So, I will take a little diversion (welcome, I'm sure) from all the self promotion today... I just like looking at this new hand-dyed fiber necklace by Erin Considine - but I think I might like wearing it even more! Doesn't it look soooo soft?
As a follow-up to yesterday's free birthday card, I wanted to mention that my 2011 calendars are on press this week and we'll begin taking preoders for a limited quantity of calendars in the shop tomorrow.
Starting in the morning, all 12 pages will be available to view in the shop!
Lastly, there's another reason to pre-order - if you click the Facebook "like" button up above the product before you order, and we will ship your 2011 for free! (You'll save about seven dollars!)
I thought I would celebrate by posting a free printable birthday card design template to go with some other designs in the series of free cards I've been posting here.
Now, I know you're going to want to print this out and send it to me, what with it being my birthday and all... but remember, I designed it, so I am all set, there. Anyway, enjoy, and Happy August 18th!
Legalese: Feel free to use the file any way you see fit, with the exception of
printing a bazillion copies and selling them. Ha ha. While the PDF is
of a 5" x 5" folding card format (to be printed on cover weight for
best results), you can also trim the front panel out on text weight
paper to create a print to hang in your space, wrap a gift with.. or
just crop it and use the graphic on your desktop.Or....well, I'm sure
you've got your own ideas!
I really never thought about it, but the blue in a ballpoint pen, which we are so used to seeing, is very close to the blue in Delft porcelain. I love the idea of re-purposing the ballpoint look, but still seeing that signature (pardon pun), hand-drawn, chicken-scratchy, look.
I would LOVE to see a series of delft vases or plates done with faux-ballpoint pen, or faux-tapestry fabric done in this finish. I would also love to see wallpaper that was ornate, but looked like it was drawn with a blue ballpoint. Ironic, pretty, and clever.
Yes, these fans are drawn with a ballpoint pen This portrait too And not sure about this necktie, but it was close enough This dress definitely doesn't care where the margins are!
PS The image that inspired this trendspotting post can be found here - but I thought it was kind of hard to see just what this was...
I know, I know, it's getting kind of pastel around here. I'll fix that in a couple of days. I saw this image last night and really enjoyed looking at it. There was something so tactile about these gloves - the smooth, ticking fabric, the little stitches. They look so...protective.
Ok, first of all, am I using the word "Casegoods" correctly?
Here is my thinking, these are cases, and they are good.
Anyway, I would love one of these for my computer - though they're just for ipod/iphone and itouch - which I have neither nor of. But for those of you who do... I thought you might be interested. And, I liked the way they coordinated with todays morning post, one more doily dally for today.
Do you know that if you look up "Doily" on etsy, you get almost 10.000 search results?
Anyway, it can't be denied, we like our lace, and our intricately pretty things.
I have been so busy lately, and having a design-centered business means that when I am designing, generally it is with a goal in mind. But looking at these detailed pieces reminds me that sometimes the act of creating something can be it's own reward.
I really love looking at the letter A on the top left - maybe because it has an element of process and isn't "done". To me, it's more compelling than the fully cut one. Do you see what I mean? Or is it just me?
Letter A - view all the papercut stages here City Sayings - my pick is "MIND THE GAP" this artist is on vaction - but worth checking out here Rubber stamp doilies - check out how they used these with permanent white ink on a clear bag - cool! here and here Handmade stamps - love the way she labels each handle - here
I'm a big fan of the asthetic of the Etsy shop Trampoline, and lately, I haven't been able to get this series of pressed leaves I saw there out of my head.
And it's a good thing, because it lead me to find even more work by Trampoline's proprietor, Kim Ludy, who has a great eye for vintage pieces, and so much more...I really enjoyed taking a look at her wonderfully styled botanical sets on flickr, as well as a really amazing home tour that is full of rich, jewel toned color meeting rustic, heritage textures.
Anyway if you're looking for a treat, see more style shots like the one up top here And the ones below (love the blue clapboard - yum!) here And do a little shopping here