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Pre Order SuperNaturale’s New Book: Craftivity!


Have you heard of SuperNaturale? Shannon from Make It mentioned them yesterday here on decor8, but in case you missed it, SuperNaturale is an “independent site dedicated to the Do It Yourself culture in all its glorious forms. From simple afternoon home improvement projects to radical lifestyle choices – we love them all. We celebrate ingenuity, creativity and the handmade.” In addition to their website, seems they are soon to celebrate something else, the launch of a new book, CRAFTIVITY ? 40 Projects for the DIY Lifestyle” by Tsia Carson. It hits bookstores in October, but you can pre-order it here for under $14. Craftivity is a giant project based book with loads of how to tips, fun DIY projects for your home, and many great gift ideas. SuperNaturale says “It is gigantic (224 pages!), GORGEOUS, and chock full of information. Want to know how to crochet a skull? Want to spin yarn or felt? Want to make a platform bed but have no woodworking skills? Want to make your own money? Well, this is the book for you.”

Here’s what else they want you to know about Craftivity:

- Features 40 how to projects made by the brightest stars on the alt D.I.Y. scene
- Easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and photos.
- Lots of projects for the beginner as well as the seasoned maker.
- Projects are actually fun to make.
- Detailed explanation of techniques used?like knitting, stitching, woodworking, slip mold casting.
- Showcases of inspirational work that expands the idea of D.I.Y.
- Smartly designed and stunningly visual with photography and illustration throughout.

Order yours today for under $14!

(images from supernaturale)

Posted in uncategorized on September 18, 2006
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Myperennial – Initial Pillows at Rare Device!


I blogged about Jen and Myperennial back in March, but after spotting Jen’s new initial pillows over at Rare Device yesterday, I knew I had to write about myperennial again. Available in 6 color combinations, these cutie pillows have swirly blooms trapped inside your very own initial – too cute to pass up! Jen has hand-drawn all her ABC’s and silkscreened each one onto a washable cotton canvas pillow cover (with zipper) over a down 16″ square cushion. Perfect gift for you, but extra sweet for a new bride or mommy-to-be, too!

(images from rare device and myperennial)

Posted in uncategorized on September 18, 2006

Night Owl Paper Goods


Jennifer from Night Owl Paper Goods wrote to me over the weekend announcing their new website. As soon as I clicked the link, I was in love. Not only is their logo adorable, but I love their woodsy faux bois site filled with fine letterpress stationery. Their theme is simple, clean, modern yet folksy. It appeals to both sexes and is completely charming.

My favorites: The wood grain letterpressed moving announcement that slides, the winged message card, and the picket peep in green.

Thanks Jennifer for the tip!

(images from night owl paper goods)

Posted in uncategorized on September 18, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {sept 18 ’06}


I’m not one to blog about beauty products, but after all the sunshine this weekend and temps in the 80′s (I finally have a tan – yeah!), I was applying lip balm as much as I possibly could. My good pal from LA, artist Michelle Caplan, collaborated with Bath Chick to develop a line of lip balms to sell at craft fairs in addition to her beautiful artwork. I guess she thinks like a true business woman, if they cannot afford the art, they’re bound to fall in love with the art wrapped around a tube of delicious lip balm. The flavors are all inspired by her collage art and come with with an art card of the piece.

Hands down, this lip balm is the best stuff I’ve ever used, and I mean ever. It’s not waxy and icky like so many on the market, it’s creamy and just plain yummy. Michelle sent me several to pack for my upcoming travels to Germany (I leave in 3 days!) and the moment my husband saw them, he grabbed the one with the image of the man on it and refuses to return it, brat! He uses it all the time and wants more. It’s funny how he won’t go near the others, only the tube sporting the handsome gentleman. Guys are so funny.

For girls, I love Apricot Plum Vera and Raspberry Lemonade Peter. For guys, my husband suggests Fruity Vanilla Eduardo

Note: Michelle doesn’t pay me to write about her lip balm. She also won’t like me anymore than she already does. I get no points. No love. Nothing. I also highly doubt she’ll get rich off of balm sales made by decor8 readers. I just really like the stuff and wanted to spread the word. These are limited edition, so once they are sold out – that’s it!

It’s the balm diggity, baby!!

(images from michelle caplan)

Posted in uncategorized on September 18, 2006

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