pretty pretty : yoga mats

Posted: August 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, things | 1 Comment »


It may seem frivolous, okay it is, but I’d love practicing yoga atop one of these beauties.

Pictured, Magic Carpet Yoga Mats from Anthropologie ($98) and Eric Cahan’s mat for Grey Area ($80).



(*via Well+Good)

tiny tapestries : combed thunder

Posted: August 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: art, design, handmade, portland, things | 1 Comment »


Natalie Novak is the weaver and designer behind Portland, Oregon-based Combed Thunder. Her Etsy shop shares current available mini-tapestries, all handwoven by her, along with custom commission options. Ready-made weavings range from $75-135.





moon pillow : donna wilson

Posted: August 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, home, kids, things | No Comments »


Love these pillows by Donna Wilson (approx 15″ diam).


bloom where you are planted : susa talan

Posted: August 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, illustration, paper, things | No Comments »


Beautiful 5×5 card by Susa Talan, $4.

bend goods : chairs & stools

Posted: July 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, home, things | No Comments »


Cheerful designs from Bend Goods. Stools, chairs and other home furnishings and decor available in their shop.



(*via Elephantine)

botanical kitchen towels : herriott grace

Posted: July 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, home, illustration, things | Tags: | No Comments »


Love these new all-cotton kitchen towels from Herriott Grace, who has a shop worth browsing.


fern : tastic

Posted: July 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: apparel, design, the earth, things | No Comments »


Dorky jokes aside, I just ordered these fern stamps from the USPS. And came across some other fern-inspired treasures thanks to a post by Shannon of HappinessIs.

Pretty cool fern print jacket by Leslie R Buchanan:


And this sweet embroidered tea towel:


be brave : make waves

Posted: July 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade, portland, things | Tags: | No Comments »


This is one of my favorite Portland-made discoveries. Be Brave Make Waves creates these small kinetic wooden sculpture boxes, that when wound with the handle, show a boat riding on gentle undulating waves. It’s magical. $38 and available from their Etsy shop or in local Portland stores.

Watch the very brief video below showing the sculptural boxes in action:

Make Waves promo video from Matthew Ross on Vimeo.


fannypack : clair vivier

Posted: June 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: apparel, things | No Comments »

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Claire V.’s fannypack (in a range of colors) are pretty yum ($253). Italian leather with lining; dimensions 9” x 6.5” with a 40” strap.

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(*via Oh Joy!)

no-gross-stuff strainer : tweak

Posted: June 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, home, things | No Comments »


This new product, Tweak, from Tel Aviv design duo Nitzan Shafat and Aviv Rozenfeld resolves the ickiest part of the dish-washing process: removal of all the food gunk that accumulates at the drain. Clever!

They’re backing their first big production run through Kickstarter, selling large and small Tweaks (sink or bathtub) for $8 or more in contributions.

(*via Cup of Jo)