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Hope Comes Via Sharon Elphick

There is so much beauty in winter. As I look out of my window at delicate glass trees, iced branches sparkling in the sunlight, I sense that only I am bothered by a cold day. The trees seem to be basking in the sun, tiny droplets flowing down ridged bark, birds bouncing from branch to branch, seemingly happy. The pond in my backyard sits frozen, but the large blue heron perched on a nearby stump doesn’t seem to mind as he cleans his feathers (and after watching him skate across the pond unable to make a proper landing, you’d think he’d be blushing). Nature is happy, things are still ‘business as usual’ outdoors, yet so many of us are wishing for Spring, complaining, booking early vacations to the islands.

Seeing the Hanami print from Sharon Elphick today gave me a gentle nudge, “Spring is coming, hang in there”. A glimmer of hope that come March, feelings of being trapped and frozen to the bone will dissipate in the warm sunshine. All will be introduced to budding trees, longer days, and pudgy bumblebees collection pollen. Until then… We wait and try not to notice, just as the heron. Just as the trees. Just as nature.

(image from sharon elphick)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, walls on January 18, 2007

Nebo Peklo New Print: Skeleton Leaf

There’s a new gocco print in the Nebo Peklo shop, a limited edition called Skeleton Leaf, signed and numbered, print run of 38. ?10 + ?2.50 postage (UK & International). Email if interested to nebopeklo AT gmail DOT com. So pretty for your growing collection…

(image via nebo peklo)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on January 18, 2007

Dreamy Decor at Sol y Mar

Whenever I’m in Hannover visiting my family, we gather at Sol y Mar (upstairs) to sip exotic cocktails, shoes off, on comfortable bed-like platforms amidst cozy pillows. I love the atmosphere in this restaurant + bar, and thought I’d share it with you. It’s so dreamy… Click here for a slideshow of both the dining room downstairs and the lounge on the 2nd floor. Heaven! Psst: There’s also a Sol y Mar in Leipzig if ever you’re in Germany.


(images via sol y mar)

Posted in uncategorized on January 18, 2007

I’m Feelin’ It…

Art on something less than perfect… An old, beat up cabinet door, latch still intact. Great way to recycle; I’m liking this less than perfect look. A different way to look at things in your local salvage yard, perhaps? Not just as potential furniture finds, but a surface for your art, too.

VIA: the good room. art “kill television” by pyro pip.

(image from the good room)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on January 18, 2007

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