crystal liu



I wrote about Canadian, now Bay area based, artist Crystal Liu just over four years ago. We just recently reconnected through email, and boy am I happy that we did because I got a peek at these beauties {not even titled yet, nor on her site… lucky us!}. Beautifully drawn flowers, sitting on inky backgrounds, with what I like to imagine are magical gold seedpods falling from the sky. Sigh. I could look at them for hours.





a little weekend giveaway!

AND THE WINNER(S) ARE:

Yep, I said winners. I’ve decided to give away TWO $100 gift cards to be used on any item on GREAT.LY!!! One of them is from the generous folks at GREAT.LY, and one of them is from me… so many of you lovely people entered, I couldn’t have just one winner! Oh, and all of you should buy something today because GREAT.LY will be offering FREE SHIPPING, all over the world, from today until Aug 17th. True story.

So, the two winners… DANIELLE CAMPBELL and HEATHER BOWLING! Congratulations, ladies! I’ll be in touch with your special checkout code ♥

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A week ago I did post about Lisa Golightly as part of #makegood – a campaign that shone a bright light on several GREAT.LY makers. Well, we decided to turn it into a bit of a competition between tastemakers by putting everyone into teams, and seeing which group could make the most sales for our makers… my team won! Guess what the prize is?

Ok, fine. I’m going to give the card to one of you {to buy whatever you love on GREAT.LY} but let’s just say that I got to keep the card… I have been eyeing all three of these gorgeous things for ages! I rarely buy myself pretty things, so maybe I should just get all of them, yes? YES! {Leather tote by the always amazing/inspiring FashionABLE; Oh. That bar ring, by Handmade Lemonade. Love!; Chunky sparkly earrings, by Bird + Beau, that should clearly be mine}

Of course, it would be really hard not to spend the $100 on art…

I have written about all of this work before, yet I don’t own any of it. Well, obviously, that should be fixed! {Floral/graphic screenprints by Print Club Boston; Dreamy beachy print by Lisa Golightly}

And since I am continually looking for amazing things to put into our hundred year old new-to-us farmhouse, I had to add these beauties to my pretend shopping list too:

Hm. Bit of a woodsy theme going on there. Works for me! {A firewood bag made from recycled fire hoses by Oxgut. Amazing; A geo-wood planter by C.C. Boyce; A set of very foxy bookends by Dmitriy Olshevskiy; and just to keep the woodland creature theme going, ceramic animal dessert plates by Jill Burns.}

Ok, now for some real shopping! Leave a comment below, and I’ll draw one name on Monday August 11th at 9am PST… good luck and happy weekend!





hitomi hosono



Oh. Where to begin? The flowers? The detail? The golden bowls hidden inside of those amazing ceramic orbs? GAH!!! These are the stunning pieces of Japanese-born, London based artist Hitomi Hosono. Here is her description of this beautiful work:

“The subjects of my current porcelain work are shapes inspired by leaves and flowers. I study botanical forms in the garden. I find myself drawn to the intricacy of plants, examining the veins of a leaf, how its edges are shaped, the layering of a flower’s petals. I look, I touch, I draw.”

I love her black & white work {obviously} but she is currently creating a new, colorful series… pop over to designboom to have a look at those gorgeous pieces.





amelia coward



I suddenly feel the urge to cut up a bunch of old books… PERFECTLY. Sigh. Original bits of maps, landscapes, comic books, and vintage ladies cut into triangles, circles, diamonds, and hexagons. So simple, but oh, so striking… this is the lovely collage work of UK Artist Amelia Coward.

{via Saatchi}





livia marin

Sigh… melted china. Love, love, love.

Ok. I know this might not be the first time you’re seeing these (they’ve been all over the interweb), but come on, they’re just so beautiful I had no choice but to write about them too! This is the ceramic work of London-based Chilean artist Livia Marin. These gorgeous pieces are from her series titled Nomad Patterns, and I love them all. So much.





lucy sparrow




Oh my word. I wish so much that I lived in Bethnal Green, east London, so that I could pop into this newly transformed cornershop! Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING {even the cash register!} is made of felt! British artist Lucy Sparrow has taken a rundown storefront, and turned it into a completely stocked “felt” market {just under 4000 items!}… felt chips, felt beer, felt magazines, felt canned ravioli, felt candy, felt ketchup, felt popsicles… ok, I’m sure you get it, but it’s all just so awesome, I feel like I should make a little grocery list! Speaking of awesome, this quote by Lucy is just about perfect:

“I’m very obsessive and I want that to come across in the work and get people thinking ‘Who would be crazy enough to do this?’”

Yep. We’re all thinkin’ it! This crazy little shop is open for business until August 31… GO!!!!!! ps. if  you aren’t in London, you can also visit her online shop!

{Open every day from 10am – 7pm : 19 Wellington Row, London : via The MIRROR}





luis cornejo




The little girl in me that wanted to be Snow White and or Cinderella, is just as happy as the teenage me that spent countless hours reading fashion magazines… but you know what I love the most? That all of this is painted! At first pass, I thought these were fashion photographs that had been painted over with cartoonie bits, but nope, all of these images are oil and acrylic on linen. Yep, I absolutely love that El Salvador based artist Luis Cornejo basically defaced his own perfect paintings by adding Micky Mouse hands and Pokemon hats! So clever, and so well done.





rafael varona




Gasp! I’d love to swim in that rainy lake, or hang out in a tree with that bearded jungle man! Oh, if only I could be magically transported into one of these Impossible Bottles… that is the title of this fantastical series of animated gifs by Berlin based illustrator/animator Rafael Varona. Sigh. Living & breathing illustrations… gorgeous.

{via The Verge}





pablo s. herrero





Gorgeous. This is the work of Spanish artist Pablo S. Herrero. He’s quite well known for his large-scale murals on and in buildings, but I just love love love these ink on paper pieces. Mysterious and beautiful, simple and striking. In fact, I’m now inspired to spend a few days in the forest… ok, I was going anyway, but now I’m even more excited! I don’t usually take days off from posting, but it’s my little boy’s birthday and he only asked us for one thing… to wake up in the forest on his actual birthday. Done. I will be computerless for the next few days, and will be back with a new post on Thursday. See you then!





#makegood : lisa golightly

Celebrating artists? Oh, I can do that! GREAT.LY is knee deep in the middle of a campaign, called #makegood. You’ll see that hashtag around a lot in the next few weeks as a whole bunch of GREAT.LY tastemakers will be working together to shine the spotlight on their favorite makers. I’m on a little team of artsy tastemakers, and just to make it extra fun for ourselves, we’ve decided to do a “summer lovin” theme! So… One of my faves + Summer Lovin? Clearly I’m going to be writing about Portland based artist Lisa Golightly:

I have “hung” all of these pieces in my online gallery, and I literally cannot pick a favorite {can you?!}. Lisa is so lovely, as is her work and the inspiration behind it:



So, so gorgeous. Check out the posts written by my “summer lovin” team:  Artsy Forager // Bird + Beau // Mai Autumn … and #makegood by supporting independent artists & makers, like Lisa, whenever you can! Happy weekend xo