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Lovely, lovely lace, lace, lace.

June 10, 2009

As some of you may know, I love lace. I am so intrigued by the femininity and intricacy of the patterns: so delicate, yet structural. Here are some delightful lace and lace-inspired finds from Etsy that I’m loving at the moment.

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Row 1: Recycled Canvas and Lace Tote Bag by Forest Bound; Abelina Lace Necklace by Fox & Clover; Antique Linen and Lace Sachet by Tuttie Lou

Row 2: Laced Ring by All Those 3hrees; Greer Necklace by tree & kimball; Soft French Lace Bag by tortilla girl

Row 3: Saffron Headband by teeny house bunny; Spool of Lace by The $5 French Market; Lace Ring No. 1 by Masami Kelly

Row 4: Carved Lace Vase by Mad Hatter Ceramics; Trompe L’oeil Lace Embellished Canvas Bag by Show Pony; Leila Clutch by Percy Handmade

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Heather Benning’s Dollhouse

May 22, 2009

So, I know that many people have already blogged about this (we found it on Famille Summerbelle’s blog, who found it on Design Shimmer), but I am insanely in love with Heather Benning’s life-sized dollhouse from 2007. What’s not to love? Farmhouse? Check! Dollhouse? Check! Canada? Check! The Saskatchewan artist converted an abandoned farmhouse in Manitoba into a full-sized, livable dollhouse. And, oh, how I’d love to live in it.

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Oh, and on a doll-related note, a current project of Benning’s is Field Doll, a 12-foot tall mixed-media sculpture of a doll that Benning has carried around with her on her travels.

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Enjoy more photos of Benning’s delightful dollhouse after the jump.

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feeling felty

May 20, 2009

I am fantastically fond of felt. Needle felting, pressed-fiber felt, felt in all forms. It’s fuzzy and comforting, yet substantial and strong. Here are a few fabulous felty finds from Etsy.

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Row 1:
Lemon Yellow Bear Brooch by ememem; Little Lamb by johnstill (Three Bags Full)

Row 2:
Wool Pebbles by Make Your Presents Felt; Tiny Egg People by asherjasper

Row 3:
Monogram Clips by Banana Pies; Nels the Narwhal by skunkboy creatures

Row 4:
Felted Slippers by French Press Knits; Large Oak Leaf Earrings by hi tree

Row 5:
Iced Donut by ThreeFive18; Sandwich Set by Curly Clips

recent acquisitions

May 11, 2009

We’ve been a bit busy lately and haven’t really had much time to post, but since I have a free moment, I wanted to share the glorious Etsy purchases I’ve made recently. Such a range of marvelous little treasures!

Fantastically adorable gocco-printed felt brooches by Anke Weckmann:

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Lovely drawings of things dear to my heart (birds, typewriters AND cupcakes!) by Tabitha Emma:

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Amazing vintage paint-by-number horses from BROOKLYNrehab:

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just a little something

May 3, 2009

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It’s really gloomy out today and I was up early with a bunch of nervous energy for some reason. Oddly (or miraculously, rather), the only thing that helped me calm down was seeing this silly little thing that I made one restless night. It’s small and simple, but it made me happy, so I thought I would share.

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April 30, 2009

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I just wanted to share the amazingly enchanting monogram cross stitch that I just received from Erin at treefox. I am completely in love with it! Erin has the loveliest shop, filled with wonderful cross-stitched designs. I am so excited to find a home in my home worthy of something so precious.

Sunday inspiration

April 26, 2009

Since I was feeling a little blue about coming into work on a Sunday, Paul cheered me up by taking me for a walk on San Francisco’s Coast Trail that runs along the Presidio to the Cliff House. These little snapshots are nothing exciting, but the walk reminded me to not take for granted the interesting and beautiful things that are all around us.

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Etsy Day: Scherenschnitte!

April 24, 2009

Many cultures have many different names for the art of cut paper: Scherenschnitte (German), Kirie (Japanese), Sanjhi (Indian) and Papel Picado (Mexican) are just a few. In honor of etsy day and my love of silhouettes, I’ve chosen some papercuttings that range from semi-traditional and folky to super-intricate and modern. All of these amazingly delicate works of art are cut by hand.

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Row 1: papercutdiecut, Papercuts by Joe
Row 2: Miss Macau, papercutdiecut
Row 3: Pen and Paper, Tina Tarnoff
Row 4: MyPaperCutting, Lisa Loo
Row 5: Arabesque Arts By Darcy, olympicsparrer88
Row 6: vanillarp, Jenny Lee Fowler

Plaid? Rad!

April 21, 2009

Everyone seems to be mad for plaid these days. I’m a sucker for intersecting stripes, so please enjoy just a few finds from Etsy. If you do, I’ll be ever so glad.

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Row 1: Avril Loreti, SKIRT
Row 2: Elizabeth Bauman, Dude and Chick
Row 3: Penguin & Fish, Jordynn Mackenzie
Row 4: Ball & Chain, Cosmonaut Shop
Row 5: Crafty Crafterson, Archibald Design Studio

living stones and baby toes

April 16, 2009

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For the past few days, I haven’t had a moment to breathe, let alone post something. But when my amazing new succulents arrived yesterday from Monkeys Always Look, I was so happy, I had to share.

The one that looks like a heart split down the middle belongs to the Argyroderma (meaning “silver skin”) genus, and is commonly referred to as a “living stone.” The other plant (that looks to me like a bunch of little sea snakes swimming together) is known as “baby toes” (genus Fenestraria meaning “window”).

I am absolutely in love with them.

Louise Body Wallprint

April 9, 2009

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Just a very quick post about something that I came across yesterday. There are some fantastic wallpaper designers out there and Louise Body Wallprint is one that I really like. She creates dreamy wallpapers, fabrics and handpainted cushions. I’m partial to the lace designs (of course), but I kind of love them all.

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pomme-pomme prettiness

April 8, 2009

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I wanted to have a supermodel photo shoot with the two new Blythe dresses that I just received from pomme-pomme, but I sadly haven’t had the daylight to do it. Unfortunately, these photos don’t do them justice, but I just had to share as soon as I could. They are so crazy adorable and well-made, I absolutely wish they came in my size.

Rehabilitated Dishware

April 6, 2009

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Like the Crackery Crockery from Ornamented Life that I shared with you a while back, Sarah Cihat’s Rehabilitated Dishware brings new spirit and beauty to tableware that had been condemned to a life of rejection. Buying dishes from second-hand stores and retailers’ seconds piles, Cihat re-glazes and modernizes them with a new color and new design. The results are delightful, graphic and playful, all the while making you feel good about giving a loving new home to (what would have been) a stray. Cihat originally started this study of sustainability and renewal as a project for her thesis, and now sells the unique pieces in select boutiques and online.

two-dee into three-dee

April 3, 2009

I randomly came across Peter Callesen while searching for a paper artist who plays with dimension and gives depth to something that was originally flat (like Cornelia Odonovan and Jason Jagel, but I’ll get back to that in a minute). Now I am obsessed. He has too many incredible works to share that I don’t know how to pare them down to one post. Using only cut white paper and glue (and sometimes pencil or paint for color), Callesen creates three-dimensional sculptures that truly boggle my mind.

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So, back to the original inspiration for this post. Jason Jagel and Cornelia Odonovan do amazing work layering planes of two-dimensional pieces to create three-dimensional environments.

Noah was kind enough to introduce us to the work of Jason Jagel. I was immediately drawn to his sculptural work. To see more, visit his website.

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Katja, in turn, shared with us the paper art of one of her favorite artists, Cornelia Odonovan. To see more, visit her website.

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scientific adornment

March 31, 2009

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you’ve probably come to know that I love when design and science collide. One medium that lends itself naturally to that marriage is jewelry. Be they realistic or abstract representations, chemical or biological, natural or laboratorical (!), all of these lovely pieces were inspired by the shapes and forms found in science. The next time you need a geeky—yet fetching—gift (for anyone, including yourself), perhaps consider a purchase in the name of science. It’s for the greater good.

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Row 1: Nervous System, Beth Cyr
Row 2: seapod, emily e.p.s.
Row 3: Molecular Muse, Itsnoname
Row 4: Nervous System (both)
Row 5: Nicholas and Felice, Contrariwise

Obacht

March 30, 2009

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I was in Munich last year and came across what may go down in history as my favorite store: Obacht. You know you’ve found the perfect store when you covet, or are lucky enough to already own, everything they sell. Lots of deer, lots of woodgrain, lots of clean lines, lots of hearts fluttering dreamily above my head.

The co-owner of the store (Marion) explained that Obacht roughly translates to something made with “care and attention to detail,” and never was there a more fitting name. The store’s design is my idea of heaven (the owners gathered and chopped those logs themselves) and each item they sell is meticulously chosen (they highlight and support local artistans, often commissioning them to create exclusive products). T-shirts are packaged in amazing glass-lidded canning jars, and each item you purchase is lovingly hand-wrapped (and in my case even re-wrapped when she tried to prep something for packing in a suitcase, but worried that the first wrap job wasn’t “beautiful enough”).

Unfortunately, I don’t speak German, so I’m not sure what is available online and what is available only in the store, but if you’re ever in Munich, stop by and say, “Guten Tag!” Obacht is a wondrous little place and a perfect state of mind.

copper octopus!

March 26, 2009

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Thanks to Noah for being an art pusher. Once I saw this print by Barnaby Ward (Bosley, copper), I had to have it. Cute girl with her cephalopod friend? How could I pass up something so tailor-made for me?

Each limited-edition print in this series (available at Pictures on Walls) is a three- or five-color screenprint with pearlescent, metallic ink, and is signed and numbered. For non-limited-edition (thus, less expensive) work, head over to the artist’s own site.

Science + Art

March 25, 2009

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Artist Michael Bartalos has teamed up with the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco for a special project that brings together two of my favorite things: science and art. His current project is an ongoing piece called The Long View, wherein he will create sculptures using recyclable goods found in Antarctica. He’ll document his progress on the Academy of Sciences blog, as well as on his own website. I, as a lover of found-object art with a purpose, am excited to see something that promotes sustainability awareness with flair.

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March 25, 2009

I believe it was Jessica Troy who first brought the greatness of someecards to our attention. In a sea of painfully unfunny, unclever e-greeting sites that offer cards you’d be embarrassed to send, they stand out as the kind of place that actually makes you want to search for a reason (any reason) to send an e-card.

For all of you prudes out there, be forewarned that some of the cards on the site are a little graphic, but that makes their often ironic imagery that much more amusing.

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Aaron Ruell

March 24, 2009

Aaron Ruell is probably best known as Kip from Napoleon Dynamite. He also happens to be a talented photographer and director (of many things, including short films, ads and music videos for bands like The Postal Service). The things I love most about his photography are his use of color and how he finds beauty in the mundane.

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