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Sappy Cards

The bright and sunny weather that we experienced earlier took a quick nose dive south, it’s now overcast and raining. Time to listen to my Amelie soundtrack. Somewhat ticked that I didn’t get to enjoy one single ray of sunlight while it lasted (I try to get outside for afternoon walks), I decided to spend time organizing my projects for next week. Suddenly, in pops email from Timothy in Ann Arbor, MI telling me all about his collection of Sappy Cards. There’s nothing more pain-in-the-butt than reading flowery greeting card messages when you’re in a bad mood, but I figured, what the heck and clicked on his link anyway to check out his cards. As soon as I started reading his very un-hallmark messages, I burst out laughing. Mostly sappy, some brutally honest and others downright mean, his cards actually cheered me up with tears of laughter because there are times in life when you really feel like sending someone a message to expose what you’re really feeling. It made me smile to know that Timothy took the time to produce cards that aren’t the typical over-the-top rainbows of joy greetings that you find in your local card aisle, rather sappy cards that mix bitter with sweet. If the recipient really ‘gets’ your humor, sappy cards make them burst out laughing, too.

Some of my favorites:

A white card that is totally blank and boring. The text on the front reads, “Something about this card made me think of you.”


front: When love can be measured by greeting cards

inside: remind me to kill myself.


front: Not to sound like you?re going to die soon or anything, but I?m really glad I?ve had the chance to get to know you.

inside: And if you are going to die soon, I?m really sorry.

and still another…

front: I love you. And it bothers me

inside: And the fact that it bothers me bothers me also.

and finally, one more…

front: After all we?ve been through,

inside: I?ve finally gotten used to you.

Thanks Tim for sharing these with decor8 readers! Sappy Cards are available online at Copacetique.

psst: While visiting Copacetique, don’t forget to surf all their cutie apartment accessories, too.

Posted in uncategorized on April 07, 2006

[CraftBoston] It’s a wrap!

To wrap up our mini tour of the CraftBoston show (thanks for hanging in with me!), here’s a few more vendors that deserve a mention.

Jen Violette – I briefly met Jen and browsed her booth, Jen is a real sweetie and her work is stunning, even more so in person than in photos. She creates both sculptural and functional pieces for the home out of glass. Jen states, “Combining pieces of my rural Vermont surroundings and my love of gardening, I carefully study the world around me to capture the tiny subtleties and distinct characteristics of the organic forms I portray in glass.”

Katherine Koehler – Based in NYC, this exciting and innovative jewelry designer is fresh and hip – with some her bold designs screaming Paris runway. When we arrived at her booth, she was leaving so we didn’t get to chat with her for long, but I lingered after she’d gone since her jewelry completely captivated me. I love her new sponges collection crafted of silver and acrylic and the pink feathered indian necklace – dazzling!

Jacqueline Sanchez – Jewelry designer with several collections, the ‘forever young’ lego-inspired rings caught my eye. View all of her collections online.

Geoff Buddie Felt – Felt designs taken to a whole new level. Interesting felt collections for displaying in your home. What do you think? Not really my style but the blocks look fun…

Holly Anne Mitchell – Recycled newspapers, lottery tickets, coupons and comics – things that usually end up in the trash are transformed into exciting brooches, pins, rings, cufflinks… Completely whimsical and definitely a conversation starter. I enjoyed trying on her unique jewelry, and applaud that she recycles. What could end up as trash becomes precious treasures. These would make great gifts for your writer friends…

This completes our CraftBoston coverage. Hope you enjoyed it! Let me know if you have any suggestions for the next show we visit – this was the first show I’ve ever attended where I had to take notes and photos, so it was learning experience – but I had a lot of fun! :)

(images from artists websites)

Posted in events + markets, shopping, travel on April 07, 2006

Room Renovation: Part Two

For those of you that have been following the renovation of the 3 season porch into a studio/guest bedroom space in our carriage house, here are some photos that I snapped this morning after the carpet was installed.

Click here to view the BEFORE photos so that you’ll appreciate the progress that we’ve made thus far.

We ran into a few problems, one being that we couldn’t apply sheetrock to part of the ceiling because of the weight – this house is over 100 years old and the roof cannot take it – so we had to install flat drop panels from Armstrong tile that actually look pretty nice for a tile ceiling. Doesn’t have that 70s office feel that I was fearing. It came out very nice, especially with the skylight we popped in. Another issue is that there’s this old built-in screened door in the back wall. The door doesn’t lead to anything, just a solid wall. We couldn’t sheetrock over it for various reasons, so I’m trying to decide how to conceal it. I’m thinking of purchasing plywood to fit the space, then applying a layer of cork over it and using it as a floor to ceiling inspiration + project board. What do you think, any creative solutions for me?

As soon as the windows are trimmed in pine, the room will be complete. We started the project in Janaury, so I’m excited that we’re seeing the finish line now. Next, I have to sit down and plan the design. I need it to serve several functions:

1) Guest room for sleeping
2) Meeting room for clients
3) Work area for writing
4) Studio space for designing – I need a place to store my paint collections, books, and fabric sample books.
5) Area for sewing
6) Area for a television to keep guests occupied and to entertain me while I’m sewing and ironing.

Here are snapshots from today:

Enter the space from the living room area.

View of part of our backyard and pond from the window. I can’t wait until the trees fill out!

I love the new stairs leading up to the storage loft handcrafted in pine.

Here’s another view of the room snapped near the staircase

Beadboard above was red and very beat up ? after some sanding and priming – it’s as good as new. Remember, all the wood you see in the room except for the door and the stairs
is from 1875!
The back wall is solid pine. I cleaned it and sanded spots that needed repair, then applied one coat of minwax natural stain. The wood came to life. It looks beautiful. This is the door that I’m having issues with – the door that leads to nothing! Your thoughts?

(images copyright decor8 2006.)

Posted in uncategorized on April 07, 2006


You know, good design is good design. Even when it’s in the form of a plastic sandwich bag. I’m one of those sandwich bag queens, I tend to use them for everything *but* food it seems. I have to confess though, clear baggies aren’t nearly as nifty as these new Mobi bags in happy colors and patterns that make whatever your toting look that much more appealing. With patterns like retro bunny and ditch dots, you’re in for a real treat.

At $4.99 for a box of 20, these playful zippered sandwich bags just may be your next big obsesssion. Click here for ordering information.

(images from Mobi)

Posted in uncategorized on April 07, 2006


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