Thursday, 31 May 2012

Cool feet for hot days

It's been hot this past few days in England (well, it's started raining now surprise surprise!). So I was inspired to paint some more ice cream shoes.


They're up for sale in the shop NOW. Go buy them before your feet overheat.

And here's some pictures of them making friends with my mint choc chip brogues, also for sale here.

Am I a complete weirdo for imaging shoes have friends? 




Etsy Shop Feature: Ninainvorm Ceramics

I'm always in awe of an Etsy seller who really knows how to display their products. It's something I'm learning as I go, I'm certainly not a natural at it.

The first thing that struck me about Ninainvorm Ceramics were the way they display their ceramics on backgrounds that really compliment their colourful and fun work. I'm a sucker for bright colours and love ceramics. But when I found out this shop also upcycles vintage ceramics I knew I was in love.

Take a look at their lovely stuff, I especially want the leaf/heart shaped plate with the birds on it. I don't think I could ever bear to use it as anything but display though, it's just too perfect to be used!






Wednesday, 30 May 2012

My week in photos - 30/05/12

Well, these are more like from the past couple of weeks cause I've been lazy and not taken many pictures lately.


1. My brooch arrived from Gusosos! It's so pretty. I haven't worn it yet but I'm going down to birmingham for the weekend so I'll show it off while I'm there.

2. I decided I want to do some new shoes and a bag for myself. So I'm half way through painting this pair of mocassins and upcycling this vintage bag. Can you guess what it's going to be yet?

3. I'm upcycling lots of vintage bags at the mo. Keep your eyes peeled for some in the shop and a giveaway over the next month :)

4. Playing around with brogues in adobe illustrator for my new blog design. Although I keep leaving it because illustrator is so infuriating!

5. I made a vegan carrot cake for a bbq at the weekend. I was very impressed with my "cream cheese" frosting but not so much with the decoration or the texture of the cake. My recipe still needs perfecting before I put it on the blog.

6. I love lilac!! So I'm painting lots of lilac shoes for the shop right now :)

7. Playing with patterns for some material designs!

8. Nommy vegan chocolate and orange shortbread that I made today. Will post the recipe tomorrow!!

Wednesday Art Feature: Anita Mejía

This week I'd like to show you the art of Anita Mejía, an illustrator from Mexico.
Anita is probably most well known for her creepy cute digital illustrations, although her traditional drawings are well worth a look too! I personally love her mixed media sewn illustrations though, like this one:


Here are a few of her digital pieces that I love:





Anita has tons more amazing artwork on her Blog, DeviantArt and Facebook.
She even has super cute skins for sale that you can buy for your laptop/ipod.


 

Friday, 25 May 2012

Etsy Shop Feature: Horrible Sweet

This morning, I stumbled across a combination of my favouritest things; awesome etsy shops and monster sculptures.

Horrible Sweet is an etsy shop that sells the work of Lydia Dekker, an artist from the Netherlands.
Her creations, in my opinion, couldn't possibly be more perfect. The combination of creepy and cute combined with pastel colours and shit loads of awesome eyes.

Unfortunately, I can't afford to cover my house in her monstrous cuties just yet, so I'll have to settle for stalking her website and blog instead.







Fashion Favs Friday 25-05-12

  1. Joy Williams Design  - Beautifully designed latex and rubber wear
  2. Fables by Barrie - Vintage inspired fashion specialising in pin up swimwear
  3. Tattoo Socks - Tights and socks that make your legs look tattooed
  4. Shebbo Design - Beautifully detailed, hand painted wearable art
  5. Extollo Jewelry - Jewellery made from human teeth and animal bones

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Wednesday Art Feauture: Raquel Sanchez Pros

I don't always dicover artists through Deviant Art and art books, I was lucky enough to stumble upon Raquels work through seeing one of her brooches.
I discovered this wonderful brooch through reading a blog post by Lazy Explorers, I knew I HAD to buy it straight away.
She also has a few other brooch designs available:
 

I've absolutely fallen in love with the illustrations that she has available on her Etsy store, they're just the perfect mixture of cute and stylish. I will definitely be decorating my house with some when I can afford it.




Raquel lives in Valencia, Spain and worked for 7 years as a graphic designer before discovering her passion for illustration.

She's also pretty amazing at sewing. I just love these sewn illustrations:


If you want to check out more of Raquels work, take a look at these links:
 



Friday, 18 May 2012

Fashion Favs Friday - 18-05-12

  1. Ketchupize - I am a big fan of this shop. All of the jewellery is so modern and unique, and so reasonably priced.
  2. White Bear Accessories - Hand dyed lace jewellery, really unusual and pretty.
  3. One Little Red Fox - Adorable animal wooden jewellery.
  4. Sconnie and Jam - Super cute retro inspired wooden jewellery.
  5. Pink Rain - Eco friendly hand painted jewellery and prints.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Little Lala Shop

Oh my god!! I think I've found the custest plates in the whole world!!





These are from Little Lala Shop on etsy. They're upcycled vintage plates, cups and saucers. I think I need some of these to display my cupcakes on.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Wednesday Art Feature: Fernando de Souza

This week I'd like to introduce you to an artist who I've admired for a long time! The Brazilian digital illustrator, Fernando de Souza. Known as Ferlancer on Deviantart.

I particularly like his portraits of celebrities, and was especially excited when I saw this one of Yolandi Visser:
Fernando's work has a fun and comical characteristic, the portaits he does are usually missing a nose which I think makes them look humorous and alien.




If you would like to see more of Fernando's work, check out his DeviantArt and his Blog.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Latest Shoes!!

I've been a busy bee this week, working on some handbags for a photoshoot and doing a few custom orders too :)

I seem to be getting lots of people wanting me to do shoes with their pets on these days. I think this is my new favourite thing to paint. When I get a spare few hours I think I'm going to have to paint myself some poodle and husky shoes so Effy and Holly don't feel left out!!

Here's my newest customs:
 



Sunday, 13 May 2012

Cockermouth

Last weekend it was bank holiday weekend, so I booked the weekend off and decided to visit an old friend. She's recently moved to Cockermouth in the Lake District and I hadn't yet had time to visit her.

I had such an amazing weekend, Cockermouth is one of the most beautiful places I've visited. All of the houses are painted in lovely vibrant colours and the town is so beautifully decorated. I was lucky enough to be there on the weekend that they had a Georgian Fayre on. Lots of the locals were dressed in Georgian costumes and there were people morris dancing dressed in hilarious outfits, some were even dressed as crows.

Unfortunately my camera died a day into the trip so I didn't get many photos! Here are the ones I managed to get:


Saturday, 12 May 2012

Pretty Pugly


Those pug hoodies and PJs by David and Goliath inspired me to paint some cute little pug heels. I have three pairs in sizes UK5,6,7 US7.5,8.5,9.5 and Eur 38,39,40 available on the shop now!





It also inspired me to search for pug goodies on etsy, here are my top 9:

  1. Pug Dog Ring $5 from NB's Closet
  2. Pug Diamond Jubilee Mini Cushion $9.50 from Senor Picklesworth
  3. Zombie Pug Tank Top $15.99  from Punkalife
  4. Pug Sweatshirt $118 from Love Fashion Music
  5. Pug Convo Cards $7 from African Grey
  6. Pug Cameo Necklace $11.99 from Kitsch Bitch Jewellery
  7. Pug Love Mixed Media Print $36 from Retro Whale
  8. Lavender Pug Mini Cushion $12 from Sara Norwood
  9. Pug Dog Wooden Puzzle $12 from huebysscrollsawart

Friday, 11 May 2012

Five Fashion Finds Friday - 11-5-12


1. Onstail - Eco concious felted products. Their slippers look so comfy!!
2. Maneggi - beautiful and classy ribbon jewellery.
3. Hana letters - Hand made felt brooches, I got one of these for Christmas and it's so well made and detailed! Not to mention super cute.
4. ZIB Textile - Creative and fun screen printed leggings, tees and dresses.
5. ElCaldero - One of my new favourite Upcyclers!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Wednesday Art Feature: Venetta

I first saw this artists work about a year ago on Deviant Art. She's become one of my favourite artists and I am always excited when she submits more monsterous illustrations!

Venetta is based in the US and has an awesome imagination. She's mainly known for her digital art but she's also pretty kick ass at printmaking, painting, watercolours, crafting and photography.
 




Venetta has recently set up a website for the creatures she creates, called "The Rowdies". You can also like them on facebook.

If you want to check out more of Venetta's awesome work have a look at her DeviantArt and Tumblr.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Fashion Favourites Friday 4-5-12

Here are my top 5 etsy fashion shops of the week. I went for a fun and bright scheme this week as I'm off for a fun long weekend in Cumbria today. I hope the skies are as bright and sunny as these picks.

1. Boo and Boo Factory - Leather Geometric shaped jewellery - so original and so beautiful to look at!
2. Bang Bang Crash - These have been on my favourites list since I first joined etsy. They make absolutely awesome fancy dress costumes, and also do really cool every day clothes too.
3. Zhovak - I have only just discovered this shop, and I have to say I'm in love with almost every item!
4. the Triangle of Bears - This shop is full of jewellery that will make you smile. I want to own all of it.
5. Em and Sprout - super cute clothes and super super cute shoes.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Wednesday Art feature: Nekranea

I'm going to try and post a new art or craft feature each Wednesday from now on.
I thought i'd start off with a completely inspiring and talented artist named Nekranea.
I first stumbled upon her DeviantArt account a few months ago and immediately fell in love with the creatures she makes.

Nekranea is a spanish artist, she specialises in one of a kind art dolls made from polymer clay (painted with acrylics) and needle felting. She displays her work beautifully in woodland scenes, making them look like real creatures.








Nekranea is not just a talented doll maker, she is also a great illustrator and has a shop where you can purchase prints, clothing, decorations and lots of other things featuring her artwork.



If you want to see more work by Nekranea check out her personal website, shop, Deviant Art and blog.