Tuesday, June 28, 2011

IMTeam Treasury Challenge: Lost in the Forest

So my three favorite Treasuries for last week's challenge go to these lovelies:

Temperature Rising

I must admit that I had a hard time deciding.
I couldn't just pick one so I chose 5 out of the 27 entries,
thanks for all the fevers !!
Also want to mention that AnnaBelleArts' entry -
Whale..... isn't that just beachy
made FP. Congrats Lisa and all featured.

The five entries that spoke to me the most are, In no particular order,

Sunday, June 26, 2011

looking forward to july!

feeling festive and summery and looking forward to july --anticipating time spent at the beach with inspired finds by imteam members and one special guest member. enjoy!
clockwise from top left: twentyseven27soap, illuminatedperfume, thejoyofcolor, ittybittybag

Friday, June 24, 2011

A complement

Citrus is making it's summer splash as the trending color group. From tangerines to limes they do best with a complement to set them off. Berry tones go great with the citrus colors. Purple, lavender and fuchsia are just a few colors you can throw in to your summer decor. Add an accent pillow or art piece to your citrus summer home like these beautiful pieces by linneaheide, giardino and mistflowerphoto.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

the Real Studio Managers - 3. Jack, Neeno and Barley

This is part 3 of a series showing the REAL managers behind the artists of the In the Making team on etsy

Please meet IMteam member Pam from Wicked Darling and Silent Heart Vintage with her 3 studio managers keeping her more than busy ..

.. well, er, Jack looks very well behaved here, sitting cosily .. he loves to watch Westerns and the animal planet channel (good taste in my books!)

... hmm, but see that paw, and the glint in those shiny eyes?

yup, thought so - Jack likes to explore and get Inside the Box ...

oh! and here we have him being egged on by his mentor Neeno

- just look at the stealth position Neeno is in, watching Jack's style as he squeezes into that, er, very small box

ofcourse, when Jack was just a tiny thing he got as much encouragement from Neeno as any tiny kitten could - climbing skills, grooming skills, and hugging skills!
looks like he has the hang of it pretty well!

plus Jack also excels in 'flying squirrel' technique, as he takes dives off the furniture!

Neeno has been a good teacher! and a good manager because when Pam is spending too much time on her computer then Neeno will be sprawled out on the floor, acting like a small bear, er, cat rug

and sprawled out on the couch doing the little fur rug impression again just so Pam can have a laugh and break - after all a good laugh is nearly as good as a gym workout! and makes getting thru a hard day of work so much easier

Barley is a little more relaxed than the other 2 boys.
He's a diabetic so gets his medicine injections twice a day and he thinks that is a far more productive way for Pam to be getting a break from work, than trying to avoid living fur rugs all over the place!

he chooses his toys carefully too, after all, play time should be enjoyed and the toy should be appreciated and he likes to inspect his toys too, making sure that they are just right for that play session,
and that they are, hmmm, ....

that they are all there!
and no-one else has been cat-burglaring them! Pam is more than welcome to help in the daily auditing!
.... 1 x pink mouse, 1 x green ball, 1 x hamster ....

Same time next month - meet more of the REAL managers doing REAL work!


Some knitting required... But this beautiful capelet surely is a piece you'd love to practise your slip-slip-knit for again!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Formidable Metal

Well, you know I love metal and this collection from ohriginals is full of formidable talent.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

ofcourse ...

apologies but at the moment the T widget is not working, so in the mean time this is the link to my Sat pick by DebraGlanz -

Friday, June 17, 2011

In-House Art Gallery

A house is not a home until you dress up the walls with beautiful art works. Here are some findings for you to dream about and meet some of the amazing artists members of the Imteam and guests.

Top row from left to right: a) linneaheide, b) CynArt, c) jtj1227
Bottom row from left to right: a) LouisestArt, b) sessie7, c) SarahGiannobile

Friday, June 10, 2011

Modern Industrial Home

It seems like modern industrial style is everywhere lately but you don’t need a total home renovation to enjoy the design. Modern Industrial is a style that can be incorporated into many others harmoniously. These items can update a room and hold their own. Candle Holders by PaulaArt, Concrete Box by atstuart, Metal Flower by Industrial Bloom

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Urban Apocalypse

Sure, the guerilla-esque styling might not be for everyone, but every once in a while, it's great to see some utilitarian, yet somehow stylish garments popping up. Wouldn't he make a great airship captain?

visit urbandon @etsy  and @burdastyle

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Icarus Factor

June 1st, imteam challenge -
"Weather Report"
15 amazing submissions !

...and now, for a blast from the past...

I mean, the WAY past...back in the days when I was memorizing poetry...doesn't she look like Pink? I recall I could sing this song by heart, word for word, and played it over and over again on the record player.

Listen here (turn it up)...

Cats Meow!!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sky and Sea ..Welcome to Summer

some lovely finds inspired by the blue skies and seas of summer featuring im team members and a special etsy guest.
top row left to right: betsybensen, xvoto , littleblackrabbit, KoideStudio

Friday, June 3, 2011

Home Decor

Some beautiful accessories to dress up your home. Items from IMTEAM members and guests shops.
Top row from left to right - 1) Debos; 2) Maison Paulette; 3) Illuminated Perfume.
Bottom row from left to right - 4) Koide Studio; 5) Walldesigner006; 6) PaulaArt.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The General's Daughter

Once upon a time, there was this little girl who lived with her family in the centre of a big city on the northern edge of an island called Formosa. She was her father's little princess, she was happy, and couldn't ask for anything more than to be with her father and to grow up by his side. But then the little girl's father died suddenly, her mother remarried and her whole world changed. So the little girl packed her bags and moved half way across the world for a different life.

She studied and worked hard and eventually married a nice man. The nice man loved collecting chairs and plants so they bought a big old house by the lake in a city called Toronto so he can collect more furniture. A dog, a cat and a bunny also came to live with them.
Being a big house, everyone got their own room, so that, should the need arise, one can slam the door or yell out loud lyrics at will. That hardly happens but it's good to be prepared.
After working a long time, the nice man finally retired.
The little girl, not so little and now at a good age, are looking forward to spending lots and lots of quality time together.
Maybe even build a wee cabin/ studio in the backyard should they ever find the time.
For anyone that's interested in finding out more about the not so little girl, you can read all about her at www.peylu.com.
Being a kid at heart, she chose to work in "clay pictures", which she creates by sculpting a thin layer of clay onto canvas or board, she then gently layers it with different paint media to achieve the finish and patina which typifies her style and themes. The clay adds texture, crackle and a well worn look. Her themes reflect her attraction to primitive art and simple country furniture and more distinctly, her unique way of looking at every day things.
She feels the same way about her assemblage work which she does collaboratively with her "nice man" :" I allow myself to play and let the piece reveal itself to me, I choose from odd bits of memorabilia and found objects in my surrounds or create pieces out of clay to complement and visually focus the reclaimed wood surfaces. Creating an assemblage piece is like solving a puzzel. A finished piece almost never matches my original vision for it, but reveals itself as it unfolds. My hope is to create something that appears effortless but not commonplace."

Non-authors note: this month's Spotlight on Pey came to me as such a cleverly written piece that except for a few typos, needed no messing with. This is pure Pey... and wonderfully so! -Betsy