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La Marelle {Darling Things from France}

You just may fall in love with La Marelle if you haven’t already heard of this darling online shop. Specializing in paper products and gifts designed largely by French artists with a few Australians and others added in, you’re in for a real treat. I’m so pleased that their website is also available in English as most French websites that I find and fall in love with I usually do not post  because a good percentage of us cannot read it. A high five to La Marelle for making their site more accessible. Here’s just a peek at what you can expect to find…

I particularly like the cardboard suitcases for storage and the pencil boxes, so much prettier than the typical Crayola metal tins!

I love many of French illustrative styles… heaven, aren’t they?

(images from la marelle)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, stationery on December 23, 2008

New: Udessi {Online Gallery for Art, Craft & Design}

Great news! There is yet another gorgeous online gallery to add to our growing list, it’s called Udessi and it offers contemporary Australian art, craft & design from emerging and established artists. Launched by Kim Wallace, a graphic designer and artist born and raised in the Netherlands, Kim is constantly on the lookout for fresh and exciting contemporary art and craft.

Now based in Australia with her husband, Kim says, “I want to showcase what amazing art Australia has to offer, focusing on pieces with a uniquely Australian quality and feel, whether it’s the materials that are used to create it, the look and feel of the artwork, the colours and textures, or the story behind the artwork.”

After browsing the site this morning and looking through the various works, I knew I had to share this gem with you. It’s such a beautiful spot on the web and the products are unique, affordable, and make the nicest gifts. It’s still new so more products will be added but Udessi is off to a good start as it’s clear Kim is in the right business as she is the perfect curator and passionate about what she’s doing. Bravo, Kim!

A special thank you to Stephanie Bond for sending me the nicest email about Udessi, these little tips from readers are so very helpful!

(images from udessi)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping on December 23, 2008

A Lovely Organized Closet

Have you ever looked at something someone else did or had and felt like a total loser? I have the fingers on my right hand shaped like an L on my forehead right now all because of Nicole. I still love ya Nicole but my God are you showing us all up. Talk about raising the bar! Look at this closet. OMG.

Seriously, this girl is amazing, she is the younger pregnant Martha Stewart of Chicago. Not only did she wallpaper her dining room 5 months pregnant, but she has the most organized closet in the entire world. I’m not about to re-post all of her photos here, so you’ll have to check out her blog Making It Lovely for the full scoop (and more images) but here’s a glimpse of her seriously awesome closet. I love how she even sketched out how everything is organized. Bravo, mama!

I’m inspired now… I need to whip my closet into shape. How many of you need to work on your closet too? A good post-holiday project, don’t you think?

(images from nicole at making it lovely)

Posted in bedroom on December 22, 2008

iPod Touch: Your Thoughts?

This is a little embarrassing to admit, but when it comes to gadgets I’m in the stone age. My phone is not very exciting, it’s old and lots of the keys do not work. And while my desktop computer is swanky, my laptop is far from cool. What made me wake up to the fact that my gadgets aren’t very current has to do with a young girl seated nearby on my flight home. You can learn a lot from a college student. She was sitting there enjoying videos and TV shows on her iPod and there I was with my prehistoric iPod Classic, well perhaps it is called the super classic or something because it has no color and can only play music and podcasts. I’ve used it for several years now and felt quite content with the way things were up until my flight home. I felt so out of touch, like I should be wearing mom jeans and a scrunchie, but more than that, kind of ticked because I wanted to watch sitcoms and music videos like college girl.

When I got home, I contacted my Mac geek friend in Luxembourg and he suggested the iPod Touch 30 Gig so I  ordered it. It will arrive on Wednesday, the day I will officially rank a few points higher on the hip-o-meter. I rarely let others influence my purchases but I’m glad I did this time because I think this little gadget will be helpful for me and I love the fact that I can access the web on it and Facebook because I’m ADDICTED to it.

I know this isn’t a gadget blog, but I have to ask… Does anyone have the iPod Touch and if so, would you like to leave a review? I’m always interested in what my friends have to say about products so I’d appreciate your feedback. I’m especially interested in small business tips and ways that it may be able to help me in that respect.

(image from mac)

Posted in small business on December 22, 2008

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