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Discover swiedebie on Etsy

I don’t know if it is terribly wise of me to be introducing someone who can be considered competition, at least in part, but I have the most terrible weakness for all things cute and plush, and swiedebie’s shop is just adorable.

Take this guy, for instance. He’s freaking adorable. I can’t say to a certainty that if he were mine I would share him with my kids, even though he is safe for kids over two. He just looks like he fits perfectly into hugging position with a sleeping toddler. Do I sound like an informercial? I don’t care. I luuuuuuuurve this little dude and if I see him around etsy for much longer, I am probably going to end up snatching him up for myself.

If you are looking for something smaller that you can write off as being functional for the discerning individual, how about this?

If I weren’t so pathetic at keeping things in one piece, I would use this dude as a cell-phone dangler (even though I have been alerted that this is something only Israelis do, I don’t care – I’m Israeli, proud of it, and whoever has a problem can fire a missile at me at watch me go neener-neener from my yarn-insulated bomb shelter), to give my cell phone that extra bit of character.

The store also has adorable felt pincushions and mascots, and a wide selection of sock monsters, some of which are baby safe. I think nothing can beat handcrafted items for babies. It’s such an expression of care, on so many levels. This might be wishy-washy idealistic of me, but I think that a child who grows up knowing that toys, clothes, etc. can and are made by actual people will come to have more respect for their things and where they came from.

Anyway, a quick look through the shop reveals quirky, creative, and functional toys that are just full of charm and cheer. Once I get over being jealous that I’m not the one who made it all, I will be able to wholeheartedly endorse it.

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Discover an Etsy shop – Arc En Ciel Creations

My explorations on Etsy led me to this lovely shop, which specializes in nuno felted scarves, for all seasons.

The gorgeous felted creations in this shop make me kind of wish I was past the point in life at which anything that is not decidedly machine washable get ruled out for lack of functionality. The colors make me want to hug someone.

You may or may not have noticed that I have a thing for rich, deeply saturated colors. A lovely palette like the one above can very well make me somewhat teary-eyed. Colors excite me. Ridiculously so. I’m talking the ability to spend a good hour or so just examining a box of Crayola crayons. It’s like the intensity of my emotions somehow finds an outlet in color, and I honestly feel better for it afterwards. Cheaper than therapy?

Now, I know that the holiday shopping rush has passed. Thank heavens we always have birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc. And not to pressure anyone, but I will be turning 30 in May, and maybe by then will have the occasional opportunity to get away with not having anything smeared on my clothes for an entire evening. Not that I’m trying to push anyone to spend money in these trying times.

But, gosh, aren’t they pretty?

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