Mary and I collaborated on a project recently, making some Southwestern-themed wooden coasters. Mary designed them in Illustrator, and then I laser-etched them and cut them out. I only made an initial test-batch so far, but we’ll soon be making more for our Etsy store.
I know I’m jumping the gun on this, but I can feel fall coming. It’s my favorite season. The weather is perfect for cozy sweaters and apple cider. The world turns such beautiful colors and everything smells wonderful.
I was thinking about some of my favorite films to watch during the fall. The first thing that came to mind was Love Story. I absolutely covet Ali MacGraw’s wardrobe in that film.
I’m from Michigan and I’ve always dreamed of getting married in the northern Michigan countryside. I love the understated charm of a rustic DIY wedding. It’s easy to get over your head with craft projects for your special day and sometimes it’s best to hand over some of the work to the experts. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite handmade wedding products from Etsy sellers.
What could be easier than using these personalized wine labels from Creative Crabbe as table numbers?
I’m a sucker for an ampersand and anything with wood grain. This mahogany cake topper from better off wed is such a refreshing deviation from the norm. They also have a “mr & mrs” which I love.
No rustic wedding is complete without mason jars. These mason jar tumblers from Poppy and Pearl co. would be charming glasses for mint juleps as well as fun favors for guests.
This pennant banner from You’re That Girl Designs would add some whimsey to your photos and double as a decoration above the dessert table.
Yesterday, I found myself driving a sales person at an eye wear store insane with my distaste for every frame they had. I would try on pair after pair and say they were too small and too square. I went into a few places and there are truly no frames that appeal to me. I finally realized I would need to find a vintage pair and get new lenses with my prescription. Here are a few of my favorites on Etsy right now.
As you may know from Trevor’s post on the game Careers, we collect old board games. While I was searching Etsy for Derby themed goodness yesterday, I came across tons of horse themed vintage games. We own a 1970s version of Gambler, which involves betting on horse races among other things, and Trevor is a regular Brett Maverick when it comes board game gambling. We may need to get our hands on one of these awesome horse-racing games.
Two of my best friends are getting married this weekend. I am the maid-of-honor and I couldn’t have picked a more low key, DIY bride if I’d tried. I have weddings on the brain, so I made a vintage and handmade wedding treasury. Etsy treasuries are so addicting! I though this was a fun turquoise and yellow theme.
Congratulations Nicole & Travis! May your wedding and marriage be a dream come true.
TechShop Detroit and Metro Detroit Etsy have teamed up to put on an event on May 5th & 6th for TechShop Detroit’s Grand Opening. It will be our first craft fair of the season, and it’s in just a little over a week, so mark your calendars now!
It’s nearly May and it’s been terribly cold here in the Midwest. I have been curled up in a blanket inside dreaming of warm weather and spring picnics. Whenever I think of picnicking, a scene from an early Mad Men episode always comes to mind. I think it was the first glimpse of the show I ever caught.
Here are a few Etsy picks for a Mad Men-esque picnic of your own (minus the littering).
With our unseasonably warm weather, I’ve been dreaming up some new ideas for my back porch. All of my neighbors have really furnished porches, but mine could use a little love. I really like the idea of a southwestern theme.