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Adorn magazine: Summer ’07

Do you read Adorn magazine (published quarterly)? It’s growing up all the time, and I enjoy watching it evolve. It’s fun to see who they’ll feature next, so many great finds in this super cute ‘n crafty magazine. Adorn truly support indie artists and bloggers like crazy, which is refreshing. Not just a slight nod either, the entire issue speaks of them and to them and their cult of followers.


The evolution of Adorn is interesting to watch because it somewhat mirrors how blogs gain popularity. Not through expensive advertising, knowing the “right” people, and fancy events, but through indie craft fairs and web chatter, which is how I found out about them back when they first launched. And so far, word on the street is very much in favor of this “Crafty girls guide to embellishing life.”


Psst: I’m eagerly awaiting their Summer issue since a few of my favorite artists are featured in it (Lisa Congdon comes to mind). In case you aren’t that familiar with Adorn, look for it in the craft section at your local bookstore, like Borders (where I find mine). You can also subscribe to it, which I suggest because Borders seems to sell out of them quickly.

(images from adorn magazine)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, small business on May 21, 2007

Aussie Patches on Etsy

In addition to the Etsy roundup of affordable prints I wrote for Domino magazine, I have many others that I wish I could have included because there are so many amazing prints and original works of art to be unearthed over on Etsy. What a treasure chest of finds! Take this Australian illustrator, Ali J, that I found just recently. I adore her stylish girls, don’t you?


Ali is the talent behind Aussie Patches, an etsy store that features her girls, dozens of dazzling illustrations with a distinct fashion feel and a modern, punchy color palette. Both prints and originals range in price from $5 – $30 (including originals!) and $100 for a large painting of a winter scene. Her work is charming, affordable, and I think you’ll really like it. Imagine these arranged over a white sofa with bright pillows in sunny yellow and pink?


FYI: Ali is also a fellow blogger, so you can learn more about Miss Aussie Patches right here.

(images from ali j)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on May 19, 2007

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love

I selected the decor8 book of the week, Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love, based on a personal need. Like you, I have billions of digital images and although I enjoy uploading them to my Flickr account and sharing them with others, I haven’t dedicated the time to actually print them out and do something with them. Relate?


My husband Thorsten took this photo in the apple orchard behind our home where there’s this tiny patch of green with what seems like thousands of dandelions. Most of us have long admired these delicate white puffs because as children, we’d blow them just to watch the seeds dance in the blue sky and drift off into the horizon. Looks like this one was about to take that same journey. I’d like to turn it into a huge canvas for my dining room wall. What do you think? Where do you go to turn a photo into a large canvas? I’ve seen a ton of places online offering this service, but I’d love to hear from someone that has actually tried one with good results. Anyone?


As we mature, and time is no longer spent running through fields amongst flowers, capturing a moment is key because we don’t know when we’ll have the opportunity to repeat the magic. Outside of desktop wallpaper, photos in frames, or the latest craze, photos clipped on DIY lines, I haven’t explored alternate creative ways to display photos as much as I should. So I started to look into this a bit and fell upon Photocraft displayed proudly at Barnes and Noble last week. I grabbed it, scanned every page, and quickly found 1, 2, 3…6 projects that I totally imagined taking on. And they’re amazingly easy, any idiot can do it. Big plus.

One of the projects in the book, creating jewel box photo art, is actually demonstrated by Photojojo on their website in a quick and easy video how to. I love this project because you can purchase brand new jewel cases in bulk (my husband swears by eBay as the best source. Search: jewel cases. Or shop Circuit City or Best Buy, but they’ll cost a lot more). You can find cases that are as thick as your typical music CDs, or you can find the slim ones, meant for CDR’s. You don’t have to take apart your music CDs, in fact I don’t suggest it because more likely than not, your cases will have scratches and you want only those that are in perfect shape.

Hop on over to Photojojo and watch how it’s done.


Now you can take your photos to the next level — off of your computer and onto your walls — in a less traditional, and totally modern, way. For more cool projects from Photocraft, purchase the book here on Amazon for only $13. Photojojo sells lots of neat things that will help you use your photos as art, so browse their website while you’re at it, like their photo block kit shown above.

Have fun!

(images from amazon + photojojo)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy, inspiration, walls on May 18, 2007

Viga Massi

Another fun online boutique that I enjoy is Viga Massi. Not only do orders over $75 ship for free (love that) but it’s quite obvious that they guys have exceptional taste.


I know John Derian has been around for ages, but I still think his plates are hot and want a wall full of them. I know we are trained to jump on what’s “so right now” but I don’t buy things because of that, I often purchase the best items after their wow factor has long faded. That way, I’ve had plenty of time to make a good decision, not one based on impulse followed by regret, but on whether or not I truly love the item, if it’s worth the investment, and if it’s something I plan on keeping for awhile.

This doesn’t apply to everything I shop for, especially at flea markets and chain stores like Target where you have zero time to make a decision because if you snooze, you lose. But in the case of a $120 John Derian plate, my rule is this: If I want something that I do not really need, and it’s not a bargain, I’ll wait 30 days and if I still have the same (or increased) yearning for it, I’ll give in. I’d say 75% of the time, the craving passes. I think it’s important to set rules because our home can quickly fill up, especially when scouring the web all day long as most of us spend tons of time online for work and/or recreation.

I’ve been thinking of John Derian plates for over a year though, so I’ve long exceeded my 30 day limit. I think it’s time to fire up the debit card, don’t you?

(images from viga massi)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, ceramics, kitchen on May 18, 2007

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