Crazy for Cozamia

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Friends, It’s been a while since I blogged about the fabulous Cozamia. Nancy has added some great piece and  has extended her range, to include mixed media animal print. I am in love. Here are a few of my favorite lust-haves from Nancy’s amazing gallery.

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Parrot In The Jungle

 This collage artwork combines hand drawn elements with painted shapes and patterns derived from various colorful paintings. Soft pinks and blues create a vivid contrast against the pops of black

Late Bloom

 This artwork is derived from an original acrylic painting on board. Bright pink flowers are layered over bold stems in shades of teal.

Sweet Chinoiserie

 This collage artwork features two Magpie-Jays perched on bamboo branches in a colorful garden. The combination of blues, chartreuse and soft pinks is simply gorgeous. The entire print has a subtle textured look of burlap that is more visible when viewed up close.

Love Spill

 This artwork is derived from an acrylic and water color painting on canvas. Vibrant jewel tones are combined to create an abstract landscape of colors.
Pop on over to the Cozamia gallery to see more of her vibrant art work.
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Ciao,
Lelanie
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New business to watch- Nostalgie textiles.

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Morning guys. I am excited to share a new, local creative business with you today. Nostalgie textiles is a whimsical textile manufacturer, that is lead by the sweet Letitia, living her dream, one creative day at a time.

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Letitia graduated in textile design in 2009, and has been lucky enough to do what she loves for the last 5 years. Each product and design are printed by hand and is totally unique. So your nostalgia scatter will always be one of a kind. Letitia does all the designs, and draws from her everyday life for inspiration.

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Ciao,
Lelanie

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Stock my shop: Julia Rothman

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Good day friends. What an exciting two weeks it has been. After nearly nothing happening for so long, things on the store forefront are now moving at a very acceptable pace. We are still a way off from actually launching, but there are so many small milestones that are being reached daily, that I cannot help but feel blessed and grateful. There is finally light at the end of the e-commerce tunnel. And the shop will hopefully launch Winter 2014. (Please send lots of prayers & good vibes, hold thumbs and toes.)

The Ampersand social stationery Facebook page  went live over the weekend, and I have had so much fun with it. Have you been to see and like it? The Facebook page is where I will share sneak peeks and news regularly. It’s also the place to be for info on the launch and launch invites. Yes, you guys are coming! As well as giving your input in which products you’d like to see on the shelves in the #thisthatorboth and #haveyoursay posts.

I have been spending a lot of time lately preparing orders and finalizing my sourcing. (A mammoth task that has taken more than a year to complete. ) In my wanderings and windings through catalogues, websites and fairs, I have discovered so many wonderful products and artists and I simply cannot wait to see them in store and share them with you. It’s too hard to contain all the prettiness, I simply have to share. I feel like a confetti canon. In the run up to the launch, I will share a few of these talented people and their amazing products on this blog every week or so.  For this purpose, I am launching a new series of posts; #stockmyshop. Today I would like to launch this series, with the lovely work of the talented Julia Rothman.

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You can definitely expect to see some of this amazing cuteness in the store. Which is your favorite? I love these nautical notebooks and notecards. Navy is the new boac after all.

Because you guys are so dear to me and your opinion matters, I will also ask for your opinion on some products, like this iron on kit by Julia. What do you think? Shop worthy or not? You decide. Let me know in the comments if you would like to see this product in store.

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Ciao,
Lelanie

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The Artist’s Way graduation, 2014.

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Friends, I cannot believe that yet another group of students has completed this course. 12 Weeks slipped by in an instant. My Wednesday evenings are going to be empty for a while. This group of ladies was a very special group indeed and I cannot express just how proud I am of the progress they made in these 12 weeks. They were truly a powerhouse of creative women.

Last Wednesday was an evening of reflection and refreshments. The body as well as the soul needs nourishment. The 12 week journey culminated in a summary of each student’s journey. I was blown away by their creativity and expressions.

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As you can see, it was all fun and games.

Email me to be added to the waiting list and be the first to know when bookings open again, or you can sign up for the vision board therapy workshop coming up on 31 May 2014.

Ciao,
Lelanie

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Happy Easter

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Happy Easter friends. May you have a very special long weekend with your family and friends. May it be a special, blessed time.

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Bunnies

Love,
Lelanie

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Happy and bright Easter

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Friends, A nice Easter alternative is pairing a muted backdrop with a few brighter, (maybe even neon) touches. This can still be classy and very fitting with our Autumnal Easter celebrations. It’s all about balance and moderation. Decide up front which elements will be bright and stick to that. Keep brights super bright, yet minimal and keep the backdrop light and classical.

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Bright table

Happy Easter,
Lelanie

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The perfect Easter table.

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Hi guys. As you know, Easter in Europe is associated with Spring, and the decor is a testament to that. Bright pastels and Spring flowers are the order of the day. But here Easter is the start of Autumn and I like to keep the season present in my Easter table setting. A minimal branch and calm hues make up the perfect Easter table for me.

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Happy Easter,
Lelanie

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A delightful home office palette

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Guys, in a fit of inspiration (or something) I decided that my office wasn’t bright enough. I had used a color from elsewhere in our house to create a mink colored feature wall. My inner child insisted that it was to nearly bright enough and I went back to the paint store for something pinker and brighter. Well, the color I ended up with can definitely be called pinkest pink. It is blushing bride, by Plascon and I love this bright, girlie hue.

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I’m hoping to spend some time getting the space organized and under control this week. I’ll keep you posted of any developments.

Have you ever used bright pink in your home or office?

Ciao,
Lelanie

 

 

 

 

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Easter tree idea

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Friends, Easter is this Friday, are you all stocked up and decorated for this holiday? I always have a healthy warren of ceramic rabbits prancing around my home, but I might have to add a few more elements in the spirit of this weekend. During my inspiration foraging  I noticed a trend towards Easter trees. Have you also seen this? Is this new, or did I just not notice it before?

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Washi tape tree

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washi flag tree

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Blue egg tree

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Paper egg tree

I definitely noticed a few OTT ones, but I don’t see any harm in a minimal branch with a few washi flags or some cure eggs dangling from it. It could be a nice centre piece for your Easter table.

Ciao,
Lelanie

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Paper craft just got fun.

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Morning friends. Yesterday I spent most of my day making paper pinwheels- what a treat! I made small rosettes for tomorrow evening’s Artist’s way farewell/ graduation class. (I’m doing the certificates today. ) As well as a few for the table decor for our little farewell party. It was so much fun and surprisingly easy. I got into the swing of things quickly and crafted until my double sided tape ran out. (Now is that the measure of morning well spent, or what? )

I played around with sizes and color and soon found a favorite size and style. Dividing an A4 sheet of paper into four, gives the perfect paper size for small rosettes. Only three pieces are needed. Fold them concertina style and tape them together-voila!

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I added a few touches to make them more rosette and less pinwheel. I added a motivational message to keep my students inspired and guided on their continued creative journey and of course some ‘ribbon’. [I bought this amazing houndstooth duct tape from Builder's warehouse. It is a multi purpose miracle. ]

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These larger ones are for the table. They still need a dazzle or so to make for a fun table setting. pinwheels01

I also made a few larger pinwheels for my new (and now bright pink) home office. Check in tomorrow for a preview.

Ciao,
Lelanie

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