Nov 27, 2014

gift ideas from the artsy ants shop: original art

we've been featuring some products from our etsy shop (see our post about illustrations and art prints  and wire art). apart from custom portraits and wire art bikes, of which the tandem version is especially popular, we have a selection of products that are suitable as gifts or home decor. we hope you feel inspired to browse our shop!

simona is practically booked out for custom work to be finished in time for the holidays. if you are looking for a unique gift, here are a few of my personal favourites of original art offered in our shop:


girl with butterflies. here is what simona herself says about the painting:

"A beautiful, carefree childhood moment in front of a grungy, distressed backdrop. Through the eyes of the child any moment can have its beauty.
Chalk evokes childhood memories, from drawing on the sidewalk to writing and drawing on the blackboard at school."



https://www.etsy.com/listing/125531669/textured-painting-retro-style-dutch

dutch winter landscape with swans. a winter day, frosty landscape with a cold gloomy skywhite swans flying over a canal, and gathering on a field, a scene inspired by a friend's photograph of her new home in the netherlands.


https://www.etsy.com/listing/77788749/steaming-hot-coffee-in-a-cup-original

the perfect painting for all of those savoring our cup of coffee each morning, or in fact at any time of the day. this delicious 'cup of jo' could be yours, every day! hang this steaming cafe latte, cappuccino, coffee, java, tea, or espresso picture in your kitchen, sitting area, or anywhere you'd like to see a hot, aromatic beverage make your day. looking at it can make you feel warm even in the coldest days of winter.

Nov 26, 2014

a finished emma tunic for the junebug



i finished the emma tunic for my little miss last week. she's 2 1/2, and not very cooperative at the moment when it comes to taking photos. she knows exactly what she wants and doesn't want and is also very quick to let us know! but i guess you get the idea of what this tunic is about. i used the biggest version given in the pattern. the arm holes are generous and it now fits as a tunic, so i am sure she will be wearing it for at least 2 years, because she can wear it as a vest just as she is still doing with her first one . details can be found on my ravelry project page.

my sweet little junebug, still so very much a baby, but so determined and independant, too. she's a delight to have around, singing, dancing, drawing, choosing hairpins in the morning, taking care of her babies and building forts with her big brother. she's very much into pretend play at the moment, and will assign roles to all the different family members.


i bought a lovely skein of rowan baby merino silk dk, and will share what i'm making with it next week! i'm still reading Mr. Penumbra's 24h Bookstore and enjoying it!

happy knitting and reading! i'm joining ginny again this week. what's on your needles?

Nov 17, 2014

sailboats for the playmobil families - egg carton kids craft


i saw these simple egg carton sailboats on pinterest the other day, so we gave it a try! we used actual fabric for the sails, which made them a bit harder to fasten. but painting the egg carton was so much fun and after that we collected our playmobil families to enter the sailboats. we love to make something for our playmobil people! it always ends in endless hours of fun and imaginative play !




Nov 11, 2014

gift ideas from the artsy ants shop: wire art


we've been featuring some products from our etsy shop (see our post about illustrations and art prints from last week). apart from custom portraits and wire art bikes, of which the tandem version is especially popular, we have a selection of products that are suitable as gifts or home decor. we hope you feel inspired to browse our shop!


https://www.etsy.com/shop/artsyants?section_id=10994625&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5


simona has been making wire art for many years now. i especially like her pendants, they are unique and versatile, as there seems to be a fitting wire art pendant for every mood and season.

these leaf pendants are perfect for any nature lover or naturalist. i also know of some customers who hung up the wire leaves against a window, the colourful glass beads make them miniature suncatchers!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/109368387/set-of-2-leaf-pendants-two-wire-leaves?ref=shop_home_active_8

looking for a gift for a writer, teacher or sketcher? how about these delicate wire art pencil pendants?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/91086579/pencil-pendant-necklace-hand-made-with?ref=related-4

as a gentle reminder for the day or a sentiment that reflects the season we're in, these beaded wire letters could be used in so many ways. they make beautiful wall hangings, or could be used as a gift wrapping ornament or a window hanger, too. looking for a symbol, word or sentiment that is not in the shop? just drop us a line and we'll work something out!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/65647604/love-beaded-wire-lettering-playful-and?ref=related-2
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