How Bizarre, How Bazaar

Hi there folks!
Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled Unique Picks blog post, packed with awesome finds from great etsy sellers, for this breaking news...
The Unique Bird to participate in some Columbus, OH craftin shows!

I am taking my little etsy shop on the road...or at least down the road. maybe not everything in my etsy shop, but still lots of great vintage and repurposed vintage home decor and handmade hostess gifts to choose from.

Great Vintage Shawnee pottery Deer Planter makes a nifty mini tinsel tree stand!

I have been hard at work sewing up a storm, to create some new handmade pieces using fantastic vintage fabrics, sweaters, trims, etc... just in time for holiday gift giving.
Along with a selection of unique vintage pieces I have some new handmade items that I am debuting and I just wanted to give you a sneak peek!

This week visit The Unique Bird's booth at the
Grandview Holiday Bazaar!

Edison Intermediate Commons/Gym
1240 Oakland Avenue
Grandview, Ohio 43212

New Handmade finds from the Unique Bird!

Garland! (not Judy...but decorative) created using Mid century fabrics and vintage trims!

Decorative throw pillows. Upcycled from vintage materials.

Appliqued vintage fabric place mats . Crafty Kitschy Cool.

Handmade Stockings created from vintage fabrics with plenty of room for stuffing!

Giving some gift cards this holiday season?
Reusable vintage fabric gift card pouches add a personal handmade touch to any gift card.

And of course, don't forget a little something for your charming holiday hostess..

Handmade vintage fabric wine bottle wraps and Sweater cozies!

Remember! Reduce the wine in the bottle! Recycle and Re-use the Wine Bottle Wrap!

Can't be in Columbus,OH this weekend?
If you are closer to the Queen City (Cincinnati for the non Ohioans)

My Friend Becky (another great etsy seller) from Objet Adapte
will have a booth at
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010,
at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center,
3711 Clifton Ave.,
Cincinnati, OH 45220.

Objet Adapte makes beautiful handmade handbags, totes and aprons from vintage fabrics and antique feedsacks.

We will also have a few of Objet Adapte's amazing handmade pieces at The Unique Bird's booth at the Grandview Holiday Bazaar!
A selection of some of The Unique Bird's handmade vintage fabric wine bottle wraps, sweater cozies and reusable gift card pouches can also be found in Objet Adapte's booth at the Crafty Supermarket, Nov. 20th!
and last but not least The Unique Bird will be participating in
Montrose Elementary School on Saturday, December 4, 2010
from 10am to 4pm.

2555 East Main Street
Columbus, OH 43209
Bexley, OH 43209.

So all that said...if you are attending Thanksgiving dinner at my nest next week, you have been warned!

Gobble Gobble Gulp! Vintage turkey tray from The Unique Bird on etsy.

It is sewing central here and I have been a busy little birdy!
Hope to see you at one of the shows! 

Thursday’s Unique Picks – Cowboys and Indian Summer

Here is a quick update on the weather here in Central Ohio…last week, 11/1/10: chance of flurries, 30 degrees, gray and gloomy.
Who needs the Weather Channel? Great vintage barometer from Angie's Iris etsy shop.
This week, 11/8/10: Sunny, clear, temperature climbing towards 70 degrees. Well isn’t this spectacular considering that we have a hole in our roof (Please see last week’s Unique Picks blog post for the full report on that calamity).
Well isn't this vintage Ugly sweater from TackyTimeBomb fun and funky? Play Weather map bingo everyday.
Wack-O-H-I-O weather?
Hello Ohio! Awesome handmade pendent from Brooke Arin's etsy shop.

Well, that is what I was thinking, but the weather people, a.k.a meteorologists, seem to have a more technical term for this particular autumnal weather pattern.  Indian Summer.
Hau great! 1950's Native American Chief toy found in Modern Day Vintage's etsy shop.
So what exactly does this mean…why Indian Summer? Is this really PC? (Am I really PC? I am working on that, but really, I mean no harm. Anyway it isn't like I made up the name). These weather people keep throwing out this catch phrase and I am never satisfied with the fact that this just IS called what it IS. I wanna know why!

Simply lovely 1906 sheet music with an Indian Princess peeking out of a wigwam illustrated on the cover, from OldPaperAndPages etsy shop.

Indian Summer: a meteorological phenomenon in the Northern Hemisphere, characterized by a period of sunny, warm weather, after the leaves have turned following an onset of frost, but before the first snowfall. (Thanks Wikipedia)

Stunning handmade Indian Summer inspired stained glass panel from Fleeting Stillness by Alla Sharkova on etsy.
Much like Mother Nature is playing a wild game with the weather this week; this Indian Summer phenomenon, kind of reminded me of the wild games of Cowboys and Indians (a modified version of hide, seek and chase with props and costumes) that we used to play when we were little, hence my Cowboys and Indian Summer themed picks from great etsy sellers this week. 

Adorable vintage set of panels with illustrated cowboy and two little Indians found in In Times Past's etsy shop.

So we are clear on the meteorological definition…and the wild visions that pop into my head every time I hear it, but why the term, Indian Summer?

One little, two little, three little Indians on this fantastic "Indian Summer" graphic kids tee shirt from Baganus etsy shop.

Well, this is where it gets a little more complicated. This term actually dates back to the 18th century.

Please tell us the history, wise looking little Native American Indian maiden. This charming Salt Lake City souvenir leather doll was found in Nana's Cottage House's etsy shop.

“Some speculate the weather phenomenon is named after the Native Americans because they were the first to recognize the pattern. They used the mild weather to hunt and harvest crops in preparation for the winter. Another theory suggests the name was inspired by the Native American belief that the favorable winds were a gift from a god in the desert Southwest. Still another possibility is that the weather pattern was so-named because it occurred more frequently out west, in "Indian" territory, than it did back east. And one rather prejudicial explanation suggests that in this context, "Indian" is used to mean false, so an "Indian Summer" is a false summer.” – Ask Yahoo!

Great original printed illustration "Boston Terrier playing cowboys and Indians"  from Dog Art by Brian Rubenacker on etsy.

So basically, there are a few possible explanations for the term. Don’t feel like you need to memorize them all. I will only require one answer in the quiz to follow. Nah, I'm just messing with you...I'm not really a teacher, just a nerd.

Get in the game! These retro inspired key chains with little cowboy and Indian plastic figurines Truck-Shop on etsy.

What are you doing sitting inside? Slip into your Cowboy boots...

Ride em' cowboy, Vintage cowboy boot bank from damore4's etsy shop.

and pitch a teepee...

These ladies know where the party is at. Terrific vintage photo from Romance Writer's etsy shop.

And get outside and enjoy this Cowboys and Indian Summer weather that we are having!

Thursday's Unique Picks- Thing That Go Bump in the Night

Really, this is a very silly question…
Great original illustrated note cards from smackinart's etsy shop.

Not a normal fear of clowns or ghosts or even spiders. It is something much more disturbing.
Phobia's aside, these are really terrific finds from etsy sellers and I bet there is very little chance these picks have any intention of harming me.
This handmade pillow cover from Indenyl Designs on etsy is quite spooktacular.

Sure, last Sunday was Halloween, and I know that is supposed to be the spookiest night of the year, but for me, it all started about two weeks before Halloween, when something was going bump in the night…
This phantom-tastic original painting by Marcia Furman, is in her etsy shop, marcia724.

One night I was just dozing off when I heard that bump…or I should say a series of bumps. I tried to wake my hubby to report the noises. Nice try girly, he groggily listened to my report of strange noises above our heads. He got out of bed…woo hoo my hero is going to protect me…um what? He proceeded to stretch out his knees and climb back into bed…I think he may have listened for the phantom noises for about twenty seconds before he rolled over and calmly fell back asleep. Gee thanks. It seriously sounded like someone was walking around on my roof…OK covers over my head and cell phone in hand with my finger positioned over the emergency contact number I eventually drifted off to sleep.
5 a.m. wake up...
"Yeah that's totally an art deco alarm clock", found in forgetmewhatnots etsy shop.
No alarm clock needed in the morning, but there was cause for alarm. Yup this time hubby heard the noises from above too! See I wasn’t making it up.  He stood on top of the bed and started pounding on the wall near the ceiling…”damn squirrels” he exclaimed.
The real ones aren't as cute as this vintage squirrel bank from The Vintage Deer's etsy shop.
Fact: For some reason the squirrels in our neighborhood seem to think that our gutters are some sort of a compact apartment suitable for parties.
They have chewed through the gutter guards (to keep leaves out) in the past. They gnaw on any wood surrounding our home including the deck and lovely wood picnic table we have. The squirrels don’t run away when people approach them, they just kind of look at you like ”YOU” are in the way. Some of them are much larger than many of the dogs in our neighborhood.
"Please Feed Me" original photograph from White Wolf Photography on etsy. This one doesn't freak me out, It kind of cracks me up.

Fact: I have Sciurophobia. This is an unusual phobia of squirrels. No lie. If a squirrel gets too close to me, I hyperventilate, my legs become weak, and my heart races...yup, I freak out! I have never been bit by a squirrel, so you may wonder, where on earth did this fear come from?
Fantastic vintage Rocket J. Squirrel (a.k.a Rocky) and Bullwinkle card from Rainbow7765's etsy shop. He doesn't scare me.

I really don’t buy it when people blame their problems on their parents, but when I was little my mom did always tell me that if I got bit by a squirrel, I would get rabies and have to get shots in my belly button. I’m sure she just didn’t want me inviting them into the house, but since then, I have tried to keep my distance from the furry tailed rats. Enough said.
Partying with the squirrels in this adorable appliqued vintage mini skirt from  re-Collection Clothing on etsy.
A week or so went by and all day long I would dread going to bed and turning off the light because as the hubby said one night, as I reluctantly switched off the light, “Time for the party to start…”. Haha. But what on earth could the squirrels possibly be doing up there in the gutters??? Here’s a novel idea…let’s remove the gutter guards so maybe the squirrels can find a new party pad. Brilliant. I needed sleep!
Up on the rooftop hubby goes…what did he find?…not Santa, but a hole, and it wasn't the top of our chimney smarty pants.
Why couldn't it have been Santa? This awesome vintage Santa Planter can be found in YBINUCAROL's etsy shop.
OK, so the squirrels were not partying in the gutters or on the roof, but under our roof. Fantastic. He freaked, I tried to stay calm. I explained this was a good thing to find now rather than in a few weeks when it was snowing. So the hole was tarped off, as per the suggestion of a roofer we called, who wouldn’t come out because it would be dangerous for them to do the work if there was an animal in there. No, Really!?!? Who do we call next? Not Ghost Busters…but Critter Control.
"Don't Panic", lovely embroidered tea towel from OrganicAlly on etsy.
As the hubby calmed down about the situation, I started to become more and more alarmed. What if the squirrel decides to claw through the ceiling…What if it figures out how to open the attic access hatch? Every noise I heard was torture…and then Tom arrived. Mr. Critter Catcher. He assured me that he had never heard of an animal clawing through the ceiling. Thanks, but I still feel safest in the basement bathroom. What Mr. Catcher told me after inspecting my attic space (that I have never the seven years that we have been in our home) was that it wasn't squirrels...try raccoons.
Bandit Raccoon is a fantastic upcycled, handmade plush doll from ViolaStudio on etsy. Well he's cute, and I am pretty sure he won't rip into my roof.
Great…an even bigger beast than a squirrel. Why our attic? It's not like the roof is covered in discarded leftovers...we are not dirty people, maybe a little cluttered and dusty but not gross. I am pretty sure that animals just don't like me.
Oh accurate depiction. This print from an original illustration by Valerie Drake is from her etsy shop, Picture Book Studio.

I don’t know why I wasn’t as freaked out about the raccoon, less scared more annoyed. Those sneaky little critters with a built in masks!
Sneak attack the raccoons with this nifty little felt mask from Seven Feather Tribe on etsy.
I also think it calmed my nerves to know that there were traps placed on my roof to try and capture our night stalker. For those of you that may be concerned for the safety of the little beast, it’s a humane trap that just acts as a little cage so that Mr. Critter Catcher can easily transport the raccoon to a new home. Hopefully in another state.
Vintage  "Loony Coon" book about the antics of a rollicking raccoon found in KB Exquisites etsy shop.
This book kind of made me wonder what our "Loony Coon" would have to say about it's two week stay in our little attic...
It is scary how true this little pinback button is, from Baymoon Studio's etsy shop.
It's been two weeks since we last heard the bumps in the night, we now have a roof with two large traps, a hole , some destroyed insulation that needs to be removed, an attic space that has to be decontaminated ( It must have been some rockin party up there) and no raccoon.
Cool, let's get this show on the road because I don't want anymore critters getting any bright ideas about having a Christmas party up there...
"Wild Christmas" original photographic print from Wild Life Prints etsy shop.
So if you hear a bump in the night don't assume...check it out, it may be bigger than a bread box, masked, furrier, quite shifty...and really DIRTY.
I love this, hand embroidered "Messy Raccoons" from What Party's etsy shop.
Sleep tight my friends.