I’ve had Flickr on the brain today and what do I stumble across mere moments ago via AT? Flickr MOO Minicards. Sheesh. Like I needed more of a reason to be in lust with Flickr. This now officially makes Flickr my all-time favorite website. I’m obsessed, especially now that I can take 100 of my favorite Flickr images, slice ‘n dice ’em, and create super cool calling cards on glossy, full-color cardstock for only $19.95. MOO wants to take the boring business card to a new sophisticated level, an advanced generation of calling cards for the in-the-know, on-the-go peeps. In other words, all of us!
How do you create Flickr Minicards? Choose the photos you’d like on your cards from your Flickr photostream. Every card can be different if you’d like, so create up to 100 for only $19.99 (+ $4.99 delivery – anywhere in the world!). Next, crop the images by highlighting the area on the photo that you’d like on the card. Now add your personal details on the back using various fonts and colors. You can even use your Flickr buddy icon or the Flickr logo (optional). Oh, and one last thing, after they arrive, hand them out! You can network your brains out, create art, share photos of your kids at the next family gathering, scrap ’em, add to your inspiration board, create gift tags, or anything else you can think to do with 100 very cool little cards.
Start creating your cards here and spread the word to your friends because all Flickr addicts need to learn about MOO asap!
So… Will you MOO? What do you think about these? Do you have ideas for them that you’d like to comment on? I’d love to hear some creative uses for these…
(images from richard moss, torontofotobug, lorilea, and pooleworks.)
An anonymous decor8 reader commented today with a great tip on finding art for a nursery, the art of Kate George at Papa Stour (thanks anon!). I’ve browsed the site before, but I don’t think I’ve ever written about them, so here’s my chance. And yours, too. Prepare to fall head over heels. Ready?
This darling online store combines some of Scotlands most talented artists to offer some of the most unique and beautiful collections I’ve seen in a long time. The owner, designer and stylist Rosie Brown, has an amazing eye, immediately obvious upon entering her website. This online boutique features only items that she has specifically selected for their unique and fresh appeal. Inviting, inspiring, hand-crafted, and created only by Scottish artists, these are all what Rosie delivers in a very large way. Whether it’s screen-printed Harris tweed cushions, hand turned wooden bowls, silver jewelery, landscape photography, or another special something that you seek, you are certain to find it at Papa Stour. (psst: Rosie herself designs home and fashion accessories available on the site.)
Brown tells us, “This is a vibrant period for contemporary arts and crafts in Scotland so Papa Stour is a unique link to the very best of what’s happening today.”
Her bio tells us that she holds a Master of Design from the Glasgow School of Art and that she has a background in textile design from her years in London and a freelance interior stylist where she was a regular contributor to Elle Decoration, Living Etc and Homes and Gardens (UK). Upon relocating back to Scotland, she decided to explore ways to promote and sell quality wares by Scottish artists and designers in a modern and accessible way.
From the looks of Papa Stour, she’s not only accomplished her goal, but far exceeded customer expectations, at least mine. Sheesh. It’s quite impressive. Taking you on a lovely journey as you browse the pages of her site, and far from being unaccessible, items are priced so that all can obtain a few of her fresh-plucked treasures.
(images from papa stour)
decor8 reader Elizabeth from NYC needs your help. Any rug suggestions for a nursery? I’m sure I have some hip parents reading…
“I tripped across your site while searching for rugs for my new baby?s room. Not that teddy bears and lollipops don?t have their place? but I?ll puke if I have to walk across them on the way to the crib every day. The things you?ve posted really tend to appeal to me. Would you have any recommendations on where to look for a rug that isn?t necessarily a ?kids? rug, but is colorful enough to go in a kid?s room?”
I replied to Elizabeth suggesting she check out 2Modern for Baby, Design Public Baby, and Angela Adams. I’m sure there are tons more to suggest. Ideas?
(image from 2Modern, and although they are a sponsor on decor8, they do not pay for me to write about them. I just so happen to love the sugarcube rugs that they carry.)
These precious images of petite bebe shoes, with both shoe and photo the creation of Catarina M, are absolutely darling. Her crispy-clean modern aesthetic appeals to me, as does the excellent composition. I adore the various elements introduced in each image relating to the design of the tiny shoes, especially the food (which I’d never think to put with baby shoes). The overall feeling is so fresh and innocent, almost as sweet as the baby I imagine wearing them, taking first steps with arms waving wildly, eyes fixed firmly on the floor.
Catarina M is another great Flickr find today and I noticed that she has an Etsy store too, although it’s not stocked so I’m thinking she introduces a new collection per season. Her bio tells us that she’s both a mother and an architect who started sewing to create baby shoes for fun. Fun turned into passion (fooled around and fell in love, I assume?), and after making several pairs she decided to open an Etsy shop.
Although I’m not in the market for baby shoes, I do love her photography enough to suggest that she produces greeting cards and even wall art for expecting mothers – wouldn’t it be charming to frame a few of her images for a modern nursery? Often, I find so many “Welcome Baby” greeting cards to be so tacky. I’d love to give a mother-to-be a pair of baby shoes with a card to match. It would also be nice to install a few framed 8 x 10 images in a nursery – I’m often so stumped when it comes to nursery design when I’m working with my clients. Having no children of my own, I’m not as clued into baby design as I should be. I’ve recently started scanning the market for baby art that falls outside of the traditional cartoon and animal motif. Images from Catarina M would work… Don’t you think?
(images from catarina m)
Flickr is a tremendous resource. It’s a great tool for finding some of the most amazing artists and craftsters, designers, photographers, and has the largest number of self-portrait takers than I thought existed! If you haven’t rummaged around Flickr yet, carve out some time (you’ll need it, you can get lost for hours) and hop to it, because there’s a whole world of inspiration waiting for you there.
Dawbis is a recent Flickr find of mine. She’s an artist based in Texas, creating these neat collages, some using polaroids (so fun!) combined with sweet-faced illustrations, mostly of active girls with stick-straight black hair wearing fashion fresh-picked from the 60’s or 70’s. I like the energy and child-like quality of her work, not to say that the technique is childish, but it’s more the feeling – you can tell she is playful and energetic, just like the characters she creates. She would make an excellent illustrator for children’s books, don’t you think?
Dawbis introduces “catalogs” throughout the year, her next one is due out in November. Although I’m not entirely sure of the process or the price in which her art sells for, or even what it is that she sells (I browsed her Flickr set and it appears as though she creates everything from art for your walls to coin purses and gift tags), I’m sure you can poke around her website or email here if you’re interested in learning more about her work. I hope you like it…
(images from dawbis)
I stumbled across Passport yesterday while shopping and, although it’s fashion (vs. home decor), I had to share the label with you anyway. Plum, teal, slate, chocolate, black, fuschia, and cream are big on the menu here for Fall/Winter fashion, mostly solids with pretty trimwork, and lots of fur trim on boots, hats, and vests to capture a bit of a Nordic vibe. That Russian folklore style is big here too, cropped pants and skirts embellished with embroidered patterns are huge. Kneesocks (think Japanese school girl) and patterned tights are popular, knee-length city coats, belts belts belts!, lots of knits and felted wool, and adorable fingerless mittens with flaps that you can fold over to cover cold fingers.
Another must-see German fashion label, Kapalua. Gorgeous. Love their skirts. (locals: you can find both collections at kaufhof opposite haufbahnhof)
Maybe you can introduce some of these colors and textures into your home?
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(images from passport and kapalua)