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New: Unique Los Angeles Design & Gift Sale

I just heard from Sonja who has organized a fantastic new design and gift sale called Unique Los Angeles set for December 13-14, 2008. Sonja was hoping I’d spread the news as she’s super excited about her project and hopes that local artists and designers will be interested in partaking in this very special event she has planned. I really like her website and think that based on that alone that her taste must be good so I’m sure you can trust this event to be just as nice. Unique Los Angeles is a shopping event held at the California Market Center in downtown LA that gives shoppers the opportunity to buy local handmade indie goods while supporting the local economy and the massive creative community that exists there.

Sonja has around 225 vendors that sell everything from clothing to stationery, jewelry to baby products, and of course ceramics, screenprints, artwork, body care, and more! In addition to shopping you can also enjoy:

  • LEARN: A DIY Lab where you can create your own gift tags and wrapping paper at no charge and where you can screenprint custom t-shirts.
  • RELAX: Enjoy relazing in the The Lounge to take a break, read a magazine and enjoy a drink while listening to the DJ.
  • EAT & DRINK: Eat a little something at The Cali Cafe – meals, snacks, coffee, dessert, etc.

If you are interested in setting up shop for a few days and participating in this event, vendor applications are online and the deadline is November 2nd. You can obtain more information here.? Thank you Sonja for getting in touch with me and all the best on Unique LA!

(images from unique los angeles)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets on October 09, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Hello and welcome to another Take Five Tuesday. Sheesh that sounded so boring. Let me try that again. Hey there and welcome to another installation of Take Five Tuesday where I nudge you over to the fabulousness that exists on Etsy. Better? Nah. How ’bout I just show you the goods! This week we have darling deer, cutie bags, little dolls, pretty rings, and a mini game for you (see the last etsy seller featured and play along!) — I hope that you enjoy my picks this week!

We Dream In Color is beyond beautiful. This jewelry artist makes me want to spend money I don’t have. I must comment on the prices of these pieces – GREAT. I mean you’d pay much more at some of our favorite chain stores for jewelry like this and I’m willing to guess it’s all made in china. These works are made by Jade Gedeon and Jade is one talented lady! Drool fest…

I can’t get enough of cute little bags for all the strangeness floating around in my massive tote. Sometimes I open it and pull out the oddest finds! I won’t go into detail on some of them, but you must do the same and wonder, “What the… where did THAT come from?”. Today I found a $10 bill and I honestly have no clue how that showed up because I haven’t seen or touched American currency since the end of July. That is why a girl like me needs little bags in my purse. I have one for lipgloss and a mirror, another for my train pass and keys, and another for coins. I also have a little bag for aspirin, gum, and mints. :) If you are a bag lady like me, you may like Pocket Carnival. Good name for a shop that sells bags, so if there’s a carnival in YOUR pocket(book) too, well you can easily manage the chaos with sweet hand illustrated bags. Darling!

Fatty deMonsey is her name and producing cute things for tea time is her game. And show of hands, who doesn’t need a mug with a reminder like this along with a darling doe? “Every day I realise just how important my attitude is. No matter what happens in life, the way I approach each situation is the most important part of it. I can’t change the actions or words of others, but I can make a choice about my own attitude. My mind is the most valuable asset I have. Come rain, hail or shine, it’s more valuable than money, land, career, looks, skills or any other attribute or item you care to think of, and using it well should be the most important part of any education program. Life may be too short, but it’s just too long to have a bad attitude when a good one can improve everything I do and every interaction I have. 90% of my life is how well I use my mind. Be brave, life is a joyous and wonderous thing.”

Amen sista.

Or this reminder, “Downsize, simplify, spend more time with the people you care about… Buy less stuff, it brings such a short lived joy. Sit by the river and enjoy your favourite drink with a real friend or in peace on your own. Live your life to the full.” I’ll drink to that. After I buy the mug, that is. Then I shall simplify…

Ravenhill just may be the cutest shop in the whole wide world of Etsy. In fact it’s so cute lets have a drinking game. When I say cute you drink something yummy. This Oslo artist makes THE sweetest cutest dolls (drink). You have to look at her cute shop (guzzle) and click on all of the cute dolls (slurp) and see the cute images (gulp) that she’s uploaded to accompany each. So many sweet and cute detailed photos (drink), I like it so much. If you don’t have babies (or friends with kids) you will want get baby pangs looking through her cute shop (chug) I swear it. :) Her blog is just as sweet as her shop and can be found here. This doll set is called, “Babies in a basket in need of a good mommy or daddy”. Is your heart going to burst from the cuteness (drink)? We all want to be the mommy of those wee little softies!

Sean Morris is Bad Hair Mountain (I’m dying to know what that names all about but part of me is a bit scared to learn), a twenty something illustrator from Western Australia and I don’t have anything insightful to say really, I just like his work. I mean it’s simple, clean, and this particular print gives the imagination a chance to soar. You can look at it and build an entire story around the character he has drawn. It’s fun, try it. Here’s Meds above. I’m thinking she is playing with meds as in medication. Maybe mommy is on some, or perhaps she found these in the playground. What story can you build around this piece? I’d love to hear what Meds means to you… Do tell!

(images linked to artists featured above)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on October 07, 2008

Kindergallery

I found such a lovely website via decor8 reader Fiona Lang called Kindergallery and you know with my love of all things artsy and craftsy, of course I cannot resist talking about this lovely find! Kindergallery is a gallery-style website that focuses primarily on art for the little ones but adults can shop for their homes regardless of whether kids live there or not – I know I certainly would (and do!). I think an adult can add softies or ‘youthful’ art to their home – why not?

Lots of lovely soft creations by Tamar Mogendorff.

Of course, if you do happen to be a parent Kindergallery is perfect for you because the curator of this online shop, Angela Westerman, does the most beautiful job of scouring the globe for her favorite artists and adding their things to her collection. I love that she does all the work for parents, her eye is great!

The work of Yung Ok Yoo is perfection…

I love this watercolor (original work) by Meredith Gaston.

And for the young at heart, Kate George.

Based in Sydney with a second home in Berlin (oh the life!) Kindergallery is a treasure trove of beautiful finds that you’ll notice the moment you visit the site. The work of Binth, Isak, Lorena Siminovich, Ida Pearle, and Binth can also be found there. Beautiful shop, Angela!

(images from kindergallery)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Decorating Tips, kids, walls on October 06, 2008

Decorating Updates

I had a really successful Sunday on eBay Germany, look what I found for my living room and kitchen! I’m over the moon happy and just had to share these finds with you today. First up, this retro light.

This light is an original from the 1950s in pastel green and gold and I won the auction at $281.00. It was quite a battle to win it as I was up against 19 aggressive bidders. It was a little over my budget but since my pendant light in the same room is from IKEA and I paid under $5 for it, I was able to justify the expense of the floor lamp. And hey, it’s vintage, it’s cute, and I’ve been combing the internet for something just like this for several months so it is money well spent.

The next item that I won is a Max Bill Bauhaus Design clock and kitchen timer all-in-one. It’s white and I really like the design. It was $50.00 so definitely a good buy. I think it will look perfect in my kitchen.

I was also able to put some art up over the weekend, here are some prints I’ve placed above my television. They all came with me on the plane from New Hampshire, they look nice here in Germany I think. Everyone that visits me is amazed by this art as it’s rare to find anything like this here where I live. It’s fun to see the reactions of my friends and family who are all wanting their own prints and paintings now from independent artists. I added my vintage 1930’s gold swallows to the wall as well. The idea was to make the art look at though it was flying and floating away. The birds also came with me in my luggage, I picked them up 4 years ago at a New Hampshire flea market for $1 or something like that – el cheapo! You can find them all over sites like eBay in case this arrangement inspires you to do something like it in your own home (here’s a cute pair of pink ones or some love birds). I’m considering adding one more small print to the top left closer to the ceiling but have yet to decide which one.

Now I’m on the prowl for another item I badly need for my living/dining room – a vintage Kilim rug. I’m dying for something along these lines… Also for the bedroom.


Have you had any successful eBay wins lately? Care to share? You can link to photos of your eBay wins in the comments section below if you’d like. We’d all love to see. :)

(images from eBay and holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Decorating Tips, vintage, walls on October 06, 2008

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