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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
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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

Rose and Radish: Time for a Tea Party!

Jill at Rose and Radish sent an email out today sharing their latest exhibition called Tea Time. It looks so sweet in the most beautiful pinks and blues ever! I love that this store takes so much time to make shopping a genuine experience, it’s so impressive that they’ve transformed their San Francisco showroom to inspire and share such beauty with their customers in a unique way. Rose and Radish describes this show as, “A fanciful mix of sophisticated tabletop design, sweet home accessories, and modern floral displays with a summer garden feel.”


Doesn’t this look wonderful? The show features the work of illustrator Miki Amano who created a limited-edition piece called Tea Time (shown above, top row, center). In addition to this illustration on display, you can also enjoy the works of other talents such as Nicolette Brunklaus, Lisa Stickley, Jacqueline Dufresne, Esther Derkx, Gesine Hackenberg, Third Drawer Down, Pakhuis Oost, Vautrin & Delvigne, Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, and Paper Together to name just a few.



This exhibition makes me think about our Shop Girl/small business posts and some of the things we talked about, like clever ways in which store owners can drive more business to their showroom by offering customers something that sets them apart. Rose and Radish certainly does this and as a result, others will blog about this event and they’ll soon have more great customers from both web traffic and those who will attend the show in person. I think this is such a great way to give to the community as well as get back in return, it’s a full circle, and a smart way to do business. I really like all of the creative ideas they have for keeping their gorgeous store alive and well. These events also help more than just Rose and Radish put bread on their table and support their families, but also the many designers and artists that they support through their beautiful store. Yeah to Jill and the Rose and Radish girls!

If you can’t visit Tea Time in person, don’t worry, you can shop for these beautiful wares via their website. So charming!

(images from rose and radish)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, kitchen, shopping, travel on June 07, 2007

Keith Scott Morton, Photographer

So, I’m blogging about Creating a Craft Room and noticed that Country Living used the talent of Keith Scott Morton, whom I’d never heard of until now.

I am forever amazed by the internet for this very reason – instant gratification for nosey —>me<--- people! I can find everything yesterday. Love you, www! Show of hands here, but how many of you paid attention to the photographer behind the images in your favorite magazines? I rarely did (ashamed to say, but true). Going forward, start taking note, because they give us all the visual stuff that magazines are made of, what we can't live without, the drool inducing imagery! I don't know much about Keith Scott Morton, but I did find out that one of my favorite books, The Collector's Eye, was shot by him. Viewing his portfolio online gave me enough ammo to start digging around on his site and so far, I’m beyond impressed with this guy. Gorgeous work!

Side point (I always have to make them!!!): This little bed gets around, doesn’t it? Domino blog king Nick Olsen, aka The Deal Hunter, spotted one like it recently at PBTeen for under a grand, and you can snag it in dark iron or antique white. GO Nick!


(images from keith scott morton)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, walls on May 31, 2007

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