When Easter & Ostara Collide!

Like the bad witch that I am, I was out of town for Ostara this year. Although I did celebrate in my own way while on vacation, I didn’t do much at home. This year I’m using Easter to honor the holiday instead.

ostara decorations

Here’s how I decorated, incorporating my love for all things witchy and kitschy.

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My Vintage Valentine’s Day Mantle

I like to refresh my mantle every few months to keep it interesting. I just can’t stand to look at the same things all the time. I rotate my art as well as the tchotchkes. I started taking down my Kewpie mantle from Christmas in early January, and this Valentine’s Day decor evolved from it.

An eclectic theme of vintage toys, minerals, and plants emerged while I was arranging it. These are all things that I collect so this came together pretty naturally on its own.

Here’s how I pulled it together:

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DIY Unicorn Ring Dish

These super cute DIY unicorn ring dishes couldn’t be any easier to make, and the supplies are ridiculously cheap. Create a herd of unicorn ring dishes using a Valentine kit and tiny dishes, both found in Bullseye’s Playground (formerly the Dollar Spot) at Target.

These darling little heart shaped ceramic trinket dishes are only $1 each. The unicorn Valentine kit is $3, and you get 24 figures for $3. I had all of the other supplies in my craft stash, so each dish only cost me $1.13 to make!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Sunshine Blogger Award

I am so pleased to announce that I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you so much to Sophie Marshall for nominating me. Sophie is one of my favorite bloggers because she posts seriously cute, seriously simple DIY projects. I’ve been inspired by her a few times since I’ve started reading her blog! I’m honored that she would think of me.

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DIY Hello Katya Doll with Gingermelon Doll Pattern

Last spring I started sewing again after years away from the machine. Once I completed a few small projects and made a few stuffed animals, my friend asked me if I could make him some Hello Katya dolls.

Here’s how I did it:

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Independent Designer Spotlight: Bright Comets Apparel

I’ll admit it: I’m a t-shirt fiend. I love t-shirts and wear them as much as possible. They’re so versatile! I’m drawn to graphic tees that are kind of spooky and esoteric, so when I saw this cool death’s head moth tee, I knew it would fit into my wardrobe just fine.

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My Year in Review: Highlights of 2018 in 12 Photos

I took a brief blogging hiatus this last week to unwind from the Christmas festivities, and to take time to reflect on 2018. I went through my Instagram (follow me!) and chose a photo from every month of this past year that highlights something cool that I did, made, or ate.

January

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Merry Kewpsmas!

This year I decided to do something a little different with my mantle for Christmas. I collect vintage toys, and I like to incorporate them into my holiday decorations. This year I was inspired when I came across someone’s old Kewpie collection at a local consignment store. I was just going to clean them up and sell them in my Etsy store, but I decided to dress them up for Christmas!

I usually dress up some of my toys for Christmas, but just with little Santa hats. This year, I went all out and gave every single one a costume or a prop. Here’s how I did it:

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My 200th Etsy Sale!

 

 

A few weeks ago, Etsy informed me that I’ve made my 200th sale through my shop, the Odd Bee! As of today, I’ve made 16 more. I am so humbled and grateful for the support! I also have a five star rating, with 87 perfect ratings.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had two perpetual passions: collecting things, and making things. My Etsy store makes these hobbies possible for me. I decorate my apartment with most of the things that I have listed on my Etsy; then when I sell an item, I get to replace it with something new!

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