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Paper Flowers & The Importance of Spreading Yourself Around

I just love Instagram because there are so many great people that I sorta re-find again and as a result of their photo stream, I suddenly pay attention for some reason. Like with Brittany Jepsen from the blog, The House That Lars Built… I’ve seen her work around blogland before but seeing her behind-the-scenes on IG made her come to life and suddenly I really pay attention to what she’s up to. Here are a few photos from her IG account and blog (@houselarsbuilt) if you’d like to follow her, too. Here are a few from her blog that I love spotlighting her recent trip to teach in southern California.

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I really love flowers, so her paper flower garlands and workshops in general, that she teaches in the states, definitely caught my curious eye. And I love the DIYs that I just discovered on her beautiful blog, too. Here are more images from her gorgeous IG account.

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Do you have any favorites on IG that you knew about before but following them on IG made you a believer, too? Isn’t it true how certain social media outlets really aren’t “one size firs all”? People who may love your blog may not connect the same through your IG photos, Facebook account or twitter… You know? That’s why I always tells bloggers to experiment and see what works and what people are responding to that you also love and feel you’re reaching others making a genuine connection. I think lots of bloggers make a common mistake – they measure their followers by how many BLOG readers appear on their site each day. That’s not such an accurate way to determine how many followers you truly have since lots of people may follow you on Instagram but never read your blog. So keep an open mind about that and don’t get down if you have 1,000 blog readers and 30,000 on Instagram and another 800 on Facebook and 500,000 on Pinterest – I mean, c’mon – you definitely have more than 1,000 people who dig your work, they are just coming in from different streams.

What do you think about spreading yourself around when it comes to social media?

p.s. Brittany you’re awesome!

(Images: Brittany Jepsen)

Posted in blogs on March 07, 2014

Sequined Hangers

Okay so this is a short but very sweet post about a current love of mine, sequined hangers. I thought during the holidays to glue them all over a wooden pants hanger that I have in my studio in which I like to clip prints onto but then I came across this photo from adore magazine and knew my idea must have wings because there it is, that’s what I had imagined only a few months prior. Though this looks even better because I’m suspecting these babies aren’t glued on but are most likely a fabric trim sewn on or something along those lines.

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I’ve seen hangers used to display art for some time now (nothing new, right?) but to see the hangers adorned with sequins takes it up a notch. I’ve seen crochet, plain wood, painted and fabric hangers but fancy sequin hangers are HOT. You can buy the ones you see above at The Chic Element online.

Do you like these as much as I do?

(images: adore mag/the chic element)

Posted in Decorating Tips on March 06, 2014

Leslie Shewring’s NEW Fabric Collection

Speaking of geometrics and florals, I’m excited to share the fabric collection that my dear friend, Leslie Shewring, has launched via Cloud9 Fabrics. I blogged about it last year, but it’s finally available for purchase so I couldn’t resist sharing ASAP! Leslie wrote and shared her collection along with some lovely projects made using them on her blog yesterday (here) so please go check it out!

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To purchase or to stock in your shop, visit Cloud9. To find a store online or nearby that sells her fabrics, click here.

Congrats Leslie on your gorgeous new fabric collection, I’m so proud of you!

(Images: Leslie Shewring)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on March 06, 2014

Geometric Florals

For the past six months or so, I’ve been a big fan of geo florals using triangles in particular… Though I’ve always loved geometrics combined with floral prints, the whole triangle with flowers obsession began when we were working with our book designer and she wanted to add a geometric touch to our end papers and book jacket spine… We first thought a small floral pattern, hand painted by Leslie, would have worked nicely but Helen loved the triangles that Leslie had painted and motivated us in that direction instead. Once I saw it, I was in love and ever since, I’ve been loving the look of geo florals with triangles. I’ve seen the combination plenty of times before but for me, it suddenly made a connection with me personally. I found this pattern below, made by Sesame & Lilly, and it pretty much nails the look I love – which is overlaying the two.

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I’d really like to have a scarf like this or a piece of clothing or even art framed on my walls in this collage-y effect. Do you like geometries and florals together too? How do you like them, overlaid or side by side (like geometric prints on pants with a floral blouse)?

(image: sesame and lilly)

Posted in Books + Magazines on March 06, 2014

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