Must have Stationery: Etsy Edition


For those of us who still enjoy the ancient practice of handwriting letters, finding cool stationery is the equivalent of all you modern folk finding the perfect phone case. It’s that level of exciting.

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Handmade Fifty Shades of Grey Christian Grey and Ana Steele Theme Ornament (Image Credit: Kabjewelrydesign)

Unofficial ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Inspired Gifts

Handmade Fifty Shades of Grey Christian Grey and Ana Steele Theme Ornament (Image Credit: Kabjewelrydesign)

Handmade Fifty Shades of Grey Christian Grey and Ana Steele Theme Ornament (Image Credit: Kabjewelrydesign)

Baby clothes. My Little Pony. Christmas trees. What do these three things have in common?

Bet you didn’t say Fifty Shades of Grey.

With the fast approaching release of our favorite smutty novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, on the silver screen, the excitement and anticipation for the movie just keeps growing bigger and bigger—and so does the market for some “interesting” unofficial Fifty Shades of Grey inspired products you have to see to believe.

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Dandelion Wishing Orb Necklace (Image Credit: Viper Corara)

Quirky Item of the Week: Dandelion Wishing Orb Necklace

Dandelion Wishing Orb Necklace (Image Credit: Viper Corara)

Dandelion Wishing Orb Necklace (Image Credit: Viper Corara)

I originally wanted to write this article about a board game until I saw a Facebook post about an adorable necklace available on Etsy.  Although there are a plethora of orb necklaces available online, I think having good wishes hanging around your neck is clever way to keep luck on your side.  I’m sure most of us have memories of childhood where we found a puffy untouched dandelion poking out from the grass that we gladly plucked to wish upon and blew the seeds into the ether.  Recapture that innocence and magic in this quirky yet beautifully designed jewelry line. Continue reading

Quirky Item of the Week: Game of Thrones Coasters

Game of Thrones Coasters by Gorgeous Glassware

Game of Thrones Coasters (Image Credit: Gorgeous Glassware)

Like many people, I absolutely love the HBO hit Game of Thrones. After binge-watching every available episode in one week, I got on the waiting list at my local library (behind 127 other people) so I can read the books while I wait for Season 4 to arrive.

You can imagine my delight when a friend shared a link to these Game of Thronesinspired coasters with me on Facebook. Each coaster is decorated with a different imaginary beer label to represent the different characters and families of GoT. Growing up in Wisconsin, beer is a very important part of my culture, so I love that the artist went with fictional beer labels for these coasters rather than the more predictable route of the Game of Thrones family sigils. Continue reading

Interview with The Book Fair Shop Owner Kate Gabrielle

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As a child, I looked forward to four things each year: summer vacation, my birthday, Christmas, and book fair. I fell in love with books at an early age, thanks to my Nana Eleanor, and had my first library card at five. Not only did I have the library card, I used it to take out a new book each Friday on the way home from school. Alas, I always had to give those books back and it always made me sad (once in kindergarten I tried to hide a library book among my grandmother’s records and said I lost it so I wouldn’t have to return it. I was busted in a few minutes flat and wasn’t taken to the library for two weeks as punishment. Can you imagine telling most kids their punishment is they can’t go to the library?). I always looked forward to book fair because I not only got to choose new books to read, but also to keep! I usually made a bee line for the Magic School Bus Books and always made sure to save some change for the crazy erasers.

I can remember the excitement of book fairs like it was yesterday. That’s why I was thrilled when I came across Kate Garbrielle’s shop The Book Fair. The tag line of the shop, “for grown up kids who love books and nostalgia,” had me raising my hand and responding, “I do! I do!” to my computer screen like a five year old answering the question of who wants to shop the book fair first. The shop has a great selection of vintage children’s books and also sells kits to have your own book fair! I just had to find out a little bit more about Kate and what inspired her to start this wonderful shop. Luckily, she agreed to tell us!

On to the interview!

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