Friday, April 29, 2011

hats + royals

thing day friday.
{hats + royals}

I was inspired by hats this week because of Anne's gorgeous Easter hat (wish I had a picture to show you) and the 'ole royal wedding.

here are some I just love.

sally victor hat.

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some beautiful hats of kate.

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grace kelly, oh so lovely. and that dress!

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and some dutch lovin'. princess maxima.

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happy weekend!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

driftwood + dishes

inspiration wednesday.
{driftwood + dishes}

these two companies have inspired me this week: moncer flooring + fleet objects. look at that delicious driftwood flooring and those subtle, soft ceramics. my "someday list" just got bigger.

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happy wednesday!

Monday, April 25, 2011

new cards + somedays

liefday monday.
{new cards + somedays}

sent off the new baby cards last week. just love the little elephants tightroping upside-down.

from there I created a new thank you card. simple + textured. sounds just about right.

I started a someday list. anyone else have one of these? a dream list essentially. it makes me smile every time I look at it because it reminds me of things that fill me with joy. like glass jars of jasmine tea. large white sinks, wooden bookshelves and aloe plants. and drawing illustrations with them makes the list ten times more fun. what would be on your someday list? someday I will have/do/experience....

home. sweet. home.

happy monday!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

eggie eggs + bunnies

inspiration weekend.
{eggie eggs + bunnies}

it's easter tomorrow. hurray! and today it means eggs and bunnies. here are some of my favorites.

the first two eggs I found through selvedge drygoods. they have been handmade by Orike Muth, a sweet German design company. aren't these darling?

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the following four eggs were hand-painted by Katya from Toronto. She has an etsy shop called ukrainianeastereggs. some are even goose eggs! so great.

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and finally, some
bunny lovin. the first combines both eggs and bunnies because it's a felt bunny egg cozy! perfect. now all my hard - boiled eggs will stay pleasantly warm in the comforts of delicious felt. from
selvedge drygoods. how can you not smile when you look at that?
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and my all time favorite, hut up felt bunnies. (another wonderful German company -- I know, I know, lief is dutch, but our eastern neighbors can be quite creative as well...) I have had this as my desktop image for years. I just love it. maybe it's time I buy some of these darling little bunnies.

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happy easter! may you be inspired in many ways.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

excitement + flexibility

forgive me tuesday.
{excitement + flexibility}

first, forgive me for my interrupted blogging. life gets crazy sometimes. (ha, sometimes, maybe all times? ever feel that way?) as much as I love the structure that the three times a week blogging brings, it is nice to have some flexibility. so thanks for your grace and understanding that comes with being human, and maybe, just possibly having one too many things on this girls to do list. :)

but I am super excited about some lief happenings.

first, yesterday I received christmas times ten in the mail. linen samples! they are just gorgeous. I wish pictures could convey texture because these are gems. much creativity and dreaming has begun. oh to make beautiful things from linen!

second, very excited about doing calligraphy work for jack + suz's wedding invites and place cards. I'll post some pictures nearing completion.

third, absolutely thrilled to be working with erin + lauren as they create welcome home, a natural, delightful home nourishing + cleaning business. meeting with you both this past week was a joy! if you are looking for a natural based cleaning company, they would be a wonderful fit!

fourth, custom baby shower thank yous. most things made little are just so sweet. researching for this project was thoroughly enjoyable.

feeling very grateful and blessed to be working with you all.

happy week.

Friday, April 15, 2011

snap, hurray!, cute

inspiration week.
{snap, hurray!, cute}

snap is for this week. it has certainly been a blink. tuesday turned to friday, somehow, and now I'm thinking about the weekend already. oye.

hurray is for my friend teresa, my inspiration for the week.(she is the amazing doula that I did the soup competition with.) she is running the boston marathon this monday and has raised support for the alpha woman's center in doing so. check out the press' write up about her here. it's so inspiring to watch people close to you accomplish their dreams, and for her, her dream is this marathon. I'm so pumped for her.

cute is for these cloths. some fashion inspiration from nao noa. I love littles and this company.

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and a final picture from the shoot last week. I really like the texture on this one.

happy weekend!

Monday, April 11, 2011

new sites, new shoots.

liefday monday.
{new sites, new shoots}

I'm in the process of redesigning my website. love doing this. i find myself up till wee hours and up at wee hours doing this; it's a joy. I will post pictures when I have it successfully designed and launched. but for now, here are some photos I took for the website.

hemp ball. super fun to make!
thanks to suzanne for the inspiration.

antique wooden spool.

fabric flower.
(did not make this, but just love it.
bought at anthropologie a few years back.)

lief pouch. (for pens, pencils, makeup, or whatever your fancy)

lief thank you gift card.

lief happy birthday gift card.

lief hand towel.

lief 4bar blue thank you pack.
(includes six cards + six dark grey colored envelopes)

lief 4bar green thank you card.
(with cement colored envelope)

Friday, April 8, 2011

le blog. oui, oui.

thing day friday.
{le blog. oui, oui.}

i got into french blogs. it's like a secret little world just waiting to be discovered. i mean 'le blog' sounds way cooler than 'the blog,' no? I know, I know, I can't read french (although I give some pretty good efforts), but the pictures and the words are so visually stimulating, that I'm hooked regardless of comprehension. thought I would share some of my favorites with you.

happy friday. { + weekend}

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

alcott, ma ke + type

inspiration wednesday.
{alcott, ma ke + type}

this week has been packed with inspiration. getting out of one's routine and city does wonders for this sort of thing. thank you chicago. thank you dear friends.

first inspiration, this quote:

"I love beauty so much that I not only want to possess it myself, but to gain the power of seeing it in all things, and the art of reproducing it with truth." louisa may alcott.

this quote from louisa may alcott has completely inspired me this week. my friend ellen (who was such a joy and inspiration to see this weekend) has it written on her blog. I like the part of reproducing beauty with truth. this has a wonderful way of naming why I love to design + create. there is so much beauty to possess and be found, that through the act of creating I feel as though I have joined in on this galvanizing process.

and I got the new selvedge magazine this week. glorious.

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there is a spread on the Chinese fashion designer, Ma Ke, that I am in LOVE with. it has little to do with her fashion designs, but everything to do with her apartment. gorgeous! eeep!

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and, finally, I have been inspired by the typographer + illustrator, Adrian Johnson. i first stumbled upon his typography, which I love, but then found some of his illustrations. what's not to love about a regurgitating pac man and a donkey carrying a carrot?

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be inspired! happy wednesday.

Monday, April 4, 2011

stitch + knit

liefday monday.
{stitch + knit}

i love embroidery. have i said that recently?
its patience, texture, and simplicity get me every time. i am full of new ideas to incorporate this gorgeous art form into lief design.

here is a glimpse.

I also love knitting, although this takes some serious patience. but in the end, worth the time.

a bamboo neck wrap.

additional inspiration for new lief design projects = fabric. I went on a non-business trip to chicago this past weekend, however, I could not keep myself away from one of my favorite little fabric shops. just love what I do!

happy monday!