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Rainy Prints

I love the look of Rainy Prints, who create these really nice hand-pressed linoleum cuts. So affordable, too. See the process to printmaking here on the Rainy blog. I love this blog – a teaching blog. I’d love to find more blogs that explain a process, like how to sew, reupholster furniture, how to get started on a letterpress, textile design, etc. I know they would be very time consuming, and most small business owners do not have the time to blog about their work in addition to create, market, ship, deal with customers, present at shows, etc. That’s why a blog like Rainy Prints is so unique and special to me. Do you know of any process oriented blogs on said topics?

(images from rainy prints)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs, Etsy Faves, Rooms on December 21, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {dec 5 ’06}


I’m drawing (no pun intended) some major inspiration today from talented freelance illustrator Debbie Hill in the UK. “I like to experiment with lots of materials and processes in my work,” Debbie adds that some of these include “experimental drawing, photography, textiles, embroidery, monoprinting, bookbinding, animation, drypoint printing and book design.” Visit her blog and website to view her portfolio. I’m loving the addition of buttons to pencil illustrations, giving them that added dimension, so precious!

(images from debbie hill)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs on December 05, 2006

Modamuse Store – Free Worldwide Shipping Promo!

I’ve been waiting and waiting for Modamuse to open their online store so you can imagine how excited I was when the these clever bloggin’ sisters, Nancy and Jessica Lim, wrote in to announce that their e-shop doors are wide open AND there’s free WORLDWIDE shipping on all products between now and December 31. So much indie goodness from Australia, you’re going to enjoy these fresh finds, for sure!

Modamuse is offering the work of talented designers such as Liana Kabel, 2birds, Dani M, Wendy June, OMA, Wild Garden, Lara Cameron, Blossom Luxe, Claire Farrell (Pinching Pelargoniums), Hammer + Daisy. All items are produced as limited editions or one-of-a-kind items, so when you shop Modamuse, you’re adopting quite the unique treasure indeed!

Congrats ladies, we wish you truckloads of success on your new venture!

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs, small business on November 28, 2006

Lick Your Chops Interiors (and Contest Ideas??)


Seems fellow blogpal Victoria (SFGirlbyBay) has the same fascination with home peeping as we do. Look at these lovely images that she’s collected and displayed on her wonderful blog this week.

The photo above is from Pink Loves Brown (who was featured here and also here – stationery goddess!) Would you like to peek at a few other areas in her home? Sure you would. Click here.

Victoria also pulls together the most amazing design boards ever on AT:SF. This lady rocks it out, I think she is so clever. This one, ’40’s Finds at the Flea Market, is my favorite by far. I love the corals, tropical barkcloths (they look Hawaiian to me), that kiwi green, and the pops of red, especially the adorable red dog silhouette (click on image below for larger view or read the complete post over at AT:SF).


This design board ‘ABC’s for Renters‘, is fun and has a lot of personality. Also from Victoria. Get the specifics here. How inspirational is this, huh?

Makes me think, maybe in the new year we should have a new contest. Maybe I can find a sponsor and if not, I’ll reach into my pockets and just do it myself. I’d love to have a Design Board competition. Where readers pull together images and paint chips and fabric swatches to create a dream room. What do you think? Would you be interested in something like that?

I could also make the voting system a little more on spot by using some nifty software or something where a person can only vote once for their favorite. I don’t think anon votes on blogs are always 100% if you know what I’m sayin’…. Maybe a SPRING FLING contest held in late March? What types of prizes would you like? Any ideas for me? We have a nice group of readers, why not try out another contest – only this time, something where you can get out the gluesticks and magazine clippings and go absolutely nuts.

Let me know what you think, so I guess you can consider this your warning so you can start thinking about your dream room in advance… :)

(images, top from pink loves brown, bottom two from victoria)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on November 22, 2006

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