Etsy Top 9: Smitten Mittens and Glove Love

It’s “sweatah-weathah” (click here for ensuing laughter) and the gloves are off! Err, on.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Top 9. Today I’m sharing mittens and gloves from Etsy.

I know I’ve said it before, but Etsy is a great way to support independent artisans from all over the US.

1. By SewGracefulMitts  These are made of old sweaters! I’ve always wanted to try this Martha Stewart tutorial.

2. By Cheryl Patterson These are so sweet. : )

3. By Pilland I love this sunny color and the extra long glove sleeves.

4. By Pille Ploomipuu This Norwegian pattern is a classic.

5. By MartiniSQ Ohh these are cashmere. So soft!

6. By MirthTones Hah! These are so cute and make me laugh!

7. By BoysenberryLane I would love these for work! In the winter my hands get so cold and I could still type with these on.

8. By AvrellynRose Oh my!! These are so precious!

9. By awoolgatherer TOASTY! These are hilarious and look quite “toasty”. I love random humor on common objects.

Top 9: Christmas Stockings

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an Etsy Top 9. Far too long.

As soon as we returned from our Thanksgiving excursion to Long Island I got out our Christmas decorations. Literally. We unpacked the car and within 10 minutes I took down all our Thanksgiving decorations and out came the Christmas boxes!

Today, in honor of holiday decor taking over my house, I’m sharing my top 9 Christmas stockings.

1. I love the vibrant patterns of these LaFortuneLinens stockings. If I had a big brood I think these would be a fun assortment.

2. This retro throwback stocking from  AllenbriteStudio is a cute take on felt and makes me feel all nosalgic.

3. I am a sucker for the classic knit stockings like this one by Annmoody See #6 if you want to know why!.

4. If you’re into the coastal holiday look, this burlap stocking by Floatinteriors is quite quaint.

5. This “Dr. Seuss” stocking by GoodWishesQuilts is a looker with all her helter skelter stripes.

6. I love these stockings because this is what I had growing  up! My grandma made them for me and all my cousins. Mine is like the Santa one except I think he was coming out of the chimney. And it even has my name on it! These ones are knit by Jpyle,

7. This stocking by AnniesWoolens is a classic with black and red gingham. The embroidery is a nice touch too.

8. This hand-crocheted stocking by TAMMYMADEIT is cozy little number with the jingle bell and yarn pompom.

9. These fun and fresh fabric stockings by PiperAndEllie are an girlie take on the Christmas stocking.

 

We usually open our stockings first thing in the morning. And by first thing I mean around 9:00am because we always slept in. Then we have a big breakfast and didn’t start opening presents until afterwards. We were usually still opening presents (one at a time, mind you!) at 1 or 2pm! Let’s just say the image of kids terrorizing their parents in the wee hours of the morning to open gifts is a foreign concept to me. I grew up with my Christmas mornings being slow and lazy. And I like them that way!

Top 9: Farewell Party to Summer

I am protesting the end of summer.

While grocery shopping this week the stockboys were putting out Halloween candy. HALLOWEEN candy.

Then, I get home and start going through my (shamelessly overstocked) Google Reader. Bloggers are already blogging about fall projects.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s been far too long since I’ve done a Top 9. Today my Top 9 is based on a theme for a Goodbye Summer party. 😦 Wahh.

The theme is sunset-based, because summer should be an eternal sunset. (So poetic. I know.) Why? Well, I only get to see sunsets during the summer. Otherwise I leave work when it’s dark. Sunsets happen at the end of the day, this party it happening at the end of summer. And if you want to get real scientific, the days are starting to get short again, thus a sunset theme.

I’m nothing if not well thought-out. Either that, or I am a champion of meager excuses for a party…

1. First you’d need awesome, summery invitations like these to invite your favorite peeps over.

2. I think it would be fun to decorate my deck with some of these lovely sunset-colored mobiles from LilSproutCreation. With the goldenrod, coral and tangerine hues of this beauty, I think you could even sneak this into your fall decor.

3. I would serve this refreshingly tasty looking Creamsicle trifile by Amy Atlas. The colors are beautiful! Is there anything more classically summer than a creamsicle popsicle?

4. This beautiful necklace by Alyssa’s Gems and Jewels would adorn my neck and add instant “summer celebration” to any outfit. (How is it that I’ve never heard of Maple Turquoise before? It’s lovely.)

5. Ahhh, the quintessential summer activity. Friendship bracelets. I’d love to sit around a campfire and make some chevron bracelets like these babies by LARaised. (I think it’s hilarious that these are a “style trend” right now. I think people just want to dress like they are 12 again and call it a “trend”. Not that I am opposed. I still have one.)

6. A kitschy patchwork tablecloth with hues of goldenrod and pink, like this one from CakeforBreakfast, would help set the tone.

7. I would also serve this Taste-a-Rainbow cupcakes from Family Fun magazine.

8. A pretty orange dress, like one this from AmandaArcher, would help soften the wardrobe blow in the transition from summer to fall.

9. Lastly, I’d thank my friends for coming with these “Cheerio” cards from TheDesignConspiracy. I love the yellow printing and custom screenprinted type.

Around this time of year I am grateful to live in New England. The leaves start turning and we can still go to the beach for at least another six weeks. (Yes! I have swam in the ocean in October before!)

Three cheers for an Indian Summer!

Top 9: Derby Day Play

Today was the Kentucky Derby. A big congratulations to Animal Kingdom, this year’s winner!

Q: Animal Kingdom, how do you feel about your horse name?
A: Nayyyy. Isn’t it a Disney Safari theme park? Unfortunately I don’t get much of a sayyyy in these things.

Q: So, are you tired?
A: Are you crazy?

*The above conversation never actually happened.

Did you think you’d had your fill of weird hats for the year? Well, you were wrong. Royal weddings aren’t the only time we crazy Americans get to bring out some awesome hatware. Perhaps one of the only American celebrations that provides this excuse is the Kentucky Derby.

I’ve always wanted to have a Derby Day party, but for some reason the rainy Boston weather never seems to invite cute dresses and mint juleps. Watching it on TV also erases a lot of the appeal. That is probably why this has remained a Southern tradition. I digress.

Here are my top 9 Etsy picks for Derby Day:

1. This horse trot wooden sign would be very cute tacked up outside your house. I love the weathered look of it.

2. Mint Juleps. Yum. Not only are Mint Juleps absolutely delicious and the quintessential Derby Day drink, but using this stirring spoon would make them even more of a speciality.

3. Rusty horseshoes remind me of my childhood home. We had a horse hanging above our doorway. It had been found in our yard by a previous owner because the land had once been a horse farm. You are supposed to hang them like a “U” so they “catch” all the luck pouring in.

4. Every winner needs a prize ribbon. And this one is made out of old maps! Kentucky maps, perhaps?

5. I love this hat! I need to get this hat. For next year’s Derby Day… and also for when Prince William and Duchess Catherine renew their vows.

6. Bow ties make me happy. They are like a little smile around your neck.

7. This necklace is beautiful! I love the rustic pewter quality of it.

8. This sweet wooden pin is a great way to show some Kentucky luuuuv.

9. This vintage hunting scarf is lovely. Pair this with a pretty white sundress and a swanky hat and I think I’m ready to go!

Top 9: Union Jack (aka The Final Countdown!)

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Scones. Check.  Tea (yes! Real loose black tea straight off the plane from London! Thanks AP!). Check.  Pearls. Check

The Royal Wedding is almost upon us. That means in 2 days I’ll need to belt up before I come across as bloody barmy. *Sigh* The Brits have such great slang words. Codswallop.  Kip. Nowt. Owt.

That’s enough now. Today I want to share my top nine Union Jack products on Etsy. Some of them are pretty smart. Sorry, I had to throw one more in there.

1. This burlap pillow, while cute, I can’t imagine would be too comfy. Regardless, I like the stamped lettering. You should put this pillow on one of those chairs that you never sit in. Everyone has that chair, right?

2. I would use these notecards when I was writing my BFF Kate Middleton. I know she would love them.

3. These mittens, while not as cute as the Kate&Wills gloves I found earlier, look warm.

4. I love these cufflinks. I wonder if I could sneak them into my husband’s collection…

5. This collage is interesting. I like that it’s been done on a blonde wood and the subtle patterns of the fabric-reminiscent patterns.

6. What a fun quilt! I like that this is a distant echo from the Union Jack flag. I would actually prefer something like this that’s not quite so “UNION JACK”! The colors are soft and more welcoming than the traditional colors.

7. This weathered dresser would be a unique piece in any bedroom or hallway. Miss Mustard Seed has an awesome tutorial on her blog about how to make a dresser like this.

8. I would use THIS card for when I was writing thank you notes to my BFF’s hubby, Wills, to thank him for inviting us hunting at Clarence House.

9. This clutch is very summery. I wonder if I could make something like this… maybe that will be a post in the future.

Don’t forget mates. 5AM! At least for those of you on the East Coast!

Will you be watching?

Pip Pip (that’s goodbye!)

Top 9: Spring in my Step

Ahh, the Vernal Equinox. Normally when I think about the first day of spring my mind conjures up pictures of trees swaying in the light breeze underneath a blue sky, green buds shooting up through fresh grass or bluebirds chirping outside an open window.

Today was nothing like that.

Today was the opposite of a cheery, colorful, springy day. It was a gray, snowy, sleety slushy kind of a day.

Having lived in the northeast for my entire life one would think I’d learned by now. The irony is our snow finally finished melting this weekend in the nice, warm weather. (Argh! The snow won’t stay away!)

To lift my spirits , today I’m going on an imaginary Etsy shopping spree for my favorite nine things that remind that that someday spring will come!

1. This Posy Necklace from Tamar I feel better already! I think this adorable, colorful posy necklace. Plus, it would look great with any color top!

2. This Handmade Yellow Bird Stationary from PinkBathub is so sweet with the stamped bird and cheerful yellow envelope paired with it! The card is a gift in itself.

3. This adorable crocheted bunny hat from MamaMegsYarnShop is so cute! If I could get away with wearing this as a grown woman, believe me, I would.

4. These candleholders from PeppersPlaceDesign would be so lovely set on a table for a springy Sunday bunch with short pastel candles.

5. These lovely pink blossom earring studs by Amaniworks would be fun bits of color to add to any outfit.

6. This April Showers ring by Eelizabeth. I confess. I’m biased. I already own this set of ring and necklace and it makes me happy every time I wear it! (This is a good story. I was shopping in an antique barn in Newport, RI where I found them. When I went to purchase them the cashier had already shut down her register and just gave them to me for free!)

7. This garland by WestCoastKnittery brings a grin to my face! I’ve never seen a pom I didn’t like!

8. These striped bags from Ikabags are right up my alley! I love big purses! I can’t get away from them.

9. This tulip wreath from Twoinspireyou is just lovely! Maybe when I own a fancy wreath like this I will finally feel like an adult. On second thought, probably not. Nonetheless, I’d like to own this one!

Salt n’ Pepa: Shake it Reaaal Good

I once heard that Henry Ford always took his job interviewees on a final dinner before he hired them. If they salted their food before they had tasted it, he wouldn’t hire them. (You probably won’t read that on “How to Not Ruin Your Job Interview”!)

What does this possibly have to do with anything? My collection of salt and pepper shakers. Obviously.

These are my grinder friends. He’s pepper. She’s salt. I picked these up in the Marshall’s clearance aisle (one of my favorite places!) and thought they belonged together. My husband doesn’t like Mr. Pepper. He thinks he looks like a slimeball. (How can that be when Mr. Pepper is holding flowers behind his back!!).

I won these bad boys at a family White Elephant gift swap:

And these were a shower gift from my good friend:

I’m a firm believer that form follows function. You could have plain old white salt and pepper shakers (which I do have. My husband is a patient man, but I have to throw him a bone every once in a while.) But why not add a little fun to the table!

So, of course I went searching Etsy for some cute shakers:

Too cute: Saltron and Pepperbot

Now these are some of the oddest shakers I’ve come across. To each their own?

And these are just beautiful!

Robot Shakers: http://www.etsy.com/listing/63409991/saltron-and-pepperbot-20-large-patina?ref=sr_gallery_9&ga_search_query=salt+and+pepper&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title&filter%5B0%5D=handmade
Pope Shakers: http://www.etsy.com/listing/47016693/pope-salt-and-pepper-shakers?ref=sr_gallery_34&ga_search_query=salt+and+pepper&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=47&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title&filter%5B0%5D=handmade
Egg Shakers: http://www.etsy.com/listing/64489770/bottle-salt-and-pepper-egg-shape-coconut?ref=sr_gallery_28&ga_search_query=salt+and+pepper&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=3&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title&filter%5B0%5D=handmade