[This is one post in a series of twelve posts designed to feature a wildly creative and exciting group of crafters and artisans. Please take a moment to visit the shop featured in this post and all the shops featured on the left and right hand sidebars of my blog. You'll have the opportunity to learn about two fabulous shops a week - just in time to get all of your holiday shopping done. Enjoy!]
Two years ago, I was lonesomely navigating the exciting and bumpy waters of crafting here in Washington DC. I stumbled upon a blog written by a local woman who made the most fantastically unusual zombie and yeti crafts I had ever seen. Actively involved in all things craft here in the nation's capital, including Crafty Bastards, Hello Craft and the Craft Mutiny, Tina Seamonster is the funniest and most original zombie/seamonster/yeti crafter out there and a constant inspiration ever since! She also blogs at I Like Seamonsters and is an active co-host on the Television Zombies podcast. To top it all off, Tina's mom to twin girls with the most active imaginations I've ever encountered and no doubt a source of constant inspiration.
Featuring Tina Seamonster at the kick-start of the holiday season was an easy decision - where else will you get your zombie Christmas cards?! She offers a unique and hilarious assortment of cards perfect for anyone who raises an eyebrow to holiday cheer, elves and even the baby Jesus. Even your grumpy husband, cousin or dude down the street would do a double-take once they see these! Did you know that zombies hate cats AND that you are awesome? I sure didn't.
What many people would consider a Haunted Hallmark, her shop is a bevy of Gocco-printed, hand-stitched and duct-taped delights - everything from stuffed zombie ornaments (with dainty little bells!) to wallets to silly shirts for your precocious kids that read "STOP EATING UNICORNS!" Her line of shirts, cards and prints featuring President Obama are perhaps my favorite - there is nothing more amusing than seeing the 44th president of the United States clock a zombie upside the head! POW!
If you're looking for something strange, inspired and unlike anything you've ever seen, I highly suggest you stop by the Seamonster Shop. There isn't a nerd I know that wouldn't fall all over themselves to get her crafty creations. Oh, and did I mention that Alastair the Grumpy Gnome would like you to keep it in your pants? Yes, thank you. Merry Christmas.