Welcome to Olive and Bleu.
I'm Lauren & I'm so glad you stopped by!
This is a collection of musings on design,
art, craftiness, fashion, food, decorating,
weddings and other things that make
life lovely. I hope you enjoy!

XO
-L 

 

 


Entries from August 1, 2008 - August 31, 2008

Friday
Aug012008

Lucky Girls

One of my favorite parts of Lucky Magazine's website is the Street Style section. They shoot everyday women (in places like Cannes and London...) and I must say, it is so nice to see how beautiful, modern women of the world style themselves. Of course, I will always scour magazines for fashion advice, but there is just something so inspirational about this real world catwalk. Some of my recent favorites:

Friday
Aug012008

Block Head

Linoleum block printing has been around for centuries, but I have noticed, with the new resurgence of other ancient crafts, that it has become popular again- I absolutely love the simplicity and beauty of this technique. And, its easy to do at home! You just have to carve one block and then you're off- stamp it over and over to create gorgeous patterns. In, fact, you can find an online tutorial here.
I can't wait to do some block printing on tea towels and maybe some pillow cases-or cards! Yay!

A great resource for hand printing techniques is Printing by Hand: A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens by Lena Corwin, available here.
I am also so in love with the block printed look of all the linens and paper goods at Les Indiennes,
(Originally blogged by Poppytalk Handmade). I am so inspired by their beautiful patterns, please enjoy some samples from their online flip book below.

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