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Take What You Need And Leave The Rest

August 19, 2010

Take what you need and leave the rest. Let’s discuss. I like this expression because in an effort to live a bit more simply, some of us work extra hard to tame our wild shopping ways. It’s a challenge to purchase only what we love, what we need and what matters (and not something because it is trendy or on sale). Take What You Need And Leave The Rest. Words to live by, not just a casual expression but also a dreamy painting by artist Lizzy Janssen as you can see below. The colors captivate me and the message is inspiring.

Take What You Need And Leave The Rest

More and more, I’m learning that the best shopping days are ones where I allowed myself to buy one or maybe two of my favorite things and to leave the rest, no matter how much “the rest” had been marked down or how I imagined I may use “the rest” someday. I buy only what I love now, even when it comes to mundane things like a veggie peeler. I buy the veggie peeler that is the best quality but also within my budget and that matches my kitchen so when I open my drawer and see it there, it looks nice resting next to the other things in the drawer because hey, why shouldn’t your veggie peeler look decent? As a result of buying the best, which also means buying less, I am shopping smarter and with more confidence and joy. Funny how upping your standards changes how you feel and how you live, all for the better.

Take What You Need And Leave The Rest

What do you think about Lizzy’s work? I’ve shared here some gorgeous paintings — I see watercolor-y prints and patterns everywhere these days, from graphic design to fashion, art, housewares, it’s all so lovely don’t you think? And what do you have to say on the subject of buying what you need and leaving the rest? Do you believe in this? Or are you a bit of a shopaholic unable to really put on the brakes? What are some ways you have learned to shop smarter?

(images: lizzy janssen)






Arts + Crafts

Home Is Where The Heart Is

July 27, 2010

A print I’m liking right now… Which leads me to ask, can you define what home means to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. What makes a house a home? I always find it so fascinating when I hear thoughts from a global audience on this topic because it seems no matter where we live, we all want and desire the same things at home. I guess the answers you leave in this post will prove whether this is true or not! :)

Home Is Where The Heart Is

This print is by Jenny Theisen and available to purchase online for $20. Enjoy!

(image: jenny theisen)






Arts + Crafts

St. Jude’s Prints

July 23, 2010

I wrote about St. Jude’s Prints today over at Real Simple thanks to my current partner-in-crime Jo Copestick who is writing Decorate with me. She went to their gallery in Norfolk, England a few weeks ago and told me all about her visit so I had to learn more…

St. Jude's Prints

Here’s a link to the post on Real Simple, enjoy!

(images: st jude’s prints)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Artist Sarah Ogren

July 22, 2010

Today I’m loving the vibe coming off of the work created by artist Sarah Ogren

Artist Sarah Ogren

Well okay, I guess I was also feeling it yesterday to when I wrote about her here on Real Simple. :) Love her eye and the meaning behind her work… super intriguing to see a counselor translate her work into art.

(image: sarah ogren)






Arts + Crafts

Timothy Karpinski Art

June 24, 2010

Okay, show of hands… How many of you used sheets to make indoor tents as a child? I did and I would use anything to secure them from shutting corners in dresser drawers to using my father’s shoes to hold them in place. But my tents never, ever looked this amazing…

Timothy Karpinski Art

That’s why when I saw these photos (above) from artist Timothy J. Karpinski in Portland, Oregon, I smiled big. He built this crochet technicolor dream tent for a milepost 5 show. I loved making tent houses and have fond memories of spending time beneath them, especially at night, with a flashlight reading Sweet Valley High books or those Choose Your Own Adventure titles – and to think that my adventure of reading started all because I wanted the kittens poster from those school book flyers that came out a few times a year. Do you remember those? If you ordered a certain number of books you could choose your free gift, which was almost always an animal poster? ha! What a flashback!

Timothy isn’t known only for his groovy lounge areas though, he is known for his art which is quite sweet and his recent work can even be described as childlike innocence in a pastel wonderland of characters and sweet emotion. You can purchase some of Timothy’s works here.

Timothy Karpinski Art

Timothy Karpinski Art

“From a young age I’ve always been making things. Building forts turned into building skate ramps which lead to building art installations. I love the art making process, from the initial spark of the ‘idea’, the creation to the finished product. Art for me is very personal and everything i make is a direct reflection on my feelings about this world and my struggle and fascination with trying to understand it and find my purpose within it.”

Psst: If you are in the Seattle area visit This Feels Right, a showing by GNU’s Art Director Timothy Karpinski – now until the end of June. “Timothy Karpinski features his signature themes of love, friendship and kindness rendered in compositions of cut paper, pastel colors and detailed graphite drawing. In his world the viewers sense of wonder and innocence are set free as friends share a pot of tea on a rainy day, hot air balloons elevate lovers to new heights and float upon clouds on a moonlit night.”

(images: timothy karpinski)






Arts + Crafts, Stationery

Yellow Owl Workshop

June 11, 2010

Yellow Owl Workshop is such a sweet source for eco-friendly paper products and art. I first heard about them recently when Traveling Mama mentioned them in a comment that she left here on the blog and so I checked them out and loved what I found! Yellow Owl Workshop creates wedding invitations, custom stationery, limited edition paper goods, paintings, ceramics, rubber stamps mounted on wood and more.

Yellow Owl Workshop

Yellow Owl works with 100% PCW recycled paper and non-toxic water-based inks and create everything you see in their Bernal Hill studio in San Francisco. The owners, Christine Schmidt and her husband, Evan Gross, run the show. Christine has her BFA from the Corcoran School of Art and has exhibited her work across the US and she is the lead designer and Evan handles the rest so together they are successfully running a small business – it’s beautiful to see couples doing business together isn’t it?

(images: yellow owl workshop)






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