Blog Love: Justina Blakeney
You know when you stumble upon a blog that sends you down a rabbit hole where the rest of the world disappears? That’s what happened to me when I found Justina Blakeney’s blog. Talk about bohemian, colorful, free-spirited, worldly goodness. One look at any one of the posts on her blog and I just want to move into her world. Justina is a stylist and designer, with a degree in World Arts & Cultures. She is well-respected in the design world by the likes of Elle Decor, Apartment Therapy, Martha Stewart, and many more, and she does things her way- with bohemian flair, with handmade elements, and with the story of an object in mind. Here is a peek at Justina’s Jungalow home….see what I mean?!
Justina Blakeney’s Jungalow, photo from her blog
So you can imagine that I am *quite* honored to be featured on her blog today. Sometimes we find ourselves right where we think we belong…. Thank you Justina!
Check it out! http://blog.justinablakeney.com/2014/01/woman-shops-world.html
We’re set up at the Country Living Fair in Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta this weekend, and we have the most idyllic booth space. The park is lovely, sprawling and green and beautifully wooded. When we were setting up our booth, we weren’t sure what we were going to do with our umbrellas. We normally hang them from the top of our tent, and we are in a smaller, shorter tent here. I looked up and saw two trees behind our booth that screamed at me. And there it was: the most perfect display ever! We tied our rope between the trees, and our umbrellas have been hanging in the sun all weekend. Isn’t it a delight to look at?! I snuck down below them and took this shot, looking up into the trees.
GypsyTemple parasols hanging in the sun at the Country Living Fair, Stone Mountain, GA.
I’ve been cruising the internets today, thoroughly enjoying my first Saturday at home after a long time. We’ve been doing show after show after show. And while I love being in the road, there is something so grounding about being at h-o-m-e! How I’ve enjoyed falling down one world wide web rabbit hole after another. First I stumbled upon the Bohemian-inspired magazine Disfunkshion Magazine, which is my dream come true. If I could jump into the pages of this incredible publication, I would. I haven’t seen a hard copy yet, but I know from their website that this is right up my alley. I mean, this is their home page:
You want more, right? Check them out, you’ll be glad you did. Female-powered, empowering, and inspiring, with that gypsy soul that tugs at my heartstrings.
And then I stumbled upon this fabulous video of the Aaninka African Dance Company doing their version of Gangnam Style, and I had to share this with you. I didn’t understand all of the hype about this song, but throw in some incredible African dancers, awesome African clothes, and I get this!
So that’s it from me for today. I’m off to do some housecleaning, some yoga, and hopefully a few other home-centric activities. I hope you’re having a lovely weekend!
As an artist, I’m always looking for good photo props. I found these mushrooms in the yard this morning, and look at how beautifully they work with these sequins!! Going live on etsy tonight!
Fellow etsian Leah purchased some of this trim to use for her wedding bouquet, and she just sent me some pictures. I’m tickled with how it turned out! There is something so special to me about a bridal bouquet. I’m not even the kind of gal who gets all excited over weddings. But the flowers always get me. I LOVE how Leah used this ribbon. Isn’t this beautiful?! Thank you Leah for letting me share, and thank you Brae Howard Weddings for the photo.
Well I’ve been spreading a little magic over on the Euro Etsy Home Page today. This treasury I created just got chosen to grace the Front Page. I have only had my collections grace the “FP” a few times now, and how exciting it is. To know that there are 16 people whose shops are getting flooded with traffic (and hopefully sales) because of the creative vision that I had… It’s good stuff, for sure.
Here is the chosen Treasury, and a link to it:
And that’s all from me for today. Off to make some more magic.
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Do you need some Gypsy in your closet? A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon this amazing designer named Girl on A Vine when I was shopping on etsy. It was love at first sight for sure. But when I saw that her fringed kimonos are all named after song lyrics, I was head over heels. These things are amazing. I have been lusting ever since, and as soon as I sell enough harem pants, I am going to own one of these beauties.
Here is just a sneak peek of some of the loveliness:
So I was pretty ecstatic when I saw that there were still a few more hours to enter The Cult of Style’s contest to win a Girl on a Vine piece. If you act fast, you can enter to win too by going here. The deadline is tonight (Monday, 8/27) at midnight. Click on over and try your luck, for the love of gypsy style!
Until next time,