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Etsy Finds Vol. V: Hayley Mitchell

My Home, Design InspirationSarice GutmanComment

I have been browsing Etsy a lot lately - looking for the perfect art for the nursery.  As soon as I came across the talented artist Hayley Mitchell, I knew I had struck gold!  Her amazing work is today's installment of Etsy finds

Hayley has a love of painting dramatic female faces; they are bold, sassy, and super unique! I love her use of color and her work would make a big impact in any space.  See what I mean!?

Source: Hayley Mitchell 

Source: Hayley Mitchell

Hayley also paints beautiful figures as well as floral and abstract pieces.

Source: Hayley Mitchell

Although the above pieces are truly beautiful, I was completely captivated by her Moth Series.  The colors! The brush strokes! So much variety!  As soon as I saw her gorgeous moth pieces, I knew they would be a perfect fit for the nursery.  The graphic shapes and colors would be enthralling for a baby.  Plus, they would be the perfect art to transition from nursery to little girl's room.  Winning!

Source: Hayley Mitchell

Isn't Hayley's moth series stunning?! I can't wait for you to see how this art works into the nursery design (stay tuned!!).

Prints are sold from Hayley's Etsy site and original works can be purchased on her website.  Also, check out her instagram here!

Turns out Hayley is based out of Austin! I love supporting local artists!

Etsy Finds Vol. IV: Jechory Glass Designs

Design Inspiration, My HomeSarice Gutman4 Comments

Today's Etsy Finds is a great one!  I am pleased to spotlight Jechory Glass Designs!  Michelle at Jechory Glass Designs creates handmade glass terrariums and boy are they gorgeous.  Her products would make fabulous holiday gifts, birthday gifts, or just because gifts!

Michelle at Jechory Glass Designs generously took the time to answer some questions so we could get to know her better!

1.  Tell me more about you! 

I live in beautiful Wisconsin with my husband. I have 3 grown sons, and a sweet little 7 year old granddaughter. The name of my shop, Jechory, is a combination of my boys names, Jeremy, Chris, and Cory.

2.  What made you decide to pursue art?

I have always loved anything glass, and decided to take some stained glass classes in my community back in the early 90's. 

3.  How did you get started in making terrariums?

Terrariums have made a comeback in the last 3-4 years. I thought why not make a few designs for my shop and see if they sell. They've been very popular.

4.  What do you draw inspiration from?

I love looking at the beautiful stained glass windows in my church. They were crafted in Austria years ago. 

5.  Do you have any advice for other creative entrepreneurs?

Don't be afraid to do craft shows. You get instant feedback from customers about your products and also great ideas from them. 

6.  What are you working on next?

I have another shop [you can find that shop here!] that I sell jewelry in, that I have neglected for a while. So I want to spend more time working on my butterfly jewelry and coming up with a few new ideas. 

7.  What are some of your favorite Etsy artists?

Thank you Michelle for taking the time to let us get to know you better!

Two years ago I was searching for glass terrariums to house my air plants.  I of course turned to Etsy for my search and in no time came across the lovey work of Michelle at Jechory Glass Designs.  To say I was pleased with my purchase would be an understatement!  I chose the dodechahedron shaped terrarium and it is a showstopper.  Each terrarium comes with an air plant (including care instructions), sand, and decorative rocks and shells.  Michelle cuts and solders each glass terrarium by had and the workmanship is perfection.  I have rotated my terrarium around my house many times, and it looks amazing on my mantel, builtin bookshelves, kitchen table, coffee table, and just about anywhere!  The latest home for my lovely terrarium is on my living room coffee table.

(do you spy my pretty kitty in this next shot?!)

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My terrarium also looks great elevated on my little antler cake stand! (The antler cake stand was a find from Horchow and is unfortunately no longer available.)

Isn't my terrarium gorgeous!! It is a great conversation piece and adds the perfect finish to wherever I decide to place it.  I can't get enough of it!  Thanks Jechory Glass Designs!

Another note worth rambunctious kitten bumped the terrarium off its stand and it didn't break! That is a sign of truly fine construction and craftsmanship!

Here are some of my favorite items in Michelle's Jechory Glass Designs shop:

Source: Jechory Glass Designs

Terrariums are wonderful keepsakes and can perk up any bookshelf, table, shelf, or counter!  Another perk of terrariums are that air plants are very easy to care for.  I hope you check out Jechory Glass Designs when you are looking for your next gift!

p.s. can't figure out the best place to display your terrarium?  Let me help!




Etsy Finds Vol. III: Artist Janet Hill

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It has been too long since the last Etsy Finds post! (Click here for Etsy Finds Vol. I and Vol. II) Today's Etsy find is a fantastic one!  I am excited to present Canadian artist Janet Hill!  This fab lady is one heck of an artist and I am obsessed with her work.  I have a number of her pieces in my home and I wouldn't hesitate for a second to source her work for a client design.   

Janet Hill's art is wonderfully feminine and whimsical in character.  Many of her paintings are related in a story series, which is very fun to follow when each new series painting comes out.  She also paints lovely floral still life pieces and gorgeous interior spaces.  All of her pieces are high quality giclee prints, and every now and there is usually a small selection of original work as well.  To learn more about Janet Hill and her art, check out this interview on the podcast Smart Creative Women with Monica Lee!

Last year, I fell in love with these two art prints in Janet's shop and purchased them immediately.  

Source: Janet Hill Studio

Aren't they lovely!!  I had a vision of a small gallery wall in our master bedroom over my desk/vanity space.  Her prints fit perfectly in with the group!

p.s. can you tell I love me some Kendra Scott?! #girlcrush

Here is a sampling of some of my favorite pieces from Janet's shop! Each of them would be the perfect complement to any gallery wall. 

Still Life

Source: Janet Hill Studio


Source: Janet Hill Studio


Source: Janet Hill Studio

Whimsy Scenes

Source: Janet Hill Studio

It was so hard to pick which ones to share with you!  They are all so lovely.  I also love all the clever titles of each of her works of art.  So cheeky!  Go ahead and check out Janet Hill's shop on Etsy! Also here is her website, instagram, and facebook.  I also recently discovered she has a small shop on Society 6

P.S. The other art pieces in my little vanity gallery wall include street art I've purchased on my travels, as well as two other amazing Etsy artists I will feature in upcoming Etsy Finds posts!  You don't want to miss out, so stay tuned!

Etsy Find Vol. II: Artist Juliet Ames

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Welcome to another installment of my blog series Etsy Finds!  (You can find last month's Etsy Finds post here.)  Today I am featuring artist Juliet Ames of The Broken Plate Pendant Company!  Juliet makes unique jewelry designs and home goods out of broken china.  The story of how she got started is an interesting one.  After creating a mosaic out of broken china plates, Juliet decided to repurpose some of the leftover broken plate shards into a pendant necklace; and the rest is history! 

Juliet was kind enough to answer some questions for me to share here so we can get to know her better!

1.  What made you decide to pursue art?

 I've always been creative, and not good at much else. Discovered the quickest track out of college was to pursue craft (after being a photo major during a time when digital was making my darkroom training obsolete.)

2.  How did you get started in crafting items from broken china?

In a moment of crafting mania post college, I made a mosaic mailbox from a broken plate that I found at a thrift store. I had a lot of shards left over that were too pretty to toss, so I wrapped it in solder and made it into a necklace. I started getting orders the very next day. 

3.  Where do you find all the china for your projects?

I go to thrift stores and flea markets a lot.  Some just show up on my porch.

4.  What do you draw inspiration from?

I enjoy art with irony and humor.  Art is a pretty silly profession, so I think it's important to not take it too seriously.

5.  Do you have any advice for other creative entrepreneurs?

Take good photos (or pay someone to take good photos).  Don't bother trying to sell art at a food or wine festival.

6.  What are you working on next?

I am working on a series of butcher charts made of broken plates.  Thinks: a patchwork of patter making up a cow.  I'm enjoying making less jewelry and more 2D art.

7.  What are some of your favorite Etsy artists?

Here are a few that just popped up in my favorites. 

You can read more about Juliet on her Etsy site here.

I discovered Juliet's work in my search for the perfect 2nd wedding anniversary gift.  The traditional themed 2nd anniversary gift is cotton.  Last month I wrote about how Moroccan wedding blankets would make an excellent cotton anniversary gift, but in the end I decided to go in a different direction with the modern theme.  The modern themed 2nd anniversary gift is China.  My extensive search led me to Juliet's work and I knew I had found something special!

I decided that I wanted to purchase one of her framed initial china pieces.  I thought that would be a wonderful sentimental gift that would make my husband smile.  Juliet was great throughout the whole process.  I told her what color china I had in mind (blue and white of course) and she immediately told me she had willow patterned china in her collection.  Not knowing what pattern that was, I looked it up and it was gorgeous.  

Here is the pattern in blue and white as well as a multi-colored pattern.

Source: Replacements

Source: Replacements

Turns out there is a legend behind the distinctive willow pattern.  A wealthy man's daughter was betrothed to a powerful Duke, but the daughter was in love with her fathers humble assistant.  The father was enraged and built a high fence around his property to keep the lovers apart.  The night before the daughter was supposed to marry the Duke, she and the assistant ran away together and lived for many happy years.  Eventually the Duke found the two and sent soldiers to kill them.  However as the story goes, the Gods transformed the lovers into a pair of doves so they could fly away and be together forever (read more about the history behind the willow pattern here).  I really like the story behind the china pattern.  The theme that love can overcome anything life throws at you is a good one to remember.  It adds another important sentiment in addition to a reminder of our nuptials!

The finished piece turned out beautifully and my husband loved it!  The frame includes hardware to hang on the wall, but I liked how it looked in my built-ins.  I smile at it every time I walk by!

Thanks again Juliet for the wonderful china art piece! It was a pleasure working with you on it.

There are many other great pieces in Juliet's shop that would make good gifts.  And what is amazing is that she can customize any item just for you.  You can request a certain color scheme and she will share what options she has.  Perhaps you have family heirloom china and you are looking to repurpose it - she can do that too!  The possibilities are endless.

These earrings are so pretty.

Source: TheBrokenPlate

Such unique necklaces that would be one of a kind.

Source: TheBrokenPlate 

China cuff links would also make a wonderful 2nd wedding anniversary gift! I picked out a pair to give my husband along with the framed china initial art piece and he loved them!

Source: TheBrokenPlate

Here is another example of one of Juliet's lovely framed china initial art pieces.  The customization options really are limitless.

Source: TheBrokenPlate

You can also customize a framed china state of your choice! This Texas one is particularly lovely.  A gallery wall of numerous states that hold specific significance would be a great gift.  

Source: TheBrokenPlate

Love these wine stoppers! Such a cool idea.

Source: TheBrokenPlate

Take a look at Juliet's Etsy shop for yourself.  She has many wonderful item in stock including jewelry and home items such as 2D art.  Those wine stoppers are gorgeous! They would make a unique wedding gift.  Plus, many items are 30% off right now- go check it out!

Find Juliet on her website, facebook, and intagram!