Elephish

Elephish Cute Crafts

Tacoma, Washington · 43 Sales

Elephish

Elephish Cute Crafts

Tacoma, Washington 43 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Tina M

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Announcement   Welcome! Thanks for stopping by!
So, I wanted to tell you a little bit about the Art Journal Kits that I've been making lately. I'm obsessively inspired by them, and I hope you are, too!

I guess it starts with my crazy love of paper, ephemera and imagery, especially vintage stuff. I’ve been scrounging around for 20 years picking up pieces here and there. For years I've been picking up books at the junk store, tearing them apart, carefully cutting out the interesting bits and images and then obsessively categorizing all of it in bins and tubs. It's crazy. 20 years.

And of course I love craft stores (who doesn’t). I've scrounged around in every craft store for a hundred mile radius, and you'd think that I'd have a natural love for the scrapbook department, but I don’t, really. I wish I did. I'm always attracted to the rows and rows of pretty bits. But it’s all just too cookie-cutter for me. I want something unique and lovely and inspiring and maybe a little weird, too.

So, I started putting these Art Journal Kits together. They started out as just piles of ideas, but I finally got my head around the concept, and I'm really excited about the results! They are what I would want to buy and use.

I've dug out bins that I haven't looked through for years! and it's been so much fun, letting ideas come together and seeing how colors and images talk to each other.

Putting an Art Journal Kit together is almost like journaling or making a soul collage, in a way. There's sort of a spiritual element to it that I love. The pieces come together in such an organic way, like they were meant to be which each other.

Well, maybe that sounds crazy, but that's how I feel, and I feel honored, really, to be able to share these special bits of paper and ephemera with you.

But--you ask--what do you do with all of it? All these bits of paper, what's it all for?

Well, to answer that, I’d like to tell you a little story about myself. I used to love to journal. I had my favorite journals, my favorite pens, and I wrote a lot. But then in college, I had a bad experience in a personal essay writing class that sort of spoiled the fun for me, and I was not able to approach a journal with the same delight as I had before. In fact I started sort of panicking about it.

Then I few years later I took a community art class and the teacher encouraged us to use an art journal. I actually used an old book for that first art journal: A Little Princess. And I tore pages, and glued stuff in there, and circled words and phrases that I liked. It felt really good, and I’ve been painting and drawing and gluing stuff into books ever since.

So that’s what these bits of paper are for – inspiration.

Tear them up; glue them down; mix them up with your favorite pictures and words.

If words escape you, let pictures do the talking for you.

It feels good.

Just grab your glue stick and go!

Announcement

Welcome! Thanks for stopping by!
So, I wanted to tell you a little bit about the Art Journal Kits that I've been making lately. I'm obsessively inspired by them, and I hope you are, too!

I guess it starts with my crazy love of paper, ephemera and imagery, especially vintage stuff. I’ve been scrounging around for 20 years picking up pieces here and there. For years I've been picking up books at the junk store, tearing them apart, carefully cutting out the interesting bits and images and then obsessively categorizing all of it in bins and tubs. It's crazy. 20 years.

And of course I love craft stores (who doesn’t). I've scrounged around in every craft store for a hundred mile radius, and you'd think that I'd have a natural love for the scrapbook department, but I don’t, really. I wish I did. I'm always attracted to the rows and rows of pretty bits. But it’s all just too cookie-cutter for me. I want something unique and lovely and inspiring and maybe a little weird, too.

So, I started putting these Art Journal Kits together. They started out as just piles of ideas, but I finally got my head around the concept, and I'm really excited about the results! They are what I would want to buy and use.

I've dug out bins that I haven't looked through for years! and it's been so much fun, letting ideas come together and seeing how colors and images talk to each other.

Putting an Art Journal Kit together is almost like journaling or making a soul collage, in a way. There's sort of a spiritual element to it that I love. The pieces come together in such an organic way, like they were meant to be which each other.

Well, maybe that sounds crazy, but that's how I feel, and I feel honored, really, to be able to share these special bits of paper and ephemera with you.

But--you ask--what do you do with all of it? All these bits of paper, what's it all for?

Well, to answer that, I’d like to tell you a little story about myself. I used to love to journal. I had my favorite journals, my favorite pens, and I wrote a lot. But then in college, I had a bad experience in a personal essay writing class that sort of spoiled the fun for me, and I was not able to approach a journal with the same delight as I had before. In fact I started sort of panicking about it.

Then I few years later I took a community art class and the teacher encouraged us to use an art journal. I actually used an old book for that first art journal: A Little Princess. And I tore pages, and glued stuff in there, and circled words and phrases that I liked. It felt really good, and I’ve been painting and drawing and gluing stuff into books ever since.

So that’s what these bits of paper are for – inspiration.

Tear them up; glue them down; mix them up with your favorite pictures and words.

If words escape you, let pictures do the talking for you.

It feels good.

Just grab your glue stick and go!

Tina M

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Tina M

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Rebecca

Rebecca on Aug 4, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Excellent quality. No problems at all. These are unique embroidery pieces that would be nearly impossible to find anywhere else.

J.B. Cluff

J.B. Cluff on May 12, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I love this, it's even better than expected! I love butterfly pages and so do my boys, this will be framed and hung as part of our little "butterfly collection". The pages are crisp and clean without creases or thumb indentations that so often happen to these things. Beautiful print, fast shipping, awesome seller. Thank you so much !

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Beauty, Strength and a Crazy Kind of Whimsy

Elephish started with a doodle.

I love elephants, and one day I was sketching ideas for amigurumi elephants. A friend of mine loves mermaids, and I was also sketching mermaids, and the two sort of fell together.

Mermaids symbolize beauty, strength and kind of a crazy whimsy, and my Elephish reminds me of the Hindu god Ganesha. Ganesha has the head of an elephant and is thought of as the Remover of Obstacles.

So my Elephish came to symbolize whimsy and strength and beauty and the idea that anything is possible!

I feel that especially when I am creating. There's something about creating that makes me feel strong and beautiful, and I hope that I transmit some of that in the things that I make.

I love that I can share some of my creations here on Etsy!

Thanks so much for visiting!

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  • Tina Marsden

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, I Do Everything!

    I love arts and crafts, and I flit from one craft to another a lot, so now I love making handmade books but later I might dive into jewelry designing, sewing, knitting, crocheting, painting, doodle sketching, embroidery-ing and on and on.

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Last updated on December 15, 2013
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Payment
I accept PayPal, Credit Cards and Etsy Gift Cards.
Shipping
I will ship your items within 1-3 days after receiving your payment.

I ship via USPS 1st Class Mail or Media Mail, depending upon the weight.

DOMESTIC SHIPPING
This includes the continental Unites States.

Domestic shipping rates are for packages up to 16 ounces!

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING
International shipping rates have gone up, so I need to charge a little more, sorry. But I have figured out how to reduce shipping rates for multiple items, so you only pay full shipping on the first item and then a small additional rate, usually $1.00 to $2.00, for each additional item.

I have tried to pinpoint my shipping rates to get you the best rate possible, but if my shipping rates vary more than $2, I will refund the difference to you!

The rates for all of my items are based on some average weights. My vintage prints and paper items usually weight no more than 2 ounces. My amigurumi items usually weight no more than 4 ounces. And my handmade books usually weight no more than 8 ounces.

DELIVERY TO USA – Delivered in 2-3 business days*
$2.75 – First item up to 16 ounces
$1.00 – for each additional item

DELIVERY TO CANADA – Delivered in 6-10 business days*
$3.50 – Vintage prints and paper up to 2 ounces
$1.00 – for each additional print/paper item
$8.55 – Handmade books and amigurumi items up to 8 ounces
$1.50 – for each additional book/amigurumi item

DELIVERY TO MEXICO – Delivered in 6-10 business days*
$6.25 – Vintage prints and paper up to 2 ounces
$1.50 – for each additional print/paper item
$11.55 – Handmade books and amigurumi items up to 8 ounces
$2.00 – for each additional book/amigurumi item

DELIVERY TO EVERYWHERE ELSE
$8.00 – Vintage prints and paper up to 2 ounces
$2.00 – for each additional print/paper item
$12.75 – Handmade books and amigurumi items up to 8 ounces
$2.75 – for each additional book/amigurumi item

*Delivery times are approximate and depend upon local conditions.
Refunds and Exchanges
If your items arrive damaged (I hope not!), I will gladly refund your money or exchange your items for something else from my shop.
Additional policies and FAQs
I happily accept custom orders!

See something that you love but wish it were in a different color?

Planning for a special occasion and want the perfect gift?

Just let me know, and I’ll be happy to make something special for you!