You Amaze Me, Bath Tubs

For most of us, a bath tub comes with our home, and isn’t really considered as a design element – it’s just a part of the bathroom. But it can be so much more, as proven with these gorgeous, designer tubs.

The Le Cob Bath by Omvivo brings to mind Le Corbusier’s chaise, only now it’s more relaxing (other than the exposure of being surrounded only by glass). Though it doesn’t hold as much water as a traditional bath, I love the waterfall touch at the foot:le cob bath

A Wood Line bath by Bagno Sasso would match any modern decor with its clean, rectangular form, although I think it goes best in a minimalist bathroom, as pictured here:WOODEN BATHTUB & WOOD LINE Wood Line

The Ballerine Bathtube designed by Lange & Lange must be commended for both style and innovation. It looks beautiful in both bath and shower forms, although I do wonder what the draft would be like in its elongated, bare-bones configuration:Ballerine Bathtube

These traditionally-shaped baths from Hoesch are given a homey touch by the addition of wooden elements. The clean lines of their designs allow them to be included in virtually any bathroom with any fixtures:

SensaMare Oval tubScelta

Agape modernized the old-fashioned claw-foot tub (which I also love!) by simplifying it; they made the feet using the same material as the tub. And it comes in a variety of colors!Ottocento - VAS969

Oh, I can’t wait until I design my own bath…with all these amazing tub options out there!

You Amaze Me, Graham Francoise

A sad sad songGraham Francoise is a local illustrator and painter here in Austin, Texas. His work is dreamy and introspective, somewhat sad yet filled with hope. His characters are beautiful, innocent, and instantly recognizable. Each painting somehow expresses an entire story, one that immediately compels you to know more; they draw you in. There is a sense of longing there, but they are very peaceful. The frequently muted colors and touches of nature in his works, and of course the tranquil expressions on the characters’ faces, give me a feeling of calm.

A Quiet Place To Be- original

For making such beauty, you amaze me, Graham Fracoise.

Please visit his website and shop to view more of his work :)

You Amaze Me, Crochets of the Past

Crochet Magazine

Last week my grandmother-in-law gave to me a bag full of old crochet magazines (1987-1993), in case I found anything I wanted. Who would have guessed that this would spur such an entertaining evening?! You may have seen me tweeting some of the hilarious pictures I found, but I have more to share…oh, so much more…

It started out with this gem that just screams 90s. I left the description so you could read all about the “Fluorescent Fun!”

Neon sweater

I found patterns for children (I wonder if my mom would have made these for us)…

Taxi Sweater for BoysCrayon Sweater for GirlsGame BlanketWhat's with the lobster? <–What’s with the lobster?

And patterns for young adults (Below: “Granny Glamour” and a rockin’ sweater vest!)

Granny GlamourCircle flower sweater vest

Accessories are killer. Such a 90s photo for the headband! But the jean jacket takes the cake. Don’t you want to embellish your own? It’s so easy with doilies, lace from your grandmother, and crochet you can do yourself!

Winter HeadbandJean Jacket

So many projects for trendy crocheters of the 80s and 90s! Thank you for sticking with me through this blast from the past. I hope you’ve found these as amusing as I have! I wonder what crochet/knitting patterns we’ll laugh about 20 years from now… Will cowls be old-fashioned and silly? Of course, I’m already laughing at some current patterns I’ve found…maybe fluorescent sweaters were the crocheted bikini of 1990? 😉

Have you come across any fun vintage patterns? Share in the comments!

You Amaze Me, Street Color

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A color palette can come from just about anything. Choose your favorite poster, painting, tapestry – they’ve all got a palette. A sophisticated color palette can even come from something as simple (or not so simple) as getting dressed in the morning. Look Book and Wear Palettes both log inspiration in the form of street clothes and their color palettes.

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You’ll notice that any good outfit has a set of colors that compliment one another (not to say they’re all complimentary colors). They don’t have to be one shade or hue, but they coordinate in a way that is beautiful. So why not grab a color palette from someone well-dressed?

I DON'T KNOW WHAT I DID IT FORI DON'T KNOW WHAT I DID IT FOR

Of course, the same is true in reverse: You can make a great outfit using a beautiful color palette. Find colors you love together, then search your closet and piece together something beautiful to wear! And if you’re anything like me, you’ll see an instant palette just by opening your closet doors. Hm, maybe I should branch out in my color choices…

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As a side note, my favorite websites to find or make color palettes are COLOURlovers and Kuler (an Adobe site). Test them out, or find your palette somewhere in your world.

Where do you find your color palettes?

You Amaze Me, Simple Human

While browsing Bed, Bath, and Beyond during our post-Christmas wanderings, we found what would be the perfect bathroom set (minus the price tag, which, at around $25 apiece, was a little steep for our young, struggling designer budget):

bamboo toothbrush holder with tumblerbamboo square tissue box holderbamboo rectangular soap dish bamboo precision soap pump

The pieces are simple, clean, modern, and (eco-friendly) bamboo. Looking through the kitchen products, we found more Simple Human designs to fit our style and needs: clearly simple, nothing superfluous or heavy, sleek, and ultra-functional.bamboo frame dishracksink caddy

It’s the design of every day products, of the little things we use all the time, that really amazes me. Take a utensil, a container, a dispenser and make it into something beautiful without sacrificing ease of use or simplicity. I love it when a product can be bear minimum and yet easy on the eyes. I don’t need decorative devices, I need simple ones, and that’s what Simple Human makes.

recycling magnetsfingerprint-proof rectangular recycler

For making beautiful yet efficient products for every day use, you amaze me, Simple Human.

You Amaze Me, Possibilities

Although the beginning of January is like the beginning of any other month, it’s a great time for a little reflection. On Friday I posted a photographic review of my crafty year, and it was wonderful thinking of all the new things I learned, attempted, and created. December is for looking at the past, but January is for accepting it and looking toward the future. What do you want to accomplish this year? In what ways will you push yourself to grow?

You are creative and capable; if you set your mind to it, you can do it. Now is the time for dreams to become goals! I’m turning a few of my “some day I’d like to…” thoughts into “this year I will” goals. So, without further ado, I give you my crafty list for this year:

Creative Goals 2011

[I have a few other lists too, for my personal goals, as well as family and business. Keeping them separate helps me focus and organize. I think this one is the most relevant at the moment :)]

Remember: Keep it simple and do-able, but challenge yourself. Include things you’ve been putting off, things you’ve always wanted to try, and even plain necessities. Make your list fun yet practical. You’ve got goals, and you can meet them!

What will you accomplish this year?

You Amaze Me, Austin Christmas Lights

One of my favorite things about this time of year has to be Christmas lights. I love perusing neighborhoods to find the most elaborate houses. It’s so joyful! Last night we went to the Capitol to sing carols and watch the tree lighting, then we strolled down Congress Avenue to see what there was to see! We went into museums, listened to live music, and ate candy canes :) All the while, I was in awe of all the Christmas decorations! ♡

From downtown Austin:Texas Capitol & Christmas TreeGold Foil tree with Paper CranesUnder the Capitol Christmas Tree

From our fav local hangout: Mozart’s Coffee Shop <– click for video!Mozart's Coffee Shop

I can’t wait to see more 😀  We’re putting our lights up today, and I’m so excited! Do you decorate with lights? What do they look like?

You Amaze Me, Cold Weather

This weekend we finally got our first freeze! (It was in the 80s on Wednesday…yuck.) I just love the smell of crisp, winter air, the feel of warm sweaters, and the taste of hot cocoa. Now I can knit some gifts I’d been putting off and put up our decorations. I’ve got my sweater on and my mug ready. It’s time to get into the holiday spirit!

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Welcome to Texas, cold weather :)

You Amaze Me, Space

I have a fascination with the sky. The stars, planets, quasars, black holes…

Two Planet Opposition Credit & Copyright: Peter KnappertUltraviolet Andromeda Credit: UV - NASA/Swift/Stefan Immler (GSFC) and Erin Grand (UMCP) Optical - Bill Schoening, Vanessa Harvey/REU program/NOAO/AURA/NSF Star Trails and the Captain's Ghost Credit & Copyright: Chris Kotsiopoulos (GreekSky) Hubble's Lagoon Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Space TelescopeNGC 7822 in Cepheus Credit & Copyright: Neil FlemingSpiral Galaxy M66 Credit & Copyright: Russell Croman

Each of these images is from NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, which posts a new image of our universe with a short explanation each day. They are quite beautiful and fascinating, as is the universe itself. Of course we’re all generally rather Earth-centric (we do live here, after all), but I like to take time to stop and ponder the vastness of space. Always helps keep things in perspective 😉 And that is one reason why you amaze me, space.

You Amaze Me, Jenny Hart

Since I’ve been doing a lot of embroidery lately, I thought it would be nice to recognize someone who inspires me with her needlework. Jenny Hart is the founder of Sublime Stitching in Austin, Texas. She is the author of several embroidery books and an inspiring blog. But of course what I find most amazing is her work. Tired of kitschy ducks and dolls, she started embroidering in her own way, creating incredible portraits and an original line of beautiful embroidery patterns. [As always, click on an image to go to its source.]

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For being a true artist and master of the needle, you amaze me, Jenny Hart.

Check out her website and Flickr stream for photos of her work.