You’ve got HAPPY MAIL!

HappyMail2Yesterday, I got a fun little surprise in the mail: HAPPY MAIL! It’s the new monthly stationery club from my fave gals Elsie & Emma from A Beautiful Mess (they also recently launched a new shop filled with tons of crafting supplies plus their new craft line, bee tee dubs!).

happymail5happymail4You can tell that I’m kind of really into their mailer! Let’s check out what’s inside!

happymail3HappyMail1I already started getting the happy feels upon opening my hand-written card! When I was little, I tried to get Manda to be my pen pal, but she never mailed me anything! Granted, she did GIVE me some letters when I saw her, BUT STILL. Anyway, I admit, that I am really bad at the lost art of letter-writing and card-sending. My friend Cuppy is like The Queen of Card-Sending, and I think it’s really lovely, and I wish I had my ish together enough to send some random mail-love to my favorite people.

happymail6For $15/month, you get a$50 retail value of fun and colorful cards, tags, stickers, labels, notepads, and even a print! The gals put together a little video to show you everything you get.

As a person who does not collect cards or stationery or very much paper goods, I’m kind of excited to have this little collection to play with! It’s giving me a push to send someone a surprise. Who would you send a fun card to?

 

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The most amazingest felt coasters. Ever.

Screen shot 2014-11-17 at 6.31.30 PMI drink tea all day long. My favorite non-caffeinated version is Almond Coconut Macaron Rooibos Tea from the Republic of Tea, and I probably average 3 bags a day. For a sweeter and more caffeinated kick, I’m all about PG Tips and French vanilla creamer. This all means that I use coasters A LOT. We have had a lot of cute coaster sets, but the ones we’ve had lately are either plastic or laminated or cork, and sometimes they stick to the bottom of my cups and then come clattering off at some annoying point in time. I then started hunting for felt coasters.

I know I KNOW. I could just crochet myself some coasters, but sometimes I just feel like shopping and supporting other handmade artists, too! That’s how I found Dandyrions and her adorable bear coasters. They come on all colors, and some have accessories, like eyeglasses, or, a fish in the mouth. I can’t wait for my set to come in and cuddle all my tea mugs!

Here are some other coasters that I liked as well on Etsy.

I very nearly bought this set of bally coasters before finding the bears. These are by NomiMakes.

Screen shot 2014-11-17 at 6.32.10 PMI also liked the colors and funky shapes of these guys from BeansAndThreads.

Screen shot 2014-11-17 at 6.33.28 PMAnd finally, you can’t go wrong with some crocheted coasters in this house. These cheery fruits are from Portuli.

Screen shot 2014-11-18 at 2.45.28 PMOOOOOH I just thought of a cute pattern for coasters involving sparkle yarn…. stay tuned!

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Skip To My Lou’s “Holiday Bake Craft Sew Crochet Along”

Screen shot 2014-11-17 at 4.22.08 PMThe ladies at Skip To My Lou have put together a ginormous Holiday Bake Craft Sew Crochet Along for the month of November (so there are already a ton of projects up on their blog!). They asked if I would guest-post a little later in the month, so stay tuned for a holiday-themed crochet pattern from yours truly! In the meantime, check out all the other recipes and projects from a ton of other creatives! (p.s. If you have requests for a simple tree ornament, let me know! I have an idea of what I will guest-post, but I’m still open to meeting any of your wishes!)

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November Blog Sponsor Giveaway!

Giveaway Nov2014Hi! It’s the 15th of the month, so it’s time to launch a new blog sponsor giveaway!

Thanks so much to my generous sponsors for offering us these wonderful goodies!

We have eleven awesome prizes for November, and I will be drawing THREE winners. The FIRST winner can choose his/her favorite 5 prizes. The SECOND winner can choose his/her favorite 3 prizes. And the THIRD winner will win the remaining 3 prizes.

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My Hello Kitty Con Photo Round-Up!

hkA few weekends ago, my buddy Candace and I went to Hello Kitty Con 2014 in L.A.! This was the first ever Hello Kitty Con and also the first time ever Candace and I traveled together! She keeps weird hours, likes to knit until 6 am, and has a suitcase full of snacks. Um, PERFECT TRAVEL COMPANION FOR ME.

I arrived at the hotel first, took some video for Instagram, and then instructed Candace to not look on Insta, because I wanted her to be surprised when she walked in. We stayed at the LINE Hotel in Korea Town, which was the official hotel for the con. We kinda hemmed and hawed about staying there and actually had a  cheaper, back-up reservation somewhere else, but we decided to GO FOR IT. (Photos are mostly mine, with some of Candace’s thrown in, and others noted when borrowed from someone else!)

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