HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2015.

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1. BODUM COFFEE COPPER COLLECTION There's no reason that only your french press should look like a french press.

2. 2016 ANIMAL PORTRAITS CALENDAR Each month is a portrait of an animal in human clothes. Enough said.

3. WRITE-ON THANKS & BLANKS It's always good to have notecards handy and HelloLucky has more cards that I want than people I want to write to.

4. MATCH JAR I have a soft spot for decorative matches and you should too.

5. S'WELL TEAKWOOD WATER BOTTLE  Besides being nice to look at, S'well plants a tree for every water bottle sold. So, if you buy a different water bottle, just make sure you also buy a tree to plant at the same time.

6. SKOSHBOX This is a monthly subscription box that sends Japanese candy + treats. No need to drive across town for Pocky anymore.

7. STRIPED MARBLE + WOOD BOOKEND Your books will never fall over again if you use these correctly.

8. X3 WATERING CAN You can either water your indoor plants with style or pretend you're the Tin Man from Oz.

9. EVERYDAY SAC This is a multipurpose bag, but I think the main draw is that you can easily clip it to your bike. I won't stop you from using it as an oversized lunch sack though.

10. THE CHOCOLATE ROOM SAMPLER I'm not a big hot chocolate drinker, but this mix is so good that I recommend you buy it for someone that likes hot chocolate or that you can't think of a gift for.

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2014.

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1. GIANT FLIP CLOCK Who doesn't want to harken back to a simpler time when clocks were loud and the numbers were huge? I sure do.

2. PIK VASE Everyone can use a vase and this one is cooler than the average holder of flowers. Or maybe you could put three pencils in it. I don't care.

3. CHAPTER DOPP KIT There are a plethora of colors/patterns to choose from for the person who has stuff they could put in a little bag.

4. LIGHT BOX A fun display of type and a great way to spend time trying to write something clever for all to see.

5. BACK TO THE FUTURE LEGOS This film classic brought to life through these classic toys.

6. GEOMETRIC AIR PLANTERS Why put your plants on a table when you could hang them from the air?

7. OLIVE WOOD SERVING SPOONS No brainer hostess gift with a little pizazz.

8. POLAROID CAMERA Your life is not complete unless you have one.

9. GEO WINE BOTTLES STOPPERS It's a classy way to display your drinking problem.

10. PADDYWAX MIXOLOGY CANDLES They come in a variety of cocktail scents and they are soy so you aren't killing your lungs. Win win.

Happy shopping!

CLOUDSFACTORY.

It may be true that I can sometimes be ever so slightly dramatic and hyperbolize just a touch, but there are other times when I'm being completely accurate by saying that I enjoy something to the point of wanting to die. I have this distinct sense of being so overwhelmed by what I'm seeing that death seems imminent.* This happened most recently when I found these cross-stitch patterns by Cloudsfactory:

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I love them so much that I want to D I E. The worst part of all is that Cloudsfactory is apparently located in Siena, Italy. I JUST WENT TO THERE (!!) and I cannot believe I spent all of my time looking at dumb old monuments instead of finding people creating nerd-themed cross-stitch patterns. Obviously I'm partial to the several Harry Potter patterns, but there are an infinite (not really - closer to 193) number of gems including but not limited to: Never-Ending Story, Dr. Who, Back to the Future, Gremlins, Ghostbusters, and Fast and Furious.

*My first recollection of this sensory overload was going into Sanrio Surprise as a child. I was filled with an excited panic that made it almost painful to visit my favorite store. This is normal, right?

SOY + BEESWAX.

My mom has a habit of letting me know about every possible danger in the world. I get frequent emails regarding the things in my house that may kill me. Though I know it is coming from a good place and I should welcome the knowledge that could change my current habits for the better, it can be pretty annoying. Recently, I was showing her some plates that I was contemplating purchasing for my home and she said they were nice, but that there's been a shipment of toxic yellow dye and I should stay away from all things yellow right now. 

. . . . . . . Noted.

Over the past few years, I've received many an email / voicemail about the toxins emitted from paraffin candles (the most common candle in existence). Most people know this by now, but they release carcinogenic fumes and create indoor air pollution. This was one warning I did heed and now I've switched over entirely to soy + beeswax.

There was a point between the 6th & 8th grade where I was obsessed with candles. It was all things Bath & Body Works and candles in "cool" shapes. It was a weird time for 12 year olds. I went a solid 10 to 15 years without caring about them at all and now I'm back on the wagon. My home feels warmer and more inviting with a candle burning and a scent that's not too overpowering.

I realize that scents are very personal so my favorites may not be yours, but here are my recommendations for clean-burning soy candles for your home:

Mrs. Meyer's Lavender

Mrs. Meyer's Basil

Paddywax Pineapple Ginger

Atelier de Lait Milk

Good Candle BK

Paddywax Sweet Cream & Honey

Soy candles burn cleanly and last longer. Beeswax candles do the same while also being beneficial to those of us with allergies and environmental sensitivity - so I encourage you to make the switch if you haven't already. I can have my mom leave you a 3 minute voicemail on why you should do it.

DE + TGL. KID TIGER.

A bunch of my friends are in the band Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes. Their new album "Kid Tiger" is coming out today - so go buy it on Amazon or iTunes this instant. It's well worth whatever price they are asking you to pay for it.

 Album design by the lovely Beth Mathews.

Album design by the lovely Beth Mathews.


A long time ago, they did a music video that I got the honor of being in so I'm putting that up here as well cause this is all about me, right? It was a fun afternoon of learning to knit and doing my part as the video's "pop of color". . . My brother and husband have cameos as well. Try and spot them if you can. 

MATCHY.

I've always had a soft spot for matching tops & bottoms.

Sometimes I feel like I'm alone in this.

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TATTLY TATTOOS.

If done right and if well thought out, a tattoo can be a beautiful addition to a person (unfortunately there are about a million instances where a tattoo is neither of those things).

I recently stumbled upon some eye-catching tattoo designs only to find out that they were temporary ones from Tattly. I started perusing their selection and found about a million that I wouldn't mind having permanently adhered to my body.

Tattoos are forever so one needs to make sure that they are making a decision that they think they'll stand by forever as well. I don't see myself with more than 2 or 3 small ones for the long haul and I've been debating about my second choice for over 3 years now. I'm not taking this lightly and I recommend that you don't as well.

I have a tattoo (my mother's maiden name "Sasaki" on the back of my neck), but, until I can decide on another, I'll gladly cover myself in some temporaries. 

PLANTS PLANTS EVERYWHERE. AND NOT A DROP TO DRINK.

I found a solution to my plant-murdering problem.

They are a little more expensive in the beginning, but I think it's a good investment when you start factoring in how many dead plants one has to buy replacements for on a monthly basis.

So maybe that math doesn't work itself out for you over time, but I'm sure getting a good deal. Plus they are just so darn cute.

Buy a yarn cactus // Buy a felt succulent garden 

HEARTS. PINK. RED. VALENTINES.

I may not be a romantic or the girliest of girls, but I do love anything with a heart on it (and I have a soft spot for pink and red) so I get giddy at the sight of Valentine's Day decor every year.

Maybe you don't have a Valentine and maybe you do, but either way you can add something heart-shaped to your day (or someone else's).

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And I don't care what anyone says - chocolate & flowers are always winners in my book.

Holiday Gift Guide 2013.

It's that time of year again. The time for HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES!

You may be sick of them, but I can never get enough. My list is for that giant "?" on your list. You know who I'm talking about...but I don't. So, I've compiled 10 items with the hopes that one of these could work for that person you are thinking of that I've never met.

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1. GARRETT'S POPCORN TIN This seems cliche, but I'd be psyched to get it because this popcorn is the bomb. And it's better than sending nothing.

2. SCRATCH MAP For the traveler or the wannabe traveler - Looks good on the wall, interactive, and a nice way to show off your adventures.

3. BKR WATER BOTTLE Good for the environment and attractive to carry around. And you don't have to buy one with a heart on it, but that's the one I want if you are buying it for me.

4. ARCHITECTURE LEGOS People like legos and this is a nice sophisticated version to pretend like you are more adult than child.

5. GLOBE TERRARIUM KIT Terrariums all day every day! That's my motto.

6. WOODEN KEYBOARD Most things that aren't normally made of wood look cooler when made in wood. My two examples are keyboards and sunglasses.

7. ZOO CALENDAR Something nice to decorate your boring desk.

8. TEA FOR ONE Another good addition to your office or a perfect way to treat the lonely single people in your life.

9. FIELD NOTES "The Kit" We all write things down now and again - so why not do it in style?

10. HOMEMADE GIN KIT - More fun than homemade beer, right?

I recently read a "Gift Guide for Web Developers" that (after a lot of tech heavy ideas) suggested a trip to swim with DOLPHINS to take a break from the stress of coding. I just want to let you know that I do not approve of this suggestion.

Happy shopping!

Print envy.

I've got my eye on some wall adornment. Decisions decisions.

   Clockwise from top left  / 1 Andy Warhol. Neuschwanstein Castle / 2 Matthew Rose. Immaculate Perception / 3 Andy Young. Monster Friends Lochness Monster / 4 Banquet. Cactus / 5 Double Merrick. La Lune & La Terre / 6 Alyson Fox. Mission.

Clockwise from top left / 1 Andy Warhol. Neuschwanstein Castle / 2 Matthew Rose. Immaculate Perception / 3 Andy Young. Monster Friends Lochness Monster / 4 Banquet. Cactus / 5 Double Merrick. La Lune & La Terre / 6 Alyson Fox. Mission.