I rarely devote an entire post to music but last night I went to one of the best alternative/indie concerts here in Hannover that I’ve seen in a while, A Fine Frenzy aka Alison Sudol a talented singer/songwriter/pianist from America. My husband wrote a really sweet review of it this morning on his blog (and he wrote about the pursuit of perfection in his post, you may really enjoy reading it).
I cannot possibly top his words I’ll just keep it simple and say that I really, really enjoyed Alison’s performance and encourage you to check out A Fine Frenzy, buy her CD “One Cell in the Sea”, and support this girl because she is brilliant. She’s touring Europe right now, you may be able to catch her live if you’re on this side of the pond. Tour dates here.
Her lyrics are magical, her voice is like silk, and her energy and enthusiasm for music is completely inspiring. She’s charming and gracious and seems to really enjoy speaking to her audience, another highlight for me since attending shows where the band barely speaks except to announce the title of their next song can make me feel like I’m sitting behind a wall of glass. Them. Me. Alison is welcoming and also very modest, she acts and dresses like a lady — I respect that about her style. Last night I felt like I was in Alison’s living room hanging out watching her play her piano despite the fact that I was in the 16th row in a very packed theater. She called Hannover a, “beautiful city” and thanked the audience for making someone very far from home (west coast) feel quite “at home”. That pleased me immensely.
If you love twinkle lights, warm cozy evenings at home, a fire… A bit of magic and whimsy, you will adore Alison’s music. Here is the song she opened with last night, Come On Come Out. Turn up your speakers and enjoy.
Psst: Alison designed the sweetest t-shirts for her tour, get yours here.
(images from a fine frenzy)
It’s time for Etsy Take Five Tuesdays. Would you like to visit some fun shops this week along with me? Good, take my hand and let’s go. Here are five that I think you may like…
Can anyone ever get enough positive affirmation? I doubt it. Their isn’t enough sincerity in the world in my opinion – there’s a difference between being nice and meaning it from the heart. I find that the best way to pull myself up when I’m feeling a bit heavy at heart is to rely on the strength inside. You know, that ever glowing light that no one can take away. That is why I appreciate the work of Sarah Gardner so much, her positive art reminds us that we’re completely capable of finding answers within ourselves, of finding our inner hero.
When I hear the words “French” and “Illustrator” in the same sentence I feel a pattern of goosebumps form on my arm. There is just something about French illustration that has me at hello. Have you heard of Adolie Day? She has a lovely little Etsy shop and a new blog too, pouring with information about her art and life along with photos from art shows (like the one shown above) that she has been a part of. Not to mention her blog has some of the loveliest music to listen to as you browse… turn it up. Transporting!
Ladies & Gentlemen is the sweetest little vintage shop… I love their ornaments but I’d use this year round on tree branches. Ask my husband, I’m a branch addict — always bringing them into the house to decorate or hang above the window to decorate with glass balls… We have a small spider problem when I first bring them in but I place them outside so they can run back to their little webs. I imagine that they’re cheering, pumping their little spidey legs in the air (woot!) as I close the door, happy I spared their little life. I digress… Ladies & Gentlemen has the sweetest little decorative birds, animals, and fun shapes to play with whether you have a branch or not.
Morris & Essex has some great cards, folksy, modern, and I really like the homemade feel of the brown kraft paper. Fun! They are very warm and decorative, you can frame them to enjoy year round.
Village Clayworks, handmade ceramics by Catherine Reece, are totally sweet and make beautiful gifts I think. I especially like the little birdie vase.
I’m going to get dressed up now because we’re going to a concert – yay! See you back here tomorrow.
(images from stores linked in this post)
More discounts? Oh yes! I thought the discounts were over too but now I’ve been receiving a batch of email from some wonderful shops looking to give decor8 readers a little incentive to shop and some of these offers I cannot turn away. Like Port2Port Press. I just ordered her new calendar for 2009 (letterpress combined with photographs) yesterday so imagine my surprise when Maria wrote in today looking to give a discount to all of you. Of course I said yes. Then I did a happy dance.
I really like Port2Port Press and since this is her last shop update (she’s closing her online store), I guess she wants to go out with a bang so let’s give her a nice parting gift and shop her store, shall we?
She’s offering us 20% off*, use code ‘decor8′ upon checkout, and the offer is valid until midnight EST on Friday, November 21st. Everything in her shop was produced in limited numbers so don’t sit on the fence if you see something you like – grab it and run away happy! :)
*This discount does not include The Card Society, only items found here.
(images from port2port press)
The best things in life are often FREE… :) I’m very excited to share a new project under the name Kindred. I’ve teamed up with Heather “Ez” Pudewa from Creature Comforts because we share many of the same dreams and passions and feel as though we are kindred spirits, though we’ve never met in person we have a strong online (and telephone) friendship that really means a lot to us. We thought it would be fun to work on mini projects together, collaborating with artists in the process, and sharing the results with all of you. That’s what Kindred is all about…
The first and current project under Kindred is called, “Wallpapered Together.? Through this project we hope to:
- Bring a seasonally curated selection of art and photography to your desktop on a quarterly basis.
- Show our ongoing support of the independent online community by sharing the work of 5-8 accomplished and budding talents per quarter (at no charge to the artists or to you).
- Share some of our favorite talents with the many friends we’ve made online over the years – a little way of saying thanks to you, our blog readers.
The artists participating in this season?s lineup of wallpapers were asked to create around the theme, “Winter: Dreams.” We see winter as a joyous time but also a resting period, when nature takes a much needed break, people slow down, much hot chocolate is enjoyed by warm fires, and time is spent considering plans for the new year…dreaming of what will come. The artists who have joined us for the launch of this exciting project are listed below. You can find their individual desktop wallpapers along with more information about them, their inspiration for the image, a few dreams of their own, and of course download instructions here.
- a. Jennifer Causey, Freelance Photographer
- b. Samantha Hahn, Illustrator, Surface Pattern Designer, Blogger, Art Teacher
- c. Marie-Klara Gonz?lez, Architect
- d. Tara Hogan, Ink and Wit, Designer and Illustrator
- e. Kerry Pitt-Hart, Lush Bella, Designer/Maker & Art Educator
- and of course, f. Heather “Ez” Pudewa, Creature Comforts, Blogger & Photographer
Many of you, like us, may have your own kindred spirits online, those who encourage, share, motivate, comfort… Kindred is a mini celebration of such friendships formed inside the delicate and vast online web, showing the power of friendship and how kindred spirits can pull together to do creative and fun things all in out of love for art and design. Happiness truly comes from giving and receiving, Kindred is our gift to share with all of you. Enjoy!
A special thanks to Jen, Samantha, Tara, Kerry, Marie-Klara for helping us with the launch — we love your wallpapers and couldn’t have done it without your participation!
See the wallpaper gallery and download your favorites right here.
Psst: You can expect additional desktop wallpapers in a few months, our Spring release of Wallpapered Together will be sometime mid March. Summer will release in June and Autumn in September. Stay tuned!
(images from kindred)