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Eye Spy: Fab Etsy Art

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Hey all!  I spent the afternoon pulling together the design plan for the kids room for the Alma Project with Cristin of Simplified Bee, we’re so excited about the space taking shape and all the volunteers and vendors that have stepped forward to donate their time and products, thank you so much!  I’m so excited for the install and big reveal in a few short weeks.  (Still need more donations, so contribute what you can by clicking on the link in the sidebar!)

While online, I was shopping for artwork for the walls on Etsy and we’ve narrowed it down to a favorite series (can’t wait to show you!), but I couldn’t help but notice so many other amazing artists over there, I could be lost for hours.  I just had to share a few I stumbled across – some of these might look great on your walls or as part of your collection. 

I love Eva Juliet from Montreal, Canada.  Her shop is filled with whimsical illustrations from constellations to cupcakes, but I’m particularly fond of the culinary series, perfect framed in a grid on a kitchen wall or dining nook.

eva juliet culinary prints

 

Who knows a dude who loves Star Wars? Oh, you’re all raising your hands.  Well check out the pop art series over at The Decorium Studio of Laguna Beach, California.  I want my little boy wants one too.

x wing pop art

 

Visit Monorail Studio of Austin, Texas for some very fun and fresh quotable screenprints.  They are “printmakers by blood and artists by trade, ink in one hand and coffee in the other.”  I love that so much.  

monrail prints

 

Have you seen Quill and Fox?  You should, this shop from Portland, Oregon offers sweet paper goods in the form of seasonal and other post cards, my favorite it this terrarium series, send two to friends, then frame the others on your gallery wall.

terrarium post cards quill and fox

 

Parada Creations of Bridgeport, Connecticut is another favorite for the whimsical illustration and excellent use of color, don’t miss the series of passion love prints!

parada designs etsy

 

Watercolor is en vogue again, and Jessica Durrant of Atlanta, Georgia does exceptional work.  I’m especially drawn to her series of multicolored world maps.

jessica illustration watercolors

 

Traveled to a major city and fallen in love with its architecture?  You’ll love the colorful series of city prints by Laura Amiss of Amstelveen, Netherlands.

laura miss etsy

 

Hop on over to browse the art on Etsy and get lost like I did, there are so many talented artists over there.  Who’s your latest favorite? 

 

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New Mag to Savor: Souvenir

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Hello all, I wanted to share a lovely spring publication with you today!  I’ve long admired Heather Bullard – stylist extraordinaire and contributing editor to Country Living magazine.  Heather has amazing taste, a discerning eye, and is an incredible photographer.  I’m so excited for her because just today she launched the premier issue of a new quarterly publication Souvenir

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There are no ads within the 118 pages – they’re filled only with spaces, crafts, recipes, features, destinations, and decorations to inspire.  Heather and her team came up with so many gorgeous ideas, like these beautiful glittered ombre eggs . . .

heather bullard ombre eggs

. . . and floral arranging in vintage vessels.

heather bullard floral arrangement

 

See a sneak peek for yourself here.  The digital version of Souvenir is $3.95 and you can also order a full printed version. 

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I read the entire issue cover to cover and it’s divine – it will make you want to throw open the windows and welcome the freshness of spring.  Hop on over to Souvenir Lifestyle to grab your copy!

 

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