Mondays, Maggie Muses: Artist Paolo Ventura

A few weeks ago I had posted about a visit to the shop Nonostante Marras in Milan, Italy. Along with the many things they sell in their boutique, they regularly feature local artists. Back in February I was introduced to artist/photographer Paolo Ventura. Boy, was I smitten.

This Italian born photographer creates scenes that are rich, dreamy and sometimes surreal. He does this by creating miniature sets into which he then places realistic dolls and props ~ then he photographs them. The result is part fantasy, part realism. They are captivating images that take you right into his nostalgic world.

His painstaking attention to detail is what makes them so charming. Ventura creates every detail from start to finish. He chooses the costumes (sometimes designing them himself), makes or sources the props and paints the dioramas. He also becomes part of the picture, putting himself in costumes and posing in front of the camera.

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our re-souL manifesto

Hello! It’s been awhile since we’ve posted on our blog. Between holiday sales, clearance sales and just trying to get our head around the idea of 2015, we have neglected this space for a bit, but we’re back! So, happy new year everyone!

We are so grateful for our re-souL community. Thank you for supporting us through the last 12 years! We look forward to 2015 with excitement and optimism and hope you’ll join us. We have lots of fun things planned this year, so stay tuned!

Did you know that we have a manifesto? These are things we have always believed in from the onset when we opened our shoe shop, but only seemed even more appropriate when we decided to design our own shoe collection. So in the spirit of starting the new year on the right foot, so to speak, we thought we would share them with you.

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If you love shoes as much as we do and want to see what we’re up to, follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend! Go Hawks!!!!

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Holiday Gift Wrap

As we get closer and closer to Christmas, the panic starts to set in and I find myself searching the web and Pinterest for fun wrapping ideas. Sure green and red work well, but I usually get more excited about the non-traditional kind of wrapping. I like things I can find at my local stores or even better, if you can use things that are easy to come by in your office or home, well, bonus!

So here are some gift wrapping ideas I found for the holidays that will not break the bank and add a special touch to your gift giving or at least look great under the tree.

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This is a very clever idea for an advent calender or small gifts. Take newspaper or magazine pages and use washi tape as ribbon to create a fun package.  Image via Casa di Falcone.

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From Eat.Sleep.Cuddle – some hand stamped gift wrap on plain brown paper looks festive and modern. A fun and easy DIY project.

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Here is a great way to to use household items around the house to create a modern gift wrap. I love the use of graph paper, fabric scraps and twine to create a sophisticated holiday color palette. Image via Deko. 

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DIY paper feathers and bakers twine are a great alternative to traditional bows and ribbons. Image and instructions by liagriffith.com.

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Via Decor8 , a slightly unconventional holiday color scheme created from crepe paper, office supplies and washi tape.

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This idea is perfect for the naturalist. Brown kraft paper, simple greenery and twine. For an added interest add a picture or polaroid of mother earth. Image via themustardceilingblog.com.

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The picture above is our re-souL orange and turquoise wrap with some handmade gift tags. (orange and turquoise are our store’s colors) We just made some gift tags in the same colors with a touch of gold to make them more festive. They were created with various punch shapes and glued together to look like holiday ornaments.

Everyday items can be made to look extraordinary.  When it comes to gift giving use what you have and turn it into something unexpected.To see more holiday gift wrapping ideas visit our Pinterest board. Thanks for stopping by!

Have a great week! ~ Maggie

SAVE THE DATES: Holidays in Ballard

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS in BALLARD

 

BALLARD GIVES BLACK – November 28th, 2014

Now in it’s second year, Ballard Gives Black Friday is an event conceived by local merchants in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The event occurs on the day after Thanksgiving but instead of long lines, doorbuster deals and crowded parking lots, Ballard retailers welcome shoppers to a different experience; keeping it local. Participating merchants pledge a percentage of the day’s business to a local non-profit as a way of encouraging community, letting shoppers know that more of their hard-earned shopping dollars stay in the community when you shop local.

SHOP SMALL THIS HOLIDAY SEASON – November 29th, 2014

Shop Small Saturday encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. Join the revolution, get out and Shop Small on November 29th and make an impact in your neighborhood.

OPEN LATE THURSDAYS -December 4, December 11, December 18

Many Ballard Shops are open late on Thursdays in December, including us! We’re actually open until 8pm Monday thru Saturday, for your shopping convenience. December is the perfect time to shop Ballard after dark with the streets are all lit up with twinkly lights.

For other Ballard neighborhood events, check out the Ballard Chamber or MyBallard.

Hope to see you this holiday season!

XO — team re-souL