Ersatz Vintage

I finally did it! that is…started an Etsy Shop for vintage separate from my handmade shop!

the secret shop I started in 2007 and called “Ersatz” with no real idea what to do with it is now strictly VINTAGEEEE

Here’s my Logo:

Desira Pesta ersatz_vintage

Ersatz's New Logo (featuring a drawing I did years ago)

and banner:

Desira Pesta Ersatz Vintage Banner

I named her Pepper



Featured, yeah!

My hickory leather & floral floppy hat was featured on this awesome blog yesterday and am happy to be amongst other great Etsyians and designers.  Many thanks to those at MayDae for the their recognition.  😉

Desira Pesta on Maydae

Desira Pesta's Hickory & Floral Floppy Hat

Desira Pesta's Hickory & Floral Floppy Hat

Hickory & Floral Floppy Hat

Hickory & Floral Floppy Hat

The interior is lined with beautiful designer surplus floral silk in purple:

Desira Pesta's Hickory & Floral Floppy Hat

Interior of Hat


Thank you!!!

Junk Mail

I don’t know about you, but I get waaaay too much snail mail from all over the spectrum of N/A to me or what I buy.

I don’t know how they do it, but they find you and solicit your butt off.  In the last two years, I have gotten car insurance, car consolidation loan, car trading, and car leasing information from a dozen companies.  I haven’t owned a car since 2005.

They also managed to somehow pinpoint that my supposed car is a “Hyundai”, as several companies have offered me better insurance deals on my Korean make, and some have even offered up better car choices for me.  Upon receiving my first group of papers for car-related stuff, I freaked out and called the Social Security Office.  I was convinced that someone had stolen my identity and bought a car… I was wrong. They are just that creepy.


Another slew of letters I have gotten lately have been from The New York Review of Books.  I read.. A LOT, but how did they find me?  I always buy secondhand books on, but how the hell would …

I am guessing that some or most of my mail is related to one giant conglomerate of snail mail dispersers… like the Hain Celestial Group of snail mail.  (If you don’t know them, look them up, they own everything natural food. )

Last night, I decided to move my many spices into simple jars.  What better tool to make out of a piece of snail mail, than a funnel!?

Spice Funnel

I don’t even know what they expect us to do with this paper.  The unspoken up until now, is how freaking wasteful this is, this trend of blind solicitation.  I estimate that in a single year, I get 312 pieces of UNWANTED & UNWARRANTED snail mail (that’s a lowball of just 6 pieces per week).  I’m just one person. Multiply this possible letter amount by the people in the U.S…

312 x 307,006,550

(pieces of mail x Google’s public data estimate of residents of the U.S. in 2009)

= 95,786,043,600


Now, I just made those numbers up based on how much I get and the population count also includes children, who don’t get mail, but I am sure that business owners, families of five, and other especially alluring peoples get more junkmail than me. In any case, even if you cut that number into thirds, it’s horrific.

Let’s keep letters for love & penpals.  Email is a beautiful thing.



desira pesta Newyears sale

desira pesta Newyears sale


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Doing Things With My Hands

Is what I love to do most, in any form, (don’t get naughty I mean crafts!)

I just moved from my beautiful studio of three years in Red Hook, Brooklyn overlooking the ocean:

Working on the 4th of July ain't so bad with a view of fireworks over the Statue of Liberty!

I’ve moved into a more modest and cozy dwelling in Bushwick, Brooklyn, but as a transient Sagittarius, this change was much needed.  I had some amazing and crazy times with my studiomates, RHLS, JUNKPRINTS, ZOOGUU, LEDTHREAD, REITER8, CUBIST LITERATURE, KCOLINE, and Mister Rob Kalin, himself, and those walls will always store a ridiculous novel’s work of adventures, mishaps, theft, fire, drama, incest, and siege in our hearts.  Throw a ton of artists in a 5,000 sq ft loft and see what kind of shenanigans occur.  I will miss you all, but onto the new!

With that said, I can hardly move my arms today.  I have taken my first stab at DIY laminate floor installing and although, I can totally do it and it looks great so far, swimming ain’t got nothing on installing floors.  Gahh ! My back! my hands! My fingers! My forearms! Haha!  I can’t wait to see how the space shapes up.  ;o)

Not so bad.

Now onto the beautiful things!  New hand-woven handiwork.  I LOVE DOING THESE, so buy them so I can make more in seriously any color or color combo:

Named After the Great Elia Kazan

Photos by the Great, Elliot Black

The Elia Scarf as photographed in Brooklyn by Elliot Black

The more goth Victoria

It was 29 degrees that day and I braved it.

Farewell for Now.

I made everything here but the boots!

Gifts for All Sizes

Lots to choose from for just about any style…