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Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Elisabeth Dunker {krakatoa print}

January 8, 2008

More Scandinavian love for you today! This lively print is the latest Elisabeth Dunker creation and it’s just wonderful. It features a 1950’s color palette combined with illustrations of volcanos, bears, mountains and other unexpected things and it’s called Krakatoa. The work is inspired by Hokusai, HC Andersen and Tove Jansson. I’ve mentioned Elisabeth on decor8 before, you may recall her Str?ssel fabric that I picked up at ?hl?ns in Stockholm back in October; she’s such a talented lady.

Elisabeth Dunker {krakatoa print}
You can pre-order Krakatoa directly from the Little Red Stuga online for $35 USD. Thanks Emma for the great tip!

(image from elisabeth dunker)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Trace My Face + Etsy Love

January 5, 2008

Found this lovely etsy store called Trace My Face from designer Traci Edwards via new blog Etsy Love. I thought it would be a nice shop for you to discover as we head off into the weekend (yay!). Traci has lots of feminine prints that would fit in so well with our whole Boho theme today…

Trace My Face + Etsy Love

And a warm welcome to new blogger Nicole who will focus her blog on Etsy, from her finds to how to use the site and shop ownership. I can’t wait to see what she finds from one of our favorite sites. Nicole is also an etsy store owner (Crafty Devils), which I think only adds to her voice of a blogger because she knows both sides of the biz. Congrats Nicole!

Have a lovely weekend everyone, I’m signing off until Monday. Tomorrow I’ll be shaking in my boots with the Boston Globe, they mentioned today that they’ll have a photographer in tow while I take them shopping, so it’s time to freak out boys and girls. I never expected the new year to start like this. I’ll let you know how it goes on Monday – maybe I can turn the camera on them and take a few shots around town showing you the stores we hit, etc. Wish me luck and I’ll meet you back here in a few… Happy Weekend!

(images from trace my face)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Equivoque {photography}

December 21, 2007

Sometimes the best school is the old school, especially in the case of the Polaroid. Though I won’t be handing in my digital camera anytime soon, there’s still something about the raw untouched-by-Photoshop appeal, their often faded colors and that sweet little off-centered square format that keeps me coming back for more. Or perhaps it’s the feeling of nostalgia since it was the first camera I got my hands on as a child and much to my mother’s display I’d burn through all of the film in the back seat of our car long before we arrived at our vacation spot.

Equivoque {photography}
To some, the Polaroid is dated technology that’s fun to play around with but nothing more. For others it’s about producing images that evoke an emotion and over time creates an audience and a way to earn a living. A network and Unix systems administrator by day and a photographer and poet by night, Elinor Scott-Sutter of Equivoque has a body of work that is revealing, sensitive, and absolutely stunning. I can’t take my eyes off of these images above, the lighting is absolute perfection and the faded tones give them such a vintage flavor. I know someone who needs to quit her day job… Elinor… :) What an eye, I look forward to watching her shop updates to see what she’ll do next.

(images from equivoque)

Arts + Crafts, DIY

Little Tree {DIY}

December 13, 2007

Feelin’ crafty? I just discovered a free pattern download that Stephanie Barnes of Little Birds and 3191 fame so graciously put on her blog like forever ago. After finding it on Monday, I grabbed a few pieces of fabric and after a few snips here and some stitching there, this my friends is my 1st little soft tree.

Little Tree {DIY}
She’s a little imperfect, but still very cute. This is the easiest thing you’ll ever sew, so please give it a try. I made this while watching Project Runway last night (which by the way, this is such a great season, I totally see Christian, Rami, and Jillian in the final three).

Little Tree {DIY}
But back to the tree, after looking at it for awhile, I decided to give this softie a little personality with some black thread. So now the tree is a she and I’ve named her Clara. Download your pattern here, and when you finish your little baum, please post it in Stephaine’s flickr group called soft trees so we can all ooo and aaaah over it.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Kat Heyes {owls}

December 7, 2007

Seriously friends of owls and woodland creatures, how cute are these from Kat Heyes? Oh yes, very…

Kat Heyes {owls}

Aw so sweet. Discovered via Danielle who works at Etsy. Great find, Danielle!

(images from kat heyes)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Photobird {pretty new things}

December 7, 2007

It’s always exciting to watch a collection of pretty things that you admire expand a bit. Seems like Photobird is stretching her wings and developing a beautiful product line to extend beyond photos and postcards.

Photobird {pretty new things}

She has crochet coasters in her winter shop, gift tags, and lovely notebooks to pop into your handbag for jotting down little notes to self or for passing love letters across the table at a cafe. These things are so pretty and have an almost Scandinavian feel to me… Someone really needs to purchase the coasters. I think she only has one set left. You can frame them they are so lovely.

(images from photobird)

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