Saturday, December 14, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Handmade Holiday 2013:Part Two

I'm still working on my Christmas list. Just in case you too are still searching for that perfect gift, I thought I'd share just a few more links to artists I adore. 

First tip, I LOVE jewelry and so does your wife, your mom and your sister. Here are a few awesome choices.

Piper from You Got Mojo crafts these killer earrings from recycled cars. Check out the cuffs and necklaces too!

Check out this ring by Amy and Tucker, absolutely everything they create makes my heart go pitter patter. I've spent MANY hours in their booth trying to zen out and stop wanting but find it pretty much impossible, luckily they're great company too!

If you're not into recycled or stones, how about fire and ice? Check out what Larissa can do with a torch in this snow queen necklace!

If  you love glass but jewelry is not your cup of tea, check out these stunning glass vessels by Joshua Rodine.

Or these groovy glasses by Marcia at Wileyware.

Have a gardener on your list? You can't go wrong with a hand forged tool from Tuli at Fisher Blacksmithing. I gave a set to my dad a few years ago and he said they were too nice to use so instead framed them and hung them on the wall. They are works of art!

 For more traditional gifts that hang, check out these amazing paintings by St. Victor.

Or for the animal lover, check out these striking graffiti style animals from Kim at Urban Soule. I've adopted three already.

Looking to add some color to your Christmas list? Then Julie Simpson Art is the place to look. Check out her intricate weaves too! 

Hope you see something here for your loved ones. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Give Handmade this Holiday Season

Here are a few gift ideas from some of my favorite artists. I've filled my house with pieces from these talented creators and it brings me joy! Whether I'm drinking my morning coffee or laying in bed talking myself into leaving my blanket cocoon while escaping to the lands depicted in the paintings on my wall, my life is truly enriched by art and I believe it's the best gift to give OR receive (just in case I'm on your shopping list)!!

Lisa's batiks are stellar!

Can't go wrong with Shannon's cool cuffs.

A Smartie necklace from Katy LaReau is another wise choice.

My very  favorite cups come from Gail and I just got an amazing spiky yellow vessel for my kitchen too. If you're in Portland this weekend, check out Gail's open studio.

Kristy Lombard is another of my favorite ceramic artists. Check out her Portland store front.

Some of my absolute favorite necklaces are by Rebecca Bashara.

Give the warm fuzzies with a cozy gift from Pandemonium Hats.

A clutch from Fiveleft is hand made to have and to hold. Love it! 

I hope I've given you some good gift inspirations. But more important than that, I wish you a happy holiday season full of warm hearts and overflowing with memories of love and laughter!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

From Vacation to Inspiration

A few shots from my recent travels. I was off seeking sunny, sultry and spicy inspiration in the tropics but am back in the studio now and ready to create. Vacation is all fine and well, and I definitely soaked up some sun and did some much needed power lounging but I have to say I really missed making things! Here are a few shots from the road and a few lessons I learned along the way:)
Though I'm never fond of selfies, I'm including a few to show that I packed exclusively Melanie Grace Designs. Product testing was successful. My backpack was tiny and I was as cool and collected as one can be in 90 degrees and 70% humidity. 

 You will definitely be seeing the influence of this futuristic Singapore skyline in my next collection. Such a cool city in so many ways!

Lessons from the road number one; more is not necessarily better as seen on the bicycle rickshaws in Melaka.

Unless you are talking more lights, then go to town! Love the flare!

Second lesson; comfort is key. Super plush, extra large seats on the Malaysian "deluxe" buses and extra comfy travel clothes by MGD!

Lesson number three; think big! Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur.

Number four, take it one step at a time. Getting pumped up at the bottom of the 272 steps to the Batu Caves.

The rest of the steps. We did make it!

Number five, keep your eye on the road and always pack leggings. The leggings came in handy as we climbed in altitude to the Cameron Highlands and the temperature plummeted. Skirts make the best hiking gear!

The incredibly verdant vistas of tea! Inspiration to spare!

Lesson 6; never shop on an empty stomach. Fueling up with a chanterelle and enoki mushroom omelet before diving into Chatuchak Market in Bangkok.

15,000 stalls covering over 35 acres and guess what I found, shoes! That's me behind the other frenzied shoe shoppers. Oh yes I did buy a pair of punk rock spike flip flops! See them on the art show circuit summer 2014!

Last and best lesson from the road. Keep things in perspective, don't lose sight of the big picture and always make time to relax. Life is beautiful!

P.S. I cant forget to include a shot of my favorite travel companion and on the fly photographer.