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i tend to think a lot of what goes along with valentine’s day isn’t all thaaaat romantic, but i fully embrace it as an excuse to be unabashedly girly and shamelessly, over-the-top sweet.

my party-planning partner-in-crime and i have already dreamed up a dessert party with heart-shaped cutouts of pound cake to be dipped in chocolate fondue, pink-frosted sugar cookies showered with sprinkles, and marshmallow hearts to plunk in hot mugs of cocoa. like i said: over-the-top sweet.

will we really pull it off? will any males come within 10 feet of the festivities? that remains to be seen, but – as it is with the lovely finds below – the fun is in getting inspired.

mini heart mirrors at pbteen



“a hidden apple” – miniature artist book by elsa mora


crochet heart garland: how-to at design*sponge


doily clock on etsy


doily coasters on etsy



tiny heart ring on etsy


a most fantastic february music mix – tracklist and link to download at miss moss

material things

it’s friday, which means it’s nearly the weekend, and that means it is time to cheer up.

a beautiful little print arrived for me in the mail yesterday:


…full of delicious little details and my favorite colors.


it’s from an etsy shop called beethings, whose work i saw on design*sponge not too long ago.  the print caught my eye, and i made a late-night impulse buy: my fingers went clickety-click and my credit card went chargedy charge charge…

i think, generally speaking, you’re supposed to regret the results of such behavior. but honestly, i love all the things i’ve bought on a whim.

the most recent before that was this pair of fabric-covered button earrings:

i spotted them in a tiny shop on a tiny street in san francisco, and with the encouragement of an enabler/friend, they were tucked into my purse in no time at all – my wallet a few bills lighter.  they’re sweet little things, and i’m making a promise to myself to wear them more often.

{i did some investigative googling and found the maker (crafter? jeweler? artist?): cookie & the dude.  (i knew there was cookie in the name.)  you can see more of her earrings here. yummy.}


and i leave you with this little tidbit from yet another impulse purchase.  this time, i fell victim while standing in line at a borders bookstore during christmastime: the adventures of milo & otis, $5.99. no regrets.


the film is definitely a nostalgic favorite of mine.  i watched it for the first time when i was in elementary school, back in those days when going to my friend’s house to eat grilled cheese sandwiches off of tupperware plates and then play barbies all afternoon was just about the best thing ever.  i watched it again when i was just a little bit older, catching it on tv at some odd hour of the night while battling my first case of jet lag – and it was soothing like no other.

here’s to hoping nothing crabby’s got you by the nose today.

produce to the people

this is the kind of thing i love to hear about. good intentions, a great idea, and a bunch of friends to help you get it going.

pttp{photo from the post on design*sponge}


this has been a good weekend, guys. i liked it.

i got all sorts of things started that i can’t wait to finish, and that’s just the best feeling.

first of all is this:


{from a post on design*sponge that includes the recipe}

this picture gets me dreaming in all sorts of ways. a cool, country evening… a big porch… barefoot in a ruffled sundress… and yes, some lavender lemonade. sigh, one day. but for now, at least the lemonade part.

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