Ideas for a Modern Nursery

Inspired by our new baby products, I've compiled some fun and whimsical ideas for a more modern baby nursery. Clean lines, geometric shapes, bold colors, and cute animals for everyone! Be sure to visit some of these awesome Etsy shops and check out our new baby gifts while you are there!

 
 

Creative Collaboration with Kate Waddell Art

If you follow Texture Design on Instagram, you've seen some of our recent posts showcasing the new collaboration with Kate Waddell Art! A few months ago, I interviewed Kate on the blog, and I was just so impressed with her work. We started discussing a line of cards for her artwork, and here we are today with a full line of paper goods!

All of the items above are available through the Texture Design Co. Etsy shop

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BUT WAIT! THERE IS MORE! We also collaborated on a calendar! Each month will include a sketch by @katewaddellart that will fits an 8x10 frame. It will be filled with fruit, flowers, vases, pattern and color!It will be available for order in the next two weeks! (Follow Texture Design Co. on Instagram for updates!)

Thank you all for following along! More collaborations coming your way in the future!
Best,
Emily Kirby

8 Shops for Finding Party Supplies

I love having the opportunity to celebrate other people, especially when it is in the form of a party. Showers, birthday parties, engagement parties...they are all my favorite! And what is a party without decorations?! :) I always enjoy hunting for new decoration ideas, so today I'm giving you 8 shops full of party supply and decoration goodness!

8 Shops fro Finding Party Supplies

Have fun checking out these lovely shops! Any suggestions on where you find great party supplies and decor? Feel free to share!

Best,
Emily Kirby

Back to School Supplies for Grown-ups!

I can't believe school is starting back up! But I'll be honest, I miss "back-to-school" shopping! I see the items on sale at the store, and it makes me want to buy all new pens, pencils, and notebooks. For me, there was nothing like having fresh supplies to start the year out all neat and organized. :) So I thought I'd compile a list of "back-to-school" inspired items for grown-ups. So whether you actually have school this fall or not, these great finds are just for you!

So happy back-to-school to you all! Did you see our Mint Inspired Office Supplies post a few weeks ago?! Those are some favorite school supplies as well! Do you have any favorite school/office supplies? Anything we should add to the list?

Best,
Emily Kirby

Our Etsy Spring Wish List

Spring is almost here!!! I googled and the first official day of spring is March 20th! So in honor of the warmer weather coming back, I compiled an Etsy "Spring Wish List" full of bright colors and cheery designs! You'll love these Etsy finds and their talented makers!

This absract watercolor painting makes me think of little rain drops in a puddle. And as they say, "April showers bring May flowers." The colors and simplicity are so soothing.

 

SARAH K BENNING
Oh Hey

Oh hi! Sarah's shop is full of contemporary embroidery. I enjoy the fact that it is homey and inviting yet quirky and fun! It could be the perfect item to spruce up your space after some spring cleaning! (Time for me to dust the fan blades!)

 

ELIZABETH MAYVILLE
Grapefruit Still Life

Have you been to Elizabeth Mayville's shop? If you haven't, you are missing out! As she describes it, "

All of my work has to do with the small and beautiful moments of a quiet day."

Her prints are all so crisp and fresh feeling...like a spring day morning!

 

TILISSIMO
Tribal Inspired Coasters

I'm always a sucker for patterns, and this bright tribal pattern is awesome! So when you're on the porch enjoying this lovely spring weather, you can sit your drink on one of these little guys.

 

GRINDSTONE DESIGNS
Suspended Plant Shelf

Brooke's pieces are all unique because she mainly uses salvaged materials. This hanging shelf is whimsical and just perfect for hanging spring flowers! :)

 

SALT AND LIGHT DESIGNS
Wooden Pallet Art: Let Your Light Shine

This piece with the sunrise is just so happy! Makes me think of the days growing longer as spring and summer approach. If you are in need of pallet art, definitely check out the rest of Kait's shop!! You may remember that we interviewed Kait Waggoner of Salt and Light Designs last year. You can view the interview here

 

PARAGRAPH LOOP
Peach Jewelry Dish

Spring is wedding season. Therefore, it may be time for you to purchase some wedding gifts. When we got married, one of my favorite wedding gifts was a tiny bowl for my rings. So if you need gifts, head over to this shop! They have lots of colors to choose from!

 

HOLD YOU ME
Organic Baby Leggings

I wish they made these in my size! Definitely a great baby gift this spring.

 

 NIRWA
Geometric Pillow

This pillow has a unique blend of colors that makes it very eye-catching -- perfect for a little redecorating. The pillows are all handmade in Istanbul, Turkey!

 

THIS LOVES THAT
Glitter and Mint Envelope Clutch

With the change in wardrobe, you may be needing a new little clutch to carry. This shop has so many colors and variations to choose from. They would make a perfect gift for a friend.

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That sums up our Etsy Spring 2015 Wish List! Thank you to all the shops for letting us showcase your items!

(photos provided by the individual shops)

-Emily

Our Etsy Inspired Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Growing up, my mom found the best little surprises to fill our stockings! 

In honor of my mom's great stockings, here is Texture Design's 2014 Etsy Stocking Stuffer Ideas!

Yes, I included one of our shop's prints! This cute little skirt comes in a 5x7 or 8x10 print! I love the simple clean lines of the skirt! It would look great in a little girl's room or a guest room!

 

 T H A T C H   &   T H I S T L E   C O.

What girl doesn't live a little wasabi tape to liven up their packages, notebooks, grift wrap... This shop has tons of fun designs, but right now I'm swooning over the polka dot print!

 

M O D F R E S H

If you know me, then you know these are my favorite colors to wear! :) I love all the fun bold necklaces in this Florida based Etsy shop! Each wooden bead is hand painted. 

BUT WAIT...there's more! Modfresh is offering a 15% off coupon for our readers! Just use coupon code TEXTURE at checkout!!

 

Y A O   C H E N G   D E S I G N

Yao Cheng's shop is full of lovely tea towels, prints, and cards showcasing her painting skills. I love the colors and softness of this particular water color pattern. It is also available in a print.

 

T E X T U R E   D E S I G N   C O.

Yes, it is Texture Design Co. again! Honestly, these are one of my favorite items in our shop. I think this set of stationery makes a perfect gift for anyone. AND they include polka-dot lined envelopes!! 

 

C H E W I N G   T H E   C U D

I'm a fan of patterns and bags...this shop is full of both! I'm personally a big fan of this tiny one that is printed on recycled canvas.

 

S A L E M   W O L F   D E S I G N S

These lovely little boot cuffs are produced in Charlotte, North Carolina. With a wide variety of colors available, they make a great stocking stuffer!

 

K O L B I E   W O O D

What's not to love about this hand-painted wood planter? I love the combination of colorful paints with the wood stain. This little block would liven up any set of shelves.

 

W H I T L O C K   A N D   C O.

Yes, polka dots again! This graphic pillow is fabulous because it could be paired with any color! Yellow, taupe, green....it is so versatile! It does not come with the insert, so you can stash this pillow cover in anyone's stocking! This shop also has a great variety of other fabrics to choose from.

 

A M E L I E   M A N C I N I

It is time to liven up the table with these cactus napkins! This set of napkins is screen printed in Amelie Mancini's Brooklyn studio. Definitely check out her other screen printed items!

Well, that concludes our 2014 stocking stuffer list! Merry Christmas!

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DON'T FORGET TO USE YOUR COUPON TO MODFRESH!!

(all photos provided by their Etsy Shops)

Adding A Nursery: Our Favorite Mobiles

While I was researching for the new nursery prints featured in our ETSY shop, I came across several precious mobiles for babies!  So I thought, why not share my favorites with others!? Perhaps you are in the process of decorating a new little nursery. If that is the case, congrats on your little one, and enjoy these cuties!! (To avoid any questions...we currently are not planning a nursery! :) I figured that question might come up! Someday though!)

I love the combination of mint, peach, and gold! 

 

SEWN BUDDIES

I just find this so creative. Not your typical nursery mobile!

 

CHERRYTIME

I gravitate towards anything coastal...including these baby fish!

 

MERAKI AND CO

I'm such a sucker for color, and this color combo just makes me smile!

 

SNUG STUDIO

The simple lines and bold colors make this mobile very eye-catching.

 

PATRICIJA

These little bunnies are so sweet; they are a perfect touch  for a light and soft nursery.

 

ALELALE

Great combination of patterns and textures on this one!

 

ELLA LEE ROSE ORIGINALS

Nothing cuter than a little-bitty elephant! So soft and sweet.

Well I definitely recommend checking out these shops! A big thank you to all of them for allowing me to share their items.

Also, just a reminder to check out our new Etsy shop! We are still adding more items to it weekly. Our newest section is the nursery prints!

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!

Add A Little Craftsmanship: Salt & Light Designs

I love seeing people doing what they love and using their creativity to make a living. We are so excited for the chance to showcase Salt and Light Designs and their beautiful wood signs on our blog! It was a joy to interview my dear friend and owner, Kait Waggoner. Check our her answers below!

Store Name:  Salt and Light Designs

Owner:  Kait Waggoner

Product:  Hand Crafted Pallet Art

TDC: How did you get started making wood signs?

Kait: We got married in May 2012 and had a DIY rustic wedding. We had tons of extra handmade decor after the wedding so we had the idea to open an etsy shop to sell the excess. It started out with simple wood slice chalkboards and only one wooden sign. Things started to sell, and we were both jobless at the time, so we figured- what the heck, let's get creative. We started by pulling apart pallets and redesigning them. Once we realized what a pain it was, and that pallets contain mold and harsh chemicals that you don't want hanging around your home, we decided to go a different route. We explored options and our first two signs were born, "home is wherever I'm with you" and "all you need is love". They started selling and as sales kept increasing, we realized this turned into our little business. Never in a million years did we think we would be doing this, but we love it and we are so humbled by all of the awesome customers. 

TDC: What does the process of creating signs look like?

Kait: First, Chris collects the wood and measures, cuts, and cleans it up. Anything with serious imperfections or big cracks will get scrapped. After this, we put the wood through a natural staining and aging process to give it the rustic feel. I put everything together and bring it up to the office for painting!

TDC: Which sign in your store is your personal favorite?

Kait: I really love the colorful "let your light shine" sign. It still has that wooden/rustic/vintage feel but incorporates fun color at the same time.

TDC: What is your favorite part of the job?

Kait: I love my job. God is really so wonderful to give me the opportunity to do what I love, which is work with my hands and be creative. Honestly, my FAVORITE part of the job would have to be the fact that I get to meet all of these people from all over the world. Without etsy, I would never come in contact with any of these awesome people. Etsy is pretty amazing.

TDC: We know you recently had a baby, so the shop just re-opened. (Congrats on baby Noah; he is beautiful!) Are there some new products we can be on the look out for?

Kait: Thank you! Yes! I really am excited about re-opening. There are lots of new signs, and I'm super excited. I've been using some new materials, which has been fun. It's really great to have this time to create some new things since I've been making a lot of the same things over the past year. Hopefully the new items are as loved as the other signs. :)

TDC: What is your favorite Etsy shop to visit? 

Kait: I love Katie Daisy's work at The Wheatfield. I have some of her art in my office and if I had more wall space I would have more!

TDC: You make all of your products in Charleston, SC. What is your favorite activity to do there?

Kait: Charleston is awesome. As a northern transplant, I really love it down here. The weather is beautiful so I pretty much enjoy anything outdoors. The beach, parks, scenic walks, all of that is fun. :)

Kait, thank you so much for your time! We love your shop and your beautiful craftsmanship!

Visit the store here and like  SaltAndLightDesigns on Facebook to check out more images of their products and updates on the store! 

All photos courtesy of Salt And Light Designs.

Add A Little Love: Mother's Day Cards

Just a reminder that Mother's Day will be here soon! If you don't have a card for your mom yet, why not buy one that is handcrafted?! You're mom is special, so she deserves a special card!! I'm so impressed with and inspired by many of the stationery companies on Etsy. Here are a few of my favorite handcrafted Mother's Day cards. If you hurry, you can purchase these now and have them ready for your mom on May 11th. Click on any of the images to get to their shop!

PAPER PRESS STUDIO

"My Mom's the Best" 
I love anything seafoam blue, and then it comes with a beautifully lined envelope! It is the small touches that make a difference!

 

MAPLE AND BELMONT

"Mom you're the Best" 
This card is definitely true of my mom. I feel like this screen printed card is the kind your mom will keep on her bulletin board all year long!

 

IKE STUDIO

"To the loveliest, kindest, most wonderful lady I know" 
I love how feminine this card is, and the typography is perfect!!

 

DODELINE DESIGN

"you're the bomb mom"
Not only do I love the fact that the owner of Dodeline Design is a fellow UGA alumni and Charleston resident, but I love her simplistic design on this card. And who doesn't love gold?!

 

EMMA'S INVITES

"Happy Mother's Day"
This card just makes me smile, and it is created in the UK. Love the use of the textured linen paper.

 

YELLOW HOUSE HANDMADE

"I'm awesome. Thanks mom."
Not only does this card make me laugh, but it is also hand screen printed!

 

PAPER PLANE PRESS

"happy mother's day"
My mom and I love anything watercolor, so I had to add this flat card to the list!

 

Be sure to check out these shops on Etsy; they all have plenty of cute products! 
Oh, and happy early Mother's Day to the moms!