Monday, September 29, 2014

national coffee day. an ode to the best drink there is.

Did you celebrate National Coffee Day today? I love these days but they really sneak up on me. It's not like NCD is on every calendar. So naturally, I really feel like having simply my morning cup was super inadequate. We'll call it a low-key holiday. I managed to put together a commemorative list of coffee posts old and new from around blog world, based off some of my favorite pins to my coffee board (yep). Check 'em out here:

A lovely Portland food recap from way back in 2012, featuring my favorite coffee ever, Stumptown, on Desserts for Breakfast. Pretty much my whole top 5 lattes list consists of lattes brewed by Stumptown, though only one has actually been purchased in their cafe, in LA's arts district.

I recently tried this recipe for Coffee syrups + Cold brew by How Sweet It Is... It got me through many a 90 degree summer day without having to turn on my coffee pot.

Flickr photographer Marika (mariyaki) knows just how to photography coffee for autumn. I must say, coffee pairs well with fall leaves. 

This photo from the Lily blog reminded me how much I love to sit down with a good book and sip my coffee. I'll definitely make a point to do that this week.

Portland blogger Kali of Bird is the Word shares a little home/studio tour in this post, and looks so cozy with her coffee during work-at-home afternoons. Wouldn't it be nice to sit inside on a rainy day, working along, drinking your coffee?

Stumbled upon this Caribbean Coconut & Espresso Milkshake by Cooking with Books and it's #1 on my list of coffee desserts to make (yes, there's a whole list now!). Next would be this Coffee Chocolate Pudding by FreshGround.

Of course, one last amazing thing about coffee: all the pretty mugs! The one I photographed is from Starbucks. I also love this "but first, coffee mug" by Printable Wisdom (I have the saying posted in my kitchen too) as well as this photographer mug.

National Coffee Day - what's your take?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

etsy wishlist, september edition

September... as seen through my Etsy...

Dark Woods Flower Crown by Nomad Flower Designs

If there's anything better than a floral crown, it's an autumn floral crown, and this one is breathtaking.

Vintage Southwest Rug from Boulder Blue Studio

I think the #1 thing on my home wishlist right now is a printed rug. 

White Druzy Earrings by Mordakk Designs

And so my love affair with raw gems continues. These tiny druzy pieces look like little celestial scenes.  

Ice Queen Yarn by Miss Knit Yarns

I haven't bought handspun or dyed yarn in some time, and usually only do to treat myself - I feel like a new shopping trip is coming on.

Green Nature Card by Art Design & Dreams

This shop is full of interesting prints artfully presented in their own little kraft envelopes for you to share with friends. I love all of the fall landscapes.

What's your favorite thing on Etsy right now? Leave a link!

PS: Don't forget to enter my giveaway with Earl Grey here!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GIVEAWAY: happy first day of fall!

Some of you are still hanging onto the last pieces of summer, but in LA summer began long ago and since I (sigh) don't live by the beach, it's kinda lost its luster at this point. But fall - cooler weather (boring as it is, mild weather is my fave, which is just what fall brings here), hot lattes, and lots of crocheting - is exactly where I belong. Fall also seems like a more book-y time of year, don't you think? It must be that school starts in fall, but it just seems like a perfect time to take up reading or learn something new if you didn't get to it all summer.

Last weekend I had the chance to meet up with Jennifer of Earl Grey while she was here in Los Angeles and we thought it would be fun to kick off fall with a little giveaway of some of the work we'd done earlier in the year. We both crochet so it only seemed right to make it all about fall accessories. After all, who doesn't want a new beanie or infinity scarf to celebrate the season?! 

WIN: Handmade Beanie & Infinity Scarf

We're giving away a crochet slouchy hat made by Jenn and one of my long infinity scarves to one winner to welcome fall with! You'll get the hat in taupe and this infinity scarf in gray that you can wrap around two or three times. Enter using the widget below, and be sure to check out my shop here to see what I've been listing so far.

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Check back in exactly one week when we announce the winner. Thanks for entering!