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January 27, 2010

I love a good positive message now and then because, though it may seem on my blog that I’m all rainbows and unicorns the truth is, I have moments when I want to throw stuff at my computer screen. Let’s face it, as much as we freelancers love to well, freelance we still face the same emotions in our home offices as we once did in our corporate ones. And today, I felt one of those moments when I came home from a fabulous ladies luncheon only to realize how much work laid before me and after all that fun with the girls, how little motivation I felt to actually DO any of it.

The Poster List

And when you work from home you have to continuously pull from the deepest part of yourself to stay motivated and on top of things. In a traditional work environment, you usually have people physically in your face to remind you that there is work to do. At home, alone, you can simply shut your laptop and THEY ALL MAGICALLY GO AWAY. Poof! And some days, like this afternoon, I shut my laptop. Hard. And it felt good. I went out and bought a very tall, very vanilla, very delicious latte and circled around on foot a bit aimless for about 30 minutes to sort of burn off how truly unmotivated I felt.

Then when I was less of a crab with a serious case of poor me, I returned home, opened my laptop and the motivation and joy returned because a few of my friends who I think must be psychic, sent some hilarious emails and well… those positive messages made everything that was black feel very, very light and white again. The rainbows and unicorns are back in my heart. :) And so, here are some positive messages in the form of pop art for you today from The Poster List.

Enjoy!

(the poster list)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Jayme McGowan

January 27, 2010

If this doesn’t inspire paper lovers out there, I fear nothing will. Jayme McGowan of Roadside Projects in California is an amazingly gifted artist and 3D illustrator known and loved for her intricately cut paper and whimsical characters who, lucky for us, makes some of her originals into inexpensive prints available here online. You may even be lucky enough to find a few gorgeous originals.

Jayme McGowan

As I look through these I cannot help but to imagine seeing her work turned into pop-up books based on her magical visions or even bigger, life-size theater sets or stop motion animation. Of course, her art is simply lovely as is, but it can’t help but make one dream which is what makes her work so special — you cannot help but look at it and see movement, stories and well, life!

(images: jayme mcgowan)

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Wilkintie Letterpress Prints

January 18, 2010

Hello and welcome to a new week on decor8! I hope that each of you had a very nice and restful weekend, did you? I had plans to attend a rug design show (I know it doesn’t sound too exciting does it?) but I ended up staying home and organizing and thorough cleaning my living room, going through stacks of magazines, and writing, writing, writing course materials for my e-class which kicks off today for the next 7 weeks! And what about you, what do you have going on in your life currently? I like to catch up with you so feel free to share! And speaking of sharing…

Wilkintie Letterpress Prints

Wilkintie is a lovely etsy shop that I just discovered and shared today with my Real Simple audience, you may want to visit there for the full scoop on this exciting design duo based in Australia. This is truly fantastic letterpress work in which Wilkintie collaborates with some of their favorite artists to turn their work into prints with those lovely, deep impressions known as letterpress. There’s nothing like it in my opinion, it’s tactile and truly gorgeous – everyone should own at least one letterpress print or some cards because they feel almost like a luxury item, like sheets with a high thread count, LOL. :)

Wilkintie Letterpress Prints

The rabbit print is my favorite as feels very folk art inspired and I’m always eager to see modern interpretation of Finnish, Swedish, Russian, Czech and Polish folk art.

Happy Monday to you! I’ll be posting more goodies to share and inspire us both soon so stay tuned!

(images: wilkintie)

Arts + Crafts

Jacqueline Kari Bos

January 15, 2010

Jacqueline (Jackie) Kari Bos is a successful freelance designer and illustrator in New York City who combines found imagery with hand drawings to create whimsical illustrative work. From small books created in limited editions to prints and pillows, Jackie has a unique eye and I just love the softness of her work and her color palette in addition to the stories her work tell. Here is a glimpse into Jackie’s world…

Jacqueline Kari Bos

Jacqueline Kari Bos

Jacqueline Kari Bos

Jacqueline Kari Bos

I’d love to just sit down with Jackie for an afternoon in her Brooklyn home and watch her create… I love the finished work but find the process so intriguing as an artist builds a piece, layer by layer, thought by thought… to an artist this is so second nature and I don’t always think they realize how others would love the opportunity to watch them. My friend once told me that she would be so embarrassed to have someone watch her work, it would be so boring for them and she thinks it may not inspire anyone but I feel exactly the opposite, to watch the blossoming of a flower is often sweeter than the final bloom or as sweet I should say.

Do you also like to watch an artist at work? Why do you think that is?

You can find her online in a variety of places from her blog to her etsy shop, book shop and website. Can’t you imagine her designs at Urban Outfitters in homewares or as prints on tee shirts and sweatshirts?

(images: jackie kari bos)

Arts + Crafts

A View To

January 15, 2010

I was visiting my friend Ingrid and her lovely daughter today and she shared with me the A View To blog and something about it felt familiar and then when I arrived home I realized that it’s the blog of Klee in Paris. Klee is a designer I’ve talked about before, but since my last post I’ve now discovered her blog (thanks, Ingrid) and her pretty photographs and postcards from her etsy shop. These go so nicely with my mood lately — white, soft, reflective, fresh, and new.

A View To

A View To

Speaking of white and the feeling it gives, if you could describe yourself, at least your current self as we’re constantly evolving, what would it be? For me, a clear confident white.

(images: klee)

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Fey Handmade

January 13, 2010

I’ve talked about Fey Handmade before but oh golly miss molly the shop just keeps getting better + better + better! There is no end to the diverse independent talent and beauty on this expertly curated site where you can find everything from intricately designed gemstone necklaces to fabulous prints that just drip with gorgeousness and femininity. I know I’m embellishing here and really loading up on the adjectives but seriously, I love it so much that I’ll risk sounding like a sap {drool drool}.

Fey Handmade

a few of my personal favorites: a. calendar, b. necklace, c. pot (the legal kind), d. clock, e. bike, f. deer, g. squirrel clock, h. owl mask, i. tabletop clock (yeah I have a thing for clocks, okay?), j. address box and k. tree towels.

Now allow me to continue with my sappy sap oh-my-gawd write up. Fey Handmade is one of those shops, for me anyway, where I visit and say, “I’ll take that and that and that and oh that too!.” I’m sure you’ll love Fey, too!

(images: fey handmade)

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