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Pearl Bell Tableware

These plates are fantastic! Pearl wrote to me today about Pearl Bell, her collection of classy lady plates, cups, and saucers and I knew I had to feature them. I love that feeling, when designers write to me and the moment I click on their link I get butterflies. It’s so exciting to come across interesting work, so thank you Pearl.

She’ll soon be expanding her tableware collection to include animals (like the little owl you see above), but for now it’s all about the ladies! Even though you can dine on these, I’d prefer hanging them on a wall as art, but that’s just me. My favorites are the mostly white plates… And I love seeing fashion illustration on ceramics. Thank you Pearl for your submission, your work is really tops!

(images from pearl bell)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, ceramics, kitchen on February 27, 2008

DwellStudio Wall Art Collection {new}

Hot off the press! That’s right, DwellStudio has expanded beyond bedding, soft toys, and table linens. They’re going for room domination now as they’ve just added wall art to their nursery collection. How fun! These prints are pretty cute, it makes coordinating everything for the nursery so much easier for new parents if you’re into themes, that is. Some parents are, some aren’t. But in case you like this sort of thing, DwellStudio is your one stop shop for baby.


What’s next? Rugs? Tiles? Clothing? Diaper bags? Whatever they think of next, I’m sure it will be another big hit. It’s great to see them bringing their graphics to walls everywhere. Nice work, Dwell!

(image from design public)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on February 27, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

I can’t wait to show you a few of my favorite Etsy stores for this week. If you’ve missed previous Take Five Tuesdays please click here to catch up on your reading. This week, it’s all about paper, felt, paint, and a dash of fabric. Oh wait, that’s pretty much every week! :) Hope you like these finds, I had fun pulling them together.

Kiki & Polly. What a beautiful shop this is! The artist, Lisa Golightly (love her last name) is based in Portland, OR and has such a soft, delicate touch to her work, I’m so fond of it. She also does custom paintings of children in a style very similar to Claudine Hellmuth, another artist I love. Fabulous work, Lisa! Can I order one of everything?

SanFran67. Helen Musselwhite is based in the UK and does some wonderful things with a scalpel and paper! Everything in her shop is original and handmade, oh and did I mention affordable? Helen is such a creative inspiration. I must highlight how greatly I appreciate her efforts in showing the work in an actual space. I can’t stress how important this is for sellers, it really makes a difference in sales. Helen, great job.

Reyart. Handfelted birch bark bowls and pebbles, paintings, brooches, necklaces… Reya, a self-taught artist living in the Netherlands, clearly has talent and a great sense of style. Her items sell out quickly though, so if you see something you like, grab it or better yet, add her store to your RSS feed. Great tip for any etsy store you’d like to stalk on a regular basis. :)

Three words for ya. The Mincing Mockingbird. What can I say? This guy is genius. I love his work, it cracks me up. You have to at least visit his shop and buy a magnet or two even if you don’t need one of his fabulous bird portraits. Some of these are too funny. For reals.

Modiste Me. This shop features a delightful mix of of handmade items created by Canadian Julie Scott. “Modiste” is French for a “seamstress” or “dressmaker” and as Julie puts it, “It reflects both my French heritage and my creative pursuits”. Great work, Julie!

(images above linked in this post)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday, walls on February 27, 2008

Have a Great Weekend!

Here’s wishing you a lovely weekend… I’ll see you in a few days on Monday! Until then, here are some flickr favorites that make me smile this week. I see a theme here: creative images of people, flowers photographed outdoors, cute little animals, and slightly washed hues of mostly blue, green, and pink.

Details here. I’m calling this arrangement of images, “Hope”. My theme for the week since my grandpa passed away on Sunday, two days before his 90th birthday. Miss you, grandpa.

Details here. And this one is titled, “Wanting”. Cookie monster is
hoping for a cookies. The dandelion seeds are wanting a home in the
soft ground. The bunny is wanting breakfast at the grown-up table, the dress
is wanting a little girl to wear it, and so on…

“Hello, creature of the forest” photographed by mi – a name i call myself. I wonder what this little kitty is thinking? This made my day as we had a huge snowstorm here in New Hampshire today and I hope that in the morning while I have breakfast with my husband, we’ll look outside to see something so lovely looking back at us. :) See you Monday friends! — xo, Holly

(images linked above)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on February 23, 2008

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