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Saturday Selections – THS July Colour Challenge

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

I’m looking forward to creating an artwork for the Two Happy Stampers July colour challenge soon.  In the meantime, I thought this beautiful selection of colours would be a great inspiration for my Saturday Selections this week:

1.  In “Concord Crush”, this beautiful Handknit Scarf by Crickets Creations.  I just love the different textures and shades of purple in this gorgeous handmade scarf – the title says “fit for royalty” and it certainly looks it!

2.  For “Poppy Parade”, I’ve chosen these vibrant Red Chiffon Flower Hair Pins by Nomsa.  I love their simple elegance – what a wonderful finishing touch to your outfit!

3.  In “Very Vanilla”, we have this gorgeous looking Paradisi Body Butter by fellow Queenslander Rhasdala.  This creamy moisturiser is perfect for soothing dry skin, and features a blend of soft vanilla and refreshing grapefruit scent.  The Paradisi scent is one of Rasdala’s most popular, and is also available in soaps, bath salts, lip balms and many other body and beauty products.

4.  I love the warm, dark colour of “Early Espresso” – I think these Smoky Brown Quartz Wire Wrapped Earrings byAngelene (anothe QLDer!) capture the colour perfectly.  These two high-quality smoky quartz briolettes in a rich coffee colour have been spun with sterling silver wire to create this beautiful pair of earrings.

5.  This Pear Canvas All-Purpose Pleated Bag by Tippy Thai matches the “Pear Pizzazz” colour perfectly!  It is made from high quality canvas, and features an adjustable strap as well as plenty of compartments for all your essentials.

I hope you liked this week’s Saturday Selections.  Which is your favourite of the five colours above?  I can’t decide between “Concord Crush” and “Early Espresso”.

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More Swappy Goodness!

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

This month I once again participated in the DUST team swap, and once again it was a wonderful experience.

I was paired up with Briony from Petaliferous, who makes handmade, one-of-a-kind, vintage, upcycled, fun and whimsical jewellery. I was spoilt rotten – here are the goodies I received:

A purple rose Cabochon Ring – handmade for me!  Not only does it look great to just wear, I’ve found it looks fabulous when I thread through the ends of a wrap top I bought at an Intimo party.  So versatile!

I just love this Hot Pink Rose Cabochon necklace – I’ve been looking for a nice bright pink necklace for ages, and this one is just perfect!

My favourite item by far is this gorgeous bracelet made with handmade sparkly blue, black and silver beads.  It is just my style and is *so* comfortable to wear (yes, I HAD to wear it as soon as it arrived in the mail – and I happened to be wearing blue that day too so it must have been fate).

My photos (taken late at night because I’m too impatient to wait until the weekend when I’ll have time to take daylight photos) really don’t do this beautiful jewellery justice, so please check out Briony’s store to see pieces like these and many other beautiful jewellery items.

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Sunday Selections – Pretty in Pink

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

I know, I’m a day late with this one – I was having a very lazy day yesterday.  I’m hoping to make up for it with lots of painting today.

This week’s Saturday Selections (well, Sunday Selections) is inspired by the colour pink.  Pink and I have had a chequered history.  I loved pink when I was little, and then as I grew older I decided I hated it – I think I was rebelling against the whole ‘pink is for girls’ thing.  Now that I’m older still I’m loving it again – so here are a few of my favourite pink items from around Etsy:

First up is this devine lace tunic by Lirola.  I have been eyeing this one off for a while now – I just love the pretty fabric and the applique embellishment!  I think this top would be great worn with a pair of jeans, a pretty necklace and heels. I will be snapping this one up myself just as soon as I can afford it!

Lace tunic by Lirola

I’ve been really into wearing bracelets lately, something I never used to bother with, but there are so many pretty ones around that I just can’t resist.  This is one of them – it’s called Monet, Iris’ Sterling silver lampwork bracelet, by Kajulee.  I love the mottled colours in the lampwork beads, and the Swarovski crystals they’re paired with make a beautiful match.

Monet Iris' Sterling silver lampwork bracelet by Kajulee

Isn’t this ‘Poppy’ scarf by Tutus2 so pretty and feminine?  It is made using vintage silk kimonos and japanese silk, and is one of a kind.  I love the idea of using vintage materials to make new handmade objects, and this scarf is a great example of that.

Poppy Kimono Silk Scarf by tutus2

Last, but not least, is this gorgeous necklace by Rue de Bijoux.  It’s called “When she visited the Patisserie diet was the last thing on her mind” – isn’t that a fabulous title?  All of the jewellery at Rue de Bijoux has great titles like that – the shop is worth looking at just for that,  but it is also filled with beautiful vintage inspired jewellery.  This pretty necklace is one of my favourites:

When she visited the Patisserie diet was the last thing on her mind by Rue de Bijoux

Be sure to check out all the other lovely items these sellers have in their shops!

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Inspire Me Thursday – Handmade Gifts

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

This week’s topic over at Inspire Me Thursday is Handmade Gifts.  Perfect for this time of year!

My contribution is these wearable art pendants I have just listed on Etsy.  I think they would make wonderful Christmas gifts:

And if you’re looking for a beautiful jewellery box to give the pendant in, one of my keepsake boxes would be perfect!  This picture really doesn’t do them justice – they look much nicer in real life.

I have ordered a new shipment of boxes which I’m told will arrive before Christmas.  Some styles of the boxes actually sold out last time before I even picked the order up from the post office.  So if you’re interested in a particular style, please let me know asap and I’ll put one aside for you!

These are the designs coming in the next order – if there’s another painting you’d like to see on a keepsake box, let me know and I’ll put it in the next order:

One last thing – I’ll be drawing the winner of the giveaway later today – so if you’re interested in entering, please do so soon!

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Friday Favourites – Rainbow!

Friday, December 4th, 2009

It’s Friday again (Hurrah!!), so that means another edition of my Friday Favourites.

This week’s selection is inspired by my most recent painting, ‘Colours of Nature’

I’ve picked out something in each of the rainbow colours of this picture.

My favourite RED item is this beautiful red pearl necklace from Fine Heart.  It would be perfect to go with that red Christmas Day dress, don’t you think?

My favourite ORANGE item is this signed art card print titled “Alone at the End of the Day” by Fine Art Prints by Amy Giacomelli and Natalia Skye.  I love the colours and think the birds are just so cute!

Now, I have to admit, YELLOW is not my favourite colour.  In fact I didn’t have any yellow items in my favourites list!  I went on a yellow things search and was immediately taken by these beautiful ‘love knot’ earrings by Wing by Sea.  The citrine stone is lovely.

My favourite GREEN item is this wonderful original watercolour entitled “Listening In” by Ali Herrmann.  I love the beautiful soft green she has used.

I just love BLUE, and have a lot of blue things in my favourites list (as you can see from my last edition of Friday Favourites!).  My favourite blue thing this week is this stunning pair of earrings in blue and silver by Chaton Designs.  They are such a pretty shade of blue and are on sale at the moment too!

Last, but definitely not least, is PURPLE.  I am just loving everything purple at the moment, but especially this pair of earrings entitled “Magenta Tears” by LunarBelle.  They are such a gorgeous colour and I think they’re very elegant.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my rainbow edition of Friday Favourites!  As always, please check out the other items these wonderful sellers have on offer.

Don’t forget, I am hosting a giveaway of a $25 gift voucher, to be drawn on the 12th of December.  Grab your entry now – you never know your luck! 😀

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Four Friday Favourites

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Welcome to my second edition of “Friday Favourites” – this week I’m lising four of the items on my Etsy favourites list.

My first choice this week is this stunning Lace Noir Vintage Olga nightgown, from TiaLey Vintage.  I’ve been eyeing off this one for a while 🙂  Almost looks like an evening dress, not a nightgown!

The next item on the list today is also a nightgown (I have a lot of these in my favourites list – wish I could afford to buy them all!).  This nightgown from Haute Country Vintage is in the most gorgeous shade of blue – I just love it!

I hope my husband is paying attention to the Christmas present hints here! 😀

Next up is this beautiful turquoise and sterling silver bracelet from Julie’s Jewels.  I love the colour of the turqouise, and I think it would go with so many outfits – you could wear it with casual or more dressed-up clothes.

Last, but most definitely not least, are these stunning Versailles earrings by feminesque.  I love the colour and the swirly shape.  The matching necklace is just as beautiful.  These are definitely one of my favourite Etsy jewellery items!

Well, that’s my Friday favourites for another week!  Please check out the stores mentioned, as they have other lovely things available too!

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Inspire Me Thursday – Labels

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Well, it’s been a hectic week, but I’ve finally gotten around to putting up something for this week’s Inspire Me Thursday.  I was lucky this week in that the topic fitted in well with something I had to do anyway – make labels for the wearable art pendants I was finishing for a custom order.

These labels are made with prints of my watercolour artworks.  They feature the name of the pendant (each pendant is titled and signed on the back) and state that the pendant is handpainted (makes a nice touch when giving the pendants as a gift).

I hope the recipient likes them!

In other news, I am thrilled that my Silver White Winter painting was chosen for Timothy Adam Designs’ Etsy Top 10! Check it out – the other items in the Top 10 are well worth looking at as well.

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