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I finally had some time over the weekend to work on this pillow project by Anne Kyrrö Quinn. I’d been wanting to do this since I spotted it back in September. I’m thrilled that I stumbled upon Etsy’s How-To section and it’s my new go-to place for fun projects. I just love how this turned out and I highly recommend giving this pattern a go.

I’d say the project was fairly easy to execute but a bit time consuming. A majority of the time went to cutting and stitching the rossetts and probably took me about 6 hours total to finish. I’m still a fairly novice sewer so that could have slowed me up but it was the perfect task for a rainy weekend! I made my pillow a little smaller so that it would fit an insert that I’d already had and I’m thrilled with the finished look. I kept it simple with an off-white color and I think it contrasts with our chairs and other pillows well.




Smitten Sticks

November 9th, 2009 | 7 Comments »

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I’m completely loving these Smitten Sticks recently launched by Edyta Szyszlo and Vana of Le Papier Studio. Every time I see them they put a big grin on my face (no pun intended)! They make the sweetest addition to wedding photos and I can even picture these making their way into a few holiday family pics for a little added whimsy. Congrats to the two for a great launch and a fantastic idea!




Much Ado About Ads

November 9th, 2009 | 4 Comments »

Reader Jennette wrote in last week about the weight loss ads that run on our site and RSS feed from time to time. She felt that they were ugly and offensive and I agree with her one hundred percent.

A little background about advertising on T&T, with the exception of sponsorships all ads are run through Google AdSense. It’s not the greatest, but it’s the only ad network we’ve been able to get into and it pays for the hosting. AdSense is supposed to deliver relevant ads based on the content of your site but as you can see we don’t post about weight loss or back surgery yet we get ads for them. You can block sites you don’t want to advertise, but honestly between a full time job, Twig & Thistle, Etsy orders, the hubby and Tula, micromanaging AdSense has been pretty low on my list of priorities.

But the last thing I want when someone visits Twig & Thistle is to be confronted with ads preying on ones insecurities. I had my hubby look into it and as of last week we’re trying to filter out all the weight loss / get rich / diet suplement ads from our site and we’re going to start manually approving targeted ads before they go up on the site.

I spend a lot of time on Twig & Thistle and I strive to make it a place I’m proud of and one people can enjoy. I always appreciate it when someone takes the time to tell me how I can make their experience better. Do you have any suggestions on how to improve T&T? Are there features you’d like to see or kinds of posts you want more of? Just leave you suggestions in the comments or drop us a line through the contact page!




DIY Etsy Contest Winner and Finalists (20091104)

Today is my birthday (Woo Hoo!) and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than finding out that I was a finalist in the DIY Wedding Crafts Contest with Etsy and Martha Stewart Weddings. The Sparkler Cards that I entered are one of 19 other finalists and one winner selected. It’s a huge honor to be a part of this fabulous collection and I couldn’t be more thrilled! The winner and finalists are featured in a slideshow on Martha Stewart Weddings. A BIG ol’ Thank You to Etsy and Martha Stewart Weddings for making this one of the most exciting birthday’s ever! You can see the adorable winning Cake Topper here and the rest of the finalists here.

If any of you are curious, I am now selling a downloadable PDF template for the Sparkler Cards along with coordinating Coat Check Tags in my Etsy shop. I’ll be sharing more details soon but feel free to check it out in the mean time. I’m taking the evening off from blogging to spend some computer free time with my husband so I’ll see you all back here Monday. Have a great weekend everyone! xoxo




I spotted this beautiful winter affair on my all time favorite blog, Style Me Pretty, yesterday and literally gasped with excitement. If Monday’s S’mores kits didn’t get you longing for hot cocoa and mittens then this surely will. Everything about this space had me clapping for joy. I can’t remember the last time I was so smitten so I had to share a few of my favorite details.

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The space was put together by Barbara Salzman of Hatch Creative to celebrate the coming season and all the events that will be hosted there. Photos by Karen Mordechai. Be sure to click on the links above to see the rest of this amazing series.