I love finding new things almost as much as I love making them. At this point, probably equally as much I as love making them. And as I’ve said before, I’m lucky that I don’t have to go much further than my Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest feed to find something that excites and inspires me.
So, today I’m going to try something a little different and share a new DIY, handmade/small business and food find. Be it a new DIY project or blog; a new handmade item/shop or small business; recipe or a new spot to check out – I want to share it with you. It might not be new, or new to you even, but it’s new to me, so it must be new to someone else too, right?
DIY Hand Painted Travel Mug from Delightfully Tacky – Around Christmas time last year, we had just thrown a huge extravaganza for our daughter’s first birthday (because, you know, she’ll totally remember it) and didn’t have a major budget for gifts. I made a few personalized coffee mugs with Sharpies, and while they are permanent on just about everything, coffee mugs are an exclusion. She used a thrifted coffee mug and Pebeo Porcelaine paint markers, which I’m sure work better for this project than Sharpie. I’m excited to try this out again, and if it works…it looks like I’ll be making some more mugs this year!
If you enjoy DIY as much as I do, you can also check out Design*Sponge’s 10 DIY Instagram Accounts to Follow
Handmade/Small Business Find:
I have been following the Renegade Craft Fair on Instagram for some time now, just in case I actually get a chance to attend one. I love when they have makers take over their Instagram account for a day to give people an inside look at how they run their business. Yesterday was Nell and Mary‘s turn and I loved all of their photos. They are a design studio in Portland that makes totes, pouches, tea towels, napkins, aprons and pillows. They also have a clothing line called Make it Good that is equally lovely. Another stop to put on my Portland Bucket List.
If there is one thing I can say about Sacramento, there is never a shortage of places to eat. And it feels like new restaurants are popping up every time I turn around. I visit Midtown at least once I week and I swear every time I do, there’s a new spot. That could be a slight exaggeration.
I’m not a huge seafood fan, aside from sushi. And even then, I like it either tempura-fried or filled with cream cheese. My boyfriend, however, loves seafood and is constantly on the hunt for some good fish tacos. So when I saw someone post about Wahoo’s, I needed to find out more. According to the article in Sactown Magazine, its 18th and L location is the first in the Sacramento area. Wahoo’s features an eclectic menu with influences from Mexico, Brazil and Asia, and has plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. I’m in!
And because my sweet tooth just cannot be tamed, there is The Parlor Ice Cream Puffs. Yes, you read that right – they put ice cream in the middle of puff pastries. The one in the photo is an apple fritter ice cream puff with Midnight in Paris ice cream (coffee and nutella). My mom and I already have plans to visit this weekend.