Favorite Things

Etsy Treasuries + Favorite Shops

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

I went looking for a particular vintage brass object the other day and of course one turns to Etsy in such situations. As always I hop over for one thing and end up spying dozens more charming finds, but then I discovered there’s a way to bookmark them there. Pinterest is fab but I discovered with an Etsy profile that you can create Treasuries of favorite items and then share them with the community. How long has this been around? A month? A year? Forever? Anyway, I love it!

Handmade, unique, vintage… it’s those one-of-a kind finds that personalize a space, give it a little quirk, make it feel collected over time and less one stop big box shop.

You can find all of that at Etsy, which is why I love to feature favorite artists and creatives in the Etsy Art I Heart series once a month. I was going to do a roundup of really cool home decor but got distracted curating various Treasuries and Favorite Shops of my own. I convinced myself it’s more efficient to categorize them that way. I created several lists including finds from amazing lighting to quirky things like cat pillows, meow!

etsy treasuries

You can also find over 50 of my favorite go to Etsy shops for pillow covers, gifts, art prints, etc. listed here. favorite shops

Enjoy the galleries and share your favorite Etsy shops you love too, I’m always on the hunt for new treasures…


Hammock Time

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Something about the approaching Father’s Day holiday made me think of hammocks. They are the symbol of ultimate relaxation, it’s no wonder destination resorts incorporate them in their outdoor spaces. We have no mature tall trees conveniently planted twelve feet apart to anchor one in our yard nor an arbor, but of course there are stands you can buy or alternative options for suspension.

swinging hammock alexandra angle

alexandra angle

Many years ago, we rented a house for the summer to live in temporarily while we were expanding/remodeling our home and my daughter was three at the time. Every day when I put her baby brother down for his nap, we’d go and lay down on that hammock, reading her favorite books, sometimes drifting off to sleep ourselves for an afternoon snooze. They’re designed for that, once you’re in, you’re in – you’re required to stay awhile and give in to the temptation to drift off to sleep. To this day my favorite picture of us together was a selfie taken with a tiny point and shoot camera in that hammock.

summer hammock

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I have the fondest memories of the hammock from that summer and got to thinking I’d love to recreate new ones by buying one for our own yard. Here are few favorites I spied around the web in case you’re on the hunt for one to suspend indoors or out!

summer stripe hammock

summer stripe

orange striped hammock

maria hammock on Etsy

        farmhouse ballard hammock


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