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!




Entries from August 1, 2008 - August 31, 2008


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:


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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