Friday Favorites


I’m bringing back Friday Favorites! Here’s what’s been on my mind this week…

  1. For all you tea drinkers.
  2. Loving this color combination.
  3. Can’t wait to try making this quinoa granola.
  4. The Monstera leaf just gained a new fan.
  5. Thinking maybe I should plan a trip to Ontario
  6. You had me at coconut and rose.
  7. Check out my interview on For the Makers this week!


Photo: Nicole Franzen

Southern Utah (with kids, in the heat of summer)

Sometimes I get so caught up in my dreams of far off places that I forget what amazing things are on my very doorstep! Utah has such a striking landscape — from the forested mountains, to the red rock deserts, to the bleached white salt flats… Kirk and I have decided that we need to take more advantage of this and share these places with Ingrid and Lars. Whenever we can, we plan out a Saturday adventure to somewhere nearby.

We’re also trying to take little weekend trips when we can. This summer, we headed to Southern Utah to explore Canyonlands and more with our family and a visiting friend… Unfortunately, there was a huge heat wave while we were there. That, combined with the fact that we had our two small kids in tow, meant the normal recreational activity of tourists to the area — hiking  — wasn’t really an option. We still had so much fun, though, and I highly recommend a visit if you haven’t already been. Keep reading to see the places we discovered… Read More…

Sycamore Q&A: Tanika Reed

Everything we do at Sycamore Street Press is with the goal of living a simple, beautiful & creative life, and in helping others do the same. There are so many people who have inspired us on this path, and we’d love to learn more from them! So we decided to start an interview series on the topic. Today we’ll hear from Tanika Reed, an Australian fibre artist based in her small home studio on the South Coast, New South Wales.

Tell us a little about how you got started doing fibre art.

I fell in love with knotting early last year when my nan handed me her much-loved vintage macramé books. I have had an inherent desire to make and create from a young age, my creative family has influenced me a lot. I began to knot plant hangers and simple designs because for some reason I believed that’s all you could do with knotting rope and string. I felt unchallenged and grew bored of it pretty quickly, so I began experimenting with other mediums. (I thank God for my husband Ash’s strong support and encouragement as I trialled clay, weaving and abstract painting — spending A LOT of hard earned money on craft supplies…whoops!) Feeling unsatisfied and doubting my crafting ability, I decided to turn back to rope and string on Ash’s advice as he noticed I had picked it up so quickly (and it was also a “cleaner” hobby to have with little kids around!). As I lay in bed one night, I began thinking about my daughter’s love for colouring in between the lines in her colouring books and for some reason I could then imagine transferring the concept into knotting between the lines of rope. The next day I was eager to test out this weird idea and that is where my technique has evolved from. I knot large fibres and then use smaller fibres to knot in between the spaces, adding layers to create texture and a three-dimensional effect as the piece unfolds.

Read more after the jump… Read More…

Mystery Box Sale

Mystery Box Sale | Sycamore Street Press

It’s Mystery Box time! We only have these once or twice a year when we need to clear out space on our shelves for new designs (and in this case, new curated goods as well). Sale ends at 11:59 PM MST on Thursday, October 1, 2015 — or when boxes are sold out.


  • All product is top quality.
  • FREE SHIPPING within the US.
  • Each box contains product worth a total of $150 retail for $38. (That’s 75% off!)
  • Each box is unique and will contain a mix of Sycamore Street Press paper goods.
  • Sale ends at 11:59 PM MST on Thursday, October 1, 2015 — or when boxes are sold out.

It’s a crazy good deal, I have to say. Wish I could see all of your expressions when you open up your box and see what’s inside!