Fabric = Love

In the big unveil, I mentioned a brand new job that kicked off in early January of this year — one that actually leaves me feeling fulfilled at the end of the day. Amazing, right? I’ve gone through my share of career rough patches, but at the end of the day, I consider myself extremely lucky to have found what is now my 3rd fabulous career. From music biz to boutique owner to… (drum roll please…) working for Pellon®! I never would have imagined that I’d be working for a quilting/textile company, but here I am. I’m based in a bright little home office out in the Maine country and handle everything from social media to the website to the project designer program. I love it. It’s also what inspired me to grab that trusty little sewing machine of mine and dive right in. It’s virtually impossible to be surrounded by stunning fabrics, crafty tutorials, and incredibly talented designers all day long and NOT be inspired. Seriously… I dare you to try it;).

With all of this newfound quilting/sewing/crafting glory comes a newfound love of fabrics. Who knew that there are so many incredible designers out there. Sure, I knew about Amy Butler and Lotta Jansdotter, but I honestly didn’t know much more than that. Enter Spring Quilt Market + Pinterest + daily blog tours and I’ve got a never-ending lists of fabrics to covet. So, be warned lovely readers… the fabulous fabrics are coming your way and I can’t guarantee that they’ll ever stop!


{rashida coleman hale :: angela walters :: liberty of london}


{lizzy house :: jeni baker :: joel dewbury}


{cori dantini :: sarah jane studios :: skinny laminx}


{thomas knauer :: creative thursday :: heather ross}

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ps — Interested in what Pellon® is all about? We’re all over the place these days — click, browse, repeat;). Website :: Blog :: Pinterest :: Facebook :: Twitter

JPL on Thistle & Clover

I’m honored and frankly a bit giddy to have been asked by the gals over at Thistle & Clover to contribute to their holiday guest post series. [You remember a little feature on T&C right here on JPL back in May] I like to live vicariously through their posts and pretend that I still have a shop back in good ol’ NYC;). Please take a moment to head on over and check it out! While you’re there, take a peek at some of the fantastic items in their shop. Loooooooooooove!

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Just Plain Lovely on Thistle and Clover

(a peek at what you’ll see over at T&C)

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counting the days

If I haven’t already professed my love for Gus & Ruby, let me do it now. I first found this gorgeous Portsmouth-based shop through Emilie at emilie inc. photography. In addition to the items beautifully curated by owners Whitney and Samantha, the shop also serves as a custom letterpress. Rest assured this will not be the last time you hear of this fabulous shop. If you’d like to look a little closer now, however, head on over to the vendor tour put together by Love & Lobster. Gorgeous photos and an interview to boot!

All that said, I’ll get to the point. The gals at Gus & Ruby just posted an enticing selection of 2011 calendars to their blog, Paperhounds. In the spirit of gift-giving, I’m thinking these could very well be added to my holiday list. I may also have stumbled upon a new favorite illustrator… Claudia Pearson. More on Ms. Pearson very soon:). For now, feast your eyes on these! (You’ll want to head on over to Gus & Ruby to snag any one of these… and make it snappy!)

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[calendar by Claudia Pearson]

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[by Pistachio Press]

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[by Urban Bark Papers]

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Andrea Bonelli

I first stumbled upon Andrea Bonelli’s gorgeous designs on Etsy… shocking, no?;) I was instantly draw to her classic, hand-crafted designs. It took a little digging, but I was pleased to discover her regular website and some fabulous behind the scenes nuggets about this SF-based gal. I adore that she’s self-taught and approaches her gem and metal selection with an eco-conscious eye, and I would be lying if I didn’t admit being thoroughly wooed by her shopping blog, anything indie. So… take a peek, covet, buy, share with friends and repeat. You won’t be disappointed!

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Andrea Bonelli

the website :: the etsy shop :: the blog :: the tweets :: the fan page

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metalis sterling silver and 14k gold earrings, $45 – buy here

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gold pebble and aquamarine necklace, $165 – buy here

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sterling silver hammered pebble studs, $22 – buy here

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champagne diamond ring, $320 – buy here

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faceted olive green diamond briolette, $130 – buy here

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[all images ©2010 Andrea Bonelli JewelryTM]

a beautiful statement

Statement necklace, that is. I looooooove this necklace by ken + dana design. Sadly, it’s sold out, but fear not, there are plenty of fab designs to be found at their online shop… check it out!

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loveliness on a tuesday

I didn’t have anything big prepared for today, so I thought I’d just share one of the lovely things I get to see when I walk out of my front door every morning. I hope that you all had a terrific long weekend with plenty of time for friends and family to send off summer in style!

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red on paper

I was browsing Etsy again yesterday, this time checking out a slew of illustrator websites. I starting flagging ones that I particularly liked and realized that the color red seemed to be the common theme. Grounds for a new post? I think so:). Take a peek at these fab artists, all with shops on my favorite indie artist site, Etsy.

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The Things We Share (original illustration) by prettylittlethieves, $54 – buy here

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Watercolor Fashion Illustration by Catherine Parr for Silver Ridge Studio, $200 – buy here

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Healing by Shira Sela, $30 – buy here

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Life of Things by Treasure Frey, $18 – buy here

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T3 by Christina Romeo, $28  – buy here

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Trio by labokoff, $30 – buy here

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Believe by Cori Dantini, $20 – buy here

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Embers by Betsy Walton, $28 – buy here

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Cricket by jkldesign, $28 – buy here

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Why I love… Oh Joy!

Joy Deangdeelert Cho may just be my new hero. I’ve been a devoted blog-reader for quite some time now and have been watching her creative empire grow. A graphic designer, dedicated blogger, food enthusiast, entrepreneurial consultant, and published author, Joy seems to have it all covered. I adore her stationary and have long lusted after her darling little notebooks. I was tickled pink when I learned that she’d launched a line of wallpaper, sold exclusively at fab home design destination, Hygge & West. I’ve been following news of her co-authored book (with fellow design enthusiast, Meg Mateo Ilasco), Creative, Inc., and can’t wait to pick up my own copy! [Scroll down for a eye-catching book launch stop-motion video.]

I’m a bit envious of what appears to be a charmed creative life, though I fully understand the pure talent and hard work that it’s likely taken her to get to where she is. It’s admirable and inspiring, really, and I encourage you to take a closer look at all of Joy’s work! Maybe even snatch up a roll or two of that gorgeous wallpaper;)

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Oh Joy!

the blog :: the studio :: the shop :: the wallpaper :: the food blog :: the tweets

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Petal Pusher, Champagne & Cream by Oh Joy! for Hygge & West – buy here

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Things to Note, Red Floral Notebook, $13.50 – Available at Oh Joy!, buy here

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A Stone’s Throw Away, White & Gray by Oh Joy! for Hygge & West – buy here

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Nature Exploration Agate Notebook by Oh Joy! – check it out here (SOLD OUT)

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Lovely Leaves, Gray, Blue & White by Oh Joy! for Hygge & West – buy here

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Things to Note Dot Notebook , $13.50 – Available at Oh Joy!, buy here

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Petal Pusher, White & Gold by Oh Joy! for Hygge & West – buy here

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Creative Inc. stop motion film:

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[Images from Oh Joy! and Hygge & West, Video via Youtube and Oh Joy!]

Lonny Magazine

Welcome to your new home design inspiration. Founded just last year, Lonny Magazine is an online ‘zine dedicated to interiors, design projects, textile trends, DIY ideas, and much more. Think everything you miss about Domino with a new twist and a super easy to access online platform. It’s hip, it’s free, and it’s easy to browse and fun to discover. I got lost in some of their feature design spaces today and couldn’t help but share a few of my favorites. Check out Lonny right here… and check out more off these fantastically constructed spaces here. And just because I’m curious, what are some of your favorites design destinations (online or off)?

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[all images courtesy of and © Lonny Magazine – please click here for more]

covetable textiles


That gorgeous necklace above is my mom’s. I suppose you’d call it a bib necklace… maybe even a quilted bib necklace. My step-dad got it for her in DC and I’ve been on the hunt to find one like it. The designer (ahem… artist) is named Theodora Elston and she’s been creating these wearable masterpieces since the 70s. My efforts to find more out about her have come up short and I’ve only managed to find 2 other pieces of hers online. It seems that she signs and numbers each piece, making it all the more special and unique.

I’ve been trolling Etsy and various fashion sites to find something in a similar style and haven’t had much luck. Thankfully, my search led me to a whole range of other necklaces that are just as lovely in their own special ways. There is something particularly sweet about the vibrant colors and unique construction of a knit, embroidered, or just plain cloth necklace. It’s not necessarily the accessory you’d use to spruce up a cocktail dress, but it will do wonders for your jersey dress or plain white tee. Best of all, the pieces I found are all on Etsy, which means they are all handmade with love by actual artisans. You really just can’t argue with that! I’ve yet to decide which piece will be jazzing up my Fall wardrobe… I may need to buy a few!;)

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Peacock fan no. 2 by sprintthread/Marañón, $55 – buy here

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rope knot necklace by silentmint, $23 – buy here

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1 row spiral braid necklace by mabelandjules, $22 – buy here

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Flower Swirl Necklace by NoPlainT, $22 – buy here

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Summer Meadow by squid21r, $18 – buy here

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sunglow circles necklace by ganbayo, $17 – buy here

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Crocheted Necklace by acupofgreenginger, $30 – buy here

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rover necklace by silentmint, $22 – buy here

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stripes white summer necklace by ganbayo, $19 – buy here

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Crochet Necklace by LavenderField, $28 – buy here

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Handmade Textile Necklace by alasdelsur, $30 – buy here

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Plunge in Green and Gray by WraptAround, $58 – buy here

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Grey and Yellow Crocheted Necklace by acupofgreenginger, $35 – buy here

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mauve roll necklace by ganbayo, $27 – buy here

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eastern arch by sprintthread/Marañón, $55 – buy here

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