iPhone Stencil Kit

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In honor of the imminent arrival of my new phone, here’s the fantastic iPhone Stencil Kit from Design Commission. I don’t design apps, but I love stencils. I also love products that have very specific use.

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Furniture finds

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I’m not in a position to be buying any furniture — we have more stuff than we have room for. But, if I did have a new place to furnish, this chair would be on the top of my list. I first saw The Copenhagen Chair on Bloesem a little while ago, and fell instantly in love. It was designed by Lars Tornøe for Fora Form and recently won the Award for Design Excellence from the Norwegian Design Council. It comes in a few different woods and colors, but I am really liking the bright pink.

Etsy Schmetsy: Pretty in Porcelain (and clay)

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Credits and comments after the jump.

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Contemporary Embroidery

I’ve been thinking a lot about embroidery since we featured Evelin Kasikov’s awesome embroidered CMYK typography. But, Evelin Kasikov isn’t the only contemporary artist putting a new spin on this ancient art form. If you’re into embroidery — and even if you aren’t — you should definitely check out the three artists below.

Jenny Hart

Jenny Hart is generally credited with making embroidery cool again. She’s provided hip embroidery patterns to the masses since 2001 with her company Sublime Stitching. In her personal work, she makes amazingly intricate portraits.

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Diem Chau

Diem Chau makes really lovely sculptures of dinnerware and embroidery.

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Lauren DiCioccio

I’d seen some of Lauren DiCioccio’s prints on 20×200, but just discovered her embroidered work. I wish I’d seen it a lot sooner, because I think it is awesome. The newspaper front pages are probably my favorite, but the 35mm slides are pretty great too.

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Read on to see a few more pieces by each of these artists.

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Barack Obama: The Freshman

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I am a big fan of black-and-white photography, portraits and President Obama. As such, I would love to see this show, but sadly, I am not going to be in LA any time soon. If you are, you should check out these great pictures that were taken by Lisa Jack when President Obama was a freshman in college in 1980. The show is currently on view at M+B and closes on July 18th.

Antiques by the Bay

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If you are able to be in the Bay Area on the first Sunday of the month, I definitely recommend checking out Antiques by the Bay, the Alameda flea market. There is a ton of furniture, clothing and, as evidenced by my photos, lots of collections.

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custom cake toppers

I have a number of friends who are planning weddings right now, that, in addition to the fact that we design wedding invitations,  makes me spend quite a bit of time thinking about weddings. There are endless ways to infuse your personality into your wedding, but one very simple place to do it is with some great cake toppers. These three designers offer some awesome customization options so you can get cake toppers that are exactly what you are looking for.

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The Small Object makes fantastic crafty custom toppers. She even has a cupcake version available. To view the huge variety of toppers that The Small Object custom made, click here.

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My sister gave us these molded resin cake toppers, designed by Chris Collicott, to use at our wedding. They are sold individually so you can mix and match gender and color. They are a great option for people who are looking for a very clean, modern design. Available at Zipper Gifts.

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These adorable merino wool cake toppers are from Yu Yu Art. Though I initially thought they were tiny, they are about 8-inches tall. I love the vintage-ish feel that these have. You can see a ton more of these fabulous toppers here.

Etsy Schmetsy: Into the woods

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Row 1: Green felt Bambi from Enna Design Shop; “Owl on book” print from e.soule

Row 2: Rabbit Puppet Shadow tee from Flytrap Studios; Wearable Mini Feltidermy from girl savage

Row 3: “Animal Crime” Custom Large Messenger Bag from skirt; Sterling Silver Buckhorns necklace from Skylark Studio

Row 4: Super cute amigurumi pattern from Owlishly; “Happy Ending” embroidered art from Mary’s Granddaughter

Row 5: Sterling Silver Squirrel pendant from 15 Clove Jewelry; Adorable raccoon boot protectors from Peek-a-Boot

Fun with Crayons

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Here is a great collection of the evolution of Crayola’s packaging from the dieline. I love the vintage boxes. Below is a limited edition set of reproductions of some of the older boxes. I wasn’t able to find all three, but I did find these and these.

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Evelin Kasikov

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I first became aware of Evelin Kasikov last week when some of her work was featured on Black Eiffel. I was completely blown away and contacted her immediately to see if she was interested in being the first of our mini-interviews with artists, designers and crafters. Evelin graciously accepted. After reading her responses to our questions, I think I might love her work even more. I definitely recommend spending some time looking at her site and exploring some of the other pages of her beautiful books.

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Read the complete Q & A and see more work, after the jump.

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