June
21
23:00

Cheap and easy Mother’s Day gift idea – vintage cards as artwork

My mom has always had a thing for vintage cards, particularly valentines. My dining room growing up was filled with shadow boxes holding beautiful, textural Victorian cards and I remember just losing myself in them for hours. I figure I could rec...
June
21
23:00

pingg and Operation Gratitude show thanks to our troops. And so do we.

As a military spouse with a husband who deployed to a combat zone last year, I’m also pleased to see the creative ways businesses are demonstrating support for our troops. And leave it to CMP fave pingg, a free online e-card service, to figure ou...
June
21
23:00

This Earth Day, let’s shop till we drop with Big Green Purse

Well, Earth Day is almost here and how am I going to celebrate our lovely planet? By shopping, of course. I kid. Sort of. Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, the wonderful new book by environmentalist Dia...
June
21
23:00

Prints Made Easy

It was somewhere in my mid-twenties that I vowed to never again buy a cheesy reproduction; adults collected art, not dog-eared posters. Of course, it didn’t occur to me that most work I would consider “art,” would probably be far too dear for my ...
June
20
23:00

Possibly the coolest thing to put a drink on, ever.

I’m in love with a set of drink coasters if such a thing is even possible. But when I spotted these handmade film director coasters on Etsy this morning, my heart started racing, my palms got all sweaty, and I think, my friends, that that sounds ...
June
20
23:00

The miraculous, affordable, eco-friendly storage cubes of your dreams

I usually leave the furniture assembly to my husband; not  because I don’t know my way around a tool box, but because I figure I did all that kid-having so it’s only fair that he do all the direction-following and screwing together of 400 parts.B...
June
20
23:00

Talk about Pop Art

I’m a huge fan of Robert Subuda and Matthew Reinhart’s pop up children’s books. My son’s copies from the Encyclopedia Prehistorica series show the wear and tear of well-read books. So why am I not surprised that I am awestruck by their beautiful ...
June
20
23:00

Dear Dad: I found you the perfect book for Father’s Day

Stumped for Father’s Day? Maybe it’s because I’m married to a photographer (though I don’t think so), but I’m thinking that if Dear Dad from Chronicle Books doesn’t bring a little tear to his eye, he might not actually be human. The volume is fil...
June
20
23:00

For Mother’s Day, a gift that’s for more than your own mom

You know that feeling when you pick up an object and can feel that it was made far away, somewhere different and exotic? It seems more real somehow, like it has a story. These shimmering lavender sachets from CMP favorite Raven + Lily have that a...
June
20
23:00

Gummy bears that won’t wreck your teeth

Despite the fact that looking at this kids furniture got The Gummy Bear Song stuck in my head (no, I won’t burden you if you don’t already know it), I’m totally grooving on these adorable gummy bear chairs from yam & toast. They’re sweet with...
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