April 29, 2010

Sanna Annukka at nineteenseventythree.com


JOY!

One of my favorite artists Sanna Annukka (who I blog about often) has cards, wrapping paper, and notebooks for sale at ninteenseventythree.com!

I just bought eight cards to frame - affordable art from one of my most coveted artists! Wooooo! Eight prints for $38!!




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April 28, 2010

Decornography?



I'm not sure how many decor/design/vintage bloggers read Jezebel, but I thought this post about "Bloggers with Perfect, Beautiful, Craftsy Lives" was really interesting.

Anyone who writes a decor blog should really check it out.

The author writes that she "fell down the picturesque-vintage-design-craft rabbit hole a few days ago and emerged three hours later, bleary-eyed and full of self-loathing" and "From there, it was a hop, skip and a jump to the seemingly perfect lives of the flower arrangers and design mavens, their homes artfully filled with an appealing blend of salvage and craft and re-upholstered chairs and melancholy found objects and vintage records, all of them full of magical secrets and totally devoid of clutter."

I have to admit that I go through phases of similar feelings toward the many (too many) decor/craft blogs I read everyday, that is, feeling woefully inadequate in the cute, unique and perfect department. I feel jealous that most of these ladies have the abundant time and energy to be well, effortlessly amazing at what they're doing.

Then I think, JESUS!, I have a full time job, a social life, and a big streak of lazy down the middle - so I'm really happy with what I manage to add to my blog. Plus, even my decent photography skills don't reveal the messes that are just out of frame! So even though I sometimes envy the decorated perfectness of lifestyles I imagine others are living, it passes, because there's really no point in comparing.

I also occasionally get grumpy with the (ha-ha!) "decornography" shown on some of the same blogs, sometimes it seems so decadent, wasteful and ridiculous that we're chasing these images if ideal homes (that have been styled to death for one photo shoot) with trendy, pricey designer stuff we don't need!!!!! But that passes too, because I remember to see it all as inspiration, nothing more. (and I like to buy things!)



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April 27, 2010

Pretty Little Pillows - I'm in a book!

Waaay back in 2008, I was contacted to contribute a project to a craft book " Pretty Little Pillows" which is part of the Pretty Little series by Lark books.

Well it's finally OUT!!! You can get it right here on amazon!




My contribution was these small lattice smocked pillows. I had to sit down and write out the instructions and take pictures of the process for the illustrator to use. Writing the instructions was the hardest part, since smocking doesn't make too much sense on paper, and it was important to write the instructions as if someone has never sewn before.

The book has a ton of cute pillows - and a nice balance between more traditional and modern styles and some new techniques.

You should buy one, really - it'll make your life complete!






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April 13, 2010

#262



"Amused and puzzled the other day, I read an advertisement for a course in interior decorating that said, “interior decoration kit furnished.” What in the world would you find in an interior decoration kit that would help you “do” a room?

It makes me shudder to think of it. Imagine opening your little box or kit and pulling out a complicated color chart, or in little box A, fishing out the rule for what to do with a room with four windows. Then in box B would be a bag of tricks for making ceilings look lower or hallways larger or whatever the problem might be. All solved with the little old interior decoration kit.

No, it wouldn’t work. All you need is your own good taste, some of today’s luscious colors and fabrics, and lots of courage to try something new. Any “kit on interior decoration,” no matter how elaborate, is about as mythical as Pandora’s box and just as impractical.

So many people believe there is something deep and mysterious about interior decoration – that you have to know all sorts of complicated details and rules before you can lift a finger. Well, you don’t. All you need is a delight in color, an awareness of balance, a feeling for lighting, a sense of style, a zest for life, and an amused enjoyment of the smart accessories of the moment. So open up your own kit of imagination and transform that room!"


How True! Thanks, Dorothy!


Read more about Dorothy here.



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April 12, 2010

Quick Bunting How-To

I know, I know it's trendy, but I really love bunting!! I've been wanting to make my own for a while, and came up with a quick and easy method to make double sided fabric bunting.




1. Get your hands on some extra wide double fold bias tape, a 60 degree diamond quilters cutting template, pinking shears and a rotary cutter - all easily found at JoAnn's or the like.

2. Cut as many diamonds as you think you'll need - they are 4" wide, which should help you with your math. I wanted 11 diamonds per strand.

3. Fold your diamonds in half and iron into triangles.

4. Sew the 2 open edges shut with a 1/4" seam allowance.

5. Trim the sewn edges with the pinking shears.

6. Sew a loop or ring on one end of your bias tape, then begin adding triangles to the bias tape, just open and insert.

7. Sew down the center of the tape, adding triangles as you go! Finish with another loop or ring.

Easy as Pie!










I hung mine using vintage wood thread spools in my bathroom, adding some whimsy to that long blank wall. I love it, but I think a smaller strand hung above with more "dips" would really make it look awesome!





** I have a few of these quilters cutting templates in different shapes and sizes, and they are SO DAMN HANDY! For all kinds of projects - I don't even quilt! I can't recommend them enough.



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April 8, 2010

Online Magazines, O MY!

So I stalled quite a bit before checking out any online magazines, you know, an I want it in my hands type of thing.....

Alas, there are too many interesting mags out there! Most of these are already pretty popular, so I'm a little late getting my seat on the bandwagon, but maybe a few of you haven't seen them yet!?

Lonny



Antler Magazine



Mankind Mag



UPPERCASE



IdN


Parasol




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April 5, 2010

Darling Dexter {The Jet's Desk}

My little ol' sewing desk popped up on Darling Dexter - which is really just awesome. Plus, another blog to read and to inspire me to sew some clothes finally!

"What started as place to share personal projects and thoughts has turned into a daily source of inspiration for style, decor, and design. Whitney Deal, the voice behind Darling Dexter has trained and worked as a graphic designer, helps run the family photography business with her hub, and is gradually developing a small fashion line. Darling Dexter is a place to share what excites her in the design community and continues to serve as showcase for personal projects"




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