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January 2008

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Keep it Moving + Tudor Studio

January 9, 2008

I love it when friends recommend friends to decor8, this spirit of sharing and giving is just so sweet. Of course, presenting your own work is equally wonderful because I like to learn about you and what you do, but when someone as talented as Philadelphia-based artist Sarah Tudor writes in simply to tell me about her friend Kim Hamlin without even mentioning her own work, I’m deeply impressed. To show my appreciation for Sarah’s generous spirit, I’ve decided to write about both of these great ladies together here in one post. Good deeds deserve to be rewarded. :)

Keep it Moving + Tudor Studio
Sarah from the Tudor Studio produces lovely paintings and transforms some into affordable artwork by professionally photographing them and reproducing her work using archival Gicl?e inks on fine hand-moulded paper or linen canvas. Sarah is also available for commissioned work from portrait settings to murals in the Philadelphia area. Her work seems to be inspired by European adventures, each painting feels like a travel memory. It’s almost like she walks along charming city streets (perhaps in Paris) and translates all of her memories of that moment into her work, layering everything from the feelings she had to the buildings or windows she recalls seeing.

Keep it Moving + Tudor Studio
Sarah’s friend Kim Hamlin has a shop on etsy called Keep in Moving where she offers handmade creations from knit tree branches to crochet necklaces and grab bags filled with pretty things for turning your own DIY dreams into reality. She once worked at the yarn/fabric store Purl in Soho and contributed to the owner’s popular book Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Kim also authors the blog Inspired Living.

I’d like to thank Sarah for writing in – it means a lot to me to see artists supporting one another as some can be competitive and this never benefits anyone because I truly believe that in the end, what you put out into the world eventually makes it way back on your doorstep.

(images from keep it moving and tudor studio)

Objects, Shopping + Products

Julia Rothman Pillows {urban outfitters}

January 9, 2008

I have to share this great budget find from Urban Outfitters that I picked up over the weekend, it’s the Rabbit pillow designed by Julia Rothman for UO. I’ve known about her pillows since she mentioned them on her site but I didn’t want to blog them until I saw them in person as it’s hard to judge quality on the web sometimes with certain stores. UO is a great shop, but they can be somewhat inconsistent at times when it comes to quality just like any other big box retailer. Well my in-store pillow test turned into a cha-ching! sale and now the pillow is home with me. It’s a great 18″ square covered in a soft linen, plus you can zip off the cover to wash it and the insert is feather filled so it’s so soft and squishy.

Julia Rothman Pillows {urban outfitters}
I prefer feather or down blend insert over synthetic polyfill because they appear more casual and less stiff and are so much more comfortable to lean against. To find a pillow like this for only $24 for both the cover and insert is unheard of these days. There’s also a Mountain Goat and another in perky stem green with lots of trees. I love that the back of each pillow has her tag on it – such a great touch!

Julia Rothman Pillows {urban outfitters}
Yay to Julia for getting cozy with UO and for bringing good design to the masses without the hefty price tag.

(images top: from holly becker for decor8, bottom: from urban outfitters)

Small Business

Shop Talk: The National Stationery Show

January 9, 2008

Karen at Hammocks & High Tea and Anna of Sub-Studio are looking to share space at the National Stationery Show with other stationery designers. If you are interested in learning more, please contact them directly. I thought I’d post this since some may be looking for an opportunity to team up with others for the show as it provides a more affordable alternative to leasing a space on your own.

Shop Talk: The National Stationery Show
If anyone is interested, please email Karen: info{at} Serious inquiries only since they’d like to have everyone on deck by the end of the month.

Anyone else showing at the National Stationery Show this year? What have your past experiences been? I’ve not attended but may cruise the grounds this year because I’d love to check it out. Booths and booths filled with gorgeous stationery? I mean, what’s not to love!

(images from sub studio and hammocks & high tea)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Photography: Jake Curtis

January 9, 2008

I recently discovered London-based photographer Jake Curtis in the pages of the January 2008 issue of Livingetc magazine. Wow. This man knows how to work some serious magic.

Photography: Jake Curtis
Jake shot the home of artist Kate Dineen, a flat that totally captivates the whole Boho Modern style (more Boho than anything, her home is so artistic) that we discussed here on Friday. Anyway, I don’t have photos of Kate’s home, you have to pick up Livingetc and peek at pages 66-74. But I do have some work to show you from Jake Curtis’ portfolio that I’m sure you’ll enjoy. Swoon away!

Photography: Jake CurtisPhotography: Jake Curtis

Capiz shell chandelier, a wall of empty frames, stools as dining room chairs,
and lots of lovely letters. We all love our collections.

Photography: Jake Curtis
Psst: Also in this Jan. 08 issue, Livingetc gives a shout out to fellow blogger Bowie of Print and Pattern, such a honor to be featured as a site the magazine looks to for inspiration. Congrats Bowie!

(images from the portfolio of Jake Curtis)

Etsy Faves

Etsy: Take Five Tuesdays

January 8, 2008

It’s time for Take Five Tuesdays! I hope that you enjoy my finds for this week as they include wine totes, jewelry, tea towels, letterpress stationery, and more. And remember, if you or a friend has an interest in appearing in a future round up, please contact me with your etsy link and I’ll certainly consider your wares. Thank you!

Etsy: Take Five Tuesdays I love the idea of a reversible mini-runner made from vintage wool and repurposed leather, “A modern doily”, is how Yorktown Road describes them. I want one in yellow for my windowsill to place my plants on. This is one of those why didn’t I think of this? products that are so useful and simple yet nothing I’ve ever noticed on the market before.

Etsy: Take Five Tuesdays With a good friend of mine pregnant and another who just gave birth New Year’s Day, I’ve had babies on the brain a lot lately. What is sweeter than letterpressed cards geared towards babies and children with giraffe and poodle motifs? Not much. Sweetbeets carries some of the most adorable paper products, and they have a website in addition to their etsy store where a retail store can set up a wholesale account online.

Etsy: Take Five Tuesdays Next up is Daphne of Spring Thaw who lives and works out of her home studio in Brooklyn making all of her pieces by hand. These cloud necklaces are so unique and if I had a storefront, I’d sell them because they’re simply darling.

Etsy: Take Five Tuesdays More jewelry that has my attention lately are these creations from talented Canadian artist Jerusha of Windowsill. These apples are the perfect pick!

Etsy: Take Five Tuesdays Jessica Cheatham is a southern belle living in Nashville who sews up lots of pretty things for the kitchen along with totes for running errands. Her shop, The Orange Bicycle, has lots of things made using Amy Butler fabric for all of you Midwest Modern fans out there. Great prices, too.

So that’s a wrap for Take Five Tuesdays this week. If you’ve missed previous articles in this series, please click here to view them all. :)

(images from etsy sellers linked above)

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