Friday, 24 February 2012

A few new pretty things from my favorite sites

My new heart bowls

I think that one of the reasons we all love Etsy so much is because we know that by purchasing a beautiful handmade item directly from the maker's Etsy shop, we are supporting the artist directly. I love knowing that the person who made these beautiful little heart shaped bowls wrapped them up with care herself and shipped them to me. Gosh I love handmade things! 

Aren't these little bowls just the sweetest? I'm not sure what I'll use them for, earrings? Condiments? I think that the little one would be perfect for olive pits. is that weird? When I'm entertaining I often put a dish of delicious olives out as part of my appetizers, but then you're always left with the awkward situation of having to spit your pits out into something... a little heart shaped bowl would be just the thing. 

These beautiful heart nesting bowls were purchased from JD Wolfe Pottery. I love the colour!

My new heart bowls

I have another favorite site to thank for this next purchase. I pinned this image on Pinterest months ago and kept going back to it. I just love this pencil drawing. It's light and fine and that bun is just so familiar looking to me. As a perpetual bun wearer I finally caved and purchased this 5x7 print from Belafonte on Etsy. The print is called "A Perfect Mess". Isn't that nice?

gorgeous print

Since taking this picture I have framed this print in a simple, light birch frame. I'm planning on hanging it as part of a collection on top of my new fireplace. That's right, new fireplace! Chris and I are adding a gas fireplace to our living room and it is being installed today! Full details coming soon, I cannot wait! 

love this cat!

Next, this hilarious little blue cat. Ok, the cat itself isn't blue, but to me the overall feeling of this print is blue and I love that. The cat reminds me of my family pet Tristan, and he's wearing a bow tie, best $15 I ever spent! He is admittedly very silly, but he brings me so much joy. :) This print is called "Handsome Cat" by Alice X. Zhang and was purchased here. I was so enamored with him when he arrived in the mail that without removing him from his celaphane wrapper I immediately taped him to the wall. I've since moved him and taped him to the side of a cabinet. I'm keeping my eyes open for an 8x8" frame, but until I find the right one I'm happy to move him around the house and tape him up where ever feels appropriate.

Last up, an original work of art that I threw together in one afternoon (including drying time) all in I don't think it took more than 20 minutes of actual work. Inspired by this image that I pinned months ago I decided to attempt my own version. I had started collecting crocheted doilies a while ago, but my collection never amounted to more than a couple discoloured, sad little doilies. I grabbed an old canvas, some gesso, leftover paint and voila! Instant doily art. I really like it, it's subtle, textural and fiber-licious. 
doily!

16 comments:

  1. I love this handmade bowls!! Amazing:)

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  2. the bowls are so cute! I love all the prints but your doily art is my fav! Really cute. Etsy is a serious addiction for this girl...I may or may not have multiple etsy stores open in my browser RIGHT now..

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  3. Gas fireplace! So exciting! We just put one in our place, and it's awesome. In case yours takes as long as ours did, let me just warn you though, that some of them take a looooong time to burn off the manufacturing residues, which is stinky, and requires open windows and a disconnected smoke alarm for potentially several hours. But once it's done that, it's awesome, and I hope you love yours as much as we love ours!

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  4. Love those little bowls they are beautiful! Love your doily art too. Would be interesting to see it with a pop of colour too either the background or the doilies.

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  5. I live the doily painting. That's such a great idea! Congrats on the new fire place! I wish so badly we had one :( I must admit that I'm embarrassed it took me this long to find your blog. I will never forget the first time I bought one of your skeins at my lys and was completely giddy when I saw that you signed the back of your labels. I ran to my husband to show him how cool it was that someone actually took the time to do that. I LOVE your blog and you're yarns of course.

    Ps. Sorry for the long comment and Sorry for sounding all fan girl like :)

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  6. Love all your new art! That cat is so cute! Your doilies are special and just think how neat they would be on a black background!! What a creative idea...well look who I am talking to!!!

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  7. ooh, awesome Etsy finds!! the pieces already look at home in your space, too. That doily art is amazing- I love the texture, and the pure white. It makes me want to do something like that now, too!

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  8. Love them all but am inspired by your doily art -- I inherited a good collection of them from my great aunts. I love them so much I can't bear the thought of using and possibly ruining them. Great way to display them!

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  9. Thanks for sharing! I love the heart shaped pottery bowls. And, I LOVE your idea of something pretty and crafty to do with crocheted doilies!! I might copy your crafty idea. My grandma always crocheted doilies and there are SO many of them from her, and her mother, and now I have a great idea for something to do with some of the doilies, and a great way to show them off. Thanks so much, I love that!

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  10. I love the bowls. I've added the shop to my list of Etsy Favs. I love new Etsy Shops. There's so many talented people on Etsy.

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  11. Thanks so much for the nice mention! I am glad you like your bowls. Enjoy your fireplace!

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  12. Etsy sure is a beautiful concept! Especially nowaday imoo!

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  13. I love the doily art, what a great use of them! Love the bowls too, how sweet.

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  14. I love etsy so much. that site is how I got inspired to pick up knitting a couple years ago, boy if I knew then. I have far too many pages of 'favorites', and though I do give my credit card a workout every once in a while it's so much fun to look around and get ideas for new crafty inventions. love your doily art to pieces. now if I could only convince the husband that we NEED a kiln in the backyard....

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  15. Very cool doilies, now I need to find my grandmother's treasures. I want one!

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