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Domestic Construction Lighting

I talked about Domestic Construction nearly a year ago here but upon spotting their recent photos of these ‘tea’ lights on the Inspiracion Pura blog yesterday I couldn’t resist from sharing again in case you missed them first time around…

Domestic Construction

Domestic Construction

I love these playful lights and imagine a cluster over a dining room table or a single light suspended over a desk in a work room. I’d love to walk into a bakery and find these as well, can you imagine a cupcake shop with these pendants over the display cases?

(images: domestic candy)

Posted in Objects on May 21, 2009

Jurianne Matter – Paper Artist

I was reading Bloesem this morning as I enjoyed my tea and learned about Dutch paper artist Jurianne Matter who is married with two kids and lives in the Netherlands. I love the idea of using these little paper boats (Jurianne calls them “wish boats”) to keep candies – what a sweet idea for a kid’s party for decorating the table.

Jurianne Matter

Jurianne Matter

Jurianne Matter

Jurianne Matter

I adore the paper lanterns too and remember making these in school art class as a kid only Jurianne’s are much nicer than my impatient 8-year-old version that I made from construction paper and crayons. :)

If you live in America, you can purchase these lanterns and boats at Linda Ferrol Studio online. If in Germany, the lanterns are being sold online at La Mesa. You can find her lanterns, angels and boats in the UK at Not On The High Street.

(images jurianne matter)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on May 20, 2009

Thanks Chronicle Books!

I hope I don’t come across as bragging here but I’m quite excited that Chronicle Books quotes me from a recent review I wrote about the book, “Secrets of Simplicity” over at Real Simple and I’m flattered by it. Here’s the ad, you may have seen it floating around…

Chronicle Ad  - My quote!

In addition to this ad, I forgot to tell everyone last year that I’m also quoted on the back of Amy Butler’s latest book, “Little Stitches For Little Ones” released last July ‘08. Here are my words as they appear on the back jacket of the book: “Sewing is suddenly fresh and exciting again thanks to Amy’s easy-to-follow instructions and her gorgeous vintage modern fabrics in some of the most inspiring colorways ever.” – Holly Becker, decor8 (it has my old blog address but oh well, I changed domains since then.

Quoted on book jacket

Point is, I was so thrilled when Amy wrote to me asking for my thoughts about her book — it’s pretty wild to pick up a book at Barnes & Noble and see your own name on the back. It’s also encouraging to know that people trust my opinion, this means so much to me above all other things — I’m trustworthy. How nice. I like that because above all other things, it’s what I look for when I pick my own friends or when I scour the web for product reviews. I want to know that my source can be trusted.

My friend Shanon Gass commented today on a Flickr photo showing the Chronicle ad above, “YAY! That’s so exciting. I love that your voice represents trustworthiness and that writers/blog writers that work so hard, like you do, are having their opinions respected. Congrats!” – I agree, well said not just on my behalf but for all those bloggers out there.

(images: top: chronicle books, lower: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in press on May 20, 2009

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

If mooks wearing masks, Japanese crafting supplies, lovely gift tags and supplies, embroidery hoops as chalkboards and jewelry almost from a fairytale interest you then you’re in the right place. Welcome to this week’s edition of Etsy Take Five Tuesday!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

First up is Bliss in a Teacup, a sweet shop in Vancouver with embroidery hoop chalkboards and other fun things like writing slates and earrings covered with vintage fabric. Owners Richard and Rebekah also author a blog under the same name as their shop.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Enter the dreamy and romantic world of jewelry designer Jacquleen Bleu where unicorns, wishing wells and tiny bird cages invite you to dream a little dream as you browse her collection (expertly photographed, by the way). Psst: She writes a blog, too.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Looking to do a little gift giving or throwing a bridal shower? May Third has lots of what you’ll want to keep in stock in your gift giving supplies drawer. Though she’s been selling on etsy for two years, I just found out about her work today and placed an order right away. All items are printed on acid-free card stock using archival inks and can be customized to suit your needs. She also stocks supplies for packaging, like kraft boxes. I heart May Third and her style modern school girl style. You can visit her on Flickr and at her blog (you’ll really like it) for more inspiration, too.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

If you love Japanese prints and patterns, the Choki Choki fabric shop is for you. Lots of fabrics and trims to select from for your next crafty project from a very lovely seller, Harun, who is based in Japan so you’re buying direct.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

If wacky, slightly strange creatures called mooks (who wear masks!) are your thing you will give me big kisses today for showing you My Grey Sky. Too cute! My favorite product is the button holder since I have lots of badges that would be fun to display in this clever way.

(images linked to their sources above)

Posted in Etsy Faves on May 19, 2009

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