do you know about creativebug? creativebug offers online workshops for making loads of great crafts as close as your computer. i always love the idea of making handmade gifts, and they’ve got some really great ideas for crafting your own hostess gifts. or perhaps you have the idea of making lovely treats for summer house guests. whatever you’ve been dreaming of, you can learn how to make all kinds of gifts online — Handmade Soap with Lindsey Stone; an Upcycled Pouch with Maya Donenfeld; a Tassel Necklace with Liesl Gibson; make an Apothecary Facial Toner by Amy Karol; learn how to Draw with Thread and make a votive/vase sleeve with Improv Sewing; or take this free class and make a Market Tote with Cal Patch. i think if you watch this video featuring some of creativebug’s teachers you’ll be very inspired to check out their classes.
creativebug is offering a discount for all sfgirlbybay readers right now — $15 off any Creativebug subscription package, for access to all the featured classes plus 150 more, with new classes added every week. simply enter SFGIRLBYBAY at check out (note: Expires 7/1/2013).
creativebug has gathered some of the most inspiring designers and crafters to bring video workshops right to your computer screen. Whether you’re an accomplished artist or just getting acquainted with a glue gun, their workshops provide project ideas, expert guidance and a healthy dose of creative inspiration. Fancy learning how to crochet at midnight? Have a hankering to paint in your pajamas? Once you become a member, you’ll have unlimited access to all the creativebug workshops. they keep a library of your favorites and even remember where you left off if you want to continue later. Each workshop is broken down into video segments so you can skip ahead or watch a video again and again until you master a technique.
creative bug is also striving to make a difference by donating 5% of all subscription revenues to non-profit art organizations. so, what are you waiting for? go online, make a pattern. make a print. make a difference.
• this post in partnership with creativebug but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
well, readers we’re coming up on mother’s day, so i want to wish all the mummies out there a day of rest and repose (hopefully) for all your hard work, and a day filled with happy family memories. if i could send you all roses, i would. i was born on mother’s day, and lo and behold it’s my birthday again this sunday, so i’ll be celebrating in a slightly different way. as the years creep up i think about the women who inspire me. my own mum — she’s an interior designer who influenced my career path immensely — probably without me ever giving it proper thought or appreciation — i just soaked it all in like a sponge. i veered off my path a lot and more often than not took the least beaten one, but she’s always fully supported (if not simply just put up with) my random meandering. so, here’s to the mums today and here’s to some of the other fabulous women who inspire me. happy mother’s day and happy birthday to me.
• have you read diane keaton’s book then again? it’s an insightful, and often poignant story of Keaton’s complicated relationship with her aging mother. Woven throughout the book are excerpts from the dozens of journals Keaton’s mother, Dorothy Hall, kept over the years. If you’re a Diane Keaton fan, you’ll adore her even more after reading this memoir.
• did you know julia child didn’t begin her career in cooking until she was almost 40 years old? Julia enrolled in a Los Angeles cooking school to prepare for married life, though she’d later admit her early forays in the kitchen were disastrous. see? it’s never too late to start doing what you love, and doing it the way only you can do it. she’s such an inspiration.
• i adore grace coddington. she’s my favorite Fashion Editor, the Creative Director of VOGUE, but more than that she’s just a supremely creative, witty and intelligent woman so i always enjoy following her career antics from afar. i’ve mentioned it before, but she steals the show in the september issue so if you haven’t seen it, it’s a good mother’s day indulgence. eat bonbons and watch grace clobber anna wintour with her cleverness.
• have you ever listened to joni mitchell’s miles of aisles album? i have it on vinyl and it’s typically on my turntable saturday or sunday afternoons and i listen to it over and over. joni mitchell’s song lyrics are sublime. this is a live album and there’s one part where a guy in the audience yells out, “Joni, you have more class than Richard Nixon, Mick Jagger, and Gomer Pyle combined!” and she laughs really hard. she laughs this really great, infectious laugh and it might be one of my very favorite bits on the record. i love how a part of her audience she feels and that moment reflects it perfectly. you might like to listen to that this weekend, too.
happy friday everyone - here are some of my favorite pins of the week. enjoy!
no. 1 – a gorgeous floral shot from a “flower child” feature on hannah lemholt’s blog
no. 2 – a natural uncut herkimer crystal on a 9ct rose lightning shaped band from plümo
no. 3 - words of truth from the whitney english blog
no. 4 - bright and playful packaging for bonnard a mexican french inspired tea and confectionary shop
no. 5 – a set of frosted glassware by stelton that was inspired by ice forming on a window
have a wonderful weekend!
aaron from i heart luxe
you know that moment when you’re hearing yourself say ‘omg, i’m stalking this person online’? no, you don’t? i have it all the time where i’ve got a mad crush on someone’s work and i don’t really know the artist, but still there they are on twitter, or instagram or pinterest and i’m ‘liking’ everything they share. well, in this case that person is food & lifestyle photographer nicole franzen. i’ve seen her work from afar for so long that i kind of know an image of hers is hers before i actually check. she’s got very recognizable talent and a common thread in her work that i love — and the lighting is perfection. it makes me want to hop into her photographs and live there for just a little while. or maybe eat one of the beautiful meals she prepares and shares on her blog la buena vida. anyway, i’ve gushed enough, here’s new york-based photographer nicole franzen’s lovely, lovely work. you may start stalking her, too.
In anticipation of Modernica’s coveted Factory Sale on May 18th in Los Angeles, Modernica is hosting a giveaway for SFGirlbybay readers! During their one-day sale event in L.A., you’ll have a rare chance to purchase a full range of products at 20% – 70% off, and if you can’t make the sale, Modernica will be having a sale online as well from Friday May 17th –Sunday, May 19th with 15% Off site-wide, including clearance items with the code: FactorySale. Some Select Vintage Items are also available!
So to celebrate their big sale, Modernica is giving away one of their gorgeous small white Case Study Planters! their design originated during the highly prolific period in architecture and home furnishing designs immediately following WW2. The new designs promoted a new attitude towards incorporating your home with a modern lifestyle and the object itself functioned as a direct reflection of the home owner’s aesthetic. It was this combination of the aesthetic purity of Modernism with the idea of good design for all that launched the planter’s massive appeal into popular culture.
As an important part of this lineage, Modernica’s Case Study Planters are pure and elegant in form. Their bowl shapes are available in two sizes and in two matte colors: charcoal and white.
To win the Modernica Small White Case Study Ceramic Bowl With Black Metal Stand, simply:
• hop on over to modernica’s Facebook page and “like” their page by thursday, may 16th.
• comment back here letting us know you ‘liked’ their facebook page to enter to win.
• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.
• sorry, but this time the giveaway applies to U.S. residents, only.
• this post in partnership with Modernica. all opinions are my own.