Etsy Schmetsy: Go, Cats!

Most of us Experts are cat fanciers (and lovers of fancy cats), so here’s an homage to our feline friends. Love a cat, people!

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Row 1: Fluffy Kitten Print by animalsincolor; Silver Origami Kitty Earrings by AllegroArts; Cat Girl Gold Pendant Necklace by kerenasaf

Row 2: SnuggyLuggage Vintage Upcycled Repurposed Suitcase Pet Bed by ThePopStopsHere; Retro Modern Pet Bed by likekittysville; Kitten Awesome Pocket Journal by nowvember

Row 3 (Rings): I’m All Ears – The White Kitten Ring by TheGoldenPlague; Ine Ring – Feline by HouseofJanis; Kitty Gentleman Ring by soradesigns

Row 4: Nest of Kittens by edisonrex; Keyboard Cat Embroidery by RachelMckay; Cat Disguise Felt Pin by hanaletters

Row 5 (Cat Hats!): Pet Party Hat by xmoonbloom; Pharaoh the Cat by shan329; Meow-La-La Mini Wool Classic Beret by ToScarboroughFair

Etsy Schmetsy: Comic-con

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So Comic-Con was last weekend, and though I couldn’t go, I was riveted to the news that came in. Comics aren’t just for geeks like me anymore, as the movies based on them and influenced them dominate the theaters and are starting in on television. This week on the ‘schmetsy: inspired by the films inspired by the comics.

Row 1: The slit throat choker from Burlesquers (on sale!) would make a fantastic zombie accessory, as would the “I heart brains” necklace from beatblack. Inspired (loosely) by the upcoming AMC show The Walking Dead, which I couldn’t be more excited about: smart long-form zombie narrative on the network that brings us Mad Men.

Row 2: this delightful raven vase from laurawallstaylor and vintage rainbow bridge bookplates from oiseaux relate to the iconography of Thor (Odin’s ravens flank his crazy gilt glitz throne; the rainbow bridge to Asgard I am only hoping with show up in the film). And while I’m interested in Kenneth Branaugh’s take on this film, I was even more excited to learn Joss Whedon is now going to be in charge of the Avengers movie which will be following a year later!

Row 3: Cowboys vs. Aliens. Daniel Craig vs Harrison Ford. Harrison Ford playing a bad guy. Jon Favreau directing, in the vein of John Ford. Ok, enough gushing. How perfect is this print of cowboys and cowgirls shooting space invaders by morrisetsy? He has a whole series in that retro colorscheme. Or this Space Invaders-themed western shirt by mydumpbear — totally my style of geekery.

Row 4: Last but not least, pursemaker farfallagialla is so smart to have made some really nice Ramona Flowers bags in advance of when the film of (my personal favorite graphic novel series ever) Scott Pilgrim arrives. Not only is Ramona the love interest that Scott Pilgrim must fight a league of seven evil exes to date, but her rad purse actually features into the plot a few times, and contains a subspace tunnel. This high-quality reproduction is definitely the go-to bag of the season!

Etsy Schmetsy: Trianglish

We’re particularly partial to triangles this week. “Why?” you ask. Well, we spent the fourth of July weekend gocco’ing our latest cards and we’re pretty darned pleased with them. Check out out our new cards below this week’s schmetsy.

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Row 1: lisacongdon; spinthread; whitemetal
Row 2: clarebowers
Row 3: heatherfuture; LauraLombardiJewelry; selflesh

And, on to our cards: on white it’s a birthday card primary-upbeat enough for your nephew or designy-sophisticated enough for your BFF. On chipboard it’s an all-occasions card with a shimmering layer of triangles, brimming with positivity.

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DIY Embroidery Cards

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It is no secret that I love stationery and I love embroidery, but I also love kits. So when Laura from Curious Doodles emailed us a few weeks back about a new project of hers, I was instantly intrigued. I’m a big fan of Laura’s screen-printed work, we featured her 2010 calendar in our calendar Schmetsy, Counting the Days, but these new DIY Stitches Kits are super charming. The cards are available in 2 sets, one that reads: feel better, love you, oh baby, miss you, and congrats, while the other reads thanks yo, fo shizzy, whatevs, luvz ya, and word. I mean really, who doesn’t want to get a hand stitched fo shizzy card in the mail?
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Etsy Schmetsy: Earrings a go go

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Row 1: michellechangjewelry; SigneNjustJewellery; TwistedDesigns
Row 2: lazygiraffe; ColleenBaran; reginepfanzdesigns
Row 3: MiniCyn; aprilkawaoka; 3dots

New from TiniestJ: Rushmore Pencils!

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Jessica has just posted this amazing pencil set, created in homage to Rushmore, in her etsy shop. Each pencil in the hand foil stamped set features the name of one of Max Fischer’s extracurricular clubs from the film. The pencil sets are available in a super limited edition, so get your set now!il_430xN.148081596

Etsy Schmetsy: L7

Etsy thumbnails are squares; Schmetsy thumbnails tend to be squares. The Experts are pretty much squares and my guess is you are too. Here’s nine (3×3) Etsy takes on the shape.

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Row 1: From my hometown, this quilt pattern from CarolinaPatchworks is a pretty rad modern quilt I wouldn’t mind having (though it’s not a manquilt, as one of their other patterns is described). This Linked Squares Necklace from Lana0Crystal lends playful geometry to an evening look. Birdie Squares by yumiyumi has square after square of cute birds.

Row 2:  As pocket squares should be used for fashion not as surrogate tissues anyway, this wool pocket Square by woodcock is fantastic. I have a few coats missing some buttons and occasionally think about getting some new vintage ones to replace em: I’m liking these wood square buttons from PieceofPeace. And speaking of wood, I’m digging the wood texture and interior glazework on these Wood-textured cups by digitdesign.

Row 3: A complicated and randomized system of overprinted blocks make up this CMYK monoprint by JoelBerryArtwork. We’ve never ordered food over Etsy but these artisinal Apple Pie Marshmallows by haveitconfections sound pretty fancy-tasty. And finally, the irregular lines and  antiqued finish of these square hoop earrings by sstargell takes some of the cold geometry out of the shape.

Etsy Schmetsy: A Salute to Stripes

We Experts are (seer)suckers for stripes. This week’s Schmetsy is a nod to the versatile pattern, in all its lined, banded glory.

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Row 1: I Love Cake Happy Stripes Cushion Cover. Brown and Orange. Cozy Tea Time. by Raine Style Home; Tennis Club by CarolDesign; Mix Tape Pouch (Grey with Teal and Yellow Stripes) by BraveMoonman

Row 2: Beatrice (8 x 10 Archival Print) by WildLifePrints; Sleepy Girl by threadedbasil; Z is for Zebra Alphabet Print (Hand Screenprinted) by strawberryluna

Row 3: Mini Messenger Stripe Blue Colour Bag by CrazyBoy; Spring Stripe Ruffle Loop by artlab; Retro Candy Stripe Vintage Ring by PinkSaguaro

Row 4: French Stripes by ValerieGalloway; Nautical.Stripes.Carpet.Bag by peacelovenpolkadots; Nesting Bowl Set by jasonrussellpotter

Etsy Schmetsy: Suggested Shops

This week, Etsy launched a new feature: Suggested Shops. This week’s Schmetsy includes only shops that were recommended to us by the new Suggested Shops feature. So, it is a bit less cohesive than usual, but it seems like a really neat feature.

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Row 1: spinthread; upintheairsomewhere; gypsyandtwink
Row 2: dolangeiman; modernradar; katedurkin
Row 3: KupKup; CircaCeramics; leahgiberson
Row 4: pukapuka; seasprayblue; papaververt

Etsy Schmetsy: Ahoy!

While you may have thought that this week’s Schmetsy might be inspired by Cinco de Mayo or a loving tribute to our dear mothers, those holidays are already upon us, so it’s probably too late to inspire you all with last-minute trinkets and baubles.

So, instead, we’ll completely shift gears and take a voyage on the high seas for this nautical Schmetsy! (Moms and Mexico, please know that this is in no way a snub.)

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Row 1: The Captain Silhouette Print by thelittlechickadee; Sailor Tote Bag by bayanhippo; Birdie Boat by virginiakraljevic

Row 2: Nautical Leather Captain Fishcake Sailor Brooch by LoveFromHettyandDave; The Lost Boat (Vintage Style Brass Telescope Spyglass with Antique Brass Sailboat) Long Necklace by earringsnation; Ahoy Nautical Cross Stitch Button Badge by SmallStitch

Row 3: Hand Crank Pirate Ship Automata by cartoonmonster; Recycled Sail Luggage Tag – Number 2 (this one’s reserved, contact for custom order) by reiter8; The Tiniest Sterling Asymmetrical Anchor by FreshyFig

Row 4: Steve Zissou Finger Puppet by abbeychristine

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