Etsy Shop Feature: Eten Iren

I might be a little obsessed with succulents. I've been trying to propagate some and it hasn't really gone well so far. Now I'm just playing the waiting game to see if any more will start to rot. Until then, I figured I'd check out some cute succulent stuff on Etsy.

When I saw the thumbnails of the succulent jewelry from the Eten Iren shop, I thought they were real so I had to click to confirm! But nooo, they're made out of polymer clay... which is great for people with black thumbs like me!

This shop is full of succulent and floral themed jewelry, hair accessories, and more.


 I really love the colors on this one!


These are adorable -- looks almost flower petal-y.


Another great color combination! Looks almost exactly like one of my succulents.


I really like the idea of having a succulent ring because I can look at it all day. I'd love to have an anacampseros version!!

Now here's some of my favorite flowery ones, mostly pansies. I did start to like the color yellow more because it makes my brain all 'sunny' though.










Which ones are your favorite? Do you prefer other kind of succulents, flowers, or other plants? Tell me about them! There are a lot of flowers and plants that I like but I have no idea what they're called.

Watercolor Logos

I created these logos for a client that wanted a watercolor design such as flowers or a sun with a swirly font. I painted the watercolor by hand, scanned them, and made some adjustments in Photoshop.

When creating mockups, I like to stick to 1 or 2 ideas and modifying them a bit to show slightly different versions in design, colors, placement, or fonts. That way, they don't get overwhelmed by too many choices.

I try to combine all my ideal elements in just one logo. I'll add other possible options in the other version(s) so they can pick and choose what they like best from each one. However, usually the clients choose my favorite one with no modifications!

Questions:
Which one of these logos do you prefer and why?

Do you like hand-drawn or modern classic style logos for handmade businesses and creative bloggers?  


New Premade Logos & Mini Branding Kits

I just added 4 more premade logos on Minty Fox Designs. I'm trying to create more minimal typography based designs that'd be great to use as signatures or watermarks. I love fonts and there's just so much I want to design right now.


I also made a few more watercolor splash designs. I really like this purple!


I love this butterfly shaped one, it makes me think of macro nature photography. The watercolor splash design is inspired by pointillism.


And I had to make a badge style logo with one of my favorite color combinations:

I'm also beginning to add some mini branding packages which include a main logo, alternate logo, and submarks/watermarks.

Here is a gold foil script design with leaf laurels:


And my new favorite... moon designs!


Questions:
  • Are you into current design trends or do you like something different?
  • What color combinations are your favorite?


Bracelets

For some reason I've been addicted to making bracelets with a design on the back of the hand with an attached ring. I get so much more inspired to create things when I can combine different materials together. I wanted to make a stretchy bracelet but also be able to have an unique pendant via wire wrapping.

I really like the one of a kind nature of wrapping crystals and stones, you just do what feels right for each piece rather than having a design in mind and following it exactly. That's what I was thinking about when I was making this butterfly bracelet.

Butterfly:



I tried using a mix of different type of beads in pink and purple colors. I also added some of my seed beads onto some of the jump rings for extra color but also of course to use up those leftovers beads.

I used the butterfly shape from this Butterfly Brooch tutorial as a reference to start and then improvised the rest to make it the way I wanted. Then I added the beads in the top wing parts by wrapping the wire onto the top outer corners and pulling it down toward the body, wrapping it all around that area to keep it secure. For the bottom wings, I wanted to do something a little different from the top so I attached a jump ring with seed beads on it. When I finished making the rest of the bracelet, I put the light pink crystal bead on the center of the body to make it pop.

Turquoise stones:


This was inspired by this bracelet that I found on Pinterest. I wanted to make another bracelet with a ring but with the turquoise beads on the back of the hand. I also wanted to keep it a simple design (unlike the butterfly one!).

I just put the beads on a gold wire and wire wrapped loops on each end. I made the chains out of small jump rings and attached a clasp.



Flamingo Etsy Finds

Since I love flamingos, I thought it was about time that I do an Etsy Finds on them! Here is a "small" ish collection of my favorites. 

Make sure to check out the other items in their shops because they all have a variety of unique and awesome items!! By the way, not just flamingos. (If you aren't much of a fan of pink birds haha)


Liliana Flamingo Doll by ilkahandmade

I would have loved having this when I was younger because I was a flamingo plush hoarder. But hey, I'm trying to start up my collection again though... hint hint anyone? ;)





Pink Flamingo Coffee Mug

These flamingos are oddly cute and that's why this mug is perfect.


Flamingo Handpainted Teapot

Flamingos and teapots-- Another great combination. I'd love to have a matching tea set!!! 


Pretty Flamingo Pinup Hair Clip

This is beautiful! The color scheme is unique. I love pinup hair clips even though I never wear them.


Floral Flamingo Print by MoxKids

I love art of floral designs with animals and these soft colors are so perfect.


Flamingo on Green Frame Purse by octopurse

A cute little frame purse with adorable flamingos on it. Do I need to say more? ;)



I love wrap bracelets and this shade of pink!

If you know of any other cute flamingo stuff (not just on Etsy), feel free to share them in the comments because I'd love to see more. :D

Questions:


  • Which ones are your favorites? For me, it would have to be all. ;)
  • Are you going to check out their other items because they really are super awesome?? 
  • Do you want to see an Etsy Finds on a specific animal? Which ones?

The Creature That Lives In the Cloud's Rose Garden



I'm not sure if I've ever painted on canvas before because it's pricey. I didn't want to worry about wasting a canvas if it came out in a way that I didn't like. Obviously, the only way to go about it is to just paint something for fun and to paint stuff that I like even if I've drawn it a bajillion times before!

I had purple butterflies on my mind. Then the flowers came and an animal friend had to be there too... but I couldn't decide on one so it began as a cat and quickly morphed into a fox owl butterfly.

Here is a progress shot with some random purple spots that were contributed by a toddler who was wondering if the paint was still wet ;D


(The ninja turtle is drawn by my fancy pants husband -> www.jnmolina.com)

I improvised the rest as I went along:


It was a bit difficult to do small details because I didn't have any tiny brushes so I decided to clean it up by inking it.


And here's a close up:


Have you worked on anything lately?

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