Saturday, April 18, 2015

Ready for a Little Fantasy Pottery on this Saturday Morning?

Something a little new, different - and exciting! - today. I just discovered the work of Mitchell Grafton, and have been admiring it and now decided you should have the chance to applaud his work, too!

I know his style is a little out of my normal comfort zone box! Usually, I'm attracted to work that has been inspired by the past - or even assemblages and collages created with actual vintage pieces.

But, no question, Mr. Grafton's work is contemporary - even futuristic. Though, on several pieces, there appears to be some steampunk inspiration involved! I particularly like that his work is so refined, exacting and detailed - yet with a whimsey and sense of humor. All too often, I feel, amusing and or fantasy style art pieces are not given the care and sense of pride that more serious work strives towards exhibiting.

Mitchell Grafton is a full time ceramic artist making unique sculptural works of art in Panama City, Florida.

At age 19 he started working for Odell Pottery while getting an Architecture degree at Louisiana Tech. Bruce Odell was a three time winner of the Pottery Olympics in Wisconsin and taught Mitchell everything he knew about pottery and life for the next 7 years.

While at Odell Pottery, Mitchell became the head designer of lamp bases that were produced for Hart and Associates, an interior design manufacturing company.


After graduation Mitchell moved to Panama City, FL where he and a business partner started Round Tree Pottery. Mitchell designed, managed and handled the finances for Round Tree for the next 9 years. At its peak, Round Tree sold wholesale pottery to over 400 art galleries and gift shops around the country and owned a retail art gallery in Seaside, FL.

In 2009 Mitchell started his own art-pottery company, Grafton Pottery, in Panama City

...and now,  let's see more of his delightful pieces!

You can contact Mr. Grafton through his blog or his Facebook page. go make something beautiful! 

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(¸.•´♥ Tristan

Friday, April 17, 2015

Giveaway Contest

I'm letting you in on a great giveaway raffle/contest for over $400 in craft and art supplies.
Wondering exactly what's in the gift basket? You're gonna love it!

Dow Styrofoam
FloraCraft "Make it: Fun" Foam
Multi-Pack Balls (2 packages)

Bernat Mega Bulky Yarn in Olympia Blue
Bernat Mega Bulky Yarn in Gold

Stencil – Flower
Stencil – Butterfly

Prima Bead
Sworovski Crystal Embellishment Kit

Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection Paper Pack
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2-pack – Playful & Flower Circle Set
Sizzix Vintage Kitchen Collection Framelits Die – Labels, Kitchen Clover

Retractable Tape Measure
Clover Air Erasable Marker – Purple
Clover Wonder Clips – 10-pack
Kanzashi Flower Maker – Small 

I Love to Create
Aleene’s School Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Liquid Fusion Clear Urethane Adhesive
Aleene’s Original Turbo Tacky Glue
Tulip One-Step Mini Tie Dye Kit – Fiesta

MD Hobby & Craft
Chicken Wire
Ceramic Magnets
Metal Sheet Roll
Glazier Push Points
Hole Punch
Working Gloves 

Foamology Design Foam with Stickybase
Oly*Fun Sample Sheets
Fabric Liners Sample Sheets (includes Structure, Structure 2, Stiffen, Stiffen 2, Soften, Solarize, Stick, Stabilize, and Shield)

Plaid Enterprises
Folk Art Home Décor Chalk Paints – Java, Tuscan Red
Folk Art Home Décor Antique Wax
Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss Medium
Martha Stewart Crafts Erasable Liquid Chalk
Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paints – Magenta Rose, Sandcastle
Martha Stewart Crafts Adhesive Silkscreen Stencils (2 packages)
Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Chalkboard Paints – Arrowhead, Gray, Ink
Home Décor Stencils – Scroll Medallion

Little B
Adhesive Tapes
Decorative Tabs –Wedding, Faces
Black Corrugated Tape
Decorative Labels – Retro, Parcel Classic
Sticky note pads – Daisies, Owls
Punch – Honeycomb
Pull Flowers – Roses
Designer Cutting Dies – Party
Kraft/White Chipboard Pack
Stickers – Daisies, Owls, Butterflies, Duckies

Now really - that's a lot of stuff!

You can enter by clicking here

... now, go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Regal Roosts Fit for a Royal Bird

I discovered Regal Roosts, a company which manufactures finely handcrafted birdhouses, furnishings, and accessories. I've always loved birdhouses - but usually gravitate towards the ornate, fanciful styles of the Victorian period. However, these have caught my fancy - hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I did - I find them an absolute delight!

Kevin Hurst is an artisan whose hobby for building birdhouses has become Regal Roosts, a collection of finely handcrafted birdhouses, furnishings and accessories. His designs bring back the architectural design elements of a bye gone era. Each piece in the collection is designed and constructed with painstaking attention to detail using the finest materials available.

They follow in the fine tradition of Old World Craftsmen by meticulously hand finishing all of their pieces. This use of time-honored techniques helps them achieve unique textures and well worn appearances of aged and weathered antiques. Their range of distinctive finishes are hand applied in multiple layers to give each piece a deeply, layered finish that will endure for ages. These elements result in an exclusive collection whereas each handcrafted piece is unique in itself as no two pieces are exactly alike.

 ... and not only does Regal Roosts provide luxury aviary homes, but
they also do a marvelous job with feeding the birds, as well ...

See the top photo of proprietor, Mr. Hurst, to see him working on this 

rooftop to get a really good idea of the scale of these pieces.


Now, you go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Flower of a Frock

Grace Ciao is a 23-year old Fashion Illustrator from Singapore. Her style mainly involves conceptualizing creative fashion outfits by integrating real flower petals into her illustrations. Occasionally, her works tap into the use of markers and watercolours to construct her designs.

Grace has been engaged to perform live drawing and art-making at events and exhibitons. Her works have also been commissioned by the likes of Jaeger LeCoultre, Coach and Club Monaco among others.

Grace graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration.

They are biblically, insanely well put together using just flowers.
— Belmont Lay,

This lettuce Flamenco dress is my favorite!

...Now go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan