Friday, January 28, 2011

Owl always love a good design.

Reader Jessica suggested an owl-themed post and we were all too happy to help her track down some great finds. Owls are the hottest bird on the block right now – their feathery faces showing up on everything from tea towels to greeting cards and laptop skins.

Check out some of our favorites.

                                                                        1. Owl bowl by Jennifer Falter - $36

                                                                              1. Owl Handbag - $62 at Patina

                                                                             1. Chalkboard by Oh Clemetine - $35

                                                                         1. Bookend by Graphic Space Wood - $80

All images courtesy of their respective owners.            

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Send a little love with Indie Valentines

Remember the grade-school thrill of giving out your Valentines in class? Recapture that feeling and rock someone’s mailbox this Feb.14th with one of these quirky cards.

Joystick - $4.50 at Dude and Chick
Love Folk Greeting - $4 at Dutch Door Press
Owl love you forever - $4.00 at Night Owl Paper Goods
I love you more than my Iphone - $4.75 at Paperwheel Press
Anchor Love - $4.00 at Smock Paper

Dirty Little Postcards - $15 at Spread the Love

Tokens of Love - Set of 5 - $6 at Spring Olive
Dr. Seuss Love Quote - $4.00 at The Paper Peony

Robot Heart - $4.00 at Twin Ravens Press

For my love - $5.50 at Wiley Valentine

Love Note Minis (8) - $10 at Vicinity Studios

                                                                                           All images courtesy of their respective owners                                                   

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Quickie - Dear Colleen

It has been that sort of a week. A week of check engine lights, client demands, more snow, the bad drivers it seems to spawn and I still can’t find my favorite sweater.
Lemons Print (12.6x17.7)  - $29
That is why I am so happy it is the weekend. And why I plan to take Colleen’s (from dearcolleen) advice as soon as humanly possible.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Live Wire Farms

There is “handmade” and than there is handmade. As in, each piece is individually crafted and no two pieces are the same. The wooden products at Live Wire Farm definitely fall into the latter category. Owner, John Robohm, creates these home accessories from maple, beech, cherry and other hardwoods grown locally near his 100-acre Vermont property.


Simple yet amazingly versatile, this selection of hooks, candle holders, napkin rings and spoons can add a touch of rustic elegance to even the most modern home.

Hooks range from $40-50, napkin rings $20 and spoons $10-50.  Each order is unique, so contact the farm directly for pricing and shipping information.

                                                                                all photography by Ewan Burns and is courtsey of Live Wire Farms 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Anthology Organic Bath & Body

Winter has roared into town with the sole intention of making my skin cry uncle. Between the Arctic winds and my house's 100-year old radiators, by mid-winter my skin can look scarily similar to my Aunt Millie's Alligator purse. It isn't pretty. 

With organic and sustainability being two of the big buzz words in the beauty industry this year, store shelves are loaded with “Organic” body products. But when you read the labels, some of the products toting their organic-ness, contain only a tiny percentage of organic ingredients.

Which is why I’m so excited to have found the Anthology Organic line of bath & body products. Anthology is a family-run business that is the real deal when it comes to organic. The majority of their products are made of 99-100% of USDA certified organic ingredients such as eucalyptus, lemongrass, shea butter, lavender and peppermint oil. In addition, the products are made in small batches to ensure high quality, are vegan and come attractively packaged in eco-friendly apothecary glass containers.

I highlighted the Body Scrubs and Body Butters above, (which I will be using to whip my winter skin into submission), but there are also a wide selection of Bath Salts, Skin Care (the Chocolatier's Gift face mask is a customer favorite) and Soy Candles available.

Anthology allows you to do something good for your body and the environment at the same time. What’s not to love?

All images courtsey of Anthology Organic

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dreaming of Spring Meadows

It is cold here, and gray, and about to snow another 8 inches.  My socks got wet on the way to work and I am just over winter already.  I am sure that will change once I warm up, but right now I am dreaming of Spring meadows. Of diaphanous flowers and the heady scent of sun warmed blossoms.

April might be months away, but thanks to the creative vision of the talented photographers below, we can all own a little piece of a Spring dream.

Raspberries and Cream (8x8) by Cassia Beck - ON SALE $12.50

Saturday, January 8, 2011


It seems like the trend in purses for the past couple of years has been the bigger, the better.  The Birkin, the Hobo, the Tote, the Messenger —all seem designed to hold our smart phones, wallets, the OED and a pygmy goat.

Well, sometimes smaller is better. This is especially true when you are talking about the divine clutch bags over at Bagatelles&co

Rym, the artist behind the bags, designs for the "quirky, playful and feminine woman who enjoys life, daydreaming, and breathes a kind of sweet elegance."  Lush (often vintage) fabrics and strong craftsmanship, come together to create retro-inspired bags that prove you don't need a bag the size of your head to make a huge fashion statement.

Bouquet pleats Fifi Clutch - $55

Bold Peacock Liberty cotton LiLi Clutch - $78

Faux croc woven  Lizzie Clutch - $65
Delicate Dandelion Medium Lili Clutch - $78
all images courtsey of Bagatelles&co.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Ring in the New Year

Yes, we'll admit the headline is a cliché.  However, you will be anything but wearing one of these large vintage inspired cocktails rings. We found these lovely gems at Ruche, one of our favorite online boutiques.  At these prices, you can grab a handful. 

 lavender love affair indie ring -  $37.99

this magic moment ring - $37.99
medieval blue - $39.99   
heart in the shadows - $39.99

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Hi, I am Lulu and I have a serious weakness for three things: vintage photography, flowers and all things pretty.  So, the first time I stumbled upon PAPAYA!, my heart skipped a beat. 

Mother and daughter design team Gina and Anahata Katkin founded a company that holds Creative Abandon as the company credo, and you only have to look at their design offerings to see that they most definitely hold true to it.

Their prints are lush blends of vintage ephemera, quotes and graphic elements that together create their uniquely beautiful designs.

PAPAYA! has applied these iconic images to wide range of lifestyle and stationary products. While their small Giclee prints are currently a very affordable $48,  I am personally in love with their postcard collections - which allows me to brighten the mailboxes of friends and keep on budget as well.  Their greeting cards are also great for framing.

all images courtesy of PAPAYA!

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