1. This little horse jar from A Beautiful Party is perfect for collecting tiny treasures. If there’s two things I love, it’s tiny things and treasures!
2. Ok, so it turns out there are many, many things I love, including yogurt fruit snacks. I would still file these under “tiny treasures” though…
3. Our treasure of a friend (see what I’m doing here?) Hollie Martin collaborated with Cake Wines to design a beautiful label for their Pinot Grigio. Congrats, Hollie! Now gimme some wine! (White wines. Also on my list of loves.)
4. It’s been a while since we checked in with our other down-under artist friend Erin Flannery, but her work never disappoints.
5. Attention Chicago-area crafters! The Chicago Craft Mafia is hosting another Craft Racket. Head to Beans & Bagles on Tuesday, April 10th for tips on getting your crafts into shops. Knowledge — now that’s a true treasure. (Does it feel like I’m stretching a bit?) These earrings pictured are from Chicago Craft Mafia member Moira K. Lime.
I can’t deny it. I’m that girl. The girl that buys unnecessary accessories for her cat, takes a gazzilion and one pictures of said cat, and forces her co-workers to watch countless videos of same cat doing ordinary cat things that only she finds sickeningly cute. (We’re not going to inflict such photos and videos on you. Not just yet, anyway. Be on the lookout for endless Flickr albums of our dear Fitzgerald…) And you know what? I’m not ashamed. I’m a proud cat mamma! I’m even thinking about celebrating ol’ Fitzy’s birthday (we’ll have to make up a birthdate for him), and I’ve picked out a few kitty gifts for him!
Holy chenille, Batman! Did you know that February is National Embroidery Month? I didn’t either, but boy was I delighted when I heard the news. Now, I know I shouldn’t lump embroidery, sewing, crochet, knitting and weaving all into the same category — they’re distinct crafts, each with their own history and techniques — but… I want to. Because of the way they make me feel. When I sew or knit, or cuddle up in our old quilt, or run my fingers over the embroidered flowers on the pillowcases my grandmother made for us, I feel connected to a craft, an under-appreciated art form with a history that spans many centuries and many cultures. These crafts, however, are traditionally associated with one group of people — women. Through these skills, I feel pride and strength in the creative powers my sex.