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Inspired: The Red Thread by Lisa Tilse

Today over at Real Simple I wrote about the work of Aussie designer Lisa Tilse from The Red Thread. You may remember her from the decor8/Amy Butler contest because she entered the most adorable boy’s room mood board ever (view that here) and placed 3rd runner up. You can read my Real Simple post for the background info on Lisa but I thought I’d simply highlight some of her beautiful art here today since I felt inspired by some these colors and patterns…

Psst: Lisa also has a blog where you find everything from the shows she loves to watch to her creative inspirations and beyond. I’m off to the museum today but I’ll be back in a moment to leave you with a daily discount… Then in a few hours I’ll be back again with a few more discounts and blog posts, some special news about a new project I’m rolling out with another blog I’ve partnered with on something we’re excited to share, and of course I’ll conclude the week with a Happy Weekend post only this week, the post will highlight ALL of the special offers from the past two weeks in case you’ve missed any of them.

See you in a moment!

(images from Lisa Tilse)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, kids on November 14, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

I’ve been receiving many nice Etsy submissions lately that I sometimes think I cannot keep up with all of the talent on Etsy but I’m willing to try! This week there are five little shops that caught my eye for their unique style and colors… Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Ah Naomi Murrell, what you do to me! Her folksy modern prints are lovely, just as you’d expect from an Aussie artist. Is it me, or does every single illustrator from Australia on Etsy positively rock? I mean, seriously, that country must be bursting at the seams with talent.

Cosas M?nimas, which means tiny things in Spanish, has some sweet illustrations that you may enjoy. Illustrator Blanca G?mez lives in Madrid and is an excellent photographer as well – view her Flickr stream to see some of them.

Pearl and Marmalade has some of the best letterpress I’ve seen. Deep delicious impressions… hard to resist such mouthwatering temptation. :)

Chet and Dot makes me want to stop procrastinating on some of my sewing projects el pronto! I also think their things would make a great present. For instance, you could purchase a sewing kit for a friend and then find a nice book about sewing to accompany it, wrap your prezzie, and anticipate lots of smiles and joy. :)


I may have featured Abigail Brown before, but I just adore her little creations. From masks to handmade cloth birds, cards, prints, and beyond… there is nothing in this sweet shop that I wouldn’t own or gift to a friend. I think the masks would be lovely arranged over a crib in a nursery, don’t you?
(images linked to sources above)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday, stationery on November 11, 2008

isoprint {New!}

Robert, the talent behind isofoto, just launched a brand new shop called isoprint that you simply must check out! As you already know, I’m a big fan of arts and crafts produced by men and try my best to promote these great guys as much as I can for many reasons. One that stands out the most is that I’d like to see more guys? shop handmade sites (like Etsy or DaWanda for example) for themselves, not just for their girlfriends. There are so many great handmade items for men out there, my husband shops handmade and has purchased everything from jewelry to messenger bags and hats on Etsy, some created by men and others simply for the guy who appreciates handmade goods.

isoprint is a new illustration project Robert launched yesterday, a bit of a creative distraction for times when he is not out shooting polaroids for isofoto… he can be found hunched over his drawing board. These fantastic prints influenced by his love for mid-century design and illustration are some of his result creations. Congrats Robert, great work!

(images from isoprint)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on November 07, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

It’s Take Five Tuesdays time, one of my favorite posts to pull together! Last week I missed writing this column, and I feel so bad — I hope you aren’t upset with me. I hate to let anyone down, it’s just like I was a bit of an airhead last Tuesday (I specifically recall that day and how much work was on my plate) and I forgot to write my Etsy post. I promise to make it up to you now with the best batch of sellers yet. I find these especially sweet. I’ve even included a 6th to win your love back. :) So here you go, your weekly Etsy dose!

I love the mini original paintings by This is all I know in Portland, OR. I cannot stop looking at them ever since Ez showed them on her wish list. I seriously cannot peel myself away. I would love to own each of these shown above, I’m absolutely smitten by the little faces looking back at me.

Krize: Smiling Shop from Spain. Digital prints, cards, and more to tickle your fancy. Aren’t the illustrations (and colors) sweet?


Luxe Deluxe in Scotland. Jewelry that I think I seriously need to own at least 10 necklaces from. OMG. Somebody talk me out of it, quick! Oh wait, you need talking out of a major splurge as well? Sorry, I guess we have to just give in to maybe one…

Sharon Montrose Photography out of Los Angeles. Does it ever feel like LA is the new Brooklyn or something? I hear more and more about LA this and LA that. And just look at the cutie pie animals. The owl is calling me, but I haven’t a vacant wall to spare… Sorry little hootie. Maybe you can adopt him?

Sea Unicorn in Los Angeles. More jaw dropping gems. Seriously people, these sellers on Etsy are blowing my mind. Why would I ever need to shop in a mall EVER AGAIN. I cringe now when I walk by all of those accessories chain stores because for not much more money I can own something that benefits a seller and her family, supports the local economy, and has some heart behind it. Am I right?

B O N U S seller, here’s #6: Trumpery laser cut pendants (or whatever you want them to be, just add string!) in San Francisco. I cannot for the life of me recall when I found out about them, it may have been on a blog. If so, please raise your hand if you blogged them so you can get full credit here. Don’t be shy, call out your find sista!

(images linked to their sources above)

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