Arts + Crafts

Feathered Collages

May 29, 2015

Hello everyone! Please forgive me for disappearing from the blog but I’ve been tremendously busy between work and family, and wow, it’s all so exciting… Where do I begin?!? I’m currently scheduling locations for book #4 and planning book #5, I’m planning several trips for this Fall, including one that I’ve been wanting to visit for ages for a family vacation… I can’t wait to tell you where later. I also just launched the all new Blogging Your Way website and I’ve been working with my teachers to prep materials for the next e-course which begins on Monday (eep!). I’m putting finishing touches on the all-new decor8 blog to launch this weekend so when you come back here over the weekend you may see a construction page – just stay tuned, the shiny new site will be up by Sunday evening. I’ve been having fun making and photographing things for the next book and I’ve already begun writing it too.

Feathered Collages

Of course, I can’t not mention my little sweet son! Caring for him, who is home with me 24/7, has been a very fun and slightly chaotic reality of working at home and trying to keep him away from daycare for as long as I can because I just want to enjoy all of these firsts with him. But wow, it’s challenging! He is such a great little one, he’s a dream baby and why I have a dream baby I’ll never know because I’m so far from perfect. He sleeps full nights (10 hrs+) since he was 3 months old, was crawling by 6 months, walking at 10 months and now at nearly 16 months he is repeating words, understands German and English, and has begun climbing up the stairs at the park to go down the slide! He is a lovely dynamo – a force, he’s seriously such a cool kid and I love balancing work/life so far though OMG there is never a moment when I can say I’m resting – my day begins at 6am and doesn’t end until midnight since I work 2-3 hours during the day while he naps and I work at night from 7-midnight.

It’s not easy but nothing worthwhile ever is and at the end of the day, I decided to take all of this on and can certainly do less with my business, or get a nanny, or whatever… But I like the busy days right now. It’s definitely intense at times, but I only have one child – when I feel overwhelmed I think of some of these amazing wonder women I follow on Instagram with 5 kids and I feel like I have nothing to whine about.

Feathered Collages

Today I want to share a few inspiring things I discovered recently, the first is this brilliant art by sisters Clare and Joy from Mondocherry in Australia. They started doing feather collages and I love them, really, really nice. I also have more feathered stuff to share in a moment, and more art, so I think we can say today that is what I’m finding inspirational. Clare and Joy spend hours researching, painting and making dozens of feathers for each of their one-of-a-kind creations. The cool part is that they live thousands of miles apart yet collaborate so well that you can’t tell who did which parts of the work. That’s really how you know two people are compatible working partners, isn’t it?

Feathered Collages

Feathered Collages

Feathered Collages

Feathered Collages

Feathered Collages

Isn’t this work just stunning? Learn more on their website here:

Back soon with another post or two before the weekend… xo

(images: styling richard hall & son, photography martina gemmola)






Blogging

Instagram Bootcamp e-course + All New Blogging Your Way

May 18, 2015

I am so super excited to share the rebrand and relaunch of my e-course website, Blogging Your Way and to tell you about our super special TWO WEEK e-course called Instagram Bootcamp. I was even able to buy the url (bloggingyourway.com) and the name became a registered trademark a little over a year ago. I feel good about myself and my business and am very proud of the new site and although we just launched it last night and there are still tweaks, I already love the response we’re getting.

Instagram Bootcamp e-course + All New Blogging Your Way

The slider images on the site were mostly* photographed by Susanne Irmer and feature friends of mine as models. I planned and styled the photography* to fit the rebrand, and everything technical was done by my husband, Thorsten. The hand written logo was created by Corina Nika. And speaking of, she and Leslie Shewring will be teaching a killer Instagram Bootcamp from June 1-15 online along with yours truly. The outline is here. It will take your IG to new levels, trust me. Here is the core outline below. Look at what you are going to learn in just 15 days. Talk about a bootcamp!

Instagram Bootcamp e-course + All New Blogging Your Way

CORE CURRICULUM 
Instagram accounts that are a success and why
Planning your IG photos for more likes
Photography tips and tricks
Photo styling that works
What’s the importance of “the grid”?
How to write the best, short bio ever
Filters, filters, filters!
Using the “Explore” feature to your advantage
The art of the perfect selfie
Team up to build followers
How to effectively use hashtags for your brand
What kind of photos work for you?
Why authenticity and consistency matter
How to attract clients and customers
The importance of tagging
Why you should add a location and how
Manners 101
How to lose followers (yes, you need to know!)
What’s trending on Instagram
What makes the most viral image from color to subject
How to make your Instagram account reflect your style
How to earn money using Instagram that won’t upset your followers
How to team up with companies to gain exposure and earn cash

Register here.

Hope to see you in class!

*the shot of the lady wearing striped at the desk was taken by Kelly Brown. the shot of the lady holding the flowers was taken by my husband.

Now I’m off to work on the all new decor8 because this blog is currently undergoing a major overhaul too! The new decor8 will go live around June 1.

Have a great day, everyone!

xo Holly






Home Tours

Home Tour: Summery Handmade Home

May 15, 2015

Hey guys! It’s Holly Marder with another edition of Homes With Heart on decor8. For May, I’m excited to walk you through the charming, eclectic modern home belonging to blogger and maker Ingrid Janssen and her husband that feels so much like a beautiful summer day to me! I just know you’ll love the happy energy this home exudes and all of the pretty that lies within. If ever there was a Home with Heart, this is it. Let’s go…

Home Tour: Summery Handmade Home

Ingrid is the founder and maker of the wood and crochet line of homewares WOOD & WOOL STOOL. Together with her husband Henk, they were long in search of a classic Dutch style home from the 30s, finally finding it in 2004 when a neighborhood of modern homes with a post-war aesthetic went into development on the outskirts of the city of Dordrecht, the Netherlands.  Continue Reading…






From The Heart, Ramblings

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

May 14, 2015

It’s always so nice to come across a new blog or find something in general that just resonates with where your heart has wandered at the present moment. I’m thinking of the coast, flowers, tones of green, blue and peach, interesting floor and wall tiles, linen bedding, pretty cafes but also dining al fresco, fresh healthy and colorful foods, pretty cocktails to sip, clean open spaces and very bright natural light. These things are all so summer-y too. When I ran into the Style And Create tumblr site today, I felt connected to what was posted there in a big way. Here are some current inspirations…

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

Photo by Anders Bergstedt for Entrance

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

via Cereal Magazine, Photography Kate Holstein

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

Design by Loft Szczecin, Photo by Karolina Bak

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

Alvhem Mäkleri

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

via Cereal Magazine, Photography Kate Holstein

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

Photographer Francesco Lagnese

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

The Primary Essentials

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

Japanese stylist & creator Yukiko Masuda

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

Dolly and Oatmeal 

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

Restaurant Italy in Copenhagen

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

via Cereal Magazine, Photography Kate Holstein

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

Restaurant Italy in Copenhagen

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

Japanese stylist & creator Yukiko Masuda

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

Styling Pella Hedeby & Marie Ramse, Photo by Sara Medina Lind 

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer From vtwonen, Styling by Kim van Rossenberg, Photography Sjoerd Eickmans

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

via Cereal Magazine, Photography Kate Holstein

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

Japanese stylist & creator Yukiko Masuda

From The Heart: Dreaming of Summer

From vtwonen, Styling by Kim van Rossenberg, Photography Sjoerd Eickmans

Do visit and see if you feel the same.

(images linked to sources above)






Arts + Crafts

Print Club Boston: Fractured Gems Limited Edition Prints

May 14, 2015

One look at these beauties and I was taken! These stunning prints are by Boston-based artist Elizabeth Corkery of Print Club Boston, an online shop for stylish limited edition silkscreen prints. And bonus! They are affordable too. This collection below is called Fractured Gems and was inspired by the extravagance of 18th century jeweled snuffboxes and “micromosaics”.

Print Club Boston: Fractured Gems Limited Edition Prints
Print Club Boston: Fractured Gems Limited Edition Prints

Elizabeth took close-up photos of original boxes from the V&A Museum collection and with some creative twists, turned them into prints. “In some prints, geometric shapes act as stand-ins for the cut jewels, while in others painterly brushstrokes mask out the jeweled arrangements and become their own subject.” Each silkscreen is printed by hand and is part of a limited edition of only 30 and are embossed and numbered. I just love these great colors and patterns – so fun!

(images: boston print club)






Recipes

Recipe: Mini Almond Yogurt Cakes

May 13, 2015

Hi, it’s Liz and I’m presenting a recipe for delicious Almond Yogurt Cakes today. I made these mini cakes for a Sunday afternoon coffee and cake gathering. Here in Germany we call these kind of get-togethers “Kaffeeklatsch”. The sun was out, it was warm and I opened the doors to my terrace. The kids ran in and out and the border between inside and out slowly faded. Aaah. What a lovely afternoon!

Recipe: Mini Almond Yogurt Cakes

I had childhood memories of sitting on my grandparents’ terrace with my cousins around the table with an old-fashioned tablecloth having cake together. Their garden was filled with flowers, fruit trees and bushes and we kids had tons of fun spending the weekends and holidays exploring it. When I made these almond yogurt cakes and set the table, I imagined my grandparents’ terrace and tried to capture the image I had in my head. That is why I selected a variety of vintage plates and delicate little hand-crocheted doilies, picked some pretty flowers, sprinkled the toasted almonds on top of the mini cakes and was ready for a traditional German “Kaffeeklatsch” with my grandparents!

Recipe: Mini Almond Yogurt Cakes

R E C I P E
Mini Almond Yogurt Cakes (10 servings)
3/4 cups finely ground almonds (with skins)
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
3/4 cups butter at room temperature
3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup plain yogurt
powdered sugar for the icing
almond slices, toasted
edible flowers (your choice)

Recipe: Mini Almond Yogurt Cakes

H O W  T O
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter the mini cake pans (e.g. a silicone form). In a large bowl, whisk together almonds, flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the eggs and the almond extract, beating well. Beat in the flour mixture, alternating with the yogurt. Transfer the batter to the pans and bake the cakes until they are golden, 15-18 minutes.

R E M E M B E R
Before serving, make the icing and pour over the cooled-off cakes. Sprinkle with toasted almond slices and a few edible flowers for color and texture. Enjoy!

Recipe: Mini Almond Yogurt Cakes

S T Y L E  T I P
Do you have childhood memories that come to mind while preparing food? Try to capture them and bring them into the presentation, even in a small way. They are precious and are worth celebrating!

(text/images: lisa nieschlag editing: holly becker)






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