whackytacky's Shop Announcement

Repurposed denim shorts, handmade leather cuffs & more.

POOF! I had a vision. That vision is Home of What is a people collar you ask? It's a collar for people...not for pets. Simply put: it's a necklace. Collars (necklaces & chokers), cuffs (bracelets), leather & denim and military inspired earrings, upcycled military bags, vintage denim jackets & military stuff and upcycled clothing. History, military, super hero, a little bit WESTERN and a lot of ROCK AND ROLL inspired. Fashion is a passion. The stuff I loved as a kid, I still love today. Thank goodness fashion goes in cycles. And, MY CYCLE is back with a vengeance.

I have what I refer to as THE CURSE OF THE CREATIVE MIND. In second grade, a girl named Cheryl stole my art project. It was a white and green Native American style ring. She turned it in as her project. I told my teacher what had happened. She didn't believe me. Cheryl not only stole my project, she got an A. In junior high Ulinda stole my pottery project. I had to do the project all over again. It sucks when you aren't given credit for what is yours. Gosh kids are mean! At some point you have to stop worrying about your stuff getting stolen and get back to creating. Why? Because if your stuff is good enough to steal it must be good (at least to someone). So here I am.

My life experience has brought me from cars to antiques to television and film to writing to designing and making accessories. I'm all grown up now. Who knows where Cheryl (the first grade thief) and Ulinda (the junior high thief are). Now I get to share some of myself and my creativity on etsy. Sometimes new. Sometimes old. Sometimes a combination of both. I believe that life is better in denim and leather. But, if you're opposed to leather, I have "non leather" items as well. If there is something you seek that you don't see in the shop, let me know. I may have it lurking around somewhere. Or, I'll do my best to fulfill your request.

My "man cave" (the tiny little place in which I create) is located in the land of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Yes, chicks can have "man caves" too! At least I can! I definitely don't fit the OC stereotype. I grew up in the Pacific NW camping, fishing, building forts and catching snakes, frogs, salamanders and bugs. I don't need the glitz and glamour. Not everyone in OC lives in a big house and drives a fancy car. There are people living on the street or just a month away from being there. (Just like other places in the country and the world). I'm just sayin' I break the Orange County Housewives mold. I don't have BOTOX or FISH LIPS. What really matters in life isn't "stuff". I'm not saying "stuff" is bad. I sell "stuff". Just don't lose track of what matters along the way. I am a simple woman who appreciates what matters. A wise friend of mine once shared a quote with me: "The more I have..the more I have to give." I live by that. I hope AKA meets and exceeds my basic needs so that I may have "more to give". I'm a woman on one heck of a mission.

Some things get better with time and age. I'll still love swing sets and leather and the toy store (the KID kind NOT the adult kind) when I'm 90, 95, 100 (I will be blessed to live that long). Some people complain about age. But, whatever "they" or "you" or "I" complain about now, we will wonder what we were complaining about say....5, 10, 15, 20 or more years from now. So, LIVE NOW...whatever age you are. Life is a gift. Each moment is a gift.

Part of the inspiration for this shop is the fact that I am living with TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA. If you or someone you know lives with Trigeminal Neuralgia or chronic pain, you are not alone. Never give up. I live by my motto "IF I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN DO IT. We can do it together."

Spreading awareness about TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA aka THE SUICIDE DISEASE. It is said to be one of the most painful conditions known to man. It is not life threatening. Unfortunately, it is given it's NICKNAME as some people can't take the pain. There are treatments and medications. And, there is support. Some find relief or some relief. Others aren't so lucky. Creating awareness to those who have TN or know someone who does. AND, spreading word to the dental and medical community. So many have unnecessary medical procedures and dental procedures and teeth pulled with no pain relief due to misdiagnosis and lack of awareness. Helping other people with this condition is a way I help myself. Out of every negative there is a positive. I know it's hard to believe that sometimes but it is true. Before I write a novel, I'd like to mention one more thing (since etsy is global). Kudos to Salman Khan (actor in Bollywood) for going public with this condition. Although Salman is bringing awareness, I think that most of the publicity is in Bollywood (India) OR obviously on the internet. I can't think of a public figure in the US who is bringing awareness. So, here I am... little old me in my "man cave"..........

This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards.