Summer love.

Yup, I know what you are thinking. That Labor Day has come and gone, school has started up again, and, in some areas of the world, leaves have started changing colors. Well, even though the signs of summer are slowly disappearing -- everybody calm down. Summer is not over yet (officially, anyway - 9 more days!). So it makes perfect sense that I am doing my summer Etsy post now.... right? It isn't at all overdue. Also it's Wednesday, ta da! See how this all works out?

One of my favorite places in the world is the beach. Not any specific beach, but preferably one with sandy shorelines and minimal shark attacks. There is a part of me that always wants to wander off and look for nature's treasures, but then I wonder what I would do with them. I love how this person's collections are captured in such an orderly fashion (have you ever checked out Things Organized Neatly?). This photograph is so much better than what I do - throw loose seashells, rocks, and sand into my beach bag only to be forgotten about until a year later when I wonder what the heck is in my beach bag and why didn't I ever wash that towel because now it permanently smells like seaweed.

photograph by quercus design

New England isn't exactly known for its surf but at heart I am a surfer girl. Since I don't own a surfboard and have only been surfing one and a half times in my life, this is clearly a fact. I love this print. This is the person I wish I was. Minus the swim cap.
print by IrenaSophia
I am pretty sure I have mentioned before that I love stars. Especially star jewelry. So... a starfish ring. Love.
ring by Chymiera
I don't really feel the need to explain this one. It's a whale. Wait, wait. It does come with a little story about how I almost died laughing at the Flight of the Conchords live performance a couple of years ago when they discussed saving the whales. "They're not going to be able to save themselves." I digress. How cute is this wooden whale and how much do I want it? A lot, to both (in Swamp Green or Sweetheart Pink, please).
wooden whale by SlippinSouthern
Something about this image makes me feel really peaceful. Which is good because I've been feeling like a stress kit lately (meaning since last January when I started school again). So, this work of art can be my visual zen garden.
giclee print by Siiso
There are so many pieces of jewelry that use seashells in obvious and cheesy ways. Which makes these earrings completely unexpected. They are nothing that I could ever pull off myself, but I know of at least one super cool friend who'd rock these in a heartbeat.
earrings by MariaHandmade
I'm constantly on the prowl for things and inspiration for my future home. A girl can dream right? My future beach home is not overlooked. That's where these mermaid and starfish hooks come into play.
cast iron hangers by riricreation
The description explains that "honi honi" means to kiss in Hawaiian. The two puka shells facing each other in this necklace is an interpretation of that phrase. Are you swooning yet?
necklace by urijewelry

And I'm back. 

Please tell me what you think in the comments. Clearly I need a lot of encouragement to keep blogging since I am not very self-motivated these days.

The spacing on this post is making me lose my mind. I give up.


  1. I'm glad you're back! And I also love that abstract giclee is making me instantly less stressed, too.

    Definitely keep up the blogging -- someone needs to succeed where I have failed :/. Turns out it's a lot of work!!

  2. Thanks! In order to keep up with this, I am just going to remind myself that this is the best way to procrastinate doing homework.