Monday, June 28, 2010

And now for something completely different... Strange Studios

Oh heyyyy, I wasn't expecting people to actually find and follow this, especially since these are pretty much the ramblings of a shopaholic, so yay! And thanks :)

One of these days, I'm going to do a post all about robots, which will include some steampunkish stuff, because I love both and recently found some cool things while searching "robot watches" on Etsy. But that's really a note to myself, since chances are, I'm going to forget in about two hours.

I usually don't search out figurines, but
author Neil Gaiman tweeted about poppets based on his novel The Graveyard Book. (If you're a fan of his, and you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it. Written with a young audience in mind, but still amazingly Gaiman!) That tweet led me to Strange Studios, aka artist Lisa Snellings. Of course, being American, I had no idea what poppets were ("...puppets...?"), but I quickly figured out that they're little figurines! Really cute ones too.

What I LOVE about them is that even though the faces may not be detailed (two dots for eyes, maybe some blush if they're lucky), their clothing and surroundings are. Two of my favorite "collections" of hers are the Alice in Wonderland set, and of course, the Graveyard Book set. The Red Queen's scepter is made of beads! The artist even took scenes from The Graveyard Book, like Bod reading, and the Danse Macabre (favorite favorite!). She has a LOT more in her shop, but Alice is another fave, solely because of her hair.

You can really admire the artistry because each poppet is hand-cast or hand-sculpted, then finished and painted, all by Snellings. So if they're not on sale, they can be pricey, but they sure look like they're worth it!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Shoes You Need: Kezbirdie

Okay! Now that NHL post-season is officially over, including the 2010 Entry Draft, and Team USA is out of the running for the World Cup, I can try and post regularly again. No distractions this time!

I have a confession to m
ake. I'm a shoe whore. Which is funny, because when I was younger, I distinctly remember seeing how many shoes my mom had, and saying "I'm never going to be like that, all you need is a pair of heels, a pair of sneakers, and a pair of sandals." Such guy mentality. And now, I have so many shoes I have to hide some under my bed at home so my mom doesn't find them. Awesome. (There is a point to this, I promise.)

The most DIY wearable shoes I can probably think of would be the inception of TOMS. I mean, the dude made them himself in the beginning. When it comes to Etsy, I can't bear the thought of crocheted/knitted slippers (my feet are way ticklish), so I look to vintage shoes, or re-designed ones. I am a sucker for hand painting. Which is where kezbirdie comes in.

Her painting still has that homemade feel to it, but it's pretty damn clean. The designs are cute, stuff you probably can't find in stores, and you can tell she puts a lot of thought and work into it. From canvas flats to point-toed heels, from nautical motifs to heart lock and key, and even dragons (if I remember correctly, should be in her sold items), and anything you can come up with (customs!), seems like she can do it all. The designs even come sealed so you don't have to worry if it randomly starts raining while you're wearing them! The only part I'm sad about is the fact that she never has US 6 in her shop.

My faves are definitely the silver notebook doodle heels and the nautical flats (those blue "waves" are to die for, omg). Kez is ALSO a seamstress, talk about multi-talented. In her shop one can also find reconstructed shirts and upcycled vintage, as well as finger-knitted scarves. I'm definitely a huge, huge fan of her painting though. I've tried my hand at painting some Chucks and let's just say it could have gone way better.