I’m forever finding new blogs (well new to me) and while I don’t know any of these bloggers beyond their pretty pictures, I can sense that in real life they’d make some of the best friends. Take I Heart Linen for example. She creates lovely things and I bet that if she were your real life friend, she’d gladly sit down and show you the ropes with her trusty sewing machine. This is a swap package she pulled together for a friend in Singapore. See what I mean? Now this is a good pal to have.
Maybe you can relate with me on this, but most of my friends are gypsies. Including me. We’ve moved around quite a bit and yes, friends are still friends no matter where they live, but if they’re not bloggers, you quickly lose touch with their day-to-day life. True, those we meet on the web we may never meet in person, but just having them there to check in on is comforting and enough for me. There’s something relatively stable here on the nutty internet now, and it’s called blogging. You know that if you go to your favorite blog today, chances are good that you’ll find them there waiting for you, welcoming you in. It’s hard to get that when I call or visit some of my best friends because everyone is keeping such a chaotic schedule these days. Blogs sometimes fill a void we have in real life, don’t you think?
Mettes Pottery is a Danish blogger who can teach you a thing or to about decorating and pottery. What a nice blog she has. Look at her living room, wow!
Karkovski is also from Denmark. She sews, has cute kids, a really sweet spirit, and experiments with a wide range of crafts. You can look at her darling house here. Her flickr images are great, she finds some amazing things thrifting, like this dress.
Chez Mai is from France and also has children and is a totally creative mom. I love all of these creative mothers out there blogging and showing us how being a mom isn’t at all an excuse to stop doing what you love. Children should become part of your life, not take up your entire life and drain your blood right out of you. I appreciate such blogs because I think about my mom and how amazing she is and I aspire to be just like her when I have my own children someday. My mother made everything for me, from clothes to Barbie clothes, art for my room, stuffed animals, it was the best to have such a talented mother growing up.
So*Sage is French as well, and can this lady do amazing things to paper, my goodness! I love this mobile that she pulled together. Wouldn’t you love to be able to just throw something together like this? All the talent I see on blogs inspires me to do more and reach higher, experiment with new things, and really push myself to do some of the things I’ve placed on the back burner. Being creative gives you the fuel you need to do everything else in life better.
And finally (for now at least), there’s Smosch. These three images are from her blog and I think they are all so filled with detail I can’t stop looking at them. The more I look, the more I see that I like. This stylish lady lives in Gothenburg, Sweden with her man J and she loves to photograph him (he’s so cute!) in the great cafes they visit and of course, the occasional gorgeous room shot. The presentation here is lovely, the imagery really draws you in, and I like the elegant simplicity of her blog layout. And she makes these funny little dolls for her etsy shop, too. Smosch is one cool blogger!
On days when my favorite bloggers aren’t writing, I often wonder why and sometimes worry when they post about something nutty that’s going on in their life. It’s fascinating how we form these bonds online with people we’ve never met in person. Almost a modern day quilter’s circle, isn’t it? It’s so encouraging to have these virtual friendships, and for some of us, we are able to take it up a notch and meet them face-to-face. But whether we ever meet our bloggy pals in person or not, meeting with them is still only a click away.
(images from blogs listed above)
If you haven’t clicked over already, definitely check out the blog of the week, All The Best written by blogger Ronda Carman, who lives in Scotland and has incredible taste and style. This is one classy lady, you have to bookmark her site and tune in daily. It was on All The Best that I discovered that soon (Spring ’08) Ruthie Sommers will release a book called The L.A. House (ISBN 978-0060881030). Ruthie is mentioned in Domino a lot, so I’m sure you’ve heard of her. This is another lady with impeccable taste.
I was also quite excited to see Ronda’s interview with Rita Konig. Rita is one of those ladies that fascinates me. She’s an interior designer that travels the globe (I never know what country she will be in next), along with an author and writer for some of the best magazines in the world, blogs for Domino magazine, her mother is the Nina Campbell… She has a British accent, she’s skinny, she’s blonde… I digress. But you’d think with a bio like this that, she’d also have her nose straight up and be a total know-it-all type bragging constantly about her accomplishments in life. But she’s not! She’s so down-to-earth, witty, and approachable. I hope to someday meet Rita and see just how lovely she is in person because if she’s anything like I expect, I know I’d love to hang out with her for an afternoon. She was just in Boston too… I missed my window of opportunity, but am excited to learn that she’ll be writing about Boston in an upcoming issue of Domino magazine. I can’t wait. I do hope she visited some of my favorites stores.
I hope you enjoy All The Best this week, as Ronda has a lot of great posts to share with you that I’m sure you’ll like very much. Thanks Ronda for writing such a terrific blog!
(images from ruthie sommers and all the best)
I thoroughly enjoy reading Netherlands-based blog Yvestown, written by the creative Yvonne Eijkenduijn. Her wit is refreshing and her blog is informative and altogether beautiful. I appreciate the care that she puts into her posts, especially these that spotlight some of her favorite books. I read through all of them last night and ordered several of her picks from Amazon, including Cheap Chic by Emily Chalmers (my idol from Caravan Style in London, also author of one of my top ten decorating books of all time, Flea Market Style.), and In Bloom by Alice Whately.
But there is beauty in having patience and combing through the archives of your favorite blogs. It was during this treasure hunt that I discovered a small Japanese book publisher that comes highly recommended by Yvonne for having the best design books called Jeu de Paume, also known as Paumes for short. “Jeu de Paume explores the environments of those who stimulate the creative industries, and in doing so has produced a set of creative bibles that overflow with inspiration,” says Paumes. Browsing their books online, I’m sold!
After their first visit to Paris, Paumes was so inspired by what they saw that they went on to visit other European design meccas like Stockholm and London. This began their series of books documenting their favorite stores, creative workspaces, and homes. If you’d like to order any of their books, contact them directly via email: info AT paumes.com. You can also order them directly from Amazon Japan. But seeing a website that looks like this (below) can be a bit intimidating if you don’t understand the language, right? Wrong.
No worries friends. We have Yvestown to thank for this amazingly simple tutorial on how to order from Amazon.jp. I just walked through it to order a few of the Paumes books myself and it was a breeze using her guide (great job, Yvonne!). Just think: You can go broke shopping in websites that are not only in your native language, but also on websites that you don’t even understand! Yay! The beauty of the internet and pretty pictures! :)
I found out about a new magazine called Artful Blogging a few months back when they were working on the first issue, but now that it’s on newsstands, I have to write about it. :) Published quarterly, this issue is packed with artists and their blogs, including articles written by each blogger that cover everything from getting started to what inspires them and how they use their blog to promote their work.
The magazine is really inspiring, beautiful to look at, informative, and to see a magazine devoted to this topic is a dream come true – bloggers are being recognized for their hard work and this in itself is very exciting. When I started decor8, few publishers cared about them and pitching a story idea about blogging to a magazine was a joke. How things have changed! Next, we need a quarterly magazine dedicated to design blogs. Imagine that. I’d be over the moon.
I was so excited to see Alicia Paulson, la vie en rose, Claudine Hellmuth, juju loves polkadots, Artsy Mama, Anahata Katkin, Self Portrait Challenge, and Posy in the issue, ladies who have all inspired me in one way or another, but there are many other amazing artists out there that deserve to be featured, so if you are an artist or crafter, get involved! Here’s how.
Artful Blogging magazine, published quarterly by Somerset Studio, lists a few requirements on how to pitch your blog to them. They’ll consider all entries so you really have nothing to lose.
1.) Your blog must be online for at least 6 months
2.) You must be able to provide high res images of your artwork and photographs that you post in your blog to accompany the article.
3.) You’ll need to write the actual article if you are selected.
4.) The preferred photo specs are 300 dpi with a print size of 8×10″.
Their editorial committee will review all submissions and make selections based upon article content and the quality of images that you can provide. Email all inquires to the Managing Editor, including the URL of your blog and a brief summary of the article you would like to write. Please not send photos unless they are requested.Managing Editor: Staci Dumoski: sdumoski AT stampington.com
Go for it! And if you aren’t an artist who blogs, pick up a copy of the magazine anyway because you will love the articles and imagery, and I’m certain you’ll find it very exciting to see some of your favorite blogs in print. Buy your issue online for $14.95 right here.