Relief Aid for Japan

Artists on Etsy are donating portions and sometimes 100% of their sales to the relief aid effort for Japan. Included are seven such artists. I, too, will donate a portion of the percentage sold from each sale from this blog post to aid Japan.

Below is beautiful haiku written by Balqis Zarienisya which expresses  sorrow,  relief, and hope. Although not written for Japan, since the three haiku were written one month and one day after and prior to the devastation, the haiku conveys the sentiment I chose to honor Japan and her people; in hopes that they return stronger as a people and as a nation from the devastating loss they experienced during the earthquake and tsunami on March 11th, 2011.

Excerpt from:

Another Round of Haiku at Random

Pain……by Balqis Zarienisya

A pain in saying,
The stone crashing on this heart,
Awaking numbness.

Relief… Balqis Zarienisya

Green is to my eyes,
Calming the mind so turmoil,
Discarding the pain.

Future…  Balqis Zarienisya

Million stars away,
A far far cry to be there,
Yet hope surging high.

To the people of Japan: Our hearts are with you.

Designer: Sofiart

100 Wedding Favors - AID for JAPAN 20% of this sale goes to the Red Cross  in JAPAN - 100 Assorted heart shaped soap bars, all natural, organic, eco friendly, vegan


100 Assorted Organic Soaps

  • Relief Aid: 20%

The heart symbolizes the intertwining rhythms of life and love. Celebrate the union of your marriage or the birth of your child with heart shaped soap favors at your wedding or baby shower. Made from environmentally safe materials the fragrances include: aloe and honey, calendula, chocolate, clay, fien greek, red fruits, and rose 

Designer: Lovisetto

For You: Gorgeous Pink Butterfly Necklace. Artist Aid for Japan. Buy from Etsy Online Gift Shop.


Butterflies Necklace

  • Relief Aid: 100% 

An elegant necklace inspired by the “natural beauty of butterflies,” the paintings of Gustav Klimt, and vintage brooches. Using textile, simulated leather and pink glass pearls, Lovisetto, designed and embellished each butterfly. A pink grosgrain ribbon ties in the back and the necklace measures 10 cm also equal to 3.9 inches deep from top to bottom.

Designer: BarbarasBeautys

Japan Relief Aid -  Quilled Earrings


Quilled Earrings

  • Relief Aid: 50%

The creative art of BarbarasBeautys speaks to the loss and courage of the Japanese people during their time of natural disasters. Symbolizing their loss, and drawing inspiration from the Japanese flag, BarbarasBeautys quilled a pair of stunning earrings with a “red circle in white field nested within three teardrops.” Each teardrop symbolizes one of the three disasters which occured on that life-changing day in March.

Designer: Tisserande

JAPAN AID - Handwoven Silk Shawl


Silk Shawl

  • Relief Aid: 20%

Wrap yourself in the warmth of a luxurious and heavyweight silk shawl. Designing with colorful turquoise and soft leaf green, Tisserande created a beautiful shawl with a pattern of alternating colored squares. Indian mulberry silk borders each side of the shawl. Fringed knots accentuates the overall design. For an iridescent appearance, iron wet after handwashing.

Designer: Cra1nes

Japan Aid Relief japanese chiyogami washi paper kimono scroll pendant by cra1nes on etsy


 Kimono Scroll Pendant

  • Relief Aid: 50%

Suspended from a wooden twig is an exquisite Japanese chiyogami washi paper kimono pendant. Constructed to the washi paper foundation is an I-Ching coin of good fortune.  The kimono is an ensemble of gold, silver, and fuschia against an ebony background. Glass beads and gold wiring accentuate the design. Measures: 3 1/4″ x 2″

  • Adjustable cord from 18″ to 24″
  • Elemental protection: Glaze finish
  • Included with purchase: A crane ornament

Designer: Uzura

Japan Relief Matsushima T-Shirt - Women's


 Matsushima T-Shirt

  • Relief Aid: 25%

Designed especially for the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, this elegant t-shirt is a collaborative work of art from a mother and daughter team. Uzura’s mother, who lives safely in another region of Japan, completed the beautiful calligraphy.

The lower half of the t-shirt, created by Uzura, is a depiction of the Matsushima Islands. In Japanese, Matsushima means Pine Islands. One of the three most scenic locations in Japan, Matsushima represents the beauty of Japan’s northeastern region which was devastated by the earthquake and the tsunami.

Designer: LittleesScentials

Japan Disaster Relief - Eco Friendly 3 Tier Pink Cheetah gDiaper Cake Baby Shower Gift


Little esSCENTials™ Pink Cheetah gDiaper Cake

  • Relief Aid: 10%

A funtastic three-tiered gDiaper cake wrapped with a pink cheetah designer ribbon around 56 small sized gDiapers for new parents. With a whole lot of whimsy, this cake of gDiapers is environemtally friendly because the inserts are flushable. In the center of the cake is a gDiaper Starter Kit which includes the following:

  • 2 little gPants
  • 4 water-resistant snap-in liners
  • Swishstick and hook for easy access
  • Handy User’s Guide (H.U.G.)
  • $2 gDiaper coupon for those late night diaper runs
  • Measures: 18″ x 9″

Disclaimer: All photos and haiku are copyrighted to the artists and author and are not for public domain.

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.


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!!!


2)   Fused Glass Napkin Holder…SOLD! by Virtulyglass 

        >>Treasury: Romantic Pink

        >>>Treasury Curator: Onor


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

         >>Treasury: Black Friday Black and White Delights

         >>>Treasury Curator: ArtdeJoie


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

         >>Treasury: ooh…Shiny

         >>>Treasury Curator: LavenderKay


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

        >>Treasury: Dark Spice for Black Friday Etsy

        >>>Treasury Curator: Waterlilyjewels 


6)   Grass Pillow…SOLD! by Yorktownroad

        >>Treasury: Gift Ideas for Country Girl

        >>>Treasury Curator: BeautyAndSpa


7)   Jewelry Organizer…$118 by Bluebirdheaven

        >>Treasury: Things and Stuff 

        >>>Treasury Curator: Im2keys


8)   Venetian Nights Cotton Scarf…SOLD! by ScarfRunner

         >>Treasury: Goodnight

         >>>Treasury Curator: MargaretLillian 


9)   Extra Rusty Pulley…$40.00 by Funretro

        >>Treasury: Mint Julep Anyone?

        >>>Treasury Curator: Rctees


10)   Green Daddy Felted Slippers…SOLD! by Onstail

           >>Treasury: Wonderful Memories of Christmas

           >>>Treasury Curator: Momsvintagetreasures 


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

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

          >>>Treasury Curator: Pingi44


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

           >>Treasury: Pocketful of Posies

           >>>Treasury Curator: Fivelittlegems


13)   Breeze Blockers…$10.00 by Caseyjackdogs

           >>Treasury: Let’s Ride

           >>>Treasury Curator: Floodplainstudio


14)   Pixie Flutes…SOLD! by Savagedryad

          >>Treasury: 12 Days of Black and Blue Christmas

          >>>Treasury Curator: Dashery


15)   Immune Booster Herbal Tea…$10.50 by SpiritHorseHerbals

          >>Treasury: T is for…

          >>>Treasury Curator: Onetruetree


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

          >>Treasury: Saluti Caldi

          >>>Treasury Curator: Glimmeringgems


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

           >>Treasury: ………Snowcandy

           >>>Treasury Curator: Natural Pet Products


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

           >>Treasury: Truly Green Gifts

           >>>Treasury Curator: Acastadesign


19)   Felted Gloves…$49.00 by AureliaLT

          >>Treasury: Winter Skies

          >>>Treasury Curator: Laidbackladies


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

            >>Treasury: Pistachio Rose

            >>>Treasury Curator: AmandaRaek


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

          >>Treasury: Happy Shopping 

          >>>Treasury Curator: justEARRINGS


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.


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

           >>Treasury: A Warm Feeling

           >>>Treasury Curator: Momsvintagetreasures


23)   Sunset on the Pond…$10.00 by Artyecological

            >>Treasury: 1

            >>>Treasury Curator: Lollyflower


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

            >>Treasury: He thought Etsy was for Girls

            >>>Treasury Curator: Fivelittlegems


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

           >>Treasury: Last Minute Christmas Gifts

           >>>Treasury Curator: SilverNGold


26)   Fingerless Gloves…SOLD! by Brendaabdullah

           >>Treasury: Light and Dark

            >>>Treasury Curator:  Aandboriginals


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

           >>Treasury: Softly in Sage and Pink

           >>>Treasury Curator: Cyndiesmithdesigns


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

            >>Treasury: Snow White Queen

            >>>Treasury Curator: HeartshapedCreations


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

           >>Treasury: Shades of Gold

           >>>Treasury Curator: GoodFlorist


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

             >>Treasury: The Understated Smart Guy

             >>>Treasury Curator: Mclovebuddy


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

              >>Treasury: Garnet – January’s Birthstone        

              >>>Treasury Curator: MeadowsJewelry


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

              >>Treasury: I Love the Winter Weather

               >>>Treasury Curator: ImpossiblyAlice


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




While reading the post on Purple Things, which is no longer posted by the author, as of November 11th, 2010, when I checked the link, I realized for the second time this month that I haven’t done a purple outfit, yet. I haven’t done a blue outfit, either, except Turquoise, but, Turquoise isn’t blue, not really.  Yet, this isn’t an Outfit of the Week post, either. Smile.

It’s more of a I-read-a-post-on-purple, got the Etsy excitement running through my mind, of wow, go-look-for-some- purple-on-Etsy. And, here is what I loved;a wonderful mix of seven unrelated delicious purple items for your neck, shoulder, a wall, your feet, a desk or bookshelf, the electronics enthusiast in your family, and your bathroom.

Royal Purple Japanese Butterfly Skinny Scarf  SOLD!

Royal Purple Japanese Butterfly Skinny Scarf
Victorian Art Nouveau Amethyst Grape Leaf Broach  SOLD!
Victorian Art Nouveau Amethyst Glass Cabochon Gilt Grape Leaf Brooch
Vintage Vendor: Zephryvintage
Bright Star…John Keats…Fanny in the field of purple/blue flowers
Bright Star          A thing of Beauty is a joy forever            John keats          Fanny in a field of purple/blue flowers
Artist: Softearthart
Nina Pumps  SALE!
Vintage Vendor: ThePoetsParcels
Dark Purple Art Glass Paperweight
Vintage Dynasty Gallery Purple Paper Weight Art Glass  Domus Modern on Etsy
Vintage Vendor: DomusModern
Panasonic Transistor Radio – It works.
Vintage Mod Purple Panasonic Transistor Radio
Vintage Vendor: VintageEye
Lavender Fields Olive Oil Soap Bar – Vegan  SOLD!
Lavender Fields Olive oil Soap Bar (VEGAN Friendly)
Designer: Dennisanderson