17 September 2009

From Australia, with love

This past summer I did a magazine swap with the lovely Keryn of Eighty Days Design. I got the magazines before I left for a trip home to the US, but for one reason or another didn't get to delve into them until my return. I also think that because we were in completely different seasons (it was winter for her in July-August), I couldn't dive into pictures of warm slippers and sweaters, deeper colors like browns, reds and yellow, until now. I think that was one kind of enjoyable outcome of the swap - it gave me something to save for later, and now that we are getting a chill in the air in the morning and evening, sitting down with these magazines is pure heaven. She sent me not only three design magazines, including Vogue Living and Frankie magazine, but also gorgeous fabric and some of her cards.

I have big plans for this fabric, and now that I'm cross-stitching again, it will involve a hoop and some embroidery thread.  Note the cute lion head below the fabric? That's because Lina's crib is in my studio. Studio by day, nursery by night.

I noticed a little bit of a Turkish theme running through Inside Out magazine that Keryn sent me.   In an article on things under $100, I found this great pillow of the Aya Sophia in Istanbul from PipWilly. And then, Turkey's very own Divan Turkish Delight, below, made the same spread. 

Keryn's blog is wonderful, and it is fun to see her influences and behind-the-scenes peeks into how she makes her cards. Thank you Keryn, for the new project, some great morning magazine reading, and some beautiful cards that I can't decide whether to save or send....
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