designer delight #4: friedasophie

Don’t ask me when geodes became super hip.

But I would venture to guess that they probably became utterly mesmerizing when designers like Sandra Ducheneaux, the designer behind Friedasophie, started transforming them into this.

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What? You can’t stop gawking either?

Friedasophie

I figured.

It’s like the sugar bowl just collided with green food coloring, formed into an egg-like shape and swung itself around a 14k gold chain to sparkle on my very own neck. Or something.

To think that this isn’t the case, and instead Sandra Ducheneaux spotted these stones and saw more than rocks, is spectacular.

Ducheneaux is a San Francisco-based designer, but luckily for East Coast gals like me or East Coast guys who’d like to purchase a Friedasophie original for a gal, all of her jewelry is available for purchase on the lovely Etsy.com. According to her profile, she’s an avid traveler inspired by the beauty in the natural world. I can tell. I think that’s what I love most about her pieces: they look traveled. Not in an Indiana Jones kind of way… but maybe actually. If Indiana Jones was on the prowl for, say, an amethyst stalactite.

Friedasophie

Her jewelry merges well-traveled with sophisticated and inherited. Even though her work is modern, each gem feels like it’s been passed down a generation or two, and I love that. There’s also a little mystery in each of the pieces. Like in the way that each one is very organically shaped, and yet perfect to hang on a necklace. Or to think that these unbelievably vibrant colors are found by the grace of God as the innards of otherwise ordinary rocks. Maybe because Ducheneaux is an acupuncturist by day and a jewelry designer by night, which is a little mysterious in itself, and by mysterious, I mean ouch! and aww, respectively.

Better yet, she has a blog where she regularly posts sales, specials and giveaways that are happening in her Friedasophie Etsy shop.

So give it a look, and tell me, which piece are you itching to buy?

P.S. Be on the look out for upcoming posts about additional jewelry designers specializing in natural stone because it’s my new favorite thing, and I’m dying to share them with all of you.

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design delight #2: helpink.org | sandy relief prints

Yes, Sandy was the Frankenstorm terrifying some of the most densely populated states in the nation and ripping apart cities unprepared for a meteorological phenomenon of its capacity.

The photos logging the aftermath have been captivating and devastating, and my prayers go out to all those affected.

But now, clean-up is an order, and businesses everywhere are doing their best to contribute to the recovery of Sandy victims. Help Ink is one of my favorites.

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Help Ink is a collaborative project that invites top designers, illustrators and artists to produce art sold for the betterment of specific charities. Each week an exclusive piece of art is released in the form of a print, poster, T-shirt, stationary or notebook, and part of all purchases goes back to the indicated charity.

For Sandy, four prints were designed by four unique artists and 90 percent of the sales of these $10 12 X 16 digital prints will support non-profit organization All Hands Volunteers for Sandy relief.

And for those affected by Sandy, this is a relief. Fabulous art and a worthy cause, what’s not to love?

The artists in collaboration with the Sandy relief project include: Spread Love by Ed Nacional, Renew by Jeff Rogers, Unstoppable by Jon Contino, and Re-Build Up by Richard Perez.

I happen to admire Spread Love. Maybe because Brooklyn is the nook of New York whose streets I would actually recognize. Where my dad was born and raised, and where some of my family still lives. Where, for the first time, I walked to a deli, sat on a stoop, rode the Coney Island Cyclone, and hopped on the subway, err, I mean train. Do you connect with of the Sandy prints?

How about the rest of the Help Ink art? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to know which ones resonate for you and why.

snappy saturday #2: Kurt Rahn

The fabulous thing about Pinterest is the twisty little paths it leads you down.

Kurt Rahn.

IMAGE: Yellowstone Canyon Waterfall by Kurt Rahn.

Often, I see one pin that I adore, which brings me to another adorable pin, which takes me to a website I begin to fawn over and alas I am greeted with the next “pin” just dying to be shared, and in this case, the next Snappy Saturday. So, no, I did not stumble across Kurt Rahn on the board of a pinner whom I follow. Instead, I indirectly found Kurt Rahn by reading a lovely post about online art resource sites from Emily Henderson.

Yes, the Emily Von Henderson. She’s kind of cool and stuff, and she, ehh, her blog, introduced me to Society6, an online shop where beautiful art can become art of your miniature office:

miniature office.or chic and yuppie bathroom:

art in the bathroom.
Oh, look at that, another magnificent find originally pinned by Emily Henderson.

Point being that art can, and should, go everywhere, and with the help of Society6 it will because I for one cannot get enough of some of the artists who are selling their pieces on this virtual art gallery.

One of those artists is Kurt Rahn. Yup, and his photography is breathtaking.

I always knew I was a mountain-girl. Though reared on the west coast of the sunshine state and five minutes away from saltwater, something in me twinges at the thought of sand and tingles at the sight of snowcapped mountains and firs.
Mountain flowers, Kurt Rahn

IMAGE: Mountain Flowers by Kurt Rahn.

I can’t be the only one, can I?

I didn’t think so. And neither does Mr. Rahn. Just look at those firs and the yellowy light that he captures like probably the sun just came up, and Bambi and friends are packing up their tents celebrating another winter come and gone, clanking acorns filled with fresh maple syrup to a harmonious ‘cheers!’ for the start of a blossoming spring.

Still not the only one, right?

If these don’t convince you, then I’d suggest you saunter over to Kurt Rahn’s profile on Society6 and have a look for yourself. They’re not all mountain-scapes.
Kurt Rahn.

IMAGE: This is where I want to be… by Kurt Rahn.

See?

But they are all beautiful. What did you expect, really? The man lives in the pacific northwest, Seattle to be exact, where the scenery is so perfect there are probably laws that require citizens to capture it in any way possible. So, Kurt Rahn choose photography.

Good choice Kurt, good choice.

snappy saturday #1: Jennifer Young, I ART U

snappy saturday.

IMAGE: Laguna Beach by Jennifer Young of I ART U.

Why is this photo so striking? Because it epitomizes the vastness of the ocean and the sky and how itty bitty we are in comparison, and so I love it.

I originally pinned this photo onto my ‘a thousand words or so’ board, but then I dug a little deeper into Jennifer’s blog and work as a lifestyle photographer. If you ask me, her photography has a way of being just as ethereal as the image above even when the colors are brighter or her subjects are shot straight on. So check it out.

Happy Snappy Saturday.

wear | make | share | bake #1 – autumn

According to Webster, autumn refers to the season between summer and winter.

Yes, leaves should be falling, the temperature should be dropping and sweaters should be appearing. In Gainesville, the only thing dropping is sweat from my brow as I drag my way to class each day and falling are my hopes of a fresh autumn breeze.

So in an effort to coerce fall into the sunshine state, and other unfortunate whereabouts, here lies my most recent pinning frenzy.

In case you want to add a flair of the season to your attire…

1. Copper mane. You could dye your hair a copper hue and blow it out to give it a mysteriously glamorous frizz, or you could incorporate the red-orange pigment into this season’s wardrobe. I would go for the former, but that’s just me.

2. Metallic finishes like these darling penny loafers. First of all, I can feel a DIY coming on. Run on down to the nearest thrift shop, and grab a can of Krylon because my inner-Midas is about to run wild.

3. Layers, tights & loafers. Nothing says autumn like a pair of stockings and a cable-knit scarf.

4. Elbow patches, heart-shaped in particular. This actually does call for a DIY from Honestly WTF, and all it takes is a little wool and bit of love.

5. Leather pants and deep, rich tones. No, do not shapeshift into a biker dude for the season. Rather, hunt Forever 21 for some faux-leather, and then mix it up with shades of plum and apricot. …But the studs and chaps are tempting, I know.

If you like it all homemade…

1. Fabric envelopes. Those fabric scraps that you shoved in your someday-I’ll-need-it drawer, put ’em to good use right about now. What could be better than sending a cozy letter in a cozy envelope to match? Better yet, this DIY stationary is no-sew. Thank you, Design Sponge.

2. Natural bird-feeder. Just imagine a poised cardinal with peanut butter and oats coating his beak because he just cannot get enough of this nutty treat. And, to bring it into fall, ditch the orange peel and carve out a mini pumpkin bowl instead.

3. Birch bark lamps. These pendants are extravagantly rustic. I am especially fond of the orange-y light they emit. So, go on, try it for yourself.

4. Simple garland. Fall is my absolute favorite season, but let me be clear: I am not all about halloween. I do not like gore or rats or witches brew, and I’m not even that big on candy. If you’re like me, and you’re looking for un-halloween halloween decor, then look no further. This geometric garland from Me Oh My has a dash of spook and a whole lot of cute.

5. Comfy, cozy quilts. Patchwork is to fall as floral is to spring. Maybe it’s the scarecrows, but I hear fall and think quilts and a mug of apple cider with a cinnamon stick for stirring. This quilt is a hand-stiched design by Jessica Ogden and Jean Touitou.

6. Owlies. Featured on Martha Stewart’s website, Sarah Goldschadt, a Danish American print and digital freelance Art Director, creates these adorable stuffed owls. Again with the patchwork.

So you can gawk at…

1. Swiss Autumn. You can bet I wish I was living in Switzerland for the fall. This photo is by Nathan Lawrenson, a North Carolina photographer.

2. Emerald boat. I’m still trying to figure out why this boat says fall to me. I’m thinking its that rich emerald tone and the brass finishes. I’m also still trying to figure out where this photo came from. Let me know if you do so that I can give credit. Thanks!

3. Autumn mantle. If you’re not living in a college residence hall like me, then perhaps you have a fireplace and mantle to deck out for the season. In that case, consider Rachel’s, of the blog Smile and Wave, September mantle as inspiration. I am digging the mix of graphic patterns and minor autumn-y details, i.e. miniature pumpkins and acorns.

4. Scarf curtain. Apparently this image comes from Interior Alchemy on Tumblr, but I have not been able to find it for myself. I spotted it on Pinterest! Go figure. Wherever it spawned from, I am in love. Maybe I am a boho gypsy at heart.

5. Prints. For me, that means biblical prints in particular. This one is a desktop/iPhone wallpaper created by Lizzy. According to her website, she’s a “designer and an accidental filmmaker” from Singapore. Whatever the case, I love the typography choices of this print, the colors and the message. Oh, and check out For He Loves Me on Tumblr to see more of her wallpaper designs.

If you would like to taste fall…

1. Sugar-roasted peaches. I know, I know, peach season has come and gone. The summer is behind us. But one good thing about living in Florida in the fall is that we’re only a step away from Georgia. Yes, the peach state. So if you cannot come across peaches at this time of year, then just soak this in for what it’s worth. I think it’s worth a whole ton of excitement over what your house could smell like and your taste buds could experience after a peach roasting party in your kitchen. P.S. This recipe, & photo, is from Jessica at How Sweet It Is.

2. Ginger-spiced cider. This pin directed me to Camille Styles. She thinks this recipe is more apropos for the Christmas season, but I say that ginger and cinnamon sticks are just as much autumn flavors as they are winter.

3. Apple cider cups. Apple cider IN an apple? I’m in. And again with the cinnamon stick stirrers. Yes. Head over to Busy Mommy for more yummy recipes.

4. Rustic apple tart. Also from Camille Styles, except this time she also thinks this recipe is fall-inspired.

5. Apricot almond tart. Helene, of Tartelette, knows what she is talking about. Be warned, the crust seems a little bit challenging to concoct, at least for a novice baker like myself, so good luck!

6. Pumpkin butterscotch granola bars. On the other hand, this one seems fairly simple. I don’t even love butterscotch. Mix it with almonds, cinnamon, honey, brown sugar, pumpkin and oats, though, and I am there. Heather Christo has a plethora of additional recipes here.

There you have it. From the misfortunate Floridian autumn-er herself, fall in a fairly large nutshell from my forest of pins.

What has inspired you in the heart of the fall season?

About

I'm Emily Ann Moschner. I was raised on the sunny side of a street in Port Richey, Florida. Growing up, I doodled, sprinkled chalk dust on rollie pollie ollies and yes, hand-copied pages of the dictionary.

Some things never change.

Now, I call Gainesville my fake home. I am a journalism student at the University of Florida, and to the despair of my notebooks, I still doodle. Instead of feed, I photograph insects, or anything else I find remotely picturesque. As for the dictionary, well I am constantly flipping its pages wishing those days of copying had led to any of it sticking in my head.

Alas, I created a blog. To be real, it's for a class. Or maybe that's just an excuse because I follow about 80 and this was the next natural step.

Within the Pin takes pins that I have fawned over on Pinterest and uncovers the creator, designer, explorer, artist, baker and the like behind them. I want to give them the credit they deserve, and I want all of you to be aware of some remarkable art, designs, whereabouts, recipes and more.

So thanks for stopping by.
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