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Hadley Hutton

It’s been awhile since I talked about Hadley Hutton and since she has added many new works to her collection, today feels like a good time to share her with you again. Are you familiar with this American artist? Her illustrations are beautiful and her encaustic paintings are my favorites – I own a few originals that I’ve purchased over the years and though they still sit in my cellar waiting to be unpacked once we finally move, at least I know they are there and I feel excited just thinking that soon I may be able to display them again! It looks like we may be moving on September 1st though we won’t know for sure until next week – but once I know for sure it will be happy dance time!

It’s been such a hassle trying to find a permanent space, we’ve been living in what was our vacation apartment for nearly a year and it’s very cramped for a couple both working from home. I’ve whined about this enough (blah blah blah), I know, but your friendly blogger here is reaching her tipping point because living in limbo with boxes unpacked is frustrating despite how hard I try to put a positive spin on it. If you’ve ever lived “between homes” then you certainly understand my feelings! I just want to see and display my “stuff”. It feels a bit lonely not having access to the things that inspire me the most like my books, craft supplies, fabrics… I even miss my Epson color printer and I want to unpack all of my clothes, shoes and handbags. I’m getting bored with my wardrobe!

But yes, enough complaining from me — back to the lovely Hadley and her truly inspirational work which is available in her etsy shop and on her website as prints, originals, cards, even pillows! About her style her bio says, “Hadley’s work is a blend of traditional painting and modern design. She draws inspiration from Asian patterns and motifs, Victorian die cuts, and geometric designs. Her work explores nature’s beauty, people’s influence on their surroundings, and the environment’s influence on people. The works are layered with colored pencil and watercolor pencil drawings, ink, archival digital media, pastels and encaustics.”


(images: hadley hutton)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves on June 04, 2010

Drill Design

Last week Irene introduced us to Drill Design, a Japanese “plywood lab” that designs sustainable paper-wood furniture and accessories that are quite remarkable! I would love to own these stools and I really like all of the little details in this simple, yet intricate, work. Have a look and see what you think.

I hope that eventually this collection will be available to order in the rest of the world because I imagine a lot of us would delight in owning something special from Drill Design. Oh those stools!

(images: drill design)

Posted in Objects on June 04, 2010

Hicks Paper Goods

I love the preppy green, blue and white in the cards that I’ve selected today for this spread showcasing the work of Hicks Paper Goods. With great weather comes lots of invitations to everything from weddings to patio parties and if you plan to host something special soon then you may want to consider sending a pretty invitation to set the stage for your event. It may feel a little “old school” to mail out invitations these days but in my opinion sometimes old school is the best school because there is nothing like opening an invitation sent by mail.

I am invited to many events via Facebook and for smaller things, like a picnic or coffee with a friend, this is absolutely fine… but I hope to never live in a world where this becomes the norm for all events – especially formal ones. I really like receiving something paper by mail as a keepsake but also because it makes the occasion feel more “important” and there is also the element of surprise – who will be there? On social networking sites you can often see who has confirmed attendance and who has declined which sometimes, for me, takes the fun out of it.

What is your take on mailing paper goods for special events vs. emailing digital invitations or sending invites via social networking sites like Facebook?

(images: hicks paper goods)

Posted in stationery on June 03, 2010


There is this online shop that sells many beautiful Japanese paper products and books called Uguisu that you must see! In fact, the moment I found it my jaw dropped and I felt as though I’d entered Japanese crafty heaven. You simply must spend some time today clicking around this gorgeous website and bonus! It’s all in English! Yay!

Uguisu stocks things that are either designed or made in Japan (or both) and they carry books, stationery, paper balloons, linens, craft supplies (like masking tape in pretty colors), magazines and many other inspirational products that you are sure to enjoy. Hiki, the shop owner, is based in Japan but don’t worry – she ships globally and has built up a cult following online because her service is great and her products are so well curated. Have fun!

(images: uguisu)

Posted in inspiration, stationery on June 03, 2010


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