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Sleeping and Showering With Ganesh???

I know that its kind of kitschy, but I can’t help but adore this whimsical shower curtain featuring the artwork of Venezuelan born-Miami artist Valentina Ramos.  This mixed media artist uses paints and Rapidograph pens to create works that are both unique and inspirational. Happily for us, the home furnishings company, DENY Designs offers innovative bedding, shower curtains, wall prints  and wall clocks featuring the designs of Ramos as well as over 100 other independent artists. Throw pillows start at $39 and shower curtains can be ordered from...

NOVICA: Gift shopping that gives back

Novica is a shopping site created in association with National Geographic that is dedicated to offering hard to find goods by artists and artisans from around the globe. Not only can you find jewelry, home decor, artwork and accessories from places like Bali, Brazil, Thailand and West Africa, but Novica also includes a blurb about the artist who created each item, giving you a better insight on the life of the person you are supporting with your purchases. For you savvy shoppers, the website...

Yayoi Kusama: Fashionably Fabulous at 83 !!??!!!

Recently, the house of Louis Vuitton, spearheaded by Marc Jacobs, introduced a line of brightly hued handbags and frocks featuring the signature polka-dot motif of 83 year-old Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. Born in 1929, this avant-garde painter, sculpture and writer has been active since the 1960’s and has been deemed the Princess of the Polka-Dot. Over the years, her polka-dots have been featured on everything from pumpkins to horses in installations and museums all around the globe. Setting a record...

Global Art: Paris In Color

Nicole Robertson is my Paris living, photo taking, fashion blogging, book writing, Etsy selling-hero. She kind of makes doing it all look a bit effortless, okay, maybe I hate her just a tiny bit. When I first blogged about her Etsy shop The Paris Print Shop, which features amazing photo prints of all things Parisian organized by color, I remember thinking I wanted to buy them all. Lucky for me, I don’t have to and neither do you. Paris In...

Morrocan Inspiration — Creative Challenge Day 5

There’s nothing like sqeaking in just under the wire! From the looks of the order of the pics posted by Goodwill’s Upcycle Contest on Facebook, I was the last to enter. For my second entry, I created a Morrocan inspired bedside table using old cookie and poopcorn tins that I purchased from Goodwill. Here’s the method of my creative madness: The Inspiration: The Materials: 4 round tins w/lids of varied sizes (2 at $.99 & 2 at $.49)(goodwill) 1 round...

Creative Challenge Day 4 — Goodwill Upcycle Contest

This is the first of two projects that I created for the Goodwill Upcycle Contest. I love the idea of the French boudoir and hope to one day recreate my entire bedroom in a romantic French style. Until then, this 3-tiered tray is the perfect way to display all my “jewels” and was a project that was just too easy to pass up. Not to mention it was super cheap to boot! Bonus! Materials: 2 ivory colored platters $.1.99 +...