Changing pad clutch with wipes holder
Diaper clutch which folds out into a waterproof changing pad, and has a pouch to hold diapers and wipe case. This item comes with a matching wipes case. details »
Circle Bangles Set
These argentium sterling silver bangles are accentuated with fused circular hoops. A sleek modern design to dress up the plain everyday bangle. This set includes all three circle bangles. details »
Fused Glass and Silver Necklace – Emerald Green
A handcrafted fused glass piece in vibrant emerald green is the focal point of this silver teardrop necklace.
The hubby and I recently relocated from our one room studio to a two-bedroom house. It is, for the most part, married bliss. There’s nothing like having more than one bathroom to keep a marriage strong. However, there is one major drawback to the home: plaster walls. Those familiar with plaster will know that it is messy at best, crumbling and cracking at worst. We’ve got a bit of both. Short of repairing the walls and throwing on some new paint, I don’t want to stick anything bigger than a nail in these 60-year-old walls.
So what do we do? I want to decorate, but I’d rather not hang heavy sconces and shelves, only to come home to a hole in my wall the size of Texas. Thankfully, alternative inspiration came to the rescue! We were at a TMBG concert this past weekend, and the boys from the band were handing out window clings. Remember those lil clingy bits of plastic we used to buy from school magazines and stick on the bathroom mirror? I grew up and forgot, but luckily there are enough people in the world that grew up and remembered.
I am absolutely in love with that birch forest by Wall Decors. It would look smashing in a living room or entrance hall. The best part is, like those old school window clings, they’re non-destructive and easily removed. So even if you don’t have a lick of patience for painting and gluing you’ll be able to get this mighty forest up in your living room with no hassle.
There’s another caveat to married life that I failed to account for: the mighty french rooster. Every Italian kitchen has a rooster, of some shape or variety, sitting on the counter. Our house is small, so is the kitchen. We need every ounce of space we can get. However, as a good Italian homemaker I can’t let my kitchen go chickenless for long.
Chuck E Byrd Wall Art to the rescue! This mighty rooster would be proud to grace any kitchen wall. The variety of color options ensure a proper match for even the most eclectic kitchen.
We’re still enjoying the “honeymoon stage” of our marriage, but I’m sure there are quite a few readers out there with little bundles of joy along the way. It feels like all of my friends are having kids, and I’m either running to showers or singing at first birthdays.
Wouldn’t that tree by Original Walls look darling in your little girl’s room? Not to be outdone, there are a plethora of boy’s options too, from full-blown motorcycles to monkeys swinging in the trees. We all eventually hit the age where we want to decorate and define our own space, and wouldn’t it be so much easier if the beautiful mural of a horse was easily applied and removed, instead of repainting the entire room?
If you’re looking for something a little more gender neutral, I’m a big fan of these lights by Pop Decors. They’re a bit unusual in the best way. I’m particularly keen on the two little winged lights.
Vinyl wall art compared to paint and stencil is considerably more time and user-friendly. I can’t paint a circle to save my life, but I sure as anything can put a sticker on the wall. Remember these work best on clean, even surfaces, and don’t like being put on and pulled off too many times.
If you have cracks in your wall or ceiling (like I do) be sure to repair those before putting up any paint or decals. This way you’re not avoiding a potentially bigger issue. I know it’s tempting, but even though it may be pretty, if it’s hiding a problem it’s only a big ol’ band-aid.
So, you’ve made the commitment to buy handmade, but you’re invited to some spring and summer weddings and you feel torn between that commitment and the big box store registry. Fear not, there are handmade items that are both practical and pretty and are sure to delight the discerning bride and groom. Here are a few options that I found and that would be going on my list of gifts to give, if only all the brides I know weren’t reading this column!
Pictures! Do you know how many pictures the happy couple will have of their special day? Millions! Zillions! And those pictures will need frames! This frame, by Onkie Bazoobie, is one stylish and lovely example of what is available in the world of custom and handmade frames. Not only is this frame gorgeous, but if you’re a bride-to-be who is planning on wearing a veil on your big day, just look at this amazing photo!
When I think back on the gifts that we received after our wedding, kitchen and homeware items top the list! Sure, you can’t necessarily buy a handmade toaster, but you can get many, many wonderful items that will help to ensure the happy couple’s transition to a happy household goes smoothly. For example, every couple needs a place to store their recipes. This handmade recipe box and cards, from One Canoe Two is a stylish way to stay organized and have recipes at your fingertips. Not only would this make a great wedding gift, but it would also be a lovely gift to yourself if you’re handy in the kitchen.
With all those recipes, the bride and groom are going to need an assortment of prep bowls for ingredients. I admit to having a teeny tiny obsession with prep bowls. Okay, fine, I have five sets. So, I think these gorgeous bowls, crafted by Lynn Cardwell Pottery, would make a wonderful gift to any couple just stocking their kitchen. Utilitarian, but also pretty enough to leave on your countertop! Perfect!
After the nuptials and the scribbling down of recipes, the bride and groom are going to want to invite friends over so that they can share pictures from their honeymoon along with a nice dinner. What better way to set them up for entertaining than with these fun, colorful serving spoons from Beadz 2 Pleaz? With a variety of colors and styles to choose from, you can match the serving spoons to any pattern of china or dishes that the bride and groom registered for.
Another great serving option is this amazing platter from Dishfuls of Doodles. I’ll just come right out and admit, I want absolutely everything in this shop! The colors and styles are all fun and vibrant, and they really would help dress up even the simplest of dishes!
I can’t let you go without my typical touch of whimsy. If you know the bride and groom well and know their style, get them something one of a kind that will become a prized possession in their home. One example is the repurposed camera bookends made by 1453 Designs. Perfect for photography buffs, technology geeks, and readers, these bookends are sure to be a hit when the bride and groom open their gifts.
I hope that these selections have inspired you to think outside the box for wedding gifts! Join me next week when we leave the world of weddings altogether and talk about revamping your home decor with some “spring-y” selections.
I love coffee. I love the flavor, the smell, the warmth and I love to drink it several times a day. I also like it best when it’s piping hot. (Piping hot coffee is something you don’t do, according to coffee-purists, but I don’t care because that’s how I like it.) Because of my need for heat, though, I have been known to double up the coffee cup when no sleeve is available. I know it’s wasteful but this is my coffee we’re talking about. This is why, when I stumbled upon these coffee cup cozies from Atelier de Soyun and Bagel Creations, I was immediately thrilled.
Who knew? Ok. You might have, but this is a BIG revelation for me. There are hundreds of handmade variations online.
I’ll need 2 to 3 cozies and they’ll have to be machine-washable. I get places by walking mostly– I live right outside NYC–so the convenience of throwing a cozy in one of the many bags I’m schlepping with me is a great solution. I no longer have to double up on cups and sleeves, saving trees and the environment and keeping my coffee piping hot.
For the random days I do drive, a travel mug is my cup of choice. This ceramic coffee mug, from A Piece By Denise, would do the trick. Because it’s ceramic it feels like a regular mug I can curl my fingers around; however, it has the lid so when it’s time to go, I can pour what’s left in my coffee pot, snap on the lid, and run out the door.
Of course, I need a cute, coffee-inspired canister to store my beans. And this one from Whitewash Sundries is ideal. I love the glass etching, and size. It can sit on my countertop. And because it’s glass and simply designed, it goes well in my kitchen, as I imagine it can fit well in many decors. You can also change ribbon upon request.