Thursday, April 23, 2009

Happy Birthday, Bard!

Today is William Shakespeare's 445th birthday! It also happens to be my 29th birthday. So to celebrate, here are some of my favorite Shakespeare-themed items from other Etsy sellers. Most of them revolve around Hamlet because that's my favorite of his plays (to say the least).

This Hamlet journal comes from the Immortallongings shop run by Elizabeth E. Schuch. Her tender portraits of various Shakespearean characters adorn everything from journals and bookmarks to cards and jewelry. I bought two of her Hamlet bookmarks a few months ago, and I adore them! I'm seriously considering buying this journal with some of my birthday money because it's just so delicious.

Probably the best-known phrase from Hamlet -- and perhaps any of Shakespeare's plays -- has to be "To be or not to be, that is the question." This quirky necklace from Reworkd displays the phrase in an original way. It would make a great gift for someone who loves Shakespeare, Hamlet, or even typewriters.

Another well-known line from Hamlet adorns this groovy pendant from Lpjewelry. The reminder to be true to yourself would be a cool gift for a graduate, don't you think?

This necklace displays one of my favorite Hamlet lines. It's a bit existential, perfect for any deep-thinkers out there.
And finally, this nifty bag from Hamncheezr is a useful way to display your devotion to the Bard's immortal prose. I've never seen anything like it on Etsy -- this is truly one-of-a-kind.

Happy birthday, Shakespeare! You made our language so much richer, I can't imagine what it would be like without you.


  1. Happy, Happy birthday Rachel!!!

  2. Happy Birthday!
    All those items are too cute :D

  3. Happy Birthday William and Rachel! :D

  4. Thanks, everyone! I had a fun and productive birthday -- what could be more perfect? :-D


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