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Yvestown Rocks IKEA

Speaking of my dear friend Yvonne earlier (oh she’s such a good, good girl to me), suddenly gave me the urge to pay her lovely blog a visit and wow, oh wow! What did I find? Great news for Yvonne! She is now blogging over at the IKEA Live website and I’m so proud of her because she’s definitely fit for the job – Yvonne loves IKEA yet her house never ever looks like a copy of their catalog.


I love that about her decorating style, she can take something from IKEA and use it in a whole new way – add to it, take something off, paint it a funky color, customize it somehow, someway and BAM! it’s perfectly perfect in Yvonne’s special way. I want to tell Yvonne that I’m proud of her and love that she is being recognized for her hard work as a blogger, stylist and all around great lady who has inspired me so much over the years.

Congrats Yvonne on the IKEA gig! Yvestown Rocks IKEA and they will be better for it, yay! Go, girl!

(images: yvonne eijkenduijn)

Posted in blogs on November 07, 2011

Creative Ideas From Stylist Sania Pell

London-based stylist and author Sania Pell rocks my world. She has become a good friend of mine and I am lucky enough to get lots of Sania time whenever I’m in London for crafting, shopping, chatting, eating and visits to other lovely friends along the way, like our recent visit with Emma Cassi that she so nicely arranged. I first met Ms. Pell online, thanks to my book review of her debut title, The Homemade Home, and shortly thereafter we met for dinner in London and it’s been a great friendship ever since that lovely evening over a year ago now. TGFB! Thank Goodness For Blogging!

Sania Pell

I’m so excited that in the Spring, her next lovely book will release, The Homemade Home For Children, though it is now ready to pre-order (yeah!). It focuses primarily on crafting for and with your children but even non-parents like me will buy the book and apply the 50 projects to things in my own home or use it for ideas to share with friends who have kids. Sania is nothing short of pure inspiration (magic!) to me and to her many fans.

Sania Pell

Sania Pell

You also have to visit her blog, At Home, because there she shares her own photography and many amazing projects that she posts each week. I love her recent posts on adding hand-painted fluorescent touches to flowers (brilliant!), hand crafting clay ornaments, and this gorgeous artistic panel she made using sheer fabric, some leather, thread and fabric.

Sania Pell

Sania Pell

What an amazing lady, do visit her and also pre-order her book because trust me… You will love it! I’ve seen a bulk of the projects in it (she showed them to me as she was making them for the book) and you are in for a huge treat. If you think her blog is amazing, the book will blow your mind.

(images: sania pell)

Posted in blogs, Books + Magazines on November 04, 2011

Do You Use Followgram?

Hello friends! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about apps on the iPhone and how I can use them to fuel my creativity a little more. Today in the Blogging Your Way e-class that Leslie and I are currently teaching, we provide our students with a list of great iPhone apps and ideas on how and why to use them. One tip we gave is just too good to keep in class because I know lots of you great bloggers out there would love it and it’s called Followgram. My most recent obsession is definitely Instagram. Do you use Instagram? If so, Followgram is an excellent companion. This is NOT an iPhone app but a website that gives you the unique opportunity to view your Instagram photos online. This site great because:

1. You don’t always need your iPhone to see your Istagram photos.
2. You can share them with others, including friends who do not have an iPhone or who are not using Instagram.
3. You can also view the photos in three different ways: Diary (photos taken on specific dates), List (photos will appear one after the one, going down the page), or Grid (photos shown in blocks).
4. You can also create super duper photo albums to group your Instagram photos for quick reference or to even group them like you would on Pinterest to inspire you or to turn into a future blog post.

Here is an example of a Followgram page – this is my instagram account as seen on the Followgram website:

Followgram

Another GREAT TIP is that with Followgram, you can now drag and drop your photos from Followgram directly to your desktop, open up your trusty photo editing program and create an interesting composition to save and share on your blog. Here are two examples of this:

Followgram

Maybe you recently went on vacation and took lots of your travel photos using Instagram. But you haven’t had time to connect your iPhone to your laptop to upload the images. Maybe you are using another computer. Just go to the Followgram website and drag and drop your images to the desktop on the computer that you are using and create a collage or something quickly and easily.

Followgram

Here is another example, you may want to do a regular post on your blog showing a “Best Of October” collage of photos that you took using Instagram that you particularly loved during the month of October. Or you can roundup favorite photos from your home, for instance, photos that you organized under the “Home” folder that you created using Followgram. Smart, right?

Also with Followgram, you can access the photos of other Instagram users and share your favorite Instagram photos on your blog in the same way as shown above – just include photo credits!

Hope this was a fun tip for you to learn… I love finding shortcuts and creative ways to share the things that I love, don’t you?

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in blogs on November 04, 2011

The Gorgeous Fraulein Klein

I’m amazed at the blogs out there, especially in the decorating category – my goodness! There are countless numbers of them and more popping up all of the time. I love it – this endless inspiration coming at us from all corners of the globe is such a gift. Have you ever walked through a favorite neighborhood at night hoping to sneak a peek into some of the homes to see how they’re decorated? I’ve been a sidewalk peeker since I was a kid, forever fascinated by how people arranged their interiors… And now here we all are — viewing blogs where we can peek but also linger and make friends with all of those in our virtual neighborhood who love to decorate and share their homes through their blogs and I just love it! I can’t get enough!

Gorgeous Blog That I Love

In fact, I ran out for a quick coffee about an hour ago and since it’s dark now where I live, I glanced into a few homes on the way back home and thought about how lucky we are to have our global communities online where we can share decorating ideas and inspiration all at the click of a mouse. Again, what a gift!

Gorgeous Blog That I Love

Speaking of gifts… I came across some lovely new blogs today but one really stood out from the pack since the blogger, Yvonne Bauer of Fraulein Klein, takes her own photos and does such an amazing job curating her life from what she wears to how she cooks and I find it quite beautiful to look in on. This lady is amazing.

Gorgeous Blog That I Love

From creating and sharing her own recipes (here) to sharing wonderful DIY projects (here), decorator, mother and all around talented blogger Yvonne Bauer inspires me so much. I was delighted to know that she lives in Lübeck, Germany because I’m hoping that I’ll get to meet her someday since I live in the northern part of the country too. I have a feeling that we’d have a lot to talk about!

Gorgeous Blog That I Love

Gorgeous Blog That I Love

Gorgeous Blog That I Love

Gorgeous Blog That I Love

Gorgeous Blog That I Love

I hope that you are as inspired by Yvonne and her work as I am. How can you not be. Make sure you look at her blog and go ahead, you have my permission to linger over there as long as your heart allows you before you pass out from the gorgeousness. What a beautiful way to begin your Monday… right? Aren’t we lucky that we get to peek in on all of these wonderful bloggers?

By the way, Yvonne is my blog of the week – you’ll see her highlighted above in my blog banner until next Monday.

(images: Yvonne Bauer)

 

Posted in blogs on October 31, 2011

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