Few can visit decor8 and not notice a butterfly or two, I’m quite inspired by them from their delicate wings to fluttery movements and pretty patterns. But more than that, a butterfly is a symbol of freedom, hope, and creativity. They are also a common motif in the design world, especially in the Spring as many incorporate them into their creations.
One example of this is the latest creations from Jasna Janekovic in Germany who recently made pretty framed butterflies and sold them at a indie craft fair in Cologne called Designer Fruehling (I wrote about it today on haus maus, my other blog). I like how she interpreted this trend in the crafting world that I believe originated from Martha Stewart’s butterfly craft punch and her tutorial on how to use them as art that was demonstrated via a flyer at Michael’s craft store in the MS aisle of crafts. I love Jasna’s idea coupled with the vintage frame, this is so, so pretty!
(image: jasna janekovic)
I love combing the pages of Bella Luce Photography… whether it’s Natasha’s Flickr photos or the lovely work in her etsy shop, I’m forever reminded of the power that nature has to transform and cause dreams to stir within our hearts…
How can one not imagine a perfect setting or the ideal afternoon when gazing upon these divine photos above?
(image: bella luce)
I was reminded of just how much I love Maira Kalman as I read her recent spread in the NYTimes, And the Pursuit of Happiness, that featured her work — visually stunning and inspirational – you simply must see it. I really like some of her illustrations from back issues of The New Yorker that can be purchased to adorn your own walls here.
I also must pick up The Elements of Style Illustrated, a book that she illustrated. I have the The Elements of Style but without Maira’s drawings so I think I’ll trade it in for the illustrated version bound in a gorgeous red cover – I can’t believe this book has been around for nearly four years and I still do not own it. Time to change this, it’s only $19!
(images: maira kalman)
Bakers Dozen is a very special little shop that curates limited works created by artists & makers from all over the world. Like this…
I particularly fell in love with this embroidery hoop made by Fieldguided in Toronto (I love their Flickr photos). “I like being alive. A lot.” What a very basic truth this is, I mean really — life is such a gift. What a great reminder to keep in front of us when we’re facing a challenge or knee deep in hardship. Be sure to check out Bakers Dozen and all of their fabulous finds, including these Crochet Macarons made by Sian Keegan. Less calories, just as sweet.
(image: bakers dozen)