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Petit Collage

June 11, 2007

An email just arrived from the lovely Lorena Siminovich at Petit Collage to announce her new works. You have to visit her website to view them all (so pretty), but if you feel like getting a mega dose of inspiration, drop by her flickr stream. So freakin’ pretty it hurts. Like these images below from her home set, love them. Her living room is ah-mazing! Look at that fireplace and those displays. Drool.

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Psst: If you purchase any of her works before June 19th, shipping is free.

(images from lorena siminovich)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Art to Share

June 11, 2007

I want to share a few paintings that I recently purchased by artists that I love and want to support. The first is so adorable, This Chairs Suits Me Just Fine, painted by Marisa Haedike. I plan to place it in a natural wood gallery frame (no glass) and enjoy it above my desk. It’s a good reminder to be happy with what you have and where you are in the present moment. The second I saw it on my monitor, I let out a little gasp followed by a few omg’s, which made me sound very giddy-teenage-girl, and before long, it was in my shopping cart and I was clicking pay, the single word that stings just a little whenever I press it. It hurts so good.

Art to Share
Then there’s Joanna by Bailey Saliwanchik, a painting I’ve had my eye on for months but really couldn’t decide on it for various reasons. Mostly reasons having to do with money. When Adorn magazine approached me to design a room around a chair for their upcoming Fall issue, I decided to ask Bailey if I could use two of her paintings in my room because they’d really fit the vibe I was going for. After Adorn sent me the photos from the shoot, I fell in love all over again with Joanna and purchased her for my home. Now I can somewhat justify the expense since it’s a very special project to me. (I’ll share the Adorn photos here in August once the issue is out.)

Art to Share
As I was deciding on whether or not I could include these two pieces in my monthly budget, I wondered if I’d have regrets spending money on art because it’s a want, not a need. So I weighed their value beyond cost and thought about the emotional benefits, what they meant to me, where I’d install them, and if I’d still love them in say, five years. I decided to just go for it and I feel zero regrets. In fact, just the opposite, I’m happy deep inside where things aren’t at all surface or fleeting. I know I made the right choice.

I see it like this:

I’m now part of the freelance workforce and this is a huge, symbiotic circle that I understand functions on more than words of support, but let’s be practical, money. I’ve thought about this a lot ever since Marisa and I had a conversation several months ago about etsy and how we can all doing something to keep the others going. Whether it be purchasing an original painting, $10 prints, or vowing to look at Etsy or indie craft fairs before we hit the store for a new handbag, we can all do our part. :)

(images from creative thursday and bailey saliwanchik)






Arts + Crafts, Events + Markets, Fashion + Accessories, Rooms

The Dyslexic Press

June 11, 2007

While cruising the South End Open Market yesterday, I spotted some great vendors that I wanted to highlight but I just don’t have the time today, so I selected just two. The first, The Dyslexic Press, does a little remix of familiar brands, signs, and modern icons to create very poppy modern graphics that really stand out in the form of screen-printed shirts, prints, and bags. Learn more about The Dyslexic Press here at the Market Blogger.

The Dyslexic Press
Psst: If you’re down in Brooklyn this weekend, look for their booth at the Renegade Craft Fair.

{I’m sorting through the 50 mood board entries that came in over the weekend, and that are still streaming in today, so I’ll start posting some of them this afternoon. I’ll post about 20 here this week and on Friday, a survey will appear that readers can take to determine the 4 winners. Contest submissions must be in by midnight EST tonight. Thanks to everyone for your entries, this has been a fun contest.}






Arts + Crafts, Rooms, Shopping + Products, Travel

Rose and Radish: Time for a Tea Party!

June 7, 2007

Jill at Rose and Radish sent an email out today sharing their latest exhibition called Tea Time. It looks so sweet in the most beautiful pinks and blues ever! I love that this store takes so much time to make shopping a genuine experience, it’s so impressive that they’ve transformed their San Francisco showroom to inspire and share such beauty with their customers in a unique way. Rose and Radish describes this show as, “A fanciful mix of sophisticated tabletop design, sweet home accessories, and modern floral displays with a summer garden feel.”

Rose and Radish: Time for a Tea Party!
Doesn’t this look wonderful? The show features the work of illustrator Miki Amano who created a limited-edition piece called Tea Time (shown above, top row, center). In addition to this illustration on display, you can also enjoy the works of other talents such as Nicolette Brunklaus, Lisa Stickley, Jacqueline Dufresne, Esther Derkx, Gesine Hackenberg, Third Drawer Down, Pakhuis Oost, Vautrin & Delvigne, Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, and Paper Together to name just a few.

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Rose and Radish: Time for a Tea Party!
This exhibition makes me think about our Shop Girl/small business posts and some of the things we talked about, like clever ways in which store owners can drive more business to their showroom by offering customers something that sets them apart. Rose and Radish certainly does this and as a result, others will blog about this event and they’ll soon have more great customers from both web traffic and those who will attend the show in person. I think this is such a great way to give to the community as well as get back in return, it’s a full circle, and a smart way to do business. I really like all of the creative ideas they have for keeping their gorgeous store alive and well. These events also help more than just Rose and Radish put bread on their table and support their families, but also the many designers and artists that they support through their beautiful store. Yeah to Jill and the Rose and Radish girls!

If you can’t visit Tea Time in person, don’t worry, you can shop for these beautiful wares via their website. So charming!

(images from rose and radish)






Arts + Crafts, Inspiration, Rooms

Keith Scott Morton, Photographer

May 31, 2007

So, I’m blogging about Creating a Craft Room and noticed that Country Living used the talent of Keith Scott Morton, whom I’d never heard of until now.

Keith Scott Morton, PhotographerI am forever amazed by the internet for this very reason – instant gratification for nosey —>me< --- people! I can find everything yesterday. Love you, www! Show of hands here, but how many of you paid attention to the photographer behind the images in your favorite magazines? I rarely did (ashamed to say, but true). Going forward, start taking note, because they give us all the visual stuff that magazines are made of, what we can't live without, the drool inducing imagery! I don't know much about Keith Scott Morton, but I did find out that one of my favorite books, The Collector's Eye, was shot by him. Viewing his portfolio online gave me enough ammo to start digging around on his site and so far, I’m beyond impressed with this guy. Gorgeous work!

Keith Scott Morton, PhotographerKeith Scott Morton, PhotographerSide point (I always have to make them!!!): This little bed gets around, doesn’t it? Domino blog king Nick Olsen, aka The Deal Hunter, spotted one like it recently at PBTeen for under a grand, and you can snag it in dark iron or antique white. GO Nick!

Keith Scott Morton, Photographer
(images from keith scott morton)






Arts + Crafts, Inspiration

Create a Craft Room

May 31, 2007

I love to read blogs, but wow, with so many, I’m finding myself a bit lost at sea sometimes. Take today for instance. I stumbled upon a blog I’d never read before called One Good Bumblebee. I know the name from attending craft fairs, but had no clue Miss Bumblebee was a fellow blogger. After hopping on a BOGO offer for paper packs on her site (hurry! offer good only for a few more days, save $25!), I found her link to this cool article on the Country Living website, all about how to create a pretty clever little craft room. I love the word MAKE above this workstation. It looks so forceful, doesn’t it? Like sew it right now girl, or die! :) I also love the bolts of fabric and how disorganized things appear, although I’m guessing the girl behind the room knows exactly where everything is located amidst all the piles, just like me!

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With so many of us busy at work in our home studios, I thought that this article would be a fun and informative read, especially since early June is a great month to get your work station working for you before schedules become hectic and crafting gets placed on the back burner. I love looking at well organized workspaces like these, not only does the eye candy inspire me to create, but these images provide a swift kick in the pants – must. organize. chaos.

(images by keith scott morton for country living)






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