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?