Austin based designer Leah Duncan rocks so hard. Her work is so fresh and new. You can see a lot of the folk art influence, which you know I will go crazy over any day. Here are links to her…
Etsy shop, which is crazy good.
And she will have a booth set up at Renegade Austin. I really hope I can meet her without stumbling all over my words.
Helen Dardik is one of my favorite surface designers. Her art takes me to a different land. It is simply beautiful. I am such a fan. I really look up to her. She is one of those people that I want to be, only Kate.
You can follow her blog which is filled with her latest work. Click here for her portfolio. And she is represented by the prestigious Lilla Rogers Studio. But most importantly she sells prints on etsy of her work that are incredible!
All of these images are under copyright by Helen. If you are going to use them again, please give her credit with links to her site.
I thought it was about time to post on one of my favorite artist/designers. Jill Bliss has been a huge inspiration to me.She amazes me the beauty she finds from nature and how she interprets it. Here are a few images that I pulled from her website. And you can buy from her online shop or her etsy that has original drawings in it! And she also teaches several workshops a year. If you aren’t familar with her, whoever you are that reads this, please visit her website now.
Miss Potter is one of my favorite movies. I discovered it about two years ago. It is the sweetest story of how Beatrix Potter published her children’s books. It will have you in tears, so watch it with a box of Kleenex.
I love how much she loved animals and nature. It is beautiful to look at her drawings and paintings. I went today to the Ricks Memorial Library (in downtown Yazoo City). I went to pick up some art books because I was needing inspiration. It’s no surprise that they didn’t have a big variety. BUT they did have a good of Beatrix Potter’s art! Here are a few scanned pages of her work. I especially loved the kittens.
Last week I saw one of my favorite blogs Public School posted about these beautiful covers to Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps between 1880 and 1920. All of the maps can be found here. These images blew up the design world blog stuff. All that to say, I realized I was sitting on a gold mine of beautiful design in my own home that I thought the internet should have.
My grandmother’s father, Mark McCann, was born in Ireland. He came over through Ellis Island to America. He left the home in Ireland with his two spinster sisters. He eventually settled in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Clarice Libbie. My grandmother, Peggy, was the oldest of three children. When they died, my grandmother and her brother and sister inherited the estate. Our house Beechmont was located in Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Everything in the house was divided when it was shipped to America between all of us. We have paintings, prints, furniture, linens, silverware and china, pictures, postcards and the list goes on and on of everything we inherited.
I am going to post some of the beautiful things from our estate. I’m starting it off with piano music. I think most of this you are viewing belonged to Nellie McCann. You can see in the upper right hand in some that she penciled her name and sometimes the date.
This huge stack of music has been sitting on my bedside table for a year now, but I thought it needed to be seen.