The Ultimate Feminist Etsy Guide: Sugar & Sloth

Want to be an adorable princess and also f*ck around swearing at every possible moment? Have I got the shop for you!

It’s a stabby April day, the rain is a-pouring, someone, somewhere, has just received their adorable Sugar & Sloth “I want to stroke your dog” shirt. Life is good.

Being tough but sweet is hard work, many of you know how to work it, and today, The Ultimate Feminist Etsy Guide brings you a creator that endorses the Tough but Sweet life. Want to be an adorable princess and also f*ck around swearing at every possible moment? Have I got the shop for you!

Sugar & Sloth

Sugar & Sloth is a shop created by the wonderful Anita, whose aim was to fill the world with more adorably inappropriate cats and sassy cuteness. Within this cuteness she incorporates the causes and movements she cares about, such as a love for animals, mental health awareness, feminism and LGBT rights (basically all things are good and lovely in the world).

Anita, the Illustrator, and boss behind Sugar & Sloth started bossing the game in 2015 when she set up her Etsy shop. Filling up her shop with cute, sweary animals one by one, she definitely achieved her goal of filling the world with sassy, sweary kittens, sloths, llamas, piggies, unicorns, and much more. In the 4 years that Anita has been operating her shop, Sugar & Sloth has reached wonderful corners of the internet world including Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Design Taxi, and is now making its way to The Ultimate Feminist Etsy Guide!

Although these big publications are no match to LavraxLondon (an extremely profesh and super official blog) you can find the Buzzfeed article featuring Sugar & Sloth “43 Things Under $10 That’ll Kill You With Cuteness”, let’s see if that matches my feature…

Anyway…

After knowing how much Anita cared about a wealth of causes, including feminism (yay!), there was definitely more to find out about the feminist behind the cute, sweary animals. 

Describe your shop in 3 words

Cute but Stabby

What does feminism mean to you? 

Feminism is equality for everybody and what’s not to love about that? 
Every day we are getting closer but there’s still a lot of work to do. I think feminism has to start young, by letting children know they can achieve whatever the hell they want!

How does your shop look to empower women and children? 

I use my art to explore controversial topics such as my own battle with mental health, LGBT rights and female empowerment. I want to make taboo subjects mainstream conversations, bringing them into the light and removing the stigma. Oh, and swearing always helps.

Lav’s Faves

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I do what I want mug

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Cute but stabby mug

You can find Sugar & Sloth on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and make sure you get your hands on one of these adorable af mugs. 

You can check out the full guide here to see the rest of the wonderful ladies that make up the guide.


4 businesses will be added to the guide each month, so by the end of the year, we will have The ultimate feminist Etsy guide

If you would like to be featured in this guide you can find my details on my contact page or reach me on my social pages.  

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The Ultimate Feminist Etsy Guide: DoodlePeople

Happy (almost) Easter! It’s that time of the year where we all get a bit sniffly, the sun is shining, the bees are pollinating. It’s also that time of the week where I get to introduce you to a bright, inspiring, and wonderful woman. Make way for our lovely lady of the week! 

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I got the chance to get to know Alyce through the wonders of her incredible Etsy shop. From advocating for mental health, chronic illness, and feminism through her business, Alyce also has an absolute badass story behind its conception. 

It started as simply as her having a bad day at work, in which by the end she said: “…f*ck it – I want to be an artist”. So she went and did that. 

Doodlepeople was launched in December 2016 when Alyce was just the age of 23, and after lots of muddling and working out what the hell she was doing, she bought her first badge machine in July 2017 and started selling feminist and social justice buttons.

Alyce has grown this to much more than that, and with her talent and creativity shining through her work, we can see the passion and love that goes into her jewellery, wall art, mugs, patches and other accessories and homewares all based around feminism, social justice, LGBTQIA+ pride and mental health/chronic illness awareness.

I got to know Alyce more through her Etsy shop, which is why I immediately wanted to interview her for the guide. I knew she was an absolute badass doing a lot for more than a fair share of causes. I was lucky to get an insight into the feminist behind the business.

Describe your shop in 3 words:

empowering, no-nonsense (that’s one word right?), validating

What does feminism mean to you?

Feminism to me includes all marginalised people (if it isn’t inclusive, it isn’t feminism) and works towards equity and justice for all people. Feminism includes making your own choices for yourself whilst knowing it isn’t your place to make those decisions for others, and caring about social issues even if they don’t directly affect you.

How does your shop look to empower women and children?

All I’m trying to create in my store and throughout my brand is a place for marginalised groups to feel empowered, included, validated and represented. Representation matters. And it is so important for children especially – as impressionable as they are – to feel and see that their identity is valid, welcomed, worthy and celebrated.

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Venus Earrings

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Thank you to Alyce for participating in the guide, and I know we will see amazing things from her. You can keep up with Alyce & DoodlePeople on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Etsy shop

You can check out the full guide here to see the rest of the wonderful ladies that make up the guide.


4 businesses will be added to the guide each month, so by the end of the year, we will have the ultimate feminist Etsy guide

If you would like to be featured in this guide you can find my details on my contact page or reach me on my social pages.  

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The Ultimate Feminist Etsy Guide: This Stuff Is Golden

Welcome to mid-April! It’s been a cold, long, rainy one here in London. But it’s the weekend, our favourite day, so it’s time to get under your blanket, get some tea, and do your favourite Saturday reading. 

As chilly and gloomy as it might be, this hasn’t stopped any of our wonderful ladies. We’ve had our friend from Chloe Chats celebrate in the UK blog awards voted as The highly commended blogger for the wellbeing category. Congratulations Chloe! We’ve also had our absolute badass Abby from ALJ make an amazing magazine full of empowered women. 

And it definitely hasn’t stopped this week’s feature! 

This Stuff Is Golden

Meet Lauren.  A mother, activist, and feminist. As a vocal feminist, Lauren advocates for a number of issues faced by women today such as mental health, and image-based sexual abuse, as well as supporting a number of campaigns such as the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. She has a blog where you can read about all about what she stands for.

On top of being a very vocal feminist, Lauren brings out her creativity and passion for feminism through her Etsy Shop. I wanted to find out more about This Stuff Is Golden and the feminist-inspired woman behind the creations. 

Can you describe your shop in 3 words?

Zines, collage, art

What is feminism to you?

Feminism is everything to me. I only wish I had realised what feminism is and what it means to me a lot earlier.

How does your shop look to empower people? Particularly women and children?

I hope that the messages inside my zines or within the art that I make empower or inspire whoever buys them (though they are directed more towards women). I also hope that they inspire others to make their own art, to express themselves however they can!

Is there any social issue that you would like to bring attention to?

How all feminists should be intersectional. As well as biphobia, homophobia, mental illness.

Do you have a favourite empowering Etsy shop? Give them a shout out!

A really brilliant Etsy shop is Letters To An Island I loved the Sapphic Issue 2. Look forward to buying more of her vines!

Lav’s Faves

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Virago Feminist Zine

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My favourite page in the zine

You can also see Lauren’s creativity through her YouTube channel, which I absolutely love! 

Art Journal Smash Book Flip-through ASMR style kinda

You can keep up with Lauren on her TwitterYouTube, and Instagram

You can check out the full guide here to see the rest of the wonderful ladies that make up the guide.


4 businesses will be added to the guide each month, so by the end of the year, we will have the ultimate feminist Etsy guide. 

If you would like to be featured in this guide you can find my details on my contact page or reach me on my social pages.  

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The Ultimate Feminist Etsy Guide: Cara’s Corner Creations

This week’s Ultimate Feminist Etsy Guide features one of our own. You may know her as that cat-loving, pink-haired mermaid from Twitter. Also known as Cara Lisette!

Cara’s Corner Creations

And did you know Cara has an adorably kick ass Etsy store? That’s right. As a mental health advocate, Cara runs Cara’s Creations to advocate for mental health in one of the most creative and comforting ways. 

Just as the Ultimate Feminist Etsy Guide brings attention to all types of women, giving these amazing women a platform to represent themselves and what they believe in is also something that this guide aims to do. 

I asked Cara more about the feminist side of her business, to see how she aims to inspire and empower women. 

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Can you describe your shop in 3 words?

Kind, cute, motivational.

What is feminism to you?

Feminism is about equality, people who have more raising up people who have less and fighting for a better, safer and more tolerant world.


How does your shop look to empower people? Particularly women and children?

As a lot of my items are about mental health, I hope that I can empower people in their recovery and motivate them to be kinder to themselves. I also have a couple of feminist items with female empowerment messages and I am planning to add more in the future.


Is there any social issue that you would like to bring attention to?

Mental health awareness. I know that mental health is spoken about much more these days but there is still huge amounts of stigma around and that ultimately leads to people not being able to access the care they need.


Do you have a favourite empowering Etsy shop? Give them a shout out!

There’s a shop called Lana’s Basket who sell cutlery with eating disorder recovery and motivational phrases imprinted into the metal. After years of admiring them, I finally bought myself something in a recent sale and I’m so excited for it to arrive! Plus they donate a portion of the funds to charity which is great.

Thank you to Cara for letting us know more about the inspirational woman behind Cara’s Corner Creations. 

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Feminist embroidery hoop art

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Feminist stickers

Thank you Cara for being part of this guide! You can follow her blog, Twitter, Instagram, and check out her Etsy shop!

You can check out the full guide here to see the rest of the wonderful ladies that make up the guide.


4 businesses will be added to the guide each month, so by the end of the year, we will have the ultimate feminist Etsy Gift guide.

If you would like to be featured in this guide you can find my details on my contact page or reach me on my social pages.

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The Ultimate Feminist Etsy Guide: Dinky Mix

The Ultimate Feminist Etsy Guide this week brings you Dinky Mix. A store brought to life by Chi Opara, dedicated to celebrating, encouraging, and empowering young black girls and boys, who may often be overlooked by mainstream society. 

The Ultimate Feminist Etsy Guide this week brings you Dinky Mix. A store brought to life by Chi Opara, dedicated to celebrating, encouraging, and empowering young black girls and boys, who may often be overlooked by mainstream society. 

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Chi worked as a fashion designer for seven years, designing for large retail companies and got fed up of the creative restriction and the lack of soul in the industry. She decided to go back to uni to get a masters in design, after which Dinky Mix was created!

The idea of Dinky Mix came about when Chi saw that the lack of art prints for black children in a style that she liked. She decided to do something about it… The rest is herstory.

Of course, I wanted to know more about Chi and how she aimed to make sure that no little girl or boy was overlooked with Dinky Mix. 

Describe Dinky Mix shop in 3 words

Empowering, Playful, Inspiring.

What does feminism mean to you?

Feminism is about the women and the men. It’s intersectional, it has to include race, abilities etc. It is something that highlights the need for equality. The need to be a decent human being, and the need to look outside ourselves, and begin seeing the human race as a collective that works together to get the job done.

How does your shop look to empower women and children?

I use my brand to empower children, to let them know that nobody is more deserving of the space because they are a specific gender and they are certainly no less deserving of the space because of their skin tone. Through design, I hope to help instill a positive self-identity, pride in cultural heritage and a sense of belonging, that will go on to foster strength and confidence in the next generation.

Lav’s Faves:

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Little Queen print

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Girl, you got the power

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Not all girls are princesses some are superheroes

You can follow Dinky Mix on their website, Instagram, Pinterest, and Etsy shop.

You can check out the full guide here to see the rest of the wonderful ladies that make up the guide.


4 businesses will be added to the guide each month, so by the end of the year, we will have the ultimate feminist Etsy Gift guide.

If you would like to be featured in this guide you can find my details on my contact page or reach me on my social pages.

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The Ultimate Feminist Etsy Guide: Delicious Monster Tea

It’s been a rough week for the world, and sadly, nearing the end of the best month of the year. While we celebrated women’s day, the first days of spring, and several badass business ladies.

To continue celebrating the wonderful women within our community, today’s feature involves Claire, owner of Delicious Monster Tea

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Juggling Delicious Monster Tea alongside a full-time job, a life full of planning, organising, and still having some time for an occasional long bath 

Claire started Delicious Monster Tea completely by accident after teaching herself embroidery in early 2016. Inspired by all the embroidery artists on Instagram, and after creating a lot of hoops herself, Claire had vague plans to set up an Etsy shop selling embroidery hoops. It was one time in Amsterdam where she saw an embroidered t-shirt which then inspired her to make her own! 

It was one day that Claire was in a coffee shop wearing one of her own tops when someone asked her where she had got it. The same day, she set up her Etsy and Instagram, and the rest is history!

Then something incredible happened… In 2017, Fearne Cotton posted a photo of one of Claire’s T-shirts on Instagram and, well, you can imagine what happened next. Claire was able to take Delicious Monster tea full time in 2018. Inspirational or what? 

I asked Claire more about the feminist behind the creator of Delicious Monster Tea to let the world know how she aims to support and inspire every day women. 

Describe Delicious Monster Tea shop in 3 words

Hand embroidered sass!

What does feminism mean to you?

Equality for everyone, no matter what your sex, gender, race, age, sexuality, ability, size. Everyone deserves the right to live their happiest life, and feminism is striving for the goal of balance and equality.

How does your shop look to empower women?

A large majority of the orders I receive are for personalised t-shirts with empowering words / phrases / quotes on them. I hope that by wearing one of these t-shirts, people feel just a tiny bit stronger to face the world and stand up for what they believe in.

Lav’s Faves

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Who run the world tee

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Girls girls girls tee

Go ahead and get yourself one of these cute af tees and support another one of our wonderful creators! You can also follow Delicious Monster tea on Etsy, on the web, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

You can check out the full guide here to see the rest of the wonderful ladies that make up the guide.


4 businesses will be added to the guide each month, so by the end of the year, we will have the ultimate feminist Etsy Gift guide.

If you would like to be featured in this guide you can find my details on my contact page or reach me on my social pages.

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Maintaining A Positive Self Image

Self Image – The idea one has of one’s abilities, appearance, and personality.

Maintaining a positive self-image can be really difficult. I know, personally, I have always struggled with this. I say “self-image” instead of “body image” because I believe it’s important to love all of yourself. Your style, your taste, your views, your abilities, your personality. There is a word that I feel has maybe fallen on the back burner these days and that word is INDIVIDUAL. You are you, and there is not a single person out there who is exactly like you. That is something to celebrate, not something to shy away from.

Have you ever let someone else influence how you feel about yourself or how you act?

For example, maybe you use to love Japanese food, but now, since your partner hates it, you haven’t actually had Japanese food in a very long time. Or maybe you use to love the color red, but someone once said “Red is so not your color” and now every time you go to put on something red, that voice is in your head and you end up changing your mind… Now imagine if we let everyone else dictate everything about us. We would all be an absolute mess. It is important for you to really know yourself. Know what you like and dislike and stick to it. This saying is one that I keep in mind and try to live by.

Know what you stand for or you will fall for anything.

I urge all of you to know yourself because, at the end of the day, your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship you will ever have. (After your relationship with God of course)

I can’t stress how important it is for us to love ourselves and see value in what we have to offer. If we don’t, then how can we expect anyone else to?

I believe social media certainly plays a role in our mental view of ourselves. How we dress, decorate our home, exercise… social media can even influence something as simple as how we feel about our cleaning routine. I know this first hand because I have allowed other people on social media to make me feel small or inadequate before. Maybe because they have a perfectly organized kitchen or they vacuum their carpet every day and I don’t.

Let me repeat – I ALLOW myself feel to small or inadequate. These other people do not in any way TRY to make me feel this way.

Maybe I don’t dust my blinds, or wipe down my fridge every single day – Does that make me a bad mom or wife? NO it doesn’t. Another example from my personal experience is when some moms on social media look so “put together” and flawless in every Instagram photo, whereas I’m almost always wearing leggings and t-shirts that usually have the ever-so-glam spit-up stains on them. And let’s not forget the mom bun hairstyle that seems to be an every day occurrence. Maybe it’s just me, in this phase of life I’m in, but I have definitely allowed the perfect realm of social media to affect how I feel about myself and how I take care of my little family.

Girl, you have to pick yourself up out of the slump that is comparing yourself to others.

You have your own taste, your own style, your own way of doing things. I wonder, if you spent an entire week off of the socials, how would that make you feel? What would change? Like seriously… would you dress the way you wanted, would you play with your make-up and maybe find a new look that you like? Would you cook or bake something you haven’t had in a while simply because you want to? Would you sit down and read a book? Would you start to fall in love with YOU again?

To kind of wrap all of this up, let me leave you with this.

Having a positive self image is one of the absolute best things that you can do for yourself. I urge you, if you don’t already, get to know yourself. Who are you deep down in your core? Without influences, without outside voices, WHO ARE YOU? Once you know the answer to this, ask yourself.

Do I Like Who I Am?

If you don’t like who you are, what do you need to change in order to like yourself a bit more? Now, GO DO IT.

Be more thrifty, give to charity, de-clutter your home, REALLY dance like no one’s watching to your favorite song, whatever it takes.

Fall in love with yourself.

Lots Of Love to you all,

~ Ray, Hartofblogging.

 

22 bits of advice for life in your 20s

I decided that I have no idea, much like everyone around me, how to take on my 20s. The thought of getting deeper into them have brought on more fear than excitement especially as someone who had great, big plans. 

Getting advice to take on your 20s is definitely worth listening to. As a 21-year-old, to be 22 on the 21st of March, I am not anywhere near where I thought I would be, nor do I see my life suddenly taking form into the life I thought I would have. 

I decided that I have no idea, much like everyone around me, how to take on my 20s. The thought of getting deeper into them have brought on more fear than excitement especially as someone who had great, big plans. 

So how could I be more prepared for my 20s? Well, some strangers on the internet told me all of the answers. I Tweeted out for some advice, where I received hundreds of replies in forms of advice for taking on my 20s, from those who are living it, have lived it, and have something to say. You can find the Tweet linked at the end, just in case you need 700+ bits of advice. 

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22 bits of advice for life in your 20s

 

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You can check out the full thread on Twitter where you will see over 700 pieces of advice from all types of people of all ages!

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten to take on your 20s?


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The Ultimate Feminist Etsy Guide: Daisy Bow Craft

Are clitoris earings a bit too much for a Saturday? I didn’t think so either. March is all about celebrating women, and that’s exactly how we’re going to continue doing it. We’re here for all kinds of wome, to all kinds of women, for all parts of women. 

Are clitoris earrings a bit too much for a Saturday? I didn’t think so either. March is all about celebrating women, and that’s exactly how we’re going to continue doing it. We’re here for all kinds of wome, to all kinds of women, for all parts of women.
Without further ado. The Ultimate Feminist Etsy Guide today brings you…

Daisy Bow Craft

Daisy has recently completed her master’s course “Gender Without Borders” at Kingston University, whilst also campaigning as the president of Kingston’s Student’ Union for two years in a row! As president of the Union, Daisy campaigned, negotiated with high stakeholders and strived to create a more inclusive, diverse and enriched learning experience for students. Big congratulations for Daisy are in order!
Daisy led various gender equality campaigns like Equal Pay Day, Women’s History Month and Reclaim the night walks, and amazingly enough, it was from this that her first design was created! Daisy empowered herself by creating and wearing her “resist the White Supremacist, Imperialist, capitalist, patriarchy” top (pictured below with an adorable cat).

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From then on, Daisy began embroidery and making a series of political shirts as armour for her campaigns, as well as being therapeutic, and sending out a message as a female in a position of power.
Now that her role as president in the Kingston Student’s Union is over, Daisy has had more time to open up her shop, carefully crafting once again accessories to empower all of us.
I asked Daisy a bit more about her shop, her inspiration and the wonderful woman behind the beautiful crafts.

Describe Daisy Bow Craft shop in 3 words

Craft, creative, activist

What does feminism mean to you?

Feminism means so many things to so many people and no one has the power over how it will be interpreted. Feminism is about reaching a state of gender equality that is considerate of intersectionality. Feminism is also about action… It’s about speaking out when you hear or see something problematic, it’s about creating platforms for underrepresented voices to be heard. It’s about self-love and standing up for and valuing yourself.

How does your shop look to empower women?

I aim to inspire others by bridging activism and social commentary with delicate craft and design. I hope that when looking for a gift for someone who holds social justice values, that they’ll be able to find what they are looking for in my work. With embroidery and activism, you make people look a little harder to see what they’re looking at, then they’ll remember it and think about it later, therefore giving my work a lasting impact.
Now don’t get ovar-exicted… But Lav’s faves this week are these incredible female reproducitve system inspired accessories (aka, everything you’ve ever dreamed about and didn’t know it)

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The personal is political ovary tee

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Clitoris earrings

Thank you so much to Daisy for participating in The Ultimate Feminist Etsy Guide, and you can make sure you keep up with Daisy on her Instagram and YouTube, and go buy some of those clitoris earrings right now from her Etsy!
You can check out the full guide here to see the rest of the wonderful ladies that make up the guide.


4 businesses will be added to the guide each month, so by the end of the year, we will have the ultimate feminist Etsy Gift guide.

If you would like to be featured in this guide you can find my details on my contact page or reach me on my social pages.

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