Wednesday, November 19, 2014

some things for your wednesday

{copyright Sarah York 2014}
First, new work from me! I am working on a lot of new stuff and really trying to hone my style. I think I'm getting there. I love it and am trying to squeeze in some painting and designing time everyday, which is really good for me. I feel a pattern a day challenge coming my way. More to come on that front, soon!

A few weeks ago, my baby turned one! As in one year old. Cliche, I know, but "where does the time go"? I find myself speaking and hearing a lot of cliches these days of the "they grow up so fast" variety. She  is just the cutest, best thing in the world. I'll have to catch up a bit on her more later as well. 

This is a post to tell you about some things that I have come across recently that are too good not to share.

This holiday "wreath", or rather, wall hanging, is just the coolest. I'm curious as to whether it looks like a prop in person, or actually good. In any case, its inspiring and original, which is a winner in my book. I'm going to have to DIY a wreath this year. 

 This kickstarter looks awesome and has me inspired.  I love hearing about people living such simple lifestyles. This is a dream of mine, and while I have never actually driven or ridden in a VW Westy, I will someday. Until then, I am eagerly gobbling up stories like these.

My soon to be brother in law wrote a book! An actual book! Way to go Steve!

I thought this article about the psychological effects of space travel was fascinating. 

Lastly, I saw this video posted on Design Sponge, that was originally created for The Design Files, and it was amazing. I was enthralled and enchanted. If you haven't seen it, stop what you're doing right now. If you love madcap interiors and crazy eccentrics, this is for you.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

pattern, interrupted.

{c. Sarah York Designs 2014}
Something new for your viewing pleasure. I love this crazy-angled look and think it's a great way to liven up a pattern (Also, a new layout to try if your stumped!). 

{c. Katja Ollendorf}
I love, love, love this design by my friend and fellow textile designer Katja. After seeing this snippet on her Instagram, I was smitten. So good! The colors, the design. Perfect! She is super talented, that one.

I love these. Stripes, madcap angles! Yes, yes, YES!

More stripes. So simple, yet so good. 

{All other images via Pinterest}

What do you think?  Does this kind of pattern drive you crazy? Are you just longing for a neatly organized bunch of lines or motifs? Or do you like the off-kilter feel? 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Let's all go to the movies

I used to love going to the movies. And I'm sure I will again someday, after Violet is a bit older. I haven't actually been since she was born last year. I have watched quite a few movies at home, but there's something about actually going to a dark theater, sitting with other strangers around, watching the previews and eating some candy that you just can't replicate at home.

I'm hoping that next month I'll be able to sneak away to see this movie: 

It looks pretty inspiring. I don't know a bunch about Stephen Hawking, but from the bit I do know, he sounds like a very interesting person. Also, his wife. Now, ex-wife… Wow. I can't imagine.

 I also can't wait to see this movie, this one and this one.  Do you have any recommendations? What did I miss this past year?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New Work Wednesday

I love florals and have been painting quite a few lately. This is one in a series of new work, and I have to say, I kind of love the simple, Japanese quality to it. I took a photo on a walk with Violet to the beach and saw this lovely little white flower. Then I came home and while V was napping, I frantically worked on this design. Everything I do while V is sleeping is done in the fastest manner possible. Or I say "to hell with it all" and watch tv (I just discovered Gilmore Girls now that its on Netflix streaming. So good! And I LOVE Lauren Graham even more after seeing her in this). I have to think I'm not the only mother who does this...

I took a class recently by Lisa Congdon on Creative Live that was really good and got me thinking of all sorts of things, but mostly how to be a working artist (that's what the course was about, 'natch.) It went over a lot of things, some I'm sure I've heard before, but Lisa presented it in a clear way, and she has made a career for herself, which is always an inspiring thing. So, I'm fired up with goals and to-do lists and action steps. Now I just need to find time to do all of it! Also, I need to find a class for how to get a ton of work done in just a few hours a day. Or at least a class on how to get me to turn off Gilmore Girls and get some work done!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Paperless post gets my stamp of approval

Ha! If you read this blog (or know me in person) you will know that I am a sucker for a pun. I know, I know, the lowest form of humor, but still. I find them very amusing. The worse they are the better! I can't resist. 

{by Happy Menocal}
On that note (See what I did there?), I am in the market for an e-vitation as Violet is almost one already! One year old. I can't. even. This year has flown by. Obviously. Isn't that what all mothers say? It's true though. I totally get it now. Also it seems like she was born forever ago. Ah, motherhood. Anyway, I was looking at Paperless Post and they seem to be where its at in terms of online invitations. 

{John Derian}
They have a slew of invitations from John Derian! I love him and his aesthetic. His store in NYC was one of my favorites.

{Kelly Wearstler}
Ms. Wearstler. So many good designs to choose from.

{Oscar de la Renta}
Classic, fancy goodness.
{Julia Rothman}
And some more modern invites. You really can't go wrong here.
{Virginia Johnson}
Decisions, decisions! What says, "I am a wonderful little girl who is turning one and would like to see you at my party (as told telepathically to my mother)"? I'll let you know.

Friday, September 19, 2014

{quote by Mother Teresa. Design by me}

Friday, September 12, 2014

Happy Friday, friends

{copyright Sarah York 2014}
Don't flowers always make things better? Claude was on to something. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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