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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: 8/25/2011 handmade and vintage goods


“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” — Joan Didion

This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has aerial landscapes, driftwood horses, sacred rodents, food faces and curiously pink cheeks.


At the Karni Mata temple in India, rats live a charmed life. (And aren’t they adorable?) Fed and sheltered, these rodents are considered sacred by locals and are protected for the whole of their lives. (If you kill one, you must replace it with a rat made out of solid gold.) According to local legend, Karni Mata, the 14th century mystic and an incarnation of Hindu goddess Durga, implored Yama, the god of death, to restore the life of the son of one of her storytellers. Yama refused, and Karni Mata incarnated the dead son and all of the storytellers as rats, under her protection. [Via Love the Sepics]

Over time, I’ve become accustomed to oodles of in-flight photos in my Flickr stream. Perilously perched atop a cloud thousands of feet in the sky, jaded passengers can sip on a cool glass of ginger ale while taking in the topography of the world below through an iPhone’s lens. Artist Claire Johnson still finds the awe-inspiring in this rare point of view, leading to these elegant, painted aerials. [Via Hard Feelings]

I find these edible portraits by design group Ballo + Ballo to be quite clever. Octopus hair! [Via Mary and Matt]


In the early days of film, silent movies — in this case, Westerns — were advertised in a variety of ways, including lobby cards. Hand-colored to showcase concernedly pink cheeks and romantic rendezvous, these “eponymous artifacts were intended to lure pedestrians into the theater by advertising dramatic, key scenes from the movie.” [Via How to Be a Retronaut]


Heather Jansch’s horse sculptures are composed entirely from driftwood. My question: Would they float upon an open sea? [Via Booooooom]


Do you know of a forward-thinking art, style or design blog? Post it in the comments! And make sure to check out past installments of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere!

Alison is Editor in Chief of the Etsy Blog. When she's not trawling Etsy for pottery, folk art, and vintage oddities, she enjoys historical nonfiction and cat videos.

  • sparrowgrey

    sparrowgrey says:

    Great post; love the variety. Those horse sculptures are amazing!

    3 years ago

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads says:

    the horses are beautiful, but the rats freak me out!

    3 years ago

  • Agent137

    Agent137 says:

    Love these posts! I find the rats to be inspirational and I am loving those food portraits. So creative!

    3 years ago

  • Shoppinggalpal

    Shoppinggalpal says:

    pretty cool...pretty darn cool

    3 years ago

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair says:

    The horse sculptures are really cool! The mice freak me out....even if they look cute!

    3 years ago

  • tarikyousef

    tarikyousef says:

    I love the arial paintings and the driftwood horse is way too cool.

    3 years ago

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage says:

    Those topography shots are amazing...and the driftwood horse...oh my!! Beautiful post! Sending bliss. ~Jess

    3 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    I've seen those horse sculptures before - beautiful. Great posts, all.

    3 years ago

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns says:

    Very cool.

    3 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    Awesome! I am in love with those drift wood horses, amazing..

    3 years ago

  • erachel

    erachel says:

    Lovely post, I always see something inspiring in your finds. The horse sculptures look exactly like Deborah Butterfield's work, curious...

    3 years ago

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden says:

    I really love your today's post, Alison! My grandma used to feed the rats in her house and told them not to touch the food in the kitchen or in the storage. And they didn't :) I love aerial photographs! Here's one of my favorite ones:

    3 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    omg. the aerial views with an iphone lens are amazing!!!

    3 years ago

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree says:

    I love all your photo's of the various subjects! I thought I was amazed by the aerial pictures, then movie posters, yes, and the mice, but the drift wood horse is so beautiful! Wow!

    3 years ago

  • BackwardRevolution

    BackwardRevolution says:

    Very interesting article! The horses are beautiful!

    3 years ago

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice says:

    Those landscape paintings are gorgeous!

    3 years ago

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset says:

    Really interesting!

    3 years ago

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood says:

    Heather Jansch fan.

    3 years ago

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka says:

    great post!

    3 years ago

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection says:

    Super post! I just love the horse sculptures, amazing! Monica TheIDConnection Not sure about the mice or where they rats!

    3 years ago

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection says:

    Super post! Love the horse sculptures! Not sure about the mice or are they rats? Ehhhhhh Monica TheIdConnection

    3 years ago

  • NecessiTees

    NecessiTees says:

    I'm not that keen on I love those photos! And the western posters are wonderful!

    3 years ago

  • seule771

    seule771 says:

    I liked this story about Karni Marta's temple in India, then I saw all the rats, mice feeding from milk dish and it frightened me. Someone might leave rats by my door or walking path. Folks do weird things around me, it worsen since I insist. Depicted myth is interesting.

    3 years ago

  • amth13

    amth13 says:

    They've got driftwood pigs at the Eden Project in the UK

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Those rats are amazing, oddly I've never been that fond of them - it's the tails! From the front they're cute though :)

    3 years ago

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata says:

    Great post!! Love the horses!

    3 years ago

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 says:

    Thumbs up on topography and the driftwood horse! No love for rats. Ever have one chew through the concrete block foundation of your house and destroying the water heater? On a -16degree Christmas Eve no less. On my honor, it truly happened. Fact is always stranger than fiction.

    3 years ago

  • MomsCottage

    MomsCottage says:

    Neat post! Love the old movie cards!

    3 years ago

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist says:

    the horse works are incredible! thanks for a great round up :)

    3 years ago

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop says:

    The rats remind me of fairy tales. Not the princess-y ones but the other ones, with witches and giants and magic spells and rats.

    3 years ago

  • blevison Admin

    blevison says:

    Good stuff, Alison! Love it all.

    3 years ago

  • Babetteworld

    Babetteworld says:

    Alison, I've been mesmerized by that 'blue lava' photograph by Wendy Crockett for days!!! I keep going to her shop to stare- so I'm so happy to see you've shared her amazing photograph!

    3 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Great photos!

    3 years ago

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana says:

    Interesting stuff about the rats. I like the horse sculpture.

    3 years ago

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes says:

    the mice/rats remind me of Tori Amos' video for "God"

    3 years ago

  • TheOologist

    TheOologist says:

    Wow! Those horse sculptures are inspirational! As for the rats.............a truly mesmirising story!

    3 years ago

  • blancahelga

    blancahelga says:

    Oh, crazy amazing histories!

    3 years ago

  • magdamagda

    magdamagda says:

    Well the rats are certainly photogenic (I am in India but I've seen them only on tv...and people drinking milk after them) The horse sculptures are amazing! Heather Jansch is one supertalented artist!

    3 years ago

  • Trenza

    Trenza says:

    Gorgeous horses! Wonderful finds

    3 years ago

  • longwinterfarm

    longwinterfarm says:

    Fascinating! And I love love rats, probably the most intelligent animal I've ever kept as a friend. So wonderful to learn about a place where they're valued!

    3 years ago

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 says:

    beautiful horse sculptures!! Love the bowl of rats too, they are kind of cute! (kind of)

    3 years ago

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies says:

    The rats ruined my sandwich...

    3 years ago

  • minouette

    minouette says:

    Love the octopus face! Would like to see the rat temple, though despite liking individual rats, I confess that large numbers of them make me a wee bit squeemish. I'm sure the driftwood horses would float upon the sea. Great post as always! (By the way, 'Love these pics' is mysteriously identified as 'Love The Sepics').

    3 years ago

  • tugboatprintshop

    tugboatprintshop says:

    Love the horses ~ especially the 2nd one!

    3 years ago

  • JKstarin

    JKstarin says:

    If you love the driftwood horses shown here, then look up Deborah Butterfield! (Ms. Jansch might want to...) Deborah has been creating hers for many years and is well known for them in the art community!

    3 years ago

  • roseandlotus

    roseandlotus says:

    The driftwood horses are just amazing!

    3 years ago

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry says:

    Great Article!!! Amazing story and photos of the sacred Rats!! Love the driftwood horse sculptures and very Cool paintings....those overly dramatic Western movie prints made me laugh...

    3 years ago

  • keibers

    keibers says:

    Great read. :D Those little rats are so cute! <3 I love Eastern cultures and learning about them and I respect India for the way they respect their animals. :) Also those cards - haha! Glad I'm not the only one who draws men with flush faces, hehe :D

    3 years ago

  • slowe

    slowe says:

    3 years ago

  • shavingkitsuppplies

    shavingkitsuppplies says:

    You continue to find the most amazing, inspiring things, Alison.

    3 years ago

  • lavalamplavalamp

    lavalamplavalamp says:

    I like that rats, but I am glad they are there instead of here. Very cool movie posters and aerial views! Parker

    3 years ago

  • MadisonStreetVintage

    MadisonStreetVintage says:

    Awesome article

    3 years ago

  • nicolesweavingart

    nicolesweavingart says:

    I hated rats (the tail, you know) until I held my first one. I was hooked from then on! They make excellent pets for kids, and they actually want to be with you!

    3 years ago

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa says:

    The food portraits remind me of one of my favorite painters — Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Food + art = An Italian tradition!

    3 years ago

  • 5gardenias

    5gardenias says:

    fabulous as always alison... and i have to say that i'm touched and heartened that the often maligned and misunderstood rat has at last found a safe haven-- if only in one small part of the world!

    3 years ago

  • FiliGraceJewelry

    FiliGraceJewelry says:

    The horse sculpture are just.... wow.... awesome!

    3 years ago

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign says:

    The mice are disturbing.

    3 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    Had 0 clue rats had charmed lives in some cultures of the world even iron carvings on gates and such. Enoyed the wooden horse and old photos too, once again thanks for gathering up info and pic's for an interesting blog post. Sorry rats bother me tho, think it's the farm thing they wreck havoc on buildings and barns.

    3 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Very interesting !

    3 years ago

  • ChakarrJewelry

    ChakarrJewelry says:

    The horse sculptures are amazing!!!

    3 years ago

  • woodbeedesign

    woodbeedesign says:

    Everything is so cool.

    3 years ago

  • HelloSprout

    HelloSprout says:

    I'm not so sure about the rats, but the horses are great!

    3 years ago

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss says:

    Those aerial-view paintings are the coolest! I want a paint-by-numbers kit like that!

    3 years ago

  • SanneK

    SanneK says:

    Check out the site! It's a great design blog. :-)

    3 years ago

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    girliepains says:


    3 years ago

  • theRainbowYarns

    theRainbowYarns says:

    Really amazing art!

    3 years ago

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    3 years ago