Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper is just such a nice little surprise, and sometimes is great artwork in itself.
Below you'll find some current wrapping paper that is tickling my fancy:

Screenprinted Kraft paper from Arugula Press

This gorgeous Chocolate Candy Stripe paper from Feterie

And lastly, this bright orange dots wrap from Rifferaff (as well as others at her shop!)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

All Things Trees (Pillows)

I've been noticing that people are loving tree related prints, so I wanted to do a round up of tree print pillows for your shopping pleasure...

These beautiful pillows are screen printed by hand, by Sharon Spain, on silk dupoini, with feather and down inserts (from $68-$108).

She also has some beautiful branch pillows as well.

This large tree print pillow is from Ruth's Crafts, is made from a vintage tree print fabric ($12.00).

I love these branch pillows from Modernality, with the branches had cut from eco friendly felt made of recycled water bottles! ($24.00).

I'd love to add these screen printed pillow cases by Branch Handmade to my bed at home ($18.00).

These throw pillows by Marie's Cosy Cushions would look great in any modern home ($30.00).

The Mr. Oak Tree felt pillow from Hi Tree is just the cutest! ($120.00).

If you have anymore suggestions for great tree pillows, leave a note in the comments.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Inhabit Wall Flats

Looking for an alternative to wallpaper and paint intrigued me, and is something I have wanted to post on for awhile. Inhabit's Wall Flats are just some of the options out there.
Made from bamboo pulp, these eco friendly Wall Flats are essentially tiles that can be left as is or primed and painted, and can be applied permanently (via tile adhesive or contact cement) or semi permanently (carpet tape), but of course, it's always recommended to do test first!

I really like these tiles as they add a sculptural element to walls. Available in packs of 10 and starting at $86/pack, they aren't necessarily the cheapest wall decor option, but can work great just add life to one wall.

(Images from Inhabit Living)
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Monday, May 11, 2009


There's been a bit of buzz on the Internet over the Yudu (pronouced You-Do), a new do-it-yourself screen printing system. Made by the crafty folks over at Provo Craft (the company responsible for the Cricut), this nifty gizmo is poised to hopefully bring the art of screen printing to the masses.
Arriving just in time in the wake of Gocco's North American end, whether it will fill the void left by an absence of Gocco products, remains to be seen.
From what I've seen in promo videos online, the Yudu seems closer to screen printing than the Gocco ever was, and looks like it may print cleaner images as well. The difference between the, though, is their methods in which to create a screen, and the fact that the Yudu is a lot bigger than the Gocco.
Yudu has a resuable screen the requires an emulsion sheet to be applied onto in order to create the image, with the emulsion later being washed away and then dried within the Yudu unit. The unit also uses bulbs to "flash" (burn the image) into the screen, much in the same way as Gocco, except for the fact that you can use the bulbs over again.
While many of Gocco's supplies were one time use only, Yudu's supplies, while few, have some that are reusable in addition to greater accessibility (you can buy the Yudu and supplies from HSN, Micheal's and Jo-Ann Fabrics). While I have yet to see any paper projects printed on a Yudu and see what their registration capaiblities are, I am excited to see what the possibilities may be. And starting at only $299, and having inks that are water based and biodegradeable, it seems to be starting off on the right foot.
(image from Yudu)
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