1.) I was inspired to make my first purchase on Etsy after I saw a photo on Facebook of this screenprint hanging in an acquaintance’s home:
It reads “Attention Customers, An Inbound Train Toward the Loop Will Be Arriving Shortly,” over a Chicago Transit Authority El train. It’s hanging in my living room now.
2.) A friend—or rather, the loved one of a loved one—handmade this leather bracelet and matching key chain for me to mail to another loved one. It’s a Happy Valentine’s Day—Happy Birthday—Get Well Soon, Dear—present compressed into one. They were so beautiful I had to take a grainy picture in the post office before packing them away: