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Etsy Artist Feature- Amber Alexander

One of my favorite books growing up was The Scroobious Pip, which was a sort of nonsensical poem about an animal who could not be classified, despite the attempts of all of the other animals to do so.  In grade school we had to memorize a poem and recite it in class.  Being the overachiever (e.g. dork) that I was, I memorized the whole book.  It is funny what I can still remember to this day.

Image via Amazon.com

My mom has been going through old boxes lately and giving me things she has saved over the years so that I may share with my daughter one day.  Maddie is a little too young for this one, but the illustrations are spectacular.

What does this have to do with Etsy, you may ask?  The very first purchase I made on Etsy was a print of a watercolor of a mother bunny and her two babies.  It is currently framed and hangs in Maddie’s nursery.  She loves to look at it, pointing to “Mommy” and “baby,” or “bunnies.”

I recall when I purchased this print that Amber indicated she can change colors digitally.  So, if I needed a blue blanket instead of the pink, it would have been achievable.

According to Amber’s shop profile, her work includes a “cavalcade of creatures.”  Perhaps this is where I’ve drawn the parallel between the illustrations in The Scroobious Pip and Amber’s watercolors.  Amber doesn’t just do bunnies.  Here are some of my favorites from her shop.

Sheep

Cat

Squirrel

Piglet

Dragonfly

Easter Scene

Amber currently has over 100 prints available in her Etsy shop, and 10 originals.  She also has a blog here.  If you like what you have seen here, I’d encourage you to hop on over to her shop to see more of her beautiful work.

Fleur de Lis

I am not a huge professional football fan, but found myself drawn in this year given what a Saints victory would mean to the folks in New Orleans. I am sure the positive energy and reason to celebrate are welcome distractions from all they continue to endure in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

So, in honor of the Saints I thought I would do a post on the fleur de lis, their logo. Literally translated, it means “flower of the lily” or stylized lily. Throughout the years it has been used to represent French royalty, as well as heraldic emblems. Today it is used for any number of purposes, from sorority emblems to professional football team logos!

For Your Table

fleur de lis goblet wine glass place plate cup

(From left to right- Overstock, Williams Sonoma Home, Ballard Designs)

A Welcome Mat

Fleur De Lis Welcome Mat Overstock.com(Overstock)

Art and Decorative Accessories

fleur de lis accessories and art

(From left to right- The Decorated House, Maison de Stencils, Sabina Danenberg)

Sconces

fleur de lis sconces lighting

(Pierre Anthony)

Lamp Finial

fleur de lis lamp finial

(Ballard Designs)

So, there you have it.  Just a small collection of fleur de lis motif home decor objects in honor of the Saint’s big win!