So today I was wandering about the shops on Etsy and stumbled upon two very adorable shops that I've fallen in love with (: Both shop owners agreed to let me write a blog post about them so here I go with my NFOEs (new favourites on Etsy).
First up we have rlfreshwater's shop called "MISO GIRLS".
The first thing that caught my attention about Rhonda's shop was that she makes kokeshi dolls!. I absolutely adore kokeshi dolls, although I do not own any myself (but I would love to!). Ever since discovering the wonderful world of kokeshi dolls, I've wanted to collect some, or at least try to make some (one day I will try!). I really love the way that Rhonda makes these dolls. They're very cute, and wonderfully detailed. Nice and simple designs, with flattering colours, and a smart play on words! Some of the names of her dolls include: "Miso Shy (pictured above), Miso Sassy, Miso Sweet, and Miso Lucky." I think my favourite out of the bunch would be Miso Lucky and Miso Sassy (photos below).
All of her dolls are beautifully handcrafted. She even offers a blank kokeshi doll for anyone (like me) who is interested in trying to create their own. I will definitely have to revisit her shop in the future to not only pick up a blank kokeshi, but to purchase one of her pieces as well since I think they are super lovely, and she is such a talented artist. I can't wait to see what she makes next (:
Another wonderfully talented artist that caught my eye is dancingintherains. I don't know what it is, but I'm drawn towards illustrators. They always seem to fascinate me. Maybe it's because it's something that I wished I had pursued myself (but didn't). So I secretly hope that one day I would be able to draw as well as these artists. Gwen's shop drew me in with the images of her plush kittys (I'm a big cat lover), but I was delightfully surprised to see some of her cellphone cases which feature her own hand-drawn illustrations (of kittys of course!).
Just take one look at her adorable illustration of this extremely cute kitty staring up at the fishies. Doesn't it make you want to say "awwww how cute!". You can't deny how adorable her illustrations are. Each cellphone case she makes has a unique drawing featured on the front, each of which displays a different kitty in various scenarios and poses. The one in the photo above is definitely one of my favourites! But I love all of her other ones just as much!
If you don't need another cellphone case, but love her drawings, she also offers mini kitty ornaments which feature more unique illustrations (all of which are hand drawn onto the fabric itself). I'm definitely tempted to grab one of these for myself (probably a lot sooner than I think) and will definitely be back at her shop in the near future!
I'm happy that Gwen, the shop owner, like's my owl named Gwen! hehehe.
All in all, if you haven't yet visited these two shops, then what are you waiting for? Please check them both out as both artists are super talented at what they do. All of their items bring a smile to my face when I see them, and I am sure they will capture your heart too (: