Posts Tagged ‘finds’

Picnic Perfect

May 5, 2010

I am in Australia right now to attend my boyfriend’s graduation with his PhD in engineering. To celebrate, I am throwing him a party in the park with a picnic theme. I’ve really enjoyed putting together fun picnic gingham prints in red and blue. I promise to take photos of the finished event!

Australia right now is slipping into winter…although it is an unusually sunny autumn. For those in the north gearing up for summer, here are some picnic etsy finds to get you in gear!

Upcycled Vintage picnic blanket by SewnNatural

Upcycled Vintage picnic blanket by SewnNatural

Wicker Picnic Basket by Ravennasgirlvintage

Wicker Picnic Basket by Ravennasgirlvintage

Fan Shaped Basket Purse by TimelessTotes

Fan Shaped Basket Purse by TimelessTotes

Red Gingham Bow Picnic Sash Dress by CoralieBeatrix

Red Gingham Bow Picnic Sash Dress by CoralieBeatrix

Liza Rietz

February 27, 2010

This morning I stumbled on a designer from Portland, Oregon. She has been creating custom clothing since 2001 and has sold her designs to high-end boutiques in major cities across the US and even has her own shop in Portland. You can find her designs at her web page, lizarietz.com, or stop by her Etsy Store!

Her designs are unique and beautifully structured, and completely wearable! I really like that her clothing is made with clean natural fabrics, and the pow comes from unique silhouettes and structures and folds that are very unique and very well done.

Ruffle Dress by Lizarietz

Ruffle Dress by Lizarietz

Kimono Sleeve Jumpsuit by Lizarietz

Kimono Sleeve Jumpsuit by Lizarietz

Wool Cloche Light Gray by Lizarietz

Wool Cloche Light Gray by Lizarietz

Enjoy!

Flickr Treat!

February 3, 2010

After trolling the flickr groups for inspiration…these crafts found their way to the top!

strike handmade clutch bag by stripy cat

strike handmade clutch bag by stripy cat

I love the off center flap and the bright button! Beautiful and simple!

Bathtime Robot by Lisastarchild

Bathtime Robot by Lisastarchild

awww… theres also a super cute little robot in a tub of noodles!

Roma Roma-ma by Stay Home

Roma Roma-ma by Stay Home

and lastly…I must confess, I am caught up in the GaGa craze. This little doll is super cute. She’s got the look and the bow down pat!

Inspired by the Bean

December 19, 2009

I’ve been a barista for about 8 years and It is by far the best work Ive ever been involved with. Here are a few of my favorite coffee inspired finds on Etsy!

Coffee Cozy by lisejamison
Coffee Cozy by lisejamison

The cafe I worked for here in Rochester, The Leaf and Bean Coffee Co., used to make and sell coffee cozies in beautiful fabrics and colors. People love these customized coffee holders and they’re a greener choice to using the paper ones provided in cafes (if you can remember to bring it with you!) I like that this Etsy Seller, LiseJamison, has taken it an extra step further by recycling coffee bags into cozies!

Espresso Coffee Cups by LaMiaBottega

Espresso Coffee Cups by LaMiaBottega

When I moved to Australia…I was schooled on everything I knew about coffee! American’s aren’t by any means WRONG in the way we do coffee, but Australia certainly has very different practices. One of which is the way they drink coffee. For Americans it’s all on the go and a good 95% or more of drinks are made in paper cups. Australian coffee drinkers make their coffee an event and put a lot of weight on the presentation of their drinks. Drinks are also significantly smaller! The average american small coffee is 12 oz while the largest coffee I made in australia was 8oz. I am all too happy to be drinking American coffee again, but I really loved the time I spent working on drink presentation and serving up coffee in beautiful porceline. Thats why I love these beautiful hand painted espresso cups by LaMiaBottega.  What I reaaaally wish is that the tea pot in her icon was for sale!

Gold Mustache Mug Set by Kimay

Gold Mustache Mug Set by Kimay

Now that I am back on American soil I can enjoy a full cup of brewed coffee. The closest Aussies get to brewed coffee is espresso diluted in water. I MUCH prefer a big cup of joe you can savor on a chilly winter day. Espresso drinks are small and don’t last long. These great mugs by Kimay are perfectly humorous!

Moka Express tea towel by mengseldesign

Moka Express tea towel by mengseldesign

These tea towels by mengseldesign feature great graphic illustrations of Moka stove top espresso makers. I’ve always thought they were such a cool, vintage little contraption!

Emery Pincushion Cup of Cafe latte by dottyral

Emery Pincushion Cup of Cafe latte by dottyral

Lastly, this delicious little pin cushion by dottyral. Since I’ve become so enthralled with sewing this little latte pin cushion is perfect for me 🙂  I love the floral foam pattern on the top!

No More Brown Eye!

December 16, 2009
Rear Gear

Rear Gear

This made me laugh right out loud! Rear Gear, a shop on etsy has created this…unusual…product to cover the unsightly rear end of your cats and dogs.

I had no idea this was a problem until today.

I have two dogs, and while they do have these body parts, staring at it has never been an issue for me. But I must admit, there are people for every product and this was indeed found in the “recently sold” section of etsy. Props to Rear Gear for finding such a unique…hole…to fill.

Rear Gear

Rear Gear

They’ve made significant sales and have a trademark pending. They’ve got free shipping and they’re only $2 a piece! Good luck to you Rear Gear!