♥ / Minimal & Giftable

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(Psst… I have replaced all towels with Onsen towels in my house! LOVE them!)


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Extruded Blob

I am a huge fan of Zach Lieberman and am so happy to see he started selling prints now. This extruded blob won my heart. If you haven’t seen his talk from the 2017 National AIGA Conference, it’s well worth 30min of your time.

Start Where You Are Keychain

Start Where You Are Keychain. Lovely.

(I asked the internet which small shops/makers I should support. This was one of the suggestions. I agree.)

Creator Tote

This Creator Tote by Rayo And Honey makes for an excellent gift. Also available as a keychain.

(I asked the internet which small shops/makers I should support. This was one of the suggestions. I agree.)

You Are Home

What a great gift. Keychain by Adam J Kurtz.

Moody To-Go Cup

How fun is this moody to go cup by A Ways Away? Hand-made in Los Angeles.

(I asked on Instagram what small shops I should support. This was one of the suggestions.)

Giving Space in Love

“I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

Only Love Banner

Yes to this message. Only love. Banner by Rayo and Honey.

(I asked what small shops/makers I should support. This was one of the suggestions.)

Link Pack

I love me some Jacques Tati.

– I would give this Ceramic Ghost Vase a loving home

– “Mirrors With Memories”: Why Did Victorians Take Pictures of Dead People?

– Now this is a cool gift idea: Custom Signature Necklace.

– I keep coming back to these bread lamps. So funny. Also, croissant lamp.

– I am in love with this Upcyled Vintage Flysuit by Orenda Tribe

What Can I Do When I Grow Up

– I can totally get behind this adorable ring dish.

– Guess who produced the tattoos for The New York Times Modern Love series? We did! Go Team Tattly!

– Yes to this Divine Feminine Shirt.

– A gift for the artist in your life: Art is Hard Hat.

– I wouldn’t mind owning this Forever Jump Rope.

– Gah, I am sucker for dating stories. I loved this one.

– Yes I want a hand-made fox wallet.

– Forever loving the book rest lamp

– I don’t have a dog but this Dog Travel Blanket makes me want to have one.

– Loving this hot water bottle by Donna Wilson.

– I am intrigued by this hanging diamond cutting board, made by Brooklyn based American Heirloom

– What a fun design-y gift: Ceramic Face Dish / Insense Holder.

Hand-woven napkins from Nepal that support all of Maggie Doyne’s wonderful projects? YES!

– CreativeMornings has a super fairly priced, global job board. A company of 2-30 employees can post unlimited job post for just $35/month. U-N-L-I-M-I-T-E-D-!

– Thank you See Design for sponsoring my blog this week. I love your travel pouches.

Tassel

Traditionally seen decorating colourful trucks in Northern India and Rajasthan, these black, tassel, pom-poms, hang from truck mirrors and are believed to protect the drivers from the evil-eye and ward of bad luck while on the road. I want them for my home, on doorknobs, mirrors, over the door.

(I asked on Instagram what small shops I should support. This was one of the suggestions, by Anna Dorfman)

♥ / See Design Travel Pouches

The small travel pouch by see design is designed to hold all of the essentials when you’re on the go. It features a 100% cotton canvas exterior and a nylon lining with a top zipper for easy access. It’s perfect for keeping your keys, phone, wallet, or whatever else you need at hand. It is great for storing and organizing chargers. They also come in large.

These pouches are super design-y and fun and make for a good gift. Make sure to check out larger bags and scarves.

Question for My Readers

Life

Dome Bookends

Yes please.

Wearable Sleeping Bag Suit

This wearable sleeping bag suit made me look.

Earth

“The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.”
– Ernest Hemingway

Kristina Dam Studio Planters

These planters make my heart sing.

Receiving

“It’s so very hard, receiving. When you give something, you’re in much greater control. But when you receive something, you’re so vulnerable.”

The Mister Rogers No One Saw, By Jeanne Marie Laskas

Hurt Travels Through Time

By one of my favorite poets in Instagram: Yung Pueblo.

The Good Wolf

A member of the community goes to an elder: “I am trying to find my way, but I am struggling with the path and within myself.” The elder explains, “Inside each of us, there are two wolves which fight all the time. One of them is the good wolf which represents love, peace, hope, kindness, bravery and compassion. The other is the bad wolf, which represents greed, anger, arrogance, resentment and fear. And these two wolves fight all the time.” The member of the community reflects and asks, “If these two fight all the time, then which one wins?” The elder shares, “whichever one you feed.”

Cherokee First Nation Origin

Link Pack

WTF Visualizations: Visualizations that make no sense.

– Good On You: Ethical Clothing Brand Ratings.

See Big Tech’s terrible diversity record, visualized using its logos

Basecamp Personal – a completely free version of Basecamp designed with freelancers, students, families, and personal projects in mind. Use it for hobbies, weddings, small events, side projects, volunteer gigs, etc

101 ways to live sustainability.

– These reusable panda zipper snack bags are pretty cute.

Is there a set of questions for creative people that are always interesting?

– The CreativeMornings/NewYork Choir performed for the second time last Friday. Communal singing is such a source of joy. I had no idea.

How to Write a Condolence Note

– I like the Creative Boom 2019 gift guide for artists, designers, makers and anyone who loves creativity. (I meant to blog this before I noticed they featured Tattly at the very end! Gah!)

Writing is listening with your heart. (via Jocelyn)

This just made me gasp.

– I love this so much: A new crop of restaurants is embracing family-style, communal eating, creating a necessary spirit of communication and collaboration for our fractious times. I’ll Have What She’s Having

How to Politely Decline an Invitation (via)

– The air in our office is getting so dry. I am tempted to get a tiny desk humidifier like this one.

Tattly Tins are the perfect stocking stuffers. Yep, holiday season is upon us.

– A big thank you to Traadee for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

– The CreativeMornings homepage got a facelift.

I am “A Too Much” Woman

“There she is. . . the “too much” woman. The one who loves too hard, feels too deeply, asks too often, desires too much.

There she is taking up too much space, with her laughter, her curves, her honesty, her sexuality. Her presence is as tall as a tree, as wide as a mountain. Her energy occupies every crevice of the room. Too much space she takes.

There she is causing a ruckus with her persistent wanting, too much wanting. She desires a lot, wants everything—too much happiness, too much alone time, too much pleasure. She’ll go through brimstone, murky river, and hellfire to get it. She’ll risk all to quell the longings of her heart and body. This makes her dangerous.

She is dangerous.

And there she goes, that “too much” woman, making people think too much, feel too much, swoon too much. She with her authentic prose and a self-assuredness in the way she carries herself. She with her belly laughs and her insatiable appetite and her proneness to fiery passion. All eyes on her, thinking she’s hot shit.

Oh, that “too much” woman. . . too loud, too vibrant, too honest, too emotional, too smart, too intense, too pretty, too difficult, too sensitive, too wild, too intimidating, too successful, too fat, too strong, too political, too joyous, too needy—too much.

She should simmer down a bit, be taken down a couple notches. Someone should put her back in a more respectable place. Someone should tell her.

Here I am. . . a Too Much Woman, with my too-tender heart and my too-much emotions.
A hedonist, feminist, pleasure seeker, empath. I want a lot—justice, sincerity, spaciousness, ease, intimacy, actualization, respect, to be seen, to be understood, your undivided attention, and all of your promises to be kept.

I’ve been called high maintenance because I want what I want, and intimidating because of the space I occupy. I’ve been called selfish because I am self-loving. I’ve been called a witch because I know how to heal myself.

And still. . . I rise.”

— Ev’Yan Whitney

Olivetti Valentine

I have a soft spot for old typewriters. Look at this beauty. There’s a plethora of other models here. Jessica Hische said she had a good experience buying from this Etsy Seller. Good to know.

Polaroid Lab

This nifty gadget converts your digital pictures into analog Polaroid prints. FUN!