Friday, December 13, 2013

DIY: Tissue Paper Owls

I just recently discovered the tutorial on A Beautiful Mess for these cutest owls made using tissue paper and recycled material. The owls will look great on a book shelf, desk or any corner of your home where you need a splash of cute. They can also be added to a baby shower decor (or any party), try different colors to match with the color theme of your party.

Oaxacan Wood Carvings

Owl by Eleazar Morales

Yellow Cheetah by Armando Jimenez

Coati by Luis Pablo

Lion by Luis Pablo

Otter by Luis Pablo
Fox by  Miguel & Gil Santiago

Aren't these colorful Oaxacan wood carvings beautiful? 

Ulster Weavers

The new range of tea towels and canvas bags is designed by Samuel Winterbourn for Ulster Weavers. There are four lovely folk style inspired designs in the range - "Two Hoots", "The Buzz Of Summer", "Love Nest" and "Mother Hen". They'll make a great gift by themselves and can also be used for wrapping a gift!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

DIY: Owl Calendar

This is a cute and fun project that you'll enjoy making with your kids and then cherish for the year! Pysselbolaget has shared the diy for making an owl calendar using cardboard. To make your own owl calendar you'll need thin pieces of cardboard for example from a cereal box, paint, brush, paperbinders, scissors, glue and sequins, buttons or other decoration for eyes. This will make a great handmade gift this year or a stocking stuffer. For instructions and to download the template go here (scroll down for instructions in English). 

Need one now? You can also customize and print your own calendar choosing your favorite artwork from here.

Colette Bream: Pillows

Colette Bream was born and raised in Europe is currently living in the United States.

She shares: "My shop started when my daughter was born. I had a desire to rid her room of anything that wasn’t natural (any polyester, plastic, etc.).  I was looking for something beautiful in its simplicity and innocence, and I wanted to accentuate that with colorful accessories. With that in mind, and with a nostalgic nod to my own childhood (perhaps in an attempt to bring old, faded memories back to life), Colette Bream was born."

In her online store she sells soft toys and homewares that designed and handmade individually by her using only natural materials. The pillow collection in owl, house, animal, cloud and star shapes is simply unique, whimsical and delightful.

Fran Giffard: Illustrations on Moleskin Pages

Fran Giffard is a London based artist who draws intricate bird illustrations over Moleskine diary pages using aquarelle, gouache and graphite pencil. Fran gained Bachelor's degree in Fine Art Drawing at Camberwell College of Art in 2010. Since then she has exhibited internationally in group shows as well as solo shows. You can find more information on her upcoming shows on her website here.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Collection At H&M

I am loving everything in the new holiday range by H&M. The cushion cover featuring an owl with a mustache and top hat makes me smile. I also adore the raccoon and cat pillow cases which can be coordinated with faux fur throws to create a bold yet cozy corner for your guests in your living room. The animal prints are available on mugs too.

I couldn't really resist putting that ceramic tray on my wish list. Gorgeous!

Bring whimsy and quirkiness to your holiday table with that owl eyes plate.

Owl and fox print bed linen comes in two colorways - turquoise and white - with matching rectangular pillow, owl shaped cushion, tea light holder which will look great in a kid's room or in your grown up bedroom.

Free Woodland Holiday Recipe Card + More

Stephanie Fizer designed these adorable woodland holiday printables for Allisa Jacobs of Oh My Handmade. The set featuring sleeping owls with the snowy backdrop comes with gift tags, stickers and a recipe card with an option of the Sparkle Ginger cookie recipe or blank so you can write your own favorite recipe. 

Check out another lovely printable recipe card which can be downloaded for free from here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Ornaments Round-Up 2013

First row: Sylvan bell ornament - Anthropologie,  Glass bird ornaments - Crate and Barrel, Woodland creature wooden hanging decoration - Lisa AngelSecond row: Menagerie ornament - Land of Nod, Mercury glass owl ornament - Pottery Barn, Arctic ornament - Landof NodThird row: Embossed glass ornament - Elizabeth's Embellishments, Flying owl ornament - Monster Threads, Paper owl ornament - TargetFourth row: Squirrel and owl wreaths- World Market , Snowy owl christmas ornament- MacKenzie-Childs, Animal christmas ornaments - Neiman Marcus

First row: Barn owl wood ornament - cricketstudiogallery, Wire icon ornaments - PBteen, Owl felt ornament - NaughtyPigStudios. Second row: Christmas owl ornament with hat - Halde Craft, Handpainted ball ornament - OpenWindowArt, Wool needle felt ornament - GladOArt. Third row: Jonathan Adler owl ornament,  Round barn owl bauble - Lisa Angel, Christmas owl - PrinceDesignUK. Fourth row: John Lewis owl snowflake glass baubles,  Glass dome Bauble with snow - Temptation Gifts, Winter owl christmas ornament folk art style indigotwinholiday.

P.S.: Enter this giveaway to win a gift certificate worth $150 to spend on Caroline Temple Jewellery.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Woodland Baby Shower + Free Printables

Paper Muse Press created this adorable 'Woodland creatures baby shower' printables that you can use for your next party or forward it to someone you know is going to be a mom soon. The printables feature cute owl, raccoon and squirrel in nature inspired color scheme. The set includes - cupcake toppers, tent cards, water bottle labels, pillow boxes, bar wrappers and bingo. And yes, all these can be downloaded for free from here. Enjoy!

Advent Calendars by Mibo

Madeleine Rogers, the designer of all the wonderful things behind Mibo creates a DIY printable advent calendar every year for a free download. Like me, if you too didn't know about the free advent calendar then you get not one but two advent calendars - one in wintry color palette and the other in brigh festive colorway. Both feature lovely graphics of owl, penguin, bird, mouse, snowflake, christmas tree and more! You can find them and download them from here.