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Print Club Boston: Fractured Gems Limited Edition Prints

One look at these beauties and I was taken! These stunning prints are by Boston-based artist Elizabeth Corkery of Print Club Boston, an online shop for stylish limited edition silkscreen prints. And bonus! They are affordable too. This collection below is called Fractured Gems and was inspired by the extravagance of 18th century jeweled snuffboxes and “micromosaics”.

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Elizabeth took close-up photos of original boxes from the V&A Museum collection and with some creative twists, turned them into prints. “In some prints, geometric shapes act as stand-ins for the cut jewels, while in others painterly brushstrokes mask out the jeweled arrangements and become their own subject.” Each silkscreen is printed by hand and is part of a limited edition of only 30 and are embossed and numbered. I just love these great colors and patterns – so fun!

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Posted in Arts + Crafts on May 14, 2015

Buy Some Damn Art

I’m always on the prowl for new art to fall in love with. We are exposed to so much these days, aren’t we? When I was a child, I saw art in some magazines, in school books and during any exhibitions that rolled into town at the local museum. I remember seeing it in films in art class. Maybe you were lucky enough to live around artists and got to watch them paint in their studios – my mother painted and my aunt was a fine artist, so I was lucky to have artists in my family. Today, we all have a chance to see art from all over the world simply by sitting before a monitor and jumping online. What a lucky bunch we are.

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I love these works above, in fact everything that you see (and more) is available on the Buy Some Damn Art website with works by Dana Robinson, Lauren George, Polly Shindler, Kayleigh Fichten, Sofia Arnold, Wendi Turchan and more. So go on, go buy some damn art!

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Posted in Arts + Crafts on March 11, 2015

DIY Paper Flower Tabletop Display + Materially Crafted Book

Good afternoon everyone! My name is Victoria Hudgins and I’m here today as a guest to share a DIY that I made just for decor8 readers in celebration of my new book, Materially Crafted, which released today! I will show you in this post how to easily make some paper flowers that you can use as a tabletop display or on a wall, as props for a photoshoot, whatever you wish. Paper is such an awesome material to work with because you can form and transform it into just about anything. Nothing says spring like flowers and these paper flowers can be made no matter what the weather is outside. If you have any questions about this project, please ask in the comments section below. Let’s get started!

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SUPPLIES To make each one of these flowers you will need:

  • 3 sheets of scrapbook paper
  • 14 gauge metal jewelry wire
  • Green wrapping tissue paper
  • Small wooden blocks
  • 1 cute button
  • A drill bit
  • Glue and scissors

HOW TO MAKE THE STEMS

  • Cover a length of wire with green tissue paper. Wrap and glue in place.
  • Make a leaf for the stem by winding the wire into a leaf form and covering with the tissue paper. Note: Leave about 2 inches of wire sticking out of the leaf to wind around the stem to hold into place.

HOW TO MAKE THE FLOWER HEADS

  • Cut two sheets of paper into about 3/4 inch strips. Using a paper cutter is easiest, but it can also be done by hand.
  • Using the third sheet of paper, cut out two 5 inch circles (one for the front and one for the back) of the flower. Also cut a small flower out of this paper to cover the front section of the flower (image 2 below top right).
  • Start with one of the circles lying flat and glue 1/2 the strips around the circle, then fold each upward and glue into place to make the petals.
  • Do this a second time on the inside of the first petals to make two rows. This adds dimension and texture.
  • Glue the small flower that you cut out onto the top to cover the glue dots and loose ends and glue a button for a fun spring style.
  • Put it all together.
  • Place the flower front side down and place the top of the stem centered in the back.
  • Cover the back with the second circle and glue well into place to hold the flower together.

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FINALLY…

  • Drill a small hole into a wooden block and insert the bottom of the stem into the block to hold it upright.
  • Place flowers around a spring brunch table. Fill with honeycombs, cakes and sweets for a nice way to celebrate the season.

Learning how to work with different materials will enable your crafts to always come out beautifully! That’s why I wrote Materially Crafted: A DIY Primer for the Design Obsessed (check out the book trailer here if you’d like!). It’s more than a book of projects – it walks you through the how-to’s, tips, and tricks for working with so many of the most of common craft materials which can assist you in turning previous DIY fails into future raving successes! – Victoria

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Posted in Arts + Crafts on March 03, 2015

Honey & Bloom

I just recently came across Becky Hui Chan and her small biz, Honey & Bloom, based out of San Francisco and fell in love with their cards, jewelry, market totes and lovely art prints. Becky once worked as an Art Director and Designer for companies like SYPartners, the former ReadyMade Magazine, and Wired Magazine and was a finalist in Martha Stewart’s American Made in 2014. I thought that during the weekend you may like to check them out too and share them via your social media channels if you like what you see. And like always, click on any image to enlarge.

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I find that the more a blog becomes popular, the voice starts to disappear. In comes a bevy of sponsored posts and sponsored everything else really – from Instagram to Pinterest, tweets, etc. and all of that beautiful ‘from the heart’ content and sharing that launched the whole blogging community in the first place, and set it apart from mainstream magazines and media, is slipping away. It worries me a lot, especially since a small business cannot afford to pay thousands for a sponsored post so how can they get shown on popular blogs these days to spread the word?

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Hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m throwing a party tomorrow, so I’m busy prepping the house, decorating, laying the table, cooking and baking! It’s a busy but happy day here today. xo

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Posted in Arts + Crafts on February 07, 2015

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