Have you heard of Adorn magazine, the new craft mag on the block for women? Geared towards ladies that love to create as well as those that never progressed beyond 1st grade macaroni necklaces, if you’re willing to learn something new, Adorn delivers. It’s well-written (short + sweet!), informative, fun, and packed with DIY projects from totally kitschy stuff to projects that have a more grown up appeal.
I think it’s a great magazine for all ages, perfect for mom and ‘tween daughter to come together for an afternoon of crafting with her friends, terrific for you and your friends for a Friday night craft meet. Despite how much I tend to dislike craft magazines, this one is actually a huge step up from the typical country kitchen stencil, silk flower wreath, and glue gun galore that’s so present in most DIY publications. Adorn is smarter, hipper, and even smaller than your standard size magazine. The fresh cover first caught my eye, and as I flipped through, I was impressed by the layout and design, full-color photos that inspire, and the appealing typefaces. Adorn touches on trends, party planning, DIY fashion and accessories, and cool projects for embellishing the home. They throw in a little bit of everything, but for some reason, it doesn’t feel like it’s missing focus (no signs that the entire staff has ADD -smile-).
The message Adorn sends forth is clear – carve out time to be creative, whether you consider yourself a lost cause or a crafty diva. Flipping through that pile of magazines on your floor or drooling over what others create isn’t half as fulfilling as making something with your own hands. It also helps you find your own personal style and create a home that oozes with personality and charm.
I found my copy at Borders, however I’ve since spotted them at Barnes + Noble and a few local craft stores, too. You can preview their premiere issue online, and you can check out their blog if you’d like a glimpse of Adorn behind the scenes. Their Fall/Winter issue will hit newsstands on November 7th, so you still have time to pick up their Summer premiere.
Psst: Some of the items created for the product shots are being offered by etsy seller Indie Craft Movie, like these crochet embellished pillow covers and this funky hobo handbag.
(all images from adorn)
Intriqued, you wait to see what’s next, and clicking on Entrer, you step inside a quaint little home boutique filled with lots of good things. Plates with blooms, plates with shoes (adds new meaning to soul food), candles, lamps (great egg pendant), wallpaper, furniture, textiles, wall decals (love the lab and the chandelier!), and more. At Ugly Home, everything ugly is pretty again!
When in Paris, visit them at 108 Rue Saint-Honor?. When online, visit their website.
Marcy from Denyse Schmidt Quilts contacted me today about their Sample Sale on September 23 + 24 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They’re calling it the sale of all sales, and seeing that these delicious quilts will be reduced up to 70% off retail, I have to encourage the locals to mark your calenders. You can’t miss this one if you’re a Schmidt fan!
For those not familiar with Denyse Schmidt, Apartment Therapy did a lovely write up about her here, and decor8 contributor Christine Liu wrote about her several months back here on decor8. In addition, you can familiarize yourself with Denyse’s work on her website, it’s full of modern quilts that are guaranteed to make you do a double take. Even a triple.
Sale details: September 23-24, 2006 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 1069 Connecticut Ave., Building 4, Bridgeport, CT. Samples from her Couture, Works and Sarita Handa collections along with samples and yardage from items in development, scraps, stationery, etc. Prices range from $3 – 4,000.00. Serious buyers need to arrive early as her sales are well attended. Mastercard, Visa and cash only. For directions and more information, click here for a downloadable pdf document. Have fun!
(images from denyse schmidt)
By: Christine Liu, decor8 contributor
The ink sketches and watercolour paintings by Stella Im Hultberg perfectly exude the sad, sophisticated energy of the postmodern ingenue. Women pout with seductively disillusioned lips; limb-entwined couples wait in silence for a sadder truth. Every character is shadowed, stained, and soiled with glamour.
Working as an artist in New York City, Stella features her work in galleries (view her work at the current exhibition at thinkspace gallery, running from now to September 3) and sells her prints online at her momomoogie shop. Trained in industrial design and toy design, she currently applies her creative energy to her print works. Treat yourself to the delicious darkness of her online sketchbooks and portfolio.
In addition to the prints for sale on momomoogie, she boasts a design collection of wallets and shirts at art-collective-vinyl-wallet company Poketo. Plus, you can purchase her oh-so-precious my favorite mirrors at Art Star Philly.
In Stella’s world, the city self-reflects with beauty and sorrow alike.
Your thoughts on Stella?
(images from Stella Im Hultberg)