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.

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My gift giving guide

I’m so ahead of things this year I might actually have a fun holiday season. I can’t imagine. One of the things I’ve decided is I’m giving everyone in my family and friends something made by someone I know (because I know some really fabulous people!)
So I thought I would share some of the things I’m giving (or uh, maybe will give to myself….) starting with this calendar from Grey Moggie Press

How genius? There are suggestions each week who to write a letter to! (I might take a by week on the ‘write a letter to Oprah’ week or maybe insert my celebrity of choice) And it’s printed on a letterpress. And it’s just really beautiful.

Who to give this to: Your Emily Post-iest friend. People you know will send you at least one letter. Your super picky aunt with the impeccable handwriting.
Why give it to yourself: Because you know you should write more letters. And maybe this will get you back in the habit.