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Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Ready for a little Take Five lovin’ this week? I sure am! Letterpress, beeswax, photography, baked goods and bags are on the menu. There is also a special discount and a bonus #6 shop!

Featured Artist: Jane Heller

Picnik collage

#1 Jane Heller, a photographer in Montreal, is offering decor8 readers a special for one week only on her photographs that is valid from April 14 – 21st. If you purchase something from her etsy shop she will give you 20% off just for being a decor8 reader. Isn’t this nice? I think so too. Just mention it in your notes to seller that you are a decor8 reader and wait for her to send you a revised invoice. Thank you, Jane!


#2 Lovely letterpress, especially fancy and dressed up, from Tallu-lah in San Francisco. Perfect for the soon-to-wed crowd, there are even dressy-masculine cards for men. Nice touch!


#3 Shannon Newby from Newby Art is an artist based in Atlanta who recently returned from a show and has a unique series of encaustic work called “Communitea” that explores relationships and the desire to be known. Shannon puts tea on a whole ‘nother level! This is a thoughtful way to recycle; I think we all have a special spot in our hearts for artists who explore new things whether that be mediums, techniques, materials… I especially love seeing everyday items being used in art, it pushes me to think outside of the box, what about you?

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#4 Jujie in Toronto makes some great bags for girls who want a little girly mixed in with clean & modern design. I love the way she gives ruffles a hip edge and that her bags are quite affordable. I’d definitely own one of these!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

#5 Whimsy & Spice is a small family-owned business in Brooklyn that you’re certainly find hard to resist. My husband, who was born and raised in Germany, is extremely particular when it comes to baked goods. He won’t touch a donut or any of the fluffy puffy* stuff he often finds here (*his words, not mine). That is why I do a lot of baking, there’s not much here in New Hampshire that he finds even closely resembling baked goods back in Germany. When I’m not baking for him, I’m ordered from companies in different parts of the country to satisfy his little sweet tooth. That’s why I’m thrilled that I found an etsy shop that sells baked goods only these aren’t just any cookies or brownies — they are ones he’ll actually eat! Ha! For the past month he’s been enjoying his W&S treats and let me tell you, for a wife with a picky husband this shop is a dream come true. If you are particular about your baked goods (in other words you will only spend your calories on the best) then you will adore this shop.

Bonus shop: So She Sews creates darling little flowers out of fabric. Such sweetness for the Spring.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my round up today! See you tomorrow friends. :)

(images linked to their sources above)

Posted in Etsy Faves, uncategorized on April 14, 2009

Serena & Lily Giveaway: Winners!

It’s time to announce the winner of the Serena & Lily book and market sling giveaway. I hope that you’ve enjoyed this fun giveaway, I love these slings and the book is just so inspiring for new parents… Anyway, I’ve selected three winners using and they are:


Congratulations to #47 Trina, #52 Desiree Fawn and #121 Jen, I will contact each of you soon to find out the pattern and size (S,M or L) of the market sling you would like so please take a look at your choices so you can let me know.

I’d like to thank all who participated in this giveaway and to Serena & Lily for sponsoring it — each generous prize packaged is worth between $140-160!

Thanks again!

(image: serena & lily)

Posted in uncategorized on April 14, 2009

Sewing Green

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.

Sewing Green

Sewing Green

Sewing Green

Sewing Green

Sewing Green

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!)

Posted in Books + Magazines, uncategorized on April 14, 2009

Andrea Cobb

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.

Andrea Cobb

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)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, uncategorized on April 14, 2009


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