Saturday, 27 July 2013

New Etsy listing: Vintage mens grooming kit

There are some lovely markets and carboot sales here in the North East of England, there's even a vintage fair or two (which I'm getting very excited about).  I love to rummage around peoples rubbish as you may have guessed.  At a recent market in the lovely Chester-le-street I happened across this darling vintage mens grooming kit.  All it needed was a little cleaning and it was good to go up on Etsy.

Isn't it the sweetest thing?  It comes with a removable mirror, comb, brush and two chromium plated dispensers.  Check it out here.

I have a bunch of vintage books prettifying my bookcase but I think maybe it's time to bite the bullet and whack them up on Etsy too. . .

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Etsy finds: for the home

I've been spending a lot of time on Etsy lately, basically marveling at how creative and imaginative people can be.  There is so much on there it literally takes hours and hours out of my day when I get 'lost' on the site.  So I fancied writing a blog post about my favourite finds from today.  I could spend all day sharing the things I like and still have more.  So I'm gonna restrict myself to three sellers that caught my eye.

The first is the shop ObviousState which sells literary artworks, cards, posters etc.  Anything that combines books and art is gonna grab my attention and these illustrations are fascinating.  I haven't seen a single one I don't want to own.  Click the images for the links.

Write drunk; edit sober.  So simple and funny.


I don't need another notebook. . .or do I?  I know I want this one.  So so badly.

Next up is Oh, Albatross, a lovely mix of homeware and toys.  I really love the styling of the photographs.  The grey background is perfect and the styling simple; they really stand out from the crowd.

Something about this reclaimed paperweight really appeals to me.  It's rustic and chunky and I totally don't need a paperweight but I want this in my life.

I'm still loving the copper accessory trend, especially in minimalistic surroundings.

And last but not least is Dprintsclayful which sells an array of ceramic items from teapots to personalized hand prints.

I think I'm becoming a tad obsessed with teapots and these are beautiful.  The lace detail makes me think of Alice in Wonderland.  Can't you imagine this blue teapot at the Mad Hatters tea party?

They are so delicate looking.  I really love the cream and white versions because they are so classy and understated.

I'm always looking out for new shops to explore so if you have any you'd like to share don't be shy!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Pin of the day: Wall murals

I have to say I am a total sucker for a wall mural.  I love that it's just there in all its huge glory.  I'd love to do one myself but I don't think I could handle the pressure of seeing it everyday and picking out the imperfections as I'm want to do with my own art work.  It truly is a curse.  

I love this interior wall mural of an exterior scene.  It totally brightens up the room and gives an impression of a bigger space.  Modern and chic, I'd have this in my house definitely.

This dark and broody mural is stealing my heart.  It is my style completely.  In fact I might have to just bite the bullet and and get my paints out.  It doesn't hurt that the green sofa and cushions are to die for.

Could an image be more dreamy?  The blue and white sky theme is a bit dated but this version using blue/grey totally hit the spot.  Can you imagine waking up to this every day?  It would certainly bring a smile to my face.

There is so much diversity when it comes to wall murals, as it is with art.  A mural in your home is a talking point, a focal point and it kicks wallpapers ass.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Ballot box no.2

So here are some pictures of the second finished ballot box, freshly waxed and feeling smooth.  This time I distressed the paint more and used ledger paper to line the inside.  The paper is actually from the treasure haul from my grans loft.  There were several 'takings' books in the haul and this particular one has lots of stamps and signatures on the pages.  I like to think of them as interesting gibberish.

And it is currently on sale in my etsy shop.  Click the images for the link

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

New vintage finds for my etsy shop

So I made my first sale which was super exciting.  Although not without its difficulties due to a part of the dining room ceiling falling in and crushing some of the beautiful china.  Sob.  And I have some new finds to share with you today and hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to show you the other ballot box in all its finished glory!

I'm very happy with them.  The gold plates are especially beautiful as they are covered in the gold ivy pattern.  And they are all for sale (with more pictures) in my etsy shop.  Click the images for the link.