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Telling It Like It Is

If you don’t already know about the amazingness of Emily McDowell… well, I’m telling you now.. so pay attention and take notes! Or rather, just click this hyperlinked text and go check out her newly-launched/relaunched shop full of awesome-sauce greeting cards and prints.

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You won’t regret it!

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Photog in the Making

easter egg decor

That’s right, folks! The picture quality here on Two Purple Couches is getting an upgrade! Tom surprised me earlier this week with a Sony NEX-F3K. Now, I truly know nothing about cameras, but I do know that I LOVE the clarity and crispness I’m getting out of the practice shots I’ve been taking around the house.

cute bichon

The iPhone 4s camera just wasn’t cutting it anymore. I mean, you can’t be a real blogger with a iPhone-quality photos. That schtuff is grainy!

Makers Mark bourbon

The Sony has lots of fancy-sounding features. It took me 5 days to figure out how to delete a photo from playback mode. So… it’s going to a long road to fancy-camera-mastery. And clearly I could use a Lighting 101 course.

home grown tomatoes

But so far? I’m obsessed.

Brick By Brika


Have you heard of Brika? I just stumbled upon it via Pinterest the other day, and I am smitten. Here’s how the first meeting went down:

<click on pin for fun art print (you are the gin to my tonic); takes me to site that requires you to sign up to see the latest sales>

Sigh. Not another flash sale site. I mean, seriously. 90% of my daily emails come from these kinds of sites; I don’t want one more.

<wants to see price on print, so creates an account anyway>

…Oh…. my… goodness. This site is amazing! 

So, here’s the deal. Brika is like Joss and Main meets Etsy… a mecca of flash sales featuring curated handmade goods by talented artisans! Um, can you say heaven? You know I love me some curated handmade goods! Plus there are profiles about the artists, so the whole experience feels more personal, or maybe like an online craft show? I dunno, but it’s cool, so you should check it out. Bonus: I got a $15 credit just for signing up… not after I refered people and they purchased items and blah, blah, blah… just for signing up! So, there might be a couple of new art prints and an awesome hand-printed infinity scarf heading my way… maybe…

Weekly Wishlist: Emilie Marian Designs

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Weekly Wishlist. So let me waste no time in introducing you to Emilie Marian Designs! Her Etsy shop features an irresistible array of lovelies, from paper goods to stylish iPhone cases. These are just a couple of my favorite items:

iPhone case by EmilieMarianDesigns     notepad by EmilieMarianDesigns

I even had the good fortune to win a set of her stickers:

stickers by emilie marian designs

You can also find more from lovelies from Emilie on her website: FlourishandHope.com