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July 2009

Small Business

New Business Cards By INK + WIT

July 22, 2009

Looking for snazzy business cards that make an impression? One major bullet point that was top priority on my moving list of Things To Do was to order new business cards. I have no clue how or where to do all of this abroad so I figured it was best to get it out of the way before I leave, plus I ordered them in time to share some with my friends stateside so that they have my new address. I decided to leave my phone number off of them, no one calls me anyway unless they know me, most new contacts shoot me an email. Would you like to see my new cards?

New Business Cards By INK + WIT

A little background on the design: this time I wanted to go for something less traditional than the standard format, so I opted for a 3×3 format on delicious thick white paper, letterpressed in aqua, so that receivers could enjoy the whole tactile sensation that I love so much about letterpress stationery. Plus this will fit into a European wallet quite nicely as they tend to be wider and shorter to accommodate the Euro bills. I also wanted to bring in the butterfly and add some type of pattern to give it personality.

One of my leading ladies, Tara Hogan from INK + WIT, designed these cards for me. Tara has been my official go-to-girl for business card design from the start because she consistently does such gorgeous work for me and work is done quickly so I never have to wait. If you want some pretty business cards definitely contact her — she’s great and I love her minimalist modern design, it’s clean and professional without losing the cuteness factor that I’m such a fan of.

Thank you Tara for your beautiful work!

(image: holly becker for decor8)

Arts + Crafts, Objects

Gildem

July 22, 2009

I’m so happy that Gildem is back from vacation and has stocked their shop with new handmade goodies. I love their floor mats and leather storage containers, don’t you? I’ll take one of everything please.

Gildem

Here are a few of my favorites. I wrote to them to see if their leather pouches are available in soft blue or white. I’d love some white ones, imagine a really large one for storing magazines in the living room, or to store wood near the fireplace? Maybe I just gave them a new product design idea for the winter months ahead… :)

(images: gildem)

Handmade

Feinedinge & Austria On My Mind

July 22, 2009

I’ve talked about Feinedinge back in ’06 and again last year when I got to see it up close and personal during a trip to Hamburg, but when Joy posted some of her new vases recently I just had to make sure I bookmarked these new finds here using my blog. Ceramicist Sandra Haischberger has some gorgeous new additions to her line as you can see below. She also occupies a most lovely studio in Vienna (a city I’m dying to visit someday, along with Salzburg); seeing it in these little photos below makes me want to jump on a plane tonight just to go visit her shop and practice my German. I think I may plan a trip to Austria later this year, I heard the holiday markets are gorgeous there… anyone have any tips on when is the best time to see Austria?

Feinedinge & Austria On My Mind

Feinedinge & Austria On My Mind

Her creations are meticulous, I own one lovely piece from her but now I want a vase too. Oh the desire of “wanting” never seems to go away, does it? Feinedinge is sold worldwide, for a shop near you visit this page.

(images: feinedinge)

Arts + Crafts

Atelier Eva Juliet

July 22, 2009

I was so excited when I stumbled upon Atelier Eva Juliet in Montreal yesterday, I couldn’t wait to write this post! I love inspirational art, but not those cheesy office pictures with soaring eagles talking about aiming high or something. I tend to like the to-the-point approach but something simple enough that you can quickly read it and go about your day. I also like zero cheese factor. Here’s a perfect example of how I like my motivational art…

Atelier Eva Juliet

I find this so inspiring for obvious reasons, the right words can really pull you out of a slump. The fun thing about Atelier Eva Juliet is that some of her prints are in French but also in English. I really appreciate that she’s working in two languages, I think it helps her to reach a broader range of clients. I’d love to see more bilingual art like this, I think it’s important that one creates things in their native tongue but also inviting in others by selecting a second language that may attract a larger audience, like English or Spanish or even Chinese depending on where you live in the world. I’ve noticed lately more bloggers outside of the United States writing some or all of their blog posts in two languages. Have you noticed this at all? I know it must take considerable effort, but if you do this please know that your work is not going unnoticed and that you’re no doubt reaching a larger audience this way. I’d love to be able to blog in two language fluently someday… we shall see!

Atelier Eva Juliet

Atelier Eva Juliet

Atelier Eva Juliet

Atelier Eva Juliet

Not all of Eva’s prints are motivational ones, some are meant for inspiring in other ways – the spoons and herbal prints make me want to cook and inspire me to eat! I love the spoon print so much, I’m super tempted to order it for my new kitchen…

I can see Donna Hay carrying these in her beautiful new shop in Australia, they fit perfectly within the Donna Hay lifestyle, don’t you think?

I hope you like Eva’s work as much as I do!

(images: Atelier Eva Juliet)

Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

July 21, 2009

Owl dresses (and shirts!), laser cut necklaces, small objects, perky prints, file folders, fabric featuring chairs and much, much more can be found in this week’s edition of Etsy Take Five Tuesday. I hope you enjoy my picks today as I enjoyed curating this little collection for you. Have fun!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

me&oli has elegant laser cut jewelry and create a limited number of pretty things to wear like this silky cotton owl dress as featured in Frankie, an Australian fashion magazine that I adore. Oh this dress is my dream item, something I’d love to wear but I’m afraid I could never squeeze into anything cut for a 26″ waist – a dream I may never realize until I relocate and get rid of my car (I drive and sit way too much currently) but I’m considering the blouse in the same fabric because it comes in large. And it’s splendid!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Sarah and Leslie run both Urban Posture and an etsy shop called Good Posture. These talented ladies from Des Moines create environmentally friendly products for the the home and office in addition to their apparel for babies and ladies. They design and print all items by hand and use as many local resources as possible as they create.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Sloe Gin Fizz is Nicole Ray, an illustrator in Michigan with a whimsical eye and lots of perky prints for adorning your walls.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Scarlet Fig fabrics are just sooo cute it hurts just a little bit! :) Created by designer Laurie Wisbrun in Austin, Texas you will adore her birds, chairs, elephants and more. And don’t worry — if you don’t sew she also sells her fabric as pillow covers so you can still enjoy her designs in your home.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I can’t believe I’ve not featured The Small Object in this round up before! I’ve loved her work and even met her a few years ago and it just slipped my mind to mention her. I guess I feel like everyone who is online must know this girl. But if in a wee chance you do not, The Small Object is a doll and she creates the most darling little rubber stamps, custom wedding cake toppers (love!) and other imaginative, fun and inexpensive little things that you will no doubt adore.

Wasn’t this week’s round up cute? I thought so at least… :) I love all of the fun colors and whimsical designs – so much personality you can’t help but feel happy when you peek into these stores. Enjoy!

(images linked to their sources above)

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