Saturday, 31 January 2009
There is a definite shift from "catalogue" to "magazine". The publication features as a magazine in the company's homepage, too,where we are urged to request their "new magazine".
The change is made definite, as on the spine there is a number 1 printed and there is a price of 1,5 pounds, printed, too, although I did receive it free of charge and there isn't a charge if you request it from their website. Inside there are magazine-like features, like the one below, about Dublin, celebrating the opening of the first Cath Kidston shop in Ireland.
There is also a competition for a mother's day card inspired by and promoting her new book, Make,which, by the way, is quite nice and useful, not just pretty pictures, and comes with a cotton bag for you to customize.
There is also a special collection of presents for Valentine's day, as you'd expect from a Country Living kind of glossy.
All this shows that retailers, too, get the message of the times. If you want our custom, you've got to do more than showing off your stuff: create a lifestyle, and then promote it. It's beneficial for the retailer and the spoiled for choice customer.
That stack of fabrics above is my favorite picture of the catalogue. I love the harmony and freshness of the composition.
Finally, for now, instead of showing you the front cover, as happens usually, I am showing you the back cover with many intersting photos from the cat...sorry, magazine.
Friday, 30 January 2009
My new Cath Kidston catalogue arrived today. The bigger she has ever produced, with nice big pictures and lots of new beautiful stuff to feed the romantic souls (buyers).
I cannot show you pictures because the scanner at work does not work, but I'l try to use the new scanner at home and post some pictures later today.
The bad news is that I got a postcard informing me that "Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion magazine has ceased publication with the January 2009 issue. We are delighted to send you Martha Stuart Living magazine to serice erc...". Nice of them, but do I like Martha's magazine?
First Domino, now Home Companion. The crisis hits hard the world of glossies.
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
It seems people are happily intoxicated around the blogosphere. I have stayed up very late though I have to wake up at 6:30, clicking from happy to happy, sharing the enthusiasm. So, I have decided to be extra nice and share a lovely post I found here, but you really need to read here.
So you want to be more creative, in art, in business, whatever. Here are some tips that have worked for me over the years:
1. Ignore everybody.
2. The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be yours.
3. Put the hours in.
4. If your biz plan depends on you suddenly being “discovered” by some big shot, your plan will probably fail.
5. You are responsible for your own experience.
6. Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.
7. Keep your day job.
8. Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity.
9. Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.
10. The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props.
11. Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether.
12. If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you.
13. Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside.
14. Dying young is overrated.
15. The most important thing a creative person can learn professionally is where to draw the red line that separates what you are willing to do, and what you are not.
16. The world is changing.
17. Merit can be bought. Passion can’t.
18. Avoid the Watercooler Gang.
19. Sing in your own voice.
20. The choice of media is irrelevant.
21. Selling out is harder than it looks.
22. Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.
23. Worrying about “Commercial vs. Artistic” is a complete waste of time.
24. Dont worry about finding inspiration. It comes eventually.
25. You have to find your own schtick.
26. Write from the heart.
27. The best way to get approval is not to need it.
28. Power is never given. Power is taken.
29. Whatever choice you make, The Devil gets his due eventually.
30. The hardest part of being creative is getting used to it.
31. Remain frugal.
32. Allow your work to age with you.
33. Being Poor Sucks.
34. Beware of turning hobbies into jobs.
35. Savor obscurity while it lasts.
36. Start blogging.
37. Meaning Scales, People Don’t.
38. When your dreams become reality, they are no longer your dreams.One more thing:
“Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again the work of remaking America” and all of our countries. God Bless, Mr. President.
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
"Can you feel it in the air? The buzz of anticipation, the excitement. It feels like the dawn of a new day. Sexy black men are becoming presidents, planes are gently landing on water, there are cease-fires all over the place. I will go as far as saying, judging by the insanely low temperatures, that the planet is experiencing global cooling (okay, i'm kidding about that.) Still, I can't help believing that things are going to get good, very, very good and that we're at the tipping point of America's new consciousness".
What better way to introduce the day, than those of a dear blogging friend?
(image from LanaKole at Etsy)
Monday, 19 January 2009
From seriously blinky...
...to minimally cute jewellery...,
...to paper goods marking the occasion...
...from the practical....
...to words to remember...
...to commemorative prints...
...it's good to see that the President inspires the people, in so may ways. And now, to work!
(Items from aymujer, ecoworks, lana kole, sherrytruitt, dutchblythefashion, found objects, blinkphoto, fun2wear2, citrus tree, and jean cody).
Don't forget to spread the word about her business, too. With prices starting at $25 including the design kit, her offer is fantastic. Even if you don't win, you can still get a makeover for $13 if you order by February 1st! Love month is ahead, go on, show some love through your blog! Good Luck!
I am addicted to colorful fabrics. Ever since I was following my mom in her shopping trips for fabrics, buttons and patterns for her sewing projects, I love breathing in the smell of fresh fabric. Here is an opportunity for touching-feeling-smelling a new line of fabrics. I have seen them before but have somehow missed finding again in the vast cyberspace. It is called Andalucia and it is by Patty Young. It will ring a bell if you are Spanish, Portuguese or Jewish, but will equally touch you if you are prone to Alpine, Central European charm.
Here is what you have to do to win a sweet little Andalucia pendant and a Fat Quarter Bundle of said prints as seen above. Visit Lanie Jane and follow the instructions. Given that not that many of y'all read this, and with some luck, I may win and share!
Friday, 16 January 2009
Having said that, I love the mushroom colored fabric on this sofa and the fuchsia jacquard one on the chair next to it.
Thursday, 15 January 2009
In her own words:
Good Folks was inspired by various sets of things, but all of the notions in my mind had kindness involved. Odd? Perhaps. But can't think of how else to say it. Old European linens. Family. Hand-loomed wool bedspreads. Meals. Fields. Embroidery. Needlepoint kits that I spent summers in Greece as a child occupied with. The icons of the village churches. Layer upon layer of mismatched bed linens piled on top of my floor palette in the upper room of my Yiayia's house to keep me warm even though it was the middle of the summer. Tablecloths drying in the sun. Memories of what my cousin's dowry of linens looked like. All the details. All the work. All the warmth. All the good wishes. Weddings. Wine. Love. Goodness.
Old woolen blankets, may I add. A little itchy against the skin. Priests' ceremonial dresses. Vitraux. Sweet memories that distill themselves slowly inside us, and look for ways to be acknowledged and to live on.
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Why don't people make houses like these here, she asked?
Oh the freedom of the space that YOU create because YOU like it!
WE have just moved into a new house, and the pressure is still heavy on us, as to how the house should look like. DH does not put pictures up by fear that we may change our minds, and destroy the walls. Can you imagine that? Being afraid of using your own home's walls?
Am I totally irresponsible? Or should I give up and free my workroom that actually works as a warehouse, and put up whatever I like?
(Pictures from Cookie and Design Sponge)
Saturday, 10 January 2009
10:00 PM EST.
Best European: Bleedinng Espresso
Art,Craft,Design: Posie Gets Cozy, A Petits Pas
Food: Canelle et Vanille
Best Topical:Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Best Writing: Hidden in France
About Politics: Taki's Magazine
Best Kept Secret: Shortybears Place
And if you do, do let us know. I'd love to see your hidden favorites!