It has been a while since I last wrote about pretty coloured glass. I have made an “executive decision” (ha!) that this needs to change… today. When I was away on my European Adventure, one of my favorite things was seeing so many incredible stained glass windows. It seemed like everywhere we looked there was clear summer sun streaming through beautiful colours, throwing ever-changing patterns of light that danced on the floors. So I think there is no better time to share some authentic and lovely *Canadian* stained glass with you, our lovely C+H readers!
Tara Sawchuk is a Winnipeg artist who designs and creates her own unique stained glass panels. Art has always been a lifelong passion for Tara, and while she has produced works in several mediums (including designing tatoos!), her glass works have been her biggest calling since 2006. Take a peek at some of Tara’s lovely panels:
Maybe you don’t have a spot to hang a whole panel, but you still want a little piece to dress up a room? Maybe something like this gorgeous music box would be just the ticket.
My absolute favorite though, is this awesome celtic symbol with an abstract twist. A little bit different, a whole lot fabulous!
To see more of Tara’s work (including an adorable panda, and super-sweet fox), drop by the Etsy shop!
Have a great day, and go ahead and indulge *your* obsession,
If you’re looking for something unique and a little romantic to wear this summer, look no further than Edmonton-based Pondhopper.
These gorgeous dresses and accessories are all made with reclaimed, previously- loved garments and bits and pieces of textiles and sparkle. The many layers and overstitching are Pondhopper signatures, and lend even more texture to these pretty pieces.
The dresses in particular, with their jagged hemlines and almost patchwork effect, remind me of some long-ago (and imaginary) Shakespearean wood-nymph!
Something as simple as grey and white t-shirts can become… this breezy little number:
This Promenade Jacket is In.Credible. Incredible!
Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d say: These spats are so pretty!
You can find out more about Lorraine and her creative, organic pieces on her blog, her Facebook page and you can certainly do some shopping from this Edmonton based artist at her Pondhopper Etsy shop!
I am in love.
I get an extra little thrill when I find a beautiful, handcrafted item that I have absolutely no idea how to make myself. Some things I can imagine the process, or have even tried myself over the years, but watchmaking is not one of them. The watch above, created by Wilk Watchworks, is so pretty – and handmade by Scott Wilk in Ontario.
Trained in Metalsmithing and Gemmology, Scott brings his talents together in making the lovely cases and dials for his watches. The resin enamel patterns on the dials add some flair and colour to the otherwise understated cases.
And, oh oh oh! Look at this one! These are certainly unique pieces to save up for, but well worth it for the pride of ownership, I’d say.
Last week, Vancouver-based Cargoh.com blasted out of their beta status and launched a lovely new version of their site – clean, bright, fun and packed full of highly talented, creative artists sharing their hard work. We’ve been a fan of Cargoh since they launched last spring, and I’m thrilled to see more and more artists joining in. As a curated marketplace, Cargoh is focused on ensuring that there is a certain standard of design and quality in each shop, and I know every time I log on that I’m going to see something I haven’t seen before… like today’s C+H featured artist, Wilk Watchworks!
If you haven’t visited yet, go take a look – and be sure to share your favourites with the fab social tools that are built right in to make it easy to Facebook, Tweet or Pin your wishlist, or just give a shout-out to a new designer :)
For both of us here at C+H, time is of the essence. As in, we just plain don’t have enough of it! A few extra hours in the day would be worth their weight in gold (metaphorically of course). I know we are not alone, as so many of you are struggling with the same challenges. There is just so much that we want to do, especially now that it is finally, officially, SUMMER! So, in honour of this fresh new season, and the jam-packed 24 hours that we are each get to share every day, may I present these fabulous clocks from Sunshine in the Summer.
I love the earthy, sun-soaked feel of driftwood. It brings a little touch of summer any time of the year, and that really matters when we are suffering through those frigid days of February!
Sunshine in the Summer Time is the creation of British Columbia’s Brandy Nohr. Despite a fear of the water, her career (and her heart) have always kept her near the ocean. Her love of all things nautical shows through in her work, and especially for those of us who are a bit land-locked, it is a breath of fresh salt air!
While I was admiring Brandy’s clocks, I also couldn’t help but notice these lovely little votive holders. Perfect to nestle among your seaside treasures in the summer, or tuck among some holly and evergreens at Christmas-time!
No matter how busy and hectic your days may be, here’s hoping that you can find a peaceful moment or two to refresh your mind. Maybe we can’t get any extra hours in our days, but we can celebrate the moments that we do have, and embrace a new season as well!
Sun-soaked and loving it,
My family and I spent last week in the foothills of the Rockies, and woke up Tuesday morning to see a Mama moose and her twin 1-week old babies playing and snacking near our campsite. We watched them for close to an hour before a park ranger drove by and they wandered off down the road.
Our girls have been talking about moose ever since, so we went looking yesterday for Etsy’s version of moose, and found Toronto’s Sparrow Avenue. Barbara di Lella works her magic drawing, painting and silk screening her artwork onto linens fashioned in to pillows, bags, wallets, aprons and more.
I also love this little tea towel – “Dogs have owners. Cats have staff”. As a family with 2 cats and a dog, I’m fairly qualified to say this is an accurate statement!
Barbara also has an interesting blog where she features more of her work and the projects she’s tackling! I really love seeing the process from idea to finished product, and the challenges along the way.
P.S. One more moose:
I get a little thrill when I discover someone who’s doing something different – and I had that feeling when I saw the work of Heidi Denessen in her HD Art & Apparel shop.
First up, I saw the Big Thaw Tunic dress… and then discovered that it is her own artwork, printed on eco-friendly fabric, that adorns the back scoop of this reversible piece. Love it!
And this – the reversible Deep Lake Tunic dress:
I really do love the idea of “wearable art”, and I like how Heidi has incorporated it in a more subtle way – a splash of colour at the neckline, or a peek along the hem.To see where the fabric inspiration comes from, I checked out some of her original artwork pieces and these are a couple of my favourites:
(image source: HeiditheArtist.ca)
(image source: HeiditheArtist.ca)
Heidi was born and raised in BC, and now makes her home in North Vancouver with her fellow artist husband and their little boys. Her artwork is focused on mixed media work, with bold colours and detailed collages incorporating paper and other materials. You can visit her website to see some examples of her work – it’s obvious that she is inspired by the gorgeous landscapes around her Vancouver home!
June is just around the corner, and that means that beach and pool season is nearly here! There are endless ways to bring some handmade creations along on your summer adventures. For those who are feeling brave, you can even find beautiful hand dyed bikinis like these ones from Daub + Design! Just slather on the sunscreen first… please!
Now maybe you aren’t feeling particularly bikini-ready, but you still like the look of the fabrics… Daub + Design has some beautiful lightweight scarves or tights that would be a great accent to any outfit.
When the sun starts shining and the mercury starts to rise, I know that many of us feel like our wardrobe needs a little freshening up… so why do we end up wearing the same bathing suit year after year? (or maybe that’s just me). Why not make your beach attire as unique and personal as you are, and take a little handmade goodness to the beach this year? Check out the Daub + Design Cargoh Store to see what is available!
~dreaming of warm sand between my toes, and a cold drink with an umbrella in it…