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Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Inspiration, Small Business

Christine Mason Miller (and a few words about the spirit of giving)

June 19, 2007

Marisa told me about Christine Mason Miller recently, a California-based artist that has more than talent, but a huge heart. Christine has the reputation of being supportive, kind, and extremely helpful to her peers, which gives fine testimony to the type of person she really is inside. Christine is known for not simply looking after herself, but identifying needs that exist, hurdles others face, and then stepping up and helping to find solutions so that all are impacted in a positive way. That’s powerful! Life is really just a big circle and you get back what you put forth. I’m always encouraged to hear about those in business for themselves that take the time to support others running alongside them. You don’t always see this in the corporate world, there is so much face stepping as the ladder is climbed, but I do see it more amongst crafters and artists. There’s a real network, a sisterhood (or brotherhood), that is formed and with hands holding other hands, that chain isn’t easily broken. The spirit of giving is so much better than constantly waiting to receive. If more people followed this, so much good could be accomplished in the world.

Christine Mason Miller (and a few words about the spirit of giving)
I recently heard that if you want something, that means you’re lacking it. I never really gave much thought to that. Upon hearing it, you almost want to say, “Well, duh!”, don’t you? But once you’ve settled into the thought, giving it some time to sink in, it’s a pretty weighty statement. If you’re lacking, you aren’t truly whole, which can easily mean you are never satisfied or happy. It also makes you appear as weak if you think about it, because if you walk around always wanting things, you obviously can’t get them for yourself. If you want power, that must mean you don’t really have it, and if you want praise, it’s because you aren’t perhaps getting it so you’re in want of it. Try to look for ways to give what you do have, extend yourself, just like Christine has the reputation of doing. Good people respect and recognize good works. You want to attract positive people and experiences, do your best work and then, support others. Asking for help is one thing, constantly wanting, wanting, wanting, is another. You get back what you give out. People often want things that they aren’t willing to give themselves. Power, praise, money. Those that are the most successful at anything in life are those that empower others first.

Here’s a glimpse of some of Christine’s work (above), her etsy store, and her website. Thank you Marisa for telling me about Christine, and thank you Christine for being a lady known for your good energy and supportive, giving personality. It’s a joy to know you’re out there helping your fellow artists to thrive alongside you. That’s the sign of someone truly confident and secure in themselves and in their work, and that’s so great to see put in action.

(images from christine miller)

Arts + Crafts, DIY, Inspiration, Shopping + Products, Travel

Matthew Mead Style: Summer!

June 19, 2007

Matthew Mead is someone I admire, so of course his name appears on decor8 from time to time, especially since his website updates with the seasons. This is your reminder to check out his new summer site, it’s so drool-inducing, you’ll really enjoy it.

Matthew Mead Style: Summer!I find Matthew’s work to be a breathe of fresh, New Hampshire country air and love stepping into his magical website to see life through his eyes. Yummy recipes, entertaining tips, and easy craft projects all based around a cottage theme, including a fun way to transform an IKEA lantern for summer.

Matthew Mead Style: Summer!
Psst: Be sure to browse his archives, too.

(images from matthew mead)

Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines, DIY, Shopping + Products, Travel

Sock and Glove: Creating Softy Friends!

June 19, 2007

I came across the cutest book last night, Sock and Glove by Miyako Kanamori, I have to share it with you! Part children’s story, part instructional guide for creating softies with personality, it’s great for all ages because it gives lone socks, gloves, and mittens purpose again and gets you back into sewing without a huge time commitment.

Sock and Glove: Creating Softy Friends!

The book has 13 adorable friends to make, from fish to dogs, cats to mice, and the author encourages creativity by explaining that each doll can have a unique personality according to how you arrange the face and how much stuffing you use in the body. She encourages experimenting with different looks and not copying one for one what she shows in the book. In other words, live a little, it’s okay to go outside of the line. It’s simple format and darling photos lured me in at first, especially since I’ve had a thing for Japanese craft books since I first “discovered” them in San Francisco back in ’01, but find them hard to follow in Japanese and looking at pretty images only takes me so far when sewing… Sock and Glove released in Japan a few years ago, but was recently translated into English and released here in America just this month.

Simple Sparrow reviewed this book on her gorgeous blog, make sure you take a moment to read what she has to say about it, she wrote a nice review and has some great photos.

(image by holly becker for decor8)

Arts + Crafts, Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Travel

The Creative Bazaar – Get Involved!

June 18, 2007

Melba wrote to me about a craft fair that she is hosting on Cape Cod in October, The Creative Bazaar. She’s looking for vendors, so if you’re interested, applications are now being accepted through July 15th. The fair takes place on October 13th in Hyannis, further details can be found right here. Get involved!

The Creative Bazaar - Get Involved! This is Melba with her paintings, available on etsy.

(images from the creative bazaar)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Objects, Rooms

Hadley Hutton: Fine Art + Illustration

June 18, 2007

With so many gorgeous ethnic fabrics out there, why limit yourself to bedding and curtains when you can bring color and beauty to your walls with works from Hadley Hutton?

Hadley Hutton: Fine Art + IllustrationHadley Hutton: Fine Art + Illustration
Her prints and paintings are a gorgeous complement to the dreamy textiles we are all so crazy about now, Robshaw, Cassill, Ireland, Guild… And after visiting Layla over the weekend, then spotting Hadley Hutton’s work on the etsy homepage last night, I can’t help but think how beautiful the two would be merged together. Hadley’s art would complement a space filled with ethnic prints in apple green, hot pink, lemon yellow, turquoise… Maybe a charcoal or white sofa with pillows from Designer’s Guild (US) and a few Hadley paintings nearby?

Hadley Hutton: Fine Art + Illustration A gorgeous room from Domino magazine, the perfect space for a Hadley print, don’t you think?

Hadley Hutton: Fine Art + Illustration
Hadley Hutton: Fine Art + Illustration
I love seeing all these pretty things living together, great energy and nearly impossible to feel sad in a home decorated in such happy hues!

Happy Monday everyone!

(images from hadley hutton and pillows from designer’s guild)

Arts + Crafts, Shopping + Products, Travel

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)

June 17, 2007

{6/18 edit: some photos of my loot now added below.} This is by no means coverage of my visit to Renegade today because I didn’t go to write about my experience, but to just kick back, enjoy the weather, and have fun shopping. But I do have to highlight a few booths because I had a better time that I anticipated and found some really neat things that I hadn’t seen before, also something I didn’t expect. It was a total treat to be there with so many talented people in one place, and the weather was positively sublime (I went early before the crowds and crazy heat that came after lunch). I have to give a tiny mention of a few booths that I had fun shopping at, especially since so many of you live no where near Brooklyn and won’t be attending tomorrow. In addition to some of my favorites below, you can visit the Renegade website and under vendors, click on all the banners to link out to myriads of great crafty websites. Here’s a few booths that caught my eye:

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)

The Small Object
– I wanted to walk away with the entire booth. Her short flat folk drawings caught my eye. Smitten Kitten – Great wallpaper journals and goodies made from vintage papers, all the way from Toronto, Canada. Then there’s Pillow, Pillow, Pillow – Fun animal pillows, mostly dogs and kitties from what I could see. Really well made. And art! We must have wall art! Mandy Gerth – Dreamy collages on paper with fabric. Another booth that I could easily have blown a paycheck. I hope she adds them to her etsy store soon.

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)Wren Handmade – I grabbed a yellow and white giraffe from Laura Normandin. Really cute elephants, too. I’ll show him to you when I’m back on Monday. Really cute things at this booth. Then there is Fernanimals, some of the sweetest mini lions in the world by Ashley Anna Brown from Beverly, MA. I spotted mostly lions, maybe she has other animals as well, but these little guys were adorable. Some had detached hoods. Really sweet. Sian Keegan – Adorable soft toys and things. Her daschunds were my favorite.

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn) Serigraphie Cinquenquatre – Alice Jary from Montreal came down with her prints, don’t miss this booth, if you can secure a place around her table to look at them, that is. Her booth was packed with shoppers galore. From what I could tell, Alice is a big hit!

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)Lucy’s Vintage – This booth was a vintage lovers dream. I could have lingered much longer! Her dolly pillows reminded me of the ones that my mother and auntie made for me as a child. Everything in this booth felt like it had a story to tell. So pretty. Lots of things available in her etsy store, too.

Then there was Love Forever by Kayte Terry. Her lavender sachets and brand new art is really great. I heart Kayte. :) And Marilyn Patrizio rocks as usual. Until today, I’d only viewed her softies online. In person, they are even more adorable. This girl is so talented, she is into so many things, from painting to graphics and sewing. Here’s a link to her cutie blog, too. Oh and a new girl I discovered, Kim Design – Totally great knit and crochet goodies. Check out her website.

And of course my usual favorites: Strawberry Luna, Fred Flare, Adorn, Magpie, Jen Corace, Jezebel, My Paper Crane, Figs + Ginger, If’n Books, Etsy, and Repro Depot (fabrics by the pound – weeeee!), and 200+ more. All in all, this was the best craft fair of ’07 for me. I’m so glad I attended my first Renegade!

Psst: If you do attend tomorrow (Sunday), bring cash because most vendors do not accept plastic. And brings lots of cash because you’ll want to buy everything at this fair, trust me. It’s delicious!

See you on Monday!

{6/18 edit: some photos of my loot now added below.}

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)

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