||| mel brooks | lifetime genius |||

today is a special day in the comedy world. today, mel brooks accepts the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. basically, i’ve wanted to marry mel brooks since i was 8. what? you wanted to marry johnny depp when you were 8? fair enough. anyway, mel is amazing. tara and i often speak in movie quotes, and at the top of the list is Young Frankenstein. he’s a genius.

here are some cute mel-inspired prints by Funny Face Art:

Young Frankenstein Poster

The Producers Artistic Poster

Spaceballs artistic postercongrats, mel, you’ve changed an industry.

||| etsy city faves | charlottesville |||

EtsyCityFriCharlottesville||| 1. quotes of note | 2. paper & paper co. | 3. fosteria |

 | 4. mikasa su casa | 5. cream street shop |||


||| etsy city faves | san diego |||

EtsyCityFriSanDiego||| 1. simply pretty prints | 2. wide eyes design  | 3. arboriform | 4. mod docks | 5. salt farm |||

||| etsy city faves | boise |||

||| 1. a merry mishap | 2. yes dear studio | 3. confettie love |

4. kelly packer | 5. hen and chick |||

||| etsy city faves | charleston |||

EtsyCityFriCharleston||| 1. gilded mint | 2. kristen solecki | 3. crew la la | 4. wrap it up pretty | 5. sixpence press |||

||| etsy city faves | boston |||


||| 1. earmark | 2. lee + latimer | 3. bark decor | 4. little pancakes | 5. irismint |||

||| christmas edition etsy finds | eat & drink |||

etsy is the perfect resource for holiday goods–so many unique and interesting finds!

{the following items can be found in their equally fabulous shops listed below.}


|||  1. holiday cup cozy $17, the cozy project | 2. artisan candy canes $65 for 10, sweet sweeter sweetest | 3. christmas tree sugar cubes $8, wishing well art |  4. chocolate letters $19.49, chocolate says| 5. tree cupcake toppers $1.75 for 12, naissance | 6. peppermint cocktail rimmer $6.99, the pink peppercorn | 7. festive paper straws $4.50 for 25, waiting on martha craft | 8. peppermint whoopie pies $30 for 12, liquorish| 9. | 10. cookie bags $3.30 for 20, more cozy | 11. peppermint hot chocolate lollipops 9.75 for 7,  boss girls inc. |||

||| local etsy finds | madison |||

madison, wisconsin is a beautiful city with a lot to offer and i will be heading back up that way in a few weeks now.  i have only visited a couple of times now and each time i find there is something new to discover and the city is truly brimming with creativity.

here are a few of my favorite etsy shops from madison.

1. milkhaus designs | this shop offers hand printed designs including tea towels, totes, scarves, and these must-have clutches.

2. pofu pottery | some of the most unique pottery I have come across thus far…love this “hello gorgeous” travel mug!

3. glass marts | how seriously adorable is this pug nightlight?

4. this is all I know | beautiful fine art prints and original works by amanda blake.

5. 622 press | fabulous stationary for every occasion.

6. yellow design studio | custom fonts—as a typeface enthusiast, I am loving this!

7. adriana willsie | custom pet portraits and throw pillows…too cute.

8. miss c alexandria | gorgeous brass jewelry handmade in madison + free shipping to the u.s.!

9. casa & co. | an extremely well-curated shop filled with vintage and handmade items for the home.

10. ooh ray shee | in love with the custom digital portraits, but any work of art in this shop would be a welcome addition to any home.

||| local etsy talents | seattle |||

jerry: everybody’s moving to seattle.| george: it’s the pesto of cities.


this is not the first time and it will certainly not be the last time i reference seinfeld on this blog.  seattle…yet another city i have not visited and hope to visit asap.  leisurely travel is difficult for me because i travel so much for work.  someday…

this week i bring you my favorite etsy shops from seattle

||| enjoy! -t |||

||| 1. mint afternoon | beautiful hand printed stationary–the artist quotes screen prints are my absolute favorite. |||

||| 2. deuce | absolutely in love with this jewelry + there’s a 25% promo going on with code FALL25. |||

||| 3. london tierney | awesome assortment of crafting supplies for your next DIY project. |||

||| 4. jessalin beutler | original drawings on circle scarves, tees, tea towels and more–fabulous one-of-a-kind pieces! |||

||| 5. stitch & swash | customizable leather goods–the handbags are to die for. |||

||| 6. andrew’s reclaimed | i am kind of in awe of the variety of wooden items in this shop…gardening supplies, office supplies, and everything in between. i love the dog bowls. |||

||| 7. tessa kim | not sure words can convey how gorgeous these bridal accessories are…i will definitely be revisiting this shop after i find my dress. |||

||| 8. farewell paperie | unique and quirky letterpress stationary for every occasion. |||

||| 9.  twig & timber | modern birdhouses are the perfect backyard accessory. |||

||| 10.  packagery | i tend to judge a book by it’s cover and a product by it’s packaging.  this shop has everything you need to make your gifts look (almost!) too pretty to open. |||

||| local etsy talents | portland |||

i have an admission:  i have never been to portland.  obviously, i am completely missing out.

the reason i chose this amazingly creative city this week is because when looking through my personal etsy favorites, i noticed that an inordinate amount of the shops originate in portland. i know you will love these shops as much as i do!

1. vitrified studio | i absolutely love these corked jars.

2.  kate bingaman burt | the artist behind obsessive consumption–a daily record of purchases.  genius! (blog here)

3. seaworthy |  the handstamped, brass pieces found in this shop are to die for.

4. quarter twenty | how awesome are these bottle openers?  so much more to love in the shop.

5. mary kate mcdevitt | i love the handlettered stationary in this shop.

6. potter and butler | adorable cake toppers.  rachel makes cakes and she needs to incorporate these beauties.

7. jackie peppermint | fabulous illustrations.  the custom family illustration looks amazing.

8. iswas + willbe | beautiful jewelry…this collar is absolutely perfect.

9. love to party | party supplies…look how cute those little pinwheels are!

10. berkley illustration | only the most distinguished of animals are included in these portraits.