WELL I have a new thing to spend money on!
Katy got...an Etsy shop! The link is on her blog, and I'll work on getting one up too. Do you guys all know about Etsy shops? I kind of had an idea, but recently I've educated myself further. It's a really cool and huge website where normal people/artsy people (they are mutually exclusive) offer some cool handmade stuff and total strangers/their friends and family buy them! I explored it extensively today, and MAN it is so fun! They have the coolest things on there! So, today, I made my first purchases.
At Katy's shop, I bought this cool peacock book. If you didn't know already, Katy is a pro bookbinder. Seriously. She can make AMAZING books in a wide variety of styles. She can custom make them for you. Honestly, they are really really high quality. My family is obsessed with her books. Sorry I nabbed this one from the site--she is going to make a bunch more to sell, so you'll have another chance. (Also, they are cheap. That is why I could buy one.) Isn't it so cute? I wonder what Kyle and I will use it for--any suggestions?
I also couldn't help but buy something from Kayla. Her Etsy shop is on the behalf of baby Gavin, and all the proceeds go to his charity for his medical problems. So buying from her is for a good cause! I loved the card with this cute giraffe on it. (Don't look Katy--I'm probably going to send this to you for your birthday!) Her shop has a lot of neat stuff in it--and DEFINITELY look twice or three times at the silhouette mirrors. She just bestowed some upon me as a wedding gift, and Kyle and I are OBSESSED with how cool they are. Seriously, they are SO COOL and you should probably come over and look at them and see how awesome they are. Kyle's is so much freakishly like him that it's scary! I love buying from Etsy shops. I'll probably even start buying things from people that I don't know. It makes me feel good to support someone's neat talents--maybe because I don't have any. There are some prints and jewelry that I totally love. I'm just biding my time before I buy them! Katy is going to add some baskets (she's also a great basketweaver) and maybe some crocheted goods (she's been selling beanies and scarves since she was a sophomore in high school) and other stuff. I TOLD you she was super talented!