I had a few readers write in today to show me their fabulous art walls (yay!) either DIY projects or affordable art finds on etsy. This one is from reader Elizabeth, “I love your blog and visit it several times a day, so I wanted to send you my own art wall. These are little canvas paintings I did myself. I’m in the process of making several small paintings, bags, aprons, and home goods to start an Etsy shop, but it’s not quite up yet. I thought I’d send you this anyway.” – Elizabeth B.
And this terrific wall arrived in my inbox from creative reader Kristi, “My absolute favorite art wall in our home is in our daughters’ room. We purchased these peasant paintings in China and had them framed when we came home. Each one is an original, hand-painted piece and depicts the same scene in a different season. I hung them starting with Winter since that’s when my girls were born. Peasant paintings, or folk paintings, are readily available on the web. China Sprout is one good source.” – Kristi T. (Details on room design and additional images here.)
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. :)
Thank you Annie for telling me about this contest, it was really fun to see this!
(images from etsy)
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)
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)