Posts tagged with "Etsy"

Natural and homespun, ‘cottagecore’ is 2020’s new holiday decorating trend

December 7, 2020

The pandemic has taught many of us how to enjoy the simple pleasures of life—from baking, to exercising, to pet adoption, to gardening, to knitting, to bird watching—and now, to an appreciation of a simpler, more homespun type of decking the halls for the holidays called “cottagecore,” Fox News reports.

“The cottagecore aesthetic swarmed the Internet this year with its revival of traditional ideals and the glorification of a simple yet charming cottage lifestyle,” s Amanda Brennan,a trend expert for Tumblr, tells the news outlet.

Engagement on the social platform for cottagecore began spiking in early spring and hasn’t abated, she reports. Now it’s flowing into the holiday season, she says, “with posts of farmhouse-inspired holiday decorations, homestyle seasonal recipes, warm winter décor, and knitting.”

Etsy.com trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson tells Fox she agrees with Brennan: “The nostalgia-inspired movement is all about bringing back pastoral aesthetics and activities.”

Characterized by romantic, nature-oriented themes and homespun design elements, cottagecore started around ten years ago. But it’s taken off this year as the pandemic kept

“It’s no surprise that the trend’s extending into the holidays,” says Isom Johnson. “Shoppers are opting for décor that’s reminiscent of a time that was filled with simpler pleasures in life, from baking to crafting.”

Etsy saw an increase in early fall in searches for crocheted, knitted and embroidered ornaments, as well as holiday quilts, she says. They’ve seen a nearly 200% increase in searches for DIY kits.

Kits come at all levels, for kids, beginners and skilled crafters, and with a variety of holiday-friendly themes:

  • Fancy Tiger’s felting kits offer alpacas, squirrels, and sheep, and cross-stitched mini holiday ornaments.
  • Stitchery.com has simple kits for making embroidered tree table-runners, tiny stockings, and snow globes.
  • Creativity4Kids has holiday snow globe kits.
  • Paper Source has kits to craft dog nutcrackers and Hanukkah bears in winsome sweaters.

Lorna Aragon, home editor for Martha Stewart Living, suggests some easy holiday projects for home and gifting that fit the aesthetic: “Think about stenciling or stamping a tablecloth, runner or napkins with a simple geometric motif. You can make a tree skirt the same way,” she tells Fox News. “Create some homemade stockings from simple dishcloths. Use baskets under the tree to hold gifts. You can also get some quilting squares at the craft store and make sachets to gift friends. I’m loving simple fabrics like ticking, gingham, denim, muslin, and calico small florals and prints.”

The magazine’s team created some items for the December issue based on quilt designs and folk-art motifs, evocative of the cottagecore look.

Minted’s founder Mariam Naficy likes ‘furoshiki’, the Japanese technique of gift wrapping with fabric. She says it’s a great way to wrap oddly-shaped items, and re-purpose fabric scraps or old scarves.

She’s also making garlands this year out of various materials, including fragrant dried orange slices. “You can display them on a mantle, bookcase, or drape one on your dining table surrounded by tea candles for a simple, aromatic centerpiece,” she tells Fox.

Naficy also suggests making garlands out of last year’s holiday cards and scraps of wrapping paper.

Research contact: @FoxNews

The sandals that are making a splash in the fashion world this season are called ‘Fish Flops’

July 29, 2020

Like goldfish, themselves, this trend may not be long-lived—but this summer, Goldfish Flops (AKA Fish Flops) are becoming the “new wave” in fashion.

The Daily Beast reports that Goldfish Flops are one of several novelty shoes available on Coddies.com—a site with a tagline that says it all: “Unusual shoes for people with imagination.”

The fish flops come in several colors, including hot pink, green, blue, and silver. (For those among us who cherish a matching set, you can also buy an adorable two-pack of face masks with a scale pattern on them!)

And it’s not just fish that Coddies offers for your feet. Other popular products, according to the site, include Bread Loafersshoes in the shape of bananas, and slides designed to look like cut mangoes. Also: cabbage creepers!

And although virtually every garment has been subject to some novelty craze or another, shoes do seem to have become the nexus of a certain kind of deranged imagination. Looking back, the hottest craze among the elementary school set during the mid-’90s was Jellies—available in a rainbow of plasticized colors! Then in marched the light-up sneakers. Then Heelys skated onto the scene.

And as just about anyone who’s ever visited Etsy knows, you can get just about anything painted on a Vans slip-on.

As Daily Beast writer Laura Bradley notes, “At a time when I have to constantly cover my face, I view the tacky, dead-eyed fish on my feet as a statement piece. I want to let others know that I, too, am losing my mind with bored, impotent desperation.

“Still,” she says, “I can only hope that next time I see these neighbors, they’ll all be wearing Cabbage Creepers and Bread Loafers and Banana Splits. Because I have to say: $27.98 might sound steep for a pair of ugly, fish-shaped novelty shoes—but it’s already the most joy per dollar I’ve found in my life. And right now, that’s priceless.”

Research contact: @thedailybeast