Remember back before Pinterest, before Tumblr, when inspiration was tactile and we could circle it with sharpies and cut it out and tape it to notebooks and stack those piles of inspiration on our desks?
Before Pinterest, these are the images I would have torn from the Early Summer 2013 Serena & Lily catalogue.
Watercolor via Luli Sanchez
Mug via Hilda’s Hem
Macaw via Sharon Montrose
Anchor rug via Garnet Hill
Napkin via Anthropologie
Ceramics via Chantal Césure
Mixteco bedspread via Maggie Galton
Bowl via Anthropologie
Mexican Fabric via La Viva Home
Quilt via Selvedge Magazine
I love cobalt blue. It’s the theme of the dishes, art and towels in my kitchen — and it reminds me of home, dear family friends, and beautiful memories.
I was raised in a home where Charles Dickens was quoted often — not the beautiful literary passages, but the little phrases uttered by quirky characters. These lines have been woven into our family throughout the years and pop up at the most hilarious times. So when I wanted to embroider some tea towels for my mom recently, I knew I had to start with a quote from Mr. Smallweed in Bleak House.
I’d love to make more of these. There’s no end to phrases from great books I could envision stitched out like this. And couldn’t we all use a little beauty infused into everyday chores?
What sort of words would you like to see on a linen towel?
Sometimes these Monday’s Pretty Things posts practically write themselves. So many things I bookmarked this week shared the same shade of coral!
Circus Decorated Envelope by Nasya Kopteva of Fish Mail Art
Vintage Kantha Quilt via Niki-Jones
Madame Monsieur Necklace no.26 by La Camille via Minikin
Doll via Moemoe Made
See even more Monday’s Pretty Things…
You know what’s better than Monday’s Pretty Things? Monday’s Pretty Things on a WEDNESDAY! The week is already half-over, and we’re well on our way to Easter. I can’t wait!
(I want to
make eat those little bunny cookies.)
Desert Boots via Eley Kishimoto
Rabbit cookies via Virginie Jolie/The Happy Apple on Flickr
The Cranky Princess via Heather Ross
Linen Quilt via Pony Rider
Bunny via Elina Lorez
Oaxaca Mexico Travel Poster from 1960s via Old Imprints
P.S. Even more Monday’s Pretty Things.
This morning, I’m enjoying the creative work of Japanese textile artist Happado.
Marianne from the gorgeous Scandinavian-style blog Nordic Bliss posted about the new H&M kids collection this week, and I haven’t been able to stop ooh and ahhing over what I see online. Rumor has it H&M Home is coming to the US in 2013…but what do you think the chances are that they’ll carry these exact same items? I sure wish they shipped internationally right now. :-P
See, I was planning to get Aveline a comforter and duvet cover set from Ikea once we convert her crib to a toddler bed, but I don’t see anything in the new Ikea catalogue that would really go with the lime green color. But that rabbit…ohhhh, I have to figure out a way to get that to the US, don’t you think? ;-) I mean, it is only £14.99 for a duvet cover and pillowcase! Ah, it’s fun to window shop and dream…
1. Star cushion cover // 2. Striped pillowcase // 3. Wolf duvet cover // 4. Fox toys // 5. Clock pillowcase
1. Rabbit duvet cover // 2. Linen cushion cover // 3. Baby linen cushion cover // 4. Star duvet cover for crib
1. ON A TODDLER…Toddler in orange stripes, via Ngaisao
2. ON A POSTER…Vintage library poster, via Enokson on Flickr
3. ON BLANKETS AND PILLOWS…Movie poster and Zoza blanket, via Lemlem
P.S. You might also enjoy these previous editions of Monday’s Pretty Things:
The new spring/summer line of Toast’s House & Home collection was released today! Here are my favorite images from the catalogue.
You might also like to read my other Toast UK round-ups:
It’s been a while since I shared any crochet project here other than my owl hats. But, I’ve been working on this blanket for a while now, and finally finished it up and mailed it off last week. It’s worked in granny stripes, but I think the mixed textures and varying stripe width gives it a more modern look than you’d expect.
I’m tossing around the idea of selling similar baby blankets in 2012. I haven’t really done any market research yet to determine what would be most likely to sell, though, and I would still have to work out a price point.
I’ve got another striped wool blanket in progress — this time in bold solid colors — but we’ll see if it ends up in Aveline’s room or in the shop. ;-)
In 2012, the shop will also see the addition of plush / stuffed creatures! Super exciting, right? I’ve been so inspired by these plush/softies. I’m making a crochet and felt monster for Aveline, so I’ll post photos of that in the near future as well (although probably not until after Christmas, unless someone puts magical elf sprinkles in my coffee before then).
What do you guys think? Is there is something specific you’d like to see in the shop in 2012?
Since I finally finished sewing the third striped curtain, I thought I’d share the completed room. We only moved in at the end of February…it’s about time, right?
The dried milo berries are from our wedding. Our centerpieces — large hurricane lamps — contained tiny bouquets of milo berries sticking out of black sand. The berries were also scattered around at the end of the aisle, instead of flower petals.
Aveline’s first little stocking, and a few of the headbands in my shop. I’m SO looking forward to Aveline’s first Christmas!
Lord of the Rings Travel Posters (via Steve Thomas)
Don’t you wish the Shire was real?
Babiekins Magazine, Issue 7, Pages 178-188
I love the vest and necklace — both by Ouef — on the wee model on the left! Aveline needs a vest, yes? Let me get my crochet hook…
Vegan Chickpea Patty Recipe (via Ohdeardrea)
Drea’s recipes are so good. Aveline and I have been devouring her ratatouille lately. These patties look delicious; I plan on making them right away. Now maybe if my brother tasted these, he’d stop referring to garbanzo beans as “one of those edible things in nature we should just ignore.”
Embroidered Quilted Silk Bracelet (via Bozena Wojtaszek on Etsy)
Such a beautiful bracelet, handmade in Poland.
Vintage Embroidered Pillow (via Sukan on Etsy)
If you want to get lost in a gorgeous treasure trove of textile goodness, browse the Sukan shop. I mean, there are 44 pages of amazing textiles like the pillow above! Pretty incredible. And a pretty fantastic place to do some procrastinating! ;-)
These inspiring shades of grey are brought to you by the first cool breeze of the year.
This is such a simple pretty linen from Untold Imprints. Isn’t the worn edge pretty? I like the paint-spattered table here, too.
Another rustic kitchen towel. (And eggplant. I keep on buying eggplant, keep on trying to cook it, and keep on not liking it. But I haven’t tried it with tahini yet, so maybe there’s hope.)
This is a photo from Jane Cumberbatch’s lovely home. If you don’t already, you must read Jane’s blog, Pure Style. Her photography and thoughts about simple things in the home and garden are always delightful.
Here is another similarly-styled space, this time from the Danish magazine Femina as posted by Emma’s Designblogg (which, by the way, is a not-to-be-missed treasure trove of Scandinavian design).
I kind of really just want to live inside this color swatch.
And, lastly, I’m incredibly inspired by this fantastic headpiece from the Wovenplay collection. Watch out, Aveline. Your head is about to be decorated.
Happy Monday, everyone!
You also might like to read Monday’s Pretty Things from previous weeks.