Archive for the ‘Etsy is Dangerous!’ Category

For the Boudoir: Kari Herer Photography

March 31, 2009

il_fullxfull.52864849.jpg

Now that I have my own personal dressing room in which to lounge about and eat bonbons (the huz keeps calling it ‘our closet’ but he’ll learn the error of his ways soon enough) I’m on the lookout for feminine (not girly) design inspiration. The Peonies series from photographer Kari Herer fits the bill perfectly; if ever there were photographs that I could design a room around, these are the ones!

200903302208.jpg

I can’t get over how exquisite these photos are. The textural tone-on-tone details of the petals, the deep blue of the background: they are at once earthy and otherworldly, and they would be a perfect jumping off point for creating a sumptuous retreat. Can’t you just see the color palette of white and midnight blue with touches of soft pink and foliage green? I feel an inspiration board coming on—but it’ll have to wait until I finish packing all my possessions into boxes!

200903310632.jpg

P.S. Does anyone in the SF Bay Area want an antique pecan wood dining set? It’s yours free if you can figure out how to transport it! Email me: anne@annesage.com.

P.P.S. I apologize preemptively if I neglect to return your comments this week. I promise I’ll be my usual chatty self as soon as we’re settled in the new place!

P.P.P.S. Want a gorgeous Blissliving Home pillow for free? Try your luck here!

Advertisements

Etsy is my Kryptonite

March 23, 2009

9EE4333B-380C-48DA-BE84-908FF5DF8C20.jpeg

I seriously think there needs to be a 24 hour waiting period on items from Etsy. It’s entirely too easy to go on an impulse shopping spree! Amongst my recent scores: these breathtaking lustreware teacups from Sweetshorn Vintage. They’re now happily holding ranunculi on my hall table.

il_fullxfull.61408436.jpg

From Tiny Modernist, I bought the patterns to sew these cross stitch iconic chairs. I’ve always wanted a womb chair, and having a tiny one on my wall is a pretty good substitute. Thanks to Lynne at Tea for Joy for the find on these!

yeah hello rings city sage.jpg

The Bright Side Project recently featured the fabulous jewelry at Yeah Hello, and I just had to snap up these darling little rings. At less than $8 apiece, how could I not get a few different colors?

il_fullxfull.60742819.jpg

High Street Market is one of the most buzzed about vintage shops on Etsy, and you’ll see why once you peruse the incredible selection of tablewares and home accessories. This turquoise Royal Haeger platter is just begging me to host a cocktail party

200903231143.jpg

Seller Dandee Designs is currently on maternity leave (congrats mom!) but I can’t wait till she gets back—her sweet stationery designs are right up my alley. I used this one for a recent engagement party I attended. Isn’t it adorable?

Tell me: what’s your shopping kryptonite?

Shopping Trip: Vintage Fashion from Nikita Jade

February 5, 2009

nikita jade etsy city sage.jpg

While I love the idea of a day spent combing vintage shops for that perfect one-of-a-kind find, the reality of shopping vintage—funny smells, endless piles of junk—usually stops me in my tracks. So I’m overjoyed to have recently discovered the hidden depths of Etsy as a terrific resource for vintage shopping! One of my favourites lately is seller Nikita Jade (you may know her from her fabulous blog, Pretty.Little.World.). She offers a broad yet carefully edited collection of clothing and accessories from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. I love the thought of adding color to my spring wardrobe with these bright, flirty sundress. Throw on a pair of peep-toed flats and you’re good to go!

nikita jade etsy city sage5.jpg

Such adorable skirts! They cry out for a simple white tee (tucked in of course) and some saltwater sandals…very Debra Winger circa ‘Terms of Endearment’. And when the huz and I finally take our honeymoon (now accepting suggestions for the ultimate tropical getaway!) this fun romper or a Mrs. Roper-style caftan will make a great beach coverup.

nikita jade etsy city sage2.jpg

I’ve also started to think ahead to wedding season. With the nuptials of several friends on my radar, I don’t want to buy a new outfit for each wedding but also don’t want to appear in all those photos wearing the same thing! Vintage is a creative, economical solution to the problem. Sweet day dresses in bright colors look smashing for a morning ceremony…

nikita jade etsy city sage4.jpg

…and for a formal evening reception a tiered and ruffled dress or a fabulous sequin jacket are super sophisticated yet not too serious.

nikita jade etsy city sage3.jpg

Finally, be sure to check out Nikita Jade’s amazing selection of coats and jackets, now on sale. I’m a sucker for swingy shapes with big round buttons up the front–very Hitchcock heroine! Now tell me: what’s your all-time greatest vintage find?

nikita jade etsy city sage6.jpg

All images courtesy of Nikita Jade.

Shopping Trip: Vintage Fashion from Nikita Jade

February 5, 2009

nikita jade etsy city sage.jpg

While I love the idea of a day spent combing vintage shops for that perfect one-of-a-kind find, the reality of shopping vintage—funny smells, endless piles of junk—usually stops me in my tracks. So I’m overjoyed to have recently discovered the hidden depths of Etsy as a terrific resource for vintage shopping! One of my favourites lately is seller Nikita Jade (you may know her from her fabulous blog, Pretty.Little.World.). She offers a broad yet carefully edited collection of clothing and accessories from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. I love the thought of adding color to my spring wardrobe with these bright, flirty sundress. Throw on a pair of peep-toed flats and you’re good to go!

nikita jade etsy city sage5.jpg

Such adorable skirts! They cry out for a simple white tee (tucked in of course) and some saltwater sandals…very Debra Winger circa ‘Terms of Endearment’. And when the huz and I finally take our honeymoon (now accepting suggestions for the ultimate tropical getaway!) this fun romper or a Mrs. Roper-style caftan will make a great beach coverup.

nikita jade etsy city sage2.jpg

I’ve also started to think ahead to wedding season. With the nuptials of several friends on my radar, I don’t want to buy a new outfit for each wedding but also don’t want to appear in all those photos wearing the same thing! Vintage is a creative, economical solution to the problem. Sweet day dresses in bright colors look smashing for a morning ceremony…

nikita jade etsy city sage4.jpg

…and for a formal evening reception a tiered and ruffled dress or a fabulous sequin jacket are super sophisticated yet not too serious.

nikita jade etsy city sage3.jpg

Finally, be sure to check out Nikita Jade’s amazing selection of coats and jackets, now on sale. I’m a sucker for swingy shapes with big round buttons up the front–very Hitchcock heroine! Now tell me: what’s your all-time greatest vintage find?

nikita jade etsy city sage6.jpg

All images courtesy of Nikita Jade.

Get Your Valentine On: Christina Williams Designs

January 28, 2009

il_fullxfull.54567824.jpg

As usual, my plans to make my Valentine’s Day greetings by hand are dying a quick death in the face of ‘real’ work. But fortunately my girl Chris at Christina Williams Design has got my back! She just added a slew of adorable new stationery to her Etsy shop. I’m over the moon for the sweet simplicity of her Love Card and her Ava Card. I adore tone-on-tone papers with really tactile detailing, and these fit the bill perfectly!

200901280754.jpg

Of course we all know what Valentine’s Day is really about: a big, honkin’ diamond! Give your sweetie a not-so-subtle hint with this goccoed card, aptly named ‘The Rock‘.

200901280750.jpg

For those of us who want to skip all that love nonsense and head straight for the chocolate, these embossed Kiss Tags are definitely crave-worthy. Plus I really appreciate the snazzy silver, black and white color scheme—so stylish for Valentine’s Day and beyond!

200901280754.jpg

Chris has tons more gorgeous, handcrafted pieces that I encourage you to explore—this monogrammed stationery literally has my name on it—and she curates a pretty awesome blog too, so stop in and tell her I said hi!

You Heard It Here First

January 15, 2009

mice like techno.jpg
Sometimes, for no particular reason, I love to drop a little ‘I’m thinking of you’ note in the mail.

Wouldn’t this adorable card from Bestiary Ink be guaranteed to garner a smile?

And apparently mice have other interests as well…

Birch Bark Soap: The Etsy Monster Strikes Again!

January 13, 2009

il_fullxfull.37401539.jpg

One of my favourite moments of the day is my post-workout shower. The feeling of warm water hitting your aching muscles after a killer cardio circuit is the best thing going. And because I’ve done such a good job sticking to my fitness resolutions so far this year, I decided to break my ‘no impulse spending’ resolution and get some special soaps for the gym! I can’t wait to see if these all-natural ‘Cafe Mocha‘ and ‘Cherry Almond‘ soaps smell as good as they look…I’m especially intrigued by the exfoliating grains of real coffee in the mocha soap. I hear that caffeine works wonders on cellulite—and even if it does nothing for my wobbly bum, it sounds like the ultimate bath time pick-me-up!

il_fullxfull.52453153.jpg

Etsy seller Sherrie from Birch Bark Soap is a one woman soap-making machine. Added bonus: I got to keep my ‘do right by the planet’ resolution because her soaps are all free of preservatives, parabens, and other nasties. Plus she donates a percentage of her profits every month to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Finally, she’s based in Nova Scotia, and you know I’ve gotta give a shout out to a fellow Canadian girl!

il_fullxfull.52451600.jpg

I also picked up a cake of Bay Rum shaving soap for the huz—contains real rum!—and some seaweed soap to detoxify the skin (sadly needed, as I’ve not kept the ‘no ice cream’ resolution…). If anyone tries the Star Anise Bath Bar let me know how it goes; I’d have bought the whole shop but a girl can only take so many showers!

In the Mail: Photography from Life Love Paper

December 10, 2008

il_430xN.46421807.jpg

Don’t you love to get mail? I often shop online not only because it’s convenient, but because it’s like sending yourself presents. Yesterday I received the gorgeous photos that I ordered from Tina at Life Love Paper. She’s such a phenomenal talent that I have to share them with you!

il_fullxfull.37425681.jpg

I purchased several mushroom prints for a client who has requested “cool art for the walls”. Really, it doesn’t get much cooler than this. Each photo is 5″ x 5″ and they’re going to look stunning framed and grouped together gallery style. Tina so beautifully captures the magical details of each little ‘shroom; the sculptural appeal of the gills is simply breathtaking.

il_fullxfull.37424926.jpg

When I ordered these lovelies, I knew they were going to be hard to hang in someone else’s house—I really want to keep them for myself. But Tina kindly sent along some extras, including a charming holiday print similar to the one above. No way am I giving that up!

il_fullxfull.44898005.jpg

I’m already scheming about which photos I want for my own collection. The textural details of these figs—the pulpy flesh contrasted with the smooth, dusty skin—are captured so perfectly in this haunting still life. And this rose seems to have been plucked out of a vivid dream.

il_430xN.37420708.jpg

I’m simply in awe of Tina’s photography. See more in her Etsy shop! As well, be sure to check out her awesome blog, in which she is equal parts brilliant artist and eagle-eyed curator. And thanks to Tina for her incredible work!

Bonus Question: Is it just me, or do you ever shop online for the pleasure of receiving mail?

Just Bought: Egg-A-Go-Go Onesie

November 19, 2008

Il_430xN.38017726

My husband's co-worker just welcomed his new son into the world. Not only am I happy
because babies are sheer magic, but now I have an excuse to shop the adorable baby gear
circulating throughout Blogland! So when I saw this the other day on Making It Lovely,
I snapped it up. So cute, right!?

Il_430xN.30183526

The onesie comes complements of Etsy seller Sarah of Egg-A-Go-Go. She has
the most charming selection of lovelies featuring her signature illustrations.
The above print would look adorable framed on the wall of a nursery! And poor
Kanga just wants everyone to get along…

Il_fullxfull.38021364

A visit to Sarah's website has me cooing over this little platypus. That blue bill is priceless!

Egg a go go

I'm sensing a monotreme theme here! This tiny echidna has stolen my heart…

Egg2

The last two items seem to be past projects and aren't currently available on Etsy…perhaps a petition is in order to bring them back? And in the meantime Sarah has tons more to oggle at
Egg-A-Go-Go!

Just Bought: Egg-A-Go-Go Onesie

November 19, 2008

Il_430xN.38017726

My husband's co-worker just welcomed his new son into the world. Not only am I happy
because babies are sheer magic, but now I have an excuse to shop the adorable baby gear
circulating throughout Blogland! So when I saw this the other day on Making It Lovely,
I snapped it up. So cute, right!?

Il_430xN.30183526

The onesie comes complements of Etsy seller Sarah of Egg-A-Go-Go. She has
the most charming selection of lovelies featuring her signature illustrations.
The above print would look adorable framed on the wall of a nursery! And poor
Kanga just wants everyone to get along…

Il_fullxfull.38021364

A visit to Sarah's website has me cooing over this little platypus. That blue bill is priceless!

Egg a go go

I'm sensing a monotreme theme here! This tiny echidna has stolen my heart…

Egg2

The last two items seem to be past projects and aren't currently available on Etsy…perhaps a petition is in order to bring them back? And in the meantime Sarah has tons more to oggle at
Egg-A-Go-Go!