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Rhino You From Somewhere

September 3, 2013

Rhino Ring by J. Topolski

I follow J. Topolski, a New York Etsy designer, on Facebook (click here!), and recently she posted a new ring design that I must have.

No, really, there’s no option here. No choice. I need this.

Rhino Ring by J. Topolski

It’s …

Winter Roses

January 21, 2013

rose comforter and cleaning supplies

One of my favorite things about cold weather running is seeing all of the neighborhood roses that bloom over winter. Our weather is sometimes just warm enough for the hardiest roses to push out a few extra blossoms; seeing them …

Home Is Like Home

January 9, 2013

the perfect candles (awakenedaestheticdotcom)

It has become important to me that I figure out which things make home feel like home, and then stock them. It’s especially important that I do this before I come down with the flu and am stuck at …

Last-Minute Design-Inspired Winter Gifts

December 17, 2012

Design-Inspired Holiday Gifts

I really love useful things, and things that used to be useful, but then were made into pretty things. Hence my love of recycling, and my obsession with Etsy. (It is what started this blog!)

So what do …

Genderless Gifts

December 5, 2012

I keep seeing holiday shopping guides that are separated by gender: gifts for guys, gifts for girls, gifts for dad, gifts for mom…it reminds me of the toy isle, with trucks and legos, Barbies and tea sets…

Why are

Art-Inspired Art: Bright Eyes Prints and Photos

December 3, 2012

I tend to get really, passionately, entirely devoted a small number musicians and bands.  These artists become as important to me as actual, “real life” friends over time.  They are the bands that spin incessantly on my record player …

This Is About Chickens

November 28, 2012

Me: “What should I write about?”
Him: “Organic chicken feed.”
Me: “Honey, I don’t have time to research the dietary needs of chickens right now.”
Him: “Hey, you asked.”
Me: “…how about I just write about chickeny things?”
Him, begrudgingly:

Gold, Steel & Bone

November 21, 2012

The holiday season is for beautiful things.

I’d never think to pair delicate light pink leather with the toughness of stainless steel. The design of this geometric necklace Anna Lawska Jewellery (~$38) is smooth and bold. The rest of her …

Aiden, Albany & Avery

November 9, 2012

This morning, I posted a picture of a teeny tiny bat on my personal Facebook wall, and a friend of mine responded with, “I want to pop him in my mouth.” This is her response to most cute things (including …

Material Good: Little Shirley, Big Difference

November 5, 2012

Seattle-based business Material Good took a simple idea and turned it into a way to give back to their local community.  Their assertion is that you feel more connected to a cause when your giving gets you something back in

Ice Cream for Breakfast Blues

October 29, 2012

Some days are tough–tougher than you think you can handle, tougher than seems fair.

Saturday was one of those days.


No matter the cause of those days, you’ve got to take care of yourself the best way you know how.  …

Etsy Daily: Space Case

October 26, 2012

I took to space exploration early.

I grew up 20 miles outside the city limits, way away from highways and streetlights, so I quickly came to notice the stars outside above our house and started reading about them at a …

Money, Meet Mouth: First Time DIY

October 16, 2012

Okay, I’m going to do it. I’m going to DIY.

I’m committing to this. It’s no big deal. I can totally do it.

Hold me?

I talk about DIY projects like they’re easy, but I rarely have the nerve …

Apples, Bees, Figs & Bags

October 5, 2012

Apple & Bee first made its way into my heart when I was searching for fashionable hermit clothing, and I’ve kept the brand on my radar ever since.

I imagine myself having matching tote bags, ones I can hang

Choosing an Area Rug Shouldn’t Be This Hard

October 2, 2012

Eco-Friendly Hand-Woven Hemp Area Rugs

As I was running errands (new dog bed, cleaning supplies, delicious tacos) I stopped into my local housewares store and spent entirely too much time staring longingly at the gigantic area rugs. My living room has needed one for a …

Hey Chilanthropy, Let’s Go Hiking Together

September 18, 2012

If you donate proceeds from the sales of your product to preserving the natural beauty of my home state, I will automatically (and maybe irreversibly) decide to like you.

Eco-friendly candle designer Chilanthrophy donates 5% of all its sales to …

The Creepy Gifter: His & Her Mugs

September 11, 2012

Good Morning Beautiful & Good Morning Handsome Mug Set

Sometimes, I like to give gifts to people specifically to make them uncomfortable. I have all kinds of reasons why I do this, but the short story is: it’s really funny.

What may be an ordinarily adorable idea – take …

Nature’s Votives: Acorns!

September 10, 2012

Acorn Votive Candles

I have a love for patterns that comes from deep, deep within my nerdy, mathematical heart. Acorns have always been so beautiful and perfect, for me, and their tiny symmetry makes my heart swell. There is a chance that I …

Etsy Round-Up: Capturing Love

August 23, 2012

It’s past time for an Etsy round-up, isn’t it? Below are items that I’ve recently added to my wish list, items that speak to my heart, and bring thoughts of love…for fashion, the earth, and the people in my …

The Polka Dot Magpie

August 21, 2012

The Polkadot Magpie, owned and designed by Suz, a former film costumer, is dedicated to “repurposing, and recycling materials to make beautiful adornments for your body, home, and soul with a Mid Century Modern design in mind.” It’s one …