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Tiny Bottles Make Me Happy – Teeny Tiny Tuesdays

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Rainbow Stripes Miniature Vase

You know that song, “Tiny Bubbles”, written by Leon Pober and preformed by everyone from Don Ho and Connie Francis, to Paul McCartney. Well,  thanks to a recent TV spot, it has been stuck in my head again. 

Tiny bubbles (tiny bubbles)
In the wine (in the wine)
Make me happy (make me happy)
Make me feel fine (make me feel fine)

I had this silly book once that referred to the affliction of having a song stuck in your head all day that you can’t get out, one that is largely annoying, as ‘Songnambulism’. OK, it may have been written by Wayne and Garth of Wayne’s World, well actually it was written my Mike Myers, my Canadian home-boy, but it still makes me laugh. To make the situation even more pitiable, my father had me thinking the line was actually “Tiny bubbles in the loo” for most of my childhood. Loo as in toilet. Yes, my father is a master of the lyrical parody. Weird Al might do it better, but my father did it first. But I am getting off topic.

Miniature Bottle in Orange and White, Hand Blown Glass by Kiva Ford.
Miniature Pitcher in Blue Stripes, Hand Blown Glass by Kiva Ford.
Hand Blown Glass, Miniature Vase in Red by Kiva Ford.

Today’s Teeny Tiny Tuesdays post makes me think of that song, Tiny Bubbles, because it is all about very tiny blown glass bottles, vases, and pitchers made with the most delicate of hands and likely the most carefully controlled ‘bubbles’ of air.  Kiva Ford, of New York, Virgina is the creator of some of the most precious tiny glass treasures I have ever set my eyes upon.

Miniature Bottle in Cobalt Blue and Purple by Kiva Ford.
Miniature Flower Bottle in Teal, Hand Blown Glass by Kiva Ford.
Miniature Bottle in Black and White Stripes, Hand Blown Glass by Kiva Ford.

Glass blowing is truly one of the oldest and most magical of artisan crafts.  I remember going downtown to the Toronto Harborfront as a kid and visiting the Glass Works studio that was set up close to the docks and attractions. It was my favorite place to visit, and the most memorable by far. Women and men in heavy leather aprons, head scarves, and big gloves yielding long metal tubes and giant metal snips would work in front of a giant oven, taking molten glowing orange blobs and working them into phenomenal pieces of art with a twists, a puff of air, and a degree of skill I can’t even imagine possessing.

Image Provided by Kiva Ford on Etsy.
Image Provided by Kiva Ford on Etsy.
Image Provided by Kiva Ford on Etsy.

I had never really thought much about where glass came from or how it was crafted before then. But once I saw that it could be made into art in the hands of a skilled crafts-person, I was enchanted.  The pieces featured in this post are merely the tiniest of samples of the work available at the Kiva Ford Etsy shop. I urge you to take a look at Kiva’s creations and fall under the same spell that makes me want to start collecting these stunning miniature glass marvels. They would make a lovely gift for a Valentine or for Mother’s Day. They are so detailed and so lovely that they would be a wonderful addition to any curio cabinet, china closet, or window sill.

Miniature Bottle with Amber Stripes, Hand Blown Glass by Kiva Ford.
Miniature Glass Bottle by Kiva Ford.

Have you ever been walking in the park on a spring or summer’s day and come upon one tiny perfect clover or a tiny flower and wondered how you could take it home and make the memory last? Have you had a child present you with a treasured single dandelion or the “longest blade of grass ever”? Kiva Ford‘s tiny vessels may be the perfect way to make those little gesture look like the precious gifts they are.  Have a lovely Tuesday, and I hope you found a tiny bit of joy while looking at these amazing glass creations.

Chemistry Set, Miniature Hand Blown Glass by Kiva Ford.
Chemistry Set, Miniature Hand Blown Glass by Kiva Ford.

Note: All Images and Designs Featured In This Post Are Copyright and Property of Kiva Ford & kivaford Etsy Shop. No Infringement is intended.

A Lovely Collection of Kiva‘s Amazing Glass Vases and Bottles.
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It Can Be Munday Everyday – Strange Stuff Saturdays

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SNORTING COKE

When I happened upon the Etsy shop called Boopsie Daisy I did a full-on double-take, and then another. Then I literally doubled over laughing. How can I express the absolute joy, retro-kitsch, colorful silliness that is the work of Missy Munday of Kelowna, British Columbia. It’s like some wonderful childhood dream, enchanted little dolls and creatures playing with everyday objects all on their own. It may seem to be utter silliness, but there is some serious skill involved in the astonishing Fine Art Prints created by Missy. Pay attention to the names of each print, they are just as brilliantly strange as the image itself.

DIRTY BERTIE
MACKIE
OLIVIA

Toys and characters that are so familiar juxtaposed with elements of nature, foodstuffs, and a myriad of pop-culture references make for a purely fun experience. Eye-popping colour and perfected lighting techniques make for the most amazing captures.  Some images are cute in there Kawaii kitschy-ness, others are evocative in their Sad-Eyed Style.  Then there are the images that seem to have vaguely hidden cultural commentary running through them, making them a tad bit disturbing.  Missy’s work is simply spectacular.


DIGGIN THE DOG
MY SUNDAE BATH
WETTY BOOP

All in all, the body of work displayed by Missy Munday is incredible. I can only image what her studio must look like, and how much fun she has combining crazy elements to create her day-glow bright visual feasts.  With close to 300 items in her shop, Boopsie Daisy on Etsy, I can only show you a very tiny sample of her wonderfully weird work.  Her Fine Art Prints feature all the elements I love in strange and odd creations, and some I didn’t even know I would like until I saw them.

LET THEM EAT CAKE
FLOSSY LOVE AFFAIR
SINFULLY SWEET

 Make sure you visit Missy’s shop, Boopsie Daisy, and browse her work. You will laugh, you will do the double-take, and you will more then likely find a favorite from among her marvelously weird fantasy works.  Priced from just $4.00 USD for an ACEO Sized Image [Artist Trading Card] to  $55.00 USD for a Trio Set of 8″x12″ Prints, there is something for every budget.

READ TO ME NANA
HELLO MY NAME IS KITTY
PIG OUT

Missy will create custom listings for you if the image you want is not listed in the size you are looking for, so just drop her a note. What a wonderful gift these prints would make for that oh so hard to buy for friend. You know this is one gift they will never forget. Oh how I love these Saturday posts. Have a strange and wonderful day.

LITTLE BURGER MONSTER
JUNK ON THEIR TRUNKS (TRIO)
COOKIE THIEF

NOTE: All Images In This Post Are The Intellectual Property & Copyright of Boopsie Daisy & Missy Monday and Available For Purchase On Etsy. No Infringement Is Intended.

SUGAR HIGH
CONEGREGATION
CLICKSTART MY HEART

Going Mobile – Found On A Friday

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Mobile Venice Wave Kinetic Hanging Sculpture for Baby or Adult by Carolyn Weir, Skysetter Designs on Etsy. $199.00 USD.

Most people only think about buying a “mobile” when they are planning their baby nursery decor. You know, those animals tied to strings that hover over the crib and rotate slowly in tune to a wind-up lullaby. You can find them in just about any character, style and color. We buy them, use them to entertain our little ones, and then put them away when the kiddo move up the the “big boy” or “big girl” bed. When it comes to having a mobile in the house, it is such a shame that we only think of them as a nursery decor element.  They can be so much more in the hands of a talented artist.

Rustic Rain Kinetic Sculpture – Hanging Mobile Art – Calder Style by Carolyn Weir, Skysetter Designs on Etsy. $125.00 USD.

Today’s “Friday Finds” are a sampler of amazing Kinetic Art Mobiles from four great Etsy creators.  The above two images are creations of Carolyn Weir, an incredibly talented artist from Natchez, Mississippi. Her work is perfection, so full of visual impact and aesthetic appeal.  Carolyn creates her mobiles from her own original watercolor paintings.  In her Etsy shop, Skysetter Designs, she has a lovely selection of lightweight aluminum mobiles, with stunning aluminum adhered elements created from her colorful painted works.  This would be stunning in an office setting or home, and it would be lovely in a child’s room as well. They are by nature one-of-a-kind [OOAK], As a former kite-maker, Carolyn understands how the smallest movement in the air can make magic happen. Her mobiles are available in a lovely assortment of colours and shapes.

Pink Cherry Blossom Mobile Medium by Sara Lawrence, Flutter And Twirl on Etsy. $45.00 USD.
Changing Color Leaves Mobile Medium by Sara Lawrence, Flutter And Twirl on Etsy. $38.00 USD.

The next mobile artist I want to share is the proprietor of Flutter And Twirl on Etsy. Sara Lawrence is the creator of the two mobiles above, featuring a stunning Cherry Blossom ‘Branch’, and a whirl of ‘Changing Color Leaves’.  Sara’s work is beautiful in it’s apparent simplicity, and the organic shapes that comprise the body of her work are not only attractive to the eye, but calming to the soul.  Her custom designs come in a variety of sizes and would work beautifully in a nature retreat or spa, or even as a calming element in a bedroom setting.  Mobiles featuring translucent paper and other feather light elements cast lovely shadows and move with the slightest breeze.

Colorful Mobius Mobile – Best Baby Mobile Design 2010 by Julie Frith, FRITHMOBILES on Etsy. $150.00 USD.
Eliptusmobius Small – Best Baby Mobile 2010 by Julie Frith, FRITHMOBILES on Etsy. $135.00 USD.

Julie Frith’s Modern Art Mobiles are a visual treat. These really are amazing suspended sculptures you can bring into your home. At FRITHMOBILES on Etsy, you can find a bounty of brilliantly colored ceiling suspension and table-top mobiles. With over 40 years of experience making mobiles, you can see her skill in every piece.  Colour combinations are masterful, and the polished plastic elements really have an amazing retro appeal.  Julie is willing to create custom colored creations with her clients, and can create a handmade work of stainless steel suspension for your home or office. Her mobiles would make a wonderful housewarming or wedding gift, and would perk up any doctor’s office. I can only imagine how calming it would be to lie back at the Dentist’s office and have one of her lovely creations gently moving above me. 

Modern Art Mobile – The Milky Way, in Spectrum by Rachel, The Wonderland Studio on Etsy. $104.00 USD.

The final Mobile Artist I want to highlight today is Rachel of Newburyport, Massachusetts. At The Wonderland Studio Rachel creates her Made To Order masterpieces that feature a plethora of circular and curvilinear elements.  These brightly colored mobiles would be the perfect addition to any children’s playroom, nursery school, or classroom.  Exposing children to art at an early age is so important, and these carefully balanced sculptures not only catch the eye, but the imagination as well.  Made of bright aluminum wire and foam, Rachel’s mobiles feature a light structure that whirls and floats to stunning effect with a light wind or the gentle gusts of your own breath. 

The Mobile – The Constellation, Large, in Wildflower by Rachel, The Wonderland Studio on Etsy. $96.00 USD.

Clearly, mobiles aren’t just for children anymore. When your walls are covered with bookshelves and artwork, or maybe a big flat-screen TV, it’s time to start thinking about other ways to personalize your space.  Hanging high overhead, these amazingly modern and organic appearing sculptures are a safe and lovely way to add a special touch to any room.  The science of balance involved in these Kinetic wonders is not lost on me, and it speaks to hours of studio time on the part of these creators as they work to achieve the desired effects. It’s time to start thinking about Going Mobile.

Inconceivably Quotable Princess Bride – Wacky & Wonderful Wednesdays

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The Princess Bride – As You Wish Poster by Amy McAdams-Gonzales, Amy McAdams Design on Etsy. 11’x17′ Print $25.00 USD.

There is a movie that holds perhaps the most amazingly quotable lines of dialogue in the history of cinema. It is so quotable, in fact, that often times individuals will use snippets of this brilliant script in their everyday speech without realizing it. For instance, someone recently asked me how I was feeling while I was in the grip of a nasty chest cold, my response “I’ve been mostly dead all day”. I laughed at myself, and then wondered if I did just unconscious quote The Princess Bride.

Inigo Montoya Card by Rakkadeer on Etsy. Print on Glossy Cardstock, 4.25″x5.5″, Envelope Included. $3.00 USD, T-Shirt Also Available.

The Princess Bride is literally a film for the whole family. Children love it, romantics love it, and the geek crowd adore it.  You have a lovely couple of actors in Cary Elwes and Robin Wright playing the romantic leads,  Wesley and Princess Buttercup. The charismatic Mandy Patinkin as the ever revenge quest fueled Inigo Montoya, and Billy Crystal as a  hysterically funny magic man are brilliant casting moves.  Who can forget adorable Fred Savage as the bed-bound grandson to the amazing Peter Falk, our narrator.

Love Is Many Things, None Of Them Logical – Princess Bride by Cassie Barentine, Chicky Lovit! on Etsy. 16″ or 18″ Snake Chain Included. $11.00 USD.

Wallace Shawn is utter perfection as the wicked Vizzini, who finds just about everything “inconceivable”. Sweet Andre the Giant fills the role of the gentle giant Fezzik, who is a loyal friend and who, despite his size, has the most gentle of souls. A bounty of silly baddies, and you have yourself a winning cast.  It is this motley collection of characters, and the brilliantly written script of William Goldman, in the hands of director Rob Reiner that makes The Princess Bride a winner on so many levels. You know a movie is one for the ages when you can watch it over and over and still find it wonderful every time.

The Princess Bride – A Classic Quote T-Shirt by Lauren Odell Usher, Upcycled Unlimited on Etsy. Screen Print on Second Hand Women’s Size L, $30.00 USD.

So back to our lovely geekery themed Wednesday post. You know that something has hit critical mass with the geeks, nerds, and “inside joke” types when it becomes a pop-culture phenom, as is the case with The Princess Bride. The quote worthy nature of this movie has not been lost on the fabulously creative crowd over at Etsy.  Today I present you a selection of items that celebrate this beloved film, it’s characters and dialogue, it’s sentiments and silliness.  Hooray for Wednesdays, and Happy “Humperdinck” Day everyone! [That is a ‘Princess Bride’ reference, and if you didn’t know that in an instant, Netflix it or load up the Blue Rays people!]

The Princess Bride Inigo Montoya Hand Pulled Limited Edition Screen Print by Barry Bulsara, Barry D Bulsara on Etsy. Limited Edition of 250, 42cmX59cm. $65.00 USD.

PRINT Fezzik & Inigo Detail Digital Print from Original Painting by Kelly Kerrigan, Tramp Lamps on Etsy. 8.5″x11″ on Card Stock, Ready To Frame. $8.00 USD.

The Princess Bride Magnet Word Set by Kelly and Scott Smith, Refrigerator Prose on Etsy. Over 275 Words, Unique Fonts, Some Blank Magnets Included. $12.00 USD.

The Princess Bride Minimalist Movie Poster by Lynsey, Entropy Trading Company on Etsy. 11″x14″ On Matte Photo Paper. Other Sizes Available. $14.99 USD.

As You Wish: A Scrabble Game Tile Pendant Charm by Home Studio on Etsy. 3/4″ Square. Free Australia Shipping. Chain Not Included. $8.95 USD.

Princess Bride T-Shirt – Westley As The Dread Pirate Roberts by Mr Cloud Dot Com on Etsy. Available in Black & Pink, Adult S-XXL, Kids & Ladies Sizes. $15.99 USD.

Pixel People – The Princess Bride – PDF Cross Stitch Pattern by Jacqueline, Wee Little Stitches on Etsy. [This Entire Shop Is Geekery Heaven] $6.00 USD.

Princess Bride Notebook Recycled VHS Journal by Momsmedia on Etsy. 60 Sheets of Acid-Free Unlined Paper. Clear Plastic Coil. 7.25″x4″. $8.00 USD. [Love These!]

Princess Bride Handstamped Bracelet – Have Fun Storming The Castle – Narrow Aluminum Cuff by foxwise on Etsy. Customization Welcome. 1/4″x6″. $14.95 USD

Valentine’s Day, Typography Art Print – Love Quote – As You Wish – Princess Bride Movie Quote, True Love by Erin B., C Is For Color on Etsy. 8″x10″. $17.75 USD.

Princess Bride Inigo Montoya Badge/Pin by Julie Smith, Bohemian Craftsody on Etsy. 1-3/4″x1″. Shipped In Kraft Jewelry Box. $8.00 USD.

You Seem A Decent Fellow, I Hate To Kill You – Princess Bride by Cassie Barentine, Chicky Lovit on Etsy. 16″ or 18″ Snake Chain Included. $10.00 USD.

Princess Bride “I Am Not Left Handed” T-Shirt – Fencing Dread Pirate Roberts/Wesley by Dannyella Michiella on Etsy. Mens S-3X, Women’s XS-3X. $16.00 USD.

PDF Original Cross Stitch Pattern – Anybody Want A Peanut – The Princess Bride by Kristy Kizzee, Bombastitch on Etsy. Email or Mailed Instructions. $4.00 USD.

INCONCEIVABLE Princess Bride Quote Hand Pulled Large Lino Block Print by Greenesleeves on Etsy. Purple Letters w/ Green Border. 6″x8″. $15.00 USD.

Hello, My Name Is Inigo Montoya. You Killed My Father, Prepare To Die. Brooch by Evolution Laser Works. Approx. 3″x2″, Birch, Locking Pin Faster. $15.00 USD.

Dread Pirate Roberts Princess Bride Vintage Dictionary Altered Art Page by The Crafty Celtic Lass on Etsy. 8″x10 1/2″ Vintage Dictionary Page. $5.00 USD.

Hello My Name is Inigo Montoya Parody T-Shirt by Hot Monkey Graphics on Etsy. 100% Preshrunk Cotton Mens, Womens, & Youth Sizes. $16.99 USD.
Wuv Twu Wuv – 8 x 10 Quote Print – The Princess Bride by Tess, Tessyla on Etsy. Four Color Options – Red, White, Gray. Archival Quality Print. $20.00 USD.

Princess Bride Sticker – Iocane by Pete, Purple Cactus Design on Etsy. Waterproof Vinyl. 9.5cmX7.5cm. Also Available as T-Shirt. $3.50 USD.

Admit it, you are thinking about watching The Princess Bride again tonight. Think you can name a more quotable film? As I told you, it would be absolutely, totally, and in all other ways inconceivable. I think my work is done here.

Shaking Things Up – Strange Stuff Saturdays

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They are quite a pair, those salt and pepper shakers we all have in our kitchens or dining rooms. Sometimes salt and pepper shakers are beautiful crystal antiques, perhaps they are very kitsch, others are mostly utilitarian, and sometimes it is a large grinder that requires a little elbow grease to get the perfect seasoning. In my place, I just use the sea salt in the spice bottle from the market, and my pepper comes in a little bottle with a grinder on top, also supermarket bought. How terribly boring and wasteful, really. Ugly labels, they are not really refillable, and even if I recycle the bottles, it isn’t an ideal situation. So I need to get myself a cute set of Salt & Pepper Shakers. I decided it was a good time to see what I could find on Etsy, so many great vintage picks and handmade or upcycled options. So I ran a search, and of course, came up with oodles of listings. Let me say, before I begin this post, that it is all about the images, I wanted to show you the ones that really stood out, for a variety of reason. Now remember, this is “Strange Stuff Saturday”, so what is strange in today’s post is my immediate reaction to the salt and pepper sets. I am going to show you a pile of great ways to spice up your kitchen, and give you my exact first reaction in a caption below the image. All the individual item Listing Details and Etsy shop links will appear at the bottom of this post, and while my comments might seem odd, or negative, they are in fact the very reason these shakers are fabulous. I don’t want boring, I want funny, ironic, creepy, or just plain strange. Let’s Shake Things Up!

  1. First Rule Of Zombie Land – The Double Tap. [They look like crawling Zombies to me, with bullet holes in their heads!]

  2. Because Everyone Wants To Think About Dirty Laundry While Eating.

  3. There. Are. No. Words.

  4. “I Bagel Your Pardon!”

  5. “Pass The Toe Jam?” [These are a Canadian souvenir set, I am so proud of my country!]

  6. Good Morning. You Are Not Dead Yet.

  7. A Freudian Rorschach Test. What Do You See?

  8. Nothing Classes Up A Kitchen Like A Piddling Puppy

  9. Please Pass The Ass

  10. From The “Bunnies On Acid” Collection

  11. [They are Vintage Nuts, do I actually have to make a smart-ass comment on this one?]

  12. The Eyes, They Follow You No Matter Where You Go. Creepy!

  13. The Fru-eats Of The Day-vil. [“The Fruits of the Devil”, So I Married An Axe Murderer – Mike Myers quote from my very obscure sense of humor.]

  14. If The Salt Looks Like Dandruff… What Does The Pepper Look Like?

  15. Urns. Pepper Flakes. How Wonderfully Macabre!

  16. I Now Understand Why Some People Are Afraid Of Clowns.

  17. This Is What My Eyes Look Like After A Night Of Heavy Partying.

  18. Little Critters in Carbon Freeze, Just Like Han Solo [Star Wars.]

  19. Bam Chicka Wow Wow – Makin’ Bacon!

Pardon my rather odd and extremely obscure sense of humor, but those were my exact thoughts on seeing these strange and wonderful shaker sets. It strikes me that these are almost all, if not entirely, vintage items. It makes you wonder, why is it we get such a kick from these bizarre kitschy items? Were they intended to be funny or is it just a matter of the esthetic at the time. I haven’t seen nearly as many modern salt and pepper shakers that made me laugh as much as this random selection did. I could have gone on and on, there are so many more treasures to be found over on Etsy. Have a great weekend everyone, and next time you look at your own S&P shakers, think of Foraging For Fab!
Image Credits:

  1. Vintage Pushup Salt and Pepper Shakers by Out Of The Pink Sky on Etsy.
  2. Vintage Westinghouse Washer and Dry Salt and Pepper Shakers by Random Voyeur Vintage on Etsy.
  3. Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers Retro Holt Howard Grant Pixie PixieWare Elf by Magpie Antiques on Etsy.
  4. Holt Howard Lefton Bagel Donut Salt and Pepper Shakers Two Peppers holt howard strange crazy anthropomorphic by Retro Chalet on Etsy.
  5. vintage salt and pepper shakers – feet – Canada souvenir set by Forrestina Vintage on Etsy.
  6. Pair of Tombstone Salt And Pepper Shakers by Dusty Attic on Etsy
  7. Anthromorphic Mushrooms Salt and Pepper Shakers 1970s by Melony’s Whimsy Daisy on Etsy.
  8. Vintage Dog and Fire Hydrant Salt and Pepper Shakers by Lady Ivy Vintage on Etsy
  9. Texaco Souvenir donkey Salt and Pepper Shakers by Chelles Treasure on Etsy.
  10. Weird and Wild – 1950s Vintage Rabbit Salt and Pepper Shakers – by Goodlookin’ Vintage on Etsy.
  11. Vintage Pair of Nuts – Salt and Pepper Shakers – Nuts by Strange Vagaries on Etsy
  12. Vintage 70’s squirrel salt and pepper shakers with wiggly eyes by Belle Epochalypse on Etsy.
  13. Vintage Garlic Head Anthropomorphic Salt and Pepper Shakers by Two Little Owls on Etsy.
  14. Set of Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers Monk Plastic Hong Kong Japan by Ye Olde Antique Shoppe on Etsy,
  15. Vintage Salt Pepper Shakers 22k Gold Warranted China Porcelain Shaker Set by Carlea Pink on Etsy.
  16. Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers, Clown Teapots by The Dish Dash Kitchen Company on Etsy.
  17. Vintage Salt & Pepper Shaker Set Plastic Rooster by Magnolia Vintage on Etsy.
  18. Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers, Circus, Japan by Lulu’s Five and Dime on Etsy.
  19. Vintage Black and White Pigs Salt and Pepper Shakers by Salt and Pepper Mania on Etsy.

A Is For Awesome – Found On A Friday

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I am admittedly slow to catch on to trends, sometimes I need to get hit over the head with something to realize that it is out there at all. It’s even better when that trend is literally AWESOME. Alphabet Photography, the work of Niagara Falls photographer and entrepreneur Jennifer Blakeley is one of those things that make me feel like I am the last to arrive at the party. Jennifer spent over 2 years traveling the world looking for letters in the things we see everyday. I mean that quite literally, Jennifer found shapes and details in architecture and the environment around her that form letters of the alphabet, and then she came home to create Alphabet Photography. With dozens of options for each letter, this stunning photography takes on a whole new dimension when the individual letters are combined to make words, names, or titles.

Starting at under $40 USD/CDN you can get a lovely piece of artwork on your walls that says more than just about any architectural photography could. While each image alone would be a stunning image, beautiful captures with amazing tone, shading, and depth, combined they have a whole new life. This is not “hit you over the head” obvious word-art, this is subtle, and often you really have to look to decipher the words. Jennifer Blakeley has an amazing eye, as most artists do, for seeing things that others simply cannot. Above is one of the Gifts On A Budget options, spelling out the word DREAM. It is Plaqued and Framed, as is the image below, JOY. Both priced at $39.99.

These sepia toned images of the most popular 3, 4, and 5 letter words, all copyright of Alphabet Photography, are available in simple Plaque Mounts as well, for even more economical options. The simple but sweet word LOVE, shown below, would be a perfect Valentine’s Day gift, the Plaque Mount version is available for only $25 USD/CDN.

But my very favorite part of the Alphabet Photography website, and the best part of the concept by far, is the custom Create A Word application. You can type any word into the window and an instant Alphabet Photography Word will present itself. If you want to adjust the individual letters to ones more or less recognizable, or just more to your liking, you can click on the letter in question and select from over a dozen options in matching sepia toned fabulousness. For fun, I played around with my blog name, FORAGING FOR FAB and created the following three images.

These images are screen captures, which is why they have watermarks over each letter. I also did a little editing to add mats and frames in my own fun bright colors, but they are obviously not actual framed works. I hope Jennifer and the team at Alphabet Photography will forgive me for my little cut and paste, these frame colors are not at all like the stunning frames offered by the company. The Art created using the custom Create A Word application allows you to select matting and frame options, each image is an original printed photograph, and they are custom framed and shipped from the studio in Niagara Falls. Framed, matted custom words start from $145 USD/CDN. In addition to the stunning sepia photographs, there is a “found sign/neon letter” option for individual letters. Prices are similarly variable based on the word length. I created screen captured versions below [and at the top of this post] to give you an idea of what I am talking about, using my pen name/nick name KETSY. Of course a real frame and mat, with actual photographs is going to be far more lovely and of course, watermark free.

This bright version would be a great addition to a child’s bedroom decor, or would suit a more retro designed space. The sepia letters seem so classic, I can see them in an office or study, they would fit into most modern homes with ease. There is also a line of products called the Inspirational Series that includes a poster printed on Photographic Grade paper and mounted on wood, with wood frames. These special prints include sentiments, quotes, and inspirational sayings with the Alphabet Photography words. They would make unique gifts and are reasonably priced at under $50 USD/CDN. Below you will find a lovely example for the word BELIEVE. The text quote reads ‘As you believe, so you become’ – Unknown.

There are heaps more wonderful items available from Alphabet Photography, including a full alphabet poster, calendars, wonderful framing options, single letter prints, and now a new design series featuring an amazing ‘Human Alphabet’ featuring high profile members of Gymnastics Canada. This amazingly beautiful work by Jennifer Blakeley features Canadian athletes forming the letters of the alphabet with their bodies, in part to provide support to Canadian Gymnastics Team as they prepare for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. The images are beautiful, inspirational, and so meaningful to athletes and fans of sport worldwide. Find out more about this new project at Limited Time Human Alphabet Art, where 100% of proceeds from the limited edition Inspirational Series and Human Alphabet Poster go towards supporting Gymnastics Canada in the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games. These specific products would make the perfect gift for any gymnast, dancer, or athlete in your life, but you can also use the individual images to create, again, custom words. I am going to close this post with one final image captured from the Create A Word interactive tool, featuring this Human Alphabet, and then send you off to explore all the wonderful items on the Alphabet Photography site. GO TEAM CANADA.

    LINKS:

  1. The Original Alphabet Photography
  2. Alphabet Photography on facebook
  3. Jennifer Blakeley Photography
  4. Jennifer Blakeley Photography – Niagara Falls on facebook
  5. Alphabet Photography on Twitter

Note: All Images And Artwork Featured In This Post Is Copyright Of Alphabet Photography, A Registered Trademark. Photography by Jennifer Blakeley. No Infringement Is Intended.

Roller Derby Dreams [Part 2] – Wacky & Wonderful Wednesdays

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So all you Roller Derby wanna-be babes, like me, we have covered a lot of Fabulous finds in Part 1 of this post. We started with “The Jammin Jewelry” and moved on to “The Blockin Bags“, and amazing array of hand-made, unique, and one of a kind items from all over Etsy, and all with a nod to Roller Derby Divas. We now roll on to “The Whipin Wearable“, “The Pivoting Prints and Painted Things“, and last but certainly not least “The Derby Decor

The Whipin Wearables

Va-Va-VOOM Ruffle Butt Hot Pants in Pink – Made to Order by Anna Wilkerson, xANNABOTx on Etsy.

Pretty Girls Turn Heads Roller Girls Break Necks Roller Derby shirt on Alstyle Apparel by Derby Love, blacksheepsk8 on Etsy.

Hand crocheted newborn baby roller derby rollerskates with flower by Charlie Farley, Lottie’s Creations on Etsy.

Skate Scarf and Arm Warmer Set in black and white by Erica, Caustic Threads on Etsy.

Roller derby shorts, The Maple leaf – Canadian flag by Nichola, knickerockeroller on Etsy.

i heart derby girls roller derby shirt by Lyn Hooley, Replica Chicago Inc. on Etsy.

Pair of lime green roller skate patches (more and custom colors available) by Clare, Dolly Cool on Etsy.

Big Girl Panties Magnet or Button – You Choose by Tamara Kraft, Pithitude on Etsy.

The Pivoting Prints and Painted Things

Jammer: 8.5 x 11 magenta on textured white by Heather Webster, Donutdisco Prints on Etsy.


Movie poster Whip It 12×18 inches print by Claudia, Claudia Varosio on Etsy.

11X14 Tattoo Inspired Roller Derby Tribute by Whim Factory on Etsy.

Pop Skates by Lauren Kurtz, ElPonyP on Etsy.

Derby Doll – 8×10 giclee pinup print by Jen Oaks, Jen Oaks Illustration on Etsy.

Retro Roller Skates Photography – TTV Fine Art, roller derby photography , green, red, white on rustic chair – 5×5 by Megan, Jade Eye Photographer on Etsy.

Roller Derby Girl Print by Matt Mulford, Mulford Arts on Etsy.

Bonnie N. Collide, Nine to Five Roller Derby Comic by Monica Gallagher, Lipstick Kiss Press on Etsy.

The Derby Decor

Roller Derby girl theme cushion by Gail, ANTEMACCASSA on Etsy.

Roller Derby Mug or Planter – Vintage Disco Skate Ceramic Cup by Tiffa, Hippopo Vintage on Etsy.

Derby Love gift card set. by Infrared Studio on Etsy.

roller derby legs window/car decal by Neil, beepart! on Etsy.

Don’t you just love living vicariously through a little shopping therapy? In this case window shopping as it were. Next time you need a little reminder of how truly tough and cool girls can be, just think about the women of Roller Derby.

NOTE: Official Whip It Theatrical Release Poster above. Directed by Drew Barrymore. Staring Ellen Page, Kristen Whig, Juliette Lewis. Released in 2009.

Roller Derby Dreams [Part 1] – Wacky & Wonderful Wednesdays

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OK girls, it’s time to fess up, how many of you have harbored dreams of Roller Derby stardom? I know I have. There is something so bad-ass about the women who Whip It. There seem fearless, fierce, and wild. At one time or another we have all wished we had a place to go, a secret life, where we were strong and powerful, where we had the camaraderie of kindred spirits, where we could let off some steam. We may never actually have the guts to do it, but we can all dream of a night of Roller Derby action. If you haven’t seen it, you need to have a girl’s night where you order up Drew Barrymore’s Whip It (2009) on your Netflix, and live vicariously. I promise you will love it, Ellen Page is brilliant and it is a girl-power fest.



Redhead Rollergirl by Rhoda Perdition on Etsy.

Now that you have a little Roller Derby love-in going on, you will naturally want to have some wonderful trinkets and reminders of the romance. And that’s where Etsy comes in to this little story. There is a whole set of fabulous creators that celebrate Roller Derby babes, culture, and fans. Whether you are a Blocker, Jammer, or Pivot, you’ve got to appreciate some home spun fandom. Here is a Fab sampling of some of my favorite Derby delights.

The Jammin Jewelry

Derby Chicks Rule Brooch in Rainbow by Amanda Whitelaw, Hungry Designs on Etsy.

Silver Roller Derby Winged Skate Necklace by Lauren Grace, Lauren Grace Jewelry on Etsy.

Blue Locket Necklace Roller Derby Queen Vintage Locket by Birds of Oregon on Etsy.

ROLLER DERBY Ring Solid Sterling Silver. Best Derby Accessory, Apart From Your Skates and Protective Gear by Glam Rock Emporium on Etsy.

Rainbow Socks Roller Girl – Roller Skating Scrabble Tile Pendant – Silver Plated Ball Chain Included by Michelle, Creations by M on Etsy.

AWESOME KITSCH ROCKABILLY ROLLER DERBY SKATE NECKLACE by LuliCool on Etsy.

White Resin Roller Derby Love Pendant by Jaime Johnson, Hard Candy Tattoos on Etsy.

Roller Derby Jammer Star BOTTLE OPENER with Keychain 2-1/4 2.25 Green and Black by Amanda Maria Edmonds, amepix on Etsy.

Custom Personalized Pendant – Your Name surrounded by glitter by High Strung Bead on Etsy.

The Blockin Bags

Fuchsia Bird and the Hand Power Skate Tote by Flat Track Revolution on Etsy.

Roller Derby Skates Reusable Natural Cotton Canvas Grocery Tote Bag (Choose Your Ink Color) by Linthound on Etsy.

roller skate clutch – “roller derby disco queen” : hot pink skates on black & white stripes by Kirsten Rangel, Snap Dragon Style on Etsy.

Roller Derby Girl on Girl Action Heads Are Gonna Roll Skating Pinups Cigarette Case or Wallet by SweetHeartSinner Creations on Etsy.

I heart roller derby – Zach Trover for Tinymeat, Wallet by Michael Wood, tinymeat on Etsy.

Roller derby mini messenger bag, mini messenger with pockets, hurt in a skirt, The Falcon by Karen, Zoe’s Bag Boutique on Etsy.

Flask – 8oz. – Hell on Wheels – Stainless Steel by Trixie and Milo on Etsy.


Want More? Of course you do! Check out “The Whipin Wearable“, “The Pivoting Prints and Painted Things“, and last but certainly not least “The Derby Decor” in Part 2 of this post!