Category Archives: Shopping

Oh, hello

Boy. Once you slide out of the blogging habit, it’s tough to start back up again.

Especially when you’ve built up a big backlog of stuff to talk about. (But, perhaps, been negligent with photographing along the way.) I’ve been working on my sewing space again (painting! and organizing! and accessorizing!), making some gifts, experimenting with patchwork pillow covers, learning how to screen print, appliqueing some more onesies for The Shop Next Door, and baking bread in 5 minutes a day!

I don’t know where to begin.

I need an ice breaker.

How about something that’s not mine at all, but the work of another local stitcher who sells her handiwork at The Shop Next Door?

I fell in love with this octo-plushie from Jayne Danger when I stopped by the shop on Saturday — apparently  I walked in about 5 minutes after she’d dropped them off, so I got first pick from the gaggle of newly displayed adorable octopodes. (It was tough pick between this one and a blue guy with a comb-over.)

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The Shop Next Door’s Grand Opening

Hey Iowa blog readers (Mom), check it out. The Shop Next Door is open!

And it’s kicking off December with a Grand Opening Party tomorrow (Dec. 1) from 5 to 8 p.m. Organizers promise coffee and food, both of which are pretty much guarenteed to be good, since the shop is owned by the same folks who run Brewed Awakenings.

The Shop is an “artisan collective” that sells local handmade items (like these screen-printed kitchen towels)

and vintage/repurposed clothes.

Oh, and they also happen to carry (shameless self-promotion ahead), quilted coasters and appliqued onesies (I wasn’t kidding when I said they were addictive)!

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i like you, Minneapolis

I love traveling on the weekend when Daylight Savings ends. It’s like a free hour of vacation.

So, Halloween weekend, (I know, I’m about two weeks behind here), we drove up to Minneapolis for:

1. A lot of great food, including breakfast tacos at Moose &  Sadies (below); burgers, tots, and beer at Bulldog Northeast (they had me at “tots”);  contemporary Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine at Saffron Lounge (I almost always go for good Mediterranean food while traveling to a big city, because you can’t find much of it here at home); and an amazing pile of huevos rancheros and delicious vegetable benedict at Hell’s Kitchen (could I eat brunch there every Sunday, please?).

2. A Ben Folds show featuring Sonny and Cher costumes, a ghost drummer, and an auditorium full of fans wearing dark-rimmed Ben Folds glasses. (We got there a half-hour before the show and were still too late to snag a pair!)

3. Shopping, including a stop at i like you, a fantastic local shop full of fun handmade items including prints, silk-screened t-shirts, jewelry, soaps, hats and scarfs, and softies, like this upcycled sweater cat that I couldn’t resist bringing home with me:

The store reminded me of Anthology in Madison, which I wrote about a couple of months ago, but with a Minneapolis flavor. You can find a bunch of photos of the store on its Facebook page here and read a little more about it here.

These sorts of shops, which are like little brick-and-mortar estys, are quickly becoming my favorite things to seek out in other cities. I can’t wait to have one in my very own hometown.

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Madison, part 2: craftiness

OK. So. After hours of ogling fruits and veggies and cheeses and flowers at the farmers market, I discovered another most-stop spot in Madison. This one has nothing to do with food. This one is all about craftiness: A little shop of handmade goods called Anthology.

I want to live there.

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An excuse to shop: Bags for a good cause

My time with Buttercup Bag No. 4 was short. It’s better that way, though. I was starting to get a little attached.

I made her Monday evening, photographed her before leaving for work Tuesday morning, and handed her over to the lovely ladies at Home Ec. Workshop several hours later during my lunch break.

She’s one of more than 40 bags that have been donated to the shop for a fundraiser. The bags are for sale in a silent auction with all proceeds going to benefit cancer research. It’s a good cause. I’m a happy to donate a bag. I tried to make a super-cute one that I hope will sell at a high (for a handbag) price.

But my motivation wasn’t entirely selfless. Home Ec. is also asking everyone who stops in the store (whether they’re placing a bid or not) to vote for their favorite bag. The winner gets a big fat gift certificate, and I’ve got my eye on some fantastic Kokka fabric for sale there.  (Vote for me! Vote for me!)

There are lots of great bags on display at the shop, in all sorts of styles, fabrics, and colors. If you’re in Iowa City, check it out. The auction and contest run through July 24. (Also, while you’re there, get a fresh-baked cookie. They’re delicious.)

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Where to find caviar in Miami

If you want to find something special for dinner something delicious you, for example, caviar and you are in Miami you should visit this store - Marky's gourmet store

You could find here all range of gourmet products - caviar, foie gras, deli meats, truffles and more, visit their showroom Address: 687 NE 79th St, Miami, FL 33138, United States Hours: Open today · 9AM–7PM Phone: +1 305-758-2005

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A Photo Booth 4th

Pardon me while I make one more post about our fab photo booth.

Last night we took the booth to 4th of July festivities in my hometown and had a blast. The booth was hopping for 5 hours straight. It was fun to have the diverse crowd that a community festival like a fireworks show attracts. Our booth saw a few firsts, including:

a dog


It’s hard not to be a little bit starstruck by Spiderman. Even if you do know that it’s really just an actor dressed up in a padded spandex suit.

Here’s one last picture of our booth at the Freedom Festival as people stood in line for their turn while waiting for the fireworks show to start:

Big thanks to the Freedom Festival for making us a part of this year’s events.

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