Category Archives: Cute stuff!

Friendly Faces

The following little 4inch x 4inch cuties have been taking up some of my time in the past couple of weeks as I’m making them to show and sell alongside my new creatures at The Front Room.  People who’ve read previous posts may notice the similarity between these and the Peeper Trio I gifted to my boyfriend last year. I love making these little paintings,  and I find them so adorable that I can’t help but squee at them when I add the final touches to each.

I’m trying to think of different animals I can reconfigure to my quirky style of drawing and painting, and will also be doing these in different colour combinations and sizes for a few other upcoming projects, including the DNA Market which will be on the 3rd of July – more details on that to come!

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Creatures

Since the final year of my Bachelor’s degree (in Visual Arts) I’ve been incorporating cute (and sometimes slightly odd) creatures into my landscape paintings.  Recently I was offered the opportunity to have some creatures on display and for sale at The Front Room – away from their landscape habitats!

While I’ve made small creatures before as gifts for people, it has been a challenge getting them to a standard I’m happy with for public display and sale.  I’ve spent the best part of the last two weeks learning new stitches, drawing up little sketches, and bringing some wee fellows to life.  This week I took them out for a little photo shoot, as I’ll be delivering them to the gallery next week and felt they needed some fresh air (and photo opportunities) before I part with them!

Cute! I will be endeavouring  to create more of these fun little fellows as I have another project coming up in July at which I’d like to have a whole bunch to sell! In the meantime, hopefully people are interested in them at the gallery.  If anyone reading this would like one, I can do custom colours/faces/bodies perhaps!

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Adopt An Artwork

I’m not going to bother addressing my slackness, I’m just going to segue straight into this:

If you love cats as much as I do, this is the exhibition for you! If you live in Auckland, please try to come along! Adopt an Artwork is an art exhibition and silent auction to raise funds for local charity The Lonely Miaow.  It features the art of some of Auckland’s established and emergent artists, including myself!

If you want to get your hands on some lovely original artwork while also supporting a worthy cause, make your way to the Outerspace Gallery at The Depot Artspace in Devonport. It’s an easy walk from the ferry terminal, so I intend on making a lovely afternoon of the opening, but the exhibition is on til 29th April, so if you can’t make it on Saturday, there is still time after that!

If you can’t make it to the exhibition but still want to help out the lovely people at The Lonely Miaow with their selfless cause, check out their website here for info on how you can help.

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My First First Thursday

First Thursdays! Last Thursday, after a week of excessively manic studio time, I put up 7 paintings in St Kevin’s Arcade along with 7 other artists.  There were also a number of crafty types and a musical backdrop provided by George FM.  Multitudes of well-dressed and generally lovely people passed through the arcade between 6 and 9pm, taking in the art and the atmosphere.

It was great to take part in such a well-organised and awesome event, and having my work in such a public arena made for pretty amazing exposure. I loved gauging peoples reactions to my paintings from a distance, and also standing by and pretending to be a viewer myself.  Quite a few of my business cards disappeared from their little holder, and while I didn’t sell anything, I’m happy with what I presented and the overall response was rather heartening.  I met some awesome people and made some great new contacts and it seems that I’m not the only person that likes my work.  I can’t wait for the next opportunity!

Thanks to Amber for taking this photo!

If  you want to check out the official First Thursdays website, you can do so here.  Hopefully there should be photos up from the event this week!

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Slow and not so steady

Before my 3 day working weekend, I completed two paintings.  The first, I started some weeks ago – it features sewn creatures attached to the canvas.  The second: started and finished in the same week.

critters

happy tummy

My panda painting is also currently featured in an exhibition hosted by the Waitakere Trusts.  It stands out as being completely unique in the exhibition – but I’m still unsure of whether or not that’s a good thing.

The bunny painting has gone through another reincarnation and is now a continuing work in progress.  It currently looks like this:

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The inspiration isn’t exactly flowing at the moment. In a few weeks time I’ll be heading to Melbourne for a 2 week pre-Christmas jaunt with Leon. Hopefully I’ll come back with some fresh ideas.

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Hello Kitty Twice

Hello Kitty Electric Kettle

Hello Kitty Electric Kettle

Hello Kitty…Cat

MooseFace Killah.
I like to call him MooseFace Killah.

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Etsy Feature – Cute Jewellery #2

There’s always room for more accessories, so it’s time for more cute jewellery finds from Etsy!  I’m always on the hunt for original pieces, and I’ve found some more wonderful sellers on Etsy to share with you!

Gingerbread Jewelry

bunny loves chocolate cake necklaceBunny Loves Chocolate Cake Necklace by Gingerbread Jewelry

27 year old Natascha from New Hampshire makes delectably kawaii jewellery in a similar vein to some of the other sellers I’ve featured, yet her pieces are still completely unique and utterly adorable.  Her shop Gingerbread Jewelry has all sorts of cuteness such as pancakes, bunnies and even a burger and fries necklace, if that’s your type of thing. The shop is full of great one-of-a-kind items, separated into collections for easy browsing!

burger and fries necklace

deer necklace

pancake earringsTop to bottom:

Burger and Fries Necklace

Deer Necklace

Pancake Earrings

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The Pudding Store

Petit Rabbit Necklace by PuddingPetit Rabbit Necklace from The Pudding Store

As a change, I decided to include some jewellery that isn’t completely over-the-top in it’s cuteness.  The accessories by Sabine at The Pudding Store are still cute, but in a slightly more reserved way than that of my usual choices.  Of course that doesn’t mean they aren’t all completely lovely, because they are. Very lovely indeed. Plus, in case it isn’t obvious by now, I love bunnies.

Jolie Fille Gold Plated Frame Necklace by Pudding

My Little Fawn Earrings by PuddingPetit Rabbit Bracelet by PuddingTop to bottom:

Jolie Fille Gold-Plated Frame Necklace

My Little Fawn Earrings

Petit Rabbit Bracelet

Sabine also has another shop on Etsy  called  The Pudding Store Vintage which specialises in vintage clothes, shoes and accessories.

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Baby Loves Pink

My Little Secret - Animal Capsule NecklaceMy Little Secret – Animal Capsule Necklace from Baby Loves Pink

The Baby Loves Pink store on Etsy is pretty much summed up in the 3 words listed on the shop’s main page: fun, cute and colourful! The shop showcases dozens of super-cute goodies featuring food, animals and pretty much everything else that I love, and it’s not just limited to jewellery! Keep an eye out for the amazingly cute panda scarf!

Drink Milk Necklace

Kitschy Camera Necklace

Tempura Sushi NecklaceTop to bottom:

Drink Milk Necklace

Kitschy Camera Necklace

Tempura Sushi Necklace

Keep updated with new additions to the Baby Loves Pink Store at the Baby Loves Pink Blog!

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The shops selected for this feature are so full of wonderful items, so it was hard to choose just a few from each to show you! Make sure to visit the stores to see all the cuteness and don’t forget to support handmade!

All photos taken from the Etsy shops of Gingerbread Jewelry, The Pudding Store and Baby Loves Pink

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