Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Oh, Oprah. Why must you do this to me? First you announce that you're retiring and then you go and publish the loveliest little gift guide ever. I almost love you more than Etsy. Almost. And you didn't even include zuzu girl handmade in the gift guide. Nor do I ever really watch your show. Go figure. You're just THAT cool.
The "FOR HER" gift finder contains 513 items and yes, I just combed through all of them to find these fab few. Do you know how hard that was? I advise that you take a peek at all 26 pages yourself if you can find the time. But if you can't, here's a little info about the lovely little items pictured above...
1. Belart Tagua necklace
2. Hallmark adhesive gift wrap
3. Bambu nesting baskets
4. Baekgaard checkbook cover
5. Bumble and Bumble ponytail holder ball
6. Pralus Pyramide des 10 Tropiques Dark Chocolate Sampler
7. Bodum Bistro toaster
8. Chan Luu Leather wrapped bracelets
9. Rollei Rolleiflex digital camera
Friday, November 20, 2009
1.ribbon wands 2.white ruffle leggings 3.fuchsia petticoat 4.cupcake toppers 5.ballet shoe necklace 6.dancer wall art 7.messenger bag 8.pink ruffle tights
Zuzu and I have ballet on the brain today and had such a fun time putting together this fabulous assortment of ballet inspired Etsy goodies. We just returned from her super sweet ballet school where they are currently studying The Nutcraker. Like her mom when she was little, Zuzu loves to dance. But her very favorite part of the class is the warm up when all the girls lay on their bellies in a circle with their hands on their chins and chant together "I love ballet". They get progressively louder and louder until they are screaming so loud they must dramatically hold their ears. It's just about the cutest thing you've ever seen.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I made these sweet ponies for Little Miss Emma tonight. Emma is not bossy in the least, it just happened to be the first title name that came into my head. I'm going to have her test them out in her sassy blond locks. If those shiny bossy E's hold up after enough use they might just become available for your sweet one too. Even if her name isn't Emma.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I've been quite literally stumbling over stuffing mix & Christmas decorations in multiple stores all week. Don't get me wrong, I worked in retail for 20 years, so this shouldn't surprise me in the least. But ever year, inevitably, it does. And I'm never quite prepared.
I suppose it's because I'm somewhat of a scrooge. Yup. I said it. I like to give thanks and the best thing in the world is my family...hands down. But I prefer to celebrate that every day. And not just when the calendar (and the retail stores) tells me it's time. With that said, I can still enjoy the beauty in the holidays, even if I do not decorate my house as such. This morning I searched Etsy for "Thanksgiving" items and it returned over 750 pages of handmade goodness. These were just a few of my favorites. And I'm thankful for all of them...
1.pom poms 2.felt acorns 3.dish cloths 4.winter tree dishes 5.mercury glass centerpiece 6.pumpkin soy candle 7.happy indian & thankful pilgrim 8.pumpkin spice soap
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Products by Etsy.
Styling by Zuzu.
The fabulous, custom & hand made poncho is courtesy of The Trendy Tot. I'm so in love with this cozy, hooded goodness, and fortunately Zuzu is too. It's the perfect weight for our chilly California mornings and it doesn't hurt that it's one of a kind which makes it super special. The leg warmers were a spontaneous but wise purchase from Fate Goddess. The black and white stripes go with everything. I love the ease in which they go on and the way they stay up just about all day and Zuzu loves that she can still wear a skirt (or tutu) when it's cold out. Guess what else I love? Etsy. Truly.
small print: I paid full price for both of these items. No one asked me to write this blog post. I just did. I'm endorsing them only because they deserve it. And Zuzu looks cute. Check them out...
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Daisy Creek Designs offers a super cool collection of rhinestone tees & accessories or as the shop deservedly boasts, "unique, sassy, and fun clothing and gift items for kids and adults alike!" The owner, Liz, is a Kindergarten teacher, devoted mom and all around neat lady. And she just recently she added these PIY tees (paint it yourself) to her line. The moment I saw one I was hooked. Fortunately for me, I've got connections and only a few hundred miles between me and the tee.
I held off painting for a few days because the mood had to be right. I wanted to make sure we were well fed, napped & genuinely excited to create. And we were! Zuzu had a blast painting and I took 90+ photos of the process. (A quick scroll down will leave you relieved to know that I'm only going to share about a dozen or so with you). View the photos clockwise for the full effect and apologies for the missing shirt on my little artist. We tend to remove articles of clothing when we paint...
(if you click on the collage it gets MUCH bigger)
Zuzu can't wait to wear her creation tomorrow and she will remember the afternoon painting experience with mom every time she does. At $18.00 plus minimal shipping these make fabulous birthday gifts or stocking stuffers for any budding artist! The link once again? Sure! Click HERE.
Monday, November 2, 2009
So I might be just an little teeny, tiny bit biased...but aren't these just the sweetest little barrettes you've ever seen? Truly, I was sad when someone snatched them up only hours after listing. Hardly the way a shop owner should feel! But never fear. I've ordered more rose buds and plenty of barrettes so you'll definitely be seeing more of these in zuzu girl's future. And in my hair.
In the meantime, here are a few of my other favorite new items in the shop this week....
Sunday, November 1, 2009
The new, winter issue of Modern Handmade Child Magazine launched last night. That's right...we're live! You can access the magazine easily by clicking here. Be sure to check out my stocking stuffer article beginning on page 56 for lots of great handmade finds like those shown above. Happy Shopping!