Cruising through Etsy this evening – I have fallen truly madly deeply for Depeapa’s shop!
Check out these of the screen shots of her shop below:
I want everything!!
1. From the Colette Bean Shop – Knitted Animal Tails
2. Figure 19 - Original Silk Screen Soft Canvas Pillow (really cool stuff in that shop!)
3. Andie Speciality Sweets – Edible Bird Feathers!
4. The Ramblin Worker Shop - Glow in the Dark Full Moon Print
And last but not least – my favorite item – the Ceramic Skull Planter from Mudpuppy
If you know what this horse is… then you must admit that you are former-Breyer-horse hoarder. I saw this on Etsy and my 5th grade self gasped. Obviously, its amazing and obviously I still have my Breyer horses in the top shelf in my old room – in their tiny barn. Check out the rest of this amazing Etsy shop, Equine by Lauren.
I have Brimfield on the brain. I keep seeing Instagrams of the fabulous artifacts that are there… 2 more days! AH! One of my favorite vendors at Brimfield is this southern man, (who is in the middle near the food area… what a coincidence that my favorite vendor is near food…) he usually sets up across from all the cow hides. Anyways – his tent always feels so cozy because he has the best light fixtures… all made from found objects, old chicken feeders, colanders, metal buckets – you name it and if it was on a farm, this southern gentleman has turned it into a light.
(This picture was taken from a previous trip to Brimfield)
Which according to Pinterest and Etsy is quite a trend right now. Rustic lighting, such as this little guy, which was very reasonably priced from Ironcladindustrial.
I would love to have something like this in my kitchen to replace the ever-so-glamorous circa 1970′s wood and glass shingled piece… (EEK rentals!). So when I see these beautiful creations at Brimfield I have to walk away, but always with an artist-tude, of that is so cool but… I could totally make one of these, so I creeped on Pinterest and found this great blog post, which explains how to make a rustic DIY light.
Anythingology with a knock off of a Restoration Hardware. Pretty great huh? Click the Anthingology link to see how she got from A —–> B!
‘These are a few of my favorite things…’ Check out the rest of my favorite items here.
You have seen them all over Etsy and Pinterest, and here she is ladies and gentleman – the originator…
I love, love LOVE your antlers. You really started an online antler frenzy! After seeing your pieces on Etsy, they were all over Pinterest! Does it bother you that your art has turned into something that people try to take on for themselves?
Thank you for the kind words about my work! I love that people get excited about what I am creating and want to try making their own DIY painted antlers. I am all for people seeing ideas and re-creating them for their personal use. It does bother me, however, when I see people copying my ideas and trying to sell them. That is endlessly frustrating.
What attracted you to the idea of painting antlers? And what type of paint are you using?
I had been doing large scale installation in college and a few years after, and I wanted to start working on something faster and smaller. I also love animals and natural objects, but the expense and inhumane-ness of working with taxidermy was wearing on me. Once I learned that shed antlers are completely humane they just seemed like a natural fit. The first antlers I made were a mix of paint and sequins (a natural progression if you see my older artwork), but the sequins kept popping off and I realized that using just paint would be more versatile. Now I use predominately acrylic craft paint.
I definitely look at my work as a mix between art and home decor/design. Coming from a fine art background, I tend to create my pieces like fine art (ie. they aren’t indestructible, they need to be treated like fine sculpture and handled carefully) but I know that they fit more into a design aesthetic and I am perfectly fine with that. A good amount of my work is made for wholesale orders to home decor boutiques, not fine art galleries.
After the antlers became successful, I wanted to come up with other items to paint so that I didn’t get bored, and also to prove that I am full of good ideas, not a one trick pony. I saw a post on Pinterest of old sailor knots and that is where the inspiration for the Monkey’s Fist knots came form. The hatchets were a suggestion from a friend that I absolutely loved.
It was fantastic! Last Fall the press and opportunities just kept rolling in! Two of those featured, Crate & Barrel and Us Weekly, I didn’t even know about until a friend saw them in person. (Read more on Cassandra’s Press Page).
That would be amazing! I think I’m going to stick to the smaller items for a while though. I’m still loving how relatively quick I can produce one item, it is so satisfying! And I have more ideas for painting the antlers that I haven’t even had time to experiment with yet!
I got a couple emails asking (thanks for asking!!) about where I got some of my home accents in my living room – some pieces I inherited from my family – but others I picked up from Etsy, Ikea and all over! Below I’ve linked up to the items shops, or where to get something similar.