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Top 9: Etsy Letterpress Valentines

With the day of hearts and flourish next week, I wanted to share some letterpress valentine’s I have been spying lately on Etsy.

I love me some Valentine cards. Every year, until this year, I buy the funny grade school kind from the grocery store. Cards with Strawberry Shortcake on them saying “I think you’re a very sweet Valentine!” I don’t think I can get away with those shenanigans anymore, so I’ve set my sight on swankier salutations.

1. I don’t know what I like more about this valentine from Echo Letterpress, the fact that I love corn-on-the-cob or that is reminds me of summer in the bitterness of February. Happy Love Day Paula Dean.

2. I love this one from 1331Design. Nothing like a little graphic design humor. Hehehe.

3. It’s always hard to find a good non-pink/red Valentine! This pirate-inspired poster from Handz would be great for one of your mateys.

4. You can’t buy me love, but you can buy me this Beatlemania-inspired valentine from Vandalia Street Press

5. Any other Princess Bride fans out there? This poster from The Big Harumph is inconceivable!!

6. Being an art and writing major, I never got all the sciencey-nerd jokes before. Now that I’ve worked in the biotech industry for a few years it’s growing on me. As is this card from Steel Petal Press.

7. My Scandinavian husband would love these! They are coasters from Fluid Ink Letterpress, and you could write a cute note on the back!

8. This sweet vintage bicycle valentine from Inkadinkadoodle is reminiscent of classic Valentine’s Day.

9. It’s no surprise that I love this nautical-inspired card from SweetDee. Anchors aweigh!

(Is it just me or do the hubba-hubba valentine cards give you the heebie-jeebies?)

Etsy Top 9: Smitten Mittens and Glove Love

It’s “sweatah-weathah” (click here for ensuing laughter) and the gloves are off! Err, on.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Top 9. Today I’m sharing mittens and gloves from Etsy.

I know I’ve said it before, but Etsy is a great way to support independent artisans from all over the US.

1. By SewGracefulMitts  These are made of old sweaters! I’ve always wanted to try this Martha Stewart tutorial.

2. By Cheryl Patterson These are so sweet. : )

3. By Pilland I love this sunny color and the extra long glove sleeves.

4. By Pille Ploomipuu This Norwegian pattern is a classic.

5. By MartiniSQ Ohh these are cashmere. So soft!

6. By MirthTones Hah! These are so cute and make me laugh!

7. By BoysenberryLane I would love these for work! In the winter my hands get so cold and I could still type with these on.

8. By AvrellynRose Oh my!! These are so precious!

9. By awoolgatherer TOASTY! These are hilarious and look quite “toasty”. I love random humor on common objects.

Top 9: Christmas Stockings

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an Etsy Top 9. Far too long.

As soon as we returned from our Thanksgiving excursion to Long Island I got out our Christmas decorations. Literally. We unpacked the car and within 10 minutes I took down all our Thanksgiving decorations and out came the Christmas boxes!

Today, in honor of holiday decor taking over my house, I’m sharing my top 9 Christmas stockings.

1. I love the vibrant patterns of these LaFortuneLinens stockings. If I had a big brood I think these would be a fun assortment.

2. This retro throwback stocking from  AllenbriteStudio is a cute take on felt and makes me feel all nosalgic.

3. I am a sucker for the classic knit stockings like this one by Annmoody See #6 if you want to know why!.

4. If you’re into the coastal holiday look, this burlap stocking by Floatinteriors is quite quaint.

5. This “Dr. Seuss” stocking by GoodWishesQuilts is a looker with all her helter skelter stripes.

6. I love these stockings because this is what I had growing  up! My grandma made them for me and all my cousins. Mine is like the Santa one except I think he was coming out of the chimney. And it even has my name on it! These ones are knit by Jpyle,

7. This stocking by AnniesWoolens is a classic with black and red gingham. The embroidery is a nice touch too.

8. This hand-crocheted stocking by TAMMYMADEIT is cozy little number with the jingle bell and yarn pompom.

9. These fun and fresh fabric stockings by PiperAndEllie are an girlie take on the Christmas stocking.

 

We usually open our stockings first thing in the morning. And by first thing I mean around 9:00am because we always slept in. Then we have a big breakfast and didn’t start opening presents until afterwards. We were usually still opening presents (one at a time, mind you!) at 1 or 2pm! Let’s just say the image of kids terrorizing their parents in the wee hours of the morning to open gifts is a foreign concept to me. I grew up with my Christmas mornings being slow and lazy. And I like them that way!

Top 9: Farewell Party to Summer

I am protesting the end of summer.

While grocery shopping this week the stockboys were putting out Halloween candy. HALLOWEEN candy.

Then, I get home and start going through my (shamelessly overstocked) Google Reader. Bloggers are already blogging about fall projects.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s been far too long since I’ve done a Top 9. Today my Top 9 is based on a theme for a Goodbye Summer party. 😦 Wahh.

The theme is sunset-based, because summer should be an eternal sunset. (So poetic. I know.) Why? Well, I only get to see sunsets during the summer. Otherwise I leave work when it’s dark. Sunsets happen at the end of the day, this party it happening at the end of summer. And if you want to get real scientific, the days are starting to get short again, thus a sunset theme.

I’m nothing if not well thought-out. Either that, or I am a champion of meager excuses for a party…

1. First you’d need awesome, summery invitations like these to invite your favorite peeps over.

2. I think it would be fun to decorate my deck with some of these lovely sunset-colored mobiles from LilSproutCreation. With the goldenrod, coral and tangerine hues of this beauty, I think you could even sneak this into your fall decor.

3. I would serve this refreshingly tasty looking Creamsicle trifile by Amy Atlas. The colors are beautiful! Is there anything more classically summer than a creamsicle popsicle?

4. This beautiful necklace by Alyssa’s Gems and Jewels would adorn my neck and add instant “summer celebration” to any outfit. (How is it that I’ve never heard of Maple Turquoise before? It’s lovely.)

5. Ahhh, the quintessential summer activity. Friendship bracelets. I’d love to sit around a campfire and make some chevron bracelets like these babies by LARaised. (I think it’s hilarious that these are a “style trend” right now. I think people just want to dress like they are 12 again and call it a “trend”. Not that I am opposed. I still have one.)

6. A kitschy patchwork tablecloth with hues of goldenrod and pink, like this one from CakeforBreakfast, would help set the tone.

7. I would also serve this Taste-a-Rainbow cupcakes from Family Fun magazine.

8. A pretty orange dress, like one this from AmandaArcher, would help soften the wardrobe blow in the transition from summer to fall.

9. Lastly, I’d thank my friends for coming with these “Cheerio” cards from TheDesignConspiracy. I love the yellow printing and custom screenprinted type.

Around this time of year I am grateful to live in New England. The leaves start turning and we can still go to the beach for at least another six weeks. (Yes! I have swam in the ocean in October before!)

Three cheers for an Indian Summer!