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Found On A Friday – Accidentally On Purpose

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Illinois born Megan Carter is a rarity among the artist I have come across on Etsy. Her work is striking and powerful, and yet she seems so unaware of just how good she really is. Her shop name says an awful lot, why else would she have named it Accidentally Good. It may be an accident, but there is no doubt about it, she is beyond “Good”, Megan’s work is great.

The first image I saw of her’s, I came upon quite by accident. Simply titled Morte, I saw so much in this painting. I reminded me of something specific, the face was speaking to me, and how could it not. Megan has the ability to turn a few colours, well chosen, into something beyond a composition of elements, her work is deep and affecting, and it has a way of staying with you. And I must admit, it will now be staying with me, I couldn’t resist her.

The above work goes by the name Jinx, again it is minimalist abstract portraiture in style, but the play of positive and negative, dark and light, makes this painting another standout. Make no mistake, you are not looking at a print, all of the work currently on sale in Megan Carter’s Etsy shop is one-of-a-kind [OOAK] original work. These are not copies or silk-screened reproductions, not photographs, this is the real deal. Most original work of well known artists on Etsy sells up into the hundreds of dollars. But this is a rare opportunity for you to “get in” on the work of an artist before she hits that tipping point.

Prices range from just $30 to $80 USD, and Megan uses primarily Acryclic, and some Water Colour, on Canvas, Wood, or Canvas Pad. The image above is of Megan’s work titled Tatiana features an example of a Water Colour on Paper original.

I found Gloria, the image above to have a lovely retro feel to it, it looks very Old Hollywood Glamor to me. But then, that is what I like best about Megan’s work, it speaks differently to each viewer, where I see Old Hollywood, you might see something entirely different, and isn’t that the point of art?

The above 9×12 Original Acrylic on Canvas Pad work, entitled Robyn is a perfect example of why you can have original artwork in your home for less than the price of most art prints. This image is a steal at just $35 USD, and illustrates perfectly why Accidentally Good is the most ironic of names for Megan’s Etsy Store. Click on over to see the rest of Megan’s work currently up for sale, and see what you “Accidentally” fall in love with. I found it on a Friday, but I will treasure it always.

LINK: Accidentally Good on Etsy.

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Found On A Friday – Pinkytoast

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If there is one thing I can say about today’s Found On A Friday feature, is that it was love at first sight. Sometimes I can easily put into words why I love something, other times I am not entirely sure, I just know that the object in question “speaks” to me. In the case of Pinkytoast, these fabulously creative works of original art didn’t just speak to me, they screamed. It seems fitting that this post lands on a Friday the 13th, because it’s a little scary how wonderfully addictive this artwork is.

Pinkytoast is moniker of an incredibly charming and creative artist from Brooklyn, New York and her work is simply enchanting. Pinkytoast calls her original artwork, prints, and dolls Big Eyed and Sweet and Sour, and it is all that and so much more. Pinkytoast‘s images of Sad Eyed Vixens, Stylized Pin-ups, and Kawaii Cuties with liberal dashes of delicious pinks and yummy pastels are instantly recognizable and ultimately desirable. She has a huge following of fans and collectors, and her work has been blogged to the nth degree. My personal feeling is that you can never have too much of a good thing, and so today I bring you an ample sample of Pinkytoast and tell you where you can find her work and how you can get it home for yourself.

The artist’s self-described ‘Sweet and Sour doll art’ is inspired by “retro kitsch, fairy tales, little kiddles, mod fashion, blythe, dollfie, vintage rag dolls, sad clowns and circus shows, the melancholy of goth, and all things pink”. From pencil sketches and original paintings, art prints, handmade pillows and dolls, and items created with her original printed images as adornments, there is something for every fan of Pinkytoast at every price point.

In her Etsy Shop, Pinkytoast offers a wide range of goodies, such at the original painting at the top of this post entitled Swan Song-Angel Cage My Heart, the Spring Rain Kokeshi Doll Home Decor Pillow featured above. The Vintage Boxer Sings A Rainbow 7×10 Art Print is an example of what Pinkytoast refers to as a one of her Sweet Tooth Girls.

Things take a little turn away from the “Sweet” and head into “Sour” territory in some of Pinkytoast‘s other work. Little Blue Bat Girl in a Gothic Garden 6×9 Art Print [above] and Winter Deer Wear Your Feathers 11×14 Art Print [below] are a little more abstract and even creepy images, but equally attractive and stylized works of art.

Prints are priced starting around $10 USD and up, depending on size, and original works of art move into the $500-$900 USD range. Original dolls and ornaments made of custom Pinkytoast fabrics, paper, other fabrics, and other mixed-media findings are hand-made one-of-a-kind items that can add a touch of whimsical fun to your home or office. The current selection available in Pinkytoast‘s Etsy Shop are all offered for under $60 USD, and they are hot sellers to be sure. A few of these fabulous dolls are featured below.

The best bargain by far for the budget bound and penny wise are the Pinkytoast pocket mirrors, buttons, coasters, bottle openers, and key chains created by the artist using her original artwork prints and featuring many of her most delightful works. For around $6 USD/CDN you can put some Pinkytoast in your pocket, on a key chain, or on that boring coffee table. Check them out following this preamble and then head over to her Etsy Shop to get a sweet and sour sampling of Pinkytoast.

Link: Pinkytoast Original Big Eyed Art + Sweet and Sour Dolls on Etsy

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.

Wacky & Wonderful Wednesdays – Play With Your Geeks

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It is Wednesday at last, the day we affectionately call “Hump Day”… but not too affectionately if you know what I mean. This is the day I get to let my geek flag fly proudly and show off some of the most awesome items that fall into the category lovingly labeled ‘Geekery’. I would refer you to the definition on Wikipedia, but that would be too nerdy even for me. Basically, this is the reclaiming of nerd culture, reveling in all things techie and intellectual, and a celebration of all those hyper obsessed with gadgetry, gaming, and collecting. These are my people, and I am willing to bet they are your people too. Everyone knows that geek is the new chic, and this is the day of the week that features all those fab objects of desire that celebrate the ‘in-jokes’, the ‘out there’ fun, and the suddenly celebrated ‘beyond’ the mainstream.

Ever wish you could carry your heroes in your laptop bag? Hold your icons in your hands? Have the cast of a favorite show share your cubicle with you? Well now you can, and I am going to tell you how, isn’t that magnanimous of me? If you mosey on over to Etsy and visit Paper Pal you can bring home your very own Steve Jobs paper-doll, fully assembled with articulated arms and legs. That’s right kids, for less than $9.00 USD/CAD you can have the ever inspiring late co-founder of Apple Inc. sit in your cubicle and help you make all those important decisions, like whether to use Google Chrome or stay with Firefox. Deep thoughts!

What if you could be a part of the cast of your favorite television workplace? Invite the cast of The Office over to your place and you can utter endlessly entertaining “Schrute-isms” and create as many awkward moments with Michael as possible, just imagine the possibilities. Hang this gang of four Paper Pals on your fridge [Dwight, Michael, Pam, and Jim] and let them watch over your Nutella Sandwiches.

Hope to LLAP? That would be “Live Long & Prosper” for all the non-Trekkie folks out there, as if? Spock can be your wing-man, set him up on your cars’ sun-visor and you can have him there to co-pilot your very own Enterprise. He’s a real ‘Babe Magnet’, if you like your ‘Babes’ geeky, and who doesn’t. Am I right?

For those of you more Star Wars inclined, as I myself am, you can face off with a Storm Trooper while brushing your teeth each morning. Tack one of these battle ready bad-boys to your bathroom mirror and you can turn your tooth brush into a Light Sabre and save the galaxy from the evil Empire, all before breakfast.

I admit I am having a little too much fun with this post perhaps, but you have to admit, these hand-drawn, handmade, and relatively inexpensive dolls are downright awesome. Designed by Izabela Stafford from Lomita, California, you can find these and so many more fab Paper Pals in her Etsy shop. Ranging from $8.00 to $10.00 USD per doll, you can grab up the cast of LOST, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or take home Freddy Krueger or Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, there are so many ‘Pals’ to choose from. You can even get custom commissioned dolls made by Izabela of you or a friend for a very reasonable price considering it is an original hand-drawn work of art in the form of fun. Dash over to Paper Pals on Etsy to check out the fab geeky goods.

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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

Strange Stuff Saturdays – Moon Faces

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A lot of people have heard the term “Outsider Art“, but few may actually know it’s meaning. Outsider Art refers to art produced by self-taught artists who are not part of the artistic establishment or art created outside the boundaries of official culture. This leaves a lot of room for interpretation of course, I suppose I would consider myself to be an Outsider Artist, since my training ended when high-school did, some 20 years ago. Everything I have done since is based on the basic skills I was taught, such as mixing of colors, thumbnail sketches, and brush care. The mediums I am most comfortable in were the ones we used back in school, specifically acrylic and water color, pencil and paper, and not much else. Frankly, most classes I spend in the hallway or Principal’s Office after voicing my opinions a little too aggressively about a teacher who felt it was ‘OK’ to simply take the brush away from a student and add to their work what he was trying to explain was missing. I know he doesn’t miss my being in his class.

Today I wanted to share some fabulous Outsider Art I came across on Etsy, my go-to place for a little bit of everything handmade and wonderful. These artist have labeled their own work as Outsider, which for me is the only criteria that matters here. I am not the ‘Establishment’ so I have no need to qualify it further. Take a look, see what you like, and if you like, this sampling. I have gone with a little bit of a theme today, as I tend to group things in my mind that seem to have common threads. The theme is the “Moon Face”, what I call round or circular type faces. Each photo will be followed by name of the work, the artists name, and a link to their Etsy shop. These items may or may not be available for purchase when you visit, but you will find other work by the same creator(s) in their shops.

HILDEGARD by Tim’s Sally, Etsy Shop owned by Mindy Lacefield

ROUND THE CORNER by Bread and Circuses, Etsy Shop owned by Evie

“I am not who you think I am” by Original Art by Reza, Etsy Shop owned by Reza Kessai

Branching Out by Tricia Joy, Etsy Shop owned by Patricia Anders

Original Painting by The Wonderful Place, Etsy Sop owned by Chrissy Butler

This is just a small sampling of the Outsider Art available on Etsy, and just a few of the pieces I really had a connection with on first sight. Also, remember this is just a small group that I put together under a category of my own making, the “Moon Face”. Many different styles appeal to me, and there is so much beyond that that may appeal to you for different reasons. So please visit Etsy and take a look around at all the Fab there is to be had. It will be time well spent, even if you don’t spend a dime, but I dare you not to.