Sweet Stuff: SuAmi Crochet Miniatures on Etsy

Okay, in full honesty I have no idea what you’d even do with these but @littlenuggetrepublic shared photos on Instagram of a lovely artist’s miniature crochet animals. And, they are just the cutest little things you ever did see. I mean, truly. Like throw pillows, they serve no purpose except to cause people like me to smile in pure delight. What intricate artistry! How do you even discover you have this talent? I’m riveted!  And good on her because over 2,700 people have purchased these miniature miracles in her Etsy shop and they sure aren’t cheap — the items range from $15-$220!

I think I should get this micro Baxter lookalike to keep on my desk at work, don’t you?

maltese SuAmi crochet miniature

You should get this tiny monkey guy to put in your medicine cabinet so when you get up in the morning and you reach in, bleary eyed and pissed off that it’s early and you’re awake, you see this little guy just hanging out, sitting on your dental floss, waiting to see you with a smile and a thumbs up to tell you to have a nice day.

monkey SuAmi crochet miniature

P.S. The pair of polar bears reminds me instantly of “On the Night You Were Born,” which makes me tear up a little. 

P.S.S. If Kristen Bell and I were friends in real life (let’s just pretend, shall we?), I’d get her this mini sloth to just hang out with her all the time. Because I’m a really thoughtful friend like that. 

Losing Touch

It’s official. I’m not old, but I might as well be. I’m no longer “with it.” Gosh, how OLD does that sound? But yeah, I have proof. And it goes beyond my “grandma chic” style (because that, my friends, I totally own and take pride in, as evidenced by my favorite new shoes, which could practically serve orthopedic purposes they’re so ridiculously comfortable).

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I went to the mall this weekend with my mom and Declan (if hangin’ with your mom and baby at the mall don’t put you in the uncool kids club, I don’t know what will) and I HATED it. H a t e d   i t! My teenage self is cringing right now. I can recall shopping with my mom when I was younger, proclaiming that I could peruse those racks and shelves with glee for hours on end and not grow weary, wondering sadly how she could be sitting there on that dressing room bench begging to go home. How do your feet get tired from shopping? What do you mean the music is too loud? And here I am — shy of 30 — pissed off that far too many people are packed into one place with not enough air circulation (makes you appreciate the oxygen they pump into casinos in Vegas…), unsupervised kids are running amok, I have a headache and everyone is wearing twelve perfumes at the same time (seriously, why doesn’t this place have windows?). Getmeouttahere!

One of the reasons we were at the mall was to return something to Urban Outfitters that I bought online (a planter that arrived broken in half). And as we walked in I stopped dead in my tracks to point out to my mom a pair of jelly sandals (think back to 3rd grade…you know the ones) with a stacked heel. And I saw a girl pick them up to try them on. Not in a funny, ironic, “aren’t these so 90’s?” sort of way. In a “I’m totally going to rock these with that there crop top, a fringe purse, harem pants and…” (I’m out of fashion items I can properly identify on said “hip” teens these days).  I was miserable. And it was so crowded the grown up part of me had anxiety just thinking of all the merchandise that was probably just walking out the door unbeknownst to the underage employees.  And that’s not even getting into how long and how many 18-year-old hipsters wearing non-prescription glasses and slouchy beanies it took to process my return.  “Ummm…was there something wrong with the item?”  Yes, here’s one half and here’s the other. I ordered it whole.

Part of me was screaming to get out of there as fast as possible but the snarky half wanted to make a game of it. Put Declan in the baby carrier and stand outside the dressing rooms giving unsolicited fashion advice to these kids. I could hear myself giving warnings to them with my eyes: “You will regret that top in exactly 2 weeks.”

So while I knew this was probably that moment in time where I’d look back and realize I no longer knew anything about what’s hip, I knew well enough to hightail it outside. Ugh, the mall on a weekend? Never again. Shopping online in your sweats while watching tv totally wins. More points if you’re consuming copious amounts of cheese/chocolate/wine. High five from me if you’re cuddling with a dog.

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how the cool kids shop

Sweet Stuff: February Link Roundup

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Happy Friday, friends! I’ll be lounging around this weekend trying to recover from my revolving sickness. Hopefully it’ll be rainy – perfect couch and dog cuddling weather!

Enjoy some of my favorite finds from around the web this month:

Tips for a messy bed. I totally embrace the messy bed look. Must add more layers!

How to save marriage in America.

Seth Cohen married Blair Waldorf. For realsies.

This comfy shirt for work.

Would you have taken Marriage 101 in college? Mumbles and I met when I was a freshman (whoa) so I probably would have.  What about a class on being less selfish?

One woman’s posthumous advice for her daughter. Hilarious. This part made me laugh out loud because it’s totally something my dad would advise me to do:

“…always pick up worms off the pavement and put them on the grass. They’re having a bad day, and they’re good for… the earth or something (ask Daddy more about this; am a bit sketchy).”

Mumbles and I are getting started on landscaping. I want this huge slide built into the side of our hill.

A candle that melts into a new candle. Brilliant.

A red thumbs up to this lifesaving idea.

Lauren Conrad’s simple trick for lovelier locks.

Is it possible that all Pixar movies are connected?

A rabbit stampede. Seriously. The cutest thing I’ve ever seen:

For more inspiring stories and quotes, check out my Pinterest board.

Sweet Stuff: January Link Roundup

Now that I’m back at work and feeling like an adult — ya know, wearing actual clothes instead of my pajamas every day, speaking real words at a normal pitch, joining the mob of commuters in my drive, answering email — I have time to do some things I’ve been missing like listening to the radio (I’ll be honest, for the past three months I’ve had no clue what was on the top charts) and my favorite men of the morning: Kevin and Bean, and also getting back into the routine of checking news sites and reading my favorite blogs.

Here are some fun links from around the web I enjoyed this month:

Good news for coffee lovers.

How cool is this? Chopsticks get a clever new design.

Did you watch the Golden Globes? Emma Thompson was fabulously boozy and here’s what hosts Tina Fey & Amy Poehler think about parenting

A quick, delicious recipe for Kale Walnut Pesto. Yum!

Need to break out of your shell? So did this chick

How to ask someone out on a first date.

Would you use an app that sends you a tweet when your kid needs a diaper change?

Watch this college marching band perform ‘Wrecking  Ball.’ I love how into it they are. Fantastic.

Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza caught in cahoots on camera. Internet goes wild with speculation.

A rom-com spoof movie starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd? I’m in.

Would you eat a Jelly Belly that tastes like craft beer?

Get ready to make more music with your mouth. Elizabeth Banks will direct Pitch Perfect 2.

Budweiser does it again with sappy Clydesdale commercial, adding darling puppy. It doesn’t get any cuter than this:

Beach House Reflections

Mumbles and his business partners rented a gorgeous beach house in Newport Beach for the week leading up to New Year’s as a way to celebrate their 5 year business anniversary. It’s been a pretty amazing place to end to 2013, reflect upon these last few years both personally and professionally, and get excited about what’s in store for our future. It will be a hard year to top; I started a new job, we celebrated three years of marriage, vacationed in Grand Cayman for a childhood friend’s wedding, bought a new home and fully renovated it (while 9 months pregnant), and welcomed our first child.

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Here’s to a happy, healthy 2014 full of wonder and excitement. Cheers!