Archive | November, 2011

guest bloggin…

while our dear friend paige of barefoot + vintage is off celebrating the t’giving holiday – she asked if we’d fill in for a post… of course, we were honored and obliged.

have a read… + there’s an o.p.p. in it for ya… (a ‘p.s. – I made this…’ find)

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tis the season.

there is no doubt that pinterest is the bomb diggity for discovery… a place to curate the things you like, explore things your friends like + find things others like. (so much of a good thing that it’s turned back to an ‘invite only’ model).

tonight when playing around on etsy, i discovered another awesome ‘discovery’ tool – just in time for holiday shopping!

this very clever app syncs etsy with your friends interests, occupations + likes. in return, handmade & vintage gift suggestions for your app enabled amigas & amigos. gift giving just got more fun.

check it out here: www.etsy.com/gifts

ps – intro’ing with the word ‘diggity’ made me think of this tune from blackstreet which was a go-to of mine a la 1996… oh the musical tastes i’ve endured. enjoy!

get your read on…

earlier today i muttered the words “there are a lot of creative people out there” to a friend – this was in response to the fact that there are so many damn cute and creative shops on etsy! whether it’s your work, a friend’s or a stranger’s – handmade is inspiring.

the authors below have the creative gene + are pros at curating it (something i strive for here on little ol’ Howd.i.y).

so… i bring you 4 new handmade books worth checking out (+ some worthwhile stocking stuffers for the crafter in your life!)

oh, happy reading!

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Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects from the
New Community of Handmade and How You Can Join In
Author: Joan Tapper
($15.63, Amazon.com – released: September 27, 2011)

Make Hey! While the Sun Shines
Author: Pip Lincolne
($39.95, Readings.com.au – released: October 1, 2011)

Weekend Handmade:
More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Crafting

Author: Kelly Wilkinson
($17.62, Amazon.com – released: September 1, 2011)

Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts:
225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations
Author: the editors of Martha Stewart Living
($16.01, Amazon.com – released: September 27, 2011)

it’s the little things…


relaxation was the theme of the weekend here in our household… the cold bug has been buzzing around – so rather than push it, we took the opportunity to do a bit of lollygagging which included a little tidying, catching up on regularly scheduled tv shows (project accessory, top chef texas, parks & rec and the office) and then a couple little unscheduled projects.

the projects (as seen here…)
a) a collage on the wall above the fireplace in our spare bedroom (which includes some southwest inspired goods – including metal signs (note the howdy sign!), replica longhorn skull, a hanging tin mirror i purchased in santa fe, new mexico + a vintage accordion ruler from my family, scenic tea saucer turned butterfly, pedestal mirror i purchased in india – and more…)
b) homemade sugar scrubs for the body (more to come later in the week – with an artist interview & pics)

it’s the little things like this that make me happy…

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