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Shopping Local: Crave Jewelry Design

I’ve long admired Crave Jewelry. Actually, her shop on Etsy was my first introduction to the site. Her designs are fun, whimsical and a little edgy. For example, take a look at this little sterling silver brontosaurus necklace. I want him.

To see more Crave Jewelry, visit her Etsy shop: Crave Jewelry Design.

Crave Jewelry Designs is also on Facebook!

Sterling Brontosaurus Necklace

UPDATED: Coincidently, Crave has a deal today on Heartsy. $18 for $42 Online Store Credit. 




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Truer Words Have Never Been Spoken

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Today We Like

J, the pooches and I are heading back to Ohio this weekend.  Oh joy!  The drive between Toledo and Chicago could quite possibly be the most boring. drive. ever. I am pretty sure I could do it with my eyes closed at this point. Anyhoo, the reason for this weekend’s travels is my sister-in-law’s baby shower.  That’s right, I am going to be an aunt. Let me rephrase that. I am going to be an aunt to a human nephew. I already have two canine nephews that I spoil rotten.

Shower gifts have already been purchased but that hasn’t stopped me from (internet) window shopping.  And even though this has a subtle “girly” feel to it, today we like:

How adorable is that?  Etsy seller JAustinRyan has a whole collection of paintings featuring some of the most adorable renditions of a whole assortment of fauna.  Head on over to her blog, J.AustinRyan, and learn more about Hawk the Suburban Dog and his friends.

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We Have a Winner!

A big thank you to everyone that voted in my poll.  The envelope, please.

The holiday color scheme for 2009 is <fumbles with envelope>

And now the real work begins.  Be sure to visit often to see how this year’s holiday crafts, good eats and gifts come together.  It should be a jolly good time.

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‘Tis the Season…


Greetings and salutations!  With Halloween behind us, it’s only a matter of time before the holidays arrive.  Aaaaand as usual, I am about two steps behind schedule.  I’ve been making my lists and checking them twice but there is one thing I can’t quite decide.  That’s where YOU come in.  Please help me pick a color theme for this year’s festivities.  Let me know which color scheme appeals to you by voting in the poll below.


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Fabric Find: Amy Butler

Somewhere between the tenth load of laundry I did yesterday and the third sink full of dishes I scrubbed (see Procrastination At Its Finest), I snuck over to the local fabric and sewing store, The Needle Shop.  I had been eyeing this place since we moved here last fall and decided that I was finally ready to actually walk in the store, not just stare longingly at it as we drove by it.

Back in Northwest Ohio, one’s fabric needs were either met by Misters Michaels or Hancock, Miss Joanne or their weird second cousin Hobby Lobby.  What’s that saying about lemons and lemonade?  Anyways, when I walked in The Needle Shop, I felt like Dorothy when she opened that door and the colorful and magical land of Oz lay before her feet.  And Amy Butler was my very own Good Witch of the North.

No, she wasn’t at the store.  Rather, her prints were quite inspiring. Plus they are. to. die. for. For realsies.  It was somewhat dreary in the Windy City yesterday so my eye was drawn towards bright, bold patterns, mixing salmon, lemon yellow, kelly green and an almost Tiffany blue hue.  I went home with four patterns and the plan is to make some sets of coasters.  I will be certain to share the final results.

In the meantime, visit for your fabric fix.

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Etsy Find of the Day!

This, my friends, is genius.  Genius I say!  An eco-friendly pet bed that reuses your old pillows as well as material recycled from PET containers and post industrial polyester waste.  And it’s adorable.  Be sure to check out anniessweatshop and browse through all the pet related creations she has for sale.

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