Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Sea Shanty at SquidWhale Designs

I am very excited about this little pet project I've been working on for SquidWhale Designs, my other Etsy shop. It's a new vintage section called "The Sea Shanty" filled with exclusively nautical-themed objects. Here's a sneak preview. They'll all be listed in the SquidWhale etsy shop come the new year ...

For a full preview, head on over to to the SquidWhale blog! See you all in the New Year!!!


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Clowning around with Mags

I have always been a very theatrical person and a costume-y dresser, but my inner-clown is really coming out now! Bear with me as I share some clowny inspirations and clown-themed photo shoots. I need to get this out of my system ...

Some inspirations ...  

My favorite page from Simple Times, Amy Sedaris as the perfect hobo clown

I picked up this little antique cardboard box at the Philly (indoor!) fleas last weekend

An old postcard from my inspiration bulletin board (JUST noticed the pom poms on her shoes!)

Maggie and I had very little time together this Christmas, but we did manage to squeeze in a mini-photoshoot at mom's. Maggie was a little under the weather, but still willing to put on my be-pommed boots and clown around a bit in front of the camera.

Many of the items in the photos above, including the glorious 1940s beaver trim swing coat, navy six-gored skirt, navy and white polka dot pussy bow blouse and teal puff-sleeved top with keyhole,  are coming to the shop tonight and there will be MUCH, MUCH more is coming this week!

Thanks for reading!


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Crafts for Poor People

If you don't know already, I work part-time as an Admissions Counselor for Moore College of Art & Design. Every year I orchestrate a holiday craft demo and workshop for our office's student workers. In the past we've decorated gingerbread *ahem* ladies, made donut hole snowmen and candy snails and mushrooms (thank you, Martha) - all perishable stuffs. It was fun (i.e. we all ate too much sugar and bounced off the walls while listening to the Elf soundtrack), but this year I wanted to do something I bit more lasting.

I looked to Amy Sedaris' new book, Simple Times: Crafting for Poor People, for inspiration and found some right on the cover - pom poms!

Last year I used red yarn to make pom poms to decorate my Christmas tree ... correction: Christmas ladder ... and to tie atop all of the gifts I gave. They seemed like the perfect solution as they fit all of the criteria: 1. cheap 2. easy 3. quick. I am happy to report that all of the ladies had a blast making pom poms today, as did all of the rest of the Admissions staff.

Here's some fantastic ideas for cheap, easy and quick holiday gifts/decor for friends or family, all made exclusively from yarn!

Pom pom scarf/necklace/headband/belt (multi-purpose = awesome!)

(Got the idea from the Bleubird Vintage blog,  instructions here! Sorry that pic of me wearing it is not so good. My "backdrop" is only waist high, so I had to lay down - haha!)

Pom pom shoe"clips" (they don't really clip, they just tie on)

Pom pom brooch (just hot glue a pin back on a single pom. Forgot to take a pic - Sorry!)

OR you could use the pom poms to make festive garlands, ornaments, gift wrap (think I mentioned this already) or cat toys!!! My cats love the sh*t out of some yarn!)

Next up in the Crafts for Poor People segment ... tin can stilts!!! (jk)

 Now go forth and make pom poms!Oh, and buy Amy Sedaris' book already!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

OUR FIRST BLOG GIVEAWAY! ... A City Mouse Ornament!!!

Just recently I took a count of how many City and Country Mouse Pins I have sold since my Etsy shop opened in June '08. I am getting really close to 100! (98 to be exact.) As of tonight, Monday 12/6/2010 I have sold 100 City and Country Mouse Pins - HOORAY! To celebrate, I am giving away one of my NEW City Mouse Ornaments. To enter the giveaway, just subscribe to the blog and enter a comment below stating which City Mouse Ornament you love the best. The winner will be announced on December 10th. Weee!

These three City Mouse Ornaments will be available in the shop soon! If you're interested in purchasing one, just shoot me an email or a message on Etsy. They'll be $25 each.

Happy December!

Friday, November 26, 2010

SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT: SALE Black Friday through Cyber Monday

Good Twin Bad Twin wishes you a wonderful holiday season!

SALE Black Friday through Cyber Monday 20% off everything in both of our shops, Humpastuff Vintage and Plush and Mouse Trap Vintage, 12:01AM Friday, November 26th through 11:59PM Monday, November 29th. Just enter the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2010 at checkout and the discount will be applied.

Set of TWO Decorative Lights For EVERY Occasion available at Humpastuff on Etsy

I found these lights at a great Flea Market about an hour north of Boston. Good Twin and Bad Twin were up with the cows at
 Todd Farm Antiques
275 Main Street, Rowley, MA 01969 (978) 948-2217. 

Closed for the season now, but the Twins were there collecting
 for ourselves and our Etsy shops.  

 Many items are available now!

Bad Twin

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY SALE at Mouse Trap Vintage and Humpastuff this weekend! 

20% off everything in both of our shops 12:01AM Friday, November 26th through 11:59PM Monday, November 29th. Just enter the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2010 at checkout and the discount will be applied.

I took this photo of the 1940s Christmas room at the semi-permanent exhibit at the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum in Lancaster. I HIGHLY recommend visiting the museum to see the exhibit! It's like taking a trip in a magical time machine!!!!  

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! 
Sarah & Maggie

Thursday, November 18, 2010


I lurve vintage quilts, but am almost as intrigued by the dizzying patterns of cheater quilt fabrics. Cheater quilts mimic the look of actual painstakingly hand crafted quilts, but with 1/1000th of the work. Perhaps I appreciate these cheats because I lack the time and patience to take up quilting myself (Me = lazy). More likely it's because I love pattern on pattern on pattern (infinity) and these fabrics are just that.

I just listed this SWEET chevron "cheater quilt" quilted jacket  in my shop:

Here's some amazing cheater quilt fabrics available on Etsy now, for all your lazy quilting needs:


On the horizon for my new textile design co., SquidWhale Designs, is a collection of "cheater quilt" style fabric.  I haven't done any of the work yet, but I can feel it. Can you feel it? In the meanwhile, check out what's been going on at SquidWhale Designs. We've (mostly my partner Beth has, let's be honest) been working hard to roll out some new embroidered brooches and wall wear and card sets and prints are coming soon! Check 'em out!


(PS: Sorry there's no links to the fabric on Etsy! For some reason Blogspot won't allow me to attach links and I lost my patience. If you want to know how to find them, just ask!)