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I am from an old world thought when it comes to greeting cards, thank you notes, and messages in the post. I love the thought of receiving a personalized, hand written note in the mail. So you can imagine my delight when I stubble upon the path of Michele Carter who has been handcrafting cards for over a decade and right in my back yard.
The decor of these cards is elegant with simplistic beauty. Upon first glance my heart literally skipped a beat. I'm forever amazed at how the supple beauty of an alluring card design can make me feel. It truly is about the small joys in life and with designs rich in opulence such as Biellafiore small joys produce monumental sentiments.
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Here is a fun and simple way to liven up your Thanksgiving table, with a rustic Italian flare!
And of course mini pumpkins...
It has been some time since we've had a contest and with Christmas right around the corner this is the perfect time.
Enter to win this one of a kind, fabulous yellow pendant necklace!
Here's how, first find us on Facebook and Like us. Second send us a message describing your favorite article on Decor and Wine. Winner will be chosen at random. Deadline to enter is December 7th, 2013, winner will be announced December 8th, 2013.
CONTEST RULES: Must be at least 18 years of age. CONTEST IS OPEN TO ALL LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES. PRIZES ARE AS SHOWN AND SUBSTITUTIONS ARE NOT ALLOWED. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH CONTEST RULES MAY RESULT IN CONTESTANT’S DISQUALIFICATION.
I came across this winery a few years ago. They are a fabulous organic vineyard in Mendocino County. I really enjoy their Sauvignon Blanc but alas tis the season for reds. This is a lighter Cabernet, as far as Cabs go. It has a pillow-y mouth feel with a sweet plum taste. There are no added sulfites which means you can spend a little more time enjoying the flavor and subtle nuances.
Stefan Sagmeister, Graphic Artist/Designer
I find myself drawn to Stefan's work because I see his vision for change (in the world and design) as being one of empathy, self-compassion, and a certain level of raw emotion. One aspect where his vision comes to play is in ‘fighting fear’, which is an idea I connect with all too well. As a creative I am always battling with the inner critic who uses fear as a tool to hold me back from innovative expression. (In all aspects, I feel strongly that fear holds us back from heighten and illuminated greatness.)
Stefan's introspection has a great deal to do with his voice as a designer. What I appreciate is he seems to take the time he needs for himself in order to be a better person as well as a better designer. By taking the time to journal or implementing a self imposed sabbatical it likely gives Stefan time to reflect and really see the world around him. In his book “Things I have learned in my life so far” he has taken what he has learn through his process and visually communicated it back to the world.
Stefan clearly takes his work personally, using himself within the work (physically) and in such a venerable way, I feel most graphic designers would not be willing to push themselves that far . By evaluating his thoughts through the process of journaling it allows Stefan continued insight into change and forward thinking. These elements are what make Stefan Sagmeister a compelling designer.
I was going through some old paperwork and came across these images of a set design I did for the Knightsbridge Theatre back in 2010. The production was Medea which was brilliantly directed by Travis Terry. The play took place in a psychiatric ward. Check out the beautifully haunting images by artist Audra Phillips (link below) which where illuminated at various times during the production. Quite fitting for Halloween...
Baking is an art I have admired for a very long time. My love of baking came with the Christmas gift of a Strawberry Shortcake Easy Bake Oven. This inspired me to bake whenever I got the chance... My obsession grew additively strong and I found myself needing to bake, even in the hot dry temperatures of the summer months (something my sweet mother never understood). So you can image once diagnosed with gluten sensitivity my glutinous world of baking came crashing down.
If you have ever had the pleasure of attempting to bake gluten free pastries or sweet treats you know the process can be extremely finicky and the outcome of the experiment is not always tasty. There is a certain element of science in baking, having this body of scientific knowledge is key when baking gluten free. This is why I'm thankful when I discover professionals who can satisfy my moist cupcake loving, decadent brownie obsessed, crumbly scone fixated GF taste buds. This is why my gratitude is far reaching when it comes to Buttercelli Bakeshop. Buttercelli's is "an organic, small-batch, back to basics bakery" serving up both Gluten and non Gluten treats. With the holidays upon us you may find yourself stopping by Buttercelli's to indulge in a few additively delicious gluten free treats.
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My apologies readers its been a while and technical difficulties has delayed me posting sooner. But I'm back on track! I have a few projects up my sleeve, I have been working on a modern style craftsman home which I'll be able to show you next year. I've also been working on an mid century office design. With the holiday's upon us I'll have some fun ideas for festive decor. Mean while check out these adorable, handcrafted Halloween cards by Yesterday's Hellos. Terri does such a wonderful job designing these unique cards. A must have treat for the Halloween junkie at heart (that would be me).