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.
Check out these sweet treats I picked up in Brooklyn today at the Renegade Craft Fair:
First are some folded notecards from one of my favorite etsy sellers, Heather at heatherjeany. More than just the crafter of super beautiful paper goods, she is an incredibly awesome person.
Next was this perfect bit & lil bit t-shirt for Miss Sunshine. It’s right in line with many of the things I’ve been reading these days and how I hope she feels about how she spends her time as she gets older.
Oh boy is this sweet. It’s a tiny ACEO (Art Card, Editions and Original — learn something new every day!) measuring just 3.5″ x 2.5″. Jennifer over at tiny art by j. mullin creates such awesome little multi-media gems. This collage uses just magazine pages – what a pretty way to repurpose our subscriptions, yes? What resonated most with me about this one is the little “We” right in the middle of the flower — something about it just warms my heart. This piece is one of many truly beautiful little items; frame one to display in a now-empty space or many of them for a charming ensemble.
I was psyched to discover this sweet little shop last night. Usually I am a bit wary when I’m looking at too many different kinds of things in one place — there’s just something about seeing hats, pendants, and paintings all in the same shop that give me pause as a buyer. Not that the seller isn’t great at all three of those things; I just think it’s difficult to pull together a unifying theme amongst such different creative mediums.
No so with Devon‘s shop, Stella + Hodge. For the first time I found myself thinking, “wow. That stationery and those pieces of jewelry really look like they BELONG together.” It’s very clear that Devon knows who she is as a designer — her vision really comes through in both her paper goods and her beaded items. Everything is unified, bright, clean – I really love it.
Given that my creative energies are focused on sewing these days, I just had to pick these sewing-themed cards as today’s Awesome Item. I love the colors and the simplicity of each design. The make me want to write little notes and mail them off to all of my friends.
It’s not like I can’t ride a bike where I live. Every weekend there are large groups of cyclists heading up and down our street. I almost walked in to the path of a biker just this past Saturday at seven in the morning, but that’s a whole other story.
If you head over to Piermont you can find a rider and his or her bike at this one coffee shop at almost any time of day, taking a break from their trek up from Manhattan. Even if I were to just take a few turns around the block like all of the kids I see riding around, that would probably feel just fabulous, especially on a perfect Summer Day. I will add “start biking” to my list of things to do, right under starting an herb garden and getting my haircut. For now, my biking will get done on the west coast, every summer during my family’s Newport trip.
You’ve seen a bike once before as the Awesome Item, and today I have another one. I love how simple this piece is from Drew over at The Maple Ridge and that it ties together riding a bike with making friends. Both things make me happy, so why wouldn’t a combination of the two be even more awesome than the individual parts.
I got this book today and pretty much can’t put it down. I want to give it as a gift at all future baby showers. There’s a blog, too, if you’re not familiar with what’s goin’ on here…
I must have flipped between this cuff an another about 10 times before finally picking this one as THE Awesome Item. The jewelry over at Jane Roberti’s shop, jane e roberti, is all so beautiful and the product of so much hard work and creative fire. Having a spider on the cuff just resonates with me as being very unique and different – perfect for arachnid lovers and arachniphobes alike. A pretty way to face one’s fear, right? I love the delicate web and the slight curve to the panel, allowing it to sit more flush on the wrist.
For more about Jane’s work you should check out her profile — it’s a good read.
I’ve added some new, fun pouches to my little storefront. I’ve been having fun playing around with different color combos, fabrics, pleats…
Well whaddya know, June is here! The last few days of May were incredibly beautiful and I am deeply appreciating the way the warm sunlight now filters through the leafed out trees. It is in this spirit, perhaps, that I find these birch disc and sterling silver earrings from Cathy over at Whimsy Wire and Wool so charming and perfect for the season. It’s lovely to think about her walking around and finding the perfect wood to use, meticulously cutting out each little disc and delicately constructing each earring; it’s obvious how much time and care are put into their construction. To wear these would be like carrying a piece of the outdoors with you wherever you go —- I love that.
You might remember a little while back I featured some fabulous door-hangers from Hobocamp Crafts as the Awesome Item of the Day. WELL, now’s your chance to snag one of Melissa and Zach’s totally radical coffee cuffs. Made of upcycled fabrics and an eco-friendly substitute for the cardboard rings you slip up around your morning cup of joe, these cuffs are up for grabs in a giveaway over at Trying To Be Greener. Check it out here and enter!
I want to hang copies of this all over my house. I want one in my car. And in my purse to carry around all of the time. The Now or Never watercolor print from Kate at For Me, For You is so subtle and soft, and yet a strong, clear reminder of how we should approach our days. For all of those times when we’re uncertain or scared, being reminded that the best moment is oftentimes the one we’re in is an important message to keep in mind. Doesn’t hurt if that reminder is pretty to look at.
I’ve been meaning to write about these for a little while now. I’ve had them for a couple of months, actually, and really appreciate when they’re clean and in my crazy stack of diapers.
Breezy Babies are made of a stretchy organic bamboo and cotton knit blend that is just that — stretchy. The size is great for my biggish little one and they’re easily snappi-able because of the terry-like texture. Because of the stretch they’re pretty quick to put on and hold in place. Super absorbent, I know that they’ll hold up well during errands or a long nap. The one thing I’d change is narrowing the crotch just a touch. My girl has some thighs and I find these wear just a bit wide between her legs. That part notwithstanding, I love ’em. I’m looking to clear out my stash in the near future but will definitely be holding on to these, and perhaps snagging myself a few more.
I love little bowls. I have a lot of them in my cupboards. I use them for salt, for spices when I’m cooking, for burning a cone of incense… lately I’ve been using them to feed the baby. I think I like little bowls for the same reason I like making my little pouches ; something about having small compartments for storage, the idea that good things come in small packages, knowing that there’s something special in this organized space.
The goods at Black Bird Design House are gorgeous. Made completely by hand using a wet-felting process, these little bowls totally fulfill my tiny vessel dreams. They’re bright, textured, and perfect for things like jewelry, pennies, buttons, business cards… I love, too, that they include a bit of California sunshine. I might live in NY, but at heart I will always be a California girl.
I love sweetpeas. They are one of my favorite flowers. Every year my mom plants a bunch of them in the backyard; when I was younger I used to love going out and picking big bouquets to display in the house or give to friends. When I married Bus-Stop Boy in my parents’ backyard I requested that my mom try to perfectly time the sweetpea blossoms with our wedding day.
It goes without saying, then, that when I first saw this Peaflower ring from Stellahats I was instantly taken with it. I love the size, the luster, the way it curves just so slightly at the edges to stay flush around the finger — so pretty.
Our first item was a sweet pink and white gingham jumper. This time it’s a totally awesome top, complete with a little embroidery and some lace details. I love the little cap sleeves and the tie at the back – perfect on a hot day. I plan on laying this out at some point and figuring out a pattern. Then I can make a zillion more.
Dang. Check this out. It’s totally…get this…a Robot Heart! It’s got some wire components, circuitry, and a lock and key. I pretty much can’t take the originality and Awesomeness. Catalina over at Catalina Calderon Textile Art Studio creates beautiful fabric art and this month is featuring, amongst other things, a collection inspired by robots and barnyard animals.
And Barnyard Animals.
We spent the weekend up at my Mother-In-Law’s cabin in Montrose, PA, and just got back this afternoon. I was greeted with a lovely convo on etsy letting me know that my Picnic pouch had been included in a sweet little treasury: Summer’s Comin’. It features other artists in the Hudson Valley and should definitely be checked out. Thanks to Gemini River Rocks for including me!