I participated in a fun little magazine swap and my batch of magazines arrived yesterday; I was so excited to see these lovely goodies from Australia as I pulled them out one by one reading all of the thoughtful notes on each left by my swap partner. Thank you Martine from Green Olive Design — so much! Readers, if you’ve never participated in a magazine swap before I highly suggest giving it a go — it’s a lot of fun! Just find someone you can trust (make sure they have an established blog or business so you can track them down) from a country where you’re just dying to receive magazines from and go for it.
The way Martine and I did it is that we listed the magazines that we wanted and then each of us purchased them – brand new and current. I paid the postage for my mags and she paid the postage for hers but we didn’t charge the other for the actual magazines.
I once hosted magazine swaps on decor8 (remember?) but they became so hugely popular that it was a bit time consuming for me to pair up people so I’m not longer hosting them. BUT, if you want to find a swap partner in another country, I’ve started a thread here at Kindred where you can jump in and talk about the magazines you are looking for and see if anyone has them and wants to do a swap. My personal swap rules are that all magazines must be brand new and from the current month. You can set your own rules though, it’s up to you. Have fun swappers!
(image: holly becker)
I always find really cute and crafty ideas for home projects through the pages of Country Living magazine. If you live outside of America and cannot access a copy the next best thing is their website where you can find lots of great DIY ideas like these… a few of my recent favorites.
Mirrored tennis rackets, a bookshelf made out of dresser drawers (instructions here), handmade flowers constructed from vintage clothing patterns (I use vintage patterns as tissue paper to wrap presents but love the idea of using them as flowers), and a lovely message board which once had a life as a metal serving tray born from the creative Teri Edwards and Serena Thompson, a.k.a. the Farm Chicks, who regularly contribute to Country Living.
(images: country living magazine)
Amy Butler just wrote to me about her new line of bedding and I dropped everything to share these images with you. Yay Amy! It’s her first bedding collection with Welspun and is produced with 100% organic cotton and printed with low impact dyes proving that eco-friendly bedding can be bold and gorgeous. The bedding is 400 thread count and Amy tells me that it feels gorgeous to the touch.
The complete bedding line will be available in Amy’s online shop in July and at select Bed, Bath & Beyond stores. You can view a slideshow of the entire collection here. Which ones do you like? I really love the turquoise bedding with the lime green accents – so fresh! Congratulations Amy and thanks for letting decor8 readers know the big news!
(images: amy butler designs)
Look at these little charmers and tell me how one cannot find a way to justify dropping nearly $50 bucks on s + p shakers? C’mon, you agree with me right, total cuteness — especially the little heads. Of course, looking at them gives me a ton of inappropriate things to say but they’d be absolutely fun to give as gifts.
Thanks Jonathan Adler for keeping it real and keeping us all broke. Lovely. By the way, these aren’t available online yet so you’ll have to keep cruising the JA website to stalk their release.
(images: jonathan adler)
I love me some Rice. What a great Danish company, I own a bunch of things from them – I particularly like their kitchen items and ceramic bowls because everything is well made and happy looking! They’ve just rolled out a new website with photos in full on saturated color and oh boy, oh boy! You practically need sunglasses it’s so bright.
Notice who is shown in the picture frame on the shelf? Cute, isn’t it?
Did you know that Rice is now in America? Oh yes. I joke you not. I started writing about them three years ago and always wondered if someday they’d end up at some local Anthro store and sure enough… I bet a store could curate 100% of their merchandise these days from reading blogs because let’s face it, bloggers report on trends and talk about what consumers want. Reading blogs keeps their finger on the pulse of consumer buzz and that is a hot little pulse to monitor because it means potential profit. Look at Orla Kiely for instance, unknown in America a few years ago and now she’s practically a household name. Not a coincidence. If you want something bad enough just blog about it a couple thousand times. People are out there watching. They’re listening. To us. The bloggers and the blog readers. Kind of cool, don’t you think?
You can buy lovely Rice products in America — click here (type in USA) to view where they’re available.
(images: rice, denmark)
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. :)
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?
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?
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.
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!
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.
And the bonus find this week is over at Threefold handmade paper goods in Seattle. I love these wishbone cards!
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