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Quotes Can Be Nice

January 18, 2012

I love quotes, don’t you? I find quick bites of positivity or quirk a bit uplifting — even the tongue in cheek quotes are fun because they often say what many of us lack the courage to. This is one I particular like this week because it’s so true, right!?  I thought I’d share some quotes that I’ve been collecting over the past few weeks though I have tons more pinned here although some of those are definitely cheeky and not so G rated so viewer beware! These below are tame and good thoughts so enjoy them today as you go about your business…

Quotes Can Be Nice

Quotes Can Be Nice

a. via moline (source unknown, if you know please tell me so I may credit the artist). b. Ben Liney c. Lindsay Whitehead d. via Jenna Roton (if you know who made this let me know so I can credit them!) e. Ashley G. f. Urban Outfitters g. We Love Typography and h. Urban Outfitters.

Psst: My last post sharing quotes-as-artwork was in May of 2011 and you can catch that here if you missed it for more great art.

(images linked above to where they were sourced.)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Wishlist: Art From Etsy

December 1, 2011

Hello everyone! After pulling together my 14 favorite things from Etsy, I thought I’d do a little round-up of over 30 prints for you from some of my favorite Etsy sellers since many are looking for affordable gifts right now. Prints from artists and photographers are a very sweet thing to send, especially for friends who live far away because prints are flat and light so they’re easy to mail. I love receiving art as a gift, whether it ends up in a frame or on the inspiration wall behind my desk, I always make a place for it. The best part is, whenever I see it I think of the special person who gave it to me and that’s always so nice. Here are some current favorites from Etsy that you may like – enjoy!

Wishlist: Art From Etsy

1 & 2: Maria Elina.

Wishlist: Art From Etsy

3. Shannon Blue photo and 4. Shannon Blue photo magnets.

Wishlist: Art From Etsy

Wishlist: Art From Etsy

5 & 6: Coco de Paris and 7 & 8: PRRINT.

Wishlist: Art From Etsy

9. All prints from Little Brown Pen.

Wishlist: Art From Etsy

10 & 11. United Thread.

Wishlist: Art From Etsy

Wishlist: Art From Etsy

12 & 13. Handz and 14 & 15: Laura Amiss.

Wishlist: Art From Etsy

16. All prints from Lily Moon.

Wishlist: Art From Etsy

17 & 18: The Wheatfield.

Wishlist: Art From Etsy

19. Eye Poetry Photography and 20. Bett Norris.

Wishlist: Art From Etsy

21 & 22: Dear Pumpernickel.

Wishlist: Art From Etsy

23 & 24: Mister Hope.

Wishlist: Art From Etsy

25 & 26: Jennifer Davis.

Wishlist: Art From Etsy

Wishlist: Art From Etsy

27 & 28: SLG Designs, 29: Shelby Healey and 30. Louisest Art.

Did you spot anything that you may like to send? Anything for yourself? I just love that David Bowie print (No.20)!

(images: linked to sellers above.)

Arts + Crafts

Rie Elise Larsen

November 23, 2011

I always feel a surge of energy whenever I visit the website of Danish designer Rie Elise Larsen. Her work fills me with ideas and I always feel more creative whenever I visit her site for a browse. It’s fun to see what she’s up to and her current collection is just gorgeous. I love the zing of fresh green, neon pink, hot orange and the other crisp brights. I also like seeing pastels with graphic black and white. Perfection!

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

I found a video (below) of this talented lady showing how to make a fun ‘Julekugler’.

I love watching people make things, don’t you? I’m a huge fan of her work and a customer, I have some lamps, cloth cords and ornaments from her that I purchased at local shop Sommerfugl owned by my good friend Daniela. Isn’t Rie Elise Larsen such an inspiring creator? I think so!

(images: rie elise larsen)

Arts + Crafts

Sweet William: New Prints

November 17, 2011

I’ve talked about Sweet William before since I’ve been a fan for quite awhile… I guess that’s why I perked up when I noticed a bit of a new direction in their recent work and felt incredibly inspired by it! I admire designers and artists who experiment outside of their comfort zone (and of that of their clients) and like this fresh look into the creative mind of Sweet William. They’re not changing their overall aesthetic at all, but they did just add-in a couple of new archival quality prints of paintings that are a bit different from all of their other things. And I like it…

Sweet William: New Prints

Sweet William: New Prints

I think it is daring and needed (for our own sanity!) at times to break things up. What do you think? Most artist reps out there would frown on my opinion and I can see why as one does need to be consistent and marketable with their vision and work to stay afloat, BUT I still applaud it when creatives allow themselves space and freedom to experiment and evolve.

When money enters the room, we tend to stick to creating what sells and forget the fact that we began as a creator, as an artist, and that we owe it to ourselves to let our passion and vision come before money and fame. I am such a believer in this.

I think these prints are great – nice work, Sweet William!

(images: sweet william)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Shanna Murray Window Films + Wall Decals

November 8, 2011

Hello friends! I brought up the topic of window decals yesterday and lots of you wrote in about how much you appreciate how modern they’ve become. I even got an interesting comment from a reader, Janice, who told me that an artist that I really like, Shanna Murray, has decals now too for the walls or the windows — those currently in her online shop are for decoration but she is soon to roll out others for both decoration and privacy and I can’t wait to see them. I think Shanna’s work is just so cute. There are even some decals with sweet words.

Shanna Murray Window Films + Wall Decals

Shanna Murray Window Films + Wall Decals

Shanna Murray Window Films + Wall Decals

Shanna Murray Window Films + Wall Decals

Shanna Murray Window Films + Wall Decals

About her collection of decals, “Created from Shanna’s delightful drawings and lettering, this line sets itself apart. Simple, charming decals in matte and metallic finishes appear hand-painted, and are at once modern and a nod to nostalgic days gone by… The decals are easy to install, simply peel away the back paper, stick to wall, burnish to wall with tool provided, and carefully peel away top protective paper.” I love the sweet touch that one of these can bring to a home, don’t you? I also like that some are available in gold or silver outside of the charcoal or white options. I find gold and silver so festive and think they’d be a charming touch to a home or even an event…

PSST: Do you have her gorgeous new desktop calendar? She collaborated with Nikole Herriott and Michael Graydon on it. You can click here to save it and use it on your computer. I love mine, the icons stand out so nicely on it…

(images: shanna murray)

 

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