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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

Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure – Thoughts???

Question. Have you read and applied the book Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure? I have it, but being away from home for nearly two months now, it’s not really a book I can dig into at the moment. I am a huge AT addict though and find the whole “cure” thing most fascinating – especially how Maxwell’s loyal (and massive!) readership responds to each and every step on his book blog. I can burn hours reading through all the comments. Good stuff.

Confession. I’m a pack rat. Bigger issue is that I don’t pack junk, I pack some seriously nice items that I truly love but have zero space for. People also give me lots of nice things that I don’t want to part with – things from clients, gifts from friends. How do you say goodbye to it all? I need to hop on the home cure band wagon and edit my space because my little home is bursting at the seams and this is not good but at the same time, how do you toss items you adore?

Have you followed the cure and if so, do you have any thoughts/advice on the subject? I’d love to hear what you have to say.

(image from apartment therapy)

Posted in blogs, Books + Magazines on November 17, 2006

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