Saturday, January 31, 2009

best of the week.

Friday, January 30, 2009

freebie of the day : sweet icons.



Today's freebie is for Mac users only (sorry PC folks!): some ultra-cute cupcake and donut icons from Apple.com. I love how these look on my desktop.

etsy finds of the week.


1. delicate heart - jointed paper doll set/print with 11 pewter brads from Wool & Water ($12), 2. Polar Fish Boy from Lou Lou & Oscar ($47), and 3. JivJiv Bird House from Salendro Design ($29.50)


4. birgitta ring from the b-line ($19), 5. Russian House postcards-eco friendly from Oh My Cavalier! ($14), and 6. Garden Tea Dress from Rare Turtle ($109)


7. 48 beardy stickers from i made you a beard ($4), 8. Antoine Tries His Best to Impress Babette original embroidered art from Vivienne ($65), and 9. Mook with Lion Mask from my grey sky ($37)

flickr friday : tweet, tweet.

There is just always something about bird artwork and photographs that I absolutely adore...

flickr friday : tweet, tweet.
1. ursulasbirdie, 2. birds are beautiful, 3. Paris-birds, 4. work..., 5. little bird, 6. bird 03, 7. bird mobile, 8. lululululu, 9. flight, 10. isabelle, 11. winged and stringed, 12. Little tweeters, 13. A little birdie told me, 14. Untitled, 15. A Bad Day for Hair, 16. Untitled

making sunshine

Today is chilly and grey, so this morning while Adelaide and I were hanging out at our community room with friends we decided to try and make a little bit of sunshine together...

Using a notary seal craft punch, I punched out circle shapes out of tissue paper. The tissue paper on hand was from a "warm" variety package: yellows, oranges, reds, and pinks. I think that they look great together - especially on a grey winter day! Once I had cut many circles, I put them in a little cup for Adelaide.

Then using some scotch tape, I attached some clear self-adhesive vinyl sheets to a window, sticky side out. I demonstrated a couple of times how the tissue seals would stick to the vinyl and then Addie immediately took over. She played with these little bits of sunshine for a good half hour! When she was done, I stuck another piece of clear vinyl on top to make a permenant suncatcher for our window. I think that it is so pretty, and she is very proud of her work too!

sunshine by you.

The notary seal punch I used is by Martha Steward Crafts and I bought it at Michaels. Ordinarily I find this store pricy, but I signed up for their mailing list on their website and every week or so they will send me a coupon for 40 - 50% off an item. If I ever plan to visit the store, I will print a few of these coupons out and use them by going through check out a few times. The staff never seem to mind and I've gotten some great deals this way!

The clear vinyl sticker I remember my mom calling mactac when I was a kid. I buy rolls of it at any dollar store, and I usually cut pieces into size and press them flat overnight under a big cutting mat. Ordinarily I am not attracted to plastics, but this technique is such a great way for little children to experiment with collage without having to get all messy with glue. And it is also a great way to preserve artworks, collages, leaves, and other found nature bits forever.

suncatcher by you.

ps. Thank-you for your thoughts, advice, and concern regarding my previous post regarding Adelaide's eyes. Addie has her 2 year check up scheduled in 2 weeks, and so I have decided to keep a closer watch on her and get it checked out in-depth then. Your feedback is so thoughtful and kind, and I have found it amazingly helpful and so informative. I am so appreciative of every word of advice I received - Thank-you!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

thought of the day : we'll feel better.

thought of the day : text message embroidery.
"i don't deserve the opportunity..." from Ginger Anyhow's Embroidered Text Messages collection.

print collection : in love.

print collection : love.
1. Love by Bold & Noble (£25), 2. I think Im in Love - Wood Paper Print by Rosie Music ($25), 3. Scarf for Two Print by Emily Martin ($18), 4. Be Mine Print 5 in x 5 in with Envelope by John W. Golden ($8.50), 5. My Heart Is Yours by Hadley Hutton ($25), 6. All You Need AP by Douglas Wilson/Keep Calm Gallery (£15), 7. Lovebirds - Silk Screen Print by Naomi Murrell ($55), 8. Anatomical Print - Light Blue by Hybrid-Home ($40), 9. Bear & Owl by Kathleen Lolley ($45), 10. I Love You on cascading diamond pattern background by Samantha Hahn ($25), and 11. Nesting Birds Gocco Print on Balsam Fir Green by Cindy Tomczyk ($12)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

freebie of the day : typography desktop wallpaper.

freebie : typography desktop wallpaper.

I know I am not alone in saying that I always appreciate a good font, so I was happy to find these free wallpapers from I Love Typography. There are so many to choose from, all perfect for fontaholics like myself.

flickr photo of the day : travelin' shoes.


"you never traveled" by andrea (scout).

furniture : a big round-up.

While browsing through my past entries, I realized that it has been all too long since I last posted about furniture design (something I used to do a lot around here.) Lately I have been a bit swept up in photography and illustration, but here you go: my favorite furniture pieces of the moment, ones I would dearly love to own.

furniture : one.
1. Crepax Valentino nel Metro cabinet (tall), 2. High-Wire Act Chair, Petal, 3. Danish Modern Storage Side Table, 4. Scoop TV Table, and 5. Pendel 2 Seat Sofa

furniture : two.
6. Orla Kiely Cork Easy Chair Pear Print in Poppy, 7. Perf Boxes 8. French Style Bedside Table, 9. Vintage Oak Post Sorting Table, and 10. Chippendale Dining Chair

furniture : three.
11. channing desk, 12. Mademoiselle rocker, 1956, 13. alchemy stool, 14. Antique Wood Folding Chairs, and 15. Matisse Media Cabinet

furniture : four.
16. Baby Blue Highboy, 17. lampert loveseat, 18. Jamie Dream Velvet Sofa, 19. Ukiyo round table, and 20. The Paris Coffee Table

furniture : five.
21. Crochet table - large, 22. Chair 303, 23. Gus Design Group Acrylic Timber Table, 24. Brigitte Table, 25. Dawning Lark Bed, and 26. Table

love is all we need.



I just received an email from the always-inspiring Samantha Hahn unleashing some exciting news: she has put out a book that has come out perfectly on time for Valentine's Day! The book, entitled "Love," contains the work of 25 artists who each contributed their own interpretation of the title subject.

The contributing artists include some of my favorites: Lisa Congdon, Kelly Lynn Jones, Maditi, Holly Becker, and Ez Pudewa, just to name a few. For more information and a sneak peek, check out Samantha's post about it right here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mark McDonnell Interview


Mark McDonnell: Character and Layout/Background Designer.
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE INTERVIEW AND SEE HIS GALLERY
Media: Adobe Photoshop.

thought of the day : green.


"Think Green," from the portfolio of hand-lettering master Darren Booth.

freebie of the day : two more for v-day.

I have been finding sweet Valentine's Day freebies all over the place, so I'll keep them coming. Here are two lovelies for the day...


Ez always comes up with such creative ideas and these are no exceptions: free romantic wrappers + tea tags. I think I am going to whip some of these up to mail with this year's valentines.


Another super-sweet print-out, this time from little brown pen (a blog I only recently discovered): the Be-Mine? Tear-Off Flyer. I like the idea of posting these around town and then checking on which tags have been torn off.

accessories & apparel collection: florals.

Can you tell I am quite eager for Spring to arrive?

collection : florals.
1. English Garden Dress ($283), 2. Cloude Dress ($122), 3. Jolene Watercolor Cardigan ($39.50), 4. The-Mind-Wanders Blouse ($88), 5. Vintage Print Dress (£260.00), 6. Star Roses Bucket Bag (£40.00), 7. Edelweiss Shift Dress ($110), 8. Blowfish Shelly Floral Flat ($59.50), 9. Aisha ($42), and 10. ASOS Border Print Flower Dress (£27.50)

jamie oliver : food line.

jamie oliver's food line.
Oh, Jamie Oliver, how I love thee. Your charming nature, adorable British slang, gorgeous cookbooks, the creative styling of your current show, and now this: your own line of food with homemade-looking labels and sweet packaging. I must say, I'm smitten. (Via frolic!)

Monday, January 26, 2009

beautiful-eyed one

waking up by you.
This afternoon I was working when I heard Adelaide waking up from her nap. I went to our sleeping room there she was, just sitting there so sweetly in the middle of our big bed. The light was so lovely that I ran and got my camera.

She is the most beautiful person I have ever met. My heart just aches for her and I have a feeling that this condition never will pass.

But Lately I have been growing more and more concerned about Adelaide's eyes and her vision. She doesn't seem to see that well and her eyes seem to bother her quite often. And her eyes - especially her left eye - are very crossed, and they seem to be growing worse.

I was hoping that these things would pass, but sitting just now and looking through these photographs in succession I can really see how her eyes are crossed and seem to be bothersome. And my heart aches even a little more for her.

So my questions are, for someone out there: Have you ever experienced this with a child? Have you taken your toddler to an eye doctor before - what was it like for them? Do you know of any specialists who work especially with little children (in the Vancouver area)?

Any thoughts or advice you may have would be much appreciated,

Thank-you ♥

flickr photo of the day : cups of tea & good smiles.


"Something Sweet" by [Laurence].

thought of the day : possibility.


"Do something everyday, regardless..." by David Horvitz.

things i'm loving : monday afternoon edition.

I hope you had a grand weekend. I am starting my week off with a heck of a lot of coffee and big to-do list. How about you?

monday : things i'm luvin'.
1. Aquarius Purple ($95), 2. Tokyo Milk - Petit Fours 044 - Bon Bon Lip Balm ($12), 3. Breathless ($60), 4. Battement Necklace ($118), 5. Under New Management! ($22), 6. credo pillow ($21.95), 7. le t-shirt - blue ($69 AUD), 8. Candle #1 ($72), 9. postcard box set ($13), 10. miss harriet vanity bag, terence (£32.00), and 11. Rubans adhésifs (€10.00)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

advertise on design is mine!


I have dabbled with going through with this awhile back, but now it is official: Design is Mine is now offering advertisements. Information about becoming a sponsor is available right here.

best of the week.

A whole lot of goodies this week!

Friday, January 23, 2009

etsy finds of the week.


1. 100 percent organic tote- Handpainted from Carry Me Away ($20), 2. Man versus the Kangaroo Print from Michael C Hsiung ($12), and 3. doily drawing 3 from fieldguided ($25)


4. Owl from Three Sisters Ink ($15), 5. small branch handbag from kate durkin ($42), and 6. high waisted pencil skirt.....pure patchwork from Sohomode ($150)


7. Giclee Print (item No. P-2009-9) Sit Eat Enjoy from Jenn Ski ($41), 8. Super Bowl in Outfit pattern, Vapid colorway from Jill Rosenwald ($200), and 9. Little Red - Print from fall down tree ($15)

flickr friday : written with love.

flickr friday : handwritten.
1. 5 minutes with liquid paper, 2. changes, 3. I'd rather wear fur than these shoes, 4. September journal pages, 5. postcard8, 6. Goethes poem, 7. Us, 8. SX 70 Polaroid, 9. Memo, 10. 02142008, 11. peaceandlove, 12. Untitled, 13. Penmanship?, 14. page deux, 15. fresh ink, 16. not just good; good-good.

thought of the day : words of wisdom.


"Live What You Love," from Hijirik Studio ($12.50, found via black. white. bliss.)

freebie of the day : blackpio 2009 calendar.



Today's freebie: A totally cute foldable 2009 calendar from Valentina at Blackpio, which you can download right here. (Also, she just posted a free Valentine's box, if you're interested!)

brigitte sire.



Somehow I bookmarked Brigitte Sire's website a long time ago but I have no recollection of looking through her stunning portfolio until now. Brigitte is an extremely talented photographer who has worked with such greats magazines as W, Nylon, Bon Appetit, and Wallpaper, to name a few. Lovely, lovely work.



Thursday, January 22, 2009

flickr photo of the day : beautiful art.


"yellow" by Camilla Engman.

valentines : part one.

valentines.
1. upside down possum from Broadway Paper ($3.50), 2. Warthog from La Familia Green ($6), 3. Because Your Kiss Is On My List from Sidepony ($4), 4. Tattoo Man from rock scissor paper ($2.75), 5. cupcakes from Seltzer ($3.25), 6. I Heart You (+Pin) from Pink Loves Brown ($15), and 7. owl love you forever from Night Owl Paper Goods ($6)

valentines02
8. heart beats from Art School Girl ($5), 9. You Rock from Zeichen Press ($4), 10. love from Binth ($4.25), 11. Good Catch from Egg Press ($4.50), 12. hands card from Bella Muse ($3.50), 13. Don't Forget Elephant from Hello Lucky! ($4.50), 14. apple of my eye from Saturate Design ($4.20), and 15. Amore No. 114 from Pancake & Franks ($6)

macarons.


I do not usually post many food-related items on here, but I couldn't resist linking to Aran's recipe and gorgeous photographs for strawberry and vanilla bean macarons. If I haven't mentioned it by now, macarons are by far one of my favorite things.

freebie of the day : nate williams' wallpaper.


Super-fabulous desktop wallpapers right here by the very talented illustrator and designer Nate Williams.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

thought of the day : stay away!


"Stay away from my children," by Sa'd Khorsid (found in his Flickr photostream.)

back to basics.

I used to be a much flashier dresser (and every once in awhile, I still love throwing on something more unique and bright), but lately I much prefer the look and comfort of comfy basic clothing. My current favorite look is an oversized t-shirt (I admittedly love these), jeans or black leggings, ballet-esque shoes, and a blazer or over-sized cardigan. Plus, it makes it extra easy to mix-and-match and be completely comfortable running around frantically with the kids.

back to basics.
1. Oversize Stripe Scoop Neck Tee (£22.00), 2. Molly Flat ($158), 3. H81 Judith 3Q Swing Top ($11.92), 4. Boy Tank ($15.50), 5. Lantern Skirt (£32.00), 6. Slim Straight Leg Trousers (£185.00), 7. Avondale Tote ($188), 8. Coleen Thick Striped Shirt (£107.00), 9. Eliza Sweater Cardigan ($17.80). and 10. BB Classic Flat ($220)

a winner

This afternoon Adelaide would not nap, so I decided to pick a winner for the address file with her. I don't like picking a random number for giveaways as my eyes and my brain get all mixed up when trying to count all the comments (is there an easier way to count comments that I have been missing?) So, feeling smart, I decided to just print out all of the entries, trim them apart, and let Addie draw a name.

Well, I didnt realise that all those comments would turn into so many printed sheets of paper... they just wouldn't stop printing out! Suddenly, I am not feeling so smart anymore.

But Adelaide was more than thrilled to be involved with the drawing of our winner. I tried to get her to comprehend how to jumble all the entries with her tiny fingers and pick out just one, and she did to the best of her abilities. 

And, the winner is.... 

chosen by you.

Wendy!

Wendy said...
this is so generous of you sharilyn! thanks for giving another one of these out.. they are so gorgeous!
7:33 PM

winner! by you.

Ah, Wendy has emailed me and told me that today is her birthday. How Appropriate! Happy Birthday, Wendy!

Thankyou so much to everyone who has visited and entered our contest. I will be having more giveaways soon, so please keep in touch!