hello! we are sarah, amy and anna blessing of . sarah and amy are the owners of the men’s store apartment number 9, in los angeles and chicago, and anna is a writer/photographer for the eat.shop guides, lucky magazine, and various other publications.
when we were little, our mom taught us how to make things by hand. when amy moved cities, away from sarah and anna, she missed seeing everyone’s creations. we now share our crafts long-distance on our blog.
we are excited to be guest blogging on d*s, and this week we want to share with you our two obsessions: crafts and gift giving. we love to make so many different types of things, sometimes we find ourselves going in all directions, but nothing brings focus like giving our crafts as gifts. a lot of the things we will share here we have made as gifts for each other, friends, and on occasions, ourselves!
we recently learned to crochet, and once we started crocheting around objects, we couldn’t stop! we love pinecones (amy finds beautiful ones around her home in the hills of los angeles and is generous enough to share them with us), and we had this idea to give them little crocheted accents. perfect for a centerpiece or just pretty sitting on a desk or bookshelf.
every summer (and on occasion in the dead of winter!) we collect rocks from the shores of lake michigan. we have done just about everything creative you could think of to do with rocks, but lately we’ve been crocheting around them (after being inspired by ) which make pretty little gifts. we love them as paper weight or place settings—just pin on pieces of fabric with names.
the tricky part of this craft can be scavenging for a good branch—we’re lucky that fallen birch branches are everywhere in northern michigan, where we spend a lot of time throughout the year. next you just need a chop saw—or a handy friend who has one—to cut slices for coasters. birch is a favorite of ours, but they would look amazing with a spalted or birdseye maple.
one year when we were all in portland, oregon, at our parents’ home for christmas, amy and her husband, david, got the idea to create a light fixture out of one of the many huge, moss-covered branches found lying around the property. a little burlap, some simple wiring, and look! now it’s hanging in their living room! so cool—the only challenge is getting the branch home if you don’t happen to live in the same place.