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I’m Feelin’ It…

Art on something less than perfect… An old, beat up cabinet door, latch still intact. Great way to recycle; I’m liking this less than perfect look. A different way to look at things in your local salvage yard, perhaps? Not just as potential furniture finds, but a surface for your art, too.

VIA: the good room. art “kill television” by pyro pip.

(image from the good room)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on January 18, 2007

Annie LaVigne of Harriet and Mickey, Ink.

Have you heard of Annie LaVigne, Boston-based artist and founder of Harriet and Mickey, Ink? My pal Jason blogged about her work and I love how it looks framed in his home (see below). Prints start at $45. Great find, Jason!

(images via jason and harriet and mickey, ink.)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on January 17, 2007

Creative Sharing

I mentioned yesterday that I’d share my quilt with you… I think sharing bits of our work motivates us to actually do more of it. You can spend so many hours online finding inspiration, but what are you doing with that after you log off? Thinking more about this myself, I recently got back into quilting, inspired by my BFF and quilting extraordinaire, Andrea. I finally finished the edges…

I can’t wait to add the cotton batting and apply the back. The fabric on the back is the medium blue print you see with the small floral pattern on it. If you look at the third photo, count 3 in and you’ll see it.
Here’s a view on the bed… It’s not usually there, but it’s easier to show you the overall pattern this way. The quilt is twin size, so it will be used as a throw in my bedroom upon completion.

I snapped a photo of it in the sunlight so you can see how it’s sewn – just a series of squares really. Not rocket science, but definiately requires patience. If you lack patience, there’s no better training than to take up a craft where tons of it is needed. Your passion for the craft will drive you to finish the project.

If you’re working on something for the home that makes you smile, and want to share it with decor8 readers, drop me an email with a link to your photos. Thanks!

(images by holly becker for decor8. please click on them to enlarge.)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on January 17, 2007

Amy Butler’s *New* Lotus Collection

I’m such an Amy Butler fan, she is the one designer that I’m longing to meet one day. I’d love to sit down with her, tour her studio, and just chat about her career and where on earth she finds the ideas behind her textiles, because with each season, her new fabrics are even stronger than the last. This is from the latest collection called Lotus. Aren’t these beautiful?

I can’t help but think that the fabric used for the apron below would make the most lovely curtains (center image)…

The shot of the quilt below reminds me, I have to show you the quilt I’m working on these days, don’t I? Winter put me in the mood to get back into quilting again, so I’ll post my latest creation tomorrow.

In the meantime, here’s some more eye candy from Ms. Amy…


A few of my favorite designs…


A stunning quilt…

(images from amy butler)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, textiles on January 17, 2007

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