Friday, October 16, 2015

No-Sew Fall Burlap Leaf Owl Pillow

Make your home fabulous for fall with this no-sew pillow. With this easy project you can add some fun texture and color to any room of the house. It's an inexpensive way to make you house ready for fall, you can make the pillow using left over burlap and fabric scraps. It's a great tutorial which doesn't require any sewing skills or too many things. You can find the instructions on how to make the burlap fall leaf owl pillow along with the materials from Stephanie's blog Silly Pearl.

Fairy-Tale Characters

Let me take you on a trip to fairy-tale land. It's a world created by Laetitia Miéral, a self-taught artist from France, inhabited by mysterious characters with castles and carousels. She studied art history, and worked as a costume designer for a theater company. She specializes in creating characters that are handmade by paper and papier mâché that are then painted with so much detail work that they appear to be real people. I am enchanted by there beautiful attires and their personalities.

"Ever since I was a child," she says, "I have been drawing, painting, and creating the characters from my dreams and imagination. I grew up with the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll, Charles Perrault, and Madame d'Aulnoy. I work with paper, a never-ending source of inspiration for me. I create mobiles, grimoires, fairy paper jewelry, and puppets." - via.

She exhibits her amazing paper sculptures all over France and in abroad. She has an online store where she sells her sculptures as well as paper dollhouses. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Owl Specimen Art

Here is another printable that you can add to your Halloween decorations. This quirky and fun printable by Kiki from Kiki and Company is perfect to make an easy specimen art to hang on wall or use them as a holiday banner to decorate around the mantle. The owl printable can be downloaded from The 36th Avenue where there are other wonderful free printables that you can grab!

Handmade Lamps by A Northern Light

These beautiful handmade lamps are made from parchment paper that when lit create a warm glow. The lamp features original illustrations by Claire, a designer and an artist based in Manchester. The lamps are finished with a solid wooden ring top and bottom. They come in two sizes and are shipped internationally. 

You can find more lovely lamps by her I blogged previously here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Halloween Lantern Carnival

Halloween Lantern Carnival is an annual event produced by The Lantern Company that has become hugely popular and attracts a large population to Liverpool's Sefton Park.

The carnival features giant puppets, kinetic floats, pyrotechnics, sculptures that light up the night sky and on the ground thousands of costumed characters create a visual story telling transporting the spectators to a imaginary world. I have collected some of the magnificent lanterns to share with you here.

The event also organizes community-led Lantern Carnival creative workshops where everyone is encouraged to participate to make their own handmade lanterns ahead of the event. You can find more details on the workshop, if you wish to participate and learn about the event on their website.

It's with the support from the local community and funding from Liverpool City Council’s Culture Liverpool and Arts Council England the carnival is made possible each year. 

Cards by Ingela P Arrhenius

Swedish designer Ingela P Arrhenius's work doesn't need any introduction. I am a fan of her work and have featured her bold plus delightful designs on my blog a few times in the past. Her quirky Hej ('hello' in Swedish) cards featuring animals are sure to bring smile to a face. So, go ahead and pick your favorite animal to send a loving note to a friend or a family member. Find them here and here

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise is a children's book written by Sean Taylor with illustrations by Jean Jullien. It's a hilarious tale of a hoot owl who's preparing in the darkness of the night to catch some dinner. But it doesn't take too long before the reader discovers "the wise owl" is not a master of disguise. Neither his disguises nor his tricks of catching are working. He tries to be a sheep, a fountain and even a carrot in hope to catch a prey but all his attempts remain unsuccessful. 

The bold and simple graphics are created in thick lines. The characters are done in selective color scheme of black, orange,  green and most of the background is dark. It's a story kids will love to listen to again and again, and laugh out loud every time. Available to order here.

DIY: Owl and Fox Cardboard Masks

Hayley made these wonderful cardboard masks for her kids to match their Halloween costumes and shared the tutorial on her blog. These are not your ordinary masks, these hand-painted masks come with all the embellishments that your kids will love to wear with their matching costumes. How cute is that bow! 

You can get the template for the owl and fox in two sizes - for kids and for adults. You can make one for your self and one for your kid for the trick and treating night. The templates and the step by step instructions can be found here.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Trays, Cutting Boards and Cushions by Nadja Wedin

Nadja Wedin was born and raised in Farsta and  received education at the Art School in Stockholm and Birkagården. She works as an illustrator and an artist, and creates textiles, cushion covers, trays and wallpapers in fairy-tale patterns. Her designs are inspired from shapes, forms and patterns found in the nature. Her artwork is intricately made in black and white using an ink-pen or filled with beautiful colors that stand out on a dark background.

These functional pieces will double as artwork on your sofa and in your kitchen. You can find the shown products and many more in her online store. 

Halloween Poo Brew Toilet Spray & Printables

Download and print these Halloween Poo Brew printables from Living Locurto. The printables include gift tags and labels designed to glue onto a toilet spray bottle, this will make a hilarious idea for your bathroom. 

Amy has also shared a recipe for making your own spray with essential oils which will kill all kinds of odors and magically make your bathroom smell like candy corn. Get the printables and the directions to mix your own spray go here.