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Keep It Weird: Welcome Home

Sep 10, 2010

by Michelle Traub handmade and vintage goods

After only a few days out at Burning Man, stumbling upon a giant fire-breathing praying mantis in the midst of a white-out dust storm became par for the course. Now that I’m back in Brooklyn, it’s taking me longer than I expected to readjust to a society of handshakes and currency-based exchanges. As long as there’s still playa dust in my living room, I plan on lingering in that otherworldly realm. Keep It Weird is back and thirstier than ever.

Beatrice by katieburley


















Primordial Tumble by dylanmurphy

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  • kodashii88

    kodashii88 said 6 years ago

    Primordial Tumble. Mine!

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 6 years ago

    wow! superb pics! Horned creature Pot is suppper fun :)

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

    Some of these items are downright disturbing. And I could not love them more!

  • cindylouwho2

    cindylouwho2 said 6 years ago

    good to have you back! that bead is extraordinary

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 6 years ago

    More great weird stuff!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LuttrellStudio

    LuttrellStudio said 6 years ago

    I have wanted to ge to Burning Man for so long.... since I watched Juicy Danger Meets Burning Man YEARS ago!!! Hope it was as amazing as my imagination, although I'm sure it was more so.

  • LuttrellStudio

    LuttrellStudio said 6 years ago

    just for reference!

  • SomeWheninTime

    SomeWheninTime said 6 years ago

    A couple of those are rather creepy. But I love the Primordial Tumble. Hmmm...wonder if my husband would fit in the dryer if I just..

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    Definitely strange, but so very neat! The Dicoryne Box is AMAZING!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 6 years ago

    strange combo of odd and cool

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 6 years ago

    here we go! keeping it weird!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Formidable !

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 6 years ago

    Great picks! Thanks for sharing :)

  • sweetrocket99

    sweetrocket99 said 6 years ago

    So refreshing not to see the pastel palettes of cutesy etsy stuff made by people who seem to all be in a club I am not part of. Not that I don't adore those as well..but Keep it Weird is strangely very inspirational. Great post!

  • AlissaRose

    AlissaRose said 6 years ago

    Love it. I saw some great pics from the burn - including the double rainbow! No need to readjust - keep it weird!

  • ValerieTyler

    ValerieTyler said 6 years ago

    I have so many friends that go each year, one of these years I'll make it out there.

  • treeoflifestudio

    treeoflifestudio said 6 years ago

    It is our duty to create as many interesting things in the world as we can. There is enough drabness to go around. Let's definatley "keep it weird" as much as possible, it's keeps things interesting

  • urbanknitfits

    urbanknitfits said 6 years ago

    wow, yikes! weird indeed- and tis the season! I love this time of year, bring it!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    Irregular can be mind boggling

  • paperholiday

    paperholiday said 6 years ago

    Very wierd, but I like it!

  • deepfried

    deepfried said 6 years ago

    "As long as there's still playa dust in my living room, I plan on lingering in that otherworldly realm." Definitely a quote to live by! Excellent!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 6 years ago

    Oh Michelle, You lucky Girl you! These are some awesomly weird picks, love them as always:)

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

    you have a talent for unearthing the unusual on etsy, i think this skill will help you with your culture shock! XO

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 6 years ago

    awesome:) i so want that door!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    the beatrice hat is great!

  • Deconize

    Deconize said 6 years ago

    Woa, live that dolphin bracelet! The flower pot and mask are great too, perfect for Halloween!

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 6 years ago

    Good to have you back, Michelle.

  • FancyFigments

    FancyFigments said 6 years ago

    Keep it weird and burning man go hand-in-hand. My own etsy shop was founded on a gift from a friend on the playa. Inspirations galore! Make sure to keep some dust around in case of emergencies.

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 6 years ago

    LOVE the weird & macabre...and anything in between. ;)

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 6 years ago

    very wierd and very interesting and very unique fresh!!

  • whimsicals

    whimsicals said 6 years ago

    disturbing - yay! Love the cat and banana and Primordial Tumble.

  • ShawnDuBois

    ShawnDuBois said 6 years ago

    I love that door!

  • BellaLili

    BellaLili said 6 years ago

    Love these articles! Always so fun to see the more Avant Garde side of Etsy.

  • VintageJN

    VintageJN said 6 years ago

    weird but great!

  • dandyapple

    dandyapple said 6 years ago

    I normally love the k.i.w. posts but this seemed more like a tweet than a blog entry. Show me more Michelle! Of course I am sure you must still be recuperating from burning man. Will stay tuned for the next installment....

  • dandyapple

    dandyapple said 6 years ago

    Did that just eat my comment. Urg I will not do it again. Ack!

  • dandyapple

    dandyapple said 6 years ago

    whoopsie. No more wine.

  • mialareine

    mialareine said 6 years ago

    I love how creative everybody is!! I have always been a fan of the macabre...

  • UglyBaby

    UglyBaby said 6 years ago

    Cat Banana Inanity. Wow. Yes. I like. I like very much.

  • kmwatkins

    kmwatkins said 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • dadadreams

    dadadreams said 6 years ago

    Awesome picks! I hope you had a great time at Burning Man. :)

  • secretjewellz

    secretjewellz said 6 years ago

    Love looking at the weirdness!

  • LuBluDesigns

    LuBluDesigns said 6 years ago

    These are very interesting! I love it!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 6 years ago

    strange :)

  • abstractartgallery

    abstractartgallery said 6 years ago

    Great finds! I love the dude in the drier.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Eerie,creepy and so interesting!

  • BellaMarie

    BellaMarie said 6 years ago

    Nice items, thanks for sharing!

  • vinnco

    vinnco said 6 years ago

    I don't think I know what to think ;)

  • IStandConnected

    IStandConnected said 6 years ago


  • foxzmez

    foxzmez said 6 years ago

    I just purchased the pull chain by PATRICIA6800... LOVE 'EM going to get one for every room! It adds so much Character to the room.

  • mywhatafind

    mywhatafind said 6 years ago

    Kinda sick.

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 6 years ago

    Someone's ready for Halloween!

  • skrocki

    skrocki said 6 years ago

    awesome selection! my stuff is usually described as weird or interesting, it's nice to see this type of items being recognized too.

  • jelvehdesigns

    jelvehdesigns said 6 years ago

    great post, never been to burning man, my brother in law goes every year, its pretty close to us, one of these days we will check it out...

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 6 years ago

    you ROCK!!!!! keep it unreal!

  • gormanstudios

    gormanstudios said 6 years ago

    Oh wow, the touch of violence is edgy... I love it. More! and thanks...

  • ReDFindz

    ReDFindz said 6 years ago

    Love keep it weird.

  • TheEvesLikeUs

    TheEvesLikeUs said 6 years ago

    Can't help but be curious!

  • whimhandmadejewelry

    whimhandmadejewelry said 6 years ago

    How original! I love seeing items like these that I've never seen before... It's so refreshing! :)

  • SpaGoddess

    SpaGoddess said 6 years ago

    Crazy weird!! LOVE

  • opheliasapothecary

    opheliasapothecary said 6 years ago

    weird, but refreshing.... thank you! blessings, ophelia

  • FunnyLittleBird

    FunnyLittleBird said 6 years ago

    keep it weird is my favorite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RaiseYourFist

    RaiseYourFist said 6 years ago

    The Baby Skull Rattle is right up my alley. I would have loved to make it to burning man! Some folks I know got a grant for an art installation there. They were going to re-create a city street with interactive dummies you could talk and listen to. Conceptually removing the anonymity of large crowds on city streets.

  • TheTreasuredPast

    TheTreasuredPast said 6 years ago

    I love the door!

  • poorlittlelamb

    poorlittlelamb said 6 years ago

    Love it. Nice & weird:)

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Weird yes...but I gotta admit I love it! ;)

  • LuluRedshoes

    LuluRedshoes said 6 years ago

    I want it all! I think the "weird" taps into the deepest. most primal part of our humaness . . . it's good to acknowledge that "civilized" remnant. Keep it Weird is my favorite, too.

  • lterrill9

    lterrill9 said 6 years ago

    Definately weird, but that is what makes us all who we are! Love the selection!

  • CrudeThings

    CrudeThings said 6 years ago

    hahaha fun finds!

  • RubySkeleton

    RubySkeleton said 6 years ago

    Baby skull rattle - Nimer Aleck II- that was not made for a baby, it was made for me =) Beatrice- far out kewl!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 6 years ago

    LOVE the hat!!!!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    The "Oh Baby Bustier" is a scream!

  • LicoriceTwig

    LicoriceTwig said 6 years ago

    Yay for Keepin it weird! These are great.

  • chanyeevon

    chanyeevon said 6 years ago

    Some of the items are real weird and intriguing. I find this 'Couture Creature' really really cute!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Burning Man--> NYC...tough transition. Thanks for the skull!

  • RunzwithScissors

    RunzwithScissors said 6 years ago

    welcome back to the default world, Michelle! Indeed, the alkali dust of the Black Rock desert and its temporary denizens can be a hard transition either way. Or for those of us born weird, not. Hope your eyes were filled with wonder and fun, and the least amount of dust possible, for your time there. and thank you for keeping it weird! The weirder the better!

  • MoMuertos

    MoMuertos said 6 years ago

    That little pot is so wonderful!

  • EphemeraAndMore

    EphemeraAndMore said 6 years ago

    I love "keep it weird"! My favorite! Thanks again.

  • KimDot

    KimDot said 6 years ago

    Ha ha, how could you not love 'primordial tumble'? Fantastic! :D

  • kskjewelrydesigns

    kskjewelrydesigns said 6 years ago

    Wonderful! Haven't made it to Burning Man yet, but I sure do miss the unique vibe of the desert, even the weird ringing that seems ever-present in my ears there. Something about the electrical lines? Or maybe just my head. Love Keep It Weird, thanks for doing it & welcome back!

  • archaicdesign

    archaicdesign said 6 years ago

    I do love the desert and keep it weird! perfect combination. It's always a pleasure checking out this little sweet spot on Etsy.

  • animalsandicons

    animalsandicons said 6 years ago

    Thanks for keeping the weird pilot light burning.

  • SchneiderGallery

    SchneiderGallery said 6 years ago

    I can't wait for another dose of weirdoes ;) Glad u're back!

  • sabahnur

    sabahnur said 6 years ago

    aggghhh! spooky!

  • earringsnation

    earringsnation said 6 years ago

    unusual stuffs!

  • PaperCoversRockShop

    PaperCoversRockShop said 6 years ago

    Weird and wonderful!

  • BigSkyArtworks

    BigSkyArtworks said 6 years ago

    Welcome back - maybe you can keep the spirit of Burning Man burning in the big city.

  • lorisstylinghairstuf

    lorisstylinghairstuf said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Weird is good :)

  • BlueSky10

    BlueSky10 said 6 years ago

    Wow! So cool!

  • shoreandmore

    shoreandmore said 6 years ago

    There's something for everyone... now I'll keep looking for new posts!

  • johnnyvintage

    johnnyvintage said 6 years ago

    These are great!

  • cobaltmoonchild

    cobaltmoonchild said 6 years ago

    Thanks very much for featuring "Aberrant Ann the Audacious Anomaly" in your awesome collection of truly inspiring work! I am honored to be featured among such great and amazing artistry.

  • pickledporcelain

    pickledporcelain said 6 years ago

    Perfectly weird and wonderful!!!!!

  • rileysfriends

    rileysfriends said 6 years ago

    I loooooove the Dicoryne Box!!!!!! ;)

  • AngelicaV

    AngelicaV said 6 years ago

    Definitely keep the weirdness coming!

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth said 6 years ago

    Definitely keeping it weird, that bee hat is fantastic :) Have you seen those leather spaceships yet? I can't remember the name of the shop, but I bet they'd help you stay in that "otherworldly realm" just a bit longer!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    These are cool!

  • camamiel

    camamiel said 6 years ago

    I love being disturbed like this.

  • PoisonGarden

    PoisonGarden said 6 years ago

    What a cool selection of items-I love that baby rattle!

  • weirdamiga

    weirdamiga said 6 years ago

    Dicoryne Box > I love it!! I never really dust my Burning Man outfit... Well, I do, to an extent, but being careful not to remove the dust completely (like it's even possible!) Boots & tentacular hat remain covered in fine ashy sand until Burning Man comes around again! <3

  • seaglassgems4you

    seaglassgems4you said 6 years ago

    well done :)

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 6 years ago

    Nice. Now I have a great gift idea for the next baby shower I go to!!

  • SoSaDesigns

    SoSaDesigns said 6 years ago

    It was wonderful reading and seeing this! I am going to make it to Burning Man one year. Hopefully next year. Thanks for sharing!

  • dylanmurphy

    dylanmurphy said 6 years ago

    Thank you very much for featuring Primordial Tumble. It's good too see some of this stuff being featured.

  • deetsy

    deetsy said 6 years ago

    wow, i SO want that horned creature pot! I'm thinking a nice spiky succulent would finish him off nicely...

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 6 years ago


  • skltnsinmycloset

    skltnsinmycloset said 6 years ago

    lol anything weird is interesting to me :)

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 6 years ago

    LOVING the door sculpture, it reminds me of a string of time between Dali and Pink Floyd...and it's just so much fun to stare at!

  • seasonsart1031

    seasonsart1031 said 6 years ago

    Weird is always better! love these!

  • bluewhitejewelrywear

    bluewhitejewelrywear said 6 years ago

    Bizarre :)

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    My Surreal World! Now where's my credit card?

  • ampeefyed

    ampeefyed said 6 years ago

    love the baby skull rattle. *WOOT*!

  • SilverSkyHi

    SilverSkyHi said 6 years ago

    super weird and wonderful

  • nowvintage

    nowvintage said 6 years ago

    love the weird best, someday I need to send you some pictures of my studio...pretty crazy that way. Your post reminds me that I must get around to going to burning man!! It is so hard that it is in the fall art show season, Unfortunately I am still needing that hand shake to survive!

  • IAmaMajorGeneral

    IAmaMajorGeneral said 6 years ago

    This reminds me of one of my fav playlist songs: "She spread herself wide open to let the insects in she leaves a trail of honey to show me where she's been she has the blood of reptile just underneath her skin seeds from a thousand others drip down from within." ~NIN Keep it Weird!

  • Melindamilkshake

    Melindamilkshake said 6 years ago

    Way cool!


    MLWENJOY said 6 years ago

    LOVE the "keep it weird" section Keep on keeping it weird/amazing!

  • leslietsy

    leslietsy said 6 years ago

    Marvelously strange! Makes my skeleton pins look normal!

  • manbeast63

    manbeast63 said 6 years ago

    This is really great stuff. Dig Dig Dig scissors.

  • FeistyOwlStudio

    FeistyOwlStudio said 6 years ago

    Keep it weird is my favorite!

  • tinalewis

    tinalewis said 6 years ago


  • KatarinasKorner

    KatarinasKorner said 6 years ago

    awesome stuff!!!! I love that little horned creature pot. :) So cute and original!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 6 years ago

    Love it! I like different and original thoughts!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 6 years ago

    Wierd indeed! Loved the paper mache wimsical figurine!

  • saburkitty

    saburkitty said 6 years ago

    So many great items and fun shops to explore!

  • retrolabs

    retrolabs said 6 years ago

    Love the door! We have three of them where I work at the University of Colorado Denver campus!

  • LeafLee

    LeafLee said 6 years ago

    as always I love this blog!

  • jennibram

    jennibram said 6 years ago

    Michelle, thank goodness you're back. What a freakin' fantastic lot of picks. Thanks heaps.

  • orchidandreptile

    orchidandreptile said 6 years ago

    What fantastic finds! Keep It Weird is so peculiarly wonderful.

  • Sanchezz

    Sanchezz said 6 years ago

    thanx for keeping it weird... and for the connection to all the talent out there 8} can't wait to find more like these

  • voodooville

    voodooville said 6 years ago

    great blog! Really interesting x

  • claudiascreation1

    claudiascreation1 said 6 years ago

    Very Different! Yikes!

  • seaoats

    seaoats said 6 years ago

    i'm kind of drawn to the washing machine pic...definitely creepy...

  • quarks

    quarks said 6 years ago

    forever strange is a apple in my eye.

  • orangeladybird

    orangeladybird said 6 years ago

    keeping it weird is keeping it interesting.

  • ScienceKitty

    ScienceKitty said 6 years ago

    The Dicoryne Box is amazing!

  • Altrosa

    Altrosa said 6 years ago

    Weird stuff I think is pretty cool. likey likey.

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 6 years ago

    Dang! I love this stuff... that photo of the man in the dryer is great.

  • TheBunnyHole

    TheBunnyHole said 6 years ago

    This has really inspired me to be a bit more creative and less conservative with some trinket boxes I'm presently making.

  • emmasaradavies

    emmasaradavies said 6 years ago

    I completely love the beatrice hat !!! I want one !!

  • babear

    babear said 6 years ago

    My brother-in-law just returned from his first Burning Man where he befriended two fine folks named "Souffle" and "Bubbles." Needless to say, I really want to take my first trip now! Also, love that little horned creature pot.

  • OriJnel

    OriJnel said 6 years ago

    love weird. Its how I do

  • stuffbyxtine

    stuffbyxtine said 6 years ago

    Oh man. I have a love/hate relationship with the Keep It Weird series. I love/hate the Bizarre Brasier Series Oh Baby Bustier by christinamaedesigns :)

  • kerenasaf

    kerenasaf said 6 years ago

    wow! that baby skull rattle just hits the spot. i love bizarre, i know some people are a little taken aback by weird -- for me it opens up a wonderful universe. way to go! keep it coming

  • inajuicebox

    inajuicebox said 6 years ago

    <3 it!

  • MasonRabbitsPaperie

    MasonRabbitsPaperie said 6 years ago

    Fantastic finds!

  • WynnStudio

    WynnStudio said 6 years ago

    Loving the weird! xox

  • IntoTheTrees

    IntoTheTrees said 6 years ago

    I love weird but looking at some of these finds could cause for restless sleep and bring on the nightmares.

  • WynnStudio

    WynnStudio said 6 years ago

    AH! I have devoted my work to the WEIRD! Or at least- Curious and Unusual! GO PEEK!!! xox J a n e W y n n

  • ipooo

    ipooo said 6 years ago

    Too weird like a mixture of Hitchcock and Tim Burton .... Halloween New Choice..

  • ipooo

    ipooo said 6 years ago

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 6 years ago

    just don't like it!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 6 years ago

    Just do not like it at all!

  • grettakohler

    grettakohler said 6 years ago

    Welcome back! Love the assortment. We too are still cleaning the playa dust from our living room. Hope your experience was awesome! Cheers from Electric Ladyland NC members.

  • samsstuff

    samsstuff said 6 years ago

    Love all the wildness here!

  • TandokunoGurl

    TandokunoGurl said 6 years ago

    Excellent Feature! Some great items, truly artistic.

  • katchith

    katchith said 5 years ago

    Check out some weird and surreal paintings at surreal paintings

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