As much as I rail against the evils of a consumerist culture, I must admit that I like stuff as much as the next person. And if that stuff comes from an independent artist, a non-box store, or is just something unusual, so much the better. Here are a few things that I've been grooving on lately. Some of the merchants even incorporate charitable giving into every purchase.
First of all, Etsy.com
. Do you know about this site? It's "your place to buy and sell all things handmade." I may be a late bloomer, having just discovered it recently. But you must check it out! I have had the pleasure of two purchases from Etsy merchants.
by Jen Lemen
is short and sweet, but long on inspiration and full of much-needed affirmations.
I've been on the hunt for a good apron and found one by busybyaprons. With its lovely pattern and flirty skirt, this cute little number could almost be a dress. (If you like completely backless dresses, that is.)
In addition to selling very groovy handmade items, Etsy is a remarkable website. You can search for items by color using a fun floating bubble color chart
; using a nifty Geolocator
to find sellers anywhere in the world (I found five in Iceland); by recently listed items in two different Time Machine
formats, one of which
lets you drag and "throw" items across your screen; and by traditional Categories
. There's even a Connections
feature that I haven't fully explored yet.
I'm discovering a whole host of affordable art online these days, too. And my long-bare walls are thankful. These prints from pretty:darn:swell
are waiting to find a home on my walls. (These prints are sold out, but check out their ever-rotating stock of cool prints.)
I haven't purchased anything from Pushmepullyou Design
yet, but I'm eyeing up two bird prints. I'm not much of a bird person, but I like mourning doves and seem to have a bunch of them around my house. I was also recently amused to learn the obvious: That doves and pigeons are part of the same bird family
. I like the symmetry and irony of these prints.
It's too bad that pigeons get such a bad reputation of being dirty city dwellers or rats with wings, while doves are associated with lovely things like weddings, magic shows, and peace on earth. I finally understood the hatred of pigeons after vising Trafalgar Square and being forced to protect my hot dog from the hungry winged beasts.
And finally, this Eau de Play-Doh commissioned by Hasbro would drive my hubby wild. In a bad way. He's the only person I've ever met who can't stand the scent of Play-Doh.
Maybe I'll try Demeter's cotton candy scent instead.
(And in good segue way fashion, my next post will include cotton candy, John Williams, and a night at the symphony.)
Labels: beautiful things