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April 2013

Arts + Crafts

ROXandSAN Vintage Portraits

April 5, 2013

Do you love the look of old and new?  I like a good mix because I think it adds personality to a room so when I heard from Amsterdam-based photo magicians, ROXandSAN, I quickly thought to share what they do because their work brings a magical old world touch to any room. I find their work heartfelt and inspirational – it spoke to me because I find old black and white photos so inspirational but often, they’re too small to really enjoy as art.

ROXandSAN Vintage Portraits

In a nutshell, ROXandSAN creates vintage portraits by hand based on analogical or digital pictures. They transform those images into works of art through a print method called lithography (learn more about it here). The end result is a unique creation that would be a gorgeous to add to any room in the home.

ROXandSAN Vintage Portraits

ROXandSAN Vintage Portraits

ROXandSAN Vintage Portraits

ROXandSAN Vintage Portraits

You have to check out their process in action by watching their video here, great stuff!

(images: roxandsan)

Books + Magazines

Flow Spring Book

April 2, 2013

There is a Dutch magazine called Flow that I really love, though I cannot understand a word of it. They recently introduced an English version (order here) and I ordered it and wow, that lifted a huge veil! Did you know that Flow also has seasonal books, too?

Flow Spring Book

I didn’t either until December when I taught a blogging workshop at my home and Dutch student, Louise, gave one to another student as a present. Yes, we did a gift exchange. I never saw it done before at a blogger event, but the idea was for each blogger to bring a gift – something from their country that they really love – so that when they arrive at the workshop and were introduced to their partner-in-crime for the weekend (we paired up teams), they both could exchange gifts. The bloggers, as a result, loved the idea soooo much! And I loved it because I could watch everyone unwrapping and saying ahhhhhh a lot! One gift struck me as so amazing that blogger, Louise, asked if I wanted a copy too and I said YES YES ohhh YES and a month later, I paid her and it was in my mailbox.

Flow Spring Book

Flow Spring Book

Flow Spring Book

Flow Spring Book

Now, with the spring edition out, Louise asked me if I wanted the latest copy and I was so happy she offered, so I bought another copy from her. I tell ya, it’s magic when there are people so nice as to do things like this. Today, the spring Flow book arrived and though it’s in Dutch (boo hoo), I still love looking at it. The layouts, the colors, the freebies (cards and planners and posters, oh my!), it’s all so inspirational and nice. I wish it were available in English – I’d be totally in love. But for now, I love it as it is – so thank you Louise and thank you Flow for creating something so inspirational in print. When I see stuff like this I know for a fact that print is here to stay as long as publishers GET CREATIVE!

Flow Spring Book

And don’t you love how Louise wrapped it in brown paper, gift wrap paper and washi tape? So pretty – thank you Louise!

Flow Spring Book

Here are the freebies on my pinboard – I wanted to show you what everything looked like. There is a poster, 5 postcards and a weekly planner. I also added Louise’s pretty wrapping paper. Love!

Are you a Flow fan?

(images: holly becker for decor8)

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