Do you ever get the impulse to make every wall in your home a gallery wall? I see art and prints sometimes that make me want to keep adding to Declan’s wall of framed illustrations and watercolor animals…but it’s not organically arranged, they’re perfectly spaced and it was planned just for the six frames currently up there so I fear it would look sloppy to add more and I really don’t want to take them all down. wah.
You can get a peek of how they’re hung in this precious photo by our fantastic photographer friends Brandon + Kristin Kidd:
I totally have the temptation to add more prints and art up there, especially after I found these Little Low Studio prints. And I know Mumbles would approve of the vintage car set – he totally loves the Thing. And it all coordinates with the color scheme in Declan’s nursery nicely (which Mumbles could probably care less about). This pack in particular is a handy little set of 5×7 cards so they’d be super easy to frame and add up to the gallery wall – maybe two on each side or maybe even all lined up in a row along the bottom! (hey, now that’s an easy solution!)
So now that I’ve tackled the nursery issue, I still want to gobble up a lot more of the beautiful prints from this shop and frame them for various gallery walls that have yet to be made in our home. Like this stunning American map with floral representations for regions of the country. I love that navy.
And how fantastic would this be as a gift for the garden-lover in your life? Like sugar, that’s how sweet.
Have you found any fun Etsy shops lately?
P.S. Check out more of my favorite prints on Pinterest.
Photo via Brandon Kidd Photography.
Okay, in full honesty I have no idea what you’d even do with these but @littlenuggetrepublic shared photos on Instagram of a lovely artist’s miniature crochet animals. And, they are just the cutest little things you ever did see. I mean, truly. Like throw pillows, they serve no purpose except to cause people like me to smile in pure delight. What intricate artistry! How do you even discover you have this talent? I’m riveted! And good on her because over 2,700 people have purchased these miniature miracles in her Etsy shop and they sure aren’t cheap — the items range from $15-$220!
I think I should get this micro Baxter lookalike to keep on my desk at work, don’t you?
You should get this tiny monkey guy to put in your medicine cabinet so when you get up in the morning and you reach in, bleary eyed and pissed off that it’s early and you’re awake, you see this little guy just hanging out, sitting on your dental floss, waiting to see you with a smile and a thumbs up to tell you to have a nice day.
P.S. The pair of polar bears reminds me instantly of “On the Night You Were Born,” which makes me tear up a little.
P.S.S. If Kristen Bell and I were friends in real life (let’s just pretend, shall we?), I’d get her this mini sloth to just hang out with her all the time. Because I’m a really thoughtful friend like that.
Meet Mrs. Pomeranz. Well, she isn’t a she, but a lovely group of dress makers in Moscow, including two sisters, who make gorgeous dresses and skirts based on classic 50’s silhouettes. Swoon!! Noting influence and inspiration of their grandmothers who were talented seamstresses, here’s the story of how they got started making dresses:
“I discovered Russian shawls when I was 5: my grandmother had a beautiful shawl from Pavlovo-Posad. It was green with beautiful orange lilies, red roses and bluebells on a vibrant green background. I adored this shawl and attempted to make my first dress with it: my grandmother was’t happy. So this is the second try. I hope you like it!”
If I was made of money, I’d have one of every dress. This one is my absolute favorite:
But this one made with Liberty fabric comes in a very close second:
I also adore this one; it reminds me of Alice & Wonderland!
What are your favorite Etsy shops?
I stumbled upon a roundup of awesome custom portrait artists on Design*Sponge the other day and just had to share what I found. You know how obsessed I am with Baxter, and after perusing a few of the shops on Etsy, I noticed that one of the artists, sian, does custom 3D pet portraits! Check this one out…looks just like Baxter! I want one!
The Design*Sponge list of artists is a great roundup. I’m sure you can find more in many different styles from cartoonish to whimsical, line drawings to watercolors. I had a custom family watercolor portrait made (see it here) by Heartshug on etsy. Her shop was called something different before and it might have something to do with getting some negative reviews. I didn’t see any when I ordered and I will say that I was very pleased with the end result but the communication was frustrating and the finished piece didn’t arrive until months later (luckily I wasn’t in a hurry). And, it came in handy for our big “we’re having a baby!” announcement, so it all worked out in the end, right? Right.
Etsy is a magical, magical world. I’ve been trying to figure out what to put on the walls in our 2nd bedroom/office/Mumbles’ closet/guest room. I wanted something whimsical and fun and I’d been eyeing watercolors and illustrations for quite some time. Then, I somehow stumbled upon Amber Alexander’s lovely Etsy shop. And that’s the magic of Etsy. I want just about everything she makes — beautiful florals, feathers, and furry friends. I simply adore her work.
I ended up purchasing three prints from her shop so that I could put them in these wood frames I found at Target (I love that you can see the grain and knots in the wood). Meet my three new mates Byron, Duncan and Looker the Alligator. Mumbles likes Duncan enough to want to take him to work but I’m not quite sure if I can give him up.
Art prints by Amber Alexander on Etsy
Also, Amber was sweet enough to send a few cards in my package which was such a fun surprise. I was delighted to gift them to some friends later on and even more excited to show them the cute little stories Amber has created for each of the characters on the back of the card. For example, I said “Happy Birthday” with this fabulous card for my wine-loving friend. The caption read: “I don’t know what could have been ‘hard’ about her day. She’s a cat! not enough catnip? lost her toy? bad fur day?” I just thought it was darling. So did my friend.
Super sweet stuff.
What are your favorite Etsy shops?
P.S. I thought Byron, Duncan and Looker all needed to be a foursome (you know, in case they wanted to play golf or something) so I happily scooped up this darling fox by Eastwitching. Now I’ve got a happy bunch of furry, sophisticated friends!
Remember when I asked you to Write this Down and answer hard questions like what brings you joy and happiness? This has been on my mind a lot in the past year. I had some goals like starting a blog – check. Getting a dog – check. Exercising regularly – check. Crafting more – check. Opening an Etsy shop – whoa, whoa, whoa. That’s a little scary. And it was. Until I just sat down one day and did it. So now I’m happy to say it’s checked off the list and I can proudly introduce Stick Girl JAM on Etsy! I have some sweet stuff (see what I did there? That’s cute, right?!) and would be so thrilled if you head on over to Etsy, check out my shop and let me know what you think. I imagine that I’ll keep moving from one craft to the next and updating the shop as I go – I always tend to overdue it, get obsessed with something, make more than necessary and then have nothing to do with them so Etsy has been a perfect place to put this energy.
I’ve been plugging along, filling orders and have found that I just adore working with Etsy shoppers – so nice, so fun, so inpsiring! My first order shipped to a lovely lady in Singapore, no less! (Hey, when they talk about diving in head first, it’s always in the deep end, right?) I thought to myself, we’ll give this a go, try it out, ease my way into it…and then my first order is international?! Just goes to show you that you shouldn’t put limitations on yourself due to fear. What’s the worst that could happen? In my case: you end up at the post office three times in one day. Hey, I can tell you, not as bad as you’d think! Ha!
Give it your all.
What do you have going on in your life that you need to get to, try more, pursue harder, or celebrate? Please share!