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Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Time for a little take five action from the fabulous never-ending supply of beautiful Etsy shops! I’ve included a bonus find in a 6th shop in today’s round up below for your added pleasure. :)

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Julie Pollen in Montreal creates things you imagine in your dreams, her brooches are extremely tempting and make me want to spend money I don’t have. Will you just have a look at them and tell me they’re not totally charming?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

If you love retro prints that are fresh and vibrant then I invite you to visit Kristina Miletieva’s shop for a variety of 8 x 8 prints that she designs – perfect for the retro kitchen, don’t you think?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Some try to resist the trend, the doily seems to continue onward! Here’s an example of a doily done right at And Furthermore in Portland, Oregon. These clocks are unique and fun and ok, a little bit grandma but we love our grandmother’s so there’s no harm in a little kitsch.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Zelaya is a family owned shop in San Salvador and they have me drooling over their bags, these are perfect for sunny days! I love the creamy white and all of the hand sewn details and those gorgeous wooden handles. These are so lovely for that coastal vacation!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

These contemporary felt flowers have me drooling from A Alicia Handmade Accessories in London. You can add them to anything you wish and you can even order a custom piece in colors of your choice. This seller clearly has good taste. Wow.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

And the bonus find this week is over at Threefold handmade paper goods in Seattle. I love these wishbone cards!

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Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on May 12, 2009

Lovely Linen & Kawaii Paper Products

I’m a lover of solid and patterned linen, natural or in color… In fact I’ve been a fan since I was a little girl. I think it has to do with the linen aprons my mom had and the sheets on my grandmother’s bed when I spent summer nights at her farmhouse in southern Rhode Island. There’s just something about it, the weight, feel, texture — it really looks relaxed and cozy. My linen drapes make me happy each morning as I pull them back to reveal the sun. The feeling of linen in my hands, slightly cool to the touch, is one very lovely, yet simple pleasure.

Gift Box 4 You

While searching for some natural linen yesterday I found this fabric shop on Etsy called Gift Box 4 You that sells linen in all colors and thought you may like to see it. The seller lives in Korea and also carries initials and crochet bears for sewing to things like shirts and pillows. I think these treasures are all very simple yet endearing. I’d love to add these pretty letters to a guest towel or even as art. So many options! I also love the hanger shown below, right. It appears to be wrapped in fabric. I have been thinking about hangers a lot lately, I once had stuffed fabric hangers for all of my girly dresses growing up and I miss them. I’ve been thinking of making a few for my “special” clothing, I think it would be a nice decorative touch to my closet.

Gift Box 4 You

Gift Box 4 You

Nothing Elegant

I noticed that the seller has another shop too and it’s called Nothing Elegant — her second shop is jam-packed with paper products that are mostly in that darling kawaii style that get lots of us all goosebumpy over. I particularly like the cotton tapes, rubber stamps and the vintage repro spool and string set which I could put to good use in my office. See it? Isn’t it great?

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Posted in Arts + Crafts, textiles on May 12, 2009

Blogroll Updates

Hello friends! I’ve spent the entire day working on the decor8 blogroll (whew!) and though I cannot fit in all of the requests I get I have a lovingly curated selection of blogs that you can view and enjoy here and here.

Added to my blogroll

This is it for updates this quarter; I’ll update the blogroll again in August. Please browse and enjoy these lovely sites, the A-M group is here and the N-Z group is here. I selected a broad range for all tastes and interests and included a few personal friends of mine, too.

If you are currently on my blogroll and would like to link back I’d love that! Please use http://decor8blog.com (not the former blogspot address). If you want to add a decor8 banner instead of a text links you can — I have several sizes here that you may choose from to add to your blog or website. Oh and if you are on my blogroll and want to update your current banner, please send that to me: holly AT decor8blog DOT com. The measurements need to be 120 pixels wide by 70 pixels high and please make sure your blog name is crisp and clear.

Thank you!

Posted in blogs on May 12, 2009

Organizing With Pretty Labels

Mer Mag consistently shares the best little things on her blog… just look at these charming labels that she created for organizing things around the house. How cute is this?

Mer Mag = Free Labels!

Mer Mag Label Freebie

You can view more and download a free PDF file to get yours and start labeling too. Fun! Don’t you just want to drop everything and organize your office right this second?!

(images from mer mag)

Posted in workspace on May 11, 2009

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