Are The Bugs In My Yard Trying To Tell Me Something??

What’s the message here?

Is there a tiny bug creating Rorschach images so I can say what I see?

Is there a little beetle designing patterns for new fabric?

Does she have a teeny little computer where she’s using photoshop to design new garden bedding?

Is this the family crest of family of squirrels?

 

A new logo for a worm?

A stylish skirt for a new flowegal?

So many possibilities.

What do you see?

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My New Book

My new book, “Where’s My F**king Cake, Bob?” How I Survived My True Love’s Trips to Rehab is coming soon. This is just a mock-up of the cover. My friend and wonderful graphic designer Jen Wells will be shooting the cover in Atlanta two weeks from now.

We’ve been swapping ideas and gathering this and that for the photoshoot. So much fun.

Then it’s off to the presses!  Amazon here I come!

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Savannah Paintbrush Happy


After years of talking about it, I’m finally trying it.  Portrait painting with wonderful painter and teacher, Melinda Borysevicz.  It’s such fun.  I lose myself completely for 2.5 hours every Thursday.   So far I have discovered I’m hesitant to use enough paint.  Will fix that this Thurs.  I love painting the light and dark shapes…rather than a facial feature.  That puts me into flow nirvana!

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Wallpaper For One

There is something wonderful about wallpaper like this.  It doesn’t rely on pattern or gorgeous repeat.  It tells a little story in a big way.  It makes me feel like I’ve stepped into one of the luscious images by one of my favorite illustrators.  I’m a character in my own room where a lifesize tale unfolds against a backdrop of timeless beauty.

Maybe it’s that I’m tall and like feeling that I’m enveloped in a bigger panorama than interiors usually allow.   I’m not sure about any of it…but this i do know.  This sort of wallpaper treatment creates rooms I’d love to live in.

To dream in.

And yes, even to swim in.

They are ethereal.  Heavenly.  Otherworldly.  These are featured by De Gournay. If you know of any other wonderful wallpapers similar to these please share your links with us and with our readers by posting a link.  I’d love to see what you j’adore.
curlin

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Crushitecture!


28 12 17.  Those are the lottery numbers I would pick today.  The numbers that would win me a giant jackpot.  A jackpot I would use to dial up  Leroy Street Studio (an architecture firm based in nyc) and say, “Get out your drafting boards kids!  Mama wants a new pad.”

Enough words.  Pictures say it all.  Click & Drool, ladies & gents.


28 12 17.



28 12 17.  I’m just sayin…

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Charming Art Collection, Really.

There’s something unexpected and delightful about a collection of little art. It can take the most boring corner of a hallway or tiny strip of wall and turn it into a little surprise.   Eng Gee Fan also known as Minifanfan is this weeks pick for me.


Visit her wonderful website and you will find Eng Gee Fan, currently works as an artist / illustrator in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. she loves bob hair, minimalism, gigs, drawing and handmade. if you like her works, please funding her further study via purchase in her ETSY. contact her about commissions, collaborations, and ideas here.

Happy Drawing for Happy People.

Her style charms me.  Her faces make me smile.  The hats they wear are darling.  Look closely and you might see that each one of these little works of art is actually a charm for a necklace.  Added Bonus Alert!

So…maybe this little collection could grace your closet…and you could choose a different charm to wear from your collection.   Wearable art collections.  Hmmmmmmm.   I’m off to try on some of my paintings.

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Tweets From Italy….



It’s so much fun to read what etsy artists write in their profiles. At her etsy storefront dimdi, the lovely Irene had me at:

My name is Irene. I’m an italian artist. I live in a lovely land of Italy where the nature and the animals are the principal richness.
I love the animals and nature … these are the principal inspirations of my art!

“Um, hello, Irene? This is Curlin from the lovely land of Austin. Can we be best friends?”

Her original watercolors of birds (and other lovely animals) make me want to spend an afternoon in her kitchen gabbing about all things art and animals and woodland menageries.

And can you say affordable, most original 8×10 pieces are $25.

Is it just me or do all of her watercolor creatures look as if they just remembered a funny little story?

It’s hard to pinpoint which brush stroke makes it so…but give a look and tell me what you see.

I highly recommend adding an dimdi original to your collection.

For the gorgeous swirls she glides onto the paper. And almost as important, to me, the swirls of detail and color she chooses to leave out.

She captures the essence of her subjects with the least amount of brush strokes possible.

Her work is spare and light.

Which I think makes her a fine feathered artist to be sure!

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Color Me Happy!

What a fun way to start my day!!! I’m going to pull together a wonderful colorful guest room in about an hour  with the help of some seriously talented furniture makers & designers.  On the wall above the bed, I’d have to start with these…fabric covered horse shoes from  Hable Construction. At just $18 a piece, i think we should do a whole grid of them on a wall above our red lattice bed from Furniturea.
 
 
 
 
 
The curve of the horse shoes set against the grid of the lattice bed makes me whinny with glee.  But look!  This is no ordinary lattice…it’s wonky…slightly askew….just the way i LOVE things.  Now let’s throw down a wonderful plaid rug fromCompany C.
 
 


I do love a good plaid and this one is restrained  (not stuffy, tho) and so joyful.  I would have to jump wildly on the red lattice bed that sat upon this beauty.

And now for a moment of calm ….in our all white bedroom, naturally. I would add a lovely chair from Furniturea ( After all I’d need some place to sit after all my bed-jumping.)

 
 
And here is the table I would sit beside our chair.  A lovely organic shape from Thompson Rustic Furnishings to play off all the right angles.  A beautiful table on which to sit my thorazine drip!  Gawd, I’m going to need to calm down I’m so excited about this room!

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I Think I Need Glasses!!

Those random glasses at flea markets and thrift stores will never look the same again.The lovely Propellor Design has gathered them all together to create one-of-a-kind chandeliers.  I must have.  Must have now!

Can’t you picture this over a gorgeous white tempered glass kitchen table in an amazing white room?

Now let’s find some wonderful antique chairs.  Something with a rounded back i think.  Like these featured on etsy by The Vintage Supply Co. (sorry they’re sold)  I’m digging the wood tones with the reds and ambers and browns in the chandelier.

Now, let’s add something like this Sariskar fabric designed by Henry Wilson for Osborne & Little.  Can’t tell if it’s a big repeat but i’d try to center the big flower on each seat if possible.

 
I definitely need glasses.  (as pictured above)   Clearly, I’m starting to see things!  Could be trouble.
curlin

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Throwing In The Towel

I’m throwing in the towel on getting my monday post in on time today. The Marimekko tea towels to be exact. I had a huge stretched Marimekko Canvas as the central piece of art in my room growing up. It was bright and bold and modern and I thought it was over-the-top-cool.

And while I can’t even remember what happened to the first piece of art I added to my collection at 13, I’m still a huge fan of Marimekko Anything. The patterns. The bold colors. The unexpectedness of the designs. And the range of colors and imagery is fantastic.

I’m so happy Crate & Barrel does its darndest to keep Marimekko patterns in their ongoing collections. I have two pillow shams on my master bed right now that are muted scandinavian nummy. If you want to make a little less of a commitment to the boldness of Marimekko designs…I say grab yourself a tea towel…or a set of tea towels as featured onwww.finnstyle.com.

For around $29 dollars you can pick out a set of two Marimekko tea towels. And bop around your kitchen with them…see how you feel about the bold colors and patterns. And even the more subtle ones above. I think tea towels are like new underwear for the kitchens. You’ll feel fresh and sassy without spending a fortune. Only you will know you have new tea towels. I guarantee nobody in your family will know what you’re smiling about. It’s between you and the tea towels. And of course, all of us here at Spark.

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