Currant Thoughts

Tampa, Florida · 175 Sales


Currant Thoughts

Tampa, Florida 175 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Featuring the nature-inspired artwork, handmade crafts, ecclectic calligraphy of Kristen Gilpin


Featuring the nature-inspired artwork, handmade crafts, ecclectic calligraphy of Kristen Gilpin

Jill Staake

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Jill Staake


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
Megan Kennedy

Megan Kennedy on Jan 18, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

The picture doesn't do it justice-- the print is absolutely gorgeous in person. Bought for my boyfriend for our anniversary and he loves the hell out of it. Great, unique fan piece!

Ellen Pearlman

Ellen Pearlman on Oct 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love it - perfect gift for a book lover! Arrived quickly

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Illuminated Sand Worms and Butterfly Wings - A Winning Combination

Jill and Kristen work together in Tampa as professional "butterfly ladies" at the Museum of Science & Industry. It's an interesting job, sure, but it doesn't pay all that well, so Jill encouraged Kristen to make her amazing artwork available online in 2011.

The shop began with a focus on nature-themed jewelry and home accessories, but really hit its stride when Kristen created her first illuminated pop culture piece, featuring an illuminated sandworm and the Litany Against Fear from the classic novel Dune. She quickly added more pieces from pop culture, including Doctor Who and The Princess Bride.

Kristen is always looking for new inspiration, both from nature and her Netflix Watch Instantly list. Visit her blog, A Little Ink More or Less, to see more of her work. Our shop is happy to accept custom requests, and we invite you to visit often to see the latest creations.


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Shop members

  • Kristen Gilpin

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Kristen Gilpin is an illuminator, botanical illustrator, calligrapher, gardener, writer and foodie, with a penchant for butterflies, gin, strange fruits and antiquated art supplies. She's often inspired by small details others find insignificant.

  • Jill Staake


    Jill Staake runs Currant Thoughts to showcase the artwork of her friend and fellow lepidopterist Kristen Gilpin. She's a freelance writer with a focus on nature, with a day job as a professional "butterfly lady".


  • Pro Copy

    Tampa, FL, United States

    Tampa Printer Pro-Copy of Tampa Florida is a USF area printer providing full service printing and graphics 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 5, 2012
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." -Frank Lloyd Wright

At Currant Thoughts, we find daily inspiration in the natural world. We feature the artwork and handmade crafts of Kristen Gilpin, who spends her days among Florida's butterflies and wildflowers, and her spare time mastering the crafts of medieval artisans, including illumination, calligraphy, and textiles.

The name "Currant Thoughts" was inspired by the Victorian Language of Flowers, in which currants mean "You Please All". We want you to be pleased with your purchase, so don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
We accept payment by PayPal (due withing 3 days of purchase) or Direct Checkout on Etsy.
Currant Thoughts will ship your order from Tampa, FL within two business days. Depending on your location, you can expect to receive your order within 2 - 5 days after shipment. We ship only to the United States at this time.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are displeased with your purchase, contact us within 3 business days to discuss options. We strive for complete satisfaction with all purchases, and will work with you if you are less than satisfied to find a solution.
Additional policies and FAQs
Currant Thoughts is happy to consider custom requests. Contact us for more information.