the goods: terrapin stationers

What can I say, I am a sucker for a paper store.  Walking into one is almost as dangerous for me as a trip to the fabric store.  When I came across Terrapin Stationers on Etsy recently, I fell in love with the whimsical and irreverent approach they’ve brought to such a traditional platform.

I love these twitter handle calling cards:

And these masculine hunting & fishing themed notecards:

I recently purchased their WTF notecards and can’t wait to send someone a funny text inspired note card.



the goods: 50 states design project

The past few months, I have been updating the artwork around my house.  I’ve made some of the art and purchased some pieces that I’ve found online.  In my searches, I time and time again find myself drawn to geography based art — maybe it comes from growing up in a house filled with maps.  When I came across the 50 States Design Project, I fell in love.   Graphic designer, Joshua Best, set out to design a poster for each of the 50 United States.  He has released 38 so far, each filled with a certain whimsy – to me, these feel more like concert posters than nod to a state.  Below are some of my favorites:

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You can purchase the prints here.



stitch: Wiksten Tank Pattern Review

I made the Wiksten tank over the weekend with a fabulous print from Liberty of London (which I had purchased 3 years ago while traveling) and couldn’t believe how easy the pattern and step-by-step instructions were. Seriously, start to finish it took about 2.5 hours (due to tracing the pattern out first). Initially, I envisioned myself wearing this tank with white skinny jeans and heels, aka typical summer attire in Dallas. Once I tried it on though, I realized it was just a bit too short in the front on my frame for jeans. Happy to say though, the tank looks great tucked in to a pencil skirt!

CityCraft  blogged about the Wiskten Tova Top last week, which will be my next weekend project as well. If you’re in Dallas you can purchase both patterns at CityCraft, otherwise they’re available online here. Cheers! xo Kristi

travel: Weekend Trip to Chicago

As a former Chicagoan I try to visit every year to catch up with old friends and see the sites and so I decided to take a last minute trip this past weekend. The weather was about 60  – a little too cool for my Texas blood considering I packed all the wrong clothes. Regardless, walked to Cloud Gate (or what I like to refer as “the bean”) early Saturday a.m., then checked out a fantastic textile exhibit at the Art Institute Saturday midday, followed by lunch with friends the Gage. If you ever go, try the burger or fish and chips. Both are to die for. Cheers! xo Kristi


drink: Ranch Ritas

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, or what I like to refer to it as Cinco de Drinko, I wanted to share my Aunt’s famous margarita recipe. It’s good. Really good. As in, slide off the couch good if you’ve had one too many. Not speaking from experience of course, but as someone who has witnessed it first hand.

Ranch Ritas Ingredients:

1 can of frozen limeade
1 can (limeade can) of tequila –  Herradura Silver or Patron is best
1/3 to 1/2 can of tripple sec – Cointreau is best

Mix above ingredients in a blender then either add ice, blend and serve OR serve it straight up on the rocks. Happy Cinco de Drinko!  xo Kristi

the goods: craft corner organization


Hi, my name is Katie and I hoard craft supplies. I mean look at that! There is a bin there dedicated to glue… yes, glue!

Every year as the seasons change from winter to spring, I like millions of others, feel the urge to do some spring cleaning. I love a good purge and can be obsessive about my organization (confession — my closet is color coordinated). This year, my number one project, the thing I knew I had to get taken care of was my craft and sewing supplies. The picture above is the after, I wish that I had taken a before although I’m not sure that I would have been able to post it without some serious self loathing. It mainly consisted of piles of fabric, plastic baggies full of thread and bins of unfinished projects.

So this past weekend, I tore it all apart and got organized. When I worked at Martha Stewart, I used to love going to the craft department when I needed a pick me up.  I particularly loved the ribbon room — yes there is a ribbon room — and now my little corner reminds me of that, on a much smaller scale.

I also love that it made me realize two things: there’s a good chance that I have singlehandedly been keeping the craft stores in Boulder in business and that there a lot of good projects in those bins.  Sifting through everything reminded me of the things I was momentarily obsessed with making/figuring out and I am now inspired to play with again. Neon orange gorp, I’m talking to you.

One day I will show you my kitchen, at this point I need a walk in closet for all of my appliances, gadgets and pans.

Do you have any tips for organizing? Does any one else color coordinate their closet?