One thing that is really awesome about books and fandoms and all that is the stuff that comes out of that: fan art, this fan fiction, information pills fan merch, all of it. I love the creativity that pours out of people when they read these books or watch these shows. I seriously admire it. I just tend to drool over fictional characters, and curl up in a ball and cry when the authors torture us with sad parts and cliffhangers.
But, really, I admire so much the amount of awesome that comes from fans. I think its fantastic and I love to admire things like that and I love to BUY things from all these cool people.
And I know a few people, personally, who are part of this, and a couple people who I don’t know personally but I want to talk about anyway.
So I’m going to talk a bit about some shops where you can buy some really cool, handmade things, based on some of the fandoms we love!
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Ellie’s Quirky Creations
The first person that I am going to feature is my own mother, Ellie, who runs Ellie’s Quirky Creations.
Ellie’s Quirky Creations mostly focuses on custom made dolls, of various people in different fandoms. She has made several Harry Potter characters, the 10th and 11th Doctors, and more. She does custom orders, of course, and I’ll let you in on a secret: She’s working on some TMI dolls! Check out some pictures!
Amy Pond and the 11th Doctor
Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Severus Snape.
She takes custom orders, and ships internationally and her dolls are absolutely awesome. They are made with sturdy fabrics and are super durable. I have a Luna Lovegood, Amy Pond and 11th Doctor and they are constantly on my bed, being tossed around and they are in perfect condition.
She also dabbles in other crafts as well, such as handmade wreaths (her Angels one is to DIE for), and cosplay costumes as well!
Check out her Facebook page for more pictures and how to order!
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FanGirlFeeels Fangirl Design
The next person I am featuring is Sylvia from FanGirlFeels, who just started her own shop, FanGirlFeels on Etsy!
So far, Sylvia is working on over the shoulder bags, with fandom symbols, but she hopes to expand to more, because she is incredibly talented. Check out some of the Divergent bags she has already worked on!
Amity bag. My personal favorite but I could be COMPLETELY biased because I’m Amity ;)
Erudite, Candor, Amity and Dauntless. She also has Abnegation bags available as well.
All of these are handpainted and handsewn and are WONDERFUL. I can’t wait to get my hands on them. Each one is individually made, and super sturdy and can hold a good amount of stuff! She also ships internationally as well!
You can check out Sylvia’s Etsy Store, and look out for more things from this creative girl coming soon!
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Bittersweet Stories Designs
Next, I am featuring Natasha and Delilah of Bittersweet Stories Designs!
Natasha and Delilah are BIG fangirls, with some serious creative awesomeness. They mostly are working Mortal Instruments bags, with custom fabric, as well as custom Divergent fabric as well. I know they also are working on blankets and all sorts of super cool things. Check out some pictures!
Handmade TMI bag, featured on their site. (Photo credit to Bittersweet Stories Designs)
Divergent fabric (credit/photo to Bittersweet Stories Designs)
my good friend Victoria from Novel Reality, with her handmade bag.
myself with my handmade TMI bag (photo credit to Bittersweet Stories Designs)
These girls are fantastic, and their bags and some seriously high quality. They are a little pricier than others you may find, but they are unique and they are worth it. I can tell this bag is going to last a VERY long time. I also love that they take the time to design each bag individually, that they send “proofs” of the design before making it, and all of that. They are amazing!
Check out their website here, and also their Facebook page! Don’t be afraid to contact these awesome ladies for their custom designs! They even gave some of their custom work to Cassandra Clare, Jamie Campbell Bower, Lily Collins and Kevin Zegers!
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SugarDukes Magical Sweets
The next person I am going to feature is my friend Suzanne, and her company is Sugardukes Magical Sweets!
Suzanne gets her inspiration from the Harry Potter series and makes her way across the country, building up her business and coming up with new products all the time! She has the traditional Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, Sugar Quills, but also fun ones like Dill Pickle Barrels (like root beer barrels; they’re delicious!), Sugar Plums and Ticklish Pears. Check it out!
Sugar Plums. THESE ARE SO GOOD! I love these!
Ticklish Pears! Also super delicious!
She makes appearances often at Los Angeles Dumbledores Army events, and at the various Harry Potter conventions, like Misti-Con and this weekend’s Leaky Con!
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The next person being profiled is Viviane Hebel of Hebel Design.
Vivi might be very familiar to you, especially if you are a fan of The Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices series, The Lux Series, the Grisha trilogy, the Lynberg Legacy, The Syrena Legacy and more. She works with jewelry mostly, but also bookmarks, keychains and more. Its hard to choose what photos to share but here you go!
Faerie ear cuffs for the Modern Faerie series by Holly Black
Customizable bookmarks :) Mortal Instruments is shown
Quote bracelet featuring a quote from the Lux series
My own personal Clockwork Princess pendant that was given to me by Cassandra Clare :)
There is SOOOO much more on that website. Vivi does absolutely beautiful work and each piece is made so well. Her stuff is absolutely gorgeous, I can’t even begin to describe it. Her stuff is a little pricey but I’m telling you, its worth it, definitely. Her stuff is made super sturdy and for long wear. I wear mine quite often.
Definitely check out her site for more pictures, because you want to get your hands on some of this awesome work.
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The last person I am going to feature is my favorite fan artist, Karen Hallion.
Karen Hallion’s claim to fame tends to be her Disney/Doctor Who mash-ups, but she also does a lot of Disney, Doctor Who and other fandom in Art Nouveau style. She does prints, paintings, cards, stationary, stickers, and you can get her shirts on various sites like TeeFury, etc, if you pay attention. Here are some examples of her art.
Art Nouveau of Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite
Note card with a Doctor Who and Nightmare Before Christmas mash-up
Art Nouveau bookmark of The Princess Bride characters, Buttecup and Wesley
One of the MANY Disney Princess and Doctor Who mash-ups, this one featuring Cinderella. My favorites are the ones featuring Belle and Rapunzel!
You can check out her Facebook page here, and her Etsy page here. She also travels a lot to various different conventions so look out for her :) Also! If you check Day of the Shirt daily, you can catch her designs on various sites, if you look carefully as well!
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I hope you enjoyed checking out all this super cool, handmade fandom merchandise. All of these are super fantastic, made well, and are super creative and beautiful. I hope you all are able to buy some of these!
If you, or someone you know, has their own shop set up, please contact me, send them my way! I would love to feature them, and I’d probably love to buy their stuff too!