One of the great things about handmade beauty is the ability to get almost any product in a sample size. Most artisans either list samples as part of their regular inventory. Or they will accommodate requests for sample listings. I have also had the good fortune to receive a number of samples with orders.
This small sculptural glass bowl adds a delicate touch of color where ever it is placed. The open lattice work makes these pieces appear to be light as a feather. And, while they are delicate the overall form is sturdy, like actual nests. The process used to make these insures that no two are ever alike. Each unique with its own twists and bends. This aqua color is like a cool drink of water.
Heather Palmer is a craftsman, artist and maker. Heather primarily uses glass to create objects but loves lots of other mediums too. Her work is varied including both functional and non functional pieces. She is inspired by communication, experimentation, play and from learning new ways of working. From these inspirations she and her work continually grow.
One of my passions is vintage. I try to watch the trends in vintage fashion closely because it often tells you what will be popular at retail several seasons later. Two springs ago I started seeing 1980’s Laura Ashley drop waist floral dresses going for really insane prices. All of a sudden it was tough to find them in the usual places and they were being tagged with things like punk and goth. As it often does this street trend trickled up into the designer collections and has been strong for both spring and Fall 2009/Winter 2010. Style blogs like Stylescout and Streetpeeper have showed both vintage and current takes on the trend. Searching Etsy for floralfabrics and themes I found lots of beautiful things but decided to focus on accessories, a beautiful way to update or showcase your fashion floral trend.
Gorgeous bracelets, cuff or charm style from Hollee Costume Jewelry.
I had a chance to do some window shopping over the weekend and every store I passed seemed to feature something made of lace. From accessories to dresses to shirts, this feminine fabric has made a big comeback for the fall fashion season and is surely meant to be styled with lots and lots of layers. Leggings, tights, boots, leather jackets and cardigans will all help this light weight fabric transition into the cooler fall and winter weather with style.
This elegant lace mini dress by elbling features beautiful layered, floaty sleeves and a lovely scoop neck. The short length makes it perfect for a night out and would be especially cute paired with opaque tights and boots for the fall season. The wide cinched waist will flatter most body types and the peachy, almost nude color of the the lace is both classic and timeless.
This light pink lace dress by iroshka has a lovely vintage feel to it, with a loose fit throughout the body, sheer ruffled organza bottom and light pink details. It includes a light pink polyester lining and a sweet keyhole back, accented with three pink pearl beads. This dress would be just perfect for a romantic dinner or holiday cocktail party.
Lace doesn’t always have to be fancy. In fact, I adore the casual look of this lace-accented dress by Jennifer Lilly Designs. The white scoop neck top features a strip of lovely vintage lace down the middle and three mismatched buttons, giving it a sweet and decidedly feminine feel. For the skirt, the buyer can choose between three vintage fabric choices, including a brown and orange floral pattern, brown and cream floral pattern, and a light blue and pink floral pattern. This dress is just asking to be paired with a worn in pair of boots!
Another great week of your interesting observations :)
On Interview with Annie Mohaupt of Mohop:
“Now that’s something not many people make. Very clever the way you can change the show to any color by changing ribbons. I wish they’d make Birkenstocks that way.” – Judy
On Tell me something good:
“That is a great idea and a great way to help others too! Pretty much everybody would love their favorite memory turned into a totally functional item that they see every day. I am digging through my closet right away!” – Katie