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cute art by terese bast

Jul. 13th, 2007 | 11:45 am

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For Terese Bast, art comes to her after what could best be described as a mini-meditation: she focuses on her thoughts and feelings for a time before she puts pen to paper. What crosses her mind are fundamental notions that make up our day-to-day lives: “Friendship“, “Embrace“, and “Soft and Solid” are just a few of the titles she’s selected for her deliciously simple, kid-friendly prints.

The simplicity of Terese’s pieces opens them up to a wide range of reactions; sometimes it’s the delicate lines that she employs in her art; other times, a gently nuanced smile; and sometimes, it’s nothing more than the colors. Many of her pieces take place in forest scenes and have a very innocent, almost pastoral feeling to them. A true artist, Terese takes genuine delight in observing as people examine and respond to her work, which includes prints, postcards and magnets.

Bast also offers a series of limited edition animal-themed prints; these pieces feature full-colored backgrounds and have rabbits, pigs and other creatures in demure poses. These definitely have a more complex, adult appeal to them, although I find them just as cute as her other works. Terese’s artwork is available in two spots: her Etsy shop and her home page, which also carries her limited edition art.

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cuteable finds

Jul. 13th, 2007 | 11:15 am

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My daily cute finds, served up fresh from me to you!

Cute Plum Pudding dolls made from 10% cashmere wool, with felt details and cotton ears.

Funky French barrettes, made from 100% wool felt; the barrette is the real deal and made in France.

Why do they only make stuff like this in kids sizes? Cute ladybug and penguin luggage, on sale too!

Chocolate truffle beads galore; keep these away from the kids, because they look tasty!

Love these cute little charms, although they’re really pricey; they’re limited edition and available at PNUT jewelry.

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laura peery’s porcelain sculptures

Jul. 13th, 2007 | 10:45 am

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It’s impossible to miss Laura Peery’s porcelain sculptures–playful is probably the best way to describe them, as each of them seems to have its own mischievous, slightly off-kilter spirit. I love the flirtatious colors, floral embellishments and purposely irregular features, which remind me of something you might find in a wickedly cute cartoon; I almost expect them to sprout eyes and legs and dance off the table.

Here’s a fun exercise: take a closer look each teapot and pay special attention to the textures. If it reminds you of fabric, you’re not too far off–Laura actually rolls ultra-fine clay across surfaces such as canvas and lace, and then assembles them like a finely tailored dress.

It’s this attention to detail that gives Peery’s work an artistic appeal, as they should–you won’t be steeping oolong in her teapots anytime soon, as they’re nonfunctional. Each pot is available in a limited edition of 10; most are well out of my own price range but my favorite, “Tiny Teapot”, is relatively affordable. You can view more of Laura’s work on her homepage at The Guild.

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clinks

Jul. 13th, 2007 | 10:15 am

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Clinks: Cute + Links!

These interesting chalk+paper vases from Yousaytomato are virtually indestructible and reusable. Via k style.

Extra cute totes over at newly opened Bored Inc. Via Creature Comforts.

These beautiful patterns are part of a new collection from Atelier R.Bernier and is available on lampshades, rugs, wall decals and pillow cases. Via print & pattern.

Fresh colors and mod shapes abound with rock scissor paper’s brand new Home Collection. Via decor8.

More Gocco goodness with these beautiful tree and tissue paper notecards by bubbledog. Via Paper Pusher.

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sweater/sock kids

Jul. 13th, 2007 | 09:45 am

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I know I’ve been featuring a whole lot of sock dolls lately but what can I say–I love socks, even though I tend to lose them faster than I can replace them! I really like these Sweater/Sock Kids–they all have hands in their pockets and beanies on their head, which gives you the impression that they’re really cold.

The truth is, they hail from balmy Hawaii so the shipping is a little pricy, but overall I love the style. BTW, Sock Puppies and Kitties are also available if you’re looking for more “traditional” fare!

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cute collage: micki whelan’s encaustic jewelry

Jul. 13th, 2007 | 09:15 am

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Micki Whelan’s encaustic jewelry is made with pigmented molten wax which must be repeatedly heated between brushstrokes; her pieces are elegantly framed in metal like minature paintings. Available at mickiwhelan.com.

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new at my my

Jul. 13th, 2007 | 08:45 am

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New at MY MY: I love the abstract patterns on these pendants by Intuitive Design; they’re handpainted with ink and paint, and then varnished in matte or glossy varnish. Also at MY MY: a Sewing for Beginners class will be held July 25th from 7pm-9pm; you’ll get to make your own 12″x12″ pillow case!

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house jewelry by j.davis.studio

Jul. 13th, 2007 | 08:15 am

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If owning a home is out of your price range at the moment, get the next best thing with these cute mini-houses by J.Davis.Studio! They remind me a lot of the play pieces you’d find in Monopoly, except with a bit more detail. Made from sterling silver, there’s quite a bit of work that goes into each house–one of them even has a lovely cobblestone texture. I particularly like the house rings; if you’re well heeled, you can even get the neighborhood ring.

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rian handbags

Jul. 12th, 2007 | 10:02 am

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Art on bags is a simple premise but one which is beautifully carried out by husband and wife team Rian and Julie Berry, who together have put together a line of fashionable yet functional handbags and accessories. Their artwork has a nice, hand-drawn style; this season the focus is on different locations such as Portland’s Pearl District and Paris’ famed Champs Elysèes. This makes sense, as Rian draws much of his inspiration from his travels.

The bags themselves are clearly high quality pieces; not only are they beautifully designed but features such as antique brass hardware, fine leather construction, contrast stitching and small printed details on the interior show a real dedication to delivering a top-notch product. I particularly like the two-toned design; one tone being a base color and the other one being the illustration, which is printed directly onto the leather. It acts like a frame for the artwork and really makes it stand out.

There is, of course, much more on the way. Their company, Rian Handbags, has been around since 2004, and for the summer ‘07 season they plan to offer floral patterns (inspired by a trip to Italy); Rian is also working on a separate line of bags just for men. If you’re interested in seeing more of Rian Handbags, feel free to visit their website, or if you’re in a shopping mood jump directly to their store.

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cuteable finds

Jul. 12th, 2007 | 09:45 am

Originally published at Cuteable. Please leave any comments there.

My daily cute finds, served up fresh from me to you!

I heart these super-cute silkscreened extra cuddly plushes by Post; they’re available in red, green, blue and orange.

Simple but stylish felt nano cases with lots of extra contrast stitching for durability, by etcetera media!

*Love* these cute animal-themed domino pendants by Kayann Works! Each one is signed, numbered and features the original artwork of Heather LeMay.

Ahhh, what kyoot widdo widdo bunny wabbit! A 5×7 matted print by Elle Bee Photography.

What a find: Bari J lets you design your own handbag! Choose from plenty of lovely vintage/mod fabrics and tons of sizes.

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