Incredible Local Artisan: Cheeky Monkey

This week I received the most INCREDIBLE gift for Henry that I had to share. People have been so overwhelmingly generous and kind in thinking of my little guy, especially people I don’t even know like Holly Johnson of Cheeky Monkey Home.  When I unwrapped this pillow I nearly fell over- especially when I turned it around and saw the incredible stitching of Henry’s name and birth information on the back!  Made of the most luxurious merino wool felt, I knew the minute I touched this pillow that it was a true work of art.  I was so touched and am going to treasure it forever.

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Artist Crush: Mary Nelson Sinclair

I finally got a minute to sit and read the new Domino while Henry took a nap and saw the work of artist Mary Nelson Sinclair and loved it. Probably because it has such a strong Cy Twombly vibe (whom I LOVE). I know people will think “I can do that! It’s just scribbles!”- I dare you to give it a try! It’s SO hard to do abstract art (I’ve said this a zillion times before, I know, but I fear it must bear repeating!)

Here is a piece of hers in her cool apartment:
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The Delightful Emily McDowell

I still love sending people real cards, not just e-mails. It’s kind of a “thing” in my family to try to find each other the funniest cards possible, and I can spend a good hour at a card shop laughing until I cry or trying to pick out the prettiest, most amazing $7 card possible.  So when I run into a source like Emily McDowell I have to share.  She combines humor and beautiful art and her work just makes me smile.  And when it’s snowing for the 4,567,908th time this winter you need to find ways to smile (when not perusing real estate in sunnier climates as a form of self-torture).  Enjoy. And shop her Etsy site too.

This one could not be more true…

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I wish I had found this in time to give to Andrew for Valentine’s Day, because it’s SO true. Especially this year.

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TOO GOOD. Especially the one at right.

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