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Keep it Moving + Tudor Studio

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. :)

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.

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)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves on January 09, 2008

Julia Rothman Pillows {urban outfitters}

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.

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!

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)

Posted in Objects, Shopping + Products on January 09, 2008

Wise Craft Swoon!

You have to read about this client project that Wise Craft is working on, it’s not only amazing but a great way to recycle bottle caps. I’m beyond impressed. Read more here

(image from wise craft)

Posted in uncategorized on January 09, 2008

Shop Talk: The National Stationery Show

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.

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)

Posted in Small Business on January 09, 2008


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