GetSTUFT

GetSTUFT makes fantastic nerdy goodies, like this Shuma-Gorath plushie, and this Mario Star Tree-Topper, but what I want to show you are the bearded dragon clothes. Because adorbs.

Goldenrod Wings

Goldenrod Wings

Gunmetal Wings

Gunmetal Wings

Of course there are wings. I like that wing/spike set.

Gryffindor Set

Gryffindor Set

Here’s something for the Potter fans.

Shark!

Shark!

Candygram.

Pumpkin Set

Pumpkin Set

And of course, a dapper outfit for Halloween.

Letterlocking

Clipboard Image (3 August 2015)

The original idea for this post was “Victorian letter folding,” but the tradition of single-sheet letter and envelope combinations goes back much further. Putting several pieces of paper into a separate envelope is fairly recent.

The trick is to have a letter that will stay closed through the mail. There were dozens, if not hundreds, of variations on the craft.

Jana Dambrogio

Jana Dambrogio

If you can follow diagrams, GHH.com has several types of folds.  Sadly, I am diagram-illiterate, and had to turn to Youtube. And that’s where I found the wonderful Jana Dambrogio. Dambrogio is a conservator at MIT Libraries, and uses the term “letterlocking” to describe the different ways paper communications are secured.

On her Youtube channel, she has some general tutorials, but I love the videos where she demonstrates a specific historical letter. She folds, seals, and then shows you how it was opened–and even shows you the original. Like this 1584 letter from Queen Elizabeth I to Rafe Sadler:

Here, she demonstrates one of the more common letter folds, tuck and seal:

Jana is probably the best, but there is more out there.

Victorian Puzzle Purse

Victorian Puzzle Purse

Though I find the more complicated methods intimidating (origami and I are not friends), I couldn’t resist trying this Victorian Puzzle Purse, often used for valentines:

If you prefer static instructions, Alice Simpson has a lovely, detailed pdf you can download. I cannot express how thrilled I was when that pinwheel actually formed for me.

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I suppose now I’ll have to write a letter.

 

Batman Pumpkin Carving

 

Clipboard Image (3 August 2015)

Sharon Halliday

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Anubis Collections

Bearded Dragon Ring, Silver, $80

Bearded Dragon Ring, Silver, $80

Jason Shanaman

Not into the apes, but he does mighty pretty lizards. And the jewelry is very reasonably priced.

Bearded Dragon Sculpture

Bearded Dragon Sculpture

Mroccan Uromastyx

Mroccan Uromastyx

Pewter Tegu Necklace

Pewter Tegu Necklace

Etsy shop.

The Maiden: Astonishing Incan Mummy

 

Clipboard Image (27 July 2015)

Lisa Evans, Hanami

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Links, 24 July 2015

Evan Chambers. Via Church of Halloween

Evan Chambers. Via Church of Halloween

Adorable Circle of Life

Adorable Circle of Life

Jay Mohler's Ojos de Dios

Jay Mohler’s Ojos de Dios

Because when it pops.

Light Calligraphy of Julien Breton. Via Collossal

Light Calligraphy of Julien Breton. Via Collossal

Quantum Creative Glass. Via She Walks Softly

Quantum Creative Glass. Via She Walks Softly

Sandra Lee Childs

There I was, minding my own business, looking for lizards on Etsy, when I saw this.

That is not her pet lizard. That is polyclay.

That is not her pet lizard. That is polyclay.

Sandra Lee is a beader, sculptor, and painter of gourds.

Mountain Short-Horned Lizard

Mountain Short-Horned Lizard

She is not only known for her realistic animal sculpture and stunning beadwork, but as a “Pet Fairy Godmother.”

Her love of critters certainly shines through.

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Be sure to check out the rest of her wonderful work at her Etsy shop.