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Awesome stocking fillers

Etsy is a true online Christmas gift wonderland – and with some of these, you can even pretend you have ‘made it yourself’  ;o)

http://www.etsy.com/listing/105473401/vintage-retro-camera-cigarette-case?ref=sr_gallery_10&ga_search_query=wallet&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_ref=auto3&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=wallet

Bright Neon Green Merino Roving 4 oz

http://www.etsy.com/listing/113458275/bright-neon-green-merino-roving-4-oz?ref=sr_gallery_14&ga_search_query=neon+wool&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_ref=auto1&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=neon+wool

http://www.etsy.com/listing/104121463/autumn-pearl-hair-pins-mix-3-brown?ref=sr_gallery_20&ga_search_query=hair+pin&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_page=3&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmadehair+pin

http://www.etsy.com/listing/98805630/mens-wallet-mustache-vinyl-billfold?ref=sr_gallery_22&ga_search_query=wallet&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=wallet

http://www.etsy.com/listing/108904540/infant-boy-hat-sock-monkey?ref=sr_gallery_17&ga_search_query=socks&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_ref=auto2&ga_explicit_scope=1&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmadesocks

http://www.etsy.com/listing/86252448/vintage-bike-cufflinks-keepsake-gift-for?ref=fp_treasury_2

http://www.etsy.com/listing/74124045/fox-phone-case-iphone-case-fox-iphone-4?ref=sr_gallery_20&ga_search_query=ipod+case&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_ref=auto5&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=ipod+case

http://www.etsy.com/listing/88276094/beeswax-candle-ganesh-ganesha-ganapati?ref=v1_other_1

Man Gift Set Beard Conditioner Wash Cream Wild Man Gift Basket Box

http://www.etsy.com/listing/80947337/man-gift-set-beard-conditioner-wash?ref=sr_gallery_39&ga_search_query=men+gift&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=men+gift

http://www.etsy.com/listing/113134219/flower-necklace-red-jewelry-bib-necklace

Grey Frost Monster by Stuffed Silly, Plush Toy Collectible, Soft Art Doll Yeti

http://www.etsy.com/listing/115480131/grey-frost-monster-by-stuffed-silly?ref=v1_other_2

Fairytale Tea

http://www.etsy.com/listing/62071953/fairytale-tea?ref=sr_gallery_11&ga_search_query=tea&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_ref=auto1&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=tea

Genuine Leather Short Gloves - Black - Sheepskin - Women - Winter Fall - Handmade - Free Shipping

http://www.etsy.com/listing/112093286/genuine-leather-short-gloves-black?ref=sr_gallery_8&ga_search_query=gloves&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_ref=auto3&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmadegloves

wool embroidered Meowy Christmas Holiday Elf Hood for cat plus free catnip toy

http://www.etsy.com/listing/85918619/wool-embroidered-meowy-christmas-holiday

Vintage Elgin AMerican Powder Compact Mirror Elgin American

http://www.etsy.com/listing/90070618/vintage-elgin-american-powder-compact?ref=sr_gallery_26&ga_search_query=compact+mirror&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=vintage&ga_facet=vintagecompact+mirror

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OMG more cat fashion!

If you have been following my blog for a while you will know that I love cats. A very lucky owner of a gorgeous feline friend, my cat Mickey rather likes  his bow ties when he feels like dressing up!

However it is NOT EASY to take photos of these little creatures.. They fiddle, they jump, they want to sniff your camera, they want treats!

I have recently discovered an amazing boutique on ETSY which not only stocks awesome handmade feline fashion, but the photography is beautiful! Check out these fun fun fun photos and buy a gift for your puss.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/CatAtelier

White Felt Beret

Dog 15-16in Twin Cherries tie and round collar

White point collar with flower interchangeable tie

Houndstooth sectioned Beret with Pompom for Cat

Lace edge Baby collar for cat, choose green&white, all white, or red and white

One day (baby, we’ll be old)

You know when a song gets under your skin so deep and you just keep playing it again and again..

Get Cape.Wear Cape.Fly.

Yes the Autumn is most definitely here. Sigh. So unless you are lucky enough to live in Australia or somewhere forever hot and sunny, you better make a list of things you love about autumn. Trust me, you will be surprised how many you shall find! Number one? A CAPE! You don’t even have to go very far to find an awesome, cuddly and stylish vintage cape: Etsy.com is here to help. Take your pick:

Vintage 60's Long Camel Cape with Belt

http://www.etsy.com/listing/109264259/vintage-60s-long-camel-cape-with-belt?ref=sr_gallery_43&ga_search_query=cape&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=vintage%2Fclothingcape

AUTUMN SALE  Vintage 1960's-70's Plaid Wool Mod Blue and Green Cape

http://www.etsy.com/listing/109743423/autumn-sale-vintage-1960s-70s-plaid-wool?ref=sr_gallery_4&sref=sr_50eb80bc3952df8bbd861672926c27fa8dc81b1fcc5662419af0088c31ec05dd_1349295787_14435814_cape&ga_search_query=cape&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all

Vintage 60s 70s Cape Poncho

http://www.etsy.com/listing/87570845/vintage-60s-70s-cape-poncho?ref=sr_gallery_23&ga_search_query=cape&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=vintage%2Fclothingcape

Lil Red Riding -EPIC Vintage Raspberry Cape Coat

http://www.etsy.com/listing/97253151/lil-red-riding-epic-vintage-raspberry?ref=sr_gallery_36&ga_search_query=cape&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=6&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=vintage%2Fclothingcape

60s Vintage Green Wool Cape

http://www.etsy.com/listing/108949603/60s-vintage-green-wool-cape?ref=sr_gallery_10&ga_search_query=cape&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=3&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=vintage%2Fclothingcape

Vintage military style navy cape with matching mini-dress

http://www.etsy.com/listing/99598050/vintage-military-style-navy-cape-with?ref=sr_gallery_40&ga_search_query=cape&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=3&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=vintage%2Fclothingcape

Vintage 1970s Pendleton Wool Cape

http://www.etsy.com/listing/109785082/vintage-1970s-pendleton-wool-cape?ref=sr_gallery_5&ga_search_query=cape&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=4&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=vintage%2Fclothingcape

Vintage 60's 70's Ethnic Cape Coat // Native American Poncho Sweater

http://www.etsy.com/listing/109727539/vintage-60s-70s-ethnic-cape-coat-native?ref=sr_gallery_9&ga_search_query=cape&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=4&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=vintage%2Fclothingcape

The truth behind the feather headdress

Will you be wearing a feather headdress of sort to a festival or a party this summer? Then let me tell you about where these originally come from..

War bonnets are the impressive feather headdresses commonly seen in Western movies and TV shows. Although warbonnets are the best-known type of Indian headdress today, they were actually only worn by a dozen or so Indian tribes in the Great Plains region, such as the Sioux, Crow, Blackfeet, Cheyenne, and Plains Cree. Most types of warbonnets were made from the tail feathers of the golden eagle, and each feather had to be earned by an act of bravery. Sometimes a feather might be painted with red dye to commemorate a particular deed. Besides the feathers, Plains Indian warbonnets were often decorated with ermine skins and fancy beadwork. Warbonnets were important ceremonial regalia worn only by chiefs and warriors. Also, only men wore warbonnets. (Women sometimes went to war in some Plains Indian tribes, and there were even some female chiefs, but they never wore these masculine headdresses.) Plains Indian men occasionally wore warbonnet headdresses while they were fighting, but more often saved their war bonnets for formal occasions. In particular, long feather trailers were never worn on the battlefield. It would be impossible to fight while wearing them!

In the 1800’s, Native American men from other tribes sometimes began to wear Plains-style warbonnets. Partially this was because of the American tourist industry, which expected Native Americans to look a certain way. Partially it was because many Native American tribes were forced to move to Oklahoma and other Indian territories during this time in history, so tribes that used to live far apart began adopting customs from their new neighbors. In most cases, the feather warbonnet did not have the same significance among the new tribes that adopted it. For them, it was a matter of fashion or a general symbol of authority. But for the Plains Indian tribes, feather warbonnets were a sacred display of a man’s honor and courage, and each feather told a story. Eagle feathers are still sometimes awarded to Plains Indians who serve in the military or do other brave deeds today.

The Indian headband is also well-known from movies and other popular images of Native Americans. However, this style of headband was typically only used by a few tribes of the northeast Woodlands. Usually the headband consisted of a finger-woven or beaded deerskin strip with tribal designs on it. This band was then tied around the brow with a feather or two tucked through the back. Not only eagle feathers but turkey, hawk, egret, and crane feathers were also used for Woodland Indian headbands. Both men and women wore headbands and these were not associated with war. The number and type of feather did not usually have special symbolic meaning, though in a few tribes that bordered the Plains eagle feathers were reserved for warriors. For the most part, Woodland Indian headbands were worn for their beauty, and were often decorated with intricate patterns and  beads.

http://www.native-languages.org/headdresses.htm

You can find many beautiful headdresses on Etsy.com so if you like this style, wear it with pride, but do not fight!8)

FROST DANCE Feather Headdress

http://www.etsy.com/listing/98682319/frost-dance-feather-headdress?ref=sr_gallery_7&ga_search_query=feather+headdress&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=handmadefeather+headdress

Feather Headdress - The Flame Feather Headdress

http://www.etsy.com/listing/98201824/feather-headdress-the-flame-feather?ref=v1_other_2

Customizable Feather Mohawk / Headdress - "Rainbow Brite"

http://www.etsy.com/listing/82254741/customizable-feather-mohawk-headdress

Feather Headpiece

http://www.etsy.com/listing/100301594/feather-headpiece

Athena

http://www.etsy.com/listing/92152443/athena?ref=v1_other_2

Xochitquetzal

http://www.etsy.com/listing/92151227/xochitquetzal?ref=v1_other_2

Luna

http://www.etsy.com/listing/82191456/luna?ref=sr_gallery_16&ga_search_query=feather+headdress&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_page=6&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=handmadefeather+headdress

RedHairDay vintage handbags

RedHairDay vintage handbags are on sale !!!

Check them out here:

https://marketplace.asos.com/seller/redhairday/collection#pmin=8&pmax=26&f:category=bags

 

Earrings: the hidden meanings

Brand spanking new collection of handcrafted statement earrings by RedHairDay:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/RedHairDay?section_id=10888250

Ear piercing is one of the oldest known forms of body modification, with artistic and written references from cultures around the world dating back to early history. No one knows for sure as to when the first earring was worn. However, it is indicated that earrings have been in existence at least four to five thousand years. The history of the earring illustrates its evolution from culture to culture over the centuries and being other than decorative. It identified the wearer to their class structure, religion, or if they were a warrior.

At Amesbury in Wiltshire, Englandin 2002, an archaeological excavation of a burial site revealed a man from the Early Bronze Age buried with war weapons and a pair of gold earrings.

Earrings were considered to be a protective talisman within some religious sects. Amongst sailors, a pierced earlobe was a symbol that the wearer had sailed around the world or had crossed the equator. In addition, it is commonly held that a gold earring was worn by sailors in payment for a proper burial in the event that they might drown at sea. Should their bodies have been washed up on shore, it was hoped that the earring would serve as payment for “a proper Christian burial”.

Pirates wore large gold hoop earrings to indicate the wealth of their boat. Earrings were especially widespread for soldiers; making them even more popular among men than women at one time.

The origin of the earring is to believe to come from the Asian region, predominantly India. Evidence indicates this claim based upon the wearing of earrings in artwork dating back several thousand of years. They were generally shaped as hoops and did not have inlaid jewels.

The Roman Empire in the first century had upper class women competing with each other in ornate styles of gold earrings. The trend change and adding gemstones to the gold became common. The women adored its attractiveness and sparkling sheen. The use of semi-precious and precious stones had their jewellery increase in value too.

By the second century, in medieval Europe, earrings became passé due to the styles of this period – upper class fashions had high collars with elaborate hairdos, and obscured the ear. However, this was short-lived

In Elizabethan England, earrings, or as known at the time as “ear-pickes”, were favoured by both sexes. Women’s earrings were often detailed with jewels or pearls, and draped down from the earlobe. The mens earring usually consisted of simple and plain gold and famous men of the era, such as Shakespeare and Sir Francis Drake wore one.

Womens fashion during the Victorian Era brought in the hat. Wide ribbon bonnets that tied neatly under their chin for day wear now made long dangling earrings impractical for everyday use. The timing was ideal for smaller conservative earrings or no earrings at all. The drop earring presenting plenty of glitz and shimmer was popular in the evening. Even QueenVictoria favoured large drop earrings for formal social events.

The trend for 20th century woman saw the reduction of the pierce earrings to a screw fitting type. New modes of materials were put into the design of earrings, such as clay and glass.

In the 1930’s designers began to produce the clip-on earring. This appeased women who feared piercing as not being sanitary and who perhaps just dreaded having their ears pierced.

1930s matching clip on EARRINGS and Brooch gold interlinking circles Set

http://www.etsy.com/listing/77763261/1930s-matching-clip-on-earrings-and

The “Carnaby Street Mod” rage during the 1960’s had the use of plastic came into its own by edgy designers such as Mary Quant, Laura Ashley and of course, the Carnaby Street boutiques. Earrings became an amusing element to fashion, and wearing them was a symbol of self expression to differentiate themselves from the older generation. In the late 1960s, ear piercing began to make inroads among men through the hippie and gay communities. At that time, the practice re-emerged, but since a large commercial market for them did not exist, most ear piercings were done at home. Teenage girls were known to hold ear piercing parties, where they performed the procedure on one another.

In the late 1970s, amateur piercings, sometimes with safety pins and/or multiple piercings, became popular in the punk rock community.

Stud earrings became trendy amongst emerging and established male rock stars of the 60s, 70s, 80s in gold and diamonds. Multiple piercings in one or both ears first emerged in mainstream America in the 1970s. Initially, the trend was for women to wear a second set of earrings in the earlobes, or for men to double-pierce a single earlobe. A variety of specialized cartilage piercings have since become popular. In addition, earlobe stretching, while common in indigenous cultures for thousands of years, began to appear in Western society in the 1990s, and is now a fairly common sight. However, these forms of ear piercing are still infrequent compared to standard ear piercing.

So why do women wear earrings? It’s no doubt that earrings can increase women’s sex appeal. The movement of dangling earrings will catch the eye and get the attention. Show off your neck and bare your shoulders when you wear chandelier earrings, for the sexiest effect.

Pearls are lustrous – they reflect soft, diffused light back to your skin which is very flattering. Diamonds, on the other hand, are famous for their fiery brilliance.

The shape of the earrings can also make you look better through optical illusions. A round face would look slimmer when you wear long earrings that emphasise a vertical line. Flat features look sharper with angular earrings. The sharp lines of the earrings make your features look sharper. A too angular face looks softer with round earrings. Circles and ovals incorporated into the earring design gives the features a softer look.

Text  Wikipedia, photos found through Google

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