I just received the September issue of Sew magazine (UK) because I am featured in it on page 49 (see it here) thanks to the lovely Nikki. Yay! I’ve never been in a sewing magazine outside of Selvedge before, so it’s an exciting new group of readers to be introduced to. While reading the issue I discovered a collage artist who uses photographs, paint and textiles for her mixed media work and I just have to share her creative mixing… Her name is Raquel Alves and she lives in London.
I’d love to see more of Raquel’s work because I found little of it online, but what I did see looks very nice… I think she has a good thing going here by combining all of her favorite techniques into a single piece – photography, then paper, fabric and finally stitch work. It’s inspiring to see people who experiment with new combination’s and who break their own rule book. It’s one of the things I love to see the most — creative exploration.
(images: raquel alves)
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.
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.
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)
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! :)
(image: jenny theisen)
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…
Here’s a link to the post on Real Simple, enjoy!
(images: st jude’s prints)