through the lens; breezy.on.the.eyes

dislikethinkingofuniquenames:

nasturtiummm:

These cute kitty keychains are not toys, but are in fact a very serious defense weapon. Get em here!

pretty awesome

these are pretty friggin sweet. however, for all the times that i’ve been mugged (never) i would probably injure myself way more often than you might think possible.

(Source: lettersintheampersand)

pulmonaire:

Artist Cecilia Levy uses recycled book pages and glue to make a series of pretty teacups.

i smell a prooooooject!!!!

Holiday shopping at the thrift and on a budget can be the most fun  and rewarding experience you have shopping all year. It can be a  challenge, but the reward is so much greater than walking into a  department store and buying the same ole thing that everyone else is  buying.

For the past month I have been crafting furiously  and trying to get the right gifts for the right people. I’m not  religious, and I’m not particularly materialistic, but I can’t help  myself every year at this time - I just really love giving gifts.

Some  people are easy to make things for - they like earrings - okay done, or  they love photos - DONE, but others are more abstract. Take for  instance my quandary this year - my “boss” Christi. She lives in Indiana  and we work with each other remotely about 98% of the time. We’ve spent  time together here and there, and we’ve cultivated a great relationship  - but since I don’t see her in her own element very often, I have a  very limited bag of tricks from which to pull when holidays comes  around. Last year I made her an ornament for Christmas, and for her  birthday I made her a necklace and earrings - so I’ve already used up my  crafting card. This had me taking stock in the few other things that I  know about her - she loves motorcycles, old things, the color orange,  and tea.

I think it’s fair to say that I know absolutely  nothing what so ever about motorcycles, so that’s an obvious pass. I do  however, know lots about antiques, I love orange things, and I too am  wild about tea. This gave me a starting point.

About a  week ago I was in the Salvation Army looking for anything and everything  for literally anyone on my list, and I saw this little box that said  the word ‘tea’. Well hell, why not check it out? I pick it up, it’s  $1.99 for two fancy little tea trays (Tea Forte, retails for $6.00.) I  decide to get them and figure that I can eventually formulate a plan  around this singular item.

Fast forward to five days later  and I’m freaking out. I still only have this ridiculous little gift for  someone that has done so much for me in the past year and it’s almost  Christmas and oh my god what am I going to do!? I decide that if all  else fails, I’ll go to Trader Joe’s and get her some pretty and fragrant  teas and put together a sampler. On my way to TJ’s however, it dawned  on me that the Goodwill is open on Sunday, and it may just pay off to  pop in beforehand. So I do - and?

Success.

Right  off the bat I see a little ceramic canister (Unsigned, $1.99) that will  be perfect for assembling the sampler. I already have the plan in my  head to put a smattering of teas in baggies and label them with homemade  tags. As I continue down the ‘stuff’ aisles, I see this great looking  copper tea kettle (Culinaire, $7.99.) It’s a bit on the pricey side, so I  hold it and keep walking, but I don’t commit. Next I see a handcrafted  and artist signed (Assisi, $1.99) beautiful orange dish. Score: it’s  rustic, it’s vintage, it’s orange - it’s perfect. I’m now juggling the  canister, the kettle, and the plate when I find the cherry for the top  of my thrifty Sunday Sundae - a copper tea cup (Coppercraft Guild,  $.99). Since I now have the copper cup to go with the kettle, I decide I  can’t hate on the fact that it’s an outrageous $8, so I walk out of  there with all four of the items, still spending under $15 total,  including the trays from the 1st trip. 

Happy as a hog, I  head to TJ’s to scope out teas. Since the idea is for a sampler, I get  some that I know I myself want to try. I pick out two that are in  biodegradable ‘nylon’ type bags because a) they sound delicious, and b)  they’ll be pretty laying on the tea trays after steeping. I decide in  that moment to also use some of my own looseleaf teas at home, to save  money and also make it more personal. Lastly, I decide to throw in some  Chai, since I know she loves it and it’s only $2.99. Since I’m sharing  the teas - this costs me practically nothing as far as the gift goes -  both boxes were $3.99, with 15 bags so that’s about $.26/bag, and I gave  her three of each, so that’s about $1.50. The looseleaf teas I included  were bought in LA at a farmers’ market and I have no idea how much they  were, so we’re calling that free. In total, I gave her four different  looseleafs and two bagged teas and stuffed them all into the little  ceramic jar and WA-LA! The perfect, thoughtful, cheap Christmas gift.  When all set-&-done - I got all of this for less than $20.

And  so too can you!

If you’re still struggling for gift ideas  and you don’t want to spend much, I implore you to get out there, put  aside all of your reservations and misgivings about thrifting, and  prepare to be amazed.

Above all else - enjoy!


Cheers  & Happy Holidays,
Breezer M

Holiday shopping at the thrift and on a budget can be the most fun and rewarding experience you have shopping all year. It can be a challenge, but the reward is so much greater than walking into a department store and buying the same ole thing that everyone else is buying.

For the past month I have been crafting furiously and trying to get the right gifts for the right people. I’m not religious, and I’m not particularly materialistic, but I can’t help myself every year at this time - I just really love giving gifts.

Some people are easy to make things for - they like earrings - okay done, or they love photos - DONE, but others are more abstract. Take for instance my quandary this year - my “boss” Christi. She lives in Indiana and we work with each other remotely about 98% of the time. We’ve spent time together here and there, and we’ve cultivated a great relationship - but since I don’t see her in her own element very often, I have a very limited bag of tricks from which to pull when holidays comes around. Last year I made her an ornament for Christmas, and for her birthday I made her a necklace and earrings - so I’ve already used up my crafting card. This had me taking stock in the few other things that I know about her - she loves motorcycles, old things, the color orange, and tea.

I think it’s fair to say that I know absolutely nothing what so ever about motorcycles, so that’s an obvious pass. I do however, know lots about antiques, I love orange things, and I too am wild about tea. This gave me a starting point.

About a week ago I was in the Salvation Army looking for anything and everything for literally anyone on my list, and I saw this little box that said the word ‘tea’. Well hell, why not check it out? I pick it up, it’s $1.99 for two fancy little tea trays (Tea Forte, retails for $6.00.) I decide to get them and figure that I can eventually formulate a plan around this singular item.

Fast forward to five days later and I’m freaking out. I still only have this ridiculous little gift for someone that has done so much for me in the past year and it’s almost Christmas and oh my god what am I going to do!? I decide that if all else fails, I’ll go to Trader Joe’s and get her some pretty and fragrant teas and put together a sampler. On my way to TJ’s however, it dawned on me that the Goodwill is open on Sunday, and it may just pay off to pop in beforehand. So I do - and?

Success.

Right off the bat I see a little ceramic canister (Unsigned, $1.99) that will be perfect for assembling the sampler. I already have the plan in my head to put a smattering of teas in baggies and label them with homemade tags. As I continue down the ‘stuff’ aisles, I see this great looking copper tea kettle (Culinaire, $7.99.) It’s a bit on the pricey side, so I hold it and keep walking, but I don’t commit. Next I see a handcrafted and artist signed (Assisi, $1.99) beautiful orange dish. Score: it’s rustic, it’s vintage, it’s orange - it’s perfect. I’m now juggling the canister, the kettle, and the plate when I find the cherry for the top of my thrifty Sunday Sundae - a copper tea cup (Coppercraft Guild, $.99). Since I now have the copper cup to go with the kettle, I decide I can’t hate on the fact that it’s an outrageous $8, so I walk out of there with all four of the items, still spending under $15 total, including the trays from the 1st trip. 

Happy as a hog, I head to TJ’s to scope out teas. Since the idea is for a sampler, I get some that I know I myself want to try. I pick out two that are in biodegradable ‘nylon’ type bags because a) they sound delicious, and b) they’ll be pretty laying on the tea trays after steeping. I decide in that moment to also use some of my own looseleaf teas at home, to save money and also make it more personal. Lastly, I decide to throw in some Chai, since I know she loves it and it’s only $2.99. Since I’m sharing the teas - this costs me practically nothing as far as the gift goes - both boxes were $3.99, with 15 bags so that’s about $.26/bag, and I gave her three of each, so that’s about $1.50. The looseleaf teas I included were bought in LA at a farmers’ market and I have no idea how much they were, so we’re calling that free. In total, I gave her four different looseleafs and two bagged teas and stuffed them all into the little ceramic jar and WA-LA! The perfect, thoughtful, cheap Christmas gift. When all set-&-done - I got all of this for less than $20.

And so too can you!

If you’re still struggling for gift ideas and you don’t want to spend much, I implore you to get out there, put aside all of your reservations and misgivings about thrifting, and prepare to be amazed.

Above all else - enjoy!

Cheers & Happy Holidays,

Breezer M

pulmonaire:

French designer and architect Olivier Dollé has created this modern branch book shelf out of oak.

waaaaaaaaaaaaaant

i used to have ornaments for my fake christmas tree, however, after moving a multitude of times within the past two years, they’ve because lost in the shuffle. this year, i decided to get a real tree for the first time since i’ve been out on my own. to make it extra special, i scavenged a few thrift stores (such is my calling) and found some silly and wonderful ornaments. to seal the deal and make it a real christmas, i spent the evening decorating the tree with my someone special. i’m still having a little trouble getting into the full blown spirit, but having the tree and lights up around my apartment helps.