Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Today's Finds

Garden planner from Terrain

Handmade tool caddy from Strong Wood Studio

Pizza Collection seeds from The Living Seed Company, found at Williams-Sonoma

Spout yellow watering can from CB2

Set of 8 handmade garden markers from Paulova Ceramics

I'm planting some bulbs on the patio later today, and it got me thinking about cute garden things. That planner would make a great housewarming gift for a budding gardener. It comes with seed packets and labels, and makes it easy to keep notes about your garden. (I will forever prefer a notebook/binder to trying to keep notes in my phone/ipad, and I know there are lots of folks out there who agree). And how genius is that pizza seed collection? I can only imagine that making homemade pizza with fresh ingredients from your own garden would be heavenly.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Start the Week as You Mean To Go On

For me, that means making time today to draw, read, exercise, and cook something healthy for dinner. What does it mean for you?

I'm also feeling grateful today for lovely things like flower boxes and a full day with no rain! :)

Friday, June 19, 2015

As I walked out one evening...

Walks on summer nights are my very favorite, and I can't really explain why. I hate heat and humidity. I hate mosquitoes. I hate the severe thunderstorms that seem to be on the forecast nearly every day. And yet, summer nights always have me wanting to get outside and walk and see where my feet take me.

Twilight in summer always feels like the start of something instead of the end to me, like the day can finally get started now that the heat has passed. Maybe that's something left over from growing up in the south...I don't know...but as the summer sun sets, everything starts to come alive.

Happy Friday, guys. Hope your weekend is magical. :)

*Post title from the poem by W. H. Auden.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Today's Finds - Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is one of my all-time favorite scents; it will literally stop me in my tracks when I pass by it. But those heavenly blooms just don't last long enough in nature, if you ask me, so I'm on the lookout for a year-round replacement. Perhaps because it's a sweet, but not super strong-smelling plant, it's difficult to replicate in scented products. Perfumes and soaps are usually too sickly sweet, too floral, or so light that they don't last very long. I haven't actually found one that made my heart sing yet, but I'm still looking! Here are a few promising candidates:

Wild Honeysuckle handmade vegan soap from Formulary 55

I ordered several olive oil soaps from this shop for my mom years ago when they were still called Sweet Petula, and my mom still talks about them! Sadly, they stopped making olive oil soaps at some point, but I'm sure their shea butter soaps are amazing too. Also, I love their packaging.

Honeysuckle kitchen basics set from Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day

I've tried hand soap from Mrs. Meyer's in other scents and really liked most of them. Somehow I didn't realize they made honeysuckle-scented products. I am definitely trying these soon!

Honeysuckle candle from Votivo

I love the idea of burning a honeysuckle candle on a summer night. This one has really good reviews. Votivo also makes a honeysuckle fragrance mist that looks good.

Honeysuckle perfume oil from Hidden Acres Soap Co.

I've been burned by bad perfumes in the past, haven't we all, but this one promises to be light and "true to wild honeysuckle on the vine," which is exactly what I'm looking for. Also, Hidden Acres Soap Co. has lots of happy customer reviews for all of their products.

All of these goodies are made from natural ingredients, without a lot of added chemicals, which is a bonus!

Do you have any favorite brands/shops for scented home or bath and body products? Please leave a comment if you do!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Handmade Basket and Ukrainian Easter Egg

I shared a pic on Instagram back in April of the Easter basket that Peter gave me, and I've been meaning to do a post ever since! Handmade gifts deserve more than a mention in passing, am I right?

Peter got the supplies and hand-wove the basket himself. He did such a good job!

Pysanka Ukrainian Easter Egg
He bought the Ukrainian Easter egg from Katya Trischuk. Do yourself a favor and browse through her shop. Her work is beautiful!

Several people who saw my photo mentioned to me that they know someone who collects pysanky, and I can see why. The intricate details, patterns, and bright colors are so appealing.

If you'd like to see Katya in action, watch this video. I love watching artists work; I could really watch process videos all day.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Today's Finds

Handmade concrete stool with pine legs from Enkelhet

Kelim rug designed by Alyson Fox for Ferm Living, found at Vertigo Home

Pleated terracotta planter designed by MSDS for Umbra Shift, found at Unison

Grasshopper floor lamp designed by Greta Grossman and produced by Gubi, found at DWR

"Planta Melocotón" print by Depeapa

This week's finds are sort of earthy, minimal, and modern, with a bit of texture and pattern thrown in for good measure. I feel like a room with all of these things would look really clean and modern without feeling sterile.

P.S. The grasshopper lamp is obviously on my dream wishlist, you know, the one where I have $875 to spend on a lamp. ;)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Guided Meditation

We had some pretty intense storms last night. Severe weather in general has a tendency to raise my anxiety by about 100 percent. I guess it does most people. Anyway, I often don't sleep well as a result, and I went looking for relaxation videos online. I thought this one, in particular, was really relaxing, and I wanted to share the link here in case anyone else is having a stressful week or could just use a few minutes of rest. It helps. xo