"Black Thorn" | OOAK Necklace to Benefit the M.A.C. AIDS Fund

A few weeks ago, Keifla, the awesome M.A.C. artist who did my makeup for the Urban Vibes photoshoot, contacted me asking if I'd be interested in donating a jewelry piece for a huge charity event benefiting the M.A.C. AIDS Fund. It took me about one heartbeat to say yes, of course!

He mentioned that the audience would be other M.A.C. artists and that as such, black jewelry would probably work best. With that in mind, I came up with "Black Thorn", a one-of-a-kind necklace that will be sold via silent auction at the event today!


2014 Winter Urban Craft Uprising | Craft Fairs

In July, I wrote about the summer Urban Craft Uprising craft fair. UCU is held twice a year, the second fair being in early December! Tal and I attended the winter UCU on Saturday. Due to horrible traffic, we didn't have as much time to spend at the fair as usual. I did manage to snap photos of some of my favorite booths and we got a Christmas gift for Tal's dad. :)

ODD FAUNA | by Emma SanCartier


Gift Guides 12 | For the Chef/Baker

Previous gift guides shared:
1: For the Makeup/Beauty Fanatic
2: For Your Favorite Nerd
3: For the Traveler
4: For the Paper Crafter
5: For the Kawaii Lover
6: For the Sweet Tooth (more chef/baker gifts in this guide)
7: For the Nature Lover
8: For the Art and Designer Toy Collector
9: For the Nail Enthusiast
10: For the Jewelry Lover
11: For the Animal Lover
Browse all gift guides here.

Today's is the last of the gift guides! Thanks for all of your comments these past few days. :) I've had a lot of fun putting these together and plan to compile more in the future.


Gift Guides 11 | For the Animal Lover

Previous gift guides shared:
1: For the Makeup/Beauty Fanatic
2: For Your Favorite Nerd
3: For the Traveler
4: For the Paper Crafter
5: For the Kawaii Lover
6: For the Sweet Tooth
7: For the Nature Lover
8: For the Art and Designer Toy Collector
9: For the Nail Enthusiast
10: For the Jewelry Lover
Browse all gift guides here.

For this guide, I included quite a few items that are sold directly by or support various animal charities. Your animal-loving friends will appreciate that their gift went to help animals and you still get to give them a gift in the process. Win win!


Gift Guides 10 | For the Jewelry Lover

Previous gift guides shared:
1: For the Makeup/Beauty Fanatic
2: For Your Favorite Nerd
3: For the Traveler
4: For the Paper Crafter
5: For the Kawaii Lover
6: For the Sweet Tooth
7: For the Nature Lover
8: For the Art and Designer Toy Collector
9: For the Nail Enthusiast
Browse all gift guides here.

As you probably figure, given that I am a jewelry artist, I love jewelry! It makes for an easy and thoughtful holiday gift. This one is really more like two gift guides. I couldn't narrow it down any more. As someone who loves both kawaii/cute jewelry (like the style I make) and also beautiful/pretty jewelry (like the gemstone jewelry I used to make), my finds vary in style as well. I decided to split them into "fun" and "serious" jewelry... I guess that's how I think of it. :)

Oh, and this particular guide includes a lot of artists from different countries (not just the U.S.), so there are more local options for some of my non-U.S. readers as well!



Gift Guides 9 | For the Nail Enthusiast

And, we're back! :) I hope my U.S. readers (and anyone else who celebrates) had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

Previous gift guides shared:
1: For the Makeup/Beauty Fanatic
2: For Your Favorite Nerd
3: For the Traveler
4: For the Paper Crafter
5: For the Kawaii Lover
6: For the Sweet Tooth
7: For the Nature Lover
8: For the Art and Designer Toy Collector
Browse all gift guides here.

This gift guide was difficult to put together... mostly because I want everything on it. Heh. Nail polish is a fun and often inexpensive gift. They also make great stocking stuffers!


Gift Guides 8 | For the Art and Designer Toy Collector

Previous gift guides shared:
1: For the Makeup/Beauty Fanatic
2: For Your Favorite Nerd
3: For the Traveler
4: For the Paper Crafter
5: For the Kawaii Lover
6: For the Sweet Tooth
7: For the Nature Lover
Browse all gift guides here.

Art and designer toys are one of my personal vices. I love collecting things and have to have something from each of my favorite artists! This guide was one of my favorites to compile, because I love sharing talented artists with you guys. It can be a little bit difficult to buy art for someone else, since tastes vary so much. Here are my suggestions:

+ If you have a chance, take a look around their home or personal space. For example - if you're purchasing for a coworker, this could be how someone decorates their cubicle. Take a note of their style (realistic vs. cartoony, photographs, themes) and color preferences.

+ If you don't have a chance to visit, think about their interests and how they style themselves. Someone who loves high fashion might be into illustrations like #6, while a dinosaur-lover might like #10 or #12. A girl with pink hair would be chuffed to get an illustration of a pink-haired girl.

+ If in doubt, get a figurine. They're small and unobstrusive and they can always be used to brighten up a work space if it doesn't fit your recipient's home decor.

+ Don't be afraid! I've gotten art I loved and art that wasn't exactly my taste, but I always appreciate it. Art is such a personal gift and any art/toy collector will appreciate that you noticed their collection and wanted to add a piece to it. It helps add nostalgic value to their collection as well, knowing someone picked out this piece for them.


Gift Guides 7 | For the Nature Lover

Previous gift guides shared:
1: For the Makeup/Beauty Fanatic
2: For Your Favorite Nerd
3: For the Traveler
4: For the Paper Crafter
5: For the Kawaii Lover
6: For the Sweet Tooth
Browse all gift guides here.

My personal relationship with nature is a bit tenuous. For my part, I've never taken great care of my plants (is there anything worse than a black thumb? That's what I have). Nature responds by sending me frequent and rather unpleasant allergy attacks. However, both the guy I'm dating and my best friend are much more into nature... and that's the point of a gift guide, right? To think up things other people would like! So here goes my attempt. :)


Gift Guides 6 | For the Sweet Tooth

Previous gift guides shared:
1: For the Makeup/Beauty Fanatic
2: For Your Favorite Nerd
3: For the Traveler
4: For the Paper Crafter
5: For the Kawaii Lover
Browse all gift guides here.

Being a dessert-lover myself, I barely had to do any searches to find these delicious goodies! Lots of scrumptious sweets and sweet-inspired goods.


Gift Guides 5 | For the Kawaii Lover

Previous gift guides shared:
1: For the Makeup/Beauty Fanatic
2: For Your Favorite Nerd
3: For the Traveler
4: For the Paper Crafter
Browse all gift guides here.

For that friend who wears kigurumi pajamas and has a sizeable Hello Kitty collection!


Gift Guides 4 | For the Paper Crafter

Previous gift guides shared:
1: For the Makeup/Beauty Fanatic
2: For Your Favorite Nerd
3: For the Traveler (The travel journals I shared here would also be fun for any paper crafter!)
Browse all gift guides here.

This guide was easy to put together, since these are all things I'd love to get as a gift or stocking stuffer! :) If I were shopping for someone who loved paper crafting, I'd grab a mix of goodies like the ones below and present them in a little basket or useful container of some sort.


Gift Guides 3 | For the Traveler

Previous gift guides shared:
1: For the Makeup/Beauty Fanatic (the accessory pouches I shared would also be great gifts for travelers!)
2: For Your Favorite Nerd
Browse all gift guides here.

Have a friend or family member who has been bitten by wanderlust? Whether they prefer jumping in the car and heading out on a road trip or checking in at a historic hotel, they'll love something in this guide. :)

1: Tokidoki x Ju.Ju.Be | Be Right Back Sea Amo Backpack, $148
Ju.Ju.Be actually makes bags for parents, but even for those who aren't parents, these backs rock! I have one of these in a different (now retired) print and get compliments on it all of the time. Super functional - lots of space and slots for everything you need. I always use it as my carry-on for traveling. Tokidoki has a lot more awesome bags too that would be ideal to bring when traveling.

2: Betsey Johnson | Clear to Me Tote, $98
This cute bag is the perfect weekender bag size - just enough room for a pair of shoes, a few outfits, and a makeup pouch!

3: Free People | Road Trip Rolly Bag, $168
This gorgeous hard case luggage is made to fit within TSA approved carryon dimensions.

4: Creazionidiangelina | Waxed Canvas Travel Bag, $321
This classy, sturdy bag would make a great gift for a male traveler with classic style.

5: Linlainecoton | Travel Bag Set of 3, $50
These travel bags are brilliant! One for laundry, one for underwear, and another for shoes. All clearly marked. I need a set of these for inside my suitcase.

6: Papaya! Art | Hanging Jewelry Cases, $28
I have one of these jewelry cases - they have three big compartments for keeping jewelry pieces safe while traveling.

7: Papaya! Art | Luggage Tags, $10
I have one of these - Papaya! Art's beautiful, signature pieces are bold and noticeable!

8: Kate Spade | Passport Case in Gold Dot, $50
This pretty case holds a passport and a few cards (ID, metro card, credit cards). Great for stylish international travelers.

9: Badbooks | Semper Fidelis Travel Journal, $35
These gorgeous travel journals (more here) are handmade with a variety of papers and envelopes. They come in a miniature size - perfect for bringing on travels.

10: Janelle McCulloch | Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City's Creative Heart, $27.50 retail
Tal bought me this book last year - it's full of pretty photographs and information on little secret spots throughout Paris.

11: Reader's Digest | Off the Beaten Path, $30 retail
This book is great for U.S. road trippers - it's sorted by state and including maps and info about less well-traveled spots throughout the country.

12: Modcloth | The Fox and the Sound Earbuds, $14.99
These small, adorable earbuds would make listening to music on the plane just a little more fun.

13: Plastique | London Skyline Acrylic Necklace, $27
Plastique has several different city skyline necklaces available. It may even include one of your recipient's favorite cities! :)

14: Conde Nast Traveler | 2-Year Subscription, $20
The magazine for the voracious traveler.

15: Nichole Robertson | Paris in Color, $19.95 retail
This beautiful photography book would make a lovely gift for someone who dreams of Paris.

16: Paper Plane Prints | DIY Travel Map Kit, $28+
This pretty kit comes with an 11x14" world map print and a set of heart stickers that can be used to track cities visited. There's also a U.S. map available.

Coming up tomorrow: Gift Guide for the Paper Crafter


Gift Guides 2 | For Your Favorite Nerd

Previous gift guides shared:
1: For the Makeup/Beauty Fanatic
Browse all gift guides here.

WARNING: Friends and family spoiler alert! Some of the items below may or may not have been purchased as gifts for this year... :)

I'm a partial nerd (former gamer) dating a full nerd. Both of us have plenty of friends and family who are nerdy in their own ways too, so looking for nerdy gifts is commonplace around birthdays and the holidays! First, we categorize the recipient's "nerd type" - does he or she love a particular movie, TV show, video game, or superhero? From there, I start hunting down gifts in those themes.Here are a few of my favorites from this year's search!

1: Loot Crate | Gift Subscription, US $20+; International $35+
Box of nerdy goodness worth at least $40, delivered each month to the recipient. I purchased Tal a gift subscription last year and he loved it. Thank you to Clarence for letting me know that Loot Crate now offers gift subscriptions in one, three, or six month intervals! :)


Gift Guides 1 | For the Makeup/Beauty Fanatic

I think I say this about too many things I post, but I really am super excited about this new gift guide series! Finding the perfect gift is one of my favorite things to do. I start by considering the recipient: what are they interested in? What are the products or hobbies they are most excited about? As such, I'm organizing my gift guides that way.

I have twelve gift guides planned - one per day, starting today! Wherever possible, I'll try to include products in varying price ranges, ones that benefit charities, and indie goods. Enjoy! :) You'll be able to find all gift guides here.



Four Ways to Make an Easy Online Wish List

The holidays are approaching! I personally love picking out or making the perfect gifts for friends and family. However, I know a lot of people find gift giving stressful rather than fun. Chances are, at least one person in your gift exchange circle would rather just get you something they already know you want. Why not make things a little easier for them and keep an updated wish list that you can send on request?

I love browsing online and tend to keep a lot of personal wish lists just so I can keep track of things I like. It was only recently that I thought to send them to anyone, after receiving a few queries. Here are a few ways you can keep a quick and easy wish list!

(Couldn't resist showing off a few goodies on my own wish list!)
Top: Squishables Birthday Cake | Guess Delaney Mini Tote | Momiji Happy Dolls
Middle: Fatally Feminine Necklace | Rudy Fig Stickers | Athinalabella Bracelet
Bottom: ZIB Sweater Dress | Wild Bangarang x NoFlutter Leggings | Cadence Majorette Blythe Doll


Shopping Guide 2 | Bold Leggings

I used to hate leggings. Never understood the appeal for years and years. That is, until last year, when I discovered ZIB and realized that leggings don't have to be boring! Enter: new world of possibilities. I've mentioned (i.e. confessed my undying love for) ZIB before... and in case it wasn't clear then, I think it's safe to say that they're my biggest Etsy clothing shop obsession.

So this collection is full of leggings I've purchased or coveted since. ZIB, thank you for making my life so much comfier! ;)

Shopping Guide 2: Leggings


Project: Spice up Your Cutting Boards!

Note: I wrote an update post about the effectiveness of Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge here!

Since one of my goals for the Sweet Life Coaster Project was to try out Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge ("DSMP"), I thought it would be fun to try another simultaneous DSMP project and spice up a few plain, wooden cutting boards!


Baby Shower Themed Basket + Banner Project | Baby Bath Time!

Yesterday was my friend's baby shower for little Jonah, due in January! I love picking out gifts and thought hard about what to get for baby Jonah. :) I ended up going with one of my favorites: themed gift basket with a personal touch!

Scrolling through their registry, I thought it would be cute to put together a baby bath time gift basket. And I figured, why not include a functional "basket" as well? This pretty balcalore basket in pastel blue is adorable and waterproof, so it could actually be used to store Jonah's bath toys!

I picked out a few bath items from the registry that would fit in the basket (though one, unfortunately, came in a big box, so I had to wrap it separately). Then I tried to figure out how I could add a personal touch to the gift. It's nothing revolutionary, but I decided to go with a removable mini baby banner!

Sooo I figured I might as well throw in project instructions with this post. :)


Kelsea Echo on Shana Logic!

Shana Logic is my favorite online boutique, full of cute and quirky indie goods. I came across SL around five years ago and have since had a dream/life goal of someday selling my jewelry there. Shana and I became friends a few years ago and she is completely awesome! Shortly after I opened my shop, she messaged me to let me know she'd be happy to carry Kelsea Echo pieces in her shop. I nearly had a heart attack from happiness!

The pieces are slightly different from what I have available on my website (and some of the designs are sold out in my shop). Check out the collection here!

Kelsea Echo for Shana Logic Collection


Pastel Rainbow Glitter Nails

I love the look of painted nails, but I've never had much patience for the drying time. Soo... I have something to admit. I pretty much only paint my nails when I need to take new jewelry photos. And taking my own photos means one hand models, the other takes the pics. So I've taken to painting the nails... on just one hand! O_O

It's actually somewhat convenient, because then I don't feel like I'm basically incapacitated for too long. But then, inevitably, I eventually need to leave the house... and realize only half my fingernails are painted. Awkward.

So then I scramble to finish painting the other half before I head out, hoping like heck I don't mess up the new nails. It's all very logical and efficient. Hah.

Anyway, I decided to go for rainbow pastel with silver glitter for my Sugar Rush collection! The bonus to glitter is that if you do mess up a bit in the process, you can always cover it with a nice, pretty chunk of glitter. :)


Shopping Guide 1 | Cute Crossbody Purses

I've been wanting to start doing some type of "finds" blog series for a while now, since let's face it - I spend way too much time window shopping and would like to pretend it's somewhat useful time spent. Mwahaha. A recent hunt for oversized sweaters (that won't drown my 5'3" frame) got me thinking - I usually go through the buying process by first picking a type of item I want, then looking for it. So why not organize "finds" posts into shopping guides specific to certain types of items?

I'm always paranoid I'll set a clutch down somewhere and lose it and I stopped carrying short-handled purses a while ago because they annoyed me. Plus, keeping my purse small encourages me not to lug around 20 items I never use anyway. Crossbody has been my style of choice for some time and I've seen a lot of adorable, themed purses pop up lately. Of course, that may also be because I've been composing my wish list for the upcoming holidays. Heh.

Here are some of my current favorites! Some are not labeled crossbody but convert to longish straps, which is good enough for me. :) These would also make great gifts, since you don't have to worry about sizing (one thing I like about gifting jewelry and accessories).

Shopping Guide: Themed Crossbody Purses


How to Make Your Own Coasters | Project Using The Sweet Life Papers!

Note: I wrote an update post about the effectiveness of Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge here!

Before I share this project, I just want to note that Super Cute Kawaii is currently running a Kelsea Echo giveaway - be sure to enter for a chance to win yourself some goodies! I just added new rings, earrings, and hair combs (in a new mini size) to the Sparkle Skull collection, so you'll have plenty to choose from! :)

I've been following Jenny and Aaron's adorable, sugary, pastel corner of the blog world (Everyday is a Holiday) for over two years. In addition to being incredibly talented (I have quite a few pieces of their artwork), Jenny and Aaron are two of the sweetest people you'll ever meet. Being a bit of a paper supply hoarder, I was thrilled when they released their Sweet Life scrapbook paper collection, via Melissa Frances, earlier this year!

I've also been on the lookout for pretty, reasonably-priced coaster sets for a while now. Finally, I gave up and just decided to make my own! This also gave me a chance to test out the new dishwasher-safe Mod Podge. I decided to make two sets of four coasters.


The Doll Scene: Custom Doll Photography Book by Louis Bou

I can definitely assert that since Blythecon (where I adopted Estra), I've been bitten fully by the Blythe bug! Bought a few stock dolls and materials to try my hand at customizing... more on that by early next year, I hope!

When I saw this book posted on Super Cute Kawaii, I had to order it. The Doll Scene* contains 235 pages of beautiful custom doll photography, from candy cute to majorly macabre. Recognize the doll on the front cover? She's a Caramelpop, by Sheena Aw, whom I interviewed earlier this month!

*If you're ordering off Amazon, don't forget to order via Amazon Smile so a (small) portion of your purchase is donated to charity!

Pink Bunny: A Pinch of Prim | Brown Bunny: Rudy Fig | Book: The Doll Scene | Estra: Mab Graves
Blythe Doll Dress: Kitty Kat Dance | Unicorn: Wonder Forest | Art: Mab Graves


Sparkle Skull Collection!

It has been a crazy month! Friends and family are always going to be #1 in my life, so I don't regret a single moment I spend helping friends in times of need. Realistically, though, sometimes that means I end up a little behind on my business and blog goals. I'm learning to accept that! Anyway, I was hoping to post more jewelry sooner, but didn't get to it until yesterday.

That being said, the first round of necklaces from my brand new Sparkle Skull collection are now available in my shop! The pieces are inspired by Halloween, full of creepy themes and candy colors. :)

These pieces will most likely end up one-of-a-kind, as many of the cameo images came in assortments or are no longer available, so I have just a handful of each. I had so much fun with these awesome coffin settings! This was also my first time making double-sided pieces and blinging out a whole surface with Swarovski crystals. I definitely want to do more of that. :)

That Swarovski sparkle is REAL! Incredible, huh? It wasn't even a sunny day. Swarovski crystals just never cease to amaze me.

A few of my favorites:


Outfit: Kittens and Ice Cream

I've been a bit blog-absent lately, but I'm back and hoping to find more time to post (and read my favorite blogs)! These photos were taken around a month ago, when summer was still in the air. :)

Japan LA is one of those sites I like to browse regularly for a dose of cute. When I saw this adorable kittens and ice cream print, I just couldn't resist! Biggest problem? It makes me hungry. O_O


Indie Interviews | Sheena of Caramelaw!

Happy October! I'm back from my trip with an AWESOME post (modesty be damned) to share with you today! :)

I first encountered Sheena's work when a fellow Blyther posted a photo of her beautiful new Caramelaw custom Blythe doll on Facebook. Looking up "Caramelaw" threw me into an adorable oasis of candy, colors, and cute critters... and resulted in the addition of "owning a Caramelaw custom" to my life wish list. :) I've been meaning to do more Indie Interviews (especially with Blythe artists), so I squealed with excitement when Sheena accepted my invitation to do an interview here on Kels Shark!


Books and Audiobooks: My Story and Favorites!

A few unrelated things before I dive into this post:

1.) Chantal, the talented illustrator behind Pony Chops Shop (I have a set of her gorgeous hand-painted Matryoshka dolls), is kindly hosting a Kelsea Echo giveaway! Head over to her blog for a chance to win $40 of my jewelry! :)

2.) I'm flying out of town tomorrow for a last minute visit to see one of my best friends, so I'll be MIA for the rest of this week. Will be back with lots more content next week!

Soulless Box Set: Gail Carriger | "LOVE" mini statue: The LouvrePanda Speaker: gift from Tal
Cheshire Cat Figurine: Magic Bean Buyer via Shana Logic | Teacup Jewelry Holder: Urban Outfitters
Vinyl Balloon Unicorn Figurine: Kidrobot | Too Too Perfume: Betsey Johnson

When we were growing up, my brother, Corbin (who just turned 25 on Sunday - happy birthday!) devoured books like they were ice cream cake. When it comes to reading, we have similar tastes, preferring fantasy or sci-fi and series over standalone novels.


Pretty Goodies Exchange with Susie!

A few years ago, Susie and I did our first exchange of goodies! Susie helped me order a set of Alice in Wonderland rubber stamps and a pack of pretty stickers from a Dutch website. In exchange, I sent her a variety of paper goods I thought she would like.

Susie and I decided to do another exchange this year - this time 100% fun things we picked out for each other!

Here is the beautiful assortment of goodies from Susie. Look how pretty! She even included a gorgeous pink-haired girl charm (upper left) that is just so me. <3


Urban Vibes: A Photo Shoot with Jess Juergens Photography!

Photos: Jess Juergens Photography | Locations: Second Use; SoDo Seattle | Model: Myself
Makeup: Keifla, MAC Makeup (University Village) | Hair Cut & Color: Antonio, Coco Seattle (hair details here)
Black Dress & Heels: Guess (similar) | Maxi Dress: Anthropologie | Sandals: If Carrini via Hautelook (affiliate link)
Necklace & Bracelet: Kelsea Echo | Backpack: Tokidoki x JuJuBee | Faux Tattoo: Chanel
Pink Nail Polish: OPI Shorts Story| Blue Nail Polish: Priti NYC "Blue Wedgewood" via Hautelook


Outfit: Bright Spot in the Darkness | Featuring eShakti!

Note: This post contains some affiliate links, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Before I left in favor of self-employment at the end of May, I was working as a reporting and investment accountant for a large regional firm. As with many working women, my go-to outfits began to center around work dresses. No need to match top and bottom - a dress is its own match. For someone who has never made friends with the morning, throwing together an outfit as quickly as possible was an absolute essential.

It was while I was working that I first began noticing the trend of covetable dark grey and black wool dresses pop up in the working world. Nothing revolutionary, I imagine, but I found myself looking for one. I had my potential outfit all planned out already, with the perfect wool dress starring front and center. Alas, it never came to pass while I had a workplace to go to every weekday. The dresses were too long, not the right style, or just not exactly what I was looking for. And given the price wool dresses fetch, it had to be perfect. Eventually, I gave up on finding the perfect wool dress and left the hunt empty-handed.

Thus, wool dresses was not on my mind when eShakti contacted me about a product review. As I looked through their seemingly wide array of beautiful and varied dress styles, I had no idea how I was going to pick one... until I saw the wool dress.



Phew! I've been busy working on a new jewelry collection for my shop - trying to get a nice range of pieces ready in time for an upcoming craft fair application! As such, I've been posting a little less frequently here. Hopefully once I finish my application this week, I can get going on some of the projects I have in mind that I'd love to share with all of you! In the meantime, here are a few amazing links from around the web that deserve to be shared:

+ Mab Graves held a Alice in Wonderland solo show at the Monster Gallery in Indianapolis. I would love to have attended, but in lieu of that, I'm happy we were able to view her incredible pieces online! I can't wait for leftover prints to hit her Etsy shop. :)


PAX Prime 2014!

This weekend was the 10th anniversary PAX Prime event! "PAX" stands for Penny Arcade Expo, a show to celebrate gaming. PAX Prime is held at the Convention Center in Seattle every year, from Friday to Monday of Labor Day Weekend.

Annie, I think everyone has now seen your bear Tibbers. And yes, that is totally badass smoke rising from his glowing arm. League definitely has their displays down.


Kelsea Echo Shop Launch!!

Eeep! As you may know, nearly three months ago, I quit my job in accounting to blog and start up my jewelry business. Since then, I've been spending my days blogging and preparing for today: LAUNCH DAY!

For my first collection, I decided on a theme that has been interpreted in so many ways by so many different artists. It's one theme I don't think I will ever get tired of.

So, without further ado, I'd like to present the Wonderland collection!


Blythe Panel w/ Allison Katzman & Junko Wong... + Kelsea Echo Preview!

You may recall reading about BlytheCon ("BC") a few weeks ago! I didn't write about this part, because that post was so massive already, but I definitely wanted to share my experience with the pre-BlytheCon panel that occurred on Friday, the day before the big event.

The amazing BC organizers invited Allison Katzman, the original creator of Blythe dolls, and Junko Wong, the current Blythe Creative Director and CEO of the CWC Group, to speak at the panel. BC ticketholders were welcome to sign up in advance for a spot to attend the panel.


New Hair: Rock n Roll Siren

If you know me or read my about me page, you may already know that I change my hair (sometimes rather drastically) every few months. I've done all different color combinations - flame hair (an ombre of sorts, from black to red to orange to yellow), rainbow, blue ombre, etc. In the last year or so, I've mostly stuck to various shades of pinks and blues.

My last salon visit being over two months ago, I had a faded version of teal-blue-purple-pink ombre hair left over. Still being rather attached to my color scheme of late, I opted to go with a different way to distribute the colors (rather than selecting an entirely new palette).

On Thursday, I went in to Coco & Co Salon in West Seattle for a bleach session with Maekayla. On Friday, I went back in for a color return (removes some of the color) and bleach bath with Julie. (I took some in progress pics on Instagram if you're curious.) Then, on Monday, I went in for the last visit: color with Antonio. While I've never had any qualms about color, I've been getting braver about the cut. This shaggy, fun style is going to be so much fun to wear for the next few months!


Indie Interviews | Plush World with Laura of Teacup Lion!

I know I use the word "favorite" a lot, but this really is my favorite feature! One of the main purposes of my blog is to share the work and wisdom of awesome indie artists, so what better way than to interview them directly? You may recall hearing about Teacup Lion, the adorable shop where I purchased the felt elephant pattern I used in my Elephants and Bubbles Baby Mobile project. Laura, the owner and designer, kindly agreed to share some of her plush wisdom and stories about her personal plush collection with all of us today!

Thank you for joining us today on Kels Shark, Laura! Can you tell us about yourself and your business?
Hi Kelsea! Thank you very much for this feature and your time. :) I'm a part-time small-business owner/full-time office worker who dreams of working only for myself someday. I love animals, toys, dolls, and fantasy lands. My small business is a collection of many talents and hobbies of mine: designing and drawing, sewing and writing tutorials, and helping build the plushie revolution. I was always somewhat creative, but wasn't really sure what I wanted to be when I grew up.


Link Love 1

Before I write anything else, I want to give the Blythe community a HUGE thank you - attending BlytheCon and my mom visiting me were the bright spots in a bad week for me. I can't express how much I appreciate all of the visits, comments, likes, and follows on my BC post, Facebook page/album, etc. and the e-mails and messages. I wish I'd had enough time and energy to meet every single one of you in person at BC, but I definitely plan to attend BlytheCon Vancouver next year and talk to everyone I missed this time around! <3

It seems like half of my posts these days start with "this is the first post in a new series"... hehe. I guess that's what happens when your blog is new (and you're obsessive about organizing things into "series" like me). :)

Anyway, I see so many share-worthy things posted online. I thought it was about time to stop selfishly keeping them to myself... and including these links on my blog! Some of these are a month old... I've been hoarding them for a while!

+ This stunning Versailles photoshoot by Grethe Rosseaux completely blew me away. I've dreamed of doing a Marie Antoinette photo shoot for a while now and love seeing how others are inspired by the theme. The bold color, beautiful outfits (the corset top of one dress has a CUPCAKE print), blue hair, makeup, beautiful cupcakes... AHHH it's too perfect! I love everything about this photo shoot, down to the last detail. Definitely better than any photo spread I've seen in big name magazines! Visit Grethe's original post for the full photo shoot (just a heads up, there are some bra pics so possibly NSFW)!


BlytheCon Seattle 2014

Other possible post titles: "that time I met Mab and went ultra-fangirl," "my first Blythe girl," "falling in love with Estra," and "the best event I've ever attended"!

Heads up: this is a MASSIVE post - Tal and I took tons and tons of pictures at BlytheCon (henceforth "BC"), I met so many incredible vendors and Blythe buddies, and I have so much to tell... I honestly can't cut it down any more than this, so please bear with me! Seriously, though, this is the most excited I've ever been to write about any event, so hopefully you enjoy some of it too! :)


Frost Doughnuts in the Evening | Date Ideas

This is my second installment of the Date Ideas* series. This time the theme is breakfast in the evening!


Paper Mache Letters Project

Last week, I mentioned Paper Source, a beautiful paper store with several locations in the area. With tons of pretty, covet-able products in stock that won't break the bank, paper stores are one of my favorite spots for little splurges. I rarely make it out of Paper Source without at least one goodie. On a visit a while back, I picked up three pretty paper mache letters/symbols. It seemed like a fun way to celebrate my relationship with Tal and decorate our shared home.


Sprinkle Bakes Shop!

I love looking at food and dessert blogs. Of course, I've never actually made anything I've seen on one of them (unless I had a recipe in mind and went looking for it specifically), but to me, the visuals are the best part. That and dreaming about what it would be like to be an awesome chef. Hehe.

That's why I was so excited to see that Heather of Sprinkle Bakes just announced the opening of her brand new shop, Sprinkle Pop! It's full of party supplies and cute dessert-themed goodies!

How cute is this cake headband?

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