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See Jane Work – Newbies!

August 16, 2006

See Jane Work - Newbies!
I love me some Jane. See Jane Work always puts a smile on my face. I could blog about Jane every single day… I can’t resist paper products, and for those of you that can’t either, check out all of the new treats from See Jane Work for Back to School. I think what makes Jane stand out from the rest is presentation – from the easy breezy website to the beautiful crystal clear product shots, you just crave posh office supplies the moment you step inside her online paper emporium. Another perk of shopping with Jane? She wraps your wares in blue tissue paper. Try that at Staples.

Some of my favorites are the Corporate Flashcardswith words like synergy and bandwidth for $11.95 (I must buy these for my close pal Lana, whom I left behind in the corporate world), Jill Smith Notepads $7.50, super slim, super chic (wouldn’t we love to be described like that!), very preppy sweet Boatman Geller Notepads $11.25, and Cavallini Printed Notebooks $12.95 (I own Cavallini folders, great quality). I carry notebooks like this in my handbag, good for tucking away receipts and for sketching a quick idea that you may see in a store.

See anything you like?

(images from see jane work)






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Hanne Rysgaard Ceramics (and Blaze!)

August 16, 2006

Hanne Rysgaard Ceramics (and Blaze!)
Hanne Rysgaard was born in Denmark and for the past 11 years, has enjoyed life in the UK as a ceramicist. Her hand thrown porcelin isn’t just for placing on the shelf, but functional, made to be used daily for morning tea or taking lunch on the patio. The range is thrown on the wheel, using Audrey Blackman porcelain clay, and glazed with a clear Celadon glaze. Hanne also creates a complete collection of hand built porcelain, my favorites are the stitched pieces, she embroiders with silk yarns through pierced holes, just a hint of color and unique enough without distracting from the beauty of the white smooth porcelin. I’m also fond of the hand built animals, I think they’d be a nice touch for a bookcase, don’t you?

If you plan to visit London in October, arrange your travels to fit in the Chelsea Crafts Fair October 3-8 (week one) and 18-23 (week two). Hanne will be showing her wares at stand 51 during week 2.

If you can’t make the fair, you can find Hanne Rysgaard ceramics at Blaze Studio at 84 Colston Street in Bristol. Perhaps if you sent them an inquiry, they’d ship to your home as well. Looks like a lovely shop, doesn’t it?

Hanne Rysgaard Ceramics (and Blaze!)Hanne Rysgaard Ceramics (and Blaze!)

(images from hanne rysgaard and blaze studio)






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coffee + cre8tive {aug 16 ’06}

August 16, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {aug 16 '06}
I skipped a day of blogging yesterday since I’m on bed rest trying to heal this injury – I need to be up and running by the time we leave for Germany in 4 weeks. It’s so hard to rest right now when I have so much to do. It’s driving me crazy to be in bed! You know how it is right before vacation.

Speaking of far off places, I’m having a lot of fun organizing the international magazine swap, and I hope to have more in the future, which I’ll post on the blog later this year. I started off thinking I’d have two sets of 10, 10 domestic and 10 international. Little did I know that decor8 has a lot of international readers! I thank each and every one of you for writing to me and for signing up. I have 21 domestic and 20 international, so we need ONE more international swapper if anyone would like to participate, please email me. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm regarding this swap!

Back soon with fresh finds!

(image: St Antoine, Vermicelli and Brockhampton Star patterns from Farrow + Ball. Do you think that the Vermicelli (middle) pattern would be a good DIY painting project? Doodling on the wall, sounds like something most of us can handle…)






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day-lab

August 14, 2006

day-lab
I’ve been a day-lab fan for awhile, but I can’t recall whether I’ve written about them before or not (these blogger search boxes are rubbish!). Anyway, day-lab was launched a little over a year ago in Amy Shutt‘s apartment in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (go south!) where she shares space with her daughter Logan, pomeranian Bailey, and two hermit crabs. Upon turning 30, Amy launched day-lab during her final year in college pursuing a degree in Philosophy (Religious Studies) with minors in Art History and Photography. day-lab is a reflection of Amy’s many interests, always evolving, always moving forward, always unique and created by talented indie designers. With the slew of indie design shopping sites online, day-lab is one to bookmark. I love the chandelier rings, kung fu coasters, goat stack pillow, and the fairy tale cards.

(images from day-lab)






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International Magazine Swap Program – Sign up!

August 14, 2006

International Magazine Swap Program - Sign up!
Thanks to decor8 reader, lharwin, I now recall who organized the recent International Magazine Swap, Just My Cup of Tea. Unfortunately, that swap has ended… But since so many of you emailed me regarding my earlier post today, I guess I could try my hand at organizing one for you. If you’d like to participate, read the following “rules” and if you can comply, write to me ASAP.

1) NEEDED: 10 international (NOT US – Canada and beyond) and 10 domestic (USA) swappers.

2) 1 domestic swapper will pair up with 1 international swapper. I’ll send you both your complete mailing addresses and email address so you can arrange everything on your own.

3) Once paired with a swapmate, you are responsible to complete the transaction via email. I’m not involved in this process.

4) Mail 2-3 magazines from your country to your swapmate. They will send the same number of magazines to you. Make sure you agree on a number before sending magazines out.

5) Issues must be BRAND NEW and CURRENT (for this swap, issues need to be either August or September issues).

6) Registration ends Friday, August 25th at 5pm EST OR when 20 participants are registered.

7) I’m sure we’ll have more sign up on the US side, so I can only take the first 10 that email me. Let’s hope we get more than 10 international swappers, in which case, we may be able to include a few more from the US side and up the numbers. Let’s wait and see…

8) Remember that mailing magazines outside of the US can be somewhat expensive, I recently sent 2 magazines to Australia via airmail and it was around $17 USD. My swapmate spent around $35 Australian to send magazines to me (although she included an 3rd magazine and a little frame as gift). If you want to swap, remember, you’ll need to pay for the shipping. Some people may not consider this when signing up…

9) Ask your swapmate if they have a preference, some of us already have access to International magazines here (and vice versa), so you should let your swapmate know your preference up front.

10) To register, please send me your full name, email, and mailing address to register. Commenting below is great, but you are not officially registered until you EMAIL me at decor8blog [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Please help spread the word on your blogs so we can obtain plenty of International swappers!

[UPDATE 8/15: Domestic registration is now closed. We’re still looking for a few more International swappers, so if you live outside of the U.S., please register if this is something you’d be interested in doing! I decided, due to overwhelming response, to increase the swap to 40, 20 Domestic and 20 International.]






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Alex Russell Creative Services

August 14, 2006

Alex Russell Creative Services
Alex Russell, a talented UK based freelance Illustrator and Textile Designer, has quite an impressive CV, having worked with Moschino, Nokia, Osh Kosh, Lego, Levi Strauss, Roberto Cavalli, Tommy Hilfiger, to name just a few (talk about range!). Designs can be commissioned, from graphics and patterns for fashion, interiors and branding (textiles), as well as ilustrations, images, cartoons or art. Although I’m not sure how you can purchase items designed by Alex, frankly I’m not always on the prowl for where to purchase the latest thing. I sometimes look at hundreds of websites without purchasing anything at all. For me, I’m interested in viewing artists’ profiles and portfolios simply because it’s interesting to learn about their process, what inspires them, and to learn a bit about the business overall. Alex has a helpful FAQ section on the site, useful to those interested in either working with Alex or someone simply curious about textile design or illustration.

Alex Russell Creative Services(images from alex russell)






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