I had such a fun day! I was invited for an interview about decor8 today by Radio FFN and I had such a fun time! I kept wishing I had brought along my camera because I would have liked someone to snap a photo of me with the sweet lady who interviewed me. She had such a great personality — and it was a very exciting experience. I can’t wait until it goes live though no date is set yet. I’ve had a very exciting week because I’m in a very big German fashion/woman’s lifestyle magazine called Myself (April 2010 issue, see the article here) that just came out yesterday and then today the radio interview so… well, it’s just great stuff. It’s nice to feel accepted in a new country.
It’s very rewarding to do work that gets attention from the right places but also that serves a greater good — it’s not just all about me, it’s about this community and opening more eyes up to what’s going on online. It’s such an honor to represent this community, even if in a small way in my own corner here, but it’s something and it certainly touches me quite deeply. I never imagined that I’d leave behind a corporate job and end up being successful doing work that I love. If you are pursuing work that you love, you must “get” it – it’s very rewarding stuff.
Enough about me. Time to share some inspiration. Let’s peek in on this lovely Montreal-based home and gift shop called Buk & Nola. If you are visiting Montreal anytime soon this appears to be a must-see stop. I found out it about earlier this week because artist Kim St Michel (she doesn’t have an online shop yet but you can contact Buk & Nola or email Kim to purchase directly from her bonjour AT cabane-k.com). Kim sells her handmade banners or “Les guirlandes de Fanions” at Buk & Nola and sent in photos of them in-situ. Aren’t they charming? So many seem to be creating these banners, or bunting, nowadays and I see that they have established themselves as a trend because you can even spot them in graphics — from cards to posters — and also on clothing like t-shirts as a motif. I think they’re so popular because they feel very joyous — bunting always means Party Time and who doesn’t love the festive feel of a good soiree.
I like seeing motifs that promote positivity in some way, not because I am a goody two shoes but because things haven’t always been sunshine and rainbows in my life and I’ve had tough times like everyone else but find that the only way to really rise above the muck is to focus on the good things in life. To push towards goals and dreams no matter what. I also recognize the need for social activities — networking, parties, markets, fests, anything that can bring people together to melt away fear and jealously and to instead, foster creativity, community and an overall sense of belonging and meaning. Yeah, I get all of that out of a bunting motif (ha ha). But hey, if you really think about some of the common motifs out there that you find yourself drawn towards, whether it be birds, rainbows, retro 80′s, whatever — if you explore why you are so drawn to them you can actually learn a lot about yourself. I like bunting because they remind me of celebrations and good times.
Do you like seeing this as a motif? What do you think?
Lovely work Kim and beautiful shop Buk & Nola!
(images: Annie Michaud)
I’ve featured the work of Australian ceramicist Samantha Robinson before but I keep going back to her work because I find it so simple yet so very captivating. I can’t stop looking at her coffee cups today in these pretty Spring hues…
I imagine arranging a single grouping on my windowsill with a pretty, large bloom in each… a rose, a floppy peony… Nothing complicated because often the simple things are the best things.
(images: samantha robinson)
Just a friendly reminder that my lovely columnist Leslie Shewring, who authors Color Me Pretty on decor8, will return next week! She took January & February off to pursue teaching a class with me about creative, inspirational blogging (Blogging Your Way) and now that the class has wrapped up I’m pleased and honored to have signed on Leslie to return to decor8 once again. Leslie will be back to visit us once a month with her inspirational color and style story. If you’ve missed her work on decor8 in 2009 click here to be inspired.
Next week the theme is Spring — so lots of soft pastels — you won’t want to miss it!
(image: leslie shewring)
You are not confused! Really! It is Wednesday… but I’m determined to write this column even if I am a little late because I know how many of you look forward to it and also how much I enjoy featuring these talented independent artists and designers each week — they are the ones who inspire me so much each day and keep me going. Here are my favorite Etsy shops this week…
Ello There in Utah design some of the cutest wedding invitations (and posters) and save the date cards that I’ve seen… so original and definitely great for those of you who are opting for a more handmade touch to your big day. They also carry custom portraits – so fun!
Judy Kaufmann creates bold graphic prints that would attract attention in any room. I imagine them in a modern office, can you see that too?
Late Night Drawing is the result of artist Catalina in Stockholm who loves drawing with ink and who gets her creative boost at night (me too!). Are you a night owl? If so, you can relate.
Cards For Complicated People = the best! Each card is hand painted by artist Anna Fraser in Sydney — no two are alike — each completely original in pretty watercolor pastels. You have to spend some time today looking through them all because some of them will really make you laugh. I’d like to frame a few for my office.
Barbaer Shop is the work of graphic designer Jana Kleineberg from Berlin who now lives in Finland. Jane stocks some folksy cuckoo clock prints that can be customized and some really sweet animals — the owl is great, he reminds me of a boss I once had whom I called (behind his back of course) the Steam Roller. Ever had a boss resembling this owl? Intimidating, uptight, etc. etc. etc.?
(images: linked to their source above)