Discoveries: Quilling Artist Sena Runa

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Design & Designers

Artist Sena Runa from Istanbul makes quilled paper art so delicate and detailed there can be no doubt whatsoever they deserve to be called art. She combines sketching with paper quilling to create the finished pieces – all original designs.

I just love the combination of colors and shapes! Runa’s pieces are so fresh and bright. Some of her designs inside the letter shapes even remind me of illuminated medieval manuscripts in their intricacy. Below are just three of my favorites – there are so many more!


Sena Runa Snoopy Dream Big

Sena Runa: Dream Big.


Sena Runa N

Sena Runa: N.

The Dragon:

Sena Runa The Dragon

Sena Runa: The Dragon.

See her Instagram and Facebook accounts or Etsy shop for more!

Found via Colossal.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Jane Austen Crochet Plushie

Arts & Crafts, Books & Mags

Oh, my! DeviantArt user TheCraft-Melody crocheted a Jane Austen plushie, complete with a book and a quill!


TheCraft-Melody on DeviantArt.

I love how all the details fit – the hair, the Empire gown, the shawl, the shoes. I find that the hair, especially, evokes a real hair bun. Kudos, Melody! (Apparently also for sale on Etsy.)

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Free Floral Desktop/Mobile Wallpaper

Bits in Spaaace!, Colors, Design & Designers

For two weeks, it looked like snow was receding and spring was on the way here in Massachusetts, then we got more snow yesterday. (As if we haven’t had enough already!) I’m so parched for warm weather, sun and springtime! If only you could bottle spring, I’d make myself a reserve each year to tide me over the winter.

To cheer myself up, I found this beautiful floral laptop wallpaper by Christina Williams:

Floral Laptop Wallpaper

Feels better already – I love the perky colors and the watercolor effect. I cannot wait for real flowers to emerge, though.

P.S. Should you want one, Christina made several sizes from desktop computers to iDevices. Thanks so much for sharing, Christina!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Discoveries: 8-bit Art by Adam Lister

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers, Geek out!, Movies & TV

Artist Adam Lister creates geometric, pixelated versions of popular characters and paintings, geeky or mainstream. His approach has been described variously as urban, vintage and cubist. Whatever your preferred descriptor might be, Lister’s watercolors surely epitomize an inventive and inquisitive mind. Just some of his work that I like most include an 8-bit version of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night…


Adam Lister.

… The Iron Man…


Adam Lister.

… and The Godfather


Adam Lister.

Simply brilliant! More at Adam Lister Gallery page.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Social Justice Class Cross-Stitch Wall Art

Arts & Crafts, Colors, DIY, Fabrics & Materials, Geek out!, Inspiration

Inspired by the social justice class buttons by Sara Nixon, I busted out my cross-stitching supplies, refreshed my skills and made my own version. You know what they say – if you don’t see what you want, make it yourself.

Social Justice Paladin Unframed

These are meant as wall art. I wanted a social justice paladin; Husband requested a druid.

Social Justice Druid Framed

The social justice druid is already framed and in its new home [not this window sill] but I haven’t framed mine yet. The word “druid” is actually in hunter green, but the dark grey of “social justice” almost drowns the green out. I may have to choose another color floss and/or background if I should end up making more.

Discoveries: Social Justice Class Pins

Colors, Geek out!, Inspiration, Thumbs Up

Artist Sara “Chip” Nixon (or Chiparoo) made a set of humorous buttons that combine role-playing games and discussions on social values in the SF/F and gamer communities. With pixelated art, they offer a counterpoint to attempts at using “social justice warrior” as an insult. This is what Sara says:

“They’re supposed to be a playful poke at the idea of a Social Justice Warrior. Because why be a Social Justice Warrior, when you can be a Social Justice Rogue? Or a Social Justice WIZARD?!”

Chiparoo Social Justice Buttons

Sara “Chip” Nixon (aka Chiparoo) on Tumblr.

Hilarious! And generous – Sara says she will donate the proceeds to charity. She and her pins will be at GeekGirlCon in Seattle this coming weekend, October 11-12th. Oh, if only I weren’t half a continent away!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Making Progress: Breast Cancer Awareness Themed Items for 2014

Ahem Ahem!, Colors, Leveling Up

So far I haven’t created any products for specific campaigns or themes (apart from my usual business charitable giving). This year, I wanted to do a test batch and chose October and breast cancer awareness.

There are some gorgeous pinks and reds in my fabric stash. I selected a few to make a small quantity of lavender sachets and mini storage cubes. Some sachets are plain, some have a heart applique in the front and some were inspired by the Tardis; all are limited run and sold singly. A part of the sachets are in darker colors – burgundy red and purple – as a nod towards male breast cancer. I also sewed two unique sets of two mini cubes; the rest of the cubes are limited run and sold singly. Here is a group photo:

2014 PGH Breast Cancer Awareness

They are now available in my Etsy store; more photos can be seen on Flickr. Five percent of the proceeds go to Susan G. Komen. It will be interesting to see how a themed set like this performs compared to my usual selection. At the very least it has been educational to think in terms of a specific collection or purpose.

Online Finds: Printable Marbled Paper

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, Colors

Kate at Mini-eco posted her printable marbled paper in four colors: pink, purple, green and turquoise.

Kate Mini-eco marbled-paper-2

Kate at Mini-eco.

Gorgeous. Can you imagine this as gift wrap for a small present? Thank you, Kate, for sharing!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.