Archive for January, 2008

kirsten hassenfeld paper sculpture

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look at these gorgeous mixed media sculptures made from intricate paper cut outs, pipe cleaners, artboard and more from brooklyn’s kirsten hassenfeld. i love the scale and the delicate nature of the materials she uses. to me these pieces are poking and pushing around their edges, preparing to break into something bigger, into excess or obsession, or both.

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these compositions are like a decadent party replete with extravagant strands of pearls and soft decorative chains strewn across the ceiling. i admire the softness of the light and the intimate feeling kirsten gifts to her viewers with these carefully crafted works.

kirsten is represented by the bellwether gallery in new york, and you can find out a lot more about her right here.

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dillon designs acrylic jewelry

i love these shrinky dink rings with cool patterns on them from new york artists (and mother and daughter team!) linda and jen ackerman of dillon designs. they are made of acrylic and are stamped with water proof ink.

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fun and very affordable ($7.50 each!).

see the full selection at their etsy shop.

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traveling

i am flying off to celebrate my dear hubby’s bday, so please don’t fret if there are not as many posts as usual  for the next few days. I will be back on monday with all kinds of new inspirations and eclectic fun!

until then, i give you the lion in winter:

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(tee hee)


nicole gastonguay crochet works

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this is going around the intertube but i don’t care, i must write about it. i love this awesome crochet work from new york graphic designer and crafter extraordinaire nicole gastonguay. this is yarn freestyling at its best people – nicole doesn’t use patterns for her creations!

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i love the cannoli and the shape of the mashed potatoes.

see her flickr stream for more neatly finished hilarity.

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tankbooks classic mini box set

look at this set of minibooks from the folks from london-based tank magazine, simply called tankbooks. they were inspired in part by iconic packaging of cigarettes – classic literature in classic packaging as they say. authors include tolstoy, kipling and hemingway.

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smoke read ’em if ya got ’em.

purchase the set for 45 euros at colette.


cool laptop bag by nanda home

how great would it be to have one of these when traveling with your computer is needed? it’s the stylish persida lapsac from nanda home. it’s made of sturdy cotton canvas, has a padded pouch to accommodate a laptop and is roomy enough so that you don’t have to carry a purse too.

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purchase it at delight.com.

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summer salt design

i like these sweet little one of a kind birdie arches from california crafter nicole peterson for her summer salt design company. they measure about 5″h x 7″w and include embellishments like vintage millinery flowers and glass beads. i think they’d be cute in a child’s room.

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hold on – nicole makes cute reuseable shopping bags and purses too!

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i like nicole’s eye for fabrics, finishing and color combinations. these are bound to bring the spring on just a little bit earlier!

check out nicole’s blog here and purchase these and other cute items over at her shop.


fishs eddy brooklynese collection

i miss new york. there was a time when i was there 4-6 times a year for business and it felt like my second home. i haven’t been back for a few years now. i miss slipping seamlessly into the tension and the grit and complexion of the city and the streams of people rushing past me on the sidewalk in midtown and quiet moments on neighborhood streets in chelsea when there wouldn’t be a soul around. i miss the odd smell of the subway air and how my feet would ache at the end of the day, from walking and walking and walking uptown crosstown downtown. i miss the narrow streets of the village and the neighborhood shops on the upper west side. i miss the cab drivers asking me if i wanted to take the triboro bridge or the midtown tunnel from laguardia and knowing exactly where i would end up depending on what my answer was. i miss riverside drive and pommes frites and the cupcake cafe and the mud truck.

but i can always remind myself of the good times and laugh a little bit when i look the brooklynese collection from one of my favorite shops, fishs eddy.

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amusing! but i still think a trip is in order soon.

purchase them all right here.


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