I love ceramics, unfortunately it’s a medium I just did not have the patience or natural ability to master. But I still love to admire and collect ceramic pieces. This week while looking for wedding gifts, I stumbled on Marinski Heartmades and fell head over heels. Marina’s passion for clay is evident in all of her pieces. As she so beautifully puts it in her biography, “…the organic properties of clay had fully occupied my attention. I found it strong and stable and at the same time warm and genuine in its primitiveness. Making ceramics is the only thing I can imagine doing all day, every day.”
Instagram is one of my favorite ways to connect with readers, artists, fellow bloggers and brands. I’ve worked with Kendyll Hillegas in the past and adore her work. One of her food prints is currently hanging by our stove. A few weeks ago she asked her followers on Instagram to tag their most delicious food photos with #drawmyfood for a chance to see them transformed into a hand-drawn work of art. I quickly tagged my photo of fresh homemade peasant bread in my favorite vintage Butterprint Pyrex mixing bowl and crossed my fingers.
She selected my photo! And I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results! It was so much fun to follow along as she posted progress photos. The print of my bread bowl is now complete and available to be purchased on Etsy.
Want a chance to see your photo drawn by the talented Ms. Hillegas? Follow @kendylln and tag your fabulous food photos with #drawmyfood!
Time to freshen up the house for spring! I’ve already started my spring purge and deep clean, but another great way to renew your home to rotate some art. I’ve put together a quick collection of pieces that are perfect every room from your powder room to your entryway.
- LEFT COLUMN :: “Crash Into Me” by Rskinner1122 / “Birds” by Ben Giles / “Plumage” by Ez Pudewa / “Gold Tree Rings” by Cat Coquillette
- MIDDLE COLUMN :: “Bust with Flowers” by Chad Wys / “Time for Adventure” by WEAREYAWN / “Sunrise Forest” by Kevin Russ
- RIGHT COLUMN :: “My Favorite Shape” by Krissy Diggs / “Within Nature” by Man & Camera / “Flea Market” by Emily Rickard
I felt like pulling inspiration today from art. Did you know I minored in Art History? If I was to start all over again, I may have majored in it. I love studying the stories and people behind works of art. ‘Hunters in the Snow, February’ by Pieter Bruegel the Elder is one of my very favorites. The palette and textures for today’s collection are pulled from this piece.
- Give it your Best Guest Dress in Birds from Modcloth / $89.99
- Outerspaced Hoodie in Seat Salt from Columbia / $34.90 SALE
- Sorel Slimpack Riding Boots from Zappos / $210.00
- Mint Me Tonight Bag from Modcloth / $64.99
- Origami Fox Silver Earrings from Novica / $19.99 SALE
- Ribbed Hat from Gap / $17.99 SALE
- ‘Hunters in the Snow, February’ by Pieter Bruegel the Elder on Art.com / $39.99 +
Meet Kendyll Hillegas. Kendyll creates the most amazing illustrations showcasing the beauty of everyday objects. Her technique of layering different mediums gives her pieces so much depth and detail. Her subject matter may be ordinary, but even the simplest ice cream cone or stick of butter evokes sensory memories of childhood summers or baking with a loved one.
Any of her pieces would look amazing as a part of a large gallery collection or as a grouping. Perhaps pick 3-4 of your favorite sweet treats for the dining room or collection of breakfast dishes for your kitchen dining area.
Kendyll was kind enough to send me a few prints to style in our home. I added a bunch to my favorites and let her help choose. I ended up receiving the Sriracha print and Cider Donut print in full size, and the Strawberry Shortcake print as a postcard size. I had the Sriracha matted and framed and it gives our little kitchen so much character and color. My husband puts Sriracha on everything (like so many of you) and the bottle is so iconic. The cider donut lives on my new sewing table. Eventually it will be a quirky part of my inspirational gallery wall.
Both prints look even better in person. It’s hard to do them justice in a photograph. You simply cannot capture the detail and dimension.
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If you want to spruce up your home with some of Kendyll Hillegas‘ delicious illustrations, use the promo code LOSTANDFAWNED at checkout to receive $10 off any order of $30 or more. Promo code is good through the end of October. It’s a pretty great deal, so take advantage of it!
A new year is a great time to freshen up the house. New art is a great way to change things up without breaking the bank. Today’s collection has a little something for everyone. No rhyme or reason, just great art and great prices.
- The Other Side of lapetus by Meredith Mackworth-Praed // from $20
- Extinction by Terry Fan // from $18
- Let it Go by Ricardo Garcia // from $22.88
- Portrait of a Heart by Christian Schloe // from $18
- I’ll go to Bed Early Tonight by Daily Dishonesty // from $20
- Cape Lookout by Lindsey Fowler // from $16
- Chrysantheme by Vargamari // from $17.68
- Pinky Promise by Emily Rickard // from $15
- A Smooth Sea Never Made a Skilled Sailor by Oliver Shilling // from $17
- Because Cats by Kitten Rain // from $15.60
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Katie currently works from New York out of her Brooklyn Studio. Her blog is full of her custom creations as well as space, places and things that inspire her and her work. Our shared love of vintage and Arrested Development leads me to believe that if we lived closer we’d be Netflix Night buddies.
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Oh goodness! This week I find myself head of heels for everything Naomi Wilkinson has ever done. Her style, her color, her subject matter… It’s all made me smile. Check out her website for more of her portfolio or follow Naomi on Twitter.
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I’m so smitten with Erik Riley Illustration right now. His pieces feel old and new at the same time. Clean and rustic. And I’m always a sucker for dogs and horses. I’ll be keeping my eye on this one.
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If you need a literary escape to hep you push through these last winter months, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Wildwood by Colin Meloy with illustrations by Carson Ellis. Wildwood is a novel (yes, an illustrated novel, not a picture book) that tells the story of a girl named Prue who must find strength when her little brother is carried off by a flock of crows and whisked to a nearby wilderness. It’s everything a modern fairy tale should be.
You can also now get the sequel, Under Wildwood if you can’t get enough.