Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mother's Day Gift Idea #2--Hearts for Haiti--and an owl!

 If jewelry's not your mom's thing than perhaps she would like a beautiful hand carved heart made in Haiti.  These beautiful stone hearts will remind her of you and will become a treasured object.  Every mom will love a heart!
A portion of the sales of these hearts goes to helping the victims of the earthquake.  

These pretty handmade tin hearts are made in Peru or Mexico and will look so nice hanging on a wall.  

We have red, copper, or black (oxidized tin)

A silver heart with a bell inside would also make a thoughtful Mother's Day gift.  It comes in a pretty red velvet pouch for easy gift giving.  Made in Germany.

If hearts are not up her alley, a cool hand painted keepsake box would be a fantastic gift for Mom.  Inside, she can keep photos, mementos, jewelry, money, etc.  There is a small picture frame on the lid---put a picture of yourself in it and she will love it!!

Owls are so cute and very trendy right now, so if Mom is a bird lover or an owl collector, this hand carved owl from Peru will make an awesome gift. It is made from a gourd.  Look at how cute it is!

Mother's Day Gift Idea--Jewelry

Mother's Day is just a week away and we have some great things for mom.  Jewelry is always appreciated, especially when it's handmade.  We have several hand crafted jewelry pieces to choose from, as well as from popular vendors like Sourpuss, Hollywood Mirror, and Rock Rebel.  So if your mom has a rockin' style, treat her to a cool piece of jewlery.

                                                   Cloudy Day necklace by What the Rock?!
Hot Ticket Concert Stub earrings by local designer Sweet Stella Designs

Guitar pick bracelet by What the Rock?!

                                               Sparkly Owl necklace from Hollywood Mirror
                                              David Bowie handmade earrings by What the Rock?!
                                                             Ohio necklace from WTR?!
                                          Steampunk Ring by local designer Once Lost Jewels.
                                               Grenade Pendant necklace from Rock Rebel.

Devo has a new home!!

Devo, the temporary store kitty that we found and were growing attached to, has found a new home!  He was adopted by a friend of a friend who has been searching for the perfect cat for her family.  She and her 6 year old son quickly fell in love with him.  He traveled all the way to Syracuse NY and is settling in nicely in his new home.  He has a great big bird watching window and a big house to run around and play.  We will surely miss him, but we are so glad he found such a great home.  Goodbye Devo!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

VISIONS of SOUND--Gallery Hop show Sat. April 2nd!!!

Columbus illustrator Ryan Mowry will be showcasing new rock and roll gig posters at this weekend's Gallery Hop.  The show is entitled "Visions of Sound" and the reception will be from 6-8pm. on Saturday.  Please come out and check out this incredibly talented artist's new works.  His work will be up through April.   For more information, check out his blog at:
Or read about the event on our facebook page:

What the Rock?! Jewelry Designs artist profile on CGAC

I just filled out an artist profile with the Greater Columbus Arts Council.  It was my first time writing things like an artist statement and such, but I think it turned out pretty good!!.  Here's the link to check it out...

Some of the new things I have been creating are---shrinky dink pendants, more Ohio pendants (from shrinky dinks as well) paper bead bracelets, upcycled credit card jewelry, paper butterfly wing jewlery, tiny wings and other found objects in a jar jewlery, beaded gemstones on knotted silk, and tiny flower earrings.  My photgraphy work is also listed on there.  Here are some  photos of my new work...

What the Rock?! Jewelry Designs featured in a fashion blog....

I have been making new jewlery designs all winter long, gearing up for the spring festival season.  Recently, a girl named Ashely featured my etsy shop in her blog, Lipstick and Candy Cigarettes.  She posted a very favorable  review of my work.  I am very proud!!  Here is the link to see for yourself...

DEVO--a new store kitty.?..

We found this sweet, beautiful black cat last month meowing to get in out of the rain.  He appeared to be somebody's lost pet, as he was clean and loved people.  We called around to all the shelters, posted flyers, and asked around if anyone knew whose kitty this was.  Nobody responded.  We had been keeping him at the store until we found out who he belonged to.  We have two cats at home, and Zorro, our part time store kitty, was now going to have to give up her store time until we found out what we were going to do with this cat.  We wanted to keep him separate from our other two cats until we found out he was healthy.  So we grew more attached to this little guy, (he really loves being held and petted), and it seems as if nobody wanted him.  We have now named him Devo and are going to get him fixed and all of his shots updated next week.  So it appears as if we now have a new store cat.  More details to come....

Rub Off Style Vinyl Stickers and New Wallets

New rub vinyl off stickers look great on your car, computer, window, fridge, locker, wall...basically anywhere you want to put them.  High quality stickers have gilded edges to really make them pop.  Only $2.50!!

Spring time is the right time to clean out your old wallet and get a shiny new one.  We have new designs for both guys and gals in a bi-fold style and the longer check book style.  Both have lots of pockets for cards, a clear ID pocket, and the checkbook style has multiple money ockets and a zippered inner pocket.  Made of animal friendly, long lasting vinyl.   Bifold styles are just $11.95, and the checkbook styles are $16.95.  Makes a cool graduation gift!

COLUMBUS ALIVE!! Reader's Poll

Thank you to all of our fans who voted for us as Columbus' Best Gift Shop.  The results are in, and we placed 2nd in the Best Gift Shop category.  Congrats to Wholly Craft, who placed 1st.  Three years in a row at the top ain't bad!  And being the second favorite gift shop in all of Columbus is still pretty sweet as well.  Thanks again for your votes!!!

SPLISH SPLASH..the new store window!!!

The very talented Bryan "Bam Bam" Grey ahs done it again!!  He has created a stupendous window for us and the whole neighborhood's viewing pleasure!  The What the Rock?! girl is taking a bubble bath and getting squeaky clean.  Check it out in person, but here is a sneak preview...

New local products...

We love handmade items, and Columbus has some very talented crafters.  New in the shop are:

Torn Angel Hair Clips--Local clothing designer Esther Myong Chung creates these cute flower hair clips made from scraps of silk, organza, etc. and accented with beads...

Emily, of Umbrella Girl Productions, has also brightened up our store with her lovely new potholders featuring sugar skulls, cupcakes, and guitars.  She also brought us some cute cards with cassette tapes and pirates on them.

Local jewelry maker Jill Brown, from Out of The Pink Sky, brought us some cute cat butt earrings.  These are hilarious and super fun to wear.  These will be sure to get the conversation rolling.  Who doesn't love cats and their annoying habit of showing you their butts?

More local crafty goodness will be coming all spring long.  Stay tuned...

JOAN JETT Book by Todd Oldham

Another really great book we received is the Joan Jett Book by Todd Oldham.  It covers her life story from birth to present day, chronicling her music career and a little bit of her early family life.  It talks mostly about the Runaways, her early influences, her solo career, album production, songwriting, touring with her band The Blackhearts, and her guitar sound and technique.  LOTS of pictures throughout--some have never been published before, epehmera (such as hand written song lyrics), and excerpts from 30 years of interviews.  Includes a forward from Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill.  This book pays true homage to the goddess of rock and roll, Joan Jett, who continues to inspire rock fans today.


Tons of new books have arrived at the store.  One of the best is this awesome Heavy Metal CookBook.  Featuring recipes from heavy metal bands around the world, it is filled full of favorite recipes from members of Thin Lizzy, Mayhem, Anthrax, Kreator, Sepultura, Destruction, Possessed, Obituary, Accept, Doro, Gwar, Toxic Holocaust, Saint Vitus, Amebix, Uriah Heep, Budgie, and many more.  


Our winter accessory sale has been extended through the weekend!!  All of our winter accessories (hats, gloves, scarves, earmuffs, etc) are now 35% off through April 3rd.  It's Ohio, so it may still snow in April.  Or stock up for next year while saving money! It's a win-win.