Friday, November 25, 2011

Mixed Media by Lisa Congdon

New mixed media works by San Francisco based artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon. Her paintings are a beautiful fusion of pencil sketches, vintage and found paper, and fake fur. The bright color palette and use of geometric shapes in these paintings is what caught my eye in the very first place.

{from top: Snowy Owl, Artic Hare, Sami Man,Star #1}

DIY: Potholder

Sunni is a blogger and a mother of two girls who has a great passion for sewing. She shared this wonderful tutorial for making an owl and a fox potholder on her blog. If you already have a pot holder that you really like then you can (bookmark this for later and) make this feathery owl friend with a few more easy steps.

Go here for step by step and detailed instructions.

Anthropologie: Mr. & Mrs. Owl

Mr. & Mrs. Owl creamer and sugar by Anthropologie, perfect to bring a touch of English tradition to your morning tea.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving + Cupcakes

I adore these owl cupcakes by Lynlee's Petite Cakes. I am grateful for all of you and wish those who celebrate a warm, wonderful Thanksgiving!

Freebie: Thank You Card

Download and print this owl thank you card by Westmama for free! Each page prints four cards, print as many as you want. 

If you are planning a birthday party, there are free invites in the same design. Download one or both from here.

Freebie: Give Thanks…In “Owl” Things

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I have another freebie to share with you. Kelli Joy has created Give Thanks…In “Owl” Things printable calendar for the month of November. The colors are inspired by the Autumn season, and a fun play-on-words to celebrate the month of Thanksgiving! You can also use the first page alone to use it as a greeting card or a postcard. Download here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Imm Living: Totem Cups and Bowls

Totem cups and bowls designed by Rob Southcott from Imm Living. These functional sets while not in use can be stacked together to form a totem pole. "A totem is an object, usually an animal, which serves as an emblem for a family or clan and embodies a sacred relationship between nature and humanity." 

Each cup features a "carved face", may be of birds with spread out wings and beaks, and I definitely see an owl on the top in the silver stack. Do you? I would love to buy my own totem, but making a choice between a clean white or metallic gold and silver finish won't be easy. Which is your favorite?

These will sure make a great conversational piece and an awesome gift! There is a recent addition are totem sugar, salt and pepper stacking set. Entire collection available from here.

Graham Carter

The newest series of silkscreen prints with gold and metallic foil detail by Graham Carter. These limited edition prints are signed by the artist and are available from Soma Gallery

Animal Egg Cups

Adorable animal egg cups by Quail are available from Liberty in over 30 designs including owl, otter, puffin, donkey, swan etc. Pick one or two (or more) to dress up your morning egg!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Two Hoots Wine Label

I am loving the owl illustrations on the wine packaging and labels designed by Maegan Brown for a Canadian Winery Two Hoots (update: thanks Meagan for the update. Too bad, the wine doesn't exist.). The wine bottles feature five eye-catching illustrations of owls that are sure to please a young audience and anyone who is a fan of cool package design.

But that's not all, "Each owl character has been designed to match the characteristics of the wine, which nicely ties into the tongue in cheek descriptions on the back of each varietal. Back label of Cabernet Rose: 'Like the screeching owl, this cabernet rose has a rather flirtatious character. Fresh peach and pear aromas combine with cheeky cherry flavours to add sweetness to the playful, fruity wine.' Back label of Cabernet Merlot: 'Robust and vigorous like the spotted owl, this cabernet merlot has a rich plum character. Oak and blackcurrant aromas combine with dark cherry flavours to add luxury to this hearty wine." 

{via The Dieline}

Elli Popp + Edwyn Collins

Elli Popp collaborated with Indie musician legend and artist Edwyn Collins to create a gorgeous line of ceramics - "Some British Birds". Edywn illustrated these birds on a daily basis after suffering cerebral haemorrhage in 2005. These delicate drawings of the birds demonstrate Edwyn's skills as an illustrator who made use of his left hand only. 

The range of mugs and plates comes in six lovely bird designs including barn owl, tawny owl, nightangle and more. View all the products on Elli's online store.

Santoro Graphics: Popnrock

Santoro "Popnrock" cards are a great example of paper mechanics and genius. Every card comes pre-assembled with a space to write your message and easily pops open from the packaging. "With a gentle nudge the cards rock from side to side and they all feature a number of small moving parts which sway in harmony with the motion." This innovative pop-up, 3D series of cards won gift of the year in the best Card & Wrap category. The cards shown above are designs - Teacups in Forest and Owls, to view the rest of the beautiful cards go to their website.

The video below shows the card in action. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Anthropologie: Bundled Up Critters Candles

Anthropologie's new collection of candles Bundled Up Critters Candles comes in three adorable designs - an owl, a rabbit and a raccoon. Each stoneware animal candle is gold-tipped, has a different fragrance and comes with a removable lid. That means, they can stay with you even after the candle is exhausted.

Owl Shoes by Jason Wu & Melissa

I am not a fan of plastic shoes but these owl shoes look fabulous! Jason Wu has worked in collaboration with Melissa, the Brazilian footwear label for Spring 2012 collection that features two styles - flats and peep-toe slingbacks. The classic Melissa design has been customized by Wu by adding a Miss Wu owl logo and bow on the Ultragirl ballet flats.

The shoes will be available in four colors - nude, black, gray, and burgundy.

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