Friday, September 11, 2015

Lampshades, Scarves and More!

Su Owen is a surface pattern designer originally from Bolton, presently living in Norwich. She creates a wide range of products such as lampshades, cushions and scarves that are hand printed by her or digitally printed. Her bold designs are often inspired by retro images, vintage circus, floral patterns or characters like "Alice in Wonderland". Her beautiful products are made with cotton, silk or velvet in deep, rich colors.

Take a look at her wonderful paper-cuts and other products on her website. If you are in the area, you can see her products in person. She will be exhibiting at the 2015 Top Drawer - Home, Olympia, London from Sept. 13 through 15. 

Fall Inspired Printables

Fall will be here before we know it. We don't realize it now but as holiday season approaches we get super busy with the holiday schedule, family dinners and parties that we wish there were more hours in a day. So, let's get started with these cute printables that you can download or bookmark to print later for your fall themed party. These fall inspired colorful owls, leaves and acorns can be used to make cupcake toppers, napkin holders or anything else you could think of. To download the printables click here.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Mini Textile Dolls by Pantovola

Anouk de Groot is an artist from Scotland who gained BA in Fine Arts from the Institute for the Arts, Arnhem. She makes one-of-a-kind dolls for her label Pantovola that are inspired "by the magical world of childhood that is so full of fantastic imagination and wonderful creatures."

Her dolls are hand-stitched and handmade with vintage fabrics, art paints and embroidered. All her creatures have a distinctive and charming personalities.

"My creatures and creaturines are hugely shaped by my love for ancient folk tales and folk art, nature and it’s animals. But also by the memories I have from my own childhood, like going to a dusty puppet theater in an old farm with my gran or of dreaming away staring for hours into all the different rooms of the Victorian dolls houses displayed at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and getting lost in in these miniature lives.

And I could spend hours in my own miniature world of dolls and puppets, making them clothes, fitting them hats and ruffs and so on. This is in many ways what I still do today."

Her newest series "Matchbox Mini" is a collection of miniature dolls that can be worn as brooches. The owl and the fox shown on the top are from the series. To see more of the dolls you can go to her online store or take a trip on her blog to learn about her process.

Cute Hand Push Torches

Adorable hand push torches in kids friendly designs like owl, bat, babushka, lion, robot and more by Cotton:on

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

"Who Just Hatched?" Baby Owl Printables

You can download these cute "Who Just Hatched?" baby owl announcement cards and labels for yourself or to share with a friend. The printables are designed by JD of The Altamonte Sparrow who just recently became a parent of a newborn baby. It's so generous of them to share these printables on their blog for everyone to download. 

Not only that, they have the cards and labels designed in two colors - blue and pink so they are perfect for boys or girls. The labels can be used in multiple ways - to seal the birth announcements, baby shower invitations, or even as gift tags!

To get the " Who Just Hatched?" announcement cards click here and to download the labels click here.

Easy Sock Owl DIY

There are many tutorials by other talented crafters that teach you how to make animals, fruits, plushies and other things with a sock. Today, I am sharing this wonderful tutorial by Sunduchokruk on how to make the cutest sock owl using only a handful of things - a sock, few buttons and scraps of fabric for wings and a beak. 

The website is in Russian but the pictures are clear and easy enough to follow that you won't have a need for instructions. Take a look here for the step by step pictures to make your own owl. The finished owl will make a fun toy or can be a part of a home-made mobile.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

"Nordic Lights" by Paperchase

Paperchase Autumn Winter 2015 collection 'Nordic Nights' is based on woodland theme featuring owls, polar bears, moose and foxes in lovely Scandinavian style. The range comes in dark color scheme, light on navy and color on kraft background. Nordic Lights print is available on note books, backpack, washi tapes, mugs, gadget cases, flasks, usb stick, candle, tea towels, handwarmers, lights and much more.  

You can find all the fun products from the range on Paperchase website

Monday, September 7, 2015

Amazing Layered Paper Sculptures

Calvin Nicholls carefully cuts paper in tiniest pieces and meticulously layers them to form animals and birds who seem to be climbing out of the frame. He starts with a drawing which becomes a pattern for the piece that he then cuts with tools like X-acto knife, scalpel, and scissors. He then assembles these pieces by gluing each paper individually in place. To finish each piece the artist spends anywhere from four weeks to two years.

He is recently honored with an Award of Excellence and the Artists' Choice award for his entry titled "Waiting in the Wings" - Wilson's Bird of Paradise. You can find more amazing paper sculptures by Calvin Nicholls blogged in the past here.