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coffee + cre8tive [mar 9 ’06]

This photo collage is stunning, especially for days when you wish you could close your eyes and awake to a farm with rows of apple trees and horses. Gentle fields. Rolling hills. Breathe in the aroma of the earth… My inspiration for today.

Remember the little things. Enjoy and embrace nature. Live every moment.

These photos came from Sun Horse Jewelry. Feathers and creek stones mixed with rusty bottle caps inspire Jes MaHarry. She has such a beautiful line, it will inspire you too.

(photos from Sun Horse Jewelry)

Posted in uncategorized on March 09, 2006

Reality TV-a-thon

You know, this is the one part of American pop culture that I always miss when I’m in Germany, our obsession with reality TV. I know, some of you think it’s disgusting and a total waste of time, but really, how fun has Project Runway been? Tonight is it, the finale, who will win from the final three. I’m sooo excited.

I was reading Kate’s blog and saw her post about the premiere of America’s Next Top Model, also on tonight, where we get to watch the skinny girls battle it out. Heard they are going to shave their heads (maybe they’re going for the Vendetta look ala Natalie Portman?)… Poor poor beautiful young models. I just hope Tyra doesn’t talk about how hard it is to be a model again. Sheesh. I’m also tired of hearing about how big her forehead is. I think that’s covered on every episode. No matter what, it’s still fun to watch these girls hiss at eachother and cry to Miss Tyra over how they’ve wanted to be a model their entire life of what, 18 years?

Between PR, ANTM, Apprentice (love it), and I’ll admit, The Biggest Loser…reality TV is pretty interesting lately. This is coming from a girl who formerly hated it. As cliche as it sounds, these reality shows are somewhat educational. For instance, I now understand that five pounds overweight is considered fat, that size 10 is plus size, I know what ‘chicken cutlets’ really are, I can spot a bad Project Manager a mile away, and I’m a better vocalist since my friend and I sat around the other evening, wine in hand, singing the Dan Franco song…

Next post will be design related, back on topic, promise! However, this is a blog, I have no boss nor editor, so why not get a little nuts now and then…

Signing off until tomorrow. Must go to the gym before sinking into the sofa for the rest of the night. Eases the guilt, you know?

(Photo credits: top – from project runway website. bottom – from american’s next top model)

Posted in uncategorized on March 08, 2006

Made By One Girl

Made By One Girl is Lisa Norris, a lovely artist based in Chattanooga, TN. Lisa obtained her BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Parsons in 1992. Lisa comments:

“Painting, bookbinding, sculpture, photography and teaching consume my life, and I enjoy every minute of it. My vast collection of vintage objects not only inspires my work, but also becomes an important part of the finished pieces. Bringing decorative papers and found objects together keeps my hands busy, my creativity flowing, and my life festive. Instructing workshops, exhibiting my collages and participating in outdoor art festivals allows me many opportunities to express myself through my art. Collecting, creating, and sharing make it possible for me to have a creative life.”

You can download Lisa’s PDF catalog (soooo dreamy), or browse her large geometrical floral motif Tori photo albums at Anthropologie. If you’re in the Chattanooga area, she’ll be at the 4 Bridges Arts Festival next month.

I’m really having fun today posting about all these artists – can’t you tell? :)

(photos from made by one girl)

Posted in uncategorized on March 08, 2006

Fishs Eddy

decor8 reader Michelle in sunny LA, just told me about some dirty dishes over at Fishs Eddy that I simply had to post. How cute are these? The pole dancer girl glasses are naughty but nice, too. If you need inspiration to run more, the running tray may be just what you need. Shop Fishs Eddy online or visit their flagship store in NYC on Broadway and 19th Street, with additional locations on Manhattan’s Upper West Side (Broadway and 77th Street), and Upper East Side (Third Avenue and 79th Street). They also have a new location in Brooklyn Heights at 122 Montague Street. Also liking the Brooklyn platter, I have to tell my friend Deanna about this over in the Heights, she’d love it.

(photos from fishs eddy)

Posted in uncategorized on March 08, 2006


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