We’ve learned to share a bathroom. . . and product.
Did you have a lovely Thanksgiving? Ours seems to be in full swing still. I should be painting upstairs, but instead this afternoon finds my family curled up in front of a fire watching an old Miss Marple episode. It seems like the right choice considering our weather took the arrival of “Black Friday” literally and it’s DARK outside. All raining, wet, storming, but thankfully, not that much wind.
We shared a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with our very generous neighbors and friends. We’ve become this little family on the hill during the holidays– as all of us have people far flung and traveling from the Coast this time of year is tricky business. It’s such a great gathering of people. And while Geo is the only “child”, he’s so close to adulthood that he’s treated as such. Everyone wants to know his next plan in school and how he’s doing. Lots of hugs and concern for his loss (and thank you all for your prayers. He took the news poorly, got very ill for several days.) and his favorite drinks. He feels like he belongs, and that’s really what Thanksgiving is about. I hope your gathering of friends and family was truly blessed this Thanksgiving!
Need a little inspiration? Need a BIG inspiration? Yeah, I do too! And when I’m in need of something to inspire me, I head over to A Peace of Cake to find a muse. This bright and cheery store is the work of the amazing Kerri Jones (also of Ten Things, another Mireio favorite!). And I find her work the perfect antidote to the perma gray I face out here on the Oregon Coast. I have two of Kerri’s photographs and they always seem to make my world feel more colorful. And that’s why I love A Peace of Cake. (and who doesn’t love a witty store name too!)
Recently, I was asked to recommend a few etsy artists for wall art. The inquirer was looking for art for her office, but I thought this would be the perfect theme for the last Holiday Gift Guide. There is no better gift, than the gift of art—in fact, that was ALL I got last year for Christmas. Best Christmas Ever. Seriously, my husband asked me what I wanted and I said, “ART”. He delivered.
And so did the etsy artists who created all my gifts. Amazing. So, I thought I would share with you my favorites–with an eye toward things that hang on your walls. I hope you’ll find something wonderful to give, maybe a few to keep, and of course a few to dream about for the future.
The Best of Etsy Holiday Gift Guides — Week Five — Let’s All Hang Together
(Links to photos shown above, Top to Bottom, Left to Right)
Hive by Michele Maule. I can’t say enough about Michele. Her work is really wonderful. I linked a print I adore, but she has lots of whimsical pieces that would be perfect for any wall (including an office!)
Wall Pillows from Stepanka. Go browse Stepanka and fall in love. I couldn’t choose which Wall Pillow to link, so I’ll recommend them all. And honestly, the more you have the happier your wall.
Sailing the Seven Seas as Pretty as You Please by Lisa Kaser. Lisa’s work has such a playful quality to it. The colors don’t translate on the computer– so be prepared to be absolutely WOWed by the real thing.
Jeunes Filles aux Lèvres Rose by Maryann Wakeley. Not for the faint-of-heart in the price department. But the color, oh the color! It’s a statement piece.
Waves by Moonflowers. Rachel Ballard is a generous person, a terrific instructor, and an amazing photographer. Grab a print or two (before she’s also FAMOUS).
Will You Please Put Down that Us Magazine and Listen to Me by Mincing Mockingbird. Part of Mincing Mockingbird’s appeal is the wit. And the other part is the absolute brilliance of these bird paintings.
The Willow by Lucy Snowe Photography. A new photographer to Etsy with an ethereal vibe.
S A F E by Christina Romeo. Christina is a mixed media artist—so make sure you poke around in her store a bit. You’ll find amazing paintings and ceramics as well as colorful textile pieces like this.
You Reap What You Sew by Mary’s Grandaughter. For a little bit of textile art with depth. The multi-dimensionality makes these pieces so interesting.
Chipmunk Family Go To Picnic by Coqumaho. I adore these tiny little painting. So wonderfully rendered, you’ll want to collect them.
Whisper by Kat Hannah. Finally, but not in the least, Kat Hannah. I’m going to warn you now, her work is addictive. The colors are amazing. I wish her photographs captured her work better. TRUST ME, you will not be disappointed. Here’s a link to a piece I own… see what I mean?
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed the Gift Guides this year. Happiest of Holidays to you! I’ll be back in January with regular installments of The Best of Etsy and more fabulous finds. You know, there’s still time to order online and handmade really does say, “I LOVE YOU.” Take care friends, and happy shopping.
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“Bowl of Strawberries” by Rachel Ballard. All rights reserved.
Recently, I had a chance to ask the lovely Rachel a few questions about her upcoming photo e course “Bloom.” I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new ways to become a better photographer and Rachel’s new course has me really intrigued. The thought of actually being able to use the “manual” setting on my camera makes me giddy. And let’s face it, any time I can do something in my pajamas, well. . . sign me up!
But I’m also a bit nervous about taking a course in photography. What if I’m not good enough? What if it’s all math and I don’t do math! What if. . . So, I put my questions to Rachel and she was gracious enough answer. You’ll find she’s warm and funny, just what you want from an instructor. Read on, my friends. . . you won’t regret it!