Thursday, June 4, 2009

Leaving you with Etsy

I am leaving for California in a few hours. I can't wait to get over there and see my family and friends, and meet up with the SoCal Bloggers! It's going to be great! So I won't be in Blogland for about 2 weeks, but when I get back I will tell you all about how the Blogger's Lunch went, and I also have a lovely jewelry giveaway lined up with a great Etsy seller!

Let me leave you with some great Etsy finds that I bought recently (PS. for the first time ever on this blog, these are not my images - I don't have time to take pics of them myself today with all the packing I have to do - sorry! I did the layouts, but didn't take the actual photos)

1. The Merc Shop.
Heather and Michelle have the most adorable shop set up. It's filled with old-school toys that seem like you would find them in a little mercantile on the show "Little House on the Prairie".

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I bought this darling little Design Your Own Starter Home Kit. Isn't it precious? It has the little peg family, a wagon for their groceries, eggs, milk, butter, a fence! It even comes with paint to give the house some personality! I love it! Heather and Michelle were tired of the mass-produced plastic junk that you see in toy stores these days, and decided that they wanted to sell toys that had character and old-world charm. It works for me! And like me, they love a good dessert - Heather opts for Grapefruit Sorbet, while Michelle prefers Brownies.

2. Cathy Nichols.
Cathy Nichols' work is beautiful. This Beach Day print was the first art that I had ever purchased. I had always thought that since I was an artist, I should only decorate my home with my own work (crazy, I know!), but Cathy broke me from that ridiculous idea.
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Look at the vivid color and the lovely pattern she incorporates into her work. The collage pieces she uses merge seamlessly into the painted parts - I love it. This reminds me of a beach back home in Australia. Cathy says that she is inspired by music. She actually imagines what she is going to paint while listening to her car radio! This is one of my favorite pieces of art ever! And I know - you want to know her favorite dessert - it's Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Icing. Now you just can't go wrong with that!!!

Okie dokies, my little friendlets - I am off to go finish packing. I will see you when I get back (and for those coming to the lunch, I will see you on the 14th!)

32 comments:

Kristin said...

Have a great trip! I'll miss you while you're gone and look forward to hearing all about your stay in Cali.

That artwork is beautiful... I've never heard of her so thanks for sharing.

And speaking of artwork -- I got the stitch print yesterday and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I can't wait to see it framed, and once I get it hung, I'll snap a picture to share with you. Thanks again so much... it's quite lovely.

xo, Kristin

Dash said...

I am torn.i am going to miss you and hyour blog so much while youre gone, but am still soo happy you get to see family friends, and have a good vacay. So have a good trip dionne, and while we wait patiently here:)

Lindsey said...

I am so excited to see you! And I'm with you on the only hang your own art thing. I'm not there yet, I've never bought other pieces...and the really strange thing is this: I paint what I love to paint. But what I paint is not exactly what I would love to see in my home. So I'm at a crossroads. What do I do?

Travel safely and we're here waiting with our lightning storms. Maybe the sun will come out in time for you to play

Olivia Rae said...

love the artwork! have a great trip!

Nicole said...

Have a safe trip!

paper girl said...

have a great trip! maybe we can run into each other at paper source or something :)

enjoy cali [though it has been super cold & cloudy lately, blah] & talk to you when you get back!

nicole addison said...

i hope you have a wonderful time!! catch some cali rays for us :)

Susan said...

Have a fabulous trip! If you get a chance, would you fulfill my nagging curiosity, what is the divine font you are using on your pictures?

Besos!

Eric said...

do i have to wait 9 days into your trip to see you?

Tamara Nicole said...

Fun! I heart etsy:-) Anywho great finds, and I hope you have a fabulous trip!!! Jealous I don't go on vaca for like 2 months

Tamara Nicole

simplesong said...

great shops -- thank you! have a lovely, lovely trip + looking forward to hearing about it! xo.

Kristin said...

I loooooooooove that print! Have a blast!

photojoy said...

I miss you! Have a splendid trip! I can't wait to hear about all the excitements you have. Bloggers meetup must be a great fun as well.

Cathy Nichols Art said...

Big hugs, Dionne. Thank you for the sweet post featuring my artwork. :) I hope you have a fabulous vacation!xox

Nicole Marie said...

have a great flight and trip! i so wish i could make the bloggers lunch but its my sisters graduation. but have a great trip. hope this june glom blows over to give you a wonderful gorgeous sunny visit!

Pamela said...

Have a fabulous time!!! xoxo

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

Just found your blog and I really enjoy it, wanted to say cheers!

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

we'll miss you! but have a fabulous time there!!! :)
xx

Labour of Love said...

au revoir, sweet Dionne! have a very safe trip and enjoy every minute...wish i could meet up with you...take lots of pics! what adorable shoppes...thanks for sharing...xoxo jo;)

simplesong said...

so fun. love it. have a great, great trip! xo.

cgw @ accidentally, kle said...

that little house is so adorable!

also, an award for you: http://accidentallykle.blogspot.com/2009/06/one-lovely-blog-award.html

xx

abigail said...

such great finds!
have a wonderful trip!

Underfunded Heiress said...

I love that Kathy Nichlos artwork.

Oh, I would love to join the bloggers lunch but I have my sister's birthday celebration on the 14th. If you ever have one again in so cal, please let me know!

Candi said...

See you in a few weeks. Lovely pieces! :)

jess gonacha said...

hope you're having fun in CA!! i *love* Cathy Nichols' work-- it's so beautiful. Hope you enjoying the beach!

PorkStar said...

Enjoy Cali

Rachel Follett said...

Love that surf art! Have a blast!

Jessica Marie said...

that little house is so cute :D

Miss B said...

Have a great trip Dionne, I so wish I could get to the lunch! I know it would be a BLAST!

xo,

Miss B

Sonya-Dime Store Thrift said...

Safe and Fabulous Travels!
And that little starter house kit is adorable!

Anna Ander said...

Sweet Dionne, please come back soon! It's getting very boring without you.

Love/A.

Simply Mel said...

Those old school toys are awesome! I'm going over to that etsy shop right now...thanks for the intro!