Crafty Buy: Emily Ryan Lerner Print for Valentine's Day

emily_ryan.jpgAbove: Los Angeles artist Emily Ryan Lerner has created the most perfectly cozy print for Valentine's Day - or any day!

With Valentine's Day approaching, I've been prowling the web for excellent - and affordable - presents for people I love.

Buy Olympia has long been my favorite stop for crafty gifts. Named for their original homebase of Olympia, Washington, one of the world's true counter-cultural capitals, they've been supporting independent artists (like the fantastic Nikki McClure) since 1999.

When it comes to crafty buys, this delightfully cozy print by Los Angeles-based illustrator and writer Emily Ryan Lerner, brought out just in time for Valentine's Day, is one more example of Buy Olympia being, well, brilliant.

I love the deep red tones, and the fun vintage-inspired drawing. And what could be more perfect for the most romantic holiday of the year than this sweet image of a couple just...hanging out? No pressure, no fancy dinners - after all, all you need for a nice day with your sweetie is a warm couch, a pot of tea and a pile of papers.

buyolympia-bicycle-girl-lg.jpgLeft: Emily's designed a special t-shirt to commemorate Buy Olympia's move from Olympia, Washington, to Portland, Oregon - the most bike-friendly city in the USA.

Emily's also designed a really fantastic range of t-shirts, wallets and buttons for Buy Olympia - if you dig retro style, you'll love her classy wares.

You can also check out her illustrations, for clients like the New York Times, on her website.

But if you want the perfect V-Day gift for a pal or a partner, pop this print in a frame. You can't lose!

More Valentine's goodies, coming right up!

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