Saturday, October 30, 2010

Friday Faves - "Out For A Stroll" Edition

It's been an unusually nice October (by Northwest standards), so I've been taking advantage of some rarely seen sunshine. Walking is always nice. I love taking different routes through my neighborhood--seeing houses I've never seen, discovering hidden coffee shops and cafes, and shopping at stores whose windows I've only peeked through...

"Riga in February" 7 x 10 print, $20 - from Artquirk.
"Chai" love mug cozy, $16 - from Knit Storm.
Vintage Swedish medical field bag, $29 - from Militaria.
Chocolate sandwich cookies, $20 - from The Tiny Kitchen.
"Wheat Skies" 5 x 5 print, $10 - from Soma Venus.
Moneybag wallet, $55 - from Chakra Pennywhistle.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Faves - Flying Solo Edition

I've felt a little bit like a one-man army this week. So this week's edition of "Friday Faves" goes out to all of my hard-working troops out there. Just know that even though you're an army of one, you have the support of many...

"The Maiden" print, $33 - from Theater Clouds.
Wooden horse statuette, $49 - from Mazuli Vintage.
Patchwork hoop, $10 - from Merriweather Council.
"Pup in the Grass" sewn print, $20 - from Tastes Orangey.
Hanging glass vial vase, $8.50 - from Tortoise Loves Donkey.
"Happy Moment" print, $40 - from Shira Sela.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Buzz...from The Hive

I'm a proud member of The Artisans Collective--a diverse, talented, incredibly creative group of Etsy artists and crafters. We're always busy at work, just like little worker bees (hence, our "Hive" moniker). And everyday, our members list their new creations on Etsy. So let's see what all the buzz is about this morning...

"Autumn in the City" photograph, $25.50 - from Jude McConkey.
Sterling silver, letter "E" necklace, $23 - from Piano Bench Designs.
White on white, 3D garland, $18 - from Maisy and Alice.
Lavennz Osy - inspired locket, $22 - from Polarity.
Screenprinted moleskine journal, $9 - from Cutie Pie Company.
"Looker" print, $18 - from Amber Alexander.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


My brain seems to be happier when geometric shapes and themes are in play. Doesn't matter if they're in the foreground or background--any "ground" works well. A clever arrangement of squares, a never-ending sequence of interlaced triangles, or even a mod-themed, geometric pattern--they all seem to stimulate my network of neurons.

Giclee print, $33 - from Inaluxe.
Embroidered necklace, $75 - from Spinthread.
"Moon" t-shirt, $25 - from Blackbird Tees.
Paper assembly card, $8 - from Essimar.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Faves - Live from Moon Lake

This week's edition of "Friday Faves" is inspired by Betsy Walton's "Moon Lake" print. Mysterious, intricate and beautiful, Walton's visually-engaging artwork serves as a reminder of the creativity continually streaming from Portland, OR.

"Moon Lake" giclee print, $35 - from Betsy Walton.

Enjoy the rest of today's "Friday Faves"--and keep an eye out for those creative Portland-ites!

Chevron striped journal, $5.75 - from Wit & Whistle.
Vintage Utilico metal cash box, $20 - from Cushion Chicago.
Herkimer diamond gem necklace, $45 from Pole Star.
Pillow sham/cover, $32 - from Sewn Natural.
Washington state coat hook, $36 - from Old New Again.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Clockwork Orange...turquoise, red and more!

My vintage clock died last month. It was such a sweetheart of a clock too--yellowish, with a faux bois display, and the cutest set of constantly flipping numbers. (Sigh)...the sadness...

But then I discovered "Clockwork Universe" on Etsy. This Latvian gem of a shop features a slew of vintage Russian alarm clocks, watches and other time-keeping goodies. Yup, I'm pretty sure my "new" vintage clock is in here somewhere...

Vintage turquoise alarm clock, $35.
Antique German alarm clock, $69.
Vintage red alarm clock, $28.
Vintage 1950's USSR alarm clock, $28.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Feathers in the wind

For me, the weekend means it's farmer's market time. Georgetown on Saturday, Fremont on Sunday...this is the routine. Starting at about 8am (each day), Jody and I set up the Blackbird Tees booth. After that, we sit back and hopefully enjoy a day filled with happy customers (and sales).

Today was a bit chilly; definitely a sleeping bag kind of day. And as I sat, cozily cocooned in my sleeping bag, a little tuft of goose feather filling escaped and floated through the air...

"Feathers" art print, $20 - from Groundwork.
 "Fly Away" moleskine journal, $20 - from Mary's Granddaughter.
Silver feather ring, $16 - from Velvet.
Needle-felted miniature owl, $48 - from Sewn Natural.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday Faves

Friday is upon us! And that means it's time for "Friday Faves"! This week was incredibly busy. My girlfriend was out of town, so I was managing her Etsy store (as well as my own). I had no idea it was so much work to pack up t-shirt orders! Now I know why she's so exhausted all the time...

Enjoy your weekend...and my faves!

Embroidered heart, $34 - from Miniature Rhino.
Stitched canvas print, $69 - from Laura Amiss.
Book mobile, $68 - from Shop House.
"Disco" fine art photograph, $25 - from SLG Designs.
Vintage bull figurine, $20 - from Shaving Kit Supplies.
Vintage pink skirt, $48 - from Zwzzy.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

To Catch A Thief

I spy one of the coolest Etsy front page treasuries in recent memory. But whodunit? Etsy seller, Stone Child Jewelry, that's who. I gotta say, when I first spotted this treasury, I was startled by just how perfectly clever it was. Murder, intrigue, and a dash of film noir are weapons of imagery in this mystery-themed collection. Are the hairs on the back of your neck standing up yet? If not, they will. Have a peek:

Now that you've seen the collection, here are a few of my favorite items from the artists featured in Stone Child Jewelry's treasury:

"Barbie Murders 05" print, $5 - from Wilde Designs.
Vintage pencil holder, $23.50 - from The Cottage Cheese.
"Brooklyn Sundays" limited edition print, $250 - from Lonny.
Vintage burgundy and lace dress, $75 - from Vera Vague.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Friday Faves - The Saturday Morning Edition

Ok, so "Friday" Faves is technically supposed to be on Friday. I get it, I get it. You don't need to remind me that I'm a day late. But look, I had a super busy week (as I'm sure most of you can relate). So cut me some slack!

And hey, since you're already here, you might as well enjoy this belated Saturday morning edition of my weekly Etsy favorites. No theme...just pure awesomeness. Have a great weekend!

"There are lots of nice people..." print, $20 - from Laura George.
Embroidered wall art, $28 - from Monkey and Squirrel.
Personalized cuff links, $55 - from AF Orfebre.
Vintage desk tray organizer, $20 - from 26 Olive Street.
Verdigris patinaed necklace, $26 - from My Selvaged Life.
Baby head vase/planter, $40 - from Michael McDowell.
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