Etsy Faves, Stationery

Susy Jack Stationery

July 30, 2007

The moment Irene from Bloesem blogged about Susy Jack, I had to purchase some of her modern journals because I carry notebooks on me at all times and of course, they have to be pretty, but also lightweight. My order arrived today (super fast shipping), so I thought I’d show them to you.

Susy Jack StationeryFantastic quality, and the colors are very cheery and contemporary. I love yellow and blue, so the items above suit me perfectly. Susy even took the time to write a very sweet card expressing her thanks for my order, another reason why I value shopping indie – the personal touch is priceless.

Susy Jack StationerySo if you are looking for beautiful, affordable stationery shop Susy Jack. From first hand experience, it’s a great find! Thank you Irene for the tip.

(images from me + also susy jack)


Artful Blogging *New* Blog Magazine – Get Involved!

July 30, 2007

I found out about a new magazine called Artful Blogging a few months back when they were working on the first issue, but now that it’s on newsstands, I have to write about it. :) Published quarterly, this issue is packed with artists and their blogs, including articles written by each blogger that cover everything from getting started to what inspires them and how they use their blog to promote their work.
Artful Blogging *New* Blog Magazine - Get Involved! The magazine is really inspiring, beautiful to look at, informative, and to see a magazine devoted to this topic is a dream come true – bloggers are being recognized for their hard work and this in itself is very exciting. When I started decor8, few publishers cared about them and pitching a story idea about blogging to a magazine was a joke. How things have changed! Next, we need a quarterly magazine dedicated to design blogs. Imagine that. I’d be over the moon.

I was so excited to see Alicia Paulson, la vie en rose, Claudine Hellmuth, juju loves polkadots, Artsy Mama, Anahata Katkin, Self Portrait Challenge, and Posy in the issue, ladies who have all inspired me in one way or another, but there are many other amazing artists out there that deserve to be featured, so if you are an artist or crafter, get involved! Here’s how.

Artful Blogging magazine, published quarterly by Somerset Studio, lists a few requirements on how to pitch your blog to them. They’ll consider all entries so you really have nothing to lose.

1.) Your blog must be online for at least 6 months
2.) You must be able to provide high res images of your artwork and photographs that you post in your blog to accompany the article.
3.) You’ll need to write the actual article if you are selected.
4.) The preferred photo specs are 300 dpi with a print size of 8×10″.

Their editorial committee will review all submissions and make selections based upon article content and the quality of images that you can provide. Email all inquires to the Managing Editor, including the URL of your blog and a brief summary of the article you would like to write. Please not send photos unless they are requested.Managing Editor: Staci Dumoski: sdumoski AT

Go for it! And if you aren’t an artist who blogs, pick up a copy of the magazine anyway because you will love the articles and imagery, and I’m certain you’ll find it very exciting to see some of your favorite blogs in print. Buy your issue online for $14.95 right here.


Vitamin D(esign) Blog

July 30, 2007

I’d like to congratulate design blogger Jaime Derringer from Design Milk who just launched a new online design shop with her husband Jordan called Vitamin D(esign). Love the name Jaime!

Vitamin D(esign) Blog
If you like sales, now through August 5th you can take 10% all orders over $100 USD. Use coupon code GRANDOPEN10 upon checkout. Many congrats Jaime and Jordan, I wish you much success on your new business.

(images from vitamin design)


Sleeping Buddha (Bedding)

July 27, 2007

I was looking through the Trunkt lookbook last night and found a designer I’d not heard of before and since ethnic prints are so popular right now, I have to share Sleeping Buddha with you.

Sleeping Buddha (Bedding)
This bedding fits in perfectly with all the beachy bohemian rooms we’ve been seeing lately, rooms infused with lots of Asian patterns, particularly from India, against a background of neutrals, mostly white or cream. The Marigold bedding is my favorite, it’s sunny and bright and if you’re lucky enough to have a guest room it would be perfect for that space because yellow is such a welcoming and warm color to greet guests. Shop online right here.

Psst: For those of you near NYC, Sleeping Buddha will have a booth at the Autumn Crafts Festival at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, September 1-2, 2007.

(images from sleeping buddha)

Etsy Faves, Stationery

Freshly Blended Books (Only 25 left!)

July 27, 2007

Looking for a special little summer journal to toss in your tote? Freshly Blended blogger Nicole JUST listed this darling seahorse book in her etsy store. Each handmade book was created using found papers along with some vintage wallpaper tucked away inside. For $10, these make a perfect gift for a friend or yourself. She only made 25 of them, so hurry!

Freshly Blended Books (Only 25 left!)

Lovely job Nicole, and thanks for the tip!

(images from nicole)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Betsy Walton

July 27, 2007

I’m really drawn towards the work of Betsy WaltonBetsy lives in Portland, OR and has a most impressive portfolio online that you may really enjoy browsing. Here’s a snapshot. Look at these colors, don’t they make you happy?

Betsy WaltonHere’s one that I ordered last night titled Hopeful. I couldn’t resist. I feel like this is my little house in the countryside where I live, and the red swirls represent the apple trees all around my home since I live on an orchard. And the word hopeful, well it means many things to me right now. All very personal, of course. Let’s just say that having hope is the only way to endure things that appear to offer no alternate roads to take, no escape route. Hope gets us through. And that’s what I have a lot of this week since some sad news came my way.

Betsy Walton
When this print arrives, I’ll look at it for years to come recalling this period in my life. This is what I think we should do when we purchase art. Look at a piece and try to figure out why it appeals to us, pinpoint something exact, so that when you bring it home and frame it, you’ll forever me reminded of that moment and you can better bond with the item. Make sense? Then it’s no longer Betsy’s art, it’s also a very special and personal piece of you.

(images from betsy walton)

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