Monday, 28 September 2009

On Artifacts Of The 21st Century... ( and some by talented Etsians)

My boyfriend William is doing his Masters at the University of Brighton, and today, as part of their introductory session, they were given a questionnaire of sorts to fill in and bring back later in the week. So I had a look at the questions, and there it was, staring me in the face:

" What artifact or object of the 21st century has been the most influential, and why?"

I looked and looked at the pink piece of paper. And I tried to think of an artifact, any artifact of this century substantial enough to be called influential. And, for the life of me, I couldn't.
Everything that seemed to pop into my head was almost instantly rejected as not good enough, not quite that innovative, and most worrying of all, not an artifact.
And here is what I mean:

Artifact, as in anything made or used by mankind.

Raise your hand if you can think of one representative of the 21st century so far.
Now raise you hand if you can think of one that has NOTHING to do with technology.
Now if you can thing of such a thing, seriously, drop me a line.

1. Computer Key Jewelry by creativedexterity
2. Fembot Robot Sculpture by Robotworld

Now, the previous question on the aforementioned questionnaire was much better:

" What artifact or object of the 20th century has been the most influential, and why?"

One really has so many answers to choose from with this question, and yes, some have to do with technology, but most have to do with some of the most incredible works of art, sculpture, architecture, music...

3. Micro Circuits On My Desk paperweight by BigHelmetHead
4. Distant original drawing by danielmueller

Have we, in an effort to invent ways to make our life easier, forgot how to really invent? Have we forgot how to make art, how to write music, how to design a building, and learned instead to rely on machines and software to do those things for us? And is it such a coincidence that the majority of this century's works are remakes of older works, or (even worse) bad reproductions?

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Two New Prints

These two sold earlier today, so as per usual, their prints are now available in the shop!

The Spinster Print


Little Ball Of Yarn Print


Friday, 25 September 2009

♥ BOGO Free Print Weekend Sale ♥

Purchase any print you want and choose one more of the same size when checking out!!!
( just remember to let me know which one you would like to have in the 'note to seller' section at your checkout screen )
The offer stands for all prints!!!
Oh, and it is here, of course!

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

A New Giveaway (of new additions to the wee shop)

This morning I was sitting with a cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows, trying to pinpoint what I had forgotten to do this month...and, sure enough, after a few deliciously hot sips, it came to me!
It was high time for another giveaway, yes?

So, coincidentally, new postcard sets arrived from the printers just yesterday, and I was thinking, instead of just one winner, maybe this time we could have two?

The two winners will get to choose among two sparkling new postcard packs:

Protection Postcard Pack


The Gift Postcard Pack

The printers really did a wonderful job, and I am sure these will make the sweetest of surprises to fill one's mailbox!
They are lovely as postcards, thank-you notecards, and I am keeping several sets for myself to send out this Christmas!
The sets both consist of 5 postcards and matching envelopes, and they can be found here!

To enter the giveaway, you simply have to be (or become) a follower of this little blog, and comment on this post!
The closing date to enter will be the 20th of October.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Sunday, 20 September 2009

...My Perfect Ending On Any Given Sunday

Today was one of those wonderfully lazy days, during which you take long, relaxing walks, and do nothing much, really, but at the same time it all feels so extremely rewarding, especially after exhausting weeks of moving and settling into new surroundings...
The house is finally starting to come together. Only thing is, the walls are still quite empty,
and the landlord has rather strategically placed hooks in specific spots on each wall ( it almost screams 'hang no more than the prescribed artwork please'), and I can't say I am too pleased over that situation. Empty walls, or walls with just one frame, for that matter, kind of spook me. No idea why.
But it is his flat, and I guess we will have to comply in that area...
So I'll be shopping at Etsy for some rather big prints and/or paintings in order to fill these walls...
In the meantime, back to today, we had a long walk over at the Park (where I forgot to bring the nuts for the squirrels along - sigh, next time, little friends, I promise!) and then we came home and I cooked us a beautiful meal of pumpkin soup, onion quiche and braised sausages with sweet potato mash. And then came desert. It was the first time I was making it, so I was in no way prepared for all its perfection...So when I took the first bite, I knew instantly I simply had to share! It is super easy to make, and as for how lovely, I will let you come back to me on that...I am still swooning over it..:)

You will need (for 6 delicious portions):
600 g strawberries
6 Meringues
300 g Chantilly cream
6 tbspoons strawberry jam
6 tbspoons strawberry ice cream

-To make the Chantilly, whip 300 g heavy (whipping) cream with 150 g suger until it thickens.
-Slice the strawberries
-Break up the meringues roughly
-Take a clear glass (preferably a big one!)
-Place a layer of strawberries, a layer of strawberry jam, some Chantilly cream, meringue pieces, a scoop of ice-cream and repeat...

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Two New Paintings

These cuties have now been added to the little shop:

Head In The Clouds, acrylics on canvas, 10 x 12 in.


The Gift, acrylics on canvas, 7 x 10 in.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

A Fox Needs To Know Her Surroundings...

Especially when these consist largely of this park, less-than a-two-minute-walk-away from our new home!

...we got to meet some new friends...

(yes, these are seagulls strolling along in the park...)

lovely, isn't it all?

Monday, 14 September 2009

Hello From Brighton!!!

Yay! We are finally here, and Brighton is beautiful, and everything I expected it to be so far! This week has been exhausting, as we had to shop for furniture and basic new-home-stuff...but we are starting to settle in, and it is lovely!!! (Photos will come when the place is not filled with boxes, I promise!)

A new painting and a dollie have been added to the wee shop as of this afternoon:


and some of you might remember this gal from a few posts ago, when she was still lacking her coat of varnish...

She Leaves In Autumn, acrylics on canvas, 7 x 10 in.

I hope your Autumn is wonderful and full of crispy golden leaves so far!!!

Monday, 7 September 2009

A New Print, The Beginnings Of A New Collection and Goodbye Gifts From Friends...

The time has finally come...We are flying out to the UK tomorrow morning, and I can say that I am pretty exhausted from all the packing, taking care of last minute things, and the-saying-of- goodbyes... But it is exhaustion of the best kind, at least for me, and I like to think of it as part of new exciting beginnings and wonderful prospects.
We had a going-away small party this Saturday, and my friends brought me my favorite kind of gift:

The two in the back are graphic novels, but you will have to wait for us to be in our new home (where our scanner will be come Wednesday morning) for more detailed views!

my mom got me this for my birthday, which is on the 11th, but seeing as we are not going to be here...

I had seen this pendant by Svarovski about 3 years ago, but it was sold out when I was able to get one...Furthermore, it has been discontinued, so the fact that she went into such lengths to be able to get one for me brought tears to my eyes when I opened it...

Now on to the wee shop-

The original sold this morning, so its print is now available:

The Outcast Print

And I thought I 'd share a new painting:

Head In The Clouds, acrylics on canvas, 10 x 12 in.

It is the first in my new collection, which will be called Fleeting Beauties, and will be about all those little everyday wonders that sometimes elude us, that dance before our eyes daring us to look closer, and that flicker beautifully for mere seconds before they are gone forever...

And with that, I leave you for now!
When we meet again next, it will be from the beautiful UK!