archive: July, 2009

makool loves you.

July 23, 2009

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thought i would share one of my favorite shopping spots with you today :: makool loves you.  they have everything from underpinnings to tabletop accessories and best of all? free shipping and easy returns.  such a sweet style and beautiful photography- make it hard to get enough.  ~blog~


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sweetshorn2 sweetshorn’s eye for lovely vintage combined with her beautiful photography skills make for a sweet collection.   i’ve been browsing all day, and still can’t get enough of her unique style. wouldn’t you love to place a single flower in those love potion bottles- and put them on your windowsill?


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i had the pleasure of discovering jean pelle’s work yesterday, and have been completely consumed with it ever since!  wouldn’t you love to serve dinner under this gorgeous bubble chandelier? or, i would just love to show up to a dinner party wearing one of her fabulous glass ball pieces.  i need to go out more- just so i have some place to wear these!  you can visit her shop here.

jean pelle

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victoria klein

head over to victoria klein’s blog to check out her beautiful prints and the sale that she’s having. the offer ends at 12am tonight, so don’t delay!

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etsy find :: sugarlust

July 20, 2009

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i recently found this lovely shop, sugarlust and have been lusting over their bags ever since!  woodsy themes and bright colors bring these bags together for me.

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lovely letter makes beautiful hand painted letters and a number of different calling card styles.  you can buy, download and personalize to have your new cards ready in a snap.


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organic life today’s topic is something that i’ve become really passionate about, however, it can be a little overwhelming, so we’re going to ease into it- post by post!  we’re going to start off with some handmade how-to’s for natural scents to use in your home- that’s easy enough, right?


by simply using some essential oils and herbs, you can create natural and healthy scents for you home and body- and, they’re really easy!  if you don’t have that much time on your hands, you can always look for products at your health food store that use essential oils.  that’s also where you’ll most likely have to go to purchase a few of your  favorite essential oil scents for this handmade how-to.

now for the diy stuff:

Rosemary: invigorating, woodsy scent. handmade how to: mix a few drops with  grapefruit essential oils for a fresh-smelling room mister.

neroli (citrus): helps mitigate stress, anxiety, and insomnia.  handmade how to: add 5 to 10 drops of citrus essential oil to 1 ounce of unscented body lotion for a scrumptious handmade lotion.

lavender: calms, relaxes, and balances emotionshandmade how to: add 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil to 1 ounce of water in a mister, and spray your pillows and sheets for a relaxing night’s sleep.

palmarosa: a warm floral scent that acts to gently strengthen the nervous system. handmade how to: add 5 to 10 drops essential oil to 1 ounce of almond oil and add to a warm bath.

rather than using synthetic plug-ins or candles, you can also simmer cinnamon sticks, cloves or allspice on the stove for a fragrant  room freshener!


[yellow army]

now for the ugly part (remember, we’re easing into it!): a little known fact is that the fragrance industry (for the home and body) is self-regulated.  that means that they alone are responsible for overseeing their own safety testing (w/out input from the fda) and that they don’t have to show their results, or their ingredient lists to anyone else.

perfumes, colognes, candles, plug-ins and other scented products contain an abundance of harmful chemicals (many are listed on the epa’s hazardous waste list) including carcinogens, neurotoxins, respiratory irritants, petro chemicals and narcotics- which have all been linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions. whew!

BUT! the good news is it’s easy to avoid.   making your own home scents is a great start.  and, when shopping for products, check the ingredients to make sure that the word fragrance does not appear.  if it lists fragrance, then you can bet it has harmful chemicals in it.  health food stores make this easy!

so, go start checking your labels! and let us know if you try some of these how-tos, or have some of your own that you would like to share!

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today i am excited to share with you an inside look at an artist that i’ve been obsessed with for a while now.  Jennifer Mullin’s work is so unique and so lovely- i just love it.  i hope you enjoy getting to know her a little better!

1)tell us a little about yourself: 9 months out of the year, I am a high school art and art history teacher. In the summer, I am pretty much a full time artist.

2)where is home? a little brick bungalow in Rockford, IL

3)other than your etsy shop- what do you do? I’m a full time high school teacher.  I love to cook, garden, shop and eat locally, practice yoga, exercise and read. I’m also a big Chicago Cubs fan.

4)are you a self-taught artist? I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Art Education.

5)how, what or who got you first started? I’ve always loved art. My high school art classes and teachers really inspired me to think of art as a career aspiration. Art was the highlight of my school day and always thought it would be fun to spend all day in the art room.  I didn’t start really start seriously regularly making my own art until 2006. I spent a summer in Portland Oregon and was so inspired by trips to the Portland Classical Chinese Garden, the Pearl District parks, and the International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park. It was then I started working in my current collage style and started selling my art.

6)what inspirations really feed your creative side? 1.) Walking around my neighborhood – I love checking out all the unique architecture in my old neighborhood and am very inspired by the spring and summer foliage.  2.) trolling etsy, art & design blogs, and flickr.  3.) I am lucky to work in a very prestigious art program with very talented students.  My students and what they do very much inspire me!

7)what’s your typical day look like? I’ll tell you about my summer day, much more fun.
Get up around 8ish, make coffee to drink while I check my email, etsy, my favorite blogs and the like.
Around 9 I head for the gym for a yoga class or a run on the treadmill and weights.
If its Farmer’s market day, I love to check it out and buy something yummy for dinner.
Next comes breakfast and the newspaper. I don’t ever skip either!!
I try to spend the afternoon in the studio working.  I listen to the Cubs or NPR on the radio as I work. My goal this summer is to create something new every day.
In the evening, my boyfriend comes over for dinner. I’ve been doing a lot of cooking using ingredients from my own garden and the farmer’s market lately. It feels good and tastes good to eat locally produced food!
After dinner, we watch a little TV. We are currently watching Dexter on DVD.
Boyfriend goes home and I read a bit before bed. (I’m embarrassed to admit I’m reading Mommywood, by Tori Spelling.)
That’s about it!
Home to Roost
8)what is your favorite thing to do on a sunday afternoon?
Hang out with my boyfriend. He works 6 days a week, so Sunday is the day we really get to spend time.

9)anything else you would like to share?
I just started a blog:
I collaborate with Cat of Polarity and Uncorked on Etsy. She features my artwork on lockets and corks.

you can find jennifer elsewhere at her shop, flickr, twitter and blog.

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