Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thursday, a mad scientist's lab, and Etsy (girl edition)

"vintage biology wall chart - frog" via luckylittledot

So I wanted to design a mad scientist's lab, but wanted it to be cute and fun because I imagined it belonging to a super smart and cool middle school girl (I was thinking specifically of Janie, the science-lovin' bff of Harriet, yes, of "Harriet the Spy"). So this room is a bit madcap with its mix of sciences (an English teacher put it together, after all), but the room also has plenty of girlishness (hello pink in the amazing vintage biology wall chart up at the top of this post).

And, I know, I went a little nuts with this week's room. But I was so nerdy excited about the idea of it and I found so many neat things on Etsy that I could not pass up. It definitely is one of the favorite rooms that I've done for our Thursday Etsy posts.

Anyway, does anyone else think that one heck of a cute monster could be made in this room?

And if a monster if to be made, a scientist will need 2 key tools - a vintage microscope and a pair of Victorian scissors that would make Mary Shelley proud:

"Small Metal Microscope" via Hindsvik

"Victorian Scissors Necklace" by mamaslittlebabies

The basics for an evil genius:

Safety first! "Lab Assistant goggles" by doubleastiching

"Vintage 1960s Chem Lab Chemistry Set" via AustinModern

"Vintage glass jars" via bluebellbazaar

"Vintage Pyrex Labware Colorful Chemistry Bottle Set" via 26olivestreet

"Vintage E. H. Sargent Red Litmus Paper Glass Vials" via MachoMachismo

I don't know much about biology (or robotics or chemistry), but the following things seem to make a lovely starter kit for making a buddy for Frankenstein's monster:

"Antique Anatomy Model" via shavingkitsupplies

"Porcelain glove molds" via bluebellbazaar

"Velvet Dental Case" (with teeth!) via Hindsvik

"4 Tiny Vacuum Tubes" via BookBasement

"Happy Crocheted Heart" by taterutus

And because a girl has to have interests aside from the animation of bodies:

"Knitting in Biology 101 in an actual dissection tray" by CraftyHedgehog

"Fungal Specimen Box No. 2" by specimen7

"Wild Mushroom Environment" by jessrees

Philippines China Sea Butterfly on vintage map by REALBUTTERFLYGIFTS

3 real butterflies on a vintage map of South America by REALBUTTERFLYGIFTS

For taking notes and corresponding with those kids at MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory:

Robot notebook by presentandcorrect

"Elementary" notecards by radiolaria

"Microscopic Life Postcards" via SnowBearProductions

A scientist needs some beautiful walls too:

"Illustrated German Pull Down Biology Charts (Mammalian Embryology Reproductive Organs)" via HelloVictory

"Doll House no 311 (with heart and lungs) - Original Mixed Media Assemblage" by sushipot

"Bricolage no 37 (with intestines) - Original Mixed Media Collage on Panel" by sushipot

"Crankobot Paper Robot Puppet Toy" by crankbunny

"Moss for your Wall 5" by Ottoman

"Lichen for your Wall 11" by Ottoman

And, of course, our girl needs a lab assistant:

"Robot with a strawberry heart" by Littlebrownbyrd


  1. Oh Wow! We Love the Scissors and Lab assistant goggles! Thanks for featuring a few of our items. :)

  2. Love this! You should definitely read Frannie K. Stein books (so they are elementary school books)She is the cutest little mad scientist ever!

  3. What a wonderful post with so many great items! Thank you so much for including some of my moss and lichen!

  4. Awesome theme! I love science stuff too. Thanks for including Hello Victory among all these wonderful sellers!

  5. Oh. My. Goodness. I adore what you put together! It's so creative and original--and totally stylish too! And a great round-up so we can get the look ourselves. I LOVE this post!

  6. what a totally fun and awesome post, WOW.
    Amy (stickers and stuff)

  7. You are so talented! This was an amazing post and you found incredible items to feature.

    I was pleased to see some of my favorite shops here!

  8. Truly odd and delicious! Thanks so much for including my necklace. xoxo

  9. How long did it take you to find everything - what an assortment. Any girl would love that room!!


  10. Microscopes are a hoot. I had one as a kid and have one to this day.



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