A Gift for Me!

Look at this charming present I got this morning!

It was made by Adriana, one of the most talented people I know. She teaches pottery, bookbinding and calligraphy here in Castelldefels. (Yes, what can she NOT do? She’s a genius!) I helped her and a colleague put up a blog last month, and the notebook was her way of thanking me. While the work that I did on their blog was only minimal (it was more of helping them open an account, upload photos and such), I’m just happy to have received this gift. It’s beautiful! I’m thinking of using it for my sketches and design ideas. Thanks, Adriana! It was really sweet of you!

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Have you received a gift lately? What did you like most about it? :)

Ikea and The Graphics Fairy

Swedish company Ikea is the world’s largest furniture retailer, with a net income of 3.2 billion euros in 2012. It is known for fresh, modern designs and continuous product development.

But in its latest set of paper products, Ikea used images that were neither original works nor made exclusively for the company. In fact, the black and white vintage prints on the notebooks and stickers can be downloaded free from the internet. Specifically, they are from the blog of the extremely generous Karen, more popularly known as The Graphics Fairy. Karen collects extraordinary vintage images (now totaling over 4,000) and makes them available to anyone who, like herself, enjoys crafts and DIY projects. She has the most awesome compilation of free vintage graphics. In the world. Ever.

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I don’t know how you feel about Ikea, with all its resources, using free graphics intended for DIYers and crafters, and profiting big-time from it. But if you like these paper goods, you can easily recreate them or design something similar using the images from The Graphics Fairy. Click on the links below to download the graphics. Have fun!

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Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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