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Literary Paraphernalia: All Things Shakespeare

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.


Shakespearean Insult Mosaic

You never know when you’ll need a handy-dandy Shakespearean insult at your disposal, and this mosaic is here to help you remember them.

William Shakespeare Cookie Cutter

What better way to show your adoration for Shakespeare than to eat his face in the form of a cookie?

Shakespeare Pillow

I think this item is supposed to be for children, but I would totally cuddle with it still.

Hamlet Hamster

I can’t think of one damn functional purpose for this thing, except that it’s ultra adorable and that I want one for my desk.

Literary Paraphernalia: Shakespeare Bling

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.

Henry VI Quote Necklace

This necklace is not only beautiful, but also charming.

Shakespeare Charm Bracelet

Did I say the last item was charming? I meant this bracelet was charming.

Wax Seal Necklace: Shakespeare’s Profile

This necklace would look great paired with a cute sweater or rocking it with a bodice at a Renaissance Faire.

Upcycled Shakespeare Paper Beads Cuff

Who knew that paper could look so good when not in book form?

Literary Paraphernalia: Bookish Candles from Hearth & Hammer

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.

Burning Books

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.”

Signal Fire

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.”

Open Road

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.”

Literary Paraphernalia: Bookish Socks & Sweaters

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:

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.

Got My Number Two Socks

To The Lighthouse Pullover

Literary Paraphernalia: Offbeat Valentine’s Day Gifts for Booklovers

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.

Time Machine Tie

This is billed as a “steam punk” tie, but it’s really just an awesome tie for anyone to wear, steam punk or not.

Cheshire Cat Brass Cuff

It’s way more fun to be mad than to be sane, anyway.

Lord of the Rings Shot Glasses

You can include this with a bottle of your sweetheart’s favorite liquor.

Handmade Crow Quill

The bead is customizable as are the tips!

(Don’t forget the ink)

Literary Paraphernalia: Grammar Gear, Part 2

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.

Grammar Owl Shirt

I would love to train an owl to judge my grammar. That would literally be the most adorable owl ever. And I’m not misusing literally.

Word Nerd Necklace

Say it loud and say it proud with a cute little pendant.

You’re Perfect Mug

Well, with the grammar correction you’re now perfect, that is.

Quote Earrings

Now everything you say will have proper quotation marks.

Literary Paraphernalia: Grammar Gear, Part 1

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.

Sexy Grammar Tote

Dang right it is.

*You’re Bracelet

You’re absolutely going to love this bracelet.

Grammar Police Shirt

Put the pencil down and step away from the bad grammar, ma’am.

Noun and Verb Earrings

You’ll have a rudimentary sentence dangling from your ears!

Literary Paraphernalia: Cool Bags from Jumping Jackalope’s Etsy Shop

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.

You can also customize the colors of thread used within your design. I have a white Hamlet Skull on the Smoke bag and it’s awesome looking.

Edgar Allen Poe Raven Bag

Yes, that is a Raven made up of the text of “The Raven.”

Once Upon a Time Bag

Start your own fairy tale off with your own fairy tale bag.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Bag

This would look great on a green bag, much like the green light Gatsby kept gazing at across the water.

Literary Paraphernalia: Bookish Rings

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!

Vintage Little Prince Ring

Sterling Silver Book Ring

Comic Book Ring

Literary Paraphernalia: Writerly Art Prints

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.

“All Truths Wait In All Things” Walt Whitman Poster

“Do A Fabulous Story” F. Scott Fitzgerald Poster

“Write Drunk; Edit Sober” Ernest Hemingway Poster