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Buy One Get One Free: Jacqleen Bleu Photography

I’ve talked about my love for Jacqleen’s photography before, but when I visited her shop today and noticed a buy one, get one free sale I thought about you! I love the soft muted hues, it’s all so dreamy… transporting, surreal, floating, hard to resist! I imagine one of her photographs enlarged, mounted in a slim silver matte frame, and placed in a living room next to a favorite chair or in the bedroom above the bed — just not centered… I’m thinking over a lamp on the nightstand. I’m really digging fashion photography more and more lately and especially when it is from emerging talent because their fresh perspective is a real draw for me.

Some of her photos contain adult content, just so that you are aware before you click over to her shop. But don’t worry, nothing that will melt your eyes or anything you can trust me. :) Enjoy!

Psst: She has a blog, too. Her friend Nicole Anne Robbins is also a photographer, her work is equally impressive – find it here.

(images from jacqleen bleu photography)

Posted in etsy on December 03, 2008

Gorgeous & New: The Yvestown Book!

NEW: The Yvestown blog has a book, wow!

Posted in uncategorized on December 02, 2008

The Unicorn Diaries {and favorite things}

I felt so inspired as I looked through The Unicorn Diaries that I couldn’t simply save it for myself, it’s a blog meant to share so I’ve decided to make it the decor8 blog of the week. I’ve been so taken lately by soft colors of plum, pink, gray, pale mocha, beige, muted yellow, and gold to replace silver for at least a few months. I cannot stop thinking about texture from nubby raw silk to fine vintage French linen and thick knitted wool throws. Ahhh.

Watercolor pastels, texture, candlelight (it’s been getting dark here at 4 pm each day), necklaces with multiple vintage-inspired charms (tiny Eiffel towers, owls, ribbons), and layering my clothes (blouses with frilly cap sleeves over turtlenecks for instance). I’ve also been big on layering my socks, which is fun because here in Germany they sell these gorgeous crocheted footless socks that are meant to be layered over socks with toes and they look so pretty with heels. Another layered look I love is mismatched china in a buffet, a stack of patterned tea towels on the counter, and a bed with many patterns and colors layered into a big fluffy wonderland of comfort.

And there’s more. Much more. Like ornate Moorish-inspired tile work, ethnic patterns from Turkey and Morocco, wooden bird cages (in white) with twinkle lights inside atop an old wooden cabinet. And speaking of light, I love it filtered light through windows at midday… and photographing it to remember the glow for a bit longer. The smell and beauty of freshly fallen snow. We’ve had our first snow already and it was quite a treat. Swans on the lake and the rippled patterns of the water as they float by. Tim Walker. Still. A Fine Frenzy. Still.

I’m also thinking a lot lately about hats, my husband started this because he keeps insisting I buy a cute hat for winter, t-strap heels, plum tights, Mint & Vintage, candles that smell like baked goods, art journals, mini paintings, movies with gorgeous sets, ballerinas in white puffy tutus, Kindred, old books and portrait paintings, and a new bakery that just opened nearby with two large crystal chandeliers and fresh baked buns topped with candied walnuts, cardomon, and cinnamon. Mmmm. Perhaps I can photograph it and share this special little bakery with you tomorrow, would you enjoy seeing my new favorite place?

Though these are all things that have been on my mind lately, it seems another blogger shares some of my passions and this is exactly why I want you to visit The Unicorn Diaries in England because her blog is so visual, romantic, and somewhat emotional — I really, really think you will like it because it makes you feel like a very young girl again and sometimes that is what all grown up girls need. :)

What are a few of your favorite things at the moment?

(images from the unicorn diaries, more gorgeous images here)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on December 02, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Let’s see what’s happening over at Etsy today, shall we? Here are my 5 picks for the week, hope a few are new to you! We have a little folk-inspired work, ceramics, modern screen printed textiles, art for kids, and a touch of melancholy…

1. Cindy Tomczyk Art – Cindy in Chicago transforms her illustrations into letterpress cards and prints and also screen prints. Her work ranges from sweet to quirky, folksy to surreal. Don’t miss {her blog} and {her website} for a closer look at her life and art.

2. The Crosbie – Darra Crosby, Richard Antczak, and Sari Gunderson recently contacted me, they met in Savannah when they all worked at a design studio together and discovered that they wanted to leave the firm and form their own design studio so The Crosbie was born. Now living and working in Portland, OR they are doing (mostly screen printing) what they love exactly how they want to do it – by their own rules. The rows tote is my favorite, it reminds me of teacups…They will soon be offering screen printing classes in their North Portland studio so view {their blog} and their {new website} to learn more.

3. A Beautiful Party – This Illinois-based artist translates the fantasy worlds in her mind into collage pieces with characters that express emotions such as sadness, innocence, and being alone. Learn more about A Beautiful Party on {her blog}.

4. Paige Russell Design – Paige has quite an impressive resume in addition to her fine body of work as a ceramicist. She studied Fine Arts at Langara College in Vancouver and earned her BFA in Product Design from Parsons School of Design in NYC. She was then named one of the, “Top 20 young designers to watch out for” in Wallpaper magazine’s 2001 Design Directory. Her ceramic jewelry and housewares are lovely and often in expected shapes making them modern and a bit quirky. View more of her work on {her website} and over in her other Etsy shop where she sells her favorite vintage finds called {The Modern Hunter}.

5. MatiLou – I discovered MatiLou on Facebook and have been enjoying her shop updates ever since. Based in France, her work is made mainly with kids in mind – “little art for children” as she calls it. She transforms her colorful illustrations into everything from prints and calendars to iron on transfers, cards, and stickers. MatiLou also has {a website} and a {DaWanda shop}.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this week’s round up! If you have any Etsy faves that you’d like to see featured in this column in the weeks to come, please share them below in the comments section. I cannot promise I will feature all submissions, but I can promise that I will check them out (and readers will click on your links too).

(images linked to their source above)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday, stationery on December 02, 2008

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