Give Pulp Sushi for Valentine's Day

I interrupt your week of blog reading to bring you some gift ideas for Valentine's Day from the shop. There is still some time to get your order in within the United States.  Click on the images to view the Etsy items. It's all about hearts and pink and flowers! 

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Check Out Lizzy Bird Beeswax Candles

When I was selling at Bard College the other week, another vendor I checked out was Lizzy Bird.  Lizzy Bird creator, Elizabeth Bryant, makes pure beeswax candles, and botanical bath & body products made with fine, simple organics and wildcrafted ingredients.  I should have included this shop in my Hudson Valley Gift Guide last month as they're based in Red Hook, NY.

I was attracted to her super cute molds and bright colors which included honeybees, pinecones, Buddhas (not included in her Etsy shop). 



Aren't these adorable? You almost don't want to light them.  Her candles are 100% natural beeswax from established northeast US beekeepers and uses organic cotton wicks.  The candles are not scented other than it's natural honey scent.

We picked up a little red tree for our home decor Christmas collection....


Love it! Each candle is made individually and are smokeless, dripless, and non-allergenic.  You can never go wrong giving a candle as a gift any time of the year.  You can find her Etsy shop at

Help Roarsome Yarns - Get Goodies!

This week my good friend Jess from Knot By Gran'ma announced she is launching a new business - Roarsome Yarns.  But like a lot of business launches, some extra help is needed and I wanted to spread the word.  


Jess is a very passionate crocheter with dreams of one day having a farm with alpacas, chickens, bunnies and more.  Right now, she just has Priscilla the Angora Rabbit and a Spinning Wheel.  She just needs a few more items to get the ball rolling which you can read more about in her GoFundMe page "Help Roarsome Yarns Get Started!"

Besides, you don't want to held responsible for putting Priscilla the Angora Rabbit about of a job would you? Of course you wouldn't.  Just look at her! 

BunnyWith each donation level, you will receive from a crochet monster ornament to a 4 oz hand of handspun yarn (courtesy of Priscilla). Check it out today and follow Jess on Twitter

Holiday Group Giveaway from Little Nostalgia

Hooray! It's time for a giveaway!  I'm participating in a giveaway hosted by Little Nostalgia starting TODAY!  You have one week to enter, giveaway closes next Wednesday.  Check out what you can win - I'm digging the Christmas-y vibe. Click the image to take you to the giveaway page for more details about each maker :

Little Nostalgia Giveaway

Items from top to bottom:

These all happen to be my blog buddies too so I can attest that you are in for some swank, great quality treats! Enter today!

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Handmade Felt Bags By Lefrac

Last week I shared an Etsy treasury I was in and one of the other items was a bag from Lefrac. It was gorgeous! I pointed it out in the post but I couldn't leave it there.  I had to feature them.

From Italy, Lefrac makes beautiful bags and purses out of felt. I'm mesmerized by the colors and style.


The 3 mm wool felt is an environmentally and friendly material, sustainable, renewable and biodegradable.


Lefrac3Their shop has a range colors along with clutches, cute iPad sleeves, and flower pins. Very reasonably priced too, you must check it out!

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Review: Beyond The Picket Fence

Here's another post in tribute to handmade soaps.  Today I want to talk about Beyond The Picket Fence

My latest purchase from Newburgh Urban Market

Beyond the Picket Fence creates all natural Bath & Body products in small batches using the finest natural ingredients. Most items are 100% natural using essential oils as their fragrance & tinting herbs for color.

The above soap is Brom Bones Pumpkin Spice Ale that includes hops and beer from North River Hops and Brew, pumpkin, coconut oil, canola oil, and sodium palmate.

I've been a fan of BTPF since 2009 when I first met soap maker Gwen through the Hudson Valley Etsy team.  When I meet a soaper who LIVES for their craft, I get excited!  There are a lot of soapers out there and some of them are a flash in the pan trying to make a quick buck on a fad.  Not BTPF!  Not only is she a good soaper but a dear friend so this is my love letter to her. :)

Beyond The Picket Fence continues to be one of my Top Five handmade soaps I keep referring back to for replenishment.  Her scents are divine and soaps leave your skin feeling so soft and touchable, yes touchable. :) 

Branding With A Cause - Let's Meet Gipsy Dharma

When I use to live in Tarrytown, NY I would walk home from the train station.  During the Summer if it was really hot and raining naturally I hated that walk.  There was a woman who also got off at my stop and she would take the same walk as me and if it was raining, she would do that walk barefoot.  Walking barefoot is awesome, I love it!  Too bad it's frowned upon in public and I guess I understand why.  


Today I am happy to share with you the designs from Gipsy Dharma from the UK. "Gipsy" started their business to provide an alternative to mainstream fashion outlets.  It all started with a pair of boots made for comfort - where it felt like walking barefoot! Some photos of the boots were shared on Facebook and the praise and demand took off from there - Gipsy Dharma was born!

Gipsy Dharma is more than just boots, it is sharing a philosophy of staying grounded and being in touch with your journey in life.  Everything you see is handcrafted and the leather used is from cruelty-free resources.


Don't you love these colors? Sticking to their handmade roots and not wanting to resort to mass-production, Gipsy will only make a few pairs of boots a day and will only sell them first come, first served.  

Be sure to check them out at and on Facebook

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Meet GLINT Candles And Win! (A Giveaway)

One of the things I would like to do on my blog is share more stories of other small, handmade businesses. Not just review a product but getting to know what inspires and drives their business.  Today I'm exited to tell you about Glint Candles. Who doesn't love candles?

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Lacey happen upon her love of candlemaking after taking a job as a DIY candlemaker in a Lake Tahoe resort teaching candle making workshops to kids and adults.  She loved it so much, she dropped out of Nursing school to launch her own line of candles and hasn't looked back since! 


Why Soy? They tell the story on their website how one time they had a non-soy pillar candle burning in their tiny home.  After a couple of hours, they had to clean off all of the black soot it left on the walls. It made them wonder after seeing what this candle did to their wall, just what exactly was going in to their lungs? 


I received a 1 lb Custom Soy Candle with their "First Kiss" scent which includes Exotic mangosteen which is both citrusy and sweet with a hint of peach, and pink grapefruit. You guys it smells HEAVENLY!!!!  Not overwhelming at all and doesn't give your nose a shock when you first sniff it. So pleasant.  And they come in these lovely jars which can be reusable.  I absolutely love their style and their vibe.

I've kind of developed a thing for anatomical hearts so that was the design I've chosen...


I love helping other handmade businesses get the word out on their product and was happy to hear from Glint Candles about offering to give away a candle through my blog.  Yay a candle for YOU!  

Enter to win your own candle (US only!) Giveaway will end this Sunday night.

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About Victorian Mourning Jewelry

For some of my jewelry listings, I use the tag Victorian Mourning Jewelry.  It sounds a little morbid but also beautiful.  

Mourning jewelry is just what it sounds like - jewelry one wears while mourning the loss of a loved one, a tradition that stems back to the 1500s.  Usually the components for this type of jewelry would be jet and onyx and coral was added later on.

Earrings from Pulp Sushi

From Wikipedia...

There was special mourning jewelry, often made of jet. The wealthy could also wear cameos or lockets designed to hold a lock of the deceased's hair or some similar relic.

Macabre theme jewelry involving skulls was also common place with Memento Mori symbolisms of death and still popular today outside of mourning (I like using skulls in my own shop).  

I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces found on Etsy inspired by Victorian Mourning Jewelry. Click the images to visit their listings: 

ModCloth Make The Cut Contest: 'Prints Charming'

Have you always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer? I did when I was in the fifth grade but that was short lived but it doesn't have to be for you!  Check out ModCloth's Make The Cut program! This is a recurring design contest that invites the ModCloth Community to design garments, graphics, or fabric prints. Its main purpose is to further their mission of democratizing fashion by producing clothing designed by community members. YOU can become a designer at ModCloth!  I know a few folks who should take advantage of this - I should give them a poke. ;)

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How does the contest work?
Entrants will design a new print for a private label dress silhouette that is already being produced! Contestants have two weeks to submit designs. After the submission period, the ModCloth Creative Team will narrow down the submissions to 20, which will be sent to the guest judge, Amanda Needham, Costume Designer for Portlandia. After Amanda has chosen the 10 finalists, they will be posted on the Be The Buyer page for voting. There will be a week for the Community to vote, then ModCloth will contact the winner and update the contest announcement with the big news!

• Contest is Live Now!
• End of Submission Period: Friday 02/14/14
• Launch voting on Be The Buyer: Monday 03/03/14
• End voting on Be The Buyer: Monday 03/10/14
• Winner announced on ModCloth Blog (winner will be contacted personally): Wednesday 3/12/14

Send your entry in now and good luck!

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