EllyMental vintage styled kitsch jewellery is designed and made by Elly who is inspired by designs based on her own fervent interest in kitsch nostalgia and animals. She incorporates her designs with found ephemera and delicate home-made papers. Items are multi-layered and multi-varnished to create a strong and robust end piece and are lovingly and meticulously hand crafted. This fantastic fish brooch measures approx 9 x 3 cm and is 4mm thick. There are several different fish to choose from too, so why not start collecting a shoal of your very own!
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Monday, 30 January 2012
Part of Kit Johns' wooden plaque series, this 8cm x 9cm hand painted wooden tile can be used as a fridge magnet or would be equally at home in a frame. Perfectly capturing the storm, I love the deep Prussian Blue used to paint the sky. Kit is a young Cornish artist and works from his studio near The Lizard, the most southerly point in England, one of my favourite parts of the country. Fantastic!
Sunday, 29 January 2012
This card made me smile when I stumbled across it on Etsy, and today was a very apt day to feature it: my wedding anniversary – no prizes for guessing what my surname is! :D
An elegant card to give to a special couple on their big day. Wording is hand stamped onto a pastel-coloured heart of your choice and mounted onto a high quality square white card. Catering for every couple, you can choose from 'Mr & Mrs', 'Mr & Mr' or 'Mrs & Mrs' followed by their surname. There are four choices for the heart colour, which are lilac, pale yellow, pale pink and pale blue. All of the wording is stamped in black ink and each heart is finished with a cream satin bow to the bottom. Card measures 12cm x 12cm and has been stamped onto 285 gsm matte card. Comes with envelope and protective plastic wallet, blank on the inside.
Saturday, 28 January 2012
I absolutely love this painting by the incredibly talented Clare Elan, the depth of field is just beautiful. It's oil on canvas and measures 16" high x 12" wide. The painting is professionally mounted and floated in a rich black frame. The style is thickly painted with palette knife strokes and brush strokes. There are lots of other fantastic paintings in Claire's Etsy store, click through and say hello!
Friday, 27 January 2012
Curved shelf with loose change dish, 5 coat hooks and even a small flower vase, the perfect solution to apartment living. This item would be ideally situated on the wall in the hallway in a small flat or apartment or at your bedside, allowing you to keep your coat, bag, keys, books, wallet, phone and loose change in one place. Made from hardwood and perspex. Height: 20cm / depth: 18cm / width: 96cm.
Thursday, 26 January 2012
This beautiful keychain is one of a kind. It was hand painted onto sanded pine, given a protective coat of varnish and a stainless steel wire fastener. Size: 4.5cm x 3.5cm. Due to the wood used, this keychain cannot be reproduced and is your own unique work of art.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
I love this shot, it almost looks like an illustration – very bold and graphic. Here's Kristen from Love Art Studios to explain the photograph, "Taken on a low bridge overlooking one of the frozen ponds next to the Charles River in Boston. It was one of those warm winter days, where all the new, fresh snow was turning to grainy slush rapidly in the sunshine, and out from under the bridge waddled these four ducks. Their tracks started melting immediately and a sound must have startled them from over on the river because they all turned toward it at the same time. :)" Image Size: 8" x 11 1/2". Paper Size: 10" x 14". This photo was taken with a Nikon FE 35ml camera using Kodak Professional 400 Black and White negative film. This is taken on good old film, not a digital image. Printed by hand on Archival Ilford Multi-grade photographic paper with Pearl Surface. Signed, dated and titled on the back. Beautiful!
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
The sexy curves and cut-outs in lingerie garments are the inspiration for these sterling silver jewellery pieces, that don't need to be hidden under your clothes. Each ring is cut by hand, which makes every piece truly unique. Available in a variety of styles in a satin or black oxidized finish. Width: .3" (8mm) at the widest part.
Monday, 23 January 2012
Peacock lino print, measuring approx 8 x 6 inches. Colours are from blue through to lilac with a soft graduation, producing delicate tones that work beautifully with the whole composition. Hand printed onto heavy cartridge paper and trimmed to leave a small margin round the image for versatility when framing. This is one of a kind, as no two prints are quite the same. The image is limited to 50 editions in various colourways and is signed, dated and numbered by the artist.
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Cat Rabbit is a Melbourne based textile artist who creates fantastic handmade plush toys and accessories. This is one of the new additions to the felt jewellery range – a sleepy scalloped necklace, pictured above in the 'Dozy Rainbow' colourway. The chain measures approximately 85cm and the piece is packaged in a handmade gocco printed calico bag. All pieces are made to order and each one is absolutely unique.
Saturday, 21 January 2012
'Little Neons'. This unusual neon nesting doll was inspired by an old Russian babushka. It contains five figures in one and is presented in a handmade gift box making it a perfect gift for teens and adult geeks alike. Made from superior lime tree wood the figures have been meticulously hand painted, buffed and sealed in a satin hard wearing varnish for a beautiful smooth finish. Largest doll measures 16cm tall x 7.5cm diameter.
Friday, 20 January 2012
This organic cotton knot hat for baby is hand screen printed with thoughts of tacos. Who doesn't love tacos? The organic baby collection starts with a hand sketch and is screen printed using water-based ink. Each piece is made to order and slight variations between prints should be expected. Natural colour with brown ink. American Apparel 100% Organic Baby Rib cotton construction (made in the USA), water based ink.
Thursday, 19 January 2012
This glass bunting is very cute. Each string has 6 glass bunting flags, in a fun assortment of red glass, and white and clear glass with gorgeous red polka dots and red and purple striped prints. All the designs are screen prints and are fired on the glass and will not scratch off. This bunting looks lovely in windows or around fireplaces and makes a perfect gift. String length is 1.75cm. Each flag is 8cm by 7cm.
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Beautiful filigree style hard candy number lollipops. Each one is individually wrapped and comes standard on a 6" stick. They are about 3" square and each one is elegantly adorned with a raised filigree pattern. Too good to eat!
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
This awesome belt buckle started life as a 'Unabomber' skateboard deck. The skateboard was ridden, treasured, and thrashed before it was reborn. The 'Unabomber' deck has been hand cut into a buckle which features the original winged dog logo and has then been sanded and sealed with polyurethane varnish which brings out the colour in the wood. This awesome accessory measures approximately 9 cms x 5 cms, and 1 cm in depth. It can attach to any belt that is made for switching out buckles.
Monday, 16 January 2012
This beautiful handmade card features an original block printed heart design on recycled paper. Block printing is one of the oldest techniques in textile design, and uses a carved block to transfer an image on to fabric or paper. Katharine hand-carves her original designs into linoleum, a soft carving material, and prints them with oil-based block printing ink. The card is a standard USA A2 size, or 5 ½” by 4 ¼”, and is blank on the inside. Because each one is hand printed, no two are exactly alike.
Sunday, 15 January 2012
«Nous savons que vous savez que nous savons que…» Beautiful hand-drawn typography has been printed in a blue-green gradient on a giant big black shopper bag. The bag is made from really heavy cotton material and is just right for heavy stuff. Long handles ensure a comfortable lift. 43 × 38 × 13 cm.
Saturday, 14 January 2012
This porcelain pitcher is hand built using slabs, with an original drawing etched into the clay, glazed on the inside and part of the outside. Fired in a gas kiln. 6 1/2" tall and 4 1/4" wide.
Friday, 13 January 2012
This figure is carved from fallen aspen wood, collected in the mountains of Arizona and New Mexico. The base is made with a mosaic of vintage wood. The figure's tattoos and the earth are delicately painted with acrylic. The entire piece is finished with wax to protect the surface and enhance the color. Size: 22"h x 6.5"w x 7"d. Beautiful!
Thursday, 12 January 2012
Jet off into space with this awesome tee reminiscent of bright colorful galaxies. It's sure to add flair to any outfit. Each tee dress features a raw edge scoop neck and rolled cuffs with washable safety pins at the sleeves. Your tee is then "splash dyed" and hand painted with blues, pinks, purples and yellows by Alyssa. No two shirts are ever alike! Available in sizes: S, M, L, XL.
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
I saw this fantastic three colour screenprint on the Folksy homepage yesterday and had to feature it. It could be the orange sky that caught my attention, I love it! It's a contemporary view of the Yorkshire Dales, the National Park right on my doorstep, here in the UK. Limited edition of 15. 120x120 mm (4.72x4.72 inches).
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Retro cassette screen-print by Tom Rowe, a London-based designer and illustrator. Signed in a limited edition of 50, and perfect for any self-respecting muso. 3 colour print on 389gsm Cyclus Offset paper. 59.4 x 42cm.
Monday, 9 January 2012
Handmade using reclaimed brass. These beautiful little brooches are shaped like a waving tattoo banner, with the word ‘Love’ and 'Truth' hand stamped across them. They measure 6.5cm across, but as each one is handmade they are all slightly different and unique. Perfect for him or her, they are ideal understated love tokens.
Sunday, 8 January 2012
A set of 15 irregular round cabochons, handmade from stoneware clay, stamped in beautiful designs and glazed in variety of colors. Easy to make into pendants, rings, hair pins, brooches, magnets, mosaics or simply use as a beautiful decoration. Cabochons measure approximately 0.75"-1.5".
Saturday, 7 January 2012
Working from a converted studio at her Leicestershire, UK home, Rosie Ward @ Smitten designs and creates a very special range of blankets for babies and children. Individually made and luxuriously soft in a range of beautiful contemporary designs. 'Buddy' is knitted in 80% bamboo and 20% wool, wadded and backed with red gingham fabric. Size approx 65cm x 70cm.
Friday, 6 January 2012
"I've been working on a series of miniature eye portraits, because I love painting eyes, mostly - but also because they look really cool in a group. And I love the old idea of painting a loved-one's eye in miniature - although those are traditionally smaller and usually set in jewelry," Amy Abshier Reyes.
This is your chance to commission your own miniature eye painting. If you've ever entertained the idea of having a custom portrait made, here's your opportunity. Amy will paint your custom portrait in oils on 2"x2" Strathmore illustration board and it will be signed on the front and also signed, dated, and titled on the back. Doesn't it look fantastic framed? Beautiful!
Thursday, 5 January 2012
Set of four A6 postcards printed on lovely thick board. These also make fantastic little mini posters, but be careful who you show them to! Sally Beerworth opened the J.O.E. Foundation in May 2011. Sally doesn’t really consider herself an overly nice person, but when her own divorce almost cost her her smile, she started writing a funny novel to make herself giggle. And whilst writing the book she decided to start The Foundation. She wasn't exactly sure exactly how she could possibly help anyone. So as a writer, she started a little Facebook group to help people to smile more… cos sometimes in life there is nothing else you can do. Then people started asking her for merchandise and books featuring all her silly quotes. She had some printed, and people from all around the world started buying them. Sally now puts aside a chunk of the money she earns, to try and help people when they get stuck going through a rough break up.
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
Styled after a Finnish tradition, this sculptural himmeli mobile is delicate in its design but carries a strong geometric pattern. A captivating piece, which once coaxed, turns with the slightest of breeze. A lovely minimalist addition to any space. Intricately handcrafted with black plastic straw and cotton string, the sections are joined together and turn as one complete piece. 12 x 12 x 19 inches. Beautiful!
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
I love this piece by Catherine Mellinger. A beautiful one off, mixed media work of art. Collage, ink and watercolour on arches watercolour paper. The paper is 9 3/4" x 11" and has been left with a raw edge. Punctured for pin mounting onto your wall. Fantastic!
Monday, 2 January 2012
Frank is a laid-back local man, owning the most popular pub in the neighbourhood. During summer he organizes street parties and barbecues with his friends. From the Los Amigos de MANOLO collection, this fantastic laser cut brooch is made from walnut timber and gold paint. 75mm x 35mm wide. Varnished and water-proof. Made in London.
Sunday, 1 January 2012
Limited to an edition of 100, this fabulous 2012 poster calendar features the print "Sea Prism". When the year is over you can trim off the edges and frame it as a print! It's a high quality A3 digital print on heavy weight paper and will not be reprinted. Welcome the new year in with style!