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April 2008

Inspiration

Rebecca Thuss {Inspiration Overload}

April 30, 2008

I am drooling right now as I browse the online portfolio of Rebecca Thuss, creative director, photo stylist, crafter, and wedding designer. This gives me so much inspiration as one of my goals set before me is to spend more time pursuing creative things in addition to my work as a blogger and writer. I have so many ideas in my head, I think my new apartment will give me an outlet for this as starting from scratch on a budget in a new country can’t help but inspire creativity, right? I will share my projects with you beginning in August once I’m blogging abroad. I can’t wait to get more involved in creative projects, all the hands on stuff that I love, again.

Rebecca Thuss {Inspiration Overload}
As I look at Rebecca’s work I think of my own ideas and excitement stirs within me. You must get these feelings when you look at beautiful things too. It’s like you know you should be doing more with your hands but time slips away. Rebecca’s work, most shown here has appeared in Martha Stewart Weddings where she worked for 9 years, may inspire you to get your hands involved in work you enjoy in case you’ve put that part of you aside lately. Time to change that, right? Rebecca currently has her own business, ThussFarrell, where she works alongside of her husband Patrick Farrell running a graphic design and photography studio in Brooklyn.

Rebecca Thuss {Inspiration Overload}
Ah, the joy of making things for yourself… I don’t know the details, but I do think it’s wonderful that Rebecca is out there now doing things for herself because this woman and her talent knows no boundaries — she’s amazing. I always admire people like Rebecca who leave behind solid careers in the corporate world to pursue their dreams. That takes a lot of courage and drive. Though given that I was also once in the corporate arena, I liked it very much and found security and opportunity there though getting out was something I always knew I had to do.

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No path is better, working for/with others or working for yourself, I know that being employed for 10 years working alongside top executives groomed me for better things. I just wasn’t cut out for staying there. I have a hard time keeping normal business hours , I was frequently late in the morning (an 8:3o arrival was considered late, most arrived around 7:30 or 8:00) but more than made up for it by staying sometimes until midnight and often did my best work after 3pm when most people starting leaving for the day. I realized a pattern — that I work best in the late afternoon into the night. I don’t like to work in an office now that I’m married, I really enjoy freelancing at home sharing an office with my husband who works here alongside me nearly full-time. It’s hard to know what’s right for some will be right for you, so in the end we have to follow our own gut and walk whatever path works for us at the moment. I can’t wait to see what her Rebecca’s career path leads her and where we will see her work popping up next.

Thank you Ez for telling me about Rebecca today, you’re right… She is an inspiration for sure!

(images from rebecca thuss)






Stationery

Liquid Sky Arts

April 30, 2008

I’ve blogged about Kathleen and Liquid Sky Arts before, but I can’t help myself… I have to sing her praises again. I love how she recently shared her workspace with readers on her blog and I think her latest designs at PaPaYa! Creative Abandon are some of my favorites, especially the fishy wrapping paper.

Liquid Sky Arts
PaPaYa! is a collaboration of three amazing artists, Kathleen Rossi-Howell, Anahata Katkin, and Teesha Moore. These ladies are on fire, their creative energy jumps out and grabs you from the screen, it’s such a positive force.

Liquid Sky Arts
Notice how Kathleen has even used some of her own creative papers as art in her office — nice affordable DIY trick, don’t you think?

(images from liquid sky arts)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

A Fanciful Twist

April 30, 2008

Vanessa Valencia from A Fanciful Twist just added some new prints to her shop, you may really like them…

A Fanciful Twist
I enjoy the bright colors and how well she’s photographed her new prints in her home, gives you a great idea as to how they’d look in your own space. Great work, Vanessa!

(image from a fanciful twist)






Etsy Faves, Stationery

Enfin, La Voila!

April 30, 2008

I found Marijke Janssens and her shop Enfin, La Voila! today while looking to restock my quickly fading supply of stationery and have to share her with those unfamiliar with her work. Marijke is a graphic designer who is based in the countryside just outside of Brussels, Belgium. Doesn’t that alone sound glorious? I could just end this post right now and I bet you’d already be left with nothing but happy feelings. Imagine spending the day traipsing down country roads in beautiful Belgium…

Enfin, La Voila!

Marijke uses her surroundings as inspiration, her life translates into her work and you can just feel the joy. Not only do I love the graphics, but I also like how happy and all skippy-like I feel while looking at her designs. You know that feeling when you want to put daisies in your hair and run through a field in your favorite cotton dress? Please say you understand this because if not, then I’m a confirmed nutcase. :) When I look at Enfin, La Voila! this feeling of childhood, freedom, and joy washes over me. They are just so pretty. If I had a store… I know complete this sentence for me… I would totally stock these.

(images from enfin la voila!)






Inspiration, Small Business

Blogs & Etc.

April 30, 2008

I want to get a little something out in the open because a post that I wrote over at Real Simple hurt some of my fellow blogger friends and I feel the need to clear things up. To quote a blogger who wrote in recently, “But you have to know that publicly posting your top-ten list was hurtful to the dozens, hundreds, of other bloggers out there who are pouring their hearts and souls and untold hours into what they do. I’ve since heard from several of them who told me that they felt really hurt by that post, too.”

Here’s the post that hurt some of my friends.

Blogs & Etc.
By publicly posting the blogs that I read daily I was not trying to discredit other blogs that are out there. I do read other blogs on a weekly basis via my RSS feeds that were not mentioned. On a daily basis I’m clicking around on the various comments that are posted on decor8 to see where they are coming from which leads me to dozens of beautiful blogs spanning every imaginable topic. In fact, I bookmark many blogs and save them in a special file on my desktop and they each eventually become the Blog of the Week.

I know that all bloggers have an important voice and that everyone has something valuable to say because it’s you — your voice — and you are important to me and all of your loyal readers, too.

I’m sorry that my words hurt and made some bloggers feel excluded because perhaps your blog was not listed. I never meant to exclude anyone, I was just honestly revealing the blogs that I enjoy reading, at least this month. Ask me next month and who knows, I might be hot on Cute Overload again.

Want to know a funny story behind this? I wrote what I did in reaction to a decor8 post on the topic, Is there such a thing as too much inspiration? where 63 of you commented and many expressed how blog reading can be draining and that many are trying to cut back or stop reading blogs altogether. When I read that I thought that I needed to some how help. The mission behind my words was to show blog readers that they don’t have to stop reading them, but instead to try narrowing down the list if one is feeling overwhelmed. Read only the ones that ‘click’ with them and help them to see their way through the smog that can appear when one feels like they can no longer be creative due to over-exposure. I thought I was being encouraging when instead, I ended up helping blog readers and hurting blog writers.

So with that, please forgive me and know that I’m here to support everyone the best way that I can. But I also can’t write as though I’m walking on eggshells. I have to be authentic and honest, that’s what I think is sometimes missing in society today. People are afraid of hurting others so much that everything just comes out so fake and kiss kiss and never real or genuine. I have realized though that there is such a thing as ‘seasoning’ and I need to exhibit more tact and season my words a bit more than I do. I promise I will work on this because the feelings of my blogger friends are worth considering.

I know some will tell me that this post was completely unnecessary but I’m a small business and my heart is in this — if I said something that hurt or offended my blog friends, I need to step up and admit it and apologize. Thanks for giving me a moment to address this. :) Again, I am very sorry.

xo,
Holly

(card shown from turtle papers)






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