Not Your Daughter’s Doll…Jess Brown Designs

Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 10.22.22 PMDolls aren’t just for children anymore.

Jess Brown has long been inspired by beautiful textiles and began creating rag dolls for her children 15 years ago, using cashmere and antique remnants that she would find. Over time, her dolls garnered more and more attention and she formalized her business in 2012. Each year, she creates some limited edition collections with other designers, so it was her collaboration with Jenna Lyons of J. Crew that finally drew me in.

As you probably know…I have two sons. No daughters. So, girly things are left to me. Could I actually buy a doll….for myself? I decided yes….I could. And, I must confess, it’s probably not my last.

I liken these hand made dolls to 3 dimenstional works of art….each unique, definitely collectible. You can choose the color of the muslin and add accessories, if you like. A perfect gift for the little or big girl in your life.jess-about-pic Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 10.22.41 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 10.23.03 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 10.24.20 PMScreen Shot 2017-02-19 at 10.31.50 PMThat’s my Coco. I absolutely love her, as she reminds me of my mother’s china dolls. And, I know that I will definitely take better care of her than I did the dolls of my youth. Most of those are missing limbs or hair. This doll will hopefully look as good when a future grandchild loves on her. And, in the meantime…I’ll pretend she’s mine.

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Black Toast by Emma Bridgewater

6409646e5859f5827342f76b3216b7aeEmma Bridgewater makes the cutest pottery patterns! As I pack away my heart pattern by her, I’m looking to others that are more usable year road. One of my favorites is called Black Toast. This is every day stuff…especially perfect for a leisurely weekend breakfast or brunch.

I think this is especially perfect for a host/hostess gift if you are making an overnight stay. I started a collection for dear friends  when I visited this summer. Now, when I’m stumped as what to take as a gift…I’ll just add to their collection!3b9c2ef2d320e40bad6edf551b5c09ad 49d9b0e40c3c6be216f4cb2392528b7a 365da1e43ffaaa7c1104fadc35edb058 785008e354d0b4e2befc0d858f7bd75a ce4827164cedbd7b66dc770c60d2732c dcf6504dffc30f9ba86a5e5c063cd8edThe other good thing…this pattern will literally go with any kitchen or color scheme! It’s perfect for anyone. Some things are just…black and white!

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Sweets for Your Sweetheart

Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 9.57.18 PMIf you are hoping to send your loved one a little something sweet for Valentine’s Day…today is probably the last day to order! There are so many tasty treats available, but I just wanted to highlight a few that look as pretty as they are delicious!

LOVE chocolates by Lock & Key Confectionary, Raspberry Heart Marshmellows by Butter and Conversation Heart chocolate stirrers by Ticket are all available at Terrain.Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 9.57.59 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 9.58.37 PMScreen Shot 2017-02-09 at 10.14.43 PMThese gorgeous and luscious cupcakes are just one of the special Valentine’s Day versions available at Georgetown Cupcakes.Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 10.32.58 PMThese charming heart and confetti filled envelopes are signed, sealed and delivered by Eleni’s!

If your love has a sweet tooth, any of these treats will give you the key to their heart!

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