Friday, May 22, 2015

Bone China Money Boxes and Mugs

Repeat Repeat designs is a UK based company started in 1984 by Gillian Naylor and Mark Faulkner that specializes in bone china mugs, tableware sets, christening mugs, egg cups and bowls. 

Their newest collection "Hello!" offers money boxes and mugs featuring adorable characters - "Fergus the fox", "Olive the owl", and "Clara the cat". The money boxes are absolutely darling! It's a wonderful way of encouraging a kid to save, spend and share their money. They ship internationally. You can find out more information about shipping and rates to your country here.

DIY: Owl Bucket

Jodi came up with this owl bucket idea when she needed party decorations for her daughter's birthday party. She was looking for something quirky to serve food and treats at the party. The upside down owl bucket is a great idea to hold plates of cookies, cupcakes etc. This is an easy project which can be made without spending lot of money. Just find a few buckets at your local craft store and make your own googly eyed owl buckets that everyone will love. This could also be a great activity for the kids who can make some buckets for their tea party.

Free Woodland Birthday Party Printables

Lia Griffith designs wonderful printables and gives them away for free! How very generous of her. Thanks Lia! Today I am sharing the woodland themed printables by her that are perfect for a birthday party. You can download cupcake toppers, straw flags, snack cones, header cards, critter stickers and more, and print them for your next party! The printables feature woodland friends - owl, bear, fox and bunny in the colors inspired by the nature - brown, orange, green and blue. The birthday party freebies are available here. You can find more free printables by her here.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dou Dou Birds

Adorable bunch of new owl and bird sculptures by Dou Dou. What I love the most about her sculptures is the variety of facial expressions of the birds. Some look completely confused, some skeptical of their existence and some surprised! 

I have blogged about her and her wonderful work on the blog previously. Take a look here.

Little Bead Boxes by Julia S. Pretl

I am blown away by these stunning boxes by an artist based in Baltimore City Julia S. Pretl who has been beading since late 1980s. She hand-makes these boxes with thousands of tiny beads in varied shapes and sizes from the basement of her house. Each box is one-of-a-kind which features intricate designs such as owl, insects, birds, animals and patterns in array of colors. 

After 15 years of beading she realized that she could combine her passion with her training in graphic design and technical illustration to teach others. She now writes books, creates patterns and conducts occasional workshops. She has written four books in which she shares techniques and tips for the beginners as well as advanced beaders. The patterns of the boxes shown above and many more can be purchased from her website.