Another giveaway! Another chance to pick your favorite! Another opportunity to add a little beauty to your life! Another talented friend I’ve made . Alex Creswell is a crafty, creative lady, and I think she should come to Chicago and eat cupcakes with me. Between finishing up a degree in photography, freelancing as an events photographer, blogging, selling vintage and her prints, Alex can now add gift-giving to her list of activities. She’s giving away one 8″x10″ photo print from her shop Pipe & Pepper Prints.
Do you dream in color? Well Ariadna Mateu, the designer behind this week’s giveaway, lives in a more colorful world than we can even imagine. To her, “Wednesdays are soooo orange.” And since she is terribly more interesting than I can ever hope to be (why can’t I be a beautiful artist in beautiful Barcelona?), I’ll jump right to the lengthy but delightful interview that Ari so kindly took the time to answer. Afterward, be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win this Summer Lapicitos Necklace from her shop Corazón de Galleta. It’s made of “cut wooden pencils, nylon recovered wire, colors, stories not yet written and lots of love.” How could you resist?
Are you sitting down? Because we’ve got another giveaway! Starting. Right. NOW! You could win this set of four (count ‘em, four!) mini prints (ACEO) from Shannon Rankin, titled Love, Heal, Seek and See. Just leave a comment on this post to enter, but please read these simple rules first:
You must leave your first name and last initial (at least — full names are encouraged, but not required).
You must leave a working email address (this will not be published). How else will I contact you if you win?
You have one week to enter. This giveaway ends on Sunday, February 14th at 11:59pm CST.
You can increase your chances of winning just by telling someone else to enter! You’ll get an additional entry (no more than 20) for every person you refer — just make sure they leave your name in their comment.
Some details about these prints: Each one measures 2.5″ x 3.5″. They are signed and dated on the back, and are guaranteed to last up to 108 years. The originals are made from cut vintage map and embroidered with thread. Perfect for National Embroidery Month!
Some details about the artist: Shannon Rankin is partners in crime with Jusin Richel (from our last giveaway). She’s so sweet, she’ll give you a toothache. You can see more of her beautiful map collages in her shop Selflesh, and you can become a fan on Facebook here (she has lots of giveaways there, too).
Don’t go off on your weekend adventures just yet! We’ve got a special Book Shop post coming up later… And this collage by Anthony Zinonos right here! I’m not sure why, but it makes me want ice cream. Good thing we have orange sherbet! Jealous?
Holy chenille, Batman! Did you know that February is National Embroidery Month? I didn’t either, but boy was I delighted when I heard the news. Now, I know I shouldn’t lump embroidery, sewing, crochet, knitting and weaving all into the same category — they’re distinct crafts, each with their own history and techniques — but… I want to. Because of the way they make me feel. When I sew or knit, or cuddle up in our old quilt, or run my fingers over the embroidered flowers on the pillowcases my grandmother made for us, I feel connected to a craft, an under-appreciated art form with a history that spans many centuries and many cultures. These crafts, however, are traditionally associated with one group of people — women. Through these skills, I feel pride and strength in the creative powers my sex.