My gift guide- Mapping it

I could probably go an entire month of things based on maps and their design. Maps now are adorning things such as plates, jewelry, and clothes. What I like, however is when people reinterpret the map using alternate information for the states/neighborhoods/streets. 

This map by Stone Brown design for example.


I think there’s something really lovely and classic about the color choices (4 color choices here, by the way) and typeface used. Somehow it lessens the sting of the memories of being stuck in traffic on 28 in Massachusetts. I think my only problem with the map, is the choice of 18 for Pennsylvania, instead of the 76, but that’s probably just my hangup, right? 

Give this to:Your truck driving neighbor, your 5 year old nephew, urban planners


My gift guide- Had Matter Art

People who know me know that I spend roughly 4.5 hours each day looking for my keys. It’s true. If you know someone like that, may I suggest one of these assemblages from Had Matter Art

Erica is another Eastern Market artist (I spend a lot of time there, so yeah, many of my suggestions will be artists from Eastern Market!) who is not only an absolutely lovely person, but a fantastic artist. I love looking at her display every week and seeing her new creations. As someone who also works with found materials, I think it’s cool seeing how she combines elements to create clever mail holders and spice racks and kitchen clocks.

This is also a great way to start someones art collection. Or get them interested in starting an art collection. What better way than to introduce them to functional art for their home?

Who to buy this for: Your brother who already has everything, someone who needs a little art in their life, your friend who can never find their keys.