Monthly Archives: May 2008

Screen Printed Furniture

I love to see tried and true techniques used in new applications. Such is the case with these modern screen printed birch coffee tables from Gezellig Print. Designed by artist Jennifer James Wright, the art is inspired by East Austin’s neighborhoods and the unique organic structure of succulents that are common in the city. Amazingly, the table and screen-printing is all hand-crafted and hand-printed. Wonderful!

Pretty: Simple : Delicate Things

Hope everyone in the U.S. had a great Memorial Day! Here is just a small collection of things that have caught my eye lately. I suppose they all fall into a theme of simply pretty things.

From left to right:

CRAFT PEACE dove tiny text bowl by palomasnest // Butterfly and shell heart necklace by helenwoodward // White Camellias original paper sculpture by mollyjey

[ Items found via Stylehive ]

New Vintage Products in the Store

Check out the Vintage Beauty section of the evie s. online store to see a few fun new items that have been added.

From left to right:

Butterfly Clip // Dinosaur Prints // Bright Tin

Old-Fashioned Gramophone for Your iPod

I thought this was so clever, I just had to post about it. The Phonofone II takes its design cues from the past. This speaker amps the volume of your favorite music with the shape of an old-fashioned gramophone using your iPod.

From designer Tristan Zimmermann of Science and Sons, this is one cool gadget, and nice to look at.

[ Via Charles & Marie ]

Beautiful Desktop Wallpaper

I love these stunning images that you can download as desktop wallpaper.

Choose from 19 beautiful images and download the one you love here.

[ Via Smashing Magazine ]

Shrinky Dink Key Chains for Mother’s Day

I love creating handmade things for our moms on Mother’s Day. This year, I was inspired by How About Orange and Making it Lovely to create shrinky dink key chains. It was my first time to work with the shrinky plastic, and it took some trial and error for them to come out just right. The instructions suggest reducing the saturation of your design by 50%. After trying that, I opted for full color saturation. The brighter colors were prettier to me. I purchased my sheets at a local craft store, but you can buy a package online for $8.50 and that gives you six 8×10 sheets.

To see more photos, go here.

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day!

Create Your Own Font with FontStruct

If you are feeling creative today and want to tackle creating your own typeface, FontStruct from Fontshop is the place to go.

Fontstruct allows anyone to create and generate a custom designed typeface and then share it with others. Once you’re done building a font, FontStruct generates high-quality TrueType fonts, ready to use in any Mac or Windows application.

You can also browse fonts that have been built using the program. Best of all, it’s free!

DIY Project: Handmade Nursery Art

I made these wall hangings for a friend of mine. Her nursery is being done in a cute elephant theme and her primary colors are brown and blue. You could really use this idea to match any design or decor. Here is how to make these for yourself.

What you need:

  • Three 5 x 5 Paper Mache art boards ($2.99 at craft supply stores)
  • Ribbon for hanging
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paints and paint brushes
  • Card stock for printing your design
  • Permanent spray adhesive

Steps:

  1. Remove rope strands from the boards and discard.
  2. Choose a style of ribbon and cut 3 strands the exact same size.
  3. Apply your base coat to cover the brown paper mache. Paint everything, including the back side.
  4. Start painting! It helped me to sketch out my design on the computer before diving into painting. I used acrylic paints and paint brushes. All three boards were given a different pattern in the background.
  5. I drew the elephant in Adobe Illustrator and chose two colors for the elephants. Then I printed them out on card stock and cut them out, leaving a little white border to help them stand out against the painted backgrounds.
  6. I tested out the placement before adhering the paper elephants to the boards. Using permanent spray adhesive, I adhered the elephants to the boards. Tie on the ribbon to hang and your done!

To see a full-size photo of the finished product, go here.

UPDATE: After several requests, I’ve finally posted the pdf for you to download. Download here!

The Beauty of Intricately Cut Wood

Laser cut wood can be so intricate and beautiful, and it’s great for designs that require precision. Hand-etching can only do so much, but with a smart laser, just look at what you can do!

From left to right:

Laser Etched Art on Skateboards // Laser-Cut filigree wood earrings // Wood Laser-Cut Coasters

Laser-Cut Wood