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  • I didn't realize that Sweetest Day was a holiday until I started dating (and later got engaged to) a lovely gal from Michigan.

    Founded in the 1920's with the intention of giving out candy to people who had fallen on hard times, Sweetest Day is generally celebrated in the Great Lakes region of the United States... which means a majority of my friends haven't heard of it. Though thanks to my fiancee it is now regularly celebrated in at least one confirmed apartment in Philadelphia. Mine. 

    I've long since given up the hope of trying to hunt down anything Sweetest Day related in Philadelphia. Bringing up the holiday to friends simply gets me strange looks. So when it comes to finding the perfect gift, like most gentlemen in crisis, I turn to Etsy

    Behold! Three perfect presents for your bookish Sweetest Day sweetheart. If one of these is out of stock by the time this blog post goes live... it's because I bought it. I'm not even sorry.

  • Hey there Quirk fans! Welcome to the Quirk DIY Book Club! This month's selection is Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden

    Same as last month, you can snag one of TEN free copies by entering the Rafflecopter below. Winners will receive a copy of the book, and will be encouraged to send in photos of their finished crafts, which we will post here on the Quirk blog at the end of the month. You'll also be invited to pin along with us on our Pinterest page.

  • (Image via flickr)

    Knitters are naturally creative types, so it's no wonder that we love a good yarn. And when your eyes need a break from all the cross 2 R and EOR, it's nice to kick back and keep your hands still for a while with a cozy knit-centric novel—the social and crafty elements can make for a tightly-woven story. Here's five of my favorites.

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    Making book page table runners, via Offbeat Bride
     
    Books are for reading, yes, but did you ever consider them as part of your home decor? I’m not just talking about books sitting on a shelf organized by color. Click around DIY blogs and you’ll see instructions for repurposing books into everything from storage to hanging mobiles.
     
    For me, there’s only one issue with book DIYs: I can’t stand the thought of cutting up a book. A few years ago I had the brilliant idea to carve out the pages of an old Singer sewing book to make it into a storage cubby. After I flipped through the book, I realized I didn’t have the guts to take a knife to those gorgeous pages. 
     
    If you feel the same, ease the pain by crafting with books that have yellowed, stained, ripped, or missing pages. Hit up your local flea market or Goodwill to find books you’re not emotionally attached to. The other option is to buy the decor so that the guilt of destruction lies with the creator.
     
    Whether you decide to craft or buy, here are a few ways to use those precious books as decor around your house. 

  • Here at Quirk we know how to work hard and play hard. Our monthly office parties give us an excuse to celebrate. Katie Hatz, our resident party designer, picks fun and quirky themes for us to play with. We went for a Pink Piggy Party in March. We celebrated with pig ear headbands, ate pork-inspired treats, and played pink pig balloon volleyball.

    Check out some photos, our music list, and great recipes below. Oink, oink!

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