This month we’ve done lots of Literary Paraphernalia posts featuring Shakespeare-related goods. This Friday we’re continuing that trend with a pretty cool collection of awesome things from Etsy.Com – from bags to tea to, well, there’s a hamster in there too. I’m not really sure what to classify that hamster as, except really damn adorable.
Did I use bling right? I’m pretty sure I did. Today we’re continuing our Shakespeare-themed Literature Paraphernalia posts with some cool Shakespeare jewelry. If you love The Bard of Avon, you’ll love these shiny trinkets as well.
I have no more classes to attend—forever. On Monday, I’ll turn in my last final project and kiss academia goodbye.
It’s a funny feeling. Before this, I could map out my future. Community college, university, graduate school. And what’s left now hasn’t been drawn yet.
It’s a little thrilling and a little freeing and a little stressful. Since I graduated a term early, I now get to watch my friends deal with preparing portfolios and final papers. And because of that, this week’s literary paraphernalia (and probably the next few) are inspired by items to help relax a book lover.
These literary candles are all from the Chicago-based Etsy shop, Hearth & Hammer. All candles are made with natural soy wax.
Inspired by Fahrenheit 451. Scents of cinnamon, orange, and fir. According to the owners, it “smells like you’re sitting by a fire reading your favorite banned book.”
Inspired by The Lord of the Flies. Scents of leather, tobacco, amber, and musk. According to the owners, it’s “to make you feel like you’re right on the island with Simon, Piggy and the boys.”
Inspired by On the Road. Scents of meadow grass and sandalwood. According to the owners, it smells like wandering “through sawdust-covered towns and feel the meadow grass on your bare feet with Kerouac and Moriarty.”
I hear it’s pretty cold out there. Though most of our contributors are based on the West Coast, we do feel a pang of empathy for all of you readers dealing with this:
Cousin sent me this view of her house in Moncton, New Brunswick. pic.twitter.com/ACaaa8wFke
— Laura B. (@ABBestphotos) February 18, 2015
Seriously, what is this blasphemy?
The good news is that with weather like that, there’s plenty of time to get some reading done. And shopping, of the online variety. Below are some bookish socks and sweaters to help keep you warm.
I’m a fairly nontraditional person, so when it comes to romance, I go for nontraditional things too. Generally, I’m not one to celebrate Valentine’s day with a night out at an expensive restaurant, but I do still like to give gifts.
There are the traditional gifts, like roses and chocolate and teddy bears, but what fun are those? No, it’s way more fun to be offbeat for Valentine’s day than it is to be traditional.
That being said, guys and gals, here’s some cool offbeat Etsy.Com gear for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.
(Don’t forget the ink)
For all you grammar gods and goddesses, we have more grammar gear for you to take a look at from Etsy.Com. Why so much grammar? Why not! We love grammar, we study grammar, and we use grammar every day. We might as well celebrate grammar as well.
Are you into grammar? Like, really, really into grammar? Does the misuse of they’re, their, there, your, you’re, it, it’s, who, whom, etc. really, really bother you? Are you an avid defender of the Oxford comma? Well, we have some awesome gear for you this week.
A few months ago, we featured a really cool Shakespeare bag from Jumping Jackalope’s Etsy shop. I loved it, so I bought it and have been using it as my school bag for the past quarter. From personal experience I can say that this bag is strong, durable, and pretty cute. And the cool thing about Jumping Jackalope’s shop is that she has tons of literature-themed bags. If you’re ever looking for a strong, durable, and literary bag, you can’t go wrong with one of these. I should also mention that the bag is available in eight different colors, even though the pictures with the embroidered designs are featured on the putty color.
Rings are my favorite kind of jewelry. Unlike bracelets, they don’t snag on things or make writing and typing awkward. And unlike necklaces, rings seem more versatile. Most of my rings can be worn with any of the clothes in my closet.
Unique rings are not always easy to come by. Sure, you could grab something trendy and cheap at Target or Forever 21. But so will hundreds—if not thousands—of others. And sometimes it’s nice to stand out.
Etsy is a great place to find unique, literary jewelry—whether it’s for yourself or a loved one with a fancy for books (the holidays, after all, aren’t too far off). Below’s my own wishlist. If you want to see more literary finds, be sure to follow us on Pinterest!
After several months of simply thinking about getting around to buying furniture at some possible date in the near future, I have decided to actually buy furniture. My walls feel empty, and I’m no longer in that awkward in-between-paychecks-and-jobs stage. In the spirit of filling up my empty walls, I took a look around on Etsy. I found a shop called Obvious State that sells literary prints and other bookish goods, like custom-picked notebook sets.
But really, I lingered at Obvious State’s shop because of their section of literary prints, each well-designed and with similar aesthetics. I imagine one or two posters above my writing desk, a reminder of why to keep going. Below are just a few posters from the Etsy shop’s inventory, but I found these ones particularly relevant to writers.