Friday, September 25, 2015

Make Animals with Fall Leaves

Fall brings so many fun things like cooler weather, holidays and the colorful leaves. Watching the fall foliage all around you is a sensory treat in itself. It's that time of the year which we all eagerly wait for year after year. 

Back to the leaves now. The kids can use the lovely leaves in many different creative ways in their craft projects. I featured fall leaves animals before and here are some more for you simply because they are so cute. That giraffe is so adorable! Found via.

Cute Handbags by Kate Spade

The quirky and cute handbag designs by Kate Spade. I don't know if they go with my style but they certainly are unique. Do you see something that you would carry? Which one?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

New Halloween Products by Williams-Sonoma

Some may say it's early to talk about Halloween but there are so many cool products popping up on the internet that I can't wait to share them with you. Also, I know many of us start to prepare for Halloween well in advance. So, without much ado here's the new decorations and homeware by Williams-Sonoma featuring owl, crow, skeleton, witch, bat, cat in classic black and white color scheme with moon in the background. There are plates, big owl platter, tumblers, mugs, apron, table cloth, tea towel, paper banner, owl shaped candle and much more.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mooncake: Pillows

Martina M√ľnch is the founder and the designer behind all the lovely things at Mooncake a brand based in Finland. She creates screenprinted pillows in animal shapes featuring her original illustration. The illustrations are also available on cards, magnets, tote bags and art prints.

Kreafunk - aOwl Radio

Kreafunk is a Denmark based company that was started by designers Kenneth Melchoff Bahnsen and Ruben Fog-Fredsgaard with a focus of combining the simplicity of the design and functionality into all product designs. The aOWL is a cleverly designed radio, shaped as a cute little owl with big eyes which work as powerful set of speakers.

The radio features bluetooth, a built-in amplifier plus volume and on/off on the back. The aOwl comes in white, green, dusty blue, dusty pink and black. The owl radio is delivered to you in a lovely wooden box that looks like a bird-house.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Susan Wraight - Miniature Carvings

 Midnight, 2013

Encounter, 2013

Locust, 2011

Snow Monkeys, 2014
Nest, 2012

Mouse on a Corn Cob, 2012

Susan Wraight was born in Berkshire, England and currently working Australia. She graduated with BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Design from Brighton Polytechnic and gained MA in Jewelry and Silversmithing Royal College of Art, London. While she was still making jewelry she got interested in Netsuke which is a traditional Japanese craft of carving miniature wooden sculptures and now has been creating tiny cravings for 30 years. Her work is in many private and prestigious collections, including those of HIH Prince Takamado of Japan, the Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum, and the Office of the President, USA.

Rattan Animal Hampers

I am not found of rattan, but these playful hampers are just so adorable. They are a perfect little thing for a kid's room to hold toys or laundry. The owl hamper and the elephant hamper come in different sizes and colors. Available online through amazon and Home Decorators.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Ceramics by Susan Hipgrave

Northern Hawk Owl

Circus Cyaneus Hen Harrier

Circaetus Gallicus Short Toed Snake Eagle

Nest of the House Sparrow

Aquila Pennata Booted Eagle

Bubo Zeylonensis Brown Fish Owl

Crested Eagle

Susan Hipgrave graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and worked for two decades as an art director in advertising. In 2005,  when she walked into a painting class the Sydney-based artist discovered her true passion for painting on porcelain. She calls it her preferred "canvas" which she decorates with wildlife and botanical drawings inspired by her collection of natural history books. 

Susan hand paints every plate with intricately detailed subject matter in monochromatic black and white color scheme using a fine hairline brush.

‘When I’m contemplating a new piece, I start by going through my collection of natural history books until I find something that “speaks” to me. I work with it in terms of size and placement, and then begins the slow and meditative practice of putting paint to porcelain. I obsess about how fine a line I can do; ultimately, I love seeing all the little black lines that I’ve painted come together to create an image.’- via.