Hanging Beauties

April 30, 2010
Decor, DIY Home, Grown-Up

It’s been a tough week, and I’m so sorry for my slight absence. To leave you dreamy and inspired this weekend, here are some beautiful decorations that will make you want to just lay down and look up!



Sew strips of colored vellum together to make these lovely mobiles. By Oh Happy Day!


I love this photo display, spotted on You are my fave.


How dreamy is this bedroom? Found on Design Mom.


This gorgeous object is made of paper cranes. Available for sale at Tas-ka.


A Portfolio: Sweet Paul

April 27, 2010
Decor, DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Grown-Up, Holidays

Today I had the great pleasure of working with the uber-talented stylist/crafter/foodie Paul Lowe, the genius creative behind the blog Sweet Paul (and in case you are wondering, the adjective is very accurate).

Paul is originally from Norway and brings that very specific Scandinavian sensibility to his work: clean, romantic, delicate. Here are a few crafty highlights from his blog…







If you haven’t bookmarked his blog, do it now. And also stay tuned for his new online magazine, due out this spring.


Crayon Awesomeness

April 26, 2010
DIY Home, Everyday Crafts

Sorry for the radio silence on Friday…I was en route to Palm Springs for the most amazing crafting weekend put on by Kimmel Kids. More on that later.

I grew up with a crayon-obsessed mother. She would always buy anniversary “collector” sets in triplicate; one for me, one for my sister, and one for herself. Apparently, these collectibles would make us rich one day…I should really look into cashing those Crayolas in! Now for some impressive crayon finds…


Steve Von Worley created this chart which shows the  evolution of Crayola’s crayon box colors over time. We definitely now live in the generation of options. Found via Black Eiffel.




Deciding which images to show from Chrisian Faur‘s amazing oeuvre was really tough. These are incredible. No need to say more.


These crayons were carved into the symbols of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. Found via The Bored Ninja.


Toy Boats For Heart Melting

April 22, 2010
Early Elementary, Everyday Crafts, Grown-Up, Older Elementary, Tween to Teen, Upcycled

The cute factor here is very high! These sweet boats are perfect for the bathtub, swimming pool, or a sidewalk puddle.

Walnut boats

Walnut boats 2

Walnut boats 4

These walnut boats by Made by Joel are ridiculous. I swear I’ve never seen anything so cute!



I’ve loved these juice box boats by Inchmark since they were in last August’s issue of Parents magazine.


The Crafty Crow is doing a great series of green craft round-ups (Happy Earth Day!). I heart these simple wine cork boats! Made by Together.


A Portfolio: Christien Meindertsma

April 21, 2010
Decor, DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Grown-Up

A new “column” for The Violet Hours. Occasionally I will feature one artist/maker/crafter/inventor…someone whose creations are comprehensively worth inspecting.

This is the work of Christien Meindertsma, from Utrecht, Netherlands. Her work mainly involves wool that she felts to make chunky, gorgeous, pillow-like yarn. She works the origin of the material into her pieces, which is very much a part of her concept. Unlike most “fine art” she wants her pieces used; it is a larger compliment to her when her work is purchased and put to work in a space. You can hear her thoughts on this here.

Her website doesn’t offer much explanation, but it’s quite jaw-dropping. Here are a few highlights…




Project: Idaho. A project for the Nature Conservancy made with wool from an organic flock of Panama sheep from Lava lake Ranch, Idaho.




Project: One Sheep Cardigan. These sweaters were made from one animal, and were designed based on the size of the sheep.



Project: Aran Rug. This piece is made from the wool of 18 merino sheep.



Project: Texel Ottoman. These stools are essentially over-sized yarn skeins.

Found via The Jealous Curator.