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The Enormous Tiny Art Show – Now Online!

I’ve talked about The Enormous Tiny Art Show that takes place at the Nahcotta Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire a few times each year (opening reception this Friday, September 5th from 5-8 pm) but now there’s something new and fantastic to tell you about! Nahcotta was clever enough to build a website where those of us who cannot attend the fabulous show in person can still access the work and easily purchase it online. How exciting!

With artists like Rachel Austin, Susie Ghahremani, Marisa Haedike, Mati McDonough, Cathy Nichols, Amy Ruppel, Tara Hogan, Stephanie DosReis, Betsy Thompson, Jennifer Davis, and a ton of other great talents you won’t want to miss out on your chance to own affordable original paintings.

The best part — they ship worldwide! Now those outside of the U.S. can purchase work from some of their favorite artists. I just picked up a painting from Mati that they’ll be sending off to me here in Germany. How exciting!

(images from nahcotta)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets on September 04, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I am so happy to share with you today another edition of Etsy Take Five Tuesday. Today I’ll be brief since I wrote so much earlier in other posts but I’m certain you’ll fall in love with my favorite five Etsy sellers this week. Enjoy!

First up, Lolley Land and her owls. Oh I cannot resist such cuteness, and I love the folksy feel, they have a very Scandinavian vibe I think. What do you think? Are they the cutest owls ever or what?!

Next is Anke’s Little Shop, also known as Linotte created by Anke Weckmann in London. Her pins and prints are super sweet. She has a lot of talent and a very original style.


I found Ulmer, or James Ulmer Illustrations, through Anke and instantly fell in love with this Philadelphia-based artist and his prints. Again, more original work in a style all his own. Love it. Yip Yip and Happy Days are insta-faves of mine.

I’m really enjoying the bag designer Made By Hank right down to the brand name stitched onto each and every bag — love this level of detail.

And finally for Take Five Tuesday today I’d like to share with you Bound To and her handmade books. I am a book and journal junkie, I have so many unused journals just waiting for me to pen a few words. But I stash and I stash and for what reason? No clue. But I tell you this, I’m not stopping anytime soon. Anyone share this addiction with me?

(images linked above to their origins)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on September 02, 2008

Meet Milchmaedchen Design

Happy September everyone! I promised on Friday when I wrote about My Hamburg Trip that I’d show you a store that I particularly enjoyed there called Milchmaedchen. This pretty shop is owned by Irina Hultzsch, who moved to Hamburg one year ago and opened Milchmaedchen in November 2007. Previously she had her atelier/gallery in Munich. Irina is an architect with five years of working experience including a few months focusing on interiors in NYC. Her Hamburg shop features the work of independent artists based mostly in Europe and America like The Black Apple, Lisa Stickley, Katrin Mueller bears, feinedinge (I purchased these), The O Dor (lovely tea from France in beautiful tins) and some of her own designs featuring Milk Maid illustrations stitched onto felt wallets and cotton bags.

When I asked her why she opened a shop she said, “The impulse was to create a platform for young designers and artists who are working in ateliers hidden from their potential customers. I have been traveling a lot – so while discovering new cities there’s always a chance to get in contact with creative people.” Irina also told me that Milchm?dchen Design (the shop) is the connector in real life in addition to the possibilities of the internet (for instance her website and blog).







Speaking of connecting people via the web, if you are interested in contacting Irina to potentially offer your products in her Hamburg shop, you may contact her via email at shop(at)milchmaedchen-design.de. She requests that if you would like to sell your products there you should enclose some photos and tell her about your work and professional background. Don’t forget to include your website or blog if you have one.






Travel Tip: Like many of us, Irina is a foodie and has some dining out suggestions in case you’d like to visit Hamburg in the near future. She’s a fan of Bistrot Vienna (delicious and cozy) on. Fettstr. 2, Rocco (Trattoria, great Italian food) located at Wohlwillstr. 29, and An Khang (Vietnamese Restaurant) at Hoheluftchaussee 86 (sorry no website).

Hope you enjoyed visiting this lovely shop today! Thank you Irina for having me!

(photographs taken by Holly Becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Shop Tours, travel on September 02, 2008

DIY Project: Patterned Wall Squares

Greetings, decor8 readers! My name is Jessica Jones. I’m a professional graphic designer, and I write a blog called How About Orange which frequently features craft and DIY tutorials. I’m here today to share a project with you that you can customize to your liking using your favorite paper. Here’s an inexpensive way to add a geometric vibe to any wall?perfect for apartments or dorm rooms where nail holes are not allowed!

What you’ll need….

  • 1/2-inch thick piece of foam board (available at art stores)
  • Decorative paper
  • Spray adhesive
  • X-acto knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush

1. Spray your foam board with adhesive, making sure to hit all the corners and edges. Do this in a well-ventilated area on top of newspaper or protective plastic, not on your Chippendale dining room table. :) Position your decorative paper on the board and smooth it down. Be on the look out for air bubbles, you don’t want those!

2. Decide how big your largest square will be and mark the corners with pencil dots. Position your ruler along the line you want to cut and slide your X-acto knife along it, cutting through the foam.

3. When your largest square is cut out, decide how wide you want your concentric “frames” to be. (Mine are 1.25″ wide.) Mark off the next set of corners inside your cut-out square, and trim out the next piece. Cutting tips: Start with a brand new blade. Make a few practice cuts until you get the hang of it. Don’t try to cut all the way through in one cut; use two or three. To avoid cutting past the point you want to stop, poke your knife in to make a short cut there first, then start cutting at the opposite end. If your cuts near the corners don’t quite go all the way through, flip the board over and finish cutting them from the back. And please don’t cut your fingers off. Holly doesn’t want to get emails about your ER visit.

4. When your lines are cut through, pop the piece out by pushing from the back.

5. When all of your pieces are cut out, paint the sides with acrylic paint to match your paper. Let dry.

6. Attach the squares to your wall in a pleasing arrangement with wall putty or poster tape. I used blue painter’s tape and it worked like a charm.

That’s it! Of course if squares aren’t your thing you can create any shape of your liking. Get creative and most of all have fun! If you try this project at home and would like to show off the results, contact Holly and make sure to send her an image of your work on the wall. She’ll round up a few and share them on decor8 when she is back.

Thanks for having me today!

(images from jessica jones)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy, guest bloggers on August 27, 2008

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