Floral Photo as Fresh Wallpaper

Design & Designers

It was time for a new wallpaper for my laptop. I used this photo…

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Hanging flower installation by Rebecca Louise Law at Bikini Berlin shopping center, Berlin, Germany. Found via Colossal.

…of a hanging flower arrangement by London-based artist Rebecca Louise Law installed in a German shopping center Bikini Berlin.

Floral Photo as Laptop Wallpaper

Lovely flowers in honor of a lovely spring day.

Image found via Colossal.

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

Marimekko for Target to Launch in April

Design & Designers

This spring, Marimekko will team up with Target to introduce the Finnish design house’s wares to a wider public in the U.S.

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Marimekko, via Target.

From Target’s announcement:

“Finland has four distinct seasons, and once the cold and dark of winter fade away, the Finns couldn’t be happier to get outside with friends and family to enjoy some much-deserved sunshine. In fact, in the summertime, the sun stays out until nearly midnight! That glimpse into the local culture gave birth to the idea behind the Marimekko for Target collaboration: Two iconic brands joining forces to create the feeling of an eternal summer and carefree outdoor living by offering items that bring people together and encourage them to play!” […]

“…features more than 200 playful, print-centric pieces that span outdoor décor, furniture and entertaining essentials, as well as beach and swimwear for women and girls. Standout items include the paddle board, inflatables, hammocks and swimsuits. The collection also features a number of firsts for Marimekko, including the bocce ball sets and parachutes.”

The collection will be available from April 17, 2016, both in stores and online at Target.com, till the beginning of May or while supplies last. Patterns in the Marimekko for Target collection have been designed by Maija Isola.

Even though Marimekko runs its own stores in larger cities around the world, it’s still a matter of chance whether you have a store near you or not. I for one will be delighted to have Marimekko within easy reach!

Found via Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish) and Target.

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:

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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.

Jane Austen Crochet Plushie

Arts & Crafts, Books & Mags

Oh, my! DeviantArt user TheCraft-Melody crocheted a Jane Austen plushie, complete with a book and a quill!

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TheCraft-Melody on DeviantArt.

I love how all the details fit – the hair, the Empire gown, the shawl, the shoes. I find that the hair, especially, evokes a real hair bun. Kudos, Melody! (Apparently also for sale on Etsy.)

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

Online Finds: Free Floral Desktop/Mobile Wallpaper

Bits in Spaaace!, Colors, Design & Designers

For two weeks, it looked like snow was receding and spring was on the way here in Massachusetts, then we got more snow yesterday. (As if we haven’t had enough already!) I’m so parched for warm weather, sun and springtime! If only you could bottle spring, I’d make myself a reserve each year to tide me over the winter.

To cheer myself up, I found this beautiful floral laptop wallpaper by Christina Williams:

Floral Laptop Wallpaper

Feels better already – I love the perky colors and the watercolor effect. I cannot wait for real flowers to emerge, though.

P.S. Should you want one, Christina made several sizes from desktop computers to iDevices. Thanks so much for sharing, Christina!

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

Discoveries: 8-bit Art by Adam Lister

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers, Geek out!, Movies & TV

Artist Adam Lister creates geometric, pixelated versions of popular characters and paintings, geeky or mainstream. His approach has been described variously as urban, vintage and cubist. Whatever your preferred descriptor might be, Lister’s watercolors surely epitomize an inventive and inquisitive mind. Just some of his work that I like most include an 8-bit version of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night…

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Adam Lister.

… The Iron Man…

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Adam Lister.

… and The Godfather

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Adam Lister.

Simply brilliant! More at Adam Lister Gallery page.

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

Social Justice Class Cross-Stitch Wall Art

Arts & Crafts, Colors, DIY, Fabrics & Materials, Geek out!, Inspiration

Inspired by the social justice class buttons by Sara Nixon, I busted out my cross-stitching supplies, refreshed my skills and made my own version. You know what they say – if you don’t see what you want, make it yourself.

Social Justice Paladin Unframed

These are meant as wall art. I wanted a social justice paladin; Husband requested a druid.

Social Justice Druid Framed

The social justice druid is already framed and in its new home [not this window sill] but I haven’t framed mine yet. The word “druid” is actually in hunter green, but the dark grey of “social justice” almost drowns the green out. I may have to choose another color floss and/or background if I should end up making more.

Discoveries: Social Justice Class Pins

Colors, Geek out!, Inspiration, Thumbs Up

Artist Sara “Chip” Nixon (or Chiparoo) made a set of humorous buttons that combine role-playing games and discussions on social values in the SF/F and gamer communities. With pixelated art, they offer a counterpoint to attempts at using “social justice warrior” as an insult. This is what Sara says:

“They’re supposed to be a playful poke at the idea of a Social Justice Warrior. Because why be a Social Justice Warrior, when you can be a Social Justice Rogue? Or a Social Justice WIZARD?!”

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Sara “Chip” Nixon (aka Chiparoo) on Tumblr.

Hilarious! And generous – Sara says she will donate the proceeds to charity. She and her pins will be at GeekGirlCon in Seattle this coming weekend, October 11-12th. Oh, if only I weren’t half a continent away!

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