Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sight Unseen!

Good morning Blogiverse! I realized this morning that in reality I fall back into a lot of the same stuff all the time. Today I'm heading for things I haven't covered before. Some may be similar but it is going to err on the side of change. I hope you like what I found and I will try to justify my findings today too!

Giraffe 5x7 Print by:
Price: $12
I love this, when I passed by it, it just really caught my eye. And I know what you're thinking 'why yes, it is rather bright orange!' it wasn't just that though. I love the mixed-media effect of it. Clearly the illustration was done in great detail with pen and ink (one of my favorite types of artwork) but then it mixes the bold graphical look of digital art (which is my medium) in a modern and very contrasting way. The very plain very bold color plays a beautiful contract to the clearly very detailed and realistic drawing of the giraffe. This is the perfect kind of funky art that you can really center an entire room around. You can bet I will be visiting this shop again when my husband and I move into our new house and I'm decorating.

Victorian Sawn Porch Balusters by:
Price: $11.49
I know a lot of people who read this blog are DIYers and if you need to update your porch these are gorgeous (take a second to look at the page because there is a picture of them being used! This artist also boasts free shipping (which is awesome!) and can cut as many of these as you need. If you're updating your home or want to add some interest to your porch these are definitely the way to go. This artist has more styles too!

Therapy Back Relief Heat Pad by:
Price: $16.95
If you have never used something like this before I urge you to buy one today. These are incredible. I have really bad cramps because of a medical condition and my husband is in the Air Force working all day with his back craned at odd angles and comes home at the end of the day pretty sore. I had one of these (not quite as nice) for my cramps but he also loves it for his back! Way cheaper than buying those pharmacy brand back heating pads. These are reuseable whenever you want and this ingenious design of sewing it in 8 sections so all the heated materials don't fall right to the bottom is such a brilliant idea. My puppy got a hold of mine and destroyed it so when I get some money I think I will be ordering another one of these.

Recycled Soda Can Art Coke Pig Magnet by:
Price: $4.50
What a cute idea! You all know that I love upcycled things, well my husband drinks coke like nobody's business so this would be a perfect little thing for our fridge, especially because I'm always complaining of not having enough magnets (I have the magnetic chip clips but no magnet magnets). This little guy is adorable too and the bright colors of the coke can make him so happy. I love it!

Diaper Cupcakes Baby Shower Gift - Set of 4 by:
Price: $17.95
I know 3 girls who are currently pregnant with little boys and two who just had little boys so I've been sending a lot of baby gifts. Now unfortunately it's a little less fun to shop for baby boys because the selection is so limited. I always want to give something cute because its a baby... babies are cute, and the mommies are clearly girls. This is a perfect gift. Unlike a diaper cake it these are easily shippable ( I live far away from most of my friends who are expecting) and they are full of great stuff. Socks, Diapers, and Baby Wash Cloths. Not to mention they are just sooo cute! What a great gift idea!


Hope you like what I stumbled across today. Have a great day today everyone!

Be sure to let me know what you thought of todays post? Do you like it? Do you want me to do more single item themed posts? Should I go back to my usual style? Comment to give your opinion! Every opinion counts!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What You Should Have Given Me For Valentines Day

Good Morning Blogiverse! I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day. I did, I got to see a friend, it was a beautiful 70 degrees out here, and I got a ton of errands done which was great! I made my guy a cheesey home made Valentine that mentioned zombies on the inside and got him a small gift then made him fried chicken for dinner. I think I'm slowly learning how to be southern. He has been telling me for weeks he wasn't going to get me anything for Valentine's Day... and he was true to his word. I think he realized the mistake in that when he got home. I wasn't mad, just a little sad. Would have thought he would have wanted to make this Valentine's Day special because its our first year as a married couple (yes we're married, but the wedding isn't for a few more days.) Alas, he did not. Of course I've also magically gained back a pound in one day that it took me 3 days to lose, and I have no idea how so maybe its good he didn't buy me a bag of my favorite Sweet Tart Hearts or that box of Russell Stover Assorted Chocolates I pointed out to him and said 'I want that for Valentine's Day'. And yes, my darling came home and said 'I didn't know anything you wanted!' Oh well. I still love him dearly.

But todays post is dedicated to things I would have been more than happy to get on Valentine's Day as just a little, non-traditional 'I love you' gift.

Raspberry Rosewater Jam by:
Price: $7
It had occured to me that there are really 3 kinds of people in the world. Grape Jelly People, Strawberry Jelly People, and Raspberry Jam People. It is not often that people from these worlds take upon themselves the tastes of others and my darling is a Grape Jelly person. The stuff honestly makes me sick to even look at, but when I make him his breakfast in bed three or more times a week it is usually including toast with grape jelly. And then when we go to the store I always get his grape jelly but and so preoccupied I forget to get my raspberry jam or raspberry preserves. And I say that whenever we get home. I think he could have bought me a jar of raspberry jam for Valentine's Day without breaking the bank. Maybe I will buy myself some of this because it looks way more delicious than even the already delicious kinds you can get from the grocery store. And BEAUTIFULLY staged GroovyJams. Good job!

PeanutButter and Milk Chocolate Fudge made with Organic PeanutButter by:
Price: $8.50
Homemade delicious looking fudge that includes two of my favorite foods, chocolate and peanut butter. Now I'm a baker and I recently got a kitchenaid mixer but there are a few foods I'm afraid to try making for fear of messing them up and fudge is one of them, so I don't get it often. Theres no real substitute for homemade fudge either. Can't buy it in the store and chocolate fudge truffles are not REAL fudge. I miss it, it's been a really long time... probably over a year and a half since I have had real fudge. Now I really want some... darn it.

Crunchy and Chocolatey Cripsy Rice Cereal and Milk Chocolate - 1lb box by:
Price: $18
I love crunch bars and my darling knows that but besides that he knows my odd love of non-uniformly shaped chocolate pieces. I even eat kit kat bars by biting into them instead of breaking the sticks apart. If any of you have ever had a chocolate orange? My favorite part is the core. So pretty much these oddly shaped blocks of chocolate covered in crispy rice are my dream come true. These are making my mouth water and I may have to go out and buy some crunch bars and forget my diet today. One reviewer of these said they were better than crunch bars even! YUM!

My Favorite - Letterpress Greeting Card by:
Price: $4
The artist said this is what she and her husband say to each other when they are feeling cheesey and that made me smile because thats what me and my guy do too. He could have just given me a card for Valentine's Day and I would have been super happy. One like his would have been even better. Something that is more personalized than the mass produced sappy Valentine's Day greeting cards. He wouldn't have even had to write anything inside, just sign it and it would have meant a lot to me. I don't care what everyone else says, a hand written anything is such a special gift! And I love this notecard.

Tan Dotted Carpet Bag with Handles by:
Price: $40
I had to revisit one of my all time favorites on Etsy. I've featured this artist at least twice before but I am over the moon in love with these bags and my husband actually knows about this blog and I've shown it to him before... if he had just thought to look at this and figure out what I like, I'm pretty sure any artist that he convo'ed on Etsy could have helped him pick out the perfect gift for me. Especially because I'm walking around with a broken purse right now which looks awful and this bag is super adorable cute.


Hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day with your loved ones and feel free to remind your guys from me 'just because you say you're not getting me anything, in advance, doesn't mean that when you don't get me anything that you won't be in trouble'!

More posts to come in the near future! Hope you have a splendid day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

ALBTM Sunday Edition!

Sorry I never finished my pre-valentines day post. One thing turns into another as always and I never made it back, but it is Sunday, I don't have to work today, and I've finished cleaning my house (aside from the laundry... which I just HATE) so time to post again.

So today I decided to do a paper themed post since most people think of Sunday Edition and news papers... or at least I do. So lets see what cool papery stuff I can find!!

Artists Sketchbook, Handmade In Turquoise Suede by:
Price: $13.96
Need a gift for an artist? Want something pretty to sketch in yourself? Need an interest piece for a coffee or end table? This is perfect. I mean look how stunningly beautiful it is! This notebook comes in turquoise (shown), hot pink, purple, and charcoal gray. All of them are just fabulous looking. If you try to buy something this beautiful anywhere else you will probably be paying between $25-40 so this is a great deal! Beautiful beautiful beautiful!

Map Envelopes - Set of 10 by:
Price: $7.50
What a completely cool idea! These envelopes are hand made out of gorgeous maps. Add a bit of interest to the everyday boring! Great for any sort of letter or invitation (destination wedding envelopes anyone?) I know what you're thinking, 'but you won't be able to read the address?!' These nifty envelopes come with a white label to stick on with the address so you can read it but you're still not going to miss the beauty of the envelope itself. Genius! Love love love.

Happily Ever After Print (digital file) by:
Price: $8.00
First off I think this print is super cute/adorable/vintage/cool. It appears to me that you can alter the date on the tree? Or the designer does it for you? I'm not sure but either way theres a date on the tree which is cute for anything, anniversary, babys birthday, anything. All you do is get this printed somewhere or print it yourself and you can frame it. You get the digital file sent to you for that $8. And the better news is a. you don't have to wait for it to ship, b. if it gets ruined you can print it again, and c. you don't have to pay for shipping. Awesome? Awesome.

Thank You Note Letterpress Set - Hedgehogs by:
Price: $15
For $15 you get 5 of these adorable notecards with coordinating envelopes. Don't want it to say 'Thank You' on the front? No problem, the artist offers to make these blank notecards as well. I don't know about everyone else but I LOVE notecards/cards of all sorts. I always want something interesting to send out so that the recipient likes more than just the message inside and so I actually want to use them which is the driving force in getting me to sit down and write out thank you notes. I may be ordering some of these myself for my wedding thank you notes. Cause they are just so so so cute!

Come Fly With Me Birdie Layered Pop Up Card by:
Price: $3.99
This beautiful design is a single blank inside card but WOW whoever gets this card will certainly be very impressed. This will brighten their day for sure. Or if you're more like me, you would probably buy it intending to send it to someone when the time was right but then end up buying a frame and putting it on the wall instead because this is much more than a greeting card, this is stunning art. Gorgeous.


Hope you like what I've found today! Only 20 days left til my wedding so I might be a bit busy and not around all the time but I hope to keep up with a post here and there. Keep checking back!

Leave any comments or questions or requests for posts below!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentines Day With A Twist!

Good Morning Good Day Blog Readers!
So glad you came back again today! I really do appreciate your dedication and I hope you're enjoying my blog. With Valentines Day coming up so soon I thought it would be nice to post some traditional Valentines Day items with a twist, because thats something Etsy does so well, adding a twist on the ordinary to make it extraordinary! I really hope you enjoy everything I find today and keep reading!

molly cate!

Custom Paper Flowers by:
Price: $3-150
This link is for the entire shop because I couldn't decide on just one to link. She makes beautiful flowers and custom flower/bouquets of paper for you! These are stunning and they will last forever instead of dropping a lot of cash on overpriced flowers just because its Valentines Day. Not that I'm saying I'm going to say no if my darling comes home with a bouquet of the red gerber daisies I've been asking for, but I certainly would not be disappointed with these either! Gorgeous!

Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Shortbread Hearts by:
Price: $10
Every girl regardless of if shes on a diet or not wants chocolates on Valentines Day. Its just that extra bit that really seals the deal. But if you're anything like me there are only one kind of chocolates for you on Valentines Day, Russel Stovers...., and odds are your man is going to pick up that heart shaped assorted box which you will only eat some of (because you're picky about your chocolates) instead of buying you the rectangle box of your favorite kind (because he can't remember) or ordering you a custom box online (which I have totally done for myself before). I would MUCH rather get adorable cookies like these which I will eat most of but probably be willing to share with him. And these take the scary out of chocolate, you know what you're going to get! And they look scrumptious!


Puppy distractions! More Valentines Day finds to come! Keep checking back!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Random Word Generator Has Spoken!

Hello everyone! It is 26 days until my wedding day now and I'm so excited! Not the least bit nervous either. But if you're wondering why my posts have been sporatic that would be why. Planning and executing a wedding in two months is hard, even harder when one of those months is February and clearly giving you less days than it should. But I've found a bit of time for myself, amongst the planning and mailing checks to vendors, to write a post today before I go and tackle the cleanup of my kitchen. (It seems the closer I get to getting my wedding in order the more chaos evolves in my kitchen!)

I was trying to decide on a theme today as I had only one item picked out for the blog today and I couldn't decide on one... so I googled a random word generator, plugged in adjectives and then searched them on etsy! I came up with some fun stuff so I really hope you enjoy it!

Generated Word: Imperial
Keep Calm and Eat a Cupcake in Imperial Violet (13x19) by:
Price: $15.95
What a lovely idea. I know a cupcake makes me feel better when I am stressed out. The color of this is adorable and it comes in so many shades too. If you're looking for something cute with clean lines and a bit of a modern design this would be perfect! Imagine it in a kitchen of someone who really likes to bake. You could match it to appliances or get it in a contrasting color! Makes a cute gift or something for yourself. I would even put this in my bedroom or living room. I rather like the touch of whimsy in it!

Generated Word: Structured

The Diamond Cage Necklace in Shining Gold by:
Price: $25
I really like funky pieces of jewelry that not everyone is going to have something similar to and this is a beautiful example. From far away it would look like a gold figural pendant but when you get closer you have the stone inside to reflect the light and the beautiful shape of it. It would add a lot to an everyday outfit! This is definitely a concept that is not going to be seen all the time!

Generated Word: Leisure
Everyday Leisure Neckwarmer in Leafy Green by:
Price: $28
Most of the country has been swamped with snow lately, at least the more northern half so its not even close to time to give up on scarfs yet! I love the color and detail in this one with the chunky knit and the old fashioned buttons, they remind me of the buttons on one of my dads old jackets. Anyway This scarf is the perfect solution to one of my pet peeves! I hate walking around with a scarf that hangs long so the wind catches it and it blows in my face, or it gets stuck in a door or anything like that. I also hate tucking a scarf into my coat and having it awkwardly hang out the bottom. This way you can pop on a scarf, put it under your jacket and make sure you neck is completely sealed from the cold and rather fashionable at the same time! Awesome! (be sure to check out her whole shop for more adorable scarves!)

Generated Word: Fresh
Bright & Happy Mix by:
Price: $1.45
This is the cutest confetti ever! Little birds made out of old dictionary pages which supports upcycling so it's environmentally friendly! This is perfect for a birthday party, or a spring wedding to use as decorations or even have a little flower girl toss in lieu of more expensive flower petals or sometimes dangerous rice (seriously... have you ever gotten hit in the face by some rice of a very enthusiastic little flower girl?). This gives you 40 birds and 20 flowers for a great price and shes happy to make more if you need it. Not to mention the shipping costs are a dream! Two thumbs up!

Generated Word: Textbook
Bubbly -Bright and Cheery GIANT Paper Holders by:
Price: $7
Giant paperclips are so cute! I used to use regular paper clips as bookmarks in college when I was studying but these would be even easier to spot with the big bright buttons at the end. But really they would be great to add a bit of flair to any boring old stack of papers and bring some sunshine into your life! This designer also offers this pattern of fabric in ponytail holders, clips, bobbies, rings, headbands, pins, necklaces, magnets and bookmarks. You've got to love Etsy where everyone is willing to do SO much more for you!

Generated Word: Key
Key Hooks Wod Home Decor Organizer by:
Price: $26
I love entryway hooks like this. The shabby chic that makes you feel at home instantly. With hooks that could be used for hats, jackets, scarves, keys, umbrellas, or anything else this will add the perfect homey feel to your house. The added small jar is just an extra bonus! A great place to display real or fake flowers or anything else you may need to store. Yeay upcycling!!


I hope you liked everything you found today and look for my new blog that I will be running with my friend in the future for all your fashion, purse, and makeup needs!

Let me know what you think! Have a beautiful day!