one of my favorite bloggers of all things pretty, rachel of heart of light, has opened an etsy shop to share some of her most popular DIY projects, and the results are so lovely, i just had to share.
i am so wishing i were a headband person right now, as that beautiful cobalt rosebud version is practically perfect in every way (i am, as we know, obsessed with all things cobalt).
and i, for one, can’t wait to throw a dinner party and set the table with those darling, hand-embroidered napkins. since i know i’ll never get around to making them myself, i think i have to splurge on a set.
check out all of the goodies in rachel’s beautiful new shop, but hurry…she has quite a few fans, and we’ve been waiting with bated breath for her to save us from having to craft her gorgeous creations ourselves.
as usual, today’s finds are a collection of the random lovelies i’ve come across in my travels this week. happy friday, everyone!
it’s going to be a while before a $400 box to hold very tiny things is on my actual shopping list. but this is so beautiful, i just keep going back for another peek. by r & y augousti (of course), and constructed from vintage penshell and bronze.
my dishware fetish continues unabated, as does my love for grey/yellow color combinations. they seem to have collided in this collection from up in the air somewhere, and i’m heartily crushing on the results. i’m thinking my world would become so much simpler and more sophisticated if i could serve my morning juice from this pitcher and these glasses.
going through my etsy favorites can be depressing business…since most things are one-of-a-kind, it’s basically just a way of browsing all of the things i loved and missed out on buying. so, i’m grateful for the ones that stick around. i recently happened on lirola’s beautiful, made-to-order clothing line, and am patiently biding my time until i can indulge in the closest thing i’ll ever get to couture.
so, did you happen across anything especially lovely this week? have a great weekend, everyone!
am i the only one who’s noticed that hoops are back, in a big way? i’m not sure if they were really gone, or if i’m just suddenly acknowledging them again. the truth is i’ve never really warmed to hoops. i’m just not coordinated enough to fasten the ones that connect in the back. plus, i think the really large ones look a little too, well, ’80s-hair-band-groupie for my taste. the look is just hard to get right if you go extreme, and the basic versions just seem a little too basic, if that makes any sense. so, i took it upon myself to round up a few less traditional hoops that i’m digging this season.
as usual, my first stop was gorjana – they’re always my go-to for beautifully-designed pieces on a budget. plus, it turns out they’re definitely experts in the non-traditional hoop department. my picks are that lovely silver bali crown earring (which i’m almost sure i saw on an episode of “brothers and sisters” recently) and the gold g-tear earring. i love that both designs echo the classic hoop without being basic or dull. the texturing is fantastic, and the slight tweak to the circle shape in both cases is perfect for anyone whose face could use a little narrowing. oh yeah…and both are under $50.
if you happen to be more coordinated than i am, those stunning textured organic hoops by kenneth cole are an absolute steal at $32, and will keep you decidedly fashion-forward even in a conservative office.
for a bit of a splurge, look no further than those wonderful hammered tear earrings by designer michelle lenae. i am thoroughly amazed by some of the fine jewelry being sold on etsy these days, and these are no exception. that drop of smokey quartz doesn’t take away from the utilitarian, go-with-anything style this hoop offers, but it definitely makes them stand out from the crowd.
so, what do you think – are you embracing the hoop earring’s return to fame?
sometimes, when i’m feeling the “i need to spend money…but i have none” itch, i like to scroll through my etsy favorites and find something to treat myself. sure, most of the time it’s an exercise in torture – 1, it always makes me want more things than i can have, and 2, it reminds me of how badly i wanted something at one time…and that it’s now sold out.
still, there are a few pieces on my wishlist that are still there, and still making my heart flutter…so i’m sharing, in the name of fashion.
i’d group two or three of these darling little poppy corsages (made of recycled fabric) onto my favorite charcoal cashmere cardigan – they’d be sure to give me a lift when i need it.
and this violet necklace is the ultimate in vintage chic – i’d love to see this paired with something as simple as a basic crewneck tee and jeans. it’s a fabulous statement piece, and at $46, it’s a statement i can actually afford to make.
if i’m being honest, i should already have bought this pink and gold leather cuff (also recycled). it’s only $10, and is such a stylish alternative to the bangle trend – plus, it’s infinitely more wearable on a practical level (have any of you tried to type at a computer all day wearing a stack of those enamel bangles? yeah…).
if you’re looking to bust your budget, you’re more than welcome to check out my etsy faves – if nothing else, it should keep you from working for an hour or two.
since i love both the flower and the spiny sea creatures, i decided to see what would happen if i just searched for “anemone” on etsy…
anemone photo pendant, $35, adornjewelry
“an enemy or an anemone?” original photograph, $40, janeofalltrades.
not exactly an anemone, but so cool nonetheless. “charming creatures 12”, $100, by lisa congdon.
and now i’m just completely digressing…because these are sea urchins, of course. this is what etsy does to you. sea urchin stationery, $9, by pixelimpress.
i sort of can’t believe this amazingly detailed piece of glass is only 2″ across. anemone gazing orb II, $95, by zenartglass
i’m pretty particular when it comes to art photography, since my hubs is a pro photographer. but when jennifer squires sent her work over for me to check out, i instantly loved her work. jennifer says her work presents “simplicty and meaning in the beauty of the everyday,” and that says it better than i ever could. she does a great job of taking everyday subjects and using unique perspectives to make you take a second (or a third) look.
her nature photos make me instantly relaxed and peaceful – a tough thing to do this week. i especially love the tree in winter and february blues prints.
and i love the kitchen-themed photos…particularly for an inexplicable reason, the portrait of a sandwich, which i think would be adorable framed in a kitchen. or perhaps a triptych of beans, rice and peppercorns, or something along those lines.
her work is incredibly affordable – signed prints will run you about $45 for an 8×8 to 8×10 size. even better, for my lovely SMC readers, jennifer is offering an exclusive 25% discount with code CARDIO, but only through the end of this month. so, pick your faves, and snap them up via jennifer’s etsy shop. just quote the code in the “comments to seller” section when you order, and she’ll refund the difference once you’ve submitted payment.