Happy Halloween everyone! I’m sorry to all of my baby subscribers that I didn’t post Piquant Designs’ hilarious hand-painted pacifiers ($13) earlier, it would have made all of your costumes better. But really, it’s not too late - they’re funny all year round.
I was an ice skater from an early age. High moments in my childhood were connected with skating milestones: first skating backwards, first jump, first spin. Spins in particular were feats to be studied, scrutinized and judged afterwards, based on the curlicues they left behind in the ice. So it was with deep nostalgia that I recognized Ice Art’s images: life-size graphite rubbings of those ephemeral ice circles (from $75). And so great looking, you don’t need to skate to enjoy them.
Surreptitiously searching for Christmas gifts for my niece and nephew yesterday, I ran across Rose Lullaby Dolls’ fetching papier-mache puppets. Once again, torn with indecision, I chose to show you her cherubic finger puppets ($10 apiece). But if you like dolls or puppets, or know someone who does, I highly suggest checking out her ethereal larger sized (and less roly-poly) puppet-dolls - she’s got kits to make your own, she does custom orders if you send her a photo of someone, or will just ship you out one of the characters or special Christmas fairies she has already made. Fun stuff.
Honestly, what is a tie if not a socially acceptable necklace for men? I wore a prep school jcrew-ish tie back in high school when last it was in (dating myself!) and I’ve been waiting for them to come back. Perhaps I need not wait any longer with Mr Mrs’ jazzy bedazzled versions ($155)…
Dyed by hand from her own secret recipes, textile specialist Kim E-M turns out the most earthy, lusciously-colored quilts for beds, walls, and family heirlooms. This one was inspired by the Kansas sky after a thunderstorm. From $300.
I first fell for the sinuous lines of Doug Peltzman’s Pitcher ($145), so that’s what I’m posting, though his kitchen and vanity jars (from $100) - reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright ceramics - are not to be missed.
A big hug to everyone for helping me hit 10,000 followers last night!
I began this blog last winter as a way of promoting my own Etsy Shop, Tider Design, while helping other small, handworking artists and crafters drive traffic to their shops. Many of my features have sold, and even when they don’t, the artists are always delighted to have some surprise exposure.
Thanks to all of YOU readers and rebloggers for your interest, your clicks, and especially your hearts. Diane
I’ve made leather accessories before, and it’s surprisingly difficult to make a belt. So I’ve got to hand it to Ayelet Shachar for her stunning, wearable, and inventive collection of leather belts (from $35). It was tough choosing just one to showcase.
Entirely handmade - from the selection to the gourd to the cut, cleaning, coloring, and finishing - Snook n Company’s “It’s a Gourd” Handbags ($125) are also eco-friendly, and many are vegan. I’ve never seen anything like them.
Capping off my totally-unplanned fish-themed week, we have Minimonos’ intricate silkscreened carp pillow ($55), just one of the many gorgeous images on offer. Geometric industrial buildings, spiky Rorschach trees, all of my favorite silkscreen objets…check ‘em out.
In keeping with my aquatic theme from yesterday, today I bring you Fred Fisher’s shimmering Gyotake Fish Rubbings ($35-$85). Fisher uses a century-old technique, Gyotaku (“gyo” meaning fish and “taku” meaning rubbing or impression), and paints his prized catches in lifelike hues, and takes a rubbing on paper or fabric. The results are at once lifelike and beautifully antique.
I’ve never been fly-fishing, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting No Flys On You’s hand-tied salmon and trout flies ($2.50). Intricate and luminous, from their iridescent bead eyes to their spiky and colorful plumage, if I can’t figure out how to wear them as jewelry, I might just have to take up a new hobby. Collecting them, of course.
Next time you need a fancy wedding gift and everything on the registry has been taken, forget about Tiffany’s, and support am amazing independent artist. Isabelle Abramson’s Porcelain Lace Bowls (from $100) are light and exquisite, and would make far more unique heirlooms than those ubiquitous blue boxes.
I’m loving the facets that abound these days (even wishing I had one or two of those West Elm side tables) and I got all excited when I found these. Kindlingshop’s Faceted Wood “Rocks” ($40 for a set of 3) come in 3 different tones, and honestly, they’re the most attractive decor your kid was ever allowed to play with.
Those of you who’ve been tuning in for a while or have read through my archives know that I’m always on the lookout for Etsy menswear. That is, actual menswear, and not t-shirts or hoodies. I hit pay dirt today with Shoemakers, whose handcrafted leather men’s dress shoes (from $138) are nothing short of divine. Not to be hyperbolic about it, but really, they’re gorgeous.
Back from the land of no internet, and all of a sudden it’s cold out! I left a week ago in 90 degree weather, and now it’s down to the 50’s?! I thought I should find a coat for you, and here it is - Oh Really Becky’s High Necked Wool Herringbone Jacket ($160) - beautifully tailored with just the right swing to it.
Yes, I’m on vacation, hence my neglect. Walking around the tide pools today, though, I was inspired (or was it guilted?) into logging on, at great expense and inconvenience, to find and share an oceanic treasure or two. And so I give you Why Girls Go Astray’s Haeckel-esque Decoupaged Platter ($55). It’s a beaut, no?
I like pigeons. Even though one peed on me recently. For all of the bad rap they get, they’re smart and interesting and well, I think what we (as city dwellers) dislike about them is a reflection of what we dislike in ourselves. But enough philosophy; I’m into Jasna’s red ceramic life-size pigeons ($190). I think they’d look amazing on a high shelf.
Who said afghans have to be granny squares in a haphazard rainbow of colors? Kallerin’s chic Norwegian version features muted natural colors in a bold Scandinavian pattern…and best yet, you can purchase it in a kit ($165) or ready made ($450).