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Ceramics by Shan Annabelle Valla

I love white ceramic keys, don’t you?! I started to fall in love when I was working with my dear friend Sania Pell in March 2011 on a display we were prepping for Liberty London and she was showing me her vintage key collection that she picked up at car boot sales… The ones she had painted gray. Such a clever lady. And being a creative person, this also set my creative wheels in motion! I started thinking about how great they’d look in matte white and so I painted one that I had at home and it looked just like ceramic and I was a fan ever since. Now, whenever I’m shopping at flea markets, I love to grab old keys and paint them in white or neon colors and add them to lampshades, frame them as art, or pop onto ribbon and add as a decorative accessory. All because of Sania and her small, but great, idea.

Ceramics by Shan Annabelle Valla

In 2012, I came across the work of Shan Annabelle Valla in London at a show I attended there and instantly fell in love with her ceramic keys. See this one below, this is from Shan’s collection and I love it.

Ceramics by Shan Annabelle Valla

These aren’t painted-over vintage keys from some car boot sale, rather, handmade porcelain that is simply gorgeous and keys that anyone would love to own and display. I am equally captivated by her mini vases, which I photographed and shared on decor8 awhile ago, but these photos below are so much better! You can shop for Shan Annabelle Valla’s work online in her web store, so enjoy!

Ceramics by Shan Annabelle Valla

Ceramics by Shan Annabelle Valla

Ceramics by Shan Annabelle Valla

Ceramics by Shan Annabelle Valla

Ceramics by Shan Annabelle Valla

I dare you not to buy all of those cute little vases! Eek! Design crush alert! And did you see these porcelain button earrings over here? OH MY!

(images: Shan Annabelle Valla)

Posted in uncategorized on May 13, 2013

Brooke Holm Photography

I just have to share a tiny glimpse of the portfolio belonging to Brooke Holm in Melbourne, Australia. I’ve noticed her work pinned on Pinterest a few times but never really knew who was behind the gorgeous imagery until now… I thought I’d highlight her here to share with all of you.

Brooke Holm Photography

Brooke Holm Photography

Brooke Holm Photography

Brooke Holm Photography

Brooke Holm Photography

Beautiful! Her places portfolio fits so nicely to this song, don’t you think? Ok maybe that is a little cheesy because it’s the Twilight song but I think the mood is lovely and the lyrics are too. Look at this and play the song at the same time. Really nice together, right? Not too super cheesy. :)

(images: brooke holm)

Posted in uncategorized on March 15, 2013

The Woodsfolk

I was super inspired by a post Lucy wrote over at The Design Files yesterday about a new shop in Melbourne, Australia called The Woodsfolk. You have to visit Lucy’s blog to see the full monty but wow, this place made me so excited because it’s hard to find shops like this – it’s like a living, breathing blog or Pinterest board.

The Woodsfolk

I think photographer Brooke Holm did such a great job shooting this shop. I want to call the store and order everything I see – too bad Germany is like a million light years away from Melbourne or I’d be broke but living very large. :)

woodsfolk

woodsfolk

woodsfolk

I love their Kip & Co cushions, The Motex old school label maker from South Korea and the Made By Mosey feather garlands – so cute!

(photos: Brooke Holm except bottom image, via woodsfolk)

Posted in uncategorized on March 15, 2013

Monday: What’s On My Mind

Okay so here we are, a new week, how are you feeling about that? Energized? Not motivated? I’m a little of both because the lingering gray weather has made January and February super duper depressing. Blizzards, ice, tons of snow – totally fine by me – but wow, gray dark days with no sunlight for weeks and weeks?! How can the sun be so naughty? Why is he playing mean games? Not nice, sun! I will stop complaining now. It serves no good purpose but it is sometimes a little fun, right?

For Haus Maus

Let’s talk about me first, then you. I know, I know, me first. :) Yes so what I am doing? I ask myself this a lot lately because I am always doing so many little things and sometimes I wonder if all of the little projects add up and then I pause and say, Yes they do because well, they really do. Each little number is contributing to a combined total – the goal. For instance, today I am writing two articles, one for the beautiful Sweet Paul magazine (on decorating) and another for the inspirational new business magazine, Where Women Creates Business (on blogging). I’m also writing out my course materials for the upcoming Blog Boss e-class that kicks off March 1st! We have an amazing group of students and teachers for this class so I’m even more eager to get started with teaching. I always get nervous before school starts because I want to be the super cool teacher that all of the students love but I get a bit of stage fright! You’d think that after teaching for so many years both on and offline that I’d be super chill about it but nope, I’m shaky at my knees before the first day. As soon as day one begins though, I shoot off like a rocket and am absolutely comfortable.

I often wish this stage fright would disappear as I get older but it likes to stick around. I think it comes from always wanted to do my best and make people feel happy. I like to create Tiggers. Do you know who Tigger is? The fictional tiger in Winnie The Pooh? I want my students to have invisible springs on their feet for the four weeks that they spend in our virtual classroom – bouncy, smiling, happy, energized and full of absolute glee because they are doing something great for themselves.

Mollie Makes

On top of work stuff there is also play stuff. I’m enjoying a new crochet class that I’ve just started (next I will learn knitting) at Stricklounge, so now everything in magazines like Mollie Makes is finally starting to make sense to me. I sew already, but when it comes to needlepoint, crochet, knitting, etc. I’m helpless yet determined to change that, so it is time to learn new stuff. I want to learn how to make the pretty project from Emma Lamb (she is so talented) in the most recent issue, have you seen it yet? I am calling 2013 my Learning Year because I will take a ton of classes and throw myself into really deep water because I have this craving to learn. I am also learning more about making videos and considering how I will apply this newfound hobby to my business. Hmmmm.I do not want to allow myself to have this comfort career. I need challenge.

Now it’s your turn. What are YOU doing?

(images: holly becker for decor8)

 

Posted in uncategorized on February 25, 2013

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