Skip to content

Sarah Ahearn

The always amazing Lucie Summers on Etsy wrote to me singing the praises of a mixed media artist that she adores, Sarah Ahearn. Immediately upon viewing her work I became an insta-fan and thought of you and how much you’ll like Miss Sarah too. She also works on a letterpress creating fine paper goods. What a talented lady she is!


Sarah has lots of prints in her etsy shop (sometimes a few originals), an inspiring blog, and a beautiful portfolio on flickr.


Here are some pretty views of her inspiration board and studio space in New York that I found inspiring. I love seeing where and how people work, don’t you? Things I like about this space: her orange accent wall, rice paper pendant (pretty and affordable), the yellow chair, the fact that she can both sit and stand at her desk, and the massive chalkboard.


Thank you Lucie for sharing Sarah with us!

(images from sarah ahearn)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on May 15, 2008

Susan Gower of Nifty Thifty Dry Goods

Are you ready to meet trim lady? Well, she’s not really called that, but it’s tempting when you see what she surrounds herself with beneath her massive tent. Trim lady is Rhode Island-based Susan Gower, owner of Nifty Thifty Dry Goods.


She has ribbons, buttons, trims, beads, and more, both new and vintage. Susan travels around selling new and vintage notions that you’ll swoon over. And yes, I said she travels. She gave me a copy of her upcoming show schedule so I’ll post it below because she’s hitting IL, OH, MN, MI, WI and TX between now and November 2nd.


I discovered Susan just a few days ago via Country Living magazine (June ’08 page 90) and after some extensive online research (she doesn’t have a website), I found out that she’s showing currently at the Central Park section at the Brimfield Show in booth #116. I wanted some of the items shown in Country Living but she told me that they took those images 7 years ago so she doesn’t have those items anymore. I nearly fell over. Seven years? She was surprised too. But I’m happy that they ran it when they did because I found her. :) You’ll love Susan’s tent and the section she is in has lots of of ladies selling fabric and notions so you’ll stay busy for awhile. The tent directly across from Susan’s carries vintage tablecloths starting at $10 — you can’t miss their heaping piles of fabric and women going completely bonkers.


Susan organizes the things in her tent by color, so it’s super easy to navigate. And everything is set up so nicely. She is a little shy, but once you get to talking to her she’s so very nice. She even gave me a discount on some trim I purchased, which helped because I spent $135 on her stuff and could have easily run the bill up to double that. It’s hard to not drop mounds of cash, everything is absolutely amazing as you can clearly see.


She doesn’t have a store or website, but if you’re in Rhode Island anytime soon you can find lots of her goodies at a shop called Refind located at 436 Wickendon Street in Providence (401-277-0606).


Nifty Thifty Dry Goods 2008 Show Schedule

June 19-21, The National Quilting Center, Columbus, OH
June 26-28, Minnesota Quilters’ Annual Quilt Show, Rochester, MN
August 21-24, Stitches Midwest 2008, Schaumburg, IL
September 11-13, Quilt Expo – Sewing with Nancy, Madison, WI
September 26-28, The American Sewing Expo, Novi, MI
October 25-27, International Quilt Market, Houston, TX
October 30 – November 2, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX

(photos taken with permission by thorsten becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets, vintage on May 15, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

It’s Tuesday! Time to see what’s cooking over on Etsy this week, at least according to me. :) I found a few Germans, a girl in Greece, a crafty lady in Vancouver, and a few super cute bibs including one that is as old as I am (and this one isn’t for sale). Ready?

Sieben Morgan is Tinee Kleinschroth, a German talent who creates all items by hand and those that you see with patterns are hand printed. A full-time freelance artist who specializes in printmaking, Tinee’s shop is such a treat to look through. She also has a blog.


Apple & Eve creates the sweetest little pillows! Eva is Estonian but currently living in Germany and makes the cutest crafts from home with great attention to all the little details. Darling!


Kup Kup Land is Kima, who studied graphic design and illustration. She loves to experiment with a variety of materials but seems to like felt the best. Kima was born in Barcelona then moved to Santander and now Athens — no doubt her colorful, sunny surroundings are the reason for her lively crafts.


Leslie Rogers’ little shop called Uptown Design has some of the cutest crochet characters and she takes some really cute photos. She is from Vancouver and the moment you step into her shop you’ll want to be a kid again. Go ahead, you totally can. :) She has a Dawanda store, too.


I don’t feature a lot of things for children but I have to show you Bunny Bum because I am crazy about these bibs. My best friend in Germany, Sandra, just had a daughter and my local close friend Paris is due this summer, so I’m thinking about babies a lot lately. And when I saw these mini quilts with pillows for dolls, I also couldn’t resist sharing them because they made me feel extremely happy inside. My mother made these for my Barbie dolls when I was a little girl. I have so many nice memories of my mother sewing things for my dolls that this wave of joy comes over me whenever I see handmade dolly things. :) I always felt so cherished when she made little things just for me. Like this…

I still have my first bib. My mother made this for me when she was 25 and I was waiting to be born. After I arrived, this is the bib that she gave me during feeding time. I always kept it neat and safe, my favorite dolly wore it until I was in my teens and then it was tucked away in a special box. It’s still in the box but I took it out today for the first time in years to share it here. I can’t wait to someday give it to the baby I hope to have in the future.

Handmade things never go out of style, are always cherished, and make the recipient feel so loved.

If you’ve missed previous Take Five Tuesdays, please click here to check them out.

(images linked to sources above.)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday, kids, walls on May 14, 2008

Chris Chun Art + Design

I’m super inspired by the work of Chris Chun today and have to share his work with you because I think you’ll love it. His pretty colors make me imagine some of the most beautiful rooms — soft, layered, a dash of pattern, dreamy…

Chris is a talented artist and award winning designer from Melbourne, Australia and his subject matter is primarily food. He once worked as a chef in London. Food and painting are his passions, they’re combined on canvas to create the perfect recipe. Tea and cupcakes, what’s not to like? :)

(images from chris chun)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on May 13, 2008

Books:

Some of my books...

Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

eCourses:

Next dates

Blogging Your Way: Blog Boss
e-course, October 10 - November 10, 2014
Find out more about this exciting class by bloggers, for bloggers, teaching you how to blog like a boss!