Tuesday, August 31, 2010

sew mama sew serger giveaway!

FTWM of two seeks long-term, binding relationship. Must be patient, reliable, strong, forgiving, and tolerant of long periods of silence followed by intense bursts of activity. Prefer a night owl who enjoys a good last-minute project. A love of children's clothes, bags, skirts, dresses, halloween costumes, experiments in fabric, and all things craft is a big plus. I promise to love, care for, and cherish you, if you promise to help me tie up my loose ends. Huge pile of unfinished projects await. Let's make magic together!

Get over to Sew Mama Sew today to enter the giveaway of a new Husqvarna Viking s21 Serger!

Friday, August 27, 2010

what i'm liking

– Gaping at this whimsical artwork via design sponge
– Loving these fun illustrations and a great online journal of an illustration course in spain
– Wishing i knew about these adorable super 8 wedding videos when i got married
– Wanting this scarf at Anthropologie
– Happily anticipating taking this course through decor8
    happy weekend!

    Tuesday, August 24, 2010

    a room of my own,sort of

    Studio Wall display
    Studio Wall display by Moline

    I am turning the third bedroom in our house into a studio space. Up until now it has been an office/catch-all room with everything from a computer and printer to the ironing board housed there. The space only has three walls with the third being a railing that looks down the staircase to our living room below.


    Studio by Three Red Apples

    my crafty area
    my crafty area by craftingmomof1

    Sewing Studio

    Sewing Studio by Eris Delphi

    Mon Atelier
    Mon Atelier by petits détails

    more drawers
    more drawers by blessed little nest

    The room will need to be functional as a design studio, a sewing room, and my husband's writing desk. I'm liking furniture that is functional but also old or refurbished. But I need plenty of modern storage solutions.

    rincón by papersome

    studio progress...
    studio progress... by Three Red Apples

    Home office
    Home office by Chez Larsson

    The New Desk
    New desk by Chez Larsson

    And now, the fun part, actually making this happen...

    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    design behind the scenes

    Design Army's Wonderland
    HOW Magazine and Adobe asked three design studios to try the new Flash Catalyst to bring their print work to life. I love what Design Army did with their book for the Washington Ballet. I had seen the book through a Neenah paper promotion and it is breathtaking. They created a fun flash site that takes you behind the scenes on some of the photoshoots. It's amazing to see how they brought the lush fantasy photographs to life.

    Wednesday, August 18, 2010

    the perfect little purse

    Madebyhank: roundy-bottomed tough ruffles
    zipper purse in burnt orange and pale coral
    Boden's Amalfi dress (now on clearance!)

    I have a beautiful new dress from Boden that I am wearing to a wedding in Chicago over labor day weekend. I NEED to get this to go with it. So cute! Katie of Madebyhank has an awe-inspiring array of gorgeous designs in fantastic colors. 

    Monday, August 16, 2010

    back to school: e-courses

    I am a huge fan of school. If I could have found a way to stay in school forever, I would have done it. Every year, as the air turns crisp I long for the feeling of returning to a campus. It is not to be for now, but, there are some amazing e-courses out there. Here is just a short list of art-related courses...

    discovering Y.O.U. {art marketing e-course}
    Your Courageous Life
    Kelly Rae Robert's ebook, Flying Lessons
    Mondo Beyondo
    Between the Lines, Art Journaling
    In the Fish Bowl: Life as an Artist

    Friday, August 13, 2010

    Monday, August 9, 2010

    upcycled treasures

    Paper airplane-embroidery
    hoop wall art by Montclair Made
    September vintage tea towel bird, lavender
    scented ornament by Montclair Made
    Vintage greeting card gift tags by Montclair Made

    Mini flag banner no. 3 by Montclair Made

    Thanks to Etsy's daily handpicked items, I discovered Montclair Made. The shop features unique, clever, green items that are repurposed from materials like packaging, cardboard, and plastic shopping bags.

    Thursday, August 5, 2010

    new birthday invitations

    A friend asked me to design an invitation for her little boy who is turning 2. These were the options that I gave her. It was so fun to design for a boy since I am used to making things for my two girls. I will be offering these as templates in my Etsy shop soon.