Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September Desktop Wallpaper

With new month comes a new wallpaper and this one is special because it is designed by one of my favorite artists Sanna Annukka for AlwaysMod. The folk style pattern features an eclectic group of animals - owls, bears and roosters in vibrant shades, a beautiful tribute to the Autumn season which is just around the corner.

The wallpaper comes in several sizes, you can download the one you need with or without the dates from here.

Two Lovely Owl Collections

{From the top clockwise: owls on branch rectangular, square and round box, purse, money pot, bookends, lampshade}

{From the top clockwise: spring forest owl calendar block, hook, backpack, water bottle, notebook, coin purse, bookends,}

Happy September everyone! I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend and are all energized now for a new week. It's always great to find products that are cute as well as functional so I was excited to discover these two lovely collections that are chock full of lovely things from calendars, to notebook, to lampshade (I want!), to snack boxes and more that you can use everyday!

If you like any thing that you would like to buy you can find them here and here. For shipping and delivery details to your country read more on that on their respective websites.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Beaded Sculptures by Betsy Youngquist

Betsy Youngquist is a mixed media artist of Rockford, IL who has been working with beads for twenty years and is known for creating awesome sculptors embelleshed with beaded mosaics. 

Betsy works with sculptor R. Scott Long who helps her in designing and constructing the sculpture forms. Each of her piece is carved with great attention to detail and the surfaces of object are covered with seed beads, parts of vintage dolls and found objects. Her bead work reflects "a fascination with the intersection of humans, animals, and mythology. Stemming from a life-long love of all creatures great and small, Betsy’s work weaves together the human and animal spirit through a surrealistic lens."

Betsy has exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, D.C., the VIDA Museum in Borgholm, Sweden, and completed an installation project for the Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI. If you live in Missouri and would like to see her curious creatures in person then you can stop by at St. Louis Art Fair from Sept. 5th through 7th. For more details on the fair venue go to Cultural Festivals.

I hope you enjoyed the features I shared with you here this week. If you like, you can join me on Facebook where I'll be sharing more owl-some finds over the weekend. Have a lovely weekend!

DIY: Owl Puppets + Printable Pattern

The internet is flooded with various tutorials on making hand puppets. And why not? Kids love to play with hand puppets, it's interactive and fun! Kids can get creative with their favorite stories and fairy tales, and stay entertained for an entire afternoon. I just recently came across this wonderful tutorial on how to make owl hand puppets which comes with step by step instructions as well as a pattern to download. 

For the entire tutorial and to get the printable go here.

Printable Woodland Papercone Animals

Go ahead and download these adorable woodland paper cone animals from Petite Lemon for free! Just print, cut and assemble to use them as ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree, as decorations to add to a woodland themed birthday party or as fun finger puppets for kid's to play with. To download the printable in full size click here.