DIY Modern Needlework Ornament

Looking for a little DIY project for holiday gift-giving? Check out these handmade needlework ornaments. The combination of modern pattern design and the timeless quality of handcraft is irresistible. Modern Needleworks has made it easy. A DIY kit, complete with all the necessary materials, complete instructions as well as a ready to go design.  4″ in diameter, these make the perfect gift, whether giving a completed project attached to a bottle of wine or box of sweets, or simply providing a welcome winter project for the recipient. Love these.

Images sourced on Etsy, Modern Needleworks

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Whole Lotta Hoopla

So when I am not sifting through inspiration for this design blog, I am either sifting through inspiration for my wedding invitation business; sifting through inspiration on how to mother my children intentionally; or zonked out on the bed from hours of inspiration sifting…oh yeah…and you know, running a household, a small business and all that other stuff that goes on in my days.  Anyway, earlier this week, I was mid-sift of my wedding invitation business inspiration when I came across this amazing centerpiece display using embroidery hoops.


It reminded me of an image from a while back in Martha Stewart Weddings:

Embroidery hoops seem to bring an element of craft wherever they appear and I think that element, combined with carefully selected details, can truly create a beautiful piece.  I particularly love this fun, quirky bulletin board display by Etsy seller  The vibrant fabrics, paired with the various sizes of hoops are so inspiring!

Another sweet, utilitarian use for the basic embroidery hoop is this sweet calendar.

(I found it on Pinterest here and it was credited to this blog, but try as I might I couldn’t find it)

Of course, the embroidery hoop, being made to hold fabric, creates a wonderful frame for your favorite prints.  In a large display such as this one over at PurlBee, the hoops combine to make a powerful display.

Similarly, Caro at CaroThrift created a display over her bed that is a wonderful mix of size and pattern.

Lastly, this inspiring display from an Anthropologie store makes me smile.  I can imagine this would make a divine room divider in an open space or loft.

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Shop Talk: NSS

Natural Selection Studio (NSS) is the brainchild of Michigan-based Greg Gallegos and features some of the most gorgeous, handmade wood creations seen by the human eye. Naturally, we wanted to give well-deserved props for the quality and creativity displayed in one of our favorite new Etsy shops! Here are a few finds to invest in:

Sycamore pods ($42) are thin, lightweight and are begging to house paperclips, rubber bands and other miscellaneous supplies we all too often fail to stylishly contain.

Color and wood were made for each other, so these blue and orange wooden bowls ($74) are begging to be displayed either as a pair or statement-making solo for a surprising treat.

If sculptural is more your style, these wooden goblets ($64) are as inspiring as they are functional. I’d love to see mixed nuts displayed in these beauties at my next dinner party!

Lastly, if you’re into marbled wood, this set of three vessels turned from Box Elder wood have your name on it. What a lovely centerpiece they’d make!

Hats off, Greg – you have us all drooling with wooden envy!

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Cheryl Oz Designs

I recently stumbled upon an artist on Etsy, Cheryl Oz, and was immediately taken with her beautiful watercolor prints, specifically the one below with gorgeous detail and retro vibe.  I feel like a large scale print of this piece in a minimalist kitchen would be incredibly striking.

But what REALLY got my going once I explored her Etsy shop a bit more were these incredibly beautiful gouache prints of classic, Charles and Ray Eames mid-century modern chairs.  Cheryl really captured the beautiful lines and curves and shapes  of the pieces well.  I specifically love that even if you can’t afford to have one of the chairs in your home, you can always live vicariously through these genuinely sweet prints.

According to Cheryl, the original painting was of three of the Eames chairs including “the leather lounge chair, the molded plastic chair and the molded plywood chair”.  But thankfully for all of us, she decided to take each chair and create a larger 8×10 print (She also has 5×5 prints available).  It looks like Cheryl also added this beautiful, blue, molded plastic rocking chair to the mix as well – side note: how fun would that be in a nursery?!

According to her Etsy page, Cheryl’s site is a collection of “youthfully-spirited, retro-inspired, hand-drawn, digital or painted illustrations consisting of archival prints, quality handcrafted paper + mixed medium goods.”

Cheryl also has some super-sweet vintage Barbie prints that would really dress up a little girl’s room beautifully.

All work is created and hand-crafted by artist, Cheryl Oz and can be found here on Etsy, as well as in her Big Cartel shop.

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Affordable Art

From reds to indigos and every color between, affordable art is everywhere. Why not gather a few in every hue?:

Carol Padberg ($20) at 20×200

Ian Carpenter ($20) at Mammoth Collection

The Love Shop ($20) at Etsy

Ashley Goldberg ($20) at Etsy

Craig Damrauer ($20) at 20×200

Crafterall ($35) at Etsy

Badmount ($15) at Etsy

Happy shopping, color lovers!

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