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Note from shop owner I am out of town right now. Zanyviolets will reopen Soon!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Nov 30, 2020

I am out of town right now. Zanyviolets will reopen Soon!

Cat Walsh

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Cat Walsh


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About ZanyViolets

Sales 353
On Etsy since 2011

Personalized photo holders, refrigerator magnets, scrabble tile magnets and ornaments all made from old and new blocks!

My visual art career began seriously after I took a fabric art class in 2010. I took the class just to do something new to reconnect to my artistic nature. Previously I had been a classical saxophonist, with an undergrad from UNCSA. I also am a certified special education teacher and taught children with more severe disabilities for 7 years before staying home with my kids. I have 3 of them! I missed the life of art and wanted to be a part of it again. I am also working full time as an aide for children with disabilities.
The blocks ornaments and such began when my brother was moving oversees and wanted to give me some of our old toys that he had kept for quite a while. My children are now playing with the building blocks my father made for us when we were kids. He also gave me our old letter blocks. I was stumped as to what to do with them. I got some studio time, thanks to my husband Mark, and I starred at them until I realized the way to keep them in the family was to make them into Christmas ornaments we could pass down the generations. They are fun to make and its so wonderful to share vintage history with other people, especially during the holidays or for the birth of a child. I also make fridge magnets and photo holders and can personalize those as well. I also make brooches and plan a line of those soon. I’m also planning on creating personal blocks using metal stamps on wood ( the way the old ones are made).
I am also making assemblage art in my spare time! Check me out on instagram. Zanyviolets_on_etsy
Thank you for reading and for looking at my shop!

Shop members

  • Catherine Walsh

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Welcome to ZanyViolets! I love to make things! Repurposing items, like toy blocks or everyday found objects, is a great way to be creative and useful at the same time!

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More information

Last updated on Apr 19, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

For custom orders, the items need to be purchased before I start any work.

They cannot be returned or exchanged if there are names on them; Like a photo holder that says Patty. Or an ornament with a name stamped into it.

If your order requires me to purchase new items to make it at your request I cannot return the item you ordered and there are no refunds.

If there is painting involved it will take more time to make.

Care instructions

Your items can be wrapped up when not in use on the Christmas tree or enjoyed all year round.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Packing may be and often is recycled materials. Pass on the Earth love and reuse what I send you too!😀

Wholesale availability

I am available to sell many items for a discount. Depending on how many you need and what the item is. It won’t be anything crazy, as these are my creations.

Are these really vintage and antique??!

Yes, yes they are and so are many of the beads and crystals I use! I believe in intimate beauty that has history!