Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Mixtape Zine: Pre-order your copy today!

July 11, 2007

Jen from Craving Anthropologie told me about a crafty zine from Australia that you can pre-order for $4 from the Mixtape etsy store. I pre-ordered mine because I really love zines and wish I could afford to support every single crafty one out there because they’re just terrific resources on that home grown, handmade, down-to-earth level that so many of us love.

Mixtape Zine: Pre-order your copy today!The debut issue of Mixtape (cover artwork by Shannon), will release August 12. The issue combines craft, from eco-hip items to pop culture kitsch, with features on eco-friendly tips for renters, 5 ways to go green, best of etsy, positive parenting, a recipe for walnut & maple scrub along with a slipper tutorial, and lots of other fun things. Order yours right here. And thanks again Jen for the tip!

Psst: To learn more about this zine, and how you can take part as either a contributor or advertiser, click here. I’ve secretly always wanted my own magazine, so maybe I should try a decor8zine someday, all about decorating, design blogging, and pretty things that inspire along with loads of encouraging thoughts. That would be fun. But of course, I’d want to include my favorite bloggers and friends on the internet that I’ve made. Can you imagine how fun it would be to create a collaborative zine like this, only with more of a focus on decorating from the heart? I’d love it. Now my brain is churning this idea. Something to think about as I’m on vacation…

(image from mixtape)






Fashion + Accessories, Objects, Stationery

Bunny and Bee (20% off and free shipping for decor8 readers)

July 11, 2007

I heard from such a nice lady the other day, Jen from Bunny and Bee. Jen and her husband Faez once owned a shop in San Francisco’s Haight, but closed up to focus on hand printing designs for their online store. Specializing in clothing for tots, they recently expanded their collection to include pillows, totes, and cards. Since I don’t cover children’s clothing on decor8, I do cover home accessories, and I reallllly cover discounts, so keep reading…

Bunny and Bee (20% off and free shipping for decor8 readers)
If you’d like to support them and own some of their great products, they are offering decor8 readers a 20% discount and free U.S. shipping if you enter LOVEDECOR8 in the checkout comments. They will then give you an immediate Paypal rebate following your transaction, deducting 20% and shipping fees. How nice! Thank you for writing in, Jen and Faez. Best wishes on your new collection.

(images from bunny and bee)






Inspiration, Small Business, Travel

Budget Travel *New* Look

July 11, 2007

You are amazing. Do you know this? If not, here’s a huge pat on the back from me. I put out my cry for help the other day in regards to my upcoming vacation (leaving tomorrow!), and you replied with fantastic tips, links, even the owner of the Headquarters Gallery & Boutique in Montreal wrote in offering to be my tour guide. I mean, hello? And human kindness is hard to find? Whatever! Then reader Nicole commented about the current issue of Budget Travel featuring a story, My Montreal Is Better Than Yours.

Budget Travel *New* LookNot realizing the issue was online, I ran out to perform pre-vacation errands (toothpaste, travel size shampoo, maps) and hit the local Barnes & Noble for a copy. I haven’t read Budget Travel in years. I can’t recall if I even ever read it. For some reason, when I thought of Budget Travel magazine, visions of articles featuring the top 10 hookah lounges in Amsterdam and the best hostels in Europe (not already featured in a teen horror flick) danced in my head. Was I wrong.

I couldn’t put my finger on why, but this issue looked different to me perched on the newsstand than when I’d passed it by before – I felt compelled to grab it this time, and to read it, which I did from cover to cover. Why hadn’t I given it a chance before? As I scanned the editor’s page the answer was revealed: It was JUST given a major makeover. No wonder! It looks prettier. A little like Cookie magazine (layout and design) mixed with Travel + Leisure (I’m a huge T+L fan), I loved the font, the format, the imagery, everything felt very fresh, hip, and young. But not too young. I didn’t get the impression that BT was only geared towards the college crowd, but us older girls can be proud of our quest for a good travel bargain, too. Above all, no peddling of hostels as a hip alternative to hotels and a very informative issue all around. There was even an article about hugging pandas in China. Hugging! Pandas! That was all it took for me to fill out the subscription card.

Budget Travel *New* Look
And Nicole, thanks for the tip because I found the best blog in this issue authored by two Montreal-based bloggers, Endless Banquet. I can’t wait to get up north now and check out all these great places! And everyone else, go read Budget Travel!

(some images from budget travel and the endless banquet)






Objects, Stationery

Rock Scissor Paper *New* Home Items

July 11, 2007

Do you remember this post from February? Update! Susie at Rock Scissor Paper contacted me yesterday to announce the launch of their new home collection, available on their website. With bright patterns in woodgrain, bird, raindrop, and forest motifs, how can you go wrong? And there’s even a free gift with purchase happening right now if you spend $40 or more before July 20th, they’ll pack your loot along with $15 of assorted products. Fun!

Rock Scissor Paper *New* Home Items
Thanks Susie for the update, and congratulations on the new collection.

(images from rock scissor paper)






Arts + Crafts, Objects, Shopping + Products, Travel

re:makeables

July 11, 2007

There’s another cutie Japanese craft store online called re:makeables that I’m excited to share with you. Shop owner Amy stocks only a few lovely things at a time, like these buttons (there’s a flower bouquet project for you), and of course, the sweet little fabrics for crafty projects. Thanks Amy for letting us know about re:makeables, it’s adorable!

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Looking for additional Japanese craft resources online? Click on keyword Japanese, highlighted below.

(images from re:makeables)






Arts + Crafts, Inspiration, Rooms

Notes on finding refreshment…

July 10, 2007

Flickr is still my favorite site, hands down. There is no other website on earth that does it for me quite like the fantastic images that I discover in the many photo streams there.

Notes on finding refreshment... A fabulous 50s kitchen from Crafty Beaver

I think it’s important to use our time wisely, even when it comes to mundane pursuits and what others may consider “time suckers” when referring to hobbies involving entertainment – like watching movies, television, surfing the web, etc. I have to defend this by saying that to me, it’s not a time sucker if it’s productive in even a small way. If you’re parked in front of television, glazing over as you half watch a program, that’s a bit of a waste. One would be better using their time sleeping as that is at least repairing the body! But if you are watching a program that, when you walk away from it, leaves you feeling energized and refreshed, then that’s positive, and that is using free time wisely. Sure, we can’t over-analyze everything we do because that’s no fun. But if we are devoting considerable time to something, it’s good to ask whether or not it really is refreshing or is it simply a time sucker, energy sucker, and altogether draining. This spans everything, from friendships to hobbies, even career, but I’m focusing more on websites and the time spent online. And this leads me back to Flickr.

Notes on finding refreshment... A colorful corner from Wisecraft with curtains that I really like. :)
Notes on finding refreshment... A nature-inspired grouping on a simple shelf from Little Birds.
Notes on finding refreshment... Ivanka Trump’s Living Room from In Style magazine via SarahLeeAb. Spot the foo dogs?
Notes on finding refreshment... A gorgeous fireplace decorated by Abigail Percy. What a dreamy blue background.
Notes on finding refreshment... An IKEA paper lamp with an added touch from two straight lines – handmade butterflies! This is a nice way to add some charm to something that all your friends may have… You don’t have to accept something as is. Look for inexpensive ways to make things more personal, and beautiful!
Notes on finding refreshment... Jeana_Sohn’s cozy kitchen nook. I love this little space because it’s simple. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in dotting all the i’s. Maybe we can give some corners of our homes a little “less is more” treatment? Just a thought…
Notes on finding refreshment... Great use for library card catalogs – a craft room must for bitsandbobbins.
Notes on finding refreshment... Kitchen flowers from GMW.
Notes on finding refreshment... Ships ahoy! Amazing sailboats handcrafted by Ann Wood. (She is something else!)
Notes on finding refreshment... A Brooklyn brownstone in the heights, snapped by Alternate Words (also my husband). This place had a ton of pendants hanging inside, see them? It isn’t a reflection, there must have been at least 6 of them. This is from our June trip to NYC. We both agreed that Claire Huxtable and Heathcliff had to be due home any moment.
Notes on finding refreshment... Sleepy kitty from Accolady. Zzzz. I want to kiss its little nose.
Notes on finding refreshment... A fabulous inspiration wall from Matirose.
Notes on finding refreshment... Altogether gorgeousness from Annamariahorner. What colors!
Notes on finding refreshment... A pink beetle in Mexico via ***anahita.
Notes on finding refreshment... And finally, a lovely arrangement of things by mizutamago.

On Flickr, I see people living life. Tons of images showing families spending time together, great food shots from devoted cooks and newbie chefs trying out a recipe for the first time. Pet photos, images of handmade crafts (lots of soft toys!), and travel shots that will take your breathe away. It’s also fun to peek inside the homes of others, even to look at the self portraits people snap of well, themselves. When I look at all of these images from my nearly 1,300 contacts, I walk away feeling like a new standard for living has been set.

It’s not about just accepting what we’ve been given. It’s about being more.

To borrow from the army, Be All That You Can Be. I like that expression. I walk away from Flickr feeling inspired to bake more, plant more, and just be a little more than I may be today. Not in a do-it-or-die self-promoting way, but in a let’s take it up a notch way. This is what I call finding refreshment from the whole online experience. For me, it’s through the blogs I read and the lovely Flickr site.

Your turn. What are your thoughts on this? Do you have Flickr favorites that you would like to link to in the comments below? Go for it!

I have to mention that this post is a result of a lovely conversation that Marisa and I had today. She is wonderful. :)

(images: sources noted beneath each photo)






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