Spring has finally arrived! It is still pretty cold here in Chicago, but the sun has finally started to shine which is a good start. I wanted to spice up my Etsy shop with a little more color. Lately everything has been shades of blue or teal, so I went a little crazy and bought hot pink twill fabric last week. So far I have started small with various sets of hand painted coasters. They are great hostess gifts or a little something for the bride to be.
If you would like to see a particular design painted just send me a message and I will gladly paint a custom image for you.
Peaksboutique-Pink Dragonfly Coasters
Peaksboutique-Pink Flip Flop Coasters
Peaksboutique-Pink Martini Coasters
A friend of mine asked me to make custom designed tea towels for her kitchen. My only instructions were, “any design you like. vintage inspired…. maybe tattoo inspired.”
I will admit I was a little nervous with this request. I have never had someone ask for custom work so I had a lot to figure out. Primarily following my design instincts and running with it with confidence and of course figuring out what the design should be. She told me that she wanted black tea towels and that I should use “artists discretion” for the other colors. I made a list of possible images to paint, mostly kitchen oriented such as an old malt machine, or milk bottles etc. Nothing really felt right and I was not sure how to make them look tattoo inspired. I love tattoos so I wanted to make sure I included it well in the image choice and execution.
Then I decided that I should focus on the tattoo design instead of kitchen design. What are typical American style vintage tattoos? Top of my list barn swallows, nautical stars, banners, hearts, anchors, and pinups. I opted for two barn swallows with a nautical star in the middle, and I hope that she likes them too! I also decided to add the design to my etsy shop, click on the image below to purchase.
If you would like custom designs done, please visit my etsy store or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Friday artists will be chosen to represent the craftiness of their city. This week the selected city is giving some love to Seattle! I have selected Seattle artists from Etsy to share. Feel free to comment if you would like your city or favorite artist to be chosen for a Friday spotlight.
Susan Najarian-Moment in Blue I
loveartwork-RIPPLE - Large Radiating Circles Doodle Platter
Tortoiseshell - Flandersfield-8x10 Black and White Fine Art Nature Photo - Closeup of Tortoise Shell
Flandersfield-Touch - 8x10 Fine Art Nature Photograph - Abstract Coneflower Closeup
Erica aka Peak
Every Friday artists will be chosen to represent the craftiness of their city. This week the selected city is giving some love to San Fran! I have selected San Fran artists from Etsy to share. Feel free to comment if you would like your city or favorite artist to be chosen for a Friday spotlight.
Yokomono-polopolo large tissue box cover
greenletterpress-Type Collage Coasters (Letterpress printed) -- Teal
Heather Palmer-Grow, serving set
HeatherPalmer-Nest, small aqua
Lately it has been quite chilly here in the Windy City. I find myself so cold at times that I can barely function when I get home from work. What better way is there to relax after a long cold day at work by creating my own little spa at home? Here are a few things that I cannot wait to get my hands on.
MookaSoap-Moisturizing Bath Bomb - Jasmine and Calendula
Dennis Anderson-Elements Shea butter Soap bar Gardenia (Vegan Friendly)
Mireio Spa Pillow -- Montana Sky -- Lavender and Buckwheat Hulls
SpaLuxuries - Spa Luminary Candle with Tea Lights
Finally the long awaited Peak Signature Series is available. So far I have only added the first set of signature placemats and napkins in navy blue. Other products and colors will be added over the next few weeks for your viewing pleasure. Let me know what you think.
Peak Signature Series-Navy Oxford Placemats and Napkins
Front Fabric is a lovely navy blue oxford (70% cotton 30% polyester). Back fabric is navy blue twill (100% cotton).
Navy blue oxford (70% cotton 30% polyester)
All fabric has been pre-washed, machine sewn with white thread. The oxford fabric is light and soft, while the twill gives the placemats a nice weight so they lay nice and flat.
Each placemat and napkin has a hand painted simple navy blue Peak signature design. Due to each piece being hand painted designs may vary slightly from one another.
Machine wash cold with like colors, placemats lay flat to dry, napkins may be dried on regular heat.