The Spring Hare Gift Guide

Mad as a March Hare

Boxing hares are one of the key indicators in the natural world that spring is on it’s way.  This behaviour marks the beginning of the breeding season, causing lots of unpredictable, frenzied action and excitement in the hares.  So much so that the term ‘Mad as a March hare’ was coined in the 16th century to describe a person acting in a similar way.  This also must have surely inspired the March Hare character in Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

The Spring Hare

spring hare ooak doll

The hare has become synonymous with spring.  Both are symbolically linked to fertility and the nocturnal hare is sacred to the Goddess of Easter, Ostara or Eostre.

The Handmade Hare

I have never witnessed this curious natural event in person and it is something I would very much like to see.  So in the meantime I have collated a collection of hare inspired goodies from independent UK designers and makers on Etsy.

hare necklace

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FenandCo

 

wire hare

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/WireyCreatures

 

hare card

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PaintingPasserine

 

Lucy Hare

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LucyBrydonArt

 

hare cup

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HudsonandMiddleton

You can discover more hare finds on my Pinterest board.

Weekend Wish List – Back to School

As we reach the mid point of the school summer holidays, this week’s wish list looks towards new items for the new term.  This collection has a colour scheme of grey, yellow, brown tones, white and black and includes the very best of Etsy finds, both contemporary and vintage pieces.back to school etsy treasury by vaudeville hippie

What re your favourite back to school finds? Please share below!

Treasure Chest Finds

So we have been sailing around the Etsy seas a little more this past week and have discovered many new delights.

There are a range of authentic cultural artefacts or culturally inspired wonders to be discovered as displayed in this treasury by  Tracey from SewHeartFeltShop.  We were very happy to have our Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Screen Printed Tote Bag included in this collection of folklore, fairytales, sumptuous examples of ethnic textiles and rich earth tone colours.

cultural natural

Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Screen Printed Tote Bag

This next collection titled ‘Good Morning‘ by Ebru from Aynikki certainly invokes a sense of sunshine and warmth, surely welcoming in the spring after this miserable winter. To us, this treasury has an overall feel good factor to it, which certainly fits in with the vibe of our Rockabilly Day of the Dead Canvas Tote Bag that was selected to be apart of it.

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We will continue to sail the high seas of the online crafting community and share our finds next week!  Please feel free to share you favourite Etsy finds in the comments below and include the link to your chosen item.

Hidden Gems and Buried Treasure

Hidden Gems and Buried Treasure!

There are many beautiful gems out there and sometimes it takes someone to put together a treasury so we can discover these visual delights for ourselves.

I am delighted to share with you these two beautiful treasuries that we have been featured in this week.

First up ‘I Have My Eye on You!’ by Charlotte Horton from BazaarCharlotte.
I have my eye on you

Not only is this a beautiful collection of which I love the colours but it also features our black tweed newsboy hat modelled by Steve from Vaudeville Hippie.  Check out our previous post, which features his tutorial on how to plan and make your very own newsboy hat.
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Pink, soft and elegant are all words that can be used to describe the next treasury created by Jody Lee from Putterpaws.  ‘Creations From The Heart‘ features a number of items that reminds of the things I use to dream about when I was a little girl.
creations from the heart

We would like to thank to Jody for including our up-cycled wooden necklaceIMG_4852

Keep on digging and you never know what you may find!

Treasury Time – Steampunk Valentine

red steampunkI love the steampunk aesthetic.  It’s imaginative, creative and unusual.  I sometimes wonder how our day to day life would differ had our society fully developed into the steampunk ethos.

So this week’s treasury is for all of you steampunk romantics out there who are searching for that perfect alternative gift this Valentine’s Day.

If steampunk is not for you but you want something a little different that is handmade with love we are offering for this weekend only 20% discount with the following code: VALENTINEWKENDER2014.

Treasury Time – Red Hot Valentine

With the lead up to Valentines Day I have created this Moulin Rouge inspired Treasury.

Think Paris, think romance, think sexy and become inspired by these wonderful picks from Etsy!

red hot

My particular favourite this week are:

Bustle Skirt with Steampunk Victorian flair by TalismanaDesigns because I love the colour combinations of black, white and red especially if black and white stripes are also involved.

Victorian character lace up high top dance boots by RetroSewCo:

And of course no Moulin Rouge collection should be without some artwork by the wonderful Toulouse Lautrec from Posterorama:

Need more valentines inpiration? then check out our own shop and do not miss out on our promotion code ‘VALENTINES2014’ to receive a 10% discount.