Tag Archives: art

Illustrating Life

10 Apr

Introducing … Pikaland

I  have added a few new blogs and websites to my blogroll recently, and just thought I would properly introduce you to one of them – Pikaland.

This blog is all about illustration and art, but it features so much more than just pen and pencil illustrations.  They find and champion examples of any and every type of illustration you can think of – and more.  Previously I have seen work large and small, from illustrators who use paper folding, watercolours, wood carving, computer programmes or textiles to create their work.

There will probably be styles that you love and styles that you don’t, but if you are ever struggling for visual inspiration, try a look here

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2 days to Christmas

23 Dec

If all this talk of Buying Handmade for Christmas has inspired you, there are lots of places on the web now where you can purchase direct from the maker all year round for birthdays, anniversarys, thank yous, or just to treat yourself.  If you have a creative hand, you can even set up your own shop!

Handmade Pledge Badge from buyhandmade.org

Handmade Pledge Badge from buyhandmade.org

  • You know about Folksy already (all UK makers, some selling worldwide, in £ GB pounds)
  • there is also Etsy (worldwide makers, some selling worldwide, in $ US dollars)
  • and Zibbet (in $ US dollars)
  • and Misi (mostly UK sellers, some selling worldwide, in £ GB pounds)
  • and MyEhive (mostly UK sellers, in £ GB pounds, $ US dollars, and Euros)
  • and of course you can buy direct from the maker face to face at local Craft Markets and Fairs
  • and more…

If you have any recommendations of where to find quality handmade, please let us know and leave a comment…


(Original Minnie is not responsible for the content of other websites).


Viva Illustration

16 Jul

WALL ART

Continuing with the Spanish theme, I just had to post these pics from the amazing hotel I stayed in Madrid.  This was the cafe/bar where you had breakfast, and I just love the illustrations on the wall, retro themed decor, and cake stands.  I would love to know who the wall drawing is by – do you know …?

Madrid hotel breakfast © Original Minnie

Madrid hotel breakfast – yum © Photo Original Minnie

Madrid hotel cafe © Original Minnie

Madrid hotel cafe © Photo Original Minnie

Madrid hotel cafe wall © Original Minnie

Madrid hotel cafe wall art © Photo Original Minnie