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Time Travel Thursdays – Smashing Plates

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Thursdays here at Foraging For Fab celebrate everything Retro and Vintage, gathering great memories from our own past and the iconic era’s that preceded us. This week I asked the question, “Where do old License Plates go to die?”. I imagine some are hung on the walls of random garages, some are reclaimed and recycled, others just get lost along the roadside. But when you think about it, they are pieces of history, they tell us about car culture and the places we have lived, and they are treasured memories of past Car Loves to some. When it comes to License Plates, it seems an awful shame to send them all to the scrap pile to be turned into yet another metal something or other, that’s why I was thrilled to spot these shining examples of upcycled art by the Recycled Art Company of Niceville, Florida.

In their Etsy Shop, the Recycled Art Company has no less than 200 examples of how old License Plates can be not only useful, but also beautiful and functional. There are smashing works of art, whimsical ornaments, functional pieces of furniture, and wonderful word blocks. You can deck out your cottage or vacation home, spruce up your place of business, or add a personal touch to a baby’s room. There is no better gift for the Car Enthusiast in your life, and prices range from under $20 USD to over just over $1800.00 USD for the most intricate and large items, such as this amazing “Original United States Map” where each State shape is actually made out of the License Plate that it represents.

So definitely add this Etsy Shop destination to your trip-tick or GPS, and stop to check out all the fab work by this upcycling upstart. And before you ask, they do take custom consignments, all you have to do is drop them a line with a request and they will work with you on creating the perfect one-of-a-kind personal “Smashing Plate” art piece you desire.

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Teeny Tiny Tuesdays – An Octopus’s Garden

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It’s true what they say, it is the little things in life that make it worth living. Now, when people refer to the little things, I am pretty sure ‘they’ are speaking of the smiles, the moments of joy, the small wins. When I say little things, I mean something a little more… literal. I mean small, as in teeny tiny, itty bitty, teensy weensy, and miniature. Yes, I have always been a fan of the impossibly little and detailed things that make you celebrate your ability to see them. They are sometimes funny, often ironic, and certainly cute, but there is one thing you can be sure of, everyone has room for something tiny.

For instance, on my desk I have a little pocket mirror compact (some promotional item from a cosmetics store), and it sits open to reveal a miniature sized family of Pugs. A female, male and their two puppies. Yes I am close to forty years old, yes it is basically a toy, but you know what? It makes me happy. I see my little Pugs, not a one over an inch tall, and I smile. My current lifestyle doesn’t accommodate owning a real dog, so these little Pugs remind me of something I love, something I aspire to have in my life in the future, and are just plain cute. That is the power of having something small around. It doesn’t take up much space at all, it may be functional or fanciful, but it can really be special. Tuesdays are all about the power and joy of the little things..

In Kenora, Ontario, Canada there is an artist that shot to the top of my “Teeny Tiny Tuesday” To-Blog list the moment I saw this offering on Etsy. The hip kids call it up-cycling, it is basically recycling or re-purposing items, but adding a touch of fabulous in the process. It’s just past the winter holiday season, and most people are about to pack away their holiday lights, but Adrianne Kinsella does something absolutely amazing with those old glass holiday lights that I just had to share. Adrianne turned little old burnt out light-bulbs into the ultimate in fab home decor by making what she calls “Lightcatchers and Birdhalts”.

These adorable “3 Octopus with first tooth” Recycled Lightbulb works of art are available at Ms. Kinsella’s Kissinglass Recycled Glass Shop on Etsy. The set of three have the most charming little Octopi that could be found, and include hand painting and sculpting work that make them truly one-of-a-kind. Beutiful, whimsical, and functional. Who could ask for anything more!

Adrianne describes this set as follows; “These recycled lightbulbs are dead Christmas lights measuring 2 inches in height and a half inches in width. The octopus are all about the size of my thumbnail. The lightbulbs have been coated with a translucent paint and will glow when the sun hits them. They can be hung in your window to detour birds and as light catchers to catch the light. The relief pattern, making up the octopus, has been painstakingly sculpted by hand and baked onto the glass.” Coming it at less then $30.00 CAD/USD a set, they are also an affordable indulgence and would make a wonderful gift.

Head over to Kissinglass Recycled Glass on Etsy to see more of Adrianne Kinsella’s work, and snag some tiny works of art to hang in the sun.

Motley Mode Mondays – Go Berserk!

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I have always loved my city, I am proudly Canadian and equally proudly Torontonian, or as the kids say, being from the T.Dot. One of the things I love about Toronto, especially Downtown Toronto, is that is has the feel of New York City, but the friendliness of a small town. It also has the one-of-a-kind unique spots that make it something more. When I lived and worked in the heart of the city, I spent oodles of time walking around and exploring the shopping districts, from the high-end Fashionista draw of Bloor Street, to the Hipster fabulous Queen Street West.

It is on Queen Street West that one of my most favorite shops of all time resides, and it has been there for as long as I can remember venturing into the City. It is about 25 years fabulous, and that is largely due to Owner Kingi Carpenter’s brilliance. Peach Berserk is the place to go if you are a one-of-a-kind girl living in a one-of-a-kind World. Why is this dress shop so fabulous, why is it still the most amazing destination for gals looking to stand out from the crowd? Simple, it’s one of a kind wearable art that you can have a hand in creating, literally.

Peach Berserk offers hand silk-screen printed fabrics with fabulous original prints designed by the ingenious Ms. Carpenter, turned into amazing dresses and separates, also original designs and patterns created at Peach Berserk. That was a mouthful, but I think it captures the full flavor of the “Peach”. Not only can you buy items in-store, but you can order custom created items by selecting the colors, prints, and style of your choice. With over 200 unique prints available, the options are endless. Printed on Cotton or Silk with Earth friendly inks, the store has always been Eco-Friendly. Never a place of waste, Peach Berserk has never handed shoppers yet another land-fill destined plastic bag, instead packaging up your prized purchase in a fabric bag made from scraps and remnants.

The online Peach Berserk “Dress Designer” is the ultimate in geek meets chic. The tool reminds me of playing with my Fashion Plates toy back in the late 70s and early 80s. Pick a top, a sleeve, a skirt style, a print or two, and a colour palate, and presto – you have the ultimate in Funky Couture Joy that won’t leave you bankrupt. Although Peach Berserk is the go-to destination for the perfect Prom Dress for the Funky Diva, it also offers styles that women of all ages going to all sorts of places can adore. Sizes range from XXS to XXL, and the shop also offers some specific customization options on selected items, for instance this super “Happening Hoodie” can be made in shorter or longer versions.

Unique items, handmade by people who care about the environment usually has me “at hello”, but make those items bright, beautiful and personal and you have my heart forever. Located at 507 Queen Street West, near Spadina Avenue in the grungier area of the “Fashion District”, you can walk into the original “Peach Pit” and get a gander at the fabulousness in person. If you aren’t lucky enough to live in Toronto, and can’t plan a trip fast enough, the online store offers just as much if not more eye-candy. But the fab doesn’t stop there, Peach Berserk also offers a workshop in silk-screening, so you can not only learn the craft from the best, but also learn to truly appreciate the art and skill involved.

Check out the original Peach Berserk in Toronto, or online at Peach Berserk. You can also get a load of the personality and latest news on the Peach Berserk Blog. Hot of the presses is the news that our nations capitol has gone “Berserk” with a Peachy offerings now available at Funk Your Junk located at 110 Parent St at Murray, in Byward Market, Ottawa, Ontario. Below you can see just a small sample of a few favorite Kingi Carpenter prints in just a few of the dozens of colour options, to check out all the 100+ options simply grab this link to Fab!

Links:

Peach Berserk Online Store

Peach Berserk Blog

Location:

Peach Berserk – Fabric & Fashion Design

507 Queen St. W.

Toronto, ON

M5V 2B4

CANADA

Phone: 416-504-1711

Found On A Friday – Barking Art

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If you love your Dog(s) [and who doesn’t] you will want to check out this amazing artist on Etsy. Shauna Morrissey does custom portraits of your puppy or puppies and her style is out of this world fabulous. When I saw this portrait I thought it was a one-off, but she actually specializes in animal portraits. From $150.00 USD upwards you can have this amazing one of a kind art memento of your favorite couch companion, or give it as a gift to the dog lover in your life.

This Piece is called “POLLY The Pug”. ‘Barking Art‘ by Shauna Morrissey is her Etsy shop. Head over and find out how you can get one done of your dog(s). Personally I think the bright colour is one of my favorite things about Shauna’s style, I love the way she blends and shades, and the cartoon like style is so enchanting. Here is another example of Shauna’s work, entitled “THEODORE”, this Great Dane is beyond great!

LINK: Barking Art