April 28, 2008

Etsy Seller—Jen Skelley

I saw Jen Skelley featured on Print & Pattern the other day and quickly fell in love with her work. What great patterns and color pallets she uses. Jen has definitely reminded me that I need to get going on my own shop. Oh ... and did I mention that she sells gocco prints in her shop? Love it! You can check out her blog and website to see more great illustrations.

April 22, 2008

Under 20 Bucks

I love finding things for an insanely low price. The blue pillow above came from a local dollar store. I think I paid somewhere between $3 and $5 for it.

I found these cups and matching water pitcher at a thrift store. $5 for the pitcher, $0.50 for each cup. I love circles ... but yellow too! I had to have them.

I also got this mirror at the same thrift store. I think the other shoppers got a kick out of me hauling it around the store since it's a little taller than I am (5ft. 2in) and very heavy. luckily this thing actually fit in the back seat of my little car ... barely. Whew!

April 10, 2008

Extreme Makeover: Frame Edition

In my first post I showed you a picture of my studio. I feel it is important to surround myself with inspiration while I design. It is important that I create an atmosphere I enjoy being in because I think it reflects on the success of the design I am working on. So … one way I decided to do this was to hang a magnet board above my oh so cheap table.

I simply took an old brown frame whose colors were now a bit out of style and pretty boring and gave it a very simple makeover. I have a crush on this green right now. I call this shade of green Martha Stewart green.

I also did this same magnet board project in my son’s room. I surrounded it with old pictures that my husband had hanging in his room when he was a little boy. I created the letter E picture by simply cutting out the letter E from brown paper and gluing it onto a piece of scrapbook paper. Ta da!

April 7, 2008

DIY Black Apple Doll

Top Etsy seller Emily Martin of The Black Apple was featured on the Martha Stewart show not to long ago. Congrats Emily! There she demonstrated how to make your very own doll complete with a fashionable scarf or apron. Not only are they very cute but she also reveals great tips that make this doll a sinch to create. Visit MarthaStewart.com to download the template and to watch her in action. You can also visit Emily's blog here.