Wednesday, May 25, 2011

the wanderer

I have this poster in a frame next to my bed. I bought it a year or so ago from The Wheatfield on Etsy.

And if you've been following me for any portion of my nearly four years on the world-wide web, and have just been redirected back to this blog... you might have some idea why.  But just in case you missed one of my surprise moves I'm going to try to help explain the journey here. As quickly as possible so that we can move on already!

In February of 2007 I left my thriving merchandising job in corporate retail to stay home with my then 3 year old and 7 month old children. Hardest damn decision I ever had to make. But, no doubt in the world, the right one.

About a year later I started to get a tad bored inquisitive.  A friend turned me on to blogger and within hours I had started my first blog, a "mommy blog", called and the beat goes on...

But the more time I spent surfing blogger the more I missed the fifteen years I'd spent buying, selling, designing & merchandising retail goods. It was only months before I started this blog. it's beautiful here.

And then I met Etsy. Oh, Etsy. And thus, my shop, zuzu girl handmade opened just before the end of 2008.  And, you guessed it, the shop required yet another blog so zuzu girl handmade was conceived.

The last three years have been a whirlwind. A delightful, confusing, challenging, wandering whirlwind. The kids will both be in elementary school this fall, the marriage to a man I've called boyfriend, best friend and husband for the last 22 years is soon to be dissolved, and I'm headed back to the glamorous world of corporate retail.

And that brings us pretty darn close to the present.  The shop will be closing in a week or two, and the blogs are being culled down.  Again.

But I'm not going anywhere. I might confuse the hell out of you with all my changes but you can't get rid of me that easily. I've had far too much fun here!  In fact I've *met* some of the loveliest friends through blogger, Etsy and facebook over the last three years and I wouldn't trade that for anything.

So, while I no longer have anything to sell you... I sure have lots to share with you.

I love pretty little things, vintage goodness, mid-century modern decor, stylish kids, clever crafts, everything Etsy and coffee. Oh, how I love coffee.

I hope you will join me on my continued little adventure...
it's going to be beautiful here!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

happy cinco de mayo!

Wishing you a fun-filled cinco de mayo from zuzu girl... and sharing some of our favorite Mexican inspired Etsy finds!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

random tuesday.

a few things I kinda sorta loathe today...

1. falling asleep while trying to comfort a child to sleep... only to wake in a fog with a million things to do before I can actually go back to sleep myself.
2. going to a favorite restaurant and feeling the need to order something different off the menu... only to realize why you always order the same damn thing.
3. heartburn. especially when caused by #2.
4. foul mouthed young children. I mean way too young. and, kinda sorta, their parents.
5. coffee shop patrons that bring long lists. I lack patience. especially before my fix.

a few things that kinda make up for all the other things above...

1. a perfectly picked and ripened strawberry. just one will do it.
2. the blatant honesty of an innocent child. can't beat it. even if you don't want to hear what they have to say!
3. windows down. sun shining. and a sweet tuned cranked way up.
4. when someone holds the door open for you at a coffee shop, knowing damn well it means you will now be ahead of them in line.
5. snorty puppy stretches.

Oh, and this wooden spoon theater is super cute tonight...


Monday, May 2, 2011


Absolutely loving this handbag.
Anyone know who makes it or how unaffordable it is so I can dream in more detail?

modern handmade child

The summer issue of Modern Handmade Child went live today!
And, while I do have a vested interest in the magazine as one of the contributing editors, I do have to say that it's one of the best issues yet. Fun fashion, stylish decor, yummy recipes and plenty of do-it-yourself ideas for the long summer ahead. And, yes, it's all handmade.