lovely and local : bark

It has been a while since I last did a lovely and local post. It isn't that I am out of things lovely or local it is just that I am quite busy. But it is nice to relax and look at handmade stuff and write a few words about it and I am happy to get back to it!

I have noticed bark at a few outdoor markets we have both participated in. Their tent looks quite inviting. I suggest you take the time to stop in, you will be glad you did. 

I am always attracted to items with birdcages on them. Although these are different, as the birdcages have more style like those you may find at an antique store. The colors are great too. I love white on robin's egg blue. The mustard envelope compliments the card well. 

 Aren't these holiday cards wonderful? I find them to be quite different from the usual suspects. 

I am also quite smitten with owls. This one has some spectacular gem-like eyes.

And here is the pillow I always see lingering at the edge of bark's tent. Seems like the perfect place for this item, it is quite handsome and eye-catching.

I do hope you enjoyed this little company from my beloved Boston.
xo, kim

supermarket saturdays welcomes Jellybeans

Today seems to be the official beginning to fall. It is warmer than most autumn days today but the increasing number of crimson leaves are making it quite clear that fall is here. As is the plentiful harvest of apples at the farmers market. Every week our local farmers seem to have more and more to offer and for that I am grateful. Thanks to them we will have some fantastic end of season pizza on the grill tonight. This babbling was supposed to lead smoothly to an introduction of why I chose Jellybeans as my supermarket favorite this week. One of her pieces was on the front page today and I realized how well she seemed to capture the season. 

Retro Falling
And my instinct was right, this is how Angela describes this particular image, "Of a tree in the final stages before it drops its leaves for the winter, fall. I feel that the leaves in the fall have such a ‘retro-ness’ to them, with the reds, oranges, browns, and neutral-like greens and blues." She does a good job capturing the slow speed at which the leaves tumble from the tree to the earth. 

Sapphire Dreams
Saphire Dreams reminds me of a blustery and brisk autumn night around Halloween. 

Acorns Watercolor
On our walks in the park lately, there are have been many acorns crunching under our feet. Maybe that is what makes the walks more enjoyable. I have a new-found energy in getting myself to walk there lately. It has been more refreshing. 

If you are the type who is already preparing for the holidays you should stay tuned to Jellybeans shop. After taking a glance at her blog, I noticed that there are some great winter cards in the works.

happy weekend and happy autumn!


supermarket saturdays welcomes paperwhite studio

What else is there to do on Saturdays but go to the supermarket

This week I decided to feature one of the first shops I discovered on supermarketPaperwhite Studio of New York, NY. This image was gracing the front page on my very first visit. 

The possibilities seem endless. Funny, serious, just plain silly, but it gets the point across. In case you lack imagination there are some options too.

I love that the artist thought of things you always hope to be loved more than. For instance, the "cold side of the pillow." Then there are things I could never dream of being loved more than being "the dog."

What would you fill in the blank with? And, what would you want to be loved more than?
enjoy, Kim


Favorite of the Weekend!

Another passion of mine is sending handwritten notes on beautiful paper and uniquely adorned cards. Sometimes I fashion my own cards, others I find in unexpected places and add them to the collection. Of course, when I am traveling I search for exotic cards to send along special notes in. But a little search on etsy proved that there are some lovely handmade cards right under my nose. My search may have ended, these are the cards I have had pictured in my head as the perfect finds!

Have I mentioned that these little beauties have surprises that come with them? Handmade confetti is quite the luscious treat! Or you can use these decorations to get crafty yourself, add some adhesive to the back to decorate the inside of the card or the envelope. These cards aren't just playful in design, they are meant to be fun to receive as well.

Sara has other ideas to brighten your day aside from cards. Handmade check book covers have the same festive feel as your cards. Maybe this will rub off while you are paying your bills!

Did I mention that she has the same attention to detail with her sewing as with her cards?

Finally, an addition to your wardrobe, a pretty detail you won't want to be without.

Take some advice from Sara. Make every day special, even the rainy ones we have been enduring in New England.

Take a look at her shop. I am sure the whoever receives one of her handmade gifts will have a brighter day.