September 29, 2008

Taking Time Out

My little boy LOVES to be outside. Whenever he is unhappy all I have to do is hold him up by a window and he usually calms down. I saw these Halloween window clings in Targets dollar section and just knew he would get a kick out of them.

(Pudgy fingers enjoying new textures ... especially these squishy spiders.)

So here is a reminder to take time out to explore—my little guy reminds me of this daily :)

September 26, 2008

Seeing EVEN MORE Spots

Ok ... in my last post you learned of my deep love for polka dots ... and because I can't seem to get enough of them I though it would be only fitting to spotlight some very talented Etsy artists who just happen to use dots in their work.

So may I introduce to you:
1. Candy Shop Journaling Tags by Elle's Studio.
2. Spotted Ruby Red Flower Earrings by Simply Betty.
3. Mini Frame Pouch - polka dots on blue with red velvet ribbon and button by Oktak.

September 24, 2008

Seeing Spots

I love patterns ... especially the classic polka dot. Knowing this I bet you can probably guess which page from Domino's October issue is my favorite.

(Editors Cravings: Polka Dots, October issue of Domino, page 32)

In this issue Style Editor Kim Ficaro shares many examples of delightful dots but here are just two of my favorites.
1. Cotton-canvas "Oompa" $90/yard by Studio Bon Textiles.
2. "Sag Harbor Dot" salad plate $17 cup $13 by Kate Spade.

You can view all of Kim's charming picks here.

September 22, 2008

Etsy Seller—Summersville

You may already be familiar with lusummers, a superb Etsy shop for finding all sorts of mixed media goodies. Recently Lucie Summers opened Summersville, her second shop, and it's already a huge success. Congrats Lucie!

(totem - screenprinted pouch in leaf green on oatmeal by Summersville)

I love the sketchy quality of her unique organic patterns ... not to mention the playful photographic style she uses to show off her work.

(totem-hand screenprinted fabric in fuchsia pink on oatmeal by summersville)
Lucie's fabric can be used for your own sewing projects or check out her other lovely creations such as zipper pouches, buttons and notebook covers that are just waiting to be purchased.

September 18, 2008

Etsy Shop Update: Post Office Run

(High ho, high ho, its off to the post office I go.)

I am just stopping by to tell you some exciting news. There is a huge grin on my face because I had my first sale yesterday. Hooray!

Today I am helping my mom can peaches (yum yum) so I'll catch ya later.

September 16, 2008

A Simply Brilliant Idea

I have never been one to keep a fancy journal ... or sketchbook. My sketchbook consists of little notes and illustrations on scraps of paper that I later compile together in a 3 ring binder with scotch tape. My husband teases me about my habit by saying that I always have some sort of trick up my sleeve ... or in my pocket.

(Magical Thinking Jar by Inchmark)

When I saw this idea by Inchmark via Sarah Jane I fell in love. Go check it out :)

September 11, 2008

Speaking of Giveaways ...

Modish is not the only with a giveaway this month—it's time for Scoutie Girl's September Indie Goodness Giveaway. The contest rules are basically the same as the Modish giveaway I mentioned in my last post. While searching some of the contributers shops I came across these lovely items.

... and they all deal with plants ... which I swear I did not do on purpose. I guess I just have gardening on my mind :)

1. Dandelion Wish Necklace by Lulu Bug Jewelry
2. Orange Blossoms Rising, Earrings by The Ardent Sparrow
3. Umbrella Leaf Zip by Inklore

Don't delay. The deadline is Saturday, Sept. 13 at midnight.

September 10, 2008

Modish Monthly Giveaway

It's time to enter another awesome giveaway over at Modish.

(Modish September giveaway prizes. Oh la la!)

This contest is fun and easy easy easy. To enter simply visit the shop of at least one giveaway contributer and pick your favorite item, then leave a comment on Jena's blog with a link to the item. You chances of winning increase with the more shops you visit. Below are a few of my favorites.

1. Poppies Ring by coo-koo-ri-koo
2. Celia Earrings by Catie's Blue
3. Crazy Rhythm—original mixed media painting by Nancy Kremiller

Only 4 days to enter so scurry on over to Jena's blog for more details and a chance to win. Yippee :)

September 9, 2008

Perfect Time To Plant

Perennials are on sale at my local nursery so I stopped by to pick up a few for my front yard. There is not a lot of room for variety since my flower beds are pretty shallow so I decided to stick with a simple yellow/orange color scheme.

I finally settled on these:
Gloriosa Daisy 'Rustic Colors'
Goldenrod 'Baby Gold'
White Coneflower

September 5, 2008

Etsy Seller—Mimipea

Monika over at Mimipea has some seriously cute designs available in her shop. This embroidered bag immediately caught my fancy with its cute little woodland creature perched on the front flap.

(Purse or Kindergarten Bag—Squirrel by Mimipea)

Good luck to this talented Etsy Mom and her new shop.

September 3, 2008

Totally Rad Stamping Tutorials

In this post I listed some books on stamp making that I would love to own. Today I thought I would share some great tutorials related to stamping that are available on the web ... no purchase necessary. Yippee!

(Stamped Book Bindings from

Leaf Printing Tutorial, One Girl Designwrks
Stamped Tea Towels, Design*Sponge
Block Print Tutorial, Lizzy House

You can also check out my Martha Faves for more creative stamping fun including the book binding project above and a video clip featuring Etsy seller 1Girl 1Boy.