Panopoly: Ceramic art and craft, by Lynae Zebest

Etsy Five: August 20th

My birthday is in six days! No wonder I’m enjoying browsing Etsy so much this week!

This awesome bracelet, which spells GEEK in amino acids, was made by the very talented molecularmuse, who makes all kinds of beautiful, science-grounded items, perfect for the geek in us all!

I had a hard time choosing the best thing to feature from sihaya09 (aka Sihaya Designs). I’ve known her online since long before she started selling her jewelry online, and it’s so wonderful seeing her become so successful. Today I think this gorgeous necklace best represents the direction her work is now taking her–into a world of sophisticated, subtle color schemes, professional workmanship, and shimmering semi-precious stones.

One of the things I am really longing for as my birthday approaches, after stalking them from afar, is a print of one of dkim‘s beautiful, dreamlike artworks. There is something inutterably heartbreaking about “Too Alive to Stay,” one of my new favorites from her shop.

PreciousMeshes does absolutely amazing things with wire, working with it like it’s yarn! I love her woven, wrapped pearls, especially. These Protozoa earrings are just one example among many.

Every single item in lake‘s shop seems to tell a story, and her Apothecary earrings are no exception. when I picture them I think of a children’s picture book, maybe something like Little Nemo, riding around in a dirigible with these dainty, little cages hovering all around.

Etsy Five: August 18

This abstract pendant by mamacitabeadworks is so wonderfully modern and classy! I think it would look great for a cocktail party.

When I went shopping through antb‘s shop, I saw lots of lovely items, but didn’t expect to find anything as fangirly as this Ferris Bueller bowl! What an awesome surprise.

This CRAFT diorama by beebalalou is amazingly intricate. What a great art piece! I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Ms. Jen Rowan doing her thing at several local craft and art shows, and she has a great personality to match her work!

BirdNerd is a local favorite Etsian of mine. She has so many amazing illustrations and representations of different avian friends (in many different mediums too! including plushies!) that it was hard to decide which one I would feature today–but I decided this barn owl had the best color scheme.

Another really talented local illustrator is jenoaks. I have been stalking this Striped Socks print for months. As you can see, I’m a big fan of stripey socks myself.

Etsy Daily Five: August 15

MissDandy always seems to have awesome original handmade clothing, but this custom Mondrian skirt is extra-hip and perfect for summer.

This purple lace choker from jewelry artist Aranwen is so beautifully delicate and intricate. I love it!

I love that this adorable tunic was made by thimblescratch using all recycled fabric!

Etsy user omaha made this “primitive” journal to look aged, soft, and well-traveled, and she did an excellent job. I would love to be sitting in a cafe in some little French village, sketching away in this!

sheilasthings is having an extreme sale in her store right now, and so many of her lovely items are going for a song, such as this very round blue pot, for only $7!

The Daily Five

I’ve decided to start doing a semi-daily (meaning: the days I remember to do it and/or have time) feature of five neato items found on Etsy. If you found something really cool on Etsy and would like to tell me about it, tell me about it in the comments!

I wouldn’t even be advertizing juror2‘s ChefChop Tee or Apron if I didn’t know she could make more. I totally love this and want to buy one for my boyfriend’s younger brother, who’s going to culinary school. I had an opportunity to meet Ms. juror2 at Craftaluma a couple months ago (I bought a magnet with a pirate on it) and her illustrations look even better in person!

aorta makes all kinds of beautiful, one-of-a-kind applique clothing, often incorporating some of my favorite animals, squids! I’m totally digging this “>applique squid tie. She uses upcycled clothing for all of her creations, which gives them even more of a unique feel.

La Traviata- The Fallen Rabbit is one of my favorite paintings currently in amberalexander‘s shop–but it was hard to choose because her watercolors are so lovely. I think the item description sells this print better than I ever could: She couldn’t help herself. She was a beautiful, young Rabbit and Men wanted her. Why shouldn’t she enjoy?

I’m really digging the jewelry that philosophia makes, incorporating real butterfly wings, such as this one, which also has a scrap of vintage paper trapped inside. I’m a real sucker for science-meets-art, and this fits the bill nicely.

motleymutton‘s little needlefelted animal necklaces are always totally adorable, but I’ve never seen her make a bat before. The little goth girl inside of me is squealing with glee!

And that’s the five for today, folks! Tonight or tomorrow I will have another post talking all about the event that’s happening at Brownies Vintage tomorrow night!