12.24.2008

flickr photo of the day + merry christmas!

flickr photo of the day : happy holidays!
"b's christmas" by mrs. french.

I just wanted to stop in to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season. We completely lucked out and made it to Los Angeles from our very icy town, even if our plane was seven hours late. I am not going to have much time to post throughout this week, but I will try to update at least a little bit. Anyways, Happy Holidays friends!

12.21.2008

best of the week.


12.18.2008

holiday gift guide : in the stores.

Since at this point, shipping gifts from the internet to arrive by Christmas isn't really an option (unless you want to pay high costs), I thought today's gift guide should be in-store items from generally easy-to-access places. I am not usually one to promote chain store shopping, but we are down to five days before Christmas Eve and sometimes last-minute shopping just has to be done.

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1. Owl Candle ($10), 2. Knit Crochet Fingerless Gloves ($16), 3. Hoot Wall Art by Amy Ruppel ($50), 4. Squirrel Away Jewelry Stand ($16), 5. DIT Eiffel Tower ($4.99), 6. 8" Print and Pattern Plates ($6), 7. Lomo Diana Dreamer Camera ($65), 8. Born Again Vintage ($24.95), and 9. Crosley Princess Phone ($50)

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1. What A Man Should Know ($20), 2. Selima for J.Crew blue Barbara glasses ($325), 3. Girls' silk taffeta Anastasia dress ($148), 4. Cable ballet slippers with pom-pom ($29.99), 5. Girls' flower headband ($16.50), 6. Erin metallic ballet flats ($140), and 7. Mirror-metallic mini notebook ($9.99)

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1. The David Sedaris Box Set ($79.98), 2. The True and the Questions Journal ($16.95), 3. Wire Bound Sketch Book with Paintbrush Icons ($12.95), 4. Jonathan Adler Words Collapsible Umbrella ($16.95), 5. Jonathan Adler Kensington Multi Color Mini Journal- Set of 3 ($14.95), 6. Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy ($22.40), 7. Notecard Book : Lotta Jansdotter ($15.95), 8. Drawing Set Pencil/Charcoal 14 pieces ($8.95), and 9. Chalkboard Message Candle Black - Unscented ($24.95)

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1. Gilded Posie Ring ($118), 2. Take Flight Ornament ($6), 3. Zinc Letters ($18), 4. Silhouette Cuckoo Clock ($368), 5. Gallery Circle Skirt ($198), 6. Grapefruit Sugar Bowl ($18), 7. Mistral Nectar Fruits Foam Bath ($36), 8. What Would Audrey Do? ($22.50), and 9. Shaded Path Heels ($168)

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1. Schylling 20" Sock Monkey ($14.99), 2. Glass Acorn Ornament - Silver (Large) ($7.99), 3. Assorted Glass Ball Ornaments - Purple ($6.99), 4. Winter-Themed Mini Trays 2-pk. - Trees/Dots ($1.49), 5. Tadpoles Organic Cotton Embroidered Owl Romper ($24.99), 6. Converse One Star Flap Cap - Garnet Rose ($14.99), 7. Penguin Dinner Plate ($2.99), 8. Women's Xhilaration® Selena Ruffled Mary Jane Flats - Yellow ($13.99), 9. DwellStudio™ for Target® Leaves Pot Holder and Oven Mitt Set - Brown/ Taupe ($5.99), and 10. DwellStudio™ for Target® Plush Blanket - Olivia ($14.99)

12.17.2008

flickr photo of the day : delicate.


Untitled by mirjan.

currently daydreaming...

of wearing one of these beautiful vintage dresses from Posh Girl Vintage for Christmas and New Year's Eve. Aren't they just perfect?

a vintage holiday.

thought of the day : somethin' good.


"Something is happen... in orange," from Valentina Design's shop. (print, $12)

freebies : gift tags.

Why spend money on the same old pre-packaged gift tags when you can print some of these lovelies out for free?

freebies : gift tags.
1. Clip-Art Tags from Martha Stewart, 2. Fill-in-the-blank Gift Tags and 4-pack Gift Cards from The Small Object, 3. Tags/Labels for You! from (inside a black apple), 4. Holiday gift tags from Microsoft Office, and 5. Free Little Tags/Labels from Creature Comforts.

12.16.2008

flickr photo of the day : wish.


"crackers" by red felt flower.

gift guide : books from creative female bloggers.

Since there are still a couple more days that you can still order Christmas gifts from Amazon, I thought I would share some of the beautiful books by some of my favorite female bloggers. I am quite sure that each of them would make an excellent gift.

gift guide : books by bloggers.

thought of the day : optimism.


"Look on the bright side" by illustrator/designer Samantha Hahn.

etsy favs of the week : early tuesday morning edition.

How is it already the week before Christmas? I feel terribly busy and overwhelmed, trying to get everything together before we head out-of-town for the holidays.

Anyways, since I didn't get these to you on Friday, here are this week's Etsy favorites. Enjoy (and get that last-minute shopping done!)


1. Fragile - print from Asta ($27.95), 2. Red crystal suede and leather floral necklace from Babette ($75), and 3. vintage brooches 8.5x11 from Hula 70 ($25)


4. Forest Owl Soap Dish Tray In White from fruit fly ($29.99), 5. Baby Deer, 7 x 8 Fine Art Print from Sharon Montrose ($25), and 6. Custom Portrait Silhouette Plate from Dolamakes ($49)


7. 8X10 print (loving is for lost souls) from Nicole Anne Robbins ($10), 8. Spend Less leather billfold wallet from trees with knees ($28), and 9. printable gift tags - nature from Seventy & Sunny ($5)

12.12.2008

two pieces of news.



Number One: One of my favorite bloggers, Ez of Creature Comforts, just posted some of my inspirations and an interview with me right here. It is such an honor to be a part of her beautiful weblog.

Number two: After just realizing that my shop was basically sold out, I re-listed more of my "Be kind, design" shirts in three different colors and sizes. They are still at their discounted price of $15 and can be received by Christmas if ordered by noon on the 15th (this coming Monday).

12.11.2008

decoration idea.



I remember seeing this last year- such a creative holiday decorating idea. I must admit, I am completely absorbed in the holiday season right now. (image from Living Etc.)

12.10.2008

flickr photo of the day : alone.


"Solitude" by Ellie Niemeyer.

holiday gift guide : artwork.

Because, really, I think it is one of the best things to give as a present.

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1. Gift Print by Im Smitten ($40), 2. Animal Print...Fox by Sarah McNeil ($28), 3. Little Acorn, Print by Marjorie Liucci ($17), 4. Knowing - ACEO 1 by Bec Winnel ($5), 5. I like my shoes by Askey ($20), 6. Socktopus Art Print by Susie Ghahremani ($20), 7. Imperial Giclee Print by Michele Maule ($20), 8. Ballerina print by Ward Jenkins ($25), 9. Summer Friends Print by Chet & Dot ($18), 10. Divert by Camilla Engman ($160), and 11. Tag You're It by Heidi Burton ($25)

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12. beehive bubbles print neato by Matte Stephens ($35), 13. Clifford by Ashley Goldberg ($35), 14. Barely able to draw breath by Olivia Jeffries ($17.50), 15. Quiet Spirits - Print by Catherine Campbell ($18), 16. Squirrel Girl Print by Emily Martin ($18), 17. California Condor - Signed Archival Print by Lisa Congdon ($35), 18. Banjo Bear by Julianna Swaney ($30), 19. We Are All Connected ($39.99), 20. My First Piano Print by Christina Vantzou ($45), 21. original drawing with watercolor - you hold me together by Heather Smith Jones ($23), and 22. Mistletoe Miniature - Handcut Original Silhouettes by Pen and Paper ($19)

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23. Self Portrait 3 Print by Mareike Auer ($40), 24. Cakes by Henni Haworth (£90.00), 25. Owl Silk Screen Limited Edition Print by Amy Ruppel ($35), 26. Come On by Molly Butterfoss ($20), 27. little savages 8 by Fawn Gehweiler (price unknown), 28. Limited Edition Print (Shroom party) by APAK ($15), 29. Poster - Katta by Studio Violet ($25), 30. Blue Horses by Saelee Oh ($75), 31. the califoregon meadowlark print by Jill Bliss ($40), and 32. Mrs. Beaver by Lori Joy Smith ($85)

12.09.2008

thought of the day : you do.


"you do, i mean it," found in harpy's photostream.

abby powell.

A quick morning note: One of my favorite Portland talents, the lovely Abby Powell, is closing her shop at the end of the day until the holidays are over. If you are looking for a wonderful gift for someone or just want to have one of her beautiful prints hanging in your home, I highly recommend heading there before it's gone!




12.06.2008

best of the week.


12.05.2008

etsy finds of the week.


1. Cute Mini Sausage Dog Dachshund - Retro Gustavsberg Leaf Fabric from Alice Apple ($17), 2. Letterpress Gift Tags. Yellow and Gray Tree. Set of 9. from Sycamore Street Press ($10), and 3. sea sally, see from Goose Grease ($10)


4. doily clock from and furthermore ($24), 5. two translucent porcelain cups with tray from stepanka ceramics ($75), and 6. plantable seed tags designer series - wine tags from porridge papers ($2.25)


7. Bookgirl 8.5x11 print from The Ward-O-Matic Shop ($25), 8. ELISA - matted print from Dear Dodo ($18), and 9. Butterfly Gladness Garland from Royal Buffet ($15)

flickr friday : snow white.

There are a few extra photographs this week. There were just too many lovely white images to sort through.

Oh, Winter, you're just around the corner...

flickr friday : snow white.
1. Any Sense of Time, 2. Untitled, 3. baked meringue kisses, 4. Recycled paper flower, 5. I like Miss Jeannie., 6. Awkward daydreams (365/239), 7. two spoons, 8. I had a dream.., 9. whiteblouse, 10. white christmas, 11. confectioners' sugar: a romance, 12. winter white week IV, 13. 0217, 14. snow day, 15. sheworeawhitedress, 16. white window, 17. More muffins, 18. Untitled, 19. THE BIRD, 20. white

anthropologie : tea.


Might I just say that I am absolutely enamored with these extremely teapot-inspired home decor items from Anthropologie. Really, I am in awe.

Pictured: Tea Party Candelabra ($398) and One-Lump-Or-Two Lamp ($198)

thought of the day : importance.


"What's important in life is not the triumph but the struggle," a print by green chair press. ($25)

holiday gift guide : paper goods.

Welcome to the first of many gift guides for the month of December. I always love giving lovely stationery to friends and family- it is generally quite inexpensive and always nice to receive. Enjoy these beautiful products from some of my favorite companies and artists!

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1. Smart Women writing journal ($16.95), 2. "call me" tiny cards ($9.50 for 12), 3. "Winging It" Notecards ($15.95), 4. card box set ($18), 5. Accident Report Cards ($5), 6. Paddingken Stationery ($12), 7. Pearl Paper Doll Kits ($35), 8. Spiral Flower ($65), 9. note card book ($15.95), and 10. "i love..." ($12)

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11. what's the work hummingbird ($30), 12. Heart Keys ($4), 13. peace cards ($18 for 5), 14. Motel Luggage Tag Set ($12), 15. Bike Notebook ($8.50), 16. Wintry Trees Journal ($10), 17. Door Hangers: Grocery ($12), 18. blossom rosette ($18), 19. Sleepy Reader Write-On Labels ($4) , 20. Horse Coasters ($8.25 for 12), and 21. Bird notecards ($7 for 4)

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22. Prim & Proper: My Pastel Blouse ($28), 23. postcard book - casablanca (AU $15.95), 24. Be Strong ($8), 25. Faces stationery ($6), 26. Kate's Cameo Note Card Sets ($30), 27. Electric Bird Tower ($30), 28. Desk Notebook in Azure ($12), 29. Be A Dear Bookplates ($8), and 30. Orla Kiely - Pear Bound Note Book ($15.50)

flickr photo of the day : softness.


"colour" by mirjan.

I must apologize for how quiet this week has been on here. My poor laptop took a turn for the worse and is rather ill at the moment. Last night we moved our desktop computer out of the attic and into the downstairs bedroom and installed a wireless card so updates should be back to normal.

12.03.2008

thought of the day : ride on.


"Keep Calm and Ride On," a print by Jen Renninger (such a great variation of the original!)

12.01.2008

things i'm loving : monday night edition.


1. Gift Pack ($54), 2. You can ('t) hide from love plate set ($39), 3. pine cone candle ($8), 4. Kindred 5x7 print ($16), 5. rENS Kopje Kopje ($105), and 6. Partridge In a Wreath ($8)

happy december!

our pink christmas tree.

It's the first day of December, which I think officially marks the true beginning of Christmas season. You know what's making me feel filled with holiday spirit? Seeing our new baby pink Christmas tree all lit up at covered in vintage ball ornaments. If you have been reading this site for awhile, you might remember me posting about my dream tree last year. Well now it sits in our dining room, shining so brightly, purchased at a thrift store for the mere price of $4 (oh yes, I realize how lucky I am). I think I'm in love.

Anyways, Happy December everyone!
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