Proud Mama Moment

Roxy made me this gorgeous welcome home present after I’d been in Melbourne for a few days at the end of last year – which was only the second time ever that I’d been away anywhere without her. She drew and cut out the Mama and Baby bunnies (which she said are her and I), and we framed them together. I think they’re so adorable and love them as much as anything else I’ve ever been given. It’s usually those unexpected gifts that are the best – especially when they’re handmade with love. And from your child!

And if you can indulge me in another proud Mama moment, I just have to share this… during the holidays Roxy made a Sweetie Petite for the first time entirely on her own. (Although I did press the peddle on the sewing machine so she didn’t get too speedy.) Can you see the teeny tiny ever-so-neat hand stitches along the bottom?! Yes, my Miss Six is a perfectionist neat freak just like her mother!

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Inspiration :: Jenifer Altman

I love it when I see a new post from Artists Who Blog pop up in my Google Reader. That’s how I discovered the sublime photography of Jenifer Altman yesterday.

Jenifer uses a vintage polaroid camera and I just adore the resulting soft, painterly, evocative images. The first portrait below is one of the most beautiful images I think I’ve ever seen.

Visit Jenifer’s website, blog and Etsy shop for more.

And if that’s not enough she also writes short stories, which are accompanied by her beautiful images. And she has three children!

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One artist or two?

I love seeing collaborations between artists. I find it intriguing to see what two people can create together when they combine their strengths. So it was with anticipation that I followed Mitsy’s blog Art Mind in the last few months of 2009 after she announced a secret collaboration with another Etsy seller.

Mitsy is a ceramicist from Belgium and her partner in collaboration is Anna (aka Lila Ruby King), a jewellery designer from Greece. Mitsy and Anna share a love of texture and nature, which is obvious when you see their work. I love the minimalist approach they’ve taken with form and colour and the combination of the porcelain, metal and tiny touches of red thread.

The jewellery is being sold through Anna’s Etsy shop, and new pieces will be released at the beginning of each month. It seems like this was a very successful coming together of two talented and like-minded women and it will be interesting to see how their work together evolves with each monthly release.

Image Source: Lila Ruby King

The images above aren’t a part of the collaboration – they’re just things I saw in Anna’s shop that caught my eye.

I’ve blogged about Mitsy’s Mini Art Feelings before, and she has a lot more lovely goodies here on Etsy. Her blog is also a wonderful insight into her creative process and it’s full of great tutorials. Mitsy is the tutorial queen! And I have to mention the Babette blanket she recently finished… if you’ve been visiting me here for any length of time you’ll know that I have crochet envy.

Image Source: Art Mind

I’ve often thought about what sort of collaboration I could do with another designer or artist, but as yet I haven’t done anything about it. Have you ever collaborated with someone? Is it something you’d like to do?

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Inspiration :: Rose Miniscule


Rose Miniscule.

Sooo divine!

Image Source: Rose Miniscule
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For the love of type

The title of this post came about because Roxy (now aged 6) has started to say “Oh, for the love of Pete!” Quite frequently too. We have NO idea where she got it from, but it’s hilarious to hear her say it. I digress…

This drool-worthy type is by British typographer and illustrator Seb Lester.

Isn’t it?!

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