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Etsomnia™ 240: Eight-Legged Nopes

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Etsom·ni·a (/etˈsämnēə/), noun, 1. a sleep disorder caused by obsessive Etsy browsing. 2. The surprising arrival of weird handmade merchandise ordered when one is only half conscious. (True story.) 3. An excuse for me to be a snarky New Yorker once per week.

Every October, I like to throw in a few Halloween-themed posts. For the first of those, I thought it was time to explore my least favorite subject of all time – spiders. (yuck) For as long as I can remember, I have had a fascination for/horror of the creepy crawlies. (no) And while I can’t abide them in my immediate vicinity (eek), I recognize all the good they do and how necessary they are to the planet, so please refrain from telling me all the reasons I’m wrong. (ick) I recognize it is an irrational fear (holy shit), and I’m okay with that. (OMG)

I am really sacrificing for my ‘art’ (such as it is) this week. Do you know how thoroughly this search has clogged up my social media feeds with nighmarish images? I have to look at Facebook through slitted fingers. I might need to do a post about kittens next week to try and make it stop. (get it off me!)

Wishing everyone a safe, happy, fun Halloween! For less spidery Etsy fun, check out all my weekly Etsomnia™ posts!

Shockingly realistic (and beautiful in a horrifying way) spider plush. By the aptly-named LifelikeSpiderArt
True story: Years ago, my roommate AS and I lived in a rental house in NJ. Our bedrooms were at the back of the house, facing the jungly back yard. A month after we moved in, a massive spider spun a huge web across the outside of my only bedroom window AND I NEVER OPENED THE WINDOW OR BLIND AGAIN. Lived there for 4 years like that. No air, no AC. Didn’t care. I assumed it was armed and waiting for me. Roommate A did the same, just in case it had a friend. This window decal puts me right back there. (shudder)
This may be the first time I’ve ever said no to a cookie. Beautiful/scary cookie cutter by NotTooCookieCutter
Guess what, girls? He’s single!
Stunning Spiderman shoes! By FromTheSpectrumUK
I’m moving to the Arctic. Don’t bother sending my stuff. I’ll get new stuff.
If I don’t think about all those eyes, I think this is awesome. By SewMeUpShop
Sorry, kid. It was nice knowing you… Another amazing piece by LifelikeSpiderArt
Neck nope.
Yes, I know this miniature spider plant is cheating, but I needed a break. By MustardDandelion
I would be a much better gardener if I didn’t have to worry about monsters jumping out at me. Gorgeous photo, though. By ShardsOfArcadia
Finally, a spider that doesn’t make me check my surroundings for critters!
Super cute nope boots. By MidnightBrite
I am gobsmacked by the artistry of this piece! (But please keep it away from me. Thanks.) By GlassDesignStudioUA
You would think this spider rat costume would be the obvious choice for this week’s Because Etsy award, but no…

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

22 thoughts on “Etsomnia™ 240: Eight-Legged Nopes

  1. Never know what will come out in an artist way. Nope to most of this but ….what ever.

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  2. I happen to love spiders and always have but I live with three arachnophobes so I understand and respect the fear (even if they do mock and trigger my clown phobia). I, therefore, actually rather like a few of these items but would never own them because of my spider-fearing folks. My oldest son would actually just never come home ever again if I had those decals on the wall just for Halloween. The rat and snake costumes had me snorting my mug of tea. I love the Spiderman shoes. Also, true story: I used to wear a silver and gemstone spider in my nose when I was in my teens.

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  3. Wait, didn’t you recently post about the glorious spider webs by this artist? I would have guessed that you loved the creatures! Maybe you said otherwise and I didn’t catch it. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/19/arts/design/tomas-saraceno-palais-de-tokyo.html

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  4. I’m with Laura: a fan of spiders and protector of them when I see them in my house. Live and let live, see I. But to each her own . . .

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  5. I almost didn’t make it past your first pic of the ugly/gross/horrifying spider perched on someone’s head. Ugh! And more ugh! Then I saw the cute spider plant and went awwww…I love them and have several in my home. As for the spider decals, stuffed animals, and decorations, it’s gonna be a hard no. I do sympathize with your sacrifice for your art…if my feed filled up with creepy crawlers I’d never open my laptop again. 😉

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  6. I love Halloween. I spray painted a shirt with spider stencils to wear to work last year on Halloween. It was purple metallic spray paint. Don’t worry I don’t wear purple metallic clothes the rest of the year. That is about as close to crafty as I get. Little spiders don’t bother me. Not a fan of larger ones though.

    LOL at the vaguely fake Christmas tree inspired with garden globe head. I have these items at home. Maybe I can transform them into a uniquely horrifying yard decoration. Maybe that would help me save money on candy?

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