Celebrate My Birthday Month With Etsy Discounts!

It may not be Etsy Monday but there are some really lovely folks with some really lovely shops that wanted to help me celebrate my birthday month.  So for the month of June, you'll be able to get some excellent deals and treats from HHop and In The Early Hours! A great style and an unusual print always get me.  And when I first saw the work of Kathryn from HHop, I had both in plenty of measure.  You can see the influence of her home, Los Angeles, in her art.  Not only does the city feature quite literally in landscape and city scape, the very cool retro nature of the town is very present as well.  'I make loosey-goosey line drawings...and screenprint them by hand on recycled paper.'  You can peek at the behind the scenes process here:

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'My silkscreen prints illustrate the showtime industriousness; the herky-jerky traffic; the architectural mishmash climbing tangly, jungle-y hills; and the bright, fast-fading colors of this singular city.'  Can we discuss how much Kathryn's vernacular about her work makes me love it even more?!  Her words are silly and sweet and dynamic and fun.  Just like her art.  I want to hang out with her.  Especially in her kooky cool cartoon world.  Looks like such a fun place to be.  You can see all of Kathryn's work for sale on her Etsy shop, HHop.  BONUS:  For my birthday month of June, Thrill of the Chaise readers will get free shipping and a surprise mini-print with your order with the code 'THRILLOFTHECHAISE'!  I LOVE SURPRISES.

Retro Decor 'Curios' Print

Cameo Bell Jar (aka 'my favorite')

The artist at work.

Southern Gothic Cameos

More cool cameos.  (I am not sure which one is my favorite anymore!)

Retro Castles Library Pocket Art

A Melbourne-based graphic designer with a mild case of self-diagnosed insomnia, Alexandra created In The Early Hours to share the art she would make while the rest of the world was sleeping.  Her work looks like something from a dream world, where reality is morphed into something a bit more mystical.  Her work is soft and calming but always demands examination.  What you first see may not be what is actually there.  'I find myself up at all hours of the night and morning creating moments that, I hope) are calm, quirky and lovable.'

That Barrow Boy Print

Having been featured at the Tate Gallery in Sydney, her piece 'That Barrow Boy' is a finalist in the Yen Female Art Awards 2013 and will be shown at the Gaffa Gallery in Sydney from June 27 - July 8 2013.  I love the retro subjects of this work, especially against the very modern usage of blank space and sharp shapes.  And to be able to see into the mind of an artist, as Alex has allowed us to do, is beyond cool.  See all of Alex's work at her shop, In The Early Hours.

BONUS:  For the month of June, Thrill of the Chaise readers will get 15% off any orders with the code 'THRILL15'! Enjoy!

Mabel Print

Marha Print

The Dreamers Print

Charmer Print

Lily Lady Print

Trophy Wife Print

I want to extend a huge thanks for both Kathryn and Alexandra for giving Thrill of the Chaise readers such a treat and for creating such amazing artwork!  Such incredibly lovely people  :)  P.S. Don't forget to enter our Cocosheaven giveaway for your chance to win a beautiful orange ombre canvas tote bag...a winner will be chosen next Thursday!  Enter here.

(Images c/o HHop and In The Early Hours)

New Obsession: Ruggles Made. And A GIVEAWAY!

Sometimes it is the most simple of sentiments that mean the most.  Alexia Brown of Ruggles Made seems to understand this instinctively.  Her handmade cross-stich designs are simple and sweet at first glance but as you spend a little more time with them, they take on a very personal meaning...like each one is speaking directly to you.  Just a few words sincere words, full of heart.  Enough to put a smile on anyone's face.  Alexia talked to Thrill of the Chaise about her background, inspiration and who she would have perform at a dinner party with Tina Fey & Amy Poehler.

i love you - ruggles made

Tell us a bit about yourself. Have you always been interested in cross-stitch? I was raised in the Chicago area & have lived in the city for the past 7 years. My parents were both very creative; for a while my dad was a painter and photographer, and my mom taught music and is a talented seamstress. As a kid, I played the violin and piano, and read a lot, but I never sewed or knitted or did anything crafty. When I was 11, a nanny taught my little sister and me how to cross stitch our names onto a pillow case. I loved how all those neat little X’s together could create little flowers and hearts.

its worth being happy - ruggles made

How did you get the idea to start to focus on this kind of art work? A few years ago I was looking for some sort of project that I could work on with my hands. After growing bored with crocheting, I picked up some needlework supplies and began re-learning cross stitch. I enjoyed playing around with it, creating designs, and found that I really loved making cross stitch that wasn’t very traditional. A couple years later, when I received a vintage cursive typewriter as a gift, I thought about how I could create wall hangings using it. I found that I could type onto fabric and the frame it in a little hoop. The wall hangings are so simple and small, but I think it’s so sweet.

you are somebodys reason - ruggles made

What inspires your work? I like the idea of taking something as traditional and old-fashioned as cross stitch and needlepoint, or a vintage cursive typewriter font, and turning it into some more modern, simple, and unfussy. And I always try to create something that I would want to have myself; something I would hang on my own wall, or give to a loved one.

i wish i had - ruggles made

How do you come up with ideas for what you're going to make/say? To me, the little sayings or quotes I stitch or type are like journal entries. They are very simple, but very personal to me. I recently made a few wall hangings that said, “we are all in this together”. It had been a rough few days for me and I’d been feeling really sad, and then after talking to a friend I realized that we all have moments in our lives when we feel alone, but we’re really not. And to the customers that have purchases those wall hangings, “we are all in this together” might mean something completely different to them. And that makes me so happy that they can find their own meaning in something that means a lot to me.

we are all in this - ruggles made

What words would you use to describe your work? Simple, sweet, modern.

What are some of your favorite Etsy shops? Paper and Pastries Son of a Sailor Chez Sucre Chez Hindsvik

Can you explain your shop name, Ruggles Made? My middle name is Ruggles. It’s my mom’s last name. (It was also my nickname in high school.) When I was trying to think up a shop name, I wanted something that no one else would have and decided on Ruggles Made!

i wanna smooch - ruggles made

Where else can we follow you? Twitter: @alexiabr Instagram: @alexiabr Facebook: facebook.com/rugglesmade

Where would you go in a time machine? All of my grandparents are gone, so I would love to be able to travel back to when they were alive so that I could talk to them more. Both of my grandfathers passed away before I was born, and I would give anything to be able to talk to them. There are so many stories that I want to hear and things I’d love to know.

unicorn - ruggles made

If you were an ice cream, what flavor would you be? Mint Chocolate Chip because it’s delicious.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (I think they travel as a pair), my grandparents, Jon Stewart, Vincent D’Onofrio, Louis CK ... and Otis Redding would be there to perform.

someday - ruggles made

What is your favorite film? Virgin Suicides.

What's the last book you read? A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood.

And in the spirit of Valentine's Day, love is: whatever makes your heart swell.

Most Of My Smiles - Ruggles Made

Want to win this 'Most of my smiles' hoop?!

All you have to do to enter is click here!  A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, February 15th and is open to international entries.  Yay!

Love Alexia's work as much as I do?  Looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift? Get 15% off on at Ruggles Made by entering the code: RUGGLESMADE15 at the checkout!  Go crazy, lovelies.  Go crazy.

Leroy's Place.

I recently stumbled across this artist... Now, I admit, it isn't really my style of artwork.  I am not sure where exactly it would fit in my decor at the moment, mostly because I have a bedroom the size of a box so being selective is key, but there is something that really lights me up when I look at these pieces.  I actually didn't notice the artwork the first time around but as I waited for a friend who was trying on a garment at the stall next door, I found myself taking a closer look and the giggles began  :)

Check more out from Leroy's Place here!  Wouldn't these be great on a children's bedroom wall?  A nice way of teaching them 'monsters are actually cool, pull your shit together'  :)

The Land of Nod Wall Art

I'm not a child.  I don't have any children.  The only child I am really close to is in London (she calls me 'Auntie Cake', can you see why we're friends?).  But when I had a look through the most recent Land of Nod catalog, I got some great ideas for wall art should I ever go all Tom Hanks in 'Big', have my own child or am invited to decorate the room of my miniature friend.  This is nothing but a whole lot of CUUUTE.  So I hope I get an 'awww' out of at least one of you  :)

To be honest, the last three would actually be a bit retro cool on a grown-up person's wall as well.  A bit tongue in cheek.  I wonder if in reality maybe I am just a bit bossy...

Wall decals to the rescue!

I have officially been in my apartment for a week now but have had very little time to actually do my room up so it is a creative and cozy place for me to be...(except for my lovely mummy and her friend Sharon doing a whole lot of excellent rearranging for me). The walls in my room are a horrible naked white and from the looks of things, actually putting  nail into the wall may cause a lot more trouble and hassle than it is worth.  While I wait for my artwork to get here from London (it is taking for-bloody-ever) and knowing that some of it may have to do that cool 'oh, I am just leaning up here against the wall, no big deal, it's where I want to be' thing, I'm staring down a huge off-white tunnel of depression and something needs to be done.

Enter DECALS.

I have always loved a good bit of decal wall art and this room is the perfect chance for me to flex those muscles a bit and get around the fact that I can't hammer a bunch of holes into the walls.  The one I am most excited about is a decal headboard.  Too cute.  But here are some of my favs!

I'll share some pictures of my room when I feel it is finally in presentable form but let me know what you all think of the decals!  Do you have any?  I wanna see!  :)