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Denyse Schmidt Launches New Fabric

Denyse Schmidt has done it again! This time she has launched Country Fair, a new fabric that is heavier than usual for decorating projects at home such as pillows and chair covers. Her fresh new take on vintage patterns are bright and sassy with a definite country vibe, printed on 54? wide 100% cotton canvas making them both durable and beautiful in florals and prints so tiny that they almost look like a solid.


The County Fair collection also includes a ?cheater? print, Patchwork Promenade (shown above), that has six “pieced” 18″ square blocks that are ready for stitching and quilting projects. It is printed in a 36″ x 54″ repeat appearing as pieced which saves time for modern, busy crafters.


This collection is priced at around $18/yard so it’s super affordable and will be available at stores nationwide in June, for a complete stocklist click here.


She recently released a new quilting pattern called Single Girl. I love the meaning behind it. It’s her witty take on the traditional double wedding ring pattern — only a single ring pattern. It’s cool to be single and there should be a quilt celebrating it, right!?

Psst: Attending the Portland, Oregon Quilt Market? You can meet Denyse (5/16) and preview her new fabric collection in FreeSpirit’s booth (#1802-1824) May 16 – May 18. Denyse will be in the booth May 16th.

(images from denyse schmidt)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, textiles on May 08, 2008

Charmingwall Inc.

Now this is one cool website. It’s called Charmingwall Inc. and is based in New York City where they have a retail space at 191 West 4th. The website is gorgeous, I love how it’s designed, and the art featured is just great. I recognize some of the artists from Etsy. Charmingwall Inc. specializes in a hand-picked selection of open-edition fine art prints from artists located around the world, covering everything from fine art to the more illustrative comic book art.


They recently launched an online store for those of us not in NYC, I encourage you to browse it — great finds! I was happy to see an artist I love, Bailey Saliwanchik, featured on their site. If you recall, I used some of her work in a space I designed for Adorn magazine awhile back when Adorn was still around (R.I.P.) and I ended up purchasing one of the paintings I featured in that same room. Bailey’s work is awesome, and for $20 you can own a print of your very own from this talented artist.

(images from charmingwall inc.)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel, walls on May 07, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

It’s time for Etsy Take Five Tuesdays so here’s a round up of what I’m enjoying over at Etsy this week. I continue to be amazed and inspired, there is so much to fall head over heels for. See for yourself…


Wall art out of porcelain? Why not! Stepanka’s work blows me away, I can’t stop looking through her shop trying to decide what I’d like to order. I love what she makes and think some of you will as well. I adore her wall pillows. Everything is affordable here and original, such a good reason to support this NYC-based artist. She is definitely one I’d include if I had a storefront so if you’re a small business owner it may be a nice touch to introduce her work to your community?


Robyn is an artist that I love to watch, she has a ton of skill and it’s a pleasure to not only view her creations but to see that her originals are so affordable, you can own a one-of-a-kind mixed media piece for as low as $30. Not that I think art should be affordable, not at all, everyone has to come up with a price that works for them. But in the case of buyers that want to show their appreciation for original works but who are on very limited budgets, Robyn gives them a chance to start their art collection. Psst: Her Flickr gallery and blog are quite an inspiration.


I showed you the work of Lorena Siminovich last summer but I recently noticed lots of new original works in her etsy store that I know you’ll love, Seeds being one of my favorites. Gorgeousness.


There’s something about handmade linen covered composition books and patterned clips in the office… Office supplies shouldn’t be boring! Autumn to May makes some of the prettiest handmade things, she has a nice way of layering texture, color, and objects in just the right amounts. Super feminine, too. Great product photography makes her work that much more appealing. I just blogged about her things a month ago, but with so many new items I couldn’t resist giving you a second peek.

In-Vita Paper Studio is a new paper goods favorite of mine. Crisp, modern, clean, and c’mon yellow and gray? Is there a finer pair? First blogged by Creature Comforts, I bookmarked them the moment I saw them. Lovely papers!

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

(images linked above to source.)

James Merrell {Photographer}

James Merrell, who is represented by Judith Miller Inc., is an amazing London-based photographer that you already know without even knowing. How do you know Merrell? His work has appeared all over, I instantly recognized it the moment I scanned his online portfolio — it’s been viewed in the pages of Anthropologie and Brocade Home catalogs, Elle Decor, LivingEtc, Target, you name it. The man is genius.

Most don’t bother to pay attention to image credits in books and magazines but I encourage everyone to do so because the imagery we see is such a huge draw to why we embrace certain publications and without them, we’d all be lost.


I was reading a book over the weekend, Life’s Little Pleasures: A Perfect Day (also our book of the week) and noticed his name in the photography credits and decided to look him up. So glad I did.

(all photos from judith miller inc photographed by james merrell)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, walls on May 05, 2008

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