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I *Heart* Creature Comforts

I know I’ve seen this blog before, but somebody please ask me why it’s not on my regular list of must-reads because after coming across it today, I’m in love! This girl really has style and a good eye. And look what she started doing on her blog for June? Inspiration boards. I think the plan is one a month, which she’ll post on her blog. I’m tuning in for that, because I love inspiration boards and swear by those things because they really help a person pinpoint exactly what they like, clear out the mental clutter, and dive head first into a design project. Here’s a recap of some things she posted recently that I found most inspiring…

Her current inspiration board. Not sure why she’s not entering our contest (hint hint), the girl is good.

Hand-embroidered goodies from English talent Poppy Treffry. YUM.

Gorgeous art from Aussie illustrator, Catherine Campbell. I just purchased these two prints above, Up in the Trees, from her etsy store. Aren’t they darling? No clue where they’ll go, I totally need to take a trip to IKEA for frames, and for the odd sizes, to the local frame shop. I have about 50 prints on the top shelf of my closet. It’s insane. Is anyone else out there addicted to print collecting right now? Will it ever end? I see no cure.


And finally, Boston artist Abigail Glassenberg and her adorable birds. So many talented people out there, it’s wonderful. And seeing all this talent really drives each of us to try new things or do a little better on what we’re already doing, don’t you think?

And Creature Comforts – your blog rocks.

(images from creature comforts, poppy treffry, catherine campbell, and abigail glassenberg.)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs, etsy, small business on June 09, 2007
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Orange Lola + Ubiki

Candis wrote in to tell me about her stationery blog, Paper Shop Ink, and then I spotted Orange Lola and suddenly realized that I needed to post about them again, it’s been too long and I love me some Orange Lola! Candis likes their new matta journals in bright, happy colors and patterns. I just want the cupcake with the raspberry on top. I live for yummy product shots.

Candis also blogged about Etsy seller Ubiki, a new name to me, maybe you’ll be interested in checking out her simple, modern animal prints. Sweet!

Thanks Candis for writing in, you helped us find so many pretty things today!

(top 2 images from orange lola, bottom image from ubiki)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs, etsy, walls on June 08, 2007

Blog of the Week: Fresh Vintage

I discovered Fresh Vintage, our blog of the week, through Delight, and with summer here, who can resist a flea market/yard sale junkie addicted to the thrill of the hunt? Colleen Allison, who lives just outside of Philadelphia in Chester County, PA, writes Fresh Vintage, a blog and business she started along with her two sisters, Erin and Heather. This is truly a labor of love since their work extends far beyond the blog she pens. Their little traveling company sells vintage finds at antiques markets, eBay, and via porch sales that, get this, they host at their own homes.


At first glance, I thought this was a store, but it’s porch transformed into a vintage market for a one day sale. She can live the dream of shop ownership this way, but with more freedom and far less overhead. And I love how she arranges everything, what a pretty way to present a tag sale. Classy. So many yard sales I drive by are so ugly – everything tossed on blankets, dirty and broken. Those are great for people that can see the potential in the unloved, but I think some just want to shop a sale where the potential is a bit more obvious sometimes! Good presentation makes such a difference. I would pay more to attend a sale like this. And side point: Aren’t those vintage yellow/white toile drapes gorgeous? I wish she had more, I want them.


I love all of her sweet little vignettes, especially the bar cart, and the obvious care she put into creating them. Isn’t it great to see creative people living their dreams in often the most unexpected ways? Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Let that thought take you into the weekend. It’s a strong statement because it involves being proactive and challenging yourself, not settling on what you have, shaking off limitations, looking at things that seem impossible and thinking of a new road to take to reach the goal you thought impossible. Maybe you’re just on the wrong road.

(images from fresh vintage)

Posted in blogs, events + markets, vintage on June 08, 2007

Design Is Mine + Jenna Rose

Summer Allen-Gibson sent over an announcement about her new blog, Design is Mine. Summer is a Jill-of-all-trades from Portland, Oregon that loves her creative city and enjoys sharing what inspires her through blogging, much like the rest of us, yet with her own unique voice and spin on things. As I looked it over, I discovered Jenna Rose, a Canadian accessories designer that makes some pretty neat things – I really like the ottomans, very fresh!


Thank you Summer for writing in, nice to know you’re out there and welcome to our great, big blogging community! :)

(images from jenna rose)

Posted in blogs, textiles on June 07, 2007

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