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ARTmonday: 15 Bicycle Artworks

No deep thoughts today, or even particularly serious artwork. Just some fun images of bicycles. Over the weekend it was almost warm enough, by Boston standards (and by that I mean it was over 40 degrees and sunny), to think about getting my bike down from its hanging place and going for a ride on the Esplanade. I settled for a walk It’s wet and muddy, with dirty, frozen mounds of snow still scattered, but I’m hopeful. For now (unless I become a different person and hit the new Soul Cycle),  I’ll just enjoy these 15 bicycle artworks.

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Bicycle Yellow Acrylic Print

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Kelly Nicolaisen  •  Show Off

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 Ed Pullela  •  Bicycle

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Elizabeth Graeber  •  Bicycle

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Cecilia Vassolo  •  Ride In Bicycle

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Gabriel Winter  •  Bicycle Pose

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 Matt Furie  •  Bikes

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Run4It  •  Fashionable Hipster Deer

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Vassi Slavova  •  Bike Chick

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Allison Glancey & Craig Seder  •  Going to See My Baby Blue

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Chris Whittaker  •  The Bicycle and the Bee

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Ashley Percival  •  Cat and Owl on Bike

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Erin Wallace  •  Cycling

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Jessica Abbott  •  Red Bicycle

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Walter Bibikow  •  Bicycle Display at Swiss Transport Museum

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Site Spotlight: Handmade Jewelry from Uncommon Goods

Around this time last year, I posted a roundup of jewelry handmade by jewelry designers in Boston. Today, I also pulled together a selection of delicate handmade jewelry, all sourced from UncommonGoods. The occasion? The site is hosting its 2014 Jewelry Design Challenge, which will be judged in part by the site’s Assistant Jewelry & Accessories Buyer, Jackie Udden.

The grand prize is $1000, along with the opportunity to work with UncommonGoods. Runners-up will receive a critique of their work, as well as tips for marketing and growing their businesses. Additionally, UncommonGoods’ buyers will review each entrant’s portfolio, and consider offering submitted  work for sale on UncommonGoods. You can enter Uncommon Good’s Jewelry Design Challenge here.

They’re looking for intelligent designs that tell a story, show your individuality and be responsibly produced from animal-friendly materials (that means no leather, feathers, or pearls). I chose a dozen pieces from UncommonGoods’ handmade jewelry collection that I really like, including pieces from San Francisco-based artist Vanessa Gade; Emilie Shapiro, who creates entwined vines of recycled rose gold; and Susan Harbourt, who makes necklaces from aged copper wire she removed from the walls of her Edwardian-era house in Illinois.

Study them… perhaps the designs will provide some insight in case you’re interested in entering the contest.  

 

Uncommon Goods Artisan Handmade Jewelry

S H O P P I N G

1. Copper Rays Necklace by Susan Harbourt

2. Fan Coral Wedding Band by Catherine Weitzman

3. Golden Path Earrings by Eileen Baumeister McIntyre

4. Rose Stalk Wedding Band by Emilie Shapiro

5. Baby Bird Earrings by Rhonda & Elijah Wyman

6. Aqua Raindrop Pendant by Jess Panza

7. Open Oval Sterling Silver Necklace by Cindy and Avril Joffe

8. Bullet Casing Cufflinks by Shannon Astali DeJong

9. Links of Love Bracelet by Beth Lawrence

10. Fern Frond Earrings by Katie Lime

11. Twigs Necklace by Eben Papele & Jude Rand

12. Inner Circle Necklace by Vanessa Gade

 

 

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ARTmonday: 12 Artworks from Uncommon Goods

I discovered Brooklyn-based site Uncommon Goods, which launched back in 1999, when I worked for Store Adore. I perused it all the time, especially for environmentally-conscious and handcrafted gift options. For some reason it had fallen off my radar for a while. They emailed me recently. I learned that the company’s lowest paid worker makes 50 percent above minimum wage—as good a reason as any to start shopping the site again—and that they donate to a number of worthy non-profits, including organizations for women, hunger, and the environment. I was also reminded of its selection of selection of cute gifts, including a whole bunch of whole bunch of personalized gifts, like jewelry, pillows, and books. There’s also affordable artwork. I posted a dozen of my favorite artworks from Uncommon Goods below.

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 Rainbow, Sarah Nicole Phillips, $85-$150

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 Big Orange Chair, Kate Lewis $75-$130

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Slice of Genealogy (custom artwork), Jen O’Neill, $295

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Personalized Family Art, Mary and Shelly Klein, $150

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Challenging Conditions, Audrey Heller, $140-$200

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City Skyline Wooden Routing (NYC), $34

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You Simply Glow, Jessica Swift, $65-$120

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The Animal Alphabet Zoo, Kim Smith, $140

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The Happy Elephant, Zlatka Paneva, $68-$150

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Woven Seacape, Elise Wehle, $75-$135

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Dogs (Dalmatian), Denise Fiedler, $125

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Hiking With George, Renee Leone, $145-$ 230

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ARTmonday: 23 Bird Artworks

Since I can’t stop looking at the gorgeous trees around here—yellow, red, orange—they’re so autumn perfect, I thought I’d share the little creatures who hang out in them.  I had a bird as a pet growing up. He was a beautiful gray cockatiel with a yellow head and perfect persimmon circles on his cheeks. He imitated the call of a whippoorwill and also whistled  that, “Hey you’re sexy, babe” whistle, which was pretty humorous.

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Fictional Blue Bird, Matt Adrian / The Mincing Mockingbird, Etsy

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unidentified

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Bird, 2008, Christopher St. John

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unidentified

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Bird, Zenitt, Society 6

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Gold Turquoise BirdDoudou Studio

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Bird Friend, Lizzy Stewart

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Northern Flicker, MaiAutumn, Etsy

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Yuko Murata

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unidentified

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On a Journey, Jacqueline Schmidt, Uncommon Goods

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Birds in the Tree, Camilla Engman

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Boat-Billed Flycatcher (Megarynchus pitangua), 2012
Todd Forsgren

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Golden Owl, Ashley Percival, Etsy

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Bradley the Blue Jay, LEGO Bird Project

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Parro, Silke Bonde

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Brown Pelican, Amy Sullivan, Etsy

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Peacock and Friends, Judy Kaufmann, Little Paper Planes

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Sanctuary Jessica Swift

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unidentified

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Lovebird #5, Luke Stephenson Photography, 20×200

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Penguin, Yuseke Yonezu

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Get the Look: 30 Giraffe Accessories

After browsing yesterday’s 56 giraffe rooms, you may feel like your own house is missing something—a giraffe! Here are 30 super cute ones, including giraffe hooks, pillows, trays, magnets, lamps, bookends, wall decals,  jewelry, and kid’s toys. Happy giraffe decor day.

Giraffe Necklace Lamp Pillow Tray

Giraffe Decal Lamp Bookend Earrings

 

Giraffe Hook Mug Animal Head

 

 

S H O P P I N G 

1 Giraffe Hook, $14 at Urban Outfitters.

2 Thomas Paul Giraffe Pine Box, $50 at Design Public.

3 Kissing Giraffe Pillow, $165 at Jonathan Adler.

4 Faux Leather Giraffe, $60 at Nova68.

5 Giraffe Nightlight, $99 at Land of Nod.

6 Giraffe Pendant Necklace, $64 at Samantha Faye.

7 Safari Animal Butt Magnets, $14/set of 6 at Fred Flare.

8 Premier Prints Yellow Giraffe Pillow Cover, $16.95 on Etsy.

9 1990’s YSL Giraffe Print Shift, $495 at The Way We Wore.

10 White Giraffe Vase, $49 at Uncommon Goods.

11 Thomas Paul  Bazaar Giraffe Tray Set, $66 at 2Modern.

12 Abstract Giraffe Figurine, $24 at West Elm.

13 Giraffe Photo by John Bland, $49-$210 at Saatchi.

14 Mini Giraffe Earrings, $12 at Fred Flare.

15 Wallpaper Wildlife by Inke Heiland, $118 at Greener Grass Design.

16 P’kolino Giraffe Rocking Chair, $79 at Design Public.

17 Jax & Bones Jerry Giraffe Chew Toy, $15 at Uncommon Goods.

18 Umbra Zoola Giraffe Ring Holder, $12.38 at Wayfair.

19 Gold Giraffe Figurine, $35 at Dwell Studio.

20 Melissa and Doug Giraffe Plush Toy, $70 at Meijer.

21 Alex Marshall Studios Silhouette Lamp, $173 at AllModern.

22 Kata Golda Giraffe Tea Cup, $23 at Fawn & Forest.

23 Spisani Giraffe Bookends, $365 at Barneys.

24 Decor on Safari Mounted Head, $69 at Land of Nod.

25 Inflatable Giraffe, $60 at Urban Outfitters.

26 Calder Style Stabile “The Giraffe”, $3,800 at Gustavo Olivieri.

27 Giraffe Surprise Mug, $8 at Pier 1 Imports.

28 Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether, $18.39 at Yoyo.

29 View From Here Hook, $20 at Anthropologie.

30 Giraffe Sack Pack, $26 at Cafe Press.

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