site we’re psyched about: fivegomad

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FiveGoMad is a shop with the tagline “Quintessentially British” and all I can say is – love! Shelterrific friend Marissa alerted me to it with a Facebook post on these Anne Boleyn underpants (Anne. Boleyn. Underpants.) and then a photo of this gold glitter hand-printed skull-and-crossbones wallpaper, and I was hooked. There are humorous housewares like the Ice Cream Woman Fridge Magnet, lots of fabulous wallpapers, and a selection of food and drinks including, of course, tea. Go mad! – Mary T.

move over, food carts: portland’s portable stores

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I had the good fortune to pop into Portland again last weekend for Crafty Wonderland, and couldn’t help but notice a new trend (in part because the trend was parked in the middle of the sale). It seems that stores on wheels are the next little thing. I adored meeting Vanessa and Dan Lurie and getting a peek inside their traveling store Wanderlust, a whimsical trailer filled with vintage frocks and fun goods like reclaimed tableware and crafty decorations. (Incidentally, if you like your music unusual, check out Dan’s band Koot Hoomi and their release “The Dark Side of Hall and Oates.” It was a surprisingly great listen during the three hours back to Seattle.) Taking a break from Crafty Wonderland for some much-needed breakfast at Tasty n Sons (highly recommended!) we noticed yet another mobile shop across the street: Lodekka, a double-decker dress shop. Lodekka was closed when we were in the neighborhood (it wasn’t yet 10 a.m.) but you can read more here. Personally, I am loving the idea of shops taking their wares on the road. – Mary T.

five things we learned last week

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1) Maple snow candy translates from Little House in the Big Woods to our homes. Sarah L. shares the recipe that from the book she loved as a child and fellow Little House fans are thankful! Kris says: “Awww! This makes my heart smile. I was obsessed with Little House and tried to make this once myself, but it didn’t quite work out the way I imagined it from the book. Maybe because the snow in Georgia isn’t quite, well, snow…more like slush. Thanks for this post!”

2) Gingermen are stylish and sweet when outfitted in chocolate pants. Mary’s friend Marja gifted them to her saying the smaller size also makes the little guys chewier. An added bonus? They’re not naked. Jonathon Colman says: “Giving the gingerbread men chocolate pants to wear also helps reduce your neighbors’ calls to the police due to indecent exposure.”

3) Pets should never be overlooked at the holidays. Nor should their style sense be discounted. Katie D. has you covered with her gift guide for animal lovers, which includes these chic bow tie collars. Tula says: “Ferret fashion. Oh, yes.”

4) Crocheted snowflakes: nice craft, fun tradition! Sarah L. has so many that she’s saving some for when her little ones have their own trees. Our readers enjoy them too. Nutmegg says: “I love crochet snowflakes!! I love to crochet them, too. I know some people think they’re kind of hokey, so I crochet them in different colors to give them a fresher look. Pink snowflakes, anyone?”

5) A baby deer makes for a great holiday card, and represents a good cause! Twitter, the adorable deer on a greeting Mary T. received is a fabulous reminder of the good works of places like Shore Wildlife Rehab. Shoppingsmycardio says: “So very hard to go wrong with baby animals. love the cause in this case, though…what a great find!”

baby deer and holiday cheer

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Last week, we received the above photo in a Christmas card from our friend JoAnn Locktov of Bella Figura Communications. We had to learn more, and JoAnn was happy to oblige. The fawn is named Twitter and he’s reclining on a floor by New Ravenna, but that’s not the whole story. Twitter is one of 15 deer rescued as babies and rehabilitated at Shore Wildlife Rehab in Keller, Virginia. It’s obvious that the licensed rehabilitators at Shore are in it for the love of animals, from deer to owls to even bald eagles, so if you’d like to help them out, click here. And be sure to read more about the fawn photo shoot (plus see lots more completely adorable photos) at Sarah Baldwin Design, where you can also learn more about the animal rescuers.

Shelterrific will be back after Christmas. Happy holidays, everyone. Peace out!

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five things we learned last week

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1) Some pet toys are just as much fun for us. The Cats Attack! Scratching Post is one such item. Kristi says: “Oh my goodness, I want a cat just so I can see him play with this.”

2) Bonsai trees offer a fun alternative to traditional Christmas decorating. We love Martha Stewart’s take on the idea and we’re not alone. ModFruGal says: “I have a small one and just added 3 vintage birds to it…no baubles and it looks festive without being fussy.”

3) Elf on the Shelf is a fun but work-intensive tradition. Moving the elf every night is a tall order, but keeping him on the tree during the holidays seems to be a manageable solution. Aimee says: “My family has an elf tradition dating back to when my mother was a child. Only this elf resided in the tree and didn’t move every night. When I was a child, it was the same-stuck in the tree. Now that we have a family, it’s the same. I’m not hiding it again every single evening.”

4) A tech support care package is a welcome addition to many inboxes. Google’s got’em and we can’t say it’s a bad idea! Ginny says: “Do they have an option for sending a tech support dude to live with your parents? I think I would need that option.”

5) Architectural tableware has appeal. Katie D. spotted Seletti and Selab’s Palace Stacking Tableware and it’d make a fine set in your dream china cabinets. Brianna says: “While, I still absolutely adore my china pattern these would be really cool to own. It would be great to register for a wedding, honestly 6 place settings for around $600 isn’t that bad of a price. Well, if your thinking wedding set… Compared to my everyday Target plates, now that’s another story.”