Amy Dover – illustration10. December 2013
Thanks Leigh face for pinning the double fox faces by Amy Dover this morning, I went to go check out the rest of her work – she’s really good. Her drawings are detailed and delicately intricate and her subject matter is right up my alley, a little dark and out of the ordinary.
-Amy Dover is a UK based and internationally recognised artist and illustrator. In her intricate, and beautifully executed graphite drawings she explores primal and human desires, complex narratives, and traditional tales. Through dark characters, melancholy tones and the anthropomorphization of animals, Dover invites the view to enter a world which challenges traditional perceptions, and nature becomes the central focus. Her influences come from growing up in a small village in the North of England, playing in the woods and reading folk tales. As well as a love of Victorian paintings, Natural History books and Nature itself.
Superfront10. December 2013
How super clever is this idea from a company called Superfront in Sweden (obviously). Instead of throwing out old cabinets or cupboards in your house, why not give them a facelift? These guys have designed super cool exteriors and accessories that click over your old ones. All their fronts, handles and legs fit onto Ikea’s existing cabinet bases, which are the same cabinets that are used by just about every interior designer today, as well as those who hire carpenters to build expensive tailor-made accessories. Unfortunately we don’t have Ikea here, but I still think this idea is worth sharing, I think it’s super smart and so well designed.
- In short, we design furniture based on a well-established foundation, a concept that allows our furniture to fall into a completely different price category compared to any equivalent found on the High Street. Renew your existing Ikea kitchen or an old wall lined with Ikea closets. Tweak a sideboard or even a bathroom cabinet from our line.
Some puffy sleeves and tan sandals09. December 2013
The other day Grazia magazine visited me at my house. They came to take pictures of what I would wear to a Christmas party that I would host. Now, those of you that know me well, know that I’m not a very dressy-up kind of person. I don’t wear heels and I like to feel comfortable and myself at all times and so I opted for a long black skirt, my new top from Country Road, which I love because the shoulders are puffy and I flipping love puffy shoulders (don’t ask me why). I also decided to wear 3 of my favourite local designers, Jane Sews shoes, a bracelet from Skermunkil and a necklace from Dear Rae.
So I thought I would show you guys the insert (thanks Grazia) and show you my nice new top and some nice new sandals I picked up at Mr Price, incase you were looking for puffy sleeves and some new sandals xx
I also found another nice pair of sandals at Mr Price this weekend.
Jack Teagle06. December 2013
Found this cool illustrator called Jack Teagleonline. He paints and draws and sketches and makes really cool, simple stuff. I like his crazy characters and his play on old comic book icons.
- Jack is an illustrator living in the UK. This is where Jack posts his work in progress, sketchbook drawings and photos - jackteagle.tumblr.com
So it is nearly Christmas time, it’s nearly time for all of us (hopefully most of us) to go on holiday and forget about all work related responsibilities and just eat as much food as humanly possible. Well, this is at least what I plan on doing in the the next couple of weeks, for a couple of weeks.
But before I stock up on elasticated waist pants for the holidays, I thought I would host one final bonanza of a giveaway on my blog just to say thanks to all the awesome support that you have shown this Lucky Pony over the years AND to showcase some of my most favourite favourite LOCAL designers, whose stuff I think is beyond awesome and would all be very welcome in my present stash.
I have asked 10 of them to please add to my gift pile for you guys and they’re all onboard, which makes me very happy. So this giveaway is going to be one I’m hoping none of you will want to miss out on. All the gifts are top quality made from genuine leather, sterling silver, rolled gold, 100% cotton and all natural ingredients. I have also included all the links to the designer’s online stores so that, hopefully I have made Christmas shopping a little easier for some of you this year.
And I’m making it super easy to enter and it’s absolutely open to everyone, local and international, so enter away!
How to enter:
1. Leave me a simple comment telling me who your favourite designer is (comments section is right at the bottom of the post, after the tags).
3. Tweet / facebook / blog about this competition for EXTRA entries (I have had loads of past winners winning this way, so it’s worth the effort). If you do tweet, please tag me @miss_luckypony and use this #LuckyBonanza.
4. If you do tweet / facebook/ blog about it please let me know in your original comment, so that I can give you a few extra entries.
5. Entries close on the 20th of December 2013 at 1pm. I will choose winners later that day. Good luck.
This is how it will work:
I’m going to pick THREE winners and each person will get a #LuckyBonanza gift pack (see below), I’m going to let the 1st winner choose which one they want and then the second place winner can choose their pack and then the 3rd person gets the one that’s left, but all the packs are AMAZING, so I don’t think it’s going to matter which one you get.
And now without further a due I’d like to introduce you to all the designers and their amazing goods, which could be yours!
Link to Dark Horse – This cool little company has all sorts of awesome locally designed and produced leather goods, for men and woman. They’re also a design house, so if you’re looking for very cool original furniture and home ware, they are your guys. Happy shopping.
Link to Jane Sews – Jane Sews only makes super pretty things, nothing more and nothing less. Her clothing is dainty, considered and well crafted and her leather shoe collection is beyond amazing – happy shopping.
Link for Dear Rae – Dear Rae makes jewellery that is so fine and pretty, she has so many pieces that I would kill for. Her collection includes awesome affordable pieces and awesome luxurious ones too (diamonds and all), which I’m trying very hard to stay away from aaaaaa – happy shopping.
Link for Chapel – Chapel backpacks are still one of my most favourite things around. I can’t believe I don’t own one, I have to fix that! Their stuff is locally produced and designed and they have all sorts of canvas and leather bags to choose from – happy shopping.
Link for Lulu & Marula – This is a new kid on the block, I’ve only just been introduced to their products, but damn do I like them. Spoil your face and body a bit and get some of this local amazing skincare range – happy shopping
Link to Skermunkil - Marietjie has been one of my most favourite jewellery designers for years now. Her stuff is fun and pretty and gold and shiny and awesome, I own like 30 of her necklaces ha! – happy shopping
Link to Sergeant Pepper – Sergeant Pepper is probably one of the raddest men’s labels in South Africa at the moment. There stuff is well made and well designed and sometimes I’m a little jealous that there are no girl versions of their clothes – happy shopping
Link to Red Oker – Red Oker is a great initiative that houses a group of highly skilled craftsmen who hand make every bag that comes out of this company. Each one has a label inside it that tells you who made it and when it was completed, how special is that? They have men and woman’s leather bags – happy shopping
Link to Margo Molyneux – Margo makes simple, considered, easy to wear clothes, from dresses to skirts to blouses. Her stuff is light and feminine, produced and designed locally and oh so very very pretty – happy shopping
Link to Black Betty - Black Betty has all sorts of shiny pretty things to choose from, from rings to necklaces to earrings. Kristin’s stuff is fine and very beautiful and every time I wear one of her pieces I feel like such a lady hee. Her stuff ranges from a few hundred rand to a few thousand for her new diamond collection, you have to check it out - happy shopping