We are all, regardless of where we’re from, looking for a bit of good, and this week’s crush and covet reminds us that what we really crave are the small things in life that make us happy. Puppies, a blanket and hot chocolate, whimsical art that makes us smile, great friends – it’s difficult to put a price on any of these things. Any one of the items (or sentiments) the contributors shared this week are even better as potential gifts that would make someone else happy too. I’m making my list already and checking it twice.
Kelly Williams – All of the things that bring me joy are not things. The things I give to people that make them happy are not things either. I crush AND covet time, relationships, and brutal honesty. If my friends are still in need of cheering up after we’ve had some time to chat, I’ll bake them cookies. This recipe for ginger crinkle cookies is a hit with anyone in need.
Carrie Cargill – I am severely crushing on Robin Davis new creations. Her pieces are fun and make me (as well as anyone else who’s lucky enough to own one) smile every time I look at them. Robin is an artiste extraordinaire. Her incredibly creative mind can look at a piece of rusty metal and turn it into a creation that nobody can resist. The detail she puts into her work brings the piece to life and You can’t help but fall in love with all of them. Check her collection on Etsy or her web site.
Kelly Bos – This one is technically no longer a crush since I own it, but it makes me happy to use something not only well made, but from a great company. I knew our son would be the last baby for our family, and I had fabulous boy hand-me-downs from my sister in law, all the baby gear from my daughter, but after going through a couple of diaper bags I wanted one that wouldn’t need replacing. The Oemi Diaper bag satisfied my need for functional and long-lasting. This company was started by sisters who wanted aesthetically pleasing and useful diaper bags to accessorize the demands of motherhood. Not only is the bag great, so is the company; their customer service is excellent and the bag has transitioned from baby accessory to purse and laptop carryall.
Anne Radcliffe – Seriously. Look at this thing. Tell me it wouldn’t be the best thing in the world RIGHT NOW to plop right in front of the fireplace and wedge yourself into with a book, fuzzy blanket, and cup of hot chocolate.
Katja Wulfers – As usual, by the time we work our way down to me, I’ve already gone through everyone else’s crushes and generally added them to my list, too. But really I just want my family around me, my friends to drink gin or complain about aching knees with, ponies to play with, and my dog curled up beside me. And I already have all those things. So I’m going to go with time. I covet time with people, time to do all the things I want to do, time to read books, and time to eat those cookies Kelly makes while buried in the bean bag thing Anne shared.