First of all, “Shut up, Wesley” is probably the best gift that any person can give to another, but it’s really hard to wrap. If you’re looking for something slightly more tangible to give to your loved ones this holiday season, maybe you want to give them something made by my loved ones! Yes, a number of my friends are making things that are sure to delight, impress, and enlighten at least one person on your holiday list. (If that person is me, you pretty much can’t go wrong with any of these, not that you were asking, but, like, if you were but not in an obvious way, you know, playing it cool, you know? I get it.)
(Lengthy side note: being an adult is amazing. Not only can you drink wine on a Sunday night in a closet-turned-room-of-one’s-own whilst blogging, but you get to share the joy that is your friends’ creativity, talent, and general awesomeness. There’s something extra, double satisfying about getting to see the people you love do really cool stuff.) Anywhooo, here are some rad things made by rad people:
Oh, did Sutton go ahead and create maybe the best combination of Ron Swanson (and Leslie Knope!) quotes and lettering ever? Yes, yes she did. I honestly love them all, but this one seemed pretty fitting for the holidays. Sutton is also doing these really cool prints that are mounted on wood blocks of some of her ah-ma-zing photography. They look a little something like this:
Sutton’s photos are really stunning, and not only because my beloved hometown features so prominently in them. If you want to see more of her beautiful take on SF, follow her on Instagram: @suttonlong.
You guys. This book is really good. Yes, I’m friends with the author, so there’s obvious bias. But! Consider the following: despite my best intentions, I don’t read much historical non-fiction. I prefer novels, short stories, and magazines. That said, this book delivers like a novel in the way that Alexis was able to make me sympathize with the characters. The themes in the book are still painfully relevant, and her writing is, like, fun to read. In case you want more of her greatness, follow her on Twitter: @Alexis_Coe.
It’s possible that I’m the most biased about Sheila, seeing as a) I’ve known her all her life because b) she’s my sister and I love her the most forever and all times. But, all that sisterly adoration aside, she’s super stinking talented. She makes really gorgeous and lifelike pet portraits, and she’s taking commissions for holiday gifts. This is one of my all time favorite pieces of hers, and as you can see, she’s real, real good. I strongly recommend. See more of her radness on her site: Sheila Longacre Art & Design.
I’m extremely fortunate in knowing these ladies and getting to shout from the rooftops about their talents. Check ‘em out!