Archive for June, 2010

Do you Sagaform?

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

For my birthday this year, my dear friend Mary, put together an ecologically themed “takeout” drinks gift which included a Sagaform coffee takeaway mug. You’ve probably seen the trend. The ceramic mug that is designed to look like a coffee takeaway cup. Totally cute! I love my Sagaform. I feel very green using it and it’s totally insulated so I don’t have to worry about burning my thin skin.

I looked more into the Sagaform houseware designs from Sweden and I love their stuff! It’s all very simple yet colourful and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Also, everything is reasonably priced. The next time you’re looking for a housewarming gift, I recommend checking them out. A small boutique that carries Swedish designs will most likely have some Sagaform items. If not, tell them to look into it!

{All images below were taken from the online catalogue}.

P.S. If you live in the NYC area, please check out Scandinavian House in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I met Fredrick, the owner, and we had a nice long chat about stuff. He has all things Scandinavian including Sagaform items! ~yy

Summer Wish List

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

So I have a list of things I want this summer. I love making lists. So here is one of them. My summer wish list. Do you know Wishpot? It’s kind of awesome. And you can add a button to your internet page and just click on things that you love so instead of having loads of bookmarks on your page, you just have one area for all your sweet finds.



Camper sandals: TWS


Nautical necklace: Brooklyn Rehab


Both World romper: Anthropologie


Circus Circus Matryoshka Dolls: BoBo BaBushka


Brogues: Goldenponies


Sterling silver shield ring: Georgia Varidakis


What’s on your summer wish list? ~yy




More pics of Brooklyn’s Renegade Craft Fair

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Apologies for the late pics, navigating through Photoshop is kind of tough. But having fun with it now. I only use about 5 of the hundreds of tools. Works right? Enjoy the pics! I’ve tried to remember and include links to items I took pics with…for those I missed, I apologize, but please let me know so I can link!

I noticed that lots of people used bunting to decorate their booths/tents. It was bunt-tastic!


1) Buttons: ? 2) Posters: Strawberry Luna, 3) Clocks: Urban Posture, 4) Stuffies: ?,  5) This letter writing service looked interesting! 6) Prints: Sycamore Street Press



1) Necklaces: Cursive design, 2) Wood designs: Enormous Champion, 3) Superhero outfits: Little Hero Capes



1) Cross-stitch: Chez Sucre Chez, 2) Jewelry: Skylark Studio



1) & 2) Plushkill: Cherrybox Studios, 3) T-shirts: Gnome Enterprises, 4) Pencils: Paper Pastries, 5) Chalkboard bunting: ?, 6) Life as usual in the middle of the Renegade, 7) & 8 Stuffies etc: Kate Durkin, 9) Wooden apples: Miss Natalie



1), 2), & 3) Handpainted Russian dolls: {and my favourite the Luchador ones!} BoBo BaBushka, 4) The band, 5) & 6) Mushroom topiaries: Life With Tigers, 7) Around, 8 & 9) Stationary, plush, totes: Allison Cole



Since Etsy was one of the sponsors, it had a booth giving away lovely buttons of buttons and letterpress cards. They also held a raffle.

Now I never win anything, so imagine my surprise when I got an email from Simone over at Etsy saying I won a raffle!!! It totally made my week.

Check out my spoils:


I hope you found some new shops to love. I know I have! Until next time…yy



Summer ’10 Shop Trade Guide @ oh hello friend

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Danni over at oh hello friend has once again put together a wonderful trade guide on her blog. This time around, Lurgs and I are participating…our shops made the list of additional shops! We’re all for bartering etc. so give us a shout if you’re up for a trade!

Cunning and Crafty

ps. i heart you

Renegade Craft Fair: Brooklyn 2010

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

So. The Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair was 2 weeks ago. Yes, that’s right. So much for efficiency and all that. Anyway, here it is. I obviously had to share my amazing experience with you and the talented people I met!

I was very lucky to have been in Brooklyn during the Renegade. It was my last weekend in NYC and what a way to end my stay! This was a dream. Started off with a nice brunch with some lovely ladies across the park then headed over for some financial damage. The weather was a bit unfortunate. But although it was calling for rain, it never really happened. Just crazy winds that kept blowing vendors’ things away!

I guess I’ll start with the people I bought stuff from and the order we saw them in. First up was Ink and Wit. I love cards. I love letterpress cards. And Tara behind Ink and Wit had beautiful designs! Lots of darling animals. In addition to her cards, she had totes, prints, stamp sets, and linen tea towels! I wish I could have bought one of each. I envisioned her alphabet poster framed in my unborn child’s room…too bad I don’t have any preggar friends at the moment. Anyhow, I had a nice chat with Tara. She was saying how she had recently done the National Stationary show. I’m sure she got some large orders because she is really lovely and talented. Check out her stuff online!

Me @ the lovely Ink and Wit tent

Next up, my sister and I stopped by Colleen Heineman’s table. She sells wonderful hand cut sterling silver pieces. Amongst some cool knot designs, chair silhouettes, teeth, botanical earrings, and other lovelies, we spied a cool hammerhead shark piece which we both ended up getting!

Who doesn’t love an arty guy? Especially one with a pretty cool name like Regan Smith Clarke. It has a nice ring to it then say…Yvonne Yee. So why not combine it with some designing talent and share it by creating a label of t-shirts and prints? That’s what Regan Smith Clarke’s done and you’ll love him for it. Why? Because his vintage-inspired designs are pretty cool. His brother was on hand to help out at the fair and what friendly guys they are! This Russian doll print that I got is a perfect addition to my Russian doll collection. How sweet is the design with the skeleton in it? Check out his online shop here.

P.S. he wasn’t named after the president. So consider that a question checked off if you ever get a chance to meet him!

Another artist’s table we stopped at was Kate Sutton.

Kate’s from the UK and made the trip over for the fair. I thought that was pretty cool and inspiring. I love Kate’s stuff! She had prints, stuffed animals, stuffed gingerbread men that looked like parts were eaten, cuckoo clocks, badges, totes, and little coin purses. I particularly loved her Alpaca character which I bought in a tote as well as in badges. And also her Yosemite Park inspired designs. I think I went back to her table twice so I could pick up something for my sister-in-law too. She’s really lovely to chat with! I can’t wait to buy more of her things. She has an Etsy shop here.

I took a ton of photos at the Renegade…but I think I’m going to do another post on that. Just wanted to first write about a few cool, talented, and friendly people I met while there! Please check out their stuff online.

Another cool thing about the Renegade Craft Fair was the awesome free photo booth that Magbooth Co. set up there. I noticed that this is something that is popping up at many events like weddings, craft fairs, graduations, festivals etc. Awesome promotional idea for Magbooth!

More photos of Renegade to come…


Guess Who?

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Like Threadless even needs a post (notorious t-shirt heaven that they are), but we had a lot of fun today figuring out the characters on this design by the talented Jaco Haasbroek. Do you know who they all are? (click to enlarge)

Brooklyn Charm

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

145 Bedford Ave (N. 9th Entrance)

I spent the last week in NYC, spending the majority of the time with my sister in Brooklyn. Besides being a great trip overall, I met my first Etsy connection in real life…

Tracie from Epoch beads! In the past, throughout our Etsy conversations, I had such a good feeling from this lovely lady. I always thought, “she’s so friendly!” and “I love her shop!”. I was pleased to discover that Tracie is just as lovely in person. Her Etsy shop, Epoch beads is a wonderful source for jewelry supplies. And has a great following! Tracie has a fantastic assortment of vintage and contemporary supplies for all your jewelry/crafting needs at great prices. When I heard that she had opened a brick and mortar shop, I made sure it was one of my destinations during my stay in Brooklyn. Brooklyn Charm is a really awesome space right in the heart of Williamsburg. You can buy charms there, design your own necklace, and even purchase one of Tracie’s own special creations! It’s definitely a convenient and fun idea for those wanting to experiment with designing their own pieces and doing the handiwork or…not, and having one of the staff do it instead. Having choices is all part of the experience.

There are also workshops available and the staff is really friendly and ready to help when needed, so what more could you ask for? The next time you’re feeling creative or thinking of buying gifts for someone or even yourself, go to Brooklyn Charm! This is definitely the place to be.


Lots of ready made lovely products to buy!

Charm heaven

Work table area

Very very nice

Tracie! And her editorial pieces. Oh la la!

B for Blind Pilot

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Since it’s pouring outside and perhaps not the best time to leave work, today’s song is brought to you by B for “Blind Pilot” with  3 Rounds and a Sound…first introduced to me by the incomparable Wing-Me.

~ Lurgs