It’s been a while since I’ve shared a specific Etsy shop that I really like. Most of my shopping on Etsy lately has been for replacement wedding bands for Kyle and I, rings or jewelry for me, or series of items for a party treasury for our Thursday series. Recently, I ran across these handpainted miniature sculptures and collectibles by HandyMaiden and thought I should share them with you all.

Buffalo pocket totem figurine

Sloth pocket totem figurine

Elephant pocket totem figurine

Sheep pocket totem figurine

This series is for the travelers, the kids-at-heart, and everyone who wants to take an animal wherever they go. Of course, you can always keep them on your desk or any place in your home that currently needs an animal.

Each totem is sculpted out of polymer clay and measures roughly 1.5 inches. The simple sculptural design makes them sturdier than most decorative figurines, and they fit more comfortably in your jacket pocket. The piece is then cured and meticulously hand painted with as much care and attention to detail as my regular figurines– right down to their teeny faces– for maximum character and cuteness. The totem is then coated with several layers of protective varnish, for a smooth matte finish.

— From HandyMaiden’s shop

If you’re not as big of a fan of the impractical as I am .. or if you don’t have any place in your home that currently needs an animal.. there are also cute badges and earrings.

barn owl post earrings

Badger of Honor

honeybadger and snake post earrings


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Last Saturday, Kyle and I stopped by Kat and Co., our favorite repurpose/antique/thrift store in St. Joseph. We are spending most of our money on gifts this month so it was just a quick trip meant mostly to be inspiration. We ended up finding a fun gift for Kyle’s brother while we were there and a few other items for ourselves, too.

A friend of mine in town has a booth that she’s closing at the end of this month so everything was 50% off and we just had to help ourselves to some of those deals! I bought a little brown teapot for my collection and this elephant:

This may actually be an item in my home I could use to describe my taste to someone. Our bedroom is very black, cream, and grey, with a lot of industrial elements thrown in, so the elephant looks perfect on our desk. And given my penchant for adopting strays (like Oats, Logan, and my hippo.), she is actually now part of a pair of elephants in the bedroom.

I also picked up a new scarf. The color and the weight of it drew me into the booth but when I picked it up it felt soft and then I realized it looked familiar!

It’s actually an Express scarf that’s just a few years old. For less than $5, it was an exciting find! I really love thrifting in general, as you know, but there is something so fun about finding something that you let slip by because it wasn’t justifiable or you missed it on sale or clearance! I’m wearing it today with a black sweater and it adds so much color to my winter wardrobe!

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 I wore a locket to dinner last night and found out my friend’s wife has been obsessed with lockets lately. I went through that last year and ultimately impulse bought the one I wore last night when I discovered it in an Aerie. Maybe it’s time to go through that phase again? This Octopus Locket Necklace by CosmicFirefly on Etsy is just my style.

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This is so cute. I am a firm believer that fun things and lots of animals belong in the home. (via Offbeat Home.)


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