process |shop.

shop_logo_bigI had an etsy shop years back–almost ten years back! I wasn’t at a time or space to really grow that shop or make it work. So, it closed.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about certain aspects of my making–some of which I’d like to share with the world.  I’ve also got nearly a month and a half this summer, between jobs–a perfect time to explore some of this.

And so, I’m in the process of reopening my shop. To start, it will simply feature some of the jewelry I make; there will be ready to wear pieces, as well as some optional custom beading options.

Eventually, I’d like to feature a few other items, like screen printed t-shirts.

Will you buy? Stay tuned.

home additions.

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I’ve been hemming and hawing over floating shelves for my kitchen since I bought and moved in last June. I looked at Ikea and hated the quality–twice. You can see where I’d hang them from most parts of the house and I wanted something sturdy and substantial, something that “shows” and is a piece of art in and of itself.

Nothing stuck.

I found some amazing Japanese burned ones that blew my mind. Then, I priced them out. In my “forever” home, I thought.

So I went to a trusted source: Etsy. I support local, small shops and artisans who create incredible things every day (hello! I make, too). And why I never started there is beyond me, because I stumbled on Sound Side Carpentry and their amazing reclaimed barn wood pieces.

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Last weekend, we finally got our floating shelves delivered. We also purchased a hairpin leg stool that doubles as a million different things (which I love!): a side table, a stool to sit on when we have extra guests for a party, a plant stand for our cactus which traveled 3,000 miles from Phoenix with Sean to live with us in Boston last summer.

And it fits my eclectic taste. I would never want to walk into a house and know what store, and when in time, that owner bought and decorated everything. I spend a lot of time thinking things over and deciding where it should go and whether it makes sense. I love vintage antiques. Unique pieces. One of a kinds. I’ve even sometimes bought something that didn’t work right then but knew at some point, it would be a must piece that completes my space.

My floating shelves are amazing and finally let me display some of my bowls and glassware and vases and kitchen trinkets I’ve collected along the way. I get to show off some of my vintage Blakley Arizona cacti frosted glass collection (I’ve got more on my bar cart), too.

See more snaps from my home here and here.

 

lather, 9.15

A birthday gift to myself–gorgeous “beer” and “coffee” soaps from Roots Soap Company–made with all natural ingredients like the aforementioned coffee and beer, as well as rainwater collected for the soap making process, tallow, olive oil and organic oats.

Delish.

leather, 5.30

I waxed poetic on Raramodo‘s gorgeous leather ipod/iphone cases–and now I’ve got two, to house my various ipods. Mine are a gorgeous orange leather and the below pictured brown-turquoise variety.

The way these adorable little sleeves come packaged is something to be desired, as well.

Favorite Finds 3, 255: Etsy Suggested Shop Feature

I adore the new “Suggested Shops” feature on Etsy. As an Etsy seller and valued member of “handmade nation”, I firstly like to support other artists, crafters, and thrifters. I buy a lot of accessories, clothes, and kitsch on Etsy.

I do a lot of searches. I favorite tons.

But to now be opened up to a whole bunch of shops I might have missed–or haven’t promoted on the front page–is amazing. And most of the suggestions are really spot on!

Swoon.

Worn, 5/7

Today was a blur; seriously…but at least I was in good company: wearing my amazing Blur tshirt, courtesy the ever incredible Mozgrrl.

It’s kind of a nice contrast to the standard working woman skirt; wear a tshirt with jazz and all that hoo to flex your style a bit…at least, that’s what I do.

Street Crumb Designs make some drool worthy vintage inspired shirts (mostly of the musical variety). And everything is screen printed on basic American Apparel Crews, which means they are soft, come in a wide variety of amazing colors, and fit proper.

Now, I just need to own this amazing Dead Milkmen one.

It’s a romp in the shop! New item added…

There’s a new listing in the shop! The Ruffle Romp is a crochet ruffly cowl I created about 2 years ago and I just unearthed it from a box of samples and decided to list it in the shop. Quite frankly, I forget I even came up with it in the first place.

It’s really adorable on and it can be made in a whole host of colors. The sample is in a heathered gray, which looks amazing up against really bright colors.

Listed for just $45 bones, this baby could be yours in no time! Spread the word!

Oh, and more snaps of the Ruffle Romp at its long ago created Flickr set.