Etsy Friday Finds: Noble House Designs

Shop: Noble House Designs

Specializes in: Amazing colored beaded necklaces and jewelry.

Feedback: 100% Positive

Ships from: Houston, Texas

I’m not sure how I happened upon Sara and her amazing designs, but I’m psyched I did. Her bold use of color, asymmetry, and artistic style combine to form the perfect jewelry. I ordered a necklace a few weeks ago, and once I received it, I ordered three more (2 for gifts and another for me!). I really feel like I’m sharing a secret because her stuff it that good! Check back often because she updates it regularly with one-of-kind pieces. Happy shopping!

Saatchi Online: Discovering Original Art

I was just on Pintrest (I spend way too much time on that site!) and I saw some beautiful pins of artwork that I fell in love with. And luckily, the great thing about Pintrest is that you can click on the graphic and it takes you right to the source. It led me to Saatchi Online, where they sell prints and original artwork by emerging artists. It’s the sister site to the Saatchi Gallery of London. You can filter by style, price, original / print and country. Pretty cool huh?

You can find the above image here.

Beautiful Things: Japanese Washi and Colored Tape

I love any utilitarian office supply with a twist, and colored and patterned tape is no exception. Of particular love is Japanese Washi tape. It’s super easy to use, tears perfectly, and doesn’t leave a sticky mess when you peel it off. There are so many cool things you do with Washi tape, including letting your kids decorate envelopes, gifts wrapped in kraft paper, and even plain wooden boxes from the craft store. This post has some great inspiration for different uses. If you create any projects using colored or Washi tape, please post a photo to our Facebook page. We’d love to see them!

1. Drop Dots Washi Tape from CuteTape / 2. Washi Tape Organizer from Etsy / 3. Striped Half Circle Tape from CuteTape / 4. Manhattan Subway Tape from Papermash / 5. Patterns and Colors Washi Tape from MoMA  6. Colored Duct Tape from the Container Store / 7. Striped Masking Tape from Papermash

Beautiful Things: The Polaroid Photography of Grant Hamilton

I’m back to work after a few weeks of holiday craziness, and I need some graphic inspiration to get me going. It’s always fun to just surf around and find amazing people doing amazing things.  Today I’m in love with these polaroids from photographer Grant Hamilton. They kind of have a vintage hipster summer vibe. Enjoy the whole collection here.

All photos copyright Grant Hamilton

Etsy Friday Finds: Ampersand Design Studio

Welcome to our first “Etsy Friday Finds” post! Renee and I are Etsy obsessed, and so we’ve decided to post about an Etsy shop that we love every Friday — perfect reading and subsequent shopping for those end-of-week slack-off sessions! If you have any Etsy faves, please be sure to send us a comment and we’ll take a look!

Shop: Ampersand Design Studio

Specializes in: Colorful prints and posters using bold colors and modern typography

Feedback: 100% Positive

Ships from: Kansas City

I picked this shop because it’s totally up my alley in terms of design aesthetic: bold, colorful, modern, with a touch of whimsy. How cute is that ABC Animal Print? They have a personalized version as well. Ampersand Design Shop also has a great blog that I follow, full of cool design, fashion and home tips for the real person (by ‘real’ I mean super cool stuff, without being pretentious or stuffy). The founders, Carrie Kiefer and Morgan Georgie, seem like girls I would be, or want to be, friends with. Check it out!

All photos copyright Ampersand Design Shop

 

New USPS “Love” stamp by Jessica Hische to be released in 2012

So if you’re a type geek like me, you’ve probably heard of Jessica Hische – the amazingly talented font designer who has worked for the likes of design superstar Louise Fili. Her gorgeous lettering will be adorning the likes of a Love stamp to be released in 2012. I can see this being used for so many things: weddings (of course), Valentine’s Day cards and invites, birth announcements — pretty much any social stationery you can think of. It looks like it’s a ‘forever’ stamp as well, so you can bet I’ll be stocking up!

Book of the Week: Leo the Lightning Bug by Eric Drachman

Leo the Lightning Bug by Eric Drachman was a gift to my young baby Leo when he was born. Now almost three, it’s the perfect book for his age, and not just because he hears his name on every page. This joyfully and whimsically illustrated book tells the story of Leo the lightning bug, who can’t make a light. It’s about time, practice, patience, and confidence. This version also comes with a read-along CD, which my little Leo loves because he feels empowered to read it ‘all by myself.’ Starting with young toddlers, I’d guess this book is relevant to children up to age ten as it’s so engaging and the lessons are timeless.

Book of the Week: Charley Harper ABCs

I love awesomely designed children’s books and one of my favs features the fine work of the amazing artist Charley Harper. His love for animals and passion for nature is evident throughout this adorable board book. My son enjoys the fanciful illustrations and I of course enjoy the amazing graphics and typography. Get Charley Harper ABCs at Amazon.com

Etsy Shop of the Month: Tadpole Creations

I love Etsy and all the quirky artist goods you can get there. A new feature on our blog will be highlighting a shop we find that has cool stuff — for kids, babies, the home or you. I found Tadpole Creations and just fell in love with their bold and unabashed appliques. I also love her Matryoshka dolls (which are on sale now!). I know where I am shopping for my next baby shower!

Print Your Own Custom Fabric at Spoonflower.com

I’m always looking for unique art and decor to incorporate into my home, so when my friend Renee sent me a link to a site where you can print your own custom fabric, I had to check it out. Spoonflower.com not only allows you to upload your own graphics for printing, but also offers the largest collection of independent fabric designers in the world. You don’t have to be an artist or designer: you can upload photos, your child’s drawings, basically anything you can think of that would be fun to make into fabric. Very, very cool.