Would you like to catch a glimpse of Sewing Green, a book to soon be released by STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books? Written by Betz White with inspirational photos by John Gruen and styling by Raina Kattelson, I was reading their blog recently and noticed they were nice enough to include a preview of 22 photos from the book – this is such a nice bonus when a publisher takes the time to give readers a sneak peek.
How cute is that vintage sewing machine and the faux bois draft snake?
You can view all 22 photos here.
(photos: john gruen – if you are looking for additional interior inspiration, be sure to visit his online portfolio – stunning!)
Good morning! Aren’t these illustrations so very pretty? If you would like to read more about the lady behind them, Andrea Cobb, you may visit this link if you’d like.
How was your weekend? It was really nice for me to have a three day weekend, I feel so refreshed and eager to get started on my work this week. I finished many projects and read some books — I completed the Secrets of Simplicity (great organization book) and The Alchemist. Now I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love (after seeing the author speak over at TED about Nurturing Creativity) and Apart From The Crowd by an Irish author I’m following right now. There’s something about Spring… I read a ton of books this time of year more than any other season. Maybe it’s this nesting thing. I also picked up a bunch of new eco-friendly cleaning supplies at Lowe’s, and I guess I should get excited over cleaning supplies but the Rosemary Mint bathroom cleaner sounded to enticing to resist and as a result, I sorta can’t wait to try it out just to see if it works well but mostly to smell it (geek or what?). Another fun thing I did was a 4 mile hike at a local reservation with my trusty camera — I found lots of birds and muskrats to photograph. Nothing is in bloom here yet (wahhh), so I felt a bit limited since I primarily photograph flowers and trees, but being out in nature for a few uninterrupted hours felt wonderful. In addition to books, cleaning supplies, and a nature, I helped a local floral designer select colors for her new studio. We went with Valspar (Martha Stewart Colors) for the room: Apothecary Jar and Cake Stand Blue. She doesn’t have a lot of options with a very “picky” landlord so we decided on soft colors vs. brighter hues or wallpaper. She plans to have some fun with the space with accessories and such though the flowers will no doubt steal the show. I can’t wait to see how it looks when she is finished.
What did you do over the holiday weekend?
(image from andrea cobb)
It’s a holiday weekend so I’m taking Monday off (well not really, I’ll just be working offline) so I’ll be back on Tuesday. I will also announce the winner for the Serena & Lily giveaway on Tuesday morning so stay tuned! If you haven’t yet entered I’m giving everyone a little extra time so you may enter here.
I’ll see you on Tuesday, April 14th. Until then I hope you have time to do fun things, bake up some new ideas, visit those you love, eat some peeps and candy while it’s still in stores, or whatever else it is that makes you happy this weekend. See you on Tuesday!
(image: holly becker)
These images are from a guest house in Holland (near the German border) called Bed of Flowers B&B and I’m smitten. Is this place not darling, where one would imagine writing the most lovely tales or wearing the prettiest dresses ever while picking fresh flowers? It is €95 per night for two persons, including breakfast – oh my what a great deal for such special accommodations.
“Floriene Bosch is very passionate about interior decorating with a very personal style and characterized by daring colors and flower designs. She also enjoys hosting people from all over the world.” Well Ms. Bosch you may host me anytime because I’m smitten! What style and class this lady has, my goodness!
(Bed of Flowers via Anna Spiro)
Anna from Absolutely Beautiful Things posted a room she loved a few days ago and when I spotted photographer Malin Ngoie, I couldn’t resist temptation! (I also love the name Malin, by the way.) Isn’t this photo so sweet? This almost looks like it was photographed in Germany, something about it really reminds me of my neighborhood there and the children’s clothing really makes me think of European kids in their colorful brightly patterned clothes!
After browsing her photos I learned that Malin specializes in photographing children and children’s products and the more I looked, the more apparent it became that she not only loves kids but obviously makes little ones feel comfortable and creative alongside with her. It was really fun for me to ’see’ this as I looked at each photo, imagining the work involved in getting children to feel your direction as an artist like she does… I’m so impressed by this.
I selected the above images because each one made me feel really cozy and at home. The first one, with the tulips and open cabinet revealing patterned china and wallpaper inside, speaks to the romantic in me. The bedroom, in white, with those elegant beige drapes pushed aside to reveal such beautiful doors (perhaps to a terrace?) give me visions of living in a darling city in an old, historic building — perhaps in France, England or Germany even. The wooden children’s bed looks vintage and is so pretty but also sturdy and adds a lot of warmth here, it’s sweet yet has presense. The living area, contained in what appears to be a three season porch, feels calm and summer-y. I like something about this room that actually shocks me for some reason, as I am not naturally attracted to this kind of thing – I love that painting of the tall ship. I actually love ships and when the tall ships tour in America and hit Boston each year, I usually go see them and tour as many as I can. My father had a boat when I was growing up, not a ship, but a humble boat with a small sleep space below and I loved going with my family to enjoy the water and the sunshine. I never, until this very moment, considered a painting of a ship as something I’d like to own but now I’m considering this as a future option when I need to purchase something for the walls.
Please visit Malin’s portfolio for a dose of inspiration — you will definitely find some!
(images from malin ngoie)
I heard from the creative Eloise Corr Danch today, she’s an artist based in Brooklyn who dreams up and creates the most exquisite paper flower sculptures ever! Lucky for those based in New York, some of her work is on view now until April 19th in the windows at Macy’s flagship Herald Square store in NYC (34th St. between Broadway and 7th). Fun! This whimsical installation features ornate headdresses with 2,500 swirling paper flower garlands. Weeee!
About Eloise: “Her interest in paper sculpture grew from a collaboration with New York designers Ruffian in which she created a paper dress in rococo style for a New York Observer charity event. These and other recent projects, including product and prop design, have added a three-dimensional component to a background in painting and illustration. A proud member of the Society of Illustrators, Eloise received an MA in illustration from FIT and has studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Paris American Academy.”
I’m inspired after seeing this to start making paper flowers again! I made them frequently growing up with my mother, and of course for my wedding and other parties I’ve thrown, but I haven’t done much lately with paper flowers so I’m inspired to dream up a flower project of my own in June or July when some extra time should present itself for creative add-ons in my life. How about you? Inspired too? :)
Have you tried crafting flowers from paper? Any examples of your work that you’d like to share? Please include links in the comment section below, I’m always up for a little show ‘n tell. :)
(images from eloise corr danch)