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etsy find: this showercurtain makes every day a day at the beach!

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I’ve yet to feel the sand between the toes (thanks to a little renovation project that is sucking up our free time) this summer. I am yearning to lie back and listen to the sounds of the shore — splashing waves, distant gulls, far off kids laughing. Hopefully me and my beach towel will have some quality time before summer closes, but if not, this shower curtain from Wanderlustography should help. It’s made by photographer Catherine McDonald, who brings her camera skills to shower curtains, pillows, and prints that are available on Etsy.
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Not a beach person? Perhaps a mountain scene would inspire your mornings… a quick trip to the Hollywood Hills. Each shower curtain is printed on to woven polyester fabric and costs $60 at Etsy.

rolling with laughter: customized pins add flair to baking

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Isn’t it a wonderful world when a young Polish designer who lives outside of Warsaw can suddenly find herself a design blog darling? I heard about Zuzia Kozerska and her beautiful, engraved baking pins via This Is Colossal and was even more enchanted after clicking through to Zuzia’s Esty page. A baker and a designer, she wanted to make pastries that were fun and delicious without spending an entire weekend slaving over them. Using a laser engraver (take that Star Wars fans!) Zuzia discovered a way to engrave wooden rolling pins with whimsical patterns, like cats, robots, dinosaurs and even charming Polish phrases (like “sto lat” — a birthday greeting which means 100 years). “It all started with my niece birthday, she is absolutely nuts about cats!” says Zuzia on Etsy. “I knew without any hesitations what would be the first pattern I would make.” Made from locally harvested beech wood, the pins cost about $42 plus $13 shipping from Poland. They arrive in a carefully wrapped box with local postage stamps to show off their country origin. Without a doubt, this is going on my holiday gift list — I do have some Polish bakers in my family!

cutting fat out of your breakfast? try wooly beast’s maple bacon donut soap instead

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There’s something dangerous about a soap that makes you drool, but as good as this smells, please don’t eat Wooly Beast‘s Maple Bacon Donut soap. This Portland-OR-based Etsy shop is making deliciously scented, small batch candles and soaps. While all may not sound as tempting as the aforementioned delight (Bearded man? There’s one in our house, and his smells get mixed reviews), each is olfactory sensation worth trying. Other favorites of ours include Stumptown (bringing that coffee bar flavor to any room) and Locavore (which is like a trip to the farmer’s market). The handmade soaps are $7 for a 3.5 oz bar. Candles are $15 for a 9oz version. Visit Wooly Beast on Etsy to see more.

a bright light in radiant orchid, pantone’s color of the year

A couple of years ago, we were insanely excited when Tangerine Tango was the color of the year. It is one of our all-time favorites and has a permanent place in our decor. Admittedly, we sorta skipped last year’s — emerald — but the new 2014 choice just announced today has us giddy (especially a certain kindergartner who loves purple). Pantone’s newly christened shade of the year is called Radiant Orchid, like a blossoming flower. And while bachelors may have a hard time incorporating it into their sensibilities, homes blessed with little girls like ours will find lots of the new hue in months to come. What’s nice about Radiant Orchid is that is a strong purple, with strong pink undertones. In the right light, you might even mistake it for fuchsia. Our hunt for the bright color is on, and we already found one thing that matches it perfectly. This Modern Lamp Shade from Mood Studio Design is just the right purple to capture the Pantone spirit. It’s made to order from the Canadian company, who we suspect is about to get flooded with orders. Put in a request for yours for $89 today and you’ll be ready for a stylish new year.