Etsy Treasury: Ask a Question Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

Did you know that today is Ask a Question Day? Have you celebrated by asking a deep, philosophical question today? Or have you only asked simple questions that only demand simple answers, like a yes or no question? Will this entire blog post be made up of questions?

(Don’t worry, I’m not that sadistic. Or am I?)

Celebrating Ask a Question Day gives us the opportunity to do precisely that: Ask a question! Preferably one that you wouldn’t have asked otherwise, but there are no rules to this holiday as far as I know. Perhaps it’s a difficult question that was waiting for the right opportunity to be asked, or maybe you’ve just been wondering about something for a while and never got around to finding someone who could give you the answer. Everyone has questions that need answers, so there’s no reason for anyone to not celebrate! You probably already celebrated without even knowing by asking someone what time it was or asking your kids what they did in school today. That’s the beauty of a holiday like this: It would be next to impossible to NOT celebrate it!

Remember to take a closer look at the treasury and the featured items and shops. If you have any questions… well, you guessed it: just ask! Oh, and I nearly forgot… Have you seen the other Every Day is a Holiday treasuries that I have put together here? 😉

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Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!

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“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?

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Etsy Treasury: Geneology Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

Geneology Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the varied paths our forefathers took before us. Everyone has ancestors, but most of us know very little about where our great- and great-great-grandparents come from, let alone what came of all the lifelines that emanated from the dozens of siblings they all had. Researching one’s family tree unlocks many stories about where we come from and the struggles our ancestors went through. Some escaped poverty in another country to find a better life in America, while others fled war and persecution in order to live.

While many people take their lineage for granted, some of us have a sort of dead end in their family tree because of a closed adoption or unknown father. I have one such dead end, as no one seems to know who my great-grandfather was. My great-grandmother was 23 and unmarried when she got pregnant. We don’t know the surrounding circumstances, such as the pregnancy resulting from a New Year’s Eve fling (my grandmother’s birthday is October 5), a soured relationship, or perhaps even a rape. On my grandmother’s birth certificate, the line for the father’s name was left blank and apparently he was never really mentioned. It was never treated like some shameful secret, but his identity was just never spoken of. After my grandmother was born, my great-grandmother married a man twenty years her senior who already had a whole mess of kids from a a previous marriage and they went on to have six more children together. He was a fairly well-off landowner in Ponce, Puerto Rico, enough at least to have a small side street named after him. (Before he died, my step-great-grandfather sired at least 19 children that we know of. I once remarked to my mother that he was a busy man, to which she replied, “No, he was a puto.”)

This treasury is an exploration of the family tree, from one or two levels represented in a beautiful piece of jewelry to more elaborate charts that can display information about several generations. I urge you to take a look back at your history, as you never know what surprises await you! And don’t forget to visit some of my other Every Day is a Holiday treasuries here!

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Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!

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“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?

Etsy Treasury: Doodle Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

I highly doubt anyone could truthfully admit that they didn’t doodle as a kid, especially while in class listening to a boring teacher give a boring lecture. I certainly did! I drew all sorts of stuff all over my notebooks, on the covers of my binders, on notes passed to friends, and maybe even on the door of my locker. Generally speaking, the habit isn’t exactly encouraged, since teachers want you to pay attention in class and doodling presumably means you’re off in la-la land. I got scolded a couple times myself.

However, studies suggest that doodling in class ought to be encouraged, not frowned upon. Research has shown that doodling can actually increase the amount of information a student retains during a lesson. The theory goes that doodling uses just enough of your mental capacity to keep you occupied while still leaving you capable of listening to the teacher, thus you’re still able to pay attention passively. If you’re not doodling, you might get distracted and start daydreaming which uses up more of your brain’s processing power, leaving you more likely to completely ignore the lecture.

I don’t doodle nearly as much as I used to, but I do sometimes sketch little pictures when I’m on the phone with a client or waiting for a large file to save or process. I also have a sketchbook, though I use it more to plan and design craft projects more than as a true artistic space. Even so, I think it’s important to celebrate Doodle Day, as it’s such a simple exercise in creativity and expression. There are no rules, just grab a writing implement and a piece of paper and draw whatever you feel.

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that there are tons of talented artists with shops on Etsy, but finding art that I felt truly embodies the free, anything-goes spirit of doodling was a little tougher than I expected. I suppose many people view doodling as an informal artform that’s not necessarily meant to be shared with the world. That being said, there are still some gorgeous examples of abstract doodle-style art in this collection, and I urge you to check out some of these featured pieces as well as the shops they come from! And you can always see my previous Every Day is a Holiday treasuries right here!

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Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!

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“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?