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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Pillow Fight

My monkey will pounce your panda. These are just two of the charming pillow designs being tossed around at peanutbutterdynamite on etsy. I once crocheted a set of spiral pillows that reminded me of Christmas ribbon candy, but at this amusing shop you will find a captivating collection of crocheted pillow faces. And if you are looking for a fun play rug or bed topper, the perfect pals are waiting on their website to grace any play area. All are expertly crafted from 100% acrylic yarn.

Your dear pet would look smart snoozing on their special spot with a buddy blanket. These wonderful creations emerge from sunny California and are shipped worldwide. More unexpected pieces from this delightful family business can be found on Facebook and at their website. Nothing says 'You're special' like handmade, and what a special toddler or baby shower gift one of these coordinated pillow and rug sets would make. This shop simply exudes cuteness!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

An Enduring Canvas

Here is another accomplished painter working with an unusual canvas - leather! LeatherFlair on eCrater combines the skill of leather work with the talent of a fine art painter. He merges the longevity and rugged beauty of leather with attractive imagery creating works of art sure to last the test of time. This amazing artist prepares each canvas by hand, familiarizing himself with its unique nature and grain pattern. Professional leather dyes are used to skillfully create lasting artistic pieces ready to enhance your living spaces. Works are signed by the artist and completed with a coat of moisture and UV protection.

Each stunning image is surrounded by a leather border to accommodate framing or cropping. If you are looking for the perfect piece of wearable art for the back of your leather jacket, be sure to view the B-52 Bomber or Wile E. Coyote. He also has a line of stunning leather bracelets with unique carved designs. I like the Black Cobra design. This leatherneck patiently works his pieces in Oklahoma and ships to the United States.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Pipe Dreams

A carved dragon found at FashionPipes on etsy is a far cry from the corncob pipes I remember from the Beverly Hillbillies. My dad had a very plain bowl pipe, and I still remember the scent of cherries. You certainly don’t have to smoke to appreciate the artistic beauty in an attractively handcrafted work of art, and there is a thriving community of pipe collectors looking to add a unique piece to their collection. Take a few minutes to peruse their extensive selection of hand carved pipe designs ready to beautifully grace any mantle display. 

You will also discover a variety of cigarette holders and long pipes, just like Sherlock Holmes’ from the movies. These pipes are skillfully crafted from pear wood in the Ukraine and ship worldwide. What a wonderful surprise gift a little carved treasure would make for Father’s Day or dad’s birthday. Who knows, one of these amazing pipes may even spark a pipe collection quest!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Heart Strings

My husband’s journey into building guitars began with a love of music, which grew into a desire to create the perfect instrument. Here at Celentano Woodworks on etsy, Paul has a fleet of stringed instruments available in unbelievable designs. He is a master craftsman and whether you strum, pluck, or just want to hang it on the wall for the incredible art that it is, your dream is found here.

Do you wonder what one of Paul’s guitars, mandolins, or ukuleles will sound like? This remarkable luthier has a YouTube video library showcasing some of his creations. Take a peek into this artist’s lair in the process of listening to his works of art perform.

Paul strings his tuneful treats in North Carolina, ships internationally, and can be found on Facebook. The lizard is a show stopper. If it has strings, this musical magician can bring the design of your imagination to life!