Things That Make Me Smile: Objects Handmade(y)

January 12, 2010

I adore my crochet doilies from Ikea. Not sure what to do with them yet, though I find this very inspiring.

And I am treasuring my hand-cut wooden anchor necklace by Emedemarta. Opening the package was quite the experience; little brown paper packages tied up in red and white baker’s twine, a thoughtful handwritten note, a little pouch to store my necklace, and little extras thrown in with my order. Definitely my favorite Etsy store right now.

And speaking of handmade, my good friend Stacie and her sister are doing an apron giveaway on their blog Never Enough. My post is a little late on this as the contest ends this Wednesday, but head over there for your chance to win a retro, Minnie-Mouse inspired apron. Good luck!

Couch Dreaming

January 9, 2010

Yeah, this is what I do when I waste pretend time. I really should be prepping the craft for nursery at church tomorrow, but it’s really satisfying to look at pretty things online. I’m not ashamed to admit that.

All sofas from Room and Board: The Hutton, Reese, and Dublin.

Silent Night

December 24, 2009


Have you heard Ryan’s piano arrangement of Silent Night yet? If not, you can listen and download here. I promise it is very beautiful.

And how fun is wrapping gifts? Being surrounded by paper, trimmings, and a good pair of scissors is my happy place.

Pretty necklaces by Kate

August 3, 2009



Just in case you haven’t already heard, Kate is updating her shop with yet another round of handmade necklaces! They go really fast, so I’d sign up for her shop update and stay within a 1-foot radius around your computer this Thursday evening. A week ago, I managed to snap up one of the last two. Definitely my favorite necklace right now, which means I freak out whenever the kids get near it.

{Photos by Kate Miss from For Me, For You}

Renegade Craft Fair

July 13, 2009

We visited the LA Renegade Craft Fair, and went through as *slowly* as the boys allowed. In other words, Dax’s mini tantrums and signature back-arching move kept us from staying at one booth longer than two minutes. Kai did just fine. Which is great, since he better get used to being dragged around places that involve the words ‘handmade,’ ‘arts,’ and ‘crafts.’ Many more years of that to come, kids. (But I will buy you ice cream, promise.)

Artists that I liked:


Illustrator Caitlin Kuhwald



Wood block prints by Tugboat Printshop
(Saw the three individual, hand-carved wood blocks used
for the three-color crab print above. It was really amazing.)



Berkeley Illustration