I love instagram. That is all.
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I’ve recently taken to browsing hashtags on Instagram. As much as Instagram can be full of selfies and re-posted memes, there are also some amazing artists and photographers who have created an art form through the lens of their smart phones. With the simplest of words, a quick hashtag search gives you a ready made collected of themed images. I thought I would share some of my favourites I have found. While it can be argued that taking a photo in black and white makes everything look better, the hashtag #blackandwhite really does have some striking images. What do you think? Do you ever go hashtag browsing?
Sometimes all you need is a simple, clever design to get you through the day. (Okay, you always need simple and clever design, but let me get to my point…) Thailand based company Pana Objects is a humble little brand who aim to reintroduce the subject of woodworking and craftsmanship back into the modern life with their own unique take on ‘simple and clever’. The small group of designs have created a whole collection of stylish pieces, ranging from household items and decorative products, to stationery and storage designs.
The smooth textures and clean lines featured throughout their range of products are right up my alley. Whether you’re like me and are completely enamored with tiny wooden caps for your iPhone charger in the shape of buildings and trees, or maybe you are looking for a modern take on desk organisation. Take a minute to visit the Pana Objects website and take a look at the whole collection. I promise you wont be disappointed!
If you’re not familiar with her work, Lauren’s illustrations are mostly a combination of traditional pen and ink drawings which are then brought to life through Photoshop colouring. The multi-talented lady not only has an amazing portfolio of illustrated prints, but also a fabulous range of printed tee’s, brooches (like this one), wrapping paper, printed stationary, cards, and the most adorable concept I’ve ever seen – clothespin dolls!
I did finally find the perfect (and in hindsight, most obvious) spot to hang them; over my bed. Good thing my boyfriend likes them as much as I do! A couple of those rascally pirates made a break for it and spent a few days sailing the seven seas of my bookshelves, in search of distant lands. Although my cat’s insistence on eating anything made of paper or cardboard meant that I eventually had to round them up and return them to the safety of clothes line after I discovered him batting them around the floor on more than one occasion.
The first treasure from my list is the brooch by the ever so talented Lauren Carney. My love affair with Ms Carney’s work has been mentioned again and again and again on this blog. I had been lusting after the Shiphead Wooden Brooch ever since I missed out on getting one at Finders Keepers last year. I had it sitting in my Etsy shopping cart, just waiting for the day that I would treat myself to it. Of course, something as lovely as this didn’t stay in there for long and one day I logged in to find the dreaded message ‘Darn! This item can’t be purchased right now.‘ In a flurry of panic I sped over to the wonderful Made by White website where I had seen some of her brooches in stock previously and snapped one up as quick as I could!
When it arrived (in the cutest packaging ever!) I have to admit… I’m not really sure why I didn’t purchase it sooner! It is beautiful quality and the quirky illustration never fails to start and conversation (and gain me some lovely compliments) whenever I wear it. I’m so very tempted to get the Rabbit Mask Brooch and make it a set. My favourite thing about this brooch is that it upon first glance it comes across as a simple, elegant brooch but when you look at it properly you see that it actually is much more interesting and whimsical than you ever realised!
Poolga is my latest find. According to their website Poolga was created when “Frustrated by the lack of credible digital wallpapers out there, we struck upon the idea of showcasing established and up-and-coming illustrators by distributing their work for use on mobile devices.” True to their word, there is a proverbial gold mine of fantastic illustrations and images designed just for iPhones and iPads. I currently have a design by themeekshall on my phone (and if I’m honest I have a few others saved for later as well) Even if you aren’t an iPhone user it’s definitely worth a look if only to discover some of the talented artists showcased!
It’s my birthday coming up in the next couple of weeks, so I’ll admit, I’ve been ‘window shopping’ online even more than usual. I always want stuff from Etsy, but if anyone wants to buy me this amazing wooden camera I promise we’ll be best friends forever!…. No? Aww man. How about one of these lovelies:
1. These Mahogany Sunglasses. I’ve shared Tumbleweeds before, but I still love their amazing glasses!
2. Polaroid Brooch. Need I say anymore?
3. Loooooove tiny cutlery jewelry like this adorable spoon necklace.
4. I think everyone is well aware of my love for the lovely Lauren Carney’s work.
5. This 3D Screen Test Necklace,also by bRainbow Shop, is frickin adorable! Want!
6. I’d love this little Whistle Necklace so I can order my housemates around heehee
Continuing from my adventures at Finders Keepers, I thought I’d share my haul from the day. I thought I’d be really clever and arrange my items neatly. Well Loki decided he wanted to be arranged neatly as well.So many goodies its hard to narrow down my favourites, but I’ll do my very best:
~ Robin the Racoon by Herbert & Friends - I’d like to introduce you guys to my new friend Robin. I’m such a sucker for handmade toys with their own personalities and back stories, not to mention my soft spot for racoons. (I have to admit, I did use Robin to harass Loki for much of the afternoon)
~ Lauren Carney Stickers - I’m not even going to start again on my love for Lauren’s works, but the cat girl is my absolute favourite. I keep moving her around my house trying to find the perfect spot.