mu’umu’u for you.

December 23, 2009


The handbags from Denise Tjarks couldn’t be more fun! Many of them are made from repurposed mu’umu’us and vintage Hawaiian fabrics which makes them bright and cheery! Perfect for spring and summer…or if you’re lucky enough to live in paradise *sigh*

from tractors to tables.

November 17, 2009


Who knew?…that a vintage tractor could be turned in to a super-cool table…or that an old piece of farm machinery could make some cute earrings?! Pennsylvania based, The Steel Fork, is a collaboration of husband and wife Ben & Kate Gatski, who create some unique pieces from their rural hilltop in PA. I also love their softer goods…pillows featuring images of their metal animals. and a handwoven hemp table runner {above}. Wonderful stuff!


November 3, 2009


Wearing scarves is a necessity for me in the Midwestern autumn and winter. I have an entire wardrobe of them {mostly, it’s because I can’t seem to resist all of the fantastic ones out there!}.

I love the unique ruffle-y scarves {neck pieces} by Crutch…the raw finish makes them not too frou frou! Just gorgeous. The plum colored scarf is made of upcycled fabrics too…I’m totally loving these…

sustainable style.

October 27, 2009


Veronica Riley Martens‘ booth was set up right next to ours at a craft show last weekend…I totally fell in love with her work, and ended up buying two pieces {the single tagua with chains, bottom right…and another, not shown}. I especially love the tagua nuts* she uses in her jewelry. They are extremely light, and the color combinations that she uses are fantastic. Love love love!!

*about the tagua nut:

“Tagua (tog-wa) Nut Beads are made from the seed of a tree similar to the palm tree. It is an eco-friendly product that helps sustain rainforests in Ecuador, by providing jobs for almost 35,000 people. It allows them to harvest a product that can be sold without having to destroy the rainforest.”

stainless water bottles + giveaway.

October 16, 2009


Friends of ours just started a business making water bottles. Concerned with the environment, BPA leaching, and the recent negative press about aluminum bottles, three moms got together and created HydraSip…stainless steel bottles with BPA free tops {you get two lids with every bottle}. It’s hard to tell from the picture just how cool these bottles are…I love their ergonomic shape…they really are nice to hold! Ice water will stay cold forever in the double-walled bottles, and not sweat either…nice!

The gals at HydraSip gave me a pink double-wall bottle to give to one of my blog readers. It’s sitting on my desk just waiting for one of you! I’ll choose a winner after noon central time Friday, October 24, so enter before then!

So, if you want a chance to win a bottle, leave me a message below. For an extra entry, tweet about the giveaway, and make sure you let me know about it in the comments!

Make sure to check out the Hydra Sip website too…they have 3 colors to choose from, and you can order online.

Have a fun weekend!

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i'm a california girl living in the midwest. my hubby and i lived a slightly nomadic life after college, and wound up in a chicago suburb.... read more

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