This morning started off right with a dose of delightful design from Quill & Fox. I guess I shouldn't be surprised at their new products that are so clever and beautifully designed. I love everything they have done but these new designs are just too good to be true.
You've already kind of seen the finished product of our chair we reupholstered from Pixel's Watch Me Grow photos, but I wanted to show you more of the process we went through to get this little yellow beauty.Here is the condition we found the poor saggy chair in at Goodwill. The fabric was pretty worn in spots and the caning on the sides was starting to break, but it was the perfect size and style for the space we have in our living room. It just needed some love.
I discovered this jem of a book last week and went out a bought it the very next day. I was so excited about it I just about read the entire thing in one sitting. It talks a lot about the business side of crafting (the part I can say I don't know too much about). All my business knowledge comes from friends and family--and now this book. If you're a crafter and want to know a little more about the business side of things, go grab this book at Barnes and Noble and settle down on the couch for the afternoon. I bet you'll learn a thing or two.
Emma Block is an illustrator from London. Her style is so fun and playful; it reminds me of vintage paper dolls. I was first just going to post about her Style Icon series, but then I got looking at all her other fabulous illustrations and I had to show you some of my favorites.
|Style Icon series|
|Lost in London|
We've been pretty good about taking lots of pictures of Pixel since we got him. His Watch Me Grow series has helped us remember to take at least one good picture documenting his growth each week. Recently we realized we hadn't taking any picture of the three of us so we grabbed our camera snapped a few or at least we tried to. It was a little tricky holding an energetic puppy, trying to get him to look at the camera and take a picture all while smiling.
Ever since my parents came and helped me with all those diy projects, I keep coming up with more and more things I want to do. It's so satisfying making things yourself. I probably should take it one project at a time before I get burnt out. These are on my current to do list.
|Spray Painted File Cabinets|
|Dog Car Seat Cover|
|Garden Party Napkins|
Have you seen these nail polishes from Scotch? I have a whole shoe box full of nail polish, but I wouldn't mind adding a few of these colors to my collection. The best part is they are non toxic, fragrance free and have a handfull of other good qualities. I bet they would be much less harsh on your nails too. Have you ever tried them? I would be curious to know how they hold up.
So remember last year when I got all gung ho about knitting? I had all these projects that I wanted to do. What happened with that you ask? Well, not much. I did finish a head band and got about three quarters of the way through one leg warmer; then I got discouraged when I realized I still had another one to make.
Now I'm on to bigger and better things - crocheting. The problem I have with knitting is that I want results fast so I get worn out with the process. People have told me that crocheting is faster. I can only hope.
|Sarah London Textiles|
Now that my birthday has past I am ready for Fall. There are so many wonderful things that come with cooler weather. One thing being scarves. Don't you just love them?Janee over at Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard had this brilliant idea to host a scarf exchange in preparation for Fall. I signed up right away! If you would like to join in the fun, you can check out all the details over at her blog.
My parents are visiting this week and we are hard at work. The first project we decided to tackle is reupholstering the chair we picked up at goodwill a few weeks back. We did the majority of the work yesterday and plan on finishing it up today! Here is a little sneak peek. It's looking great!
|One Lantern Art Prints|
I love the way One Lantern styles their art print photos for their Etsy shop. It's a really great how they show the prints in an actually environment. It makes me want that workspace and those prints (which I'm sure was the idea). Plus I just love the simplicity of the prints. Now I'm inspired to take the time to set up and take some better photos for our shop.
We used to wake up every day, drink our morning coffee, and read our favorite blogs. But ever since we brought Pixel home our routine has changed a bit. We still have our coffee, but browsing blogs has kind of fallen by the wayside. Pixel demands our attention most mornings.
|Hand Drawn Typographic Poster by Nicolas Baillargeon|
We are all familiar with the saying "the customer is always right". I get why they say that, but I think it is kind of silly. If you're wrong--you're wrong no matter who you are. So when I saw this poster I immediately laughed and felt an immense gratitude towards Enzo Ferrari who had the guts to say it in the first place.We love when clients have an opinion and vision of what they want, but it's also nice when they trust us to make the right aesthetic decision. After all, we want to create a beautiful design for them just as much as they want to have one.
I have some more free printables for you today! Here are three different worksheets I've designed that have helped me plan my parties. They're great to keep you on track and make sure you don't leave any of the important details out. I hope you find them helpful.