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Shop Find of the Week ☞ LeShopUK

 

 

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I say this every time I find a new shop that delights my eye and senses, “I am in love!”  This time I mean, I really do!  I am swooning… lusting… staring… hitting the heart doohickey!!  I am like a lovesick teenager.♥♥♥

This shop has photography ranging from street, animal (cute duck feet for heaven sakes) to UK-themed photos.  It even has air balloons shaped like cute things!  How am I supposed battle such wizardry??

I love street art and photography ☑ check.   Love animals  ☑ check.  Love the UK  ☑ check.  Great Inventory + Superb Photography = Shop of the Week!!

The shop owner is Virginia Allwood, a Parisian now living in Bristol, England, who says in her Shop’s bio page that she carries her camera with her everywhere.  Lucky us, because she snaps some fantastic photos and we can buy them!!



ALL PHOTOS SHOWN BELOW ARE THE SOLE PROPERTY AND ARE CREDITED TO VIRGINIA ALLWOOD OF LeShopUk.   

ON SALE Look - London photography - black and white - Street photography - Night photography - Sign photography - word photography

Love this piece because it is just a simple shot and slightly off-center, this is the type of photo I would frame and hang on my wall.

 

ON SALE Rainbow Over Coloured Houses - Street photography - Rainbow photography - Bristol photography - Home design

Perfect timing + colourful homes + skilled photographer = great photo!  This is another of my favorite photos… I really think all the photos in this shop are my favorites.

 

Allison’s photo was chosen to be the cover of the 2014 Visit Bristol guide!! [photo credit LeShopUk.com/Virgina Allwood]

Obviously, Virginia is brilliantly talented and by looking at her blog and reading her bio on her About page in her Etsy shop, she seems to be a hardworking and fun-loving person.  I just love when I find someone with talent and an eye for taking photos at just the right moment in time.  Please visit Virginia’s shop and perhaps you will find something to buy and treasure.
The photo below shows Virginia with her man —> Dan Martin,  boyfriend, PR guru and as she describes it “shoulder to cry on.”  Something we all need!!As stated on their blog, “Dan is an award-winning social media expert and online journalist.  For over 10 years, Dan, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has worked for some of the UK’s leading internet publishers as a senior reporter and editor.”  It looks like Virginia has the quality product, tools to promote, and the personality to expand her lovely items around the world.  As stated on their blog, “He has also helped several private and public sector organisations improve the way they engage with their audiences online and in 2010 was named in the top 10 most influential political bloggers on Twitter by the Independent.”

Wow, what a dynamic duo!!  You can read more about them at their blog http://www.leshopuk.com/blog.  

 

 

And finally, the last photo pick of the day… I think!!

 

 Good Ol' Days - vintage blue car - street photography - 1960s nostalgia - living room decor

 

I love vintage/antique cars and this photo is beautiful because it depicts the car sitting on a street that shows little indication which era this photo was taken.  Obviously, Ms. Allwood is quite young and she is the photographer and her handy skills allows her a look back in time.  Also, the color of the car lends a beautiful contrast to the old and historic war-era buildings in the background.

I hope you enjoyed discovering this new shop and its beauties with me.   I have listed LeShopUK’s online shop, Twitter, Blog, and Facebook sites below.  I hope you take the time to support this lovely woman and her creative photography!

Until next time, keep creating and much peace!

 

 

Etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/LeShopUK?ref=l2-shop-info-name

Blog:  http://www.leshopuk.com/blog

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/VirginiaAllwood

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/leshopuk


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My New Favorite Ring by Accessoire Jewelry!!



When I saw these perfectly round wooden beads I wanted them immediately.  There is really nothing unusual about them except that I loved them and knew I that was going to go a different direction with them.  I was not going to use them to make earrings, bracelets or necklaces.  At least at first!!

Modern Wood Circle Ring, Sterling Silver and Wood Ring,Wood Sterling Minimalist Ring

Modern Wood Circle Ring by Accessoire Jewelry

I began by using some recycled flat matte metal circles I had from some old pieces of jewelry that I had ripped apart and glued them to the wood.  I then used my straight ear pins to plug the holes on the sides and glued them in so there were little silver circles on the sides.  You can’t see them in the photo.

Using silver German square wire,  I fashioned my ring base and used a super sturdy jewelry glue and adhered the silver base to the wood.  I used a tape/mesh and glue to further anchor the metal to the wood.  I can attest to the fact that this ring is quite sturdy, that is if one is careful to keep the ring from being smashed in a door (yes, I did that!).  I usually test a new design for a while before I offer it in my online shop! And when I say test I mean that I am quite clumsy and forgetful, so I will often make a copy of one of my new designs and wear it to test the glue, connections, ease of wear, and response of others and my feel for the design.  Most pass my test, some don’t and end up back in the “redesign” pile!!

… the “try again” pile!!

And sometimes I end up really loving a design and wear it and love it to bits. I have already sold some of these rings.  We all know what it is like to sell our jewelry right off our body to people who love a design.  It is humbling and I am always so thankful that someone actually likes my stuff! I am so happy to be doing what I love everyday.

If you click on the photo it will take you directly to the listing in my shop!

I hope you have a wonderful week filled with peace and much creativity!

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Great Shop – Peg and Awl Shop

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This little beauty comes from IAMTHELAB (http://www.iamthelab.com/blog-blitz/)

 

I am quite literally in awe (pun in intended) of this shop that I am about to talk about, and I found them while perusing my favorite blog of handmade goodness over at IAMTHELAB.  They are the Peg and Awl shop and I am excited to introduce you to them.  I am following the rules of IAMTHELAB’s Blog Blitz and the photo I use are in accordance with said rules.  All the photos used are the property of the Peg and Awl shop.

First, I would like to give you the direct link back to IAMTHELAB’s post on this shop… it is a wonderful piece written by Brett Torrey Haynes http://www.iamthelab.com/craftiness-handmade/get-inspired-more-handmade-goodness-from-peg-and-awl/.

The Peg and Awl shop is run by a husband and wife team and they are amazing in their widespread approach to handmade. Here are a few of the pieces made by the husband and wife team that are a creators of this shop:

 

Small Botanical Desk Caddy

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Small Botanical Desk Caddy

The Small Botanical Desk Caddy is one of my favorite things because I can see using it on my desk for brushes, pencils, or even tools I use in my jewelry making.  This shop’s inventory ranges from dry goods, jewelry, home, office/studio, kitchen, garden, journals, decoupage, photography, and one of a kind items.

Here is an example of their one of a kind items:

Book Necklace: Ben Franklin 1906

Book Necklace: Ben Franklin 1906, “This useable and wearable miniature book is covered with a bit of an antique leather postcard from 1906 still baring the original 1 cent Ben Franklin stamp and postmark.”  – Peg and Awl

This is one of those shop that my mind just says “uh-oh” the minute I see it, because I know that it has everything that I love to pause, touch, and wonder over for long moments at a time.  The little tiny books remind me of books I used to gather as a child.  Good craftsmanship can be found at every turn in this shop.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and find time to leave them some positive feedback and perhaps take something with you.

I know I plan on making a list of must haves and then purchasing a few items to add to my collections of handmade love!

Here are links to follow the Peg and Awl shop!!

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/pegandawl

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/pegandawl

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/PegandAwl

Shop:  http://pegandawlbuilt.com/

Much peace and creativity!

 


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Changing Designs, Finding Inspiration, Staying True!

My own design aesthetic feels like it is evolving, I have always loved leather and can remember when I was a teen buying hand tooled leather bracelets. I am always intrigued with new ways to design jewelry and the interesting materials used in design.

I am the type of person that thrives on redecorating, rearranging furniture, clothes, the color of my hair, nails, etc. (although I have slowed down on the hair color)… and my family can tell you about my obsession with lamps.  I know that just changing out the lamps in a room can make me feel that the room has a fresh feel.  I guess I get bored easily and need the change and that can show through in my designs.  I am never quite happy making the same thing over and over again, it feels too much like a production line.

One design that I do tend to make over and over is my Gingko Leaf earrings, although right now I do not have any in my Etsy store.  I have to get going on making some more.  They have always been a very popular design of mine.

Accessoire on Etsy (SOLD)

**Here is one of my Gingko Leaf designs.**

 

Recently, I began to reevaluate my designs and ask myself “what designs do I like, what jewelry do I want to wear right now, and would I wear my own designs?” and in response I began to change my designs to reflect the answers that I found to my questions.

Here are a few of my new designs:

TierraCast® Antiqued Copper-plated Focal Plate with Leather Cord, Embellished Leather and Copper Bracelet, Adjustable

TierraCast® antiqued copper-plated “pewter” focal piece laced with the light brown leather. I have affixed the wood beads to the leather to keep them in the position you see them here. and then placed copper coil end caps and a copper lobster clasp. I made the chain extender so that you can adjust the size of your bracelet.

I used this patina verdigris filigree piece and bent and lightly sanded the finish to attain a soft color with copper showing through the finish. I then accented with a beautiful brown leather cord and copper elements.

Modern Wood Circle Ring, Sterling Silver and Wood Ring,Wood Sterling Minimalist Ring

I love the color of this round wood bead, I then added the small upcycled silver oval and made the ring base with sterling silver German square wire.

Leather Cord Choker, Leather and Beaded Choker Necklace, Beaded Necklace, Silver Plate, Handcrafted Hook and Eye Closure

I love brown leather cord and added small wood, glass, and silver plate beads and tiny silver tubes with the silver plated long tube bead as the focal point with a small silver heart charm. I handcrafted the hook and eye clasp with sterling silver German square silver.

I am acting as my jewelry model!

I used this flat cable 16k gold necklace and added the adjustable chain that adjusts necklace from a 16 inch necklace to an 18 inch necklace. I then made the gold bar focal piece with gold metal cubes and black iridescent glass pieces.

My dainty flat sterling silver chain and handmade sterling silver circle and bronze wire pendant with metal heart charm.

I just keep moving forward with my designs, always amazed by the wonderful handmade artisans that I find and get to know.  I would love to hear how your designs have changed through the years and what new skills you may have added and used in your designs?

Much Peace and Creativity!

 


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My Shop of the Week!!

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This is a sweet little shop I found on Etsy called, Plantillo.

Here is the link:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Plantillo?ref=shopinfo_shophome_leftnav

This is just one example of the exceptional and creative items you will find at Plantillo.  Yes, it is a pillow.  Check the reviews all her customers have left as a testament to her handmade goodness!

Pine cone pillow made to order

Plantillo’s Beautiful Pinecone Pillow

The shop owner, Sabine Hermann, makes all her beautiful pillows by hand and they are inspired by nature and the photos she takes.  Please take the time to visit her store, buy and snuggle!!

Much Peace and Creativity!

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Shop Find of the Week!

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I am happy to announce that in addition to my Handmade Artisan Spotlight, I will also be having a “Shop Find of the Week”!  I know my little sign says of the day, but I think it is more realistic for me to go with a weekly pick.  I am so happy to be passing along these great shops to my readers.  I guess in some ways I will always be a kid at heart, because I have never lost the excitement and wonder when I find something that I find beautiful, intriguing, and worth sharing.

My family knows I have a tendency to announce my great finds and tell them all about the wonderful things I have seen or heard.  I guess I would rather be the way I am, than be someone who has lost the joy and wonder in the things around me.

Well, without further chatter from me, here is my latest find:

Hope you enjoy this shop as much as I did, and remember if you like something, please take a little time to let Rachel know and favorite her shop, tweet about her beautiful handmade items, and buy handmade!!

I have asked this shop’s owner to be a part of an interview with me, so I cross my fingers and hope to be able to talk with Rachel about her design process.  Stay tuned!

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Handmade Artisan Spotlight – Thomas Houha Designs

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Well, I have the wonderful Brett Torrey Haynes, Founder of IAMTHELAB to thank again for this wonderful find and my newest Handmade Artisan Spotlight.  I am also doing this as part of IAMTHELAB’s Blog Blitz and in accordance with their guidelines.

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(photo via IAMTHELAB)
Brett Torrey Haynes, Founder

 His name is Thomas Houha and he is both an architect and artist and he creates wonderful 3D models and kits that you can buy in his Etsy shop.

Here is one of Thomas Houha’s Bridge designs.

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Design Thomas Houha

I have to tell you that making models are a little love of mine.  My dad used to make model airplanes when I was little and I have always loved to watch the process.  Now I actually love to buy little kits and put them together.  I have just “hearted”<3 Thomas Houha’s Etsy shop for my future shopping needs!

In his shop he even has a little drafting table, that is a must have for me. When I was looking at his models and kits I could see the architectural elements in each one. I don’t think there was anything in his shop that I would not want to buy!  My poor wallet, eek!

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Design by Thomas Houha

Brett of IAMTHELAB did a recent article where he writes about his interview with Mr. Houha.  The interview can be found here:

http://www.iamthelab.com/craftiness-handmade/handmade-profiles-thomas-houha/

It’s a great look into the thoughts of Mr. Houha’s inspiration, and the fact that his early design inspiration came from Erector sets.  How many of us had those in our toy chests?!  He now collects them as a hobby.

He also names Leonardo DaVinci as a dream collaborator, because he was both architect and artist.  He names other people he would love to work with and goes on to talk about the materials he uses in his design work.  He even talks about music tastes, social media, and his future as an artist.

Handmade artistry spans so many art genres, and Thomas Houha Designs was a wonderful find.  I hope you take the time to visit this beautiful website and Etsy shop and leave him some kind comments about his work.  His models and kits are reasonably priced and will definitely add a beautiful and unusual design element to your space.

Here are his links:

Website:  http://www.thomashouhadesigns.com/

Etsy Shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThomasHouhaDesigns

I wish you a creative week and much peace!