Saturday, 2 May 2009

Scribble Art

I am featuring another lovely Folksy seller today, and something a little different.

Scribble Art specialises in creating original art for children’s rooms, but I'm a bit of a big kid myself so would definitely have some of these creations hanging on my wall.

Each of the canvases are hand-finished and produced as signed limited editions of 250.
You can also have a child's name added to make them completely unique.

'Dizzy the Dinosaur'

Each of the pieces are embellished with glitter, jewels and metallic paint so they take on a magical appearance. The canvas on the right remind of the scene in the Disney version of 'The Sword in the Stone' when Merlin and Arthur turn into fish!

They measure 30 x 30cms (approx 12 x 12") and are hand-stretched over a 3.7 cm deep frame-all ready to hang!


Scribble Art also creates lovely framed prints onto which can be added 4 items (baby's name/date of birth/weight/place of birth etc).

These can be made in a choice of 5 colours and the image is printed onto high quality textured watercolour paper.
They are supplied in a hand made, glazed wooden frame and a gift label attached to the back allows you to write your own personal message.

'Woolly Sheep'

The canvases are priced at £35.00 each and the framed prints are £20.00. The perfect gift that will be treasured!

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Competition time!

I've been thinking that it's nice to read about and look at the lovely things I feature, but I thought it would be lovely to run competitions to win some of these beautiful pieces.

So...I have decided to hold (ir)regular competitions. Yay!

I have some gorgeous pieces up for grabs over the next few months, but thought I would start by running a competition to win a piece of jewellery from my website, Ji Ji Kiki.

I sell my own handmade kitsch and vintage jewellery alongside pretty things for you and your home including bags, bath and beauty products and kitsch and retro homewares.

All of have to do to enter is go to my site and pick the piece of jewellery that you would like to win and put a comment here. Simples! I will also send the lucky winner some extra surprises :)

I have noticed that a lot of blog running competitions/giveaways give multiple entries depending on how much 'effort' you want to put it ;)

I thought this was a nice idea, so I am offering extra entries of your name in the proverbial hat if you...

- Subscribe to or follow this blog (3 entries)
- Blog about this giveaway (5 entries)
- Sign up to receive the Ji Ji Kiki newsletter (5 entries - I also run monthly draws to win £20 to spend on the site for newsletter subscribers!)
- Tweet about this giveaway (2 entries)

If you Tweet/blog about the comp, please put a link with your comment (blog) or username (Twitter) otherwise I won't know about it!

The competition is open to everyone worldwide and the closing date is Friday 8th May (next week). The winner will be announced on Saturday 9th May, so check back then to see if you've won!

Good luck everybody. x

As someone has kindly just pointed out, I should also really be promoting Ji Ji Kiki's Facebook page here as well! Hopefully the image/text link will work, otherwise search for 'Ji Ji Kiki'. I have just put up an exclusive discount, so make sure you check it out and become a fan to receive other exclusive goodies :)

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

In memory of a gerbil

Today's post is not a very happy one as my little black and white gerbil, Jake, died today. I've had him about 3 1/2 years, which apparently is pretty good going for a gerb.
He had a very happy life and was a bit of a character so we will miss his noisy paper/card munching (as demonstrated!)

So I thought I would feature a handmade gerbil related find, and have just come across this black and white silhouette pendant from Noisy Bird Studio

The store is run by a husband and wife team and they have some really pretty pieces for sale.

Hedgehog in the flowers pendant

As well as a large range of pendants they also create pocket mirrors such as this 'Bird in swirly tree' design. They are a great price at just $5.50. Who said looking good (or at least checking you do) had to be expensive?

Robot pal pocket mirror

Each item from Noisy Bird comes in a gift bag, so is perfect to give as a present. They can also create custom pieces for you.

I also have to mention a website I came across last night called Tween Bots

Creator Kacie explains on the website...

'Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city (of NY) with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal.'

There is a brilliant video on the site of one of the little robots trying to get from one side of Washington Park to the other with the help of human intervention. It's amazing to see how many people want to stop and help this happy looking inanimate object on his mission.

Monday, 27 April 2009

Stix N Stone

Recycling (or 'upcycling' is the posh word I believe) is very popular in the crafty world at the moment and understandably with good reason.

I have inherited a trait from my grandmother (and my dad come to think of it) where I don't like to throw things out 'just incase...'.
Most of the things I keep are for sentimental reasons, but I have to admit I do keep a lot of junk.

I do believe that good can come from using old things to create something new. I am launching my new jewellery line soon using broken, vintage jewellery pieces (little plug there!) and creating lovely, new jewellery pieces from old, unloved things is what today's featured artist Stix N Stone does. And very beautifully as well.

This Bird tree top vinyl set is probably the piece of jewellery that best suits me. It is made from recycled records (my favourite music 'medium'), has a painting of a bird and is girly but in a rock/indie way. What more could I want from a jewellery set?! Oh yes, maybe the fact it's only $13 (about £9!)

If you prefer your jewellery a little more delicate, how about this pretty swallow necklace $18.

Stix N Stone also create 'eco friendly' jewellery such as this 'Sweetly Sophisticated' cuff. Created from an old black leather belt and decorated with contrasting pink ribbon and two silver squares $22.

Stix N Stone has only joined Etsy this month, so will be adding more items over time. If you have an idea for a custom item, just sent her a message through her shop.
You can also follow her on her blog.