Thursday, December 29, 2011

OhSoPretty Shops - Farfalla Gialla

Farfalla Gialla is a company set up by Fa Giandosa, an amateur musician from Sao Paolo, Brasil.

She is a mother of three and has handmade everything in her shop.  Her websites are in Portuguese but she also has an Etsy shop.  Her work is adorable and exquisite and she ships abroad so it’s definitely worth a look.

See more examples of her work below and you can find more at her website and Etsy shop.  Links at the bottom of the page.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Oh So Pretty Shops - Peter Pauper Press

Peter Pauper Press was established in 1928 with the design and print of about 200 books from the basement of one of the founders' father's house.

The company has remained in the family ever since, although at one point was close to closing when the remaining original founder and his wife passed away, but their children changed their careers to continue their parents' legacy.   And now the third generation are working for the company. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Oh So Pretty Shops - Petra Boase

The Petra Boase collection includes an eclectic mix of products: Fabric prints, greetings cards, mugs, notebooks, T-Shirts, T-Towels and plenty more.
Animal Notebook

See more of her gorgeous products for sale here.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Daffodils - William Wordsworth

I wander'd lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils,

Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,

They stretch'd in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: -
A poet could not but be gay
In such a jocund company!

I gazed - and gazed - but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought.
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Oh So Pretty Art - Daniel Ochoa

Cambio Self Rotrato

Daniel Ochoa is an amazing artist who explores personal experiences through his work, getting his inspiration from photos, memory and emotions.

From The Pinata
 He grew up in a bicultural and bilingual household where his father was an immigrant from Mexico, and his mother a white American.

In a statement from the artist himself he says, "Overtime, I learned to perceive cultural dichotomies and accommodate conflicting viewpoints".

Basabuela Portrait
I personally find his work striking. Every piece is serious, not easy on the eye but hard to look away from, and over-all completely captivating.

See more of my favourite Daniel Ochoa pieces below, and find a link to his website at the bottom of this page.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Oh So Pretty Shops - Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater is a fantastic company focusing on the heart of the home and family room: the kitchen! The company was started by Emma Bridgewater and her husband Matthew, both drawing great inspiration from their families and childhood.

I absolutely love their products, and the fact that the business started from around their own kitchen table, and they have their own family designing for them.  It is such a family orientated business and there's really nothing better than buying from a family business.

See more of my favourite Emma Bridgewater items below and don't forget to find the link to their website at the bottom of the page to see the rest of their lovely items for sale.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Oh So Pretty Shops - Alexander Taron

I love The Taron Company.  It was founded over 50 years ago and it's focus has always been the same, to bring unique high quality collectable giftware, handicraft and toywear to the U.S marketplace. 
Tin Horse Carousel
The products Alexander Taron sells are exquisite and are made from tradition materials, such as tin and wood, and there are some real old time classics such as cuckoo clocks with moving figurines, old style spinning tops, and "pyramids" which work when the heat of a candle propells the fan at the top, which in turn moves a disc in the centre with a selected 'scene' on it.  Like the one below.

Wooden Penguin Pyramid
Here are some of my favourite products from his store.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Oh So Pretty Shops - Cafe Press

Cafe Press is an online retailer that sells a wide variety of things and today I am looking at some of their baby gro's.  There is a huge selection on their website, and some of them are hilarious.  If you have a baby you have GOT to check it out.

Continue here to see some more of my favourites from their website.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Annabel Lee - Edgar Allen Poe

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Oh So Pretty Shops - GalerieAnais

GalerieAnais is an Etsy shop selling adorable art prints for your child's nursery and bedroom. 

These prints are very affordable and allow you to create a sweet setting without breaking your budget.  See more of her gorgeous prints below

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Oh So Pretty Art - Ron Mueck


The following sculptures are not what I would class as “pretty” but anyone who can appreciate amazing art will appreciate this incredible artist.  

Woman With Sticks

His work may not be to everyone’s taste, I certainly wouldn’t want any of these sculptures displayed in my home, but there is no denying the talent and precision that has gone into every piece of work. 

Mask II

 I love art that you just can’t help but look at, whether ugly or pretty, and this most certainly falls into the category of art I love.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Oh So Pretty Shops - The Letteroom

The Letteroom is a unique business run from a beautiful old listed stable in Hampshire by Jackie Jackson and Sherrie Mead, who established the company in 2009.
Decorated China Mugs

I love this shop because you can get personalised things for yourself, for your home, and as gifts for others.  There are so many styles to choose from it will most certainly appeal to any taste.

See some of my favourite products from their shop below. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Hartstrings Online Warehouse SALE

Remember my post about Hartstrings, the adorable children's clothing store?

They are having an Online Warehouse Sale!  With items starting as low as $5!
You will receive Free standard shipping on all domestic orders of over $100 or more when you enter the code 'FINAL75' at checkout. 

This offer expires at 11:59 pm EST on Monday, October 17th, 2011.

Happy shopping!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Oh So Pretty Shops - Petit Plat

Petit Plat is a fantastic brand created by Stephanie Kilgast.

Kilgast hand makes miniature food, and not only do these wonderful creations look fantastic in a dolls house but she also makes her miniature food into jewellery (genius!). 

In her bio she tells us she discovered her passion for miniatures in 2007 while she was searching for a new hobby because she was bored!  What a great story!

I think this is such a different and unique idea and I just love it.  My favourites are the pendants (that way I wouldn’t see them and get hungry) with sushi or doughnuts. 

Kilgast wants to publish a tutorial book about sculpting miniature food in the future.  But for now she has uploaded some online tutorials which you can find a link to on her website, which you can find at the end of this post.

Now for some more amazing photos of her miniatures!  I just can't get enough of them.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Oh So Pretty Art - Judith Braun

I'm loving these finger paintings, or "fingerings" by Judith Braun, a controvertial artist who started out in the 1980's as a realistic figure painter.  In her bio she writes:

"I began the ongoing drawing project “Symmetrical Procedures”, and in 2004 re-entered the art world exhibiting this work. These drawings, as well as the wall “Fingerings” I now do,  are connected to all the work that came before; it’s just me moving through my life and times, seeing what holds my attention, and in a way, gives me pleasure. Because if it wasn’t for pleasure all we’d have is a bunch of stuff vibrating."

Visit her website.
Photos of some of Judith Braun's amazing work:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Dear Friends, We Surely All Agree - Roald Dahl

'Dear friends, we surely all agree
There's almost nothing worse to see
Than some repulsive little bum
Who's always chewing chewing gum.
(It's very near as bad as those
Who sit around and pick the nose).
So please believe us when we say
That chewing gum will never pay;
This sticky habit's bound to send
The chewer to a sticky end.
Did any of you ever know
A person called Miss Bigelow?
This dreadful woman saw no wrong
In chewing, chewing all day long.
She chewed while bathing in the tub,
She chewed while dancing at her club,
She chewed in church and on the bus;
It really was quite ludicrous!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Oh So Pretty Shops - Hartstrings

I came across Hartstrings while browsing through kiddy clothes in a department store in America.  I instantly fell in love with the high quality and unique designs. 

Hartstrings’ designers take special interest in creating classic and age appropriate outfits that are both updated and sweet, and are consistent with the classic roots of the brand. 
Hartstrings' children’s apparel specializes in updated-classic apparel for boys, girls and babies from newborn up to 16 years. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Maclaren Special Edition Pushchair - Cath Kidston II Spray Flowers Quest

I officially want to marry the Cath Kidston II Spray Flowers Quest.  I want to carry it over the threshold of the home we will share together and spend the rest of my pushchair days with it.  I want to see my child asleep in it peacefully surrounded by a halo of flowers. 

Oh So Pretty Shops - Cath Kidston

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t heard of Cath Kidston.  When I hear her name I think of a pale blue background with a pattern of pink flowers and oilcloth fabric.  What I didn’t know until today was that she also has a charming baby range!

I feel like I’ve been living under a rock! (I also occasionally look like I’ve been living under a rock but that’s another story)

I’m sure Orlaith will be seeing a distinctive floral print under the Christmas tree this year as this collection of darling things have captured my heart! 
See more of my Cath Kidston favourites! 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Oh So Pretty Shops - byGraziela

byGraziela, co-founded by Graziela Preiser and her daughter Nina, is the re-birth of Graziela’s own self named brand and designs popular in Germany in the 1970’s.

This brand is ideal for parents trying to create a retro feel using vibrant colours and unique designs.

Visit the byGraziela shop (you can find a link at the bottom of this post) and see some more of their great products below.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Oh So Pretty Shops - The Quilted Monkey

I took a walk down Montana Avenue yesterday and wandered into a gorgeous shop called The Quilted Monkey It was simply darling. Their website doesn't do the shop justice but if you live near by do take a look.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep - Mary Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush.
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

-Mary Frye (1904-2004)
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