hurray! Peridot, a shop featuring all locally handmade items (including the second fiddle) has been featured on channel 4 news. Peridot is located at 3159 Cherokee St., St Louis MO 63118.

See the segment:

Thanks for supporting Peridot and local handmade!


the woodland household

apple wood buttons
pine wooden coasters

Birch round buttons
birch buttons
pine place card holders
Woods of Narnia is a handmade store on etsy.com selling everything from place holders, button, jewlery, and coaster made entirely of wood! We here at The Second Fiddle love wood, and so thought these cozy coasters and such would fit our style. We hope you enjoy the rugged and rustic domestic items.

See more of Woods of Narnia's wooden items here: www.WoodsofNarnia.etsy.com


bad posture

you see, dear mother, bad posture is not always a negative thing. this fellow looks quite comfortable (A. A. Milne). With the end of the semester approaching, I begin to sit more like Milne here. Ah.. my back.

If you have never read Winnie Ille Pu, I highly recommend reading it out loud. A wonderful Latin read.
We were also in an Etsy craft show this week at the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum. This was our first craft show, it went well, and we saw many familiar faces. more on this later.



I though I would share some photos of some charming old men (most with top notch beards)

Johnny Cash

George Bernard Shaw

Thelonious Monk

Woody Guthrie

unknown man

There is a story around the school. The calculus class was watching a movie about a man who had just solved a notorious proof that had taken him 7 years. My math teacher cried.
Oh glorious math!


the raspberries

I have just cleaned some raspberries. How wonderful!


autumn finds

Fall is coming and I am giddy with excitement. I plan to have a few buds other to watch Jeremiah Johnson and camp in the back yard. Ah... if only to be like Jeremiah Johnson.
In honor of the on coming autumn, I have made a treasury on Etsy.
See the entire treasury here.
colors of autumn leaves

chai tea organic cozy by KnitStorm & flap tote in cream and sweet potato by infusion

lobsters handspun yarn by yarmee & aeroglide boots by TopsyDesign

fleur de sel caramel favors by TheCaramelJar & harvest print boho tunic by Thrush

organic baby quilt by SewnNatural & handspun merino yarn by SeeJayneKnitYarns

Thanks for supporting the small business of Etsy.


the food of gods

This is the most wonderful of videos. I saw these brothers on the selby awhile ago, and now I am even more amazed. The Mast Brothers enjoy creating chocolate and also enjoy sailing. Their chocolate is handmade and unique, as is their building. As I watched this video, I could not help smiling. enjoy...

The Mast Brothers from The Scout on Vimeo.

Check out the Scout for more amazing interviews and such.


Local Harvest

Our new treasury list featuring all things earthy, organic, vegan, or green. The name for this treasury came from a darling cafe in St. Louis called Local Harvest that uses all locally grown ingredients. Their Morganford Mediterranean sandwich is worthy of great praise.
See the entire treasury of naturally colored and made items here.

The Carmel Apple from thetinykitchen & Vintage Hemp Thread from simplyfrenchvintage

Organic Cabbage Seeds from Thebearfootshaman & Organic Mulling Spice from good4you

Handmade Botanical Perfume from IlluminatedPerfume & Organic Green Tea Rice Bran Soap from brownricefamily

Vintage Celluloid Knife Set from ethanollie & Handmade Vegan Mary Jane from TheGeneration


specimens in watercolor

Holly (the artist behind gollybard) is an amazing creator. She creates watercolor paintings of nature, insects, birds, and much more. She sells her paintings on Etsy and her work has been used in other sellers jewelry work (for example: this rustic lamb and fence magnetic locket by polarity)

Not only does Holly have great talent but a great heart. With every sell from her Heart collection, she donates $5 to So Others Might Eat, a organization in the City of Washington who helps the poor and homeless.

gollybard was also a featured seller on Etsy! Read interview here.

Visit the gollybard blog (one of my new favorites)

Look through the rest of Holly's art in her shop: www.gollybard.etsy.com



We have returned from a trip to northern California. The redwood trees were quite dazzling. While we were hiking in Muir Woods, we received inspiration for this woodland hooded scarf (now listed on The Second Fiddle). John Muir (for whom the scarf and national park is named) was an amazing naturalist who aided in the conservation of the redwoods. we've even started a flickr group (Rustic and Rugged) in honor of John Muir, Jeremiah Johnson, and all the mountain men, lumberjacks, and rugged men.

fine figure of a man: (John Muir)

Etsy is also having the annual Christmas in July sale! stop by our shop for 10% off


wee creatures

this beautiful shop contains moss terrariums with wee cattle, deer, and sheep. Her story is very sweet and she makes quite inspirational landscapes.
She was also the featured seller on etsy! read interview here

visit weegreenspot's shop here: www.weegreenspot.etsy.com