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December 19, 2013

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Hippo Esthetics T-Shirt Las Vegans might be the only ones who get this Wynn spin on the classic Charlie Sheen-ism, but that's what makes it so sweet. $30, hippoe.com. S P OT L I G H T Just Us Freaks IAdornU Mid-Century Cinder Block Necklace Mary Beth Heishman's IAdornU line of jewelry features whimsical whales and personalized airplanes and speaks directly to fans of mid-mod architecture with stylish concrete blocks rendered in silver. Find them on rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. $80, etsy.com/shop/ iadornu or Trifecta Gallery, 366-7001. Peg Buddies Superhero Peg People Featuring the hand-painted likenesses of Captain America, Spider-Man, Batman and the Hulk, these smile-inducing petite wooden dolls (also available as Disney princesses or custom painted to look like your family) are for your inner child (and nostalgic adult). $72, etsy.com/shop/pegbuddies. Ellis Island 'Nog There's no need to spike the local brewery's special yuletide treat— more than 300 bottles of booze made it into this year's batch. Rethink the red wine and bring the holiday party host a bottle of 'nog instead. $29.95, Ellis Island Casino & Brewery and Village Pub locations. When Erin Emre told her kids that their grandmother's spirit lived on in butterflies, she didn't think about them finding a dead one tangled in a fence. She transformed the body into an art piece bristling with steampunk watch gears on black agate, like a bionic being that might last forever. That piece inspired a legion of decorative and wearable art that honors everything from dried petals and insect wings to road-kill bones and botched taxidermy. Statement earrings made of porcupine quills in bullet casings and a delicate necklace of rabbit femur and raw quartz come with stories of salvaging dead animals (and enduring WTF stares), as well as incredibly reasonable prices. Emre has repurposed skin from her snake Meatball and teeth her kids have lost. Whimsical and lovely to hilariously macabre, her jewelry, sculpture and minutely detailed dioramas are a celebration of things we discard. "To me it's not about being successful; it's just about having fun," she says of her Etsy shop and pieces at Cash 4 Chaos and Widow Den at the Arts Factory. "Being a starving artist, it's just what I do." –Erin Ryan Just Us Freaks Rabbit Bone and Red Sandalwood Necklace Tea staining gives this found rabbit radius the slightest blush, echoing a vial of red sandalwood. Fixed to a delicate silver chain, these fragments of plant and animal life celebrate what stays behind. $15, etsy.com/ shop/justusfreaks. ELLIS ISLAND 'NOG BY LEILA NAVIDI 22-27_Feature_20131219.indd 23 DECEMBER 19–25, 2013 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM 23 12/18/13 4:47 PM

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