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Macaron Rainbow

Macaron cake photo by Annie McElwain

Macarons from Blog Le 15

Macaron stand by Blog Le 15

I saw these photos on Pinterest (via Poppytalk) and wanted to share. Amazing, aren’t they? If I were anywhere near these, I’d have a very hard time resisting them.

If you don’t already follow Poppytalk on Pinterest, you should. You can find her here. And if you want to follow me, click here.

Images: Annie McElwain (top) Le 15 Patisserie (middle, bottom)

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Pretty Books and Magazines to Read

Heather Ross Prints book

I haven’t gotten a chance to use the DVD of Heather Ross’ exquisite designs that come with this book, but I really should give it a try, because this book is filled with incredibly creative ideas and instructions on how to use her patterns. Learn how to make things like a stationery suite, a toddler duvet and pillowcase, even customized wallpaper! It also comes with tear out sheets of thick glossy patterned paper to use for wrapping small gifts or whatever you’d like. Highly recommended purchase.

The Fir Tree illustrated by Sanna Annukka

I love Finnish artist Sanna Annukka and can’t wait to get my hands on her interpretation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Fir Tree. If you are not familiar with Sanna’s work, you can see the various blog posts I’ve written about her here and/or visit her website.

I splurged on this Donna Hay kids magazine (an annual issue) because it’s pretty to look at, has good ideas and recipes, and is the kind of magazine that I’ll hang on to for quite awhile. In the US, you can find it at Barnes & Noble (and hopefully your local bookstore too).


I took advantage of a subscription deal for UK-based magazine Mollie Makes because it indulges my fantasies about being craftier than I actually am. And maybe I am hoping that my daughters will look through the issues and be inspired to make things, too.

Plus, the name has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

You can buy single issues of these at the bookstore (note: they’re imported, so they’re expensive), and I think I’ve also seen it at the fabric store.

Mollie Makes Christmas

I don’t own this yet, but I’m thinking about it. The magazine is fun and pretty, so I am betting the book is too.

The Simple Things

The Simple Things is a sister magazine to Mollie Makes. I don’t subscribe to this, but I did pick up a copy at the bookstore. It’s one of those magazines that you like to look through again and again. Beautiful page layouts.

Mollie Makes, The Simple Things and Donna Hay are all available as iPad subscriptions. I don’t know that I’m one of those people who has to have the hard copy, but I just haven’t gotten into the habit of digital subscriptions yet.

What other pretty books and magazines would you add to this list?

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Origami Street Installations by Mademoiselle Maurice

Two narwhals for Greenpeace by Mademoiselle Maurice

Arctos – Save the Arctic. Installation in support of Greenpeace. (See the two narwhals?)

Close up of Greenpeace installation by Mademoiselle Maurice

Close up of Arctos. (See details of the project here.)

Hexagon by Mademoiselle Maurice

hexagons by Mademoiselle Maurice

Hexagon Rainbow. Inspired by living a year abroad in Japan. (See details of the project here.)

Hong Kong origami installation by Mademoiselle Maurice

Hong Kong installation. (See details of the project here.)

No origami street art by Mademoiselle Maurice

Paris installation. (See more photos here.)

Delicate, unique origami street installations by French artist Mademoiselle Maurice – primarily in Paris, but also in Hong Kong and Vietnam. To me, they almost look like they are growing and spreading organically. It would be such a delight to see these in person.

Mademoiselle Maurice also works with lace, photography, painting and embroidery. See her amazing work here.

Images: Mademoiselle Maurice
via Beautiful Decay

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Must See: ferm LIVING Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection

Desk accessories and workspace by Ferm Living

Neon orange pillows by Ferm Living

Artwork by Ferm Living

Bathroom accessories by Ferm Living

Objects by Ferm Living

ferm LIVING just released its Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, and it is beautiful.

You can see the full catalog here. (Trust me, it’s worth it.)

If you are in the US, the online ferm LIVING shop is here (many other online stores carry their items, too). The Danish/European version (with the full new collection) is here.

Images: ferm LIVING

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Bags by Apple and Bee

Apple of My Eye tote by Apple and Bee

Tulips weekender bag by Apple and Bee

Fox kids library bag by Apple and Bee

Town kids library bag by Apple and Bee

Love tote by Apple and Bee

Birds tote bag by Apple and Bee

If you’re on the hunt for a happy new tote, I found these cheerful Apple & Bee bags on the Nordstrom website this weekend.

Apple & Bee, founded by Brett Pattinson and Claire Morris, is an Australian company committed to producing eco-friendly products. They have also established The Bee Foundation to raise money and awareness about the importance of the health of bees to our ecosystem (click on the link to see some simple ways you can help bees).

Visit their online shop to see bags in many other styles and patterns, from cosmetic bags to overnight bags to satchels for kids. Lots to see and love there.

And oh by the way, can you believe it’s almost August?!

All images: Apple & Bee

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A Paper Menagerie

Cacatua by Diana Beltran Herrera

Rainbow horse by Diana Beltran Herrera

Bear by Diana Beltran Herrera

Sentimental Situation paper sculpture by Diana Beltran Herrera

Swan paper sculpture by Diana Beltran Herrera

No need to say how exquisite I think these paper sculptures by Colombian artist Diana Beltran Herrera are. She has many more beautiful works of art to see – go explore her sculptures and paper cuts for yourself.

Images: Diana Beltran Herrera
via Share Some Candy

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Incredible Interiors

Bedroom with dark walls by Ab Chao

I wouldn’t have guessed, actually, that finding pictures of amazing homes would be my favorite thing to do on Pinterest, but it is.

See the “before” photo of this bedroom by Anna Beth Chao and prepare to be impressed.

Easter, you guys. I’m starting to think about it. Maybe a craft, definitely some Easter basket gift ideas.

Image: AB Chao


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Favorites: French Blossom


navy-blue-vinyl-satchel from French Blossom 





Oh to live in France and shop the French Blossom website! From clothes to toys to baby items, they have an impeccable selection of gifts. I am particularly fond of the Place du Marché shop/market stall by Janod – isn’t it a wonderfully creative toy? I also love the “My name is Simone” line of dolls (there are several more on the website) by Caroline Castagna-Suarez.

You don’t actually have to live in France – French Blossom ships worldwide, so if you see something you love and have to have, they will get it to you. The holidays are just around the corner…

Images: French Blossom

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Kitchen Favorites

Ferm Living Small Marionette Cup available at Huset Shop

Ferm Living‘s Marionette cup (designed by Darling Clementine) with Rose colored buttering board.
Cup also available at Huset Shop.

Red salt cellar with lid at Pot + Pantry

Salt cellar with lid (also comes in white). Available at Pot + Pantry

Yogurt Bowl by Chabatree available at Merchant No 4

Yogurt bowl by ChaBaTree (the wooden lid can act as a saucer plate). Available at Merchant No. 4

Adding all of these to my birthday wish list.

Images by their respective owners

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Rainbow Brite

Rainbows collage by Charlotte's Fancy


Skanska by Carl Kleiner (via Sara Strand)
Rainbow twine from Such Sweet Tierney
Cake rainbow

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