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I think everyone has that list of items that if given the chance would snatch up in an instant.  Sadly for me, its all still a dream, but if I won the lotto, I would splurge on these lovely little things to fill my place.  Besides, its always nice to look!  And with that, a few items my heart would flutter over.

1. Forest Glasses 2. Bird Nest Place Card Holders 3. Droplet Fruit Bowl 4. Ella Canisters

1. Self Watering Planters 2. Driftwood Garland 3. Round About Planter (I just got this delivered, I love it!)4. Button Love Cushion

1.Kenneth Cole Un-Beweavable 2.  Winter Aconite Tote 3. Treasured Trinkets Necklace 4. Laureate Headband

Etsy Top 3 Tuesday

Its Tuesday and you know what that means!  Etsy Top 3 Tuesday!

First up is a little shop filled with adorable little sketches. Flapper Doodle, run by artist Kate Gabrielle from New Jersey, is loaded with little doodles of “Eloise and Ramona” out on the town and strutting their stuff.  Be sure to check out her whole collection, they are darling and if you are crunching your pennies these days, don’t fret, Kim is offering a fantastic little deal.  Now until 1/21, all her 4×6 mini doodles are only $1!  So please browse and buy… a few of these little guys would make a darling little collection.  Just saying! And check out Kate’s blog to stay up to date on all things Eloise.

Next up is the talented Geninne from Geninne’s Art Store.  Now, Geninne is no stranger here on the blog, her work was also featured here, as well as this totally helpful video she shot on making a rubber stamp.  Can I just say, after watching the video, it inspired me to start making my own!  Anyway, her shop is just filled to the brim with colorful images that are just begging to make a new home for your walls.  And do check out her blog for amazing inspiration and shots from her hometown in Mexico City.

And rounding out what seemed to be an all art Tuesday is Yellena‘s colorful shop.  You know me and my love for all things color, Yellena has an amazing eye for detail and patterns.  Organic and whimsical shapes must fill her brain to get these little masterpieces.  And she doesn’t stop at prints and paintings.  Check out her amazing light fixtures for School House Electric, they are divine!

I might just have to snatch up “Spore” (above right).  I seriously heart it.

A CardsInk Giveaway!

Happy Monday and Martin Luther King Jr day to everyone.  Hope most of you have the day off, and if not, hope today is at least quite and productive!  Boy do I have a treat for you today, anyone up for a little giveaway??  That’s right, CardsInk, a sweet little card shop filled with designs submitted by readers just like you, have come up with a pretty swell little giveaway for all the Our Designed Life readers.  Yay!  CardsInk will generously gift 10 cards to one lucky reader (and you get to pick which 10!), to enter it couldn’t be simpler.  Scroll down for the details.

To enter the CardsInk giveaway, there are several ways you have a chance to win.

*Hop on over to CardsInk and check out their SHOP FOR CARDS section.  Come back here and let me know what design(s) you would pick should you be the lucky one. 1 entry

*Check out the VOTE FOR CARDS section and vote.  Come back here and tell me what you voted on.  1 entry

*Tweet it out to the masses.  Be sure to include @Ourdesignedlife so I can see it, and come back here and leave a separate comment. 1 entry

*Become a fan of Our Designed Life on Facebook. Come back here and leave a comment letting me know.  Already a fan?  Just let me know in the comment, that totally counts! 1 entry

The winner will be chosen using Random.org, you must come back to Our Designed Life and leave separate comments to be eligible.  Contest will close Sunday, January 24th at 8 pm, Pacific Standard Time.  There are 4 possible entries per person.  Contest is open to US residents only.

And a HUGE thank you to CardsInk!

A step back in time

Happy Friday! A few days ago the husband pointed me in the direction of a vintage film from San Francisco that I just had to share! Jeff Altman, an aspiring film colorist inherited amazing 16mm Kodachrome films from his grandparents that are so lovely to watch, they just seep to take you back in time. The first is of his grandparents traveling through San Francisco circa 1958. From the clothing to the cars (oh the cars!) everything is so visually stunning, and for the most part, the city still looks relatively the same. And I couldn’t just stop at one film, they also shot footage at Disneyland in 1956, just two years after the parks opening. Altman’s Grandmother is even shown meeting Walt Disney himself at the park!  It is so fun to see how it has changed over the years, although I wish it stayed true to its beginnings instead of morphing into the mega corporation it is today.  Oh how I love watching home movies, they take you to a time that just seemed so pleasant and interesting!

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Tumblr Thursday

Ah yes, its Thursday.  Here is to an inspiring and productive day!

Please click each photo for the link and credit.

A modern touch

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Its the middle of the week, whew, what a week I have had!  After being stuck in a drab DMV yesterday for 3 hours just to change my last name, I wanted to give my eyes a break and check out Honey Interiors, a fab little firm out of L.A.  Owner and designer Tamara Kaye-Honey combines high end and cost effective pieces to bring a room together, and boy does she have a thing for color!  With a modern eye, Tamara creates lovely spaces mixing traditional items, textures, colors and lighting giving a warm and glowing feel to all her spaces. Love it.

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Can I just say I LOVE those chairs and cushions!

Etsy Top 3 Tuesday

Its Tuesday and you know what that means, my top 3 etsy shops for the week!

First up is the beautiful photography from Irene Suchocki, an amazingly talented photographer.  Irene plays with a variety of techniques to create these amazing shots, and her attention to detail is just lovely.  Subdued colors mixed with bright pops of contrasting hues make me swoon over every piece, that little Twitter piece is just darling!  And now until January 15th, Irene is offering a 25% off on selected prints!!  Not looking for art for the walls?  She also has charming Valentines Day cards available, its never too early to start collecting goodies for your loved one!

Twitter:::Penny Farthing

Paris Calling:::Letting Go of Time

Love is in the Air:::Sentimental Journey

Valentine Card:::All is Love

Nest up are the adorable creations from Lila Frances out of Tennessee.  I don’t know of any other way to discribe these little guys other then adorable.  Clearly made with love, this little shop provides customizable wire hangers (even as I type that I think of Mommy Dearest and her no wire hanger talk!) that are perfect for a little gift or make for a great dress photo on your wedding day.  And that heart, Valentines day, that’s all I’m saying.  There is currently a waiting list for these lovelies, so be sure to stop by and order yours today!

Rounding out this week is the beautiful views from GBrosseau Photo.  Not only is this shop filled with sweet and charming shots, most are of subjects we take for granted like motels, lakes and old architecture.  Sure we see it everyday, but do you really look at it?  I think I love it all!  And did I mention the shop is offering free shipping!  Do check out the artists Flickr photostream, absolutely gorgeous.

Motel:::Lakeview

This Old House:::Lighthouse

Marsh:::Purple