Superlative Etsy Finds: Halloween Special #1: Party Time!

It’s already Halloween season here at Need Coffee, and this month all of our Superlative Etsy Finds will be themed for that glorious time of year! Looking for party decorations for your own holiday bash? Here are some great places to start– step into our Fantasy Halloween House Party and see some of what is out there to decorate with.

Vintage Halloween Garland, 2-D Funny Masks

As you step up to our party house, you may notice this Snake & Spider Halloween Wreath from Amy LaRoux, which would be a great addition to any creepy front door. A bonus feature of a piece like this might be the ability to keep solicitors or boring neighbors away from your door…for the month of October at least…

And to welcome you in, there is a very festive garland from RawBone Studio. Robin Romain has made this Vintage Halloween Garland from old-school Halloween masks from the 1960s. The majority of her shop is comprised of handmade Day of the Dead decorations, which are also really great (and there are some other equally creepy vintage image Halloween garlands as well!).

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:36+00:00 October 13th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

Superlative Etsy Finds #6: Sunbathing, Porcelain Cups & a Cyclopean Plant

Sunbathing

As school starts back up and we all start believing that autumn and cooler weather surely will actually return…someday, life tends to get back into more of a routine for lots of folks. And that sometimes comes with little slices of internet-surfing boredom. So if you find yourself staring at a screen needing to peruse some fun and interesting stuff, head over to Etsy sometime and check out some really fine creations–here are some great ones I recommend you start out with:

First up, because summer is not quite over yet, we have this wonderful Sunbathing illustration from Kelsey Garrity Riley Illustration. Her work is charming and just a bit quirky, which I really enjoy. Kelsey also does custom work, particularly wedding invitations, and more of her illustrations can be found at her personal site.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:19+00:00 August 22nd, 2012|Headsup|1 Comment

Superlative Etsy Finds #5: Plushy Bugs, Hand-Forged Dice, and Cthulhu Masks

Scarab Beetle plush soft sculpture

New things are afoot over at Etsy right now–first off, they have a new About page for shops that lets you see a little bit behind-the-scenes of what goes on to make the items offered (and helps you make sure you’re not buying something you think is handmade that’s really cranked out by a sweatshop full of six-year-olds in Taiwan). There aren’t a lot of them up yet, since the option to build one just became available recently, but I would encourage anyone shopping to check out the About page of the shops they’re perusing. All of the ones I’ve seen have been really interesting. If you’re curious, here’s the one for my shop, House of Whimsy (which features Hellpuppy Kora, of course).

In other news, Etsy is hosting a Christmas in July Sale that many stores are participating in–search cij or christmasinjuly tags (or just Christmas in July) to find some great deals. It officially runs until 7/22, but a lot of shops seem to be extending their sale items until the end of the month.

This week, we have some quite excellent selections, starting with this bright and cheery plush Scarab Beetle sculpture from weirdbuglady (aka Brigette). Need an amoeba or a planarian to cuddle up with? She’s got you covered. When she isn’t creating new plush creepy-crawlies, she’s working on her PhD in entomology, which would explain why you can search organisms in her shop by Phylum. Nice.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:46+00:00 July 19th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

Superlative Etsy Finds #4: Moai Ties, Altered Portraits, and Tiny Worlds

Easter Island Ties

I won’t pester you this week about how much nicer it is to support independent artists rather than going to the mall. You should already know that. (Granted, Lasik surgery is usually nicer than going to the mall. But you know what I mean.) And to prove it, here is some fun and unique craftsmanship for you via Etsy‘s eclectic group of artists.

First up this week, we have some great silkscreen designs from Scatterbrain Ties. These Easter Island Moai ties are Widge’s personal favorite, but Michael Phipps’ ties have something for everyone, from apocalyptic Dürer figures to circuit boards. If you have to wear a tie to work, at least make it an interesting one.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:22+00:00 June 15th, 2012|Headsup|1 Comment

Superlative Etsy Finds #3: Retro Posters, Monster Bags & a Zombie Ranch

Batman Retro Poster

Everyone needs to buy decorative items from time to time–either for yourself or for someone you love (or even for someone you are ambivalent about but required to purchase a gift for–what do you get that cousin you met once for her wedding?). Rather than driving to the mall, wouldn’t it be easier and more fun to hop online and find some truly imaginative pieces, while supporting independent artists in the process? Etsy is a good place to do that, and even though some resellers of imported crap find their way in far too easily, there are some truly talented and imaginative people there making really great art. So go poke around–find something really cool! Here’s a few things that caught my eye recently…

Harshness makes awesome geeky stylized posters, with subject matter ranging from X-Men to Game of Thrones. This wonderful Batman image caught my eye, but do go check out their whole catalog of items–there are some amazingly cool pieces to decorate your space for any and all types of geekery out there.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:29+00:00 June 7th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

Superlative Etsy Finds #2: Jesus Collages, Colorful Chameleons & Orphaned Robots

Jesus Saves the Sea Creatures

You have art on your walls, right? Knick-knacks on your shelves? Do you actually like it, or is it there because 1) you bought it in college at the poster sale and just haven’t gotten rid of it yet, or B) you have to have something decorative around your place, and even though that ceramic dog your aunt gave you is hideous, it is Art (mostly) and can fill space on a shelf? If you do not have art that you actually like, don’t worry–there’s plenty out there to enrich the spaces you live in. And a good place to start in our internet age is Etsy, which features thousands of independent artists making amazing work.

So here we are. Each week I’m going to stop in and share some things that caught my eye.

Unusual Cards is our first pick this week, and even before you see her work, you know you’re in good hands when you read the beginning of her artist’s profile: “Born in the Arctic tundra in 1952, artist Francesca Berrini was raised by polar bears until the age of seven. Her interest in art began to develop immediately after being captured by an an oil exploration team. Unable to speak or read, she proved adept at creating humorous sculptures out of seal carcasses and beer cans.” Francesca’s collages, hand-cut from vintage illustrations, are exquisitely wrong in all the right ways, and the recurring theme of Jesus hanging with dinosaurs in her prints warms our Creation Museum-loving hearts.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:36+00:00 May 27th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

Superlative Etsy Finds #1: Fighting Pods, Vacationing Animals & Comfy Pillows

As an artist and craftsperson myself, I find Etsy to be a remarkable marketplace because there is not only something for everyone to be found there, but also the widest range of artistic endeavors, from beautiful creations that would be at home in a grand palace to things that would scare my dog. If you’re interested in the latter, Regretsy is an excellent resource for the WTF items found there. Always excited about good art, however, I prefer looking at the amazing-in-a-good-way items. There’s just a ton of good art and craft out there, and it should be shared and enjoyed.

So here we are. Each week I’m going to stop in and share some things that caught my eye.

This week’s first pick is from an artist who lives in Germany, near an area where Grimm’s Seven Dwarves apparently resided (which is pretty cool). The Curious Printery specializes in Victorian-era images printed onto pages from antique books. They have many mind-boggling collaged images, but this was the one that first caught my eye: Lady vs. Octopus Kraken. I’m a sucker for antique and vintage items to begin with, but the subject matter of this collage is just fabulous. Not only is our very proper heroine going up against a giant octopus (who inexplicably is not located in any body of water), but she’s about to face it with a bow and arrow. Perhaps she was Hawkeye’s great-grandmother. Whatever her background, I’m betting she’ll win this battle.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:52+00:00 May 20th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #128: A Matter of Perspective

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that has no shipping costs. At least none that you can trace on your credit card. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Green Card

Agenda:

  • Leigh vs. Etsy. And cottages.
  • TravelCast
  • The relativity of 5′ 10″
  • FunFest Funny
  • Double letter names
  • Monkeys and comics
  • The Avengers
  • Members Only condoms
  • Band Camp…not funny
  • Gunshot jeans
  • Girls dorm rooms…and sex
  • Jim Carrey and being creepy
  • Aaron-approved tapping! Congrats, Tom Cruise!
  • Zombie plans
  • Architecture and comics
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:38:10+00:00 August 26th, 2011|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|7 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #46: C+

    Needcoffee podcasting

    And we’re back. Please note: this podcast, if you haven’t figured it out, is profane and not safe for consumption by children or animals. Or sentient creatures of any sort. You can’t say we didn’t warn you.

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    Agenda:

    • The utterly terrifying lube discussion
    • The podcast has started…?
    • All About Erosion
    • Rox of All Trades
    • Cockblocking
    • “Nice BBQ”
    • Jon’s bird is still moist
    • Name that empty bottle of beer
    • Name that bra size
    • Rob in Rear Window
    • Scott’s cousin and his meat
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:56:51+00:00 December 4th, 2009|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

    Congress: Keeping Your Children Safe From Books, Used Clothing and Small Businesses

    Lead: look at that smug bastard.  All the trouble he's caused.

    At Needcoffee, politics really isn’t our bag. First up, because we are read all over the world, and it gets a little silly if we’re trying to talk about stuff that affects America all the time–the people in Brazil or Canada, while amused, probably don’t care beyond that. And secondly, even though I think that 80% of people in America are not as blisteringly either left wing or right wing and I bet if you talked to them you’d see they were reasonable people who might differ in opinion on the finer points, but for the most part just want to be left alone to enjoy life. And we don’t want anybody to get their coffee filters in a twist.

    But sometimes…sometimes the government does something so incredibly dumb that we think the only people who will be backing the government’s play is…the government. And then we have to say something.

    Especially when you’ve got legislation that could wind up banning kids from libraries, putting Etsy stores who make stuff for kids out of business (search for “CPSIA sale”), and forcing anybody who makes anything for kids spend craploads of money testing everything they have for lead. Because anything that goes to kids under the age of 12 is fair game. And what I want to know is this: when was the last kid who was hospitalized because they had a book with lead in it? How many children’s books have been shown to have lead in them…at all? There might be answers for both of those that go above the number zero–I’m honestly, seriously, asking. How many diapers have been shown to have lead in them?

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:07:06+00:00 January 19th, 2009|Stimuli|2 Comments