How can you resist scrumptious-looking food? Maybe if it was made in a way that you couldn’t eat it.
These lovely sachets are from Peep Accessories. Peep is run by a trio of ladies — Sally, Jane and Sandy — from New Jersey. According to their shop profile, the aim of Peep is to “make every home in the world smell like chocolate 24/7, and to find the perfect, personalized ‘it’ bag for every woman in the world.”
Not a bad quest, if you ask me.
In addition to the sweet sachets, there are the knitted and crocheted accessories that are indeed colorful and fun. For example, can you resist a robot?
Or hop along with this clutch:
If you want to take a peep at even more stuff — including knit and crocheted jewelry! — you can also head over to peepaccessories.com.
What would you do with a closet full of ties? You could give ‘em to your favorite nephew, maybe fashion a leash for your dog, play some tug-of-war or tie a bunch of them together and use them as markers when you’re hiking through the woods.
If you’re the folks behind Donda Designs, you will take the ties — nice ties, even! — and turn them into some pretty awesome accessories:
That’s a lot of ties.
Each product at Donda Designs is made with silk or polyester ties, and each bag is one of a kind. There are several different bag styles in different sizes, from a roomy messenger to a snazzy backpack to a mini tote bag. There’s an assortment of colors and patterns (stripes, solids, even floral ties — yes, there’s a use for those crazy floral ties!).
You’ll also find a bouquet of tie flowers and even a unique folded tie pendant at the shop.
You might just see ties in a whole new light when it comes to accessories.
Living green and helping out the environment is an issue that has been at the forefront, especially lately. As crafters, it’s always nice when you can reuse some old clothing (not as clothing, of course), or some of those scraps of fabric and yarn and whatever else you happen to have lying around.
And just because it’s used or scraps doesn’t mean it can’t become something cool and functional again.
Bananasaurus Rex is an example of someone who turns gently used fabrics into things like this:
the Mama Go To Market bag
Vintage Hanky Blanky
Stuff for mamas and babies is the specialty at Bananasaurus Rex — there are some snazzy baby bibs at the shop, too. But you’ll also find wine wraps and lavender satchets. All of it uses recycled and vintage fabrics. And again, it all just looks cool.
According to Wikipedia, “kawaii” pretty much equals cuteness in Japanese culture.
Now, Japanese or not, I’d say these plush animals are pretty cute:
You may find these cuties at LaLa and Co on Etsy.
If you buy a plush toy at LaLa and Co., you’ll also get other goodies, such as a free sticker, a button and wallpaper featuring the character. This is an exclusive to the LaLa Etsy shop, and that’s a nice touch. There are also bags for sale, and those include plush toys too.
Or to be more specific, buttertarts. Or some fresh-baked bags and goodies from I Heart Buttertart?
(Above bag, bright bird seed tote. Bottom headband, tea & crumpets adjustable headband.)
I Heart Buttertart is an online accessories boutique run by Leah, a Californian transplanted in beautiful British Columbia. I Heart Buttertart is dedicated to bringing you one-of-a-kind accessories. You find handbags, totes, wallets and hair accessories in brightly printed fabrics. Leah says that each bag is unique, and no two bags and will be made in the same fabric or have the same embellishments!
She also takes custom orders, in case you want a matching wallet or headband, or you want a bag in a different style.
Oh, and buttertarts? According to Leah, a buttertart is a sweet pastry originating from Canada. Warm and sugary. Yum!
Came upon these on Etsy the other day:
I always like it when otherwise unappealing insects or invertebrae are made cute. (I’m deathly afraid of being stung by bees — my mom is allergic, kind of — and snails are just icky sticky to me.)
These bags can be found on Bestiary’s shop. Many of these bags are made of sturdy upholstery fabric in cute prints. And some of the animals are unusual. There’s even a sweet-looking blowfish bag and one featuring a squid.
Aprons are useful things, but they certainly don’t have to be boring. Sometimes they can even offer humorous advice:
This is the “How to Get a Husband” crafty tool belt from Dayna of The Crafty Scientist. Good for a laugh, and handy too.
Dayna’s crafty tool belts are available in many colorful, fun prints. I actually own one in a cheery floral/kitchen print. It is seriously indispensable at every craft show I do. It is a money-holder/tape holder/notepad holder/scissors holder/pen holder/business card holder/place for me to nervously put my hands in. Fantastic stuff.
The Crafty Scientist also carries other sewed goodness, including cat mats and toys, lunch bags, totes, pillows and even the wicked cool disc golf bags that are made of repurposed plastic bags.
Cool experimenting, indeed.
I am a huge fan of old-school video games. We’re talking 8-bit Nintendo (I was a Super Mario fiend … all three games!) and those classic arcade games like Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Rally-X, etc.
Man, I am a geek.
Anyhow, that love affair with arcade games made me appreciate this belt buckle from Ex-Boyfriend a whole lot:
You can find more awesome original designs by these folks from Baltimore on belt buckles, messenger bags, ties, tees and buttons at Ex-Boyfriend. There’s even a Pac-Man necktie!
Felt is fun. It’s fun to play with and makes some pretty awesome stuff. Like what CynContemporary has in her Etsy shop:
It’s really colorful and innovative stuff, especially the ring. I never would have thought of a felt ring. It’s funky.
There’s plenty more, of course, in her shop, so click on over there. Get your fill of eye candy.
I placed an order at Gerbera Designs a little while ago, and ordered this XL Messenger Bag:
Let me tell you, it’s pretty awesome. Such a lovely print too!
I really needed a wicked large bag because I carry a lot of stuff around. Folders, books, something to knit, the world’s fattest wallet (full of receipts — not cash!) and five billion other things. Sometimes a backpack is too unwieldy, you know? And I love messenger bags. So this fit the bill.
And yes, it is roomy:
There will be more stuff in this bag as time goes on.