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UK Edition: Happy Birthday Shakespeare With immortallongings handmade and vintage goods

Elizabeth E. Schuch, a.k.a. immortallongings, is a London-based designer whose award-winning artwork, The Immortal Longings Series, is currently featured in Shakespeare’s Globe Shop in London and in theatres internationally. Her Opera Series illustrations can be found at The Metropolitan Opera in N.Y.C., and current projects include storyboarding a BBC TV show, and designing a circus theatre production.

You can find out more at the Immortal Longings website and blog.

In a suitably Shakespearean twist, the time-honoured playwright becomes our muse on his birthday today, as Elizabeth takes us on a tour via Etsy items of some of his most well-loved works.

As an illustrator and designer, I look to the world of theatre for my inspiration. Velvet curtains, bustling around in the dark behind the scenes, bright lights, opening nights, thrilling drama… it’s an addictive place.

It’s no secret that I’m fascinated by William Shakespeare, and it’s more than just the loveliness of the verse. The characters themselves, and the moods that surround each poem and play are magical.

Photos via sadieolive

So, to celebrate and set the stage for the birthday of the Bard, I suggest conjuring up the mood of your favourite kind of Shakespeare…


“Eternity was in our lips and eyes, 
Bliss in our brows bent.”— Antony and Cleopatra

Do you dream of ancient times and glamorous indulgence? Cleopatra, last Pharaoh of Egypt, was famed for her historical skills of seduction, and inspired some thrilling quotes in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Find some linen, grapes, and feather fans, and just recline.

Longline Under Bust Corset by electradesigns, $349.

Spinx and Falcone Pendant from ParadiseFindings, $9.95.

Cleopatra by stilettoheights, $10.



“To sleep, perchance to dream.” Hamlet

Do you prefer a more brooding sort of Shakespeare? Take the melancholy Danish prince Hamlet as your guide. Grab a handy skull, adorn yourself with blackest black, forsake friendship and exercise, and retreat to a quiet window to ponder the meaning of it all. You may also plot revenge, but please don’t seek to carry it out, as that would spoil the atmosphere.

Understated Glamour Gown by artlab, $3,500.


Hazel II by misfitchic, $49.


Raven Skull Pendant Necklace by mrd74, $31.


“Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.” Romeo and Juliet

Whether the courtship is comprised of witty banter or shy glances, and whether it ends with wedded bliss or tragedy, Shakespeare’s lovers are some of the world’s most intriguing.

If Romeo and Juliet describes your approach to love, let yourself run away with the romantic. Have a secret breakfast in your boudoir, dress for a masked ball, or pine away on any convenient balcony.  

Juliet Necklace by JenniferRydinDesigns, $42.


Alley Cat Corset by labellefairy, $299.


Kiss Me, Kiss Me Now Print by vincenzorizzo, $10.


“The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.” A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Use Shakespeare as your writing mentor to wax poetic. This is best done by moonlight, with a good quill and your best journal, wearing a velvet cap and with a bottle of your preferred indulgence at hand.

Man Writing At Desk Silhouette by mountainbrook, $12.90.


Feather Fascinator by janinebasil, $25.


Leather Postcard Journal Necklace by TheBlackSpotBooks, $47.


“We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.” The Tempest

Are you drawn to faerie dust and enchanting spells, or to Pre-Raphaelite tragic heroines? Cultivate a dreamy Ophelia disposition. Start by wrapping yourself in a filmy gown, then dip your toes in a warm bath strewn with flowers. Humming distractedly helps, but is not required.


Dawn Of Spring Print by urbandesign, $30.


Luxe Headband by liaison, $700.


Silence Print by abbytrysagain, $11.

However you decide to celebrate, Shakespeare’s birthday is a brilliant excuse to enjoy the dramatic side of life. The rest is silence.

Many thanks to Elizabeth for sharing her passion for the UK’s beloved poet with us! Check out her incredible work in the Seller’s Items and more of her Shakespeare-inspired picks in the Related Items.

What’s your favourite work of Shakespeare? Let us know in the comments section below!

Shakespeare-Inspired Creations | Guest Curator Posts | The UK Edition

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    I didn't know it was Shakespeare's birthday today, happy St. Georges day also to all the UK Etsy folk! I have one of those raven pendants I wear it all the time, my favorite piece of jewelry : )

    5 years ago

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha says:

    Such beautiful images, befitting the elegant prose of Shakespeare. Wonderful post to start my day!

    5 years ago

  • thecrochetloft

    thecrochetloft says:

    nice images

    5 years ago

  • laurelinsailor

    laurelinsailor says:

    Shakespeare is the best!!! You picked such pretty finds for his birthday, Amity! Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • artofjane

    artofjane says:

    Immortallongings has been a favorite of mine for a long time. This blog is great - I love all the beautiful items! Happy birthday, Billy!

    5 years ago

  • masaoms

    masaoms says:

    Great! I love Shakespeare!! Here on Catalonia we're also celebrating it with Saint George Day...with red roses and books everywhere!! I love it! ;-)

    5 years ago

  • lazygiraffe

    lazygiraffe says:

    Brilliant article!

    5 years ago

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran says:

    great article!!!!

    5 years ago

  • SixSkeins

    SixSkeins says:

    Great pics. Happy St George's Day!

    5 years ago

  • robinandthesage

    robinandthesage says:

    beautiful photographs and items!

    5 years ago

  • kclarkphotography

    kclarkphotography says:

    I've enjoyed the article and the images, thanks.

    5 years ago

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt says:

    lovely celebration today..a favorite remains: "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages."

    5 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts says:

    Great article and illustrations!

    5 years ago

  • BellaLili

    BellaLili says:

    Fantastic article. I have been a long time fan of Imortallongings. Thank you for choosing my "Literary Sword" as a related item. :)

    5 years ago

  • BlackDaisyDesigns

    BlackDaisyDesigns says:

    Love, love, love everything Shakespeare. And I love, love, love Immortal Longings. I want one of her journals.... heck... I want many!! :) Great article.

    5 years ago

  • camamiel

    camamiel says:

    This a wonderful theme that really interests me, so i like mostly everything!

    5 years ago

  • moaningminnie

    moaningminnie says:

    I adore Shakespeare, especially Antony & Cleopatra. Fab article!

    5 years ago

  • amth13

    amth13 says:

    Happy St.Georges, Stratford is just down the road from me, perfect place on a sunny day with a journal for your inspirational thoughts.

    5 years ago

  • amth13

    amth13 says:

    Brill article Stratford is just down the road from me. It's a great on asunny day with a journal for capturing your inspirational thoughts

    5 years ago

  • stilettoheights

    stilettoheights says:

    Fantastic article, such wonderful inspiration. I adore your choices you included and could not be more proud to be one of them. thank you

    5 years ago

  • indiepixie

    indiepixie says:

    Immortallongings makes some beautiful stuff!! A Midsummer Night's Dream is my favourite Shakespeare :) So whimsical!

    5 years ago

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo says:

    so wonderful ideas for artists, thank you!

    5 years ago

  • helenapuck

    helenapuck says:

    I just love immortallongings artwork! It's just fantastic. Happy Birthday Shakespeare!

    5 years ago

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie says:

    Elizabeth's work is so lovely! Awesome to hear of her success!

    5 years ago

  • Floreal

    Floreal says:

    Happy Birthday Shakespeare! Great post!

    5 years ago

  • Galavant

    Galavant says:

    Great article - Elizabeth, t'was lovely to meet you at the recent Etsy meet up in London.

    5 years ago

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome says:


    5 years ago

  • creehawk

    creehawk says:

    These are such great picks! Love them! I bought the calendar from immortallongings and I just love coming into my office every morning and seeing it hanging there. :) I sort of want to indulge and get one of the journals as well. :P

    5 years ago

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere says:


    5 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat says:

    Happy Birthday Shakespeare & Happy St George's Day to everyone! Shouldn't we take this opportunity to celebrate everything quintessentially English & show the world there's more to us than just Shakespeare, red buses & Big Ben?

    5 years ago

  • mopsical

    mopsical says:

    What - no mention of Shakespeare's comedies? =( Loved this. =)

    5 years ago

  • sihaya09

    sihaya09 says:

    This is one of the most lovely blogs I've seen in a long, long time here! So romantic! Also, ImmortalLongings, your shop is awesome!

    5 years ago

  • AmandaSainsbury

    AmandaSainsbury says:

    Such a lovely article and well matched items :) Lovely!

    5 years ago

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee says:

    Beautiful article! Absolutely love it! Shakespeare is a long time love of mine. Who doesn't love his work? Such great choices to go with the feeling he stirs up! ImmortalLongings is particularly stunning! I also have tons of Gothic, Romantic, Seductive & Dreamy items in my shop :) Come check out my Arm Warmers & Fingerless Gloves :) I promise you won't be disappointed, and I love custom work too!

    5 years ago

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee says:

    Doh! That should have read: ImmortalLongings shop is particularly stunning! *fp*

    5 years ago

  • pomella

    pomella says:

    Fabulous feature - shame on me I didn't know it was shakesperare birthday!! Happy St Georges day to everyone.

    5 years ago

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy says:

    More, more! Beautiful article--my all time favorite, infact. ImmortalLongings has been in my favorites for a long time.

    5 years ago

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy says:

    Great Shakespeare inspired pieces!! This collection was very well organized and simply gorgeous.

    5 years ago

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie says:

    So many beautifully romantic items chosen for this article!

    5 years ago

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey says:

    Love this article. So many great pieces. I am inspired to read some Shakespeare this weekend!

    5 years ago

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage says:

    I love these finds! I also have a Juliet bracelet in my shop :)

    5 years ago

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom says:

    I Love Shakespeare! Beautiful collection.

    5 years ago

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie says:

    How wonderful! Lovely piece Amity.

    5 years ago

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie says:

    Love this post and all of the related items. I am going to have to read Elizabeths blog. Her 2 paragraphs here were not enough.

    5 years ago

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta says:

    So beautiful! Wonderful picks. I love inmortallongings art and I ♥ reading!

    5 years ago

  • jargonhead

    jargonhead says:

    Hurray for Shakespeare! Great to hear about the success of such a talented and unique individual!

    5 years ago

  • LuxeCoop

    LuxeCoop says:

    such lovely items, tempting too...

    5 years ago

  • LizzyBdesigns

    LizzyBdesigns says:

    Great items, thanks!

    5 years ago

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass says:

    Beautiful shop, Immortallongings!

    5 years ago

  • JenniferRydinDesigns

    JenniferRydinDesigns says:

    I ♥ Immortallongings!!

    5 years ago

  • florriemitton

    florriemitton says:

    LOVE it!So dreamy, a nice bit of escapism

    5 years ago

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage says:

    how wonderful! I'm a theatre major and I enjoyed reading the quotes and seeing the items matched to them :)

    5 years ago

  • slumptown

    slumptown says:

    wonderful article, amazing items and photos, love it.

    5 years ago

  • 6catsVintage

    6catsVintage says:

    Theatre back in the 1590's must have been an interesting experience, hard to imagine what it must have been like in London at that time.

    5 years ago

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations says:

    Such lovely lovely items!

    5 years ago

  • thenewblackmarket

    thenewblackmarket says:

    now we should be really celebrating Sir Francis Bacon's birthday...

    5 years ago

  • GardeniaGrace

    GardeniaGrace says:

    It's my birthday too! I'm 23 on the 23rd, golden year! Happy Birthday Shakespeare!

    5 years ago

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs says:

    what neat finds! Keep them coming!

    5 years ago

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions says:

    Beautiful things!!

    5 years ago

  • lapisbeach

    lapisbeach says:

    Beautiful picks! I love seeing Janine Basil in here. Her hats are terrific!

    5 years ago

  • nowonder

    nowonder says:

    Beautiful finds!

    5 years ago

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset says:

    Alley Cat corset is just so deliciously devine, perfect for even film noir mayvens, The nask is intriguing, Deluxe headband is romantic, Immortal longins artwork is fascinating

    5 years ago

  • bookity

    bookity says:

    Farewell, my hearts; (The Merry Wives of Windsor: ACT III, SCENE 2) Lovely collection :)

    5 years ago

  • LoveButtons

    LoveButtons says:

    I'll see Shakespeare in a whole new light from now on - great article and choices - especially those gorgeous corsets :)

    5 years ago

  • RetroLane

    RetroLane says:


    5 years ago

  • cmiller1116

    cmiller1116 says:

    My husband bought two of immortallongings journals for me and they are absolutely beautiful.

    5 years ago

  • Sutekidane

    Sutekidane says:

    O! I met this girl in UK meet up :)

    5 years ago

  • talulahblue

    talulahblue says:

    so glad I stumbled on this article by accident, very inspiring ♥

    5 years ago

  • niftyknits

    niftyknits says:

    What a wonderful collection! It's more years than I care to admit since I studied Shakespeare...but suddenly I find myself churning out those exam quotes! One of my favourites is my personal excuse for being "well-padded" Let me have men about me that are fat; Sleek-headed men and such as sleep o' nights; Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.

    5 years ago

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood says:

    Beautiful - love immortallongings!

    5 years ago

  • cREaTebyRET

    cREaTebyRET says:

    so wonderful ... i'm honored to have my shakespeare quote canvas included in the 'related items'. :)

    5 years ago

  • bigbluebed

    bigbluebed says:

    Lovely article and beautiful finds.

    5 years ago

  • hncr1990

    hncr1990 says:

    Really interesting collection. I especially like the leather book necklaces! (Twelfth Night is my favourite :) )

    5 years ago

  • misfitchic

    misfitchic says:

    Elizabeth, congrats on being featured! I adore you work and have immaculately framed your Macbeth print in my reading area. Thanks so much for including one of my modern ruffled neck peices as one of your inspirations!

    5 years ago

  • JenniferFeld

    JenniferFeld says:

    very cool... I hope to get featured one day!!

    5 years ago

  • QuercusSilver

    QuercusSilver says:

    love the atmosphere here - the full bodice ripper!

    5 years ago

  • PatternsFromGrandma

    PatternsFromGrandma says:

    What gorgeous artwork!

    5 years ago