First she spins the paper yarn, then she makes jewelry from it. Amazing.
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First she spins the paper yarn, then she makes jewelry from it. Amazing.
Over the holiday weekend we had a bit of a dilemma. My hubby, darling he is, decided to invite 20 people to our petite house. The living room has enough room for one very slim TV stand, one mighty coffee table, and a three person couch. Ask any host or hostess and they’ll tell you the living space is where your guests will congregate.
Where were all of these people going to sit? Leave it to our friends to enlighten my often too traditional mind. They all sat on the floor. And you know what? They were happy! So next time you’re agonizing over buying another chair for the occasional get together look to the unusual first. This dog bed hand-sewn by Breezy Beach Cottage is absolutely perfect for your pet, but as Breezy Beach Cottage’s Kelly of South Carolina says “This bed is so pretty and practical, you could use it as a big floor pillow for watching TV.” All of her cushions are covered with removable slips, so they’re easy to clean. When the padding is worn down you can simply replace the pillow inside the cover.
I’m a big fan of hand-knits. There’s something so cozy about a hand-knit pillow, and these poofy balls by Lucky Hanks are no exception. They can be purchased unstuffed, so if you have a lackluster pillow hanging out at home, or a few extra bits of padding from that last craft project then these are the pillows for you. They look fantastic piled in a corner, and make great seating when you’re in a pinch. Theresa also recommends them for kid’s rooms. They’re easy to move around and quite soft, making them the perfect accessory for a rambunctious child’s abode.
This floor pouf by Jade Bliss of Houston, TX has such a great funky vibe. I love the fabric swatch, and the pillow is actually quite large. When placed next to a standard couch it sits level with the cushions. It would make a bold statement in any room. She has quite a few patterns available too, so if you’re not the numbers type maybe a paisley or plaid cushion could fill that corner in your domicile.
Let’s not forget about the space under the pillows. Our house has plywood floors. Not the classiest surface, but at least a few steps above peel-n-stick linoleum. Ekra of Carbondale, IL has these fantastic hand-woven rugs made from fabric scraps. She goes hunting anywhere bits of fabric can be found and salvages the threadbits to make these gorgeous woven rugs. I personally am a big fan of this type of rug. I’ve found is lasts longer than standard carpet, and it’s easier to clean.
We’ve got a nice blue woven rug sitting under our living room windows now with four floor pillows on it. And the best part? When no one’s around I put out all of the floor pillows and lay about reading a book. It’s quite relaxing, and certainly classier than folding chairs.
Good photography is about timing and patience waiting for the perfect lighting or the clouds to be just so, something that Time and Tide Photo does well. Time and Tide Photo was created by a husband and wife team of Emily and Jayson. Emily has always had a love of doing crafts and has dabbled in painting, and ceramics, besides photography. She has been doing photography on and off for about 12 years and first got introduced to film photography in high school. She started doing digital photography after taking a class in college. Jayson has just recently, in the last year gotten into doing photography. Friends, family and coworkers have asked to buy photos and suggested that they sell them. So they decided to give it a try.
Influenced by Ansel Adams’ photography, their subjects are often landscapes. They also like to keep up with current photographers on Digital Photography School.
Our photos are created because we love to take photos. In every photo we take, we enjoy the subject or place, the composition and the lighting. We do not take photos because we think that they will sell or make money, we do it out of passion and instinct. We think that the positive energy, creativeness and passion shows through in the final products. People should buy from us because they are supporting local artists, and because they are getting a unique piece of art. Larger retailers create mass produced products purely for profit.
When not working on their photos, Jayson works full time in banking and Emily is a full time Mommy and also works part time in retail. You can get more information from their blog and you can view Emily’s Flickr stream and Jayson’s Flickr stream for more great photos.
Geek Necklace by Piano Bench Designs
It used to be that being called a nerd or a geek was a pretty bad thing. I remember some of those days quite well. Except for the kids when I was in grade one were much more eloquent! They called me the “Walking Encyclopedia”. Cue 2010 and being geeky is where it’s at. So it’s no surprise to me that these last couple of years there has been a surge in items you can buy for us “geeks” – often referred to as “geekery”.
Image above by Simply Cute by Karin
How did this change in our way of thinking come about you ask? Well I feel pretty positive that we have the internets to thank for it! I remember the early days of the internet and AOL – when everyone knew we were on to something big, but they didn’t know just how big, or really how we’d end up using the web. And as you might remember at that time there were countless stories of crazy investments in some pretty off-beat companies and folks in the Silicon Valley were living large. Search engines were famous for bringing you just the results you wouldn’t want to find on a work computer (if you wanted to keep your job that is) and people were just discovering instant messaging and forums.
Nerdy Coffee Mug by Terry Irwin Art Prints
Then something changed. Well a lot of somethings. The internet became super useful and we were all left wondering what we’d do without it. Now we ask – how could I survive a work day without a stream of random chatter from my friend’s facebook feeds, randomly surfing hilarious videos on Youtube or browsing for Christmas gifts on fun sites like Cargoh (where I sourced all these finds today)? These days if you learn someone is a PHP genius or a Cold Fusion developer – it’s more likely that you’re in awe of them instead of thinking that they’re inferior in some way. Because these brilliant minds are helping us while away hours of our time in the most entertaining of ways, and allowing us to connect with people online, in ways we never would have thought possible just a few short years ago.
Redhead Reader Print by A Cagey Bee
And if anyone was to buy me one of these gifts (particularly that coffee mug) I would wear it or display it like the badge of honor that it is. And if you have a family member or a friend who’s always calling themselves a geek – I think they’d love to have one of these items too.
Ceramic Function By Chrys: This porcelian cup was thrown on my potters wheel and then adorned with feet and tiny nubbies!! Organic and ergonomic the cup is comfortable to hold as it fits in the hand like a glove. The tiny nubbies make it fun to fondle too!
The spectrum of color is amazing from deep lavender purples to several shades of blue! The inside is lined in a soft pink that complements the lavenders perfectly.