I stepped in my car and confirmed tonight what the forecaster has been warning since the beginning of the week: a cold front is coming. A cold front in South Florida is akin to spring time in other states, but either way, as I buttoned my cardigan I noticed the trees are still deep green, oblivious to autumn (or winter, which will soon nip at our heels.)
My kids don’t have any connection to the changing of the seasons other than what they see in pictures, or what they’ve learned in school. I especially miss the transition of summer to fall in the Smokies, where these changes are beautifully visible everywhere.
I’ve been looking at Etsy.com for some neat decor ideas that signal the coming holidays and seasons. Here’s what I’ve found so far. Enjoy!
I can’t abide by Kindle, iPad book reader, and other electronic devices currently used for book reading and storage. In my view, a trip to my favorite bookstore, skimming the shelves, feeling the book spine stiffly crack after its first opening … is irreplaceable. I’ve delightedly walked many aisles and lingered over known and unknown authors, completed my purchases and in my quiet time, read my books. Over the years, I’ve stored piles of books in bins, bookshelves and in stacks throughout my house. These faithful companions are in it for the long run. So am I.
It seems as though my children will also be book lovers, and although they will be less reluctant than I to move along with the times, I remain hopeful they will continue to develop a deep respect for the written word in its traditional book form.
Along those lines, I’ve been looking for vintage themed bookplates for our collection. Here are some I admire, courtesy of Etsy.com. Enjoy!
If I had the time, or more accurately, the talent to make things by hand, these are the types of things I would make:
Sadly, I’m short on time and talent. Nonetheless, determined to do these on my own, I found a site with downloadable label patterns. Apparently, all I had to do was print. Well, the whole thing eluded me and 45 minutes later, in the interest of time and patience, I rightly concluded some things are best left to others.
Thankfully I found http://www.pinkcherrymama.etsy.com and these perfect trinkets. She makes these neat handmade Alice in Wonderland inspired decorations that fit perfectly with my daughters’ birthday party theme.
Thank goodness for http://www.etsy.com!
April 8, 2010
In appreciation of all things hand-made:
Mexican hand crafted talavera tiles trace their roots to 16th century Spanish artisans. They are painted by hand, dried in the sun and continue to be as lovely today as they were centuries ago.
Check out http://www.etsy.com/shop/ValleryB for a wonderful collection of hand-made hair accessories.
I just bought these for my daughters at tamar.etsy.com:
February 20, 2010
So excited over this wall decal I just purchased for my son’s room! It has Shel Silverstein’s wonderful children’s poem, “Anything can be.”
If you like wall decal art, check out singlestonestudios.etsy.com. They have a neat collection of unique wall art.
Oh! And if you haven’t discovered Etsy.com — I highly recommend it! But, be careful, you can seriously lose track of time. Etsy is an expansive marketplace which features handmade crafts.
Who knew vintage crochet, woodworking and needle point could be so fascinating? I’ve somehow managed to convince myself I need Origami wall art for the library I don’t own, a delicately crocheted hair band for my best friend’s unborn daughter, and a 1950s vintage party dress for a cocktail party I am NOT hosting this weekend … clearly, I need to set some boundaries.
~ 4 girls
February 3, 2009