Regretfully, I only ride my bike during our annual Newport Beach trips. I love taking a ride down to the pier or to The Wedge; this year I’m super excited about putting Miss Sunshine in one of those great baby-bike seats and taking her on long rides in the salty California air.
If I DID have a bike out here in NY, however, I would immediate outfit it with one of these bike bags by Boneshaker Bags. Cute, convenient, totally perfect for carrying all kinds of goodies while riding around town. Even more cool than it hooking to your bike handlebars is that it can be removed and used as a shoulder bag once you get to where you’re going. Awesome
If Sunny could talk she’d pretty much beg me to get her this play dress. I’m not kidding. Maria over at kid*a*collective has in stock some of THE most adorable and comfortable looking dresses I have seen. I think the color combinations, the center stripes of fabric, the soft linen, the puckered neckline and sleeves….are all so beautiful. I wish she had them in big-girl sizes. Then Miss Sunshine and I could be all matchy-matchy.
It’s kind of turning into Awesome Item Every Other Day, huh? A crawling baby and life and the summer have completely taken over, so please forgive the more sporadic nature of my posts. That said — on to today’s great piece.
Angie Warren of The Creative Mama (awesome blog, by the way) has a great little shop over at etsy, Angie Warren Designs, where she sells the sweetest Mommy/Playdate cards. Through an awesome giveaway she hosted I was able to get my hands on a set and they are truly fabulous. It was very timely, too, as earlier in the week I had met a new mom and her baby — I would have loved to have had one of these on hand. Instead I had to find a receipt at the bottom of my bag to scribble my number on. Next time, though, I am armed with one of these little beauties.
Miss Sunshine has mixed feelings about wearing hats these days. If she forgets that it’s on her head, everything is fine. If, though, she realizes that it’s there her first instinct is to take it off. I am going to have to work with her on that, particularly now that I am totally swooning over this urban baby bonnet from ub2. I mean….I’m kind of at a loss for words with this one. Head over to her shop, browse through some A.MA.ZING pieces of art/fashion, and you’ll understand why I am so coo-coo for cocopuffs about it all.
Now that I’ve updated you on my whereabouts, it’s time to share some goodies. I thought I’d open up this week with a super lovely little watercolor and ink piece over at Free and Beyond. It’s so bright and a beautiful representation of morning. I love that it’s fairly small and can be put in a sweet frame and displayed in a charming spot. I can imagine this being a perfect anniversary gift.
You all know how it is — sometimes you like something just because. You can’t quite put your finger on what exactly it is about an item that catches your eye or makes it just so perfect for you and your tastes. So it is with this beautiful leather pendant over at Flight Path – I am totally digging the shape, the skyline, the colors. Oh the fabulous colors. And the technique she uses sounds fascinating: “similar to a ‘tattoo’ process, where the leather completely absorbs the ink.” Totally awesome sounding, right?
The quickest path to my heart might have to be through the beach. Anything beach. I love being there, thinking about it, listening to beach sounds, breathing in beach air. Every summer since I can remember my family has spent a week at Newport beach, where all we do is sit by the water, play Smashball, eat yummy food and ride our bikes down to the pier. I love it. I had to miss the trip last year because I was so pregnant at the time, and I swear a little piece of my soul went missing that August. This year, though, I am so. geared. up. for the annual Newport trip – I can hardly take the anticipation. PLUS, Miss Sunshine will be there, for the very first time, eating sand and putting her toes in the Pacific. Can’t wait.
All of that said, it’s no wonder I was drawn to today’s Awesome Item. Candace over at Shanti Shanty has produced such a beautiful mixed-media watercolor painting showing a dramatic tree on the shores of the sea. I love how the colors and lines of the tree pop out, the way she uses water splotches to define what could be clouds, waves, and the grasses at the base of the tree. In the description she writes, “if I were a tree, I’d like to live by the sea.” To that I reply, “yes. Me too.”
I am back in NY after a super fabulous trip out west. It was so great getting to spend such quality time with my parents, my brothers, and good friends. It is hard living so far away from all of them, especially now with Miss Sunshine in the picture — so it always means a lot when we can get together with the grandparents and aunts and uncles.
Now that I’m back it is time to share with you all another fantastic little find. This brooch over at Ulaa’s Bazaar encompasses everything that I love – felt in bright colors, sweet stitching, natural elements (a leaf!), and just an overall thoughtfulness that is so hard to pass up. Her shop is incredibly fun to browse around, so be sure to swing by.
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I love birds-on-wire silhouettes. I’m not sure why — maybe because it reminds me of summer, or California, or community. One of my favorite sets of notecards are these from HeatherJeany (one of the all time most awesome etsy shops, by the way.) And just this morning I was psyched to stumble upon this super sweet birds-on-wire baby-tee from Jessie over at Bubby‘s – everything she does is one-of-a-kind, hand-dyed, so simple yet meticulous. I can imagine her sitting down at her table thinking, “hmmm…what design do I want to work on today? What fabrics and colors am I feeling inspired by this morning?” — much like the conversation I have with myself when making my pouches. One reason, surely, why I’m so taken with her work.
I’ve posted about a wrist cuff before and today had to share with you another one. This triple-strand cuff from Amy over at Ponder and Stitch is so different in its design. She’s named it “Triple strand retro print fabric cuff bracelet in the best colors ever”, which is pretty much the coolest item name ever. And so true, at that! I am a big fan of reds and blues combined together (my wedding colors!). The button detail is so bright and fabulous, the triple stranded fabric bands so different and beautiful on the arm. Perfect for summer.
Sorry that I missed Friday’s Item! Bus-Stop Boy had been away all week fishing so I was on my own with Miss Sunshine — needless to say, by the time the end of the week rolled around I was feeling a bit stretched. That said, welcome to the second to last day of June.
As we move into July, all I can think about is wearing sweet skirts and dresses. The Tea Roses Jumper from Dep over at Depanneure Royale is light and summery and fun. She pulls her jumpers together from a variety of beautiful fabrics — I just happen to be particularly taken with this lovely rose cotton. I LOVE love love the button detail at the shoulders. I just want to slip this on and run through a field.
Yeah yeah, I know it’s June and that most of us are wearing shorts and tank tops. Certainly isn’t the BEST time for winter-wear, but this just has to be shared today, season notwithstanding. This crocheted long cape from Crochetlina Couture is so stunning, so thoughtful, so meticulous. I love the drape, the colors, that fringed opening down the side, the keyhole at the neck. So beautiful. Can’t take it.
Doesn’t this pink loofah from befriendmantic’s Crafty Delights look divine?? I’ve never seen a crocheted bath sponge before and I totally love it! The pink is so bright and fun – I can imagine how soft and luscious it must feel all dripping with soapy bubbles. My current washcloth would be no match for this little scrubber.
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I’ve had my eye on this for a while now and don’t know why it’s taken me so long to share it with you. Grace over at Grace Hester Design has some truly adorable, but not too cutesy-cutesy, graphic prints. I love this Dragonfly print in particular – the color, the proportions, how it’s both simple and striking. What’s even more great is that it includes the simplified dragonfly name in a language of your choosing — French, Spanish, Chinese… She has many other animals to choose from, as well. How fun it would be to collect and display an entire set!
I currently don’t own anything like this….but now I want to. This black and white cotton dress/skirt/tube top works so well in so many different ways. I seriously love every permutation of the piece, especially when paired with the red belt. Everything my Miarae over at Bewakeful is so different and inspired – the photography alone is a reason to go visit.
I have a little stockpile of favorite items and shops that I like to pick my Awesome Item from every day. I just found this item about a minute ago, though, and couldn’t wait to share it with you. This kitchen towel and dishcloth set over at The Mudd Puddle is so bright and happy – perfect for some summertime space sprucing up. The colors, design, and stitching details are so pretty and well thought out – I’m actually feeling inspired to do a bit of decorating.
Okay. This pretty much looks like pure luxury. I like to imagine slipping this amazing Kimono from Plum Pretty Sugar on in the morning or after a shower, floating around my house and feeling just oh so fancy as I do the dishes and feed the baby. Seriously — we all need something so elegant and special, especially on those days when we’re feeling a bit plain. I love this particular kimono for the drape, the colors, that the silk comes from travels to India; it’s all very mysterious and fanciful, just what I need sometimes on a Wednesday morning.
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Sometimes I stumble across an Item that I just find so unique and creative and different; like the, “I’ve never seen anything like this,” kind of scene. This RSS Icon Pillow over at Craftsquatch is one such item. I mean, inspiration is found in the craziest of places; in this case, that tiny little orange icon we click on any time we want to follow a website we like. Who would ever think, though, to use it as a pillow design??? This guy. Awesome.
I’ve spent some time outside in my day and have seen plenty of cairns scattered about, usually as markers of a particular turn in a trail or perhaps a special spot on the land. I don’t think I realized it until I found this Awesome Item: I love cairns.
Jenifer Glagowski of her self-titled etsy shop is an accomplished artist with an entire Cairn series of paintings, notecards, and pendants. The pendants, in particular, caught my eye – they are striking, beautiful, and just the right size as necklaces go. There is just something about them that I find so….. mysterious. And significant.
There are a lot of people that I miss. I’m originally from California and my parents still live in LA. My younger brother is in Berkeley, my older brother in Tennessee with his awesome wife, my sister-in-law. I have amazing friends scattered all over the country and I keep wishing that somehow, some way, we could all just gather and live in the town of my dreams, where everyone I love is within walking distance of one another and the beach. We’d also waterski all the time.
Until then, I see them all when I can and try as often as possible to express to them my love and missing-ness. This card from Rose at the great lakes is a sweet and simple way of sharing all of those feelings with the ones we wish we could see more often. Pick up a few of these and some of those beautiful silhouette cards and start taking advantage of the pleasure and joy of snail mail.
I wish I’d known about this girl when I was getting married. Seriously. Christine of Modern Romance has some of the most beautiful wedding accessories. I am going gaga, in particular, over this particular shoulder wrap — oh my it is so gorgeous. This is the perfect thing to have around for after the ceremony when it’s getting a bit cool and you just need a little something to cover your shoulders. And can you imagine picking on up in RED? How dramatic and wonderful, the idea of tossing that on before the cake gets cut. If you feel you need a little more, she has equally as stunning capelets and fuller wraps.
I think it’s really important to occassionaly try and send out notes to your friends, on real paper, for no reason more specific than just to say hi and that you’re thinking about them. I’m not saying that I’m GOOD at sticking to this, but every so often I like to pull out a pretty card, write a letter — even if it’s just a few words long – and pop it in the mail. In this age of electronic communication, I know how nice it is to get a sweet piece of snail mail.
These amazing silhouette notecards from Meagan at Brown Pigeon would be the perfect vehicle for some positive, hand-written vibes. The gorgeous shape of the hand-cut flat card can be seen through the bright persimmon velum envelope — it’s something different and unique and just so pretty. I mean, can you imagine finding this in your mailbox?? Total happiness.
I seem to be on a felt and miniatures kick. I have loved tiny little things since I was a tiny little thing. I remember having this shadow box up in my room where I kept my miniature animals. You know when you go to gift shops, you see them on those roundabout displays — diminutive creatures glued on to squares of paper. When you take the creature off, little remnants of the paper invariably stay stuck to the the bottom of the animal’s paws/hooves/flippers/appendages. Do you know what I’m talking about?
Anyway, these mini banana and peanut butter sandwich charms from RB over at Clay Connections are so spot on and charming. She suggests using them as Best Friend charms, which I secretly want to do, even though I have no idea if my friend likes the peanut butter/banana combo. Regardless, these are definitely being added to my list of favorite minis.
These simply radiate happiness and positivity and I love them. Can you imagine how cool it would be to see someone wearing this? How secretly happy it would make you? Jane over at me make has taken her love of ribbon writing and turned it into some awesome felt neck pieces. And if you don’t want to wear them you can hang them next to your Now or Never sign and just soak in the good vibes as your day begins.
Another cool thing about Jane’s shop is that it, too, captures a unified theme and vision while having many different kinds of items – jewelry, bags, brooches… head on over to check it out.