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June 17, 2010 separator etsy




Tandie of NestaHome is one of the most put-together people I’ve ever ‘met.’ She runs NestaHome, an incredible artsy hodgepodgerie of all sorts of wonderful, and she recently took on the role of Momma to one gorgeous little baby. I can barely keep up with my measly little shop and blog, and she’s rocking over 1,400 sales in one of the neatest art and homegoods shops on Etsy, which is also, incidentally, her full-time job these days. Read on for all the many reasons that Tandie’s wonderful, and fall in love with NestaHome as fast as I did!

Farmhouse Kitchen Essentials Towel Set - Set of 4 Kitchen Towels - Hand Stamped Cotton Towels



Q. What’s the story behind NestaHome?

A. NestaHome is the name of my online Etsy shop. In the shop you’ll find my artwork influenced by travel to foreign lands, big cities and urban life, as well as textiles inspired by the comforts of home.  I opened up shop in December of 2007, and for the last two years I’m happy to say that I sell my creations fulltime. 
Q. You’ve done quite well with NestaHome as your full-time job for two years. Was it scary taking that plunge, and how do you like being self-employed? 
A. My self-employment origins are a little unique… I was laid off from my full-time job as a landscape designer when the economy crashed. Having been in the profession for over 8 years it was challenging to find the positives from making a career change at this stage in my life. A friend suggested I try setting up a shop on Etsy. I had always enjoyed taking photos, painting and sketching, and now I had plenty of time to see where that could take me.  Two years later I’m not sure I could go back into an office, and to put it simply, I love not having a boss!
Q. I love how you incorporate different media into your work – 1941 atlas pages, printing, photography, and so on. What’s your favorite medium to work with?
A. Photography will probably always be my true passion.  I’m somewhat of an impatient person and photography (especially digital photography) captures a moment and feeling a lot more quickly than a painting or drawing would. I wanted to find a unique way to display and print my images, and that’s how the Atlas pages came about. It’s perfect because it combines two passions of mine – travel and photography.

Q. As a successful entrepreneur, what advice can you give aspiring businesswomen, on Etsy or otherwise?

A. Selling your creations definitely comes with different challenges than other businesses. On a competitive marketplace such as Etsy, sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the crowd… Focus your energy on ways to express your passion for what you make. People notice the passion and thoughtfulness that goes into your own unique perspective. That unique style and perspective may be that one key ingredient that make your shop/items stand out. And probably most importantly, be patient. There will be bad days/weeks/months that, as the only person in your business, you have to bear all by yourself. The good days/weeks/months will make up for the bad ones in the end.

The Library -8 x 10 Archival Print of Original Sketch

Q. Do you have any sort of muse?
A. Travel. I traveled to Japan in 6th grade as part of a sports team where I stayed with a host family and trained for 2 weeks… The utter culture shock was unbelievable. You really don’t know what lies on the other side of the world until you go there. Pictures and stories can never measure up to the actual experience of being in a foreign country. That experience made me wonder what the rest of the world was like and initiated my desire to see the world.
Q. You feature lots of cityscapes. What’s your favorite city in the world?
A. LONDON!  After I graduated college, I moved to London where I lived and worked for almost a year.  It was amazing! I knew no one, had nowhere to live, was jobless, and carried nothing but my backpack, camera, and hundreds of rolls of film. It was there where I realized I had a real love of the ‘city.’ When you live in a big city like that, the city becomes another person or being in your life. There where days in which the crowded, noisy, stinky streets drove me mad… and then there would be that one moment where I would stop and think ‘that just happened’… 

PARIS - My Favorite Cities Collection -  Hand Stamped Accent Pillow - Vintage Inspired

Q. Where do you see NestaHome five years from now?
A. Well, five years ago I would’ve of never guessed I’d be here, talking to you about my shop where I actually sell my artwork. I guess there’s some comfort in knowing that getting laid off and having to switch careers when the economy was falling apart helped me to find my creative outlet. I’d love to expand NestaHome and start designing and selling my textiles on a larger scale. Other than that I’d like to have more opportunities to ponder the next question.
Q. If I gave you $500, and you had to spend it right this minute on something completely frivolous – a total luxury item that you’ve been lusting after – what would you get?
A. I’d probably book a spa day. I’ve never had one but somehow know that I need one badly. : )


A little more Nesta…
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The Giveaway

Tree Silhouettes 3 Pack - 3 Mounted Photographs



One lucky winner gets a $35 gift certificate to NestaHome to spend on absolutely anything you’d like from the shop (which, might I point out, is more than enough for a set of FOUR hand-stamped tea towels…)! This giveaway will end at midnight on Sunday, June 27 and is open to everyone.
  • To enter visit NestaHome, and select a favorite item. This step is mandatory, and please make sure to leave your e-mail address in your first comment.
Additional entries (Leave one comment for each entry.):

  • Are you a city mouse or a country mouse? Which city/small town calls your name, and what is it that you love about it?
  • Become a follower of Shrimp Salad Circus (the blog) using one of the blog subscribe options on the middle sidebar or at the top right under the search bar.
This is up to three entries per person. Feel free to help me spread the word by Tweeting, blogging, Facebooking or grabbing my button for your blog’s sidebar!

260 comments

  1. I am a city mouse. For many years Seattle has called my name and I will Finally(!) be moving there this next week. The thing I love about Seattle is the culture and open mindedness of the people. Not to mention the many coffee shops to visit.

  2. My favorite item is the Black White and Brown HAND PRINTED Hemp and Cotton Pillow. So pretty and love the neutral tones.

    zannajune at gmail dot com

  3. I’m a country mouse! I love the small town of Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula. Plenty of victorian charm and right on the water!

  4. I am a city mouse. I think I would love New York but I would have to say my favourite city is London as I have spent some time living there. I love the fact that in London ‘anything goes’ and one could never be bored in this city.

    dhesh at webmail dot co dot za

  5. Given my previous comment, it should come as no surprise that I am a city lover, and Pittsburgh will always hold a piece of my heart.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

  6. I love the urban pillow collection, especially style no. 1. It’s definitely coming home to me if I win.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

  7. Are you a city mouse or a country mouse? Which city/small town calls your name, and what is it that you love about it?

    *I love the city, but I am a nanny and travel with families who have both city AND country houses (lucky, I know).
    *I am from Orem, UT, USA, but I have a second home in Plzen, Czech Republic.
    *I love the busyness of Orem/Provo with plenty of single college students my age and lots of nature around to enjoy just about everything. BUT I love Czech for the culture, food, and well, the fact that I am living in EUROPE!

    deannalw47 @ hotmail.com
    xoxoxo

  8. i think i’m secretly a small town girl. i love small hamlets like solvang, julian and carpinteria. i love how everyone knows everyone and the sweet feeling of community they promote. email in profile.

  9. Really like the Bloom Series Hand Stamped Accent Pillow – ONE OF A KIND

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

  10. Ha, the Tea towels crack me up! Especially since that’s most of what I spill…

    carapacenator(at)gmail.com

  11. I’m a city mouse 🙂
    I like party crowds and NYC is my most favorite place!

    luvwendy87 at hotmail dot com

  12. My favorite item is the LOVE – Hand Stamped Accent Pillow – Vintage Inspired!

    luvwendy87 at hotmail dot com

  13. I like the
    Everyday is Something New – Mounted 8 x 10 Fine Art Print – READY TO DISPLAY ARTWORK.
    jswandrn at gmail

  14. I suppose I am a medium-size-City Mouse. I am content here in Tucson with plenty of restaurants, shopping and entertainment. And the big city (Phoenix) is just down the road.

    [email protected]

  15. i’m a city girl. i love san francisco for it’s steep streets and beautiful skyline.

    writetoroa (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. i love the essential herbs kitchen towel set. it would go perfect at home since we grow herbs right by our kitchen nook.

    writetoroa (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. I am a city mouse. I love being able to walk to where I need to go, especially on a whim. I love the hustle and bustle, bit I also love the early mornings when the streets are quiet!
    joldis(at)hotmail(dot)com

  18. Are you a city mouse or a country mouse? Which city/small town calls your name, and what is it that you love about it?

    i live in the suburbs of d.c. and i love it. when i’m out of college i really want to move to the inner city. i love the energy!
    karitsaj at gmail dot com

  19. I’m a city mouse! I love Chicago;partly because my daughter lives there and we have so much fun together and also, because I love the beauty and sense of community in the smaller neighborhoods.

  20. I find the “the Dark City Urban Throw Pillow – Style no7 – Linen Cotton Blend – 15×15” to be edgy and stylish.

    valhoff3 at yahoo dot com

  21. i’m a country mouse, but it took me moving to NYC to realise that!! i miss what i consider home: Madison Wisconsin. where the cheese and the beer is parallel to none, where communities really count, recycling is a given, and green living is a prerogative. can’t wait to move back!!
    @FlamingBlingy
    phranne[at]yahoo.com

  22. beautiful store, had to heart it!! i really love the Series 7 Print Pack – very bold!
    @FlamingBlingy
    phranne[at]yahoo.com

  23. My favorite is the POSTER SIZE – City Patterns – 16 x 20 – Fine Art Photograph (:

    A_C_E_ at hotmail dot com

  24. Wonderful give away!

    I love this:

    Blue and White HAND PRINTED Hemp and Cotton Pillow – 13 x 18
    SheilaC

    shecarita at yahoo dot com

  25. I am country mouse although I live in small town. but i believe that once i will move out of town .:-)
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

  26. really interesting art! so urban oriented… my fav item is FRAMED – SERIES 3 Print Pack – 12 Print Piece. thanks
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

  27. I’m a inbetween mouse, I live between both the big City – Baltimore and the small Country in Baltimore County. I live in an area called Carney, Maryland though I travel through some rural area that I wish to call home on day, when I can look outside my window and see cows.

    Donna
    [email protected]

  28. I’m more of a city mouse, and San Francisco is my second love (next to NYC) as it’s where the story of my family in America began…

  29. City or Country Mouse? I really don’t know what type I am. I think I am a little bit of both. I like living in the country, but on the edge of the city. ambrerose(!at)aol.com

  30. What a great store, there are so many things that I wouldn’t mind using my $35 for. I like the Essential Herbs Kitchen Towel Set, those are so sweet. ambrerose(!at)aol.com

  31. I guess I am a city mouse, although my city isn’t all that big. I’m currently in Waco, TX and no other cities are calling my name – it’s just the right size here, not too big not too small ☺
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

  32. I love the essential herbs kitchen towel set and I know my husband would love them too! Not that often we find kitchen items we both like ☺
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

  33. I am a city mouse but want to be a country mouse in Alberta (where I grew up), near a city but far enough away.
    I live in Vancouver now.

  34. I just love the selection – would be hard to choose if I won!
    I love:Dark City no2 – NEW YORK CITY – LARGE Print made on 1929 Atlas Page – LIMITED EDITION

  35. I think I am an old city mouse…the small mainstreet with fun vintagey, boutique or local artisan shops dotted with non-chain pubs and bakeries…like Franklin TN, Traverse City MI or Plymouth MI

  36. I’m both a city and country mouse! Although we live most of our time in a city in Florida, we spend a lot of our weekends in a tiny town in South Georgia! I love both ways of life. It’s nice to have a little bit of it all!
    brooke{dot}foster12{at}gmail{dot}com

  37. I love the “The Library” sketch! I love the combo of b&w and color!
    brooke{dot}foster12{at}gmail{dot}com

  38. oh, and I’m a city girl in Africa, or a country girl in the US. I love Baker City, OR – maybe because when I drove across the country with my boyfriend (now husband), I was just so glad to finally be in Oregon! But it’s a sweet little town that feels like an oasis in a wilderness.

  39. I love the handstamped pillows in white and light brown, but it was hard to pick one favorite thing!

  40. the Coffee house towel would be nice to own. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

    dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

  41. Beautiful items. So many to choose from but loving the pillows.

    I am gingerpye at gmail dot com

    forgot to add that. LOL

  42. I love her handstamped pillow and the DREAM pillow is my favorite! Thanks
    Angie
    rennieangie at gmail dot com

  43. With regards to the city mouse/country mouse, I guess I’m a bit of both. c: I grew up in a small town but moved to the city when I studied college, and I enjoyed both lifestyles and the experiences I’ve had. The city I would love to visit one day would be Athens. I’m a mythology buff ever since high school, and it had been one of the places I had dreamed of visiting someday because there’s a lot of culture and I really do want to see the architectural structures that made Greece famous. c:

    vesipisaroita [at] gmail [dot] com

  44. Lovely shop! c: My favorite item is the ‘PARIS – My Favorite Cities Collection – Hand Stamped Accent Pillow – Vintage Inspired’! ^_^

    vesipisaroita [at] gmail [dot] com

  45. Oh I love the ‘Everyday is Something New’ Print! That and all of the ‘Dark City’ Prints. xo

    -Skully
    sharkseat[at]hotmail[.]com

  46. I love the Australia Mounted Atlas page because Aus is my home for now and I love the San Francisco 1929 Atlas photo because that is my home!

    dlogston(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  47. I follow you via GFC
    I subscribed in email.
    I LIKE you on FB and follow you on twitter.

    joanne.j at hotmail dot com

  48. I am a huge city mouse, LOL, currently living in Melbourne, Australia. I love the fact that Melbourne is a fairly cosmopolitan city with great sports AND arts venues and exhibitions but isn’t such a crowded city that one gets lost in it.

    debyeo at hotmail dot com

  49. I love the Tree Silhouettes 3 Pack – 3 Mounted Photographs.

    debyeo at hotmail dot com

  50. As for city vs country, I am mixed. I have moved a LOT in my life and have lived in cities (Boston, DC) and in rural areas (like here in this cornfield in PA) and suburban areas (CT, VA) and I don’t really know where I fit.

    lauren.m.gibson AT gmail DOT com

  51. I’m more of a country mouse but Savannah, GA is my favorite town. It’s beautiful and has this air of mystery about it. Plus, it’s chock full of great shops and history too.

    Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

  52. My favorite item is the LOVE – Hand Stamped Accent Pillow – Vintage Inspired
    Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

  53. aw, love this next question! i’m definitely a country mouse 😉 we live in a very small farming community called riverside. i LOVE the wide open spaces 🙂 🙂
    cottoncupcake(at)gmail(dot)com

  54. love the sense of scale print. I would definitely order that if I won. really beautiful.

    boswife @ gmail . com

  55. I vary from city to country mouse, but the city that calls me is NYC. That place is alive and awesome. Thanks!

  56. I really like the Bloom Series Hand Stamped Accent Pillow its so pretty! And it would match my bedding really lovely, thanks for the chance into this giveaway.

    unforgetable_dreamer_always(at)hotmail.com

  57. i’m a city girl, born and raised in the beautiful, temperamental san francisco.

    but i still know when to take a rest, so i’d appreciate time in the country, too.

    harriatsu @ gmail. com

  58. I am already a follower of your blog! 🙂 Have been for a long time!! :o)

    thecountryblossom AT hotmail DOT com

  59. I’m definitely a country mouse. I live in a small town in Western PA. I love big yards and gardens. I love the smell of freshly cut hay and grass. I like the quiet of the country!!! 🙂

    thecountryblossom AT hotmail DOT com

  60. I absolutely LOVE the Farmhouse Kitchen Essentials Towel Set! They are totally *ME*!!! 🙂

    Thank you for the chance to win!

    thecountryblossom AT hotmail DOT com

  61. I’m mostly a city mouse, but I have a little bit of country mouse in me too. I grew up in the country as a child and loved it. But my favorite city and the place I want to move back to is Seattle. I love its hip urban vibe combined with the stunning landscape of trees, mountains and water. I love exploring all of Seattle’s little neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has such a unique and distinctive feel.

  62. What a great shop! Thanks for featuring NestaHome! My favorite item is the Tree Silhouettes 3 pack. Dramatic yet simple!

    marstmi at gmail dot com

  63. Love the Essential Herbs Kitchen Towel Set – Set of 4 Kitchen Towels – Hand Stamped Cotton Towels. omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

  64. My favourite city has got to be Melbourne, Australia. I would move back there in a heartbeat 🙂

    carbar79 at gmail dot com

  65. So many wonderful things to choose from. I think my favourite is the DREAM hand stamped pillow in black.

    carbar79 at gmail dot com

  66. I’m a country mouse! I would live in the Irish countryside sooooo happily!

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com

  67. I like PARIS – My Favorite Cities Collection – Hand Stamped Accent Pillow – Vintage Inspired and I would L-O-V-E it with Glasgow-Scotland print

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com

  68. I am both a city, and country mouse! I live in winnipeg, manitoba right now but am a country girl at heart!

  69. I’m definitely a city mouse… I can’t get enough of the hustle and bustle! There is always something to do in NYC and for someone with varying interests such as myself, this is key to a happy life! 😀

  70. I am in LOVE with the Waiting fine art print. It reminds me of recurring dream that I’ve had for the past few years… spooky!!

  71. Enter me please! My favorite item is Blue and White HAND PRINTED Hemp and Cotton Pillow – 13 x 18

    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail.com
    Spain

  72. ms(dot)verymarried(at)gmail(dot)com

    I’m a country mouse at heart i think but i love that i live in NYC right now!

  73. i love the FRAMED Dark City SET of 3 – Prints made on The Worlds Greatest Thinkers 1947 Limited Edition Book Pages

    sarahbobloblaw at gmail dot com

  74. I’m mostly a country mouse, despite mostly living in the city. I don’t have a favourite town right now, but I’m longing for the day we’ll have a house of our own, preferable in a semi-rural area, or on some big acreage.

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

  75. I’d love to add the Essential Herbs Kitchen Towel Set – Set of 4 Kitchen Towels to my towel collection.. or maybe the eggs and flour set.. They’re all so great!

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

  76. I love outside of baltimore Maryland. i love living in the suburbs, but living close enough to the city to change it up every once in a while! thanks for the opportunity!
    meredith dot targarona at gmail dot com

  77. I’m a city mouse!!! our two top cities to move to are Nashville and DC….only time will tell 🙂

    leighDOTonedayatatimeATgmailDOTcom

  78. my favorite is the Essential Herbs Kitchen Towel Set – Set of 4 Kitchen Towels – Hand Stamped Cotton Towels!

    leighDOTonedayatatimeATgmailDOTcom

  79. I like living outside, but near the city so I can go alot! I love San Francisco because of all the artistic, amazing people and the variety of interesting neighborhoods.

    sj48hfp at gmail dot com

  80. My favorite is the White and Light Brown HAND PRINTED Hemp and Cotton Pillow.

    sj48hfp at gmail dot com

  81. I’m definitely a city mouse – born and raised in one, moved to two others, and looking forward to someday calling Boston home!

    yepfinleywedding at gmail dot com

  82. I like the quiet of the country occasionally but I prefer to live close to a city so that I have things to do! The lovely, large European cities (Paris, London..) are tempting. New York is fun too 🙂

  83. I’d like to be a beach girl!
    I dream of living on the beach, somewhere where the weather is warm, but never unbearably hot, all year round.

  84. Which city/small town calls your name, and what is it that you love about it?

    i adore living in the small town in upstate ny that i grew up in, as did generations of my family. BUT, i still dream of living in paris, if only for a little while…

  85. what a fabulous shop! my favorite item is by far the “my handmade” pillow-so cool.

    thanks for sharing this wonderful artist!

    katemorse (at) hotmail.com

  86. I think I am more of a country mouse. I grew up in Canyon Lake, TX and I miss it terribly. Not that living in this NM town of 50,000 is really more people, but it’s not TX, ya know? Hill country, rain, wildflowers…

  87. I like the kitchen towels the best because I’m more of a functional kind of girl. Prints and pillows don’t do it for me.

  88. I am a country mouse-Bozeman, MT is calling my name, because I grew up there and it is beautiful.

    If I had to pick a city it would be Seattle 🙂

  89. Great giveaway and awesome shop!

    I would say the 3 pack of tree silhouettes because there are so many ways to arrange them 🙂

  90. I live in a smallish city right now, but I’m really a country girl. We even have chickens in our tiny city backyard.

    I’m really wanting to go visit some of the small towns in New Mexico again.

  91. I actually think that my favorite thing in the shop IS the tea towels (especially the farmhouse set). The lemonade ones are cute too.

    katies.towers at gmail dot com

  92. Which city/small town calls your name, and what is it that you love about it?

    i love NYC because i can get lost in the sea of people, there are a million things to do, and i love it’s a melting pot of so many different cultures. 🙂

  93. Are you a city mouse or a country mouse?
    i live in a rural area, 2 miles from the city here and though i like the quiet, i love cities like NYC.

  94. AND I follow your blog!
    kyliept(at)gmail(dot)com
    (ignore the ‘r’ on the end of my email address in the previous posts – it’s too early in the morning!).

  95. I am definitely a city mouse! I live in Brisbane, Australia (which is fairly small compared to most big cities), and the city that calls my name the most is Newcastle in Englad – my dad lived there as a child, and I love its inductrial feel.
    kyliept(at)gmail(dot)comr

  96. I am following you via email.

    Rebecca
    @Buttons and Bows
    mommiesgotfivechildren at hotmail dot com

  97. Boy that is a hard question for me. I love the convience and the hustle and bustle of the big city, but I have lived in the country for almost 2 years now and I have to say I have grown quit accustomed to the peacefulness that comes with living out here.
    I have always desire to visit New York so I feel that is the City callin my name.

    Rebecca
    @Buttons and Bows
    mommiesgotfivechildren at hotmail dot com

  98. Sense of Scale – Mounted 8 x 10 Fine Art Photograph – READY TO DISPLAY ARTWORK

    I love her work, amazing!

    Rebecca
    @Buttons and Bows
    mommiesgotfivechildren at hotmail dot com

  99. I’m a little both but the city can’t be too big.
    Small Town – Starkville or Columbus, MS
    City – St. Augustine, FL or Memphis, TN

  100. I don’t think I favour the city or the country, it all depends on my mood at the present time. My favourite city has to be Bath, the architecture oozes Austen daydreams

  101. I’m kind of a city mouse – I love Denver and Portland – BUT I’d like to live in a small town by the beach, so I’m like some city/country mouse hybrid.

  102. Fab giveaway -I love nestahome!! Have them on mt etsy faves! My fave would be the london pillow or the coffee tea towel

  103. to answer the second question… i am definitely a city mouse! the city i connect with most is paris… everything there is just beautiful and perfect to me. if i could hop on a plane and move there tomorrow, i would do it in a hearbeat!

    xoxo,
    lesley

  104. I really wished I was a city mouse, but I think that I’m a country mouse since that’s where I grew up.

    I’m not sure which town is calling my name…but if I got to choose, I’d choose one that has lots of farming land, a spring/creek, and a forest!

    Maybe I’m dreaming too much, but I love those stories where children run out and play in the nearby forest and creek. Where children can laugh and play all day…They can even fish…and most importantly, they can learn how to garden!

    I miss gardening…and I like nature…especially, the fresh air, so I think that’s why I’m a country mouse.

    <33 Rena

  105. If I could get anything that I wanted, I’d choose the POSTER SIZE One Classy Fixture of the chandelier!

    shimmering_stardust22ATyahooDOTcom

    <33 Rena

  106. I am a city mouse. But right now I’m trying to get back into the swing of being a city mouse, as I lived in Boston till I was 12 then I moved to Vermont and I’m back in MA again now. I’m trying to figure out the bus system and how to get from place to place and where things are… lol Kind of feel out of place, but I enjoy the city. Would love to travel and find a perfect city for me to live in somewhere…

  107. I can’t decide if I would go with the Dark City Urban Throw Pillow – Style no3 – Linen Cotton Blend – 15 x 16

    OR

    Sometimes all you see are buildings – Mounted 8 x 10 Fine Art Photograph – READY TO DISPLAY ARTWORK

    I think I might go with the pillow though…

    [email protected]

  108. I’ve been living in countrymouseland for my entire life, but it’s just not doing it for me. The inconvenience of trying to get from one place to another with little but trees and grass in between has gotten a little old. It’s just such a rush to be in the city with all the lights and interesting places and people everywhere.

  109. I follow youuuu (whenever you have a giveaway and I leave this comment I feel really creepy. I promise I’m not actually stalking you. Just letting your blog updates show up in my google reader.)

  110. I would say I’m a country mouse, but I wouldn’t want to be too far from the city…I’ve always wanted to live in Concord, MA. It’s a gorgeous town about half an hour from Boston, with all sorts of adorable boutiques and bakery/cafe type places, surrounded by history and nature. I just need to make enough money to live there!

  111. I love the hand towels! I’m most drawn to the herb ones and the teahouse ones…so cute! They’d fit perfectly in my dream kitchen. Someday…

    vivalaevolution at gmail dot com

  112. I love this one:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/43241617/sense-of-scale-mounted-8-x-10-fine-art

    It reminds me of my childhood.

    I’m a country girl. I grew up around cows, horses and hay fields. I love any rural feel, especially if it has city access within a reasonable distance. I grew up with tons of trees, trails in the woods, a pool, a pond with turtles, frogs, beavers, geese, ducks, you name it. It was an awesome place to be.

    Even though I grew up in the country, the city was only 20 miles away. It’s beautiful and convenient.

    Love,
    CarolAnn
    http://CharismaU.com
    CarolAnn.Edie @ gmail.com

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