Tribal Patterns: A Lollipop Twist on a Current Trend

One of my favorite trends right now, is the tribal patterns you seem to see everywhere these days.  This is not the first time this trend has been popular but it has been modernized this time around with a muted and sophisticated color palette.

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DSC00309The earrings above are certainly a perfect example of this gorgeous trend and I love this combination of colors!

DSC00284 DSC00299The layering of a shorter piece on top of a longer one lends a sense of movement to the earrings pictured above.  I love the more colorful turquoise version and the neutral friendly white.

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These earrings are inspired by a rain stick and also have an animal print vibe.  They are super simple but super chic!  All of these earrings are available on our Etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/FunkyLollipop

Vintage Alice in Wonderland Pendant: Our First Etsy Sale!!

Our very first sale!

Our very first sale!

After a year of preparation and almost a month of being on the Etsy site, Rachel and I are proud to announce our very first Etsy sale!

It has been a year full of ups and downs and a tremendous amount of hard work!  I can tell you that each day that passed with no sales, after the store opened on July 4th, was a dagger to the heart.  It is so hard to keep faith and keep working when you aren’t seeing any results yet.  Not that we, for a moment, thought about giving up but who doesn’t love a little instant gratification!

We have achieved so many of our goals for the beginning of our company, so here’s to reaching one more, may this sale be the first of many!  And a huge thank you to all the people who believed in us and supported us along the way!  This first sale may be a little thing but here’s hoping it turns into something big!

The whole, first sale experience was super fun but my favorite part, other than getting paid, was preparing the item for shipping.  I’ve had my shipping supplies ready from day one and now I finally get to use it all!

We always want to add a little something extra to our orders as a thank you to the customer for shopping with us.  Our first customer will receive the sweet, little box below!

This adorable bird box will hold our first sale!

This adorable bird box will hold our first sale!

I used some yellow packing material to cushion the gift box and pendant in transit.

I love that it sort of looks like a nest!

I love that it sort of looks like a nest!

We sealed the box with our custom Funky Lollipop sticker and it is ready to go.

Lovely and all ready to go!

Lovely and all ready to go!

Now all I have to do is print a label and get a padded envelope from USPS and our first, little baby will be winging it’s way to it’s new home.  The grow up so fast, lol!

And in case you are interested in buying this adorable, vintage inspired pendant for yourself, we will have a new one on the site soon!  You can always convo us on Etsy and ask for it if you just can’t wait, but in the mean time here are some other little beauties that are on the site now or will be coming this week!  Check out our Etsy shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/FunkyLollipop

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Here’s another vintage Alice in Wonderland illustration featuring the white rabbit!

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I love this vintage, inspired cameo piece!

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These lovely earrings match the pendant we sold!

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Woodland creatures are so on trend right now and this fox is a beautiful example of why!

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Here’s another vintage children’s book illustration. I love the fairies, the cherry blossoms and this shade of blue!

Wood Burned “My Little Cottage” Plaque Tutorial

After seeing some plaques that I did for Christmas presents this year a friend of mine ordered a custom plaque for her grandmother’s new house.

The only specifications she gave me was that it say “My Little Cottage” and that it should be neutral enough to go with whatever colors and décor the grandmother might want in her new home.

I purchased a plaque sized 9×12 from Hobby Lobby and sanded it.

Blank Plaque: 9x12

Blank Plaque: 9×12

Then I created the design in Publisher and printed it out.

I made the print big so the grandmother could read it easily and added a simple floral design.

I flipped the paper over and covered the back of the design with pencil.

I tried to get as even coverage as possible.

I tried to get as even coverage as possible.

I then taped the paper with design to the plaque making sure that the design didn’t go over any of the edges. I taped the top bottom and sides and each corner with one piece of tape, using eight pieces total.

I tried not to put any pressure on the design so the pencil doesn't rub off on the wood.

I tried not to put any pressure on the design so the pencil wouldn’t rub off on the wood.

Then I went over the entire design with a pencil making sure that I applied a good, even amount of pressure, but not enough to tear the paper.  Again I tried not to rest my hand on other parts of the design while working which could lead to a small amount of smudging.  To check that the design was coming through in the way I wanted, I carefully untapped one section at a time to check my progress, while keeping the rest of the tape in place, so the design wouldn’t move around.

Once I was done I removed the paper.

If the design isn't dark enough go over it again.  Make sure you do this before you remove the paper entirely.

If the design isn’t dark enough go over it again. Make sure you do this before you remove the paper entirely.

I started the wood burning process next.  I used a rounded tip for the majority of the lettering and a medium pointed tip for some of the serifs and the flowers.

I did the majority of the lettering first and then changed tips to do the rest.

I did the majority of the lettering first and then changed tips to do the rest.

Once the wood burning was complete I sanded the surface lightly, applied wood conditioner and stained it using a light gray stain so it would look a little aged.  I waited for that to dry and then applied two coats of sealer with drying time in between.

I think it came out pretty good.  I would have liked to paint in the flowers but they didn't want that.

I think it came out pretty good. I would have liked to paint in the flowers but they didn’t want that.

Once it was completely dry I screwed a small bracket to the back so it can be hung on the wall and it was done!  I delivered it to my friend and she liked it, so job complete.  Instead of payment I traded her for some of the grandmothers things that they were getting rid of, including an armchair, a small traveling bag, an army trunk from WWII with a shipping tag from 1944 and a knitting bag.  There were a lot more little items and I threw in some cash (but not much) to make it an even trade.  I love bargains so it was a pretty sweet deal in my mind!

Wood Burned Pattern Earrings: Classics With a Twist

Mint and Gray Zig-Zag Earrings

Wood Burned, Mint and Gray Zig-Zag Earrings.

Wood Burned, Crimson and Gray Zig-Zag Earrings

Wood Burned, Crimson and Gray Zig-Zag Earrings

I created the set of earrings pictured above because of the trend in zig-zag patterns currently popular. The zig-zag pattern in my mind is most commonly associated with the seventies and was usually delivered in the earth tones of that period. The thing that is interesting about the current trend is the updating of this retro pattern with more moderate and modern tones such as the gray and mint or gray and crimson combinations I’ve used here.

Crimson and Gray Chevron Earrings.

Wood Burned, Crimson and Gray Chevron Earrings.

Wood Burned, Mint and Gray Chevron Earrings.

Wood Burned, Mint and Gray Chevron Earrings.

The above set of earrings, while sharing the same color combinations as the previous set, is technically a chevron design. The chevron pattern is also enjoying a resurgence in popularity and that certainly factored into the design of these earrings. But, the chevron also has a special place in my heart because of my long time interest in military history. The Spartans of Greece used a lambda on their shields, which is basically a chevron, and considering the Spartan warrior mentality and military reputation it is no wonder that the modern U.S military uses this symbol as a mark of rank.  The past and the present meet again.