Thursday, June 22, 2006


I have been lusting after these ATC's for a while now, and am hoping that you will love 'em as much as I do! These are the handiwork of Albina over at They are miniature pieces of art, each 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches, the size of a playing card, and just a few of the twenty in the series. Each one is an original acrylic and ink painting.

Albina's work can also been seen on her two blogs, The Empty Space Between and Out Of Hands.

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(All images courtesy of

Monday, June 19, 2006

Salim Nourallah

I recently discovered a very talented musician living in Texas named Salim Nourallah. His sound is along the Beatles line, and I am addicted! Salim was recently awarded Song of the Year, Best Producer, and Best Album in the 2006 Dallas Observer Music Awards. I have had A Way To Your Heart on repeat for a few weeks now. He has a new alum, Pleasentry Lane, coming soon and will be touring in Germany in September. Check out his very cooll website for lots of photos, lyrics and news!

(Image from Salim Nourallah)

Friday, June 16, 2006

Copyright links from Whip Up

In March Whip Up posted a great resource for copyright questions for crafters and artists. The list is extensive. They have done a great job covering most situations and crafts. It is all very important, and very interesting! In case you missed it, as I did, here is a link.

(Image from the International Publishers Association)

Thursday, June 15, 2006


Anyone who knows my work knows that I am an ephemera junky, so it will come as no surprise to hear how absolutely enamored I am with the fantastic stylings of Ms. Ami Nyitray! Her addiction to the vintage paper world seems to run just as deep as mine, and she is definitely using her powers for good! Her designs are all gorgeous! Rings, charms and all kinds of personal adornments that feature stamps, photos and cropped typography fill her shops pages.

She also has a series of items featuring actual mini starfish and shells. Amazing! Perfect for summer!

I love the charm bracelets! The combined imagery bring a smile to my face!

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(All images courtesy of Ami Nyitray)

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Described as a home of forest inspired oddities the aptly named Little Odd Forest features brooches, bags, pillowcases and tank tops with all kinds of whimsical designs. All items are unique and made in limited edition batches.

I am loving all of the fun bags and pouches! The designs are all perfect for summer fun! And the sweet prices will make you smile!
(All images courtesy of Little Odd Forest)
Daily Paintings

Brown Egg On Plate

Justin Clayton made a New Years resolution to paint each and everyday, and voila, Daily Paintings was born! True to his promise, he has painted a small portrait each day since January 1, 2006. Each day one of these beautiful works is uploaded to his blog and available for purchase. You ca even sign up for email notifications so that you can be the first to see his daily postings! I am dying to get my hands on one! They are so wonderful in their simplicity!

Two Nectarines

Last week Justin posted a time lapsed video documenting the process of painting one of his works. For me the experience of watching him work is magical. You really get a sense of technique and scale. I was mesmerized watching the image unfold and am so glad that he thought to video the process!

Justins work is so very inspiring. I admire his commitment! You can read an excellent interview that Holly over at decor8 had with Justin back in April here.
(All images courtesy of Justin Clayton)

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Blend Creations

Have you ever been to the online boutique Blend Creations?? No?? What are you waiting for??? This site is chock full of wonderful creations that will make you want to sing! I adore the prints on these sweet cards!! You can choose from the lucious trees and plants or the ever popular bird blank card sets. All designs come with matching envelopes! Can you stand it? They are just too cute!

Equally fetching for both men and women are the solid stainless steel pendants. You can personalize them to your hearts content with a variety of different chains and cords. They come in three different sizes and can be engraved with an initial so your best friend can't steal it!

(All images courtesy of Blend Creations)

Thursday, June 01, 2006


Have you stumbled upon Crystal Robinsons Etsy shop yet??? No? Well you dont know what you are missing!! Once you click the link you will find her beautifully hand painted silks transformed into vibrant pillows, scarves, eyeglass cases and other accessories.

All the items are one of a kind and totally hand made! Rather have something personalized?? Crystal will be happy to work with your color schemes and pattern requests. She also customizes intitials on items so you can make your mark!

Crystals also got a fab blog where she announces all new lines, sales and upcoming shows. That way you can be the first to know!

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(All images courtesy of Crystal J. Robinson)