Discoveries: Quilled Oriental Rug

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials, Stunt Double

Artist Lisa Nilsson was inspired by the patterns in an Islamic carpet and made this amazing piece:

Lisa Nilsson Jardin Big

Jardin, Japanese mulberry paper and gilt edged paper, 29″ x 22″, by Lisa Nilsson, 2016.

She also made an equally intricate but smaller piece inspired by an 8th century gospel cover. Both are part of a series Nilsson calls Tapis Series (after the Frech word). The carpet-inspired piece took about eight months and measures 29” x 22” / 74 x 56 cm. Below is a corner detail:

Lisa Nilsson Jardin Corner Detail

Jardin, Japanese mulberry paper and gilt edged paper, 29″ x 22″, by Lisa Nilsson, 2016.

Wow. The detailing is seriously impressive. Visit Nilsson’s website for more pictures.

Found via Colossal.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Discoveries: Quilling Artist Sena Runa

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Design & Designers

Artist Sena Runa from Istanbul makes quilled paper art so delicate and detailed there can be no doubt whatsoever they deserve to be called art. She combines sketching with paper quilling to create the finished pieces – all original designs.

I just love the combination of colors and shapes! Runa’s pieces are so fresh and bright. Some of her designs inside the letter shapes even remind me of illuminated medieval manuscripts in their intricacy. Below are just three of my favorites – there are so many more!

Snoopy:

Sena Runa Snoopy Dream Big

Sena Runa: Dream Big.

N:

Sena Runa N

Sena Runa: N.

The Dragon:

Sena Runa The Dragon

Sena Runa: The Dragon.

See her Instagram and Facebook accounts or Etsy shop for more!

Found via Colossal.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Colorful Calendars for 2016

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, Colors

Time to start thinking about next year. (Already?!) Thanks to the generosity of fellow creatives, there are already free printable calendars available online. I prefer monthly write-in calendars, so I picked a geometric one by Botanical Paperworks (pdf; personal use only):

Printable Calendar for 2016

In fact, they have three different patterns to choose from; check out their website. I also liked the monthly calendars by Scattered Squirrel and by Sarah Titus. Thanks, all!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Adventurers Free Printable

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, DIY

I’ve been staring at my previous wallpaper, lovely as it is, long enough to want a change. And what better than a little adventure at the beginning of a new season:

Adventurers Laptop Wallpaper

Since this free printable was designed as a 8”x10” pdf, I saved a screencap and set that as my wallpaper. Looks quite as good!

By Katie at Upcycled Treasures (for personal use only). Thank you, Katie – I love it!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Upcycling Magazine Ads into Envelopes

Arts & Crafts, Books & Mags, DIY

When I throw out old papers or magazines, I usually go through them and tear out pages with large, colorful visuals for crafting. Sometimes they’re ads, sometimes food photos or shots of floral arrangements. I worked my most recent batch into envelopes:

My favorites are these four:

We don’t use physical envelopes very often except for a few recurring bills. Now I’ve got a stash to tide us over the next few years. Crafting win!

Online Finds: Colorful Calendar for 2015

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, Colors

Time to get a 2015 calendar! Thanks to Miss Tiina, I now have a gorgeous, colorful monthly write-in calendar:

Printable Calendar for 2015

It comes in two versions, North American (the week starts on a Sunday) and European (the week starts on a Monday), and is free for personal use only. I also really, really loved this colorful pixel design calendar by Maryanne:

Scrappy Sticky Inky Mess 2015 calendar pixelmayaugs

Maryanne at Scrappy Sticky Inky Mess.

Unfortunately, as I’ve come to realize, I need a lot of space for notes. As much as I liked my 2014 owl one, I have to have a calendar I can write on. To each their own. 🙂

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Free Printable Gift Tags

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, DIY

I enjoy making my own gift tags, but we all have times when it’s just not possible because life. Fortunately, the Amazing Internets!! comes to the rescue. Here are a few cheerful, colorful holiday gift tags and other printables.

Free Printable Gift Tags

Clockwise from top right: rainbow party printables by Jaime at Everyday Art; Let It Snow gift boxes and tags by Emily Hingston; jumbo Christmas light garland by Bettijo at Paging Supermom; tags with a knit print by Amy Moss.

Thank you for your generosity, everyone!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Printable Marbled Paper

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, Colors

Kate at Mini-eco posted her printable marbled paper in four colors: pink, purple, green and turquoise.

Kate Mini-eco marbled-paper-2

Kate at Mini-eco.

Gorgeous. Can you imagine this as gift wrap for a small present? Thank you, Kate, for sharing!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

New Item Info Tags in Action

Before & After, Behind the Scenes, Design & Designers, Leveling Up

As a seller of textiles, I am obligated by the federal labeling requirements (the so-called Textile and Wool Acts) to include at minimum the following information with my products: fiber contents, country of origin (the “Made in” statement) and identity of the dealer / manufacturer (which is me). I also include dimensions, care instructions and return information in my info tags, and identify the recipient of my charitable donations.

One of my projects early in the year was re-doing the item info tags. For comparison, below is the old version:

Prisms Ready to Send

The info bands on the throw pillow covers are not so bad, really. However, the stickers I used to connect the band ends did not hold properly. The Textile & Wool Acts stipulate that info tags must be securely attached to the product until delivered to the consumer, so I needed a new solution.

Fortunately, the Acts also say that label(s) need to not be permanently attached. I decided therefore to use small cards instead of bands and use linen yarn to tie these “tags” onto the items. Below is the new design:

Item Info Tags

In addition to the tags, I created small booklets to tell my store story in a nutshell. One additional consideration convinced me to make the change: the new tags are easier to attach to oddly shaped products, like hanger covers:

New Info Tags on Hanger Covers

The new info tag design, with the tags tied on, unquestionably covers me under the Textile and Wool Acts. As a side benefit, it saves me paper. Goal reached!

This is how I ship purchases to customers:

New Info Tag Item Packaged

I tag, fold and sleeve items in plastic for protection from the elements. It’s a lot of work, but the results are worth every minute.