Etsy Find Fridays: Etsy and the Anglophile

It’s been a while since I posted about any of my latest “stuff” obsessions. I’d love to say that’s because I’m becoming less materialistic — not so consumed by want and supposed “need” for things to fill up some sort of “void” in my life.

But, in reality, I was just trying not to run up a big credit bill! Those London plane tickets were sitting on the statement in black and white, blinking up at me dangerously. I wrote out my little check, paid everything off and can now proceed to look at stuff again — with less guilt. Hooray!

And, as I’m beginning to plan my trip and continuously thinking about England, I’ve been scouring Etsy for Brit-related items to basically serve as eye candy until I commit to buying them. I’m still going to try and behave myself, but what’s a little treat to myself every now and then? I got a pretty critical book review back on my Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award submission, it’s pouring down rain in Maryland and I just need to daydream for a minute!

A few items to sate my Anglophilia (for the moment):


Large London cameo ring by amylynnbuttchin, $8

Large London cameo ring by amylynnbuttchin, $8

"I Heart London" original art by DaisyBowDesigns, $16.50

"I Heart London" original art by DaisyBowDesigns, $16.50

Union jack bag by CapeBags, $14

Union Jack bag by CapeBags, $14

London Times pencil pouch by kaylah7 -- $13.75

The London Times pencil pouch by kaylah7, $13.75

Great British envelopes by Bombus, $8

Great British envelopes by Bombus, $8

The Juicy Brit Bag by pudge, $18

The Juicy Brit Bag by pudge, $18

Collage journal notebook -- London by beachcottagestudios, $11

Collage journal notebook -- London by beachcottagestudios, $11

Union Jack keyring/bagcharm by PamsPrettyDesigns, $15

Union Jack keyring/bagcharm by PamsPrettyDesigns, $15

British mug-aphilia

My obsession with all things British has been far-reaching and serious, as I’ve frequently blogged about before. Last year for my birthday, my sister carried my London theme to framed pictures, a wire replica of Big Ben and a lovely corkboard with London emblazoned across the top! And for Christmas this year, she got me an incredibly awesome mug printed with London landmarks. Silly me just got around to taking photos of it, so I bring you . . .

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The British Mug!

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I have a really cool mug featuring the “disappearing” wives of Henry VIII, too — my dad got me that for my birthday, too. When you pour hot liquid into the mug, the ladies vanish one by one! Pretty creepy.

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So cheers! I’ll have my London cuppa and get ready for the weekend. Should be fun — before the “monster storm” sets in, anyway . . .

A cup o’ tea for Stacy

I had the all-time surprise of the month when my friend Stacy showed up in my office yesterday — fresh off a plane from London! Sadly, she was in town for a funeral, but we managed to have a really nice catch-up over dinner. She’s visiting for the next few days from England, where she’s getting her Master’s degree at “university.” I miss her so much! But at least I got to hear about all of her awesome British adventures. I was slightly disappointed to learn she hasn’t been drinking any hot tea — she’s not a fan — but she has had many adventures on the Tube and other fascinating London locations. And I was crazy excited feed my Anglophilia via a real, live person!

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We thought it fitting to pose in front of the grand ol’ flag and President-elect Barack Obama — that photo is the lovely handiwork of Brandon.

And after months of putting it off, I finally convinced someone to help me hang all of my London memorabilia in my office! Most of it was a gift from my sister for my birthday. Lest you think I’m joking about my British obsession (though at this point, I don’t know how you would!), I present to you Exhibit 18256:

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Big Ben and all of my Post-Its will now be close at hand!