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Custom Picture Framing by Framed & Matted

November 2, 2014

Do you remember the beautiful work of Max Wanger that I shared back in August of 2013? Well I got a hold of one of his pieces called Tulum from Framed & Matted over the summer and I’ve been dying to share it. I’ve been super busy but finally got around to snapping some photos today. Would you like to see this pretty beachy scene? I really love the mellow tones of blue and green against the crisp white frame and my gray wall.

Custom Picture Framing by Framed & Matted

I not only adore the print because I’m a total beach babe at heart (I grew up on the beach!), but also love that it’s behind good great quality plexiglas since I’m not a fan of art behind glass these days, especially with a little curious baby boy in the house. Plus, I really like the ease of install with frames that are light and plexi that is also very light – you can install something like this on a single sturdy nail and be done with it. This isn’t the final destination for this piece, I actually imagine it more in my bedroom, but for now I’ve leaned it against the wall in my dining area/work studio. Above the sideboard, by the way, will be the space where I plan to install my salon style art wall which I’ll detail and share on the blog this month, so stay tuned for the before and after of that.

Custom Picture Framing by Framed & Matted

Custom Picture Framing by Framed & Matted

Thank you Framed & Matted for this gorgeous piece! I was given this piece in exchange for a review under the agreement that if I didn’t like it, I would return it and not review it because that’s how I roll – if I don’t like something I am NOT standing behind it by posting it here! But I definitely stand behind this and love it – very pleased!

Hope you are having a nice weekend, it’s been gorgeous and so Fall-ish here, I don’t want it to end. I’m kicking and screaming into winter this year, I’m just not prepared for it! Wahhh! Endless autumn, please!

(images: holly becker for decor8)

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Do You Recognize This Photo?

October 11, 2014

Ok so you know how you see something once that makes your heart flutter and you tell yourself that if you see it again, and are still all aglow, that you simply must have it? A person, a place, a thing? In this instance, it’s both a place and a thing because it’s a photograph of a city and though I’m unsure if it’s Brooklyn or another favorite place of mine — well I can’t be sure. But I’ve seen it a few times in the styling work of Petra Bindel, who I’ve been following for years. Here’s the photo. Do you know who the photographer is and is it available for purchase?

Do You Recognize This Photo?

Do You Recognize This Photo?

Do You Recognize This Photo?

(images: petra bindel)

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Botanical Prints By Pernille Folcarelli

August 25, 2014

I came across some lovely things today when Agata, who is also the blog author of Passion Shake, stopped by to share her favorite new sideboard with me since she knows I’m on the prowl for one. Anyway, I clicked on her link and ended up on her blog and found lots of nice things like these prints by Danish artist Pernille Folcarelli. But first, how are you today? I was out and about with baby Aidan shopping and saw lots of my friends walking around – every few minutes as we strolled, we’d bump into more friends out with their babies. It was the sweetest thing. Aidan attracts attention when we’re out – strangers come right up and want to “meet” him and little old ladies tell me how “sugar sweet” he is. I am writing all of this down in his journal so I don’t forget and can tell him someday. Everyone loves this little guy, but especially me. Enough about me. Let’s look at some gorgeous work by Pernille up in Denmark.

Botanical Prints By Pernille Folcarelli

Botanical Prints By Pernille Folcarelli

Botanical Prints By Pernille Folcarelli

Botanical Prints By Pernille Folcarelli

Botanical Prints By Pernille Folcarelli

Botanical Prints By Pernille Folcarelli

Botanical Prints By Pernille Folcarelli

I really do love these botanical prints by Pernille Folcarelli. They look especially stunning against smokey charcoal walls, don’t they? I think botanicals are so easy to love.

You can buy all of these prints and post cards for framing right here.

(images: Pernille Folcarelli)

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Thoughts On Childhood Pets + Stefan Gevers

July 25, 2014

Let’s talk about childhood pets for a moment but first, what comes to mind when I say this word. Snoopy. Perhaps you see the beagle who bounces gleefully in the Peanuts series. I see a darling green and gold budgie that was one of my best friends growing up. Snoopy, whom I named after thinking Woodstock was too silly for a bird name, was always there for me – never fail. He loved to soar around my room, rest of my shoulder, crawl up beneath my chin and cuddle. He loved to play with his toys and had a fondness for bells. We had our own “call” – the moment I did it he would fly to me no matter where he was in the house. Once he escaped to the great outdoors and it was my call that got him back inside again.

Thoughts On Childhood Pets + Stefan Gevers

My parents had dogs and cats but that little tiny bundle of happy was all mine. I was responsible for feeding, cage clean up and maintaining his water dish and ensuring his toys were in good shape including his cutterbone which I loved because I always thought it looked like the coolest little bird surfboard and I would daydream about taking him to the beach near our house to ride the waves on it. Silly kid but cute still. I still smell his feathers if I think hard and whenever I smell birdseed, even today which feels like a million years later, I think of my little bird with the very big personality.

After he died, which was so unnecessary (my mother decided to put him under the shower to wash him), I wasn’t the same for awhile. I was mad at my mother. Mad at life. My grades suffered, my heart — split in two. He was my first and last pet. After his death, I couldn’t imagine getting attached to another animal. I’ll never forget seeing him as he laid lifeless at the bottom of his cage. I took his limp little body out, placed him on a soft towel and tried my CPR moves – the ones I had learned in health class (of course that was ridiculous but I was a little girl). When nothing happened, I cried for so long that he was dry by the time I had composed myself enough to bury him. I then prepared a shoe box, included all of his favorite toys, wrapped him carefully in one of my favorite blankets I had used for my Barbie doll’s bed, and placed him inside closing the lid and knowing that was the last time I’d see him. I then rode my bike for 20 minutes down to the intercoastal waterway to bury him in my thinking spot, where I went when I needed to have peace and quiet. That is why today, whenever I see a parakeet, a sweet little budgie of any color, I feel warm and happy inside though obviously mixed with sadness. I think of my little feathered friend. And then I think about if I should get a pet again someday.
Thoughts On Childhood Pets + Stefan Gevers

Now that you have some history, and thanks for listening to my sad story, perhaps you know why this artists’ work touched my heart this morning. Isn’t art supposed to evoke emotion? Stefan Gevers captures the personality of birds so well I think. And the colors are vibrant and joyful. Born in The Netherlands, Stefan lives in Melbourne, Australia where he creates gorgeous art and hosts workshops. I found out about Stefan from the blog Studio Home here thanks to a reader, Jay, who highlighted this site just today.

Thoughts On Childhood Pets + Stefan Gevers

Thoughts On Childhood Pets + Stefan Gevers

Thoughts On Childhood Pets + Stefan Gevers

Did you ever have a childhood pet? What kind was it? What did you call it? Did you feel then as though you had the most special relationship in the world? As I begin to think about my baby growing up and eventually wanting a pet of his own I wonder if I should get him something that tends to have a longer life span or a shorter one. Any thoughts?

(photos: stefan gevers)

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Becky Higgins, Project Life + Studio Calico

July 24, 2014

Recently I was burning time posting photos on Instagram when I noticed my friend Leslie has posted this pic below. And under the pic she wrote, “Love these #studiocalico #projectlife cards by @ashleygoldberg these are going to be so fun to use!”. Of course, anything my friends are involved in, I have to know more about. And seeing cards by Ashley Goldberg was a great inspiration to me, so of course I had to google! My fingers happily tapped away trying to find these companies Leslie had hashtagged (is that a word?) and BOOM! there I was on the Studio Calico website looking at Project Life kits and BAM! I found Pandora’s box.  This newfound hobby would be detrimental to my wallet.

Becky Higgins, Project Life + Studio Calico

Days later, a box of gorgeous supplies arrived from Studio Calico including Project Life stuff which I learned later, is actually by Becky Higgins. What a small world as I had met Becky in person at The Creative Connection in St. Paul when I gave a keynote (she was also a speaker). Studio Calico sent me a box of loot because they saw I was interested in their products from Instagram and so when they offered to hook me up I accepted with delight. They knew I wasn’t going to do anything for them in return except maybe use the products. But they were clever because after seeing them, and playing around, I knew I had to blog about their prods but more than that, I actually have some questions at the end of the post about this stuff if any of you are users and can help me, I’d appreciate it loads.

Becky Higgins, Project Life + Studio Calico

Okay so now I’m sitting in my studio with these nice things from Studio Calico (see my table below) and I’m wondering what I’m going to try out first. I think I’ll use the mini gray album and pages from Project Life to create a small baby album for Aidan first. That would be nice. I’ve been looking at the amazing member pages where Studio Calico fans upload their work and sheezus, these people have some mad skillz. I did some scrapbooking back when I lived in New Hampshire, it was a New Hampshire thing to do after all because everyone was into it, so I gave it a whirl so I could make friends and have something to do on the weekends.

But honestly, scrapping just didn’t work out for me. Too involved at least for a perfectionist like me who took planning scrapbook layouts a little too seriously. I was wondering which elements to use and where in my sleep. I’d finish like 5 pages in a year. Frankly, I don’t have endless amounts of time for scrappin’. Looking at the pockets in my Project Life kit though I keep thinking, “This feels realistic, I can imagine doing a pocket at a time and not obsessing, yeah this may work.” So I’m going to attempt to get into the whole Project Life thing which I admit, when I see their billion fans all over the internet, I’m a bit late to the game on this one.

Becky Higgins, Project Life + Studio Calico

Becky Higgins, Project Life + Studio Calico

To inspire you, why don’t you go look at some of the things that Studio Calico members are making with their Project Life pages? This is Magda from Poland below. Can you get over the prettiness? She made these and slipped each little card into a pocket in her ring binder. These pages look like book spreads or something. This could be a really fun project for a new mother like me especially as Aidan grows so I can do sweet little pages for him and file them into their stylish books. If anything, if gives me something to do with my hands and a way to get all of my photos of him into the real world. Not that the internet isn’t the real world, but c’mon – how long has it been since you printed and framed a photo you’d taken of your kid on your iPhone?

That’s my point.

Becky Higgins, Project Life + Studio Calico Becky Higgins, Project Life + Studio Calico

At least this hobby may help me to print stuff again. Lots of people who are digital die-hards may object and I understand. Clutter. More crap to store. More supplies to file away. But as a creative woman who needs to do things with my hands other than pinning pretty photos as my hobby, which is kind of meaningless once you have like 200 boards and you haven’t cooked a single recipe you’ve pinned or made one of the DIY projects out of the 11,000 you’ve filed away on Pinterest, real world hands-on work like this could strike a nice balance for me so I can still drift into Pinterest playland by night and a few afternoons a month, slip into page making with Project Life as I listen to Sia’s new CD and trim my son’s adorable little photos, merrily slipping them into pockets and later, showing my pages to friends and family.

So, are ANY of you guys using Project Life or Studio Calico stuff? Do  you like it? And PLEASE can any of you tell me the BEST PHOTO PRINTER out there for this stuff? I want to print IG photos and photos from my Canon so I can just trim ’em and put them in the pockets that came with my kit. I’ve been looking at mobile printers and a million others but reviews are so mixed so I just want to know, what are you guys using?

(images: leslie shewring, holly becker, studio calico, magda)

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