Thursday, December 18, 2014

Shop Update!

Hey guys! Sorry to have been so M.I.A. lately...lots going on around here. We've been so busy that we still haven't bought our tree yet or finished Christmas shopping! Speaking of last-minute shopping, I've added new things to My Hideaway AND decided to offer a coupon code to all those amazing people out there who've also been working like crazy and had no time to shop. Save 20% on everything from now thru 12/24 with coupon code PARTYSNAIL. I'm shipping every day between now and Christmas so there's still time to get a gift if you're in the U.S., or just treat yourself! :)

Cute snail ornaments

Colorful ribbon ornaments. These are just so pretty! I took about a thousand photos and could stare at them all day.

And I added a few prints to the shop like this "Dream House" print,

and "My Favorite Day is Donut Day" print.

I'll be adding a lot more prints in January, and the next batch will be from paintings on canvas (as opposed to illustrations on paper like these) if that's more your thing. I have a few more works on paper to add also. I'd hoped to get everything listed before Christmas, but scanner woes have put a kink in my plans. If I can't fix it, it might be time for an upgrade. (If any illustrators or artists out there have a scanner they'd recommend, please share! I'll be your bff.)

Hope everyone is having a warm, fuzzy holiday season so far. Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends, and happy almost(!) Christmas to my fellow gentiles!!! :)
xo, Mary

Friday, December 5, 2014

Scenes from (Work) Life

Happy Friday, guys! Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I've been spending most of my time at my messy desk, surrounded by piles of felt and floss.

It's actually worse than this picture lets on. If I were to pan around the room, you'd see crafty debris on pretty much every tabletop, desk, and bookshelf available. It is a colorful, happy mess though. :)

Just look at this pretty felt bundle...soon to be cut up and sewn into little creatures...

...like this guy! I'll be selling this snail ornament and lots more at GRUMP on Dec. 14th.

I'm going to do another post next week with more sneak peeks of what I'll have at GRUMP, but in the mean time you can always follow me on instagram for more behind the scenes shenanigans.

Have a great weekend, friends! xo, Mary

Monday, December 1, 2014

Bits of November

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break! We spent a couple days doing nothing much but eating and lounging...as it should be. Now I'm working 'round the clock to get ready for my craft show on December 14th. I can't believe it's just two weeks away! I'll show you guys a few sneak peeks of what I'll be selling soon. Anyway, here's a look back at November, which went by much too fast!

Colorful rowhouses in Old Town; spotted some cute kitties in a shop window; gorgeous stained glass windows at the American Art Museum; and pretty flowers from a warm day (I took this pic last summer but didn't get around to posting it until a couple of weeks ago).

Been stitching lots of merry and bright ornaments (see more here); I was head over heels for this red Christmas tree (which of course, was a display and not for sale)...I just want to cover it with colorful felt ornaments and bask in it's glow. I actually looked them up online later, and they are crazy expensive...much, much, much more than getting a real tree, so I guess I'll just have to add that to my fantasy-someday-when-I-have-bunches-of-money wishlist. The little deer and raccoon brooches went off to live in France...my handmade things travel more than I do! And last, but not least, I pretty much drooled all over everything in the Jonathan Adler store, so much cute stuff (also adding to fantasy wishlist).

Our neighbors invited us over for lunch one Sunday afternoon, so we decided to be neighborly and bring treats from Olivia Macaron; won't ever get sick of fall colors like these...wish they lasted longer; got my felt candies from the Cornershop (blogged here); and some cute ghost lights left up after Halloween...I wouldn't want to take them down either. :)

The Kogod Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum is still one of my favorite (newer) architectural spaces in DC, can't get enough of that light; walking to metro at that pretty sunset/pink buildings time of day; two notebooks that I sent off to customers (thank you!); and the usual pink diner date.

As always, if you'd like to follow my instagram, my username is @my_hideaway.
xo, Mary

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Today's Finds + Black Friday Sales

This post is full of the usual Etsy goodness, only all of these shops are having Black Friday sales! :)

"Oh You" print by Ashley Goldberg
(Save 25% with the Promo Code "HOLIDAY14" 11/24 - 12/1)

Lulu and Juniper - small cushion set from Sleepy King
(Save 20% off all orders with code "HOLIDAYSPARKLE" + free domestic shipping + Buy 3 animals, get a FREE Liam the fox!)

Custom wooden initial necklace from Havok Designs
(Save 25% with coupon code "BFCM25" - Ends Dec. 4th)

Rain embroidered pillow from Aeropagita
(Save 30% on home decor items with code "BFS2014" from now until Nov 30)

Leather pouch from Leah Lerner
(Buy any 2 items, Get 15% OFF, Coupon: "15SALE" - Buy any 3 items, Get 20% OFF, Coupon: "20SALE")

All of these shops have lots of things that would make great gifts. :)

P.S. I am also having a sale! Save 20% on everything in my Etsy shop with coupon code "FOODCOMA" (now thru Friday 11/28). xo, Mary

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Let's Take a Walk + Holiday Shopping

On Sunday morning, we got up early to go to an estate sale to look for a couple of things I can use as displays at my next craft show. No luck on that, but we did walk out with a couple of vintage wooden Christmas decorations. (I'm so excited to decorate this year!) After that, we popped into a few shops in Old Town to look for Christmas gifts, and I added about a thousand things to my own wish lists too. :)

One of the shops we went into was Red Barn Mercantile, which is stuffed to the brim with cute, cute stuff. They're having a Black Friday sale, which I might have to check out. I usually avoid stores on that day, but look how cute!!! (For those folks who aren't local, they have an online shop too, but I'm not sure if the sale is online as well.)

Nautical-themed tree? Yes, please. I love that whale ornament on the left.

They have something for everyone on your list: lots of adorable kids' gifts, soaps, books, pillows, kitchen things, decorations. The sales lady was super chill and didn't harass us once while we were in the store either, which pretty much guarantees a repeat visit on my part. (The opposite is also true, if you follow me around and try to talk to me too much while I'm shopping, I'll probably leave quickly without buying anything. This is true for everyone, right? Why don't they teach that to salespeople?)

Anyway, I'm on the lookout for more Black Friday sales in small businesses, local shops, and Etsy sellers, so if you know of any good ones, please leave me a comment!
xo, Mary

Friday, November 21, 2014

Shop Update!

I added lots of colorful felt ornaments to the shop yesterday...lots of snowflakes, little trees, and pretty scallops.

And all that stitching inspired me to make a new illustrated notebook with a spool of thread and needle. I often use little notebooks for jotting down project notes as I'm working: materials, colors, little bits of info I want to remember for the next time I make an ornament, garland, or brooch. Also, I frequently get ideas for new things to make (or ideas on how to tweak an old design) while I'm working and need to scribble it down quickly. I know there are lots of devices for note-taking these days, but for me, nothing beats a little notebook. I can scribble and jot much faster than I can type on my phone! And I don't ever have to worry about that dreaded black screen either. :)

I'm thinking of maybe doing more in different colors. It would make a cute gift for crafty friends too, right?

What are you guys up to this weekend? I'll most likely be working all weekend to get ready for my show in December. Most of the stuff I'll be selling is totally new, which is super exciting, but also means I have a lot of work to do in the next three weeks. I'll share some sneak peeks as we get closer!

I hope everyone has a fun weekend. xoxo, Mary

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Let's Take a Walk

I'm still playing catch up editing photos. Here are a few snaps from a lazy afternoon back in August.


Just looking at these warm, sunny pics is making me feel a little better. I do miss the bright, saturated colors of summer. But even though it's 20 degrees outside right now, I know we'll have a few more temperate days when I can get outside with my camera before winter sets in. And there's still lots of beauty out and about to see. Also, I have three rolls of film left to shoot, and I'm determined not to take a whole year this time!

Happy wanderings, friends. :)