Handmade Journal from Time for Tea Me
I’ve got bad news! Yes, you’ve probably heard already, back to school is right around the corner. Growing up I was that geeky kid who looked forward to back to school – big time! Sure I loved vacations, winter and summer breaks – but by the end of the summer I was ready for some new school supplies and to see what the new year would bring. It’s been years now since I’ve gone to school, but I still find that with fall approaching I’m usually starting to think it’s time for a sweater or some new kicks right around this time of year. And this year’s no different. Because I work from home here and again I justify some fun new office supplies or some art for around my desk. At this point I’ve got more art than I need and am thinking it’s time to get that art wall started that I’ve planned for ages….. But I digress!
Today I’d like to show you some of my finds from the world of handmade that might help you face a new school year with a smile or to feel just a little happier that fall is right around the corner. Personally I couldn’t be more stoked that fall is almost here. It’s been just so darn hot all summer that I know I’ll be happy to see the leaves change color and to feel that nice bit of briskness in the air. Heck, I might as well start unpacking my scarves and fall clothes now with the way I’m talking….
Without further ado – here are some of the fun handmade back to school picks I’ve found.
Flower Notebook by Chikabird
Laptop Sleeve from Byrd and Belle
Pencil Case from Kukubee
How about you? Are you looking forward to fall and back to school or would you prefer an “endless summer”?
If that’s what you’ve got in mind – this 2011 calendar can be purchased now from Myan Print Shop!
The Christmas themed organic napkins above are from: Nikki Designs
Have you already got your shopping done? I’m not going to brag but mine is all finished! Ok, fine – you just heard some bragging. This is the last post in my series of holiday gift guides, and this one features a little bit of everything for all the special people on your list. One note – I’ve included a mix of items, from shops in both Canada and the United States. That means some items may not make it in time for the big day without some express shipping. Or one thing that truly can work well – print out a photo of the item and wrap it up. I actually love receiving a gift a bit late – it makes it feel like the holidays aren’t over yet!
It seems most of us are more than a little bit addicted to our iphones, ipads, or ipod touches. So I’d describe this as a gift for the tech-lover but we probably all have tons of people on our list that would love a cool stand or dock from Woodwerx.
Woodwerx shop owner, David, lives not too far away from me – which is always fun! His creations are all made from reclaimed wood, including walnut, cedar, and maple.
I know my favourite dog loving friend would be pretty darn happy if I got her a personalized dog bowl for her cute little pooch! I love these ones from Luckypups:
Have some sweet newlyweds on your list? Guaranteed they’d love a beautiful personalized vase from Los Angeles based Maid of Clay Ceramics:
We’re going to cover every stage of life here – how about those new parents or grandparents who want to have some pictures of their little bundle of joy at the ready? Check out these mini brag books from Painted Fish Studio:
When in doubt – handmade bath products are always a fan favourite! Olive Bath and Body is also from right here in British Columbia and their product titles alone (Winter spice, Forest walk, Italian orange) have me craving some of their all natural soap!
There you have it – lots of last minute gift ideas, hope these help you as you’re wrapping up your shopping!
Is there a home decor or design trend that you find yourself constantly drawn to? For me there are a handful of trends that I love, but personally I haven’t been able to commit to just one – as a result, some rooms of our home still look a bit bare!
This is the first in a series of posts where I’ll share some of the trends I’ve noticed over the last few years and I’ll find some great handmade items to go with each.
The first trend – is one that’s seen no shortage of coverage throughout the blogosphere, and is probably one of my favorites. Bringing the outdoors inside!
One great place to start with this trend – terrariums and planters. I’m pretty smitten with the Lala Terrariums shop (above), such a great selection to be found here!
And these hanging airpods from Mudpuppy – how eye catching are these?
I like the sleek look of Bole Werc Picollo’s products!
For bird lovers – how about these decoupaged boxes from The Specimen Box Shop? Gorgeous!
Because I am so enamoured with this trend, I could go on and on. I wouldn’t be surprised if we decide that our living room is in need of a terrarium or one of the pieces above sometime soon! How about you – is this a trend that appeals to you, and has already found its way in to your home? Or are there other trends or types of items you gravitate towards? I’d love to hear about that, or any of your recent home decor finds in the comments!
Father’s Day is fast approaching! This year the day to celebrate all things Dad is on June 20th. Have you already picked out a gift? If you’re still searching for just the right thing – I’ve rounded up a couple ideas from Etsy to share with you.
I think these two themes quickly came to mind for me this year because they closely reflect the interests of my Dad and my father in law. My Dad is pretty serious about the barbecue and my father in law has just recently taken up golf again!
But really there are so many other gift ideas – and the perfect one for your Dad is no further then a few mouse clicks away. If your Dad is a techie type who loves his iPod – I have seen some amazing iPod docks on Etsy (everything from ones made out of reclaimed wood and even vintage telephones). If he’s already sporting a new iPad but hasn’t yet gotten a case those can be found on Etsy too.
If your Dad is a guy who already has everything but has a soft spot for a particular charity or cause – you could even consider donating to them in his name. The older I get, truly, the less important receiving gifts is to me – so I know this is something I would appreciate a lot.
For those Dads who have to head into the office every day – I know a fun pair of cuff links or a cheeky new tie can be a very fun gift.
The top image above is of a printable thank you card from e.m. papers shop.