February 2008

February 29, 2008

The sweetest wee birdies



I've been meaning to post about Ann Wood's glorious handmade birds for a while now. Ann's birds are so highly sought after that her stock sells out within minutes.


Not surprising, really, given the exquisite detail of these handcrafted birds, which are usually one-of-a-kind. Ann, a Brooklyn-based artist, uses vintage fabrics for her birds and pieces from Victorian and Edwardian wedding gowns for her wedding caketoppers.



Her online shop of birds was just re-stocked today and has already sold out, but I DO know that she will be re-stocking her Etsy shop on Friday, 29th February at 2pm EST. Hop to it if you're interested, they'll be literally flying off the shelves within seconds.

www.annwoodhandmade.com
Check out her Flickr for more wee birdies.


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February 28, 2008

Mr Fox has the last word. Promise.

Fauna Sweet Desert Fox Brooch, US$23, by Paraphernalia. Handmade in the UK.
via Poppytalk Handmade.

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February 28, 2008

Fox in the Snow

OK, I'm on a foxy roll now. Maybe I should call this blog Wee Foxy. Just call me Mrs Fox. Here are some of my favourite foxy finds of the moment:

Fantastic Mr. Fox Pin (large), US$110, from Joanne Rutter’s Etsy shop.


These acrylic laser-cut rings by Soop are really clever. Wear the fox ring on its own, or add other rings to build a multi-layered landscape. Fun, huh? Mr Fox ring, US$12, from Soop’s Etsy shop.

Belle & Sebastian's Ladies Fox t-shirt, £15, from the B&S online shop.
"Crafty Fox says Goodbye to Visitors" print, US$60, from Matte Art’s Etsy shop.
Leather Teeny Foxy Coin Purse, US$17, from BonSpielCreation's Etsy shop.

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February 28, 2008

What to take home Wednesday: Tote bag


You know you've progressed from London tourist to London resident when you're no longer wildly snapping pics of the resident performing grey squirrels in Hyde Park (check), or batting an eyelid when a giant mutant rodent emerges onto the Central line platform at Liverpool Street Station (check).

But I've lived here for over a year now and am yet to spot a fox in the neighbourhood. Where do foxes hang in Hackney? And does it make me a tourist if I really want to see one? (I kinda took a liking to Glasgow's Chip Shop Family from BBC's Springwatch. My god, I love that show. Bill Oddie is an ornithological legend. I'm seriously counting the days to the next series…).

Chip Shop cutie.

I heart Bill.

Garudio Studiage's handy new tote bag, £15, showcases the wondrous beauty of London's wildlife, with a three-legged red fox, grey squirrel, common brown rat and feral pigeon.
Available to buy online and instore at Beyond the Valley.

Beyond the Valley
2 Newburgh Street
London W1
Tel: 020 7437 7338

Click here for a Wee Birdy map.

Opening hours:
Monday – Saturday 11.30am- 6.30pm
Sunday 12.30pm – 5pm

Nearest tube: Oxford Circus

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February 26, 2008

Top bird loves: ballet prints

I’ve always been a ballet girl so the flurry of pirouettes, pliés and pointe shoes on the catwalks recently piqued my interest.

Whilst ballerina-style isn’t anything new on the runway, ballet graphics took centre stage this season.

Take Matthew Williamson, for instance, and the graphic ballerina print at his pre-Fall 2008 show in New York. His inspiration? Diaghilev’s revolutionary Ballet Russes and La Bayadère (The Temple Dancer).


Then came Australian designer Marnie Skillings, and the dreamy painterly ballerinas leaping across her aw2008 dresses.


Meanwhile on the high street, Britain’s Queen of Prints Cath Kidston released her Spring 2008 line-up, showcasing a delightful ‘50s-style ballerina print for children.



Ballerina pencil case, £8.00; Ballerina mini bag, £6.00; Ballerina mini cushion, £6.00, all from Cath Kidston.

All these nostaglic ballet references sent me hunting on Etsy for those awesome kitsch plastic ballerina decorations that were the stuff of eight-year-old's birthday cake dreams.


Giant ballerina cake toppers, US$6.75 for a set of three, from A. Bel. Emporium’s Etsy shop and Pink ballerina cupcake toppers, US$4 for a set of six, from Sweet Poppy’s Etsy shop.

Images courtesy of Style.com, Marnie Skillings, and Cath Kidston.


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February 23, 2008

I heart my friends

Just a wee sentimental post dedicated to my smart, clever, funny, supportive and endlessly creative friends. You know who you are. I know. I'm a sap. But it's my blog so I'm allowed to be totally biased.

And top of my brag book right now are Gemma Jones and Elizabeth Bower.

Elizabeth is an Australian jewellery designer who recently moved to New York with her husband. She's just designed a small range of pieces for the Nicole Miller FW08 New York runway show. You can spot her cuffs and bracelets in these pics:



Elizabeth's own collection features beautiful pearl and semi-precious stone pieces with a clean and modern take on the classics. Take this freshwater pearl ring, for instance, where the three pearls seem to float on the finger.




These pieces are available to buy from www.oyemodern.com and www.elizabethbower.com.

If you feel inspired and want to have a go at making your own jewellery, check out Elizabeth's "how-to" book, Bead, for Murdoch Books. The book contains over 20 projects ranging from homewares to jewellery and is currently on sale in Australia, Europe and the UK.


Gemma Jones is a Melbourne-based artist and curator, and she predominantly paints big, bold poptastic portraits of sixties girls who shimmer and shake, scream and shout aross the canvas. Whilst her work is immediately reminscent of Andy Warhol's screenprints, Gemma's paintings are actually carefully handpainted, which "calls attention to the juncture between the mass produced image and the handmade artwork" (from an interview with Uppers). Four of Gemma's prints are available to buy from Habitat's "Art on Demand" series:


She has recently re-stocked her Etsy shop, where you can pick up a rare Gemma Jones original from US$175.


There are also a number of limited-edition prints available for US$20 from her exhibition "Krazy Lil Peeps": little girls in candy hues with names like Tabby Tomboy, Trixie Telltale and Delia Daydreamer.


So cute for a girl's room or nursery…
For more information on Gemma, check out her website www.gemmajones.net.


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