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May 2008

Bloggers

Lilla Rogers Blog

May 15, 2008

You all know how much I love Boston local art rep Lilla Rogers since I’ve talked about her many times here on decor8. Well she’s a blogger now and I’m so happy to welcome her to blogland and to make her the decor8 blog of the week.

Lilla Rogers Blog
And for Matte Stephens fans you’ll love this… She’s also now representing him. Lilla Rogers Studio is a hugely popular and one of the most successful and respected illustration agencies. I’m super excited for Matte, this is HUGE news.

Lilla Rogers Blog
Welcome, Lilla and congrats to Matte! Also, Lilla will have a booth a Surtex in NYC at the Javitz Center from May 18 – 20 to show over 1,000 new images to the licensing community so look for her if you’re planning to attend.

(images from lilla rogers studio)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Sarah Ahearn

May 15, 2008

The always amazing Lucie Summers on Etsy wrote to me singing the praises of a mixed media artist that she adores, Sarah Ahearn. Immediately upon viewing her work I became an insta-fan and thought of you and how much you’ll like Miss Sarah too. She also works on a letterpress creating fine paper goods. What a talented lady she is!

Sarah Ahearn
Sarah has lots of prints in her etsy shop (sometimes a few originals), an inspiring blog, and a beautiful portfolio on flickr.

Sarah Ahearn
Here are some pretty views of her inspiration board and studio space in New York that I found inspiring. I love seeing where and how people work, don’t you? Things I like about this space: her orange accent wall, rice paper pendant (pretty and affordable), the yellow chair, the fact that she can both sit and stand at her desk, and the massive chalkboard.

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Thank you Lucie for sharing Sarah with us!

(images from sarah ahearn)

Press

Thanks Daily Special!

May 15, 2008

This is so cool. Conde Nast’s daily web show for women, The Daily Special, asked me to be a telephone guest on their show today to chat for a few minutes about decorating.

Thanks Daily Special!
Thank you Sarah, Sebastian, and the adorable host Kim (she has the best voice and perky attitude, love her) for inviting me! Here’s the link in case you’d like to listen in. ;)

(image from the daily special)

Shopping + Products

Susan Gower of Nifty Thifty Dry Goods

May 15, 2008

Are you ready to meet trim lady? Well, she’s not really called that, but it’s tempting when you see what she surrounds herself with beneath her massive tent. Trim lady is Rhode Island-based Susan Gower, owner of Nifty Thifty Dry Goods.

Susan Gower of Nifty Thifty Dry Goods
She has ribbons, buttons, trims, beads, and more, both new and vintage. Susan travels around selling new and vintage notions that you’ll swoon over. And yes, I said she travels. She gave me a copy of her upcoming show schedule so I’ll post it below because she’s hitting IL, OH, MN, MI, WI and TX between now and November 2nd.

Susan Gower of Nifty Thifty Dry Goods
I discovered Susan just a few days ago via Country Living magazine (June ’08 page 90) and after some extensive online research (she doesn’t have a website), I found out that she’s showing currently at the Central Park section at the Brimfield Show in booth #116. I wanted some of the items shown in Country Living but she told me that they took those images 7 years ago so she doesn’t have those items anymore. I nearly fell over. Seven years? She was surprised too. But I’m happy that they ran it when they did because I found her. :) You’ll love Susan’s tent and the section she is in has lots of of ladies selling fabric and notions so you’ll stay busy for awhile. The tent directly across from Susan’s carries vintage tablecloths starting at $10 — you can’t miss their heaping piles of fabric and women going completely bonkers.

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Susan organizes the things in her tent by color, so it’s super easy to navigate. And everything is set up so nicely. She is a little shy, but once you get to talking to her she’s so very nice. She even gave me a discount on some trim I purchased, which helped because I spent $135 on her stuff and could have easily run the bill up to double that. It’s hard to not drop mounds of cash, everything is absolutely amazing as you can clearly see.

Susan Gower of Nifty Thifty Dry Goods
She doesn’t have a store or website, but if you’re in Rhode Island anytime soon you can find lots of her goodies at a shop called Refind located at 436 Wickendon Street in Providence (401-277-0606).

Susan Gower of Nifty Thifty Dry Goods
Nifty Thifty Dry Goods 2008 Show Schedule

June 19-21, The National Quilting Center, Columbus, OH
June 26-28, Minnesota Quilters’ Annual Quilt Show, Rochester, MN
August 21-24, Stitches Midwest 2008, Schaumburg, IL
September 11-13, Quilt Expo – Sewing with Nancy, Madison, WI
September 26-28, The American Sewing Expo, Novi, MI
October 25-27, International Quilt Market, Houston, TX
October 30 – November 2, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX

(photos taken with permission by thorsten becker for decor8)

Events + Markets

Brimfield – Yay!

May 14, 2008

I had a really nice time at the Brimfield Show today. But man, people are hysterical when it comes to photographing their booths. It’s a public place, I didn’t pay an entry fee and I wasn’t IN their booth doing product shots (a good read on this topic). So if you plan on attending the show beware. You can’t even take a casual photo from a distance and they pounce on you. I wasn’t IN the booth and I was super discreet. But unfortunately I can’t show you photos. And I’m sad because I went with every intention of surprising you with great pictures. In this one below, you can see the booth lady making her way around the corner. She came all the way outside and scolded me for taking two pictures. I offered to delete them and she said no but she was super angry. She freaked me out a little but I pushed the experience aside and had fun anyway. I think Brimfield should post a “no photography” sign.

Brimfield - Yay!
On a very positive note though, I met a woman that I was dying to meet — I read about her in this month’s issue of Country Living and the second I saw the article I knew I had to check out her booth. That’s where this gorgeous trim came from. I asked permission to photograph her booth and she allowed me to do it so as soon as I upload them I’ll share. You’re going to love her things and the best part is she sells at a store in Rhode Island. Seriously. Wow.

Brimfield - Yay!
Thorsten came with me this year and he managed to find a book for $20 that is currently listed on eBay for $499.00 (This man amazes me, he does this a lot.) We also bumped into our good friends Paris and Greg the moment we entered the gates, it was terrific to run into them and we were able to spend some time chatting so it made the whole day that much nicer. The fact that it’s sunny and 73 with a slight breeze helped too. Oh I love flea markets and the thrill of the hunt.

Brimfield - Yay!
Here’s my loot. I have very little, but what I did find is gold to me because I plan to bring these trims with me to Germany, and the vintage table cloth, and turn them into a DIY project for my new apartment. I’ll show you what I make out of them in a few months. The colors really speak to me so I couldn’t refuse. Oh what fun I will have with this stuff.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

May 14, 2008

It’s Tuesday! Time to see what’s cooking over on Etsy this week, at least according to me. :) I found a few Germans, a girl in Greece, a crafty lady in Vancouver, and a few super cute bibs including one that is as old as I am (and this one isn’t for sale). Ready?

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays Sieben Morgan is Tinee Kleinschroth, a German talent who creates all items by hand and those that you see with patterns are hand printed. A full-time freelance artist who specializes in printmaking, Tinee’s shop is such a treat to look through. She also has a blog.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays
Apple & Eve creates the sweetest little pillows! Eva is Estonian but currently living in Germany and makes the cutest crafts from home with great attention to all the little details. Darling!

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays
Kup Kup Land is Kima, who studied graphic design and illustration. She loves to experiment with a variety of materials but seems to like felt the best. Kima was born in Barcelona then moved to Santander and now Athens — no doubt her colorful, sunny surroundings are the reason for her lively crafts.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays
Leslie Rogers’ little shop called Uptown Design has some of the cutest crochet characters and she takes some really cute photos. She is from Vancouver and the moment you step into her shop you’ll want to be a kid again. Go ahead, you totally can. :) She has a Dawanda store, too.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays
I don’t feature a lot of things for children but I have to show you Bunny Bum because I am crazy about these bibs. My best friend in Germany, Sandra, just had a daughter and my local close friend Paris is due this summer, so I’m thinking about babies a lot lately. And when I saw these mini quilts with pillows for dolls, I also couldn’t resist sharing them because they made me feel extremely happy inside. My mother made these for my Barbie dolls when I was a little girl. I have so many nice memories of my mother sewing things for my dolls that this wave of joy comes over me whenever I see handmade dolly things. :) I always felt so cherished when she made little things just for me. Like this…

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays I still have my first bib. My mother made this for me when she was 25 and I was waiting to be born. After I arrived, this is the bib that she gave me during feeding time. I always kept it neat and safe, my favorite dolly wore it until I was in my teens and then it was tucked away in a special box. It’s still in the box but I took it out today for the first time in years to share it here. I can’t wait to someday give it to the baby I hope to have in the future.

Handmade things never go out of style, are always cherished, and make the recipient feel so loved.

If you’ve missed previous Take Five Tuesdays, please click here to check them out.

(images linked to sources above.)

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