Here are some beautiful lovely things that were in my mailbox this week. Hmm... that sounds like they just magically appeared. I ordered them of course from ashleyg.etsy.com and Satsuma Press. Hey, wouldn't that be great if I did have a magic mailbox and ... wait this is getting out of hand let me get back to my point.
So anyways, like I was saying I ordered some terrific prints from Ashleyg's Etsy shop. I am particularly excited to get one of her limited edition neighbor prints. I saw it on her blog, kittygenius.com, and was thrilled that it was still for sale in her shop. And her print Subtle Sea has been in my favorites list for like ever! so I'm excited I finally have it too. I'm hoping that when E gets older she'll really like it. It reminds me of reading poetry before bed with my mom when I was little. It's so familiar to me. I'm not sure why, but every time I try to put my finger on it I'm reminded of really nice things. So that's a treasure for sure!
My next treasures came all the way from Satsuma Press in Portland, Oregon. I've been thinking a lot lately about why we should all buy handmade. And I've thought of a lot of great reasons but when I opened the chipboard mailer(with really nice stamps by the way) from Satsuma Press I remembered the real reason to buy handmade. The purely capitalist reason why we should all buy handmade. Handmade is just better! The cards and calender I bought from Satsuma Press are so much better than anything you can find that's mass produced. Her work is really wonderful. You should get one of her calenders before they sell out.
I would love to buy one of her Maple Leaves prints but I can't because we're saving all our money for walls. That's right! Walls! My husband and I bought a really charming really old house this summer and it turns out it needed major renovations.
E's corner...um I mean room:)
We're in the middle of completely rehabbing our new old house:) So in the meantime, we're living in our 'studio apartment' which is actually a quite large room that was added on to the house some time in the recent past(maybe last 20 years?) It's actually really cozy. It has a wood burning stove and I've set up rooms- bedrooms, dining and living room, office and entryway:). Which is cute because it's all just one huge room. We even managed to make room for our Christmas tree:) Anyways, It will be great when it's done and I'll even have a really nice big studio space. Until then I'll have to wait to buy more treasures- like Lynn Russell's Maple Leaves.