Grammar Police

I favorited these two prints on Etsy the other day thinking they would be really fun to hang in my office at work. What do you think?  Joanna from A Cup of Jo also posted a t-shirt version for all your grammar nerds to flaunt your skills. ha!

two too to printthere their theyre print

 

Happy Friday!

 

photos via Etsy shop alphonnsine.

Sweet Etsy Shop: Little Low Studio

Do you ever get the impulse to make every wall in your home a gallery wall? I see art and prints sometimes that make me want to keep adding to Declan’s wall of framed illustrations and watercolor animals…but it’s not organically arranged, they’re perfectly spaced and it was planned just for the six frames currently up there so I fear it would look sloppy to add more and I really don’t want to take them all down. wah.

You can get a peek of how they’re hung in this precious photo by our fantastic photographer friends Brandon + Kristin Kidd:

declan newborn photo 2 brandon kidd photography

I totally have the temptation to add more prints and art up there, especially after I found these Little Low Studio prints.  And I know Mumbles would approve of the vintage car set – he totally loves the Thing. And it all coordinates with the color scheme in Declan’s nursery nicely (which Mumbles could probably care less about).  This pack in particular is a handy little set of 5×7 cards so they’d be super easy to frame and add up to the gallery wall – maybe two on each side or maybe even all lined up in a row along the bottom! (hey, now that’s an easy solution!)

little low studio car prints

So now that I’ve tackled the nursery issue, I still want to gobble up a lot more of the beautiful prints from this shop and frame them for various gallery walls that have yet to be made in our home.  Like this stunning American map with floral representations for regions of the country.  I love that navy.

American Map floral little low studio on etsy

And how fantastic would this be as a gift for the garden-lover in your life?  Like sugar, that’s how sweet.

Have you found any fun Etsy shops lately?  

 

P.S. Check out more of my favorite prints on Pinterest.

Photo via Brandon Kidd Photography.

Are You Mad for Midcentury?

Remember Clive and Clyde?  I went to visit Clive in person the other day and left feeling really disappointed. He’s handsome, don’t get me wrong. And totally fits the function we’d need him for, which is pretty spectacular since my wish list was long. But after meeting him, I was sad because he didn’t live up to my expectations (which were to fall madly in love at first sighting and immediately wrap my arms around him to stake my claim)…oddly enough, we passed right by him in the store and didn’t notice him.  So maybe we should rethink our fear, which is that the reclaimed wood would be really overwhelming and busy in our house. Plus, C&B can’t guarantee exactly what our Clive will look like – the reclaimed wood planks may or may not have paint on them, nails, holes, etc… so yeah, not what I wanted to be feeling for that price tag. I still think about him often, though, and that says a lot, right?  We’ll see, Clive. We’ll see.

Clyde is still on my list, and we just may get him.  I feel like he’s a safe bet. But the tricky part is we can’t see him anywhere before we buy and he’s a pretty penny, too.  I’d hate to have to deal with the hassle of returning such a big piece of furniture. What a pain.  So lately I’ve been stalking Craigslist for china cabinets, bar cabinets, buffets, sideboards, and hutches.  Heck, I’ve even been toying with the idea that maybe we should have a custom dry bar area built into that area (but nixed that idea pretty quick since our plan down the road is to knock out the storage closet behind that wall the day that air conditioning goes out on us).  Anyone a carpenter/welder that wants to build us a custom Clive?  Anyone?

Anyway, I’ve been finding some neat items and one midcentury piece immediately caught my eye so I’ve emailed the seller to get more details.  West Elm has a line of midcentury furniture, it’s all over design blogs and magazines, and some of it goes for high dollar on Craigslist and Ebay — perhaps because of everyone’s love affair with Don Draper?  Or maybe it’s just that solid wood construction and simple, clean lines.

I found this NPR article where someone said

People tend to like what their grandparents liked.

For me, that’s totally true. “Grandma chic” is what I like to call it.  Remember when I brought home Jane and my parents were like “did you find that in the attic?” and reminisced about similar furniture that their parents had?  So funny. The article also explains that logic; baby boomers don’t like midcentury styles because it’s what they grew up with.  So, apparently style tastes skip a generation. I can believe that.

midcentury wall unit via the modern vault

If you’re in Orange County, I stumbled upon a great shop: The Modern Vault in Newport Beach.  How awesome is this chair? If I had room for a free standing bar (ours needs to go up against a wall) this one is so amazing!

Do you like midcentury style?  Do you and your grandparents have the same style? 

 

[image via The Modern Vault]

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. 

Sweet Find: Mrs. Pomeranz on Etsy

Meet Mrs. Pomeranz.  Well, she isn’t a she, but a lovely group of dress makers in Moscow, including two sisters, who make gorgeous dresses and skirts based on classic 50’s silhouettes. Swoon!!  Noting influence and inspiration of their grandmothers who were talented seamstresses, here’s the story of how they got started making dresses:

“I discovered Russian shawls when I was 5: my grandmother had a beautiful shawl from Pavlovo-Posad. It was green with beautiful orange lilies, red roses and bluebells on a vibrant green background. I adored this shawl and attempted to make my first dress with it: my grandmother was’t happy. So this is the second try. I hope you like it!”

If I was made of money, I’d have one of every dress. This one is my absolute favorite:

mrspomeranz woolen shawl flower dress

 

But this one made with Liberty fabric comes in a very close second:

mrspomeranz liberty art dress

 

I also adore this one; it reminds me of Alice & Wonderland!

What are your favorite Etsy shops?

3D Pet Portrait

I stumbled upon a roundup of awesome custom portrait artists on Design*Sponge the other day and just had to share what I found. You know how obsessed I am with Baxter, and after perusing a few of the shops on Etsy, I noticed that one of the artists, sian, does custom 3D pet portraits! Check this one out…looks just like Baxter! I want one!

3D pet portrait by sian on etsy

The Design*Sponge list of artists is a great roundup. I’m sure you can find more in many different styles from cartoonish to whimsical, line drawings to watercolors. I had a custom family watercolor portrait made (see it here) by Heartshug on etsy. Her shop was called something different before and it might have something to do with getting some negative reviews. I didn’t see any when I ordered and I will say that I was very pleased with the end result but the communication was frustrating and the finished piece didn’t arrive until months later (luckily I wasn’t in a hurry). And, it came in handy for our big “we’re having a baby!” announcement, so it all worked out in the end, right?  Right.

I’ve Been Busy…Buying

Lately, I’ve been buying a lot of stuff. A lot. What can I say? I’m in a good mood, it’s spring and I love clothes.

A lovely lady I know named Lyndzee (I love alliteration!) has fabulous style and is an incredibly impressive thrift shopper. Lucky for me (and you, though I’d rather you not like her stuff so that I can keep scooping up her fun pieces without as much competition), she has started selling some of her finds on Instagram in a lovely shop called Thrift Archaeology. It’s been quite fun following her posts, albeit a bit distracting as I anxiously refresh my Instagram feed all day. Last week I was the lucky winner of this plaid skirt, this vintage bag, and an amazing beaded cocktail dress that I cannot wait to wear! So excited. And feeling the buzz of finding good thrifted clothes but not actually wanting to go out and hunt myself (though it is one of my favorite things to do), I hopped on over to Etsy and discovered a darling vintage shop called secretlake, which just so happened to be having a moving sale with all the merchandise marked down 30%…yay! I picked up this fabulous cobalt dress (you know how obsessed I am with cobalt. see here and here) and this wool coat (what I like to call “grandma chic”…read: totally my style).

But I haven’t just been thinking of myself! My mom loves to wear lace tops with skirts to work — they’ve gotta be comfy and simple like throwing on a t-shirt but chic enough to look like a smarty pants at the office. I got her two from Banana Republic, though I’ve also been swooning over this one from Madewell (found via DesignLoveFest).

And, wait, there’s more.

I haven’t just been buying clothes. I promise. I bought my Dad some awesome dog books for his birthday, I got my mom some lipstick in a totally fierce shade (which I’ll wrap up with those blouses for mother’s day just around the corner), and picked up some of my favorite loose mineral powder (which now reminds me I need to invest in new makeup brushes…).

Lastly–and maybe my favorite–I scored an awesome dresser on Craigslist that is in such great shape I can hardly believe it. The guy I bought it from said it’s been in his family since the early 60’s! Love it. It needs to be cleaned up a bit but I think I’m going to keep it just as it is for now before I do anything drastic like painting it.  It’s made of real wood (read: it’s heavy), has a beautiful color tone and wood grain, original hardware with an awesome patina, dovetailed drawers, and the larger drawers have built-in wood dividers which I think are just so neat. I was going to say “they definitely don’t make furniture like they used to!” but that’s probably not true. I bet a lot of places and people make furniture of such great quality, it’s just I can’t afford any of it. Thank heavens for Craigslist, right?

Here’s a closeup of the hardware and details…

vintage craigslist dresser.jpg

 

 

P.S. How quickly I forget…I also bought this adorable dress from Madewell and wore it to a bridal shower on Saturday. The colors are so pretty and it fits like a dream. Even the girls at Anthropologie asked me where I got it when I stopped in to buy the bride a gift. Best compliment ever, I’d say.  And I’m super excited for our trip to Havasu in two weeks so I splurged on this gorgeous paisley swimsuit top from my favorite, J.Crew (found via A Cup of Jo). Goodness me, that’s a lot of stuff I’ve been buying.  Please don’t judge me. And don’t tell Mumbles. 😉

madewell silk floral dress.jpg