Etsy Artists

Posted on June 27, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like with comments

Updated: Now includes photo of the honeymoon art!

I have a fair amount of art up on my walls for someone in their 20s and I'm constantly on the lookout for new pieces. I think when I'm older I think my house won't have a bare wall in sight. My favourite time to buy art is on vacation. It gives the piece automatic history but can be hard to get home sometimes.

When my husband and I were on our honeymoon in NYC we picked up 2 paintings done by an artist we found there. I guess they're not actually paintings, they are oxidized metal on canvas. They remain one of my favourite things in our home. Every time I look at them I think about our amazing honeymoon and how fun it was to meet the artist. He even gave us a tour of his studio when we told him we were newlyweds. They weren't cheap, especially after framing, but it was totally worth it.

Since it's not always practical to buy only originals, prints are the obvious choice for adding art to your home. There are so many websites where you can buy directly from the artist, which I love. Supporting the artist directly gives you the same warm fuzzy feeling that buying an original does without the hit to your wallet. Here are a few of my faves from Etsy:

Sources:

  1. Abstract Landscape by Yangyang Pan
  2. O is for Owl by Rebekka Seale
  3. Iceberg by Tabitha Brown
  4. Glimpse by Yellena James

Ruche Summer 2012 Lookbook

Posted on June 20, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like with comments

Last week I showed you one beautiful image the Summer 2012 Ruche lookbook titled The Tuscan Sun, and I know you're dying to see more. I've pulled together a few of my favourite images from the lookbook and let me tell you, it was hard just picking a few. Ruche is one of the those stores where I would literally wear anything and everything they sell. Hint, hint, to any family members who read my blog and need gift ideas!

I would wear this gorgeous pleated dress every day of my life.

Sheer maxi skirt? I need this.

Yes...this is exactly what I look like while cooking. Maybe that apron will help me be more careful with the tomato sauce.

All images via Ruche

June Sponsors

Posted on June 15, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like with comments

Let me introduce you to my amazing sponsors for June!

CalliopeKitten

First up is CalliopeKitten. Krystyn runs an adorable jewelry shop from right here in Toronto. Her shop is filled with colorful resin creations, some of which look so delicious you'll be tempted to take a bite! She makes everything from teeny tiny bottles filled with sprinkles, to resin animal pendants, and anything in between. Stop by her shop and take a look at all her wonderful jewelry.

Pearl Amour Jewels

Next I'd like you to meet Pearl Amour Jewels, a lovely little jewelry shop run by Asma. Using a wide variety of materials, Asma creates some very elegant pieces. Stop by her shop today and check it out. Right now, if you 'like' her Facebook page, you will receive a 10% discount on your order.

If you would like to sponsor my blog, please go to my sponsor page for details. I manage all my ads using Passionfruit Ads now, so the whole process is super easy. Ads can start at any time, not just the beginning of a month and run for 30 days. So you could buy your spot today and see it on the blog right away!

Huesday: Ruche Kind of Summer

Posted on June 12, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like with comments

Ruche just released their Summer Lookbook called 'The Tuscan Sun' and it is so gorgeous. Every single page is beautiful. I basically want every outift, it's all so light and flowery! You should definitely head over to Ruche and check it out, but be warned you will want to just empty your wallet after you see it!

Image via Ruche

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