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Artful Blogging *New* Blog Magazine – Get Involved!

I found out about a new magazine called Artful Blogging a few months back when they were working on the first issue, but now that it’s on newsstands, I have to write about it. :) Published quarterly, this issue is packed with artists and their blogs, including articles written by each blogger that cover everything from getting started to what inspires them and how they use their blog to promote their work.
The magazine is really inspiring, beautiful to look at, informative, and to see a magazine devoted to this topic is a dream come true – bloggers are being recognized for their hard work and this in itself is very exciting. When I started decor8, few publishers cared about them and pitching a story idea about blogging to a magazine was a joke. How things have changed! Next, we need a quarterly magazine dedicated to design blogs. Imagine that. I’d be over the moon.

I was so excited to see Alicia Paulson, la vie en rose, Claudine Hellmuth, juju loves polkadots, Artsy Mama, Anahata Katkin, Self Portrait Challenge, and Posy in the issue, ladies who have all inspired me in one way or another, but there are many other amazing artists out there that deserve to be featured, so if you are an artist or crafter, get involved! Here’s how.

Artful Blogging magazine, published quarterly by Somerset Studio, lists a few requirements on how to pitch your blog to them. They’ll consider all entries so you really have nothing to lose.

1.) Your blog must be online for at least 6 months
2.) You must be able to provide high res images of your artwork and photographs that you post in your blog to accompany the article.
3.) You’ll need to write the actual article if you are selected.
4.) The preferred photo specs are 300 dpi with a print size of 8×10″.

Their editorial committee will review all submissions and make selections based upon article content and the quality of images that you can provide. Email all inquires to the Managing Editor, including the URL of your blog and a brief summary of the article you would like to write. Please not send photos unless they are requested.Managing Editor: Staci Dumoski: sdumoski AT stampington.com

Go for it! And if you aren’t an artist who blogs, pick up a copy of the magazine anyway because you will love the articles and imagery, and I’m certain you’ll find it very exciting to see some of your favorite blogs in print. Buy your issue online for $14.95 right here.

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs on July 30, 2007

Betsy Walton

I’m really drawn towards the work of Betsy Walton lately. And now Betsy’s on Etsy!
Buying prints on etsy is all the rage right now so you have to visit her brand new etsy store where she offers pretty prints for those not in the market for original works.
Betsy lives in Portland, OR and has a most impressive portfolio online that you may really enjoy browsing. Here’s a snapshot. Look at these colors, don’t they make you happy?

Here’s one that I ordered last night titled Hopeful. I couldn’t resist. I feel like this is my little house in the countryside where I live, and the red swirls represent the apple trees all around my home since I live on an orchard. And the word hopeful, well it means many things to me right now. All very personal, of course. Let’s just say that having hope is the only way to endure things that appear to offer no alternate roads to take, no escape route. Hope gets us through. And that’s what I have a lot of this week since some sad news came my way.


When this print arrives, I’ll look at it for years to come recalling this period in my life. This is what I think we should do when we purchase art. Look at a piece and try to figure out why it appeals to us, pinpoint something exact, so that when you bring it home and frame it, you’ll forever me reminded of that moment and you can better bond with the item. Make sense? Then it’s no longer Betsy’s art, it’s also a very special and personal piece of you.

(images from betsy walton)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on July 27, 2007

Button Collective

I’m thrilled! My daily visit to the Etsy homepage got me to clicking around and pow! I landed on a little something special called Button Collective. Remember this post, where I blogged about how much I love badges (buttons, pins, you know those things), but since I’m not 17 I really can’t see wearing them on my jacket? And I talked about how I think it would be great to find some cool way to display them as art? Button Collective has a terrific solution. Check this out.


They have these cool button display boards called storyboards where you can show off your prized collection of badges. Outside of using a shadowbox, this is a really clever display option. They come in all shapes and sizes, white or black.


What do you think?

(images from button collection)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on July 23, 2007

Lucie Summers (UK)

It’s always nice receiving email that further confirms why blogs are so important — they so often serve as that all important link to connect people, and in this case, connecting UK artist Lucie Summers with Nahcotta, a wonderful art gallery and home decor showroom located in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


“I’m a mixed media artist and I thought you’d be interested to know that I submitted my work into the ‘Enormous Tiny Art Show’ at Nahcotta after you blogged about a call for submissions a while back. Well, excitingly, I got in! I thought you might like a little peek at the work I’ve made for it — eight mixed media collages/paper quilts based on some school books of mine that I recently rediscovered, all have snippets of the stories and pictures I wrote and drew when I was 5 or 6 years old. Each are named after the silly things I wrote about, such as the day my teacher was sick, ‘Poorly Mrs. Morley'; and the stories I created, ‘Once upon a time I found a key’. I thought you would be interested in a follow-up to something you have already written about, and thanks to you I’m about to be showing my work in another country, so thank you so much for that! :)” – Lucie Summers

If you’d like to learn more about Lucie and her art, visit her blog called Blu Shed or see some of her works for sale over at Not on the High Street.

(travel tip: If you’re in NH anytime soon, you can’t miss Portsmouth, it’s a charming port city with delightful stores, cafes, and many historical buildings. Truly a typical New England charmer and a great stop if you’re heading up to coastal Maine. It’s about an hour north of Boston.)

(images from lucie summers)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel on July 23, 2007

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