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Art to Share

I want to share a few paintings that I recently purchased by artists that I love and want to support. The first is so adorable, This Chairs Suits Me Just Fine, painted by Marisa Haedike. I plan to place it in a natural wood gallery frame (no glass) and enjoy it above my desk. It’s a good reminder to be happy with what you have and where you are in the present moment. The second I saw it on my monitor, I let out a little gasp followed by a few omg’s, which made me sound very giddy-teenage-girl, and before long, it was in my shopping cart and I was clicking pay, the single word that stings just a little whenever I press it. It hurts so good.


Then there’s Joanna by Bailey Saliwanchik, a painting I’ve had my eye on for months but really couldn’t decide on it for various reasons. Mostly reasons having to do with money. When Adorn magazine approached me to design a room around a chair for their upcoming Fall issue, I decided to ask Bailey if I could use two of her paintings in my room because they’d really fit the vibe I was going for. After Adorn sent me the photos from the shoot, I fell in love all over again with Joanna and purchased her for my home. Now I can somewhat justify the expense since it’s a very special project to me. (I’ll share the Adorn photos here in August once the issue is out.)


As I was deciding on whether or not I could include these two pieces in my monthly budget, I wondered if I’d have regrets spending money on art because it’s a want, not a need. So I weighed their value beyond cost and thought about the emotional benefits, what they meant to me, where I’d install them, and if I’d still love them in say, five years. I decided to just go for it and I feel zero regrets. In fact, just the opposite, I’m happy deep inside where things aren’t at all surface or fleeting. I know I made the right choice.

I see it like this:

I’m now part of the freelance workforce and this is a huge, symbiotic circle that I understand functions on more than words of support, but let’s be practical, money. I’ve thought about this a lot ever since Marisa and I had a conversation several months ago about etsy and how we can all doing something to keep the others going. Whether it be purchasing an original painting, $10 prints, or vowing to look at Etsy or indie craft fairs before we hit the store for a new handbag, we can all do our part. :)

(images from creative thursday and bailey saliwanchik)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on June 11, 2007
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The Dyslexic Press

While cruising the South End Open Market yesterday, I spotted some great vendors that I wanted to highlight but I just don’t have the time today, so I selected just two. The first, The Dyslexic Press, does a little remix of familiar brands, signs, and modern icons to create very poppy modern graphics that really stand out in the form of screen-printed shirts, prints, and bags. Learn more about The Dyslexic Press here at the Market Blogger.


Psst: If you’re down in Brooklyn this weekend, look for their booth at the Renegade Craft Fair.

{I’m sorting through the 50 mood board entries that came in over the weekend, and that are still streaming in today, so I’ll start posting some of them this afternoon. I’ll post about 20 here this week and on Friday, a survey will appear that readers can take to determine the 4 winners. Contest submissions must be in by midnight EST tonight. Thanks to everyone for your entries, this has been a fun contest.}

I *Heart* Creature Comforts

I know I’ve seen this blog before, but somebody please ask me why it’s not on my regular list of must-reads because after coming across it today, I’m in love! This girl really has style and a good eye. And look what she started doing on her blog for June? Inspiration boards. I think the plan is one a month, which she’ll post on her blog. I’m tuning in for that, because I love inspiration boards and swear by those things because they really help a person pinpoint exactly what they like, clear out the mental clutter, and dive head first into a design project. Here’s a recap of some things she posted recently that I found most inspiring…

Her current inspiration board. Not sure why she’s not entering our contest (hint hint), the girl is good.

Hand-embroidered goodies from English talent Poppy Treffry. YUM.

Gorgeous art from Aussie illustrator, Catherine Campbell. I just purchased these two prints above, Up in the Trees, from her etsy store. Aren’t they darling? No clue where they’ll go, I totally need to take a trip to IKEA for frames, and for the odd sizes, to the local frame shop. I have about 50 prints on the top shelf of my closet. It’s insane. Is anyone else out there addicted to print collecting right now? Will it ever end? I see no cure.


And finally, Boston artist Abigail Glassenberg and her adorable birds. So many talented people out there, it’s wonderful. And seeing all this talent really drives each of us to try new things or do a little better on what we’re already doing, don’t you think?

And Creature Comforts – your blog rocks.

(images from creature comforts, poppy treffry, catherine campbell, and abigail glassenberg.)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs, etsy, small business on June 09, 2007

Orange Lola + Ubiki

Candis wrote in to tell me about her stationery blog, Paper Shop Ink, and then I spotted Orange Lola and suddenly realized that I needed to post about them again, it’s been too long and I love me some Orange Lola! Candis likes their new matta journals in bright, happy colors and patterns. I just want the cupcake with the raspberry on top. I live for yummy product shots.

Candis also blogged about Etsy seller Ubiki, a new name to me, maybe you’ll be interested in checking out her simple, modern animal prints. Sweet!

Thanks Candis for writing in, you helped us find so many pretty things today!

(top 2 images from orange lola, bottom image from ubiki)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs, etsy, walls on June 08, 2007

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