Sunday, November 20, 2011

Deck the halls…

I started putting festive lights up today. My daughter wanted to play with them.

Stockings are coming soon to my house, but are already available in the shop!

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Available at – and I would love to make custom ones with names on them!



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Holiday Shopping Deadlines Coming SOON!

Every year I’m asked again and again when the deadlines for holiday shipping are.  I go by the USPS Holiday Shipping Dates to figure out when I have to ship things, but here’s a quick overview of when you need to ORDER from me by:

If you want a CUSTOM or PERSONALIZED ITEM, here is your timeline:

US Customers – Order by December 10

International Customers – Order by December 1

APO/AE Customers – Order by NOVEMBER 25


If you are purchasing an “in stock” item through my Etsy store, here is your timeline:

US Customers – Order by December 18

International Customers – Order by December 13

Central/South America and Africa – Order by December 8

APO/AE Customers – Order by December 8

APO/AE ZIP 093 – Order by December 1


And there you have it! If you have a question on whether something in my Etsy shop is in stock or not, you can look for “in stock” in the “tags” underneath the item description.  My made to order pieces also say that they are made to order in the descriptions.  If you are ordering from or, it is best to assume that your item is made to order.  I may have it in stock for quicker shipment, but the majority of the items on both sites are made to order.

Any questions? Ask me! caitlin[at]moxieandoliver[dot]com



Monday, November 14, 2011

Custom Zodiac Guitar Strap

I love doing custom work, and I love it the very most when a customer gives me carte blanche in making the piece.  This strap was for a customer who already has two of my straps, which she gave me pretty free reign on, but this one was almost completely free.  I suggested an air theme, and her request was:

“some juxtaposition of fire and water, cool colors and hot colors, moon and sun, Leo & cancer would be fun. The artwork I brought back from Italy was of winged lions, the wings were multi-colored. Classical crab artwork as opposed to cartoon crabs. Sort of a classical sensibility overall.”

And here is the result:

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This is one of my favorite straps of all time.  It is something that only could have been created as a custom item – the combination of the Leo and Cancer signs only works for a select few – but I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to make it.  It is amazing!

Love my customers. Love custom leather pieces.  Not so fond of winter, but at least it gets me an excuse for a lot of studio time!



Saturday, November 5, 2011

Coming this week


That Duomo Portfolio is one of a kind, and that Duomo Tote has a flat bottom!



Friday, November 4, 2011

Holiday Shopping–Handmade Style!


So to start off, since I know most of my customers are online, have you heard about Small Business Saturday? You can register on the your card here, and then on Saturday November 26, you can shop at any participating small business and receive a $25 statement credit. 

Guess what!?  Moxie and Oliver is participating!!  So on Saturday, November 26, go make a purchase from and get a $25 statement credit when you use your American Express Card! But GO REGISTER NOW SINCE SPACES ARE LIMITED.  What are you still doing here? GO!!!


Then, if you happen to be in the Seattle area, here are the events I will be attending:

Saturday November 26th – Sunday November 27th

Etsy Rain Holiday Show at the Intiman Theatre

201 Mercer Street, Seattle WA

11am - 5pm both days

Ditch the mall/downtown rush and come here instead! I promise lots of unique gifts and you get the distinct pleasure of meeting the people who you are supporting.

Saturday December 3rd – Sunday December 4th

Urban Craft Uprising Holiday Show at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA

11am – 5pm both days

SCHWAG BAGS!!!! The first 100 people through the door on Saturday get a goodie bag that is guaranteed to include an awesome Moxie and Oliver coupon, good for early birds only! Last time I did this show there were people lined up for hours before, so grab some coffee, throw on your hand-knit scarf, and come on down. It’s worth the wait!

Saturday December 10th

I Heart Indie Holidays Show at the Wallingford Boys and Girls Club

1310 N. 45th Street, Seattle WA

10am – 7pm ONE DAY ONLY!

When I first started out I did the I Heart Rummage show every month, and it will be fun to go back! New venue that I haven’t been to, but I’m so thrilled to be returning to my roots. And know what? This is your last chance to shop! With 14 days left before Xmas, it’s the perfect time to do that last-minute shopping!



Hope to see you at one of these!  And if not, you can always find me online: and



Tuesday, November 1, 2011


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This is going to be a quickie, but it was promised, so here goes.

My daughter Aife had her first real Halloween this year and after years and years of making my own costumes, I was so excited to make one for her.  She has a collection of my old stuffed dragons that she adores, so I thought I’d make her a dragon costume.

I bought a dragon costume pattern from Simplicity not thinking really too much of it, bought the fabric, then cut it all out (painstakingly – that takes forever!!) and realized that this dragon is not a dragon at all!

It has no ears. It has no wings.  It has two sets of fins that are full of interfacing, and no fins on the back of the costume, because (I think due to CPSIA regulations) it has velcro up the back rather than a zip front like they all had when I was a kid.

So I get to work altering the pattern.  I cut an extra set of fins from the contrast fabric, used the ears from another of the costumes in this pattern, cut them down a little smaller and folded them to stitch them on to the hood, and then cut a pattern for a pair of wings. I moved the zipper to the front, which meant altering the tummy piece. 

All in all, I think my little sage and berry cotton velvet dragon costume was adorable!  Sorry for the vague pictures – Kevin is still not keen on photos of Aife on the internet.  But here’s one of me in a rainbow wig to make up for it.