Elisabeth Dunker is an artist and photographer based in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is also the creator and author of Fine Little Day, a blog devoted to appreciating everyday life, creativity and eye candy in different forms. Elisabeth loves handmade things – folk art, outsider art and the art of children.
I’m always on the lookout for playful, quirky, handmade things. When I’m surfing Etsy I mainly look for items that are unique and original. It’s nearly impossible for me to search without getting stuck; there is just so much drool-worthy stuff to look at! Here are some of my favorite pieces of eye candy.
Bohemian & Playful
[Clockwise from top: Granny square vintage sweater from jessejamesjake vintage; Handmade thread bare quilt from Captain Cat; Vintage mustard flats from L.I.T.T.L.E. T.U.N.A. V.I.N.T.A.G.E.; Twins post stud earrings from minifanfan; Vintage 60s bombshell skirted swimsuit from Marie’s Vintage]
I love patchwork, and a variety of shapes, patterns and colors are used in this vintage quilt. The playful spirit of these items is always welcome, in my opinon.
[Clockwise from top left: Vintage Danish farstrup chair from Hindsvik; Turkish rug pillow cover from mother’s atelier; Vintage red enamel teapot from Hindsvik; Mid-Century atomic sputnik type light fitting from GoldinLites; Vintage enamel Dutch motif teapot from StylinRecyclin; Asymmetrical hand-knitted socks from milleta]
A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Let there be no rules for decoration — it’s all about imagination. A Moroccan pillow, a Scandinavian chair and a “Mid-Century modern atomic sputnik.” It’s all spontaneous and fragmentary, mixing rather than matching.
OK, This is Matched
[Clockwise from top left: Vintage mouse toy puppet from VintageStarrBeads; Stig Lindberg Spisa Ribb tea cup from ReStyle; Vintage 70s spice colored sportees from lefty lou vintage; Vintage 50s green and black party dress from secretlake]
Here are some playful and quirky things. Look at those shoes: I would love to wear them with that green dress! And the wooden puppet looks like a gingerbread man. The cup was designed by a Swedish icon, Stig Lindberg.
More Green & Brown
[Clockwise from top left: Vintage leather and woven wicker bag from The Stray Threads Collection; Anne-Irish green headband from The Pink Elephant Shop; Vintage antique wooden hand-carved sculptures from blueflowervintage]
If I had seen the three carved wooden characters at a flea market I would have rushed up to them. They have just about everything I look for when I’m treasure hunting.
Thanks to Elisabeth for sharing her finds! Visit her at Fine Little Day.