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Arts + Crafts, Inspiration, Small Business

Adorn magazine: Summer ’07

May 21, 2007

Do you read Adorn magazine (published quarterly)? It’s growing up all the time, and I enjoy watching it evolve. It’s fun to see who they’ll feature next, so many great finds in this super cute ‘n crafty magazine. Adorn truly support indie artists and bloggers like crazy, which is refreshing. Not just a slight nod either, the entire issue speaks of them and to them and their cult of followers.

Adorn magazine: Summer '07
The evolution of Adorn is interesting to watch because it somewhat mirrors how blogs gain popularity. Not through expensive advertising, knowing the “right” people, and fancy events, but through indie craft fairs and web chatter, which is how I found out about them back when they first launched. And so far, word on the street is very much in favor of this “Crafty girls guide to embellishing life.”

Adorn magazine: Summer '07
Psst: I’m eagerly awaiting their Summer issue since a few of my favorite artists are featured in it (Lisa Congdon comes to mind). In case you aren’t that familiar with Adorn, look for it in the craft section at your local bookstore, like Borders (where I find mine). You can also subscribe to it, which I suggest because Borders seems to sell out of them quickly.

(images from adorn magazine)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Aussie Patches on Etsy

May 19, 2007

In addition to the Etsy roundup of affordable prints I wrote for Domino magazine, I have many others that I wish I could have included because there are so many amazing prints and original works of art to be unearthed over on Etsy. What a treasure chest of finds! Take this Australian illustrator, Ali J, that I found just recently. I adore her stylish girls, don’t you?

Aussie Patches on Etsy
Ali is the talent behind Aussie Patches, an etsy store that features her girls, dozens of dazzling illustrations with a distinct fashion feel and a modern, punchy color palette. Both prints and originals range in price from $5 – $30 (including originals!) and $100 for a large painting of a winter scene. Her work is charming, affordable, and I think you’ll really like it. Imagine these arranged over a white sofa with bright pillows in sunny yellow and pink?

Aussie Patches on Etsy
FYI: Ali is also a fellow blogger, so you can learn more about Miss Aussie Patches right here.

(images from ali j)

Arts + Crafts, DIY, Inspiration, Rooms

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love

May 18, 2007

I selected the decor8 book of the week, Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love, based on a personal need. Like you, I have billions of digital images and although I enjoy uploading them to my Flickr account and sharing them with others, I haven’t dedicated the time to actually print them out and do something with them. Relate?

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love
My husband Thorsten took this photo in the apple orchard behind our home where there’s this tiny patch of green with what seems like thousands of dandelions. Most of us have long admired these delicate white puffs because as children, we’d blow them just to watch the seeds dance in the blue sky and drift off into the horizon. Looks like this one was about to take that same journey. I’d like to turn it into a huge canvas for my dining room wall. What do you think? Where do you go to turn a photo into a large canvas? I’ve seen a ton of places online offering this service, but I’d love to hear from someone that has actually tried one with good results. Anyone?

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love
As we mature, and time is no longer spent running through fields amongst flowers, capturing a moment is key because we don’t know when we’ll have the opportunity to repeat the magic. Outside of desktop wallpaper, photos in frames, or the latest craze, photos clipped on DIY lines, I haven’t explored alternate creative ways to display photos as much as I should. So I started to look into this a bit and fell upon Photocraft displayed proudly at Barnes and Noble last week. I grabbed it, scanned every page, and quickly found 1, 2, 3…6 projects that I totally imagined taking on. And they’re amazingly easy, any idiot can do it. Big plus.

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You LoveOne of the projects in the book, creating jewel box photo art, is actually demonstrated by Photojojo on their website in a quick and easy video how to. I love this project because you can purchase brand new jewel cases in bulk (my husband swears by eBay as the best source. Search: jewel cases. Or shop Circuit City or Best Buy, but they’ll cost a lot more). You can find cases that are as thick as your typical music CDs, or you can find the slim ones, meant for CDR’s. You don’t have to take apart your music CDs, in fact I don’t suggest it because more likely than not, your cases will have scratches and you want only those that are in perfect shape.

Hop on over to Photojojo and watch how it’s done.

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love
Now you can take your photos to the next level — off of your computer and onto your walls — in a less traditional, and totally modern, way. For more cool projects from Photocraft, purchase the book here on Amazon for only $13. Photojojo sells lots of neat things that will help you use your photos as art, so browse their website while you’re at it, like their photo block kit shown above.

Have fun!

(images from amazon + photojojo)

Arts + Crafts, Handmade, Rooms

Viga Massi

May 18, 2007

Another fun online boutique that I enjoy is Viga Massi. Not only do orders over $75 ship for free (love that) but it’s quite obvious that they guys have exceptional taste.

Viga Massi
I know John Derian has been around for ages, but I still think his plates are hot and want a wall full of them. I know we are trained to jump on what’s “so right now” but I don’t buy things because of that, I often purchase the best items after their wow factor has long faded. That way, I’ve had plenty of time to make a good decision, not one based on impulse followed by regret, but on whether or not I truly love the item, if it’s worth the investment, and if it’s something I plan on keeping for awhile.

This doesn’t apply to everything I shop for, especially at flea markets and chain stores like Target where you have zero time to make a decision because if you snooze, you lose. But in the case of a $120 John Derian plate, my rule is this: If I want something that I do not really need, and it’s not a bargain, I’ll wait 30 days and if I still have the same (or increased) yearning for it, I’ll give in. I’d say 75% of the time, the craving passes. I think it’s important to set rules because our home can quickly fill up, especially when scouring the web all day long as most of us spend tons of time online for work and/or recreation.

I’ve been thinking of John Derian plates for over a year though, so I’ve long exceeded my 30 day limit. I think it’s time to fire up the debit card, don’t you?

(images from viga massi)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms, Shopping + Products, Travel

The Ribbon Jar

May 17, 2007

Have you heard of The Ribbon Jar? I discovered it while browsing the wonderful world of the amazing Matthew Mead. The Ribbon Jar is an excellent source for super cool ribbon.

The Ribbon Jar
I love the nordic style of these waves, and the preppy pink and green ribbon. Some of these would be terrific on clothes, but also to trim a lamp shade, sheets, pillowcases, and even the hem of curtains. Do you sew or are you the glue gun queen of the world? I am mixed, depending on time, but I do have a rule that I follow. I go the glue gun route if I never plan on washing the item. But since I sew, I usually sew things on. If you don’t sew and you cringe at the sight of a glue gun, try the amazing velcro tape that my crafty mother introduced me to eons ago. It is actually great stuff. Anyway, check out The Ribbon Jar and see if you spot anything for your next project.

The Ribbon Jar
Psst: If you’re not familiar with Matthew Mead, I wrote about him in March here on decor8. Here’s a glimpse of his work above. He’s amazing, I bow to this man. You have to visit his website and watch his style cast videos from his studio in New Hampshire. He is so creative, I refer to him as the male Martha.

(images from the ribbon jar and matthew mead)

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

Locals: SoWa Art Walk + South End Open Market

May 17, 2007

This weekend officially kicks off Spring here in Boston with the SoWa Art Walk on Saturday and Sunday May 19-20, 2007 from 11-6. Yeah!

Locals: SoWa Art Walk + South End Open Market
And while you’re in the South End checking out all that fabulous art in the mill buildings, head over to Chris’ gem, The South End Open Market, to mingle and shop all the artists, craftsmen, farmstands and other cool vendors as they open for the season, kicking things off on Saturday and Sunday from 10-4. Free parking and admission is yours at this open air feast for the eyes (and tummy!).

Locals: SoWa Art Walk + South End Open Market
A few places on my list for the SoWa Art Walk:

Boxx Furniture: Custom designed furniture by Pablo and John, check out their furniture and let them help you create something you’ll love. You can find them all weekend long in their SoWa showroom located at 46 Waltham St., Studio #210.

Garage Sale: Gorgeous high-end furniture, art and jewelry that may not be marked at garage sale prices, but you can expect to score some things that you love for at least half of their original cost. This store is located at 55 Waltham Street.

Polly Becker’s illustration studio. Because a Holly Becker must meet a Polly Becker, right? Located at 258 Shawmut ave #5.

Design Salon Group Show “Five Females”, featuring Jennifer Hill from JHill Design, Ann Karash of mittenmitten, Kelly Smith of etcetera media, Jill Rosenwald of Rosenwald Ceramics, and Erica Von Sc of Vonica Designs. Total girl power at 46 Waltham St, Studio 305-A.

Locals: SoWa Art Walk + South End Open Market
Simplemente Blanco – A must stop on my list. I can’t wait to visit with Fernanda and see what she’s been up to. I love her home accessories and soaps. Beautiful things. Don’t miss this studio. 46 Waltham St., Studio #203

Julie Shaw Lutts – Fantastic artist, can’t wait to visit her studio at 450 Harrison Ave, Studio 412-A.

Jennifer Hughes – Another amazing artist that I want to visit. I love the idea of walking around the South End all day from studio to studio, checking out all this beautiful work on display. We did it last year and had such a great time. 460 Harrison Ave.

Linda Cordner – Her encaustic work is beautiful, you have to check it out in person. 450 Harrison Ave., Studio 316-B.

And Yuko Adachi. I don’t know much about her work, but her website is so intriguing, I have to visit. Plus, anyone born in Tokyo and raised in Japan, Paris, London and the USA has to have a lot of cool energy. 450 Harrison Ave., Studio #228.

Locals: SoWa Art Walk + South End Open Market

(images from jhill design (thanks jen!), south end open market, and sowa art walk)

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