Welcome to my blog. Here's where I write about ~

~ my favourite items made by other artists and crafters from all over the world

~ things that inspire me

~ thoughts of the day

~ general ramblings and ... my own creations. enjoy...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

cathy michaels design - march feature artist

Another wonderful Etsy artist I'd like to share with you is the lovely Cathy from Cathy Michael's Design.   Cathy is a multi-talented Canadian artist.  Her works exudes the enthusiasm she has for life.   I'm very proud to be her on-line friend and love her work...

Cathy is a self-taught mixed media artist who dabbles in everything from painting to journaling to sketching.  In addition to working on her art, Cathy works full time, is a mother to a wonderful 13 year old son, wife to a wonderful husband and step mom to a beautiful 17 year old girl.  Because Cathy also works full time,  fitting all of this in and leaving time to `create`is a challenge every single day.  Nevertheless there is rarely a day that goes by where there isn`t a sketch, a doodle, or a new journal being started.

Cathy’s shop, aptly named Cathy Michaels Design combining her name and her son Michaels’s name,  makes available many of the items she creates.  She loves stocking and re-stocking her shop based on her latest creative obsessions.  Cathy has been published in many of the Somerset Publications including, Artful Blogging, Somerset Life,  Art Journaling and Sew Somerset.  She has  also been a featured artist on many blogs including Spoonful  and  Crescendoh  where she writes a heartfelt piece for Jenny’s  Art Saves  feature..  You can preview more of Cathy’s work on her blog at http://cathyb.typepad.com.  Cathy loves to hear from her readers so let her know what’s on your mind.
  
Vintage French Book

notecards

collaged tin

text book pages for journalling

Thank you notes

Muslin Bag

Online Workshops

memory lists
paper kit - sold

paper kit - sold
 
 items available from Cathy Michael's Design

 
more details:
 
 
... thank you Cathy for being my feature artist ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

keeping things in perspective

i'm busy ... you're busy ... we're all busy ...

i don't know about you, but i tend to get very wrapped up in my life, work, looking after the  family and sometimes forget to sit down and take a break ...

i saw this and thought it was worth pinning and blogging..


simple messages are usually the most effective ...




~  find something wonderful every day  ~




Saturday, February 25, 2012

phillipa leith

i found this artist on Pinterest today and her work literally made my mouth drop open ...

UK artist Phillipa Leith describes herself as a designer - maker.    She creates delicate, mixed media  pieces with a vintage feel.

truly beautiful work including artist books, bespoke wallpapers and coverings, ceramics, giftware and fashion accessories.

enjoy ~












~ find something beautiful every day  ~

Friday, February 24, 2012

french melody - friday find

tonight i've discovered a fantastic new store on Etsy that i want to share.

Sylvie from French Melody has the most wonderful vintage pieces in her store,  for the home ...

... i just want to keep browsing and her fantastic photography makes me feel like i'm right there in her store in France ... sigh ...

 








 

... all items currently available in Sylvie's store French Melody

~  find something beautiful every day  ~

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

library and bookstore fetish ...

i have always had a thing for ... libraries and bookstores ...

me too ...

... yep ... just about sums it up ...

... very easy to lose track of time ...

... just LOVE these old filing systems ...

... and then there are the wonderful  ~ books ...

... books ...

... and more books ...


... the king of the Libraries... The Long Room - Trinity College - Dublin ...

... I literally got tingles when I visited The Long Room - it was fabulous ...
... Rizzoli Bookstore in New York, was equally thrilling to be in ...

 
 

... hope to visit this bookstore one day ...
  



... and yes, you guessed it... I considered becoming a Librarian at one stage...
... i love the 'librarian style' ... hmmm ... maybe one day it could be a new career choice?

~  read more books  ~

Monday, February 20, 2012

from drawing to toy - a genius idea

recently stumbled upon a blog called Child's Own Studio ... where a truly amazing Canadian woman - Wendy Tsao is turning children's artworks into soft toys ...

a simple, yet genius idea!  ...   send one of your children's drawings to Wendy ... and about 2 months later (this time could be delayed now due to her sudden discovery and  explosion in popularity) for anywhere between $70 - $120 CAD plus shipping,  receive a replica toy!

brilliant!  Fantastic!  and so darn cute ... congratulations on such an original idea and what a wonderful keepsake for the children (and mums and dads!)


















I checked with Wendy before posting, because her workload has literally exploded with her sudden discovery and she wanted me to let all my readers know that on 1st March, she will be launching a list of other talented 'softiemakers', to help deal with the influx of orders!  yay!


~ happy and inspirational ~



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