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Karen Barbé Textile Designer

Want to peek in on a very creative lady? I feel so stuck on gift wrap and paper products lately which is quite obvious over the past few days, right!? Well my cute friends, I promise to branch out so let’s switch gears and look at this super amazing textile designer, Karen Barbé (it sounds like saying Barbie in a thick French accent I imagine) who lives in Santiago, Chile. She creates beautiful bed linens, fabric squares, pillows and all sorts of crafty things that are available for sale in her online shop. Look at all of this fantastic pattern and color! Eep!

Karen Barbé Textile Designer

Karen Barbé Textile Designer

Karen Barbé Textile Designer

Karen Barbé Textile Designer

In her shop you can find pretty scarves too (see above).

And you must check out her tree! She used bottle caps from things around her home that she has been collecting, cut them into circles, and decorated her pretty fab tree. Amazing!
Karen Barbé Textile Designer

What a cool, crafty lady Karen is! I love her blog and the glimpses of her home and handmade work, it’s so inspiring, definitely a new favorite blog of mine!

(images: karen barbe)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on December 17, 2010

Cactus and Quail Paper Goods

Oh Cactus and Quail — I am in love with everything on this gorgeous paper goods website — Just everything. And now I will introduce to you to paper product beauty that I know you’ll be equally enamored with… But first, their limited edition ornaments. Swoon! I want the one in the center for all year round to simply hang on the wall in my office — so pretty!

Cactus and Quail

Owner and designer Jamie, who lives and works in sunny San Diego, was trained as an architect but decided to launch a paper products company using her modern illustrations, mainly for brides, though some things in her shop are available to purchase (like the ornaments above) or as a readymade item which means that the design is already done for you, you simply choose your colors and give her the information that you need on the card. You know, the deets.

Cactus and Quail

Cactus and Quail

Cactus and Quail

Cactus and Quail

Cactus and Quail

About her work Jamie says, “I have found that I am happiest while making pretty graphics and getting messy with cutting, gluing and folding paper (instead of fussing about with beams & columns). After making invitations for my own wedding in 2008, I began designing bits of stationery goods for friends, and then friends of friends, and then friends of friends of friends, and so I have been inspired to launch Cactus and Quail.”

Cheers to following your heart!

(images: cactus and quail)

Posted in stationery on December 16, 2010

Coat Hanger Tree

I have this thing you see. Whenever it snows, I must go outside for a walk at night after everyone is tucked away in their cozy homes. I live in a city but after 10 p.m. in my district it becomes a sleepy village and so one can wander around and find inspiration in the silence. While wandering a few nights ago, I walked by one of my favorite shops nearby which happens to be owned by my friends Berit and Kerstin called Snug and I loved what I saw. Here is a shot of what I saw taken during the day as it was too dark to photograph it at night…

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A coat hanger tree. It’s impressive, right? I thought so. That is one cute Chrissy tree, the ornaments are their own products, their pretty brooches made from painted wood. It’s a tree for all of your hang ups! :)

Have you found an impressive, unusual tree in your neighborhood? Or do you have one at home? Perhaps you can post it and link it here in the comments section. We could take a winter blog stroll together to see the trees all over the world. Whether you are into Christmas or not, it’s just nice to see the creative things that people can do and how imaginative people can be with a single tree.

P.S. If you are in Hannover this weekend, don’t miss Designachten where you can meet the Snug girls in person along with several other indie artists from Hannover and the local area. I’ll be there as a visitor on both days so maybe you will spot me, too! :)

(images: snug)

Posted in Decorating Tips on December 16, 2010

Happy Home For Papers + Things

Happy Home is truly my happy place. What am I talking about? The Happy Home online shop! It is a divine little nook on the web that I just want to jump inside of and live. It’s so sweet! Owned by two French girls who also have a pretty blog called Beauty Everyday…. just look at these things, don’t they just make you want to drool rainbows!?

Happy Home

1 / Plate: marine and white plaid 2 / Round tray natural 3 / Pear notepad 4 / Masking tape 5 / Cake stand (from House Doctor) 6 / Small dog in linen 7 / Crocodile in linen 8 / Paumes books 9 / Owl candlestick holder (also from House Doctor) 10 / Navy and white gingham Plate 11 / Linen napkins 12 / Coasters in linen.

Happy Home

1 / Photo album 2 / Book 3 / 2011 event planner 4 / Porcelain bowl (from House Doctor) 5 / Small wooden bowl 6 / Trivet in linen 7 / Zipped pocket in linen 8 / Wire flower holder 9 / Wooden box of rubber stamps 10 / Dish 11 / Knife 12 / Decorating Book

Happy Home

Happy Home

Happy Home

Happy Home

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I have this and now I want to order more — they are from Korea. Beautiful! I use them each day as my To Do list.

I can never tire of this paper and cute Japanese/Zakka stuff! I should lay out all of my crafting supplies and stationery and show you sometime, I love all of it – my rubber stamps, tapes, journals, books… and sometimes I feel like I’m 12 years old again asking my mother to drag me to the Sanrio shop — but I’m soooo okay with that, I will love paper goods forever + ever + ever!

(images: happy home)

Posted in stationery on December 15, 2010

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