Today’s Track – 7, Prince

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The Philippines and Vietnam are now in my rear view mirror, and I’m newly settled in to quarters in India. It’s an amazing journey; wonderfully inspirational and a much needed jolt from my daily routines. But I have to admit, I’m getting pretty homesick over here. So today calls for something familiar – something from home – something that reminds me of my roots… So, that has to be Prince. And since I’ve got a week left before heading back to the states, it could only be one track… 7 by Prince from the Love Symbol album, 1992.

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Painterly Pillows

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Brooklyn-based designer Rebecca Atwood began her career at Anthropologie before launching her own collection of home textiles. Her products begin in her sketchbook, and then are created in small editions using hand-dying, printing and painting techniques. I especially love the unique softness of the one-of-a-kind Shibori pillows, and how lovely they layer with her other pieces. (Prices range from $109 – $225; As always, click to shop!)

Our original collection of home textiles focuses on the artistic process. Drawing, painting, collecting inspiration, making collages, creating swatches, and testing colors: it all begins in the sketchbook. The first samples are made right in the studio. We cut the pillow fronts and backs ourselves as working on this process in the studio allows for more creativity to occur and instant design decisions to be made.

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Jazzed about Julia

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So excited to see the work of a dear friend of mine from college! Last week I ventured in to Julia Moss’s Pop Up Shop in the uptown area of Minneapolis and was instantly transported into a world of irreverent color and playful femininity. Each vintage item (most of which are silver) is hand-selected by Julie and given a new life through a unique colorizing process; making each item a one-of-a-kind treasure of upcycle chic.

Need a piece to call your own? The line has been picked up by amazing retailers like Martin Patrick and the Walker Art Center Gift Shop, or visit the showroom (best to call or check the website for hours.)

  
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Today’s Track – Lilac Wine (The Album Leaf Remix), Nina Simone

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I don’t even know what Lilac Wine is, but I’m pretty sure I’d like a glass right now. Lilac Wine (the Album Leaf Remix) by Nina Simone from the album Verve Remixed 3, 2005.

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Spring Summer 2016 Color Trends from the Trend Council

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Today’s peek at key colors for the for the Spring Summer 2016 season comes from the Trend Council, a great trend forecasting agency for the fashion industry that provides both analysis and design inspiration.

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Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.

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Glad for the Grad

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It’s about that time when we begin congratulating this year’s crop of new graduates on a job well done. Loving some of the new approaches designers are taking to carry the message without the ivy and mortarboard… (As always, click to shop!)

Henley Paper Co, $4.50

Henley Paper Co, $4.50

Sycamore Street Press, $5.50

Sycamore Street Press, $5.50

1 Canoe 2, $4.50

1 Canoe 2, $4.50

Elum, $5.50

Elum, $5.50

Serena Rivera Designs, $5

Serena Rivera Designs, $5

Steel Petal Press, $5

Steel Petal Press, $5

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Elum, $5.50

Typoretum, £3.50

Typoretum, £3.50

Paperwheel, $6

Paperwheel, $6

Noi Publishing,

Noi Publishing, £3.50

Sugar Paper, $6

Sugar Paper, $6

BS and RS, $5

BS and RS, $5

Emily McDowell, $4.50

Emily McDowell, $4.50

Iron Curtain Press, 5

Iron Curtain Press, $5

Smock Paper, $5

Smock Paper, $5

 

Invaluable Mom.

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To all you mom’s out there (and to my very own, of course), wishing you a very happy mother’s day this weekend!

Today’s Track – Getting Away With It, Rose Smith

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A little atmospheric electronica out of England today. See, I’m frantically prepping for a two-and-a-half week trip to Asia (bug spray with 50% DEET? Check…), and need a little chill time to help me center. Getting Away With It by Rose Smith from the album Dawn Raiding, 2002.

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Art in Bloom

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to see a flower show, of sorts. Each year, the museum celebrates spring by inviting local floral artists to create over 150 arrangements, designed to interpret the diverse artworks in the museum’s collection. Here’s a little sampling…

   

                                                           

Mother’s Day Cards 2015

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Time to pop a little greeting in the mail to celebrate the moms you love! Here are a few fine choices… (As always, click to shop!)

Printster, $3.45

Printster, $3.45

Dingbat Press, $3

Dingbat Press, $3

Emily McDowell Studio, $4.50

Emily McDowell Studio, $4.50

Honizukle, $6

Honizukle, $6

Hairpin Letterpress, $5

Hairpin Letterpress, $5

Byvik Ink, $5

Byvik Ink, $5

InHaus Press, $5

InHaus Press, $5

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Sweetly Said Press, $4

Ferdinand Home, $4

Ferdinand Home, $4

Offensive + Delightful, $4.95

Offensive + Delightful, $4.95

Denote Stationery, $4.76

Denote Stationery, $4.76

Love 4 Letterpress, $3.50

Love 4 Letterpress, $3.50

Ink Meets Paper, $5

Ink Meets Paper, $5

Cheryl Laurel Studio, $5

Cheryl Laurel Studio, $5

Rifle Paper, $5.95

Rifle Paper, $5.95

The Small Print Company, $4.66

The Small Print Company, $4.66

The Red Button Press, $24.88 (Letterpress Print)

The Red Button Press, $24.88 (Letterpress Print)

 

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