24 December 2008


Some of my favorite screenprints come from Eleanor Grosch of Pushmepullyou. Animals are a constant subject in her work, which I love, since I have a similar, weird obsession with creatures. I own two of her prints and they are wonderful. I love her utilization of simplicity and shapes (it reminds me a lot of Charley Harper). To buy a print, visit her Merchline shop. And on another note: I'm taking a blog break, so there won't be any updates until the new year. Have a great holiday and see you all in January!

21 December 2008

dolan spring 09

Following the previous post about Dolan, their spring 09 line features gorgeous bursts of color, a nice contrast from the muted tones of their resort collection.

dolan resort 08

Loving these looks from Dolan's resort 08 collection. Such great use of shades of grey here.

19 December 2008

chroma lab

Chroma Lab is a two-person team of Alicia Cornwell and Tony Bevilacqua who take neglected but promising pieces of furniture and transform them into something great again by repairing and repainting the old with colorful new paint jobs and quality finishes. I am in love with this deep sea dresser pictured above. And in addition to their furniture, Chroma Lab also fabricates unique clocks and durable floor cloths. Make your home a little bit brighter: chromalab.etsy.com.
[ Above: Deep Sea Dresser, $925; Cotton Candy Pink on Pink Nightstand, $325 ]

18 December 2008

agendas by vikki wiercinski

I really love these agendas by Vikki Wiercinski, a graphic artist located in Edmonton, Canada. These are so fun. The covers are made from a vintage silk scarf wrapped on board and silkscreened and the interior pages are drawn by hand and include tipped-in items like stickers and pockets. Each agenda is 122 pages and includes 54 weeks and 13 months that are undated so you can start anytime. Buy one at Vikki's Etsy shop or at Uppercase Gallery.

17 December 2008

alex & chloe

Alex & Chloe make some really endearing necklaces out of everyday objects, woodsy elements, shapes, and more. The necklaces shown are from their Objets De Base (Basic Objects) and From Our Neck of the Woods collections, which can all be purchased from their shop, along with other accessories and clothing.
[ Above: Button necklace, $120; Alex's Skeleton Key necklace, $52; Large Bow necklace, $170; Scissors necklace, $52 ]

14 December 2008

loeffler randall fall 08

The images from Loeffler Randall's fall lookbook have such an elegant and subtle nature to them. Oh, how I wish I had enough money to afford some of their shoes.
[ Above: Ruffle Collar Jacket, Luna D-Ring Platform Boot, Gracie Soft Ballerina with Bow ]

12 December 2008

doily clocks

Andfurthermore's clocks are a little retro, a bit modern, just a touch dainty, and utilitarian to boot. They'd be perfect for a kitchen nook or to brighten up a workspace. The clocks shown above are 6 inches in diameter, made of soft plastic, wood, and acrylic paint, and retail for $24. Larger $28 clocks are available in the shop as well. All clocks arrive ready to hang and run off one AA battery.

11 December 2008


Simple, graphic t-shirts by Ser-vice, a brand that focuses on clean aesthetics and modern lines. All of their items are produced in limited number, with attention to details and quality. They're only available in men's sizes, so pick one up for your husband, boyfriend, or brother.
[ Above: Chevs, $32; Bolt, $28 ]

10 December 2008

gift guide: practical

A collection of gifts that not only look good, but have practical applications and can be used day-to-day.
[ A. Elephant Bottle Opener from Perpetual Kid, $11.99 / B. Dirt Devil Kone Vacuum from Target, $29.99 to $39.99 / C. Lomo Fisheye 2 Copper Edition Camera from Urban Outfitters, $75 / D. Magno Wooden Radio from Show, $250 / E. Stegosaurus Pencil Sharpener from Kikkerland, $9 / F. 6-Way Opener from Crate & Barrel, $7.95 / G. Multi-Color Nesting Bowls from Show, $54 / H. Vintage Wallpaper Memo Pad from Smitten Kitten, $18 / I. Daisy Marc Jacobs Eau de Toilette Spray from Sephora, $57 to $72 / J. Crane Penguin Humidifier from Amazon, $39.99 / K. Boosted Pequeno Headphones from Urban Outfitters, $50 / L. iPod nano from Apple, $149 to $199 ]

gift guide: metallics

A collection of gifts that sparkle and shine.
[ A. Akto Tape Dispenser from Greener Grass Design, $64 / B. Rococo Pop Wall Decals from Blik, $90 / C. Small Sevilla Wash Bag from Anya Hindmarch, $200 / D. PowerShot SD880 IS Digital Camera from Canon, $299.99 / E. Thawing Gingko Mini from Anthropologie, $138 / F. Nature Exploration: Stones Notebook from Nantaka Joy, $13.50 / G. Pressed Leaf Stud Earrings from Abigail Percy, $114 / H. Forget Me Knot Ring from Greener Grass Design, $50 / I. Fat Bird Jewelry Stand from Urban Outfitters, $16 / J. Wine Bottle Gift Bags from Greener Grass Design, $12 / K. Pewter Mary-Janes from Anthropologie, $398 / L. Clocky from Nanda, $59 ]

gift guide: under $25

A collection of gifts priced at $25 or less.
[ A. Cortina Glittens from J. Crew, $15 / B. Fauna Goldfish Necklace from Paraphernalia, $17 / C. 8-Ounce Soap Bar from Soap and Paper Factory, $14 / D. Gama Bird Pillow from Gama-Go, $24.95 / E. Birds & Trees Coasters from Violet, $22 / F. Cat & Dog Staple Free Staplers from See Jane Work, $10 / G. Shark Key Ring from Kikkerland, $11 / H. Sketch Write Create Compose Journal from L2 Design Collective, $18 / I. Gift Certificate from madebyhank, $25 / J. Sweater Chubby Change Purse from Free People, $10 / K. Birds in Paris Scarf from Urban Outfitters, $24 / L. Cube Clock from Kikkerland, $21 ]

09 December 2008

gift guide: animals

A collection of gifts for the animal lovers on your list.
[ A. Tree Owl Lamp from Anthropologie, $198 / B. Wall Nut Decor-a-Board from Pop Ink, $28 / C. Cast Iron Bird Paperweight from the Curiosity Shoppe, $50 / D. Animal Portrait Pendants from Anthropologie, $29.95 / E. Ceramic Pigeon Vases from Three Potato Four, $45 to $60 / F. Vitra Mini: Eames Plywood Elephant from Design Within Reach, $200 / G. Let's Stitch: Clauss! from Egg Press, $26 / H. Salt & Peeper Shaker from Fred & Friends, $10 / I. Bamboo Bird Mobile from the Curiosity Shoppe, $76 / J. Beaver Print from the Little Friends of Printmaking, $25 / K. Flora & Fauna Eclectonote: Widgeon from Uppercase Gallery, $28 / L. Plush Blue-Eyed Bunny from Three Potato Four, $32 ]

08 December 2008

milk bottle carafes

From Three Potato Four come these glass carafes, stylized to look like antique milk bottles. These are a fresh way to hold your morning orange juice, milk for your coffee, water, flowers or other bits and bobs. The number on the bottles are permanently imprinted and represent the amount the bottle can hold, either 32 ounces ($32) or 8 ounces ($22). And you can feel good about buying one: for each carafe purchased, Three Potato Four will donate $1 to Action Against Hunger.

05 December 2008

holiday giveaway: 2009 sea calendar

It's time for the first Fancy Frills giveaway! I'm giving out one of my small, letterpressed sea calendars for 2009 (as seen here) to one reader. All you need to do is leave a comment on this entry with your name and email by Monday, December 15th. I'll randomly draw a name then. Good luck!
[ Updated 12.16.08: Kim has been randomly chosen as the winner of this giveaway. ]

iphone + ipod touch wallpapers

Artist-designed wallpapers for use with an iPhone or iPod Touch. Get these two wallpapers (and a whole lot more) at Poolga. Poolga wallpapers are designed by illustrators and designers around the world and new wallpapers are added to the site every couple of days.
[ Above: 747 by Lapin, Nube enojosa by Ana GalvaƱ ]

03 December 2008

jen lobo

Paintings by artist Jen Lobo. Her illustrations are amazingly detailed and showcase her love of all things feathered, furry, avian, and aquatic. Jen currently lives in Pasadena, California with husband, children, and animal companions.
[ Above: The Tangle, Discomedusae, Chroma Thieves ]

illume silhouette candle jars

I'm a sucker for pretty candle packaging and these Illume silhouette candle jars are so good for the holiday season. The candles feature charming felt cutaways that allow the contrasting hues of scented wax to peek from their glass enclosures. Each jar is 5.6 oz and can burn for 30 hours. Get one for $14.
[ Above: Mulled Wine, Balsam Fir, Hot Buttered Rum ]

02 December 2008

liamolly winter 08

Keep warm this winter with pretty pieces from LiaMolly's winter collection. LiaMolly is a sweater line deeply rooted in the culture of knitting and inspired by traveling the globe, discovering magical places, studying fashions past and cultures around the world. They also support sustaining local communities and developing earth-friendly, organic practices.
[ Above: Charlotte Turtleneck, Natalia Skirt, Mina Anorak ]
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