Thursday, May 15, 2014

TBT: Match Your Mood to Your Refrigerator

Last weekend Turner Classic Movies aired this original Westinghouse promotional video for their line of 1960s decorative refrigerator panels. The 1968 promo, entitled "Match Your Mood", is groovy, hipster, and psychedelic all in one. The patterns range from pretty awful faux wood ("Supreme Walnut") to my favorite, the Andy Warhol-esque soup can. I have seen this or similar products advertised in magazines from the 1940s, but for some reason I never got the urge to get up and dance the pony from the print ads. I think this would be a great idea for Spoonflower wall decals!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Cross This Off the Bucket List!

I just received word late last night that Rag & Bone Bindery has crafted some of their beautiful journals and albums using Geekly Chic Cameras! The books are featured as limited editions in their Spring Trunk Show this week.

Five years ago, when pregnant with my son, I saw my first Rag & Bone baby book at a local boutique baby store. Ever since then I have hoped that one of my designs would be used in their handcrafted work...someday. I check their Facebook feed daily to see their latest items, thinking: Maybe...maybe... I can't tell you how thrilling this is for me. Their books are impeccable. I am so honored!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

TBT: American Home Crafts Magazine

On a recent thrift excursion I found a few issues of an old magazine called American Home Crafts. I had never heard of it before (have you?), and the cover designs left a little to be desired. But the lovely photos inside made me forget I was looking at inspirational ideas over 30 years old! Here are some highlights.

Left to right: Fall/Winter 1974, Spring/Summer 1976, and Fall/Winter 1977

Above and below: Advertisement for Mattel's Knit Magic (look at Barbie holding the yarn!)

Awesome, unique geometric batik

Creating folkloric fashions, with embroidery motifs from Romania

Portuguese-inspired tapestry patterns

Impressionistic knitting

Bold and bright needlepoint designs from orange crate labels

Amazing needlepoint floral rug (I so want to do this!)

Knitted apple afghan--how contemporary is this?!

Definitely proof that with style and trends, what goes around comes around...or that some things just never go out of style!

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