State Love

I’ve been a little misty about my home state of Minnesota lately.  I feel like Minnesotans have more pride for their state than most. Probably because you have to have a team spirit to get through the winter. There are no 6 degrees of separation in Minnesota, it’s  like 1 or 2. The most common question you’ll get when meeting new people is “Where did you go to High School?” Everyone from Minnesota can be connected through their high school. I was missing my friends, lilac bushes, and Chipotle this weekend and started looking for Minnesota art on Etsy to add to our home and found a plethora(I heart that word) of state related art. The besties:

Vintage Texas State License Plate Art, Mounted on Barn Board, Upcycled License Plate Art

License plate art from AutoMatticArt

 

Bamboo necklace from truche

Carolina in my mind poster from birdAve

Love Oregon from thewheatfield

Wisconsin Earrings from purpleandlime

Customized College print from bandaprints

City Skyline Art from birdAve

Home Is Where the Heart Is from LilyGene

Custom Map and Stamp from LilyGene

12"x12" Customizable State Burlap/Felt Decorative Pillow

Customizable burlap pillow from localhoneyshop

I love you from here… from HopSkipJumpPaper

Typography Map from CApow

Michigan from thewheatfield

God Blessed the Broken Road State Art- Customized just for you :)

God Bless the Broken Road from CoCoStineDesigns

DIY PRINTABLE Custom State Art Print 8x10 - State Love

State Love from YellowBrickGraphics

Which ones did you love? Any other state art I missed?

Organize with Martha and a giveaway!

In February I picked up this monster at the local grocery store. It’s a special addition magazine/book hybrid put out by MSLO in the winter…I’m sure to capture all of the people with organizing resolutions in the new year. I like to keep an organized home. It makes it easier to keep clean if everything has a designated spot, and it makes you reduce clutter if you’re constantly evaluating the systems you have in place. That’s why I was so excited to see Martha’s new line at Staples designed specifically for home organizing.

Admittedly, the line has many more items then just for the home office. It features ingenious options for the kitchen, pantry, and anywhere else you need a little organization. The line features furniture as well. This chair, desk, file cabinet combo are for sale on Staples.com

What caught my attention first though, was the line of shagreen leather organizing boxes. They come in three colors: white, Tifffany blue, and brown.

I immediately grabbed 6 of these in the white. While I adore Tiffany Blue, it’s not really the look I’m going for in my office, and white is truly my favorite color.

These are great for desk supplies or jewelery. I’d like to put some on my husbands dresser for him to organize his ever growing mountain of receipts, coins, golf tees, etc…

A cute little box for pencils or makeup brushes. Or maybe some brightly colored sharpies, depending on your business?

All the pieces in the line are stack-able so you can configure them to fit your needs.

She also has great filing pieces that you can cut down on paper clutter with. Remember, experts say you only need to save 7 years worth of bank statements, tax receipts and returns. Not 20 years in an overflowing Sephora shopping bag like my mother does. Hi mom!

I thought these were just incredibly smart. What a great way to corral take-out menus, recipes, coupons etc…

To manage day-to-day tasks the line has a variety of options for calendars, planners and agendas.

Dry-erase calendars and lists.

The turquoise notepad made it’s way on to my fridge.

These journals and notepads come in a variety of different sizes and for various functions. They have everything from diet journals and day planners to diary’s and address books.

Some of them feature the shagreen leather to coordinate with the desk accessories.

The most fun part of the line are the labels. They seriously have a sticker for every situation you could encounter.

Gift giving

Files, pantry, or stationary.

Wedding favors

Kids rooms

I totally bought these. I’m sick of looking at my detergent containers and want to decant the powders into glass jars. These will look perfect on them.

They have a ton of gift tags in the line. I think they’re not only going after gifting customers, but also people with home-based retail businesses.

Because, how cute would these be for a farmer’s market vendor?

These are for the address books to call out important items.

Lots of labels for the kitchen and pantry.

I need to go back and get some of these for the freezer.

Lastly, labels for the home. I’m not sure I like these stickers on the boxes. The boxes are pretty substantial looking and I think the stickers cheapen them.

I bought these in brass for them instead. I also bought a dozen for my recipe binders.

I’m so glad Staples partnered with Martha on this line. I hope they continue adding items because the possibilities are endless and with Martha leaving Macy’s and her future at JCP uncertain I think there is a huge market for this line to expand into. What’s your favorite item in the line? Leave it in the comments and I’ll randomly pick a winner for the planner in the color of their choice!

Good luck!

*Martha nor Staples have any idea who I am…I just like to give gifts and it’s a way for all you lurkers to finally comment! 🙂

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I am here with fabulous gift ideas that aren’t of the candle, slipper, or robe variety. Come on people, your mom deserves something tailored to her interests, not something you grabbed at Target before brunch.

For the mom that bakes...

Is this not the coolest thing ever??? Give this and then guilt trip her to make you delicious treats. 8 layer cake slicer . $59

Throw this in with it and you’re going to Hawaii next year for Christmas, Mom’s treat. $10

For the mom that loves to beautify…

I was actually told about this blush from my own mother. She’s cool like that. It’s Nars Orgasm. Stop giggling like a school girl and buy it. It’s the best shade on the market and looks great on any skintone. $28

For the new mom….

I don’t even have children yet, and I’m already having nightmares about changing time. How are you supposed to snap all those tiny buttons while you’re busy trying not get kicked in the chest or peed in the face? (True story, that happens, and not just with boys…)

These ingenious pants replace traditional snaps with a fast acting zipper making changing time less a war zone and more a drooling, smiling zone. Until you encounter a blowout. These pants can’t help you there. $30

For the mom that entertains

These modern simplicity champagne flutes from CB2 look great with any table setting and the price is ridic. $2.95 each

Matches are smelly. Let mom light candles in style. Versailles Silver Lighter $63

For the mom that is green and also a little tech savvy.

A solar charger for her cell phone or anything with a USB port. Prepare to have to explain how to use it to her every time she calls. $50

For the mom that is stylish, a little tech savvy, and likes attention in airport security…

I’m obsessed with this Ipad case. If your mom has taste, she will be too. $120

For the mom that thinks she’s French…

Tres delightful! £10

For the mid-century mom…

A Charley Harper Iphone case. Pop in a Stan Getz CD and the first season of Mad Men and she’ll be sashaying around like Joanie in no time. $14.95

For the mom that loves a good monogram…

This cute tray can be personalized with a variety of designs and colors. Wrap it up with some Tervis tumblers and a bottle of Margarita mix and she’s set for summer. $49

These can also be personalized in a multitude of ways. Just think how impressed Muffie and Buffy will be when she sets these on the table during the monthly bridge game. $40

Speaking of Muffie, I guess she has personalized stationary. Your mom can have it too. $78

For the mom that is organized…

I love a good storage box and these are so chic. Organize her closet together as a special add-on.  No, you can’t have her scrunchies, they’re coming back in style. $65

Does your mom recycle with a paper bag shoved under the sink? Give her something sleek and compartmentalized with this trash/recycle duo from the Container Store. Then tell her to bust out the recyclable shopping bags and stop killing the planet. $129

For the mom that has everything…

Have a personalized piece of art work made featuring her home, cabin, chateau, or ski chalet. Price upon request, which means you probably can’t afford it, unless your mom really does own a chateau. In that case, I’m a wonderful travel companion.