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Keep Calm Gallery {new}

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Keep Calm Gallery

Isn’t this a sweet thought? Now I’m hoping the Keep Calm Gallery will release a similar one that says, “You are the honey in my chai” or the “sugar in my tea” because well, I’m a tea drinker… I love the pretty letters, graphic designers of the world is this Honeyscript?

(images: keep calm gallery)

Posted in uncategorized on April 21, 2009

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Interested in seeing what’s on the menu this week for Etsy Take Five Tuesdays? A lovely discount, a little art, some handmade books and mixed media jewelry, a dash of linen, and a touch of retro 1960s and you’re on your merry way to discovering pretty things to fancy up your life!

Featured seller: Stephanie Levy

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Stephanie Levy, a talented and popular artist loved by many blogs and blog readers alike, is offering decor8 readers a 15% discount off of anything in her shop, including originals. Simply enter the words “decor8 reader” in the checkout notes and once you finalize your purchase Stephanie will send you a revised invoiced reflecting the discount. Yay! Offer valid until May 10, 2009.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Looking for a unique way to transform standard photos into art that oozes with style, life and color? I can’t think of anything I love more right now than seeing photos transformed into quirky digital illustrations inspired by the 60s. Graphic designer Sadie from Emmie Bean makes me really happy today — I have several photos I want to have her work on for m. I see a collection in my office… Bright and happy, but also very personal and sweet.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Lisa Occhipinti from The Shop House is a New Hampshire-based fine artist, teacher and expert crafter (what talent!) who knows how to breathe life into what others may overlook or discard, giving them a new purpose and use. Lisa can recycle anything from old books, found papers, yesterday’s paper and surprise you with her creations — she’s a mixed media goddess. With a whimsical eye for color and pattern coupled with a trained sense of pairing old with the new, Lisa gives everything a unique character. You can see this in her paintings, jewelry, art boxes, book mobiles, and well… anything else she sets her mind and heart on she executes in the most brilliant way. I know Lisa personally and can testify that her product is as authentic and charming as the lady herself.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of linen. I see purses! I see shirts! I see memo boards and pillows! I love the way linen looks and feels, especially when transformed into home interiors objects and soft furnishings. Variegated just stocked up on tons of gorgeous linens that are absolutely worth a peek for those of you looking for affordable, high quality remnants. There’s Egyptian cotton shirting, too.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Finnish designer Nuka has some simple, clean designs that she screenprints onto pillows, from vintage Alice in Wonderful illustrations to doilies, that feel surprisingly fresh and modern.

(images from sellers listed above)

Posted in uncategorized on April 21, 2009

Jena Ardell Photography

Let’s visit the beach today, shall we? I’ll bring a basket with sparkling juice, mini veggie wraps and some watermelon… yes and enough change for ice cream on the boardwalk. I will order my usual vanilla and you can get a scoop of those ‘exotic blends’ as I like to call them. You’re funny like that, you like your ice cream just as you like your men: sweet and complex. Don’t forget to bring your camera and we’ll shoot the things we see and touch like last time. Where shall we meet?

Jena Ardell

Not the pier. Too packed. How about this: look for my little green bike. I’ll prop it alongside the fence so you know exactly where to find me.

Jena Ardell

Jena Ardell

I wonder what we’ll find today? I’ll look for sea glass and I bet you’ll be off hunting for fallen feathers from the gulls — you call them their little gifts to humans, a token of their appreciation for the breadcrumbs we leave behind after lunch… I remember once you told me that feathers made you more conscious of the inability humans have to do all things, as some things we simply cannot do — flying for one. It’s true, you’re deep like that. But you added that soaring is something we all can do… that you try to remember that whenever you feel limited. We cannot do certain things but for those we can do, we’re able to perform at our best if we want – to soar. I love how you look at life, how you approach things matters to me. I hope you know that the way your words dance in the air as you’re speaking them makes a genuine difference in my life.

Will you look at the time? It’s getting late, we need to meet up soon. Remember, look for the green bike…

Images from photographer Jena Ardell, discovered via Chelsea and her inspirational blog Frolic. Purchase Jena’s work here. The silly words, those are ones that came to mind as I looked at Jena’s photos. I did a lot of creative writing growing up and still engage in this indulgence from time to time in my own personal place at home — my journals. Though I’m not entirely comfortable with creative writing, perhaps I’m unsure if it’s too indulgent or perhaps a bit fluffy… I do enjoy it and hope that you do in your own little way, too.

(images: jena ardell)

Posted in uncategorized on April 21, 2009

A Gorgeous New Kitchen

I was over the moon this morning when I woke up to see Danielle’s new kitchen! Yay! I’m so proud of this lady… A little background: I met her three years ago through this blog and so whenever I’m in Germany we get together for a girl’s weekend or a quick visit locally and so I’ve been following her new home project for some time now. Danielle has always wanted a gorgeous country home so I’m very pleased to see her now living the dream — she moved from city life to the peaceful countryside just outside of Amsterdam where she has taken on a gorgeous antique farmhouse in which she’s been renovating since December. I can’t believe it’s only April and her kitchen went from this:


to this:

Danielle's New Kitchen

You can see more photos on Danielle’s blog, The Style Files. Congrats Danielle, you did such a lovely job!

(images from danielle de lange, the style files)

Posted in uncategorized on April 20, 2009


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