Tuesday Top Ten: Favorited Items January 22nd – 28th

Fourteen items got a favorite in my Etsy shop last week, with my Hockey Skate Simple Charm Necklace getting two.

Hockey Skate Simple Charm Necklace - Your Choice of Black Cord or Silver Chain - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-25101 - $7.95

Hockey Skate Simple Charm Necklace – Your Choice of Black Cord or Silver Chain – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-25101 – $7.95

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Hockey Wine Charm Set of Four Wine Glass Markers - Your Choice of Team Colors - Handmade by Rewondered D643W-00006 - $14.95

Hockey Wine Charm Set of Four Wine Glass Markers – Your Choice of Team Colors – Handmade by Rewondered D643W-00006 – $14.95

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Hockey Skate Simple Charm Earrings - Handmade by Rewondered D225E-25101 - $8.95

Hockey Skate Simple Charm Earrings – Handmade by Rewondered D225E-25101 – $8.95

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Hockey Stick Simple Charm Earrings - Handmade by Rewondered D225E-25102 - $8.95

Hockey Stick Simple Charm Earrings – Handmade by Rewondered D225E-25102 – $8.95

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Hockey Stick Simple Charm Necklace - Your Choice of Black Cord or Silver Chain - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-25102 - $7.95

Hockey Stick Simple Charm Necklace – Your Choice of Black Cord or Silver Chain – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-25102 – $7.95

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Blue Eyes Single Bead Dangle Earrings - Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55509 - $5.95

Blue Eyes Single Bead Dangle Earrings – Handmade by Rewondered D225E-55509 – $5.95

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Pearly Pink Square Button Ring with Adjustable Band - Handmade by Rewondered D225R-00005 - $4.95

Pearly Pink Square Button Ring with Adjustable Band – Handmade by Rewondered D225R-00005 – $4.95

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Black Spider Ring with Adjustable Band - Handmade by Rewondered D225R-00001 - $3.95

Black Spider Ring with Adjustable Band – Handmade by Rewondered D225R-00001 – $3.95

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Rainbow and Silver Basically Beaded Necklace - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-24242 - $39.95

Rainbow and Silver Basically Beaded Necklace – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-24242 – $39.95

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LGBT Pride Rainbow and Gold Pendant Necklace Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00364 - $29.95

LGBT Pride Rainbow and Gold Pendant Necklace Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00364 – $29.95

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Cat Key Simple Charm Necklace - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00855 - $8.95

Cat Key Simple Charm Necklace – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00855 – $8.95

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Cat Key Simple Charm Earrings - Handmade by Rewondered D225E-00855 - $9.95

Cat Key Simple Charm Earrings – Handmade by Rewondered D225E-00855 – $9.95

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Basically Beaded Faceted Bead Necklace - Your Choice of Colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, or Rainbow -  D225N-00815 - $29.95

Basically Beaded Faceted Bead Necklace – Your Choice of Colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, or Rainbow – D225N-00815 – $29.95

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Custom Made To Order Straitjacket Hoodie - Your Choice of Colors and Pattern - Handmade by Rewondered - $75

Custom Made To Order Straitjacket Hoodie – Your Choice of Colors and Pattern – Handmade by Rewondered – $75

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Looks like hockey was the popular theme again, with rainbows coming up second.

I need to get some new items added, I have TONS but haven’t had the time… but I have some plans for that, so stay tuned! 🙂

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Five By Five: Post Back Earrings – Day 2 of 50 New Products In 50 Days

It’s Day 2 of my 50 New Products in 50 Days for ReBloPoMo+ and today’s item is Post Back Earrings.

As a Punk/Rock Fairy Princess, I have an affinity for anything with skulls, and silver is one of my favorite colors (but you might have figured that out based on the colors I chose for my business), so when I found these skull charms, I had to get them and make them into some awesome chunky post back earrings.

Silver Skull Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55504 - $8.95

Silver Skull Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55504 – $8.95

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Next up are some adorable little brown flower earrings.

Small Brown Flower Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55505 - $4.95

Small Brown Flower Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55505 – $4.95

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Continuing with the mini-flowers mini-theme, these tiny red roses are so pretty!

Small Red Rose Flower Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55506 - $4.95

Small Red Rose Flower Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55506 – $4.95

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But enough of the flowers, I’m hungry!  How about some pizza?  But don’t actually eat these, they wouldn’t be very tasty. 😛

Pepperoni Pizza Slice Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55507 - $8.95

Pepperoni Pizza Slice Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55507 – $8.95

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Would you like fries with that?  (I hope that’s the only time I have to say that phrase…)

French Fries Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55508 - $8.95

French Fries Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55508 – $8.95

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Yay!  Day 2 complete, and well before the 5pm deadline!  Now if I can just get all the other stuff done that I need to do to get ready for the craft fair tomorrow.  If you’re anywhere near Weare, New Hampshire and looking for some fun holiday gifts, come check out Rewondered at the John Stark Regional High School 5th Annual Arts and Crafts Market.

In other news, I’m up to $100 in contributions for my IndieGoGo campaign!  That means I’m eligible for the drawing IndieGoGo will be doing, and I could be one of five lucky campaigns to get $500 in matching funds.  Cross your fingers for me!  And don’t forget to go make your own contribution.  I’ll be sending out gift certificates to those who have contributed starting on Monday, but if you’re going to come to Weare, let me know and I’ll have it ready for you to spend at the show if you want.  If you see something in my Etsy shop that you want to claim for your free item, let me know and I’ll set it aside for you.

Also, the items for the Real World Hero auction are up!  I donated two items this year: a custom straitjacket hoodie and a custom t-shirt.  You can go over to http://www.realworldhero.com to bid, but I’ll share a few pics here too.

The Straitjacket Hoodie is black with comic book style captions like “Super!” and “Pow!!”

Custom Made Superhero Straitjacket Hoodie for Real World Hero Auction at RealWorldHero.com

Custom Made Superhero Straitjacket Hoodie for Real World Hero Auction at RealWorldHero.com

Custom Made Superhero Straitjacket Hoodie for Real World Hero Auction at RealWorldHero.com

Custom Made Superhero Straitjacket Hoodie for Real World Hero Auction at RealWorldHero.com

The t-shirt is an example of my new line of Wondiosyncra-Tees: upcycled t-shirts celebrating your wonderful characteristics.  These are made from the letters off old t-shirts and patched together to form descriptive words, and I am happy to do custom orders with any word up to 10 letters.  Look for more of these in an upcoming Five By Five.  For the Real World Hero auction, I decided to make on that says “HERO” on it.

Custom Made "HERO" Wondiosyncra-Tee T-Shirt for Real World Hero Auction at RealWorldHero.com

Custom Made “HERO” Wondiosyncra-Tee T-Shirt for Real World Hero Auction at RealWorldHero.com

Custom Made "HERO" Wondiosycra-Tee T-Shirt for Real World Hero Auction at RealWorldHero.com

Custom Made “HERO” Wondiosycra-Tee T-Shirt for Real World Hero Auction at RealWorldHero.com

The auction ends at midnight Eastern/9pm Pacific on November 10th, so go bid on any of the awesome things they have up!  The charity drive runs through December 15th and you can donate to Child’s Play, DonateGames.org, Operation Gratitude, or Heifer International.
Join the RealWorldHero.com Donation Drive!

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Okay, time for me to get back to work.  Tomorrow’s Five By Five will feature Pins, but may be either very early or very late, since I’ll be preoccupied with the craft fair from at least 6am (getting ready) to 4pm (it ends at 2pm but then I have to pack up, get home, unload my car, have a drink…) or later.  I’m hoping to get it set up tonight but you might just end up getting two posts on Sunday!

It’s Not Easy Being a Green Five By Five

And it’s not easy working in this heat!  I’ve been chased out of my studio once again, but I did manage to clear a path to the window, so we’ll see about getting that air conditioner installed soon.  For now, I’ll just hug the one in the bedroom and work in there, like I have been.

I think part of today’s heat is being generated by the release of Fox’s Folly, the newest hot fantasy erotica book by my friend Teresa Noelle Roberts.  I just finished reading Lion’s Pride, the first in her Duals and Donovans series (Fox’s Folly is #3, and a prequel to #2 Fox’s Den) and I highly recommend it.  I actually read it in two days, because the first day I had to put it down to get some sleep, or I would have finished it in one!  Don’t forget to leave a comment over on Teresa’s blog by July 18th for your chance to win a copy of Fox’s Folly.  It’s also being featured in The Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads contest until July 21st, so go check that out to win other prizes.

I’m also going to blame some of the heat on my own foxy fiancé (see what I did there?) 🙂  Today is Lorne’s birthday, and the second one I’ve been able to celebrate with him.  We won’t be able to go up to Maine like we did last year, but we’re going to celebrate with our friends this weekend at the Hillsborough Balloon Festival.  Hot air balloons and fireworks… see, it just keeps getting hotter!

So let’s cool things down with one of the “cool” colors: green.  Starting off, of course, with the Green Basically Beaded Faceted Bead Necklace from the set of seven:

Green Basically Beaded Faceted Bead Necklace

Green Basically Beaded Faceted Bead Necklace

This next one is an update of an old design.  Originally I had made it with a silver chain, because I didn’t have any copper chain at the time, but I think it looks much better with copper now.

Green and Copper Skull Skeleton Keys Necklace Handmade by Rewondered

Green and Copper Skull Skeleton Keys Necklace

Copper looks so good with green, and I apparently can’t resist making things in this combination.  So here’s another fun design:

Green and Brown with Copper Swirl Charms Handmade Necklace by Rewondered

Green and Brown with Copper Swirl Charms Handmade Necklace

In a similar vein, antique gold also looks great with green, and here’s another Basically Beaded design with a completely different look than the first one, using smaller bicone and seed beads:

Iridescent Green and Antique Gold Basically Beaded Necklace Handmade by Rewondered

Iridescent Green and Antique Gold Basically Beaded Necklace

I am working on this design in lots of different color combinations.  It’s just so pretty and elegant, I must have it in all the colors!

But let’s get back to the green, this time going back to the silver for accent.  And throwing in a bit of geekery:

Geek Chic Dark Green and Silver Cthulhu Necklace Handmade by Rewondered

Geek Chic Dark Green and Silver Cthulhu Necklace

So that’s five, but I couldn’t resist throwing in one more, given the title of today’s post.  How about a Straitjacket Hoodie featuring this Kermit the Frog fabric?

Kermit the Frog Straitjacket Hoodie - Made to Order by Rewondered- It's Not Easy Being Green

Kermit the Frog Straitjacket Hoodie – Made to Order – It’s Not Easy Being Green

I also have a few other green necklaces already posted:

And these ones are available in green:

It may not be easy BEING green, but it’s not that difficult FINDING green in my Etsy shop! 😛  And don’t forget, you can get 25% off your order using the coupon code RCIJ25 until July 22nd, when Christmas In July ends!

Five By Five Remarking Embrace Your Geekness Day

Remark (verb)

  • to say casually, as in making a comment
  • to note; perceive; observe

Today I am commenting on and observing Embrace Your Geekness Day.  Of course, I embrace my geekness every day of the year, but I guess July 13th is a day to especially geek out.  So how about some products to really show off your geekness and let that geek flag fly?

I’ll start things off with one of my most popular geeky designs, a Mini Cthulhu Necklace:

Mini Cthulhu Octopus Charm and Beaded Necklace - Your Choice of Colors - D225N-00823

Mini Cthulhu Octopus Charm and Beaded Necklace – Your Choice of Colors – D225N-00823

It currently is available in red, blue, and pink, but I can really make it in any color I can find the right beads for, so you can get one in your favorite color!  Just set it up through a custom order of this design style.

Another one of my most popular geeky designs is my Steampunk Style Silver Gears and Wrenches Robot Clockwork Necklace so I decided to offer earrings to match:

Steampunk Style Silver Gears and Wrenches Robot Clockwork Earrings D225E-00001

Steampunk Style Silver Gears and Wrenches Robot Clockwork Earrings D225E-00001

I also have a lot of necklace designs that would look great with a steampunk dress, such as Purple and Copper Locks, Metallic Blue and Copper Stars, Cream and Brown with Copper Flowers, Large Apple Green Beads with Copper Bead Caps, Turquoise and Copper, Upcycled Distressed Pearls and Copper, Clear and Copper Swan, and Green and Copper Stars.  Plus many more I’ll be adding soon™!

One of the things many geeks are into, myself included, is tabletop role-playing games, like Dungeons and Dragons.  So of course I had to put up a dragon necklace!

Large Silver Dragon Simple Charm Necklace on Silver Chain D225N-00904

Large Silver Dragon Simple Charm Necklace on Silver Chain D225N-00904

There’s also a gold dragon necklace design already up in the shop, and I wear my Blue Eyes and Silver Bow and Arrow necklace when I play my archer character in Earthdawn.  What kind of custom necklace could I make for your character?

If you’re going to play a tabletop RPG, you’re going to need dice.  And if you’re like me, those dice are going to go flying!  And thus the inspiration for this piece:

 Rainbow Flying Dice Beaded Charm Bracelet for Gamer Girls D225B-00001


Rainbow Flying Dice Beaded Charm Bracelet for Gamer Girls D225B-00001

I have dice necklaces as well, in your choice of colors, rainbow, black and white, and red mini dice.  So far I’ve only been able to find six-sided dice beads, but if I ever find polyhedral dice beads, I’m buying them in bulk!  I’ll probably just have to buy polyhedral dice and drill holes in them.

And now, what better way to “embrace” your geekness than with a Straitjacket Hoodie?  😛

 Embrace Your Geekness Marvel Comics Straitjacket Hoodie - Made to Order

Embrace Your Geekness Marvel Comics Straitjacket Hoodie – Made to Order

Another of my geeky loves is comic books and superheroes, so I snatched up this fabric to use for a Straitjacket Hoodie.  I have several other geeky fabrics that I could use to customize a straitjacket hoodie for you, such as white dragons on black, black dragons on grey, sock monkeys, skeleton keys, love tattoo hearts, Kermit the frog, and even rainbows and unicorns.  And I’m happy to go looking for just the right fabric if I don’t have it already in stock.

I have a lot more geeky items to list, but here’s a few more that are already in my Etsy shop, so go check them out:

Okay, I think I’ve completely embraced my geekness over geeky designs today, don’t you?  And don’t forget, you can get 25% off your order using the coupon code RCIJ25 when you check out of my Etsy shop!

Now, maybe I should take a break and go play some Diablo 3…

Five By Five Representing Christmas In July

Or maybe that should be Pre-presenting… whether you’re getting some early holiday shopping done or just buying yourself a present, Christmas In July sales are pretty awesome.  Many Etsy sellers are having their own Christmas In July celebration July 12-22, and I definitely want in on the fun.  So I’m offering 25% off your purchase when you use the coupon code RCIJ25 in my Etsy shop.  Please note this code only works for my shop, other Etsy sellers will have their own codes for their shops.  The code is good on any item in my shop, including custom orders and even gift certificates!

I’m going to be posting at least five new items every day during this promotion, so I thought this was a perfect time to kick off my Five By Five posts.  And of course, I had to do a Christmas theme!  Click on the pictures to go to the Etsy listing for more information.

Red, Green, and Silver Christmas Candy Necklace N-00252

Red, Green, and Silver Christmas Candy Necklace N-00252

 Red, Green and Silver Holly Necklace N-00278


Red, Green and Silver Holly Necklace N-00278

 Red and White Christmas Candy Necklace N-00260


Red and White Christmas Candy Necklace N-00260

Gold, Red and Green Necklace with Small Gem Dangles N-00274

Gold, Red and Green Necklace with Small Gem Dangles N-00274

Rainbow Christmas Lights Necklace N-00273

Rainbow Christmas Lights Necklace N-00273

And you get one more bonus listing, because I was thinking, Christmas and the holiday brouhaha tends to drive people a little crazy, right?  Sounds like the perfect occasion to wear a Straitjacket Hoodie to me!  And then I found this fabric:

Christmas Drives Me Crazy Straitjacket Hoodie - Made to Order - Christmas In July

Christmas Drives Me Crazy Straitjacket Hoodie – Made to Order – Christmas In July

Click on the pic to order your own custom made Christmas Drives Me Crazy Straitjacket Hoodie!  I only bought enough fabric to make one, and it was on clearance so I can’t guarantee I can get more.  Just imagine your family’s reaction when you wear it to your holiday celebration!  I’m disappointed I live too far away from my family to spend the holidays with them, or I’d make one for myself!

I also put up a photo album on my Facebook page with all the fabric I currently have in stock and available to make Straitjacket Hoodies, so go there and see if any of them strike your fancy.  I’m working on the ones that were claimed as perks in my IndieGoGo campaign, and finally have all the materials I need to make them.  Plus I’m trying to get my backlog of products up in my Etsy shop, finish my homework, clean my studio, and take care of wedding stuff.  No rest for the wicked, they say, and sometimes I think I must be really bad!  😛

Thursday Thoughts: Reality

Reality – real things, facts, or events taken as a whole; state of affairs

I took a bit of a break after my IndieGoGo campaign ended last Friday, but it’s time to face reality again.  So this is a sort of “State of Rewondered Address.”

The campaign didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, but better than I expected.  I received $410 in contributions, which will be about $350 after the fees taken out by IndieGoGo and PayPal.  This will pay for the gas to get to Ohio and back, supplies to make the perks and shipping costs to get them to the contributors, some Etsy listing fees, and some website fees.  I’ll have an exact accounting for you after I get back from Ohio.

Which brings me to my first brush with reality.  Last Friday, Columbus was hit by a derecho and power was knocked out all weekend at the condo where I used to live.  When I talked to my best friend on Saturday, he told me that the power might not be back until July 8th, so I cancelled my plans to go out there this weekend.  Luckily, they didn’t have to wait that long for power to be restored, but I felt it would be best to wait until later in the month to make the trip.  The plan now is to go the last weekend in July.

I had also planned to make a concentrated effort to get more items listed after I returned next week, but I can move that schedule up now.  We took some pictures yesterday of the Straitjacket Hoodie and my wedding dress, so the first will be listed in my Etsy shop today and I’ll be working on that Before and After post about my wedding dress that I keep promising you.  I’m also working on getting the backlog of my jewelry up on Etsy, as I still have hundreds of items that have never been listed.  I’m thinking of doing mini-themed sets of five at a time and making a blog post to go with them.  Perhaps I’ll call it Five By Five… five new items by 5pm.

The weather is supposed to be not as hot next week, so I should be able to get some cleaning and organizing done in the studio and get to work on the perks I need to make and some more new products I have in mind.  I’m afraid the studio is currently a disaster area, as I’ve just been running in there to find something and not cleaning up after myself in an effort to escape the heat as soon as possible.  There’s a possibility that I could get a window air-conditioner (assuming the one in storage actually works) in there, but we have to be able to get to the windows first!

So that’s the plan.  More listings up in my Etsy shop and my online store, cleaning and organizing the studio, and heading to Columbus at the end of the month.  Surprise, surprise… my reality = lots of work to do!  😛

Restraint

So what is this nifty new item that I saved for last, the fiftieth of my 50 new products in 50 days?

The title is a good hint, but first, let me tell you a little bit about The Cape Radio.  For those unfamiliar, it’s a small internet radio station that caters to players of City of Heroes on the Virtue server.  I’ve been a DJ off and on for nearly eight years, and I’ve seen a lot of players come and go.  I’m constantly amazed by the community we have and I’m happy to have remained friends with several people even after they stopped playing the game.  What makes us such a great community and awesome friends?  Well, we all seem to have at least one thing in common.  We’re all crazy. 😛

I don’t even remember how it started, but when someone new joins the global channel, I greet them with “Welcome to the asylum!  What color/pattern would you like your straitjacket?”  If I’m not there, they’re told to see Wondie for their straitjacket.  We can get any color or pattern we want and people are pretty creative.  I’ve always said mine has flames on it, since my main character and DJ persona, One Hit Wonder, is a fire blaster.

Which inspired me to create the Straitjacket Hoodie.

Straitjacket Hoodie - Front

Straitjacket Hoodie – Front

Straitjacket Hoodie - Back

Straitjacket Hoodie – Back

The straps on the sleeves can be buckled into the bottom row on the back.  The rest are just decorative.  Obviously this isn’t meant to really restrain anyone, it’s just for fun, and is otherwise a functional hoodie.  And of course I can make them in any color or pattern combination.

Want one of your own?  Make a $50 contribution to my IndieGoGo campaign by 11:59pm Pacific time June 29th (that’s in about 9 hours!).  After that, we’ll talk… just lie down on this couch over here…

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