Valentine…

Artist Hilary Bird, has some fun and spirited Valentine sentiments. They are artful and handmade, and worthy of gift giving. Perfect for celebration of  Valentines Day:  a day for the exchange of tokens of affection. Happy Valentines Day!

This is a greeting card featuring an original illustration by Hillary Bird. It is printed on matte paper stock using archival pigment ink. 4.5″ x 6.25″ greeting card with kraft envelope.

A heartfelt message set against a hand-drawn feather print. This is a print of an original illustration by Hillary Bird. Printed on beautiful Epson Velvet Fine Art Matte paper using archival pigment ink. 5″ x 7 1/2″ print with a white border on each side for framing.Each print is titled, dated 2011, and signed.

These cards by Hilary Bird were sourced at Little Paper Planes.

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Game On

Games are a wonderful way to build collaboration, respect, and good sportsmanship, in addition to providing an activity to foster just plain ol’ fun. I think they are a great tool for families and colleagues alike to  work through challenge, win, loss and a competitive spirit. I love games that I can proudly display in our home, that catch our attention and engage us in a spirit of spontaneity to duel. Fredricks and Mae creates beautiful and functional art just for this purpose. Each handmade item is an example of beautiful craftsmanship, design and a modern simplicity. On their website, these graphic instruments are categorized as “war games”. Love it. From backgammon above, to chess and checkers below, these playing fields are ready to roll, front and center.

Images found at Fredricks and Mae

 

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Hand Sewn

I feel a bit like I’m letting the cat out of the bag. This is the kind of secret you want to keep. Something stylistically defining, personalized and oh-so-cool. When considering a special wardrobe piece, shoes are “it” for me. Always have been. I’ll spend the money for a pair of handmade, signature design accessories that uniquely convey my personal style.  Meet Feit. Handmade, very small production lines, and made just for you. What a treat for your feet.

Check out all about FEIT here.

Images found at http://www.feitdirect.com

 

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Sight

This beautiful concrete collection is Made in Sweden by Iris Hantwerk. The objects are simple, modern and exquisitely formed. It is inspiring that these beautiful handmade items are created by visually impaired craftspeople. “This concrete shaving kit includes a shaving dish made from soft concrete, shaving soap, and a traditional beech brush with badger hair bristles. Iris Hantwerk employs visually impaired craftspeople to create beautiful handmade brushes. Each individual bundle of bristles are bound to hardwood handles just like they were made in the 19th century. The soft concrete dish reads “soap” in braille. It really brings new meaning to the term “hand made”.

Iris Hantverk is a part of the Iris Group owned by Synskadades Stiftelse and has close ties with the the visually impaired. Within the group, business benfits are combined with benfits to society. The simplicity of these everyday objects speak to their use and function. Designed for a purpose, they are a beautiful sculptural element in their environment, and speak volumes with their subtle braille. 

Images found at http://www.iris.se/hantverk.html

 

 

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Product of the Week: The Rocking Bed

You’re flabbergasted, aren’t you? Me, too. I can’t quite speak to its functionality, but I will say that this rocking bed design is out-of-this-world beautiful.

Designed by Shiner International’s Joe Manus, the bed can be cemented in place with rubber stops, or left to rock the night away. Available as an indoor/outdoor piece, I can only imagine what a statement it would make in any space.

Of course, this unique piece will set you back a pretty penny: $3,000 to be exact. A small price to pay for mobile dreaming, yes?

Photos via Archigalle

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