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Have a Great Weekend!

Here’s wishing you a lovely weekend… I’ll see you in a few days on Monday! Until then, here are some flickr favorites that make me smile this week. I see a theme here: creative images of people, flowers photographed outdoors, cute little animals, and slightly washed hues of mostly blue, green, and pink.

Details here. I’m calling this arrangement of images, “Hope”. My theme for the week since my grandpa passed away on Sunday, two days before his 90th birthday. Miss you, grandpa.

Details here. And this one is titled, “Wanting”. Cookie monster is
hoping for a cookies. The dandelion seeds are wanting a home in the
soft ground. The bunny is wanting breakfast at the grown-up table, the dress
is wanting a little girl to wear it, and so on…

“Hello, creature of the forest” photographed by mi – a name i call myself. I wonder what this little kitty is thinking? This made my day as we had a huge snowstorm here in New Hampshire today and I hope that in the morning while I have breakfast with my husband, we’ll look outside to see something so lovely looking back at us. :) See you Monday friends! — xo, Holly

(images linked above)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on February 23, 2008

Right Brain Terrain {eco posters}

Misa and Fred own Right Brain Terrain, a company that specializes in alternative motivational posters that just so happen to be green. All of their posters are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled papers that are FSC certified and they use soy-based inks for printing. They believe that their posters not only serve as reminders of our imperfect nature so as to kick us into action at times, but they also cheer us on and celebrate our personal victories — paper cheerleaders!

I see a big trend going on right now with modern motivational posters, whether it’s a single world or quote. Thank goodness we’ve finally advanced beyond these things because well, they drive me crazy. I recall my former life in the office where soaring eagle and mountain posters with words like “Aim High” and “Soar to New Heights” could be found on every wall. Thankfully we have more than corporate motivational posters to select from when we’re looking for inspiration, all in a hipper more modern format.

(images from right brain terrain)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on February 21, 2008

Labokoff

Fabienne wrote in from Paris today about her work as a graphic designer along with the opening of her new etsy shop Labokoff where she sells prints of her art. She merges photography with paint by embellishing her photos with subtle painted motifs like circles, starfish, and swirls.


I enjoy seeing France through her eyes, it’s like taking a mini vacation. Muted imagery of the eiffel tower, lazy days along the coastline of Normandy, the calmness of the countryside, it’s all very inspiring. This work gives us a glimpse of the French lifestyle through the eyes of Fabienne, each telling a story as you gaze into them. Go ahead and see for yourself, look closely and use your imagination…

(images from labokoff)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on February 20, 2008

Ellie Curtis {prints and pillows}

Nicole from Etsy Love just wrote to me about Ellie Curtis, a London designer with a brand new etsy shop where she sells some pretty amazing pillows and prints based on her whimsical illustrations (love her unexpected color combinations like violet with orange). Ellie takes her drawings and creates screen prints onto paper and fabric with crisp modern results. Her inspiration? “I often like wandering around places like the British Museum, the V&A, or the Pitt Rivers in Oxford to soak in the many different objects and their owner?s associated thoughts, worries, beliefs,” she says.


In the past, Ellie created brooches that I found pretty enough to post so I have to share them to you today. I’m not sure if she plans to make them again or carry these in her etsy store, but I wish she would at least consider it. I’d love to pin them to throw pillows, especially the butterfly.


Great unique work, it’s really refreshing. Thank you Nicole for the tip!

(images from ellie curtis)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, textiles, walls on February 15, 2008

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