Monday, August 30, 2010

free things, contests, winning


Curious Fern Design is now open for business!

To celebrate the opening of Curious Fern Design we are having a contest for a free custom designed banner (and avatar).


It's simple to apply- just pick one of the following and comment on this post letting me know which you did, and where I can reach you to let you know if you win:

Follow the facebook page:

Follow the blog: (you're reading it!)

Follow the Twitter: @kafern

That's it! The deadline to apply is Sunday Sept 5th at 11:59 PM. A winner will randomly be picked Monday. Good luck!

Friday, August 27, 2010

newest things

I am just loving these paper bead bracelets LisaDonnelly has on Etsy. They are so simple and gorgeous.

There might not be any for sale because I've been snatching them when they get put up, but check out her shop!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Etsy banners and design

I've started designing banners for Etsy shops and it's going better than I could have hoped. Guess that design degree is good for something.

Three banners finished, two more lined up to start. And best of all, fantastically happy customers. Bridget from the The Bead Closet was the sweetest. She loved her banner so much she gave me a testimonial without me even asking: "I swear she must have been inside my head because the design was exactly what I imagined, but just couldn't put into words. Somehow, Fern understood what I said, and ran with it!"
Check out the new banner and check out her shop:

Everyone else.. need a banner? We're open for business!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

needles and pins

after a terrible macbook pro-less two weeks, my computer has been safely returned with a new logic board and casing. This poor blog has been sputtering without a proper laptop to keep it updated. No more. Today I am hard at work sewing 10 coin purses (that trading kind of got out of hand...) and hoping that the new shipment of frames gets here asap.

one down.. nine to go.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

drop caps

Made off with an amazing trade last night: one green flower hair pin for a set of 1930's monogram transfers. Cannot wait to get my hands on these.

Friday, July 9, 2010

reminders to read more


From the Library of Congress collection of prints & posters (an archive that is not to be missed) comes this great old poster and a reminder that we should be making a dent in that stack of books by our bed. Still plenty of summer left to get through a couple good ones!

begin at the beginning

Today the Curious Fern opens its internet doors. As a lover of all things unique, strange, curious, wonderful and beautiful I spend a good deal of my time hunting down treasures. My store Fern's Curiosities is where I share some of these finds and creations. This blog is not one great advertisement for my store. It is a snapshot of my world and will boil down to discoveries and documentation, and a peek into the creative process.

It is partially for those interested in stumbling upon something new and wonderful, partially a way for me to keep track of the things I find and forget.

There is never a dull day for the curious Fern.