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I just spotted this over on CRAFT…. hilarious, I love it 🙂

This is a sequel to my previous post, Repurposed & Upcycled Homewares On Etsy, which has had lots of positive feedback so without further ado here’s more of the same.  I love putting posts like this together, the only drawback is trying to narrow down my choices from all the creative awesomeness 🙂

Vintage Map Art Print by Little Bluebird Studios

White Gold Paper Bowl by etco

Recycled Sail Pillow Black no.5 by reiter8

Set Of 2 Gypsy Forest Fabric Bins by SewingMomma

3 Dryer Pillow Sheets Sachets by zJayne

Braided Red Heart Rug by Green At Heart

Coastal Seahorse Print With Salvaged Frame by Recycled Relics

Handmade Barnwood Clock by Inspired By Nature

Button Monogrammed Pillow by Letter Perfect Designs

4 Recycled 45’s Coasters – The Beatles by Rock And Roll Coasters

‘It Wasn’t Me’ Recycled Applique Felt Pillow by Alexandra Ferguson

Recycled Reusable Beverage Sleeve by Viola Studios

Plastic bag Holder by Rosey Corner Creations

‘Let’s Make Out’ Recycled Felt Pillow by Alexandra Ferguson

Recycled Magazine Palm Tree Shadow Box by Colorstory Designs

Reclaimed Wood Chopping Board by BP Custom Woodworks

3D Letter S From Repurposed Book by Little White Dog

Vintage Zipper Magnets by Amalia Versaci

Recycled Vinyl LP Valet Tray by Brinda Kay Design

‘In The Pantry’ Set of 16 Magnets by Button Empire

Maria Cristina Bellucci worked for several years making theatre and costume accessories, before branching out to design contemporary jewellery, such as her coloured pencil range.  Her work is available from Alternatives Contemporary Jewellery.

via designboom

This paper installation of a city complete with a railway and electric lights, is by Wataru Itou, an art student in Tokyo.  It was constructed over four years and exhibited at the Castle On The Ocean papercraft exhibition.  Now that’s what I call papercraft…

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The silly season is upon us again, which gives me the perfect excuse to go hunting on Etsy for gift ideas (as if I needed a reason…).  Jewellery first – here’s a little collection of pretty sparkly things I found for all the Moms, sisters, daughters, friends and girlfriends;  all handcrafted – you won’t find these in the shops 🙂

Sweetness & Light

Snowfall Sterling Silver Lariat Necklace by Luxe Deluxe

Sweetheart Necklace by Edor

Swarovski Crystal Steampunk Ring by QA Create

The Origami Crane by Ruby Rouge Jewellery

Loop Sweet Baby Bird Necklace by Sweet Berry Bird

Sterling Silver Angel Wing Necklace by Just Jaynes

Coral Flower & Sky Blue Stones Necklace by Goffer Jewellery Designs

Simply Glass 16k Gold Matt Plated Earings by Nest Pretty Things

Pixie Necklace (Prehnite, Labradorite, Pink Amethyst & 14k Gold) by Jennifer Casady

Look After My Heart Swarovski Crystal & Antiqued Silver Necklace by Azure Treasures

Mum Necklace by Rose Marie’s Bijouterie

Little Drop Of Sparkly by Chocolate Kate

Sterling Silver Charm Necklace by Maggie Basile

Love Letter Locket & Sparrow Necklace by Sassy Cheeky Chic

White Rose Ring by Lauren Kari

Swarovski Crystal & Hammered Gold Earrings by Maggie Basile

Garden Of Joy Agate Bracelet by Elle Jewels

Butterscotch Swirl Candy Ring by Sweet Stella Designs

Dark & Dramatic

Rosalie Necklace by Princess In Pink Designs

Just A Little Funk by It Caught My Eye

Autumn Equinox Whiskey Quartz Necklace by Anna Artiste

Black Rose Cameo Pendant by A Second Time

In Bloom Ring by The Family Jewels

Victoria Necklace by Amber Sky

Sterling Silver Black Flower Earrings by Huismus

Antique Typewriter Key Ring by QA Create

Autumn Kiss Necklace Pendant by Tina Tarnoff

Glass Eye & Copper Artisan Ring by Gypsy Moon Art

Vintage Glass Earrings by Faeried Treasures

Enchanted Celtic Knot & Emerald Green Rhinestone Necklace by Lili Swan

All of the above Etsy shops are full of gorgeous handcrafted pieces, but I had to give a special mention to Opus Muse as I really really liked most of the things in this one!

1972 Bracelet

Raindrops Earrings

Chloe Earrings

Heritage Ring

Twilight Necklace

Kaleidoscope Bracelet

Succulent Necklace

Divine Earrings

Kaleidoscope Earrings

Vintage Rose Noir Necklace

Beautifully crafted miniatures by Lori Nix, depict scenes of disaster and sinister accidents… the most striking thing about them is how eerily serene these scenes appear despite the context, and I think it’s because there are no tiny humans portraying fear or panic, just the events happening quietly, to be discovered later.  Creepy, in a very good way 🙂

Lori photographs these dioramas and prints are available from the site linked above.


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Via this post at WebUrbanist

Wonderfully imaginative 3D forms in polyurethane foam, fiberglass resin & polymer clay by Meredith Dittmar.  Her website bio says of her work:-

“Dittmars human-animal-plant-energy amalgams contain threads of common elements and colors to express deep levels of union across themes of biology, technology, and consciousness . Her characters are frequently involved in quiet expressive moments, or lounge facing their audience so they can share their inner space. Dittmar believes it is this space we recognize in ourselves, and through convening in that space, the interconnectedness of all things is revealed. She sees the act of spontaneous artistic creation as part of a larger practice of being present, and a way to better understand herself and reality.”

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Superbly crafted 1:43 scale (and smaller) scenes by Thomas Doyle.  And all with a strange, slightly sinister feel – my favourite 🙂

















US artist Shannon Rankin‘s mixed media pieces are striking in their simplicity – in her own words;

“In search of finding connections between geography, anatomy, and botany, I combine the visual elements of maps, anatomical illustrations, and natural forms to explore themes of travel, healing, and time.

Maps depicting mountain ranges, roads, lakes, and rivers, resemble internal biological features, reproductive anatomy, skeletal structures, and networks of the human body. Symbols of cities become acupuncture points, and meridian lines, like rivers, represent an internal system of communication and transport. Geometric seed patterns, made of globe-like pieces of map, reference small worlds, suggesting the potential for a broader landscape. The ephemeral nature of maps, speak to the fragility, and transitory state of our lives and our surroundings.”

See more on Shannon’s blog, her Etsy shop ‘Selflesh’, and her Flickr.









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This brilliant piece of stop motion by Sipho Mabona shows how to fold origami koi.  Two of my favourite things – origami and stop motion, in one place… what’s not to love 🙂

origami koi

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July 2020