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Hambly Screen Prints: DIY Fun!

August 6, 2007

I read about Hambly Screen Prints in the Fall ’07 issue of Adorn magazine (page 17, purchase your copy right here), where they show a ceramic dish and soap dispenser with an owl print and mentioned that the designs are hand-printed owl rub-ons from Hambly Screen Prints that can be turned into home accessories in a flash. Really? This could be fun for a little DIY adventure, don’t you think?

Hambly Screen Prints: DIY Fun!
So I visited the Hambly website and then found their blog with lots of pictures of their Fall line (including lots of rub-ons designs), and a link to a etsy jewelry store that Allison Kreft, who designs for Hambly Screen Prints, maintains. Looks like she uses rub-ons to create her charms). I like the simple look of the mod flowers (available in orange, lime, turquoise, red, white and brown) and think they may look cute as accents on mirrors and other surfaces in the home (especially fun for dorm rooms and the nursery), as long as you keep it simple so things doing cross over into scary tacky. They have an extensive collection of papers, vellums, and overlay papers to spark your creativity as well, so visit their website and blog to see if you can find something to inspire your next project!

Hambly Screen Prints: DIY Fun!
Doesn’t it almost look like they added some pretty papers to this ho-hum IKEA light? Great idea, Hambly!

(images from hambly screen prints)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Swallowfield *New* Prints

August 6, 2007

Beautiful prints from Swallowfield today (thanks for the update, Jen!) that reflect her life on the Maine coast so well, don’t you think? I love the first one shown of the mussels sold in a limited edition of only 20 (10 left!) for $18, so hurry if you like it. I never tire of blue tones and illustrated works of things found at sea, so this print is one that I really like. I also like the background of swirls and objects that almost look like tiny shells…

Swallowfield *New* PrintsSwallowfield *New* Prints

(images from swallowfield)






Arts + Crafts

Rain Harris Installation @ the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus)

August 1, 2007

decor8 reader Rain Harris of Lusterbunny (and RISD grad) wrote in a few days ago about this gorgeous piece she made that’s currently on display at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio called “Americana”. (It’s part of her fine art, not the work that she offers online.)

Rain Harris Installation @ the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus)
Americana is nearly 60 feet long and was designed for the space using wood paneling that is imprinted with a woodland motif of deer, cabins, etc. that she carved Victorian wallpaper designs into using a cnc router almost giving it the look of 3-D wallpaper. Then, she inlaid light blue paint into the grooves to highlight the various patterns and cut out sections of additional panels, extending them from the walls using frosted plexiglas rods. Isn’t this amazing? You can read more about the installation here.

Rain Harris Installation @ the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus)Rain Harris Installation @ the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus)
Thank you Rain for writing in!

(images from rain harris)






Arts + Crafts, Handmade, Objects, Rooms

Lena Corwin: Shop Updates!

August 1, 2007

Pretty new pillows and a second travel plate added to the collection from Lena Corwin this season, lovely job Lena and thank you for the tip. I’ve placed my order, the travel plate is hard to refuse for $15.

Lena Corwin: Shop Updates!
(images from lena corwin)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Betsy Walton

July 27, 2007

I’m really drawn towards the work of Betsy WaltonBetsy lives in Portland, OR and has a most impressive portfolio online that you may really enjoy browsing. Here’s a snapshot. Look at these colors, don’t they make you happy?

Betsy WaltonHere’s one that I ordered last night titled Hopeful. I couldn’t resist. I feel like this is my little house in the countryside where I live, and the red swirls represent the apple trees all around my home since I live on an orchard. And the word hopeful, well it means many things to me right now. All very personal, of course. Let’s just say that having hope is the only way to endure things that appear to offer no alternate roads to take, no escape route. Hope gets us through. And that’s what I have a lot of this week since some sad news came my way.

Betsy Walton
When this print arrives, I’ll look at it for years to come recalling this period in my life. This is what I think we should do when we purchase art. Look at a piece and try to figure out why it appeals to us, pinpoint something exact, so that when you bring it home and frame it, you’ll forever me reminded of that moment and you can better bond with the item. Make sense? Then it’s no longer Betsy’s art, it’s also a very special and personal piece of you.

(images from betsy walton)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Button Collective

July 23, 2007

I’m thrilled! My daily visit to the Etsy homepage got me to clicking around and pow! I landed on a little something special called Button Collective. Remember this post, where I blogged about how much I love badges (buttons, pins, you know those things), but since I’m not 17 I really can’t see wearing them on my jacket? And I talked about how I think it would be great to find some cool way to display them as art? Button Collective has a terrific solution. Check this out.

Button Collective
They have these cool button display boards called storyboards where you can show off your prized collection of badges. Outside of using a shadowbox, this is a really clever display option. They come in all shapes and sizes, white or black.

Button Collective
What do you think?

(images from button collection)






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