You may or may not be familiar with the term “Carmageddon.”
It refers to this weekend’s closure of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles and let me tell you, people are in a straight-up frenzy.
Since I live on the westside of LA, I’ll be majorly effected by said Carmageddon and have been advised by many not to leave my apartment this entire weekend.
But, I say to the naysayers, Renegade Craft Fair is this weekend in downtown!
There is no way I’m missing that! Freeway closure or not, I will get there.
So while most people will do the sane and rational thing of avoiding the roads at all possible,
I will be trekking it downtown (taking the surface streets!) for a craft fair.
Yes, Renegade is that good.
But, of course, as soon as I’ve got my fill of crafting,
I will stay away from the roads and spend my weekend on Pinterest!
Here are some of my favorite pins as of late:
[Images 2 to 7 via Pinterest]
This photo was taken last night at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. See, they have the right idea about string lights!
Every Thursday evening in the month of July, Hammer is hosting a free show with our local public radio station, KCRW. Besides the fact that I love anything free, lots of real good up-and-coming bands are playing on these nights.
Like last night for instance, boyfriend and I specifically went to the event to see a Brit band called Graffiti6. They have become recent favorites so I was super excited to see them live and boy oh boy is their lead singer dreamy/handsome/amazing. He’s going to be a star, I can already tell!
Anyway, what are your plans for this weekend?
We’re heading over to Silverlake to visit Broome St. General Store and eat at Forage,
finding some cheap frames for recent art prints I bought on Etsy (this one and this one),
rearranging the bedroom and moving things around a bit,
possibly visiting the beach,
and getting a visit from my cousin Kelsie.
Enjoy the sun! By the way, what the hell happened to the week? I completely forgot I owned and operated a blog, that’s how fast it went.
In this edition of my Etsy favorites, I’m showcasing a little vintage, a little art, a little craft, and a little homemade jewelry. Pretty much sums up Etsy in a nutshell, eh? All of my favorite things! On an unrelated note, I can’t help but get the giggles every time I look at Regretsy. But on to my favorites of the week:
- Lackluster Co.: This vintage shop is full of unique houseware items, all of which are super industrial and very streamlined. I love the variety of letters and numbers they have, especially the metal art deco ones.
- Matte Stephens: Though I’m a huge fan of all the Matte Stephens prints, the one of New York City is my absolute favorite. There’s something very whimsical and youthful about this print that I find so enchanting. In fact, I’m ordering one right now!
- Briones + Co.: This Etsy shop specializes in homemade notecards, menu planners, and even garland (my fave!). So crafty and cute.
- Elephantine: I’m quite fond of dainty, gold jewelry and Elephantine’s is particularly adorable. I especially love all the shapes she incorporates in her designs.
[Oh my goodness, friends, I’ve been having some technical issues with my blog the last few days and couldn’t post. Couldn’t even open the homepage! I was getting real nervous that bloggy would be abandoned forever. But alas, we’re back in business.]
Now, let’s discuss the importance of Etsy in my life. About 90% of websites that I bookmark are Etsy stores (the other 10% being wedding blogs and calligraphers but please don’t tell anyone I said that). What I love is that every store has something unique and creative to offer, from vintage finds to handmade leather bags to knitted mug sleeves. Looking for cake bunting? Etsy has it. Ceramic bowls?? Etsy, my friend.
I want to share some of my favorite Etsys with you (more to come!), and in turn, please share your favorites with me! Sharing is caring, especially when it comes to Etsy. There are so many hidden gems to discover! Here are 4 of my favorite:
- The Old Red Hen: This curated shop is always filled with great vintage finds and I absolutely LOVE it’s rustic farmhouse vibe.
- Eva Juliet: I want to display all of these sweet food-related prints in my kitchen. As soon as I have a kitchen wall dedicated to Eva Juliet, you will be the first to see it.
- In Haus Press: This letterpress studio has some of my favorite cards, prints, and notes. How adorable are their “Love” Valentine cards, by the way?
- Rib and Hull: This shop is known for their laptop cases and iPad sleeves but I particularly love their work totes and messenger bags.
[Images via Etsy]
I may not technically be going back to school (tear…those days are long over), but there’s something about mid-August that makes me want to replenish my office supplies. My internal clock says I must get new notebooks and I need a new set of folders.
I can’t help it! Here are the products on my back-to-school list:
- Jonathan Adler Zig Zag Sticky Notes, Paper Source, $8.95: I may not be able to afford 95% of Jonathan Adler’s home decor (which I ADORE), but these sticky notes will tie over my Adler cravings for now. Plus, I love a good sticky note, don’t you?
- Task Clips, Kate’s Paperie, $10: Colorful task clips?? Yes, please. I’m tired of the dull black and silver task clips. How mundane! I need color in my life at all times.
- Paperterie Poulain By Decole Vintage Camera Tape Dispenser, Florspacehome Etsy, $19: I’ve been searching for a fun tape dispenser for awhile now and when I came across this vintage camera-inspired one, I knew I had to have it.
- Green & Blue File Folders, Kate’s Paperie, $16: I get positively giddy when all my papers are organized neatly in file folders. But the idea of having those papers in cute and colorful folders makes it that much more appealing.
- Personalized Notebooks, Paperwink, $15: I’m a notebook hoarder. I have literally 20 or so blank, unused notebooks in my possession and yet I still feel the need to buy more. Girl has issues.
- Cavallini Jumbo Erasures, Kate’s Paperie, $3: Okay so I rarely use pencils but I like anything Paris-related.
- Luddite Collection Pencil Case, Anthropologie, $14: I love having all of my pens and highlighters in one nifty case like this one.
- Deskpad, Erin Condren, $30: This deskpad is the best way to stay organized. Plus, it doubles as a mousepad. Chic and conventional!