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I was so happy to hear from Helen Acraman of ZukZuk yesterday because her work is joyous and vibrant and I absolutely adore the sweet characters! Three cheers for cute stuff!

Helen is from New Zealand but now lives in Toronto and is an artist who loves what she does. How do I know? I took some time to read her blog and wow — her enthusiasm leaps from the screen. And by the way, I love this print Edible Weeds, I can’t stop looking at it… Isn’t it so pretty?

“I thought I might like to have some more birds scratching around my Etsy store so here is my new print, “Jelly Bean Birds” which was lots of fun to make. So much fun, these prints may well be imbued with rocking good vibes because I was in a jolly mood as they came into being!” – Helen.

How’s that for loving what you do?

You can view more of Helen’s work in her Flickr album, too.

Psst: $1 from each item sold goes to support Amnesty International.

(images from zukzuk)

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

Eco Paper Products from Amy Butler

I know, I know enough Amy Butler already. But I really do fancy her work and now that she’s released eco paper products including gorgeous gift wraps I thought it couldn’t hurt to at least tell you about it… :)


I really like this simple, fresh office set up.


I know… How pretty. Wrapping paper can be used for so many DIY projects it’s simply the best for adding pattern to almost anything on a budget. I like an idea I saw recently in Country Living Home magazine where art director Matthew Mead used wrapping paper to create a mat for a framed picture of a family member. It looked great and what an inexpensive and easy project. You can knock something like that out in under 15 minutes.

(images from amy butler design)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, stationery, walls on July 31, 2008

A Mad Tea {Towel} Party!

Now this is fun! A few months ago Maya from the Nicholas Gallery in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio contacted me regarding an upcoming exhibition she curated involving artists coming together from all over the world to show their work on tea towels. “The humble tea towel is no longer merely relegated to the tasks of the kitchen. Reinvented, its form offers a unique challenge and serves as a new canvas for artists and designers. This show brings together some of the most exciting contemporary talent worldwide, most exhibiting in Cincinnati for the first time.”


Talents like Marisa Haedike of Creative Thursday, Arian Armstrong, Atelier LZC, Sigrid Calon (I had the pleasure of viewing her work at Dutch Design Week in 2006), Phat Sheep, Push Me Pull You Design, Variegated Inc., and many others contributed their work for results that I’m sure will inspire many.


I just love seeing the work installed in the gallery and enjoy that there are some risks being taken in the art world, small changes that challenge the norms. You can view more photos from the show right here.

(images from the nicholas gallery)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on July 24, 2008

Samantha Brown Visits New Hampshire

Quick bite for you today… If you want to know a little about the state where I currently live, Samantha Brown visits New Hampshire tonight on the Travel Channel. I heard Nahcotta may be part of the show as Sam stopped there during her travels. I’ve long been a fan of her show, so it will be exciting to see NH in the spotlight. Did you know she was raised here? I’m not from NH, you can say I’m just passing through and plan to relocate, but it’s very pretty and restful and if you love nature there is plenty of it as I’m guessing 80% of the state is green. So lush. And the coastal town of Portsmouth, which will be in tonight’s show, is simply lovely. It’s like a mini version of Portland, Maine. So typical New England. Very quaint.

Samantha Brown with Deb from Nahcotta pictured in front of the
collage art of Michelle Caplan from the winter Tiny Art Show.

I’ve blogged about Nahcotta before, a lovely (and popular!) art gallery and design + gift store in Portsmouth. They’re hosting another Tiny Art Show in September if you are interested in attending, and their winter show will be in February 2009 — for that show submissions are now being reviewed so please contact Deb for more information: gallery {at} nahcotta {dot} com if you are an artist looking to be part of a great show. Their opening night receptions are consistently packed and my artists friends who took part in the show were pleased with how well work sold, so go for it if you are interested!

So! If you are curious to catch of glimpse of what NH life is like, tune in to the Travel Channel tonight. In this area, the show airs at 10:30 PM EST but please check your local listings for the exact time.

Thanks Deb for this wonderful photo!

(image from deb at nahcotta)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets, shopping, travel on July 24, 2008

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