May
05
2009
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Celebrating Mothers

Coming up! Mother’s Day in the US on Sunday May 10th.

People who know me well know that I am more into giving things than receiving. But for Mother’s day even I would accept a little thing as long as it is simple, preferably handmade and/or Swedish! Here are a few splendid things to give (or get!) for Mother’s day:

To die for! (Ask my friend Krissy who just received a sample box). The Seattle based chocolate maker, Fran’s Chocolates, offers these award-winning Gray and Smoked Salt Caramels. All caramels are made with organic ingredients. 

Swedish native Lotta Helleberg has a store on Etsy called Inleaf. Her handmade sachets in natural linen (above with Geranium print) are so lovely and filled with only dried organic lavender buds.  Sold in sets of 2. Size: 4.5″ x 4.5″. Price $20.

Hard not to smile when you open your linen drawer and is being greeted by this happy fern sachet, also by Lotta.

Also from Etsy is the store, Lulu La Rue. They craft teeny tiny sterling silver necklaces with pendants. Being a proud owner of a similar peace pendant myself given to me by my friend Stacey, I think the message needs to be spread! The price for this organic peace sign necklace is $28.

A bud vase. The perfect little vase next to your bed. Yet another Etsy seller, MudPuppy, is behind this hand crafted white ceramic vase with a cherry wood saucer. Out of this world lovely when the actual flowers are hand picked by small little hands. Price: $40.

I like to have things organized and I do a lot of writing, so a large set of same colored pencils put in a nice cup or vase makes me totally happy. Low tech. High style. These from See Jane Work are perfect. There are 12 pencils in one set and they come in several nice colors. 3 packages of the Tiffany blue please! The price for one set is $7.

I hope you found some of these gift ideas helpful!

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Mar
24
2009
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Posh Nail Polish

I found this nail polish Butter London at Fireworks, a fun design shop here in Seattle. (But the line sells all over the web). I was drawn to the cool and current colors and the fact that it does not contain any harsh and dangerous chemicals.  (And the bottle is square and fancy). I picked  the color “Tramp Stamp” a few weeks ago and my toe nails are still pretty! I will definitely buy some more colors. (About $14 each).

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Mar
01
2009
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Lovely Clutches

I find this UK Etsy seller very talented. The store is called Red Ruby Rose and the owner’s handmade clutches are so different and fun. I fell in love with this white clutch with branches and a light blue silk lining. I can see myself using this at a lovely summer party, wearing white and hopefully a little bit of a sun tan! Check out the seller’s other clutches at: RedRubyRose

This particular clutch is called “Boughs and Branches” and sells for $75. It measures: top width 8″, bottom of clutch 9″, height 5″.

Below is another one that I like – Fern and Fronds”. It costs $75 and measures: top width 8″, bottom of  clutch 9″, height 5″.

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Feb
15
2009
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Stainless Water Bottles

There are so many fun stainless water bottles on the market nowadays. And don’t we all need to stop buying those plastic water bottles that end up in landfills for generations to come (not to mention all the plastic chemicals that leak into the actual drinking water we think is so good for us)?

Stainless is the way to go.

I particularly like the designs from the San Francisco based company EarthLust.

At the fun online store  Kir De Vries, prices for these bottles range between $15.20 for a 13 oz bottle and $19.95 for a 32 oz bottle.


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Feb
15
2009
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Adorable Pin Cushions

I have been eying these handmade, beautiful pin cushions for a while. If I had one, I would treasure it forever and hand it down to one of my girls! What lovely gifts they make.


I found them on Etsy at the store “The Daily PinCushion“. The prices range between $15 and $28.

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