Hi there! Thank you for visiting this special page, where I list my very favorite things. Items listed here are really and truly used by me and loved by me. I give them all my official seal of approval and whole heartedly recommend them to you. Now and then, I'll rotate items off and add new items on, to shine balanced light on all the faves in my life, including brand new faves that emerge. Find archives of my faves here. Is there a category of faves that you want me to list? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Dan Ariely
An eye-opening book about why we do what we do.
|What Would Google Do?
by Jeff Jarvis
In my opinion, if you're running a business, you need to read this book.
by Malcolm Gladwell
Fascinating research about what precedes success.
by Janet Fitch
One of my favorites.
Never gets old.
|A Guide for Grown-Ups: Essential Wisdom from the Collected Works of Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Packed with wisdom and truths. I have a stack of these to give as gifts.
by Christine Schmidt
One of the best crafting books I've read in a LONG time. Every page is filled with high-quality content.
|Bamboo Knitting Needles
Whether it's single point, double point, or circulars, I always use bamboo needles by Clover.
This is the best hemp yarn ever. I knit, crochet, tat, macrame, braid, embroider, and wrap gifts with it. Washable and dryable. I use it practically every day.
|Steel Crochet Hooks
My favorite crochet hooks are the steel ones by Clover. But not the Soft Touch ones. The plain ones that they no longer make. Once in a while, you can find them on ebay. Good luck!
|Regency Baker's Twine
Once you buy this large cone, you won't have to buy Baker's Twine for a long, long time. This is the thinner 4-ply twine.
|Learn to Tat
This is a superb book. If you read it from cover to cover like I did, you will master the art of shuttle tatting.
|Crochet Visual Quick Tips
by Cecily Keim & Kim Werker
This is my go-to book when I need a refresher on all things crochet.
White Gel Pen
I've tried them all and will declare that this is the best white gel pen around.
Red Gel Pen
I've tried all the colors of gel pens that Signo makes. Of course white is my favorite but let me tell ya, this red rocks.
|Pentel Hybrid Technica 0.3mm Ultra Fine Black Pen
This is what I use when I need to letter the thinnest and most precise lines. I buy these by the box and use them every day.
|Uni-Ball Vision Elite
Roller Ball Pens
Makes a slightly thicker and juicier line than the Pentel Hybrid. It's a great pen and available everywhere.
If you're looking for permanence and a true black that can stay black atop of acrylics and other mediums, it's Staedtler Lumocolors all the way.
|Moleskine Pocket Sketch
Love this small size. It's where I do lots of experiments with pens and paints. Say it with me:
|Golden Fluid Acrylics
The best paints in my opinion. The 4 oz bottles work best for me.
|Eco Green Crafts
Love my Goldens but I also really dig these paints by Eco Green Crafts. Super affordable. Yummy colors. Good on the environment. Great for art journaling.
|Schmincke Horadam Aquarell Watercolor Pan Set
I love my Schmincke watercolors and use them all the time in my journals and other paper art projects.
|Windsor & Newton Series 7 Sable Brushes
These are my favorite brushes to use with watercolors.
|Blick Studio Stretched Canvas
I like these canvases because they are high quality at a affordable price. Important when you have a ton of paintings that want to come out of you.
|Montana Black Spray Paints
Great quality and great packaging! Also has a safety ring feature so that little hands don't accidentally
push and spray.
|Valeo Jump Rope Speed
This adjustable jump speed rope is what I use every day.
|Zella Running Skirt
It's actually a skort. My favorite new piece to wear when working out.
|Nike Pro Racerback Compression Bra
Best sports bra ever.
|Zella Z T 3 Tee
Best workout tee ever.
|Zella Fitness Tab Back Socks
Best workout socks ever. Did I mention that I like Zella?
|Valeo Ab Wheel
I use this at the gym and at home to get a very challenging but rewarding ab workout in very little time.
|Dritz Serrated Tracing Wheel
I roll this into paint and then roll it onto paper or fabric to make lots of lovely dit dots.
|Pentel Aquash Water Brush
I load this brush with water and use it all the time with my Schmincke watercolor set. Perfect for travel.
I wear this when I have to craft in the dark. My kids get moderately mortified when I put it on.
Drawing Paper Pads
This paper is perfect to stamp on, draw on, and embellish to use as gift wrap.
|Adirondack Dye Inkpads
My all-time favorite dye-based inkpads. I have these in every color and use them in most of my stamping projects.
Love this dark, soft lead.
Great for journaling and mixed-media projects.
|Canon 7D Camera Body
My main camera that I love and use every single day.
Yes. I'm a Canon girl.
|Canon 30D Camera Body
My first SLR camera, which is now my back-up in case the 7D is out of commission.
|Canon EF 100mm
f/2.8L IS USM Lens with Image Stabilization
A terrific lens for when you want to capture those super close, super emotional shots.
|Canon EF 50mm
f/1.2 L USM Lens
A fixed focal length lens that takes great shots for almost everything I shoot. I use this lens most of the time.
|Canon EF 28-135mm
Great everyday zoom lens.
It's the lens that came with my 30D. I still use a lot, especially when I need a wider shot than the 50mm can give me.
|Canon EF-S 10-22mm
f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens
I use this lens when I need to take an extremely wide angle shot ... like when I'm in a small space with lots of people and need to fit them all in.