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

Today is Absinthe Day, when we celebrate a very unusual spirit, and the unique history behind it. Distilled from several medicinal herbs including green anise, sweet fennel, and grand wormwood, absinthe has a high alcoholic content (though it’s often watered down before drinking) and some believe it has slightly hallucinogenic properties.

Absinthe was considered by many to be a muse, and was often referred to as “la fée verte” or the green fairy because of its enchantingly bright hue. It was a favorite among artists, writers, and composers during the art nouveau movement in late 19th century Paris, including Ernest Hemingway, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, and Oscar Wilde. Many of the era’s bottle labels and advertising posters for absinthe are classic examples of the art nouveau movement it helped to inspire. Absinthe even has a certain mystique as to the ritual involved in preparing to drink it, as you slowly pour chilled water over a cube of sugar that’s suspended over a glass holding the alluring liquid, and watching as it clouds to an opalescent pale green.

Prohibitionists and social conservatives vilified absinthe, claiming it caused violent and unpredictable behavior. (The wine industry was also partly behind the movement to ban the spirit, likely fearing they would lose sales to the wildly popular beverage.) In 1905, a Swiss farmer was accused of murdering his family while under the influence of absinthe, giving its critics more fuel for their agenda to outlaw it. What many didn’t realize—or flat out ignored—was that the farmer was a known alcoholic and was already drunk on a whole lot of wine and brandy before consuming two glasses of absinthe and ultimately committing the crime. Thujone—a chemical compound found in trace amounts as a result of the distillation of wormwood—was often cited as the culprit for the drink’s influences, though the psychoactive effects of absinthe have been shown to be greatly exaggerated.

It’s widely accepted today that absinthe is really no more dangerous than standard alcoholic spirits, thus the laws governing its production, sale and import have been greatly relaxed. As a result, the green fairy is experiencing a renaissance throughout the US and Europe.

My collection explores some of the more notable visual influences of absinthe, particularly its unique coloring and associated art nouveau illustration style (as well as a few more abstract art pieces that I imagine would tickle one’s fancy while under its spell). Please remember to visit the shops and favorite the featured items! And you can always see the rest of my Every Day is a Holiday treasuries here!

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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: Ferris Wheel Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

I know it’s Valentine’s Day, but seeing as I know that you know it’s Valentine’s Day and this project is about the lesser-known holidays, I thought I’d bring you Ferris Wheel Day instead. I suppose you could kill two birds with one stone and take your date on a Ferris wheel ride today, however I think that will only work if you’re in southern California or the Southern Hemisphere. (We have a grand total of about two feet of snow and ice around here, so I doubt there are any carnivals or Ferris wheels currently in operation anywhere near me.)

Going to a local carnival is a popular summer pastime. There are many towns near me that host their own week-long fairs during the warm months, and most of them will have a small Ferris wheel among the ride attractions. There’s something about all the cheerful colors and the bright yellow sunshine against the blue sky that can only make you smile and cherish the fun times to be had with friends and family. That’s what I was trying to capture in this collection.

Check out the beautiful Ferris wheel photos! Gorgeous! The pop-up cards are amazing as well! Visit and favorite away, and take a look at some of my other Every Day is a Holiday treasuries here!

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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: Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friends Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

Remember when you were a kid, and any puddle you came across was no match for the wrath of your rain boots? And you got extra points if you managed to splash a buddy in the process? That’s what Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friends Day is all about: a little mischief, a bit of rain water, and a whole lot of laughter (and hopefully no scolding!).

My favorite part of putting together this treasury was seeing how a simple pool of water could be transformed into a wonderfully abstract reflection of what was above it, whether it was an actual sky or building, or a metaphor for looking within yourself.

Please visit the treasury on Etsy, and spread the love! Don’t forget to check out 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?