Adatine is an etsy maker and seller from Lithuania. She hand-makes expressive stuffed toys and brooches out of natural linen cloth. They are also totally affordable. And adorable. Here's an otter:
I love these sneaky bandits: a postman rabbit, and a pair of fox brothers.
And then there's this serious bunny. She... she speaks to me. Her little arms! Don't worry bunny, we'll make it through somehow.
And then there are her brooches! The bare-chested guy is a secret agent (don't tell anyone) and the lion is a Leo. (Of these brooches, she says they are "original and courageous accent[s] that may decorate not only your cloths, scarves, bags, but also make others more cheerful." So true.
The cherry on top is that each item I've shown here is no more than $40! You really should go see the rest of adatine's shop for yourself.
I am loving these DIY cardboard playset kits from the Polish company Ringo. Right now, they carry three different town sets, an animals set, and a "people" set. Click on a link to go to Ringo's site; at the end of the post, I'll have links to stores for buying Ringo stuff from the US.
I mean, just look at these colors, patterns, and fun details.
Cindy Searles has combined two hot trends, octopi/squid and air plants, in these gorgeously-glazed ceramic pieces available on etsy. Many of her pieces are meant to hang in the air, mimicking the weightless environments in which these creatures usually reside.
These urchins hang on your wall. Gorgeous! You can choose which color and size you want on her shop. Just click on the image.
Sea life not your thing? Have an allergy to air plants? Cindy makes glazed ceramic tiles and mugs, too. Here are two of my favorite mugs she offers. The goat mug's proceeds go to charity, as a nice feel-good bonus.
Even more feel-good amazing: Cindy's studio and kiln is entirely solar-powered. Very cool!
These little plush toys from Cornstarch, a maker in Tacoma, WA, are just adorable. I mean, seriously, totally kawaii.
The shop's slogan is "sushi you can hug." Above is a California roll and a "ham and egg" roll. (Click on the image to go to the item's page on the shop.)
And here are a couple of lumps of wasabi, with some pickled ginger pets.
Cornstarch doesn't just do sushi, though. You can also find these pugnanas, and prickly pear cacti:
And there are many kinds of dog, in the form of loaf (corgi) and ice cream scoop (chocolate chunk).
There are way more cuties than I could hope to share here, so go to Cornstarch's etsy shop and find your favorite!
It's finally scarf weather again! I've been holding onto the link to this etsy shop for months now, and finally I can share its adorable, cruelty-free fox stoles with you. They're from TreMelarance, a shop based in Italy. Click on each image to go to its product's page for more info.
Katerina, the owner of TreMelarance, says these scarves are suitable for all ages, and I definitely agree. They're made with high quality acrylic, wool, or alpaca blend yarn. If foxes aren't your thing, she has badgers. And if scarves aren't your child's thing, she has adorable knitted caps for little ones.
There's much more to see on her shop site, TreMelarance. Go!
My goodness, these stuffed animals by Fuzziggles are fluffy.
So. Fluffy. (Psst: click on an image to go to its etsy page.)
The Fuzziggle family is not afraid to use a novelty fur, I can tell you. And thank goodness for that.
These stuffed animals are hand made by a family in Salem, Oregon. Just look at how cute they are! Surely someone in your life needs an absurdly-fluffy guinea pig plush? Go to Fuzziggle's etsy store to find even more animals and fun styles to choose from!
These little plastic pendants from Wear It Mini Plants contain actual, living succulents and cacti. Wear one, and feel like a planet, or at least some sort of Gaia-esque earth spirit. (Click on an image to go to the product's shop page.)
What makes these kid-friendly, besides the obvious appeal of having a tiny pet plant you can wear, is the price: a mere $8! That price includes the ball chain shown in these photos; if you want fancier chains, they offer a nice range to choose from for a few bucks more.
Eventually, hopefully, your baby plant will outgrow your little necklace capsule, and at that point you can merely repot it into a bigger container. Click on each image to go to that plant's etsy page, and you can read exact care instructions for each. These people know (and care) about plants!
If the sea entices you more than the desert, try their sister shop, Wear It Mini Beach. These glass orbs are a little bit more expensive, but where else can you get a wearable, living, aquatic moss ball for under $20?
The sands and shells are taken from beaches all over the world: Bermuda, Japan, Hawaii... Each underwater terrarium is a little vicarious vacation in a pendant. Lovely!
These kites are made by Haptic Labs. They screen-print the fabric by hand in Brooklyn, NY, then send it to Pennsylvania to be sewn and assembled. I hear a sentence like that and I think, great, just what the world doesn't need: a $350 artisanal kite. But no: both kites shown above cost a reasonable $42. (Click on each image to go to Haptic Labs' shop.) Not as cheap as the plastic doohickies you get at the pharmacy, but these puppies are built to last.
They also have a line of sailng ship kites, which are just what you'd imagine (or daydream). They would look so magical in the sky!
Come and dream with Haptic Labs!
I saw Finding Dory over the weekend, and really enjoyed it. (I'd say it was very good but not great. Worth seeing, though! And fun. I cried, predictably.) Anyway, it got me to searching for octopus/pi on etsy, which is how I ended up on Blob House's shop page. As always, click on the image to be sent to that item's shop page.
Most of Blob House's pieces are miniatures made of epoxy clay and polymer clay, and some have wire armatures for strength. This happy doggo seems to be enjoying his hand-knit sweater.
Not all are miniatures: this cat is life-sized (cat-sized, to be specific). It's made chiefly of papier mache, but looks more like cement or resin.
This bad squid is another miniature. I wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alley, that's for sure.
And these are little worry warts. Don't worry, little guys! It'll be ok!
Go to Blob House's etsy shop to meet the whole family of oddly cute creatures!
Remember those colorful, blocky plastic rings that were popular in the 90s? An Etsy artisan from Germany, GeschmeideUnterTeck, has created an updated version with a similar shape. These rings have a lot more going on, however. (As always, click on the image to go to that item's shop page.)
The shop doesn't offer only rings, however. There are necklaces, cufflinks, and earrings. Some are abstract, too.
This ring, with its design created with chopped-up plastic-coated wire, might be my favorite.
There's a lot more charming stuff to see on GeschmeideUnterTeck's shop site, so go browse around! xo
I'm Debbie Way, an artist and writer who enjoys making things.