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…

screen printed lovliness.

September 29, 2009


I met Kelly Ventura at Renegade a few weeks ago…she had a wonderfully successful show {we bought the last cream scarf, above}, and has just re-opened her Etsy shop {it was hard to wait, I tell you!!}. I love her designs…especially her screen printed sheet sets. So soft and pretty! Oh, and her tees have just the right amount of embellishment. Sweet!

beauty + purpose.

October 14, 2008

Time for some cozy scarves and sweaters…this time, from Elyse C. Bec. She’s a friend of a friend {thanks Karen for the introduction!}. Her scarves are beautifully made, and she has some super sweet sweaters for wee ones as well. Not only that, her sweaters are fair trade {I just love this!}. Here’s what she writes about it on her site:

“Elyse C. Bec Designs and SuperCute! support fair-trade, talented artisans, schooled in the ancient traditions, from around the world, most of whom count on this as their source for supporting their families. Our knitters, mostly single mothers,are literally knitting their way out of poverty through the help of our contracts to produce my designs.”

aussie cuteness.

October 1, 2008

I adore Kara Smith‘s scarves and bags. Her line is made using vintage, recycled and salvaged fabrics. The color and pattern combos she uses are so fresh and fun. I love the pocket detailing on her large bags…and the berry color on those sweet clutches!! All this goodness is a fantastic green way to go! Maybe the reason why I’m drawn to her items is because of her California roots?!

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get the warm fuzzies.

August 28, 2008

The problem with selling our wares at craft shows, is that it usually takes ALL of my willpower to not spend more than we sell. Last year at the Jingle, Mingle, Shop show in Chicago, I spotted Mayu Hand-Knit Alpaca scarves and wraps. I instantly fell in love with the colors, and the softness of the fabric. After I bought one, it became my favorite scarf of the season (I can totally relate to Linus…his blanket must have been made from alpaca).

Mayu owner, Kate Robertson personally works with the women in Peru who make her items…so when you buy a Mayu scarf, you help employ independent business women in Peru as well. It’s a win-win if you ask me!


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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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