Saturday, May 8, 2010

Graphic Design, Illustration, Typography and More

Today I'm featuring an artist named Christen Strang who is a 23 year old graphic designer and runs the shop Letter Happy on Etsy.

I adore this shop. There's
some of the most amazing prints, cards, tees and more there and so beautiful!

The shop is filled with items that have been printed with graphic designs, illustrations and typography quotes. So many beautiful sentiments expressed in creative ways in this shop, they're just amazing. They even have a couple of screen printed jersey scarves that are absolutely beautiful. I'm especially fond of the one in lavender with the ginkgo print.

She also has some adorable baby art prints that would be perfect for a nursery or to give as a gift at a baby shower. I'm sure you'll love this shop as much as I do, so be sure to stop by and take a look around.

TO VISIT CHRISTEN STRANG'S LETTER HAPPY SHOP ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Crocheted Lovelies and the I Want reflex

Let's talk a minute about the "I want" reflex. We all have it. That moment when you just can't do without something and your impulse by overrides nearly all common sense. Some are more susceptible to it than others and I'm one of those. In fact, I often use this blog to curve those desires before they make me completely broke.

Today's shop inspired my "I want" reflex so intensely that I just can't seem to banish it, and I've returned to Third Eye Artisans' shop repeatedly since discovering it a my temptation grows and grows.

Third Eye Artisans is a shop filled with beautiful crocheted goodies that are gorgeous in both color and style. They offer everything from cowls, scarves, shawls and hats to baby blankets, afghans and even bookmarks and Julie, the artist behind these creations, has an absolutely wonderful eye for color and style.

Julie is one of those people that has a true passion for yarn and loves to experiment and the results are the incorporation of that love and passion into every single item she makes.

I'm sure that while browsing through her shop you're going find something you simply can't live without or will make the perfect gift for that special someone you're shopping for, so be sure to stop by!

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT JULIE'S THIRD EYE ARTISANS SHOP ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Artwork that's both Unique and Extraordinary

Yesterday was all about Wearable Artwork and today I'm featuring an innovative artist who's artwork you hang on your walls or can get as postcards and mail out to your friends and loved ones.

The Golden Section by YuliyaArt on Etsy contains some of the most original pieces of artwork that I think I've ever seen online or off. It's eclectic, unique, inspiring and absolutely extraordinary!

Yuliya was born and raised in Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine, and she now lives and works in Toronto, Canada

She has two branches to her artwork called Linear Magic and Digital Art and just more recently has started to implement photography into her artwork as well with stunning results.

Linear Magic is a type of artwork created with acrylic paints, ink, golden and other precious metal leafing as well as other items such as Swarovski crystal inlay and paper.

There is an inherent uniqueness of this drawing style because the artist is not using either pencil or a sketch to create an end result, but instead takes paper and ink pen and then starts from a simple dot on the page, then a line and moves on from there so that the artistic piece starts to develop all on its own.

Digital Art, on the other hand, is a part of Yuliya's art where she uses a computer to create, combining different pieces of existence in new ways to come up with something truly unique. She will take items such as eyes, skin, limbs, plants, animals and her imagination and blend them together into beautiful artwork created upon a digital canvas.

No matter which style you prefer, you're sure to be amazed by what you find in her shop so be sure to click on the link below or the picture above in order to take a look around!

TO VISIT THE YULIYA'S GOLDEN SECTION GALLERY ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Something Bunny this Way Comes - Illustrations and Art Prints

Okay, today we're wandering into the land of cute. And, when I mean cute? I mean super-duper-absolutely-totally-100% UBER-cute. The kind of cute that makes you smile instantly even as your heart melts.

Yep, I found a shop that sells stuff that cute.

Because today's shop is Something Bunny by Lea which is filled with cute, sweet and silly art prints. As you can tell from the shop's name, there are bunnies involved. But that's not the only cute factor she has going for her. There's big eyed pouting Bigfoot, smiling little girls and adorable bears, dinosaurs and more!

I fell for this shop the first time I saw it, and I'm positive that you will too. Even if you're not looking for an art print, you really should stop in and check out Something Bunny. They have plenty of other gift ideas and "I want" temptations to offer including bookmarks, book plates, ACEOs, card sets, notepads and more!

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT LEA'S SOMETHINGBUNNY SHOP ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

For the Love of Vintage and All Things Girly

I can't help but love this style of hair bow, and today's shop is full of them. I love the tips of each of the flower petals and how they curve up and at the same time the bow manages to still look... plump and lush.

I always picture these bows clipped
into the hair of girls with lush full dark curls, like a burst of spring nestled among the curls. I love this idea, even if I personally don't have the hair for it.

Gardenmis on Etsy has a number of these bows in stock and a few other styles as well.

The owner of a shop is a self confessed girly girl and loves all things vintage, handmade and just all around girly. Her shop is a testament to this with tons of beautiful girly bits and pieces to browse through.

Gardenmis uses quality materials and repurposing/upcycling whenever possible in her hair bows (and occasional bits of jewelry as well!) and believes in going green and using less but making it count for more. She also does custom orders and all of her handmade items are one of a kind and many are hand-stitched with absolutely nothing mass produced.

TO VISIT GARDENMIS' SHOP ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Original Hand Painted Jewelry... Beautiful Too!

I could very easily go on and on about today's shop for pages and pages. The talent of the work in today's shop is just breathtaking, even more so because the works of art are done on such a very small scale.

Meet Heather Kent, the artist in question concerning the pieces of wearable art that I'm introducing you to today.

Heather is a wonderful woman from Long Beach, California who I first met via Twitter where she was helping others learn the ropes of the Etsy-verse. I have to admit that lurked on her conversation for quite some time before introducing myself, but she was such a wonderful and inspiring, not to mention helpful, person that I had to "meet" her myself.

Since then, I've learned a lot from Heather, and from the very first, I've admired her talent.

Heather Kent makes beautiful jewelry, you see, which in itself is my passion. But she puts a new twist on it because each of her pieces of jewelry is a framed piece of hand-painted water color artwork. GORGEOUS watercolor artwork!

She paints animals, birds, nature, plants... just about anything, and they're all beautifully done and rich with color and style. She even takes custom requests for only an additional $2 fee. You really can't beat a deal like that.

At the moment, she's in the process of re-shooting all her works and so her shop is just a bit sparse but trust me... you won't want to miss out in taking a browse around and you *will* want to come back to look again and again as more and more of her items return to being listed! So be sure to stop by and take a look. There are so many pieces in her shop already that I'm dying to snatch up and own for myself, I know you'll find something you love too.

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT HEATHER KENT'S SHOP ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Snot Monsters, Robots and Aliens.. oh my!

Having the flu is no fun. I want to send out a big thank you to Leal for trying to keep the blog going in my absence though! I think he has a whole new appreciation for the amount of dedication and work that goes into a post-a-day type blog, poor guy.

Thank you so much for those that sent me well wishes through twitter, too. I really appreciate the support!

Today's shop is a cute one. So cute
that the first time I stepped in, they shop made me smile and I fell instantly in love with the little guy pictured here in this post. His name is Rocky Monster, by the way. Not to be confused with Happy, Gleeful, Angry, Rosie or Cocoa, which are also wonderful monsters available in today's shop!

ArtsiBitsi (I love the name too!) is a little shop on Etsy that sells a wide variety of different monster and alien ware for you to browse through and adopt. They have everything from backpacks, bags and journals to iPod/phone pouches, Kleenex/tissue covers (called snot monsters), cards, tags, charms and toys.

The artist designs all the pieces herself with the help of her 1970's sewing machine named Blanche. They've been a team for some time and if you take a tour through her sight you'll see that they both have terrific fun together too!

All the monsters and aliens in ArtsiBitsi are individually designed, so when you stop by be sure to look at all of the photos in the listings to see whether there are special features, like extra tabs, buttons or pockets.

TO VISIT THE ARTISBITSI SHOP ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

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