Etsy for the win!

My home buffet for birds and squirrels has been a grand success.

The neighborhood ravens are smart and “dig” through the birdseed to find the peanuts which they fly off with.

I’d taken to putting all the peanuts in a pile on top of the birdseed so that they could feast without making a mess of the birdseed.

Just pluck a peanut from off the top and head out.

My buffet was inspired by my friend who rehabilitates ravens.

I like to call her “Mother of Ravens.”

The other day while perusing etsy, I found a beautiful stained glass necklace of a raven and I had to get it for her.

Little did I know that it was going to take nearly three months for the gift to ship from the artist’s studio in St. Petersburg, Russia to California.

But it has finally arrived.

And my friend loves it so it was well worth the wait.

Etsy for the win, folks.

Nothing like a one-of-a-kind handmade gift to tell a friend their friendship is cherished.

Smoke Show

Once upon a time, I bought a silver tribal necklace for Burning Man:

I wound up wearing it at unSCruz in 2018.

Originally, I purchased it from a store in etsy run by CValentina.

She has some INCREDIBLE Turkish statement necklaces, and I’ve been thinking it might be a good time to pick up another tribal-style necklace.

Mostly because I’m not sure where I put my original necklace after I had a repair to make on it.

Naturally, I was pleased to see that the store is still up and running on etsy.

And she’s got some delightful NEW NECKLACES that would fit the bill:

Most run from approximately $75 to $125 in price and are well worth the investment.

If you can keep track of them.

I’ve had mine since February 2018 and it’s only ever required one small repair to a jump ring.

When I wore it, I got lots of compliments on it and I think it’s a really beautiful eye-catching piece that can be worn with lots of different outfits.

Here is my tribal outfit, in its entirety:

And here is my latest version, Smoke Show:

Anti Valentine’s Day 2019

Ok, so every year around Valentine’s Day I post links to etsy Anti-Valentine’s Day gift ideas and this year will be no different.

Fuck Valentine’s Day banner – I blog my hatred of Valentine’s Day, you can hang a banner.

Ah ha ha ha – perfect card for me to send to my sister.

Anti-Valentine’s Day cookies – for my snarky 18 year old to pass out to their friends.

Love is in the Air tank top – better stop breathing!

An Anti-Valentines’ Day mug – about as romantic as I could get for this fucking disaster of a holiday.

Oh yes, the CLASSIC “Cupid rhymes with stupid” tee – so you can broadcast what you really feel.

Fuck off necklace – don’t you just love the profanity of it? You can’t say it doesn’t send a message.

Ah, well I love tasteless cards, and this is one of them.

Another card I’d like to send to my ex.

Pins for Single Awareness Day – don’t be afraid to show the world what you think.

The best part of Valentine’s Day? An excuse to drink excessively and drown your frustrations.

And last, a bandana which I would put on my dog if I had one but oh yeah, she died and now not even my dog is there to love me. Tears!

Goddess

New outfit alert!

I’m going to an event where the theme is Bacchanalia.

Well, I’m not only GOING to the event, I’m helping to PRODUCE it.

It’s not until July, so I have a little time to work on my Bacchanalia costume.

It’s a little known fact that not everyone likes my playa name, Bombshell.

I was given that name by Tejas and it just stuck so I accepted it.

But a close friend of mine SWEARS that my playa name should be Goddess and so that’s what she calls me.

So you can imagine, I expect she’ll get a thrill when I actually dress the part.

I picked out a standard white maxi dress to wear:

Then I selected a crown worthy of Bacchus himself.

I think the two will be lovely together.

Add accessories – sandals, necklace, belt, and bracelets.

And voila!

We have an outfit.

Just to be complete, I threw in a faux fur white cape.

Now, the trick is going to be not being so busy with the event that I miss out on wearing my new outfit!

And of course, not repeating what happened to me the last time I wore a white goddess dress (I sprayed myself from head to toe with grape soda!).

Anti Valentine’s Day 2018

Ok, so every year around Valentine’s Day I post links to etsy Anti-Valentine’s Day gift ideas and this year will be no different.

Fuck Valentine’s Day banner – I blog my hatred of Valentine’s Day, you can hang a banner.

Ah ha ha ha – perfect card for me to send to my sister, or for my sister to send to me.

Anti-Valentine’s Day cookies – for my snarky 16 year old to pass out to his friends.

Love is in the Air tank top – better stop breathing!

An Anti-Valentines’ Day mug – about as romantic as I could get for this fucking disaster of a holiday.

Oh yes, the CLASSIC “Cupid rhymes with stupid” tee – so you can broadcast what you really feel.

Fuck off necklace – don’t you just love the profanity of it? You can’t say it doesn’t send a message.

Ah, well I love tasteless cards, and this is one of them.

Another card I’d like to send to my ex.

Pins for Single Awareness Day – don’t be afraid to show the world what you think.

The best part of Valentine’s Day? An excuse to drink excessively and drown your frustrations.

And last, a bandana which I would put on my dog if I had one but oh yeah, she died and now not even my dog is there to love me. Tears!

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize

My Labyrinth themed ballgown (aka quinceañera dress) is coming along nicely.

At least I hope it is since I ordered it online.

Meanwhile, I’ve been throwing around ideas on how to properly accessorize the dress (and wings).

This is the outfit:

I’ve been thinking that one of the following necklace, choker, or collar might look good with the dress:

Here’s a lovely necklace with matching earrings which goes well with the silver wings:

Then there’s this edgy purple collar, complete with D-ring.  Perfect for making a Labyrinth fairytale dress into something more edgy for Burning Man:

And finally, a lovely little glitter choker which matches the dress:

Of course, I also have these lovely earrings to go with the collar and choker which match the beading on the dress:

So my question to you is WHICH ONE SHOULD I WEAR?

Here’s a little inspiration for your visual pleasure which gives you an idea of the look I’m going for:

The good news is that I’ll have lots of friends to ask at UnSCruz which necklace to wear – from my BFF Tejas, to my friend Bad Boy, to my partner in crime Marina!  One way or another, I’ll figure it out.

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Burning Man, Year 3

So I’m going a little nuts again, getting all excited about going to Burning Man again.

I guess I was wrong when I said Burning Man was not for me.

I CAN’T WAIT to go.

In particular, I’m excited about going with Tejas and his new lady love.

We’ll make an unusual trio, but unusual is what Burning Man is all about, no?

Here is some of the stuff I’ve been eyeballing on etsy that I’d like to wear to TTITD.

This lovely playsuit, which caught my eye and I instantly fell in love with the moment I saw it.

playsuitThis light up white faux fur jacket.  To go with my white wizard outfit, natch!

jacketThis lovely necklace, which I want to gift to all my Burning Man brothers and sisters.

necklaceThese awesome dream catcher earrings.dream-catchersFake hair!  Because as much as I’d love to dye my hair pink and purple, my bosses wouldn’t appreciate it.

 

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Jumpsuits!  Because I love jumpsuits!  And the galaxy jumpsuit glows under a blacklight!

 

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And a BUNCH of t-shirts that I like:

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A little mushroom water bottle holder which is so cute:

mushroomA skeleton hands bra!  Whoah!  Who knew?!

skeleton-handsFire leggings.  For the burn, you know.  With the fire dreads. . . perfection!

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