Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Skinny takes a break...

Ok, so the Blackbird girls are pooped.  We REALLY need to recharge.  Our retail spot is opening next week, and we've been burning the midnight oil to get everything ready.  It's almost there, and we're really proud of it!  We'll be sharing pictures soon, but for now, we are taking a vacation, here at home this weekend.  We are eating like children, sleeping late, and watching movies.  We are staying in our PJs.

Check us out on Monday when we will rejoin the rest of civilization...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

On the Radar -- Color Cues

Ok, so if you follow this blog, you know that we Blackbird girls love art.  The walls in our house are covered, and we really don't have room for any more pieces.  We can only buy really, really small pieces now -- so that we can fit them in between the larger pieces.

So, to appease the desire we have to acquire new art, we thought we would give to you, our readers, a taste of what we like.  What we think is cool.  And you know, what we think is on trend for right now.  And through this, we will get the feeling that we have gotten new art for our walls.

You get a bonus, too, though!  We've done some color schemes to coordinate with the art, so that you can buy that painting, and then redecorate around it!  Choosing colors can be difficult, and we have the philosophy that the more color, the more fun.  A great guide to know which colors "go" together is art.  Successful painters, photographers, and designers have a natural ability with color.  When you find art you love, then use it.  Steal their color scheme!  Let them do the work for you!

For your enjoyment, our favorite new art from Etsy:

Feather Watercolor Painting by River Luna on Etsy

Photograph by lightplusink on Etsy

Encaustic Painting by tincaustics on Etsy

*All paint samples are either Glidden or Behr from The Home Depot.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Junk Love Monday: Cathrineholm

It's no secret that we love enamel (someday, we'll tell you about the legendary enamel flower pin collection), so it's no surprise that we fell in love with Cathrineholm. Our first exposure was a fondue pot, found at Goodwill, and one innocent Google search later had us hooked for life.

The pieces can be expensive, and a lot of people inflate the prices on damaged items, which is frustrating. But we figure that if we can find one at a really good price, then maybe it'll happen again someday. (Actually, it did. We got two yellow Cathrineholm trays at a thrift store, put them for sale in our shop, and now they live with someone else.) Our black lotus pattern fondue pot has a small chip, but still has great graphic appeal, and it was only $2.99. Now we just need the other pieces:

I occasionally search Etsy for pieces, just to fantasize about owning them someday. It's easy to get addicted--they are so colorful it seems too good to be true. This post is going to be light on text, because a picture is worth, as they say, a thousand words (and more!). You can also check out, a highly specialized blog with some really great info and pictures. Enjoy, and we dare you to not fall in love with at least one....
sold on etsy
sold on etsy

nested bowls;
Cathrineholm Norway Rare Orange Draped Square / Tent / Diamond Enamel 8" Bowl Danish Modern
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Set of 3 Cathrineholm Black and White Stripe Enamel Bowls
sold on etsy

Cathrineholm Saturn Bowl Red Enamel Mid Century Norway
Saturn bowl, sold on etsy