1. friday finds & favorites // 31


    My links this week are all over the place. Does that reflect how my brain was thinking this week??? Quite possibly. Enjoy!



    I’m really loving slow motion videos these days. Makes you stop and look at every detail.

    1. Thanks to Veronika I’m inspired to try making my own terrarium. Looks fun and relatively simple.

    2. I’m thinking this backpack might need to be mine. A little pricey, so I’m weighing my options.

    3. Bookhou at Home Etsy shop has a whole lot of beautiful in it. Check out the bags and textiles. So pretty!

    4. One of my favorite Etsy shops so far is AM Radio. Love everything and I think the shop is perfectly curated.

    5. I want to buy everything in this shop for my boy. Make him one dapper gent.

    6. Get your daily packaging design inspiration on. Great resource!

    7. For those of you who are looking for a professional looking website, but done want to write the code. Use Adobe Muse.

    8. Sign up for the award-winning Wright Design catalogue. A little pricey for a year’s subscription, but I think it’d be worth the mula.

    9. Some beautiful logo designsby London based art director, Andreas Neophytou.

    10. More design work to drool over. Graphic design portfolio by Recker House.


  2. Pip & Estella


    Another lucky find of mine was Pip & Estella, a beautifully curated online vintage shop with products at extremely reasonable prices!

    “My inspiration for the boutique’s original concept comes from one of my favorite novels — the old and worn, yet intriguing and magnetic aesthetic of the mansion, Satis House, as described in the Charles Dickens piece, Great Expectations.  In my mind, sunlight filtered images of Satis were lovely, albeit aging and let’s not forget, inspiring.”  - Sana, Founder

    Stop by her shop and check out her collection. Also please check out her latest project, FD+RD (Father/Daughter reDesign). Love it!


  3. just the three of us


    We tend to love to just wander. That’s what we do. He’s holds the pup’s leash to keep him from darting to the couple playing frisbee across the park and I stop to take pictures at anything that catches my eye. Yesterday was perfect wandering weather, sunny and 80. Did I mention how much I love our quant little neighborhood?

  4. market203 Etsy Shop : Now Open!


    Start you own online business comes with A LOT of trial and error. What works, what doesn’t, what’s most convenient, what’s the most fun, what’s the least stressful, etc…

    I’ve been doing a lot of personal shop evaluation and I’m finding my self saying “they told me so” over and over in my head. They told me to start small. They told me to start with Etsy because it has an online community that helps small businesses get started. They told me it was worth it.

    Ok Ok. You guys were right. I started with an online shop run by Big Cartel and love the ability to present a fully branded shop. I thought I’d be able to spend the time driving awareness to my new digital space and money to spend on advertising. I was somewhat wrong. I work full time at an advertising agency, and I’ve found that promoting a new shop is another full time job.

    So I’ve decided to migrate most of my inventory over to Etsy and build a community in that space for the time being. I love browsing Etsy, creating treasuries, and bookmarking favorites, so I’m sure a lot of other people do the same thing. Let’s see how it goes. I’m willing to try several approaches until I find something that works.

    Another little announcement is that I’m expanding the category of items in my shop. I started with items that fit into the “container” category and now I’ll slowly be adding more industrial vintage pieces to the shop. I’m exciting about being able to shop for more things I love. Yippee!

    Oh, what do you think of the new logo? 

  5. Big Daddy’s Antiques


    With warehouses in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, Big Daddy’s Antiques has a massive amount of floor space to fill with one of a kind antiques. I’ve never been to California, but if I ever had the chance to stop by Big Daddy’s I’m sure I could waste several hours perusing all the goodies. If you are like me and live across the US, the Big Daddy Antiques website has a ton of images to flip through that will give you a good idea of what’s currently in stock and what’s currently sold.

    I love randomly searching the internet for antique finds and stumbling upon a treasure like this. There is so much stuff out there just waiting to be found!

  6. Altitude Summit: another great year ahead

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    *original image from here

    Last year was the first year the Altitude Design Summit won me over. I remember being at my day job and streaming the entire event on my second computer monitor. I also remember stalking the twitter feed taking down notes that would help out a new blogger like myself. Maybe it was because I was new to the game, but the Altitude Summit was filled with valuable information that helped me jump right into “blog land” with confidence and excitement.

    This year, come January I’ll be blogging officially for 1 year. This time around I am much more familiar with the event’s speakers and excited to see what they’ll bring to the table. I envy those who are able to make the trip to Salt Lake City Utah and hope they tweet their little hearts out, so I can gain an insider’s snapshot from my home laptop. If you’ve been considering taking the leap and attending this year, DO IT! (and then tell me all about it)

    If you’re obsessed with lifestyle, food and fashion blogs, fantastic images, smart ideas and great design inside and outside — all wrapped up with a social media bow — Altitude Design Summit is the place to be. Because we feed those obsessions. 

    Who’s all going?

  7. my midwestern batootie is out of shape!


    While in Portland the boy and I took a day to do some touristy things, like visit the Multhnomah Falls and hike to the highest point. Seems like a good idea when the starting signs said it was only 1 mile to the top. LIARS!!! We got about half way up the constant incline climb to find a sign that said, “You are half way there. You have traveled 1 mile”. Let’s just say that was mildly discouraging to put it lightly, especially when the both of us are extremely out of shape and the boy was toughing it out mid flu/food poisoning. Oh yeah. That happened. We about died and that’s being generous with word choice. We felt like we were suffocating and our shins and batootie muscles were about to snap in half. Slightly dramatic, but not really. It was pretty, but OMG was it painful.

    *note to self…1 mile by foot feels NOTHING like 1 mile by car.

  8. friday finds & favorites // 30


    This week was a perfect summer week. The weather wasn’t deadly hot, their was a slight breeze, and the sun was always shinning. The weather man is making this gal happy!

    For all the typography nerds out there. Love you guys.


    1. Do you like the idea of drawing on the walls? This notebook is perfect for you!

    2. This young man tries to get a job at Google by putting together his own video promotional campaign. Genius!

    3. Nest Online Magazine has launched its fall issue and there are lots of great things in there.

    4. Julian’s Flickr stream is beyond refreshing to look at. Beautiful imagery paired with perfect little reminders.

    5. Elsie does it again with this song lyric art wall DIY project.

    6. Found this Etsy shop for my dad. He’s been into making found objects into lighting fixtures and pendants. Great inspiration!

    7. Turn a digital video into a flip book.(Oh, martha!)

    8. Stamp carving tutorialfor all of you who want to print your own patterns with linoleum.

    9. Austin Gros’ home tour via Pennyweight Online is just stunning. His home is warm, inviting, and put together with attention to detail.

    10. Last weekend the boy and I went to see Crazy Stupid Love. Let me just say one word about it….Yumm-o

    11. Emmadime’s Look for the fall is out and WOW is it purdy. So many knitted beauties!

  9. Oleg Dou Funeral Portrait


    I know this is a little odd of a post coming from me, but I just had to share. I stumbled upon this set of “funeral” portraits by Oleg Dou.  Amazing compilation of work!

    Oleg Dou confides that he was inspired at first by a curious tradition practiced in XIX century : child funeral portrait. The shooting required a long and fine preparation. The costume in particular was very sophisticated and each detail was fancy, from the position of the hands to the slightest lock. The little fragile body, lifeless, prepared for the hereafter, was immortalized in a still life photograph.
     - lalettredelaphotographie.com

    One of the most fascinating aspects of this photographers work is that Oleg didn’t even buy his first professional camera until 2005! I also have a great appreciate for the strange and slightly off kilter kind of things.

    Check out the more recent work from Oleg Dou (Tears)

  10. Walkin’ around town


    I wanted to thank everyone for participating in the little discussion in yesterday’s posting. I’ve gathered lots of helpful insights and I think I’ve decided to give Etsy a try. I think the combination of the two should help me refine my strategy over time.

    The photos above are captured from the streets of Portland Oregon. There are the last of the massive batch I brought home, which is a bit sad. In my opinion, one of the best ways to take in a new city is to walk around town and snaps some shots along the way. Add a hot chocolate or chai in hand and we’re talking perfection.