The delightful Delphine just made a few new announcements, first their letterpress is now available to order online and next, they’ve just launched a lovely blog called Delphine Ephemera. What’s so special about online ordering? THIS:
You can make it your own with dozens of ink colors, paper stocks and envelope choices and, my favorite part, you can view your customized pieces online before you order. Nice! To see how it works I gave it a whirl with the Ava design and love the insta-results as you can see above. Fantastic work, Delphine!
(images from delphine)
If color and personality are what you love to see in a home, then you’ll really enjoy Nina van de Goor who lives in the Netherlands because both the way she lives and the art she creates leaps with joy. I had the pleasure of meeting Nina in person last year in Amsterdam and really enjoyed chatting with her. It’s always such a treat to connect with those I meet online a bit more personally – like in the flesh! In addition to her creative and unique ceramics, Nina recently started working on some screen prints and would like to offer decor8 readers a 15% discount on the new screen prints found in her shop on Etsy. Upon purchasing please put “decor8 discount” in the comments to seller box and Nina will send you a revised invoice in reply. Here are some inspirational photos showing Nina’s home and workspace along with lots of her handmade goodies for you to enjoy!
For more inspiration from Nina, view her Flickr photos here. Thank you for sending me all of these wonderful photos Nina and for the very special discount which, by the way, is valid for one week until April 2, 2009.
(images from nina van de goor)
Prepare for total book cover cuteness! The second I unwrapped these babies yesterday, a recent handmade purchase from Etsy, I knew I’d have to take a couple of snapshots to share with you. These were made with love by Christina’s and I swear, they are even better in person. One is for me (the owl, of course) and the others are for a special friend.
I love the idea of using this notebook cover as a book cover (it’s the perfect size for paperback novels) for the times when I’m traveling. When I’m in transit I’m not always that keen on sharing with the world what I’m reading. I don’t read books with questionable content, it’s not about that, but it has to do with how much of a conversation magnet I am — no matter where I go strangers are somehow guided my way like mice to cheese to either tell me their life story or ask me a slew of questions sparked by whatever I am doing at that moment (reading, typing on my laptop, looking for gum in my bag, etc.). While I’m outgoing and love people, I’ll admit to getting a little worn out sometimes. Do you attract strangers? For me, books are the easiest way to call attention to myself. When I was reading the Twilight series people approached me asking for my opinion or worse, asking what I thought about this or that part and surprise! I hadn’t even read that bit yet so those were total spoiler moments for me. My new book cover will be put to good use for my upcoming travels — maybe I can read in peace although now I’m wondering if curiosity will cause some to ask, “Excuse me um… whatcha readin’?”.
Well if the book cover doesn’t do the trick then at least it still looks cute. :)
(images from Holly Becker for decor8)
Whenever I think of Spring, in additional to marshmallow peeps, daffodils, rabbits, and trees in bloom, I think of wreaths because it seems everyone in my neighborhood hangs one on the front door the moment the snow has melted and the flowers start to bloom (a common custom in New England where I live). Given their history and religious associations dating back before the Persian Empire, then referred to as a diadem, wreaths were typically then worn as a headband. In ancient Rome decorative wreaths were used as a sign of victory and celebration and according to a variety of sources it seems that the custom of hanging a wreath on the front door may stem from this practice. In modern times, wreaths in the home are used in celebration of holidays but many, like myself, enjoy displaying them for non-religious reasons simply as decorative objects year round. Clearly a wreath is no ‘trend’ item — with a history dating back that far I’m sure they will hang around for a long time to come. :)
“Balance” by Royal Buffet.
It’s interesting to note that not all modern day wreaths for the home are created equal — they come in a myriad of shapes and sizes from circular to square and made from or adorned with everything you can imagine. At first you may think of evergreen or holly, but I’m certain the common silk and dried flower variety springs to mind as well. In addition to those commonly found in stores and florists, there are lots of uncommon designs that I’d like to highlight because they deserve a notice. From living greens to feathers, twigs, fresh flowers (my preference when it comes to floral wreaths — I had wreaths on our seats at my wedding), felt, bells, shells, yarn, vintage horse show ribbons, cards (love!), cork, metal, men’s ties, ornaments, eggs, buttons, paper and fabric, pretty much anything is fair game!
The Constant Gatherer in South Carolina is a constant source of inspiration…
Inspiration from craft queen Martha Stewart online. Search her website for wreaths and prepare for projects galore!
One of a kind treasure by Beach Cottage Studio and Spring Fling from Dana and Carol, first spotted today on Creature Comforts who I must credit because seeing this single wreath on her blog inspired this very round up! Inspiration is funny like that. Thank goodness for the lovely and talented bloggers out there highlighting so many gorgeous finds!
Cardboard wreaths from Cardboard Safari.
I personally love paper crafts so seeing paper used in wreath making is one of my favorite crafting projects out there. I was a little hesitant to come forward to admit to liking wreaths because it seems most associate them with either funeral homes, kitschy crafting, nursing home decor or strictly for holidays only. Then I thought that this post may be beneficial because if you do associate wreaths with words like tacky or dated, perhaps after seeing the variety that exists you’ll give them a second glance. It all comes down to personal preference in the end so whether you like them or not, I’ll leave that part up to you. This is by no means an effort to convert you!
So tell me… do you like wreaths? When you think of one what immediately comes to mind? If you have a wreath where is it in your home? Do you display a wreath on your front door?
(images above all linked to their sources)
Around this time each month you can usually find me curled up with the latest issue of Domino magazine and a cup of strong black tea because this is when my crisp copy would have arrived. Yesterday when Martha Stewart Living and Coastal Living showed up, I couldn’t help but long for a little dose of editors’ cravings, scouting, and to see where that girl about town, Rita Konig, had visited since the last issue. I’m left looking for an alternate fix but having a hard time — I’m sure most fans of the mag can relate.
There’s no saving Domino as it’s an era over and done, so that’s why I feel lucky to have all 36 issues filed away in crisp white magazine holders to reference, along with the Domino book. Which leads me to ask you, did you keep all of your copies of the mag? Do you have a favorite Domino magazine cover?
Becky said that some past issues are going for hundreds of dollars on eBay. Can you believe it? I had to go to eBay to see it for myself and sure enough, I see lots of issues heading in that direction though most are still fairly affordable. Too funny though.
My 9 favorite Domino mag covers out of 36.
Wouldn’t you have loved to be on the cover of an issue? I think all of us had that dream at one time or another… here is a link to all 36 covers, feel free to join in on the fun by commenting below with your favorite (month, year) and you can feel free to explain why you liked it so much.
(image top: Holly Becker for decor8, bottom: domino mag)