Thursday, June 3, 2010

Gorgeous glass from Kei

Kei of keiglass on Etsy is a glass artist. From the studio behind her garage, she creates amazing, one of a kind art.

Glasswork astonishes me. Funny how we are each drawn to our own paths in creating. Kei says,

"what makes you *click*? everyone has something that'll make them go "wow, this is it". while i don't understand what *clicks* for accountants, maybe its the fact that it's a real job *click* with good pay *click, click* but nothing had grabbed hold of me. i come from a very artistic family and have always had a pull towards the arts, but it wasn't until the first time i grabbed a rod of glass and started melting that it just **clicked**. i still don't fully know what i'm doing, but it is something i just have to do. that *click* has turned into my drive!"

One of the neat things about Kei's shop is that all of her jewelry is named after cities, places, or landmarks around the world, "to help express my love of travel. MOST of the places i have actually visited!!"

To see more of Kei's gorgeous glass, you can visit her etsy shop, keiglass or visit her website at

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Taylor House rules

Living in a state where it's cold most of the time, I have always secretly suffered from cowl-envy. I love the idea of cozying up in my own little mini-blanket while wind and rain howls around me.

Of course, since I can't knit and rarely find the time to crochet, it's a safe bet that I won't be making my own any time soon. Thank goodness for Taylor House, whose gorgeous cowls make me want to curl up on a chair with a cup of tea. Vibrantly colorful and still totally comforting, they're high on my list of Things I Must Have.

You can learn more about Taylor House at, follow them on twitter at, or become a fan on Facebook at

Friday, May 14, 2010

Just the good stuff

So often, when we buy things we end up paying for fluff. Brand names, labeling, and even scary-sounding chemicals that no one without a phD can pronounce correctly.

That's the great thing about buying from a small bath and body company. You're getting just the goods.

And that's the premise behind a wonderful shop on etsy by that same name - justthegoods. They make handcrafted shaving solids, body butters, natural toothpaste, bath melts, and some facial skin care items "without unnecessary exposure to petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and artificial fragrances, dyes and flavours."

From their Etsy shop: "Every day indulgences shouldn’t cost the earth or our health. It is affordable to look and feel great without unnecessary exposure to petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and artificial fragrances, dyes and flavours. Everything I make features “just the goods” and nothing else. Most of my items are made without animal-derived ingredients and I am striving toward a 100% vegan selection."

Learn more about this company at or visit their website at