In addition to wedding planning, I’ve spent a lot of time the last few months making new pieces for a couple of local shows. In September, I did the Cooper Young Festival, which is always one of my biggest sales days of the year. Last weekend, I participated in an event called MemFix Cleveland, which was fun.
A lot of what I’ve been working on has been Christmas related. I’m so happy with how these turned out! Out of the five Christmas plates I made, 2 sold on Saturday. Here are the remaining three:
I’ve also made a few non-Christmas plates over the last few months:
I’m taking a break from plates now to work on some new Christmas ornaments. I’ll try to get a post up about those next week!
I’ve been so neglectful of my little blog lately! There has been so much going on. The day after my last post, I got ENGAGED! Woot! So I have been super busy trying to plan and arrange and keep everyone happy. I have lots of DIY ideas floating around in my addled brain, so you should be seeing some of those in the next 6 months!
I’ve also been busy preparing for the Cooper Young Festival, which is tomorrow. It’s always one of my favorite days of the year, because I get to actually see people’s reactions to my work. That’s always fun! If you’re in Memphis and plan on attending the festival (which you should, all the cool kids will be there), come and see me!
I was doing so well there for a bit, and then my posting came to a screeching halt. Sorry about that! A combination of real life stress and an upcoming craft festival I’m trying to get ready for suddenly took over my life. The festival is in less than 3 weeks (EEEEK!!!), so I’ll probably be posting sporadically at best, but I’m going to do my best to post a few things a week!
I came across the first print below while browsing on Pinterest today, and am now completely obsessed with this print shop in the UK (aardvarkonsea). I want them all.
I’m HOPING to have a post tomorrow about something I’ve been working on. Fingers crossed!!
I discovered Man vs Ink, an Etsy shop run by printmaker Fred DiMeglio in Portland, back at Christmas when I was searching for cool beer related gifts (see kickass beer print below). When I came across the equally kickass “Onward” posters a few weeks ago, I just couldn’t resist doing an Etsy favorite post on him. He prints his designs both on paper and fabric (t-shirts, aprons, etc.) I’m definitely partial to all of the bike imagery!
I was finally able to spend some time taking pictures of my newest pieces this weekend!
And here are a few of the other pieces I’ve finished lately:
These will all be up on Etsy this week too!
A little inspiration for the middle of the week!
Filed under: Etsy Favorites | Tags: etsy, nautical, photography, prints, sea, ships
I love boats. It’s been years since I lived near the ocean (growing up in New Jersey), but I still feel pulled toward the water. A few weekends ago my group of friends had a “water day” at a lake a few hours from Memphis. Between the 8 of us, we had 3 kayaks (my first kayaking experience – think I’m going to have to start saving my pennies to get one of my own pretty soon!!), a fishing boat and a gorgeous hand-crafted sailboat. We had an amazing time, just relaxing in the water, hanging out on the boats and grilling dinner.
Nautical goodness on Etsy:
Filed under: Etsy Favorites | Tags: customized, etsy, jewelry, rings, silver
So, I’ve avoided featuring Kathryn Riechert here, despite being one of my favorite Etsy sellers, for one simple reason: she really doesn’t need the exposure. She does amazing work, but she already has a massive following, and amazing sales numbers, and I’d generally rather bring attention to shops that are newer or just lesser known.
But alas, I just can’t hide my love for her anymore. Her work is simple and streamlined, and she offers tons of customization options. In fact, the “diamond” earrings below have been my everyday earrings (like, I’ve LITERALLY worn them every. single. day) since Mike gave them to me for Christmas. Here are a few of my favorites:
SUCH a busy weekend. I worked on three different projects: the major furniture rehab plus 2 smaller projects that I fit in while coats of paint were drying. Frankly, I’m exhausted. I’m planning on photographing stuff tonight, so the posts of my weekend stuff should start tomorrow.
In the meantime, I found this very cool Etsy shop called Sweet Harvey. The shop is run by illustrator and print maker Brandi Powell, and features a mix of letterpress and screenprinted pieces. The illustrations are bold and colorful, and the print work looks immaculate. Here are a few of my favorites:
REALLY digging the robot stuff. Very cool.
ArtMind is the Etsy shop of Mitsy from Hasselt, Belgium. She makes lovely, simple, bold ceramic pieces that would serve as great conversation starters in any home!
I just love the “99 Feelings” project, where she took simple babushka shapes and altered them to evoke different emotions. Here are a few of my favorites: