Posts Tagged ‘etsy’

2014 Calendars by Etsy Artists

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

I’m continuing the monthly series focused on Etsy artists today, but instead of prints or paintings like in the past, this month the spotlight is on calendars, just in time for 2014! I too ordered a small desk calendar from one of the many illustrators (link at the very bottom).

Many of these are available pre-printed to be shipped but several are also available as a printable PDF which makes a great last minute gift idea for friends, teachers, or co-workers! Here’s this month’s roundup of highlighted artists and their creative calendars, perhaps you’ll spy one you love.

 

printable mini calendar

whimsical printable calendar, the ink nest

 

portugese tile calendar

portuguese tile motif calendar, peanut oak print

 

beer and food calendar

beer & food calendar, red cruiser

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Architecture, A Love Affair

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

We’re sightseeing today in a mystery city, and I’m so excited to be exploring the architecture here.  Summer is the height of travel season, and in years past we would forego a faraway vacation - not this year!  One of my good blog friends toured Spain recently and his pictures of Barcelona took me back to our travels there many years ago.  No doubt since we’re all watching the Summer Olympics, you’re admiring the modern structures built for the event in London.

I’ve had a long time love affair with grand architecture.  We used to travel abroad a lot before the babies were born, once I even I climbed all the stairs to the top of the cupola above St. Peters in Rome (while six months pregnant!) and the stairs to the Eiffel Tower too.  Earlier this week, we took the kids to another famous monument and they loved it!  They’ve got their father’s climbing syndrome, he’s always looking up and asking “How fast can we get to the top?”  :)

We try to grab a souvenir of monuments, some are small, others are art prints still in tubes waiting to be framed someday.  We’ve seen some iconic structures over the last 15+ years, my favorites include La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Il Duomo in Florence, and the Coliseum in Rome.

iconic structures

Photo series via Third Floor Design on Etsy

 

The two l want to see in my lifetime are the Parthenon in Athens and the Taj Mahal.

taj mahal watercolor

watercolor by Bohemian Habitats

 

Today I thought I’d feature a few architectural watercolor prints and city views found on Etsy – be sure to check out the shop portfolios, they have a lot more to see!

flatiron nyc watercolor

Flatiron, NYC by Ilker Cocahan

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Eye Spy: Fab Etsy Art

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Hey all!  I spent the afternoon pulling together the design plan for the kids room for the Alma Project with Cristin of Simplified Bee, we’re so excited about the space taking shape and all the volunteers and vendors that have stepped forward to donate their time and products, thank you so much!  I’m so excited for the install and big reveal in a few short weeks.  (Still need more donations, so contribute what you can by clicking on the link in the sidebar!)

While online, I was shopping for artwork for the walls on Etsy and we’ve narrowed it down to a favorite series (can’t wait to show you!), but I couldn’t help but notice so many other amazing artists over there, I could be lost for hours.  I just had to share a few I stumbled across – some of these might look great on your walls or as part of your collection. 

I love Eva Juliet from Montreal, Canada.  Her shop is filled with whimsical illustrations from constellations to cupcakes, but I’m particularly fond of the culinary series, perfect framed in a grid on a kitchen wall or dining nook.

eva juliet culinary prints

 

Who knows a dude who loves Star Wars? Oh, you’re all raising your hands.  Well check out the pop art series over at The Decorium Studio of Laguna Beach, California.  I want my little boy wants one too.

x wing pop art

 

Visit Monorail Studio of Austin, Texas for some very fun and fresh quotable screenprints.  They are “printmakers by blood and artists by trade, ink in one hand and coffee in the other.”  I love that so much.  

monrail prints

 

Have you seen Quill and Fox?  You should, this shop from Portland, Oregon offers sweet paper goods in the form of seasonal and other post cards, my favorite it this terrarium series, send two to friends, then frame the others on your gallery wall.

terrarium post cards quill and fox

 

Parada Creations of Bridgeport, Connecticut is another favorite for the whimsical illustration and excellent use of color, don’t miss the series of passion love prints!

parada designs etsy

 

Watercolor is en vogue again, and Jessica Durrant of Atlanta, Georgia does exceptional work.  I’m especially drawn to her series of multicolored world maps.

jessica illustration watercolors

 

Traveled to a major city and fallen in love with its architecture?  You’ll love the colorful series of city prints by Laura Amiss of Amstelveen, Netherlands.

laura miss etsy

 

Hop on over to browse the art on Etsy and get lost like I did, there are so many talented artists over there.  Who’s your latest favorite? 

 

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