Illustration Friday – Shiny

Illustration Friday - Shiny
Illustration Friday - Shiny

This weeks Illustration Friday theme is “shiny”. This coincides very well with my current hunt for a wedding ring! I’ve been doing research on rings and the cost of them… some are wow… quite expensive. I’m not limited to wedding “band” shopping either. My engagement ring, which I do totally love, is curved and wont sit flush against a wedding band and it’s also a teeny tiny bit big for my left hand but fits perfectly on my right. So pushing all traditions aside I’m going to move my engagement ring over to my right hand and pick a ring I like to wear as a single wedding ring on my left.

I’m pretty astonished at the price of diamonds… I’m really not one to have ever thought, noticed or cared about them and they cost a motza! I also question the ethical practices and process of diamond mining. I’ve been researching an alternative stone called moissanite, it has been found in meteor craters (so basically it’s from outer space… right… awesome!), and is apparently just as dense as diamond, however it seems less common (in stores etc that is). I have more research and deciding to do and I do want to select something that lasts forever and I might just end up picking diamond… but I’d like to think I’d made an informed decision if/when I do.

Is your engagement or wedding ring made using something something unusual or different… something other than diamond? I’d love to hear about it if it is!

Inspiration Thursday – One of a Kind canvases

Isabel the Astronaut painting
Isabel the Astronaut

I was pleasantly surprised when Joel came home with a surprise today. A beautiful heart touching painting attributed to our little Isabel. Of course again, it made me tear up a little. It will hang on the wall in our future nursery where one day Isabel’s little brother or sister can see it.

One of Kind – Unique handcrafted children’s canvases are created by Melbourne artist Felicity Hargreaves, you can see more of her paintings, including many commission works on the One of a Kind Facebook page and the One of a Kind Etsy page.

Babushka love

So I’ve had a few of my brooch designs sitting around unpainted… such as these babushkas, sometimes I just can’t decided how I want to paint or complete a design so I just let it sit until it comes to me.

I’m pretty happy with the colours I selected, they’ve stayed simple and bold… but not too bold. Anyway, I had a lovely few hours painting them today… painting is some kind of magical therapy to me at the moment… I better be careful or everything I own will be painted before I know it!

I’ll be adding these little ladies to the Little Love Boat Etsy store tomorrow.

Babushka love - new Little Love Boat brooch design
Babushka love - new Little Love Boat brooch design

Handmade cards for friends

Today I created 2 cards for friends who have recently had baby girls. As per most of the cards I give to family and friends I have quickly whipped these up with thanks to Google image search, empty cereal boxes, a glue stick and a corner cutter.

A nice cheap, quick, resourceful and personal option for cards for family and friends.

Of course you should keep in mind that these cards use designs created by other people so you should only use them for personal use, like giving to friends – not selling as handmade goods.

Welcome to your baby girl - Vintage style card
Welcome to your baby girl - Handmade vintage style card

Inspiration Thursday

Today I worked a short day, visited my Naturopath and went to the Marche Rouge Christmas shopping event at the Nicholas Building (Swanston St, Melbourne) with a crafty friend where I drooled over hand crafted goods, vintage buttons etc. I also experienced a “biscuit reading” (apparently I’m a Tim Tam) while there and brought some gorgeous ribbon… and some cute apple buttons.

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Peppermint magazine & pretty things for crafting… or maybe just keeping.

I also sold a Pirate Bunny in my Etsy store and arrived home to find the new Peppermint magazine waiting for me in my mailbox. A simple but inspiring day.

For more info about the Marche Rouge Christmas shopping event visit the l’uccello blogspot.

Pirate Bunny brooch
Pirate Bunny brooch

Clever Rabbit – new brooch design

I put a new brooch into the Aimzsta Etsy shop yesterday, his name is Clever Rabbit, he’s one of the characters from my Happy Glasses Friends set of button badges which I created a while back. Clever Rabbit brooch has hand painted red glasses for extra cute-ness!

Clever Rabbit Brooch
Clever Rabbit Brooch
Happy Glasses Friends - Button badge set
Happy Glasses Friends - Button badge set

Etsy store up and running

The Aimzsta Etsy store is now open. I have some new cute brooches such as Little loch ness moster, Little dinosaur and the Little love boat and I have some more on their way!

I’m proud to say I finally have my Etsy store back in action. I have a few new laser cut brooch designs in stock and a few more on their way. To be honest I’m doing a little testing at the moment and trying to get a feel for this whole Etsy store thing. I hope to produce a few solid lines of different products in the near future and then do a proper Etsy store launch with a new business name etc. In the meantime I’ll just keep making things… and putting them in my current store and see how things go.

Here are few of my new products which I put in the store today… hoping to get a few more up in the next couple of weeks. I’m very happy with the simplicity of these 3 designs and my first attempt at painting some of these brooches.

Little love boat - laser cut bamboo brooch
Little love boat - laser cut bamboo brooch
Little loch ness monster - laser cut bamboo brooch
Little loch ness monster - laser cut bamboo brooch
Little dinosaur - laser cut bamboo brooch
Little dinosaur - laser cut bamboo brooch