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Kareem Rizk: The Suitcase

I could fill my walls with the work of Australian collage artist Kareem Rizk from The Suitcase. I felt a connection to it immediately so sharing it with you right away felt oh so necessary.


It’s exciting to find work like this, I see so much on a daily basis as a blogger that often one thing blends into the next and I can feel a little lost in the great sea of it all sometimes. Not because what I am exposed to isn’t lovely, but in order to write about something it needs to reach me on some level, I need to somehow relate to it or understand it in a creative sense. This is all so hard to explain in words as it is very emotional and emotions are never easy to put into words. The point is that I filter a lot of work on a daily basis and in the end, I write about what truly grabs me. Like Kareem Rizk.

These collages made my day as they are composed of the exact colors that I’m into right now and the layered elements make me think of some of my most cherished activities like foreign travel, hitting flea markets, journaling, and relaxing by the sea. Most of the art that I purchase is mixed media art. There’s a story in the layers, all of the found elements, paint, torn pieces of vintage papers, everything creates an emotion, a bigger picture. Something about the texture and imperfection, how random pieces connect to form a beautiful picture, it feels very alive and real.

Do these inspire you as well?

Psst: His website + portfolio can be found here.

(images from kareem rizk)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms on June 13, 2008

Catherine Ledner {+ Her Animals!}

If this isn’t the cutest way to start the weekend… Say it along with me, awwww. If you are an animal lover like I am, you’ll want to hug and kiss Catherine’s crew. Just look at these darling creatures modeling in front of some of our favorite wallpapers, including the lovely Cole & Son Cow Parsley in yellow. I love this little owl, I have always wanted to own either an owl or a trained falcon that I could send off on little missions. :) I dreamed of them as a little girl. I think in reality keeping one would not be practical for me, so I have set my heart on brightly colored finches or a lovely little blue + yellow parakeet instead. Off topic, but do you have a bird or have you ever enjoyed one as a pet? Tell me, tell me! I love the little guy shown below. He’s darling!


Okay back on topic. This is the work of Californian photography Catherine Ledner who is a professional photographer with an impressive list of clients that include Vanity Fair, Travel & Leisure, and New York Times Magazine to name a few. I can’t stop looking at her photos, such personality!


I can only imagine the patience and skill involved in photographing animals — I think she must snap a thousand photos and spend days in the field to capture the perfect image. These limited edition prints range in price from $250 – 1,700. To view more of her work, please visit her website + store, Catherine’s Animals where she features an array of animals from A-Z!

(photography: catherine ledner)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Rooms on June 13, 2008

Creative Plans for the Summer?

What will you do this summer to tap into your creativity? Please feel free to share, I think that together we can stimulate one another to action!

I decided that if I’m going to bring this up as a topic here today, I better show you that I’m going in head first, too. I signed up for a summer painting class this morning so I’ll be dedicating time each week to exploring the arts while tapping into my artistic side. This is exactly what I needed to do for myself. I can always tell when my imagination isn’t running at its usual pace, I think we all can sense when we’re in need of making some adjustments and for me, I need to get dirty and play with paint because creating something, no matter how small, will make me feel energized. My schedule will change drastically in August, as I have a lot going on during the rest of the year, so I want to take advantage of June and July before they slip through my fingers.

Do you plan to take any summer classes or workshops? Attending any lectures? Have you resolved to spend a morning or afternoon each week to doing something creative? How about a few hours one night a week? How will you be more creative this summer?

(photograph: holly becker)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, small business on June 09, 2008

Community Table at Martha Stewart Online

Just a little tip in case you haven’t stumbled upon this already… I recently jumped in on the crafty action over at Martha Stewart online for creative inspiration and because I was looking for a project once featured in Blueprint magazine. After clicking around for what felt like hours, I found the Blueprint project and I stumbled upon Community Table, a pretty cool feature because it allows you to upload your photo and create a profile, bookmark favorite Martha finds from recipes to crafty home projects, sign up for daily email updates like Craft of the Day (love!), even rate, print, share comments with other community members, and email projects and recipes to friends.

A shiny new project each day of the week.

You can register for Community Table here or if you’d like to see what a profile looks like, mine is available here. You can sign up for a reminder to be sent your way whenever there’s a new Craft of the Day, Cookie of the Day, or Organizing Tip of the Day on the site, they usually arrive in the morning M-F. So far, I really like the custom doormat and the magnetic flowers projects. Do you have some favorites that you’d like to share?

(image from martha stewart)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on June 09, 2008

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