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Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Sea Spray Blue: Buy 1 Get 1 Free {today only}

November 7, 2007

Today at Sea Spray Blue there’s a fantastic buy one get one free sale going on that you won’t want to miss. It’s the perfect chance to own two beautiful prints for only $15 total – there are 35 so you have plenty of choices and the offer is only valid today, Wednesday November 7, 2007.

Sea Spray Blue: Buy 1 Get 1 Free {today only}
(images from sea spray blue)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Charliemotel

November 7, 2007

Charliemotel is a darling business owned by Megan and husband Dylan in the UK. They run their own design and production company, Colour Mafia, that keeps them quite busy, but on the side Meg decided to recently set up shop on etsy as an escape to pursue a creative life free of the pressures that come with taking on clients in her ‘day job’.

Charliemotel The creative process.

Here’s a glimpse of some of her illustrative work, she seems to really fancy sweet little deer, pretty little girls in sweet outfits, and pretty pastels.

Charliemotel
Charliemotel carries writing sets, badges, gift tags, cards, prints, and so many pretty things you’ll want to fill your cart so you can have plenty on hand for gifts!

(images from charliemotel)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Raydel Photography {new}

November 7, 2007

Jen Renninger from the Still Room Studio Print shop on etsy wrote to me about her sister’s new etsy store, Raydel Photography, with soft vintage-like photographs with a lovely patina. Each photo seems to hold special meaning, almost as if the corners of someone’s home and special collections inside are unfolding before our very eyes, revealing cherished possessions.

Raydel Photography {new}
What I find the most inspiring about her is not only the body of work but her very brief history as a photographer, it’s quite amazing. Here’s what Jen has to say about it, “In August Della bought a camera, with the intention of becoming a photographer. We laid out the instructions (Bill and I were photo majors in school and he is a photo instructor now), helped to edit, and she shot. And shot. And shot. Thousands of pictures.” And now, only a few months later, Della opened an etsy store and just took part in her first art show at The Gala Corina in Tampa, Florida – wow!

Raydel Photography {new} Please click on this image for a larger view.

And here are some of the photographs that you can own via her new etsy store. There’s a quiet beauty about her work, deep and dreamy, it really appeals to me.

Raydel Photography {new}Thank you Jen for sharing Della’s work with us – you’re right, she’s amazing!

A quick side point I’d like to make: Sometimes we let our lack of “history” or education in a certain area hold us back from going for it. We think that we don’t hold a degree as a painter, then we have no right to paint or if we don’t study graphic design, we can’t start taking on clients. Perhaps we discredit our work because we haven’t been at it since childhood as some of the most impressive bios sometimes intimidate us. I think Della shows us that good work is good work – whether you’ve been at it for 10 years or 10 weeks. Put your work out into the world and see what the response is. Just do it. Don’t hold back if you have passion for something. Isn’t that what the American dream is all about – going for it and having the opportunity to do so?

(images from raydel photography)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Ida Pearle {abc cards}

November 7, 2007

Have you heard of NYC-based artist Ida Pearle? Neither had I until I received a newsletter today from Mahar Drygoods announcing the arriving of her Alphabet cards.

Ida Pearle {abc cards}
I did a little research and discovered her website, where she sells prints, totes, and cards in addition to the abc cards on the Mahar website. I think they’re darling and would make for the best present, but I wouldn’t say that they’re only for kids because I would use them to display, frame, and place around my own home for a dash of whimsy.

Ida Pearle {abc cards}
It would be fun to lean a few of your favorites on a shelf in the kitchen or frame your initials, something cute like that. If you’d like to learn more about Ida, click here to read her complete bio.

Ida Pearle {abc cards}
If you’re interested in her ABC cards, here’s the link to where you can purchase them over at Mahar Drygoods.

(images from ida pearle)

Arts + Crafts, Shopping + Products, Travel

Anne-Claire Petit {netherlands}

November 5, 2007

Good news! Our friend Sandra is having a baby girl next month so you know what that means for me – a valid excuse to shop at darling baby boutiques (grin)! My favorite store in Hannover for the kiddies is Von Klein Auf, it’s absolutely the sweetest shop, I could spend hours looking through everything. Most of the products are from Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands – like Anne-Claire Petit.

Anne-Claire Petit {netherlands}
If you’ve not heard of her collection before, Anne-Claire Petit studied industrial design and started her career as a designer for Esprit, where she spent four years until deciding it was time to move forward and develop her own brand, Anne-Claire Petit. Her company has been around now for over ten years, it’s a colorful handmade line of children, home, and pet accessories. You can find her products all over the world.

Anne-Claire Petit {netherlands}
The red and white crochet mushroom bank (above) is a personal favorite of mine, I’m always looking for a spot to toss my change. For the locals, you can find many items from her collection at Von Klein Auf located at Edenstrasse 42 near Lister Platz.

(images from anne-claire petit)

Arts + Crafts, Handmade, Objects, Rooms

Freddy & Ma {new} Custom Pillows + Melamine Plates

October 29, 2007

Freddy & Ma are loved by the ladies for their fabulous custom handbags, but did you know that they’ve now launched custom pillows and melamine plates? Oh yes. It’s true. And I’m over the moon because seeing the talented Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy! fame as part of the designers involved in this is super exciting. Her patterns look terrific as plates and pillows, don’t you think?

Freddy & Ma {new} Custom Pillows + Melamine Plates
And there are other artists part of the Freddy & Ma crew with delicious patterns too, so browse the site and see what you can pull together. Here’s a selection of plates that I’d love to own along with some of Joy’s things, all would make the best gifts. I can’t resist the idea of owning a stack of melamine plates that coordinate, all in different patterns by various designers, and using them for lunch at home or on the patio in the warmer months. Hanging a collection on the wall is another idea, especially great for adding dimension and pattern to an otherwise boring wall – perhaps a long narrow hallway or as a border across the middle of the wall only.

Freddy & Ma {new} Custom Pillows + Melamine Plates

For as little as $12 for a plate and $60 USD for a 17″ square pillow, you can’t go wrong with going custom!

(images from freddy & ma)

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