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Wintery Snowflake Mobile {diy}

Snowflakes and oranges and pom-poms on branches… Oh wait. Not again, wrong lyrics! But can this idea be any sweeter? We owe Leah thanks for this one, the Bay area blogger behind More Ways to Waste Time sent in a little DIY tip because she noticed recently that I’m a big fan of using vintage doilies in new and exciting ways.


Of course I couldn’t resist posting it because this is such an easy way to pretty up your space for the winter season, something you can keep hanging around well into the new year. These photos were snapped recently at the Atomic Garden, a “green boutique” in the Rockridge neighborhood in Oakland, California (Atomic Garden store tour here). This is what you’d see if you walked by their pretty window. Drool. This display would certainly lure me in.


Thanks to Jamie and Erin over at Atomic Garden, because they were generous enough to send Leah complete instructions in case you’d like to try this at home. Click here for the complete recipe. :) Just don’t eat it, although it’s pretty enough to be tempted!

…These are a few of my favorite things!

(images from more ways to waste time)

Posted in diy on December 16, 2007

You’ve Gotta Live A Little…

Laugh a little, buy the cutest Orla bag a little…. Okay well maybe that’s not part of the song, but you really have to get yourself a bag like mine so we can all be twinsies, because it’s way too cute to sit in the Twig shop all alone. See how dahling it looks on white sofas? Imagine it over your arm. Fierce.


It’s perfect for Spring and in this juicy watermelon color, well… You can’t refuse. Don’t I sound like Holly the chipper sales lady? Well, if you’d like one, shop at Twig – I believe the shop owner is still honoring the decor8 discount for all of us, so enter decor8 when you checkout for your 20% off. Seriously, give yourself a little treat. This thing is so nice and happy to look at, and I tell you come Spring, you’ll thank me for encouraging you because you’ll have the hottest bag amongst your pack of friends. And no one is paying me to say this, I actually used hard cold plastic to buy the items shown in these photos, and paid the same rate everyone else did. But I’m just so over the moon about this handbag that I had to share a few photos. :)


So there’s my little weekend post about a recent splurge. Give in if you may. :)

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in discounts, fashion + accessories on December 15, 2007

Ethnic Chic {now online}

Color! Color! Color! Ethnic Chic is one of my favorite shops in Amsterdam (located at Runstraat 24) for exotic new and vintage textiles for the home. They have colorful bedspreads from Italian designer Lisa Corti, rich tablecloths from Indonesia, intricately painted lamps from Venice, and until now you could only shop them if you visited their Amsterdam location. Not anymore…


Just today they’ve rolled out a new web shop. Bookmark them if you’re in the market for some ethnic treasures, they have some really unusual and lovely things in this store.

Oh and if you plan to hit Amsterdam at some point, bookmark this, it’s a guide to the “nine streets” and it’s a great one.

(images from ethnic chic)

Posted in textiles on December 14, 2007

Retta le Ritz {pretty papers}

Such pretty gift wrap by Retta le Ritz, each hand-illustrated (marker and ink), with the patterns based on the little everyday observations (a favorite tree, a jar of candy, etc.) of Eric DiFate, a RISD grad, and his wife Retta Leritz DiFate who has a background in design.

Immediately upon seeing the blue and yellow lattice paper, I imagined it on my bedroom wall. Then as I read through Retta’s email, I learned that they’re looking to bring some of their patterns into the world of textiles and wallpaper. Hopefully it won’t be to the trade only. I vote Fabric for Everyone. :) The buttons are cute as well, they remind me little of the “Str?ssel” fabric I purchased in Stockholm designed by Elizabeth Dunker.

Thank you Retta for writing to me, and I wish you and Eric the best as you take the next step into fabric and wallpaper production.

(images from retta le ritz)

Posted in stationery on December 14, 2007

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