Hello and also goodbye for now… I’m signing off until Monday but then I’ll join you again for another week of inspiration and pretty things to make your week a nice one.
The art shown above is by Australian illustrator Nikki Catalano who sells her work in her Big Cartel shop. It’s so dreamy and detailed, I love the collages — especially Girl On The Mountain Top — isn’t that so pretty? You know what is so funny though? So much of the art that I’m drawn to is so youthful you know? I am careful to not display all of my art everywhere in the house because I fear it will end up looking like Holly’s Playland. What to do? Well, my idea is to show the illustrative, dreamy stuff that I love in the guest bedroom on an art wall where I can place the work as part of a gallery display but also in a room that is off from the main rooms so that my husband doesn’t have to be exposed to my dream-like art every day and so that I can go into the guest room which will double as a place for me to relax and read and find quiet inspiration.
What do you think? Where do you display your more youthful + pinky pastel artwork?
Well dear friends, I will be shopping and decorating and cleaning my home all weekend but I’ll meet you back here soon enough… much peace and joy to you. xo
(images: nikki catalano)
I absolutely love and support this kind of generosity, it’s lovely to see. What am I talking about? Shivani who authors My Owl Barn. She recently worked with over 30 artists to make the Owl Lover 2011 Calendar, a free calendar that you can customize and then download.
About the project Shivani says, “This calendar is the outcome of my desire to work closely with them and to create something great for all the owl lovers! When I contacted them with my idea for this owl-themed calendar, not only did I receive the custom made wonderful owl art work, but also words of encouragement and best wishes which kept me going. All the beautiful art in this calendar will warm any owl lover’s heart. As beautiful as it is – you can still improve the calendar by customizing it, and picking and choosing the images that you love the most. Yes, that’s right, there are a lot more than 12 images for to choose from, so you can browse through our gallery, and select the ones that you love the most.”
I selected my favorites shown above, I felt they best fit their month, in fact the pair of cute owls in July were chosen since that is my wedding anniversary month. :)
I wonder what you will choose? Will you download this pretty calendar? Or share it with a friend? I hope that you will — I love seeing creative projects like this one get lots of attention so please – share! share! share!
(images: My Owl Barn)
I’ve been hearing about so many amazing fairs and events all over the world and while it’s impossible to round them all up, I want to highlight some lovely ones both online and off that you may be interested in checking out. So without further ado, here is where I am shopping… or at least in spirit… what about you? See any you love? Going to any this weekend or in the weeks to come? Share! Share! Share! But me first! :)
Ammiki – A curated art and design site for independent artists – like a blog only gallery style.
Papernstitch – So many lovely finds!
Poppytalk Handmade Market online.
Blue Caravan ethical design market.
Indie Handmade, also online and lovely.
DaWanda based in Berlin with artists and designers from all over Europe and beyond, Made It online handmade market based in Australia, Indie Fixx Galleria, Etsy (of course!), Georgie Love out of Australia, Bonanza (formerly called 1000 Markets), Leeloo, Indie, Coriandr, Folksy, Felt in New Zealand, Folksy in the UK, Breslo in Romania, Signerat in Sweden, Artfire.
The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney this weekend…
In Sydney, Mathilda’s Market for kid’s on December 5th. In Hamburg, Germany this weekend is the Holy Shit Shopping event, then it hits Berlin December 11 and 12 and finally Stuttgart on December 18 and 19. Now until December 24th in Boston you can check out the Boston Handmade Downtown Holiday Gallery. Also in Boston on December 11 and 12 is the annual SOWA Holiday Market.
In my city, Hannover, the lovely Sandra is hosting Designachten on December 18 + 19 – I’ll be there for sure! I’m so happy to see a handmade market like Sandra’s here in Hannover. Woot woot!
Do you know of any other online markets or local events that you’d like to promote as a shopping source for all things handmade this month? Please do so in the comments section below. Thank you!
(images linked to their sources above)