Monthly Archives: November 2011

Mommy Post: LylahG (Etsy Holiday Love)

I’m a day late on the “Monday” holiday Etsy Gift options!! But with good reason! I was at home in MI celebrating my gratitude with my family ( a post on that trip to come).  That doesn’t mean that my next Etsy pick isnt just as special to me as all the others, if anything, LylahG may be the most special! For one, how ADORABLE are these amazing little handmade “wares” ?? Are you already falling over from the cuteness?? me too…the other reason why I love LylahG?? Because My good friend Jill, is the owner and Creator. Jill and I go allll the way back to the days of Kendall College of Art and Design! Late nights up until 2am trying to finish presentations, and days filled with coffees and talking…but that’s not why I picked LylahG, I picked it because I love what Jill creates! Warm, handmade,  beautiful things! and if you are wondering, Lylah is Jill’s adorable daughter/model 🙂
take a look!!

The beautiful Ms. Lylah

Just STOP!! Are these not the most delicious little babes EVER,
and the cutest little hats in the world??

OMG just look at this little peanut pie, could you just eat him UP or what??!!
Jill also makes the cutest little baby leg warmers , mitty’s and booties!! 
All handmade, all adorable! just look..
Newborn Owl Beanie

I even have the Newsboy cap for Liam, getting a picture of him IN the hat, so you can see his blue eyes shine..not an easy thing , this is the best I could do! I can tell you, its adorable 😉
Jill has created a beautiful product, and because of her passion for her work, she has also created a beautiful following!! you can find LylahG in the following places!!
On Etsy ( LylahG )
(if you get a chance..please “like” her..I do 😉
In the “Hotlanta” area ( okay im not cool, we know)
Find LylahG products in The Beehive Boutique
She is featured in The Holiday guide
AND if that’s not enough, she has a great blog called, of course,
LylahG, check it out HERE
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST!!!! LylahG is offering Design Thoughts readers
A 20% discount on all Etsy items through December!! Just enter DESIGNTHOUGHTS20
at checkout!!
Enjoy your week 🙂


As i am writing this, i am in the midst of a 13 hour plus, ride back to Michigan…as i look around, there are no words to describe how thankful I am 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

ps…this is the first time i have ever “posted” from my phone…so crossing fingers it works..let me know!!

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Etsy Holiday Guide AND another brilliant artist!

Its MONDAY!!! that means that its time for me to tell you about another great Artist from Etsy, for my Holiday Etsy Guide. Before I tell you about my selected artist today ( whom I love) I want to announce that there are (3) winners for the Seaside Inspired Birch Snowflake ornaments!! Yippee!  CONGRATS to Morgan, Tracie, and Rebecca!! and thank you to everyone else that entered!
Now, onto Mandipidy! This summer, I was browsing Etsy, and came across Mandipidy‘s shop. I absolutely fell in love with her style, and ideas, and was completely sold when I saw her “map” of Michigan. As you all know, I am from Michigan, and my whole family is still there, I miss them all very much ( and my friends), it just seemed like the perfect addition to our home here in New York!! In fact, I loved this shop so much, that as soon as I received my “Michigan, The Great Lakes State” print, I did a post on her shop, you can see it here.  So, of course, I couldn’t leave Mandipidy out of the Etsy Holiday guide!! I should mention, that all of Mandy England’s prints, are her own artwork, professionally printed on heavy textured card stock, I’m telling you, the prints look just like canvas artwork!! Here are a few of my fav’s:

You can totally see the quality, and texture here!
I also just saw, that Mandipidy now has lovely little necklaces, and in my metal of the moment, BRASS!!! This one reminds me of my good friend, Sarah..

All of these prints are GREAT gifts for anyone in your family, and they start at just $18 !! Such a great deal too!! also, until the end of November, Mandipidy is offering a special discount just for YOU, my awesome readers. Please take an additional 15% off your order, with special code : DESIGNTHOUGHTS15

And please take a moment to support independent artist!! You can find Mandy England, and Mandipidy here:


Enjoy Your Monday!! Its a short week Y’all WOOT WOOT!!!

PS..Do you know Jonathan Adler?? Yes? well then enter to win A Jonathan Adler Giraffe Ornament from The Well Dressed Home, Here