If mooks wearing masks, Japanese crafting supplies, lovely gift tags and supplies, embroidery hoops as chalkboards and jewelry almost from a fairytale interest you then you’re in the right place. Welcome to this week’s edition of Etsy Take Five Tuesday!
First up is Bliss in a Teacup, a sweet shop in Vancouver with embroidery hoop chalkboards and other fun things like writing slates and earrings covered with vintage fabric. Owners Richard and Rebekah also author a blog under the same name as their shop.
Enter the dreamy and romantic world of jewelry designer Jacquleen Bleu where unicorns, wishing wells and tiny bird cages invite you to dream a little dream as you browse her collection (expertly photographed, by the way). Psst: She writes a blog, too.
Looking to do a little gift giving or throwing a bridal shower? May Third has lots of what you’ll want to keep in stock in your gift giving supplies drawer. Though she’s been selling on etsy for two years, I just found out about her work today and placed an order right away. All items are printed on acid-free card stock using archival inks and can be customized to suit your needs. She also stocks supplies for packaging, like kraft boxes. I heart May Third and her style modern school girl style. You can visit her on Flickr and at her blog (you’ll really like it) for more inspiration, too.
If you love Japanese prints and patterns, the Choki Choki fabric shop is for you. Lots of fabrics and trims to select from for your next crafty project from a very lovely seller, Harun, who is based in Japan so you’re buying direct.
If wacky, slightly strange creatures called mooks (who wear masks!) are your thing you will give me big kisses today for showing you My Grey Sky. Too cute! My favorite product is the button holder since I have lots of badges that would be fun to display in this clever way.
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Few can visit decor8 and not notice a butterfly or two, I’m quite inspired by them from their delicate wings to fluttery movements and pretty patterns. But more than that, a butterfly is a symbol of freedom, hope, and creativity. They are also a common motif in the design world, especially in the Spring as many incorporate them into their creations.
One example of this is the latest creations from Jasna Janekovic in Germany who recently made pretty framed butterflies and sold them at a indie craft fair in Cologne called Designer Fruehling (I wrote about it today on haus maus, my other blog). I like how she interpreted this trend in the crafting world that I believe originated from Martha Stewart’s butterfly craft punch and her tutorial on how to use them as art that was demonstrated via a flyer at Michael’s craft store in the MS aisle of crafts. I love Jasna’s idea coupled with the vintage frame, this is so, so pretty!
(image: jasna janekovic)
I love combing the pages of Bella Luce Photography… whether it’s Natasha’s Flickr photos or the lovely work in her etsy shop, I’m forever reminded of the power that nature has to transform and cause dreams to stir within our hearts…
How can one not imagine a perfect setting or the ideal afternoon when gazing upon these divine photos above?
(image: bella luce)
I was reminded of just how much I love Maira Kalman as I read her recent spread in the NYTimes, And the Pursuit of Happiness, that featured her work — visually stunning and inspirational – you simply must see it. I really like some of her illustrations from back issues of The New Yorker that can be purchased to adorn your own walls here.
I also must pick up The Elements of Style Illustrated, a book that she illustrated. I have the The Elements of Style but without Maira’s drawings so I think I’ll trade it in for the illustrated version bound in a gorgeous red cover – I can’t believe this book has been around for nearly four years and I still do not own it. Time to change this, it’s only $19!
(images: maira kalman)