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Keep It Weird: All in the Family

Sep 23, 2011

by Michelle Traub handmade and vintage goods

Next week is Rosh Hashanah and thus begins the season of family gatherings. Lines at the airport, slow-cooked suppers, and lovingly-wrapped gifts await us with open arms. Whether or not schmoozing with Great Uncle Hal is your idea of a good time, familial obligations at least offer that inherent sense of community — the tribe as elemental as your DNA. But don’t worry, after surviving the third-degree love-life interrogation from your mother, and feeling like the black sheep at the grad-school brunch table, you will return to your life and the enthusiastically inclusive clan of Keep It Weird.


Mumroombda and his son Mupbup


She is expecting — Wool Felted Hoot

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  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    I love "Our Family Tree"!! ..there's a nut in every bunch, ha!

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 5 years ago

    So funny!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 5 years ago

    As always, delightfully bizarre finds.

  • fbstudiovt

    fbstudiovt said 5 years ago

    That "Mumroombda and his son Mupbup" is fan-freakin-tastic. As my family descends on "birthday month" (4 of us all within 2 weeks of each other in October) I will rely heavily on these selections to make me laugh.

  • dekoprojects

    dekoprojects said 5 years ago

    This mushroom is not only weird, it's a little spooky. I'm sure my brother would be scared of it as he was scared of flies, spiders, hoovers and airplanes when he was a little boy :)

  • matesrubbish

    matesrubbish said 5 years ago

    such an eclectic and quirky collection. this article is apt for us, seeing as how our own shop is a venture between two (admittedly weird) sisters.

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 5 years ago

    The "Our Family Tree" is such a cute idea!

  • CuteAndCoolThings

    CuteAndCoolThings said 5 years ago

    i love the family tree! :) lol

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 5 years ago

    i love mumroombda!!!! how incredible!

  • AurDenDesigns

    AurDenDesigns said 5 years ago

    Quirky Family Tree is my family personified!! Spooky.

  • JewelsbyJasmin

    JewelsbyJasmin said 5 years ago

    This is awesome!

  • whimsicalpaperdot

    whimsicalpaperdot said 5 years ago

    Ou Family Tree is the best....!!!

  • MitosisGlass

    MitosisGlass said 5 years ago

    Another winning blog entry! The Keeping It Weird series totally makes my Fridays. I've found so many Favourites here!

  • OnSofarii

    OnSofarii said 5 years ago

    Keeping it weird!!! Is a fabulous way to find things i wouldn't always g searching for!! Fabulous

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Nice I love the colourful print finds! Can't beat a bit of vibrant weirdness!

  • casualtatter

    casualtatter said 5 years ago

    Love, Love, Love the Stiches tree sculpture, and the mushroom is so cool! Another great Keeping it Weird!!!!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 5 years ago

    Another visually interesting selection to top off the week! The owl is super super cute.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    This is awesome :)

  • AlphaSoupPhotography

    AlphaSoupPhotography said 5 years ago

    the family tree is great!

  • TheCove

    TheCove said 5 years ago

    family tree is way too cute! : )

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 5 years ago


  • hemingwayfun

    hemingwayfun said 5 years ago

    i love the owl

  • TheOldGlassChipper

    TheOldGlassChipper said 5 years ago

    Mushroombda bears a remarkable resemblance to my junior high school english teacher. interesting selection!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 5 years ago

    awesome article! love the unique family items!!!!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 5 years ago

    The owl is my favorite!

  • LoriMarie

    LoriMarie said 5 years ago

    Wonderful Selections !!! The Family tree reminds me of my family at Thanksgiving dinner..LOL

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago


  • TheBlackOnion

    TheBlackOnion said 5 years ago

    Mumroombda and his son are amazing!

  • NanaBellAntiques

    NanaBellAntiques said 5 years ago

    We all have a few nuts in our family! Love this Monica

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 5 years ago

    I love the family tree! Reminds me of my family! :-)

  • VieModerne

    VieModerne said 5 years ago

    My grandma had a family tree just like that when I was growing up! Every time a new cousin was born, they would add another piece, until there were too many cousins to keep up with. She passed away a few years ago, and I wonder who ended up with it? I really hope that's not ours! Either way, thanks for bringing up some good memories!

  • OceansideCastle

    OceansideCastle said 5 years ago

    I so love FreshRetroGallery! I featured her funky family tree just 3 days ago in my tt team and nonteamblitz 24 treasury titled 'Can you see the forest through the trees?' Check out her shop! I'm so glad I stumbled upon this shop while making that treasury. Amazing vintage. Her shop is like a vintage adventure. Truly unique quality stuff. Congrats on this well deserved feature! Keep keeping it soulful, fun and weird! :)

  • coffeefancy

    coffeefancy said 5 years ago

    and they say the nut doesn't fall far from the tree :) ha. yep every family has to have a few nuts, keeps it interesting.

  • Officeboy01

    Officeboy01 said 5 years ago

    I must tell you the week has been interesting. I still have the taste in mouth from the lemon tart ice cream blog and here we go with such different and strange art. The mushroom was kind of spooky. Enough said, enjoyed the readings this week and I am looking forward to some more fun days.

  • Castleofcostamesa

    Castleofcostamesa said 5 years ago


  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 5 years ago

    Awesome weirdness.

  • tiltomorrow

    tiltomorrow said 5 years ago

    Interesting blog... Owls are the trend for now. Maybe I should not have given all those old owls away. Lesson learned, now they are worth $$$. Awesome week and look forward to the weekend.

  • mylenefoster

    mylenefoster said 5 years ago

    The top photo looks like Gumby's kin!

  • manicarteest

    manicarteest said 5 years ago

    That mushroom is creepy and beautiful at the same time.

  • nanimoku

    nanimoku said 5 years ago

    OMGosh, your work is just amazing. I LOVE "Cloned". Everything is just wonderful and although freaky, weird, scary, all the words that bring me back to my childhood; when things like your creations could make me hide under the covers... I am not scared but intrigued. Maybe I don't scare so easy anymore, huh? OK then, bring it. I can't wait to see what you create next. Awesome!!!!

  • AMSkrafts

    AMSkrafts said 5 years ago

    I simply adore the "Our Family Tree"! So cute how they are all different. Plus, the felt owl is such a "hoot" :) Great collection!

  • squibbles76

    squibbles76 said 5 years ago

    The "Cloned" pic freaks my inner eye out! I love the mushroom and babe, but the mushroom looks like a mommy not a daddy. I wasn't observant enough to catch the nut in the family tree, thanks MVC! ...back to loving the mushrooms!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 5 years ago

    Uncle Bunny is spooky! LOL! Too cute, so creative!!! Aloha!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    So cute!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Haha! Weird picks indeed! =)

  • twww

    twww said 5 years ago

    Love the Mumroombda and his son Mupbup. Now that's imagination.

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 5 years ago

    Always a treat!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 5 years ago

    Wow! Love the expecting owl! Great article!!

  • Aleebella

    Aleebella said 5 years ago

    So different yet amazingly creative, when you use your mind and just ” let it flow” thats what makes your creation a piece of art! Love it:)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    very different and unique!

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery said 5 years ago

    Thanks for featuring my Quirky Family Tree, Michelle. A vintage find, it certainly has been a popular source of smiles and it fit well into my family tree chart section. Obviously, people are identifying with it as your story well describes. Thanks for the kind words, OceansideCastle. Your shop has an energetic vibe, too. Cheers! Liz

  • nathalieortega

    nathalieortega said 5 years ago

    Mumroombda and his son are the best!, this girl, Sandra is very talented!. Nathalie.

  • barsoapbrooklyn

    barsoapbrooklyn said 5 years ago

    WOW to you!

  • slappytheseal

    slappytheseal said 5 years ago

    I love weird creations! What a great read!

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 5 years ago

    Wonderfully weird finds!

  • pippatree

    pippatree said 5 years ago

    I love all this stuff.

  • peshka

    peshka said 5 years ago

    It's really great!

  • danielfranklin

    danielfranklin said 5 years ago

    reminds me of the adams family~

  • teepetals

    teepetals said 5 years ago

    omg i had so much fun checking out all of these cool unique crafts!!! WONDERFUL picks

  • peacebird

    peacebird said 5 years ago

    it would be weirder for me to be hanging out with my biological family at any time of the year...but maybe i'm weird...hooray!

  • seasonsart1031

    seasonsart1031 said 5 years ago

    Oh these are weird & wonderful! Love the mushroom & owl!

  • PointsArt

    PointsArt said 5 years ago

    Oh my goodness that owl is awesome. Somewhat disturbing, but in a sweet sort of way.

  • LeighsArt

    LeighsArt said 5 years ago

    oh wow..awesome family tree!

  • irinacarmen

    irinacarmen said 5 years ago

    Very nice

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    I loved it all. The little tree people were my favorite. Keep up the weirdness!

  • SellmySeoul

    SellmySeoul said 5 years ago

    Cute! That mushroom belongs in Pans Labrynth if you ask me!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 5 years ago

    LOVE it!

  • MoonpieMandie

    MoonpieMandie said 5 years ago

    The family tree is great! I've been finding a lot of driftwood pieces lately that look like things to me... monsters, birds, what-have-you. Driftwood is so much fun to create with!

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 5 years ago

    Ah, a collection of rendered families. Very heart warming and lovely. 'She is Expecting' is very sweet.

  • megansbeadeddesigns

    megansbeadeddesigns said 5 years ago

    So much wonderfulness!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 5 years ago

    These pictures are so gorgeous! Really unique finds! Love them! The mushroom mom and baby is amazing! I love the owl to! Thanks for sharing!

  • BrittneyWest

    BrittneyWest said 5 years ago

    Weird is what makes the world go round. Love it all! Thanks for sharing! "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."--Rumi

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 5 years ago

    Mushroom nonna!

  • AVelvetLeaf

    AVelvetLeaf said 5 years ago

    I love babies....even weird ones!

  • Gwendolynsdesign

    Gwendolynsdesign said 5 years ago

    Love the OWL!

  • CherylMcNulty

    CherylMcNulty said 5 years ago

    Very interesting!! Thanks for the read!

  • Nubletz

    Nubletz said 5 years ago

    I love this!!!! I love crafts that use googly eyes (as u can see in my profile but this is just soooo cute and such a great idea!!!! Deffinetally inspirational to someone who crafts "creature" like handmade crafts for children but mostly for the adult collector!!!! :) xoxo -Tawnya (Strangely Adorable Creature*Creationz)

  • MoonmoonArtHouse

    MoonmoonArtHouse said 5 years ago

    Lovely family tree..the mushroom is so to made it?

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