Friday, June 25, 2010

Collection: Vintage Knick Knacks

{from top left: tray, hot plate, ceramic owl, vase, money box, clock, piggy bank, owl canisters}

Lately, I have been completely obsessed with vintage knick knacks and have been spending whatever free time I have, in the second-hand shops and thrift stores. I believe one can never have enough knick knacks around the house; they add such warmth to the place. It gives me such joy to revisit my finds and study them, again. Every time I look at that old tray I found at a flea market or a hand-painted plate that I got from the neighborhood thrift store, I see the piece differently and it appears more beautiful than ever. So, this weekend I suggest that you move around your finds and pick out one favorite piece from the pile and place it on your desk for inspiration (and priceless smiles). Have a wonderful weekend!

P.S. My Owl Barn is on Facebook.

Giveaway for the Gulf

Silvana Ferreira of Leefee is donating 100 percent of her profits for a couple of weeks towards helping the Gulf of Mexico effort. In order to celebrate the beginning of her donation sale, Silvana is giving away a set of prints to a lucky winner. To enter a chance to win go to her blog or buy a print or two from her store here.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Chick Print

Adorable owl stationery by Chick Print.

Cloud9 Fabrics

Cloud9 Fabrics is a partnership between Michelle Engel Bencsko and Gina Pantastico who made it their aim to bring eco-friendly and affordable fabric to the marketplace. Their fabric has fun graphics and lovely color palette. Their newest range Forest Friends is just as sweet, featuring owls, bunnies and polka dots.

Vintage Owl Bank

I love this little guy! This vintage money bank was made by a pottery artist Gabriel Verken in Sweden. I couldn't find any more information on it or if it is available for purchase anywhere.

{images from here}

{Oversized Shirt}

In my opinion, this Corey Lynn Calter oversized beige shirt is incredibly sexy. I'll just add a wide belt, and wear it with skinny jeans and boots. Do you wear oversized shirts? Even if it's your boyfriend's white shirt.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Lucienne Day: Textile Designer

A gorgeous and exclusive linen tea towel range by Lucienne Day, a renowned textile designer from the 50s, are now available at TwentyTwentyOne.

This Owl Owns This Town...

Rachael of Penelope and Pip has added a new print to her store of an owl with attitude called Chester, and he has an interesting past. Would you like to hear the story?

Chester had grown up in the west, where the owls were a little tougher than your average birds. Born of a Texan father and a mother who hailed from the wrong side of the tracks in downtown Boonah, he had grown into his cowboy boots and was now ready to claim his part of the street. With a swagger most becoming of an owl of his age, he eyed off the local lads. Watch out boys, this owl owns this town...

Engagement Cupcakes

Gabby is a chef who made these adorable, mouth-watering cupcakes for her friend's engagement party. How adorable is that cupcake on the cupcake! She is so talented and has created many incredibly beautiful cakes and cupcakes that'll make you go weak in the knees. Take a look here.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Giveaway: Lee Arthaus Owl Prints

Shannon of Happiness Is has just informed me about the giveaway on her blog where the winner gets to choose a print from Lee Arthaus of Nancy. There are about 200 prints in her store and the choice is not going to be an easy one. Good luck! To enter and instructions click here.

Handmade Wooden Brooches

Handmade wooden brooches with adorable drawings crafted by Depeapa in Spain.

Alexis Anne Mackenzie

Alexis Anne Mackenzie is an incredibly talented collage artist based in San Francisco. Alexis on her work: “My general intent, throughout all my work, is to portray the world as a flawed thing of beauty – a place that shines brightly, but has a dark side to match”. Every collage is hand cut and pieced together to give an appearance of an old scrap book page adorned with twigs, leaves and blossoms.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Emma Bridgewater

The newest British Birds collection of kitchen goodies features assortments of colorful birds and owls by Emma Bridgewater.

{also available here}

Ingela P Arrhenius

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend, and wishing you a great week. I found these lovely illustrations and beautiful patterns by Ingela P Arrhenius this morning that I thought are perfect to start our Monday together. Ingela is a swedish illustrator, a wife and a mother of two boys. Her work is fun, colorful and has charming retro feel. Lagom recently launched eight of her new designs to their greeting cards range and they do ship worldwide!