Friday, August 6, 2010

Inspiration - Scarlet and Violet

There's a wonderful interview over at Blink London with Victoria Brotherson, the creative force behind London floral designers Scarlet and Violet. Their work is wonderful and the interview is fascinating. So to inspire you to create something pretty this weekend, here are some beautiful images from their website . . . . . .

Check out this last image - the horse with the serpent's tail - fabulous!

Found - Raspberry Jam

I think these are very fun - Raspberry Jam cosmetic bags - that look suspiciously like old fashioned bathing caps. What a fun idea! Via Cobi Style.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Inspiration - painted stainless steel

I can't get enough of these painted stainless steel pieces. You used to be able to buy pieces like this - but enameled - in Chinatown - do you remember that? They were very inexpensive and pretty - but I prefer these painted ones. From here.

Found - Mapkins

These are too cute and I wish that I had a better picture for you - Mapkins from, I think, Grain de Couleur. This is such a great idea and I wish I had some of these - what wonderful conversation pieces over dinner. They have NY, Paris and London.

Found - The Doily Rug

The Doily Rug from Anthropologie. Nice.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Artists - Zoe Ingram

I was hoping we could have more of Zoe Ingram's work here at The Cafe - and here it is. What an amazing sense of colour saturation she has. I'm going to purchase a couple of pieces to frame and hang on our new white walls(well they're still beige right now but soon, really!) I think they will look great hanging together as a group. Wonderful work.

Cartolina fall trade show schedule

It's show season again. If you are a retailer you are probably getting ready to visit the seasonal trade shows - (I'd love to know which ones you prefer.) We have our pretty Cartolina paper products at a couple of big shows this month, and then more in September. So here's the schedule:

- CANADA - CGTA Show in Toronto, Ontario - August 8th - 12th Booth 11257
- AUSTRALIA - Reed Gift Fair(Australia's biggest gift show) - Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Aug. 7th - 11th Booth 5516
- UK - Top Drawer, Earl's Court, London, England September 12th - 14th - Booth F111

I'm excited about our big debut in Australia - if you happen to be going to the show(I know we have lots of readers from Australia) I'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Found - Chloe and Maddie

These pretty shoe clips caught my eye - from Chloe and Maddie. They reminded me of one of our Cartolina french ladies shoes(below). Then I checked out their site and discovered all sorts of pretty things to show you!!


These screenprinted prints are limited editions available from Alice's shop. They are just fabulous!


I'm so smitten with Alice Melvin's work. I featured some of her pieces months ago but I rediscovered her work yesterday. I love this crafty horse. When I was a kid this was exactly the kind of thing I loved to get.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Found - one of a kind

One of a kind necklace from Free People. I'm really drawn to these large flowery pieces that are so popular right now. Probably because I like to wear simple classic clothes(I have a million plain white t shirts) so a great statement piece of jewelry always catches my eye.

Inspiration - Alice Melvin

I love this crafty paper mobile from Alice Melvin. It comes in book form and you cut out and fold the pretty illustrated birds. Fabulous, mid century styling - a sophisticated addition to a child's room perhaps?

Inspiration - Marisol Spoon

Pretty little lockets from Marisol Spoon. These are her own illustrations inside these sweet lockets. I like them. I like gold tones these days and to combine them with pretty imagery, how perfect.

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