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  • Atlas Snowshoes–with ~4′ of snow on the ground, these are almost a necessity
  • Keen boots–without a good pair of boots, snowshoes aren’t much use
  • Under Armour base layers–keep warm and dry no matter how wet you get in the snow
  • Design House Stockholm pleece–warm and snuggly
  • North Face WindWall–keeps the wind out and adds a layer of warmth to any good winter anorak
  • Aleve–after all that shoveling you’ll need it!
  • How about you dear readers? What do you depend on during harsh winters?

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    Poppytalk Handmade has just launched their latest monthly online “street market.” Beginning today and running through Friday, September 18, this month’s theme is “School Days: A back to school market.”

    If you haven’t already taken a look this month’s goodies, here is a peek at some of the things that caught my eye:


    Uncle Rutherford by Matte Stephens


    eblouie 2 by Labokoff


    Leap by Yardia


    Number 16 by Bueller


    Alphabet Soup by Modernpop


    Set of 12 postcards by Tricia McKellar


    My Friend print by Tutti studio


    Branch necklace by Floridity

    If you haven’t checked them out before, Poppytalk curates a monthly online showcase of international design talent; beautiful handmade items are available in this fun and diverse marketplace. Go check it out!

    Images: Poppytalk Handmade

    For the 34th year in a row, the American Craft Council (ACC) will hold its annual San Francisco show this weekend at the Fort Mason Center!

    If you have never been to an ACC show, boy have you been missing out! This year’s San Francisco show will feature 250 national artists who have traveled to the Bay area to show and sell their latest and greatest– furniture, clothing, jewelry, decor (a list of exhibitors is available on the show page organized by medium).

    Over the years, I have been to many of the ACC shows in Baltimore and seen an AMAZING range of work and art. By attending these shows, I have met artists whose work has enriched my life, enlivened my home and even inspired my own work.


    • The American Craft Council Show in San Francisco
    • at the Fort Mason Center (vague directions available here— but if you’ve never been there, it’s a pretty walk along the water past Fisherman’s Wharf– the view from the hill above is gorgeous!)
    • Friday, August 14; 10am – 8pm
      Saturday, August 15; 10am – 6 pm
      Sunday, August 16; 10 am – 5 pm
    • Tickets are $12/person or $18 for a two-day pass. And since they’ve extended the Friday evening hours to 8pm, tickets for Friday night only are $5 after 5pm; a SCREAMING deal, if you ask me. OR if you know you’re going and want to save a few bucks, why not buy your tickets ahead of time at a slight discount here.

    Not a Bay area resident? Fear not, faithful reader. There are other ACC shows around the nation throughout the year.

    For the rest of the 2009 year the ACC shows are as follows:
    San Francisco, CA Aug. 14-16, 2009
    Charlotte, NC Nov. 6-8, 2009
    Sarasota, FL Dec. 4-6, 2009

    For 2010, the ACC shows are as follows:
    Baltimore, MD Feb. 25-28, 2010
    Atlanta, GA Mar. 12-14, 2010
    St. Paul, MN Apr. 16-18 , 2010
    San Francisco, CA Aug. 6-8, 2010

    Hopefully, you can check at least one of the ACC shows in the next year!


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    This morning I was thrilled to stumble across the new blog of card and gift design company, PaPaYa! For years I have been a fan of Papaya’s lovely products– ornate goodies dripping in texture and delicate color palettes.

    And if all of the goodies available for purchase from Papaya’s Web site aren’t enough to delight your eyes, there is a photo tour of Papaya’s workspace featured today on Decor8. Go check it out!

    Images: PaPaYa!