Etsy Cute 10/02/13 – Be Mine

We don’t celebrate Valentines in our household (boo! hiss! something about Boyfriend not needing an excuse to lavish me with attention!), but I know a lot of people love this Hallmark holiday (myself secretly included). Here I have picked out some cute valentines alternatives… because any kawaii lover would be disappointed by a bunch of flowers and some chocolate.

Valentine Monster!

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Grumble Cave Monsters create and sell super cute furry pals for you to squish and cuddle!  They are UK based, so the shipping won’t be ridiculous, and at £25 this piece of adorableness is very reasonably priced! This particular little fella is one of only six of this valentines design! I love his huuuge eyes and soft plushie heart!

There is even a little description about the monsters and where they live! It’s too cute for words. The listing states only one left though so hurry!

Rocket Card!

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It’s not a secret that I love cute things, nor is it a secret that I love space and science. This card is basically PERFECT! I love the retro feel to the graphics and the little heart touches everywhere! It’s pretty pricey shipping on this item but if it’s for the one you love, it’s worth it!

It is designed and made by Emily Kuznar of Captain’s Print Co. She’s a graphic designer based in Minnesota some times and Wisconsin the rest of the time.

Check out her other designs as there are loads that will appeal to pop culture fans!

Heart Crayons!

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Now, these are advertised as a child’s valentine present but HELLO.. what about the big kid in all of us! Just imagine what a cute date you could have building a den and colouring in together!

We don’t get ‘Conversation Hearts’ sweets in the UK, but we do get ‘Love Hearts’ and they are very similar! (also in my top 10 favourite sweets… hmm, possible future blog post!?)

I love how seller Merrill of Ivy Lane Designs re-cycles old crayons to make them into something adorable and far more appealing. I’m a great fan of using everything up so as not to pollute this lovely planet so A+ for Merrill! She also makes notebooks re-cycled from packaging, record covers and paint charts, and little matchbox party favours!

They come in sets of five, and I gather you can pick your colours, but I may be wrong. If you buy two sets you could have all 10 colours anyway! And they are a steal at only £10.50 (that’s with me including the international shipping!)

Cat Lady Shirt!

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 If you are destined to be a lonely cat lady this valentines (or even if you are not, and just love cats), why not embrace it and don this cute tee by Courtney Wyman of Wider Awake?!

I love the simplicity of the typography and the sweet little whiskers and heart nose! Perfect for injecting a hint of subtle valentines into an outfit! It’s only £19.50 (again I included shipping for you guys), so there’s no real reason not to go for this beauty!

Her other items are super simple but equally adorable, there’s more tees, cards and prints!

Also, this would look cute with some skinny jeans and some kitty shoes from Em & Sprout!!

Vintage Hankies!

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Nobody seems to use handkerchiefs anymore, and that’s a real shame since there are so many adorable ones kicking around on Etsy right now! They are so useful.. as decoration tied around a bag handle, in your hair, poking out of a pocket, as a little table decoration under a bowl or plant and for blowing your nose with!

This set of two vintage valentines hankies is being sold by Pixie Dust Linens who have loads of amazing vintage textile items and clothing patterns in their Etsy shop!

If you love the idea of giving a little hankie to a loved one do check out all of Etsy as there are literally HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS to choose from!

That’s all for now folks! Kate xx

Etsy Cute 16/11/12 – Gift Ideas

Since Christmas is going to be upon us sooner than we think, I’m going to focus today’s Etsy Cute around incorporating kawaii into other peoples Christmas gifts! Because cute is meant to be shared!

(Click pictures for links to Etsy stores!)

 

For Baby:

You can’t really justify spending a fortune on kids until they are old enough to appreciate it properly/ not grow out of everything within a week! So baby gifts have to have longevity and take them through to toddlerhood or be very reasonably priced if they will only be used for a few months. Oh, and if you’re me… they have to be CUTE!

I found the solution!

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Is there ANYTHING cuter than baby dino feet?

These awesome knitted booties are perfect for any little monster at Christmas! Adorable and toasty warm! They are available from the wonderful ‘Lemonade and Magnolia‘ run by Kylie Mustapic. I have been lucky enough to see more of Kylie’s work than is available on her Etsy as she is a Leeds based children’s wear designer. She does craft fairs and maintains a sale space in Bird’s Yard in Leeds. This talented miss also creates hairclips, homewares and grown-up’s accessories! 

 

For Grandma:

It could be fairly difficult to explain the concept of Kawaii to granny.. so why not just show her by giving her an awesome handmade gift this Christmas?

Here you go..

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50’s Chic for Grandma on Christmas Day!

Now, I am well aware that not all Grandmas enjoy baking, cooking, knitting and coffee mornings, but this is MY Etsy Cute post and I am imagining MY Grandma. She very much loves all of the aforementioned things. Last Christmas I made my Grandma a half apron, as she wears one most of the time around the house. If I was short on time however, I would have bought a handmade apron instead and supported a small business. Let’s just stop to admire this one from ‘Boojiboo‘ shall we?

There are many, many, many apron sellers on Etsy.. And since my favourite (Dot’s Diner) have ceased trading, Boojiboo have quickly taken the ‘adorable apron’ space in my heart. JUST LOOK AT IT!! It brings a chic 50’s skirt vibe to Grannies look whilst still being super practical AND adorable! It’s subtle enough to be classy and still fun. A+ for Boojiboo I think!

 

For Workmates:

I bet you guys did a secret santa huh? And now you might be going ‘Aaargghhhhh, what do I get this person? They are into everything I am not! How do I please them HHHEEEELP!’ no? Just me then…

Incorporating cute and still keeping it mysterious as to who have supplied said gift to the bulging pile at the Christmas do may be pretty hard but oh well, everyone figures out who got who anyway!

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Guys, thats a cat hiding in a mug..

I obviously don’t know what your budget is… at my work, it’s ridiculously low….this makes for funny gifts from the pound shop and some great giggles. If you work in a more conservative office environment, or take your Secret Santa more seriously then these mugs by Spademan Pottery are so perfect!

They do SO MANY different ones and finding out someones favourite animal isn’t hard at all! You can order these mugs plain on the outside so the little critter is a true surprise, or have the animal paw prints on the outside, if you know your colleague wants to show off their adoration! The items from Spademan Pottery are such good value for money.. remember.. you are buying HANDMADE! for under £20!

 

For Best Friends:

Honestly, you really should know what to buy your best friend.. but okaaaaayy, i’ll do some of the work for you!

Chances are if YOU like cute things, your best friend does too.. so you can go all out on the sugar sweet factor here! 

How about this:

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Pens at the ready! Make your best friend your PENPAL! cute factor? 100!

Me and my best friend write letters to each other! She lives in a different city, talking and texting is fine, but just seeing her handwriting, drawings and little posted gifts makes me do a little cry from pure joy! You should try it with your bestie even if you live next door to each other!

People often forget there are some amazing sellers on Etsy who specialise in expertly picked vintage items, and not just handmade. I am a lover of all things vintage.. my favourite eras being the 50’s and 60’s (and some cute 70’s too!). ‘Tinsel and Trinkets‘ sell paper ephemera, plastic trinkets and retro holiday decorations. My favourite item in their store is this pack of wonderful letter writing paper! Obviously giving writing paper means you may eventually receive it yourself with a lovingly written message on it! But I would encourage my bestie to use these in her scrapbook and enjoy them every day! 

(Hint to bestie: I didn’t get you this.. that would be ruining the surprise! I got you something just as cute though!)

 

Just the four for today! I tried to pick gift idea for people who aren’t ‘mum, dad, brother, sister’ etc. Something a bit different! Hope you enjoy browsing Etsy! 

Kate xx