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My Friends

I believe you are the company you keep. Surround yourself with positive people who, despite hard times, keep their eyes fixed firmly ahead and press forward to accomplish their goals and good things will start to happen in your life. I prefer to be around such ones. I had my share of draining relationships when I was in my 20’s so once I hit 30, I decided to change all of that and ‘weed’ my little friendship garden because people are a huge part of our life – they really can make or break us. We can flourish or die inside simply by maintaining regular contact with those who aren’t good for you. Your gut will tell you if you listen. That’s why I’m so excited to share these two friends of mine with all of you today because they encourage me, support my work, and I know for a fact that they are authentic – what you see is what you get. I’m honored to be around so many creative types who are out there shaking the trees and making some good stuff happen!

First up is Marisa Haedike of Creative Thursday fame, a friend who came to me via this very blog! We have been friends for exactly one year this month. It’s funny how we came together, it has to do with a person who wasn’t so kind to us and as a result, we started to talk about the experience and became great friends. It’s funny how friendships blossom. Today I noticed that Marisa’s name is up in lights over on Erin’s wonderful Design for Mankind blog so I have to point you over there to check it out. I’m so proud of you Marisa. And she’s in great company. When my grandfather passed away last month, Erin sent me a gift package of chocolate and homemade cookies because well, Erin is that kind of lady.


Marisa is an artist who, like me, had to explore the non-traditional approach to making a living because the common path didn’t work very well for us. Often in life the paths we are told to follow or that we think are the best for us when we’re fresh out of college don’t always pan out. Sometimes the realization that it’s not working doesn’t hit until we’re in our late 20’s or beyond, some don’t see the need to make a life change and explore a new career until they are in their 40’s and beyond. I read about a lady recently who attended law school in her 60’s so there’s no ‘cap’ when it comes to the time in life when you are meant to explore whatever it is that you were put on this planet to do. You’ll just know, so the next step is to act. And that’s what Marisa did. She’s a 35-year-old painter who has not only built up a huge following through the internet, but her art goes beyond the canvas as she explores the business side of being a freelance artist on her blog through her podcasts that have a cult-like following. Her encouragement and advice seems to resonate with a broad range of people, me included. Topics she speaks about openly include Artists are Sensitive, Trust the Process, Dealing with Adversity, and my favorite, You Can?t Give A Sh*t What Anybody Thinks. Now that’s honesty, people!

Click here to read all about the lovely Marisa and how this L.A.-based painter spends her day as a freelance artist.


Next up is another friend of mine who has her name up in some major lights this month, yay! It’s Maryam Montague of the blog My Marrakesh. I found her huge spread in the April issue of Budget Travel starting on page 62 and so I have to share this great article with all of you. If you have access to Budget Living please pick up a copy and read it. She talks all about the best places in Marrakesh to shop, eat, see… It’s an extraordinary treat and will make you want to instantly hop on a place headed toward this gem of a city in North Africa. Beautiful job, Maryam.

(image from marisa haedike and design for mankind)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs, travel, walls on March 26, 2008

Irana Douer *new*

I talked about Irana Douer and her illustrations on decor8 before, but I just heard from her and viewed her latest work so it’s time to highlight this artist again. This time, Miss Irana is experimenting with fabric (last time it was ceramic), a pillow design for Australian gallery Third Drawer Down available here. Lovely! Living in Buenos Aires, Irana is a freelance illustrator, an art student, and curator of online magazine Ruby Mag.


I rather like the idea of having such an special pillow to lay my head on for creative dreams at night… About her work, which focuses mainly on women, she says, “I am interested in women, their thoughts and feelings, especially sadness. Broken hearted women who just want to hide from the world that surrounds them. Masks, hair, closed eyes, anything goes. But that are still very strong and move on and never lose hope.” Thanks Irana for sharing this!


She also just released a colorful 8 x 10 giclee print ($40) in a limited run of 100 over at Poketo in case you’re interested. Lovin’ these bright hot hues.

(image from irana douer)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, textiles, walls on March 26, 2008

60 Artists Round-Up!

I wrote quite an extensive round up featuring 60 artists (mostly Etsy) that I think make great prints and art in general for kids’ rooms. I’m thrilled how it came out, I tried to include as many of my favorites as I could so please forgive me if I missed anyone.

It just went live over at Real Simple, click here to check it out!

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on March 21, 2008

The Paper Apartment

I learned about The Paper Apartment over at the Market Blogger authored by the wonderful Chris who is the man behind all the great Open Markets held in Boston, Mashpee, and Providence. Check out these original collages for $40!


The Paper Apartment is Boston-based mixed media artist Angela Stasio. With a fondness for fashion, advertising and products, pattern, and textiles of times’ past, Angela uses a variety of materials to create collages and illustrative work that is both unique and appealing. Some of the products she shows from the good old days scare me though, the names are crazy!


And speaking of The South End Open Market, opening weekend is just a few months away on May 17-18 from 10-5 and as always, there is free admission and free parking so if you’re in Boston that weekend don’t miss it. I’m so glad that Boston has Chris, we’d be lost without this man and his beautiful markets and his enthusiasm for all things handmade. I’ll blog more information on the market as the day approaches.

If you’re interested in learning more about Angela Stasio and The Paper Apartment here’s a link to her blog.

(images top: the paper apartment, bottom: sowa open market)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, shopping, stationery, travel, walls on March 21, 2008

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