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coffee + cre8tive {nov 29 ’06}


Shadow boxes are making a bit of a comeback, at least at Anthropologie, where I spotted them gracing the walls yesterday in all their 3-D splendor. With roots in Victorian times (just like silhouette art), they can be a nice way to display cherished memories in your beautiful boudoir – giving guests a bit of a peek into who you are. I’m not big on the ornate, so I wouldn’t want to style my own box after these above because they look a little too dated for my taste (the exception being my favorite shown above, top right corner, with the 3 birds inside – that’s quite cute.)

What drew me to these boxes yesterday is my own crazy hoarding issues, which is totally OCD, I know. I have a few shadow boxes that I’ve never touched, but have felt somewhat guilty over saving. They’ve been tucked away in tissue paper for a few years now. Maybe it would be a fun December project to stop saving them and put them to good use, huh? They are in modern uncomplicated wood frames, just like the birdy box shown above, with a white interior and a creamy burlap background. A little magnet keeps them closed. I have two. I just have to come up with a clever showpiece. That’s where I’m stuck.

What would you put inside a shadow box?

I’m leaning away from the traditional (ticket stubs, photos, lace, velvet ribbon) and considering a simple tree branch with a handmade paper bird resting on it. A branch created with pretty wrapping paper or a brightly colored blue road map, something like the Real Simple sections that Happy Mundane wrote about a few months back. (I loved that post, Jon!) Or maybe steer away totally from the map idea and go with something more personal, like a 3-D diary of sorts but that may clutter the box too much and I’d like to keep it simple. Maybe I could take 12 of my favorite little badges or pocket mirrors in bright colors and in a perfectly neat grid, pin or super glue them inside.

TIP: Go learn about the history of the shadow box. A fun read indeed!

Have any clever shadow box ideas? Have you ever used one in your decor?

(images from anthropologie)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy, shopping, tips on November 29, 2006

Modamuse Store – Free Worldwide Shipping Promo!

I’ve been waiting and waiting for Modamuse to open their online store so you can imagine how excited I was when the these clever bloggin’ sisters, Nancy and Jessica Lim, wrote in to announce that their e-shop doors are wide open AND there’s free WORLDWIDE shipping on all products between now and December 31. So much indie goodness from Australia, you’re going to enjoy these fresh finds, for sure!

Modamuse is offering the work of talented designers such as Liana Kabel, 2birds, Dani M, Wendy June, OMA, Wild Garden, Lara Cameron, Blossom Luxe, Claire Farrell (Pinching Pelargoniums), Hammer + Daisy. All items are produced as limited editions or one-of-a-kind items, so when you shop Modamuse, you’re adopting quite the unique treasure indeed!

Congrats ladies, we wish you truckloads of success on your new venture!

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs, small business on November 28, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {nov 27 ’06}


Hello and welcome back from the long weekend! I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready for a new week to begin. I’ll be out and about all day today, but I want to share with you Kendra Binney. She has affordable works on Etsy that are just great for those of you looking for affordable cuteness for the walls. I picked up a few over the weekend, as they make great gifts, so you may want to check out Miss Kendra and her lovely works!

(images from kendra binney)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on November 27, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {nov 21 ’06}


I’m really enjoying artist Margaux Williamson lately, her new works appeal to me on so many levels. Despite being so young (I think she is 29 or 30 now), her works show real depth and maturity, and although quite melancholic, there’s a glimmer of hope in each of her captivating stories on canvas. To me, they hold a lot of mystery, almost a feeling of being trapped at first, but upon careful inspection, the story each tells seems to contain a secret, enlightment perhaps, as if finding the the key to free yourself is entirely up to you. Much like life itself, isn’t it?

Today I am inspired by Margaux. What about you? What have you seen lately that inspires you?

(images from margaux williamson)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration on November 21, 2006

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