Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Art to Share

June 11, 2007

I want to share a few paintings that I recently purchased by artists that I love and want to support. The first is so adorable, This Chairs Suits Me Just Fine, painted by Marisa Haedike. I plan to place it in a natural wood gallery frame (no glass) and enjoy it above my desk. It’s a good reminder to be happy with what you have and where you are in the present moment. The second I saw it on my monitor, I let out a little gasp followed by a few omg’s, which made me sound very giddy-teenage-girl, and before long, it was in my shopping cart and I was clicking pay, the single word that stings just a little whenever I press it. It hurts so good.

Art to Share
Then there’s Joanna by Bailey Saliwanchik, a painting I’ve had my eye on for months but really couldn’t decide on it for various reasons. Mostly reasons having to do with money. When Adorn magazine approached me to design a room around a chair for their upcoming Fall issue, I decided to ask Bailey if I could use two of her paintings in my room because they’d really fit the vibe I was going for. After Adorn sent me the photos from the shoot, I fell in love all over again with Joanna and purchased her for my home. Now I can somewhat justify the expense since it’s a very special project to me. (I’ll share the Adorn photos here in August once the issue is out.)

Art to Share
As I was deciding on whether or not I could include these two pieces in my monthly budget, I wondered if I’d have regrets spending money on art because it’s a want, not a need. So I weighed their value beyond cost and thought about the emotional benefits, what they meant to me, where I’d install them, and if I’d still love them in say, five years. I decided to just go for it and I feel zero regrets. In fact, just the opposite, I’m happy deep inside where things aren’t at all surface or fleeting. I know I made the right choice.

I see it like this:

I’m now part of the freelance workforce and this is a huge, symbiotic circle that I understand functions on more than words of support, but let’s be practical, money. I’ve thought about this a lot ever since Marisa and I had a conversation several months ago about etsy and how we can all doing something to keep the others going. Whether it be purchasing an original painting, $10 prints, or vowing to look at Etsy or indie craft fairs before we hit the store for a new handbag, we can all do our part. :)

(images from creative thursday and bailey saliwanchik)






Arts + Crafts, Events + Markets, Fashion + Accessories, Rooms

The Dyslexic Press

June 11, 2007

While cruising the South End Open Market yesterday, I spotted some great vendors that I wanted to highlight but I just don’t have the time today, so I selected just two. The first, The Dyslexic Press, does a little remix of familiar brands, signs, and modern icons to create very poppy modern graphics that really stand out in the form of screen-printed shirts, prints, and bags. Learn more about The Dyslexic Press here at the Market Blogger.

The Dyslexic Press
Psst: If you’re down in Brooklyn this weekend, look for their booth at the Renegade Craft Fair.

{I’m sorting through the 50 mood board entries that came in over the weekend, and that are still streaming in today, so I’ll start posting some of them this afternoon. I’ll post about 20 here this week and on Friday, a survey will appear that readers can take to determine the 4 winners. Contest submissions must be in by midnight EST tonight. Thanks to everyone for your entries, this has been a fun contest.}






uncategorized

Bye Bye Listpic

June 11, 2007

For all those that were big Listpic fans, sorry… Craigslist blocked them so they’re gone. I’m so sad, it was the only way I’d surf Craigslist. Just wanted to share the bad news in case you hadn’t heard. What will we do without our Listpic people? Here’s hoping CL someday gives us the capability to cruise ads the listpic way because they’re so overloaded with junk ads and spamvertisements that I don’t even bother with CL anymore when I’m looking for stuff. Anyone else feel the same way?






Bloggers

Creature Comforts Blog

June 9, 2007

I know I’ve seen this blog before, but somebody please ask me why it’s not on my regular list of must-reads because after coming across it today, I’m in love! This girl really has style and a good eye. And look what she started doing on her blog for June? Inspiration boards. I think the plan is one a month, which she’ll post on her blog. I’m tuning in for that, because I love inspiration boards and swear by those things because they really help a person pinpoint exactly what they like, clear out the mental clutter, and dive head first into a design project. Here’s a recap of some things she posted recently that I found most inspiring…

Creature Comforts Blog Her current inspiration board. Not sure why she’s not entering our contest (hint hint).

Creature Comforts Blog Hand-embroidered goodies from English talent Poppy Treffry. YUM.

Creature Comforts BlogCreature Comforts Blog Gorgeous art from Aussie illustrator, Catherine Campbell. I just purchased these two prints above, Up in the Trees, from her etsy store. Aren’t they darling? No clue where they’ll go, I totally need to take a trip to IKEA for frames, and for the odd sizes, to the local frame shop. I have about 50 prints on the top shelf of my closet. It’s insane. Is anyone else out there addicted to print collecting right now? Will it ever end? I see no cure.

Creature Comforts Blog
And finally, Boston artist Abigail Glassenberg and her adorable birds. So many talented people out there, it’s wonderful. And seeing all this talent really drives each of us to try new things or do a little better on what we’re already doing, don’t you think?

And Creature Comforts – your blog rocks.

(images from creature comforts, poppy treffry, catherine campbell, and abigail glassenberg.)






Objects

Purl Soho – *New* Denyse Schmidt Fabrics

June 8, 2007

My wheels started turning when I read on the Purl blog that they now carry Denyse Schmidt‘s latest fabrics, a collection called Katie Jump Rope. Can’t you just imagine all the pretty things that could result from a these? I love the Sunflower Bows and the Allure Diamond. And did know that Purl not only offers these by the yard for $9, but also grouped in these great bundles for $90. You can create dolls, a full-sized quilt, trim the edges of a solid color blanket, make cafe curtains, cover a cork board, even add a trim on solid curtains, perhaps 12″ of your favorite pattern along the very bottom of a solid panel.

Purl Soho - *New* Denyse Schmidt FabricsPurl Soho - *New* Denyse Schmidt Fabrics
Hmm. Now your wheels are turning, aren’t they?

(images from the purl bee)






Designers + Stylists

Tara Hogan: Art, Design + Greetings

June 8, 2007

Tara Hogan flat out rocks. Not only does she design amazing paper products and prints on etsy, but she has a graphic design studio where she churns out creative designs for clients in the form of business cards, logos, and websites. I’ve been working with her all week on my new business cards. At first, I thought I wanted robin’s egg blue and fuchsia, but you know, it feels a bit dated now, the blue feels draining and cold, and so I pleaded to Tara to not kill me, but I needed to change the entire concept. I’m sure she lives for clients like me.

No go:

Tara Hogan: Art, Design + GreetingsSo I told her about a bird in a cage…A yellow bird, and the cage and all the text on the front of the card would be white. And the background would be sky blue, that color to me represents absolute freedom. And the little bird is me because I once felt trapped in my 9-to-5 but opened the door and escaped into the world of freelance. I also had a pet bird as a child that I adored so much that I still talk about my childhood pal (just ask my poor husband who gets to hear me repeat such stories, thrilling, right honey?). Luckily, Tara thought to leave the cage without a door, and I like it that way, everything has to be tied to a deeper meaning for me or else it doesn’t work. And maybe the bird motif is a bit pass?, but please, it’s my card and I’ve decided that the bird stays. Chirp!

The geometric trellis pattern on the back is so me. I’m thinking of having her plump it up and add joints to resemble cane, but that may make it too trendy or seasonal and I’m not sure I’d hand this card out in say, the middle of October, if it felt too much like summer. Perhaps this is perfect as is. What do you think?

I’m now trying to decide on whether or not I want the color yellow somewhere else on the front. Maybe a trellis pattern along the white band on the bottom of the cage? Or maybe “8” in decor8 in yellow? Or my name in yellow? I’m not sure. What do you think? I’d like to see the trellis pattern SOMEWHERE on the front. I consulted design guru Tara about this, so let’s see what she comes up with. Clever Tara. Hire this girl, she really is amazing to work with. And patient. Oh, and I forgot to add that the card is shiny, high-gloss, with rounded edges. It almost looks like a playing card.

Almost a go:

Tara Hogan: Art, Design + Greetings
Note: While you’re viewing these cards, you may notice my new url. I’ve been working on this since December since I’ve moved off of blogger to my own server and domain, but since it’s still “in process” please do not update any of your links until I have everything finished. Thanks.

(images from tara hogan)






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