Friday, September 10, 2010

Fabulous Friday Finds for September 10

Welcome to another episode of Fabulous Friday Finds! I had a whole batch of sites and goodies bookmarked to post about this week, things I collected during this past week, but I've changed my mind and decided to do a "themed" set of finds. Change is good, right?

I'll start off by saying that the reason for the theme is that I am so pleased with the way my newest peyote design turned out! Sometimes a design that looks great on paper (or on the computer screen) just doesn't look the same when it's beaded, but I was so happy with this one. I've actually been working on this design for awhile, since back when Queen Anne's Lace was in bloom, but it took some tweaking to keep it from looking to "regular." I had to fiddle with it to get the blooms to be random enough to suit me, and then I had to figure out how I wanted the design to be on the cuff so I wouldn't wind up with a 4" wide cuff (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Anyway, this week's Fabulous Friday Finds are all around one thing: Queen Anne's Lace. It's considered to be a weed, but it's such a pretty weed... :-)

As soon as I decided on this theme, I knew right where to go for the first Fabulous Friday Find that shows off Queen Anne's Lace.

The embroidered cuff you see here is the creation of an Etsy artist called Waterrose.

Rose has a particular affinity to Queen Anne's Lace, so when you visit her shop you'll see several variations. The French knots she uses in her embroidery versions of this flower are the perfect way to illustrate all the tiny blooms on the flower.

You can read more about Rose and her artistic journey on her blog or her website.

And if you like to embroider, be sure to read her latest blog post about her Queen Anne's Lace challenge!

I've only known of one name for this plant, so I was quite surprised when I came across this listing for a Cow Parsley Lamp!

This lovely lamp is the creation of an English artist named Hannah Nunn. It's a free standing table lamp made from paper which has been laser cut with the Queen Anne's Lace design and then laminated.

It has such a lovely glow. I can just see this sitting on a hall table or in a guest bathroom. (I'm going to have to remember to visit Hannah's shop again when we finally get our new house built and are ready to decorate.)

It's quickly becoming obvious to me that I could have an entire room dedicated to this flower! Just look at these lovely resin coasters that have pressed Queen Anne's Lace flowers in them. Even though they're coasters, I could see these mounted onto a dark cloth, framed, and hung as a piece of art.

These pretty coasters, as well as lots of other goodies, can be found in the Etsy shop called Zipper8Design. The shop is curated by a recent architectural school graduate, Allison, and she has way more goodies than just these resin coasters.

Be sure to check out her unique Drinking Straws Wall Sconce. What fun!

The fourth Fabulous Friday Find is by another English artist, whose Etsy shop I've had in my favorites since the very first time I spotted one of her creations.

The shop name is seaurchin, and Lisa Stevens is an amazing porcelain and ceramic artist.

I'd love to be able to watch her work, as she creates the most incredibly intricate designs in her jewelry and home decor pieces. As if that weren't enough of a reason to watch her work, she's a model maker for Aardman Animations - the creators of Wallace and Gromit! I loooooove Wallace and Gromit!!! Lisa's so lucky to be part of the creative genius behind that.

The little bowl you see here was one Lisa created for a Dish-a-Day project (one of those ventures which excites and frightens at the same time). You can see more of her creations in her flickr photostream. Definitely worth an ogle. :-)

Hillary Burkett, the curator of CameraSHYphotography, has captured a wonderful picture of a couple of Queen Anne's Lace blooms, mounted it onto a polymer clay base, and then covered the image with resin - wearable art!

Of course that picture would look just as great hanging on a wall... don't you think so? Hmmm. Maybe a themed room.

You can see more great photographic pendants, earrings, rings, and other goodies in her Etsy shop. Her style is simple and elegant and wonderful.

Having watched episodes of Beads, Baubles, and Jewels and That's Clever on TV, and having seen how tedious it is to work with a jeweler's saw to cut a design out of a piece of silver, I have a lot of admiration for the people who practice that art form.

Jane E. Roberti creates simple and modern designs featuring metal and wood. This pendant features two Queen Anne's Lace blooms that look as if they're floating away on a breeze.

You can find this pendant and more of her designs in her Etsy shop, janeeroberti; and check her flickr photostream to see some pictures of her studio (don't you love having a peek into someone's workspace?).

It's getting late here, and I've managed to find quite a few Queen Anne's Lace pieces to show you. Before you go, though, check out my newest peyote cuff design!

Happy Friday! :-)


3 Peeps Designs said...

After being in Fayetteville, AR for the summer I have a new appreciation for Queens Anne Lace... it grows so tall here... taller than my 6'1" husband! And the blooms are huge. I'm more used to the small ones of Michigan and remember quite fondly of cutting some and putting them in a glass of water with food coloring... such fun days of childhood. Another great collection!

Anonymous said...

Very lovely finds! I do love Queens Anne Lace. Gorgeous, and I too agree, it should be considered more of a flower than a weed.

Dee Wilder said...

Beautiful selections, MaryLou.

Heather said...

There must be sixty ways to use Queen Anne's Lace and you are well on your way to finding them all. I think a room full of these creations would be wonderful-Could you open it up to guests? A Bed N Breakfast perhaps? LOL Love that flower and everything you made using the image!

maryharding said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving the great comment. I am working on making more of The Maple Leaf Wing Pendants. Will let you know when they are ready. I am so glad you are a fan of Queen Anne's Lace. One of my very first pendants was of QAL. Your picks are great and very original.