Monday, May 29, 2006

Jason Proudler

I stumbled upon Jason Proudlers work while checking out the Juxatpoz Magazine Reader Art section. His work is great. I really enjoyed cheking out his site, and am sure you will too!

Jason recently started a blog to keep us all up to date on his art triumphs. Be sure to check it for announcements and news.

(All images courtesy of Jason Proudler)

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Weekly Etsy Artist!!

Etsy is attracting so many talented people! Everyday I find the coolest artisans who are making the funnest stuff! One Lucky Baby is one of those great finds!!

Erin is a stay at home mom who whips up fun and cuddley baby blankets and bibs. They are adorable!! The modern patterns and fun printed fabrics will brighten up any Bugaboo! Each item is totally handmade with both baby and mom in mind. Everything is machine washable and super soft.

Custom orders (sizes, fabrics etc.) are available. Dont hesitate to contact Erin through Etsy for more details.

In an effort to support anti-violence education Erin spends part of her time sewing and educating others for the cause. To learn more please visit or

(All images courtesy of One Lucky Baby)

Monday, May 22, 2006

Designers Tea at Rumba, Santa Monica

I want to share with you some wonderful photos of the Designers Tea that took place on Sunday at Rumba in Santa Monica, CA. First off, Rumba is an awesome store filled with art, home accessories, and refurbished vintage pieces. Everything old is new again with wonderful fabrics and finishes! You can read an interview with Kimba, owner of Rumba, from March on Apartment Therapy LA.

Second, featured at the Tea where Henry Road, Moye Thompson and Susan Fama. I originally was introduced to Henry Road in April on decor8. The bold patterns and colors are so fun for your table, couch or anywhere you need a sprinkling of color! I love the idea shown here of hanging a tablecloth as wall art.

Make sure you check out the store and each designer. They are all small businesses, run by very talented women who do it all themselves! They deserve our support!

(All images courtesy of Paula Smail)

Friday, May 19, 2006


I came across Magic Jelly a few weeks ago and am so excited to the wonderful work with you! Magic Jelly is the brainchild of Karena, an Australian Illustrator who spends her days in front of the computer, and her free time emmersed in her craft. So far away and yet I feel we have so much in common! Her bio on Etsy Karena confesses to being happy when things are their messiest! I can related. You know you have done a good days work when you cant see the floor! ;)

In Karenas store you will find Greeting Cards and prints of her favorite works. Each print is one of a limited print run and numbered. It is also possible to personalize any of her prints with a name for a sweet, personalized gift.

Magic jelly offers this image as both a print and a greeting card! Perfect for Fathers Day wouldn't you say???
(All images courtesy of
I swear I have not fallen off the face of the Earth! Just been very busy and have had no time for fun and games. :( I miss my blogs!!! Thank you for bearing with me and checking in every now and then!!!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006


I realize that it is only Tuesday, but there are so many great and fun last minute gift ideas on Etsy, I want to do my post today instead!! If you are still pondering what Mom would love, look no further!

Blue Eggs & Bird Necklace Birds are HUGE this year!! This necklace is only one of a variety that can be found in Rachael Sudlows Etsy shop! The bird is from Germany and is strung on a chain with 3 Chalcedony beads. Fun and perfect for summer!

Mod Mixed Media Brooch How about a sweet crochet and mixed media brooch? I love the idea of all the different mediums and textures coming together in these pieces. Mom can wear it on a lapel, on a hat, or pin it to her purse!

8 Mix & Match Flat Notes
pinkbathtub.etsy.comMix and match 8 cards! You get to choose from a dizzying array of imagery! Combine them any way you would like! You're sure to find 1,2, or 8, that mom would love!!

No. 131: molly's hot eyelashes handspun and dyed merino yarn Does Mom knit??? Luxe has some of the most incredible handmade yarns on Etsy! Mom will never find the like in her local yarn shop!

Pink Coral Bracelet Size Small This Coral bracelet is specifically designed for a petite woman! I love the shades of pink and the striations in the coral! What a unique gift idea!

Remember that shipping takes time, so place your orders ASAP! Be sure to contact each individual artisan for shipping costs and timeframe!!

(All images courtesy of each individual Etsy shop!)

Monday, May 08, 2006

Kelly Christy Hats Trunk Show

Just a quick post of photos from this weekends trunk show. The event was tons of fun! Lots of people came out for a great cause and we had a ball trying on different hats. I found it to be really amazing how each persons demanure and personailty changed with each hat they tried on.
I scored an Antique Straw Beach Hat. (One day I will post a pic!) I also ordered an awesome mens fedora that is being made specially for my noggin! Now THAT I am excited to wear!! With summer coming, these hats will be getting their use!!

One of Kellys awesome art hats was on display. Her new Goat Herder Scene is so cute! It was really nice to see one of these hats in person.

You can see more of Kellys creations on her website.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Otis Mannick & Katy J.

Last week I went to see Otis Mannick play with his new band. Sporting a new electric guitar, Otis rocked!!! It just happened to be his birthday and I was glad he chose to celebrate onstage.

Otis is awesome. His words are vulnerable and full of heart break and self reflection. He is at home on stage, revealing his life through song. Singing with his eyes closed as if he was alone in the room, we the audience become voyeurs into his private pains. Off stage Otis is the nicest man you are likely to meet. A little wacky yes, but you gotta love it! You can check out his music, without the band, here.

The best surprise of the night was Katy J. She went on before Otis and I was mesmerized! WOW. There's not much else I can say about this girls talent. Katy J has a raspy voice that is so kind and velvety. She belted out songs with such a perfect blend of vulnerability and power. I don't really know how to describe the feeling other than I was blown away! Check out her sound here.

Do you have a favorite local band or musician?? Give them a shout out! Write a comment linking to their sites!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Events this Weekend

Christine Adolph Workshop

So much to do, So little time!! I am so excited to pass on that Christine Adolph will be at Creative Paradise Scrapbook doing a "make and take" this Saturday!! The first 50 people there will get to make this sweet Mothers Day card with her. Christine will also be doing demonstrations using some of the products in her line! If you are unfamiliar with Christines lovely patterns and style, click over to her blog and feast your eyes!! This event is sure to be a crafters delight!!

The Details:
May 6th, 12-4 PM
Creative Paradise Scrapbook
Located on the outside of Westfield Fashion Square Mall
14006 Riverside Dr., #119
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

(Images courtesy of Christine Adolph)
Events this Weekend

Kelly Christy Hats Trunk Show

I originally wrote about Kelly Christy Hats in April (read all about it here!) I am so excited to announce Kelly is in L.A. and will be having a trunk show this weekend in Pasadena! I am hoping to find a fantastic straw hat for the beach. I know my problem wont be if I can find one, but how not to blow the bank buying one of everything! (Sorry Honey!)
A percentage of all sales will go to benefit the Etiquette Institute of Pasadena, which is part of the Pasadena Unified School District.

The Details:
May 6th, 2-6 PM
673 E. Ladera St.
Pasadena, CA 91104
Payment Methods:
Cash, Credit Card, Check

Tea and Sandwiches will be served. What a lovely afternoon for a wonderful cause!!

Weekly Etsy Artist

Just in time for Mothers Day, PCBC Studios is having a Spring Sale and I think these sweet paintings will make momma smile! Christin is a painter in Los Angeles who has been selling her wonderful watercolors on Etsy since Nov. 2005. Her birdies sing and tweet in delicate golden hues. She paints about truth and love. And isn't that really what Mom is all about?!

***Mention Creative Swoon in the NOTES TO SELLER box at time of purchase and Christin will be happy to add super cute complimentary gift wrapping!!! How can you beat that???***

(All images courtesy of Christin Ciaccio)

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

DIY Heaven!

There is an amazing post today over at Whipup that details a ton of DIY projects! They have collected a plethora of links from all over the web and world of varying projects, including the one pictured here! This is the Shell Button Necklace as done by Deepfriedkudzu. Honestly, I am so excited I don't know where to begin!
They are all fun and simple. Excellently described and detailed! Anyone can do it! So gather your supplies and get to it!!

(Thank you to Jessica over at Funky Finds for pointing out this awesome post!!)

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Pillows For The People

I just got an email from Parisa over at Pillows For The People and had to share them ASAP! I love the fun patterns and quircky imagery! Each one is handmade and they come in a variety of scents like Lavendar and Chamomile Peppermint. Another great idea for Mothers Day I would have to say!

(All images courtesy of Pillows For The People)