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friday-faves-apr-17I don’t know if it’s your favorite time of the week but it’s definitely mine.  Haven’t had too much time to cruise Etsy this week so we’ll be relying on some of my all-time favorites.

This beautiful hair clip from Neva Plume is a twist on an old favorite.  I’ve always been a fan of peacock feathers for their vibrancy, but this clip takes the old standard and bleaches them out.  It’s a recognizable form in a new, hip color combo that I just can’t look away from.  It also looks spectacular in the model’s red hair.  I think this would be a nice piece for a vintage or alternative wedding.

I love this carousel picture from Bucks County Frames. I love old carnivals and games and all of the hoopla that goes with it – it makes me nostalgic for something I’ve never really seen!  There’s these little bits of human experience that I think are shared throughout the ages, and this reminds me of one of them.  As an added bonus, this great shop has other good photography but most importantly, frames!  Otherwise your prints just languish in a pile somewhere (like mine) hoping dearly to one day see the light of day.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been in love with handwriting.  I’ve changed mine more times than I care to mention, and have noticed that as time goes on, it grows to look more and more like my dad’s.  They say that handwriting is imprinted in your brain – if you learned how to write with your feet, apparently, your handwriting would look the same, eventually.  Not all of us have wonderful handwriting (either with our hands or our feet) but that’s where D Paulette comes in.  For a small fee, she’ll act as your scribe with her beautiful calligraphy!  The obvious use is for a wedding, but I’m still plotting ways to get my hands on some of that beautiful written work.

I’ve been reading a lot lately about how much trouble Obama is getting into for not coming up with the perfect gift for visiting dignitaries.  And I’ve realized how hard it is to get a perfect gift for someone, especially someone you don’t even know!  When I’m pressed into coming up with a great gift, Urban Heirlooms always comes to mind.  This awesome shop stocks great leather accessories (wallets, keychains, etc) perfectly accented with an antique key.  Great for brothers, sisters, in-laws, or even strangers!

Thanks to this week’s artists – we all appreciate the great work that you do!


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Here’s my list of favorites for the week!

friday-faves-apr10Geninne has been one of my favorites for a long time.  She was recently a featured seller over at Etsy, and her blog and flickr streams are constant sources of inspiration for me.  She has the amazing ability to keep her creative spaces not only clean but beautiful!  Her prints reflect that same ability – clean, beautiful and modern.  Mostly she focuses on birds, but there’s some other great naturalistic pieces there as well.

Kjoo has this amazing ability to turn somewhat common craft items into beautiful textile jewelry.  I never knew that it was possible for felt and crochet to be so beautiful.  She definitely has an incredibly unique take on her craft, and anyone would be lucky to own one of her pieces.  I don’t see anything this great ever going out of style!  You can also visit her flickr stream for more up-t0-date inspiration.

The Ardent Sparrow is a great place to find inexpensive, yet beautiful and fun jewelry.  It definitely has a vintage feel, and most of her items I wouldn’t be surprised to find on sale at an Anthropologie somewhere – it definitely has the aesthetic.  She’s recently come back to jewelry making, and I say she hasn’t lost the skill!  You can check out her blog for more ideas and pictures.

Last up are the amazing prints from The Painted Lily.  She calls them “kaleidoscopic prints” and I would consider than an apt term for them.  Digitally created, they have the look of something more intensely hand-made.  There’s a depth and intensity that you don’t usually see in digital work.  She also incorporates vintage ephemera into her work, transforming it into something intricate and beautiful.   And the colors are lovely!

Thanks to this week’s artists for making such beautiful things!

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My bookmark list is slowly but surely growing out of control.  There’s so much amazing inspiration out there, and I’m continually overwhelmed by all of the creative energy and beauty floating around the internet.  Here’s some of the things I’ve been digging on lately.

Forty-Sixth at Grace is an astounding blog that she calls “a saving account for things I like”.  Beautiful photographs, soft and ethereal.  Great finds and lovely writing.  What’s not to like?

Jordan Ferney seems to live a life filled with friends, fun and art (I’m jealous).  She has a lettepress studio, she does photo styling, and an event planner.  Her blog is filled with all sorts of wonderful things and is a good place to go to jump-start your imagination.

MagCloud might be my new favorite find.  Who among us hasn’t dreamed of one day working for a magazine?  With that option quickly disappearing out the window, why not take the initiative and publish your own.  That’s exactly what MagCloud is for.  You just upload a .pdf of your magazine, and they do all of the work!  The price is right too – you pay nothing to create the magazine, but having it printed costs $.20/page.  You can set your subscription price above that to make money, if that’s what your after.  In this day and age where it’s so hard to set yourself apart from the crowd, I’m thinking that a magazine would be the way to do it!

I am in love with this photography from Bobby Neel Adams.  He takes portraits of different generations of the family, prints them out, and manually stitches them together.  The family resemblance is really striking, and he juxtaposes the faces in a way that borders on the macabre.

I love nothing more in life than a good flea market.  There’s tons of them in Arizona, but I’m not sure if any of them match the top 10 flea markets according to Travel + Leisure.  This is a great slideshow showing some pictures – I’ll be off plotting my next vacation.

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I was driving from Arizona to Colorado and did my requisite stop at Trader Joe’s along the way for a case of two buck chuck.  They cunningly put their floral section right inside the door, and I was instantly struck by the color of these ranunculus.  It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t terribly logical but I decided that they could survive the 10 hour trip back with me in the car.  Am I glad that I bought them!  They’ve opened up wonderfully and only gotten prettier since then.  I’ve been on the lookout and I haven’t seen any that were this color around.  They were just begging to be put into the studio….here are some of my favorite shots.

Hopefully this will show you why I’m enamored of this flower!  If you’d like to see more, please click here (I’ll be uploading a few more every day – can’t get too much of a good thing).

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I love a good tote bag, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.  I think they’ve come a long way since corporate picnic giveaways and NPR donor prizes.  There’s a lot of hip choices out there, and tote bags are so versatile and useful, there’s really no excuse not to have one floating around for those last-minute grocery runs or trips to the library.


To me, LL Bean is always the go-to place for totes.  They’re (in)famous for their monogramming but I like the variety of choices they have, the durability and I especially love the polka dots.  They even have a custom tote option now where you can pick your size, color and other features.  Plus they make tote bags that most men wouldn’t be afraid to carry.

I love the pattern on this one, and its modern look.  There’s tons of great totes on Etsy but this one really caught my eye.  The neutral colors are nice without being boring, and you can’t go wrong with stripes.  I could see this in a trendy urban farmer’s market somewhere.

This red leather tote bag is a bit more upscale than its canvas counterparts, but I love taking something good and making it better.   I can’t tell for sure, but that leather just looks so soft and supple, and I just adore the ruffles.


This awesome unisex tote from Teamwork is unisex styling at its finest, as well as being eco-friendly.  They create bags from salvaged sails and tires to make bags that are effortlessly cool   They make messenger bags as well that are definitely worth checking out.


Here’s an awesome tutorial for a tote bag if you’ve got a creative side and feel like making your own.  There are really excellent, detailed instructions so even if you’re a sewing newbie you might be able to tackle this project. 


Here’s a sort of a tote bag made by a company in South America that creates bags out of clothing from second-hand stores.  The concept isn’t entirely new but their execution is superb, and they find some really wonderful fabrics.  They also leave the tags from the original garment on the bag, so that adds a bit of history.  They don’t have an online shop (a tragedy) but they have a flickr stream and a contact email.


OK so it’s not a tote bag.  It’s made by the same company as the bag above.  And I would pretty much sell my soul for this bag.  Talk about urban bohemian.  If you were backpacking around the world, would you rather carry this or some brightly colored nylon flag?  I’d be worried that someone would steal my bag for the design rather than for what was inside.  I think this would look really great with a round-the-world patina.  Now I think I’m going to have to try to make one myself.

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I really love spring flowers that have bright, open multicolor blooms.  That’s part of the reason that I’m so into ranunculus, but there are some other choices that I think fit the bill.  Anemone is one of them.   I love the bright colors and the cheeriness that these flowers provide. 

The purples and pinks are something you can’t really get with other flowers, like ranunculus or poppies.  They’d be really nice for a modern dinner party or in a bridal bouquet.






I love the look of all of the flowers grouped together, but this mixed batch from Saipua always makes my day.

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We have a winner for my March giveaway!  Congratuations to the winner – I’ve sent an email, so you know who you are!  And thanks to everyone who entered – I will be doing giveaways fairly often so check back soon for more details!

I’ve been working on the inside of a 1972 pickup truck so that’s taking a lot of my time this weekend (I’ll share pictures soon) so instead of posting what I’m doing, I thought I’d post what I’m loving instead.

I think that I’m doing to keel over and die from how much I love Candice Stringham’s photography.  She has been shooting these amazing pictures of beautiful ladies with umbrellas, “flying” all over New York.  She has such a sense of whimsy and a touch of humor, I just can’t keep from going back for more.

Purl Soho might indeed have the best collection of high-end crafty goodness that I have ever seen.  Plus, the online shop is great for people like me who live in a tragically unhip place with no access to the wonder that is their fabric collection.  They have wonderfully hip patterns as well, definitely worth checking out.

Erin Jang’s blog is a great place for graphic design and craft inspiration.   I love her custom wedding ideas, and there’s something that’s wonderfully handmade, yet still professional about her designs.

I’ve been looking at lots of flowers lately, as I’m doing all of the flowers for a friend’s wedding in June.  I stumbled upon Wild at Heart and I love their gallery – full of inspiration.  The flowers are romantic, yet modern, and there’s something about a huge ball of matching flowers that is just so striking.

Sometimes, I get a little down about the world, and I just need to read something funny.  I’m not much of a joke person, and my humor personality seems to be most akin to that of Eddie Izzard.  Which makes it difficult to find things that make me laugh.  Puppet Pie, however, might be the best blog out there for putting a smile on your face.  Words cannot even describe.  You’ll have to see it for yourself.

And because I can never get enough of beatiful photography, I find myself drawn to Bloom, Grow, Love‘s blog.  An amazing photographer, her images are captivating and have a wonderful dream-like quality to them (if only my dreams were this beautiful).  If I’m ever able to create photos this gorgeous, I think I’ll be able to die happy.

That’s all for today.  I’m embarking on a new project taking pictures of people’s pets, and I’m excited to see where it will take me.  There’s all sorts of things that qualify as pets down here – dogs, cats, lizzards, goats.  😉  I’ll be posting photos as soon as I get them!

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