odette new york jewelry

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odette new york jewelry
 
though i try to reign in on my use of this word, odette new york simple makes me swoon. there’s just no other word to describe it.

odette new york jewelry
 
handmade in brooklyn, artist jennifer sarkilahti begins each design with a sketch, then carefully translates them by hand into a wax like tiny sculpture.  they are then cast into metal and turned into one of the most unique lines of jewelry i’ve seen.

odette new york jewelry
 
odette new york jewelry
 
with pieces that encompass an organic, natural, bohemian feel- i can’t decide which one is my favorite.  i believe that’s why i would like each of these little charms strung along a necklace. :)

visit odette new york here.

giveaway #2 from colette paperie

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two giveaways in one day? that’s right, the christmas spirit has arrived!

colette paperie giveaway
 
colette paperie is a design boutique and paper art studio full of custom printed goods, everyday products and special occasions prints.  owned and designed by keli catalano, i think you’ll love her whimsical, fun and playful style. to kick off some holiday shopping, she’s offering ghtr readers a giveaway of either a 2011 calendar, or a 6 pack of christmas cards..

PLUS a ghtr exclusive discount of 20%! just enter the code “HOLIDAYS” at checkout, now through sunday dec. 12th at midnight.

giveaway
 
please read all instructions before entering:

head on over to the colette paperie shop and pick out either your favorite 6 pack set of christmas cards OR your favorite 2011 calendar.  tell us which one is your favorite, for that’s what you will win! you may only enter for one item, but can increase your chances of winning by either sharing this giveaway via your twitter, facebook or blog.  after posting, return here and share with us the link to your post in the comments section.  giveaway ends sunday dec. 12th at midnight and a winner will be drawn randomly the following monday. the winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. good luck!

giveaway #1: 48 things to know about sustainable living

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48 Things to Know About Sustainable Living
 
you may remember one of my favorite authors and blog friend, victoria klein from 27 things to know about yoga? well she’s back again! this time, talking about the importance of sustainable living in another book that’s part of the good things to know series. as i’ve read my fair share of ‘how to be green’ books, i can say first hand that 48 things to know about sustainable living is delightfully different than the norm.  she busts myths, sets ground rules and teaches you how sustainable living is easy, affordable and more fulfilling than living a life blind to the importance of sustainability. she then continues with 48 ways to integrate planet-friendly habits into your life that are easily understood and attainable. with resources galore, there’s no one from the advanced eco-conscious to the beginner that won’t come away with life changing information.

you can visit victoria’s website to learn more about her and her latest book plus how to purchase it, as it would make the perfect gift for someone this christmas… or for yourself!

i’m also so excited to say that victoria has also been kind enough to offer a book for a giveaway!

enter the giveaway!
 
share with us in the comment section the ways in which you live a more eco friendly life.  you may ‘enter’ as many times as you like by commenting once for every sustainable act you take.  you have until sunday december 12th at midnight to enter, and the winner will be drawn randomly on the following monday.  you’ll have 48 hours to claim your prize, good luck!
 
About Victoria Klein

Victoria Klein is a freelance writer, photographer + creative dabbler. Her 2nd book, 48 Things to Know About Sustainable Living, was released in October 2010. Her 1st book, 27 Things to Know About Yoga, was released in July 2010.

the art of papercutting

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the art of paper cutting
 
the art of paper cutting
 
the art of paper cutting
 
the art of paper cutting
 
the art of papercutting is one that has always given me that ‘awe’ factor. the intricate details and obvious hours of labor and patience make each piece all the more wonderful. when i stumbled upon elsita’s blog and found that it was entirely dedicated to the art of papercutting, i think my heart did a little leap for joy. with page after page of amazing art, i got drawn in to browsing through them. a papercutting artist herself, elsita’s pieces are stunningly creative and beautiful. you can see her work for sale either in her shop or on three graces gallery, and as you browse you will no doubt be amazed!

here’s to wishing you a weekend full of light and love! hope to see you back here on monday, as i may have a little surprise for you (wink, wink)! bonnie, xo

wonders from a world inside a paper theater

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theatre clouds
 
theatre clouds
 
theatre clouds
 
theatre clouds
 

 
theatre clouds
 
to create these images, elly mackay from theatre clouds uses one of the most intricate techniques i’ve head of, and the outcome is some of the most unique art i’ve ever seen! she creates them by inking yupo paper, cutting them into layers, and setting them up in a miniature theater that her husband built her. she then plays with the lights and filters to create atmosphere, and then photographs the scene! it’s a stunning outcome, isn’t it?  you can read more about her process here, as i found it completely enthralling. you can visit her website to explore more, her flickr to see more and her shop to purchase!

the history of redemption

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having a cyclist as a husband, you can imagine why christopher koelle has always been one of our favorite artists.  originally from chicago, he has a long history of sketching bike art, and even illustrated the popular book, bike snob!  as we have collected a few of his prints, i try to keep up with him and his wife’s work at sweet ride and koelle art.  when i had the honor of meeting him at the indie craft parade, he told me he was working on the illustrations for a new book called the history of redemption.  i’m so excited that it has finally been released, and had to share it with you!

the history of redemption
 
the book originated from a sermon that was preached in november of 2007, where scripture from genesis to revelation was memorized and preached as a way of reminding God’s people of the great story of their redemption.

the history of redemption
 
the text from that sermon is what makes up the text for the the history of redemption and has now been brought to life through christopher koelle’s vivid artistry.

the history of redemption
 
the history of redemption
 
the book was designed as a tool for anyone to use in helping them memorize the history of redemption and encouraging them to share it with others.

the history of redemption
 
the history of redemption
 
the history of redemption
 
as the Christmas season is upon us, this book is in perfect timing so that we can remember what the holiday is all about.  whether for a gift to someone else or to yourself, during Christmas or any other time, this is truly a beautiful book.  i think reading it would be a wonderful addition to the tradition of reading the night before christmas each year!

visit the history of redemption to purchase the book, learn more about it or listen to the sermon.

visit the koelle’s blog to learn more about this artistic couple and their projects!

find many of the book’s illustrations available for purchase right here.

taylor house knits

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taylor house knits

oh, how i love this shop!  i received the sweetest e-mail this week from chaucee, the gal behind these handmade knits at taylor house, and was enamored as i scrolled through her shop.  i think it’s the rich colors she’s chosen for each of her creations that get to me the most, a pretty mustard yellow, dark teals, a rusty red and plenty of neutrals- all are perfect for fall and winter.  every cowl sold will help her travel abroad to study in israel this spring, and i love that she’s using her craft to fuel her education.  she’s also offering an exclusive discount to ghtr readers for 10% off her shop, today through sunday at midnight-  just use the code “ROOST10″ at checkout!

sponsor welcome – home ground

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home ground jewelry

inspired by natural and antique materials, brittany broas of home ground creates the most organic and lovely jewelry.  with earrings, bracelets and necklaces, her affordable fall line has something to compliment every style.  enjoy free shipping within the u.s. through the month of december, and gather some of her lovelies for gifts… of for yourself!

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