Arts + Crafts

Hambly Screen Prints: DIY Fun!

August 6, 2007

I read about Hambly Screen Prints in the Fall ’07 issue of Adorn magazine (page 17, purchase your copy right here), where they show a ceramic dish and soap dispenser with an owl print and mentioned that the designs are hand-printed owl rub-ons from Hambly Screen Prints that can be turned into home accessories in a flash. Really? This could be fun for a little DIY adventure, don’t you think?

Hambly Screen Prints: DIY Fun!
So I visited the Hambly website and then found their blog with lots of pictures of their Fall line (including lots of rub-ons designs), and a link to a etsy jewelry store that Allison Kreft, who designs for Hambly Screen Prints, maintains. Looks like she uses rub-ons to create her charms). I like the simple look of the mod flowers (available in orange, lime, turquoise, red, white and brown) and think they may look cute as accents on mirrors and other surfaces in the home (especially fun for dorm rooms and the nursery), as long as you keep it simple so things doing cross over into scary tacky. They have an extensive collection of papers, vellums, and overlay papers to spark your creativity as well, so visit their website and blog to see if you can find something to inspire your next project!

Hambly Screen Prints: DIY Fun!
Doesn’t it almost look like they added some pretty papers to this ho-hum IKEA light? Great idea, Hambly!

(images from hambly screen prints)






Objects

Repro Depot *New* Fabrics

August 6, 2007

I just realized that I haven’t mentioned Repro Depot in a really long time so I thought I’d show you a few of the fabrics on their website that would be fun for a crafty project (or two!) on those rainy summer days – which we’ve been having too many of lately!

Repro Depot *New* Fabrics
The colorful Dainty Garden print and the linen/cotton blend animal pattern called Follow the Leader, both imported from Japan. Or if you’re looking for something a bit more grown up with a folksy or country feel, try Heather’s meadow, Aunt Grace, or the blooming abstract honeysuckle. Can one ever tire of red and yellow? No!

(images from repro depot)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Swallowfield *New* Prints

August 6, 2007

Beautiful prints from Swallowfield today (thanks for the update, Jen!) that reflect her life on the Maine coast so well, don’t you think? I love the first one shown of the mussels sold in a limited edition of only 20 (10 left!) for $18, so hurry if you like it. I never tire of blue tones and illustrated works of things found at sea, so this print is one that I really like. I also like the background of swirls and objects that almost look like tiny shells…

Swallowfield *New* PrintsSwallowfield *New* Prints

(images from swallowfield)






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Craving Yellow & Blue: Wish List

August 6, 2007

It’s always fun to pull together a little wish list and today, I thought I’d show you a mini glimpse of mine and some of the things that I’m into lately. Good news: Some of these finds are under $50 so I’ll include the price for those in case you are trying to find a gift for a friend. Top on my gift list right now is this yellow Kate Spade clock.

Craving Yellow & Blue: Wish List
Kate Spade Perry Street clock $40 in yellow (can their be a cuter bedside companion?), Kate Spade striped notepad for $12 – every page is striped to match the cover. Preppy meets Fruit Stripe gum! Pillows in blue from Orla Kiely, Paris knobs in blue from Anthropologie $8 and the Coqo floral rug 5×7 in yellow, Jonathan Adler stuff: Big Sur turquoise pillow and the giraffe lamp (I gave one to a friend but I still want one for myself. This craving has been since March ’06 so I think I may just break down and go for it.) I wish we had a good store in Boston that carried lots of Adler stuff). Vidalia vase from Anthropologie $38 and Mina placemats/tablecloth in ochre. I also really like the PB Teen task light (in white or navy for me).

What items have you been craving lately? Care to share?






Fashion + Accessories, Inspiration

Casch + Zara Home

August 4, 2007

I have to share Casch of Denmark with you today. I felt excited when I unwrapped my new Fall coat from Anthropologie today and find that it was designed by Casch. Here are some images from their collections, imagine turning these outfits into rooms?

Casch + Zara Home
I can see it now. A living room with a chair upholstered in cream with a golden ring pattern (like the jacket shown above), and lots of texture and details everywhere, like embroidered and beaded art in wooden frames and a capiz shell chandelier (or this citron light). Pale blue glass jars filled with shells and pebbles, a cable knit throw, linen curtains… Wait. I just thought of a post from April showing rooms from Zara Home. Remember? A look that is not too far off from what I imagine… Here are the rooms.

Casch + Zara HomeCasch + Zara HomeCasch + Zara Home
(images from casch + zara)






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Vintage Typewriter Cravings + Country Living Galleries

August 3, 2007

I’m not exactly sure what causes these sudden cravings, like I was big into globes last week (my eBay globe arrived and I love it), and now I’m back into typewriters, a recurring love of mine as I have visions of them in vintage pale pink or turquoise from the 50s, perhaps with that retro Smith-Corona font on the front. Actually, I can trace this typewriter desire. It’s this photo that did me in. I saw it over 3 years ago (I think ’05 maybe) in Country Living magazine and never forgot it. It was from an article about a New York farmhouse owned by Peter and India Baird that I fell in love with.

Vintage Typewriter Cravings + Country Living Galleries
The typewriters below are from eBay, I was watching them but silly me, I forgot that watch means I need to frequently check back (and I didn’t) so I lost out. I only need one. So I am back to searching for the perfect Smith-Corona. Or any brand really, as long as it is in some delicious pale pink or blue color, works, and has pretty font somewhere on it.

Vintage Typewriter Cravings + Country Living Galleries
Here are some more shots of that farmhouse. It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? Imagine having a second home like this… And I adore that little vintage classroom desk in their kitchen. This is how I imagine my life someday when we have children. A place for my little one to color while I cook dinner. I recently found two of them at a local flea market for free – no one wanted them – but I passed them by because I was in a rush to get somewhere. Now I wish I had taken the time to stop.

Vintage Typewriter Cravings + Country Living GalleriesVintage Typewriter Cravings + Country Living Galleries
More homes and tours can be found on the newly updated Country Living website, they have some gorgeous galleries and lots of modern country looks that are very nice to look at. Photos taken by the amazing Michael Luppino (check out his interiors porfolio, the man is unstoppable).

(images from ebay and michael luppino for country living)






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