An encouraging email arrived from established artist Lindsay Brackeen who originally sold her mixed media paintings online but recently decided to move her business over to Etsy to offer affordable prints of her darling originals (just $20!).
Lindsay runs a home business in addition to her duties as a mom of two. She fits in time creating art during their naps so that she’s still able to do what she loves in addition to her favorite role as mommy. It always warms my heart to hear from independent mothers who are online and use all the great resources that exist out there to build a small business so that they’re able to spend more time with their children. The best part is that they’re not feeling trapped at home detached from the outside “adult” world, they’re connecting online and building a small business. No mom should have to sacrifice her dreams to raise a child, it’s just a matter of figuring out how to do both really well because we all know a happy, emotionally fulfilled mom is a better parent all around.
(images from lindsay art)
Designers and other creative types draw inspiration from everything, especially the natural world – there is so much outside of your own front door to explore and love. So many patterns, colors, textures await you — we’re so lucky to live in a world filled with the beauty that we sometimes take for granted. What inspires you about where you live?
Sam sells her work if you are interested, nearly everything you see is available in a range of sizes and prices start at $25. If you view her photos on Flickr, you’ll quickly learn that she loves to shoot according to a theme and she groups each theme into sets. Most of her photos come complete with a thought or short story below them as she’s clearly a storyteller at heart. I can imagine that Sam could pull together several beautiful books on Country life in a second using her stories and captivating photos (a publisher seriously needs to contact her!). I’m so happy to have discovered this talented lady and I hope you find joy by viewing her work today, too.
(images from samantha lamb photography)
I recently discovered London-based photographer Jake Curtis in the pages of the January 2008 issue of Livingetc magazine. Wow. This man knows how to work some serious magic.
Jake shot the home of artist Kate Dineen, a flat that totally captivates the whole Boho Modern style (more Boho than anything, her home is so artistic) that we discussed here on Friday. Anyway, I don’t have photos of Kate’s home, you have to pick up Livingetc and peek at pages 66-74. But I do have some work to show you from Jake Curtis’ portfolio that I’m sure you’ll enjoy. Swoon away!
and lots of lovely letters. We all love our collections.
Psst: Also in this Jan. 08 issue, Livingetc gives a shout out to fellow blogger Bowie of Print and Pattern, such a honor to be featured as a site the magazine looks to for inspiration. Congrats Bowie!
(images from the portfolio of Jake Curtis)