Swell Stuff: Paige Puckett Pottery

10/25/2012 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Swell Stuff | 2 Comments
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Isn’t this beautiful?

A little while ago, I posted on Facebook about my pal Paige’s lovely pottery. And not long after that, Auntie Julie surprised me with this piece for my birthday. Clever girl, she is.

This photo doesn’t do the piece justice. The colors are really striking — all sorts of shades of blue — and it’s the perfect size for a gathering of friends. I can’t wait to fill it with chips and salsa.

Or maybe a pinwheel of bacon with chocolate sauce in the middle?

Endless possibilities, people.

Swell Stuff: the coolest postcards

05/22/2012 at 11:37 am | Posted in Swell Stuff | Leave a comment

wood postcard

sheepcard by formesBerlin on Etsy

When I saw this in my Facebook feed the other day, I clicked instantly. I love getting real mail, especially postcards, and I just think these are so neat. They arrive flat, with simple instructions for how to pop out the shapes.

How fun would it be for this little guy to arrive in your mailbox?

Speaking of postcards, Sophie received her very first one yesterday, from Nana who’s on vacation in the Ozarks. Lily decided she liked Sophie’s card with the golfers better than her card of the waterfalls, so she switched them. Sophie didn’t mind.

Art for everyone

04/20/2012 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Swell Stuff | Leave a comment
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Laura Loving Happy

It’s no secret that I adore Laura Loving. After we met at the Country Living Fair last year, I was hooked. Her work is bright, clever and cheerful. A generous partner in our Love to Zaria fundraiser, Laura is as kind as they come.

She and her business partner April Wilkins recently debuted a new line, Laura Loving Happy. The only thing I love more than the punchy, colorful designs is the fact that Laura and April are making fine art accessible for all. As it should be!

Laura Loving Happy

I’d be ever so grateful if you’d check out their lovely site, packed with gorgeous wall art, notecards, and my personal favorite, the Buddha tote. They’re also on Twitter and Facebook.

Let’s spread the happy!

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide // for the littles

12/09/2011 at 4:48 pm | Posted in Swell Stuff | 1 Comment
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holiday gift guide for kidsClockwise from top left: eco soy crayons // elephant pillow covers
wood toy helicopter // vintage style cloche hat

holiday gifts for kidsbunny rabbit art print // nervous robot screen-printed t-shirt
monogram initial pillow // woodland friends finger puppet set

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide // for him

12/08/2011 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Swell Stuff | 5 Comments
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holiday gift guide for himClockwise from top left: wood iPod and iPhone dock charger // shaving cream and brush set
screen-printed t-shirt // hand-stamped guitar pick

holiday gift guide for himbeer-lovers’ tea towels // nerd herder gadget wallet
recycled skateboard inlay belt buckle // duct tape Space Invaders wallet

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide // for her

12/07/2011 at 3:57 pm | Posted in Swell Stuff | 3 Comments
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What’s the fun in stalking Etsy if not to share my finds?

That’s why I started the “Swell Stuff” feature on this blog. And while it’s grown to include other things, handmade is still king (queen?). Here are a few lovelies for the ladies. Coming soon are gift ideas for the menfolk and the tots.

Merry merry!

holiday gift guide for herClockwise from top left: robin egg flower clutch  // 2012 desk calendar
hand-painted cup and saucer // hand-printed tea towels

holiday gift guide for her“poetry” pleated bag // Flossie Fern’s organic lavender salve
“tutti frutti” felt flower yarn wreath // gold brass “love meter” pendant

Swell Stuff {rikrak}

11/19/2011 at 1:46 pm | Posted in Swell Stuff | 2 Comments
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rikrak felt stockings on Etsy SWOON.

That is all.

(rikrak on Etsy)

Swell Stuff: Kate Spade New York

11/09/2011 at 4:03 pm | Posted in Swell Stuff | 8 Comments
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Kate Spade New York new arrivalsI’ve had a crush on Kate Spade (the brand and the lady) since I graduated college and her first bags — simple, nylon, utilitarian — debuted. I was working for a PR firm, and all of the cool girls had Kate Spade bags (that they’d bought in Manhattan, of course). I did not.

And I’ve been harboring a crush for years. 14 to be exact.

Every now and then, I peek at the Kate Spade New York site and lovely blog to see what’s new. And what’s on sale (just in case).

I am in love with all the color in these new arrivals! So cheery. So me.

So out of my price range.

A girl can dream, right?

(For a peek into Kate and Andy Spade’s life and beautiful home, check out the November issue of my new favorite e-magazine, Matchbook.)

Swell Stuff {Lucky Accessories}

11/02/2011 at 4:15 pm | Posted in Swell Stuff | 1 Comment
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heart pendant necklace
I discovered Lucky Accessories at my new favorite local shop, Epona & Oak. Lucky for you, they’re also on Etsy! The jewelry’s charming designs, rich colors and clean lines draw me in like mosquitoes to a light bulb.

I’ve been meaning to treat myself to a little something to commemorate Sophie’s birth. This little yellow heart might just do the trick.

p.s. Stay tuned for my profile on Epona and Oak, run by the lovely Hynes sisters, here on the blog next week!

Swell Stuff {cole & josephine}

10/13/2011 at 11:05 am | Posted in Swell Stuff | 1 Comment
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watercolor illustration of camera flash

Isn’t this neat? I love all of the illustrations at cole & josephine (also on Etsy).

And the best thing about this lovely shop is that half of the sale proceeds go to charity.

Give while you get. Pretty cool.

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