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Kate Sutton {new} Prints

UK-based artist Kate Sutton just posted a limited run of gocco prints that you may want to scoop up – the cuckoo clock is my favorite, but the pink tree is a close runner up for me… For the single girls out there, Free Bird is perfect don’t you think? :)

(images from kate sutton)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on October 19, 2007

Stop! Banner Time

Maybe it’s the season or just a German thing, but I’ve been spotting a lot of garlands over here lately and I don’t know about you, but I love me some garland. Banners aren’t all about popcorn and pinecones!


There’s something exciting about a hand-crafted string of pretty things displayed somewhere in the home, it creates a festive mood. Whether displayed across a mantle, over a window, around a tabletop, they bring personality in, especially if you like to decorate according to a season or reason, or for a kid’s party or a theme party (hey, theme parties in all their tacky displays can be fun!). Here’s a few that I found on etsy and elsewhere, and remember, with some string and a little imagination, you can string up a pretty fantastic piece yourself – so you can either buy or DIY.

These were crafted by French etsy seller So*Sage (oh those French!).

A white felted banner from Chet and Dot is spooky but sweet.

A colorful fabric banner made from vintage linens by Jump Up And Down.

Nice has some crazy cute banners with pom-poms and such.

This girly floral banner from The Drawing Room is sweet too.

A simple search on the Martha Stewart craft website yields
many results sending you into garland heaven.

Small Stump has a few great ones, too. Faux bois fabulousness!

Psst: Fond of maps? Learn how to create a garland using them via Hallmark magazine right here.

Looking for inspiration? Visit the Paper Crafts group on Flickr. Garlands also fit in great in Jeu de Paume inspired homes, too. :)

(top image from living etc.)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy on October 18, 2007

Ilee Calendars {new} for ’08

I’m busy working on the final touches for a few articles due tomorrow, but a girl needs a break! So I just hopped over to email and read a! very! enthusiastic! post! from Bradford, a decor8 reader who sang the praises of Ilee Papergoods and her calendars, “She’s been doing these AMAZING letterpressed (and this year a bit of silkscreen) calendars for years and they just keep getting better. A number of the inserts are even hand-painted/embellished! I don’t know how she does it?”. Okay Bradford, you’ve sold me…


(image from ilee)

Posted in etsy on October 18, 2007

Tsk Tsk {Australia}

I think all this exposure to Australian artists via Etsy has been a great learning experience for me, as I’d not been exposed to design down under much at all until design blogs and etsy popped up.


I love the crafts and art from this beautiful country, I’m always searching Etsy for Aussie artists because I am drawn to their design aesthetic every time – it’s so modern and fresh. One shop I check often is Tsk Tsk, have you heard of it? This lady is crazy for Russian nesting dolls, she features them in nearly all of her work lately and I love seeing how she translates a popular design motif into art, cushions, and other cutie things. I first heard about her last summer and have enjoyed watching her online adventures with Etsy grow and prosper.

Enjoy!

(images from tsk tsk)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on October 18, 2007

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