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March 2011

Arts + Crafts

3D Wall Butterflies

March 3, 2011

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love butterflies. I’ve long held an interest in them and today, view them as not only delicate, beautiful creatures fluttering about in nature — but in the home I like to see them as motifs whether on a print or used in a pattern as part of a pretty piece of fabric. I spotted these gorgeous 3D wall butterflies crafted from paper on Etsy’s homepage today and felt inspired to share them. These are made by Jacqueline who runs Hip and Clavicle in Pennsylvania.

3D Wall Butterflies

3D Wall Butterflies

I love Jacqueline’s inspiration behind her work, “To explore the way ordinary objects and processes come together with human sense and memory in moments that transcend their everyday existence. I am drawn to capture and recreate those moments that spontaneously fill me with wide-eyed reflection and contemplation.” I think you could use these to create a lovely installation in your own home much like how a store would create a seasonal installation to promote a theme — your theme could be centered around Spring and you could put these on delicate transparent fishing string and hang them in your window or from the ceiling in a children’s room — or of course, use two-sided tape and adhere them to the wall.

Butterflies symbolism freedom, exploration and whimsy. That’s a big part of who I am, which is why I think the butterfly will always remain an inspiration to me. Owls for their wisdom and quiet strength, dolphins for their playful energy and ability to connect with those whom they love, trees for how sure and secure they appear yet just below the surface it is their roots that keep them strong, clouds, flowers, the sparks you see at times when two things strike together… the smell of the forest after rain has fallen… There is so much in nature to inspire and delight the senses, isn’t there?

(images: hip and clavicle)






Rooms

AURA by Tracie Ellis

March 3, 2011

I love luxurious Australian interiors brand AURA by Tracie Ellis because their bedding is gorgeous. How restorative and comforting a beautifully designed bedroom can be! Their ethical and sustainable designer home wares range from bedding to bath towels, table linens, throws, kaftans, aprons, pillows, notebooks and more. Their latest collection is the Inka bedding in two colorways, fig and smoke, in a crisp zigzag pattern.

AURA by Tracie Ellis

AURA by Tracie Ellis

AURA by Tracie Ellis

AURA by Tracie Ellis

Thank you Beth for writing in to introduce AURA to decor8 readers!

(images: aura)






Handmade

Kylie Johnson: Poet and Ceramicist

March 2, 2011

Kylie Johnson is a talented poet and a ceramicist from Brisbane who has an online store but — good news for the US and Europe — Anthropologie recently picked up her ceramics though they already stock her poetry books (I own Count Me The Stars published by Murdoch Books, it’s lovely) and I think their choice is just perfect as Kylie’s work is stunning Anthropologie commissioned three vessels from her for their stores and Kylie wants to share them with decor8 readers today as they are just about to hit the shelves in both Europe and the US next week.

Kylie Johnson: Poet and Ceramicist

Kylie Johnson: Poet and Ceramicist

Kylie Johnson: Poet and Ceramicist

I love seeing poetry and ceramics merge – what a gorgeous combination of my two favorite things — meaningful words and delicate, tactile porcelain, for a true sensory experience. Australian photographer Jillian Leiboff recently did a portrait shoot with Kylie and so above is a little glimpse from that day these two ladies spent together, which I thought was really sweet… so now you see above Kylie’s gorgeous pieces.

Psst: Kylie blogs, too.

(images: jillian leiboff)






Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

March 2, 2011

Hello friends! It’s time for me to present this week’s picks from Etsy… no rhyme or reason, just some things that are quirky and caught my eye that may tickle your fancy too. I’m not spotlighting five sellers this week, in fact nothing has much to do with “five” at all but if you don’t tell I won’t. :) Enjoy!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I Heart the Golden Girls Zine by Jackie Peppermint, Eco Ballerina Flats in Lime Green by the Generation, I was thinking of the sea print by Laura Amiss, In the Theater of Dreams print by A Fanciful Twist, Maple wooden clock from Off Cut Studio and placemats by Kathy Mellor.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Life is Beautiful print by magalerie, vintage jewel bracelet with gold ribbon by Dreamy Vintage, Rubber stamps by Present and Correct, Sparkling Antique Silver sequin pillow by The Home Centric and a Cup of Tea card by Present & Correct.

Bonus items not shown: white lace porcelain butterfly brooch by andO Design, Gold zig zag headband by Ice Cream Candy and the zigzag pillow by decoyellow.

(images: linked to their sources above)






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Brand New Issue of Sweet Paul Magazine

March 1, 2011

It was such a pleasure to hear personally from Brooklyn’s own Paul Lowe today about his new issue of Sweet Paul magazine with a focus on kids. It just released online less than 15 minutes ago and I just had a peek and wow, it’s gorgeous and so creative — some of the spreads gave me goosebumps, it was exciting to see something fresh and new for a change and digital publishing gives so many the opportunity (who should be doing magazines) to have their own magazine now…

Brand New Issue of Sweet Paul Magazine

Brand New Issue of Sweet Paul Magazine

All I can say is TGFSP! Thank goodness for Sweet Paul! If you’ve not heard of Paul before, his magazine is based on his wildly successful Sweet Paul blog – check it out!

(images: sweet paul magazine)






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