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The Cherry Blossom Girl

ime to swoon! Have you heard of French blogger The Cherry Blossom Girl? Alix is a photographer and fashion designer who loves things like fancy tights, frilly dresses, twinkle lights and glitter.

It’s one of those blogs that you can just melt into and zone out completely in a happy daydream of cotton candy beauty. I especially love her set of HOME photos.

Her travel photos will make your little heart yearn to hop on a plane. The Cherry Blossom Girl is my latest obsession!

Via: Lesley Denford.

(images from john murphy)

Posted in reader discounts, uncategorized on December 11, 2008

Inspired by Skona Hem

I’m feeling VERY creative lately, I think it’s due to the friends I’ve made here in Germany (and in other countries nearby) and being around so many ladies who are so into all things handmade, it’s absolutely inspiring. All of my friends are making something by hand and I find it very motivating too. I really love life in northern Germany, it’s not perfect in any country but I’m satisfied with what I have and the things I’ve been exposed to. Wonderful!

Another thing that has been fueling my creativity lately is the access that I have to so many different cultures, I don’t even have to leave Germany for this but when I do it feels almost surreal to hop over the border to another country because I’m American and when we leave our state we are still in America (unless we go up to Canada or down to Mexico of course). It’s so different on this side of the pond and I’m enjoying it immensely. I was at the train station the other day and nearly fainted when I saw a train boarding for Moscow. As in Russia. That is one train I cannot take in New Hampshire! :) I traveled up to Stockholm last year for under $100 round trip and felt so appreciative of that opportunity as I’d wanted to see Sweden for most of my life. I love America but I am really having fun with this experience!

Speaking of travel and Stockholm in particular, I always think of Skona Hem magazine and their glorious monthly spreads, they feature mostly Scandinavian homes that are very impressive and I wonder how they never seem to run out of gorgeous pads to feature given that Scandinavia is not that large. But they continue to publish beautiful places… here are a few to inspire you today.

Psst: Skona Hem has a blog so you can keep up with what’s going on in the world of Swedish design.

(images from skona hem)

Posted in Books + Magazines, Decorating Tips, inspiration on December 11, 2008

Fun! The Selby Photos

This is such a fun website: The Selby.

Posted in uncategorized on December 11, 2008

Made By Hank

I spotted these over at Oh Joy! today and had to share them with you (and bookmark them for me!) since I think they are affordable, pretty, and provide practical on-the-go storage for little odds and ends. I like small bags to store fabric and paint swatches, measuring tape, and shopping lists so that when I’m out I always have these things on me in case I find a treasure – I don’t have to run home and grab my notes and things before making a decision. Made By Hank is a collection of gorgeous little handmade bags created by Philadelphia-based twentysomething crafter Katie Henry. They have darling cursive stitching on them, and of course the patterns and colors are fun and feminine.

I’m all about getting more organized right now, it’s one of my big goals and I spent the past few days on mini organization projects in my flat. I love the feeling of knowing where everything is and that all items have a place — that is my ‘secret’ to not only keeping the home clean but also to keep things organized, to have a place for EVERYTHING and I do mean everything. The second I don’t follow my own rules things go completely wrong.

View more Made By Hank bags right here. Aren’t her product shots fun too?

Find Made by Hank here: {etsy shop} {website} {blog}

(images from made by hank)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, fashion + accessories on December 11, 2008

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