I want this.

It’s been a strange weekend thus far. Up and down and all over the place! Life is so full of moving parts :) Right now the hubby is cooking dinner (yay!), and I ran across this while…ehm, cleaning the studio….;) So neat!

Map of Texas Hand Embroidered Necklace Custom Made Necklace

“Map of Texas Hand Embroidered Necklace” by Il Gatto Selvatico

Tomorrow I plan to check a few things off my 25 before 26 list! (I’m running out of time!) That is all. Have a great weekend!

Etsy Crush: Chandeliers

I’ve been totally crushing on chandeliers lately. Maybe it’s because I’m working in an antique gallery now, which is filled with gorgeous vintage and antique chandeliers. I was never much for them when I was younger, but now I’ve seen the light (ha!). Sure, there are chandeliers out there that are nothing special. But once you find a beautiful one, it’s hard to look away. I searched for them on Etsy, and found quite a variety to share with you!

BootsNGus upcycles vintage treasures into unique light fixtures:

UpCycled Ceramic Lighting Fixture

I’ve also been really into cutouts lately, which helped me find this one by seequin:

Eco Light Blue Cardboard Silhouette Chandelier

For beautiful vintage chandeliers, visit Sheri’s Crystals:

Romantic Vintage Wedding Cake Crystal Chandelier with Roses

For great outdoor lighting, check out TreasureAgain (I love Mason jar lights!):

Mason Jar Chandelier, 6 Antique Ball Pint Frosted Jars, Vintage Metal Canning Basket , Upcycled Recycled Lighting, Vintage Enamel Canner Pot, Weddings, Party Nights, Original Design by TreasureAgain

For an acrylic flare, I recommend Accent:

Claire de Lune Chandelier (7 arms) Colors

I love cluster lamps, and this one by Jean Pelle is just bubbly and wonderful!

NEW: Bubble Pendant by Jean & Oliver Pelle

A concrete lamp?! Great juxtaposition. By a t Designs:

Concrete . "Martini Pendant" . Light

And I had to include a fluffy one…Made from plastic bottles!! From THISgallery:

Wishin On The Moon - White

I’m starting to think I need one for every room. And since I want each room in my house to be in a different style, this works perfectly! Chandeliers in a plethora of styles, materials, and colors.

Etsy Crush: Einstein

I share a birthday with one of my heroes, Albert Einstein. He was born 107 years before me to the day (132 years ago yesterday). He created profound theories on gravity, cosmology, and light, and of course he is the creator of the theory of relativity, which includes the famous e=mc². He spoke out against racism, believed in humility, and encouraged imagination. Today I dedicate my Etsy Crush post to Einstein and his creative genius.

“Imagination is everything” – a print by the big harumphPRINT - Imagination is everything LINOCUT sea foam green - poster 8x10

Einstein’s handwritten notes, in t-shirt form, by nonfiction teesEinstein Tshirt Relativity handwriting Theory Tee WOMENS Shirt

“To keep your balance you must keep moving” – Einstein rode a bike. Bracelet by dindiSterling silver bangle with bycicle - Keep moving

Field bag to carry inspiration, by Bad Bat DesignsCanvas Field Bag-Albert E

Einstein was famous for his wacky hair…and moustache, by Sarah Elizabeth Designsmustache on a stick - einstein

E=mc² is great for parties – cufflinks by bmusedTheory of Relativity Cufflinks

Have your own mini Einstein from Uneek Doll DesignsAlbert Einstein Scientific Miniature Art Doll

I had to include this awesome button set by the lovely Scientific CultureFamous Scientist Button Set

And finally, a statement for the ages (in a beautiful design) by faroucheyou are here now

Etsy Crush: For my birthday

Since my birthday is next week (!), my Etsy Crush post this week is a wish list of presents I’d love to receive 😀 There are so many pretty things!!

Yellow + polka dots = one fun clutch by FA2u!Yellow Polka Dots - 8 inches Large Silver Frame Clutch

I love this lavender necklace by LavenderField!Lavender Crochet Necklace

Yaaarrrrrrrn! hehehe… I would rock this temp tattoo by Twinkie Chan!YAAARRRN temporary tattoo

I want to dress in style with a purple wig from Miss Violet Lace!SPRING FEVER SALE Purple Passion // Light Purple // Super Long Straight One Length Wig

I’m also still crushing on terrariums, and I love the yellow pop! By Sea & Asters:Tillandsia and Billy Buttons Part 2

I want this gorgeous skirt by YYStudio, too :)50s Audrey Hepburn Rainbow Red Green Yellow White Cotton Pleated Full Circle Skirt E FREE SHIPPING International

And this adorable “hello” necklace by Joanna Rutter, since I like to greet everyone I see 😀Custom Name Necklace

And I think I’ll take a pair of these satin pumps by La Plume EtherePurple Satin Peacock Pumps .. Size 7 1/2

And finally, I’ll need a place to put the cake 😉 by Aedriel Originals:Mini Cake Stand- Perfect for Cupcakes

Well, looks like I’m all set! Seriously though, my favorites list is getting rather long ♡ Maybe I’ll take a little shopping “trip” for my birthday….;)


I set a goal last month to list 10 new items in my shop in the first week of March. I’ve thought a lot about how I want to proceed with my shop, and decided several things. 1: I love art, craft, and design – and want to use all of them. 2: I love several styles and methods for each and I want to use all of them, too. 3: I love interior design!

In conclusion: I’ve started a home dec line 😀

I’ve had so much fun brainstorming, planning, and creating my new line! It allows me to use my background in architecture, art, and design in a new and exciting way. This way I can combine new and old styles, methods, materials, and more into a brand all my own. I’ll be listing all weekend, and I hope you love my new products!

Home Sweet Homei <3 u cross stitch

Etsy Crush: Umbrellas

It’s been drizzly here in Austin, Texas, and that has me thinking about umbrellas! Normally I actually don’t use an umbrella myself – I like to feel the rain :) But I do like umbrellas in and of themselves. They have such an instantly recognizable shape! They’re completely practical, yet somehow whimsical at the same time. So I went on a search through Etsy to see what kinds of people are making with this rainy day icon.

I found a fun greeting card by Earmark:Hello below Fun and Whimsical Greeting card for all ocassions

A hand carved rubber stamp by eat pray create:Umbrella Hand Carved Rubber Stamp

A spring showers ring by Minty Fresh Studio:Spring Showers - Adjustable Ring

A rainy day in Brooklyn print by Art Shark Designs:New York Love gocco art print- Brooklyn Bridge

A spring rain oil painting by Karen’s Fine Art:Karen Tarlton Original oil painting Ladies in Spring Rain

April showers gift wrap by Smock Paper:April Gift Wrap/Wrapping Paper. 100 percent post consumer recycled paper. 4 sheets. 922

A crochet pattern for a parasol by Fashion Patterns:White Lace Parasol PDF Pattern

A fine art print of a sun umbrella at the beach by Irene Suchocki:umbreLLa - Fine art polaroid photograph

And a fun, printable cocktail umbrellas by print your party:Printable Cocktail Umbrellas- Wedding Designs

I used to collect the umbrellas that came in my Shirley Temples. And when I was little I had a Mini Mouse umbrella. It was clear, so I could see the rain falling through it! What was your favorite umbrella?

Etsy Crush: Wonder Woman

Inspired by my new lipstick, a gift from my mom-in-law, today’s Etsy Crush is all about WONDER WOMAN! That’s right, MAC just came out with a new line of Wonder Woman makeup, which, in my opinion, is sheer genius. She’s a super hero and a feminist icon – who wouldn’t wear makeup ‘sponsored’ by her? 😉

Wonder Woman Comic Wonder Woman Lipstick

Etsy is full of fun Wonder Woman items, from vintage to handmade to a little of both. Here are some of the fun products I found!

A vintage wallpaper tissue box cover (Fondue) – it has Batman on it, too! ♥DC Comics Super Friends 1970's Vintage Wallpaper Tissue Box Cover

Wonder Woman cuff links (QA Create) to shine up any outfit:Wonder Woman DC Comic Super Hero Cufflinks

Wonder Woman to cover your sketches (Crab Apple Designs):Vintage Wonder Woman Comic Book Sketchbook

Feel like a superhero in these Wonder Woman knickers (Knickerocker):Wonder Woman knickers

Drink your coffee in style with this Wonder Woman mug (LennyMud):Mug with Wonder Woman in Bright Red

A glass tile pendant (Snarky and Sweet) with your favorite warrior on it:Wonder Woman (WWD6) - glass tile pendant

A hand painted Wonder Woman peg doll (pegged) to carry with you:Wonder Woman - Hand Painted Wood Peg

And finally, a Wonder Woman apron (Modern Vintage Designs) – conquer your dinner!WONDER Woman's Super Hero Apron

Wow, I feel oddly powerful now, like I’m ready to take on the world! 😀

Happy Tuesday! Go, fight, win!

Etsy Crush: Stools

Stools are super handy. They’re small, convenient seats or foot rests that can be re-purposed as side tables when not in use. The hubs and I have been looking into stools as a possible solution to our nightstand problem, as well as extra seating since we love to entertain! Another thing I love about stools? They come in so many different styles! Here are a few I’ve found while perusing the every-style-welcome Etsy:

First is this handmade, cubicle stool made from upcycled coffee bean bags (VelvetBean):Planalto Coffee Sack Ottoman - Handmade by VelvetBean on Etsy

Next is this set of groovy, vintage, tufted velvet stools (Fabulous Mess):http://www.etsy.com/listing/56447223/60s-modern-trio-of-hollywood-regency?ref=sr_list_22&ga_search_query=stool&ga_filter=&ga_noautofacet=1&ga_page=3

Take a look at this beautiful and ergonomic stool (Owl Stool):Owl Stool 18"

Deckstool uses broken skateboards as both his inspiration and his material:recycled skateboard stool - 145

A uniquely homey stool from recycled wood and granny squares (Wood & Wool Stool):wood and wool stool

These recyclable plastic stools are good for indoors and outdoors (fix studio):ube

This sculptural, natural wood stool is made to be comfortable too (Jolyon Yates):Birch Stingray Stool (chair)

These stools, from used oak wine barrel, are made to order (Chili Pepper Woodworks):Recycled Wine Barrel Wine Makers Bench

The “Giddyup” stool is customizable and easy to move (Quartertwenty):Giddyup Stool - Powder Coated Base with Marimekko fabric Seat

These plywood stools can be flat-packed and come in fun, retro colors (Mike Hindmarsh):Ply Stool - Flat packable

So many fun designs! Which ones would you choose? How would you use them?

PS: Thank you for stopping by my weekly Etsy Crush post! I hope you make it back for some of my other weekly features and posts :)

3 Things Friday

Snow from the balcony 1Frozen Water from GutterChase with a snow-stacheFrozen fountain

Another week has flown by, and what a week it’s been! Our gym finally opened, I made soup for the first time, and we tried a new local restaurant. It’s been 80° and 17°. We had Groundhog Day [I’m all for pointless holidays, but they should at least involve candy!] and Chinese New Year – did you celebrate? But I’m most excited for today: SNOW DAY! What a great way to end the week! 😀 And when it boils down to my three things…

The good: I learned a new knitting stitch, and I absolutely love it! I’ve started on my first blanket with a soft, lustrous yarn in….Herringbone Stitch!Herringbone Stitch

The not-as-good: I wasn’t as productive as I could have been. I spent much of last night playing Sudoku (I’m addicted) instead of working on anything.

The best: I get to spend today completing projects! I already finished a painting, which was super fun, and next I’ll be sewing! Then maybe some crochet and cross-stitch…It’s going to be good :)

Granny Square Painting

What were your 3 things this week?