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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Color Makes Me Happy!

One of the newest etsy sites that I stumbled upon is Focused Line Art. The artist Tracy Melton is a full time artist based in Knoxville Tennasee. He has been painting nature inspired paintings for years and received his formal education from the Columbus College of Art.
He has sold thousands of paintings, and has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show.My favorite pieces that he creates are his line  of 3-D paintings on recycled elm trees. He actually cuts down dead  trees himself with a chain saw,then the pieces are sanded, and clear coated to accentuate the wood, then painted with acrylic paint and clear coated again. They are hollowed out from behind for wall mounting. Sold in sets of three. 

Thursday, April 22, 2010

 Happy Earth Day!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Handbags for Haiti...

This gorgeous one of a kind vintage bag is perfect for a daytime summer outing like the track or a barbecue. It is in mint condition and has been updated with an enamel daisy which makes it what we call modern vintage. It's funky and fun but classic at the same time!

This is one of the three purses in my etsy shop that is in my Handbags for Haiti line...many more to come this coming week!

I am donating 10% of the profits to
God's Littlest Angels , an organization that helps children and babies in Haiti. (See previous post)

God's Littlest Angels...

                                                                    God's Littlest Angels                                                          
                                                                     Haitian Baby Ministry

Having been a neonatal nurse for 19 years...
I have always had a soft spot in my heart for babies and children, but now in my forties I feel compelled more than ever to want to give pay it forward... make a difference...

 I have been wanting to go on a mission trip for quite some time and when I heard about the devastating effects of the earthquake that hit Haiti, I was so grief stricken seeing all of the babies,children and families that were injured and torn apart from their family members,that  I wished my life enabled me to just hop a plane to Port Au Prince and help out for a while. Unfortunately my commitments to my job and 3 teenagers make it impossible for me at this time. It's something that is definitely in my future though.

 As a  young child myself, while my older much more girly sister was playing with barbies and designing her own clothes for her paper dolls, I was obsessing over which baby doll I wanted  next and knew I had to wait for my next birthday or Christmas for it to arrive. If we visited a family that had a new baby, I would be whispering to my mother to ask her friend if I could hold the baby, and wouldn't stop pestering until she asked. Sometimes they would let me.

Fast forward to the present and I have worked as a nurse at Boston Children's Hospital and for the past 19 years have worked in a special care nursery on a labor and delivery unit. My sister on the other hand ended up in NYC for many years as a fashion designer and then made the switch to home interiors where she currently designs beautiful high end carpets at a company called Company C.where she is the director of design.

Isn't it funny how at 8 and 10 years old, our little personalities, likes and dislikes are already so distinct and strong?  It brings me back to the Haitian children, now more than ever, who are children like my sister and I once were  who had interests,hopes and dreams for their future who have now been ripped from their homes and or families and placed in orpanages. Many of these kids have had to have limbs amputated due to their houses crushing their little bodies. They need our help!

Aside from being a baby nurse with a big heart, I also have a love of vintage bags and jewelry and have a shop on etsy called didio. I update vintage bags to make them modern today adding antique jewelry and vintage embellishments. For each bag sold, I will donate 10% of my profit to God's Littlest Angels to help the children of Haiti. 

My mission for Handbags for Haiti is to give to this wonderful non profit organization that has a heart for the children of Haiti.... With my profit, I hope to save enough to go on a mission trip there myself to help out these precious children....

XO Jill


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Rolling Elephants....

Aren't they great fun? I found these pillow covers on a European site called envelop. It is an online store for illustrated cotton goods. Artists can sell products with their designs on them here and there is an online retail store for purchasing these unique fun products which are printed on clothing, bags,anything cotton... Check it out.

The artist who designed the elephant print is very talented 27 year old illustrator named Ines Christine Geiber from Kassel Germany. She is still a student at The Art Institute os Kassel and is studing illustration,comics,and film animation. She is definately one to watch!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

More fun prints for Spring...

Check out this great etsy shop

Girl.. by Aileen is an etsy shop based in Chicago. She makes the best change purses, clutches and messenger bags with really fun vintage inspired fabrics. Here is just a sampling of some of the styles and fabrics... Check out her shop to see all she has to offer...

I love these great clutches used for bridesmaid's accessories or gifts....Imagine how pretty this would look to see the bridesmaids carrying these fun clutches that coordinated with their dresses at the reception. How unique!

Or this great pouch/change purse...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Liberty of London teams up with Target

I had read that Liberty of London was debuting their new line this Spring at Target...but until I walked into the store one dreary day in March, I didn't realize how exciting and refreshing it really was! The vivid fun floral patterns on everything from dresses to bicycles to home furnishings etc. really brightened up my day and made me realize that Spring really was just around the corner.

Living in the northeast in the winter has its disadvantages and March is one of them... The snow has melted, and the winter months have left everything brown, dark and depressing... April seems so far away...

Check out this sampling of some of the new Liberty of London products in Target right now...They are flying off the shelves and racks....