Friday, October 22, 2010

LNF Haiku Contest!

Haikus are easy. Can you count to 5, then 7, then 5 again? Okay, you’re in. It’s easy: write a few haikus about Lad Named Felix, and submit them by posting them to LNF’s Facebook wall. Pick any subject – NOTHING is off limits. Make them funny, make them sappy, make them so terrible that the world will love them. It works for AT&T, so why can’t it work for you?

A few examples:

How many gallons

Of cheap raspberry vodka

Would kill a monkey?

Yesterday it worked.

Today it is not working.

Windows is like that.

In deep sleep, hear sound:

Cat vomit, hairball, somewhere...

Will find in morning.

Voting takes place HERE, as a poll, the morning of November 1. Sneaky-peeks of the prize(s?) will be revealed whenever I damn well feel like. GO!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Disco Runaway

Love it big? Love it bold? Love it swinging, glittering, over-the-top? Seek no further. Each chandelier earring hangs a dramatic 3.75" from the lobe from a surgical steel hook (attached with delicate gunmetal chain), and features fifteen Tiffany blue Venetian glass cubes dangling from a 3" Tibetan silver bar, bent to a sexy curve to match your own. Sterling silver headpins and jump rings elevate these earrings to luxuriously outrageous.

Surgical steel hooks (2)
Gunmetal chain
Tibetan silver bars (2) - 3"
Tiffany blue Venetian glass cubes (30)
Sterling silver jump rings
Sterling silver headpins

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Handmade Market Chicago

Handmade Market Chicago was a resounding success! Lad Named Felix schmoozed, comped Bloody Marys in hand, with hundreds of fabulous people, from our perch at table 13, near the rear of the venue on the DJ platform. The display turned out stunning in its bright whiteness, lit dramatically with adjustable LED lamps, and really stood out from the crowd. Around 78 pieces were showcased, and at the end of the day celebrated a whopping 28 SALES! I looked hot, too. Get over it, bitches. HUGE shout out to my assistant Heather, who worked her magic all day long and was a major contributor to the day’s success.


By the way, the stuff you hear about having a credit/debit purchasing method available is 100% correct. The majority of my sales were done by credit transactions, and those clients were very happy to see I had something in place to accommodate them. I used Intuit’s GoPayment (available here if you’d like to check it out) from a terminal app I downloaded to my Evo. Could not have been more effortless.

The highlight of the afternoon was being approached by a Chicago art gallery owner, and invited to start a dialogue about exhibiting my work in her Michigan Avenue gallery! Fans…I nearly hit the floor. What a flattering and exciting honor! More to come with this, I’m sure.

I was insanely busy the whole day, and the whirlwind prevented me from taking tons of pictures, but enjoy the ones I was able to snap! A large and very heartfelt thank you to everyone who showed up in support of my dream. I never forget that brand of loyalty. Next show is November 13th, and I have a *lot* of work to do.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Too Much Baw in your Skants

Handmade Market Chicago. Tomorrow.

I'm ready.

Are you?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Calling all Good People in the World

“My name is Sofia Benbahmed and I am trying to do everything in my power to get the help I need. I am currently trying to raise money to get the treatment recommended for me for a disease I have had for 12 years - an eating disorder.”

Through a close friend, Mary at Miss Mary Max (a fabulous, detailed, and highly cerebral blog discussing gender, social, health, and sexual issues) I became aware of Sofia’s plight. Like many people the world over, Sofia is struggling to gain ground over her illness, which could take her life. In 2008 Sofia’s insurance company ceased covering her treatments, just as she was beginning to improve and take control back from her debilitating and wasting disease. Eating disorder treatment is very expensive because of the aggressive and thorough approach that treatment requires - nursing, nutritional counseling, psychiatric/medication administration and monitoring, 24 hour a day counseling and monitoring, multiple group therapy sessions daily and several individual therapy sessions weekly. Sofia received three weeks of treatment, covered by her insurance company, United Behavioral Health (an oxymoron of a name, at best), and was forced to leave treatment. Her family is now embroiled in a legal battle to gain back the coverage that could save her life.

Her goal is to raise $15,000 to ensure her full six weeks of treatment, a staggering and sickening amount brought to you by the corporatization of America’s health care system and the view of many politicians and insurance company big-wigs who clearly must think that people like Sofia should just eat a sandwich and get over it. Sofia could really use $30,000. We won’t even talk about how outrageous that cost is for a single individual struggling in this country with any illness, much less a mental one.

If you can donate to Sofia’s fund, please click here. There is also an option to donate directly to Sofia’s treatment through Monte Nido, her treatment facility – just contact Sofia through her blog. If you’d like to write scathing letters to the fat cats at United Behavioral Health, click here for contact information. I urge you to also contact your state’s representatives about the crippling corruption in US insurance companies. Click here to find out how.

Put yourself or a loved one in Sofia’s place, a young girl, brave enough to seek help and ask for assistance from total strangers. Her path is not an easy one. Can you help her take another step in the right direction?

  • 1 in 5 women struggle with an eating disorder or disordered eating (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • Eating Disorders affect up to 24 million Americans and 70 million individuals worldwide (The Renfrew Center Foundation for Eating Disorders)
  • 90 % of those who have eating disorders are women between the ages of 12 and 25 (SAMHSA)
  • It is estimated that currently 11% of high school students have been diagnosed with an eating disorder (ANAD)
  • While women are more commonly affected by eating disorders, more than a million men and boys battle the illness every day (
  • 91 % of women surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting, 22% dieted “often” or “always” (Kurth, Krahn, Nairn, Drewnowski, 1995)
  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
  • A young woman with anorexia is 12 times more likely to die than other women her age without proper treatment (American Journal of Psychiatry)
  • Five to ten percent of anorexics die within ten years of onset, 18-20 percent die within twenty years of onset, and only 50 percent report ever being cured (American Psychiatric Association)
  • 20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems (The Renfrew Center Foundation for Eating Disorders)

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Hunt

Can't. Stop. Polyvoring. Seriously, my productivity is crippled.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

West Hollywood Harvest Moon

Let the smog clear and the glitter shine. Two 10mm silver Chinese crystal rondelles are nestles among multiple lenghts of delicate gunmetal cross chain and sterling silver oval link chain. Gunmetal round links swirl mysteriously alongside 8mm snow white Swarvoski crystal pearls, each sent along sterling silver headpins. Gunmetal and cobalt blue crystal pearls peek out from behind, and 6mm Crystazzi smoke grey crystal pearls swoop dramatically across the throat. A few lengths of chain drop along the necklace's arc. The necklace closes with a silver lobster claw clasp and two sterling silver jump rings.

Like all Lad Named Felix™ pieces, this comes "signed" with LNF's hand-stamped sterling silver tag, ensuring your one-of-a-kind piece is an authentic LNF creation!

Silver Chinese crystal rondelles - 10mm (2)
Gunmetal cross chain
Sterling silver oval chain
Gunmetal round chain links
Sterling silver headpins
Smoke grey Crystazzi crystal pearls (6mm)
Snow white Swarovski crystal pearls (8mm)
Cobalt crystal pearls (4mm - 6mm)
Gunmetal crystal pearls (4mm - 6mm)
Sterling silver jump rings

(click the pic above to purchase with your Etsy account, or the button below to use PayPal!)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

And the Snake Said Nom

So. Much. Mad. Decadence. This piece begins with an antique strand of champagne glass pearls, with the strand's original knotting. Woven around it is a vintage rhinestone opera necklace, with all original square-cut crystals. Bronze circle chain, silver ribbed cross chain, gold-plated ribbed cross chain, and silver figaro chain swirl and eddy, encircling the piece's entire length. Vintage curio beads, each distinct and unique, dangle randomly from the bottom of the piece, for that touch of madness. The necklace clasps at the outer left edge of the collection of strands with a vintage brass closure set along multiple lengths of gold plated and bronze chains. This necklace demands much of its wearer...consider yourself warned.

Antique glass champagne pearls
Vintage rhinestone opera necklace
Bronze figaro chain
Bronze cross chain
Bronze circle chain
Silver ribbed cross chain
Silver cross chain
Gold-plated ribbed cross chain
Gold-plated figaro chain
Vintage bugle beads, round beads, glass pearls
Vintage brass closure

(click the pic above to purchase with your Etsy account, or the button below to use PayPal!)

Showers Over Belmont

Inspired by the late afternoon light catching the fat drops of rain on the first day of fall. Doesn't matter that it's acidic. Thirteen vintage teardrop crystals, each faceted to within an inch of taste, gently cascade down the decollete from delicate sterling silver cross chain. A length of sterling silver chain winds round the neck, clasping at the nape with a silver lobster claw clasp and a sterling silver jump ring.

Like all Lad Named Felix™ pieces, this comes "signed" with LNF's hand-stamped sterling silver tag, ensuring your one-of-a-kind piece is an authentic LNF creation!

Acrylic faceted teardrop crystals (13)
Sterling silver cross chain
Sterling silver jump rings
Silver lobster clap clasp

(click the pic above to purchase with your Etsy account, or the button below to use PayPal!)

Forward Momentum

Etsy is full of fantastic and talented artists, so being included in a treasury alongside some of them is always a totally flattering pleasure. Another one from Elineof, of The High North, showing her gratitude and paying it forward to all us rag-tag Etsyians who've featured her work in September. Please make sure to click over to her shop and leave some kudos. It's well-deserved. Thank you Elineof (again!)!

Friday, October 1, 2010

V. to the I.P.

I have a lot of time to kill on Friday mornings. Consider it killed.

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