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Toast {and Happy Weekend!}

My copy of the winter Toast catalog arrived today from England, I held it close to my nose and enjoyed the smell of it… sounds odd but I *love* new paper smell. It’s that thick heavyweight paper from Britain, vegetable-based inks, it has a very distinct odor. Have you ever picked up a copy of Selvedge magazine? It’s the same smell, the same chunky matte pages, it’s absolute heaven. Do you also appreciate paper a little too much?

It came at the perfect time too as I just returned home from a full day at a home/decorating/foodie fair (much sensory overload!). And then I attended a very nice wine tasting… so all I wanted was to come home to relax with hot Moroccan mint tea, my Candied Fruit candle from L’Occitane, good music, blog a little, and look at my Toast catalog.

I’m sitting here typing away on my laptop in my glowing apartment with Keane in background (Perfect Symmetry, I cannot stop listening to Love is the End & Spiralling (video here, is it all over the radio in America as it is here?). As I’m writing to you I see my copy of Toast waiting nearby to be enjoyed once I’ve finished wishing you a very happy weekend. I flipped through it quickly and adore everything inside, products look so cosy… Just the way I want to feel right now. I must share with you some images from it.

Wishing you all a toasty weekend, I hope you enjoy every drop of your time and that you do something to show yourself that you cherish who you are this weekend. A bubble bath, a bouquet of flowers, lunch with your best friend, collecting chestnuts in the park… enjoy life and the simple pleasures…

On my reading list this weekend:

– Toast (looking, not reading)
Meine Sommernachtstr?ume
home sweet home: So will ich wohnen!
New Moon (hopefully finish a few more chapters).

Watching list:

Liebe um jeden Preis (in French with Amelie’s own Audrey Tatou watch the trailer here)
Kein Ohr Hasen (German with English subtitles or else I’d be lost!)
Justin Timberlake Live at Madison Square Garden (I like his music, I just picked it up on Amazon and cannot wait to watch it with my girlfriends!)

Doing list:

– paint 4 dining room chairs white
– reupholster them with new striped fabric
– go to the flea market
– have dinner with friends on Saturday
– play with my friends baby
– walk in the forest on Sunday
– candlelight bath with Sabon bath ball, Blonde Redhead, and John Mayer on Sunday night
– a glass of port
– maybe two.

What’s on YOUR list? Write it here today and come back on Monday morning to this same post to report it on what you ACTUALLY did do. Yes, I’m holding you accountable. Together we can do great things, I believe in group support (and therapy he he) so by all means, use this as your space to commit to something you want to do this weekend! I’ll do the same, deal?

Psst: You can view more cozy images from the Toast catalog here.

(Images from Toast)

Posted in shopping on October 24, 2008

I’m a Featured Buyer on Etsy!

Oh my goodness I’m so excited! I just found out that today Etsy posted my article in their Featured Buyer column. Weeeeeeeee!

I’m soooo happy. Click here to view it. I have to go see what comments have been left, I can’t wait to see what Etsy readers have to say about my article on shopping handmade. This is really exciting for me, I’ve been shopping Etsy since Feb. 2006 and never expected they’d ask me to participate in this series. Thank you, Etsy!

(screenshot from the etsy storque)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, shopping on October 22, 2008

Inspire Company

Just a few moments ago I came across web shop Inspire Company quite by accident… one click, two clicks, three clicks, four and there I was at the Inspire Company blog authored by founder and shop owner Amy. I think I’ve seen Inspire Company (the shop) before but I’ve definitely not noticed the Inspired Ideas online magazine and the Inspired Friends page. I love this idea. It’s fresh and it is exciting to see imaginative shop owners sharing information about their sellers in such interesting and creative ways, Inspired Ideas reminds me of a scrapbook/mood board and each collage is pulled together so nicely. You really get a sense of who is selling there in her store and just how special these people really are.

The current issue spotlights the life and work of Canadian blogger and violin teacher Lilli Beck of Make Mine Blissful (she also has an etsy shop) and Lilli demonstrates a free DIY project for Inspired Ideas readers to enjoy.

I adore the mouse egg box tutorial. Squeak!


You can also visit some of the Inspire Company’s past Inspired Friends by clicking here and scrolling down. So many good little bites to chew on including a jewelry designer that I really like, Kristen Townsend of Mood Swing Studio.

I think that this bejeweled shade DIY is just great, directions here.

You can also find a past issue highlighting Hope Wallace, I’ve long been a fan (and customer) of her paper goods. More here on Miss Hope.

I hope that you enjoy visiting the Inspire Company today!

(images from the inspire company)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, shopping on October 16, 2008

Tas-ka

I’m always so inspired when I come across a web shop that feels special, you know like you’ve just stepped into someone else’s personal space and you must tip toe and quietly look around so as to not make too much noise. A very special little boutique on the web that I discovered recently is such a place and it’s called Tas-ka, a Dutch company based in Den Haag created by Jantien Baas and Hester Worst (they ship worldwide).

I really enjoy the large beautiful photos that welcome you as the page opens, it’s quite unique I think as a lot of websites do not use such large photos… I rather like it. I think that is what we are all looking for nowadays don’t you? Originality. We want to find things or places that are new to us or that do not feel like all of the other places we’ve seen or visited before.

What does Tas-ka offer? For one, books! They have several of the Jeu de Paume books and they even stock Lula magazine, a favorite of mine that I buy at Barnes & Noble in the states. It’s expensive, but so many of the pages are frame-worthy and the paper quality is outstanding so you can use a lot of the pages as art or to pin to your inspiration board. I highly suggest checkout out Lula, it’s devoted to fashion but contains gorgeous articles, swirly feminine fonts, and fantastic layouts so it stimulates lots of ideas and never fails to put me into a good mood.

In addition to books and magazines, you can also shop Tas-ka for their signature pendant light constructed entirely of paper cranes. Some are in white, others in color, all are completely affordable at 160-Euro (when you consider the amount of work involved in creating one).

You can also find vintage furniture, pillows, bedding, fabrics (by the meter designed by Tas-ka), stationery, things for kids, ceramics, etc. Completely lovely selection, I can’t stop clicking around their shop. I love these 3 vintage pots for instance.

Tas-ka feels very original and I think you’ll enjoy this shop so here, have a peek. Enjoy. :)

(images from tas-ka)

Posted in shopping, textiles, vintage on October 09, 2008

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