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Meredith Dittmar

Posted in art, craft, sculpture with tags , , on April 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Meredith Dittmar creates amazing 3-dimensional sculptures, showing oddly mechanized creatures and interwoven nature themes.

A couple of them, like this one below, remind me of ancient alchemical art.

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From the artist bio:
Dittmar’s human-animal-plant-energy amalgams contain threads of common elements and colors to express deep levels of union across themes of biology, technology, and consciousness . Her characters are frequently involved in quiet expressive moments, or lounge facing their audience so they can share their inner space. Dittmar believes it is this space we recognize in ourselves, and through convening in that space, the interconnectedness of all things is revealed.


Born near Boston Mass, she grew up in a world of pet pigs, horses, hay-forts and spy games . Follow this with an education in computer science, a career in interactive design, a compulsive need to create, and a drive to Seek and you get the major elements of her person and work.


I wish these pieces contained a listing of size and materials used. I want to get a sense of what they would look like in person.


Meredith Dittmar

Potionsmith: Sugar Skull Bunnies

Posted in craft, easter with tags , on April 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Happy Easter, to those who celebrate! Here we have the kind of coloring project I would’ve LOVED as a child: Sugar Skull Bunnies!


Oh, who am I kidding with this “as a child” business? I want to sit in a sea of crayons with young nieces or nephews and color these NOW!




See a few more here.

Microscope Lamp

Posted in craft, home, inspiration with tags , , on April 6, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Check out this re-purposed microscope lamp from Northern Electric on Etsy.


I would love to make something like this if I could ever find a great deal on a busted vintage microscope at a flea market! Anyone getting rid of one? :-)



Posted in craft, food, sculpture, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , on March 14, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Nekranea’s creations would satisfy any (plush & polymer) sweet tooth.


This is some expert needle felting (a technique I’ve been meaning to learn). She brings adorable little morsels to life!




Eric Standley

Posted in craft, paper, sculpture with tags , , on March 11, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Eric Standley’s paper cut sculptures are breathtaking.


From afar, these pieces look almost like stained glass windows. But upon closer inspection that are layered with intricate patterns of color and form, delicate and gorgeously intertwined.


There is a grace to this work…a flow that makes design seem almost alive.



Eric Standley

Goldfield Arts INC.

Posted in craft, paper, valentine's day, vintage with tags , , , on February 12, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Goldfield Arts makes beautiful eco-friendly cards, many of which have a lovely vintage design.


What a great alternative to standard Valentines.


Goldfield Arts

The Faerie Market: Moth Clip

Posted in body decoration, craft, creatures, jewelry, nature with tags , , , , on February 8, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Sometimes “there’s a bug in your hair!” isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

While pricey, I admire the craftsmanship on this Emperor Gum Moth Hair Clip.


I have a bizarre habit of considering accessories according to what unusual museum exhibit I’d hypothetically be likely to wear them to…plenty of entomological displays came to mind for this one.

Would you wear pretty bugs, birds and beasts in your hair?

See other nature inspired creations here.

Conjuruer’s Kitchen

Posted in anatomy, craft, food, macabre, sculpture with tags , , , , on January 28, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Conjuruer’s Kitchen makes the most majestic macabre morsels I’ve seen.

Yes, this is a cake. They all are.



I find it very interesting…the crossing of gag-worthy subject matter with delicious confections. To eat or not to eat…


The Osteologist’s dream cake:

I was gifted a Conjurer’s Kitchen hand-sculpted white chocolate raven skull by the lovely and talented Tonya Hurley…it’s too beautiful to eat. I keep it on display.

Conjuruer’s Kitchen

Forgotten Hearts

Posted in craft, dolls with tags , on January 24, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Forgotten Hearts: One of a Kind Fine Art Ball Jointed Dolls by AiiS Roman & Gamalier Bravo.



From the artist statement:

I thought faeries lived only in books until they appeared upon my life as vibrant luminous beings. This particular ones are those I call “Borrowers” Mischievous winged spirited water fairies. They love to raid houses when people are not around. They borrow shiny objects and don’t mean to be bad. Borrower fairies have bad memory and forget to give their findings back.


Last night I heard a noise that came from my mom’s antique trinket box.I finally saw them! I catch them playing with my dad’s old watch. I took a picture and they didn’t even noticed.

Forgotten Hearts

Hobo Nickels

Posted in art, craft, retro, sculpture, vintage on January 15, 2014 by bettiemuldoon

Hobo Nickels have seen a renewed interest in recent years. In the Great Depression, many hobos worked over nickels, creating folk art. The history goes back earlier, and you can read more here. Today SWS shares the talent of Mr. The Hobo Nickels. What is especially appealing to collectors on a shoestring budget is his affordable plastic replicas, like the three at the bottom.










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