I’ve been chipping away at my goal list and making progress organizing my apartment. I finally committed to art prints and frames to finish restyling my mantel (pictures soon!). I cleaned out my closet and listed a bunch of items on Tradesy and my neighborhood Buy Nothing group (have you heard of this? It’s AMAZING). Oh, and I finally purchased photo albums and am almost done organizing them!
However, I still have a bunch more to do to finish this list. Mainly, I need to find better lighting solutions, get a new side table, and finally outfit that bar I always wanted. So I’ve curated items I not only need for functional purposes, but also items that will improve the cohesiveness of my space. What does that mean for you? A list of the need to have items for a chic home! Okay…and a few other items that aren’t “home decor” to say, but definitely goodies that will make you smile. 🙂
Step away from the jewelry, chocolate, & lingerie (but keep the flowers). Valentine’s Day is about giving gifts that take extra thought and sometimes effort. I’ve curated some of the best and most thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift ideas for both him and her, and then paired them with experiences or crafts to up the wow factor.
Let this be the year you give your loved one the best Valentine’s Day gift ever.
Giving and receiving gifts for the holidays and my birthday (it was last week!) reminds me of all the useful or pretty items I’ve been wanting but haven’t committed to buying yet. Match that with my extreme anxiousness to clean and organize come the New Year…well, let’s just say I spent way too much time in January obsessively searching for random items and keeping Pinterest in business.
For example, I’ve been looking for a table fan duster like crazy. You know: something that I can stick between the small grates and use to dust the blades. I’d prefer not to have to take the whole damn fan apart because, let’s be real, ain’t no one got time for that.
So with the New Year and my constant distraction, I thought I’d introduce a new monthly series to the blog called The Lust List. It will be an opportunity for me to share some of the pretty items I’ve recently found or been coveting for a while. Read on to discover what I’ll likely be taking home in the near future.
(And seriously, if you know of a table fan duster, let me know!)
I found myself in Toronto last week.
I was visiting my boyfriend’s family for the holidays. I was very excited for the trip, but was upset I’d be missing the Urban Craft Uprising and other Seattle holiday craft fairs. If there’s one thing you should know about me, I. love. indie. craft. markets. Love them. So when I realized I’d be missing a few in Seattle, I was devastated. Probably more than I should have been.
To fill the void, I researched craft fairs happening in Toronto. I came across the One of a Kind Show and figured I’d check it out. There was an entry fee that made me grumpy, so I went in with low expectations. But let me tell you, this event lives up to its name.
There were more than 800 vendors at this show, making it by far the largest craft fair I’ve ever been to. My patient boyfriend walked up and down every single aisle with me as I “ooh’ed” and “aah’ed” at the makers’ wares, grabbing business cards like a mad woman.
This holiday gift guide is a compilation of some of my favorite vendors, featuring gifts that would be appreciated by siblings, parents, friends, and spouses alike. So support some independent small businesses from the Great North and give a unique gift to everyone on your list this holiday season.
If there’s one thing I love, it’s exploring local fleas, vintage shops, and craft fairs.
You should see the mania that ensues when I travel. I try to find all the best maker markets in the area. In fact, I’ll be in Brooklyn this weekend and I already laid out an itinerary of the local fleas and indie markets I’ll be attending.
But perusing for local gems isn’t just for when I travel. I’m obsessed with doing it right here in Seattle, too. That’s why, every season I make a Google Calendar (nerd alert!) of all the holiday craft fairs and indie market pop-ups happening in the Seattle metro area. This year, I thought I’d share it with all of you because I’m a huge believer in shopping local and finding that perfect gift with a story behind it.
What’s more, I thought the holiday season was the perfect time to announce some big news:
WE’RE LAUNCHING A SEATTLE EVENTS CALENDAR IN 2016.
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So signup for our newsletter and mark your calendars people. You’re about to see the ultimate (maybe borderline obnoxious) list of all the Seattle-area holiday craft fairs and maker pop-ups happening this year as a small preview of the detail you can expect in the 2016 events calendar.