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{Olive Manna Promotion}

Hello, sweets! If you haven’t already, make sure you head on over to {Olive Manna} and take advantage of the special discount offered to My Latest Excuse readers until March 31st. Time is running out, so go check it out and stock up for all of your Spring and Summer DIYs while you can. All you have to do is enter the promotion code DEANNAEVANS331 at checkout and voila! 10% off!

Olive Manna is one of my absolute favorite online shops (see the little feature in the right-hand toolbar?), and I’m thrilled to be able to share the loveliness with all of you! Here are some of my faves (just click the image to see it at Olive Manna):

So lovely, right? If you want to be extra blown away, check out the owner’s {blog}. BTW, you may recall my post about her amazingness {here}. Don’t forget: DEANNAEVANS331 at checkout will save you 10%!

What would you like to use your Olive Manna discount on? I know I want one of everything!


Let’s Talk Twine

I’ve really been excited about fabric and string and yarn and twine and everything cloth. I even looked into a “Fiber” degree at the local art institute…until I found out that tuition is over $1200 per credit hour. fahgetaboudit. I’ve done some cloth-related projects around the house in recent days and plan to share them later this week, but for the time being, here are some of my favorite “fiber” products:

“Divine Twine” mini-spools via Olive Manna

Sara Lee Parker’s “Morning Glories” fabric print in “Midnight” 

Poetry and Cloth “Peace” screen print on linen

 Olof’s Daughters “Balloon Boy” throw pillow

Olof’s Daughters “2 Black Owls” throw pillow

Scarlet Fig grey and yellow chair fabric

When I look at all of these, I notice that I’m developing an affinity for grey. But rest assured that I’m mixing in a lot of bright colors (mainly yellow, orange and chartreuse)  at home. Do not take this blog post’s seemingly depressing color palette as a call for help. If you had seen my dorm room in college, or even my home just 2 months ago, you would see this more focused design sense as a big step in the right direction! More textile posts to come!


1. Olive Manna
2. Sara Lee Parker
3. Poetry and Cloth
4. Olof’s Daughers
5. Scarlet Fig


Pride Comes Before…Getting Cut with a Soup Can

Yesterday I found a fabulous blog called She’s very crafty (the creative kind, not the scheming kind). I’m very jealous, but anxious to glean any kind of awesomeness that might fall in my general direction.

I’ve always imagined myself to be crafty (the Natalie Jost kind, not the one-stroke painting kind). When creating a social media profile, I inevitably try to craft the “About” section to read as though I waltz through life dropping globs of genius like a self-realized pigeon. But! Then I delete all of it and tell the truth: “I am like a pigeon (the poop on landmarks kind, not the globs of genius kind).”Natalie Jost's Globs of Genius

Being regular while imaging that you’re awesome used to be easy. In the good ol’ days, awesomeness was relative. You could carrying on thinking you were relatively great compared to your neighbors X, Y, or Z. But not today! Thanks to Al Gore and his internet, I can’t Google anything without feeling like I’m not worth much more than a toot-in-a-can. And just look at Etsy! *gasp* They’re like demigods!

Once upon a time, Natalie Jost recommended painting old baking pans to use as organizers (To store what, you ask? Oh, just her amazing line of Olive Manna textiles and paper goods). Sound crazy? It is not! Inspired, I decided to pretend to be awesome. Here’s the story:

Today, I brought for myself a can of gourmet, super fancy, as-cool-as-anything-wrapped-in-craft-paper-and-colored-twine…Campbell’s Chunky Soup. Delirious with pride–because I’m amazing just for reading her blog, right?–I peeled back the metal lid of my Campbell’s and poured the soup glob into my bowl. I proceeded to (careful, I might blow your mind) rip off the label paper, and wash the empty can. Good gracious! Why ever would I do this? I’m going to PAINT IT! And I will put pencils in it! Or buttons! Or a plant! Or…other things that fit in cans… (I’m already out of ideas.) Just when I thought I couldn’t get any more great, someone asked me what I was doing. Yes! A chance to share how cool I am. “Oh nothing, just something no one else would ever think of!” And off I went about how part of my identity is cleaning and painting things that everyone else would just throw away, and how I use them to hold my globs of genius, blah blah blah.

And just as I’m thinking, HaHA! Take that, Natalie Jost! I thought of something to paint first!, I start to dry out my gleaming masterpiece with a paper towel. And then I cut my hand on the top of the can. So that  is why she’s never painted a soup can…I am apparently more demi than god.

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