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Etsy Poster Swoon

Annie from Curbside Treasure told me about this fun contest that Etsy had, she said that they asked etsy members to create posters featuring items found on the website. I had no clue! I missed the boat on this one… Anyway, they selected 60 winners and will use them as large posters and as hand outs at craft fairs. I loved looking at the entries, the color combinations. graphics, some of these entries really sing to me.Here are a few that I like, but feel free to browse them all here. It’s really fun, so prepare to spend a lot of time clicking around. :)

Created by: Emma Lynne

Created by: Curbside Treasure

Created by Five Forty

Created by SkullKnockers

Thank you Annie for telling me about this contest, it was really fun to see this!

(images from etsy)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, inspiration, small business on August 17, 2007

Indiepublic *New* Website

Sion Lee from the blog Cuteable invited me to join a new social networking site that she developed called Indiepublic. It’s like MySpace for independent artists, designers, bloggers, retailers and shoppers.


They have around 620 members (as of this post), so if you fall into any of the above categories, Sion would love if you’d join too. It’s completely free of charge, so you have nothing to lose. You can watch videos that members contribute (like this gocco demo), contribute photos, post questions (like “how do I get myself out there?”) and lots more. If you’d like to link up with me, here’s my page. Congratulations to the talented Sion!

(screenshot from indiepublic)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, small business on August 15, 2007

Jewett Street – House Swappin’

Looking for a more intimate experience when you travel? I discovered Jewett Street in a comment left over at Apartment Therapy yesterday and thought I’d share. The idea of swapping homes isn’t exactly a new one, but it’s definitely more common, even considered trendy, making your stay in a boutique hotel almost pale in comparison. More and more are jumping on house swapping for several reasons, the first being that in most cases, it’s more affordable and comfortable than a hotel. With hotels soaring into the hundreds per night, staying in one is no longer the best way to spend your vacation dollars. Especially when you can stay in a place that looks like this. Charming, don’t you think? It’s a flat available for swapping in Edinburgh, Scotland over at Jewett Street.


Next, house swapping is the best way to sink your teeth into your new culture and experience day-to-day life. You really get to take it all in this way (especially helpful if you’re planning to relocate there someday. House swapping gives you a chance to experience living there without the commitment.) Of course, many more benefits exist, but you usually don’t know what they are until you’ve experienced it. And if you cannot house swap, consider looking into rental apartments when you travel. I have connections in my favorite cities so that when I need to travel there, I know who to call for an apartment.

I think that people are much more open to the idea of letting strangers into their home because of the internet. Let’s face it, we share so much of ourselves online, you can google anyone! We have less walls around us, people aren’t as fearful as they once were. Remember back years ago, if a friend told you she was dating a man she’d met online what did you think? Didn’t images of murder and/or abduction play through your head? No one thinks twice about meeting those they’ve met online today, so the same goes for swapping homes. There isn’t as much fear in the idea. Maybe we are more trusting? I don’t know. Of course, there is still a need to exercise caution, but house swapping sounds like a great travel option to me and totally worth looking into. If you want to learn more about how home swapping works, visit the Jewett Street website and register if you’re interested.

Have you swapped homes before? What was your experience? If not, would you consider it? I’d love to know what your thoughts are on this.

(image from jewett street)

Posted in inspiration, small business, travel, trends on August 14, 2007

Inspiration from Readers

Let’s drool over pretty rooms, shall we? :) I’d like to share some of the entries submitted so far for the Fabulous Stationery contest. (If you would like to enter, details are right here.) I am delighted to associate with such a talented bunch of readers and thank you all for sharing your creative vision with us. I have all entries filed away here for now, but worry that readers will forget to click over and will miss out on viewing them, so here are just a few that I fell in love with.

Carlene Vitale from Knit Squirrel. “Mod Vases in Green…I really love this card; I collect green pottery, and rooms with these colors + pottery are some of my favorites. I already remembered a few I’d seen when I picked this card. The card reminded me of modern interiors in shades of cool blues and greens, with sketchy, linear accents, wood tones and natural, leafy elements (all my favorites).” – Carlene.

Marie-Christine Hoffmann from Kischa. “The name of the card design is Blossom. I choose this card as opportunity to create a nature look, because for me the blossom could also be a butterfly or a clover leaf. Black alone would have work very elegant, but by the nature tones the areas are loosened up, more comfortable and cosy. The style mix gives a loft like atmosphere, which I enjoy.” -Marie Christine.

Sofia Barao from la fee coriandre. “I selected Hyacinth because it’s a feminine and simple beautiful card that matches perfectly these interiors, plus the hyacinth is such a beautiful and retro flower to me it’s the flower that matches perfectly a vintage interior style. I chose these 3 wonderful photos because they are really what I like in a house: space, light, comfort and a retro esprit links each of these photos.” – Sofia.

From Angela Burke at Ambient Design. “The Shroom card reminds me of my early 1980s Vermont upbringing: Cozy, autumnal, and sort of hippie but cute.I tried to find rooms that had an equally retro-made-modern, cozy feel.” – Angela.

Sarah Dennis from Toast and Tables. “The card I chose was Dandelion in green. The dandelion flower means happiness and happiness to mean means ?color?. The crisp green and aqua blue color combinations in these rooms are used in a bright, cheery and retro way. I choose a flower because of its association with nature. Blue and green are colors taken directly from nature; think blue skies and green grass. Nature inspires the most creative combination of color. Right now, the nature trend is coming on strong and can be interpreted in various ways. These rooms are not only refreshing but there?s an added level of sophistication.” – Sarah.

Silvia Amtmann from Lazy Angel. “I selected Poppy because I love this particular color combination: sky blue, bright green, golden yellow, and red orange. Also, I absolutely love poppies. Lastly, the card is bold and playful but still polished, as well as organic and yet structured. The rooms I chose fit the color palette of the card, but were also fun and clean designs, feminine without being sugary or frilly. Undoubtedly modern but neither cold nor sterile.” -Silvia.

Alicia Bock from Bloom Grow Love “Card: Fashionista Madison. Chosen because she has such wonderful character, and we both adore pink and black. Lots of romance, girliness and fun. The retreat I’d want to hang out in with a bunch of girlfriends.” -Alicia.

Sidsel Gaustadnes from Spagats. “I love the colours and the whimsical style in this card, called Teaparty-Tan. And I just love tea and cakes. We are close to buying a summerhouse and these photo show pretty well how I would like to decorate my kitchen there.” -Sidsel

(images from readers indicated above)

Posted in contests, inspiration, small business on August 03, 2007

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