Friday, August 8, 2008


Another thing I absolutely love are journals. And the only thing better than regular journals are handmade journals! I have a mini collection of Renate's journals - 4 of them to be exact. Her journals are just stunning. The covers are made out of leather, suede, fabric or a mix of them, sewn onto felt. The pages are hand torn and painted with acrylic paints, complimenting the cover of the journal.

I got these journals with intentions of maybe giving one or two as gifts, but now that I have them I can't bare to part with them. My family is even jealous of me and my little sister asks if she can have one every time she sees them. I make lists like crazy or sometimes some sewing ideas pop into my head and I have to get them down on paper. These journals are perfect for just that and are so much more beautiful and personal than a notebook you would buy at an office store.

Not only are the journals beautiful, but Renate is a pleasure to deal with. She is so kind, always responds quickly to conversations and sends her packages carefully packaged and wrapped. Even with her being in Austria, her packages go all over the world quickly and safely! I would highly recommend her shop and think her journals are the best on Etsy.
Monday, August 4, 2008

A Quartzy Life

Another great addition to my wonderful array of art is a beautiful piece from A Quartzy Life, titled "As I started looking." Lauren, a College student, makes beautiful (and all original!) pieces of very affordable art. All her pieces have some message to convey through them. They all incorporate lots of colors or textures (like mine!) that make her work very unique.

My piece of art was a mixed media piece painted on light weight wood. I love mixed media pieces especially if they are on wood because you don't even need to frame them! They look great on their own. If you don't want to buy a frame or worry about framing one of her works on paper, she has a few pieces for sale that are already framed for very reasonable prices.

Lauren was such a pleasure to deal with. She was very accommodating and kind. If you want an inexpensive, unique and original piece of art, go check A Quartzy Life out! I can't wait to get a bigger place so that I can add another one of her originals to my collection!

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