Handspun hand painted yarn, $24 from Moonlightbaker.
Button bracelet, $21 from Mom O Matic.
Ponytail holders, $4.50 from Gazzu.
Necklace, $42 from marie fly fly.
Watercolor, $22 by Karen Faulkner.
Felt pun, $12.75 by Lupin Handmade.
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Flower Apron from Bale & Twine
One sharp looking handmade apron from Bale & Twine. The handy front pocket and blue leather detailing make this apron perfectly giftable.
Whether he’s strolling through the savannah, chilling in the jungle, or hanging out at the water hole, Rhinoceros can’t go anywhere without his bird pals. Painted in a whimsical storybook style full of fun and imagination, this painting is perfect for adding charm to a child’s room or nursery.… details »
Inspirational message in hand rendered text, digitally coloured and printed onto hessian embossed heavy bright white card.
Marie Statement Ring
MARIE Ring in Copper. Simple, Sweet and Stylish.
Welted Scarf – Mint Cream
Scarf in merino blend wool, mint cream color hand knitted in perpendicular bands. It is an original piece inspired by the current trend of welt and ribs. details »
Felt case in black color with white daisy for iphone or small items
This case is made from wool felt fabric. It is decorated with white daisy made from wool felt material and there is also yellow plastic pearls and black sequins. It is very light weight.
Laura’s back :) She is a watercolor artist and blogger who is writing two columns each week. Here’s her first photography column (her first painting column was yesterday), and I know she’d appreciate any recommendations of your favorite photographers. Just leave them in the comments and welcome her to Try Handmade!
If you are looking for beautiful inspiration, look no further. Charlane Griffith of Three Parts Whimsy will take you to a dreamy place. I was excited when she agreed to an interview about her work.
Do you prefer black and white or color?
This varies so much. I know people that are definitely in one camp or the other but with me, I started out as a strictly BW girl – Inspired by the photographers of the 40’s and 50’s – loving Ansel Adams, Henri Carter-Breeson, Dorothea Lange, Dianne Arbus and such. Who could argue with Adam’s landscapes, Bresson’s motion and the emotionality of Lange or Arbus? Their stuff can stop you in your tracks. But then…color, wow – there are just some amazing artists out there. So, like I said, on any given day I could tell you one or the other. But truthfully – I love them both.
What inspires you?
I’m all across the board with that question – light inspires me. The play of it across the trees, the landscape, someone’s face. Children because they are all out there with their emotions and they see the world in such a mixture of whimsy and then, literally too – what a beautiful combination. Colors – I take a lot photographs of flowers due to the colors. Textures – I’m a tactile person. I love the touch of different textures and I like the juxtaposition of contrasting textures. And then, odd things that are out of their normal environment.
How important is lighting/ composition in your work?
Lighting is everything. I’m constantly intrigued and enraptured by watching the light play on various things throughout my day. The right light can make the ugliest thing beautiful under the right circumstances.
I always play with composition – because I work during the week, and most daylight hours, I love to set up vignettes/still lifes. My room mate teases me about my ‘studio’ corner – he never knows what he’s going to find sitting about there. But…seriously, that window gets the best light.
What kind of camera is your favorite? What do you use?
I’m a Canon girl all the way – it’s funny how the photography world works. Most people tend to pick a brand and are completely loyal to it. It’s rare that photographers change once they’re using an SLR/DLSR due to the lens cost. I’ve seen it…but it’s rare. So, I’m shooting mostly with a Canon 40D – I got it on sale when the 50D was released. I have the old film rebel that I had in high school but never did much with. When I decided to “be serious” about photography, I upgraded to the XTi and then the 50D. I also have an old Kodak Brownie, a 50mm SigmaTech ‘toy camera’ and have just ordered a Fuji Instapix which I’m very excited about.
The holidays are the perfect time of year to pull that sparkling dress or skirt from the back of your closet and celebrate with a bit of shine. This year, the sequined look is more popular than ever as the Spring and Summer glitter and metallic trend carried over into the Winter season. Sequins can be tough to style, but the best way to keep from looking gaudy is to look for accessories and pieces that are both simple and chic.
This gold sequined bow headband by The Shop at No 144 is a great way to add a bit of sparkle to your holiday outfit. The simple bow, matte sequins and black accents create a chic and feminine look that is perfect for a holiday cocktail party or night on the town. It’s also a great way to dress up your usual t-shirt and jeans.
This black sequin bib necklace by Shana Astrachan is a statement-making accessory that would easily compliment any holiday dress or shirt. Linked together with sterling silver findings, the black sequins create a lace-like effect that is both feminine and bold. This necklace would be eye catching at a fancy gathering, but could easily be worn with a more casual outfit on the weekend.
This animal print sequined mini skirt by Lana Stepul is not for the fashion faint of heart. Despite a bold pattern and mountain of sparkles, this skirt manages to stay in the chic category with a simple and classic design. Paired with a simple top, solid tights and flats, this skirt is meant for the dance floor, the hip bar and the A-list holiday party. In other words, it’s made to be seen.
The elegant and simple photograph featured at the top of this post was created by fieldguided.