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Down Home Amy

I came across Down Home Amy last night and good golly this girl has some cuteness happening over in her shop. Miss Amy lives and works out of her studio in downtown Vancouver where she designs accessories for the home. Check these out, peeps…

down home amy

This lady does it all — illustrates, prints, sews and sells online in her etsy shop. I like her aesthetic, it’s fresh, minimalist, natural and reminds me of the Japanese and Scandinavian design that most of us have a design crush on.

(images from down home amy)

Posted in textiles on May 15, 2009

Lovely Linen & Kawaii Paper Products

I’m a lover of solid and patterned linen, natural or in color… In fact I’ve been a fan since I was a little girl. I think it has to do with the linen aprons my mom had and the sheets on my grandmother’s bed when I spent summer nights at her farmhouse in southern Rhode Island. There’s just something about it, the weight, feel, texture — it really looks relaxed and cozy. My linen drapes make me happy each morning as I pull them back to reveal the sun. The feeling of linen in my hands, slightly cool to the touch, is one very lovely, yet simple pleasure.

Gift Box 4 You

While searching for some natural linen yesterday I found this fabric shop on Etsy called Gift Box 4 You that sells linen in all colors and thought you may like to see it. The seller lives in Korea and also carries initials and crochet bears for sewing to things like shirts and pillows. I think these treasures are all very simple yet endearing. I’d love to add these pretty letters to a guest towel or even as art. So many options! I also love the hanger shown below, right. It appears to be wrapped in fabric. I have been thinking about hangers a lot lately, I once had stuffed fabric hangers for all of my girly dresses growing up and I miss them. I’ve been thinking of making a few for my “special” clothing, I think it would be a nice decorative touch to my closet.

Gift Box 4 You

Gift Box 4 You

Nothing Elegant

I noticed that the seller has another shop too and it’s called Nothing Elegant — her second shop is jam-packed with paper products that are mostly in that darling kawaii style that get lots of us all goosebumpy over. I particularly like the cotton tapes, rubber stamps and the vintage repro spool and string set which I could put to good use in my office. See it? Isn’t it great?

(images linked to sources above)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, textiles on May 12, 2009

Daisy Janie: New Organic Textiles For Spring!

The energetic and talented Jan DiCintio, also known as the Scoutie Girl blogger and the lady behind Daisy Janie, wrote in to share her latest textile collection called Urbana. Crisp and modern, these bold graphic patterns are printed on 100% organic cotton sateen so you can feel good about your purchase — pretty, affordable and organic! Another perk, you are supporting a small business owner when you purchase which is something that I think we all really need to consider whenever we’re about to make a purchase these days, the greater good…

Daisy Janie

Daisy Janie

Fresh and juicy for Spring — imagine these patterns on your patio!

(images from daisy janie)

Posted in textiles on April 08, 2009

Contemporary Cloth 20% Discount!

Looking to sew up a little something pretty? Take advantage of this 20% discount exclusively at Contemporary Cloth for decor8 readers from now until March 21, 2009. Fabrics by Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Tina Givens, Kumiko Sudo, Dena Fishbein (I love snow falling and snow vine), Paula Prass, Jane Sassaman (Prairie Gothic is perfect to cover a cute hallway bench), Joel Dewberry and more!

I can’t take my eyes off of Dena Fishbein’s designs – I’m smitten! (Tip: You can learn more about Dena on her website Dena Designs). These fabrics get me in the mood for some Spring sewing projects!

Note: In their fiber artists category the discount is less: 10-15% off depending on the artist.

When you check out, please type in decor8discount in the coupon code section for 20% your order total.

(images from contemporary cloth)

Posted in reader discounts, textiles on March 10, 2009


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