Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Arnold Print Works Redux

My Google stats show me that there's a significant number of people out there scavenging for Arnold Print Works cloth animals. Unfortunately, it's quite rare to find them, and even rarer to find them in decent shape.

The good news is, if you're willing to forego authenticity, Fiddler's Elbow offers a number of vintage-looking cloth doorstops that resemble the Arnold line. Check out their limited edition kitty, currently on sale at Arrow Gift Shoppe:

And I love this adorable pug:

These modern reproductions have the added advantage of being lightyears cheaper than their antique Arnold counterparts. At these prices, you could easily fill a basket with cloth friends!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Winged Creatures

I've been a bit obsessed with angels and fairies lately. Perhaps because more than a few of us could use the help of an angel or a fairy godmother these days.

That being said, I recently purchased this piece from Amanda Blake's Etsy shop, This Is All I Know.

I love how Amanda plays vintage-looking, quite serious figures against fantastical landscapes or whimsmical garb.

The thoughtful expressions of her subjects, combined with the wings, reminds me of folk artist Debbee Thibault's multitude of angels and fairies. This party fairy is being offered exclusively by Earth Angel Toys.

Here's wishing everyone a guardian angel or a sprinkling of pixie dust!