ah, buenos Monday, peeps

I am feeling mucho MUCHO better, thank you. Rylie and I continue to mend… she by leaving a slug trail everywhere she goes and me by channelling my mother (who is not dead, but at a conference in Dallas) and stuffing kleenex in every sleeve I come across. If you could all have an extra kleenex ready for me in case I happen to randomly run into you this week, that’d be LOVE right there, people. Love. I’ll give you a minute to prepare… go ahead.

People. I have some homework for you. ‘Tis the season for buying and loving and dreaming of things you wish you had… and somehow relating all that to the Birth of Christ and/or the Winter Solstice and/or dreidels. Now. Let’s be a little creative here, ok? Mamma Mulder and our very own Sunday Grant prefer to have lists from which to buy from… you killers of suspense 🙂 I have an idea.

I’d like for you all to head over to Etsy and make yoself a profile. It’s free (and they won’t spam you, promise). This allows you to buy things, sure… but more importantly, it allows to you add favorites. Shop around… by color, by topic, by artist, by material… it’s crazy. AND, it’s all handmade… unique… different… lovely. Photography, pottery, art, clothing, fabric, stationary, purses, baby toys, magnets- anything you can think of- it’s there. And, you can talk to the artists… you can say, “Hey- do you make that in red? ‘Cause I would love one in red!” And they’ll talk back to you! It’s so great.

So you go, you log in, you start browsing and pretty soon you come across something you love. You click ‘add to my favorites.’ You move on. You find an artist you adore (perhaps TexasNorth, eh? She’s so cute.) and you add her to your favorites. You go to her favorites and see pages of things she’s inspired by and people she supports. And so, you click… and you look at their favorites. And then you find something you like, and you add it to your favorites. Come on, you know you’re wasting an hour today somehow anyway, so why not do a little wish-listing while you’re at it? Then, when your mother in law busts out the “TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT or you’re not getting anything” line you can hand her a website address (of your profile page) and say ‘I’m ready. Pick anything from my favorites. And now, I’m your favorite daughter-in-law. Give me some candy.’ Or something like that.

And, if you do this… if you make a profile and add some favorites and love on some hard workin’ handmade folks this week… and you comment below and I can check your profile, I shall send you a present. Mmmmhmmm. You heard me. And, if you’re an old hat on Etsy and have already done this, still leave me a comment and I shall send you something as well. I just think people are doing some amazing things out there, and I want you to see it. It’s not all knitted tissue covers and macrame, folks. Not anymore.

And also, you can go to Hopscotch in EastTown and get some CUTIE stuff… like TexasNorth bonnets (a limited version from the famous KingPod patternwith permission, don’t even THINK about yelling at me) and stuffed animals and puppets and wooden blocks (in any language!) and clothing. Oh, break my heart.

The buyhandmade.org site also has some fabulous places to buy, well, handmade and the Sew, Mama, Sew! blog is doing a simple handmade project per day for the month of November. Check that out, too. I know you want to make something for all those nursery workers and Sunday school teachers and even, yes, your UPS man. Go to it.

Oh, Friends. So much to still tell you! Let’s just say you betta show up bright and early Thursday morning here at the ol’ blog, ’cause I got some FUN FOR YOU! Seriously.

*I would also like to say that The Boy dressed Rylie Saturday morning and headed out to the hardware store. He dressed her in pink and red (ew.) and then put her jeans on over her one-piece pjs.*


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TexasNorth is a little farm in Western Michigan. It's home to 5 chickens, 25 longhorn cattle, a coonhound (Banjo), 1 barn cat, a husband, and 3 ridiculously funny children. The mom of this zoo has been known to mow the lawn in a skirt and roast marshmallows after dark. View all posts by texasnorth

18 responses to “ah, buenos Monday, peeps

  • CortneyTree

    The MINUTE I get some free time today, I’m ON IT.

  • diane

    i think you should remind people to buy stuff for their High School teachers. i’ve never thought it fair that Elementary Teachers get all the goods at Christmas. when Rylie is in High School, promise me that you’ll send goodies to her teachers, okay?

  • KatieKate

    Word, Diane. Well said. High school teachers need stockings full of candy, TOO.

  • sunday

    i am almost there. i am waiting for my confirmation e-mail, and yes you are right i LOVE a list. i am about to ask my family for one, which they will in turn yell at me for. where is their christmas spirit i ask?

  • sunday

    i am now officially a member of etsy.com!!! yeah, am i the first? okay i saw that you have a wooden toy maker on your favorites, and i would like to know if you have ever seen a wooden exasaucer anywhere?

  • anna0099

    I don’t know what you’re complaining about. Rylie looks adorable, and is clearly thrilled with that outfit. Good job, Curt!

    Also, speaking of upcoming festivities and gift ideas, can you give me the dimensions of your child? No promises — this might end up being a mid-February gift (knowing me), but I’m feeling crafty.

  • Shanna, Adam and Gracen

    it took me half an hour to remember that i had even registered and another 30 minutes to remember my username and password.

    i just ate a donut (doughnut (sp?)).

    and then i unate it.

    just needed someone to feel sorry for me…

  • KatieKate

    aw, Shanna. Lady, you are growin’ a BABY… who apparently doesn’t dig donuts. I’m sorry.

    Sunday, you are officailly the first 🙂 Yay. I was thinking no one wanted to play. You even found OTHER cute things! Way to go!

  • KatieKate

    And Anna Foster. Good Night, you crack me up. I shall wrap my child in a measuring tape as soon as I can find it in this mess of a house.

  • CortneyTree

    Done and DONE, baby! I’m so excited, I found a ton of things I love! And lady, when I DO have a baby, you are my official outfitter!

  • sunday

    how do you check other people’s profiles to see what they like, like cortney’s 🙂

  • KatieKate

    I am the official commentor on my post today.

    Cort, woman… you found some seriously rad stuff. I love that Cathy Nichols print of the house!!! I haven’t seen her stuff before.

  • KatieKate

    ‘s a good question, Domenica.

    If you go to my shop and then click on “who hearts this shop” you’ll see Cort’s little letter block pop up, which will lead you to her profile where you can click on ‘favorites.’ You can also search by username, but not everyone knows what user name they’re looking for.

  • KatieKate

    Anna, you’ve got it right, its not what she looks like, its what’s inside that counts. At least that is what all the girls told me when I was in college.

    And I can say “word”??? Kate??? So 1994.

    All. Thanks for keeping my wife connected to the outside world…or should I say inside internet world.

    Come visit üs sometime so I can meet all of you!

    Have fun. Curt

  • OurMrsMikrut

    Dear Curt,

    I say “word” all the time, and I’m just fine with it. Usage of it is at least HALF the reason your wyf is so cool.

    And was that an umlaut? Good gravy.

    Your friend,

  • the dicocco gang

    Jeans over her big ole pjs.
    Ah… I’m smiling reaaaaal big just about now.

    And for serious – have you guys played with those color dots on etsy? I spent almost an entire hour the other day playing with the color dots. Fabulous fun.
    I’ll go make a profile – but I have to be in bed by 10. I promised to actually sleep while Bill(y) is away. Usually I don’t.

  • Jessica, Myron and Rylie

    Hey i am on there too…dont forget about me….please dont ever forget that i am on there too….

    does that sound pitiful enough? i feel like being pitful and i am not growing a baby or doing anything real important. maybe thats pitiful..



  • the dicocco gang

    graciejane –
    that’s my name
    check out this girl I found… kellyrae

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