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Ahhhh, I am so bad at keeping this blog up to date, I have just been so seriously busy. Sorry, sorry, sorry. Sorry.

I DO keep meaning to sit down and write movie reviews, but (a) I don’t like the ever present risk of spoilers and (b) that’s not really very specific to Northern Ireland now, is it? I realize I occasionally veer off this very strict path I’ve set myself, but I think it’s okay if I’m trying not to. At least. Maybe.

SO. Here are some marvelous Etsy finds for the month of July. And oh, it has been glorious! Have you been enjoying this seriously un-Northern-Irish weather? I decided to backtrack to July, since I will probably run out of things to talk about later in August and then I can pull out the Etsy Finds card again. Genius.

As per usual, all these AMAZING crafty treasures are made by buyers/Etsy stores based in and around Belfast. It never fails to surprise me what local people are capable of. Not because I think you’re all rubbish (I don’t!), I’m just that impressed by the handiwork.

First up:  look at how topical I can be. Since they have just revealed the new Doctor, here is a wall decal that every fan of Doctor Who should rush out and buy immediately. Except that you don’t even have to rush out, because you can get it on the internet, by clicking that picture right up there.

Speaking of mysterious creatures from other worlds…

My obsession with Adventure Time continues. I just think I would’ve been a much better adult if I had been able to watch that cartoon as a child. Or I would’ve turned out like Lumpy Space Princess and somehow taken over the world. If you are feeling particularly crafty, this is actually a PDF download for a crochet pattern. Click on the picture to pay and download.

If you DO make it, send me it. Or at least a picture, as proof.

I apologize, gentleman, but excuse me for just one moment.

OH, HOW CUTE ARE THESE SHORTS? I just realized I could have put an “eat my shorts” joke here, but I’m too lazy and hungry to think of one right now.

Welcome back, men folk. Don’t worry, I saved the very best for last.

How amazing! And also awful. I’m crying, but also impressed. These are hard emotions to understand. Again, you can click on this to find and buy it.

You’re welcome. I will try to be better with the blogging situation, but if the sun comes out again, I will make no promises…

S.

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I am a huge, huge fan of London. I think I might live there someday, even just for a little while. Recently, I was lucky enough to get the chance to go to help a very lovely Aunt celebrate a very important birthday. A lady never tells, of course. Unfortunately, we were only there for two days and I was forewarned not to expect anyone to come to any museums with me (it’s okay – I’m going again JUST for the museums! Joy), so it was sort of a whistle-stop tour of London. Literally…”LOOK, THERE’S BUCKINGHAM PALACE. Now let’s sprint to Piccadilly!”

I think I dropped two dress sizes with all the walking we did.

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You may or may not be aware that London is, like, the greatest place to shop. I’m comparing this to Belfast and Lisburn, so obviously my scope is small and unimpressive, but oh, Camden. I want to live there, but it’s really expensive, so if you’re ever there and see someone living in a box and begging for change dressed as Batgirl…well. That might be me, chuck us a quid.

This is Camden Lock Market. Geekery was in abudance, and the people were all wonderfully odd. I am in love with this weird little bunch of sheds.

This is Camden Lock Market. Geekery was in abudance, and the people were all wonderfully odd. I am in love with this weird little bunch of sheds.

Cafe at Camden Lock Market...check out those seats! Absolute genius, I'm trying to figure out a way to steal this idea.

Cafe at Camden Lock Market…check out those seats! Absolute genius, I’m trying to figure out a way to steal this idea.

This is my new handbag. It's the best handbag in the world, don't you think? Purchased at Camden Lock Market, from a man who didn't know who Spiderman was! Seriously! One of the best things about the market is the opportunity to haggle - this bag was only £10 and worth every penny.

This is my new handbag. It’s the best handbag in the world, don’t you think? Purchased at Camden Lock Market, from a man who didn’t know who Spiderman is. Seriously! One of the best things about the market is the opportunity to haggle – this bag was only £10 and worth every penny.

Boba Fett ring - a very lovely gift for all my London planning. Chuffed! Also from the market, it's definitely worth digging around every stall, you really don't know what you might find.

Boba Fett ring – a very lovely gift for all my London planning. Chuffed! Also from the market, it’s definitely worth digging around every stall, you really don’t know what you might find.

If markets, stalls and haggling isn’t your thing, then you’re weird, but there’s also Oxford Street, home of, well, all the flagships stores of all the shops that have ever existed. I might be exaggerating, but Selfridges is there. I am a girl, and as such, I like to look at expensive handbags (and then buy comic book print ones, see above). Nice to look at, but if you are willing to spend that much money on something that isn’t a house or an island, you need psychological help. We went to Oxford Street for one main reason, and that reason was Primark. SUCH A PRIMARK. I’m pretty sure it has everything that Primark actually make. On the downside, it is absolutely packed. There is no room for movement or trying things on or basic human decency. You get in there, you find what you want, you grab it and you queue. I got a little pile of basics, and a Batman top.

Expertly photoshopped by moi.

Expertly photoshopped.

I took my derpy face out for your own good. It’s nice and long and not all black, so it’s a change from all my other Batman tops. This is my justification for buying another item of clothing with the bat symbol on it.

I also saw an amazing Star Wars tshirt, but they only had it in sizes 8 or 20. Typical. I am keeping my eyes peeled for it making its way to the Primark in Belfast, or, heaven forbid, Lisburn.

Finally, here is a £250 teddy bear in the Buckingham Palace gift shop.  ...I did not buy one.

Finally, here is a £250 teddy bear in the Buckingham Palace gift shop.
…I did not buy one.

There you have it, a brief summary of my weekend in London, illustrated through my few but beloved purchases. I will be back, and I will have a much emptier suitcase to fill with magical Camden junk.

S.

 

 


This post is a special post, because it is my 100th. Marvellous! I am devoted and I remember to write things. Good ol’ me. On that note, no Sunday review this week because I was ill. So ill. I didn’t forget though, that’s the important point that I’m trying to make.

Before I delve into the wonderful world of Etsy, I thought you might be interested to know that Fox recently took a little hissy fit, contacting a number of crafty darlings who sell via the sit with cease-and-desist orders. This particular number of fiddley dears were making Firefly themed merchandise. Although Fox cancelled the show after one season and a movie, they are apparently still well within their rights to be uppity about their ‘intellectual property’. Ewk. Big co-operations. Ewk. The law.

Anyway, you can read more about this whole clusterfork here.

Onwards, to the things that people are still allowed to sell…

(As ever, click on the pictures to buy buy buy. All locally sourced, of course).

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First up, a shiny new trinket from HearHoofBeatsThinkZebras (who incidentally fell victim to Fox’s ban on Firefly merchandise. Buy other things from her, so she feels better?). This deluxe Game Of Thrones charm bracelet is extremely thoughtfully made, by a real fan for other real fans. The House sigil can be changed depending on your own personal alliances. I, for example, have recently decided I am more of a Tyrell than a Greyjoy. My blood runs quite warm, you see. The other charms are equally adoring and meaningful – tiny castles, swords and dragons.

Also. Free shipping with the code FREEPOST until April 23rd. Don’t say I never help you.

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I hope you are laughing as hard as I laughed when I first saw this. Picard facepalm t-shirt. Is there a nicer three word phrase in the English language? I doubt it.

I only recently encountered Hallion Clothing, but they have some really brilliant t-shirts (and only £7.50!). You should go take a look.

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I am pretty sure I’ve babbled away about shoes pretty similar to these at least once before…but hell, look at how cute they are, they deserve all the babbling. Look at the little bows! The best thing about these particular shoes is that the lovely lady who makes them is willing to collaborate on the design. So you could have Batman shoes! Or Spider-Man! Or Thor! Or Batman!

Another bargain, only £20, but if you’re looking for something more glamorous, there are heeled versions available for £35.

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I seem to pop something from this Etsy store in every other blog, but I cannot help it. I like that everything is handmade, I like the little faces, I like the bright colours. I can’t help it, I am a girl and as such, I am easily led by woodland creatures.

Especially bunnies. Yesterday, I was in Pets At Home at Sprucefield, watching the cutest white baby bunny eat hay with his fat little paws. Then loads of French teenagers came in and started shouting ‘Oooo, LAPIN!’, which apparently means ‘rabbit’. Both an interesting anecdote and a learning experience. If a tad irrelevant.

Anyway, go forth and shop. If you buy anything beautiful and geeky, I want to know about it. I want to know very much.

S.


I really must have mentioned this brilliant little shop before, but I figured that I should devote a whole blog to it’s wonders, because it truly is a treasure trove.
The Corium sells handmade, locally sourced nick-nacks and whosits, and recently opened an online store (so if you’re stuck indoors because of, for example, snow, you can still shop ’til you drop). If you are out and about braving the weather, you can visit the shop in Belfast, just around the corner from Forbidden Planet and Urban Outfitters, right opposite Alley Cat.

Goodo.

Anyway, I’ve been browsing their online store – here are a few of my very favourite things.

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Mushroom salt & pepper shakers

These are adorable, are they not? Anyone who buys them and does not immediately draw little faces on them so that they look like Mario mushrooms is no friend of mine.

Only £5.50, too! Bargain, especially if you compare with the extortionate prices for similar products in a certain nearby hipster-factory.

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Lego Boba Fett necklace

Have you ever seen anything that is such a perfect balance of kick-ass and adorable? No, you have not. Look at his little hands! There are a few necklaces in this style – and £8 is a steal for something like this. Mind you, they do have a Jar Jar Binks necklace, which is of course the ugliest, most inappropriate thing I’ve ever seen, you should only buy it if you plan to melt it.

I am not a Jar Jar fan, could you guess?

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Batman key-ring

Plucked from the sale section of The Corium’s website, these freakin’ adorable little key-ring people are in short supply. At £3.99, it’s no wonder. I would like one, please. He could keep my little string-person-Spiderman key-ring company.

I like that his slightly wonky eyes make it look like he’s glaring at you. Realism.

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Titanic t-shirt

I find it a tad bizarre that Belfast is proud of the Titanic. Yes, it’s cool that it was made here, but there are some very quiet rumours that the ship didn’t actually do very well once it was out on the big blue wet thing.

Still, it pulls in the tourists, so I suppose it can only be a good thing. And the witty t-shirt (£9.99, by the by), has a point…

Next time you are in Belfast, it is well worth hunting this tiny little cave of magical thing-a-ma-bobs. Be prepared to spend a small fortune though, you won’t be able to resist. You can find The Corium on Facebook, here.

You can find me on Facebook, here.

S.


Finally! Game Of Thrones is coming back to our screens, which means I can start blogging about it non-stop again. Hurrah.

In honour of the return of, let’s face it, the greatest thing ever made ever, here are some Thrones-themed Etsy finds. These are only a few of my favourite bits and bobs, but at this point it’s fair to say that if you want any particular Game Of Thrones themed thing, someone, somewhere probably makes it.

Winterfell don't do beer, but if they did, it would somehow end in death and misery.

Winterfell don’t do beer, but if they did, it would somehow end in death and misery.

Coasters! Marvellous, although if you are at all like me, you buy many varieties of geeky coasters and then never, ever use them. I got some amazing Batman coasters at the Corium once. I came home, put them in a drawer, and they have yet to be brought back out again.

Anyway, these are metal, which is awesome, and will cost you around £14 for four. They do come all the way from the US though, so postage may sting a bit…you can find all the details by clicking on the picture, anyway.

One supplied.

One supplied.

Sticking to the bar theme for a moment, how amazing are these? A Game Of Thrones themed bar is totally achievable, right? Awesome! While postage might be a bit pricey, these are less than a tenner each. Though you’d sort of have to buy all six.

Memo to self: learn this off by heart.

Memo to self: learn this off by heart.

I am always on the look out for geeky things I can put in my house, especially if they are reasonably subtle and not likely to incur the ridicule of my mother. This A3 print ticks all my boxes, and was made in the UK! An invaluable aid for those who want, desperately, to learn the oath off by heart. And then wait for someone to bring it up in conversation so that you can casually launch into it.

Well. I need this.

Well. I need this.

I have a thing for notebooks and sketchpads – my house is already full of empty doodle books, but this one is too amazing to ignore. Again from the US, this little beauty is going to sting you around £30, but the postage costs look to be entirely reasonable.

You’d be under immense pressure to make every sketch a masterpiece though. Don’t want to ruin the lovely book, do we?

Such wonderful things on offer for any GoT fan with a bit of money to burn; if you stumble across anything you think I’d like on ye olde world wide web, link me! I want to see!

S.


Did I even manage to do an Etsy finds for February? Flip, I have been neglecting my blogging duties. However will you know what to buy if I don’t tell you? I’m so sorry, you must have been so very, very lost.

Poor wee sheep.

Anyway! Findings. As usual, I have tried to keep everything local, but for once, I have actually managed to achieve this. It’s nice to achieve something on a daily basis. The trick is to keep your targets low, for a higher success rate. RefugeekNI guide to life, right there.

As usual, clickity click the picture and zoom over to Etsy to spend your hard earned pennies.

Belfast charm.

Belfast charm.

So this gets to go first, because it made me laugh. Like, out loud. And I never do that, not really. Even when I tell people I did (usually via an abbreviation I hate), I’m probably lying. This, however, earned my giggles of appreciation. Could it be any more Belfast? I can’t even think of any notes that you could put in this notebook that would out-do the front cover. Buy this and send it to your relatives overseas. They won’t understand it and you can laugh at them.

I would have died of cuteness overload if he had been clutching a tiny knitted sock.

I would have died of cuteness overload if he had been clutching a tiny knitted sock.

I keep saying that I am totally getting over my Harry Potter phase, but then I see things like this and I dive right back in again. This knitted Dobby comes in three different sizes, but I am eyeing up the large one, mostly because I can’t get enough of his wee ears.

In all honesty though, I was never a Dobby fan. I thought he was creepy and sort of annoying, like, the Jar Jar Binks of the Harry Potter universe. That doesn’t stop me liking this guy though, so that must be some grand testament to his adorableness.

This makes me cry. If you don't know why, we can't ever be friends.

This makes me cry. If you don’t know why, we can’t ever be friends.

Oh, Firefly. There should be so much more of your glorious, life-affirming episodes. If I could marry a DVD box set, it would be you.

You can't see me, but I'm nuzzling the screen right now.

You can’t see me, but I’m nuzzling the screen right now.

I have this friend, she makes jewellery, it’s nice. I’m sure you know the situation by now. Also, sometimes, if I put something on a blog, she gives me one as a present. AND I REALLY LIKE THIS.

I can't see a Gameboy without humming the Mario tune. It's a sickness.

I can’t see a Gameboy without humming the Mario tune. It’s a sickness.

I need this in my life, obviously. If you are crafty and wonderful, you can buy the cross stitch (I don’t know what that is) pattern, and make this yourself. And then you could give it to me, for free, because I gave you the idea.

So, that’s your lot. Let me know if you actually buy anything because I told you to, or if you see anything you think I might appreciate! You can either link findings to me on the Facebook page, or buy me presents to feature. Either is fine.

S.

p.s. The Facebook page is HERE.


I did warn y’all I would be blogging my heart out for a couple of days. We are effectively snowed in, see. I thought it would be a fun novelty, but I am already crawling the walls, and craving all the foods that aren’t in my house.

Typical.

So! I know I’ve already done my January Etsy finds, but that was before the snow started, and I do so like to be topical. I tried to hunt for local crafts, but I could only find a couple without making the links too tenuous and iffy, but I’ve made it very clear what is from Northern Ireland, and what is from elsewhere.

Also, I made a snow Batman.

Also, I made a snow Batman.

Anyway, first up, I am (yet again) promoting the very lovely jewellery of a very lovely friend. She didn’t even have to bribe me or anything, this time.

As per usual, click on the picture to be chucked over to Etsy, for prices and details and pictures and things.

From HearHoofBeatsThinkZebras, I give you this deluxe charm bracelet, all themed around Disney classic, Snow White. See? Snow themed! I particularly like the tiny snow flake and the little cameo charm with Snow White in all her animated glory. One of the store’s pricier pieces, it’s still a bargain, and the antique/vintage style is really pretty. You may see a few pieces like this floating around Etsy (and elsewhere), but I can promise you – best value, best quality, best seller.

Okay, I’m a little biased. So sue me.

This little guy is also local to Northern Ireland, and look at his little beak! And the cheeks and the feet, awk. I love anything unique and wonderful, and this kawaii penguin charm is both those things. And penguins live in snow, so my theme is still going nicely.

While these extremely geeky earrings are NOT local, I can definitely vouch for the seller, having ordered (in reasonable bulk) button badges from her before. Emma Frost (frost! Frost is like snow!) is one of my favourite X-Men, if you ignore the slightly sexist and annoying portrayal of her in First Class, just check out that pout.

Again, NOT local, but it gets a really big picture so you can see, it detail, just how awesome this is. It may be the best lighter that has ever existed. And Winter Is (not only) Coming, it’s here.

Theme complete. 20G for sticking to theme.

S.

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