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After a summer away, I stepped off the plane, happy to be home. I took a deep breath of the damp Virginia air. Within minutes, I recognized a familiar dull headache and congested nose. Allergies! I had forgotten about them in the dry heat of another country. I was back to the Richmond norm, dependent on folk remedies and over-the-counter relief. After all these years, allergies still surprise me at the end of a pleasant trip or with the turn of seasons. Since so many of us suffer from them, I took a look around Etsy to find items that we all could appreciate.

[1. Eye Drop Wood Spoon by Spoontaneous 2. 1903 Botany Print from Holcroft 3. "Cougher" Print from AllysonMellberg]

[1. Botanical Print by LynnBaileyPrintmaker 2. Handspun Wool by 44Clovers 3. Neti Pot & Salt Jar Set by Coryellclayworks]

[1. Knitted Cat Baby Toy by Domatoma 2. Eyeball Pill Box by Che655 3. I Touched A Cat Greeting Card by Ableandgame]

[1. Peanut Art Doll by WorkingforPeanuts 2. Peanut Charm Necklace from SilkPurseSowsEar 3.'You Don't Need to Cry' Handkerchief by CaitlinHinshelwood]

We live in a swirl of substances — some beneficial, others ready to harm. Keeping a balanced mind and body is always a challenge, even when I remember that moderation in all things is a path to health. Some days, I just have to let myself pick up the cat!

Cate Fitt, a.k.a. knitfitt, has been a member of Etsy since 2007 and is an experienced critic, curator and juror. She earned her MFA in fiber in 1978, later receiving an artist’s fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Through the years, she’s been a maker of one-of-a-kind hand-painted clothing, pottery, jewelry, and linocut and monotype prints. She lives in a little house close to the James River with two whippets named Moose and Peach.

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering says:

    I am so glad I don't have allergy problems. These items are pretty sweet though!

    1 year ago

  • solocosmo

    Jessica Grundy from solocosmo says:

    I too am happy to not have any allergies!!! also....The illustration at the top is amazing (added shop to faves!)

    1 year ago

  • cberez

    CB DESIGN'S from CBDesignsPR says:

    I really like it!

    1 year ago

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts says:

    Reach out and touch a cat

    1 year ago

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags says:

    Super !

    1 year ago

  • thelittlemarket

    Debbie from thelittlemarket says:

    Interesting topic....loved the article and finds!!

    1 year ago

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags says:

    Knitted Cat Baby Toys super sweet !

    1 year ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat says:

    I'm not allergic to anything, & I try really hard to be sympathetic with people who suffer from allergies. It must be miserable to suffer with hay fever during the summer, & asthma & peanut allergy (to mention just two) are not only distressing but can be dangerous. However, there's still a tiny part of me that thinks allergies are down to some kind of weakness... I know it's unfair, but that's just how it is. And I don't think I'm unusual in that attitude...

    1 year ago

  • CornerChair

    Katie from CornerChair says:

    I totally understand the annoying affects of allergies! I have typical seasonal allergies, but am also allergic to all dairy products... yep, no milk, ice cream, cheese, yogurt, or anything yummy and fun like that. *Sigh* However, it is good that folks take into consideration other's allergies, and take time to make something yummy for a guest (or hide the cat and vacuum really good!!) So, I'll continue to take Zyrtec, and eat Coconut ice cream and arrowroot cheese...

    1 year ago

  • crottedebique

    AnneSo Godby from crottedebique says:

    I'm allergic to dust mites and pollen! It's pretty annoying! I like the items you have chosen for this article! It's fun! xx

    1 year ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie says:

    I have a pollen allergy but sometimes I don't mind because it gives me a chance to escape away to the fresh ocean air ;)

    1 year ago

  • styleforlife

    Emily from styleforlife says:

    WOW, what a blog post picture.....I cant stand DUST! :-) XOXOXOXOXO EL Vintage

    1 year ago

  • m0hu

    m0hu from mohustore says:

    I used to have the worst allergies when I was in school. A few years later, I realised I was probably allergic to the chalk dust :p Not helpful when you're already a geeky kid ^-^ Luckily I grew out of my allergies for the most part!

    1 year ago

  • dahlilafound

    Dahlila S. from dahlilafound says:

    I come from a long line of women with drippy noses. There is Kleenex in every bocket we have ever owned. I just take it as a given. God forbid, I find out I'm allergic to my dogs! (not that I'd leave them, for a sniffled nose, never! But oh, my littlest dog, allergic to EVERYthing. The Benadryl, the steroids, the sprays, potions & concoctions. No sleep & all scratching makes for a very irritable him--& me. :( This is (Sacramento) the allergy capitol of the west coast. I feel for the folks who have really dreadful allergies. :: Passes a hanky:: God bless you! dahlila

    1 year ago

  • BoonieBoutique

    Patty Sparger from BoonieBoutique says:

    what?... "However, there's still a tiny part of me that thinks allergies are down to some kind of weakness..." ...wow, just wow. mazedasastoat, It's a medical condition, just like any other medical condition.

    1 year ago

  • LeesBeesNJ

    Leeann Coleman from LeesBeesNJ says:

    Two words: EAT HONEY

    1 year ago

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany says:

    Allergies! No! They can be so bad here in Portland, beautiful as it is, there is a price to pay. I completely agree with you in how they always come as a surprise! It's as if I forget about them, in hopes that if I forget, they won't come back. But they always do....sigh....sniffle.....

    1 year ago

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers says:

    My daughtere is allergic to peanuts. I have never read so many food labels in my life! It does open your eyes to the ingredients for sure. I am so happy that her schools and teachers have been so understanding/supportive of this deadly allergy.

    1 year ago

  • BoonieBoutique

    Patty Sparger from BoonieBoutique says:

    Eating local honey can definitely build a little tolerance but it's just not enough for me. I have tried SO many homeopathic remedies but the OTC remedies are really all that keeps me from suffering.

    1 year ago

  • lizhutnick

    Liz Hutnick from LizHutnick says:

    Ugh...allergies. Luckily this year has been pretty mild. (knock wood)

    1 year ago

  • ravenevejewelry

    ravenevejewelry from ravenevejewelry says:

    Yes, driven to madness and shed many a tear dealing with my daughter's major peanut allergy, mystery allergies ( so many pin pricks later,too) and asthma. I'll never forget that Malcolm In The Middle scene where the school Mom asks if there are nuts in the brownies Malcolm's Mom brought and then chucks the whole pan full in the trash. The allergies have turned me into that mom.!

    1 year ago

  • TheQueenOfQuiteALot

    TheQueenOfQuiteALot from TheQueenOfQuiteALot says:

    Carob syrup.... My brother in law's remedy to everything. I have yet to agree with him :)

    1 year ago

  • VoleedeMoineaux
  • MagicMarkingsArt

    cathie carlson from MagicMarkingsArt says:

    Okay, first the humidity and now allergies upon arrival back in the historical city of Richmond - I think I am bound to bestow upon you a new nickname - Cater, Cater Virginia hater. All said with a twinkle in my reddened eyes because I know deep down in your soul you truly love this state of ours - pollen, dust, damp air and all. Welcome home!

    1 year ago

  • LeasaMarie

    Leasa from LeasaDesigns says:

    does not sound like fun... :p

    1 year ago

  • yonderpine

    Amber from Yonderpine says:

    Interesting topic! It caught my eye because my two year old son has a life threatening allergy to peanuts and being mindful of that has become an everyday part of our life.

    1 year ago

  • Ravensmagiclantern

    Tracy from RavensFolly says:

    When the hayfever hits me, around late June, then my nose becomes a sneezing machine ! Plus the itchy eyes and making constant faces due to the constant itchy nose. Gaak ! And yes, I eat a lot of honey too, including bee pollen, but it doesn't help the nose. Every year it's the same and I do my best to avoid taking allergy pills but after two weeks of constant itchiness and making faces, off to the drugstore I reluctantly go. Allergic to cats too, still pet them but immeditately wash my hands right after otherwise if I touch my face I swell up :P It's right sexy ;)

    1 year ago

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts from workingforpeanuts says:

    Marlon (the peanut guy doll) is allergic to mohair.

    1 year ago

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark says:

    not fun...aaaachooo!

    1 year ago

  • WoodlandiaHandmade

    Emily from WoodlandiaHandmade says:

    I touched a cat & I liked it. Then I touched my eye & I cried & cried.

    1 year ago

  • reflectionsjewelry

    Emily Delfin from reflectionsjewelry says:

    blowing nose as we speak.....gotta love those allergies! *sneeze*

    1 year ago

  • fbstudiovt

    Laura Hale from fbstudiovt says:

    I flippin' HATE allergies. I'm allergic to mold, household dust, drywall dust (found that little gem out when I was renovating my house and went into a major lung collapse. Fun), tobacco, most pollens, and have several severe food intolerances that include sugar, gluten, dairy, and some non-gluten grains. Instead of making me hate the world, which - trust me - I considered, it makes me deeply appreciate all the times that I feel 100% well. For years I had no idea what was wrong with me and just figured everyone felt horribly sick all the time. When I found out I could feel well just by avoiding certain things, it was a miracle! I'm thankful every day I wake up without a sinus infection and extreme gastrointestinal distress. Life is pretty great when I'm healthy :)

    1 year ago

  • FancyFawnVintage12

    Ashley Lowe from FancyFawn says:

    My daughter has horrible allergies and it is a constant quest to find something that will ease her suffering. She has them all year and nothing seems to fully fix the problem. I did enjoy all the visuals! It's interesting to see the different perception of allergies.

    1 year ago

  • JoyousCrafts

    Heather Salzman from JoyousCrafts says:

    Hehe, I'm allergic to myself. And yes, I do tend to be weak, but only in body, not in mind! :D

    1 year ago

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique from RetroRevivalBoutique says:

    Great collection of finds! Tree pollen is my Kryptonite, but I've been using bee pollen & raw honey for years,with much success. Of course, I'm not a doctor...heck, I don't even play one on tv,lol. :)

    1 year ago

  • kathiroussel

    kathi roussel from kathiroussel says:

    fabulous visuals parallel to the experience! love your post! ahgggghhhhhhhhhchewwwwww!

    1 year ago

  • PinwheelStudio

    Whitney from PinwheelStudio says:

    Oh, the allergies have been awful this year - but now at least we have some lovely items to enjoy :)

    1 year ago

  • DressyDollsCompany

    Leila from DressyDollsCompany says:

    Fun article!

    1 year ago

  • mermaiden57

    mermaiden57 says:

    Hey, mazedasastoat, I have allergy-induced asthma, a GENETICALLY INHERITED MEDICAL CONDITION, not a weakness I can control. I find only those who are uneducated about allergies/asthma take the attitude you express. Believe me, I would prefer not to be on daily inhalers and face possible ER visits/hospitalization. The asthma in my family goes back hundreds of years- when doing geneological research, found a newspaper article noting my ancestor's move to AZ to help her asthmatic son...in 1870

    1 year ago

  • elleestpetite

    Donna Thai from PetiteCuisine says:

    I have what feels like "all year round" allergies. Spring is by far the worst. And like many others, I find that nothing really counters my terrible allergies. No pills, nasal sprays, or other home remedies seem to work so I just suffer through it every year.

    1 year ago

  • Earendil7

    Shiloh Lenz from EarendilCollectibles says:

    Allergies are not fun...at all. Sometimes I'm not sure if I'm sick or am having a bad allergy day. And I'm not even as bad as my siblings and mother. :-0

    1 year ago

  • vinylclockwork

    Scott from vinylclockwork says:

    Very good post glad i dont have allergies problems knock on wood

    1 year ago

  • frighten

    mari from frighten says:

    I have seasonal allergies, as well as to mold, dust, dogs and cats. Besides washing my hands after petting an animal, I found cutting back on dairy helped mine for some reason. I replaced regular milk with soy. I've only had to take a pill twice this year. I know each person's are different, but it all adds up I think.

    1 year ago

  • anniefitt

    Annie Fitt from anniefitt says:

    Well, they don't call it the "Mold Dominion" for nothing! Between the allergies and the mosquito bites I am just a bundle of fun these days. Roll on, Winter! Love the post, Cys, and I'm with you on the irresistable cat issue...

    1 year ago

  • bedouin

    bedouin from bedouin says:

    little to no allergies in our family but sympathize with those that do ~ ha ha the Peanut Art Doll by WorkingforPeanuts is funny and creative.

    1 year ago

  • araisedbanner

    B Callahan from araisedbanner says:

    Great post! Recently discovered I have a shellfish intolerance. Did not have the problem for 31 years until this past Spring. Very strange and quite a bummer since I love lobster and crab. Thank God for imitation meat!!

    1 year ago

  • Crochetaccessories4u

    Maria from Mashacrochet says:

    love your post!

    1 year ago

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie says:

    Interesting post! Love it!

    1 year ago

  • 0arthouse0

    0arthouse0 from 0arthouse0 says:

    Omgosh...a topic i could gab about for months! I can't even begin to express my personal feelings or share stories of how many times i've been hospitalized, seconds from death, because of an allergen. To live with that kind of fear, and pain (since birth)...it's a terrible life to live. But i'm alive. And i am thankful of that every time i am capable of: opening my eyes, taking a deep breath, or breaking free from the ER. I love this blog topic. Makes me truly appreciate things a little differently. The 'coughing bird' and 'touched a cat' items made me LOL! :)

    1 year ago

  • ziemart

    Vilija from ziemart says:

    I don't have allergies, but my friend has seasonal allergies and it's really sad when she can't enjoy summer,spring flowers.

    1 year ago

  • takingshape

    Aleta Ford Baker from AletaFordBakerDesign says:

    Creative post and i enjoyed reading it and seeing your Etsy picks - agree that Portland is much the same as Richmond - humid and lots of trees, grass and allergies, that's why i'm here in the high altitude of the southwest, just have juniper to contend with LOL. also have a peanut allergy which was much worse and threatening as a child, but over the years, has eased so that at least i can deal with everyone on a plane eating peanuts (although it is very unpleasant to gasp for air when there is none!)

    1 year ago

  • Yaloo

    Yaloo from Yaloo says:

    Very nice!

    1 year ago

  • elenakirilenko

    Elena Kirilenko from elenakirilenko says:

    Very creative work!

    1 year ago

  • LynnBaileyPrintmaker

    Lynn from LynnBaileyPrintmaker says:

    Thanks for including my botanical print in your fantastic finds! I wondered why it had attracted so much attention. AND – yes I’m another one full of allergies and doing quite a bit of sneezing at the moment.

    1 year ago

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  • RuthClare

    Ruth Chapman from RuthClareCreations says:

    I suffer from severe allergies to eggs and nuts (all kinds). Although I also suffer with other illnesses, in a way it's the allergies that have the most day to day impact on my life . I have to carry 2 epipens everywhere I go and I have to read EVERY label in the supermarket, which can be tricky also as some companies don't list allergens at all, whilst others feel they have to cover themselves by putting 'MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF NUTS' on everything they produce. It's particularly a nightmare trying to eat out somewhere. I have ended up having severe allergic reactions - anaphylaxis at the expense of some restaurants, who cannot be bothered to check if their food contain nuts or eggs and they've then lied to me and said it's ok!! I know I'm extremely blessed to still be alive as I've been hospitalised that many times now because of my allergies. I would like to start a campaign that means restaurants have to list all potential allergens in their menu/food. I know of two restaurant chains that do it in the UK, but don't know of any others yet. If you know of any 'allergy-aware' restaurants do please let me know and then I add them to my list! Thanks for reading my essay! Take care, Ruth :-)

    1 year ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery says:

    My boyfriend gets wicked hayfever, I always feel like he never really gets to enjoy the summer!

    1 year ago

  • AVelvetLeaf

    Page from AVelvetLeaf says:

    I've always felt so lucky to be a non-allergy sufferer and after reading some of these stories even more so......I also love that through all the suffering related here so many allergy sufferers keep their sense of humor along with the artisans who created the things above!

    1 year ago

  • wheatleypaperworks

    M Wheatley from wheatleypaperworks says:

    I have to add my honey recommendation to LeesBeesNJ. Several years ago after suffering my whole life with myriad allergies, I began to eat honey from all around my region. (Not the grocery store stuff.) The results were fast and in my case permanent. My allergies abated and I was largely symptom free year round! The belief is that by eating honey that contains small amounts of histamine causing compounds, (dust, pollen, mold...) your body is able to gradually build up a natural immunity to these common allergies. Plus it's delicious. And nutritious. And available at Etsy.

    1 year ago

  • TigerLiliGems

    Julia Berg from PetiteMortShop says:

    the featured artist on the top - Alex Levasseur, such STUNNING work!! amazing!

    1 year ago

  • sotuorganics

    jillyan from sotuorganics says:

    "Don't kiss your honey / when your nose is runny / you might thing it's funny / but it's snot." However, on the note of eating honey, I concur 100% with M Wheatley and LeesBees. Allergies are rooted in the immune system and have to deal with our bodies histamine levels, which are excited or inhibited by all sorts of environmental factors. Understand your own body's histamine patterns (not mine, not your cousin's, your own personally specific bod) and it's more than likely you'll be able to, with a little work, level things out; not only reducing your suffering, but also your dependence on expensive prescriptions! Precisely as M Wheatley described, honey helps tremendously with this. No two bodies are exactly alike, so figure out what yours is telling you with its allergic reactions, and voila! Your body will literally thank you! :-)

    1 year ago

  • Boogiecat

    Kannis from Boogiecat says:

    fun post! love the pictures!

    1 year ago

  • accidentalcharm

    Sandra Park from accidentalcharm says:

    i have been dealing with EPIC allergies the last few days. glad to know i'm not the only one. :)

    1 year ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm from baconsquarefarm says:

    What a great read for those of us dealing with allergies, all your finds were so kewl and perfect, my hubby says he'll bury me in a kleenix box someday. lol. only kiddin, he wouldn't but I thought this was the norm until I married a person without allergies as both of my parents suffered with it too.

    1 year ago

  • albina26coutre

    albina26coutre from albina26coutre says:

    nice pictures!!! different matter...

    1 year ago

  • lcarlsonjewelry

    Liesl Carlson from lcarlsonjewelry says:

    Lovely pictures, thank you for sharing. we all have allergies in my family including my three year old.

    1 year ago

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly says:

    Wow, very interesting, my sister has all kinds of allergies, I have none that I know of, I've often wondered if it is heriditary, after reading some of these posts it must be. I have also read about natural bee honey being good for body, its worth a try!

    1 year ago

  • my2handsstudio

    Donna from my2handsstudio says:

    As I sit here my nose is twitching! Hay fever season! But thankfully no other allergies.....

    1 year ago

  • tadalyn2006

    Kelie from tadalyndesign says:

    Oh my gosh, I'm going to try the honey thing. This is my fourth summer with adult onset summer allergies. How miserable. :O(

    1 year ago

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas says:

    I never had allergies until I moved to Texas......

    1 year ago

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv says:

    I too am thankful that i haven't had to suffer the pains...yet.

    1 year ago

  • janethillstudio

    Janet Hill from janethillstudio says:

    A weakness? Allergies are actually caused by the immune system reacting to what it considers to be environmental toxins. If anything the body is simply defending itself- although in an annoying way to the person experiencing them. It is not a sign of a weak body.

    1 year ago

  • corrnucopia

    corrnucopia from corrnucopia says:

    Allergies haven't been an issue for me but I think my little guy is suffering a bit. I hand a box of Kleenex to those who suffer! On the peanut allergy note... this one does worry me for those whose lives revolve around peanut caution. I am guilty of having used peanut butter to remove adhesive stickers from items before selling. Although I tried to then remove any peanut remains I know for some this might not be enough. I am now using olive oil and the results are great (commercial removers tend to remove finishes). Perhaps another vintie seller will see this and take note!

    1 year ago

  • pasin

    pasin from Pasin says:

    loved the article and finds!!

    1 year ago

  • klb00e

    Mother Lark from MotherLark says:

    so true!!! Love the knitted kittens

    1 year ago

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts from workingforpeanuts says:

    Thanks for featuring Marlon, the peanut guy. He's pleased with the attention and sorry for all allergy sufferers here. (He went through an open-shell surgery and had his peanuts removed, and was then sealed, but possibly still risky)

    1 year ago

  • BluebirdAndRobin

    Flora Pick from MiniKawauso says:

    I have allergies to tons of things: banannas, pineapple, lentils just to name a few thankfully the above only give me a sore throught and weird tongue. My hayfever is just hellish. I have to have a whole cocktail of medicines before going out on a hot summers day! Thankfully my only serious allergy is to walnuts and pecans and I don't pay any attention to packets that say 'may contain traces of nuts' supermarkets only put that label on packets so they don't get sued. I find it deeply unfair, however, that penut allergie sufferers get so much attention. I could die if I ate a walnut but there is never any attention to THAT life- threatening allergy but peanuts are constantly on the news

    1 year ago

  • BluebirdAndRobin

    Flora Pick from MiniKawauso says:

    I also have athsma

    1 year ago

  • BluebirdAndRobin

    Flora Pick from MiniKawauso says:

    If you think allergies are something sufferers can control you are VERY uneducated

    1 year ago

  • kmaskreations

    kmaskreations from kmaskreations says:

    Great article and supporting photos. I TOTALLY can identify with the allergens here on the East Coast. Still, I love it here and have gotten accustomed to itchy, watery eyes and waking up every morning to a stuffy nose. Thanks for sharing.

    1 year ago

  • MeadowlandDesigns

    Catherine Sorensen from MeadowlandDesigns says:

    Two wonderful things for allergies: local honey & quercetin! I understand the frustration & difficulties of food allergies, whether they be more mild or very serious. There's always a bright side though, because my mom & sister have Celiac disease, we've all become great cooks!

    1 year ago

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  • julzbydesign

    Julz from julzbydesign says:

    You don't have to suffer! THere is a natural alternative, OPC-3! I have a friend here in Phoenix who used to take allergy meds daily, not anymore! You can read about it at www.shopjulz.com, really! It's great stuff!

    1 year ago

  • kristinasmiley

    Kristina Smiley from CreativeEndeavorsKS says:

    I have a ton of allergies (inhalants, foods, and medicines). To deal with my food allergies, I make most of my meals from scratch and try to grow as much as I can. I also have to read the labels on items (even those that I purchase on a routine basis as I never know when they change an ingredient). Another thing that helps is that I am on a rotation diet so that I'm not eating the same things each day. Like the writer, I too have found that when I visit other places, I am able to breathe, but when I get back home I immediately begin to feel my allergy symptoms. Working with yarn has been a challenge to my allergies so I have learned to be very picky about the types of fibers I use. I truly feel for others who suffer like I do.

    1 year ago

  • DewyMorningVintage

    DewyMorningVintage from DewyMorningVintage says:

    I loved seeing all the Etsy items pertaining to allergies! Creative concept! thank you!

    1 year ago

  • kristenvsmothra

    Kristen Rogers from TryTryAgainVintage says:

    Allergies are the bane of my existence...it's totally gross but eating raw garlic really helps because it's antibacterial, antimicrobial and antibiotic. You can juice it and take it like a shot (defiinitely have a chaser ready) or cut it up and swallow it raw like pills...pretty gnarly but way better than antibiotics.

    1 year ago

  • rushgirl2112

    rushgirl2112 says:

    Huh. My allergies inspire me to take meds, not buy arts and crafts to remind me of them.

    1 year ago

  • cathyash

    Cathy Ash says:

    Spring in Perth western Australia, I want to leave town and my poor boys do to. It's terrible, and it's seems we are just starting, awoke with hay fever at 2 am this morning, who gets hay fever in the middle of the night? That's supposed to be sleep time! So here we go again.... Snot factory, itchy eyes ,sneezing..what joy, roll on summer!

    1 year ago

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth says:

    i ♥ cats but they make my eyes crazy.. just some cats. cats with heavy dander. so i torture myself when i go back home and get to be around my kitty.

    1 year ago

  • PopLoveCouture

    Shai Wallach from PopLoveCouture says:

    I'm one of the lucky few who are actually able to say that I cannot relate to this at all. On the other had, i really do love the collections you've got going on here!

    1 year ago

  • Namaz

    Nazima Banka from nazimabanka says:

    Thank goodness I'm allergy-free! wonderful selection of items

    1 year ago

  • blissfulturtle

    Blissful Turtle from blissfulturtle says:

    Seriously? Do you think this is cute? My daughter has life threatening allergies. I would NEVER be so shallow when discussing a peanut allergy as to put it next to pictures of items to buy made from or shaped like peanuts. "oh, hey! You know that food that could kill you! Here is a doll made from it. Isn't he cute! No? Well how about a peanut necklace?" On what planet is it OK to do this? This kind of attitude is what circulates the ignorance of the general public to severe allergies. I don't expect compassion from people about my family's issues but a little respect for the obstacles we face everyday that the general public will never comprehend would be appreciated. Even silence would be better than this.

    1 year ago

  • jantonevich

    Justin Antonevich from jandkoutdoors says:

    In central Texas cedar pollen allergies can be a beast for those who have the allergy. Boo! allergies!

    1 year ago

  • PensEnvy

    Katherine B from PensEnvy says:

    Maybe it's just me, but buying a doll made out of a peanut for someone who has allergies to peanuts is kind of like shoving a live grenade in someone's pants.

    1 year ago

  • PensEnvy

    Katherine B from PensEnvy says:

    Kristen Rogers from TryTryAgainVintage says: Allergies are the bane of my existence...it's totally gross but eating raw garlic really helps because it's antibacterial, antimicrobial and antibiotic. You can juice it and take it like a shot (defiinitely have a chaser ready) or cut it up and swallow it raw like pills...pretty gnarly but way better than antibiotics. --------------- Eating raw garlic probably wouldn't help my allergies since I'm allergic to garlic.

    1 year ago

  • SmarmyPantsHippo

    Smarmypants Hippo says:

    Using allergies (some of which are potentially life threatening) as an excuse to pimp out items and make money for Etsy? How classy.

    1 year ago

  • mizufusion

    Andrea F from mizufusion says:

    Sorry, but I find this whole post very insensitive. Taunting people about their medical conditions isn't okay, and should not be an inspiration for your "art" or your purchases.

    1 year ago

  • BluebirdAndRobin

    Flora Pick from MiniKawauso says:

    I have serious allergies and I tease myself over this, you're all acting so mumsy about it- I find these hillarious!

    1 year ago

  • PensEnvy

    Katherine B from PensEnvy says:

    Kristen Rogers from TryTryAgainVintage says: Allergies are the bane of my existence...it's totally gross but eating raw garlic really helps because it's antibacterial, antimicrobial and antibiotic. You can juice it and take it like a shot (defiinitely have a chaser ready) or cut it up and swallow it raw like pills...pretty gnarly but way better than antibiotics. ------- How would it help my garlic allergy?

    1 year ago

  • TursiArt

    Rose Tursi from TursiArt says:

    I didn't know ingesting local honey can fight allergies. I never had a problem with spring allergies until just a couple of years ago, very frustrating but mild enough that I just deal with it. Now want to know something sadly ironic? I'm allergic to honey. D'oh!

    1 year ago

  • SmarmyPantsHippo

    Smarmypants Hippo says:

    I wouldn't be Spock browing so hard if this wasn't just the latest blog post in a long line of Etsy blog posts where the author attempts to tackle a more serious topic and fails miserably. Every time one of these blog posts tries to discuss anything deeper than "look at how cute this thing is", the topic is bastardized into something shallow and twee that demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of and respect for the topic. Bonus points if the topic is portrayed in a "whimsical" manner in order to sell items. Anybody else remember the blog post here about the art project where the soon-to-be-demolished mental hospital was filled with flowers? Ye gods...

    1 year ago

  • RJGOriginals

    Robert from RJGOriginals says:

    I was clucking like a chicken and struggling to suck down oxygen for the last half hour because I woke up later than usual meaning my 24 hour meds aren't lined up right. How whimsical. Yes, I truly want to be reminded of how many times I've wound up in the emergency room because my throat closed up due to a freshly cut lawn or being handed a congratulatory bouquet of flowers when I look around on Etsy. What a great opportunity to promote a dangerous kind of condition with quirk.

    1 year ago

  • rushgirl2112

    rushgirl2112 says:

    Flora, are they life-threatening allergies, or do you have a child who has them? Because I think that anyone who does gets a free pass not to find it very amusing when someone makes light of it who doesn't have the slightest clue what it's like to live in fear of dying or losing a child. Or worse, tries to PROFIT from it. The more I think about this, the more I'm appalled that Etsy would post something like this. How many parents are there on this site who are dealing with this issue? How many of them are going to find this offensive? You can't lump in severe, potentially fatal food allergies with seasonal nasal allergies - it's not even in the same ballpark.

    1 year ago

  • SHARINGtheSTOKE

    Joe Hodnicki from SHARINGtheSTOKE says:

    invincable util i was 25... then all hell broke loose and my eyes feel like they will itch for the rest of my life. and that was 7 years ago.

    1 year ago

  • SHARINGtheSTOKE

    Joe Hodnicki from SHARINGtheSTOKE says:

    invincible** until**

    1 year ago

  • spunkyrooster

    Amanda from doodledewdesigns says:

    Allergies suck. I think that's all we need to say. Not write a whimsical blog post about it.

    1 year ago

  • RJGOriginals

    Robert from RJGOriginals says:

    rushgirl, exactly. And it's not just food allergies that are life threatening. My one food-related allergy is artificial cinnamon and that's just discomfort. It's contact with hay and a nasty blast of pollen that can shut my system down. I've been medicated for most of my life for this and it's only gotten worse as I've gotten older. The goal now is a manageable level of discomfort rather than being 100% clear. If they put me on anymore pills, I wind up losing focus and require naps throughout the day. It's not weakness or just hay fever; it's a life threatening condition.

    1 year ago

  • anniefitt

    Annie Fitt from anniefitt says:

    WTF? Some people need to get a life, and a sense of humor! I am Cate's sister, and have severe allergies. Among other things, eating banana, or being exposed to latex can put me in the hospital. While Cate's allergies are less serious - annoying rather than life threatening, she certainly doesn't minimize the impact of allergies on people's lives. As for "pimping" stuff for Etsy sellers, just what do you think Etsy exists for, if not for being a marketplace for "art"? As for staying away from writing whimsical blog posts about serious topics, some of the funniest comedy routines I've ever heard have been about the comic's own health problems. Ever heard of David Rakoff? Google him if you haven't. He died a couple of weeks ago from cancer, at an appallingly young age. He knew he was dying and still was capable of being very funny about it.

    1 year ago

  • minimalblue

    Jim Long says:

    Well written, Annie Fitt. I have a life threatening allergy and I find nothing about this that is offensive. The author in no way discounts allergies. Some people need to feel offended. I ask them to take their blame addiction elsewhere.

    1 year ago

  • Rebelhooks

    Tera RebelHooks from RebelHooks says:

    Beside Nickel, I think I am becoming allergic to contact lenses, right now my eyes are a bit red and swollen. Grrrrrrr!!!

    1 year ago

  • foustart

    Foust from foustart says:

    I am an allergy and asthma sufferer and I found this post to be a fun and lighthearted way to showcase some of the items Etsy has to offer. Those who found the post offensive seem to be a bit unhinged. Do you really think the object of this post was to belittle you or your health problems? It's on a site for handmade and original objects and this post was about looking at some of the things offered. That's all. People who chose to see it as some kind of personal attack have more problems than just allergies.

    1 year ago

  • knitfitt

    Cate Fitt says:

    Thank you all for your thoughtful and passionate comments. My intent is always to write in a thoughtful and loving way with a bit humor to round out the experience.

    1 year ago

  • tammybetson

    Tammy Betson from TandMArtsandCrafts says:

    I only wish we had had a good enough summer here in Devon, Uk to of got hayfever this year!!

    1 year ago

  • farandtwee

    Vintage Minnow from VintageMinnow says:

    RIGHT!!!!! i am not ever able to own a cat just because i sneeze??? i hat e it...

    1 year ago

  • farandtwee

    Vintage Minnow from VintageMinnow says:

    oh... and i thought your post/blog was very original and creative!

    1 year ago

  • SultanasCrochet

    Sultana Muzikir from SultanasCrochet says:

    What a great article! I completely understand your predicament. I too have an abundance of allergies ranging from nuts, dairy, soy, fish, chocolate, cats, dogs, pollen and some medications......and the list goes on. At first, I wanted to feel sorry for myself but then I decided that it woud be counterproductive. Instead, I decided to look at the positive side.....how many things I can eat and I started developing recipes around my allergies. Over the counter medicines are also great to take care of those animal and enviromental allergies. I also have a great family and friends who are very empathetic and accommodating regarding my allergies. Good luck fighting the allergens!!!

    1 year ago