Regular readers know that my creative and talented daughter has an Etsy shop where she sells original designs on 1″ collectible buttons.
Pooka’s buttons can be purchased in a pin-back style ($1.25) or as a magnet ($1.75). (Oh, I almost forgot that she now offers key chains too, for $3.)
The magnets can be used to decorate any metal surface, of course, but they can ALSO can be worn in a pendant (which Pooka Creations sells.) Here’s a video I made about it a couple of years ago, that shows how it works. (I think all the designs shown in the video are still available.)
HALLOWEEN HERO BUTTONS
Just last night, Pooka listed this year’s limited edition Halloween Hero button for the 2015 season.
I have written about Halloween Heroes in the post, Twisted Ding Dong Ditch (Reverse trick-or-treating the Halloween Heroes).
At the Pooka Creations shop, My girl describes the intent behind these buttons, and why she began to make them. Here’s an excerpt:
On Halloween 2013, I went through neighborhoods looking for thirteen houses that had decorated fabulously and were handing out candy to kids. I gifted each of those houses with a special “Halloween Hero” button I had made just for the occasion, and I thanked each of them for keeping my favorite holiday alive and well. I thought others may enjoy collecting these designs for themselves, or may want to hand them out to awesome Halloween Heroes in their own neighborhoods.
OTHER SPOOKY BUTTONS
Now seems a fine time for me to share a selection of my daughter’s Halloween-appropriate wares. There’s plenty of time for you to order some as tokens for the Halloween Heros you know, or to choose some favorites, from all of her designs, to be special hand-outs on Halloween night.
Pooka Creations is known for careful craftsmanship, quick shipping, and helpful (and charming) customer service. (Check out her nearly-200 five-star reviews.)
Aside from the designs shown in the video, here are a few that I think are especially appropriate for the folks who find their way to this blog:
Then there’s the special things:
… and this REALLY special thing:
This post-apocalyptic styled necklace is the first piece she’s offered that branches away from her beloved buttons.
(… Well, the SECOND piece, really, because the first one already sold.)
Clicking on any of the stand-alone images in this post will whisk you to Pooka Creations,
where you can browse through even more designs and place your order.
Otherwise, click the following link to go to the shop’s main page.
NOT YOUR MOMMA’S ETSY:
If you’re looking for cute stuff on Etsy, you do not need my help. There are 250 pages of cute Halloween items, as of today. I’ve searched through most of them in order to find a slightly less cute, more sophisticated sensibility to share with you. With any luck, I’ve brought you a selection that shows you the darker, quirkier side of this site that does not discriminate against darker, quirkier craftsfolk who want to offer their handmade wares directly to us darker, quirkier consumers.
Hang in there non-shoppers (that include you guys.) I know this is a shopping post, but there’s stuff here for you too. Some of it’s just fun to look at, and some of it might be just what you are looking to add to you Halloween celebrations.
This is an eclectic tour, and I know I’ve probably missed some wonderful gothic and horror artists, but one can only scroll Etsy listings for so long before going mad. If you happen to know of an Etsy artist that should be included here, please let me know about him or her.
NOTE: All photographs and images below are used for the sole purpose of referring readers to the original Etsy shops offering the pictured merchandise or content, At posting, all links are current and active. If a link fails to direct properly, it is due to a change by the vendor which is out of my control. I have NOT purchased the following items, so I cannot guarantee quality. Read descriptions carefully.
Please, comment to the post as a whole rather than the individual photos in gallery mode. That just confuses me 🙂
ONE ETSY SHOP THAT’S VERY SPECIAL TO THIS MOMMA:
If you actually read the disclaimer note above, you might have noticed that I say I have not purchased the items featured in my tour. There is one, very-important, super-cool, totally-rocking, exception to that statement. I have indeed purchased and received my first set of magnetic buttons – and the magic necklace that allows me to wear them – from my daughter’s shop. I’m so excited about this that I made a video:
Pooka Creations Halloween Selection
So order some stuff from her, ‘k? Or send a link to this post (or to the video, or to her shop) to someone you know who might be interested. Or share such a link on your social media (if you can figure out how to do that without spamming folks with my proud-mother button-necklace-hawking.)
NOW ON TO THE REST OF THE TOUR:
A few more jewelry shops, because I’m fair that way:
SinisterVanity – Jewelry, yes, but also gorgeous ethical taxidermy.
NOW FOR SOME PARTICULARLY APPEALING ITEMS FROM RANDOM SHOPS:
(If you love something, poke around. There’s probably similar stuff there.)
BLOODY AMAZING PROPS:
PROJECTS & PATTERNS:
(Harkening back to my crafts & hobbies post.)
TEE SHIRTS THAT MADE ME LAUGH:
VINTAGE HALLOWEEN ITEMS:
1940’s Kirchhof Pin Up Witch Halloween Tin Ratchet Noisemaker with Open Ends | $35
Vintage childs halloween Mask DEVIL in its original box | $18
Vintage Halloween Noisemaker Tin Horn Circa 1950s US Metal Toy | $25
WHO KNEW APRONS WERE A THING AGAIN:
OTHER COSTUME-Y THINGS:
POTIONS & PLEASURES:
(I admit it, I’m addicted to good bath products.)
Halloween Soaps (10 favor-sized) | $20
Halloween Sugar Scrub Scoops | $8.50
Handmade Candy Corn Soap for Halloween | $4.99
Three Halloween Skull Soaps in Buttercreme and Snickerdoodle fragrance | $3
Werewolf Soap | $6
Shower Cap Spooky Halloween | $15.50
OH, OKAY. ONE RIDICULOUSLY CUTE THING:
SHOPS THAT BLEW MY MIND:
While prowling, I found items I loved – that I would have included in the categories above – except the WHOLE shop was awesome. Have a look:
Halloween Whimsey – Wooden items, wonderfully hand-painted, including dozens of Halloween-themed wooden pub-style signs:
idolatre clothing co. – Gorgeous, sexy, EXPENSIVE costume-wear. The middle pic below shows the price for just the head-dress part of the costume.
NancyMichalak Paper Cutting – One of the first not-my-daughter shops I favorited. I love looking at this intricate work.
hhfashions (Helene Hawthorn Fashions) – Beautiful Gothic and Victorian styles for costumes AND regular wear.
That’s it, folks. Remember, it’s only EIGHT weeks until Halloween. More importantly, it’s only about 26 days until October 1st – the day we can come out of the Halloween closet and trumpet our love to all. Will you be ready? Now’s the time to be thinking about:
- maybe having a Halloween party
- decor projects
- watching Halloween movies (No one can judge you for what you do in the privacy of your own home.)
PS: I spent so much
time on this post, that I haven’t yet made my week 8 countdown image. I’ll add it when I’m done.
(Yes, that was a sneaky way to link to Pooka Creations one more time.)
UPDATE: So, it’s there now. But I’m leaving the link 🙂
PREVIOUS HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN POSTS:
13+ Halloween-themed movies
Printable checklist of Halloweeny activities – enough for 13 weeks of fun
How and why to spend an afternoon with the dead at your local cemetery
Halloween hobbies: monster models, knitting, cross stitch, paper cutting and more
Fall 2013 TV for lovers of horror, paranormal, dark fantasy, suspense (and retro)