise has successfully captured the style by using a much simpler colour palette of black, grey and purple.

I also love the huge range of Frida Kahlo screen prints offered by Minimalistra Clothing. They have taken iconic images of Frida and applied them to a range of products using a solid black design onto a strong vibrant background colour.

Rockabilly has been a big inspiration for us.  I blogged about some of our original artwork and processes earlier on in the year in my ‘Just Draw’ post.  Some of these ideas have now been developed into finished products and we are now proud to introduce our ‘Burn it All’ tote bag.

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These tote bags are completely handmade by us from the sewing and construction of the bag itself to the design and screen printed image.  Each bag has a complimentary thread colour to match the colours in the design of the print.

To see the full range of our tote bag designs please visit our Etsy shop bag section.  We would also love to hear your opinions about the designs.

Treasury Time Vintage Christmas

I really enjoyed making and writing about my last treasury.  Since then, I have been particularly  interested in looking at other people’s treasuries that  have included white, black, silver and gold.  To me, they reflect that “Christmas party” glamour and sparkle vibe.

I was therefore inspired to create my own.  Originally I wanted to create a treasury called ‘Vaudeville Christmas’ but then I discovered the 1950s dress  from RococoVintage who have a fabulous range of vintage dresses.  This became my starting point and revised theme of ‘Vintage Christmas‘.  The dress helped to set the colour palette and direction of what I wanted to achieve, which was vintage glamour at Christmas.

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This is quite different to the usual items I would pick for a treasury and I took pleasure in searching through the vintage sections of Etsy.  I also discovered a more effective way of searching, making the treasury curating process even more fun.

My favourite pieces have to be the 70s Stripe Faux Fur Coat from WhiteWaveVintage who have a vast collection of vintage goods.  I also love the styling and photography by MagpiesShop who use light and colour effectively to tell a story a bout each of their products.

Do you have any Christmas themed treasuries you would like to share?  We would love to find out what inspired you when curating.  Happy treasury making.

Treasury Time Earth Child

Etsy Treasury by Vaudeville Hippie

Etsy Treasury by Vaudeville Hippie

It occurred to me the other day that after a long stint obsessively wearing circus inspired red, black, white and striped clothing I have subconsciously slipped back into wearing much earthier colours and actually feeling much happier for it.  

I am not sure whether this is down to the change in season, natural progression of being a virgo (earth sign) and therefore reverting back to intuitive ways or to the fact I have been looking at hippie/festival/faerie/alternative clothing on Etsy recently.

Either way, I decided to curate the Earth Child treasury above to explore this earthy side some more.  At the moment I am simply loving :

Large chunky knitted scarves like this Boston Harbour Scarf by BehindMyPicketFence :

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Up-cycled/unique hood scarves (scoodies) by IntergalaticApparel:

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Anything made out of wood, especially these fake gauges by TribalStyle:

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My other current favourite shops are:

Treasury Timehttps://www.etsy.com/shop/GhostRiverArt

Treasury Timehttps://www.etsy.com/shop/KosmicAlignment

Treasury Timehttps://www.etsy.com/shop/NatureGear?page=2

I think the endless hours on the computer and the frustration of dark winter nights have awakened a need to reconnect with nature.

If like me you love all things inspired by nature, with a hippie/boho twist then check out the full treasury and these shops, they have some truly beautiful items.

What has inspired your treasury making?  Share links to your favourite or most recent treasuries.