Have you laid eyes upon the book, Mes petites Kokeshi by talented Parisian shop owner Adeline Klam? I first saw it at the Frankfurter Buch Messe in 2011 and fell in total love, I had to buy a copy despite how little French I know (though now it’s been translated into German, available here). In this book, photos truly do speak a thousand words whether you speak French or German (or not). Adeline’s projects are so cute and are all themed around the Japanese Kokeshi wooden dolls. Here is a glimpse from the book taken by my friend Emilie Guelpa from Griottes who worked on the project with her as the photographer.
Recently, Emilie felt very inspired from working on this book for Adeline and decided to make her own version of kokeshi dolls at home. She wrote about how she did it on her blog (click here) but here are the items she transformed into little people laid out below. This is such a beautiful and inspiring craft project to work on, especially this time of year with your children. All you need are some wooden shapes, paint, fine tip brushes and maybe some glue if you want to accessorize your little people. You can add angel wings, glitter, feet, hats – whatever you’d like!
I feel so inspired by this project that I’m going to look around in the local craft store for wood pieces while I’m on vacation (I’m taking off December 15 – Jan 7) to see if I can make a few kokeshi of my own. You can even glue ribbon to them and create ornaments!
(images: emilie guelpa)
One of my dear students, Geraldine Tan, visited this past weekend from London and gave me the most beautiful assortment of presents wrapped beautifully in Liberty paper. There was one very special gift that I instantly fell in love with – a print by English artist Kerry Layton who lives in North London. Geraldine picked it up for me while attending a recent exhibition by Kerry. For now it will sit on my gray cabinet in my work room to give me wonderful thoughts of Geraldine each time I pass by…
Later, I hope to have it framed because a print so lovely deserves a special spot on my wall. Thank you Geraldine for such a thoughtful and spot-on present!
By the way, Kerry has a beautiful Etsy shop called Seventy Tree in case you’d like to take a peek…
(image: holly becker for decor8)
Ohhhh I love shopping this time of the year, don’t you? Okay, so every store is packed but it’s still so nice to be out – especially in the larger cities where the store windows are decorated so fancifully and the whimsical store decor can’t help by infect you with a happy virus plus, most people are in a good mood. Of course, by mid December I’m completely over it and begging, “Make it go awayyyy!” (LOL) but for now, I’m enjoying the sights and sounds and the mulled spice wine!
One thing I see EVERYWHERE are shiny things on strings – ornaments! Especially here in the Christmas markets that just popped up all over my city. Yet, with the exception of the Santa and Reindeer variety, I don’t see most ornaments as being so Christmas-y these days despite the fact that they show up mostly during this time of the year. I see ornaments as great decor any time of the year, in fact I like hanging them from the handles on my windows, from a nail to mix in with art on a salon style wall or to hang from a cabinet lock. I love going to Anthropologie after Christmas to take advantage of their ornament sales because they’re usually 50% off or more.
Of course, most associate ornaments with Christmas for good reason and if done with a measure of good taste (not overloading a tree so much that it bends like my dear grandmother once did, ha ha!), they can be a real thing of beauty if you choose to celebrate. I came across some ornaments today in my inbox that I thought I’d share, these DIY geometric paper ornaments are gorgeous – you can go with the bold brights or the softer pastels or do what I would do – mix them up! I can see these as being fun for Spring, especially the pastel tones.
These beauties are from Field Guide Design. So pretty, right? I love geometric shapes, especially mixing pastels with black and some brights – fun!
(images: field guide design)
Hello friends! How are you and how was your weekend? I did some crafting on Saturday, in fact I shot a DIY for you this morning that I’ll share on decor8 in a moment but first…. When it comes to holiday decorating, do you want to go bold and graphic in black and white this year but wonder how to go about it or whether it will look festive enough? With most people going with red and green or the more traditional palette, why not dare to be different?
Lynne Robinson from Papermash, an online site that sells stationery based in London, recently contacted me to share her decorating ideas using mostly products from her shop after being inspired by her monochromatic enthusiasts online and via Instagram, like @apieceofcake82 and @amerrymishap.
She had an idea to update a kit on her site too, “The make your own banner kit was recently changed to include lots of international symbols so I had the idea to make a Bon Noël banner and it all stemmed from there”. She would with photographers Charlotte Love and Lenka Ryan on these shots, which are just lovely! I think the “trick” to making them more festive was to add a little metallic – in this case gold warmed it up though you could also try silver to cool it down.
Black and white confetti (made with a simple paper punch) gets festive when you introduce a metallic – like gold!
Use rubber stamps on kraft paper, spray paint plastic animals in glossy black, paint ornaments black and use white paint on them to create words or designs (I just thought that maybe you could try chalkboard paint on ornaments inside and use chalk to draw on them – fun!)… This is also cool because you can reuse some of your supplies from Halloween (black tissue paper for instance) for your holiday decor.
If this look is a bit TOO nontraditional for your holiday, you can decorate in black and white for New Year’s Eve – complete with your little black dress – how perfect and classy!
You can see more beauty on Lynne’s new blog HERE.
(images: Charlotte Love and Lenka Ryan)