Hey guys! Starting up an old series I used to do about favorite etsy finds. Kasey here will be searching for the very best in handmade items and sharing them with us. I hope you enjoy it, I’m excited to bring it back!
Hello wonderful Say Yes To Hoboken readers! Kasey here. Your lovely Liz has asked me to venture out of my corner of the internet for a moment and bring to you some of it’s wonders. You may or may not be aware of Etsy’s influence on the small business community globally and locally, but let me tell you the longer you browse the more you become aware of Etsy’s impact on the way we shop, the way we sell, and the way we connect with what we’re buying and/or whom we’re selling it to. It truly is remarkable!
But enough about that, let’s SHOP!
A natural dining room is on the top of my “get it done already” list. Dining rooms are where we gather as a family, to eat meals, do homework, play, do crafts and so much more. So, why shouldn’t it be given our time and attention?
This home is beyond amazing, but what struck me is how insanely good those green walls look. I really never would have thought to put that much color in a dining room, but the natural and rustic way it’s been decorated pulls the whole room together so perfectly!
If you’re looking to add a bit of nature, a bit of color and a whole lot of pretty to your dining space, look no further than Etsy! Here are some things I found that make me drool!
Carved wooden salad serving set by Studio Liscious
Geometric Art Print by Retro Menagerie
Large vintage Lightbulb by Fallaloft
Small reclaimed wood shelving unit by Blake Avenue
Painted Ceramic vases by Shade on Shape
Reclaimed barn wood air plant holder by The BarnYard Shop
Elk antler spread by Cast and Crew
Two toned serving dish by Julia Paul Pottery
Now that you know what I’d put in my natural dining room, go and search for yourself. A whole world of Handmade and vintage awaits you!
P.S. Let me know in the comments what rooms spaces or people you like me to scour Etsy for in future features here on Say Yes to Hoboken!
1. Cat sweater $29.80
2. Shift dress $38.99
3. Slouchy sneakers (lots more colors too) $13.80
4. Tassel satchel $24.99
5. Overdyed black jeans $32.42
6. Suede sneakers $31.59
7. Stripe sweater $29.50
8. Stripe dress $29.00
9. Mint Jeans $24.80
10. Black dress (also in red) 19.80
My sister is coming into town tonight with her two kids and staying all week! Henry made a list of things he wanted to do with his cousins like go to the Santa Cruz boardwalk, eat ice cream, sutro bath caves, go to the beach, play with his new race track, and ‘drink hot chocolate at home’. The weather’s been so nice out, I hope it stays this way! Hope you’re up to something fun, even if it’s just drinking hot chocolate at home. Have a great one, here are some links to explore:
I can’t put this book down, Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Printable chalkboard gift tags
Grilled peach bowls. I’ve had these before on the street, delish!
A brilliant idea for summer bike rides + picnics
The perfect pair of light wash jeans for warm weather
Gorgeous chevron throw (for cheap!)
Pink lemonade pound cake sounds like the perfect dessert right now
Styling your hair with a vacuum…wahhatt? These videos are hilarious but I’d be scared to try it
15 fantastic kitchen storage ideas
Cute flip flop ideas for the whole family
By fashion contributor Ashley
PS Liz here! Didn’t think I was on board with this trend until I found this pink pair I posted on instagram.
This past January when we were visiting my sister Celeste in Salt Lake City during Alt Summit, Henry saw that both of his little cousins had ‘baby books’. They were sweet picture books my sister had printed about their birth and the first few months of life. Henry was obsessed with them! He looked at them over and over again and I was determined to make him one when we came home. I kind of felt bad we hadn’t done something like this before, we took all these photos and they’ve just been sitting on our computer for no one to enjoy!
When Pinhole Press, one of our sponsors, offered to print one for us I took them up on it! After looking at the different options, I went with their panoramic storybook which makes it easy to incorporate words and images into a story.
I really liked the idea of the book telling a story. It was hard to get into the mindset of story writing, but once I did it was really fun to write it as I thought Henry would enjoy it. I wrote it all in the third person, talking about a little baby named Henry and his adventures and experiences with his parents the first year of his life.
I tried to include little jokes and other silly notes he’d think was funny like what things baby Henry would cry about, what a mess he made with his first rice meal, and how his first friend was a stuffed sock. I also tried to include pictures of trips we went on and his favorite toys. Things I wanted him to remember about his first year.
Keep reading for more snippets from Henry’s baby book…
I’m an American, so I love me some homemade mac and cheese. It’s not something we have all the time but it’s a super quick, delicious comfort food the whole family will eat.
And yes, 10 minutes! That’s the same time it takes to make the boxed version, except you’re making a delicious, creamy homemade version.
I’ve tried a few different methods and I’ve found that this one works the best and results in the creamiest, yummiest, no chance of curdling bowl of mac and cheese. There are a couple tricks you’ll want to know.
Here’s the recipe for my favorite 10 minute homemade mac and cheese…
Tomorrow Jared and Henry are headed up skiing in Tahoe for the day while I get some stuff done around the house. It is so cute to watch Henry zip around on skis (he’s gotten so good!) but I have a lot to do around here so I’m going to stay home. It’ll probably be their last time to ski this season so fingers crossed the weather holds out!
Last week Jared was on a 5 day/ 40 mile backcountry ski trip in the Sierras with my dad and two other friends. The pictures above Jared took from their trip, the first one is my dad in the shot hiking up a sharp tricky part of the Minarets. The second is the morning of day 3. Crazy awesome, right? I love Jared’s adventurous spirit.
Have a great weekend, here are some links to explore:
Alt for Everyone was announced this week- an online version of Alt Summit in May! Look for me, I’m one of the teachers!
Peanut butter pie cookies (no grains!)
Oh my goodness. A brand new to me etsy shop for handmade kids clothes I’m dying over!
Washi bandaids. Cute idea!
Cute idea for a doorstop!
After watching her interview on The Daily Show, I really want to read this book
Wowzers. This dress!
Can’t stop thinking about the simplicity of this shelf/mirror combo
12 beautiful spring skirts under $25
One of my new years resolutions this year was to get myself more organized as a blogger, particularly my finances. I wanted to give you an update on where I was at with all that- but also, I wanted to see if you had any other life saving ideas for being an organized blogger yourself. I’m a little nervous thinking that maybe I’m the last one to know about these things but hopefully there is something here that might benefit you and your blog/business (and if not please share any other organizational tricks you have!)
Just an FYI I’m not paid to write about any of these services, I just have loved my experience using them and would highly recommend them to other bloggers/small business owners.
A about a year ago I started to grow my blog (more about my job blogging as a career here) into a team of paid contributors, you can read all about them on my about page. And I started feeling a little out of control with my finances. There were so many people getting paid and money coming in from different places- it all made my head spin and I couldn’t tell you in one given month what I was making or spending. It was nuts! I did a little research and decided for 2013 I was going to change all that. The biggest change I made was using freshbooks. I seriously can’t believe I functioned without it. I’ve only used it for 4 months so there are still lots of things I might not use/know but here are a few things I love about it so far (ps there is about a $20 fee/month but totally worth it in my opinion):
1. It organizes all of my income coming in and out each month into pretty charts and graphs
2. It makes a really easy way to send and keep track of invoices (even when you’re getting paid monthly via snail mail check). So much easier than making a time-sucking/soul-sucking pdf with your logo and more professional than paypal.
3. I can track expenses for paying my team really easily and organize them so I can fill out tax forms in a cinch when the time comes.
4. If you work hourly it’s super easy to track hours and then just click a button at the end of each month to create an invoice for unbilled hours and send it. boom. So much easier than counting hours and making a pdf.
5. I can also add expenses, track receipts and time track hours from a freshbooks app on my phone.
5 . During business hours I can just call a number and ask a nice person working for freshbooks a silly question about how to do something (life changing! I hate having a system I don’t know how to use well). This might be one of my favorite things! I’d definitely be frustrated without this. There are all kinds of video tutorials as well but I’ve found it’s so much easier just to pick up the phone and ask a quick question.
Keep on reading for a couple other organizational tools I’ve found…
Excited to introduce to you a new sponsor on Say Yes to Hoboken. Tea Party Ribbons is great resource for all kinds of ribbons including grosgrain ribbons, satin, sheer, decorative, etc. They also produce custom ribbons which is a fun option and I love all the metallics as well. In addition to offering a huge variety of ribbons from some of the best manufacturers they’ve also started to design their own grosgrain prints. I use ribbons all the time not only in wrapping gifts but crafts as well, seems like I can never have enough! Check out the Tea Party Ribbons site and show them a little love!
And for Say Yes readers, they’ve offering a 20% coupon code of SAYYES20, good for a one time purchase.
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For this week’s Sites and Bites I’ve partnered with Blue Diamond Almonds, and in the spirit of their Get Out and Grow campaign I decided to try a completely brand new food to me! There is so much amazing food in San Francisco, and surprisingly a lot I still had not tried. I had heard a lot about pho, which is a popular Vietnamese noodle soup, and did some research to find that one of the highest rates pho spots, Kevin’s Noodle House, was right in my neighborhood (not entirely shocking, my neighborhood does have its fair share of asian food).
It was a really yucky rainy day and a perfect time for something warm and soothing for lunch. Eva, my Sites and Bites photographer who came with me, had tried pho before which was a little more comforting to have someone else help me order from a kind of intimidating menu. There were two whole pages full of pho options. It was a little overwhelming to choose but she suggested I try just a plain beef or chicken. I went with the chicken.
There were all sorts of fresh fixings to put on top when our pho arrived like sprouts, basil and lime. I piled it on and dove in…verdict: completely delicious and not too foreign to me. Like a really fancy version of chicken noodle soup! I want to go back and try the beef and the eggs rolls we ordered for an appetizer were delicious as well.
Keep reading to see the site we visited after the warm bowl of pho…
This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. Spring marks the start of the Blue Diamond Almonds growing season. Get Out and Grow and experience something good this spring! Head over to the Blue Diamond Almonds Facebook Page and tell them how you would use $1,000 to enjoy the good life this spring for a chance to win.
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Hi there! I'm Liz Stanley. Born and raised a New Yorker, plus a few newlywed years in charming Hoboken, I now live in the fairytale city of San Francisco with my husband and son. This blog is a collection of simple ideas for making your home and life more crafty and stylish. MORE >>>