Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Today's Finds + Black Friday Sales

This post is full of the usual Etsy goodness, only all of these shops are having Black Friday sales! :)

"Oh You" print by Ashley Goldberg
(Save 25% with the Promo Code "HOLIDAY14" 11/24 - 12/1)

Lulu and Juniper - small cushion set from Sleepy King
(Save 20% off all orders with code "HOLIDAYSPARKLE" + free domestic shipping + Buy 3 animals, get a FREE Liam the fox!)

Custom wooden initial necklace from Havok Designs
(Save 25% with coupon code "BFCM25" - Ends Dec. 4th)

Rain embroidered pillow from Aeropagita
(Save 30% on home decor items with code "BFS2014" from now until Nov 30)

Leather pouch from Leah Lerner
(Buy any 2 items, Get 15% OFF, Coupon: "15SALE" - Buy any 3 items, Get 20% OFF, Coupon: "20SALE")

All of these shops have lots of things that would make great gifts. :)

P.S. I am also having a sale! Save 20% on everything in my Etsy shop with coupon code "FOODCOMA" (now thru Friday 11/28). xo, Mary

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Let's Take a Walk + Holiday Shopping

On Sunday morning, we got up early to go to an estate sale to look for a couple of things I can use as displays at my next craft show. No luck on that, but we did walk out with a couple of vintage wooden Christmas decorations. (I'm so excited to decorate this year!) After that, we popped into a few shops in Old Town to look for Christmas gifts, and I added about a thousand things to my own wish lists too. :)

One of the shops we went into was Red Barn Mercantile, which is stuffed to the brim with cute, cute stuff. They're having a Black Friday sale, which I might have to check out. I usually avoid stores on that day, but look how cute!!! (For those folks who aren't local, they have an online shop too, but I'm not sure if the sale is online as well.)

Nautical-themed tree? Yes, please. I love that whale ornament on the left.

They have something for everyone on your list: lots of adorable kids' gifts, soaps, books, pillows, kitchen things, decorations. The sales lady was super chill and didn't harass us once while we were in the store either, which pretty much guarantees a repeat visit on my part. (The opposite is also true, if you follow me around and try to talk to me too much while I'm shopping, I'll probably leave quickly without buying anything. This is true for everyone, right? Why don't they teach that to salespeople?)

Anyway, I'm on the lookout for more Black Friday sales in small businesses, local shops, and Etsy sellers, so if you know of any good ones, please leave me a comment!
xo, Mary

Friday, November 21, 2014

Shop Update!

I added lots of colorful felt ornaments to the shop yesterday...lots of snowflakes, little trees, and pretty scallops.

And all that stitching inspired me to make a new illustrated notebook with a spool of thread and needle. I often use little notebooks for jotting down project notes as I'm working: materials, colors, little bits of info I want to remember for the next time I make an ornament, garland, or brooch. Also, I frequently get ideas for new things to make (or ideas on how to tweak an old design) while I'm working and need to scribble it down quickly. I know there are lots of devices for note-taking these days, but for me, nothing beats a little notebook. I can scribble and jot much faster than I can type on my phone! And I don't ever have to worry about that dreaded black screen either. :)

I'm thinking of maybe doing more in different colors. It would make a cute gift for crafty friends too, right?

What are you guys up to this weekend? I'll most likely be working all weekend to get ready for my show in December. Most of the stuff I'll be selling is totally new, which is super exciting, but also means I have a lot of work to do in the next three weeks. I'll share some sneak peeks as we get closer!

I hope everyone has a fun weekend. xoxo, Mary

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Let's Take a Walk

I'm still playing catch up editing photos. Here are a few snaps from a lazy afternoon back in August.

Just looking at these warm, sunny pics is making me feel a little better. I do miss the bright, saturated colors of summer. But even though it's 20 degrees outside right now, I know we'll have a few more temperate days when I can get outside with my camera before winter sets in. And there's still lots of beauty out and about to see. Also, I have three rolls of film left to shoot, and I'm determined not to take a whole year this time!

Happy wanderings, friends. :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Today's Finds

Vintage portrait from Empire Abode

Cashmere throw from Hokoda

Walnut candle holders from Feast Design

Vintage Turkish kilim pillow from Turkish Crafts Arts

Wooden houses from The Bird on the Tree

It's been a little quiet around here; this week has flown by, and I've been a busy bee. I have lots of photos to share soon!

Hope everyone has a cozy weekend. I'm doing a family portrait session for a friend and have lots of errands, but you can bet that I'll be spending as much time as possible indoors and under blankets. It's cold out there! xo, Mary

Monday, November 10, 2014

November Color

We spent almost all of last weekend doing work around the house, and by Sunday afternoon, I was desperate to get out of the house and do something fun. I know that yard work and house work are part of life, but entire weekends should not be lost to doing chores in my opinion, at least not if you can help it. So Sunday afternoon around 4pm, we put down the tools and went to get coffee and take a walk in the garden up the street from our house. We were met with vibrant colors, rustling leaves, a few birds calling here and there, and a beautiful sunset. It was just the break we needed before grocery shopping and other errands. We ended the night curled up on the couch watching reruns of Big Bang Theory. All in all, not a bad way to spend a Sunday. :)