Friday, March 25, 2011


One of the inevitabilities of living a crafty life is that is comes with a lot of baggage. (Literally, not emotionally). I have a healthy collection of yarn, fabric, sewing machines, knitting needles, books, and various tools that I can whip out at a moment's notice.

The trouble is, all of these wonderful things need to be stored somewhere. As someone who is currently settling in to a new apartment, it can be tough to figure out where to put all of this STUFF. (My silly husband actually suggested I pare down my fabric stash before the move. Ha!)

That's why I was super jazzed to come across this image this morning:

Photo from wise craft
I love this idea, found at the new-to-me blog wise craft. She originally found it via Living Etc and executed the idea with a big vase from Ikea.I love that it's a storage idea that leans more towards art than utility.

Practical, simple, and beautiful. Perfect.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Whole Lotta Love

I don't know why it has taken me so long to fall in love with Lotta Jansdotter.

Lotta is a Swedish-born fabric designer and author who currently lives in Brooklyn. I've become a bit obsessed with her designs and aesthetic since picking up her newest book, Handmade Living. It's full of beautiful photos of her home and includes lots of really practical ideas for cooking, organizing, and decorating.

Something about the bold, hand-drawn designs against white and beige is really speaking my language right now. Usually I'm drawn to bright, sassy colours and really lively pattern (a la Amy Butler), but something about Lotta's simple Scandinavian style just feels so soothing.

After falling in love with Handmade Living, I picked up her book of stencils and plan to go to town on some plain white curtains we bought for our new apartment. I'm also planning to stencil some fabric to use on the mis-matched dining room chairs I wrote about a few posts ago...and maybe a table runner...somebody stop me!