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Allergy Season

Aug 20, 2012

by Cate Fitt handmade and vintage goods

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!

1903 Botany Print - Mildew Fungi - Vintage Antique Art Illustration Book Plate Natural Science Great for Framing 100 Years Old
1903 Botany Print - Mildew Fungi - Vintage Antique Art Illustration Book Plate Natural Science Great for Framing 100 Years Old
$10.00 USD
Eye Drop    wood spoon
Eye Drop wood spoon
Collograph mono print, wonderful weeds. Botanical print.
Collograph mono print, wonderful weeds. Botanical print.
$85.85 USD
Eye pillbox Pill Case holder box Arteries of the Iris veins Medical Drawing victorian psychobilly gothic punk odd creepy anatomy
Eye pillbox Pill Case holder box Arteries of the Iris veins Medical Drawing victorian psychobilly gothic punk odd creepy anatomy
$9.00 USD
Greeting Card - I Touched A Cat And I Liked It
Greeting Card - I Touched A Cat And I Liked It
$4.96 USD
RESERVED FOR CARLYYou Don't Need to Cry Handkerchief Hanky
RESERVED FOR CARLYYou Don't Need to Cry Handkerchief Hanky
Peanut Necklace ... Vintage Gold Charm with Fine Chain
Peanut Necklace ... Vintage Gold Charm with Fine Chain


  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 5 years ago

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

  • solocosmo

    Jessica Grundy from solocosmo said 5 years ago

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

  • cberez

    CB DESIGN'S from CBDesignsPR said 5 years ago

    I really like it!

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 5 years ago

    Reach out and touch a cat

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 5 years ago

    Super !

  • thelittlemarket

    Debbie from thelittlemarket said 5 years ago

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

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 5 years ago

    Knitted Cat Baby Toys super sweet !

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 5 years ago

    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...

  • CornerChair

    Katie from CornerChair said 5 years ago

    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...

  • crottedebique

    AnneSo Godby from crottedebique said 5 years ago

    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

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    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 ;)

  • styleforlife

    Emily from styleforlife said 5 years ago

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

  • m0hu

    m0hu from mohustore said 5 years ago

    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!

  • dahlilafound

    Dahlila S. from dahlilafound said 5 years ago

    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

  • BoonieBoutique

    Patty Sparger from BoonieBoutique said 5 years ago

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

  • LeesBeesNJ

    Leeann Coleman from LeesBeesNJ said 5 years ago

    Two words: EAT HONEY

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany said 5 years ago

    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.....

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers said 5 years ago

    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.

  • BoonieBoutique

    Patty Sparger from BoonieBoutique said 5 years ago

    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.

  • lizhutnick

    Liz Hutnick from LizHutnick said 5 years ago

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

  • ravenevejewelry

    ravenevejewelry from ravenevejewelry said 5 years ago

    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.!

  • TheQueenOfQuiteALot

    TheQueenOfQuiteALot from TheQueenOfQuiteALot said 5 years ago

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

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    Hillary De Moineaux from VoleedeMoineaux said 5 years ago

    No kidding!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    cathie carlson from MagicMarkingsArt said 5 years ago

    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!

  • LeasaMarie

    Leasa from LeasaDesigns said 5 years ago

    does not sound like fun... :p

  • yonderpine

    Amber from Yonderpine said 5 years ago

    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.

  • Ravensmagiclantern

    Tracy Blais from RainshineWhimsy said 5 years ago

    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 ;)

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts from workingforpeanuts said 5 years ago

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

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark said 5 years ago

    not fun...aaaachooo!

  • WoodlandiaHandmade

    Emily from WoodlandiaHandmade said 5 years ago

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

  • reflectionsjewelry

    Emily Delfin from reflectionsjewelry said 5 years ago

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

  • fbstudiovt

    Laura Hale from FoundBeautyStudioArt said 5 years ago

    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 :)

  • FancyFawnVintage12

    Ashley Lowe from FancyFawn said 5 years ago

    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.

  • JoyousCrafts

    Heather Salzman from JoyousCrafts said 5 years ago

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

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique from RetroRevivalBoutique said 5 years ago

    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. :)

  • kathiroussel

    kathi roussel from kathiroussel said 5 years ago

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

  • PinwheelStudio

    Whitney from PinwheelStudio said 5 years ago

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

  • DressyDollsCompany

    Leila from DressyDollsCompany said 5 years ago

    Fun article!

  • mermaiden57

    mermaiden57 said 5 years ago

    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 1870

  • elleestpetite

    Donna Thai from PetiteCuisine said 5 years ago

    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.

  • Earendil7

    Shiloh Lenz from EarendilCollectibles said 5 years ago

    Allergies are not 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

  • vinylclockwork

    Scott from vinylclockwork said 5 years ago

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

  • frighten

    mari from frighten said 5 years ago

    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.

  • anniefitt

    Annie Fitt from anniefitt said 5 years ago

    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...

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 5 years ago

    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.

  • araisedbanner

    Barry Callahan from araisedbanner said 5 years ago

    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!!

  • Crochetaccessories4u

    Maria from Mashacrochet said 5 years ago

    love your post!

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 5 years ago

    Interesting post! Love it!

  • 0arthouse0

    0arthouse0 from 0arthouse0 said 5 years ago

    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)'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! :)

  • ziemart

    Vilija from ziemart said 5 years ago

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

  • takingshape

    Aleta Ford Baker from AletaFordBakerDesign said 5 years ago

    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!)

  • Yaloo

    Yaloo from Yaloo said 5 years ago

    Very nice!

  • elenakirilenko

    Elena Kirilenko from elenakirilenko said 5 years ago

    Very creative work!

  • LynnBaileyPrintmaker

    Lynn Bailey from LynnBaileyPrintmaker said 5 years ago

    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.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 5 years ago


  • RuthClare

    Ruth Chapman from RuthClareCreations said 5 years ago

    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 :-)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

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

  • AVelvetLeaf

    Page Clothier from AVelvetLeaf said 5 years ago

    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!

  • wheatleypaperworks

    M Wheatley from wheatleypaperworks said 5 years ago

    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.

  • TigerLiliGems

    Julia Berg from PetiteMortShop said 5 years ago

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

  • sotuorganics

    jillyan from sotuorganics said 5 years ago

    "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! :-)

  • Boogiecat

    Kannis from Boogiecat said 5 years ago

    fun post! love the pictures!

  • accidentalcharm

    Sandra Park-Callaghan from accidentalcharm said 5 years ago

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

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm from baconsquarefarm said 5 years ago

    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.

  • albina26coutre

    albina26coutre from albina26coutre said 5 years ago

    nice pictures!!! different matter...

  • lcarlsonjewelry

    Liesl Carlson from lcarlsonjewelry said 5 years ago

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

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly said 5 years ago

    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!

  • my2handsstudio

    Donna from my2handsstudio said 5 years ago

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

  • tadalyn2006

    Kelie from tadalyndesign said 5 years ago

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

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 5 years ago

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

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv said 5 years ago

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

  • janethillstudio

    Janet Hill from janethillstudio said 5 years ago

    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.

  • corrnucopia

    corrnucopia from corrnucopia said 5 years ago

    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!

  • pasin

    pasin from Pasin said 5 years ago

    loved the article and finds!!

  • klb00e

    Mother Lark from MotherLark said 5 years ago

    so true!!! Love the knitted kittens

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts from workingforpeanuts said 5 years ago

    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)

  • BluebirdAndRobin

    Flora Pick from MiniKawauso said 5 years ago

    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

  • BluebirdAndRobin

    Flora Pick from MiniKawauso said 5 years ago

    I also have athsma

  • BluebirdAndRobin

    Flora Pick from MiniKawauso said 5 years ago

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

  • kmaskreations

    kmaskreations from kmaskreations said 5 years ago

    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.

  • MeadowlandDesigns

    Catherine Sorensen from MeadowlandDesigns said 5 years ago

    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!

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  • julzbydesign

    Julz from julzbydesign said 5 years ago

    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, really! It's great stuff!

  • kristinasmiley

    Kristina Smiley from CreativeEndeavorsKS said 5 years ago

    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.

  • DewyMorningVintage

    DewyMorningVintage from DewyMorningVintage said 5 years ago

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

  • kristenvsmothra

    Kristen Rogers from TryTryAgainVintage said 5 years ago

    Allergies are the bane of my'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.

  • rushgirl2112

    rushgirl2112 said 5 years ago

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

  • cathyash

    Cathy Ash said 5 years ago

    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!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 5 years ago

    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.

  • PopLoveCouture

    Shai Wallach from PopLoveCouture said 5 years ago

    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!

  • Namaz

    Nazima Banka from nazimabanka said 5 years ago

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

  • blissfulturtle

    Blissful Turtle from blissfulturtle said 5 years ago

    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.

  • jantonevich

    Justin Antonevich from jandkoutdoors said 5 years ago

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

  • PensEnvy

    Katherine B from PensEnvy said 5 years ago

    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.

  • PensEnvy

    Katherine B from PensEnvy said 5 years ago

    Kristen Rogers from TryTryAgainVintage says: Allergies are the bane of my'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.

  • SmarmyPantsHippo

    Smarmypants Hippo said 5 years ago

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

  • mizufusion

    Andrea F from mizufusion said 5 years ago

    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.

  • BluebirdAndRobin

    Flora Pick from MiniKawauso said 5 years ago

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

  • PensEnvy

    Katherine B from PensEnvy said 5 years ago

    Kristen Rogers from TryTryAgainVintage says: Allergies are the bane of my'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?

  • TursiArt

    Rose Tursi from TursiArt said 5 years ago

    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!

  • SmarmyPantsHippo

    Smarmypants Hippo said 5 years ago

    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...

  • RJGOriginals

    Robert from RJGOriginals said 5 years ago

    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.

  • rushgirl2112

    rushgirl2112 said 5 years ago

    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.


    Joe Hodnicki from SHARINGtheSTOKE said 5 years ago

    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.


    Joe Hodnicki from SHARINGtheSTOKE said 5 years ago

    invincible** until**

  • spunkyrooster

    Amanda from doodledewdesigns said 5 years ago

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

  • RJGOriginals

    Robert from RJGOriginals said 5 years ago

    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.

  • anniefitt

    Annie Fitt from anniefitt said 5 years ago

    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.

  • minimalblue

    Jim Long said 5 years ago

    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.

  • Rebelhooks

    Tera RebelHooks from RebelHooks said 5 years ago

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

  • foustart

    Foust from foustart said 5 years ago

    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.

  • knitfitt

    Cate Fitt said 5 years ago

    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.

  • tammybetson

    Tammy Betson from TandMArtsandCrafts said 5 years ago

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

  • farandtwee

    Vintage Minnow from VintageMinnow said 5 years ago

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

  • farandtwee

    Vintage Minnow from VintageMinnow said 5 years ago

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

  • SultanasCrochet

    Sultana Muzikir from SultanasCrochet said 5 years ago

    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 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!!!

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