Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Lucky Dip - tea-bug

Where to go? tea-bug

What to buy? Mystery Bag

What does it cost? £3 plus shipping

What's it all about?
Contains £5.50 worth of goods! Including:
1 x A5 Print, 3 x Postcard Prints, 1 x 25mm Button Badge + matching print set
*** Please note these current mystery bags do not contain bookmarks ***
The contents are a surprise - so please don't request specific items! (That would be missing the point!) However if you have purchased from me previously please let me know in the notes to seller & I'll make sure that your previous purchases aren't duplicated : )

This time I decided to go off the beaten path with these manga flavored grab bags. Filled with various art prints, some of which are even suitable for use as regular postcards, rounded off with cute lil' pins, this has been a bit of an adventurous buying decision for me which I certainly don't regret. I love how different kinds of drawing styles, including some fun cartoons, are represented here, so you get a great idea about the available range of prints. And even more so I am totally taken by the attention to detail as well as the tongue-in-cheek humor. Plus, such a bargain price!
Verdict? A fabulous print selection for friends of art!

Personal Favorite? Evening Breeze Print (Grab Bag I: on the left)

Do you like art that's inspired by anime and manga? Are cartoons something you'd rather just read or maybe also frame and put on the wall?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Austrian Etsy - Claudia Bahn

Claudia Bahn designs and crafts decidedly unique trophies aka wall sculptures composed with vivid colors and plenty of imagination, as well as her collection of "Elsie" dolls which ranges from downright cute to positively extravagant.

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Copyright of all photos belongs to Claudia Bahn

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Adventures in Postcrossing #7

The goal of Postcrossing is to connect the world via real mail, by allowing you to exchange postcards with other random members around the world.

After skipping the presentation of my Postcrossing haul last month I will cut right to the chase with some card-shaped eye candy!

Where did all those pretties come from? Austria, Belarus, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine, the USA. So many different countries and a whole lot of really amazing postcards to boot.

Apart from my obvious fondness of all those tea time and teddy bear cards which will make me squeal with delight every time, the one from Taiwan is the one that stands out the most this time. It's a sort of see-through card which you can't quite see on the photo (it's the one to the right of the "Smile" card on the first photo in this blog post - it shows a train and scenery), but trust me when I say, this is among the coolest I now have in my collection.

And you should have seen my surprise when, for the very first time, I found a postcard from my own country in my mailbox. You have the option to activate sending/receiving to/from your own country if you wish to do so (not everyone does that, but I thought it'd be fun) and with Austria not having as many participants as eg Germany or Russia it has taken this long to finally happen. Now I wonder when I will be the one sending out a card to a "neighbor", because I dare say it can't be long now. *fingers crossed*

Also super exciting, in my humble opinion, is the fact that among the cards I've sent, one is heading to South Africa which is a pretty rare destination you don't get to write to often. It'd be even neater if I received a card from there myself one of these days. One can only hope.

What's the most unusual card you ever received? Let me know!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happy "Butterfly" Mail Giveaway (Open WW)

Inspired by the lovely Suze from Lavender likes, loves, finds and dreams I shall spoil one of you with some HAPPY MAIL every once in a while!

As the surprise factor is already half the fun, you won't know exactly what you'll receive, but I will give you a hint - if you love butterflies and the color blue then you're in for a real treat!

This time the prize will consist of a beautiful set including a butterfly necklace and brooch (purchased by yours truly on Etsy) plus a few lil' extras will find their way into the envelope too!

Find out who's won on the Winner's Page!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Austrian Etsy - Little Print Store

Little Print Store takes you into the wonder-world of Kitty Pirate whose travel tales inspire his owner human to let cuteness abound with utterly adorable, peculiar animal illustrations and curious gifts for the bookishly minded.

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Copyright of all photos belongs to Little Print Store