Spring Strawberry Pie!

July 2nd, 2013 | No Comments » | by kristel

Spring Strawberry Pie

This is posted over at my personal blog Slowdancing with Strangers, but I thought I’d also share it with my readers here in case any of you are interested.  It is not exactly craft related, but I certainly felt crafty enough. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago KimitheBee and I went to one of those U-Pick farms and picked our own strawberries as part of our Project365. I was actually not very helpful because I was too busy taking pictures (read: I’m lazy), but I was very excited to find out what she planned on making with our pickings.

She actually made a Spring Strawberry Pie and even a healthy strawberry shortcake. Both were delicious and made wish that it was strawberry season all-year long! If you’re interested in checking out the recipe and more pictures, head on over to Slowdancing with Strangers.

fresh strawberries



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Playfully Punny Beer Steins

July 2nd, 2013 | No Comments » | by kristel

Favorite Beer Steins

Summer is here and it’s time to get a-drinking! It doesn’t have to be alcohol, but I’m guessing the color would like nicer in these Punny Beer Steins. Artist James Gulliver Hancock has great respect and appreciation for the distinct look of classic beer labeling and pays homage to that with this clever typography and design. Glassware made in Louisiana, decorated in Minnesota. Bottoms up!

favorite beer steins

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The Catcher in the Rye Birdhouse – Literary Art at Its Finest

June 26th, 2013 | No Comments » | by kristel

The Catcher in the Rye Birdhouse

The Catcher in the Rye will forever be one of my favorite books. So even though I hate birds, I would still seriously consider buying this handmade birdhouse paying tribute to my favorite literary classic. Of course, this really isn’t meant for birds (unless your birds are fake and like books). Artist David Vissat, who also creates other Wild Wings Literary Lodgings, designs these birdhouses from vintage hardcover books. Each birdhouse is a work of art and meant to decorate your favorite bookshelf or other indoor space, plus each one is signed by Vissat himself.

The Catcher in the Rye Birdhouse

The Catcher in the Rye Birdhouse

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Unleash Your Inner Nerd with This Pocket Protector

June 17th, 2013 | No Comments » | by kristel

Pocket Protector Kit GPOCKETPRO_375_3

2013 is going to be all about the Return of the Nerd! mental_floss recently announced a “Handmade” section to their store and already I’m loving the products featured there, including this Pocket Protector set. Each kit comes with 1 handmade vinyl pocket protector (options shown above), 50 letter press notecards, and 1 apparently really awesome pen.  More information below for all the nerds who need it.

The set includes:
- 1 Pocket protector cut from vinyl and oilcloth, stitched with sturdy polyester thread, finished with rounded corners, fully lined/backed so it looks great from any angle
- 50 Index cards (10 each of 5 styles) cut from white smooth uncoated 80 lb. cover paper with rounded corners.
- 1 Coordinating refillable Fisher Space Cap-o-Matic S200 Pen

Pocket protector: 3.75 inches (9.5 cm) wide x 6 inches (15 cm) tall x 1/8 inch (3mm) thick
Index card: 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide x 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall; stack of 50 cards is .5 inches (12 mm) thick
Pen: 5.375 inches (13.5 cm) long
Boxed Set: 4.375 inches (11 cm) wide x 6.125 inches (15.5 cm) tall x .625 inches (1.5 cm) deep

Pocket Protectors

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So-Cute-You-Want-to-Die “Grow Old with You” Terrarium

June 7th, 2013 | No Comments » | by kristel

grow old with you terrarium

The killing-you-with-cuteness item for today is this Grow Old with You Terrarium from Uncommon Goods.  Admittedly, I did not have my glasses on when I first saw this item and it took me a minute before I realized the squee-worthiness of this conversation piece.  From the miniature world virtuosos Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow comes this simply adorable moss-filled microcosm populated by a Lilliputian, gray-haired couple snuggling contently on a park bench.  So if you’re feeling particularly romantic or you just like figurines of really little people, this would make a cool item for your living room or work space.

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