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Amazing Abstract Paintings

My inner jealous artist is in full swing when I see these paintings by Britt Bass… they are amazing!
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What I love most about Britt Bass is that her artwork is actually affordable! You can own your very own original for under $200.
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This piece, Tickets #2 is listed as $150 on her Etsy shop.

Not only does she sell prints, but you can dec out your Iphone with her creations as well. Or jump on over to Design Love Fest and ‘Dress Up Your Tech‘ with Bass designs.

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Read more about Britt Bass in her tumblr blog here.

Artist and Maker: Elly MacKay

You might have seen in my sidebar a little tweet oogling Elly’s beautiful artwork, but I must admit, I am a little bit of a cyberstalker and saw her work on Etsy last year and fell madly in love! (I also might have purchased a few prints for Christmas presents!!)

Between Tides    A Day to Celebrate

I make miniature worlds out of paper. I ink up a paper called Yupo paper, cut it into layers and set inside a miniature theater. I play with the lighting, and adjust the elements and then photograph the scenes. I often take 50 or more photos to get the one I am looking for.” 

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With an obvious careful hand, Elly combines illustration, cut paper and photography into such whimsical narrative pieces. I love how the photograph above really puts into perspective the detail Elly considers while transforming these still scenes into beautiful pieces of artwork.

Bells and Whistles

The Clouds Were Both Above and Below
Isn’t she just the best?  Here are a few tid bits from her interview with Etsy when she was a Featured Seller.

Where does your inspiration come from? I found my inspiration through playing with Victorian inventions. I love tunnel books, magic lanterns, stereoscopes, paper theaters, and zoetropes — they are so magical. My daughter inspires the stories my images tell. In some ways I feel I’ve entered a second childhood and I’m able to see the world through her eyes. She sees the world in such a fantastical way. The other day she made little parcels for the spider that has taken up residence in our bathroom.

When She Held Her Child

How would you describe your creative process? My creative process usually begins with an idea and title; the image. follows close behind. I have a big whiteboard in my studio and I play with themes — weather, creatures, botany, etc. I do really loose drawings there. I keep them up for a while to see what comes from them. I love experimenting as well…. I make a few cut elements from yupo paper and ink or play with the ones I “store” on the wall. Once I have enough layers I begin to install them in my theater. I use filters of coloured tissue to create a distant landscape or clouds and then I take many, many photos of the scene, changing little things here or there.
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Elly is an artist to watch out for – it was so hard to even try and decide which images to post on here because everything is amazing! You would be a real fool not to check out her Etsy shop here!!

And thank you to Elly for bringing imaginative images into the world and allowing Munro Shea Designs to use your artwork for this post.

Calendar Girl

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With about a month in a half left in the year 2013 – its time to get ready for 2014 baby! I am digging these calendars – all are artful and graphic.

Stendig Wall Calendar from Crate and Barrel

Gem Mineral Calendar

Language of Love Calendar

Paperbird Eco Friendly Calendar

Trendsetting: Designer Cords

Home design is all in the details – and adding a pop of color or texture to your cords is…

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Best place you can get the cord hook up? The Color Cord Company. Especially if you’re in a DIY kind of mood – this one is $25

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Or if you’re in a sexy mood – here is a gold Black&white piece for $40!
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Perfect Holiday Gift

Yesterday I saw a preview for a Holiday movie…and I got so EXCITED – I definitely don’t like to skip my fall holidays ….but before you know it, the holidays will be in full swing and I stumbled upon a little something you could give as a gift – a customizable gift –  so everyone will think you are the most thoughtful person ever (because that’s what its all about, isn’t it?)

Here it is, a customizable coffee-table tray from DENY
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How it works: You purchase the customizable tray, (or coasters if you prefer) and then DENY sends you a link where you can upload your own imagery. This gift would also work great as a hostess gift (perfect for Thanksgiving people!) Just think the possibilities are endless!

We’re Digging – Butterfly Chairs

I have been crushing hard on these leather covered iron butterfly chairs…

But I do not have an extra $300 lying around to purchase one of these bad boys! So I’ve been looking for an alternative…

You can purchase the chair from Pottery Barn Teen for $99 and then…

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Purchase a new cover such as this beauty off of Ebay for $150 – totaling $250… Or

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You could go for this option from Urban Outfitters at $179:

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Which is also a great deal! I’ll keep you posted if I find something better!