Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sadness rendered in yarn

Jack and Jill twins - pattern:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18941085 StumbleUpon

Monday, March 30, 2009

Primary colors

These Lego tableaus are pretty amazing. A far cry from the usual Lego art -- Abu Ghraib torture scenes and Obama's Inauguration. All we need is Aretha's hat...maybe they just couldn't do the bow justice. Even great artists have their limits.

The Guardian has a fun piece about Lego's popularity (there are apparently 62 Lego pieces for every person on the planet):

...with a photo gallery:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/gallery/2009/mar/26/lego-pictures?picture=345081213 StumbleUpon

Sunday, March 29, 2009

I promise to quit this little meme soon

Douglas and Nick, this one's for you.

Both of these are soap (actually, vegan soap).

Super Bacon Cheeseburger Vegan Soap:

Cookies n Cream Vegan Soap:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21204210 StumbleUpon

Soap-or-No-Soap Faceoff

Not Soap.



Easter Cookie:

German Chocolate Bundt Cake Soap:

Strawberry Swirl Cupcake Soap:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22858840 StumbleUpon

Soap or Not-Soap?, cont'd.


Tumbled Turquoise Soap:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22724903 StumbleUpon

Fashion outbreak

If it weren't for the built-in SARS guard (?), this design would seem to be straight out of the 80s.

On a related note, does anyone else think this looks like something from a musical interlude on Flight of the Conchords?

Ruffeo SARS Guard Double Barrel:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22740419 StumbleUpon


I'm going to go out on a limb and declare these literary-spoof fart matches questionable in just about every way. If only I knew someone who works at Penguin...wait a minute....

Set of 3 Literary Lites:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20166712 StumbleUpon

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Even mermaids get the blues

Things are tough all over. But you and I could have it worse. We could be mermaids made of felt, destined for a life of bloat and sag (without the benefit of underwire, Eileen Fisher, and hair products). Count your blessings.

Felt mermaid with red hair and green tail:

Felt mermaid with black and lilac spiky hair:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22786049 StumbleUpon

A little crafting humor

This is obviously an April Fools joke. Everyone knows that hand-crafted bathroom wipes are made of cotton, and come in convenient reusable squares:

Crocheted toilet paper scarf:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18075116 StumbleUpon

One of a kind? Really?

This creeps me out. The $400 price tag is arguably even more disturbing.

Says the seller:

Wigged with Tibetan lamb, Tarbh is dressed in linen, microsuede, and leather. His horns are polymer clay, and he holds an artificial rose.

Do we have a sale?

OOAK Polymer Clay Mythology Sculpture Minotaur Art Doll:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21329710 StumbleUpon

Is it time for another fruit cozy?

I think it is.

Hand-crocheted apple cozy:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21567898 StumbleUpon

Friday, March 27, 2009

Soap or Not-Soap?


Cleanup Buttercup handsoaps:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21574566 StumbleUpon

How is this softie different from all other softies?

Bitter herbs never looked so cozy.

Passover Seder Plate Pattern:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22778504 StumbleUpon

Nice ribs

Combine this stylish torso-warmer with a shrug, some arm-warmers, and wrist cozies to create something almost as warm as a sweater.

As seen on the Martha Stewart Show, apparently. Maybe this is one of the other creations she learned how to make while in the big house? (Remember her famous liberation-night poncho?)

Ribbed bustier pattern:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22661745 StumbleUpon

Hand soap that will make you want to take a shower

I don't understand the appeal of food-shaped soap. Whose idea was this? And can you think of anything nastier than washing your hands with this unfortunately realistic creation? And of course, it will only get nicer looking as the days and weeks go by. Yuck.

Hot dog soap:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22800517 StumbleUpon

This Is Why You're Going To Be Fat

Insert your small-fry joke of choice here.

French Fry Overalls:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22721069 StumbleUpon

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cuteness is next to saintliness

You know what? I kind of love these too -- as anyone named Marian Theresa would.

It's a good thing my 93-year-old grandmother doesn't go online. This way she'll be surprised when I give her one of these at Easter. I think I'll go with Padre Pio, whose brilliant, neurotic-friendly quote I like to remind myself of from time to time (no joke!). As you can see, it's sewn onto his butt here: Pray, hope, and don't worry. Wise words, people.

Saint Therese of Lisieux Softie:


St. Maria Goretti Softie:


Saint Padre Pio Softie:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22004315 StumbleUpon

Extreme discretion

Here's another Future Therapy Topic. Thanks, Mom!

Nursing coverup:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18733262 StumbleUpon

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Trainwrecklaces, part next

I'm all for originality. But lobster bibs are not a flattering look for many of us.

Half Moon Necklace - Lace:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22277230 StumbleUpon

Warm hands, big head

Whoever this bizarre and tragic LaTi doll is, she has finally found a way to keep her disproportionately tiny hands toasty.

Rainbow Coloured - Mittens for Blythe, LaTi:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22284526 StumbleUpon

Voulez-vous crochet avec moi?

Sometimes a whimsical family-friendly creation is just a...
...startling indication of your latent desires?

Amigurumi Crochet - Zeobleez Monster Red:


Amigurumi Crochet - Zeobleez Monster Green:


Amigurumi Crochet - Zeobleez Monster Orange:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22678739 StumbleUpon


This sweet, befuddled little person makes me smile. What's going on here? Monkey hat, red tutu, middle of the desert...this isn't an Etsy listing, it's Anne Heche's lost weekend all over again. (Just kidding!) But seriously, this is a strange little tableau, no? Who wears fire-engine red with latte and oatmeal?

Mini Monkey Flap Hat - Latte with Oatmeal Trim:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22701935 StumbleUpon

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Maybe I've been looking at crafty things for too long, but these odd little creations are speaking to me on a deep level.

Crocheted Avocado Pit:
http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?ref=pounce&transaction_id=14726020 StumbleUpon

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Misnomers, part 1

This little number is called Playful.

Of course it is.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22511469 StumbleUpon

Of BookWarmers and Kindle Cozies

Readers of the world, whatever kind of cover or cozy you fancy is OK by me. For the love of my day job, just keep reading.

Pink Giraffe eBook Reader Case:


Pretty-in-Pink BookWarmer:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21434687 StumbleUpon

Friday, March 20, 2009

Meme-themed face cozy?

Wearing this hat will cost you more than $40. In the eyes of anyone who doesn't also own one, it will cost you much, much more.

The Amazing Beard Hat:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22572314 StumbleUpon

I'll admit it

I love these.

Insert ABBA joke here (SOS?).

Swedish Alphabet in Felt:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22452293 StumbleUpon

For the future-therapy file

This could be fine. But if the gambit persists year after year, this hat is going to get heavy with felted candles, and the gag is going to get tired, along with the child's neck muscles.

Happy 1st Birthday Cupcake Hat by Sew Cute Sweets:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22555366 StumbleUpon

A good drink spoiled

Nothing says quality wine like a football logo, particularly in the off season. Also, is this bottle sitting on someone's bed pillow? I find that disconcerting.

For a touch of class, serve in non-plastic stemware.

Pittsburgh Steelers Wine Bottle Gift Bag:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22238493 StumbleUpon

Felted roadkill as jewelry, part one

It's hard to imagine wearing this,but it's even harder to imagine what I would say if a colleague showed up wearing it, or a friend...or anyone. It really does pose an advanced challenge in the social graces department. Suggestions?

Gray crowned crane felted necklace:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Really Rosie

The money goes to charity. Every other aspect of these images is a little worrisome, no?

tender lee: