Friday, May 27, 2011

Today I love: weekend special ;)

Friday, yay! although I have so many things to do this weekend, I can't help but smile to think of our weekend basics: one day of waking up late, yummy brunchs and movie nights.

Regardless, it's been a little while since the idea of camping is on my mind, so I made a treasury about the nice things that remind me of a weekend on the woods, just beside a lake. I hope you enjoy my picks:

Have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Featured artist: Erin Dollar

If you are frequent to sites like Etsy or pinterest, chances are you are familiar with Erin Dollar's awesome work and great taste for cool things. I first "meet" her at Pinterest (where I have had the chance to meet so many awesome, talented people!), then Etsy and now, luckily for me, we are part of the same team (Aspiring Artisans Guild) and I enjoy a lot visiting her awesome shop to pick things for making treasuries, and well, sometimes just for the pleasure to look around the lovely things she makes ;)

I love her new collection for the home like hand printed coasters, pillow covers and tea towels. The fabric colors and the different geometric pattern combinations, blow my mind, plus her photography is a treat for the eyes!

Fabric coasters, triangle pack

Small parts, collage

Abstract geometric embroidery art

I asked Erin to tell me a bit about her:
I am a Portland, Oregon native, who has been recently transplanted in Los Angeles. I am obsessed with printmaking, although I also branch out into drawing, painting and collage from time to time. Reading has always been a passion of mine, and I make part of my income working at the library, where I take care of the art book section... heaven! When I am not reading or making new art, I love to relax with my boyfriend and our cat, or go for a leisurely bike ride.

And what inspires her to create:
I think I am similar to many artists in that I just feel better when I am working on art. I am most happy when I have hours to spend in my studio space, and I can really get involved in the production of new work. There is something about the smell of printmaking ink that spurs lots of inspiration for me. Imagery wise, I tend to be inspired by vintage paper ephemera like science textbooks, as well as other artists who have unique line-work or who use very traditional processes. As a printmaker, I think there is something really special about a hand pulled print, and the quality of line and richness of ink that just can't compare to other processes. I am lucky to be inspired by the very medium I get to work in!

Thanks so much Erin, for let me use your images for this post, answering my questions and most importantly, for the endless inspiration!

You can find Erin here:

Monday, May 23, 2011

New look!

Hello and welcome to the new Mademoiselle Cranky Pants blog!

...Well, not all new, just the banner part ;) hehehehe oh and some of the things on the side bar, too! Do you like our new look?

I wanted it to represent some of the things I enjoy and talk about on the blog: The dinosaur toys are of course representing Amelia :) not that she has anything in common with a wild, extincted animal (lol), but she loves dinosaurs so much and I wanted to have one of her favorite toys here (and one that fitted my screen!).

The books are, well, representing just me, the things I like and I'm interested on (like illustration, children stories, creating a small business, and literature in general).

The bunting well, I just love buntings and paper stuff.

The things that are holding the bunting are a jewelry making accessory called third arms and I used them when I'm soldering my jewelry, so they represent my jewelry.

The minerals might represent my love for nature and also represent a bit of the jewelry thing, I guess.

The camera is because I love photography.

I think just Alex is missing :( but he's the most important thing of all so he'll be represented by my whole blog, because he's the pillar of it all, like the sunshine that lits everything around me :) so please don't feel excluded baby ;)
And speaking of Alex, he was the one to put the new blog look together as I'm such a dope for html :S Thanks cori!

Oh!! and my friend Alty helped me, too, with the fonts and speech bubbles! she did such a wonderful job :) thanks Champs!!!

And that's the inspiration and concept behind my new banner :) I hope you enjoy a bit more to come here and look around! For sure my eyes are super happy with all the changes, not that I did not like my old look but changes are always good. And this is particularly lovely :)

Thanks for visiting and Have a great week!


Decoration inspiration

The other day I saw this photo on Design*Sponge and was like, wow that's awesome! the embroidery, the silhouettes, the vintage feel, the colors...I love everything about this space.

Under the photo, you'll find my Etsy picks to get the look. I hope you like them!

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Today I Love

Geometric shapes, things that remind me of celestial bodies, images that make my mind wander...

Berry bowl by Clam Lab

Dot by Debbie Carlos

Mountain fog poster from Debbie Carlos

Linen oblong pouch by Bookhou At Home
Hand drawn mason jar by How Now Design

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


How are you?!
I've been so absent from my blog lately. It feels like AGES since the last time I posted something! Things are a bit craaaazy over here, but in a good way. I'm just too busy and with no much time to write here.

Isn't that photo the cutest photo?! He's too cute!!

Things are going so well on the shop! I have some jewelry projects I haven't even been able to finish due to the orders that are coming all the time (yay!), I'm truly feeling like I have a real job now and my own little business.
I truly thank the members on the teams I'm part of for helping me reach my goals, because if it was not for your support, this would be different. It'll be a lot slower, I think!

There's also a couple nasty things that happened this week, too. Maybe you already know about them because I've been whining (oops!) all over facebook and twitter. The thing is that, a "seller" on etsy was using two of my images and descriptions to "sell" on her own shop. She was even selling my designs at higher prices! because, you know, it's so hard to wake up every morning and copy-paste other's people listings on her own crazy, but the good news is that she had removed all the images she had on her shop and I hope etsy delete her account because I'm sure she is just there with a paypal account to steal buyer's money.

Thanks to all the lovely people who send me their support, advice and lovely words during this days!

See you later!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Today I Love


I can't believe we are starting a new week, wow, time goes by so fast lately. How was your weekend? I hope great :)

It was good for us :) I went to have my hair cut (I love it ;), I shopped a bit ;) we watched movies (we saw The Black Swan and I like it a lot!) and on Sunday we went to have dinner with friends. A lovely weekend even when the weather was soooo rainy and will stay like that for the rest of the week :S

And today I want to share my weekend finds with you, I hope you like them!

This bag by Fabric & Handle
This brooch set by So Little Time

Another brooch! (my favorite jewelry!) by And O Design

The lovely colors and cute look (Via Kerry's pinboard)

Wish list's getting longer...

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Today's words

Image by Matt Taylor. Found at Erin Dollar's pinboard.

"To hell with luck. I'll bring the luck with me."
— The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A little thunderstorm on my bench

Hi there!

How are you doing today? I hope really good :)

I took some photos a couple days ago while working on the jewelry and thought of sharing them with you :)
I was making several things (one Refuge Necklace, Nube Necklace, Lightning Bolt earrings, Raindrop earrings and a couple lost buttons) and realized I had a little thunderstorm made of small silver pieces. Cute, isn't it?

You see I have to draw the little designs on paper and then glue them on the silver sheet to cut them :) This is like, the first of many steps to complete a piece. I shall take more photos of the complete of this days!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Recent purchases

Wouldn't it be awesome to, every time you watch the clock your favorite hour were on it? Let's say, the time you finish work, or happy hour in your favorite pub, or time to eat desert!
Let me tell you, this dream can be achieved...Well, at least if you have a good imagination and thanks to Misako Mikomo fake watches ;)

No, this is not a commercial, it's just me, very happy to have received in the mail my very own fake watch from the awesome Eva MonleĆ³n from Misako Mikomo.

I first saw her awesome fake watches in one of my favorite internet places, Seventy Tree blog. Since I saw it I knew a fake watch was what I needed in my life and after many months of just dreaming of it, I finally make it mine :D Yay!

Me (still in my pj's) & my fake watch.

Everything was so lovely:
The packaging: adorable!
Little cards: so cool!
My bracelet: best thing ever!
Thanks Eva, I love it!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Today I Love

Good morning everybody!! I hope your weekend was loooovely :)
I gathered some awesome things from here and there that I looooove :) i hope you like them, too :)

The coolest pincushions from Strand (an absolutely new favourite!)

The most wonderful little corner, via Seventy Tree Blog

Fields of yellow and green by JumpUp. Awesome.

We need to sleep more by Sabrina Tibourtine . A very good advise for me.

Cool, eh?

In other things, so many stuff going on in the word right now, eh? To begin with, is election day here in Canada and then there is the O.B. Ladden thing. I hope we were a more peaceful specie.
Sadly, war is not going to be over anytime soon, I think.

But I don't want to scare you away from my blog. So I better focus in the little things we can do to be kinder to ourselves and to each other. Let's just begin taking a look outside our window and enjoy the beautiful sight of the world we live in. And let's not forget to smile to each other, even if we are complete strangers.


Have a great week!