The Ornaments

You and your girl head in the direction of the food. However, both of you are stopped by the sight of a two-story Christmas tree with six different ornaments at seven each per ornament.

Shop: WhimsicalWinston

pine cone, ornament, hostess gift, red, gold, Christmas, decoration, wedding, party favor, reception decoration, pom pom pine cone

Pine cone...SOLD!

Just before you can stop her, your girl plucks the pine cone ornament from the tree and smiles that dazzling smile that caught your eye when you first saw her.

“This is so beautiful,” she whispers to you. “Look at the gold tips and the raised decorative print. It’s like velvet. We could buy a whole bunch of these and decorate the church pews – ”

“For what?”

“For our wedding,” she smiles and gazes into your soul.

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Shop: Mirilovelove

Personalized Holiday french Script and Gold Star Ornament

Personalized Holiday French Script & Gold Star Ornament...SOLD!

Then she plucks another ornament from the tree. “This is soooo adorable. Look, they have their names at the bottom of this one in the same French script handwriting.” She pauses.

You know she is waiting for you to say something, anything, but, your mind stopped working after she said the word “wedding.”

“We can write the names of our children on our’s, as well,” she said.

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Shop: Just4Christmas

Hand painted Glass Ball with Cardinal Snow Scene

Hand painted Glass Ball with Cardinal Snow Scene...N/A

“Awww, delicate, and a beautiful winter scene with Cardinals. Awww!  There’s snow on the ground, and this one has  been hand painted, you think? See the detail of the trees. I wonder if the artist had to wait for one side to dry before painting the other side, you think, maybe?” 

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Shop: ClaymatesPottery

Brown / tan textured bell / Christmas ornament

Christmas Bell...N/A

 “Oh, this one’s pretty, too. I love the rustic pottery texture of the delicate design.” She shakes the bell back and forth. “Paxton, Roscoe, dinner.”

“It’s not a dinner bell. It’s an ornament. Who’s Paxton and Roscoe?”

“Our sons, we’re going to have.”

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Shop: NoelBelles

Rustic Birdhouse Ornament 210

Rustic Bird House...SOLD!

“Awww, isn’t that sweet. This is you, the papa bird, guarding the nest. Me and the boys are inside the rustic metal bird house. Look, you’ve provided berries for us to eat.”

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Shop: Redfermata

Peace on Earth / hand painted globe

Hand painted Peace on Earth Globe...SOLD!

“One day, when our sons are big and strong men, they will go forth upon the earth and create peace throughout the world. They’ll carry this beautiful and hand painted globe ornament with them to remind them of you and –

You think, “God, where is the food!?” You look past your girl, who is still rambling about an alternative future, to see your friend from work who is about to make the biggest mistake of his career.

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K9knits and CookieGuru

Shop: K9knits

The Mason - Army Green Dog Sweater Coat with Leather Buttons XXS

Army Green Dog Sweater Coat...SOLD!

As soon as you and your girl step through the door, three little white Chihuahuas run up to you with miniature snarls and barks around your feet. All three are adorably dressed in hand-knitted, army green sweaters with leather buttons and wide collars.  Your girl picks up one and makes goo goo and gah gah noises at the tiny dog which seems to calm him down. The other two are quite happy to continue barking and nipping at your shoelaces. You pick up a second one and notice the sweater provides full coverage to the back and front of the little dog. The wide collar makes the little dog look genteel.

The hostess returns with a plate of cookies. Cool! Food, you think. Your girl asks the hostess if the sweaters were made from wool. The hostess confirms that the sweaters were an acrylic wool blend, quite warm, and snug. You reach for the plate of cookies and start to eat one.

The hostess laughs, “No, these are for the dogs.”

Your girl laughs, the hostess laughs again, and you can feel your face getting warm. You make yourself smile, because after all, she is the wife of your boss.

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Shop: CookieGuru

Karma Cookies Pumpkin Natural Dog Treats

Karma Cookies...Pumpkin...Natural Dog Treats...$6.50

“Here, why don’t you give the dogs their treats,” she hands you the plate of cookies which are shaped like bones. “Crumble them up,” the hostess says, “you could probably eat them since they are made with spices, pumpkin, rice bran, oatmeal and eggs, no sugar or preservatives. I don’t see why you couldn’t eat them. Here, let me try one.” She breaks a little piece off and pops the piece into her mouth and chews. “Well, it’s not sweet, and it’s dry,” she pauses, “and it has a nice autumn spice flavor. They’re called Karma Cookies™. Isn’t that sweet?”

She continues, “The dogs love ’em. The cookies help their immune systems, which is great, because this little guy,” she pulls the dog from your girl, “has been sick for a while. We rescued all three of them from a puppy mill, a year ago, and, it has been a rough year for this little guy.” She kisses the dog on the nose. He nose-kisses back with one eye cocked on the cookie plate. “As soon as we started giving them these cookies, we noticed their coats improved much faster than the other two we rescued two years ago from another puppy mill.

You ask, “The other two?”

“Yea, they are the big guys, an Alaskan Husky and a Greyhound. They’re in the basement for the evening. I’ll have to tell you about their horror stories, but, another time. You two, go get some food.”

She called the dogs, “Cobbie, Corly, and Chester, come on babies, and off they scampered after her and the plate of cookies.

Art Galleria Collection #8

Shop: Tapestry316

ACEO - black and white photograph of trees in the mist

Trees in the Mist...$4.00

Shop: Honeyraisin

FREE SHIPPING - Ophelia Caught In The Rain (8 x 10 Photo Print)

Ophelia Caught in the Rain...$12.00

Shop: Ndtphoto

Man's Best Friend - Dinosaur Skeleton Photo - 12 x 18 Fine Art Archival Photograph

Man's Best Friend...SOLD!

Shop: Dahliahousestudios

Country winter,Original Signed Fine Art altered photograph 4x4 inches

Country Winter...$16.00

Shop: CiaoChessa

la fille et le chien - 8x12 Photographic Print - More Sizes Available

La Fille et le Chien...$30.00

Shop: Exposed7

Faucet - 5x5

Faucet...$8.00

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Disclaimer: All photos are copyrighted to the artist and not for public domain.

7 + 1 Ways to Use Paperweights

Did you know that the history of the paperweight dates back to an interest in writing letters during the Victorian period? Paperweights were as decorative back then as they are now. Using such techniques as lampwork, “cameo incrustation” and millefiori, glass makers created the paperweights in beautiful patterns.

In 1845, visitors to the “Exhibition of Austrian Industry,” which was held in Vienna, feasted their eyes upon breathtaking beauty and the popularity of the paperweight surged until it reached the American consumer in 1852. If you would like to read more about the history of the paperweight, read The History of Paperweights by the Illinois State Museum.

Paperweights not only hold down paper but they can also be used as:

  1. Garden Globes
  2. Centerpieces
  3. Doorstops
  4. Bookends
  5. A collective grouping
  6. A collection in a clear vase
  7. Art decoration on a shelf or bookcase

 

Shop: CyneburgsField

Mazurka No. Tree - Art Paperweight

Mazurka No. Tree - Art Paperweight...N/A

Listen closely or you might miss the songs flowing from the song tree to the Baby Grand Piano. Look closely you can see the notes on the tree. CyneburgFields of California created this beautiful glass paperweight with a cork bottom.

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Shop: Marbleheadglass

Handblown Cosmic swirl paperweight Retro modern hipness marblehead glassworks

Cosmic Swirl Paperweight...N/A

Ever imagine what the cosmic swirl might look like the closer you floated to the sun in your spaceship?  A beautiful hue of hot reds, oranges, and galaxy stars swirling together, just like this fiery paperweight. Handformed by Jeff Mentuck of Marbleheadglass, from Salem, this gorgeous paperweight is two-inches in diameter and signed and dated on the bottom.

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Shop: DomusModern also featured in Purple.

Vintage Dynasty Gallery Purple Paper Weight Art Glass  Domus Modern on Etsy

Vintage Dynasty Purple Paperweight...N/A

Domus Modern out of the midwestern part of the US presents a pretty deep purple paperweight from the Dynasty Gallery Heirloom Collection. Artistic glass bubbles formed within the paperweight will create a conversation about the universe. Set it upon a white shelf or bookcase to create a striking contrast.

Shop: Rwalsh111

Murano Flower Paperweight

Murano Flower Paperweight...$18.00

The Italian term for “thousands of flowers” is millefiori which is also a technique created by art glass makers in Murano, Italy in 1845. The glass makers twisted tubes of colorful glass into floral designs like the amazing and detailed pink flower in the paperweight presented above by Rwalsh111 out of Clearwater. If you look closely, you can see the clear bubble in the middle of the flower.

Shop: Auberrygirl

Fruity Swirl - Paperweight

Fruity Swirl Paperweight...$28.00

An artist is like a scientist as the artist Auberry of California demonstrates in her experimentation with dish soap, milk, and food coloring. A photo of a “New Earth” in its’ infancy. One day her technique will make history. Paperweight comes in a burlap pouch ready to give to your beloved or…keep for yourself.

Shop: Sterlingglassworks

Large Heart Paperweight

Large Heart Paperweight...N/A

According to Sterlingglassworks’s Etsy profile, he is a “water sign with a love for”…get this…fire! He doesn’t understand it himself, either. Nevertheless, he creates works of beauty from fire. The Heart of the Universe swirls you into a hypnotic trance. Use this paperweight for meditation.

And, just like that, I have discovered the 8th way to use a paperweight.

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Resources:  1. The History of Paperweights , 2. Illinois State Museum, 3. The History of Paperweights, 4. Wikipedia

Lalunedesigns and Favorecare09

Shop: Lalunedesigns

Woodland Wine Bag

Woodland Wine Bag...SOLD!

So. Your girl is gushing at the hostess and holding onto the best wine bag the both of you have ever seen. Why is your girl gushing? Because she thinks it’s cute that she put a-something-different-hostess-gift into the cotton wine bag with a birch tree print made by Lalunedesigns out of Virginia. 

You know your girl would love to keep the wine bag, and hey, you want to keep it too, but, it’s a hostess gift. Besides, you think to yourself, if she wouldn’t let you stop and pick up a bottle of wine, then she shouldn’t get to keep the “adorable wine bag,” as she described the bag. You pry the wine bag out of her hands and hand it to the hostess who unties the satiny green bow.

Shop: Favorecare09

Olive Oil Shampoo/13 ounces

Olive Oil Shampoo...$13.00

The hostess pulls out a bottle of Herbal Hair Shampoo made with olive oil and wheat germ from the hands of Favorecare09 out of Indiana. 

“For after the party,” you hear your girl say. “I got it on Etsy. A handmade and vintage online gift store,” your girl grins, “and, it’s made with certified organic ingredients.”

“What a charming hostess gift, and something different,” you hear the hostess exclaim. “I’ll have to use it right away. Thank you.”

You stand there watching the two women and thinking about the food.

32 Days Until Christmas

Life has moved faster this year than in previous years. Seems like life moves faster after each birthday. Thanksgiving is this week and then the holiday rush will be underway as soon as the last of the turkey and trimmings have been devoured. Alright, maybe not that fast. Go to sleep and wake up for Black Friday to buy gifts in a crowded store filled with aggressive shoppers.

Well, why not skip the sales, stay home and shop online in a relaxed atmosphere. Keep on your pajamas, put on you favorite Christmas CD, sip a hot cup o’ joe and shop my favorite-ahem-your favorite store, Etsy.

For the next 32 days, I will present a gift link from the designer/vintage vendor that will come from an Etsy Treasury, a link to the treasury, as well as, a link to the shop of the curator who designed the treasury. This will give you more choices. Remember, you need an Etsy account to save and buy your favorites. You can register your new account here, and feel the relief of knowing you won’t be one of those late shoppers scrambling to find that perfect gift for your loved ones on Christmas Eve.

Ah, I suppose I need to define “Treasury” for those who are unfamiliar with the term. To promote other sellers, Etsians create beautiful treasuries filled with 16 amazing gifts which have been handmade or have become vintage. They compile these visual delights into a square of four rows. You can find intriguing foods: Vegan Lemon Ginger Caramels, upcycled stocking stuffers: a wallet made out of an old cassette, or larger gifts: Live Edge Maple Serving Plate. Anything your heart desires, you will find on Etsy. Register, if you haven’t done so, shop early, and, be at peace come Christmas Eve.

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1)   Stainless Steel Flask in Soft Brown and Robin’s Egg Blue …SOLD! by Whimsyandink

      >>Treasury: A Good Man is Like a Good Drink  Graced the front page of Etsy!!!!

      >>>Treasury Curator: KandiceInWonderland   Congratulations!!!!  Wahoo!!!

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2)   Fused Glass Napkin Holder…SOLD! by Virtulyglass 

        >>Treasury: Romantic Pink

        >>>Treasury Curator: Onor

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3)   Vintage Black Dress with Sequins and Lace…$45.00 by Worldvintage

         >>Treasury: Black Friday Black and White Delights

         >>>Treasury Curator: ArtdeJoie

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4)   Vintage Pink Enamel Rhinestone Flower Earrings…$25.00 by FreshRelics 

         >>Treasury: ooh…Shiny

         >>>Treasury Curator: LavenderKay

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5)   Headband Brown Flowers Autumn Fascinator…SOLD & Relisted!  by BoutiqueDeBandeaux

        >>Treasury: Dark Spice for Black Friday Etsy

        >>>Treasury Curator: Waterlilyjewels 

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6)   Grass Pillow…SOLD! by Yorktownroad

        >>Treasury: Gift Ideas for Country Girl

        >>>Treasury Curator: BeautyAndSpa

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7)   Jewelry Organizer…$118 by Bluebirdheaven

        >>Treasury: Things and Stuff 

        >>>Treasury Curator: Im2keys

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8)   Venetian Nights Cotton Scarf…SOLD! by ScarfRunner

         >>Treasury: Goodnight

         >>>Treasury Curator: MargaretLillian 

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9)   Extra Rusty Pulley…$40.00 by Funretro

        >>Treasury: Mint Julep Anyone?

        >>>Treasury Curator: Rctees

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10)   Green Daddy Felted Slippers…SOLD! by Onstail

           >>Treasury: Wonderful Memories of Christmas

           >>>Treasury Curator: Momsvintagetreasures 

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11)   Topaz Ruby Gold Chandelier Earrings…SOLD! by Friedasophie

          >>Treasury: LUXURIOUS: Holiday Fashion Gift Guide for Her

          >>>Treasury Curator: Pingi44

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12)   Pomtini Soap…SOLD! by Tallulah’s Soaps

           >>Treasury: Pocketful of Posies

           >>>Treasury Curator: Fivelittlegems

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13)   Breeze Blockers…$10.00 by Caseyjackdogs

           >>Treasury: Let’s Ride

           >>>Treasury Curator: Floodplainstudio

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14)   Pixie Flutes…SOLD! by Savagedryad

          >>Treasury: 12 Days of Black and Blue Christmas

          >>>Treasury Curator: Dashery

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15)   Immune Booster Herbal Tea…$10.50 by SpiritHorseHerbals

          >>Treasury: T is for…

          >>>Treasury Curator: Onetruetree

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16)   Nuno Felt Silk Bowl: Ivory Tea Light Holder…$45.00 by Dutchfeltart

          >>Treasury: Saluti Caldi

          >>>Treasury Curator: Glimmeringgems

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17)   HOT HOT HOT Regular Salsa 16 oz…SOLD & RELISTED by Gatelinesalsa

           >>Treasury: ………Snowcandy

           >>>Treasury Curator: Natural Pet Products

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18)   Raw Shea Butter-Organic & Unrefined…SOLD! by Beijaflores

           >>Treasury: Truly Green Gifts

           >>>Treasury Curator: Acastadesign

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19)   Felted Gloves…$49.00 by AureliaLT

          >>Treasury: Winter Skies

          >>>Treasury Curator: Laidbackladies

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20)   Sparkling Green Crystal Triangle Shawl…$60.00 by Bysweetmom

            >>Treasury: Pistachio Rose

            >>>Treasury Curator: AmandaRaek

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21)   Autumn Leaf Woven Silk Tie…$18.95 by Rabbitstop

          >>Treasury: Happy Shopping 

          >>>Treasury Curator: justEARRINGS

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Ok, Christmas is almost here! Remember the US Postal Office has great boxes to ship your lovely gifts to your friends and family. Also, the International Postal Service ships quick too, though you’ll need to order now, if you’ve not already done so, to get your gifts shipped to the US.

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22)   Apple Blossom Shampoo for Your Pets…SOLD! by NaturalPetProducts

           >>Treasury: A Warm Feeling

           >>>Treasury Curator: Momsvintagetreasures

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23)   Sunset on the Pond…$10.00 by Artyecological

            >>Treasury: 1

            >>>Treasury Curator: Lollyflower

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24)   Coconut Shower Caddy…SOLD! & Relisted by FLcoconuts

            >>Treasury: He thought Etsy was for Girls

            >>>Treasury Curator: Fivelittlegems

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25)   Eco-Friendly Hemp Bag with Songbird…SOLD! by Uzura

           >>Treasury: Last Minute Christmas Gifts

           >>>Treasury Curator: SilverNGold

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26)   Fingerless Gloves…SOLD! by Brendaabdullah

           >>Treasury: Light and Dark

            >>>Treasury Curator:  Aandboriginals

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27)   Panorama III-Original Acrylic Painting…$32.00 by SarahJohnAfana

           >>Treasury: Softly in Sage and Pink

           >>>Treasury Curator: Cyndiesmithdesigns

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28)   Wool Blanket–Winter Ice Blues…$36.00 by Magiebelle

            >>Treasury: Snow White Queen

            >>>Treasury Curator: HeartshapedCreations

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29)   A Dupioni Silk Stunner Sheath…$79.00 by GoGoVintage

           >>Treasury: Shades of Gold

           >>>Treasury Curator: GoodFlorist

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30)    Limited Silver Gamboy iPhone Cozy…SOLD & Relisted! by Yummypocket

             >>Treasury: The Understated Smart Guy

             >>>Treasury Curator: Mclovebuddy

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31)   Lotus Garnet Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring…SOLD! by KiraFerrer 

              >>Treasury: Garnet – January’s Birthstone        

              >>>Treasury Curator: MeadowsJewelry

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32)   1960s Yellow Wool Coat …SOLD! by ModernMode 

              >>Treasury: I Love the Winter Weather

               >>>Treasury Curator: ImpossiblyAlice

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Merry Christmas…Happy Hanukkah…Happy Kwanzaa…Happy Holidays!!!

 

OMG! We Can Save the Earth!

One day last year I was thrilled by my own ingenuity of the recycling of a Nutter Butter plastic package. I cut a piece of green striped scrapbook paper, wrapped and taped it around the plastic container and used it as a pencil jar. Then, I used the yellow plastic lid as a holder for my soap bottle.

I was all smiles with my intelligence for about two days until my four-year-old niece came home with a piggy bank with legs and snout made out of empty thread spools,  a curlyque tail, and a body made out of a plastic water bottle which she had made at daycare. I was humbled. I oohed and awed. The piggy bank was actually quite good. Consequently, I never made another attempt at a recycled art or even thought about it, until…

I came across the most amazing recycled art which I saw on Etsy that made me yell, “Oh My God!”  I did a little jig in my chair and continued to yell, “Oh My God!” There’s hope for humankind, the economy and the earth!

My mind started racing with all the delicious recycling ideas which popped into my head. I thought about them all night. I could hardly sleep. Ideas, which should have popped into my head with the piggy bank, had I not allowed my earlier endeavor to be squashed by a four-year-old. Yea, my bad! I know…I have my faults. I’ll talk to my shrink about it. LoL!

Anyway, I digress. Get a load of these amazing, OMG! recycled artworks. Each one of these creations made me laugh…in a great way, smile, and feel just grand about human intelligence.

Pop Tab Purse  SOLD!  A chic, and edgy purse made from recycled soda pop tabs accentuated with black nylon yarn. Carry it with you to your upcoming holiday party. Come to think of it, carry this purse with you everywhere you go because this is a gotta-have-purse-of-the-century!

Pop Tab Purse - Medium zipper purse

Designer: Sjroemer

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Floppy Disk Mini Notebook  SOLD!  Grab a few of these adorable floppy disk mini notebooks for your geeky friends this Christmas. They will be amazed and yell, “OMG!” This one comes in watermelon red. The notebook also comes in an array of colors like orange, forest green, brilliant blue, pale yellow, silver, and black.

Watermelon Red Recycled Geek Gear Blank Floppy Disk Mini Notebook

Designer: Fishstikks  There are 13 more left. Go get your’s! Just click the Fishstikks.

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Apple Power Mac G3  Wall Clock  SOLD!  Love clocks? Well, you will definitely love this impressive clock recycled from the control panel of an Apple Power Macintosh computer. Hang it in your home office to help you keep your imaginative ideas flowing, as well as, keep the time.

Apple Power Mac G3 Front Panel, now a Wall Clock. This is a very Unique and Awesome Clock.

Designer: TECOART

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Star Urchin Christmas Ornament  What do you have when a Polish folk art tradition mixes with contemporary style? An eighty hand-crafted pointed, gorgeous, star urchin ornament to grace your Christmas tree this year. 

 Christmas Decoration Satin Gold Star Urchin Folk Art Ornament Paper Decorative Polish Porcupine Ball - 4 inch

Designer: Kissadesign

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Funky Love Word Block   Cool! Who’d a thought that license plates could be made into stunning art. I sure didn’t, but this married couple put on their imaginative thinking caps and designed word art blocks. While each piece will look slightly different from the one pictured-hey, that’s the joy of recycled materials, the couple does do custom pieces. So, put on your thinking cap and decide which word you want.

Funky Love Word Block - Custom Words Available - Personalized Wedding - Recycled License Plate Sign Art - Salvaged Wood - Upcycled Artwork

Designer: Recycledartco

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TUFFY – The Robot Terrier SOLD!  The roller skates sold me on this adorable pint size robot. I thought to myself, “It moves!”  I can actually see myself taking Tuffy for a stroll through the neighborhood. If you are allergic to dogs, this is the pet for you. Tuffy’s creator made him from roller skates, a cocktail shaker, and a coffee pot. I also see spoons for ears, miniature binoculars for eyes, and the springy thingy from the inside of a large pen for a tail.  Take him home with you!

TUFFY - A Tough Little Terrier Robot - Reclaim2Fame

Designer: Reclaim2fame