June 30, 2008

Shop Update

I was working on more prints for my shop over the weekend. Soon it will be stocked with wonderful gocco goodness.

Because a gocco press uses a stamping motion several test prints must be done to get the ink distributed evenly. To save paper I use my test prints repeatedly, printing one run on top of another. Sometimes the results can be pretty interesting like the images posted above.

More shop news coming soon :)

June 27, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday!

It's time to celebrate Creature Comforts first birthday. Hooray!

To make this anniversary a memorable one Ez is having a Birthday Giveaway Extravaganza. The prizes are so awesome it's unbelievable. Some of the goodies include prints from Matte Stephens and Lab Partners and a teatowel from Skinny LaMinx. This is just a small sample of the goodies up for grab. Today is the last day to enter so you better hurry.

In honor of this special occasion I thought it was only fitting to hop on over to Martha's site (which I seem to be doing a lot of lately) and look for some pretty cupcakes.

I thought these lollipop cupcakes were super cute and perfect for summer.

June 25, 2008

It's time to ...

Finalists have been chosen for the Decor8 mood board contest. Hooray! I was very impressed and inspired by this years entries. It is interesting to see how the same line of fabric can be used in so many different ways. There were a few contestants who also chose some of the same furniture and yet they still created a totally different outcome. Very cool.

In case you were wondering, I did not make it ... sniff, sniff ... but I am not that disappointed after seeing some really lovely boards that I honestly would have chosen over my own. I still had fun and creating my mood board got me excited about the possibilities for my own home studio.

Most of my favorites made it into the finals. There were a few that I really liked and was surprised when they were not chosen. For what its worth here they are.
Monica Erskine
Whitney Barnes
Erika Eberson
Russell Horvath
Jessica Lord

Thanks to Holly and Amy for another brilliant contest. I cant wait to see who wins.

I voted ... have you?
decor8: Mood Board Contest: 23 Finalists!

June 19, 2008

My Decor8 + Amy Butler Mood Board Entry

It's time again for the annual mood board contest. Holly Becker and Amy Butler have teamed up and are offering some great prizes this year. I decided to enter and here is what I came up with.

My current studio is in the unfinished basement of my home and I would love to fix it up … and if my husband is reading this, any of these items would make great gifts … hint hint :)

Here are the links to each item from my mood board that can be purchased.
1. Rose / Fresh Poppies
2. Morän Jord Floor Tiles, white
3. Morän Modd Floor Tiles, black
4. Anno Strå Curtain
5. Morning Birds Wall Clock
6. Quentin Caps (free font)
7. Ånes Chest
8. Emu Box
9. Lingo Box, wine/medallion
10. Ung Drill Frame
11. Muddus Drop-leaf Table, orange
12. Dwell Studio For Target Decorative Pillow — Chocolate Border
13. Vika Oleby Leg
14. Vika Grevsta Table Top, birch veneer
15. Andrea Rund Rug, orange and off-white
16. Honeycomb Lantern, red
17. Snille Swivel Chair, blue-green
18. Hellum Rug, blue-green
19. Lillberg Rocking chair, Froarp black/white cover and black frame
20. Septim Pendant Lamp, black

Free Hangtags For My Shop

Here they are ... the finished tags assembled, packaged and ready to go. As I mentioned in this earlier post, these are my thank you gifts I will be including with prints purchased at my Etsy shop.

There are 35 of these little guys to go around. Once they are all gone there will be a different giveaway. Can't wait to see what I come up with next? Umm ... me too :)

(Snip snip. Cutting ribbon and dividing tags into groups.)
(Look! They hang ... tricky eh?)

June 16, 2008

Holy Crap ... I Won!

Jenn Ski announced a contest on her blog the first week in June to win a set of three of her prints. I decided to enter, knowing full well that I am never lucky enough to win anything. I could not believe my eyes when I opened up Jenn Ski's blog this afternoon. I am todays winner. Hooray!

(Look. I won!)

Thanks so much Jenn! I can't wait for them to arrive. I will anxiously await the mailman's delivery. You can check out her awesome Etsy shop here.

Target's Dollar Section

Check out this great wooden necklace I found at Target today. The color reminds me of summer, green apples and watermelon.

Ok ... so it only cost one dollar which means it is probably not the best quality ... and on the package it said for ages 7 and up ... probably not a good sign either. Oh well, it sure is cute and I could not resist!

June 12, 2008

Another Sneak Peek

I have been working on prints for my Etsy shop and I thought it would be fun to give you a little peek.

(Sketches of vintage frames that I later scanned
and tweaked on my computer.)

(A detail of the finished product.)
I decided to print these on my Cannon printer instead of my gocco. This way I was not limited to a smaller image size and I had the freedom of using more colors in one print without using a lot of print masters. The image is 5x7 printed on an 8x10 sheet.

June 10, 2008

Martha Stewart Online

(Raffia Tote Bag & Hat: Martha Stewart online)
After reading about it on Decor 8 I decided to sign up for my own profile on Martha Stewart online. I love the idea of bookmarking my favorite craft projects and recipes. I also signed up to receive the Craft of the Day email. Hooray!

You can visit my profile to see some of my favorite projects here.

(Tote Bags: Martha Stewart online)

June 7, 2008

Decorative Magnets

The other day my mom and I made magnets together. I think almost everyone has done some of these one time or another. They are pretty simply really, just glass marbles, decorative paper and a little glue. Oh ... and magnets of course. But if you have never made them and would like more details on how to do so you can hop on over to Martha's site for a quick how-to.

I thought these ones would look quite lovely in my studio. The paper I used reminds me of old wallpaper.

I made these ones for the magnet board in the baby's room—bright colored stars and stripes. Yippee!

June 5, 2008

A Trip To Ikea

First, I want to apologize for the crappy cell phone pix. I went to Ikea yesterday to pick out a table for my studio and thought it would be fun to post a couple of images from my shopping adventure. The first two are of the restaurant and cafe area located on the second floor.

For those who have not been there before let me tell you how Ikea works. As you walk through the store the first area you come to is the showroom where all the furniture and accessories are set up in mini room settings. These settings are divided into separate areas such as living rooms, wall units and storage, work areas, kitchen and dining, bedrooms, bathrooms and children. On each item there is an aisle and bin number where you then go downstairs the the warehouse to load up your pieces to purchase them.

Also on the level of the warehouse there is a marketplace. Here you can purchase items that fall under categories such as cooking and eating, textiles and rugs, bathroom, home organization, lighting, prints and frames, home decoration and greenroom.

In case you are confused here is a map they give you so you don't get lost. Ikea also has arrows on their floor to guide you through the showroom. Brilliant!

And for the moment you have all been waiting for .... here is the table I ended up with except I picked the birch veneer top instead of the black melamine.

This is also the style of table that Nicole Balch of Pink Loves Brown used to display here work at the recent National Stationary Show in New York so I must have good taste :)