Flutterby

Butteflies are not insects. They are self propelled flowers.

~ R. Heinlein

They can be bright and colorful or blend in, but it’s hard not to admit butterflies hold a fascinating beauty to them. They are used as a symbol of change and patience in their progression from caterpillar to butterfly and have been the model for one of the best loved fantasy creatures, the fairy.

The Etsy artists featured in this article are:

meredithdillman, UnaLuna, mydaisydreams, freerangeart, Mymothersgarden, EmbellishedPaper, starbrightgirl, BlackBaroque, heartworksbytori, fixdesign, SugarRobot, MyDigitalCottage, walldecors, CJCrew, babycakesanddecor, intheframe, acelebrityexperience, maysay, TrianaTreasures, enchantingsoapfavors, DareDream, SatinandBirch, JolieMarche, ecoblingcouture, Thesteampunktrunk, idotakeu, MorticiaSnow, and KUKLAstudio

Also check out our array butterfly style costume wings in our Etsy shop.

Faetastic!

It’s finally (almost) here! Faerieworlds, a huge gathering of those fascinated by everything fae. Faerieworlds goes from July 30th until August 1 and is located in Eugene, OR.

This year Faerie World Con will feature the music of Faun, Woodland, Brother, Telesma, Wendy Rule, Tricky Pixie, David Helfand, Adam Hurst, Taarka, Stellamara, Delhi 2 Dublin and Gypsy Nomads. I had only heard of a couple of these before looking more into Faerieworld, but after hearing their music I’m definitely a fan of them all now (need to stretch my music budget a little more this month maybe, because I definitely want more of their music). They have pulled together a group of musicians that is bound to give the feel of a fae court in full blown party mode. I love the mix of styles that Delhi 2 Dublin and Telesma use and Tricky Pixie is just awesome.

Music of course isn’t going to be the only thing there, but this post is already going to be quit long once we get through the gift guide and following special extra’s below. Unfortunately our travel budget this year has been rather tight (well for the past couple years nearly everyone’s has been pretty slim come to think of it), so we’re not going to be able to attend this year’s Faerieworld. This is something we definitely want to do in the future, whether it be as a vendor or just as really happy wing wearing spectators. So in the mean time enjoy today’s faetastic gift guide.

So, on to the surprise I was talking about. Your going to need some wings for Faerieworld right? From today until Aug. 1st in honor of this event we are offering a 10% discount on all wings for our readers. Just include the coupon code FAERYTIME in the notes to seller at check out. This coupon is good for custom orders as well, but the order must be officially placed by August 1st. For more on our coupon policy please check our shop policies page.

The Etsy artists featured in this article are:

meredithdillman, SuzannesPotteryFarm, Syrendell, PhnomeGNOME, tzaddishop, EnlightenedPlatypus, cosmicsky, jessejanes, mulberrymudd, DaliDecals, Etheralcreation, theitsybitsyspider, FractalWings, DarklyngStudios, Thyme2dream, blueyeduckstudios, JewelryByJLy, fairiesnest, FrigidCouture, kennosborne, ghostgirl11, REALBUTERFLYGIFTS, TrashAndTrinkets, and thecrowsnest

Birds of a Feather

Anyone who has known me for a while knows of my love of birds and that I’ve had a variety of pet birds over the years. Currently my home is sadly birdless (but will soon contain some kittens!). When cared for with love birds are the sweetest, and in my opinion most enjoyable companions. My first bird was my beloved friend for over 8 years. We were pretty much attached at the hip (or more foot and shoulder). She was a dark gray cockatiel. who loved fly ahead of me on walks and curl up under my chin while I read. It seems silly to grieve still for a pet that has been dead for four years, but that little bird meant the world to me. We had a cockatoo who used to sneak up the stairs and try and sneak under the warm covers between me and my boyfriend. She’d introduce herself when ever someone new came over or we were out and about and would giggle hysterically as she ran/hopped away with something you needed Another was a sweet eclectics (normally a hyper kind of bird) that was so calm and mellow.

Throughout my meanderings on Etsy I have stumbled across a multitude of items created using the same (or similar) bird charm. I’ve even used it myself on a recent ear cuff. I marvel at the different ways people can use such similar components.

The Etsy artisans featured in this article are:

AnechkasJewelry, mylavaliere, littlemissykate, AmandasBoutique, MDsparks, chinacherie, ChristineDomanic, sassycassjems, lizhutnick, hawaiibeads, Fineartreflections, papermache, smilesophie, liliswan, LilyLeighs, BeadsStory, pinkingedesigns, BirdinFlightBoutique, mommyholly, and Oceanmiststudio