Bella Blu Designs

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Design Envy: Elizabeth Soule

I recently found Elizabeth Soule's etsy shop e.soule and was immediately taken by her beautiful photography. According to the Portland artist's website, she shoots with a Polaroid SX-70 and a variety of other film cameras. Her work is quirky, poetic, and completely gorgeous. I love her visual vocabulary of figurines, toys, food, and other inanimate objects.

Gnome print:

Horse 15 box:

Deer and Cupcake, print:

I have spent the past 30 minutes pouring over her work (which reminds me: I need to start pouring over my own!) and I can't seem to narrow down a favorite... I love them all.

The holiday rush is in full swing but knock on wood, I've managed to stay on top of everything and get everything out the door in about 3 days or less. I'd better get back to it before I fall behind.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Something new is growing in the garden

There's a fun new shop on Etsy which just so happens to be owned and run by the very talented woman who taught me everything I know when it comes to sewing.... my mom! She's been making these super cute designer shoe bags and I cannot wait to place my Christmas orders through her new shop, Moon Garden Design. When she came to visit for Thanksgiving she brought her samples and I love all of the fabrics she's chosen. They're very well made (meticulous attention to detail) and fully lined in coordinating fabric.

Now I know I am a little biased and all but these bags are precious (and did I mention well made?). She's just getting started and in the process of setting up shop. But check back often as she adds new designs in the latest designer fabrics. Great gifts!

Monday, December 1, 2008

BellaBlu designs: Bark Editors' Pick!

Today the super cool dog mag The Bark released it's list of Editors' Picks: 60 Great Gifts Under $20 and I am honored that they included my personalized dog notecards!

From the gift guide:

Delightful, Delectable, Delovely! Gift ideas, $20 and under. From small specialty companies to those crafty folks at, we searched far and wide for whimsy, quality, creativity and affordability. Here are more than 60 of our favorites, just in time for holiday gift-giving.

Check it out -- Happy shopping!
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