Covet / Vice & Velvet

Vice and Velvet - Covet on Lost and Fawned

Here at Lost and Fawned, we are all about little luxuries.   Every once in awhile, you are your loved ones deserve a treat.  Bath products are a perfect way to indulge a little.

Vice & Velvet is a vegan bath and beauty brand handcrafted in Melbourne city, Australia.  Every product is created from scratch, with no pre-made bases and only simple ingredients.  Products include bath whips, body bars and exfoliating bath mouses.  I love their indulgent scent combinations like Quiet Time which includes Vanilla Marshmallow, Rose and Sandalwood.  All products come in the prettiest packaging I’ve ever seen, guaranteed to make you or the lucky recipient feel special.

For more visit Vice & Velvet on etsy.  You can also follow them via Facebook or Twitter for updates and sale announcements.

Collected / Marsala on Etsy

Pantone Marsala SwatchIt’s already almost March and we haven’t talked about Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala.  I’ve been so-so on the picks for the last few years, but I’m kind of in love with this soft oxblood hue.  Here is a small sampling of handmade and vintage items from etsy I curated in shades of Marsala.

Marsala Etsy Round Up on Lost and FawnedFrom left to right:

Valentines Day with Andrea Bonelli Jewelry

Valentines Day Picks from Andrea Bonelli JewelryWe are usually terribly practical when it comes to gift giving.  For Valentines Day and Anniversaries we usually stay in and make a meal at home. Gift giving usually becomes an excuse to replace an appliance (last year it was a range in the kitchen, I think the year before was a dishwasher).  But that is so unromantic.  Fellas (and ladies), do yourself a favor this year and treat your loved one to something sentimental.  Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love, not appliances.

You honestly can’t go wrong with the classics… chocolate, flowers and of course jewelry.  It’s no secret that I love Andrea Bonelli‘s handmade and ethical pieces.  Andrea works hard to assure she uses ethically sourced gems and recycled metals in each of her stunning pieces.  With a wide range of styles and prices (pieces as low as $68.00) there is something for just about everyone.  I’ve put together a little collection of some perfect Valentine’s Day picks.  Do yourself a favor and pin a couple (you know… in case someone is trying to find you a last minute gift):

  1. 14k Garnet & Diamond Necklace
  2. 14k Rustic Heart & Charm Necklace
  3. 14k Petite Moissanite Studs
  4. 14k Gold Petite Ruby Studs  *Lost & Fawned Budget-Beautiful Pick*
  5. Diamond Beaded Eternity Ring

Andrea Bonelli Jewelry Valentines Day Picks on Lost and FawnedAct fast!  Valentines Day is in just under 2 weeks!  There is still time to get in your orders, but the deadline for shipping (excluding custom or special order items) is January 5th for US customers.  Check out more of Andrea Bonelli Jewelry by visiting their shop or following her on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

This post made possible in partnership with Andrea Bonelli.  All opinions are my own and I only work with partners that I truly love.  For more information on sponsoring Lost & Fawned, please visit my Advertising Page

Giveaway / Novica

Novica Fair Trade Beaded Bracelets on Lost and FawnedAt Novica, the mission is simple… Spread Happiness.  They strive to create happy artisans by providing fair prices, no binding contracts and the opportunity to build a sustainable business with their craft.  Novica also creates happy customers by unique gifts at great prices.  They connect with artists and craftsmen around the world to bring together an amazing collection from jewelry to home decor to amazing sweaters and apparel.  You can read more about their mission and their process here.

Novica Free Gift Wrapping on Lost and Fawned

Novica Fair Trade Bracelets on Lost and FawnedEach gift comes gift wrapped… for FREE!  That’s right!  The wrapping you see in the photos above comes standard!  Some items are wrapped with materials from and in the style of their native country.  You can also pay a little more for deluxe gift wrapping if you want something a little more special.  This is a HUGE time saver during the busy holiday season.

Each item also comes with a booklet that tells you a little about the piece you receive and a message from the artisan.  On the website you can find more detailed profiles for each and every artist and craftsman.  It makes the whole buying and receiving process that much more personal.

Novica Fair Trade Cream and Sugar Set on Lost and Fawned

Novica Fair Trade Silver Earrings on Lost and FawnedThe team at Novica was kind enough to send me some of their beautiful products to experience the buying process myself.  I could not be happier.  After ordering, my items were shipping quickly and arrived in no time.  They were so beautifully wrapped.  These were a treat for myself after a very tough month, and it was so fun to open each package.

First up, these beautiful Sterling Silver Minimalist Square Hoop Earrings from an artist named Pichaya in Thailand.  Her silver jewelry ranges in style from very sleek and elegant (like these earrings) to more ornate and traditional.  I really needed something classic since I don’t have much silver in my jewelry collection, but these were also very tempting.  See more of her work here.

Next… more jewelry.  These Unakite and Jasper Beaded Bracelets are  from an artist named Tiraphan Hasub.  Each one is beaded by hand by the artist and the closure is the tiniest brass bell.  She has so many gorgeous beaded bracelets in her collection and it was very difficult to choose just one set.  They would look awesome mixed and matched and stacked.

Last but certainly not least, this Pig Cream & Sugar Set might be my favorite thing ever.  It celebrates the traditional art celadon ceramic glazing in a really fun and contemporary way.  The soft green color and fine cracks in the surface of the glaze is unique to this process.  Of course when we have guests they will be integrated into our breakfast table, but for now I think I’ll probably use them as little bud vases in the kitchen.  Find more ceramic pieces by Duangkamol here.  I’m smitten with this pair of celadon horse ornaments right now.

GIVEAWAY Novica Fair Trade Gifts on Lost and FawnedTo get your holiday shopping off on the right foot this month, Novica is offering one lucky reader a chance to win $75 for Novica.  Get yourself some beautiful holiday decor or a great serving piece for your christmas feast.  Or get some beautiful gifts for someone on your list.

It’s quick and easy to enter.  Please use the widget below to enter.  If you can’t see the widget, please click here to go to the page.  Giveaway ends on December 5rd.

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A huge thank you to Novica for generously sponsoring this post.  Good luck to all who enter!

Meet Studio 255

Meet the Team Behind Studio 255As you know, I strive to help you find the perfect gift for just about everyone during the holiday season.  Today I have found you something for any newlyweds, new home owners or growing families.  When I choose to go off registry from a wedding shower, my go-to gift is a custom address stamp.  Not only does it celebrate their union, but it also cuts down on tons of time when they go to address those invitations and thank you notes.

Studio 255 has a beautiful collection of customizable address stamps that range in style from elegant to playful.  If you need to shop for a book lover, they also have an amazing collection of custom bookplate stamps.  How beautifully old fashioned (and useful!) is this gorgeous stamp?  Not only do they provide a meticulously designed, high quality stamp, but you couldn’t support a sweeter family.

Studio 255 Address StampSydney and Mike took a few minutes to answer some questions to better get to know their work process, backgrounds, how they work as a team and give some advice to new small business owners:

What are you top three necessities when working/creating?
MIKE:
1. Coffee…or beer. Depends on the time of day.
2. Sydney at the computer (she is way better with the Adobe Suite)
3. That’s really it. I try to keep it simple.
SYDNEY:
I’m pretty minimalistic when I’m designing – after spending 5 years designing for a busy marketing agency – the only thing I need is some peace and quiet. The only exception being if Mike’s home and decides to keep me company/contribute to the designs, that’s always more fun than designing alone. If I’m assembling wedding invitations or some other task involving my hands, then I like having plenty of company (to help/chat with) or a good TV show on to enjoy while I work.

 

What’s your perfect Saturday?
MIKE:
A motorcycle ride with my dad and brother in the morning. After the ride, we get brunch and I eat a huge skillet (victory pancakes included) and a lot of coffee. Then Sydney, Luke and I go for an afternoon outing to the Arboretum, or some other nice outdoor space. End with grilling out on the new deck and enjoying a beer.
SYDNEY:
I’m totally in agreement with Mike for the after-brunch portion of the day that he described, I love when we can do stuff like that as a family. But instead of going for a motorcycle ride (I’m too chicken!), I’d rather be playing with Luke until it’s time for his first nap, then heading upstairs to my office to knock things off of my to-do list. That way I can spend the rest of my day footloose and fancy free!

 

What’s the soundtrack in your studio right now?
MIKE:
Mostly pop punk music from the early 2000s.
SYDNEY:
Usually the only time I listen to music while designing is over the summer when I have to start working on our holiday line – then I need a good loop of Christmas music to get me into the right mindset.

 

As the team behind Studio 255, do you divide the duties of your business or take on everything together?
MIKE:
A little of both. We collaborate on some of the design stuff, but for getting orders filled and out the door, we divide and conquer.

 

 Your best tip/advice for new designers/craftsmen:
MIKE:
Being a successful creative type takes a lot more than just being great at your craft. You might make the best hand-knit kitten mittens in the world, but if your website is confusing, no one will find your product.
SYDNEY:
Persistence, patience, and problem solving. It takes a lot of time to make that first sale, be found by bloggers, and develop a customer/fan base. You’ve got to just keep creating and coming up with new ideas, and then getting those new ideas in front of the right people. And eventually if it’s not working, it’s imperative that you look at the situation with a critical eye and make course corrections. Thanks to the internet, there’s someone out there who wants what you’re making, you just need to find them.

 

Studio 255 Stamps - Stationary - SuppliesA huge thank you to Sydney and Mike for taking the time to share with us while they prepare for a busy holiday season.  Be sure to visit their shop for amazing gifts and cards.  For more Studio 255, you can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

This post is sponsored by the wonderful people behind Studio 255.  All opinions and words are my own and I only include products and artists I truly love.  If you would like your own in-post feature, please visit my sponsor page for details.

Dark & Delightful Halloween Party

Dark and Delightful Halloween PartyI’ve committed to making two handmade costumes this year, so I have been working my fingers off.  But it totally has me in the Halloween spirit!  We are not hosting a party and we never get trick-or-treaters on our street, but that doesn’t stop me from decorating.

If I was having a Halloween party, I would love throw a small dinner party with some close friends and family.  I would stay true to our love of antiques and brass.  I love the idea of faded peach roses, dusty lambs ear and eucalyptus centerpieces on black tablecloths.  Adding a simple mask to your portraits and photos is a quick way to dress them up.

  1. Printable Halloween Invitations from Design by Detail
  2. Cranberry Apple Cider Cocktail from Jelly Toast
  3. Bat Filled Front Door from Country Living
  4. Elegant Floral Halloween Centerpiece from Style Me Pretty
  5. X-Ray Glassware from West Elm
  6. Strapless Lace Mask from The Midway
  7. Masked Portraits from Country Living
  8. Chocolate Espresso Layer Cake from Savory Simple
  9. Lace Pumpkins from Honestly WTF
  10. Candlestick Mantle from Style Me Pretty

Whale of a Tale / Etsy Round-Up

Whale of a Tale - Etsy Whale Round-Up on Lost and Fawned

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’ll be heading home in just 2 weeks to spend 10 days with my family.  A good chunk of that time will be spent at the coast.  The last time we went to visit we got to catch the beginning on the winter whale migration and could see spouts from the deck of the house.  If you are ever given the opportunity to go whale watching, don’t hesitate.  One of my fondest memories is seeing whales up close and personal in their natural environment.  They are such beautiful creatures.

Here is a collection via the craftsmen and shopkeepers on etsy inspired by the beauty and power of whales.  Enjoy!

Covet / Jenna Rose

Screenprinted Hamper from Jenna Rose Handmade

Handmade Travel Bag by Jenna Rose

Jenna Rose Handmade - Bee Scarf

Nautical Hampers from Jenna Rose

Handmade Screenprinted Purse by Jenna Rose

Stormy Zipper Pouch by Jenna RoseToday’s Covet is a artisan I have admired for a long time.  Jenna Rose creates beautiful goods that are truly handmade.  She hand draws the illustrations, dyes natural fabrics, screenprints the old fashioned way and then turns them into bags, hampers, pillow covers, tea towels and more.  Every piece is meticulously crafted in her beautiful studio (converted from a barn, which is totally my dream!).

For more of Jenna’s work and purchasing, visit her at her Etsy Store or website.  And be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram for updates.  Happy Friday!

 

My Fabric Collection on Spoonflower

Textiles and Fabrics by Ever So Splendidon SpoonflowerI’ve been a busy bee this month.  I’m finally getting to work on a long-time dream of mine, to create a collection of fabrics (and someday design a line for a major manufacturer).  I have a small collection of florals now available in my little Spoonflower Shop.  I’ll be adding more as I digitize all my sketches.  The process is time consuming, so I can’t quite keep up with my ideas.  For more information, check out my post on Ever So Splendid.  If you have questions or color suggestions, please feel free to let me know in the comments.

Be sure to follow me on Spoonflower for updates and new patterns.  Thanks!

Covet // Worley’s Lighting

Lamp by Worleys Lighting

Candle Holders by Worleys Lighting

Signature Bookends by Worleys Lighting

Worleys Lighting Candle Holders

Pedestal Lamp by Worleys Lighting

Worleys Lighting Lamp

We have always admired woodworking.  Recently Worley’s Lighting caught my eye.  They make stunning simplistic lamps, andle holders and bookends.  Everything is crafted by hand in North Carolina by this family run business out of quality woods.

For more information and purchasing, visit Worley’s Lighting on Etsy or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.