Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Happy Tuesday everyone.  Its time for a little stroll through Etsy.  Shall we….

First up are the darling designs from Carambatack Design.  Each piece is created by Annette Mangseth from Norway, and has a one of a kind feel.  Prints, original illustrations and ACEO (art, cards, editions and originals) kept me clicking and clicking, I just love them all.  And if you fell in love with Annette’s shop, stop by her Flickr photostream where you can find her paper and crafts, carved stamps and tons of drawings.

Now this next shop is geared more toward the little guys and gals.  More and more of my friends are having babies, and its important to give your little one a colorful place to lay their little heads.  Barking Bird Art has cute and colorful creations designed by Rebecca from Portland Oregon.  These are sure to make that kiddo smile and stimulate creativity.

And last but certainly not least are the designs over at Maryink.  I am a total tee shirt and jeans kind of girl, but its so hard to find something that is age appropriate and worthy of wearing.  I could so see myself in these shirts, and most are 100% organic cotton so you know they feel fantastic! Each shirt is created using found vintage items, original illustrations, clip art and photography and are then printed by hand.  And, everything in the store is on sale!


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Its Tuesday and you know what that means!  Etsy Top 3 Tuesday!

First up is a little shop filled with adorable little sketches. Flapper Doodle, run by artist Kate Gabrielle from New Jersey, is loaded with little doodles of “Eloise and Ramona” out on the town and strutting their stuff.  Be sure to check out her whole collection, they are darling and if you are crunching your pennies these days, don’t fret, Kim is offering a fantastic little deal.  Now until 1/21, all her 4×6 mini doodles are only $1!  So please browse and buy… a few of these little guys would make a darling little collection.  Just saying! And check out Kate’s blog to stay up to date on all things Eloise.

Next up is the talented Geninne from Geninne’s Art Store.  Now, Geninne is no stranger here on the blog, her work was also featured here, as well as this totally helpful video she shot on making a rubber stamp.  Can I just say, after watching the video, it inspired me to start making my own!  Anyway, her shop is just filled to the brim with colorful images that are just begging to make a new home for your walls.  And do check out her blog for amazing inspiration and shots from her hometown in Mexico City.

And rounding out what seemed to be an all art Tuesday is Yellena‘s colorful shop.  You know me and my love for all things color, Yellena has an amazing eye for detail and patterns.  Organic and whimsical shapes must fill her brain to get these little masterpieces.  And she doesn’t stop at prints and paintings.  Check out her amazing light fixtures for School House Electric, they are divine!

I might just have to snatch up “Spore” (above right).  I seriously heart it.

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Always on the lookout for affordable ways to spruce up a wall, I just had to share the work over at Retro Whale, a shop filled with “random cheesy, cutesy, artsy stuff”.  With a claim like that, I just had to take a look and I wasn’t disappointed.  The shop is filled with charming mixed media prints, coasters, shirts and even plantable cards.  And if that wasn’t enough, for each plantable card purchased, a percentage of proceeds go toward two incredible charities, Ace of Hearts and Heal the Bay (oddly enough I actually have ties to both!).  So if you like a little irony, please peruse their shop, its for a good cause!  My favorite, these little guys below, The Pugg Life and How You Like Me Now?, just way too adorable.

They even do custom pet portraits, so if your four legged friend has just too much personality for just a plain photo, why not give them the royal treatment!

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I just discovered the loveliness of Laduree and wow, yet another reason I must go to Europe!  Each salon takes on a very whimsical yet sophisticated look thanks to owner Francis Holder.  The goal was to create a space that was reminiscent of the historic Persian parlors of the late 1800s.  The deep woods and lush colors really make it an experience and lets not forget the macaroons!  Amazing.  The displays are simply gorgeous and incredibly inviting… oh how I wish I was a girl in Paris.


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Its Tuesday and have I got some fun Etsy finds for you.  Now that most people are on some type of budget for the holiday season, why not do some early shopping with all the talented folks on Etsy.  Today I am showcasing finds that would make for some great gifts, or you know awesome additions for yourself too!

First up are the lovely finds over at CC Star.  If you have a love for fun, bright vintage fabrics, then  you will love Celeste’s shop!  Lately I have had a fascination with little buttons and have started collecting them for a larger project, and some of these are just way to perfect to pass up!  CC Star is filled with coin purses, cuffs, buttons and small pouches all made with found vintage fabrics and ties!  How cool is that!  And if you are in Northern California and are just loving all the crafty goodness, be sure to stop by all the craft fairs CC Star is participating in, I sure wish I could! And if you are on facebook, you can even be CC Stars fan too! Just a few things that I am crushing on, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Next up are the fun finds from The Crafty Pantry.  Using drawings, paintings, photography and digital drawings, this talented lady has a fun and colorful collection of totes, cards, gift tags, lunch bags and even wine bottle bags.  I am just loving all the bold colors, and want all the totes!  How perfect is that Cheers bag for wine gift giving… it will look so much better then sticking your bottle in one of those holographic bags.  And those produce bags, I think I need an entire case of those for this veggie eatin’ household! And be sure to check out the blog for shop updates and all around craft fun. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

The 3rd shop for the day, Rohmer,  is filled with all kinds of fun pencil cases made from colorful and whimsical prints.  Like me and a little old for pencil cases? Why not store your makeup or small items…. we all have something that can use a bag!  They could even double for a casual clutch too!  Your little ones will love them, the older ones will always find a use.  For an inside on how designer Eileen creates these little guys, check out her featured seller interview for Etsy.  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

And on a side note I somehow managed to find two stores today that are both located in the Oakland area… a short driving distance from my hometown!!

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How about a panel?

I just love all this social media, this morning I woke up to several new followers on Twitter, hi guys you are all so talented!  I just had to share about Adam from Strong Emergence Studios.  I have always loved wall panels, I even worked for a firm who’s main objective seemed to be to put panels on everything, and it always looked amazing.  These panels are however a little different.  Made to look more of like a sculptural wall piece, Adam takes nylon cord and aluminum panels and creates these fun and geometrical shapes.  When I was a wee one, I used to draw, all the time.  My favorite thing would be do draw these exact shapes, over and over.  These panels are a perfect way to add some dimension and create a modern look, plus they are held to the wall with magnets for easy changing.  Very cool.

strong emergence studios

strong emergence studios

strong emergence studios

strong emergence studios

strong emergence studios

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Mo Man Tai

If your a frequent reader, first, thanks, second, you know of my fascination with mixing modern and traditional elements to create an amazing space.  And boy to I have a perfect example of it today!  Designed by Mo Man Tai‘s Ulrike Jurkles and Roel van Hove of Etsprit, these tables are simply stunning.  Made using recycled tables, Ulrike created a lacy design and had it etched into stainless steel to create a modern touch to an ordinary tabletop.  I fell in love with the tables, until I started perusing her products, I will take one of everything!  The Luminaire Travia, below is a perfect way to add a touch of detail and give off light in some amazing patterns.  In addition to all the etched work, Mo Man Tai (which is Cantonese for No Problem!) has also created a series of canvas collages.  Meant to bring affordable artwork to everyone, these guys come in several sizes and are in  limited circulation only.  For more info, be sure to check out their site.

via.  all photos via mo man tai

Mo Man Tai design upcycled tables

Mo Man Tai Design luminaire travia

Mo Man Tai design canvas collages

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