Believe in Fairies

If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future.

There was once a little girl who believed that the dandelion flower was a Fairy. Her mother would help her collect one and then create a small house in a box where it could spend the day. In the evening they would set the fairy free.

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Top of the Tops

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Scarlets bones

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Nothin but wood

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Crone Designs

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Keep your imagination alive and free . . . believe in Fairies.

Cheers,

Jane

www.petulapoppy.com

Spotlight on a Creative – Martin Øbakke

Last spring I bought an item from an Etsy store and I loved it! I went back and read more about the company and by doing so I discovered my “Spotlight on a Creative” for this week.There is a treasure trove to be found when you go ahead and “click” on a link. That is how I found Filligree, the magical creation of Husband and wife team, Martin Øbakke and Celena Cavala.  These two creatives met in Florence Italy and and you can feel the wonderful mix of their cultures in their work where, “you’ll find old world Europe, Southern Gothic charm and Pop Surrealism.”

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1.     Who are you and what do you do?

Martin Øbakke, – Illustrator, sculptor, doll maker, photographer and fiddler- Pleased to meet you.

2.     How has your Art changed over time?

To keep the inspiration, I find that I constantly have to tweak and develop my work. Sometimes major, but mostly little changes makes it more interesting to create. So my work has always been changing, and I hope it always will.

3.     What inspires you?

The serene and mysterious, the beautiful and honest.. The dream sphere from where the dolls emerge.. the 1000s of women around the world who feel cool and beautiful, wearing the the leggings I design.

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Fairies, Dragons, Giraffes and more

4.     What’s your strongest memory of childhood?

I was obsessed with fire and almost burned down my childhood home.. The massive fire haunted my dreams for months.

5.     What was the first thing you ever made?

Drawings, then probably some wood whittling. I’m a country boy.

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Hot Air Ballon Whale by Filigree

6.     What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

Carpentry, bricklaying, – manual labor

7.     What is your dream project?

Develop the Filigree world and characters into a short stop motion film.

8.     What is the one thing in your studio you could not live without?

My wife

9.     Do you collect anything?

Everytime I see a collection starting, I stop myself. I still believe less is more and I love things that have more then 1 purpose. I do seem to have started a collection of old-time fiddle tunes. You can’t have enough of those.

10   What is your favorite word and why?

Crisp… I just decided.. I don’t think much about words, I’m more of an illustrator.

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11  What is your favorite recipe?

Rice pudding-  boil short rice with milk (or rice milk, almond milk) add salt, when done put it in a bowl sprinkle sugar and cinnamon, and a spoon full of butter in the middle.

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(I found a rice pudding recipe that seems similar to what Martin is describing)

12  Do you “Give Back” to any organizations?

Not any one place exclusively.

Please check out more of the beautiful and whimsical work of Martin and Celena! FYI – I do have a pair of the leggings from Carousel Ink and they are the best!

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https://www.facebook.com/theFiligreeArts

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https://www.facebook.com/Carouselink

Cheers!

Jane

http://www.petulapoppy.com

Jon and Mary – Spotlight on a Creative

The oldest piece of steel is approximately 4000 years old and there have been found treasures from Sparta, China, East Africa and more. What most see as a cold heavy ore, Jon and Mary, the husband and wife creative team behind WATTO have turned into an art. This talented duo has a studio in Tucson, Arizona and they kindly took time to answer some questions for me to share with you.

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1. Who are you and what do you do?

“Jon WATTO Watson & Mary Spencer- We are a husband and wife team and have several things going on. We started with “The Metal Gardener.” www.themetalgadener.com which is functional and custom metal sculptures. We then began WATTO Distinctive Metal Wear with metal accessories www.wattoonline.etsy.com. Outlaw Kritters www.outlawkritters.com developed due to the success of our animal icons. Mary also has an assembled jewelry line called WATTO’s Wife.”

2. How has your Art changed over time?

“The Metal Gardener began in 2007 with metal sculptures based on nature and organic shapes. In 2009 we started WATTO Distinctive Metal Wear with belt buckles based on the tattoo and music culture. We were doing a lot of art shows then and to make our items more accessible price wise we added key chains and money clips. We thought we were designing for guys, but woman liked the rugged look too and soon Mary was adding bling and making jewelry for WATTO as well. WATTO’s Wife developed as an outlet for Mary to have a little creativity on her own.”

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3. What inspires you?

“Nature, motorcycles (Jon), animals (our two dogs Nipper and Tucker), raw materials like metal and wood, tattoo imagery and fashion.”

4. What’s your strongest memory of childhood?

“Jon- Playing hide-and-seek in the cornfield.”

“Mary- spending hours reading, painting or drawing and making things. I enjoyed spent a lot of time alone.”

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5.What was the first thing you ever made?

“Jon- Made his bicycle into a chopper by extending the forks and added a big sissy bar and whip flag. Even then he loved motorcycles.”

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“Mary- Can’t remember that far back as I was making things and drawing like most children from the time I was a toddler. I took private drawing and painting classes in high school and I made miniatures such as mini framed paintings and baked goods with tiny little grocery sacks which I sold at a local miniature store.”

6. What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

“Jon worked on helicopter weapon systems in the army for 4 years then worked as a Graphic designer for many years. Finally he apprenticed at a metal shop while working as an exhibit tech at the Children’s Museum before creating our own company.”

“Mary worked as a product planner for several social expression, puzzle and craft companies as well as a prop artist and floral designer.

7. What is your dream project?

“Jon-Working on custom Japanese sport bikes.”

“Mary-Not really any one project, but I would love to have indefinite time and funds to work more on developing my painting skills and other creations.”

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8. What is the one thing in your studio you could not live without?

“Jon- Angle grinder I use it for cutting grinding and sanding.”

“Mary- My computer as it has all of my files for the business.”

9. Do you collect anything?

“Jon- No”

“Mary- Mexican pottery- I love the decorative paint and the handmade nature.”

10. What is your favorite word and why?

“Jon- ‘Yes.’ Love it when people say yes to me.”

“Mary- chocolate! – Need I explain?!”

11. What is your favorite recipe?

“Jon-Pancakes we eat Pamela gluten-free with agave syrup.”

“Mary- chocolate chip cookies made with Garbanzo beans, nut butter, honey and “Enjoy” brand chocolate chips. I am gluten free so these are my indulgence.”

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Craving 4 More Chickpea Cookies

12. Do you “Give Back” to any organizations?

“We have several organizations that we give to annually including Seeing Eye Dogs and The Elephant Sanctuary. We have also donated many of our items to charity events over the years. We are particularly interested in animal welfare causes. Through our new website Outlawkritters.com we will be donating to a different animal welfare organization every quarter.”

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Tucker, Nipper, Mary and Jon

Jon and Mary have so much going on and I think it is all terrific! Please check out the links below to see more of their work!

Links:

Facebook WATTO: https://www.facebook.com/wattoonline

Facebook Outlaw Krtitters: https://www.facebook.com/OutlawKritters

Pinterest WATTO: http://www.pinterest.com/wattoonline/

Pinterest Outlaw Kritters: http://www.pinterest.com/outlawkritters/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wattoonline

Instagram: http://instagram.com/wattoonline

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Watto Apparel

Cheers!

Jane

www.petulapoppy.com 

Click It and Create It

 

 

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The seatbelt – one of those things you automatically use. At least, I HOPE you just “click it” without a thought!

One of the great things about looking at the world from a creative’s perspective is you see the other wonderful uses for the everyday.

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Cordura Nylon – Photo courtesy of .retool.

I first found .retool. on Etsy. I was instantly drawn to their fabulous line of “Durable. Stylish. Functional. Handmade. Vegan.” bags, wallets, laptop cases and more.

 

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They are handmade in San Francisco by the amazing design team of Jacob and Jamye in what they happily refer to as  the “.retool. galactic headquarters.”

While learning more about them I discovered some more Creative’s “clicking'” into the seatbelt’s potential. Please check out their work too.

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reclaimed seatbelt cushions from ting london

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Couch Guitar Strap’s Camera Strap

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Loved Again by Jane – seatbelt rose cuff

 

Stay Creative!

Jane

Jacob Fisher – Spotlight on a Creative

Welcome to my first Spotlight on a Creative! I am so thrilled to be launching this new series!

I will be introducing and showcasing one wonderfully creative, artistic soul each week for you to discover, be inspired by, share and learn more about.

Please meet my premier Creative – Jacob Fisher, of the amazing design team at .retool a terrific line of “simple, elegant and functional” vegan bags, cases and wallets. Jacob graciously answered my questions and provided some great photos for you!

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Jacob – one half of the design team at .retool.

1. Who are you and what do you do?

“I’m Jacob, one half of the .retool. team. We design and make vegan  accessories – wallets, bags, cases, and more!  We place an emphasis on function and style and we love using repurposed materials and factory remnants.  Our goal is to make it easy for vegans (and non-vegans) to find quality accessories with the features they need and the colors they want.”

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Jacob starts with these . . .

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and finishes with these Messenger Bags

“In my spare time I draw, paint, and make collages out of tiny pieces of magazine pages.  Here’s a photo of my most recent piece, based on a drawing by Paul Cadmus. This collage is made up of literally thousands of pieces.”

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Jacob Fisher Collage

2. How has your Art changed over time?

“Well, for one thing, my skills have improved.  There are things I can make now that I wouldn’t have been able to make four or five years ago.  As an artist, I have always loved working in series and my work with .retool. has certainly followed that trend.”

“We started off making wallets and we have now expanded into bags, cases, and even belts.  We work primarily with seatbelt webbing and the more we work with it, the more different ideas we have about about how to use it.”

“In the beginning, we had one billfold wallet design and one card holder design.  We’ve been tweaking the designs ever since and adding a bunch of variations with different features and carrying capacities. For example, we now have six different credit card wallet styles and seven different billfold styles with various features including ID wallets, coin pocket wallets, and grommet holes for adding a chain.”

3. What inspires you?

“Our customers actually provide a great deal of inspiration.  We get a lot of custom requests and on more than one occasion we’ve turned a custom request into a standard .retool. offering. The latest example of that is our minimalist credit card holder with center cash slot.  We added the center slot for folks who wanted a separate compartment dedicated to cash.”

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4.     What’s your strongest memory of childhood?

“I read a lot as a kid and one of my favorite books was The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.  I think I must have gotten it for Christmas because I have a vivid memory of reading the book while sipping hot chocolate and eating candy canes.  For some reason, I thought it would be a great idea to dip the candy cane into the hot chocolate. This led to sticky, chocolatey fingers as evidenced by this photo:”

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5. What was the first thing you ever made?

“That’s a tough one.  I remember taking burned out lightbulbs and adding clay to them to make hair and faces.  I didn’t break any bulbs, but it probably wasn’t the safest thing…”

6. What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

“Before starting .retool., I worked primarily in technical training and instructional design.”

7. What is your dream project?

“I have so many dream projects!

One of my current favorites is to start a cult brand of awesome vegan bags. The idea would be to have a very small production run of high-end bags with pockets in all the right places.”

8. What is the one thing in your studio you could not live without?

“Natural light.”

9. Do you collect anything?

“Sewing machines! So far the .retool. fleet includes 2 Kenmores (each over 20 years old), a beautiful vintage Husqvarna Viking, a newer Husqvarna, an industrial zigzag machine, and the pride of the fleet, an industrial straight stitch Adler sewing machine.  The next addition will likely be a serger.”

10. What is your favorite word and why?

“I love words. I like how they sound and even how they look. Staphylococcus is pretty high on the list, mostly because of how the ‘dictionary lady’ says it:”

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/staphylococcus

11.   What is your favorite recipe?

“My favorite recipe is for homemade cranberry sauce.  I love fresh ginger and I’m not a big fan of sweets, so my version is spicy and extra tart.  The flavors get stronger overnight. [Note: the maple syrup and ginger can be adjusted to taste.]”

4 Cups fresh cranberries

1/3 Cup maple syrup

1/2 Cup orange juice

1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger (most people might find this an excessive amount of ginger, feel free to use less… or more!)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Wash and drain the cranberries. Toss everything together in a medium saucepan and cook on medium heat.  Stir often.  It’s finished when the cranberries have popped and the sauce is thick, usually around 10 – 15 minutes.

12. Do you “Give Back” to any organizations?

“I support a number of non-profits mostly focussed on social justice and environmental issues.”

Jacob Fisher – .retool.

Thank you Jacob for being here!

If you want to see more fabulous items from .retool. please check out the following:

Blog:     http://retoolsf.com/

Shop:    https://www.etsy.com/shop/retoolsf

facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/retoolsf

twitter:    https://twitter.com/retoolsf

pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/retoolsf/

instagram: http://instagram.com/retool

Cheers!

Jane

www.petulapoppy.com

Celebrating the Black Cat

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“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” Groucho Marx

Often vilified and misunderstood, the beautiful black cat is one of the celebrations of the Halloween season. Not all are as kind to animals as you and I are. In fact I used to keep my little noir chat in the house for the full week before All Hallows Eve.  Always better safe than sorry!

Here are some positive views of our furry friends as well as Artists who create their own “magic.”

1. Sailors would prefer their ship cat to be all black to bring them luck.

2. Fisherman’s wives would keep black cats in the belief it would keep their mates safe.

3. The Egyptian Goddess, Bast (the Cat Goddess) was the goddess of protection against contagious diseases, The eye of Ra and may have been “associated with protective ointments.”

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There is a lot of beauty and artistic inspiration from the black cat. However, as I already mentioned this is also the season of misunderstanding and mistreatment of these little sprites. Please take care and be aware.

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Purr,

Petula

He has one, She has one, We all have one

A while ago I made jewelry too like so many of you out there. It was FUN! I remember I had made a pair of beaded hoop earrings with a carved skull charm and I really liked and was proud of them.

I was a vendor at an event (oh, yes I have lived all sides of the craft/art life) and a gentleman walked into my tent. He touched everything and in the end all he said to me was, “Skulls? Really?” I just smiled and thanked him for stopping by and thought, “Really? Well, of course!”

I have always liked skulls. For goodness sake we all have one, don’t we?

Tis the season of the Cranial Foundation and I am celebrating it today – head to toe and more!

“The skull is nature’s sculpture.” David Bailey

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Handmade by Mudpuppy

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Handmade by HundredMillion

“I don’t care if my skull winds up on shelf as long as my name is on it.” Debbie Harry

Skull Earrings

Handmade by Untamed Menagerie

Handmade by Sirious Design

Celebrate, decorate and enjoy!

Petula

http://www.petulapoppy.com

Sunday DIY

Happy Sunday!

I am trying to do a 3000 piece puzzle but my kitten, Charlie enjoys it more than I do! I am fairly sure there will be pieces missing in the end. I found this fun way to use some random pieces for cute magnets.

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Enjoy!

Petula