I found out about a new magazine called Artful Blogging a few months back when they were working on the first issue, but now that it’s on newsstands, I have to write about it. :) Published quarterly, this issue is packed with artists and their blogs, including articles written by each blogger that cover everything from getting started to what inspires them and how they use their blog to promote their work.
The magazine is really inspiring, beautiful to look at, informative, and to see a magazine devoted to this topic is a dream come true – bloggers are being recognized for their hard work and this in itself is very exciting. When I started decor8, few publishers cared about them and pitching a story idea about blogging to a magazine was a joke. How things have changed! Next, we need a quarterly magazine dedicated to design blogs. Imagine that. I’d be over the moon.
I was so excited to see Alicia Paulson, la vie en rose, Claudine Hellmuth, juju loves polkadots, Artsy Mama, Anahata Katkin, Self Portrait Challenge, and Posy in the issue, ladies who have all inspired me in one way or another, but there are many other amazing artists out there that deserve to be featured, so if you are an artist or crafter, get involved! Here’s how.
Artful Blogging magazine, published quarterly by Somerset Studio, lists a few requirements on how to pitch your blog to them. They’ll consider all entries so you really have nothing to lose.
1.) Your blog must be online for at least 6 months
2.) You must be able to provide high res images of your artwork and photographs that you post in your blog to accompany the article.
3.) You’ll need to write the actual article if you are selected.
4.) The preferred photo specs are 300 dpi with a print size of 8×10″.
Their editorial committee will review all submissions and make selections based upon article content and the quality of images that you can provide. Email all inquires to the Managing Editor, including the URL of your blog and a brief summary of the article you would like to write. Please not send photos unless they are requested.Managing Editor: Staci Dumoski: sdumoski AT stampington.com
Go for it! And if you aren’t an artist who blogs, pick up a copy of the magazine anyway because you will love the articles and imagery, and I’m certain you’ll find it very exciting to see some of your favorite blogs in print. Buy your issue online for $14.95 right here.
If you like sales, now through August 5th you can take 10% all orders over $100 USD. Use coupon code GRANDOPEN10 upon checkout. Many congrats Jaime and Jordan, I wish you much success on your new business.
(images from vitamin design)
Showroom Seven in New York is having a sample sale on Orla Kiely (past stock and samples only) merchandise from 9am – 7pm everyday, starting today (7/30), ending Saturday, August 4th. Massive reductions!
The showroom is located at 446 Broadway (between Grand and Howard) on the 5th floor. Please contact Showroom Seven if you have any questions at 212 643 4910 or gail AT showroomseven.com. I hope some NY bloggers hit the sale and give us the scoop because I’d love to see what they find, imagine the goodies and how inexpensive they must be?
(images from orla kiely)
This bedding fits in perfectly with all the beachy bohemian rooms we’ve been seeing lately, rooms infused with lots of Asian patterns, particularly from India, against a background of neutrals, mostly white or cream. The Marigold bedding is my favorite, it’s sunny and bright and if you’re lucky enough to have a guest room it would be perfect for that space because yellow is such a welcoming and warm color to greet guests. Shop online right here.
Psst: For those of you near NYC, Sleeping Buddha will have a booth at the Autumn Crafts Festival at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, September 1-2, 2007.
(images from sleeping buddha)
Looking for a special little summer journal to toss in your tote? Freshly Blended blogger Nicole JUST listed this darling seahorse book in her etsy store. Each handmade book was created using found papers along with some vintage wallpaper tucked away inside. For $10, these make a perfect gift for a friend or yourself. She only made 25 of them, so hurry!
Lovely job Nicole, and thanks for the tip!
(images from nicole)