Monthly Archives: April 2008

Spring Inspired Product Photos

Showcasing products in photos can have many forms. Some opt for simplicity, but many go the route of creating context in their photos and it really pays off when props and styling are beautifully executed. These spring inspired images from Cotton Idea Studio are perfectly arranged and make the products even more enticing.

Product Photos

Companies like Anthropologie and Nantaka Joy do this type of thing very well. What are some of your favorite product photos to look at and be inspired by?

LightArt

I love seeing art installations located in everyday places. You shouldn’t have to go to a museum to admire some art…it should be everywhere to enjoy! That’s why I love this “artscape” in Kijkduin, Holland. Between December 2007 and January 2008, the third edition of LightArt Kijkduin created a fairy tale like landscape in the dunes of The Hague’s southern beach resort of Kijkduin. One hundred and forty illuminated globes of different sizes and colors were spread among the dunes, constantly changing their hues in the evening hours.

LightArt

You can see more photos here and here.

[ Via Gala Darling ]

Packaging and Design Inspiration

Following my last posts on packaging and business card inspiration, here are some more great ideas in those categories.

From left to right:

Impact Salon Card Sleeves by Creative Suitcase // Business card design by Jason Tremblay // Beehive Honey Packaging by Little Fury // Freska, facial tissue packaging

Design Inspiration

Collecting: Children’s Stuff

This is a collection I’m just beginning, because I’m 12 weeks pregnant with our first child! Ever since discovering this wonderful news, I’ve been keeping my eye out at estate sales for cute vintage kid stuff. With that said, don’t be surprised if I start posting more things that fall into the “baby” category.

From left to right:

Vintage finger puppets (lion and bear) // A Little Elephant vintage book // Things to Color vintage coloring book

Children’s Stuff

Collecting: Globes

Globes are a pretty common collector’s item. I’ve been collecting various shapes and sizes for about 10 years now. Here are just a few from my collection.

From left to right from top shelf to bottom:

Vintage Seagrams globe // Globe from Bombay Company // Glass globe // Hand-carved wooden globe made by my husband // Second shelf // Plastic globe on stand // Small vintage globe // Large lit globe // Timex clock globe // Third shelf // Vintage globe bookend // Plastic globe by Hammond // Clear glass globe

Collecting Globes

Free Download: Mother’s Day Card

May 11th is Mother’s Day and for those of you that like to plan ahead, here is a free card you can download just for her. Just download the template using the link below, print out on 8.5 x 11 card stock, cut around the guides and fold in the middle.

Mother’s Day Card from evie s. – PDF Download
Size: 17kb

Free Mother’s Day card

Here’s to all of our wonderful mothers!

Collecting: Elephants

I think my love and fascination for elephants started right along with my love and fascination with the country of India. Ever since then, I’ve been collecting them in my travels, and these days, I love snatching up a unique vintage elephant to add to my ever-growing collection. They are by far my favorite animal, and to see them in person is extraordinary.

If you read my last post on Westmoreland glass, you would be interested to know that the elephant bowl in the middle is part of that collection. I saved it for this post since it is so special.

1. wooden hand carved elephant from Cameroon // 2. Carved stone elephant from India // 3. Wooden hand carved elephant from Jamaica // 4. Vintage small metal pillbox // 5. Small hand carved figurine // 6. Metal ornate elephant from India // 7. Small figurine by Monet // 8. vintage green elephant // 9. wooden hand carved elephant from Cameroon // 10. cast iron bank elephant

Elephants

Collecting: Westmoreland Glass

One of the (many) things I inherited through marriage was my husband’s Westmoreland glass collection. His family collects these beautiful handmade pieces partly for appreciation but mostly because my father-in-law worked in the glass factory years and years ago. Ever since then the family has been adding to the collection little by little with some of the rarest and most beautiful pieces in the company’s production history.

Westmoreland glass was made by the Westmoreland Glass Company of Grapeville, Pennsylvania, from 1890 to 1984. They made clear and colored glass of many varieties, such as milk glass, pressed glass, and slag glass.

Below is a photo of some of the many pieces in our own personal collection.

From left to right:

Blue satin glass candle holder // Green candle lamp // Blue pearlized carnival glass vase // Amber wheel cut candy dish // Charcoal basket vase // Blue satin glass compote

Westmoreland Glass

Do any evie s. readers collect Westmoreland glass? If not, is there another specific type of glassware that you find yourself amassing? Please share!

Batucada Jewelry from France

I recently received a package from Ann with Brooklyn 5 and 10. She was so sweet to send me a sample of the Batucada jewelry collection designed in France. The Batucada designs, which include necklaces and bracelets, are inspired by nature and organic shapes. What’s more is that this beautiful product is made from eco-plastic, a material that hugs the skin and is environmentally friendly.

Batucada Jewelry

The bracelet I received in the “Hawaii” motif is just lovely. It fits my tiny wrist pretty well too, since it is flexible and adjustable. Thank you Ann!

To purchase, go to the Brooklyn 5 and 10 online store.

What to Do With Broken Seashells

Over Thanksgiving one year my family took a vacation to St. John’s in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was beautiful and memorable to say the least. My husband and I spent every spare moment scouring our private beach for seashells and other treasures. After days of this, we accumulated quite a pile of beautiful shells, some perfectly intact, and lots of broken pieces. While we traveled light on this trip, I think we added about 20-30 lbs to our luggage on our return trip.

Once we were home I looked at all we had collected and thought, “what now?” In my quest to find a seashell DIY project, I found one really good one. So I decided to try out these Glowing Beach Votives, and ended up making one for myself and all the girls in my family.

Glowing Seashell Votive

I love them! It was the perfect way to display all those beautiful broken pieces that I thought would be useless except to pack away and look at on occasion. Here are the instructions.

Materials:

FIMO Soft translucent clay
white or natural colored sand
mini shells, broken shell pieces
round glass votive
craft knife
pasta machine or clay roller
votive candle

Steps:

  1. Condition clay (with pasta machine or by hand rolling). Make a sheet of the FIMO roughly as thick as cereal-box cardboard (setting 5 on the pasta machine).
  2. Cut one end of the sheet of FIMO with the craft knife to give a straight cut and lay this onto the glass votive. Stretch and press the clay to lie flat on the glass surface. Cut where it overlaps and press to join. Using a smooth, nonporous item (such as a glass), roll over the clay in different directions to remove any air pockets.
  3. With the craft knife, trim the extra FIMO from the bottom and top of the votive. Smooth the edges with your fingers to round off.
  4. Use more FIMO to make another flat sheet that is the thickest setting of your pasta machine. Trim one side of the sheet with the craft knife for a straight edge. Trim the other side in a wavy line.
  5. Align the straight edge of this clay sheet with the top of the votive and lay the wavy sheet over the first layer. Trim where the sheet overlaps and press to remove any seam. (You may need to trim the wavy piece to join together.) Press this layer of the FIMO onto the previous covering to remove any bumps or air bubbles.
  6. Begin embedding small pieces of sea glass and shells into the top, thicker area of the FIMO. Press the polymer around the edges of the shells and glass to secure them.
  7. Pour sand in a pan or plastic bag. Roll the votive in the sand, pressing the sand into the FIMO to secure.
  8. Bake per the clay manufacturer’s guidelines. Allow to cool. Add a candle and enjoy your glowing beach votive!

For more photos, go here.

[ Via HGTV ]