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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)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Domino: Animals Prints on Etsy

October 29, 2007

Here’s the next slideshow in the series that I pulled together for Domino magazine. This one focuses on the wild kingdom featuring a few of my favorite Etsian animal lovers.

Domino: Animals Prints on Etsy
A special thank you to the artists that I worked with to pull this together and to Domino magazine for bringing independent art into the spotlight, something that we bloggers are so very passionate about.

(images from domino)

Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines, Rooms, Shopping + Products, Travel

Larissa Bertonasco Illustrator + Cook {Hamburg}

October 25, 2007

I’m obsessed with cooking lately. Perhaps it’s because we’ve been staying in a hotel suite for weeks and the only thing I can make in our room is coffee or tea. I miss having my own kitchen! So lately, anything even remotely related to dirtying up the kitchen interests me like never before. From spices to machines (the silver limited edition Tord Boontje Senseo coffee machine is fun), cookbooks, to Pino funnels. Adding to my list of must-haves is the Larissa Bertonasco cookbook, La Nonna La Cucina La Vita – Die wunderbaren Rezepte meiner Gro?mutter, which I’ve ordered along with her wall calendar. Her illustrative style is fun and colorful, reminding us of the importance to enjoy the whole cooking experience. I applaud her for wearing two hats, she’s both a professional cook and an illustrator. Let’s hear it for doing what you love, right?!

Larissa Bertonasco Illustrator + Cook {Hamburg}
If you don’t already know Larissa, she lives in Hamburg and is quite the popular girl here in Germany lately, I see her products in bookstores all over. She even has a new line of paper napkins, cloth tea towels, and other small misc. products for the kitchen. But her cookbook is gorgeous. I mean, worth buying even if you can’t read German because it’s just page after page of large colorful illustrations.

Larissa Bertonasco Illustrator + Cook {Hamburg}
The recipes are centered around Italian cooking, just like her grandma would make, and the book is 100% illustration so there are no real life settings photographed which in itself is quite unique right? Most modern cookbooks show photographs of actual food.

Larissa Bertonasco Illustrator + Cook {Hamburg}
This hand drawn cookbook is hot here and who would have guessed that it would be so popular being that it’s mostly filled with illustrations and only brief recipe summaries? It’s highly visual in a very unconventional sense without a single food photo. I think people are starving for new formats, clever new ways to deliver information, breaking the mold.

Larissa Bertonasco Illustrator + Cook {Hamburg} I would love to own this cow as a print for my kitchen.

Have a peek at her portfolio here. And if you want to purchase her calendar or book, just go to the German Amazon site. That’s where I ordered mine and it’s all set to be delivered to my U.S. address. Easy.

(images from larissa bertonasco)

Arts + Crafts

Ikea Skruvsta Chair Pattern: $25!

October 24, 2007

Blog pal Yvonne from the Netherlands created a pattern for the Ikea Skruvsta chair that she’s offering on her website for $25.

Ikea Skruvsta Chair Pattern: $25!

This pattern gives you the opportunity to change the look of your chair whenever you’d like – just sew up a new slipcover and viola! you’re all set. Thanks Yvonne for the notice, I’m sure lots of readers will be interested in owning this pattern since it gives Skruvsta owners so many options. Imagine making a patchwork slipcover? Drool.

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Kate Sutton {new} Prints

October 19, 2007

UK-based artist Kate Sutton just posted a limited run of gocco prints that you may want to scoop up – the cuckoo clock is my favorite, but the pink tree is a close runner up for me… For the single girls out there, Free Bird is perfect don’t you think? :)

Kate Sutton {new} Prints

(images from kate sutton)

Arts + Crafts, DIY

Stop! Banner Time

October 18, 2007

Maybe it’s the season or just a German thing, but I’ve been spotting a lot of garlands over here lately and I don’t know about you, but I love me some garland. Banners aren’t all about popcorn and pinecones!

Stop! Banner Time
There’s something exciting about a hand-crafted string of pretty things displayed somewhere in the home, it creates a festive mood. Whether displayed across a mantle, over a window, around a tabletop, they bring personality in, especially if you like to decorate according to a season or reason, or for a kid’s party or a theme party (hey, theme parties in all their tacky displays can be fun!). Here’s a few that I found on etsy and elsewhere, and remember, with some string and a little imagination, you can string up a pretty fantastic piece yourself – so you can either buy or DIY.

Stop! Banner Time These were crafted by French etsy seller So*Sage (oh those French!).
Stop! Banner TimeA white felted banner from Chet and Dot is spooky but sweet.
Stop! Banner TimeA colorful fabric banner made from vintage linens by Jump Up And Down.
Stop! Banner Time Nice has some crazy cute banners with pom-poms and such.
Stop! Banner Time This girly floral banner from The Drawing Room is sweet too.
Stop! Banner Time Stop! Banner Time A simple search on the Martha Stewart craft website yields
many results sending you into garland heaven.
Stop! Banner Time Small Stump has a few great ones, too. Faux bois fabulousness!

Psst: Fond of maps? Learn how to create a garland using them via Hallmark magazine right here.

Looking for inspiration? Visit the Paper Crafts group on Flickr. Garlands also fit in great in Jeu de Paume inspired homes, too. :)

(top image from living etc.)

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