getting crafty

craftyI plan to. The back deck is almost done and I propose to sip bubbly and #DIY in the sun all summer long. Some of the projects on my list …

Striped flower & plant pots
Slouchy leather sling planters
Pineapple pinata
Key fobs & bag charms
Rope coil vessels
Metallic sacks

What will you be making? xx

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talking paper

I recently came across the Our Paper Shop blog and fell head over heels.

What’s not to love!?!

Just a few of my favorite things; paper, stamps, ink, accessories, etc… all with a cute retro feel.

Check out this video shot during a recent photoshoot of theirs and I am pretty sure that you will feel the same ; )


woven baskets from rwanda

“Who says you can’t buy hope? Willa Shalit is proving that shopping can transform other people’s lives.

Willa Shalit has been put on this earth, I think, to allow the rest of us to pretend that our most grasping, selfish impulses are actually noble. Through her company, Fair Winds Trading, she has managed to make shopping meaningful—a way to load up on gorgeous, exotic objects de lust while furthering peace and justice, not to mention improving lives around the world. Bless the woman.

A pioneer in a growing social-entrepreneurial movement whose mission in part is to provide unique products to U.S. consumers—and, at the same time, sustainable wages to the Third World artisans who make them—Shalit has been collaborating for the past five years with the women of Rwanda. As a result, Fair Winds Trading now imports their handwoven baskets, African-gemstone jewelry, textile bags, and table linens, and this fall will branch out with products from Tanzania, Cambodia, and Indonesia.”

Read more here
Baskets available here

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a sunday well-spent brings a week of content

The weekend is wrapping up. There was some Champagne drinking, however, no dancing on tables. Der and I spent some time getting crafty. Which, in turn, has lead to ideas about setting up shop on Etsy (stay tuned!!). I am obsessed with Tumblr…

night night xx

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saturday, so far

New shoes from Heel Boy, amazing class @ Moksha, freshly roasted chestnuts c/o Scarpetta on the walk home, and one cute pug! Not a bad start to the weekend. Now it’s time to hit the Paper Place to buy supplies for holiday card making (eep!) and then who knows…


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getting crafty

After a quick visit to one of my local crafty shops (The Paper Place) I was, of course, in the mood to get crafty! Simple this time just wrapping up birthday presents for my sis and sis-in-law fellow Scorpios (Gorjana Astrology Bracelets obv). However, I definitely caught the paper-gluestick-sparkles-ribbon-stamps-cardstock-eyelet-craft-time-bug! My mind is busy with holiday card ideas that I simply can’t wait to get started on ; )

ps. I’ll tumble for ya… a&o is now on Tumblr. Check it out for a more free form style of inspiration!