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2009 Calendar Round Up

It’s that time again… Time for the annual decor8 Calendar round up. It’s funny, when I started writing this back in 2006 I had no idea it would stick. Then in 2007, artists automatically contacted me asking if I would be doing another round up and if so, when. Now this year, same thing. Calendars have been rolling in via email from all over the world! Yay! So thanks to all who have sent in submissions — I’ve tried to include all! If I’ve missed anyone please comment below with a link to their calendar. Enjoy!

Fun & creative calendars from Be Happy Now.

Lotta Jansdotter fabric calendar and pillow.

Kris’ Color Stripes, Avie Designs, Camilla Engman, and Anna Cote.

Ink & Wit in collaboration with Pistachio Press.

Jessica Gonacha, Tim Walker, Kate Spade, Sukie, and Jill Bliss & Saelee Oh.

Cath Kidston, Japanese animal desk calendars, Daily Color planner, and Non Planner.

Perpetual Calendar D/M/Y, Massimo Vignelli, Rex Ray, Grady McFerrin, and Calendreco.

Yellow Monday, Inkspot, Just Another Day, and Happify.

Creative Thursday.

Melissa Lund Photography, Nella Designs, Green Chair Press and Silhouette Blue.

Snow & Graham.

Cavallini calendars (huge selection), Eco-Chic, Mateo Ilasco, Bird Songs, and Orange Beautiful.

Pocket Calendars from Smosch’s Sandra Juto.

Zoozoo cards, Anne Cresci, Edesse designs, and Papered Together.

Printable 2009 calendar Little Brown Pen.

More from Silhouette Blue, Modern Art Everyday, Esta Sketch and Satsuma.

Magnolia Moonlight.

Paper and Inkling, Seventy and Sunny, Story by Mia, Turtle Papers and Michele Brusegaard.

Egg Press.

Tea towel calendar by Cicada Studio.

Wolfie and the Sneak.

J Hill Design.

365 Reasons Not to Be Bored by Kim’s Suitcase, The Beautiful Project, Stelie Designs and Yee Haw.

Linea Carta.

P.S. Paper Goods, Shalom Cottage Home, Girl Metro, Stephanie Fizer and Beau Ideal.

And of course, a calendar round up would not be complete without showing a little love to super fab Little Otsu. Swoon!

Wow! I think you have plenty of cally options for ’09, huh!? Again, if I’ve missed anyone please comment below with a link to their 2009 calendar so we can include as many as possible into this round up because you can hyperlink in the comments section, no problem-o!

I’ll be back in a moment to wish everyone a happy Friday and to announce the winner of the Fabulous Stationery contest along with our 2 runner ups!

(images linked to their sources above.)

Posted in round-up, stationery on October 17, 2008

10 Great Etsy Shops

10 Etsy Favorites for October here.

Posted in uncategorized on October 17, 2008

Inspire Company

Just a few moments ago I came across web shop Inspire Company quite by accident… one click, two clicks, three clicks, four and there I was at the Inspire Company blog authored by founder and shop owner Amy. I think I’ve seen Inspire Company (the shop) before but I’ve definitely not noticed the Inspired Ideas online magazine and the Inspired Friends page. I love this idea. It’s fresh and it is exciting to see imaginative shop owners sharing information about their sellers in such interesting and creative ways, Inspired Ideas reminds me of a scrapbook/mood board and each collage is pulled together so nicely. You really get a sense of who is selling there in her store and just how special these people really are.

The current issue spotlights the life and work of Canadian blogger and violin teacher Lilli Beck of Make Mine Blissful (she also has an etsy shop) and Lilli demonstrates a free DIY project for Inspired Ideas readers to enjoy.

I adore the mouse egg box tutorial. Squeak!


You can also visit some of the Inspire Company’s past Inspired Friends by clicking here and scrolling down. So many good little bites to chew on including a jewelry designer that I really like, Kristen Townsend of Mood Swing Studio.

I think that this bejeweled shade DIY is just great, directions here.

You can also find a past issue highlighting Hope Wallace, I’ve long been a fan (and customer) of her paper goods. More here on Miss Hope.

I hope that you enjoy visiting the Inspire Company today!

(images from the inspire company)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, shopping on October 16, 2008

German Illustrator Silke Leffler

When I travel outside of the states I have this must-visit on my list that I often hit the second I’ve unpacked: Locate a book shop! Not only because I need to find magazines, cookbooks, interior design and craft books but I must locate the children’s book section. One can learn a lot about a culture by visiting a local book store, don’t you think? Illustrated books provide me with endless inspiration and are such a huge personal pick-me-up. I often flip through them imagining the day when perhaps I’ll author my very own, and if it’s not meant to be that I write a one that is sold in bookstores then I will write them once I become a mother for my own kids.

My aunt was a great lover of illustration and sent me books ever since I was a baby that made a deep impression on me. She paid such close attention to illustration and had great taste, as a fine artist and illustrator herself I now understand why she so carefully selected books for me. My favorite book was The Maggie B, I still have it and when I’m missing my aunt (she passed away at age 41)… I take it from my bookcase and read it because the story so perfectly captures the meaning of comfort and the joy of having a rich imagination, you instantly feel warm the moment you read it and the illustrations convey care and comfort so beautifully.

Here in Germany I escape to the bookstore whenever I need a break and recently discovered publisher Annette Betz and in particular the German illustrator Silke Leffler. I REALLY find her illustrations so full of whimsy and they have a definite fairytale feel to them. I immediately purchased Das Andersen M?rchenbuch because I really like the full page color illustrations. I’m studying German right now and such books help me to learn the language since I’m so visual, and you can’t even believe how I use this point to my advantage when it comes to justifying the purchase of beautiful kiddie books. :)

If you also like Silke’s work you can purchase a print from her at a website in the UK called EasyArt. She has designed bedding for IKEA that Inspire Co. blogged about here that is really sweet, too. I think it’s available in the states in addition to IKEA in Germany.

Now I’m wondering… what is your favorite children’s book? I like so many, but the Maggie B is at the top of my list because it’s a very emotional imaginative tale and connects me back to my Aunt.

(images from silke leffler)

Posted in Books + Magazines, kids, travel on October 16, 2008

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