Monday, April 27, 2009

Felt Brooches by Kireina

I was helping my boyfriend shop for his mother's birthday, and I thought a floral brooch would make a lovely gift. I was looking for something very specific - classic but not old fashioned, simple but not plain, feminine but not frilly. It's been a long time since I shopped for something like this at the mall, and I was supremely disappointed by the schockly, cheezy accessories and jewelry they carried. (note to retailers - give us a compelling reason to spend by stocking your shelves with beautiful things, and we will gladly part with our hard earned money!). I had a suspicion I could find something handmade, beautiful and affordable online. That's when I found these gorgeous floral broochonniere by Kireina.

Her broochonnieres are hand made using the finest merino wool and blended felts. They come in a variety of colors and styles. You can also request that an alligator clip be attached instead of a pin if you prefer to wear it in your hair. Unfortunately, I found these after my boyfriend decided to buy pearl earrings (yawn). But now I know what I'll be sending for Mother's Day.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

It's OK to Cry

This economy sucks. I don't know anyone who has not been affected by it. It's at the forefront of my mind and the hot topic of every party I go to. It's even made it's way into everyday objects, like the Dow Jones Hanky by Design Glut. This hanky is embroidered with the graph of the Dow Jones from the past 5 years, 2004 to 2009. For $95, they will embroider the graph of your stock portfolio. Let's hope these graphs look very different in the near future.