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A Penguine Valentine

It is now February, the month of love and my sisters birthday! I actually have a very hectic February planned so expect plenty of updates coming up!

Now i’m not a big believer of Valentines, i think it’s pretty stupid really and would prefer my boyfriend to be romantic spontaneously,  but despite pretending not to care i always end up doing something. I know I shouldn’t and it really is hypocritical of me, but somehow I do still feel a little bit of excitement and my valentines boycott fails every year.

So this year i’ve decided to embrace it, I still think it’s stupid but it’s not going to stop me doing something special and so I thought i’d start getting into the mood early with a valentines treasury or two and some new Items!

I made this penguin themed treasury to celebrate the first of my Picasso digital drawings going up for sale! There were so many cute valentines themed penguins it was hard to narrow my picks down, but eventually I made my final decisions. You can find the treasury here

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Picasso is also getting in the mood for love and is sending you all lots of hugs and kisses! You can also send on Piccasso’s affections to your loved ones with this super cute card I now have listed in store! It features our very own Picasso hugging a heart close to him and can be customised with your own personal message!

Heart Hugging Picasso with ‘Happy Feet’ option.

You can buy the Picasso Hugging Heart card right here

I have also just listed this adorable card featuring Picasso with an armful of fish!

You can find Picasso and his fish here!

Happy February!
Claire x

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An Unconventional Valentines – Etsy Treasury

I haven’t done one of these in AGES and I felt it was finally time to get back in the habit of making treasuries. It’s really enjoyable and gives a chance to look at all the weird and wonderful things Etsy sellers have to offer!

I decided to go for a valentines theme, as it is nearly that time of year again, but wanted to give it an unusual twist. Here are a collection of items that are either unusual in themselves or not very conventionally valentines. For all the items you can find them on Etsy by just clicking the image!

Hope you enjoy!

1) Heart Little Breath Pair

I don’t think I need to explain why these are included, they are very unsual. They remind me of something you might find in a Studio Ghibli film, maybe that’s why I like them. They certainly have a charm to them and would be a cute edition to a bookcase or sideboard.

2) Watercolour Love Red Umbrella

This one is included as I feel it has a very sombre feel to it, something not usually associated with valentines day. However I do think that this is a very beautiful print, I especially love the streams of red coming off the umbrella, gives a good sense of the downpour this couple could be caught in.

3) The Heart

This simple, but expressive piece would make a great statement piece in your home, or even a great card (if the seller were to sell cards).  I love the messy approach and think this is a very cool piece.

4) Circuit Board Cufflinks

These cool cufflinks would be great for any computer geek (just like my boyfriend!) or even just someone who likes gadgets (so most guys then). The whole shop is full of these awesome geeky items and is a personal favourite of mine.

5) Personalised Champers Kit

Drinking champagne might be something done quite often on Valentines day, but making your own isn’t! In all honesty i’d probably enjoy the making more than the drinking! It would definitely be a cute thing to do with your loved one, and even if it isn’t ready for the day itself it would give you a good excuse to have another romantic night in.

6) Anatomical Heart in a Jar

This hand blown glass item is the perfect gift for someone who hates the unrealistic heart usually associated with love and valentines. Not only does the bottle look gorgeous but the heart is captivatingly intricate. Definitely a cool piece to display in your home.

7) Valentines Bear

Teddy bears are a very common valentines day gift but they usually hold roses and hearts and other things that make me want to vomit (i’m not the most girly of girls when it comes to these things). This bear is a whole lot cooler, and cuter! Plus it could be the perfect gift for both men and women!

8) Love Letter Cookies

Love letters are very popular for all those lovey-dovey couples out there, but if you want something a little bit different why not make those letters edible! We all know girls love sweet things, and what better than to cover those sweet things with a poem that will probably make her cry! You’d be the best boyfriend ever, until they’re all eaten up at least.

9) ClockWork Heart Tie

This unusual tie is pretty cool and would be a great gift for the man in your life, especially if he likes unusual ties.

10) Little Sculpture holding Heart

This cute sculpture is part of a ‘star series’. These cute and quirky items are really fun to look at and would make a great, inexpensive gift for someone special.

11) Valentines Bike

I found some similar bike sculptures (although not heart themed and probably not by the same person) when I went to amsterdam and bought one each for my mum and her boyfriend. They are super cool and a great gift for any bike maniac.

12) Egg Valentines Card

Bored of the standard valentines greetings card? Well this shop makes ‘cards’ out of real chicken eggs! Your personalised message is put inside your chosen egg and you have to crack the egg open to read it which almost seems a shame as they’re so cute!

13) Longitude and Latitude bracelet

I love the rustic look of this bracelet and it can be personalised to have your own co-ordinates on! Maybe you could have it set to the place you both first met, your home, where you were proposed to, anywhere of real significance to the relationship.

14) Wooden Card

Another unusual card option. These look beautifully made and can double up as the actual gift as they can be kept on display with the mini easel the shop also sells. Just lovely!

15) Heart Shaped Chalkboard Stickers

Ok, bit of a strange choice I know, but i think these stickers could be really cute for creating your own valentines gift. Stick them on jars and fill with love heart sweets, or make a valentines day picnic labelled with them, there are so many possibilities! I think they would be great for a personal touch to your gift and look pretty cool, plus you can always wipe off your message and use them again.

16) Heart Nose Ring

Nothing says ‘Valentines Day’ quite like jewellery, but lets start steering away from the expensive diamond rings, they are far too special for a day where you’re practically forced to be romantic. Instead get something cute like this adorable little nose stud, i kinda wish I had my nose pierced just so I could buy this.

What unconventional things are you planning for this valentines? Or what sort of unusual things have you done in the past? I’d love to hear your stories!


Long Distance Love

I haven’t had any time to myself lately as my shifts at work have been rediculous again. I finally have two days off and so will be spending them having some very much needed ‘Me’ time, as well as spending some time with my neglected boyfriend. This coupled with valentines being just around the corner made me remember the times we were at opposite ends of the country and so I decided to create a treasury on Etsy with a long distance valentines theme.

You can find the treasury here

I know what you’re thinking, some of these items don’t really seem to fit the theme but I promise I have reason for choosing them all.

1) Portraiture Offer by Katy Jade Dobson Art

This is actually a close friend of mine so sure I may be a little biased, but I honestly believe she is insanely talented. She has just brought out this amazing portraiture offer as well which I believe would be a perfect gift, whether it’s for yourself so you can remember what your other half looks like, or for the other in the relationship so they can fawn over your image or be reminded of how beautiful they are. What ever you choose, it is an amazing deal and would be a really touching and unusual gift.

2) Personalised Love Birds by Diana Park House

I think these are adorably cute! I just love the idea of having one each and having each others bird at your house. Sure they’re meant to be cake toppers, but they would also look adorable on a fireplace or window sill.

3) Personalised Countries Love Card by Deep Down Happy

I don’t think I really need to explain this one as it is the perfect card for couples who don’t even live in the same country! I think it’s also a good idea for couples who may live together but originally be from separate countries. I’m actually tempted to get one for Ash as he’s originally from South Africa!

4) Heart Strings Luggage Tag or Key Chain by Mesa Dreams

Again the same idea as the card above, but in tag form! Perfect for the avid traveller or if you visit each other often, or even just as a keyring. Plus the text suggestions for it are really cute and leather smells so good! (I could clearly never be vegan)

5) You’re Worth Every Mile Between Us card by Woodland Ink

Again this needs little explaination. It’s simply cute and cutely simple.

6) Miniature Love Letter by Little Letter UK

If you were thinking of sending a love letter but wanted to do something a little different then this little love letter is just squeel inducing. You have to read it with a magnifying glass (which is even included!) meaning that the recipient will really concentrate on what has been written. You can’t just read something as unusual as this quickly. Knowing me I would re-read it several times a day.

7) Rustic Valentines Day Card by Fluffy Duck

For those who just want to send a nice pretty card to their loved ones. I think this one is really cute and I especially like the little button and the placement of ‘I love you’.

8) Be My Penguin by Teacup Piranha

Obviously I have to include a penguin, and not just because of my shop name. Not only do penguins mate for life but female emperor penguins leave for months at a time whilst the males look after the eggs. When they return from their long drawn out fishing trip the females are able to locate the sound of their partners calls in colonies of thousands! They really are the true Emperors of  long distance relationships.

I want this poster so much. I think i need it in my future Penguin Theory office.

9) Valentines Gift Wrap by Happy Wrap

If you’re thinking of sending your partner a present then you will need to wrap it up all prittily. This wrapping is just gorgeous and comes with its own cute little tag, plus it’s re-usable (as long as you get it back…)!

10) Rustic Valentines Decorations by Damson Tree Pottery

If you have already got your wrapping paper then why not use these little decorations to finish off the parcel. Your other half can then use it to decorate their house so it can be a reminder of their far away love. I think it could also look adorable wrapped around a bouquet of flowers.

11) Love Heart Crayons by Colour Me Fun

Is your other half not contacting you nearly as much as you would like? Maybe give them a little hint this valentines by sending these adorable crayons. Just imagine how fun it would be writing a letter with these! I mean we never really grow up do we?!

12) Tiny Valentines Love Mouse by Quernus Crafts

If these don’t make you Squee I don’t know what will, and they should be small enough to send long distances quite easily. Plus, if you get two you could keep one each, just like with the little love birds.

13) Long Distance Cushion by Kate Sprosten Design

With this cushion your loved one can relax in comfort whilst thinking of you. It boasts a cute embroidered map and would be a nice reminder of the other half many miles away.

14) ‘My heart Belongs To’ necklace and keychain set by Stampressions

I think this is a great gift, not too girly for the guy and not too manly for the girl (if you have a problem with that kind of thing). Plus it can be a constant reminder of the other half to give you that warm, fuzzy feeling when ever you take out your keys/touch your necklace. They also used the a good name for their sample picture 😉

15) Latitude Longitude Cuff Bracelet by River Valley Jewellery 

What better way to remind your other half of your where abouts than with the exact co-ordinates! They will never lose you again! Plus it looks pretty neat!

16) Tiny Heart Couple Rings by Anilani 

Aren’t these just the cutest little rings. I just love the idea of having couple rings, my boyfriend probably would never wear it though so there’s no point us getting them (I guess I’ll just have to wait until we get married, if that ever happens).  I would actually wear both these rings myself though as I think they’re both just lovely.

I hope you liked these items and I hope you have a lovely valentines whether you’re spending it with a loved one or free and single. I will be working but I don’t really mind myself as i’m not much of a fan of Valentines and much prefer to do things on our anniversary in all honesty but that’s another post.

‘Till next time!


Dress to Scare

So as the Halloween season is approaching some of you may be wanting to find awesome costumes to wear out, or even add a touch of the scary to your everyday clothing. Here’s some of my favourite little halloween accessories i’ve found on Etsy.

You can find the treasury here

Under Wraps Octopus Necklace

I’ve been a fan of this shop for a while. These octopus necklaces just look so awesome! If you want to dress up as an evil mermaid or maybe poseidon then this is obviously the perfect accessory for you.

Ceramic cat necklace 

If a witch is your choice of outfit and you don’t own a black cat, why not wear this cute little necklace! This would be brilliant for halloween as well as a cute accessory all year round, especially if you’re a cat lover.

Bat Brooch

These brooches are just the cutest! The perfect halloween touch to any outfit. I think these would look awesome on a big winter coat, and would be a good accessory for any vampires this year.

Simon the black bat

Another bat but this time in necklace form. Again another perfect item for the vampires amongst you, or just an adorable necklace for those who like bats.

Pumpkin baby hat

This cute little newborn pumpkin hat is great for the families who like to get everyone involved as well as keeping the little ones nice and warm!

Halloween Gold Skull Shoe Clips

If you’re like me and have far too many shoes but want some special Halloween footwear then why not invest in some shoe clips! They wont take up as much room and can completely transform any shoes. These ones just shout ‘halloween’ with their cute skull designs and can come in 3 different colours!

Silk Skull Bowtie

If you’re a guy who likes to look smart but still wants to get into the halloween spirit then this bowtie would be perfect! I could see it being part of a skeleton/undertaker costume and it’s bound to impress at parties.

Bat Cuff Links

Another one for the well dressed man. These bat cufflinks are bound to add a touch of the scary to any suit. It’s the little details that make all the difference!

Black lace face mask

Isn’t this face mask just gorgeous?  I think this would look amazing when dressed as a gothic bride. I particularly love how you can see the eyes, but only just, which would give the outfit the perfect amount of halloween creepy-ness (or sexy-ness).

Shark Costume

Kids love to dress up and go trick or treating so we can’t forget about them! This adorable little shark costume would make any little terror truly terrifying! (or maybe just make you want to cuddle them more as they look so damn adorable!). Even better is that it’s actually a cape and so very versatile and easy to put on and off.

Halloween Brains

Obviously Zombies are ALWAYS a good choice for halloween and what do zombies love? Brains. I think this headband would look awesome whether you we’re out as a zombie or some kind of zombie victim. Just team it up with pale/green make up and lots of fake blood and you’re good to go!

Horned headdress

If you’re hosting an extravagant party and/or really want to push the boat out this year, why not use this amazing headdress. There’s so much work gone into it that it’s definitely worth the price tag (although it unfortunately doesn’t include the awesome wig as well). I can’t imagine there would be anyone not impressed by these terrifying horns.

Cat Hat with Ears

If you’ve been following this blog you already know my love of novelty hats. This hat is perfect for any cat lover or anyone who wants to become a cat for halloween. Not only is it amazingly cute but it also looks really warm!

Lion Halloween Costume

Ok, so this isn’t an accessory but you guys should know my love for Lions already. Doesn’t this little outfit just make you ‘squee’? It’s just too adorable for words.

Knitted Baby Dragon Feet

For my cousins last birthday we made the mistake of buying him some Dinosaur slippers and he spent the rest of the day roaring and stomping on EVERYTHING. I assume these cute little boots would have the same effect on small children too… Awesome for the child and for many laughs, not so good for any valuables left on the floor.

Steampunk lace collar

Again this is an item that would look amazing when dressed as a gothic bride or an evil witch. It would also look amazing paired with a plain dress for a night out. In fact I think I’m a little in love with this, it just looks so awesome!

Hopefully i’ve provided you with a little inspiration for this years halloween!

Now I just have to decide what I want to be!

I would love to see all your halloween costumes or halloween items!

‘Till next time!