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About marieomarie

Silly little girl residing in Boston, Massachusetts. I spend to much time crafting and drinking coffee. I have an owl collection that borders on hoarding and a strange affinity to all things odd and macabre.

Valentines Day: Etsy Card Finds

One of my favorite Valentines Day past times comes from when I was just a wee one. Back when kids were nice to each other and before they had time to form prejudices and unjust anger towards each other. I loved going to the store and picking out the pack of Valentines Day cards I’d be handing out to my classmates. Robots with hearts, Scooby Doo or maybe Bugs Bunny.
Now that I’m grown there’s only a few people that get cards from me, so I like to make sure they’re extra special. As always my favorite place to find these special cards is Etsy.

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: Valentine Decoder Card :: Otter Love Card :

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My personal favorite, I Hate Everyone But You card. It says oh so much with just a few little words.

You have a little more than one week to make sure you find that special someone(s) something great for Valentines Day. Buying handmade and local is a great way to support those artists that work hard for their craft.

xo

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A very MOD New Year: a gothy polyvore outfit inspired by modcloth

If you’re anything like me, you wait until the last absolute second to make any plans for New Years Eve. Not to mention waiting until the day before to pick out an outfit. I’m plagued with the “last minute” hassles all the time, and really should know better. Maybe next year!

One of my favorite websites to get special occasion dresses from, and lets be serious, entire outfits is Modcloth. They have a wide variety that fits any style, shape, and size. If you’re stuck in a complete rut they even have stylists that you can talk to to help complete your look. Which is great for someone as indecisive as me.

This is a little outfit I put together using only items from Modcloth. I’m not a girl that likes too much color, and I like my statement pieces to be in black or silver. I also like the idea of being able to wear everything separately with other pieces of my wardrobe.

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Dress: Committee Celebration Dress
Booties: Lisbon There Bootie
Purse: Twist of Licorice
Blazer: Front and Convention Center Blazer
Tights: Know a Trick or Two Tights
Scarf: Head Over Heels Scarf
Belt: Sash Samba Belt
To see the whole outfit on Polyvore, follow me here!

While I know the dress comes with a teal/blue belt, I really like the idea of this sash belt with the dress. I love mismatching belts that come with pieces of clothing for other belts I have or find. Especially when I can make it match with some of my jewelry pieces I already have.

I hope everyone is gearing up for a fantastic New Year! I can’t believe it’s going to be 2014.. Where did my early 20’s go?

xo

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etsy finds: unisex and masculine gifts

In talking with some of my friends, I realized it can be a little difficult to find gifts for the more masculine individual,or even something that’s more unisex and not pink or blue. Most of the things I found were mugs that said “Greatest Dad” or hunting shirts. I don’t know very many people that like either one of those. Here’s a few finds that I think would work great for someone whose a little more masculine, or gender neutral.

mancollage1:: slim wallet :: travel kit ::
:: facial oil :: oxford suede cologne ::

mancollage2:: chevron ipad case :: plaid scarf ::
:: iphone stand :: brown leather cuff ::

It feels like December is already flying by! Just a few days left of shopping.. kind of.

xo

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etsy finds: candles galore and a DIY

I’ve always believed one of the most universal gifts to give is a candle. Whether it be a tea light candle, a scented candle, or even a candle holder. You’d be really hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy some form of a candle. Even those that don’t like a scented candle, there’s so many options out there! I especially love all the candle holders!

candlesgifts:: forest green soy candle :: red ball candle ::
:: beeswax owl candle :: cinnamon and clove soy candle ::

If you aren’t looking for a candle, there are some great candle holder, votive holder, and even DIY projects out there. Buy a pack of tea light candles from somewhere like Ikea (I STILL have a bag full of them after my most recent purchased that was 2 years ago!) and you can come up with a dozen great ideas for them.

candleholder1:: geometric wood candle holders :: rustic candle holders ::
:: ceramic candle holder :: hanging jar candle holder ::

See, so many fantastic candles and candle holders out there! I, of course, am a firm believer in making things yourself. It adds that special touch to all gifts, and lets you get a bit creative. One of my favorite DIY projects I’ve found lately is for a porcelain holiday tree candle holder. It’s just too cute not to share!

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This DIY only really requires several materials and supplies, surprisingly simple for such an amazing piece. I love the inspiration for it. I so very often go into Target and look through their home section just to leave disappointed. I can never bring myself to spend so much money on items I could make at home. Except maybe the bar cart lately, I should talk myself into buying that.. and some of their cute linens… and shoes.. Ok. I just love Target.

But back to the DIY. I’m hoping to create something so very similiar as a Christmas gift this year.

See, how can you not love the idea of giving a candle gift set to someone! It’s so versatile and there’s just a million options out there.

xo

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etsy finds: stocking stuffers for under $20

On this next installment of etsy finds, I bring you some great stocking stuffers for under $20! One of the hardest things about the holidays is spending money. We all want to make sure we tell those people in our lives that they mean the world to us, without going bankrupt. This is definitely wear buying local and handmade comes in handy.

I love etsy for that reason. So many great finds! Ok, so moving on. Here are some stocking stuffer ideas to get you started.

stockingstuffers1:: full moon journal :: the exfoliant scrub soap :: coconut oil sugar scrub ::

stockingstuffers2:: perpetual calendar :: cozy slippers ::
:: build your own terrarium :: infinity bracelet ::
:: herringbone zipper pouch :: perfume samples ::

I have personally purchased from several of these companies and can speak to the high quality and great products. The soap is one of my absolute favorites, I make sure to buy a bar every year as a Christmas present to my partner, and family members. The perfume samples, moon journal, and terrarium kit are all places I’ve purchased from as well. I love all of them! Especially the perfume, great scents!

xo
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etsy finds: affordable holiday ornaments

November is now far behind us. December came in with a roar, and is going to leave with hopefully just as big of a roar. I still can’t believe 2014 is just around the corner. My favorite part of the holidays is coming up with DIY projects, and gift giving guides. I’ve been blessed with the ability to always be a great gift giver, so I love sharing that with others.

This year I’m taking advantage of my ability and making a few etsy find lists for everyone. Every holiday season I buy 90% of my gifts in Antique stores, local small shops that specialize in hand made creations, and on etsy. It’s important to support local and handmade artists! Shop local! So on this edition, here’s some etsy finds, ornament style!

Image:: mod snowflake ornament :: folk art redwork owl :: :: felt sheep ornament :: personalized engraved wooden ornament ::
:: candy cane :: crocheted piggie ::

Image:: needle felted gnome :: dog silhouette bulb ornament ::
:: felt gingerbread men :: felt cat ornament ::
:: mistletoe felt :: santa hat narwhal ornament ::

One of my favorite affordable ( and yet can be incredibly cute!) items is felt. You can do so much with it! Almost all of the items above are under $10, and you can even find some great tutorials on making your own at home.

Stay tuned for some more great etsy finds this week!

Happy December!

xo
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goodies, and giveaway features

October is here! It’s by far my favorite month, and I know that’s being a little biased. Since it’s my favorite month I’ve decided to have a little promo within my etsy shop, The Bone and Arrow. For the rest of the month of October, get free shipping on all orders! I also love doing custom orders so don’t hesitate to reach out to me for them as well.

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I’m looking for other blogs in this blog-land that may be interested in swapping a feature giveaway, or even just sponsoring a giveaway. Email me if you’re interested. missmarieomarie @ gmail.com

xo

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halloween recipe round up

My favorite time of year is here! Hooray! I know a lot of people can relate to this. There’s just something fantastic about the changing of the seasons here in New England. We’ve started to have some colder nights, and it’s making me want to do nothing but bake. I just don’t want to be tempted with the sweets once they are baked!

This time last year I was preparing for a Halloween party my friends and I threw. It turned out great, and I was in charge of all the food. This year we were invited to a costume party, with bringing food as an option. I’ve started to look around at some Halloween recipes and these are my favorite so far.

halloweencollage1:: | 1 |  :: Mummy Cupcakes :: | 2 | :: Cider Stir-ins :: | 3 | :: Monster Treats :: | ::

halloweencookies:: | 4 | :: Cookie Teeth :: | 5 | :: Spider Chocolate Chips :: | 6 | :: Halloween Sugar Cookies :: | ::

What are you most looking forward to this Fall/Halloween season?

xo

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the bone and arrow: etsy shop

Hello everyone!

After many months of hard work, I’ve opened up my etsy shop at last, The Bone And Arrow. I’ll be featuring everything from handmade jewelry, paintings, and DIY projects. I’ll soon be selling custom orders for lampshades, and small framed art pieces.

For now, take a look! More items will be added soon.

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liebster award

The Liebster Award is an e-ward that’s been floating around blogland for a while now. It’s a sign of appreciation that one blogger bestows upon another blogger with less than 200 followers. Quite some time ago now my friend Janine over at Salvage Love bestowed it upon me, and just recently Jennifer from Grimmricksen nominated me, as well as Becky from United States of Becky.

Since I can’t say no to a questionnaire, I’m going to participate in it.

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THE RULES:
– Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.
– They must also answer the 11 questions the tagger has set for them.
– They must then choose 11 bloggers to tag & award with the Liebster award (nominees must have less than 200 followers). These lucky bloggers must be told in a comment on their blog.
– They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.

11 THINGS ABOUT ME
1. I went to an art school in Columbus, Ohio when I first graduated High School.
2. I’ve lived in Philadelphia and Portland Oregon. Now I reside outside Boston.
3. I’ve tattooed 2 people with the same image I have tattooed on the side of my left knee. Which makes my 3rd bro-tattoo with some of the same folks.
4. I think I have somewhere around 30 tattoos. If you count the letters across my toes.
5. My life goal has been to get knuckle tattoos when I turn 30. I reach for the stars, ppl.
6. I love anything super macabre. I have animal bones, various teeth molds, and religious iconography strewn about my house. As decoration of course, not just chilling on the floor.
7. I don’t wear any color other than black, except when it comes to my accessories like stockings and scarves. It all started when I was a sweaty beast of a teenager and hasn’t much improved over the years. Black very rarely shows pit stains, ftw.
8. I can either be found watching Disney movies or horror movies.
9. I’ve been a nude model on and off since I was 18. I’m more comfortable naked than clothed most days.
10. I’m a pretty secretive and private person.
11. I am the worst person to make plans with. I always decide last minute to do something so it’s pretty often that I make plans weeks in advance, then day of don’t feel like doing it. I’m working on this..

QUESTIONS (from Jennifer)

1. Favorite sweets recipe?
I’m not that big of a sweets fan, even if the only pancakes I’ll eat are the chocolate chip variety. I’ll also eat a no bake cookie like nobodies business.

2. What colors do you use to decorate for the winter/Xmas/Chanukah season?
My living room is already painted green and I have large red curtains separating it from the dining room, so technically I’m ready for xmas all year.

3. What is the meaning/story behind the title of your blog?
My middle name is Marie. Ever since I was little my mom has called me “miss marie” or “stephanie marie” when I was in trouble.

4. Do you have any nicknames? If so, what are they and how did you get them?
Aside from Miss Marie, a couple of my girl friends and I call each other Beaner. Ta ta ree is another.. The only nickname I won’t respond to is “Steph”.

5. Favorite quote?
Oh gosh.. I’m a sucker for any kind of quotable magnet.

6. Night owl or early bird?
Somewhere in between. I used to be a night owl, now I can barely stay up past 10pm without a nap. And getting up before 8am takes some pushing.

7. Are you crafty? If so, what kind of artsy endeavors do you partake in?
Oh gosh.. I used to craft a lot more than I do now. I have two etsy shops I’m working on getting up and running. I make jewelry, dream catchers, I knit hats and infinity scarves. I’m also a painter and photographer but it takes a lot of pushing to get me to do either of those these days.

8. How did you meet your best friend?
I’m blessed to have a couple of best friends. My bestest bestie I met in 6th grade math class. I told her I liked her sneakers and we’ve been friends since. My next bffl I met at photography school. First day of shooting outdoors we got to talking and realized we had the same birthday and are the same age, instant friends.

9. What’s your favorite book… you know… the one you read over and over again? That one.
Lets see.. I’ve read “On The Road” about a dozen times. I’m also a big fan of “Jaws”.

10. Beer, wine, or liquor?
All depends on my mood. I’ve partaken in my fair share of consuming all of the above. Usually I stick to white wine, with the occasional gin and tonic.

11. If they made a movie about your life, who would play the main characters?
Me? Mia Kirshner or Winona Ryder. Some crazy chick for sure. Kh? Someone exceptionally handsome.

My Nominees

This was hard considering most of the blogs I read have already been nominated, and have a million followers. So here’s a list of blogs you should check out because they’re pretty great.

Natalie @ The Spunky Poser    23seventeen
Shanon @ Gin and Bare It
Jes @ The Militant Baker
Jennifer @ Grits and Moxie
Emily @ Tee Tree
Marci @ like a small fire / moose in chartreuse.

I’d love for anyone that reads this to answer the questions. I love a questionnaire, and I’m sure others do too!

My Questions

1. When you were a wee one, what were your dreams? Ambitions? Did you want to be a vet on the moon?
2. How did you learn there was no tooth fairy? (If your parents/guardians had you believing in the first place)
3. What’s your favorite dish to bring to gatherings?
4. What’s the most memorable gift you’ve ever received?
5. What’s your favorite movie?
6. What about animals. Got a favorite animal?
7. Do you have any regrets in your life that go beyond regretting what you ate for dinner last night or the junk food you’ve indulged in?
8. Got any pets? Tell me about them.
9. Lover or a fighter?
10. What’s your before bed routine?
11. How tall are you?

xo

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