Next week and in the many weeks that follow leading up to and into 2010 we will, if we’re lucky, find ourselves on the doorsteps of family; of friends. Surrounded by the warmth of their laughter and their homes we will share in old memories and create new ones. But before all that we’ll show up bearing gifts. Or, at the least, we should. Charmingly simple gifts.
It seems logical to me to begin this handmade beauty series at the beginning of the beauty regimen: cleansing. I don’t know anyone who applies make-up, or even clothing, prior to cleaning their skin. So I would like to explore with you the properties of handmade soap.
Handmade soap is different from commercial soap in two ways.
Like extra-colorful sea anemones, these felted bowls are spectacularly striking.
Vibrant colors and whimsical feelers bring a happy presence to your home.
$23 from Felted.
These paintings just plain make me happy. That is all. (Can you tell my favorite season is Spring? I got married in March, I’m jealous of my stepmother for having an April birthday… Spring is da bom.)
budanART bio: I am a Canadian artist who works primarily in acrylic. Inspired by nature, I use strong colour, discrete shapes and rhythmic patterns to create paintings which can be enjoyed for both their abstract and realistic qualities.
The necklace above is some of Jean’s handiwork. Her designs are inspired by another love in her life: food. This pendant is ceramic with kiwi-colored glaze. Her shop is very eclectic and, while that can sometimes be a bit distracting, her aesthetic is very consistent. She works in many media to create her jewelry, including metal, fabric, glass, and ceramics.
So then Jean suggested that I check out Allover Art.
And it was by sheer force of will that I did not buy these earrings right on the spot. Ruth Jones is the talent behind this fabulous shop! Each piece is a hand-painted little work of art. Ruth is also a more traditional fine artist but loves the idea of creating tiny pieces that people carry with them throughout the day instead of being hung on a wall to be admired at a distance.
Jogi Originals is a brand-new shop with loads of potential. I love how the details on this bag are delightly off-center! There are tucks in the body of the bag and, just above them, a bit of the lining fabric peeks out in its only little set of tucks.
Finally, I couldn’t resist the Xtreme poses that accompanied these hand printed yoga pants. Who doesn’t want to be comfy & pretty? Whether you wear these for their intended purpose or simple around the house, you’ll look great doing it. Find more limited-edition, screen-printed goodies at ahpeele.