Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Well my faithful readers (I know there are 3 of you). We have decided to call it a day in the blog-o-sphere; at least with this collaboration that just couldn't get it's feet off the ground.

Perhaps we'll pick this up again someday and give blogging another try. But for now, we plan on spending time making and doing things instead of writing about people making and doing things.

Action is the word.

Good luck in all of your crafting/designing/sewing/shopping/photographing endeavors.

Keep in touch!

x C

p.s I leave you with one of my favorites from Hel-Looks

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fantasy World

I want to live in a world that The Cherry Blossom Girl dreams up.

Just a Thursday evening playing dress-up with the girls and taking pretty photos. Can you imagine?

Her blog fuels my Parisian rich-girl fantasies. sigh...I'm kind of obsessed

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Damn she's the coolest

Video from Bust

Reform School

While M and I were wandering the streets of L.A we stumbled across this kickass store called Reform School in Silver Lake. As well as finally feeling like we had found a neighborhood in L.A that we could relate to, I had an epiphany: I would totally like to own a store like this one day.

It reminds me a lot of Vancouver's The Regional Assembly of Text , even down to the wall of stacked filing cabinets (albeit a smaller version), but the difference is Reform School carries a variety of cool things...not necessarily printed by them. Actually I'm not sure anything is made by them. But they have gathered such a cool collection of art, stationary, books, tableware and fabrics that you won't notice. It's everything a girl like me could ask for.

While browsing their clearance section I picked up this printed tea towel from one of my favorites Alyson Fox. I plan on making a pillow out of it because frankly it would get destroyed in my kitchen. We love to cook and would never remember to treat a tea towel as something precious.

I also signed up for their Pen Pal Club. I have yet to hear anything and honestly I can't wait. Pen pals are so cool!

Images from Paper pastries blog

Friday, July 23, 2010

Weekend Project: Zippered Dopp Kit

With the forecast here in Ithaca looking less than ideal for the weekend, I've got craft projects on the mind and this one seems perfect! Not too difficult and not too involved. A "dopp kit" is just an old fashioned term for a toiletry bag and just because I have no plans (or money) to go on another trip any time soon (is it bad that I already want to go away again?), doesn't mean that a girl can't prepare.

So while I fanticize about my future travels, I'll get to work on this cute and functional bag. You can too! Here are the instructions from Purl Soho's lovely blog The Purl Bee. Have a great weekend!

P.S Isn't Purl amazing?!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Julianna Swaney

I feel like this is 'illustration' month because really it's all I've been thinking of lately. Maybe it's because I have a big beautiful frame laying empty waiting for a new print, or maybe it's because there are so many wonderful artists working in this particular medium.

meh, who knows. But Julianna Swaney is the girl for me today. I am really drawn to her work and her blog and shop are super cute too.

Her style, which reminds me of my previous post on Julie Morstad, has such a child-like narrative quality to it. I'm guessing it's watercolour and coloured pencil?

Also, she makes these wonderful cut-out paper dolls. I could see these as a mobile in a nursery or just a cool gift for a cool friend.

Stay tuned for a post on our trip to L.A!!...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

California Dreaming

M and I are meeting in L.A today for 5 days of sun and fun. We've rented a little beach bungalow where we will cook, make cocktails, lounge and pretend to be locals. And of course, I have all of my outfits planned out like a good little fashionista.

This song has been stuck in my head for the last month. It's so good, isn't it?

Bon Voyage to us! And see you back here soon!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Trend Alert: Text in Prints

Unless you've been living under a rock, I'm sure you're familiar with the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster that seems to appear on every home decor blog, website, magazine and trendy restaurant (hello Cascade Room).

This poster, dating from World War II England, has brought along with it an increasing trend in print art and design: text, but most specifically motivational and sentimental phrases. Is it the rise in DIY decorating and art that has spawned this trend or the surging interest in and popularity of typography? Or maybe the renewed interest in all things 'vintage'. Whatever it is these posters like these are everywhere

Trey Speegle described his use of text: "I use found words and images to create work with, hopefully, multiple layers of meaning. The picture plane, interuppted by the lettering, reveals the underlying architecture and the tension between the two."

I don't know about you but I have mixed feelings about the whole thing nor do I need a reminder on my living room wall that "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade" or a similar sentiment. It seems like as soon as something becomes trendy I head in the other direction.

Would love to hear what your thoughts are...What do you think about text in prints?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Creative Jobs Series: Illustrator

Julie Morstad

You may remember when I first introduced this series way back in March, with the idea of exploring possibilities in the field of art and design. It's basically my way of researching what creative people are doing, in the hopes of figuring out what this creative person wants to do.

Second up, Illustrator

all above: Allyson Fox

We often see the work of illustrators in more places than we expect. Be it as an opening for an article in a magazine, as artwork in a book or website, as packaging design, in a fashion look book or even just as fine art prints.

I think that's what makes this profession seem so interesting; the various outlets in which to sell your work. It's basically a known fact, like most freelance jobs, that you have to market yourself in such a way that your work can span the divides of art, design, marketing, commerce. And with the renewed popularity of wallpaper, screen printing, and DIY fashion, there are endless ways in which to do this.

I used to hold to the firm belief that I simply could not draw. After years of art lessons, and finally art school I was determined that their way of drawing was the only way, and I just resigned myself to not drawing.

But after being out in the world more and being exposed to a variety of artists and styles, I am finally starting to realize that there are more acceptable ways to draw - styles that sell! Even 'bad' drawers are successful ones! So alas, I have not given up hope that one day my quirky little doodles may one day serve another purpose other than lining the pages of my various notebooks and 'think' books.

Wait, not to say that these artists fit into that 'bad drawers' category. Crap, open mouth insert foot.

I really like Allyson Fox, Julie Morstad. Actually they are the two illustrators that came to mind when I first thought up this post. Just goes to show you how memorable they are. (Have I redeemed myself yet?)

(Some days this is exactly how I feel)

All above: Julie Morstad

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Little Paper Planes

Ashley Goldberg

Ryan Berkley

Mareike Auer

Ashley Goldberg

Justin Richel

Dan-ah Kim

Ashley Goldberg

Caitlin Kuhwald

Jen Renninger

Iris Schwartz

Dan-ah Kim

Im Smitten

Little Paper Planes is a fantastic online store I just happened across. They sell other things beside prints, but I think their collection is varied and grand. Don't know about you but I'm always on the look out for some new art. Also, I just like the look of their website. Plain and simple.