Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Oh, What A Wonderful Day!

Ah! There are so many things that fall into place at the same time it always seems. And of course you inevitably have periods of time where you're just so bored waiting for SOMETHING to happen. Well I actually prefer everything happening at once, I work better under pressure but as it turns out trying to help my husband with his school/work work, planning a wedding at a location 2 plus hours away, taking care of a puppy, and trying to plan something cute/sweet for Valentines Day (which is less than a month away) at the same time is a bit rough.

Did I mention I'm practicing making my own wedding cake too?

But what I've realized is eventually if you just try to plow through all of it, you end up going a lot slower than you want. It's important to take time away to appreciate other things and maybe get some inspiration! Thank you Etsy for providing me with a wonderful distraction.
Robotic Love by:
Price: $3
For all of you that have a cute and quirky sense of humor like me this is the perfect card to give or recieve for Valentines Day! What a cute little robot! I love the craftsmanship on this too because you can tell a lot of work went into it and inevitably when I try to make a Valentines Day card I put in a lot of work and ends up looking like a 5 year old made it (though my fiance still has the Valentines Day card I made him last year... and every letter/card I've ever written him!). My fiance has this amazing ability to pick the perfect card for every occasion too so I need something cool. This is such an amazing deal for $3, especially because the really super cheesey awful ones at the store are like $4-6. And they don't have robots.

Lime Margarita Lip Balm Oval Tube by:
Price: $3.50
First off. FINALLY! Someone designed their tube to be oval so if you put it down it won't roll away and find a hiding spot where you won't find it! Second. Can ANYONE say no to a scent like Lime Margarita? That sounds amazingly delicious! This lip balm is made with amazing ingredients too like jojoba oil, cocoa butter, unrefined shea butter. If you buy this anywhere else it would be an $8-10 lip balm. Granted I have not tried this myself yet but when I actually get money I fully intend to... because I REALLY want some!!! Look so good...

Orange Lotus Throw Pillow by:
Price: $20
I think orange is an underutilized color when it comes to interior design. I'm not saying douse your walls in dark orange paint but the right shade in a small amount can make a lovely accent to a room. Like this pillow. Imagine it on a nice white leather couch with plain beige throwpillows.. then this, and POW! Your room goes from bland to glamourous for $20. Honestly, if you take a second to be daring with a little bit of color it really does you some good. And I simply adore the embroidery on this pillow. It is beautiful!

Repurposed Ornate Frame Cork Board by:
Price: $24
I don't know about everyone else but I have notes to myself everywhere. I keep a constant supply of sticky notes and they cover a good portion of my house on a daily basis but then I find myself not being able to locate them and I have to write things on note cards and they don't stick to things so they get lost. I really need a cork board but I've always thought they were ugly but THIS one is so awesome!!!!! The bold color, the ornate frame. Thats a cork board that can be displayed as art and not just there for function. Love love love love love love it! I've been looking for one of these!


And Etsy has gone offline for a  few minutes. I guess they are having some technical difficulties so for right now I'm going to stop here.

Leave me comments and let me know what you like! Happy Etsying Darlings!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Inspiration Once Again!

I was inspired to post again today thanks to a sweet comment I recieve on my last post! :) I've been super sick lately and overwhelmed by wedding planning so I think that means it's time to escape to Etsyland again! No real theme again today but feel free to comment and suggest a theme for my next post if there is anything you want to see. As always if you don't want to comment you can always email me what you want to see here to darling.little.bird@gmail.com. I love requests because it makes the thrill of the hunt that much better!

Selfishly things that I'm looking for today are things I can put on my wedding registry. Did you know that with MyRegistry.com you can put anything from any site onto one easy to navigate registry? Best.Thing.Ever. Found that out after my cousins used it for her wedding. She too had things from Etsy on her wedding registry.

Wooden Owls and Trees Bookends by:
Price: $59.99
Okay, so these aren't going on my wedding registry, but these will be on my baby registry. The worlds CUTEST bookends. They manage to be adorable while still keeping clean modern lines which is what I really like and the colors are bright and cheery. I am also searching for a gift for my friend who is due to have her baby a few days after my wedding but I feel like this is more for a little girls room and shes having a boy... but my other friend hasn't found out if shes having a boy or a girl yet... fingers crossed! I love buying baby gifts!

Cupcake Stand/Dessert Pedistal in Modern Bird (red) by:
Price: $27
I think this is adorable! My sister and I are doing all the desserts for my wedding because my caterer (who is adorable!) doesn't do desserts any more (TOTALLY fine by me!) so I am making my own cake and she and I are filling a table with the most delicious brownies, cookies, fruit displays (and this is a budget wedding too) and I think this would be ADORABLE on the table too. It doesn't go with my color scheme but it goes with my vintage/modern infusion style that I love and I'm using white square plates and platters. You can't tell me this wouldn't look adorable. Also this is perfect if you ever bring desserts to a friends house for a cookout or a dinner because a. you know which platter is yours when you leave and b. it shows you have so much style and clearly you'll get compliments. Two thumbs up for this one!

Anita - Genuine Leather Handbag by:
Price: $135
This is something I ADORE to see on Etsy. Really nicely made products that the crafters clearly care about. If you look at the beautiful stitching and buckles on this bag you can tell that this bag took time and planning to make. Not only that but this bag also has the metal feet on the bottom (like most designer bags do) to add that bit of lift from the ground so to protect the leather a bit more and help to deter scratching without making your bag look like it awkwardly has legs. This is my absolute favorite color of leather (beautiful warm caramel color!) And the shape is very clean cut and modern with a nod to classic vintage. Adore adore adore!

Red and Beige Holiday Paper Garland 6ft (SALE!) by:
Price: $10
Take some time to actually click the link and look through the pictures of this and the other paper garlands. These are vintage glamorous absolutely stunning. It is clear that a lot of effort when into these and for this price I think it's more than great idea to buy and put these away for next Christmas. ALL of your friends will be jealous. I have never ever seen anything quite like these before!

5 Recycled Paper Flowers - Robert Frost by:
Price: $15
I saw these and immediate thought 'I want these for the centerpieces at my wedding!' Really, what better. They have that beautiful romantic feeling about them, they aren't going to die on you before people get to see them, they can be used again and again, they create interest, AND they cost a heck of a lot less than fresh flowers. If you put 5 of these in a vase they would look abundant and cost you $15. If you got an arrangement for the table it would be between $45-$75 per table... for an inexpensive one. I think we have a winner here!


Like what you see? Let me know! Wishing you saw something else? Tell me what you want from the blog! Leave me comments and I will do my best to make all your wishes come true!

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Blogging Shall Resume!

Dear Friends & Followers,
I'm so very sorry that I've been away. As we all know well the holiday season is super busy at best and my darling and I were hosting part of my family this year for the first time so that became a whole new level of stress, then when that started to die down finally we decided to do our wedding on our original intended date of March 5th, 2011. So I am trying to plan a wedding in less than 7 weeks now but we started out with 8 weeks. Time for some DIY and lots of travel. Unfortunately I can't get a lot of the Etsy things I wanted in that short period of time but I hope my wedding will still be beautiful!

That being said I am going to try to keep the posts going and I'm sure I will be better at it once the wedding is over. For now this is a very nice stress relieveing break for me so I hope you like what I've found.

Princess Cameo 20x24 Vinyl Wall Decal by:
Price: $25
If I was a 4-13 year old girl I would want this on the wall of my room. Heck. If I were not getting married and to share my room with my husband I would want this. A part of me wants this for my room! (He gets a mancave and I have a room too I just have not thought of a proper name for it as Lady Lair sounds a bit dirty...) I LOVE the vintage feel of this and of course the classic silhouette with extra feminine flairs. Can you imagine this in a black and white striped room? I'd probably find an ornate frame and put this down on a nice piece of canvas or something and just leave it framed in the room. Put shelves with white candles around it... just for extra fabulous-ness. I want this...

A Love To Last A Lifetime by:
Price: $3.99
Intended to be a card of some fashion I don't think I could manage to give this away if I bought it. I would probably buy a very modern black shadowbox frame and put it in there and hang it on my wall. The detailing in this is simply exquisite! If you click the link and go look at it up close you can see just how beautiful it really is with all the seperate cuts. The handmade quality of this is exactly what I love etsy for. There is true talent put into it and this is something that (if I could make myself give away) would be something worthy of giving with a cute note or well wishes to a friend. It says more than the cookie cutter mass produced things you get at the grocery store by FAR.

Bracelet Vintage Style Hand Embroidered by:
Price: $95
Let me just tell you now. I usually roll through the pages on Etsy fairly quickly. If I see something I like I usually don't realize it until I'm on the next page and then I have to go back, but this bracelet stopped me dead in my tracks. I've never seen something quite this stunning before. This bracelet could make any outfit go from ordinary to amazing. Please take the time to go click on the link and look at the stunning pictures of the bride wearing this bracelet. If I had $95 and I didn't already have a gift of a bracelet to wear on my wedding day I would have picked this hands down. This is breathtaking.

Damask Personalized Cards (set of 12) by:
Price: $15
Of course with my wedding coming up I know I will be writing a lot of thank you notes and I've been preemptively looking for some really nice ones because the last thing I need to be doing is scrambling for thank you notes last minute so I don't seem rude and actually get them mailed out. Most nice cards will run you up to $2 a pop. More if they are personalized but this beautiful set of 12 cards is presonalized and only slightly over a dollar a piece! This is a great deal for those of us who don't feel great about sending out cookie cutter walmart brand thank you notes to everyone for lovely gifts! And you can pick your own colors on these! LOVE THEM!

Brown Sackcloth Handbag by:
Price: $39.99
I know I've featured these bags before but I really do just adore them! They are a great price, a beautiful classic look, and this designer keeps constantly offering different combinations of colors. There is one for every season in this shop. This is the kind of bag that I would carry on my wedding day to get ready. The perfect purse to say 'I'm the bride and I'm classy' as you go around getting your hair and makeup done and laughing with your girlfriends! I adore this bag!


Hope you enjoy my finds for today! Leave me some comments and let me know what you think! Also feel free to comment what you'd like to see in the future!